RUSH: So Bo Snerdley walks into my compound here, broadcast facility, oh, I guess about an hour ago. And he's somewhat stuttering, trying to pay me a compliment. He says, "How did you... I mean, well, I know you know, but how did you... how did you..." I said, "What are you talking about?"
"How did you know we were winning this?" He had just seen the AP story with Obama's approval rating at 37%. Grab sound bite number two. Barack Obama's approval rating at 37%. That fact is in an AP story. Would you like to hear the headline of that AP story? I have it right here my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. "Poll: GOP Gets The Blame In Shutdown." And then if you read the story, you find out that as an incidental item, the president of the United States' approval number is at 37%.
This is before that insulting, juvenile, petulant, spoiled-rotten little kid press conference from yesterday, about which there was not one question asked about Obamacare and its rollout. Not one question in that presser yesterday. We have also learned that the Park Service and Obama okayed a pro-amnesty immigration reform rally on the National Mall that is closed to everybody else, including World War II vets. Nancy Pelosi and a number of Democrats, who are, I think, in a time warp, a bunch of them went over there and got arrested as though this is still the 1960s. John Lewis got arrested. Charlie Rangel got arrested, as though it's some badge of honor to get arrested. These people are totally tone-deaf.
The president's at 37%. The shutdown is going on. Now we learn that five military families were insulted profoundly with the way the deaths of their service member relatives were treated. Folks, it is obvious that this administration is acting purposely to inconvenience and to harm people it considers its political enemies. Why in the world, in the middle of this, when you're losing, why call that press conference yesterday and why go out there and keep saying, "I'm willing to negotiate" and this sort of thing, why do that on the same day that you are permitting -- I mean, you talk about a thumb in the eye. You talk about almost being spat upon to allow the closed -- because of the shutdown -- National Mall to open up for a pro-amnesty immigration rally. The people allowed in there were illegal. They were not American citizens.
Meanwhile, outside the fences, not permitted in, American citizens, World War II vets and their families are not allowed to go to the World War II Memorial. And the Democrats and the media and the president somehow think that this is adding up to their benefit? Here's Pelosi yesterday. Grab sound bite 13. This is Pelosi yesterday on the National Mall during a rally in favor of amnesty, comprehensive immigration reform.
PELOSI: I want to join my colleague, uh, uh, who, uh -- thank the president for enabling us to gather here and also thank the president that the veterans were able to gather at the World War II Memorial.
RUSH: They weren't! They weren't. It was shut down. They were not able to. The rollout of Obamacare continues to be an absolute disaster. Even the Washington Post and CBS News are now writing and broadcasting what a debacle the rollout of Obamacare is and that website. I've got an open letter that a 26-year-old female grad student from the University of Michigan wrote about how Obamacare has destroyed her future and the future of everybody her age.
Meanwhile, if you are a conservative media guy inside the Beltway you're convinced that Obama's winning everything. If you're a conservative media guy inside the Beltway and you're subjected to that narrative each and every day, you think the Republicans are really getting shellacked. You think they're taking it on the chin. You think, as John Podhoretz writes in the New York Post today, Republicans are committing suicide. It's the exact opposite. It's the exact opposite of what's happening outside the Beltway.
I want to go back, ladies and gentlemen. I want to go back to March 13th of 2006. This is from our all-time top five favorite audio sound bites. Wolf Blitzer, barely able to contain himself, March 13, 2006, CNN, The Situation Room, his show. Unable to contain himself. George W. Bush's approval rating had just hit 36%.
BLITZER, MARCH 13, 2006: It's 4 p.m. here in Washington. So you're getting the first look right now at our brand-new poll. The president's job approval rating has taken a downward turn again, falling to only 36%. [break] This represents his lowest rating ever in the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll. [break] The president's poll numbers are pretty bad, pretty awful right now, rock bottom as far as the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll. [break] The president's Iraq problem and his new low point in the polls. [break] His approval and policies now are at new lows. [break] The president's job approval number in this new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, rock bottom, the lowest it's ever been. [break] It's 5 p.m. here in Washington where President Bush takes a beating in our latest poll. His approval rating at a low ebb. [break] Our latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll just out in the past hour shows the president at an all-time low. [break] His job approval rating at a new low. [break] That's rock bottom as far as our poll is concerned. [break] It's 7 p.m. here in Washington. The war in Iraq comes home to roost for President Bush. Our latest poll numbers showing his approval rating at a new low. [break] Also: President Bush hits a new low in the polls. [break] Now back to our lead story: President Bush's approval rating now at an all-time low. [break] As we noted, a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll shows his job approval rating at a new low. [break] President Bush's approval rating at a new low, 36%.
RUSH: None of those repeated. All of that was said in a three-hour stretch. Wolf Blitzer on March 13th, 2006, when Bush's approval number hit 36%. Today Barack Obama's approve number's at 37%, and they are not talking about it. The AP story in which that poll result is announced has the following headline: "Poll: GOP Gets The Blame In Shutdown." They have a poll that shows that 71% of the American people are blaming the Republicans for the shutdown. In the same poll, 50% are blaming the Democrats for something, but the media says, "Look, 20% spread, boy, the Republicans are really taking it on the chin for the government shutdown." But the poll does not say people are upset with the shutdown.
But that's not the point. The point is, once again, there is no media, there is no news. This is the Democrat Party with activists disguised as journalists. Thirty-seven percent approval for The Messiah, "Barack Hussein Obama! Mmm! Mmm! Mmm!" And it's not some outlier poll. You have to read over halfway down into that story to learn that. I haven't seen it anywhere else. It's been on AP, but have you seen anybody else pick that up? It's just classic.
RUSH: I just want to let you hear Wolf Blitzer and the way he dealt with Bush's approval number hitting 36%. I want to go back to March 10th of 2006 when Bush's approval number was at 37%, exactly what Obama's is today, in the same poll. And this is Ron Fournier writing for the AP, March 10th, 2006. " More and more people, particularly Republicans, disapprove of President Bush's performance, question his character and no longer consider him a strong leader against terrorism, according to an AP-Ipsos poll documenting one of the bleakest points of his presidency." That's how AP reported Bush at 37% back in 2006.
That was after three years, maybe even six years, if you want to really add 'em all up. Let's just say three, when the Iraq war started. That was after three years of a daily, relentless pounding of Bush by the Drive-By Media. Daily characterizations of Bush as an idiot, as incompetent, as irresponsible, as stupid, as a buffoon. We were heading into a recession. It took 'em three years to get Bush down to 37%. And when they got to 37%, they celebrated.
Here's more from Ron Fournier back on March 10th of 2006. "The poll suggests that most Americans wonder whether Bush is up to the job. The survey, conducted Monday through Wednesday of 1,000 people, found that just 37 percent approve of his overall performance. That is the lowest of his presidency. ... Republican Party leaders said the survey explains why GOP lawmakers are rushing to distance themselves from Bush on a range of issues -- port security, immigration, spending, warrantless eavesdropping and trade, for example."
Those were the issues that the Republican Party, it was said by AP, was running away from George W. Bush: port security, immigration, spending, warrantless eavesdropping, which can't even hold a candle to what Obama has been doing on any of those issues. And then Fournier said, "Personally, far fewer Americans consider Bush likable, honest, strong and dependable than they did just after his re-election campaign." The headline was: "Bush's Approval Rating Falls to New Low." Obama's at 37% today in an AP poll, and the headline is: "GOP Blamed for Shutdown." It's journalistic malpractice, except it's not because it's not journalism. It's not what we're even talking about here.