RUSH: Okay, folks, time to get to the audio sound bites. There are too many good ones and I gotta get to some. But I do want to point something out to you. Mrs. Clinton today in her testimony this morning before the Senate committee... Get this, now. Mrs. Clinton said that she has always said the Benghazi attacked was caused by "militants," and that simply isn't true. Mrs. Clinton for weeks went out and blamed the video. She blamed protests. She did not blame Al-Qaeda. She said today that she always blamed Al-Qaeda, that she always said that it wasn't a protest, that it was terrorism.
Folks, it simply is not true.
But then again, we should not be surprised when a Clinton lies under oath.
You see, it all depends on what the definition of "is" is. But she did say that. She cut an ad, a TV ad with Obama that ran in Pakistan blaming the video, blaming this filmmaker. The first hour and a half today at the Senate committee hearing, there wasn't even a question about the video. Not one question about the video! They blamed all of that on the video for weeks, and there wasn't one question about it. That's what I mean about the ruling class circling the wagons. Okay, to the sound bites. Here is Hillary opening the hearing with tears. You know, it was her best moment of the 2008 primaries when she cried. Remember that? She saved herself in New Hampshire, and it always works for Oprah. Lance Armstrong didn't cry, and people ripped into him.
Here's Hillary opening up this morning...
HILLARY: For me, this is not just a matter of policy. It's personal. (pause) I stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flag-draped caskets (choking up) off the plane at Andrews. (voice cracks) I put my arms around the mothers and fathers (voice cracks), the sisters and brothers, the sons and daughters and the wives left alone to raise their children.
RUSH: Right, I blamed the video for it. I told them we got this guy and put him in jail because the video did it. Okay, you heard her voice crack and so forth. So let's go back to that moment in New Hampshire where Hillary tried to rescue her campaign with some tears. This is January 7, 2008.
HILLARY 2008: It's not easy. It's not easy. Um, and -- and I couldn't do it if I just didn't, you know, passionately believe it was the right thing to do. Eh... (sigh) You know, I have so many opportunities from this country. (chokes up) I just don't want to see us fall backgrounds.
RUSH: No. (impression) "I don't want to see us fall backwards with this Obama guy (crying)," and that resuscitated her campaign. Now, she didn't get elected, but she was in deep doo-doo, losing cauci and primaries, and New Hampshire saved her bacon, and then it was Operation Chaos (originated and operated by me) that saved her bacon later on in the campaign season. Here is Mrs. Clinton again. She washed her hands of the Susan Rice business right off the bat.
HILLARY: I personally was not focused on talking points. I was focused on keeping our people safe. I have a very serious, uh, threat environment in Yemen. It turned out we had people getting over that wall in Cairo, doing damage until we got them out. We had a serious threat against our embassy in Tunis. I had to call the president of Tunisia and beg him to send reinforcements, which he did, to finally save our embassy, which could have been disastrous. I wasn't involved in the talking points process.
RUSH: What she's saying there is, "Don't saddle me with Susan Rice! I don't care what Susan Rice said. Susan Rice went on those shows and blamed the video. I was too busy saving America. I was too busy saving ambassadors. I was too busy working. I didn't have anything to do with talking points. Screw you!" That's what that sound bite was. Now, this is, for many people, I guess the highlight and high point. After about an hour and 15 minutes of kissing her butt -- and, by the way, I've never seen anything like this today.
The fawning over Hillary Clinton was just unprecedented. If you have a chance, go to RushLimbaugh.com and get hold of my monologue in the first hour. I'm running out of time and I don't want to repeat it, but I've never seen anything like it. After an hour and 15 minutes of having her butt kissed, a Republican finally asked a simple question that got under her skin. It was Republican senator from Wisconsin, Ron Johnson. He said, "We were misled that there were supposedly protests and an assault sprang out of that, and it was easily ascertained that it was not the fact. The American people could have known that within days, but they didn't know that."
In other words: You guys kept talking about the video, and it wasn't the video. This was a planned attack.
HILLARY: (shouting) With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans.
JOHNSON: I understand.
HILLARY: Was it because of a protest or was it because guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference does it make? It is our job to figure what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is that people were trying in real time to get to the best information.
RUSH: That's flat-out --
HILLARY: It is, from my perspective --
RUSH: -- bulls--t, folks.
HILLARY: -- less important today, looking backwards, as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice.
RUSH: What did she do to save anybody?
Can anybody cite a single thing?
She didn't do anything to save anybody! So she gets this question, "You guys were basically blaming the video and so forth and so on," and she goes on offense. "What difference does it make at this point? A protest or guys out for walk, what difference does it make?" Well, the difference is that you were lying through your teeth about it, Mrs. Clinton, and you knew it! That's what difference it makes. You talk about being honest with the American people, saving lives? What did she do to save anybody? Can she cite a single thing? "What difference does it make? Our motive doesn't matter."
How are they gonna prevent this from happening in the future?
"More money! That's right. We need more funding. That's what we need the State Department. We need more money." She just said it was her job to prevent this from happening in the future but she's not even concerned with motive? "What? It doesn't matter. What difference did it make at this point?" Of course what difference does it make! What difference did it make when your husband lied under oath? What difference did it make when your husband had all those affairs?
