RUSH: Zev Chafets. Zev Chafets, author of the book on me -- the semibiographical tome on me, Army of One -- has a new book out on Roger Ailes. They excerpted three chapters. Well, it's three pages in Vanity Fair on my computer.
The excerpt features Ailes saying, "I like Joe Biden, but he's as dumb as an ashtray." They excerpt Zev Chafets capturing Ailes saying, "The problem with Obama is he lazy. He's never earned a dime in his life." That really made Wolf Blitzer mad. I mean, that really made him mad. See, when you call a black person "lazy," that's code lingo. Right, Mr. Snerdley? (interruption) No, they're not so over. Those days are not so over. Mr. Snerdley, our Official Obama Criticizer, might have to weigh in on this today.
But Obama himself called himself lazy in an interview with Barbara Walters. He called himself lazy! There's also something about Wolf Blitzer wearing a size 42 suit that Wolf's ticked off about. I've got the sound bite here. Anyway, the book on Ailes is great because Ailes opened up to Zev like he hasn't opened up to anybody else. Get Roger Ailes: Off Camera, and you find out who this Roger Ailes the guy is just like you find out who El Rushbo the guy is by reading Zev Chafets' Army of One.
Both books are still out there and both are still available.
Well, Ailes' book is new.
Army of One is now climbing the charts again, by the way, as a companion tome to the Ailes book.
RUSH: You gotta hear these sound bites. The Ailes book by Zev Chafets, Roger Ailes: Off Camera. In it, he said that he likes Joe Biden. By the way, that's a neat trick. I learned this. I used to criticize people and I would never preface the criticism with, "You know, I like so-and-so, but..." I just said whatever. But the way you get away with it is to say you like 'em. "You know, I like Barack Obama. But, folks, let me tell you..." That's the trick, and I think it is a trick.
I think it's a well-learned trick, and it took me a while to learn. I had to learn all this stuff on my own. Nobody ever taught me these things. I just picked it up. So Ailes in the book says, "I have a soft spot for Joe Biden, I like him, but he's dumb as an ashtray." Well, that didn't sit well with Wolf Blitzer over at CNN where they had a discussion about Zev Chafets' book, Roger Ailes: Off Camera. Ailes had some things to say about Wolf, too. So here's Wolf dealing with it...
BLITZER: Roger, uh, Ailes has some strong words about Joe Biden, among other things, saying, "I have a soft spot for Joe Biden, I like him, but he's dumb as an ashtray." Wow! (chuckle) "Dumb as an ashtray." I know Joe Biden. He is not dumb, certainly not dumb as an ashtray. (chuckling)
RUSH: Well, that's a hell of an endorsement. Wolf Blitzer says, "I know Biden, and he's not dumb, certainly not as dumb as an ashtray." (interruption) Wolf was laughing? (interruption) Are you kidding? You saw this and he had a smile on? He was not genuinely outraged? (interruption) Oh. Oh. Well, you're gonna destroy me here if you're telling me Wolf was having a good time with this. It sounds to me like he's ticked off.
"Wow, dumb as an ashtray. I know Joe Biden. He's not dumb, certainly not dumb as an ashtray." I don't know. I never fashioned Wolf Blitzer as a comic. I could be dead wrong. I know Wolf Blitzer, and I like Wolf Blitzer. But I've never thought of him as a comedian. I've never thought he had comedian chops. I thought what you get with Wolf is what you get. He's just out there. Now, this next one, I might have to acknowledge that Wolf's being a little lighthearted here because Ailes made a comment about Wolf and his size, and he remarked that Wolf Blitzer wears a 42 short suit size, a 42 short.
Wolf wanted to correct that.
BLITZER: He does say I'm a good journalist. He's blunt and he's a very, very smart guy. He's done an amazing job over at Fox News. No one can deny that. He did get one thing wrong. He said I wear a 42 short as far as my suit is concerned. It's a 42 regular. Just want to be precise on that.
