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Tahrir Square, Two Years Later

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RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, violence is flaring. It's a sad day. It's very depressing out there in Egypt. Tahrir Square, remember that two years ago? The outbreak of democracy, the Arab Spring, a beautiful thing. Gonna get rid of a mean, bloodthirsty dictator, Hosni Mubarak. Gonna put an Obama acolyte in there. Gonna have freedom and democracy. They told us this at the Weekly Standard, a number of conservative media places. Obama media said, "Oh, yes, Arab Spring, it's the outbreak of democracy all over the world. The Middle East, bye-bye jihad, hello flower children. I mean, it's really gonna be a beautiful thing."

Well, I'm sure everybody had the highest hopes, and I'm sure everybody gave it everything they had. It's just a sad thing. Hundreds of youths are at the moment clashing with Egyptian police in Tahrir Square in a violent start to the second anniversary of the uprising of the toppling of Hosni Mubarak. So two years, it's so depressing, so very sad. Two years after this momentous, wonderful, beautiful explosion of democracy, the Arab Spring, Tahrir Square, apparently it's all fallen apart. Now it's just violence, protests, and people shooting each other with guns. They still have guns. They haven't banned 'em yet. It's a shame.

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RUSH: It's such a sad day, the violence taking place in Tahrir Square. We want to go to one of my all-time favorite series of sound bites. Folks, I just love these. Our old buddy Nic Robertson, CNN, February 11th, 2011, in Tahrir Square celebrating the outbreak of the Arab Spring and trying to get people involved in the protest, to praise Barack Obama for it.

ROBERTSON: Achmed, you've been here, down here on the Square for many days. The United States and the international community. You've just listened to President Obama saying that America will support Egypt if it wants help and assistance, and hopes that there will be a good transition for jobs for the young people. What would be your message for President Obama?

ACHMED: We don't know, actually, who he supports. He serves for his own purposes, and the Egyptian people serve for our freedom and democracy. Any democratic country should see for the people, not for its own purposes.

RUSH: Folks, I love this. There's Nic Robertson, these people are in the midst of protesting what they think is for their freedom (imitating Robertson), "What would you say to President Obama, who is likely responsible for your being able to breathe today? Do you love President Obama?" What the hell did he have to do with it? So Nic moved on now to Mustapha since Achmed didn't come through for him. Up next, Nic Robertson here with Mustapha at Tahrir Square.

ROBERTSON: Mustapha is joining me now. We just heard President Obama say that he wants to extend, eh, support and assistance to Egypt and Egyptians if they want any, and he hopes that there are more jobs for the young people in the future. What's your message for President Obama?

MUSTAPHA: Well, my message to President Obama is just, "We started this revolution without any outside help, and we are going to finish it also without any outside help."

RUSH: Our message to President Obama is, "Where the hell's he been? He doesn't have anything to do with this. What you are asking me about President Obama for? I'm in the middle here of trying to fight for my own freedom, get rid of a dictator, whatever, Arab Spring, democracy, and you're asking me what is my message for Obama?" So our old buddy Nic Robertson, CNN, he tried Achmed, then he went to Mustapha, and he said, "I'm gonna give Mustapha one more chance here to praise Obama," which was all CNN cared about.

ROBERTSON: Are you pleased that President Obama has come out, however, now and said he supports this change and supports the people and supports the young people and -- and what they've done?

MUSTAPHA: Well, actually President Obama's views were kind of conflicting during the last week, but now he's saying that he's supporting the change.

RUSH: (imitating exchange) "Well, at least Mustapha, are you pleased that President Obama has come out and said he supports the change, supports you, the young people and jobs and what you've done?" "Well, actually Nic, old buddy, Obama's view were kind of conflicting during the last week. We don't really know where he was." So our old buddy Nic here spoke to Achmed and Mustapha, wanted them to praise Obama in the middle of the Arab Spring, make it about Obama, and these guys wouldn't play ball. You heard it. You heard 'em basically say, "Obama's not here. He hasn't done anything. We don't know what he believes." It's time for Nic Robertson to wrap it up and tell the CNN viewers what they just heard.

ROBERTSON: The view from here is one of very happy to now hear that President Obama has swung behind the people.

RUSH: Really? That's what we just heard from Mustapha and Achmed, that the view from Tahrir Square is one of very happy people to hear that Obama has swung behind the people? No, Nic, we didn't hear that. That's what you wanted 'em to say. That's the danger of live TV. If they coulda videotaped these guys they coulda found a couple of guys to say what they wanted. That's the risk of live TV, the odds you are gonna find people don't like Obama, very hard, but you're gonna find it.

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