RUSH: Here is Romney burying Obama on the apology tour...
ROMNEY: The president in his campaign some four years ago said he'd meet with all the world's worst actors in his first year. He'd sit down with Chavez and Kim Jong-il, with Castro and with president Ahmadinejad of Iran. I think they looked and thought, "Well, that's an unusual honor to receive from the president of the United States." And then the president began what I have called an apology tour, of going to various nations in the Middle East and criticizing America. I think they looked at that and saw weakness.
RUSH: Yeah, and Obama didn't like this. It got under Obama's skin.
OBAMA: Nothing, uh, Governor Romney just said is true, starting with this notion of me apologizing. This has been, uhh, probably the biggest whopper that's been told during the course of this campaign. And every fact-checker and every reporter [who] has looked at it, Governor, has said this is not true.
RUSH: Well, but the problem is, it is true! He did run around the world blaming America; agreeing that America had been the problem here or there. In Cairo he talked about how the American people had imposed their way on people for far too long. Everybody knows he engaged in an apology tour! And after Obama called him a liar, Romney came back even stronger.
ROMNEY: Reason I called it an apology tour is because you went to Middle East and you flew to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq. And, by the way, you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region. But you went to the other nations. And, by the way: They noticed that you skipped Israel. And then in those nations, and on Arabic TV, you said that America had been "dismissive and derisive." You said that "on occasion America had dictated to other nations." Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators.
RUSH: Amen. One of my favorite lines. Well, one of my favorite facts of all time on this program. I've run into liberals since I've been doing this. You know what the phrase is? "We've imposed freedom on the rest of the world. We've imposed our way of life on the rest of the world." I've heard it from liberals all my life. Obama's just another liberal, and he's just echoing the sentiment.
"The big, bad United States, huffs and puffs and we've imposed our way of life." And I've always said, "We don't impose freedom." In fact, this is one of the Undeniable Truths of Life: "Freedom is not an imposition." Freedom cannot be an imposition, by definition! You can't impose freedom. You liberate people, and that's what we have done. There are cemeteries of American dead all over the world, men and women who have died liberating others from tyranny and freedom, and Obama denies this and apologizes for this country.
RUSH: Let's listen, ladies and gentlemen, to some of Obama's remarks in speeches around the world. April 3rd, 2009, in Strasbourg, France.
OBAMA 04.03.09: (godlike echo) In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America's shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.
RUSH: Now, what the hell would you call that?
That's even worse than an apology!
This is the guy running around blaming our country to the Europeans, who wouldn't exist if it weren't for us. We have defended them. I call your attention to the cemeteries all over Europe again. They don't have to have defense budgets because of us, because of NATO. They're free to run their Western democracies, their socialism into the economic ground all they want. They're free to implode economically like they are because we have propped them up. The Marshall Plan!
This is in his third month. January, February... It's the third month of his presidency, April of 2009. (impression) "America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, and even derisive. And we have failed to appreciate Europe." He's just jealous of their train stations. He wishes we had train stations like they do. Every city has a mob getting on trains instead of driving cars. This is worse than an apology! Here's June 4th in Cairo. Cairo University, "Barack Hussein Obama! Mmm! Mmm! Mmm!"
OBAMA 06.04.09: (godlike echo) Iraq was a war of choice that provoked strong differences in my country and around the world. 9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases it led us to act contrary to our traditions and our ideals. We are taking concrete actions to change course. I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the United States, and I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year.
RUSH: It was outrageous that he would say this. He's over at the seat of our enemies. Cairo, Egypt, is where Al-Qaeda was born! Well, Saudi Arabia for bin Laden, but Zawahiri and all these guys and the hijackers were Egyptian, many of them Saudi. What...? He goes over there and promises to close Gitmo. He accepts every talking point that we were guilty. We had no reason to go into Iraq.
