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Today's Soap Opera: Obama Shakes Hands with Castro, Takes Selfie, Thrills Media

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RUSH:  I tell you, folks, it's a sick world out there.  It is just an absolutely depraved and sick world out there.  It's so depraved and sick I don't know if I can tell you about this. Well, here.  No, I'll save it.  I'll save it.  I'm not gonna start the show with this.  It would be better to start the show with the soap opera.  Can you believe it?  This is a great illustration of how the soap opera script works.  Great illustration of how the behavior of the Drive-Bys, who are the script writers for the daily soap opera that is supposedly the news, happens.  And it all involves Obama shaking the hand of the dictator, Raul Castro, at the memorial for Nelson Mandela. 

You know, there's bigger story, I think, than this.  'Cause I, frankly, and I'm just guessing here, but I don't think Obama really knew who this guy was.  I mean, he knows who Raul Castro is, but if you know other things about the way Obama's been behaving, he's been taking selfies.  We have pictures of Obama taking selfies with himself and David Cameron and Queen somebody from Switzerland or whatever, with Michelle Obama looking on. Well, no, she's not looking on.  She looks irritated.  Here.  Let me turn the Dittocam off.  I'll just show you.  Let me zoom in on this.  You'll probably see this on the website later.  Let me zoom in a little tighter here, folks.  Hang on just a second.  We don't have a union here so I do everything myself, which is fine.  Let's see, get close enough here, yeah, that'll do for private sector work.  Okay, Dittocam coming on.  There we go. 

Now, while this picture's taken, somebody's speaking at the Nelson Mandela memorial.  That is Obama taking a picture of himself with his BlackBerry.  That's David Cameron, the prime minister of Great Britain, and the blonde in the middle being squeezed, actually being gazed at, objectifyingly if you ask me, is -- I don't know, Switzerland, Netherlands, someplace where the leaders are blonde.  And look at Michelle.  She's not paying any attention to this. She's just gazing forward at whoever is speaking.  Can you believe it, Obama taking selfies at the Nelson Mandela memorial.  Okay, I'm gonna turn off the Dittocam and change the zoom on it so I can now turn it back on for the rest of you to watch me.  All right.  Dittocam back on.  But the Drive-Bys, folks, are literally having orgasms over Obama shaking the hand of Raul Castro. 

Let's go to the audio sound bite to illustrate.  This is not news.  They want it to be news. They'd do anything to distract everybody from Obamacare.  And don't worry.  We have not fallen prey to that.  In fact, I had it in the Stack yesterday and I didn't have a chance to get to it, but I'm going to today.  Colin Powell, the titular head of the Republican Party, has come out for socialized medicine.  Nationalized, socialized, some people call it single payer. 

Okay.  First up is Chris Cuomo.  This is on CNN's New Day today.  They're covering the Nelson Mandela memorial service and they're following Obama as he climbed on the stage before he spoke.  There are other dignitaries, dictators, communists, and others up there on the platform.  Obama greets them all.  And as he goes down the rope line, well it's not a rope line, but as he's greeting everybody he runs into Raul Castro, and he shakes his hand.  He shakes his hand like he shook everybody else's hand.  Now, there are a lot of people trying to say, "A-ha, a-ha, see?  It just proves that President Obama is a socialist." 

We don't need him shaking Raul Castro's hand to know this.  We don't need him acting friendly with Raul Castro to know who Obama is.  If this was year one, this would be a big deal.  If this was the first year that Obama's doing this, big deal.  But this is year five.  We're almost starting year six.  We already know this.  We already know he admires these guys, envies their power.  He's working on that.  But you gotta hear the Drive-Bys.  You just have to hear the audio, verbal orgasms here.

CHRIS CUOMO: Were walking around and talking to security officials.

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: Castro! He's shaking hands with Raul Castro.

CHRIS CUOMO: As Christiane points out, President Obama just shook hands with Raul Castro from Cuba.  What does that say as a gesture?

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: It says that this a moment of reconciliation for Mandela. And President Obama is doing the diplomatic thing. He's not just going to walk by and ignore these people who are there.  And they're all in a line.  He's kissing now the U.N. Secretary General, President Zuma. 

ROBYN CURNOW: This is a man, and it is so true, who brought people together in life and he continues to bring people together in death. 

RUSH:  Do you hear this?  That was Christiane Amanpour.  It was Chris Cuomo and the CNN International correspondent Robyn Curnow, and they are literally beside themselves with thrills and excitement.  Nelson Mandela bringing fellow communists together.  Even in death Mandela is uniting the communist world.  Well, what?  I mean, Raul Castro is a communist.  My God, there's an American citizen that's been in a Cuban dungeon for four months now.  This is one reason why people are upset.  I mean, there are literally Americans in prison in Cuba, and Obama's got no business shaking the guy's hand. 

