RUSH: Now, I'm telling you, it was all over the international media that the United States had recovered every job lost since Obama was elected. There wasn't any pre-recession 2007 stuff about it. I can't believe this. Greetings, folks, the show happened to begin where I'm in the middle of expressing my incredulity over things. Bergdahl Smergdahl, we'll get to that.
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Kathryn and I were out of the country and I'm telling you, it was late in the week and I did something that I rarely do while on vacation. I literally didn't start paying attention to
any news until -- well, I couldn't avoid it the first couple days we're gone. I'll be honest with you. I leave here, I can't believe this, but every time I leave here, man, do things blow up. It is just incredible. Carney quits. This Bergdahl thing happened. I mean, I don't know if it's a coincidence or not. Well, it was striking to me. I'll tell you the Bergdahl thing, let me get this out of the way real fast. I'm trying to compress four days of stuff here to 10 minutes and that's not gonna work.
So let me just back off here a second because, you see, folks, I know that while you may have been keeping up with all the news and you may think you know everything that happened, you still are waiting for what I think about it. And I'm trying to satisfy what I know is a burning desire that all of you have for that. I'm trying to cram it all in here because I know that each of you probably has different interests. Like I've been saying, it may take all three hours today to get to your favorite story and my take on it.
But it was mind-boggling. Two things hit me. A, really, coincidence or not, I leave here and things blow up. And then when all of this stuff did hit, I'm gonna be very selfish and admit to you, I turned to Kathryn, I said, "How long is it going to be, if ever, before people finally go back to 2009, January 16th when I said, 'I hope Obama fails.'? How long is it going to take for people to finally own up and admit what they knew all along. That is, what I meant when I said that. How many of 'em are gonna pipe up and say, 'We should have listened'?"
I know it's a pipe dream. That kind of thing is never going to happen. But the question comes down to -- and people are asking this -- are we looking at just sheer incompetence and ignorance on the part of the Regime, the president? Or are we looking at something worse? The thing about Bergdahl, again, I don't know what you might have heard about this, but this Bergdahl thing, I don't think it's about him, family, a lot of odd stuff happened here, but what at the end of the day happened?
Obama replenished the enemy. I don't care if it's Bergdahl Smergdahl or smorgasbord that we traded. It's a five-to-one deal and we've sent five enemy combatants, terrorists, back to the battlefield. All for the express purpose of what? I'm reading all this stuff that the Regime was totally blindsided by the reaction. They thought they were going to feted. They thought they were going to be heralded. They thought they were gonna get all kinds praise and they were just stunned when the American people didn't see it this way. That's why the question: "Is this just incompetence or ignorance, or is it worse?"
What it is is closing Gitmo! I think what we're looking at is somebody who has already expressed a lack of concern for the Constitution, a lack of concern for the separation of powers. We're looking at somebody who now is aware, the president, that he has two and a half years and it's time to get it all done. It's time to get as much done that he set out to do in 2009, it's time to get it done, however he can get it done. Closing Guantanamo is one of those things, but at the root of it is making sure that this country gets its comeuppance.
None of this surprises me. I can't say it doesn't agitate me or outrage me or make me mad, but when it doesn't surprise you, then there is a limiting factor on how angry it can make you. Just to be point-blank here, the frustration is that so many other people seem surprised by what's happening. You name it. In fact, it's funny. I have two things to share with you here. One, an e-mail from a friend, "Welcome home. A boring week. VA scandal already solved by bipartisan committee. More money to the agency. Prisoner exchange. No big deal. He's gonna let 'em loose at some point anyway. Why not now. Still have a Marine in prison in Mexico. Many suggestions on an exchange program. You'll see 'em as you catch up. Stock market setting highs and we finally got out to play golf." That's one friend's assessment of last week.
Another friend sent me 10 pages of what went on the last two weeks. A summary of virtually every news story. And every one of these news stories is a story that would serve to irritate and agitate many of you and many of us. It's just fascinating to me to study the different takes, the different reactions that people have to what all was going on. One of these I was talking about here when the program began.
When we were in Europe, I will not divulge where, it's irrelevant. It was not an English speaking -- well, not native English speaking country, but they did speak English. And toward the end of the week when I started paying attention to sort of get myself back in the frame of mind for today, there was a news story, a series of them I really couldn't believe. The crux of it was that every job lost since Obama had been elected has been replaced and recovered.
I looked at that and I was just in stunned disbelief. I said, "Well, I haven't seen the jobs report that came out Friday." This is international news. I even took the time to comment on it. By the way, that was the way it was reported internationally. It's not true, obviously. The pre-recession level of jobs has been replaced, but it's not with high paying. There's no change, the job market's still bad, there's no end in site to it, but the stories that I saw made it sound like there has been a full-fledged total US job recovery, which turned out not to be the case.
So let's just review some of the things that are on tap. The 70th anniversary of D-Day. Remember last year Kathryn and I went there. It was bordering on the 69th anniversary. Just before I left, the Regime outed the CIA station chief in charge of search-and-destroying the Taliban. Shinseki resigned. The day after I left, Shinseki quits. (I predicted that.) Jay Carney quit.
Kirsten Gillibrand has admitted that the Democrats knew that Obama was lying through his teeth when he was promising people they could keep their doctor, keep their plan. More and more Democrats are saying, "Oh, yeah. We knew. We knew. Everybody knew that that wasn't the case but we had to go along with it." There are a lot of stories in the Stack today about how Democrats are just getting more and more fed up with Obama at every turn but they still respect and admire him.
Then, of course, we had the Bergdahl swap. That, again, is no mystery and it's really frustrating. We are just replenishing the enemy. That's the thing. That's the only takeaway from that that is important to me. I mean, you could analyze it further and try to get a bead on who Obama is, but, see, you and I already know that. So we don't need to waste any time. Again, I'm surprised that there is so much surprise when any of this happens.
Do you realize the president's flooding this country with refugees, now? We're not even talking about illegal immigrants. We're being flooded, on purpose, with refugees. Anybody think that's accidental? Anybody think that's due to incompetence? Anybody think that's due to misplaced good intentions? There is no substantive, positive reason whatsoever for any of that going on.
They're flooding the country's borders with illegal immigrants who are now the equivalent of refugees. They're not even people who we could say are leaving under the guise of seeking a better life or coming here for the opportunities which exist. This is just something entirely different.
The VA story. Some people say it's disappearing. It's not. There are more and more examples of absolute incompetence and horror and disaster at more and more VA centers. "White House Stunned by the Harsh Reaction to the Release of Bergdahl." How about the pictures of Obama "pumping iron," the security breach of Obama pumping iron at a gym in Poland?
If that's pumping iron... Have you seen those pictures, Mr. Snerdley? (interruption) You haven't? He's playing around with five-pound dumbbells, and they're calling it pumping iron! Five-pound little dumbbells. Five-pound or 10-pound little dumbbells, and Obama's (straining) doing curls. He's really pumping iron.
They're featherweights. Of course the questions the press is asking are, "How did those pictures get taken? Who snuck in there? Who violated Secret Service security?" Nobody did. They wanted those pictures out just like they wanted the ones out of Hillary and Bill Clinton dancing to no music on the beach.
I mean, there is a flood of children illegally entering the US. These are refugees that are coming here.
So it's a lot to make sense of, folks, and just a brief setting of table here.