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Parsing Obama's Answer on the Unfairness of Giving Ebola Serum to Americans Before Africans

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RUSH: Let's go to the audio sound bites on this.  I want to take you back to Monday, and I want you to all listen again to what I said when we learned on Monday that there was this super-secret serum that was used only on two white Americans.  Serum, by the way, derived from tobacco, from nicotine, a special tobacco plant, rapidly growing tobacco plant in Kentucky.  Think Mitch McConnell, think, ooh, gosh, the left has gotta hate every aspect of this serum.  There's no good that can come from tobacco.  And here we may have a miracle serum for Ebola that comes from tobacco?  Here's what I said.

RUSH ARCHIVE:  Where did this come from?  Who knew?  And wait 'til the rest of the world hears about the fact that we've got it and that we took it to Liberia but only used it on a sick American and didn't share it with sick Liberians.  Wait 'til Obama finds out about that.  Folks, there is gonna be hell to pay.  When Obama finds out we got this super-secret thing that does something magical to Ebola, and we took it to Liberia and used it on an American and then brought him and the serum home and we didn't share it? This is exactly what has been wrong with this country that Obama's been trying to fix.

RUSH:  Exactly.  Selfishness, greed, doing everything for us, leaving the poor of the world poor, leaving the sick of the world sick, but protecting and curing ourselves. I knew it wouldn't be long before the media started asking, "Wait a minute, wait a minute, now," and, sure enough, last night in Washington at the State Department, Obama held a news conference, and here's a question from the AP, White House correspondent Julie Pace.

PACE:  There's been a lot of discussion surrounding the summit about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and there's an untested and unapproved drug in the US that appears to be helping some of the Americans who are infected.  Is your administration considering at all sending supplies of this drug, if it becomes available, to some of these countries in West Africa?  And could you discuss a bit the ethics of either providing an untested drug to a foreign country or providing it only to Americans and not to other countries that are harder hit, if it could possibly save lives.

RUSH:  Do I know these people or do I know these people?  And of course she's late to the party.  CNN was the first to make my prediction come true on Monday night.  This was last night.  Now, here is Obama's answer to that question.

OBAMA:  We've gotta let the science guide us and, you know, I don't think all the information's in on whether this drug is helpful.  What we do know is that the Ebola virus, both currently and in the past, is controllable if you have a strong public health infrastructure in place.  And the countries that have been affected are the first to admit that what's happened here is that their public health systems have been overwhelmed.  We're focusing on the public health approach right now because we know how to do that, but I will continue to seek information about what we're learning with respect to these drugs going forward.

RUSH:  Folks, if you'll forgive me, I have to parse that answer.  I'm sorry, but I just can't let that one go.  "We've gotta let the science guide us," and next we're gonna hear how the science isn't gonna guide us.  "We've gotta let the science guide us, and, you know, I don't think all the information's in on whether it's helpful."  Yeah, we only have a couple of patients, and so far it's been near miraculous, but we don't know enough yet.  What we do know is that the virus is controllable if you have a strong public health infrastructure in place, like we do.  If you have an advanced, first world health care system like Obamacare, then we can handle all this. 

And then this is the technique that just drives me nuts.  "And the countries that have been affected are the first to admit that what's happened here is that their public health systems have been overwhelmed."  You know what that is?  Let me tell you what that is.  Obama is putting words in their mouth.  Obama is standing up, saying, there's no way these dirt poor countries are gonna get this drug.  And then he says, and they don't want it.  They know they're not good enough for it. 

That's what that means, when he says, "And the countries that have been affected are the first to admit that what's happened here is --" What he's trying to say is, "And the countries that have been hardest hit are the first to admit they don't even want it. They don't even have the infrastructure to know what to do with it," and I'm telling you, those countries would take that serum today, if it were offered. 

This is a technique. Bill Clinton perfected this technique.  And Obama has perfected it.  He's built on it.  It's a variation of the straw man.  You put words, in the straw man example, you create somebody that doesn't exist, you give them a point of view that they can't obviously have, they don't exist, a point of view that agrees with yours. You make it look like you're part of this giant majority of thinking.  Well, in this case, you got a reporter saying, "Why don't you share it?  Why don't we send it over to those countries?"  And Obama's not going to, for whatever reason.  Either we don't have enough or he doesn't want to or whatever. 

But he's not gonna stand up and say, "We're not gonna share it."  He's gonna stand up and say they know they don't want it.  They know enough to know that they don't know what to do with it.  They know enough to know that their health care systems are so shoddy that they wouldn't be able to use it anyway.  So he's hiding behind them. These three African countries, he's gonna deny it to 'em.  But he wants everybody to believe that they are telling him that they don't want it.  That's what that means.  When you hear him say anything like this ever, "And they'll be the first to admit, these countries that have been affected by this, they'll be the first to admit that what's happened here is that they're a bunch of hellholes and they don't know what they're doing and they're not worth saving and they can't get this." 