Now, some of you might disagree with me when I say that I don't think Obama really knew who he was.  What I do think is that President Obama's not sending a message to anybody here.  He's too focused on himself.  When he goes through the rope line, he's asking himself what these people think of him.  He's not impressed with any of these people.  He doesn't get a thrill shaking Raul Castro's hand.  He's hoping Castro gets a thrill shaking his hand.  You gotta remember that Obama's a narcissist.  He does not look at himself as somebody who's gotta impress these guys.  He is thinking they envy him.  He is thinking they all want to be who he is.  He is thinking that they are in servitude to him. 

So he runs into Raul Castro, Raul Castro's what?  A dumpy little guy that runs a cheap little island communist nation.  Obama's not interested in that.  He's got the whole US to transform. I think people are looking at this the wrong way.  But the media is just excited.  I heard a commentator on Fox, Jehmu somebody. (imitation) "Well, you know, Bill, our two great countries are separated by 90 miles of water.  That's it, Bill.  And there are families who have been disunited because of the 90 miles of water.  And what this handshake represents, Bill, is perhaps the first steps in these families being united across the 90 miles of water." 

I mean, the media is beside themselves with thrills and excitement.  Can you imagine if Fidel had been there, folks?  If it had been Fidel and not Raul, I mean, I don't know that these people would have been able to keep their clothes on in the media.  I mean, it would have been -- I wish it would have been Fidel.  But it was just his stand-in.  It was just Raul. 

Okay, so that's Chris Cuomo.  Were you able to understand what Christiane Amanpour was saying?  She was literally... I haven't heard her this excited since we lost the Iraq war.  In her mind.  I gotta listen to this again, this "a moment of reconciliation for Mandela and Obama," the diplomatic thing.  I'll just put this out there again, and then we'll follow it up with John King, who's warning everybody that there are gonna be people like me try to make a big deal about this.  Hang on. 

(replaying of sound bite) 

Christiane Amanpour said, "It says that this is a moment of reconciliation for Mandela."  How in the hell is that possible?  Mandela is dead.  Obama is shaking the hand of Raul Castro.  How is that a moment of reconciliation for Mandela?  Oh, Mandela, in death, is uniting Obama and a fellow communist in public, and this is progress?  You know, it's one thing for Obama to do this, and I'm not making excuses for him.  I just think when Obama gets up there on the stage and starts shaking everybody's hand...

Remember, folks, he's taking selfies.  He's thinking about himself.  He's looking at this old guy Raul, and he's not thinking, "Hmm.  Should I shake this guy's hand or not?  How's it gonna look?"  He's looking at it as, "Everybody wants to shake my hand. Everybody wants to be me.  I'm the big dog here.  They're the ones that are gonna get all the accolades back in their homes, having met me."  It is insulting, yeah, but I don't think that...

He doesn't care, folks.  This is his stage.  I mean, this whole week is about Barack Obama.  You understand, that's really what this all means.  That's what this soap opera script is.  It's not the death of Mandela anymore.  This is about Barack Obama assuming Mandela's place as a great whatever on the world stage.  That's what the soap opera is.  The whole week here is about Obama.  It's not about Mandela anymore.  Here's John King.  Now, this is also same show, CNN, John King anticipating that some jerk out there might dare criticize Obama for doing this.

Can you believe it?  This is a great illustration of how the soap opera script works.  Great illustration of how the Drive-Bys, who are the script writers for the daily soap opera that is supposedly the news, happens.  And it all involves Obama shaking the hand of the dictator, Raul Castro, at the memorial for Nelson Mandela. KING:  This is a moment of reconciliation, is a moment of tribute to a great man, and it was not a time to make a political statement. So you shake hands out of the respect for the moment and move on.  Will President Obama get some criticism for that brief handshake and that very, very brief greeting or conversation?  Yes, he will.  It comes with the territory.  Somebody will decide that was a horrible thing.  I think the president was showing respect for the moment.

RUSH:  So, you see, if you were on the verge of being a jerk and being critical of Obama, you better not.  You better pull it back right now because he was just caught up in the moment, had to be polite. It doesn't mean anything.  "It comes with the territory. ... [T]he president was showing respect for the moment." No, he wasn't.  He was receiving, in his mind, the accolades of the moment. 

