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Obama Doesn't Have Courage to Lead

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RUSH: Folks, what is paramount and obvious to me is here's Obama, and he gets back from his vacation, and immediately -- with no provocation, by the way. There isn't anybody outside of Jeff Sessions, maybe, hitting Obama. But Jeff Sessions isn't really, either. There was nobody on the Republican side trying to pick a fight with Obama. Nobody's insulting him. Nobody on the Republican side is doing anything other than mild -- mild, even by political standards -- criticism.

But Obama is acting like everybody on the Republican side is insulting his mother, his wife, his kids, and him -- and this isn't happening. He's not being insulted. He's not being mistreated. He's not being disrespected. Yet he's lashing out! I'm telling you, he doesn't have the courage to lead. That's how it appears to me. He doesn't have the courage, because I don't think he thinks he needs to lead.

He is succeeding beyond his wildest dreams, and at the same time he is accomplishing one of the primary objectives that he's had as a politician since he got into the business, and that is eliminating all opposition. He's not interested in compromise. He says he's sitting there, his door's open, and he's waiting for the phone to ring. The Republicans say they're hoping the president calls! "GOP Senators Waiting for President Obama's Outreach."

He's not gonna reach out to them. He's in the process of destroying them! This episode today at the Old Executive Office Building/Eisenhower Executive Office Building is stunning to me, when you get right down to it. I mean, it's who Obama is, but without any provocation... If I didn't know better, I would think this three-day vacation of his was miserable and he's ticked off. He's come back and he's in a foul humor because he has lashed out at these humor Republicans.

They haven't done anything to him. They've practically been as nice to him as they know how to be. Yet you heard the demonization. This isn't just criticism. He is impugning their honor, their integrity, their character, their reputations. He's now gone further than saying Mitt Romney didn't care that some guy's wife got cancer. Obama today said the entire Republican Party doesn't care if you get cancer! During the campaign, there were ads that Obama ran that Romney didn't care if some guy's wife got cancer at a business that Bain Capital once ran.

But today, Obama went out and said Republicans don't care if every one of you get cancer. Here. I want to replay this first sound bite. This is what I'm talking about in case you missed this -- and if you did hear it, I want to hear it again. Because it's about the sequester. It's about how this country is about to implode. And, by the way, everything he talks about here will happen if his policies are not stopped. All of this is gonna happen.

But his characterization of the Republicans here is libelous, and were it not for this being in politics, he would have to pay a huge price for this. I mean, this is slanderous, it's libelous, and it is certainly not helpful. It's not bipartisan. It's not reaching out. There is no reason a person with any self-respect would respond to this at all after being characterized this way. I mean, this is not insignificant.

This series of allegations and accusations -- and that's what this is. Again, you must hear this as Obama intends it for the low-information voter. Obama's purpose here is to just wipe out the opposition. Just get rid of any viable opposition. Clear the playing field. Listen to this one more time, and I want you to really listen. Don't say, "Ah, it's politics-as-usual." This goes beyond that. Here. One more time...

OBAMA: Emergency responders, like the ones who are here today, their ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded. Border Patrol agents will see their hours reduced. FBI agents will be furloughed. Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. Air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, which means more delays in airports across the country. Thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. Tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings. This is not an abstraction. People will lose their jobs. The unemployment rate might tick up again.

RUSH: Folks, I'm telling you, that is so un-presidential as to be as un-presidential as anything I've ever heard. That is irresponsible and it is defamatory. Not to mention totally untrue, which is what makes it all those other things. It's hideous in that it conveys this notion that without government creating massive debt and spending money that it doesn't have, nothing that's any good can happen in this country.

The only way anything that's any good can happen is if Obama is running the government, and it's doing all of these things. Just take one example. He says here that hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care. That's already happening, and we've had the stories for you just this week, yesterday and last week. He says thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. Could somebody tell me which teachers are being paid by the federal government?

What part of the federal budget is it that pays teachers? Now, the government contributes to the school lunch program, the school breakfast program, and the school snack program, and school dinner. But does the federal government pay teachers? It doesn't. If he were only this concerned about the job losses that have already happened. If he were only this concerned about four dead Americans in Benghazi.

If he were only this concerned about a dead Border Patrol agency because of Fast and Furious. If he were only this concerned about all the wasted money he's thrown into wind and solar. If he were only this concerned about the damage being done by not okaying the Keystone pipeline! I'm telling you, this is defamatory. He comes back from vacation with no provocation whatsoever. The only thing that's happened is that the Republicans have not bent over, grabbed the ankles, and said, "Do with us as you will."

For that, for that insolence, this is how the king decides to treat them. "So this is what the Republicans want, huh?" That's what he wants you to believe. That's what he wants you to take away. That's who the Republicans are; that's what they want. They want no teachers being paid. They don't want any cops or fireman being paid. They want everybody getting cancer! No flu vaccinations. No first responders. If your house catches fire, too bad!