RUSH: (laughing) We gotta get that straight. But, look, we don't assign comedic chops to Wolf, but we have to acknowledge that he's taking that in good nature, with good humor. I don't think Wolf was really offended. I do think part of Wolf was offended at Ailes calling Biden "as dumb as an ashtray." (I would say "pencil eraser," but it's hard to compare the two.) But Van Jones was not happy at all when Ailes referred to Obama as "lazy." Ailes, in the book Roger Ailes: Off Camera, says that Obama's lazy; he's never earned a dime in the private sector.
That didn't sit well with former administration official and well-known communist sympathizer, Van Jones. He was on last night with Erin Burnett. She said, "Ailes says that Obama's the one who never worked a day in his life, never earned a penny that wasn't public money. 'How many fundraisers does he attend every week? How often does he play basketball and golf? I wish I had that kind of time. He's lazy, but the media won't report that.'" And then she said to Van Jones, "Are these racially charged comments, Van? Are these racially charged comments or is this just frank talk?"
Van Jones, racial? What say you?
JONES: Very! Very! First of all, I just want to say I worked with this president. I worked for him. I know his work ethic; I know not only the quantity of his work but the quality of his work. But you don't have to be in the White House to see this guy works hard. Look at his hair! This guy goes in the White House looking like Tiger Woods; he comes out looking like Morgan Freeman.
BURNETT: I'll give you that.
JONES: He is working himself to the bone!
JONES: Why is he being accused of being lazy? Of all the things to accuse him of, why lazy? One of the things that's a standard thing that's said about African-American...
JONES: It goes back 200 years, the "shiftless Negro." We are now saying the president of the United States is a "shiftless Negro." It is racially charged and offensive and wrong.
RUSH: Well, except that's not what he said. He didn't say that President Obama is a "shiftless Negro." He said he was lazy, and he hadn't earned a penny that wasn't public money. But you see? After 200 years, this country is still racist. There's sill slavery, folks. But let's go back, shall we? We'll turn back the hands of time. We'll go to the archives. December 23rd, 2011, on ABC's 20/20, Barbara Walters interviewing President Obama and the first lady, Moochelle Obama, and discussing the president's personality traits. They had this exchange...
WALTERS: What's the rate you most deplore in yourself and the trait you most deplore in others?
MICHELLE OBAMA: Humph!
WALTERS: You're w'azy?
OBAMA: You know, it's interesting. There is a deep-down -- under all the work I do.
MICHELLE OBAMA: (gigging)
OBAMA: I think there's a laziness in me. I mean, it's probably from growing up in Hawaii and it's sunny outside and sittin' on the beach.
RUSH: Did the president just call himself "a shiftless Negro"? Of course not! Of course not. He just described himself as prone to being lazy because he grew up in Hawaii, the sun, the beach, and reefers. Yeah. You know, when you all get in the car and you roll up the windows. What do you call those sessions? I've never done one, so the name escapes me. It's like "chongos" or some such thing. I forget, but there's a name for it. You all get in the car, roll up the windows, and have at it.
Obama said, yeah, the beach and the sun in Hawaii, he tends toward laziness. Obama said it himself a year ago, year and a half ago. But Ailes points it out in his book and all hell breaks loose. These guys just can't take it. Ailes gets on their nerves, under their skin. The choom gang! Choom gang is what it is. Choom gang. You get a bunch of guys blowing weed, put 'em a car, close the windows and have at it. It's a choom gang, and Obama was in one, by his own admission. Ailes didn't say it. I think there are pictures. It's called "chooming". You've never done it?
You answer that awfully quickly. Ha-ha-ha-ha.
That denial came very quickly, Mr. Snerdley.
RUSH: Zev Chafets chronicling movers and shakers of the conservative movement, two books, Roger Ailes: Off Camera, and of course the book on me, Rush Limbaugh: Army of One. Actually, Ailes is in my army, but it was a clever title.
RUSH: By the way, folks, the Zev Chafets book about Roger Ailes, Off Camera, there's much, much more to this book than just the stuff about Wolf Blitzer and Biden. It's a great life philosophy book. Roger's raising his son Zac, and it's a life lesson book, and it's entertaining, a lot to it.