Now, we go back to Christiane Amanpour.  Some gospel singer was bringing down the House. That's the next thing that happened here at the memorial.  And while the gospel singer was bringing down the house, Christiane Amanpour comes back to describe the moment when Obama shook Raul Castro's hand as joy and described the whole service as just a warm-up act for Obama.  Listen.

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR:  President Obama couldn't be getting a better warm-up act.

CHRIS CUOMO:  I know!

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR:  Look at this!  The whole crowd!

CHRIS CUOMO:  American gospel singer Kirk Franklin, who just brought this stadium to its feet, the South African crowd dominantly was just going crazy to the --

ROBYN CURNOW:  Wonderful.

CHRIS CUOMO:  -- stylings of Kirk Franklin.

ROBYN CURNOW:  Just a sense like we're in the middle of a pop concert, half a party, but it's a funeral. It's a memorial service. 

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: This truly is what today's about!  This moment really captured the joy!

RUSH:  You know, this is The Funeral Crashers is what it is.  This is a party.  These people are taking the occasion of Mandela's death... It's the Wellstone Memorial.  They're taking the occasion of the death of Mandela and they're using it, essentially discarding him to change and turn the focus all on to them.  If you doubt me, you heard it. The first words out of Christiane Amanpour's mouth: "And President Obama couldn't be getting a better warm-up act." 

We're talking about a memorial service for a great man, in these people's minds, a great man who has just died and needs to be memorialized, and what is it?  It's a warm-up act for Obama.  And Raul Castro, the unwitting dupe, was part of the warm-up act.  It is, folks. It's the Funeral Crashers. It's the Wellstone Memorial all over again.  But it's all about Barack Obama assuming the mantel of world leftist leadership.  That is what this is. It is a second inauguration, if you will, for Obama now of the world. 

The torch has been passed.

Whether Mandela knew it or not, the torch has been passed from Mandela to Obama, and the memorial service, and the words of the great international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, a warm-up act for Obama.

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RUSH:  Folks, there is no doubt that I'm right.  Obama, it's not a big deal shaking Raul Castro's hand in any way, shape, manner, or form.  I don't think he even recognized him.  If he would have recognized him, if he would have known who Raul Castro was, he would have bowed like he always does to world leaders.  He just shook the chump's hand and moved on.  He didn't know who he was.  So I wouldn't make any big deal about this. If he'da bowed to him, well, then it'd be a whole different matter. 

But he just shook the chump's hand and moved on.  The blonde, by the way, in the selfie is the prime minister of Denmark.  Her name is Helle Thorning-Schmid, and she is being objectifying-ly gazed upon in yet another selfie.  Obama is got his hand on her shoulder. David Cameron is talking to her, Obama's got his hand on her left shoulder, and Michelle is looking at that with a blank expression on her face. 

But that's who the blonde was.  Alan Gross is the name of American that Castro has been holding in prison since 2009.  He's little white guy, so it doesn't matter to anybody, but that's who he is.  He's an American who has been in the Castro dungeon for four years, and there are people that are literally ticked off by the handshake because of that.

But again, folks, I don't think Obama knew. Raul Castro, I mean, he's a dumpy little chumpy-looking guy.  Obama, you gotta understand, he's a narcissist.  It's all about him.  It's a warm-up act.  The death of Mandela a warm-up act, as proclaimed by Christiane Amanpour.  Obama's not up there thinking, "Oh, gee, should I shake hands with this communist pig or not?" 

That's not even on his mind. It doesn't even cross his mind. If he'da bowed, that'd be a whole different thing.  Listen to Brian Williams, NBC News, on the Today show today.  He's talking with Savannah Guthrie.  She said, "This was an unprecedented meeting of world leaders.  For a moment, it made for strange bedfellows, Brian.  We saw President Obama shake the hand of Cuba's leader, Raul Castro.  Tell us us what the mood has been like in the ceremony."

WILLIAMS:  Let's not be overly nice about this.  That dignitary section has some criminals, some thieves, some kings, some presidents, a lot of different types of people, and there has been a lot written and said about where to seat them.  The president's handshake with Raul Castro was one of the better moments.  The crowd's reception for Robert Mugabe was interesting.  So, again, what would Nelson Mandela say to all of them and say to all of this?  Most of the speakers have urged the crowd, "Go on, behave like him. Live like him. Be infused with his spirit going forward, and maybe we could get someplace."

RUSH:  Don't you love this? (summarized) "Well, you know, let's not be overly nice about this.  That dignitary section has actually got some criminals, got some thieves, some kings, some presidents."  Now, in which category there they talking about Clinton?  (laughing)

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RUSH: I just want to play the opening little bit here of sound bite number three because it's been since the first hour that I aired it, and I just want to prove to you that Christiane Amanpour did refer to all of this, this Mandela memorial, as the opening act for Obama.  CNN today on their early morning show called New Day where Chris Cuomo is talking to Christiane Amanpour. 

