RUSH: Hey, stop the music, stop the theme. Would you play audio sound bite number one for me? I have to hear this before I actually use it in the show.
OBAMA: When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T (laughter) meant to her.
RUSH: Yeah, okay, that's good. Hit the music again. I just had to determine how much laughter there was on that. 'Cause I think the laughter goes on and on, and he doesn't know why. He doesn't know why people are laughing, because the guy was just reading it off the teleprompter. He probably never heard of the -- well, I don't want to go there, I really don't. Well, actually I'd love to go there, but I'm not gonna go there, folks.
RUSH: Everybody remembers Dan Quayle. He was at a grade school, it was a spelling bee. He went in there as vice president and was playing around with the kids, which is what politicians do because of course it's all for the children, which it is. That's why everybody does what they do, for the future, for the kids. Responsible people want to leave a country, culture, society in at least same shape they found it in. If it was pleasing to them, if it offered them opportunity, they want to pass it on. Most want to improve it. Most want to leave a better life for their kids. And so it's a custom for presidents, vice presidents, politicians to venture to schools now and then.
Vice President Quayle participated in a spelling bee. The word was "potato," and the spelling that he was given had an E on the end of it. And when the child spelled potato without pronouncing the E, the vice president called him on it. And said "Oops, oops, oops, sorry, you blew it, it's p-o-t-a-t-o-e." "No, it's not, no E on there," and Quayle, "Right here it is." And that's all it took. From then on, Dan Quayle, biggest idiot on earth. And that image lasted for quite a while.
Last night in the White House during the Women of Soul event, while there is war brewing in the Ukraine, and while people are continually losing their jobs and losing their health care, and people economically are at their wits' end, which is another thing the media hasn't reported, much less the truth about the Lois Lerner IRS situation. Do you know in five years the media has never really done a story or series of stories on people suffering economic hardship? Not one. That's just not gonna happen. They're not gonna blame Obama. In fact, if Obama says the economy's coming back and creating jobs, stimulus worked, that's what they're gonna report.
There has not been a story or series of stories on people suffering, joblessness. In fact, we're not only not getting that, we're being told it's great to lose your job. Yes, funemployment was the first thing they coined shortly after Obama was immaculated, funemployment. Yeah, lose your job and reconnect with your family. Lose your job and find what is important to you. Now lose your job and be liberated and discover the inner painter that is in you, or the inner poet that is in you. And we, the government, have made it possible for you to not have to work in order to get health care. So now you're not locked in to a job you hate. You don't have job lock anymore. You don't have a job, but you've got health care. We have liberated you.
That's the kind of insulting pap that we've got. The economy, job circumstance, situation, it's just a disaster, and it is worsening. The debt is worsening, the number of people thinking the government should provide for them is growing, and yet the Regime is partying on. Moochelle out vacationing, Obama. The Politico, another story today about, oh, my God, he's gonna have to delay his vacation because of the Ukraine situation. Oh no, our poor president, oh, no. They're really sad at The Politico. So they're partying on at the White House last night during the Women of Soul event, and President Obama said this about the singer Aretha Franklin.
OBAMA: When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T -- (laughter) -- meant to her.
RUSH: Now, the laughter went on and on and on, and if you saw the video, Obama's not quite sure why they're laughing. Now, here's a president who misspelled the word respect, but no, that's not what really happened. He knows how to spell respect. Come on. Here, listen to Gayle King set this all in proper perspective. She was on CBS This Morning, and they're talking about last night's Women of Soul event at the White House. They continue to party on. Gayle King and Charlie Rose had this exchange, Norah O'Donnell's in this, too.
KING: Wish we were there. (crosstalk)
ROSE: And how do you spell --
KING: Aretha Franklin could --
ROSE: -- respect?
KING: R-e-s-p-e-c-t. I think he was trying to think of the words to the song. I think that’s what happened there.
KING: A little brain fart for the President. It happens to everybody.
RUSH: Did she say that on the CBS morning show, Gayle King said that? Did she say that? No, I haven't. I've said fard. Farding in the car. But I've never said -- well, I may have quoted somebody saying that. The president had a brain f-, and you know what he was doing? He was trying to think of the words. That's not what happened. What happened was, whoever put it on the prompter left the E out and he didn't know what to do. If it's not on the prompter, he is lost. He knew that "respect" has an E in there, just like Quayle knew how to spell "potato." He knew that there was a typo on the teleprompter and paused and didn't know what to do.
What he should have done was, "Wait a minute, where's the E? It's r-e-s-p-e-c-t," and gone on, or he could have made fun of the teleprompter or whatever, but he's so slavishly tied -- oh, bad word. He's so inexorably tied to the prompter that if it's not right on the prompter, it's like stage fright sets in. He wasn't thinking of the lyrics. But you see, when Quayle -- and, by the way, according to the New York Times, even, Quayle was relying on cards provided by the school, and the cards had the word "potato" misspelled, and Quayle said he was uncomfortable with the version that he gave, but that he decided to trust the school's incorrect written materials rather than embarrass somebody at the school.
Quayle was actually, if you want to know the truth, Quayle was being polite. He knows there's no E on potato. It's some idiot at that school that misspelled it, and he didn't want to call 'em out. He's the vice president. He's supposed to take the hit. He's not gonna call out somebody at the school and embarrass 'em. But he took the hit and the media knows that he knows how to spell potato, but it didn't matter. Create the image of blithering idiot. But with Obama, oh, no, he knows. He knows how to pronounce corpsman, too. For example, here's other words. Obama doesn't know how to spell respect. Listen to this. It goes by fast. It's six seconds.
OBAMA: Navy Corpseman Christian Bashard. Corpseman Bashard. Corpseman Bashard.
RUSH: Corpseman. Three or four times. It's corpsman. It's military. Why should he know? And, by the way, in 2008, Memorial Day, Las Cruces, New Mexico, Obama actually said that he saw people, dead people, he saw the dead in the audience.
OBAMA: On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes, I see many of them in -- in the audience here today, our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.
RUSH: How about that. On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- I see many of 'em, I see 'em, I see 'em in the audience here today. Hey, dead guy, glad you could make it. American hero, right there, see? Fallen. "Hey, Rush, he knew. He's so smart we can't keep up with him. Don't you know, Rush, it's dangerous to even try. We're just so far behind Obama when it comes to IQ. We can't hope to understand where his mind is. It's just light years ahead of us." And this, of course, the image that they have created. When I said it's party time at the White House while the Russians invade Ukraine, I'm not kidding. This is what the smartest man in the world was doing last night while the Ukraine crisis was unfolding.
ARETHA FRANKLIN: Ladies and gentlemen, we want to thank you for coming out. The president and the first lady for being so very gracious to us, so warm. (applause) Making us welcome in this historical house tonight. Yeah. Always on the run. Right? They're always on the run. That's how you do it. Oh, yeah. Hm-hm.
RUSH: Big crisis going on, and the White House last night, that was Aretha Franklin, by the way, pausing to breathe after every two words. Have you seen her lungs? It's amazing.
OBAMA: It's Aretha Franklin! (playing of Obama montage).