TV Ratings for Obama Speech Plunge
RUSH: Early TV ratings for the speech last night. This might be a saving grace for Obama. NBC down 5% from 2008. CBS down 31% from 2008. And get this. ABC News down 50%. ABC News lost half their audience from 2008 to last night. CBS lost 31%, and NBC 5%. There's two-ways to look at this. One is, B.B. King, The Thrill is Gone. The Thrill is Gone. The other way to look at it is Obama skated because nobody saw this absolutely, sadly, tragically disappointing, way below expectations speech. But we're taking care of that to an extent.
One other thing about Biden that I've made a note here to mention. You know, these guys are famous for their straw men. Like Obama talking about all these people who say, "We don't need any government." I don't hear anybody ever saying that, for example. But Biden said, "Don't bet against the American people." Who is? If not the Democrats, who bets against the American people? Who is it that has less than high expectations of the American people. It's the Democrat Party, by definition. The Democrat Party doesn't like self-reliance. They don't like rugged individualism because people go that route, they don't need Democrats anymore, don't need government. This is a cut at Romney and Ryan. Biden somehow wanted people to believe that Romney and Ryan were betting against the American people.
If anybody's betting against the American people, it's this regime. It's just another element of last night's presentation that had me buffaloed, watching this stuff trying to make sense of it. I know what they're trying to do. They're just heartstrings, tugging at people's emotions. Don't dare tell the truth, but they couldn't escape it.
Journalists Caught Buying Obama Swag in Charlotte
RUSH: From the convention, this report: "Members of the media have apparently been using 'fake' names to buy official Obama gear and contribute to the Obama campaign inside the Time Warner Cable Arena ... During our travels around the arena, Politicker spotted a souvenir stand in one of the press stands selling T-shirts and buttons supporting President Barack Obama, 'Democrats Are Hot' bumper stickers and other official Obama merchandise.
"The woman working at the souvenir stand told us she hadn’t been 'too busy' during the day, but had seen business pick up in the past half hour or so. She then asked us whether we wanted to buy anything. When we informed her that our status as a reporter means we don’t buy campaign gear, she suggested a strategy other members of the media have apparently used to pick up their Obama swag. 'Have you ever thought of making up a fake name? That’s what the other guys do,' she said. Buying official merchandise at the DNC means making a donation the Obama campaign, an activity that is generally frowned upon for members of the media." No, it's not. It used to be, but it isn't now. So they've been using fake names to contribute to the Obama campaign.
Romney: Last Night was "Party," Jobs Numbers are "Hangover"
RUSH: Mitt Romney said that the August jobs report, last night is all that, but this morning is the hangover. Do you realize Mitt Romney as a Morman has never had a hangover? Just a little observation.
iPhone 5 in Two Weeks
RUSH: iPhone 5 two weeks from today, ladies and gentlemen. (interruption) Why are you asking me about the iPad? You're thinking about getting one? You don't have a Retina iPad yet? I can't believe that. Somebody on my staff doesn't have a Retina iPad?
Welcome Back to Friend of Family
RUSH: Folks, a good friend of the family, 96-year-old Shammy, who is up in Minneapolis, her birthday is very close. Anyway, she fell; she's been in the hospital for a while. She hasn't been able to hear the program, and that depressed her. She listens to the program each and every day. She hadn't been able to. She's back now and able to, so we wanted to just extend our best wishes and a welcome-back to Shammy, 96-years-old young, in Minneapolis. Well, Eden Prairie, but it's close enough.
Chicago Braces for Teacher Strike
RUSH: I just saw something I don't believe. There's gonna be a teachers strike in Chicago. If they don't get the deal done by September 10th, unionized teachers are going on strike in Chicago. How can that be? Chicago's run by Democrats, the godfather, Rahm Emanuel. Democrats love unions. They love teachers. They think teachers ought to have unending health care and pensions, not really have to work. They don't think teachers ought to have to qualify themselves. There shouldn't be any testing to make sure that teachers are good at what they do.
Why are teachers going on strike in Chicago and they did not strike in Wisconsin? There's no teacher strike in Wisconsin where there's a Republican governor, Scott Walker. Remember, he was gonna destroy the state. He was gonna destroy their pensions. He was gonna fire them all. None of that ever happened. Why would teachers, unionized teachers, strike in a town run by their buddies, the Democrats?
I thought the Democrats gave the unions everything they wanted. You want a pension of $150,000 a year plus health care after you retire at age 50, you got it. Why isn't The Godfather coming forth with this? Illinois raised their taxes by 66%, income taxes. Why can't they afford this? Seriously, folks. I'm sitting here stunned. How can teachers, how can unions ever go on strike against a Democrat mayor or governor or president?