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR:  President Obama couldn't be getting a better warm-up act.

CHRIS CUOMO:  I know!

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR:  Look at this!  The whole crowd!

CHRIS CUOMO:  American gospel singer Kirk Franklin, who just brought this stadium to its feet.

RUSH:  Okay, that's it, you heard her say it.  "And President Obama couldn't be getting a better warm-up act."  And now we pick up where we left off.  George Stephanopoulos.  Everything's about Obama.  This is Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America talking to the chief foreign correspondent, complete with trench coat, Terry Moran.  It's the Peter Jennings memorial trench coat.  Every foreign correspondent at ABC wears one.  And they're having a discussion about Obama's remarks at the opening act.

STEPHANOPOULOS:  The crowd really embracing President Obama when they saw him come up on the screen.

MORAN:  No question, his picture and then when he stepped forward to the podium, the crowd just lit up, and as he spoke, I looked around, this crowd was in rapt attention to the president's words.

RUSH:  You see?  It's about Obama.  The death of Mandela, about Obama.  The Mandela memorial service, about Obama.  The crowd is not even there to memorialize Mandela.  It's all about Obama.  And Stephanopoulos: wow, crowd really embracing President Obama. 

Up next, CBS This Morning, managing editor at TIME Magazine, former Richard Stengel. He just changed places.  A Democrat hack, used to be at TIME, now at CBS.  He's talking with Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell, who says, "The president used his speech to say, we must all ask how well have I applied his lessons in my own life. That that matter of reflection about Mandela's life to our own differences and circumstances?”

What do you make of that?  The question makes no sense.  Not the point.  Here's what the panelists said.

RICHARD STENGEL: He's talking about the inner Mandela in all of us. I mean, if you can somehow imbue yourself with these values, I mean, it will make us a better person and -- but he also was very smart, I think, to notice that, look, there's still political prisoners in the world now. This, you know, Mandela's long walk is not over yet.

GAYLE KING: Yes. 

CHARLIE ROSE:  Exactly. The struggle continues.

RICHARD STENGEL: The struggle continues, that's right.

RUSH:  I'm sorry, but Mandela's long walk is over.  Well, this is the kind of symbolism these people engage in.  Do you think that's an outrageous thing to say?  Is that a disrespectful thing to say?  Here these people, this is Richard Stengel, "Well, you know, Mandela's long walk is not yet over."  Gayle King: "Yes"  Charlie Rose:  "Exactly.  The struggle continues."  Let no man say that Charlie Rose is not down for the struggle, because Charlie clearly is.  And then Stengel comes back, "Yeah, the --" And Gayle says, "What?"  Stengel says, "The struggle, yeah, that's right, the struggle, yeah."  Bill Keller, the former editor at the New York Times, was also at CBS This Morning talking about Mandela's memorial service, the opening act for Obama, and he and Norah O'Donnell have this little chitchat.

O'DONNELL:  As they mentioned President Zuma, there was booing in that stadium, as the current state of South Africa, while much better because of Mandela, there is still extreme poverty, has one of the worst income inequality rates in the world.

KELLER:  Right, 40% of South Africans -- and they're mostly black -- live on less than $2 a day.

RUSH:  What?  Uh, what?  Wait.  What?  Uh, play that again.  I'm not sure I heard this right.  Yeah, I'm confused here.  Play that again. 

O'DONNELL:  As they mentioned President Zuma, there was booing in that stadium, as the current state of South Africa, while much better because of Mandela, there is still extreme poverty, has one of the worst income inequality rates in the world.

KELLER:  Right, 40% of South Africans -- and they're mostly black -- live on less than $2 a day.

RUSH: Wait.  What?  Really?  I thought that was all fixed?  I thought there wasn't any income inequality. Oh, gee.  It wasn't made that much better when they got rid of apartheid?  And Zuma, the crime rate exploded?  The crime rate exploded?  Really?  Oh, man.  I don't know if I can go on.  Seriously?  This is all true?  Forty percent of South Africans, mostly black, live on less than $2 a day, after apartheid? Income inequality, extreme poverty, well, they just must not -- that's gotta be what it is.  They just haven't got communism up and running yet, I guess. (interruption) Well, no, no, no, what do you mean the right people haven't run it?  Mandela was there, chief Zuma?  What do you mean the right people haven't run it?  You know what it is, they just haven't gotten enough funding yet.  That has to be what it is.

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