RUSH: "On Eve of Foreign Debate, Growing Pessimism about Arab Spring Aftermath." Oh, no, what's this? This is a Pew Research Center story. Hmm, what's this? Ah. It's a poll. Here, listen to this, ladies and gentlemen. According to the latest Pew poll which was conducted October 4th through the 7th before the second debate and before the more recent revelations about Benghazi, Romney has gained a whopping 11 points against Obama on foreign policy just since September. However, Obama still leads Romney on handling foreign policy. By the way, Pew oversampled Democrats by 4% here. However, their story begins thus.
"As next week’s third and final presidential debate on foreign policy approaches, a national survey by the Pew Research Center finds increasing public pessimism about developments in the Middle East." Meaning, the Arab Spring no longer has people enthralled. Now, wait 'til these people find out the truth that we had for you today about Benghazi and the initial 24 hours and the video being used as a cover story for the fact that Al-Qaeda now has a beachhead in Benghazi as a result of our taking out Khadafy. Not looking particularly good.
Now, there was a hubbub and a firestorm late yesterday afternoon. Obama, before going to the Alfred E. Smith dinner, went over to Jon Stewart's show, and he taped an interview there, sixth appearance on The Daily Show. Let me grab sound bite number two. This is what it is. Jon Stewart said, "Is part of the investigation helping the communication between these divisions?" Stewart had no clue. He was clueless, he's asking a question obviously from the standpoint of the left and he's trying to give Obama some cover with this, but he didn't know yesterday what we now know, that there was no coordinated investigation to try to get to the bottom of the situation. It was a cover-up.
"Is part of the investigation, Mr. President, helping the communication between these divisions? I mean not just what happened in Benghazi, but what happened within Benghazi, because I would say, even if you would admit, it was not the optimal response, at least to the American people, as far as all of us being on the same page." I don't know what that question is. I think what he's asking Obama is, "Do you guys know what you're doing?" You have this investigation and the results here are not the best. It was not optimal here, as far as everybody understanding what went on. And this what Obama said.
OBAMA: Here's what I'll say. If four Americans get killed, it's not optimal and we're gonna fix it, all of it, and -- and what happens during the course of a presidency is that, you know, the government is a big operation. At any given time something screws up and you make sure that you find out what's broken and you fix it.
RUSH: Do you realize that government never screws up in health care. It never screws up in welfare. It never screws up in anything else it does. I mean, the government's the answer to everything in his world, but now, well, you realize, uh, during the course of the presidency government's a big operation and at any given time there's screw-ups. Anyway, people went ballistic when Obama said four Americans getting killed is not optimal. When I saw that he was pivoting off what Stewart said and using a word that Stewart used, it wasn't nearly as problematic for me, but I'll tell you all you need to know from this "optimal" thing.
Here's the real thing to know. Tells you everything, when Obama says "not optimal." How come he has no reluctance whatsoever about calling this movie disgusting, reprehensible, everything else he's called it, but he can't bring himself to issue a clear-voiced condemnation of Islamic terror. Do you know he still has not called this a terrorist attack? Everybody thinks after the debate that he and Candy Crowley cooked up there that he did call it a terror attack, and he didn't. And if people who watched the debate didn't watch the next day they don't know. Of course he didn't get a bounce out of that debate, folks. Snerdley was stunned. He couldn't believe it, inside the Beltway experts, the elites can't believe it, Obama didn't get a bounce. And everybody said he won. Ha-ha-ha. But he didn't. I told you.
But he can't bring himself to issue a clear-voiced condemnation of Islamic terror, but he will use "optimal" or agree with the use of optimal. They won't even call the Fort Hood terror attack a terror attack, even now. With the guy on trial they won't do that. You see in the alternative universe in which Obama lives, he doesn't live in Realville. There isn't any Al-Qaeda anymore. There isn't any terrorism. He vanquished it. Besides, even if there is some terrorism, you don't insult them by calling them that because that will just make them attack more. Conflict resolution 101. I mean that's the school the guy comes from. Yeah, ragging about killing Osama. He gets to flex his muscles there because there's no doubt Osama's a bad guy. Everybody agrees with that. So he's on safe ground.
Anyway, this is the guy, let's keep in mind, this is the guy who can't bring himself to condemn terrorism, yet expects the public to follow along these elaborate lies and creations, their language screw ups like Romney and binders and stuff. I just don't think they're fooling anybody anymore.
RUSH: Now, it has been brought to my attention by a friend in the e-mail that the "optimal" comment that Obama made might be a much bigger thing than any of us know because of where it happened: Jon Stewart. Jon Stewart's show, to the young skulls full of mush out there, is thought to be the real news, particularly among young skulls full of mush. It's thought to be the news. Stewart's base and many in the media hold Stewart's show in high regard, and Obama said something very cold and stupid in some people's mind, no matter whether Stewart led him into it and pivoted into it or Obama was pivoting off of it, "the death of four Americans is not optimal."
And it turns out that Pat Smith, who is the mother of Sean Smith, who died in the Benghazi attack, hit out at Obama for describing the attack as not optimal. My son's not very optimal. He's also very dead. So Sean Smith's mom heard about it or saw it, not happy about it. And Pat Smith, the mother, was speaking exclusively to the UK Daily Mail Online. She's quoted as saying, "It was a disrespectful thing to say and I don't think it's right. How can you say somebody being killed is not very optimal? I don't think the president has the right idea of the English language." Now, she's the mother of a man killed, and --
What do you mean, in his defense? Snerdley -- (laughing) This is great. (laughing) Snerdley is saying, "On this one, Rush, we've gotta cut Obama some slack. He didn't mean anything by this. He's just a cold fish," meaning, he's not a very feeling guy. This is not unusual. That's your point, right? I mean, Obama, he's a cold guy. He's not Mr. Cool. He's an aloof, cold, unattached guy. This is exactly who he is. No big deal. That's your point? The deaths weren't optimal. I mean, it's not the best thing that happened in his campaign. It could have been something better that happened for his campaign, not very good for the campaign, it's not optimal, but have to deal with it. That's your take. I understand. I understand you're serious. I was one of the first to observe that I don't believe he's cool, calm, and collected. I think he's a cold guy. (Obama impression) "Yeah, it's unfortunate. If somebody was gonna die in the middle of my campaign, it's not optimal." That's the Snerdley interpretation of the comment.