RUSH: Now, the sequester, it's gonna cut, they're saying, $85 billion. We actually know it's 22. But we'll go with their 85. We're gonna cut $85 billion this year, light? Look at this story. Wall Street Journal today. Secretary of state John Kerry, who served in Vietnam, said that the United States is preparing for the first time to directly provide nonlethal assistance to rebel Syrian fighters as part of a bid to change president Bashar al-Assad's calculations and to expedite his removal from office.
Meaning, we're gonna pay freedom fighters in Syria some money to get rid of Bashar Assad. You know how much? Sixty million. Sixty million in assistance. No, it's just chump change. It's $60 million here. But do you think maybe we could save that $60 million and keep some firemen employed? We're giving $60 minimum to Syrian freedom fighters here on the eve of the sequester? I hadn't planned on offering grief counseling services for those hurt by the sequester tomorrow, but I'll be glad to help 'em through their darkest hours, and there will be some dark hours starting tomorrow.
Speaking of which, grab sound bite number nine. No! Grab sound bite number ten. I want to take you back to February 19th, nine days ago. You heard this once or twice. If you haven't heard it, I want you to hear it again. It's President Obama at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on February 19th.
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: That sounds like it's gonna be pretty dark out there, folks. Dark hours, dark days, all starts tomorrow, right? That's Obama nine days ago. Here's Obama last night...
OBAMA: This is not a cliff, but it is a tumble downward. It's conceivable that in the first week, the first two weeks, first three weeks, first month, a lot of people may not notice the full impact of the sequester. But this is going to be a big hit on the economy.
RUSH: He's getting cold feet out there. They tried to get the Republicans to cave. They did everything they could to get the Republicans to cave and go along with raising taxes and making some kind of deal. Now the sequester is gonna hit and guess what? The president has to go out there and say (summarized), "You're not gonna even notice it the first month. It's gonna happen and it's gonna really kill economy, but you're not gonna notice the first week, first two weeks, first three weeks, first month.
"A lot of people may not notice the full impact." They may not even notice? There was no need to release the illegal alien prisoners? By the way, we find that that decision was made last week, folks, and they found a fall guy for that who is retiring. He's not resigning. They found a fall guy. So how about this? How about this, "It's no big deal. Nobody's gonna even notice it for the first month"? You're not gonna notice it at all, is the bottom line. The Republicans, for whatever reason, held firm. They didn't buckle.
(Well, there's still time, though.)
They didn't buckle, and they didn't cave, and so the regime -- and by the way, not just Obama. Democrats all over the place are now in a big CYA mode, uttering things similar to what you just heard Obama say. "You're not even gonna notice it," and, of course, the low-information voters aren't watching. We had the poll yesterday: Only 25% of the American people are paying attention. So it isn't gonna matter anyway. You and I know, but that's it's about it.
RUSH: By the way, David "Rodham" Gergen, CNN, agrees with Woodward. He can't believe what Obama's doing here. David "Rodham" Gergen, we've got the sound bite coming up, actually thinks Obama is harming the country, the way he has been dealing with this sequester. Don't forget, now, Obama is now saying that nobody's gonna notice the sequester for the first month. After all of the fearmongering and after all the threats and all the dire predictions, now that we're one day away and now that it isn't much of anything at all, Obama's gotta come out, "Hey, by the way, you're not gonna notice the first week, two weeks, three, maybe first month. You won't notice anything."