RUSH: So now we got the White House tours shut down. Folks, that's just flat-out irresponsible. No need for that. How many people do you think are in Washington this week who have planned vacations for maybe a year in advance? You know, it's March. Sometimes the cherry blossoms are out in Washington. Some times it's warm. People schedule trips to the nation's capital year round.
How many people there do you think have arranged tours to the White House via their congressman or through the White House tour office, and now they're shut down? And if you call the office of White House tours, you get a digital recording telling you that because of the sequester and budget cuts there isn't any money for your scheduled tour of the White House. There's no need for that. That alone is evidence of what Obama is attempting to accomplish here with this.
That's just childish. I mean, that's so immature and so childish, but it's who we're dealing with. The Limbaugh Theorem continues to be on full display, and as we get into the audio sound bites today, you'll hear even more of it as expressed by others. I want to remind you: The Limbaugh Theorem points out the only way it can happen, the only way it can succeed is not only with a slavish media, but with a weak opposition party. In my estimation...
Now, this is just me, and I'm sure many of you are going to disagree with this, but I don't think Obama is that sharp. I don't think he's the smartest guy in the room, and I don't think he's automatically charismatic. I don't think that he's intimidating. I think his race is. I think a bunch of people are afraid to be critical of him because they're gonna be accused of racism and they don't want to go anywhere near that. But he didn't even write this playbook.
This is Saul Alinsky.
This playbook has been written by radicals decades ago who came before him. But he owns the narrative because he's never taken down any notches. I have to tell you, it gets frustrating. I read and I listen (I'm sure you do, too) to all of these Republican strategists, elected officials, campaign theorists. They're all over the place, and they are theorizing why the Republicans lost the election and what they have to do to win and they're getting it all wrong.
They're claiming, "They lost because they didn't have significant outreach to minorities. They didn't reach out to Hispanics, didn't reach out to women. The War on Women killed them. The Republicans didn't reach out to whatever minority group. They didn't have a correct position on immigration." That's not why the Republican Party lost. The Republican Party lost because four million of its voters didn't show up.
Four million of its conservative voters didn't show up. You can sit there and wring your hands over losing the election, but at some point somebody on the Republican side's gonna have to stand up and start defining for people who Obama is rather than acquiescing to all this stuff, 'cause where we're headed in not too many years is a citizen standing up when some member of Congress passes away and saying, "Who's gonna take care of us now?" That is embarrassing! It's scary.
RUSH: This is the letter from the White House Visitors Office. "ATTN Interested Parties, Due to staffing reductions..." There are seven people in the White House tour office. White House tours are self-guided. You get some headphones and a digital audio recording, and you walk yourself through the tour. Seven people! Tours are set up a month in advance through your congressman.
"Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that White House Tours will be canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013 until further notice. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule affected tours. We very much regret having to take this action, particularly during the popular Spring touring season.
For updates regarding this situation, please contact the White House Visitors Office 24 Hour Hotline at," which is closed now because of sequestration, and then they give the number. A person has to go through their congressman to arrange a White House tour. They usually have to be scheduled more than a month in advance. There are seven employees in this office, and the regime has chosen to shut it down for precisely this reason: It gets talked about.
People are disappointed and saddened and hurt for the wrong reasons.
RUSH: By the way, if you happen to be somebody that had your White House tour canceled, all is not lost. If you can come up with -- and I'm not kidding -- if you can come up with $500,000 dollars, you can buy a meeting with the president. Not just get a tour, but you can actually get a meeting with the president. They are selling access to Obama for half a million dollars.
Now, you might ask, "Why? What's Obama running for now? He doesn't have another election he's running for. He doesn't give his money to the Democrats that are running for office, so what's he need the money for?"
Well, the fact of the matter is he does need the money because he is continuing to campaign. He isn't governing. He does need to continue to campaign. He's into year five of pretending not to have any power. He's into year five of pretending to fight these horrible Republicans and whoever else it is that's destroying this country. He's into year five of this illusion that he has nothing to do with what's going wrong. That's why he needs the money to continue to buy advertising time for his campaign. But he doesn't have another election.