What difference did it make when you lied about the vast right-wing conspiracy? What difference does anything make? Why should you be held accountable? "I'm above being held accountable," Mrs. Clinton thinks. "Who are you to be questioning me? Don't you understand what's going on here? The purpose of this is to make me look good. Who the hell do you think you are, Senator Johnson? What difference does it make how it happened? The fact is I'm out trying to save lives." So now Mrs. Clinton says, "What difference does it make?" Well, let's get a montage here.
Well, we got a montage here. Let's go back. Listen to this.
OBAMA: I don't care how offensive this video was, it was terribly offensive and we should shun it.
HILLARY: This video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose, to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage.
CARNEY: Let's be clear. These protests were in reaction to a video that had spread to the region.
OBAMA: You had a video that was released by somebody who lives here, sort of a shadowy character, an extremely offensive video.
CARNEY: The unrest we've seen has been in reaction to a video.
OBAMA: A crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world.
RICE: It was a spontaneous, not a premeditated response, a direct result of a heinous and offensive video.
OBAMA: I know there are some who ask, "Why don't we just ban such a video?" The answer is enshrined in our laws. Our Constitution protects the right to practice free speech.
RUSH: What difference does it make? The administration lied to the American people. What difference does it make the president lied to the American people? What difference does it make that Jay Carney lied to the American people? What difference does it make that Susan Rice lied to the American people on six different shows or five? What difference does it make that Hillary Clinton lied to the American people? What difference does any of it make? Don't you understand what we're doing here? What difference does it make? I had to stand next to flag-draped coffins. I had to hug family members of the dead. What difference does it make?
What difference does it make? You're the ones spreading the story. What difference does it make? You're the ones that told us why this supposedly happened. We're talking about four dead Americans. What difference does it make? You tell us that you're gonna make sure doesn't happen again and you can't even be honest with people about why it happened? Back in October, Hillary told Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods, who was one of the four dead Americans, Hillary told that guy's father that the US would make sure that the person who made that video is arrested and prosecuted. What difference does it make?
What difference does it make that everybody was lying through their teeth about this because the truth might have imperiled Obama's reelection. What difference does it make? Now, I mentioned that I have never seen the amount of fawning, butt kissing that I saw at this hearing this morning from senators from both parties, and we have a montage. Now, this is not gonna be easy for you to hear, but this happened. My stream-of-consciousness monologue the first hour of this program was based on this.
BOB CORKER: I want to thank you for coming. I know you've had some health issues, are still undergoing, and yet you're here and I think we all do respect the tremendous amount of hard work that you've put forth over the last four years.
JAMES RISCH: Thank you for your service, and thank you for the kindness you've shown this committee.
MARCO RUBIO: We're glad to see you here and wish you all the best.
RON JOHNSON: I'd like to join my colleagues in thanking you for your service sincerely, and also appreciate the fact that you're here testifying and glad that you're looking in good health.
JEFF FLAKE: Thank you for your testimony and also thank you, as others have said, for yours service. Traveling over a million miles and more than a hundred countries.
JOHN BARRASSO: As a doctor, I have seen you work yourself to exhaustion, not for your own benefit but for the benefit of the people in this country, and the country is grateful for that.
JOHN MCCAIN: Thank you, Madam Secretary. We thank you. We thank you for your outstanding and dedicated service to this nation and we are proud of you.
RUSH: What difference does it make? This is the ruling class circling the wagons. What is this about? How did four Americans lose their lives? We have somebody in a job totally unsuited for it, not qualified, wasn't around, lied to the American people about why it happened, and we get this kind of fawning butt kissing. "Oh, you're wonderful. Oh, the miles. Oh, the service. Oh, the concern, the American people are forever thankful for you, oh, my God."
In their dreams the American people are thankful. But that's what they want. They want every citizen getting up every day and having that exact attitude about everybody in government. "Oh, you're wonderful. Oh, you're doing everything for us. Oh, you're working so hard. Oh, you care so deeply. Oh, you've got the best wardrobe. Oh, I'm sorry that you had a concussion. Oh, you've really done well to overcome your health. Oh, you're just the best. Oh, you're so beautiful. Oh, you care so much. Your compassion is unparalleled, oh, my God, we're so lucky to have you," blah, blah, blah. Puke fest.
RUSH: Let's not forget here, folks, it was Hillary Clinton and Obama who got us into Libya, decided to get rid of Moammar Khadafy, put Chris Stevens in harm's way. Hillary and Obama helped to unleash the Arab Spring, overthrow an alley in the War on Terror. They gave the arms to the Libyan rebels and money.
What difference does it make? Imagine Romney saying that in a debate? What difference does it make where my money is? What difference does it make where I put my dog when I went on vacation? What difference does it make? Imagine going to the families of the flag draped caskets, "What difference does it make how they died? What difference does it make what caused it?"
RUSH: Rand Paul put it best this morning in the Senate version, the hearings on Mrs. Clinton. He said, "Not to know of these requests for security cost these people their lives.... I don't suspect your motives, but it was a failure of leadership; there is culpability to the worst tragedy since 9/11."
She's out there saying, "We didn't know of these requests for security." Of course not. She's just the secretary of state. What difference does it make anyway that people requested more security? What difference does that make? In fact, that, I think, is the Obama administration. What difference does it make?