Our previous cowboy president went in there as a matter of "choice" for whatever ill-gotten reasons. He says we acted "contrary to our traditions and our ideals" when we did not act contrary to our traditions and our ideals. We were acting in defense of US national interests! Romney was exactly right. He didn't hit him hard enough on this stuff. This was worse than an apology tour. This man went around the world and indicted this country, and he wasn't through.
We're still in Cairo on June 4th, 2009...
OBAMA 06.04.09: (godlike echo) In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government. I understand those who protest that some countries have weapons that others do not. No single nation should pick and choose which nation holds nuclear weapons. And that's why I strongly reaffirmed America's commitment to seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons.
RUSH: Fat chance. Fat chance. Dream on! Naive little liberal. A world where no nation has nuclear weapons? Dream on. How are you gonna get 'em out of Pakistan? How you gonna get 'em out of the ChiComs' hands? How are you gonna get 'em out of the hands of Putin when you ask Putin to just be patient with you, that you can be a little bit more flexible after you win reelection? You'll get rid of ours while he holds onto his. This is worse than an apology tour. This is the president of the United States deriding his own country.
June 4th, still in Cairo...
OBAMA 06.04.09: (godlike echo) There's been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq. So let me be clear: No system of government can or should be imposed by one nation on any other.
RUSH: See, Romney was dead on right last night. Here he is once again. Democracy is not what we're about. Freedom is what we're about, and you do not "impose" freedom. You liberate people and give them freedom. You don't impose freedom on people. It's not possible, because freedom is not an imposition. So our president says (impression), "It's not for anybody else to determine who has nuclear weapons."
Right there, I tend to believe the media reports over the weekend that Obama has told the Iranians that he thinks they're within their rights to have nuclear weapons. That was a leak over the weekend. I tend to believe it because of what he said in Cairo. (impression) "No single nation should pick and choose which nation holds nuclear weapons." That means us! It means we're not a superpower. It means we don't have the right.
This was not an apology tour; it was a condemnation tour. By the way, didn't Obama just "impose" our democracy on Libya? Didn't he just "impose" our democracy on Egypt? Didn't he just impose...? He wants us to believe that he brought flowering democracy to the region! The Arab Spring is the outbreak of Obama-like democracy, right? Didn't he impose that? "No system of government can or should be imposed by one nation on any other."
You don't impose freedom!
Folks, I'm sorry. I'd forgotten how mad I was back in June of 2009 listening to this crap. I really had forgotten how mad I was. I'm reliving it all over again. And we knew this during his campaign. We knew who he was. And to have to read that AP story today asking, "Who is he?" After four years, we still don't know? If you don't know after four years, you're not looking.
If you don't know who this man is after four years, you don't care. This was a condemnation tour. We're not finished. Let's go to the June 2, 2009, Obama on the BBC News. North American editor Justin Webb was interviewing Obama. He said, "You're making the speech in Cairo. Amnesty International says there are thousands of political prisoners in Egypt. How do you address that issue?"
OBAMA 06.02.09: Democracy, rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, those are not simply principles of the West to be hoisted on these countries, but rather, what I believe to be universal principles that they can embrace and affirm as part of their national identity. The danger, I think, is when the United States or any country thinks that we can simply impose these values on another country with a different history and a different culture.
RUSH: See, this is why he's not qualified. This nation as a superpower stands for freedom and liberty all over the world. We secure and protect ours when we defend it and secure it around the world. We want every human being to be free. We want every human being to have liberty. It's not an imposition. It is called liberation from tyranny, and here is this guy saying the danger is when the US thinks that we can simply impose these values on another country. What values? Democracy, rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of religion. Those are not worth imposing on people?
I think those are just "universal," people have those anyway. No, they don't, Mr. President. We've had to fight for ours. That's how this country was founded, was the pursuit of liberty and freedom, sir. And ours is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it, and Lord knows we never expected to have to fight our own president to secure it. But that's how many of us feel, that we are now having to fight our own administration to maintain freedom of religion, ask the Catholic Church -- freedom of speech, ask the filmmaker of this mythical video.