It's outrageous, this kind of stuff.  It's gutless. It's the straw man argument.  He just can't stand up and say, "No, it's not the right time. No, we don't know enough."  He's got to lay it off on them.  And I doubt that they've said to him, "By the way, Mr. President, we don't want your serum."  I doubt they've said that.

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RUSH:  Let me ask you a question about this.  You have the three African countries where the Ebola outbreak is severe, Sierra Leone, Guinea, I forget the third one, but this answer of Obama's that Julie Pace said, "Why aren't you giving it to them?"  He says, "Well, I think they would agree, I mean, they'd been the first to tell you that," da-da-da-da-da.  Folks, I can't tell you how that kind of answer just infuriates me.  The countries that have been affected would be the first to admit they don't even want it. They'd be the first to admit they're not qualified to get it. It's just gutless, it's lay it off on them.  You know, these media types, "Why aren't you sharing?  They're the ones who are really suffering from it, and we have the serum, why don't you let 'em have it?" 

"Well, even they would tell you that they --" so why doesn't he? 

Let me ask you a question.  What do you think... (interruption)  Well, now, no, no.  Do you think that Obama is actually saying that these African countries are too damn backward to waste the serum on?  (interruption)  What is it?  Do you think we don't have enough and we can't afford?  I mean, if that's the case, why can't he just stand up and say, "Look, we don't have enough. We're fighting to create the stuff, it's hard." (interruption)  Okay.  Okay.  Well, because it's new. He could make the case we don't have enough, it's experimental, it's only been used on monkeys.

He could make the case we don't have a lot, but instead he chose to lay it off on them.  He chose to make it look like they don't even want it.  They're smart enough to know that they won't be able to use it.  It's absurd.  This kind of thing is what we do. The United States is always first.  I have to tell you, there's never been an Ebola-infected patient in this country until now.  The way this all happened, something about this didn't gel for me when I learned we were gonna go over there and get these two missionaries and bring 'em back here.  I'm not opposed to it, no, no, no.  We've never done that kind of thing before.  We've treated them there.  And it's not about bringing the virus in.  That's not my concern here.  It is a lot of other people's, but is he really unwilling to share it because those countries aren't worth it?  They're too damn backward to waste it on? 

I mean, this is so out of character for a big, compassionate country.  This is why these people are asking him, because these people all believe that Obama's just like them. Big liberals share everything. It's not fair that we should have it and they shouldn't.  They're the ones really suffering, and if we've got the answer, then we should share it.  Here's this guy denying it to them.  And I think some in the media are probably a little surprised over this.  They'll never say so.  This is just my ruminating here.  But I can't believe that he would actually think that they're too damn backward to waste the serum on. 

originalBut to lay it off on them, I mean, he's essentially saying they're too stupid to know what to do with it, and they'd be the first to tell us.  They'd be the first to agree.  That's how the technique works.  They'd be the first to tell you that they're too backward and dumb to know what to do with it.  Or, they'd be the first to tell you that their health care systems are so decrepit and so backward and so foul that it would just be wasted on them.  That's what he was trying to convey. 

Why do we help 'em with AIDS?  Well, Bush did that.  Bush is the guy, Bush is the president who authored, quote, unquote, all the aid money to Africa for AIDS.  It wasn't Bill Clinton.  It wasn't some Democrat president.  It wasn't some Democrat senator.  It was George W. Bush that did that.  No credit for it.  The caricature of what a big-hearted, compassionate liberal is, this is so out of character.  (interruption)  I got Snerdley shouting in my ear now.  (laughing)  "What's Obama done for black people here or there?"  I hear you.  And we got Peter Kirsanow today writing that letter: If you have these people granted amnesty, you're gonna destroy employment for blacks and so forth. 

That letter was sent from a black member of the Civil Rights Commission.  Look at teenage black unemployment, or black unemployment all over, 19%, teenage black unemployment is higher than that.  I don't know.  That answer, as you can probably tell, really, really rubs me wrong.  (interruption)  I know.  I know.  His brother still lives in a hut.  I know.  His brother lived in a six-by-nine-foot hut in Kenya.  I know.  But he has never said, "And my brother would be the first to tell you, he doesn't want my help."  He hasn't even tried that on his brother, but with these people (imitating Obama), "And they'll be the first to tell you that, hell, they don't know what do with it."  Anyway, I think it's really, really instructive and illustrative and indicative.  It's quite telling.  

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