RUSH: Andrew in Lakeland, Florida, glad you called. Welcome to the program, sir.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. Honor to talk to you.
RUSH: I appreciate that.
CALLER: I've been listening to you even before I knew what the radio was.
CALLER: And it's great to talk to you now. I was listening to the show today, and I was browsing Drudge Report, and I thought you would find this funny. Obama, the one that wants to give everybody who can't afford anything the Obama phone, now he's asking people to give up their stuff. On his website today -- I'm reading this -- it's called, "The Obama Event Registry." Have you heard of this?
CALLER: It says, "Let your friends know how important the election is. Register with Obama and forego your gifts and give him a donation instead of a gift." So now on the one day that --
RUSH: It looks like a wedding invitation, right?
CALLER: Yes. On weddings, birthday, anniversaries, just give up what your friends want to give to you and give it to Obama.
RUSH: Yeah. I also saw there's a fundraising letter from Michelle and she tells people that when they were living in Chicago and they were poor, and it snowed, Obama went out there and shoveled the sidewalk for her so she wouldn't fall when she left the house.
CALLER: Isn't that great?
RUSH: And he's doing the same for us. It's a fundraising letter.
RUSH: Obama is your spouse, too. Is the theme.
RUSH: Back to Andrew in Lakeland, Florida. Here's this Michelle letter. I wanted to read it to you so you could hear it on the phone.
CALLER: All right, go for it.
RUSH: It starts out this way: "For the first 10 years of our marriage, Barack and I lived in an apartment in my hometown of Chicago. The winters there can be pretty harsh, but no matter how snowy or icy it got, Barack would head out into the cold -- shovel in hand..." Do they not get the irony here? She's got Obama leaving the family abode with a shovel. Here's a guy that promised shovel-ready jobs and then joked about them. He leaves the family abode, "shovel in hand -- to dig my car out before I went to work. In all our years of marriage, he's always looked out for me.
"Now, I see that same commitment every day to you and to this country. The only way we'll win this election is if we can rely on one another like that, all the way to November 6th. You should know that your recent donation means a lot to both of us. Barack is working hard, but he can't do this alone -- he needs your help. Will you make another donation today to build this campaign? When you do, you'll be automatically entered to join Barack and me for a casual dinner."
CALLER: I'm surprised that he doesn't have us helping shovel snow so he can get his way from Hole 9 to Hole 10 on the golf course.
CALLER: I mean, why would he have time to shovel snow for Michelle when he's too busy having Popsicles with his daughters?" But, hey, I guess he's the savior, so...
RUSH: I don't know why Michelle is leaving the house. She had a no-show job.
RUSH: When there's ice and snow on the ground, stay home.
RUSH: Obama was shoveling the place so he could leave, if he even did that.
CALLER: (laughing) Yes, exactly.
RUSH: But, yes, this wedding invitation thing you saw is a new name for "redistribution." Instead of giving... Let's say your best friend's getting married. Instead of getting them a gift, tell them that you're donating to Obama instead.
CALLER: Can you imagine what they would say? "Yeah, I gave my gift -- your new gift -- to Obama. Hope you support him."
RUSH: Yeah, I know. "You were registered there at Neiman Marcus."
RUSH: "And instead of getting you the gravy boat, I decided to spend the equivalent on Obama for President."
CALLER: Right. The funny thing is, even people commenting on Obama's site don't like it. All the comments are negative. Even people who are on his side can't believe he's doing it.
RUSH: He's becoming, in a lot of ways, a laughing stock. In Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, one of the many rules it hypothesizes is: "Heap ridicule on your opponent." That's the one thing that they can't answer. It's the one thing that they can't do anything about, is when you ridicule them.
RUSH: It's starting to happen to Obama. But this invitation thing that you saw, it's just crass. And it also smacks of desperation. The story was yesterday. We had it. He's spending more money than he's collecting -- which is no surprise, actually, given the way he spends.
RUSH: You're not noticing this stuff in a vacuum, Andrew. I've been telling people for 23 years: It's not just you noticing this stuff. A lot of people are. And I'll sit here and tell you: I have not changed my mind. I think it is right now much worse for the Democrats in the White House in their reelect effort than anybody (particularly in the Drive-By Media) wants to admit or recognize. But I think they're in full-fledged panic, and I think they're waiting with baited breath to see what happens with Obamacare next week.
But this is nowhere near where I thought they would be, and I'm sure they thought that Romney would be the never-ending joke once he got the nomination. I don't think they expected the kind of rapid response they're getting from Romney to some of the attacks. So I think he's in a heap of big trouble. And it would be only logical. What about anything that's happening in this country does anybody want more of?
I know. "The people on welfare want more." Of course. But I'm talking about the people who make the country work. There's still more of those than not, and a lot of people who are unemployed want to go back to work. Work is how most people identify themselves. It's where they take their sense of identity. Most people don't like sitting around doing nothing. It's easy to think that most people do. It's easy to think it's a nation of slackers, but I don't think that we're there yet.
A lot of people do. They disagree with me. They think I'm looking at things through rose-colored glasses.
RUSH: I checked the e-mail as I always do during the break. And there's some people that do not believe our caller Andrew. They thought he was making it up about Obama asking you to forego wedding gifts. He's not. This is at the Drudge page. It's called the Obama Event Registry. And here's what it says. "Got a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up? Let your friends know how important this election is to you -- register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift. It’s a great way to support the President on your big day. Plus, it’s a gift that we can all appreciate -- and goes a lot further than a gravy bowl."
He was not making it up. The Obama Event Registry. You can click on "register with Obama 2012." You're getting married or you have a birthday. You're supposed to tell your guests to donate to Obama instead to you. It's right here. Obama is asking people getting married to forego gifts for themselves and ask their guests to donate to him. It's a guy calling other people greedy and selfish. Exactly right. Now Valerie Jarrett's daughter got married not long ago. Did she forego gifts? Valerie Jarrett's daughter. Did Obama ask Valerie Jarrett's daughter to ask her wedding guests to send money to him? No way. You know it didn't happen.
RUSH: How long is it going to be before Obama starts asking people to remember his campaign in their wills? You can see it now, a website, (Obama impression) "If one of my death panels determines your life is to end, please remember my re-election campaign in your will." It's just as brazen as asking you to forget wedding gifts and give them to him.