DNC Lies About Obama and His Mother
RUSH: Obama, in his speech last night, said two things which are not true. Well, one thing was said about him which isn't true, and he said something himself that isn't true. His wife, Michelle (My Belle) Obama, during her speech, I think even Clinton during his speech, I think Biden during his speech, said that Obama was constantly by his mother's bedside when she was ill, passing away. But he wasn't. He was on his book tour. I have here nothing less than the Washington Post, August, 2008. It's an actual random act of journalism. The Washington Post went out, did a more recent fact-check debunking some of Obama's claims about his mother's death. This is an article they posted back in 2008. This is when they were fawning over him, don't forget, and they let some facts slip out in this piece. It turns out here that the facts in this piece are even more damning than the later fact-check on this.
Headline: "Though Obama Had to Leave to Find Himself, It Is Hawaii That Made His Rise Possible." Now, this is the fawning period, this is August of 2008. "But now [Obama] was drawn back to Hawaii to say goodbye to his mother. Too late, as it turned out. She died on Nov. 7, 1995, before he could get there. Ann [Dunham] had returned to Honolulu early that year, a few months before 'Dreams From My Father' was published. She was weakened from a cancer that had been misdiagnosed in Indonesia as indigestion. American doctors first thought it was ovarian cancer, but an examination at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York determined that it was uterine cancer that had spread to her ovaries. Stan had died a few years earlier, and Madelyn still lived in the apartment on Beretania. Ann took an apartment on the same floor, and underwent chemotherapy treatments while keeping up with her work as best she could. 'She took it in stride,' said Alice Dewey, chair of the University of Hawaii anthropology department, where Ann did her doctoral dissertation. 'She never complained. Never said, "Why me?"'
And the article notes, Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro developed cancer in 1994 while in Indonesia. Anyway, you heard throughout the convention that Obama was right there at his mother's bedside when she was sick and when she passed away, devoted son. He wasn't even in the state. He was on the book tour for Dreams From My Father. He didn't get home in time. She passed away before he got there. (Voice of Mr. New Castrati) "Mr. Limbaugh, why are you bringing up this ancient family history and trying to destroy the good vibes and feeling for this family?" That's the voice of Mr. New Castrati.
No, I'm not trying to do anything here other than square the facts. It's a character reference we had on the president all this week in the convention, so devoted, he was there at his mother's bedside when she passed away. He wasn't. I'm not saying anything else. I'm just saying that they said he was there, and he wasn't. He was on his book tour, and when it was told that, "Hey, Barry, time's approaching, you better go," he didn't get home in time. Washington Post, August 22nd, 2008.
The second story, why, lo and behold, it's also from the Washington Post, and the headline says it all: "Obama’s Mother Had Health Insurance, According to Biography."
It's an article from the Washington Post, 2011, July 14th. After Obama had been using his mother's death to push for Obamacare for more than two years. The upshot of the story is that Obama's mother did have health insurance when she died. And nobody's disputing the claims in the biography. Now, this biography of Obama's mother also debunks Obama's claim that he was by his mother's side through her ordeal. He was not. This is the second source for this. He hadn't visited his mother for months before her death. He was too busy on his book tour. He was running for office.
You know what else he was doing when his mother died? He was organizing the Million Man March with Louis Farrakhan. Now, I'm just saying we had character references, folks, all week long, from three people: Moochelle, in the great swimsuit dress she wore, gotta hand it to her, great props there, Joe Bite Me, and Bill Clinton. And one of the references was, devoted son. Mother passed away, Barack was by her side. He wasn't. He wasn't there for months prior to her death. He was on his book tour and organizing the Million Man March for Calypso Louie. He didn't get home in time.
RUSH: It's right here. It's in the Washington Post. Obama's mother had full coverage for her cancer. Full coverage. Nobody denied her. Her insurance company didn't deny her. She was not denied treatment. Her battle was to get disability insurance payments for her out-of-pocket expenses. This according to A Singular Woman, a biography of Dunham by Janny Scott who covered the campaign as a reporter for the New York Times. She had health insurance, and it was not denied. But Obama again last night alluded to the fact that she didn't, that life had treated her unfairly. It isn't true.
Starting to Get a Little Jazzed for NFL
RUSH: The weekend is upon us. It's the full-fledged opening weekend of the National Football League. Yip yip yip yahoo. Nah, I'm starting to get a little jazzed. Starting to.