I'd forgotten how mad I was. I'd forgotten how offensive and how outrageous... He's talking about the United States like it is an imperial power. Dinesh D'Souza's movie, 2016, he's talking about this as though he's a victim of it, colonialism. The big bad Brits came into our country and they took over. What did they do? They imposed freedom and votes and democracy and so forth.
You know, Conrad Black wrote a piece for National Review some months ago now that I thought would blow the roof off, but it got lost in the news of the day. He made a point in his piece, say what you want about colonialism, say what you want about it, but the nations of that part of the world, Third World, who lived under colonialism were better off then than they are now, after the colonialists have been booted out, after the Brits left. They were better off then, their life was better, economies were better than they are now.
They've all been taken over by dictatorships now. They're all wreaking of poverty, starvation, disease. But that's a discussion for another day. This is just outrageous. You talk about disqualifying, this is disqualifying. This is the stuff that we knew before the election that nobody else told the rest of the people. This is the stuff that AP wouldn't tell anybody, stuff the New York Times wouldn't tell anybody. This is the stuff CBS, ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, LA Times, they wouldn't tell their readers and viewers. We knew it, you knew it.
You knew this was Obama's view of America, but nobody else did. Look at how many Americans thought that he was something totally different than this, and then it's just six months in and he's on this condemnation tour. This apology tour. He's out speaking as though America is some sort of imperial power that's imposing all this stuff on people, it's not our right. April 17th, 2009, Mexico City, Obama and president Felipe Calderon in a joint news conference.
OBAMA 04.17.09: I will not pretend that this is Mexico's responsibility alone. A demand for these drugs in the United States is what is helping to keep these cartels in business. This war is being waged with guns purchased not here, but in the United States. More than 90% of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that line our shared border. So we have responsibilities as well. We have to do our part.
RUSH: Stop the tape right there. Fast and Furious. This is exactly what he wanted out of Fast and Furious. This is it. He makes the guns available. He gets the walkers. He and Holder allow these guns to go to the Mexican drug cartels, then he has, after the mayhem, after the death, after the carnage using American guns, he goes and has a joint presser with Felipe Calderon and bashes America, bashes the Second Amendment, bashes the freedom, the right to bear arms.
Gosh, I can't express to you how mad I was back then hearing all this stuff, all of this 2009, all this in the first five months of his presidency, and the media today can't find any evidence that Obama ever apologized for America. This is the "Blame America First" tour, is what this was. This was a liberal wet dream taking place, folks. They were as happy as they've ever been. This is why they're upset.
RUSH: You know, if our embassy personnel all over the world had the same kind of protection the news media gives Obama, our brave men in Benghazi might be alive today. They can't find any evidence of the apology tour. Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, Washington, can't find any. Jonathan Karl, ABC News, can't find any evidence of the apology tour.
Koko, I want every sound bite that we aired here from Obama's apology tour in Europe and in Cairo and in Mexico City, I want it at the top [of the website.] I want everybody that goes to RushLimbaugh.com today and tomorrow to be able to find that without looking. I want those sound bites. I want 'em linked. I want them up there. I want people to be able to read the transcripts. I want people to listen to Obama at the top of RushLimbaugh.com, however you have to arrange the page. I love issuing orders like this on the air where they must be followed. No, seriously. Freedom is the natural yearning of the human being when born. How do you impose freedom? You can only take it away.
RUSH: I want everybody to go to RushLimbaugh.com, and I want you to spread the word. We'll tweet it out, Facebook it, all of these sound bites we played with Obama condemning and blaming America for imposing freedom. The reason the Drive-Bys, by the way, can't find this -- 'cause Romney's got a great ad running about the apology tour, and just like he did about Obama's welfare reform, they're trying to cover that up and discredit the Romney ad. They won't get away with it.