When did the federal government start paying firemen, by the way? When did the federal government start paying the EMS people? And if this government is so fragile, if $85 billion -- and, again, I'm abandoning my point here, but I'm gonna make it anyway. If all of this disaster results from $85 billion not being spent, if our government is so fragile, do we really want it running all of these departments? If our government and our country can be ruined and brought to its knees this easily, then maybe the people in charge don't know what they're doing.

At the end of it all, his modus operandi here is to be constantly campaigning. He's not governing. He bears no responsibility for any of this. All he's doing is trying to stop it. That's why people will say in poll after poll after poll that they don't like the direction of the country and they don't like Obama's agenda, but they approve of the job he's doing. It can only be because they see him as fighting all of this, not causing it. He doesn't have the courage to actually lead.

What Obama is doing, folks, is setting the stage for a new depression which will make the current economic problems look tame or even nonexistent.  If his policies are not arrested -- and, by the way, you're starting to see this pop up in a lot of places.  The most recent was Barron's.  It's an arm of the Wall Street Journal.  There's a cover story with Obama, and it's about if this stuff isn't stopped in 25 years, we're gonna be worse than Greece. We're gonna have riots in the streets. 

Folks, this is not sustainable, and it's why I asked a bunch of people recently, all these Democrats that donate to this guy, they can't possibly know what they're really doing.  Now, the Democrat leadership, the political leadership, yeah, they're all in for this, but I can't believe that some guy that owns a golf club up in Palm City who donates to Obama is in favor of all this.  I think these people are just loyal Democrats donating and raising money for the latest Democrat. They want to be in and close to the seat of power. They want to feed off of it. 

You know, everybody's a celebrity worshiper.  But all-in for this?  He's setting the stage for new depression.  It's gonna make what's happening now look tame or even nonexistent.  We're facing massive unemployment.  We're facing massive business failures, bank failures.  The disintegration of all that you have and have worked for is on tap if this stuff continues. 

Now, the Republicans, we all know that they simply do not know how to speak for themselves, whether it's the consultant class that has advised them not to be critical of Obama because some mythical group of voters doesn't like it -- and make no mistake, that's why Romney, throughout the campaign, was running around, "Well, no, Obama's a really nice guy. He's a great family man. He's just in over his head, doesn't really know what he's doing."  That's so wrong.  He's not in over his head and he knows what he's doing, and he's not a nice guy.  A nice guy doesn't say what Obama just said.  But our consultant class and some of our young conservatives who don't know any better are running around saying, "You know, we must not raise our voices, and we must not be confrontational, and we must understand." 

Meantime, they are being chewed up and spit out.  And we all know that they either don't know how or are unwilling to tell people who they really are.  So I will.  Because I know what I want for this country, and I happen to know that the vast majority of Republicans and conservatives want the same.  We want to prevent what's happening, folks.  We want to prevent the nation from going bankrupt.  We want to prevent the destruction of the value of everything we've created as a nation.  We want to prevent the shutting down of every federal agency and program.  We want to prevent whatever civil unrest that might happen and could happen via riots, when there isn't anything to be had. 

We don't want to become Greece.  We don't want to become Western Europe.  We don't want to become a Western Europe social democracy.  We don't want to see the wealth of this nation destroyed and plundered.  We do not want any of this.  We don't want to destroy people's incomes.  We don't want to destroy people's savings.  We don't want to destroy people's pensions.  We don't want to destroy people's home values.  We don't want to see people's farms shut down.  We don't want to see people's businesses boarded up.  We don't want to see millions of untold jobs destroyed and shut down, and that's happening. 

We want to prevent all of this.  We want to prevent a run on the banks and other financial institutions.  We want to prevent the destruction of the currency, the dollar and all that flows from that, which includes food becoming unaffordable, long lines for gasoline, if you can get it.  We want to make sure that the country does not become what it was like in the Northeast after Hurricane Sandy for what may be still going on.  We don't want to see people losing their health care.  We don't want to see companies choosing to pay fines rather than ensure employees for health care.  We don't want any of this.  But to listen to the president of the United States, all of this is what we favor.  And the irony is, it is what he is bringing about, it's what he's making happen.  He is the cause of it.  It is his policies. 

So he gets a free ride.  He gets to occupy this perch.  He's the gladiator fighting against all this evil, these unnamed people, these unseen people behind the curtain pulling the levers trying to screw you out of everything.  He's out there and he's into his fifth year now of fighting against that, fighting for you, all the while what he is doing is actually causing it.  But this 1% business, this idea that Obama doesn't like hanging around the rich, he loves hanging around Beyonce. He loves hanging around Jay-Z. He loves hanging around Tiger Woods. He loves hanging around rich people. He wants to be one of them.  I've got a story here, Beyonce spends $80 per nail getting a manicure.  Eighty per nail because she has real gold painted on them, $850 for a manicure, Beyonce.  And Moochelle doesn't mind hanging around with that.  There's a story about it, and that's cool.  "Beyonce's Gold Spikey Talon Manicure," $85 per nail.

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