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RUSH: We’ve got a lot of news today about Hillary Clinton. It’s all over the place. All kinds of news about Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Obama. Have you seen the story on Mrs. Obama? Yeah, she’s getting some good press, but here, let me give you the headline: ‘Michelle Obama likes to razz her husband.’ I mean, the point of this story is that her husband, Barack, is just your average lout of a husband, just like all of you husbands are and like I, as a former husband, have been a lout. I’m not a lout anymore. Well, I can’t say that, but when I really was a lout was as a husband. It goes on to talk about she’s not going to kowtow to her husband, it’s got all kinds of — oh, yeah, you know what? The guy takes off his dirty socks and leaves them on the floor. He doesn’t put them in the hamper. ‘When we finish dinner he doesn’t put the butter up.’ And she’s been praised for this. I guess this is to make these people look like average Americans. ‘Men in a strange sort of way understand leaving butter out and socks laying around. It humanizes the guy,’ says Thomas Patterson, a professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. It says, ‘This might even earn him some points with men.’ Really? Leaving your socks out, leaving the butter out, a story about how your wife talks about how you’re a lout is going to — guy may have a point now that I think of it.

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RUSH: There are actually two Michelle Obama stories out there. This one, in which she refers to her husband as just your average lout, well, she doesn’t use the word, but I mean the complaints here and the references here and the fact that she doesn’t kowtow to her husband, and this is designed to show that Barack’s just your average, ordinary berated guy. That’s supposed to build a bridge of relatability between Barack and the average American out there. Then there’s another story out there on Michelle Obama, which is the exact opposite. She’ll do anything to support her husband. She’ll bake cookies. I found that an interesting thing for her. Of all the things that she said she would do, she’d be happy to bake cookies, she will do anything for her husband’s campaign, including be quoted in the story about the fact that he doesn’t pick up his socks or the butter and so forth. They have a quote on the story, ‘We have a rule in our house that I can tease and he can’t.’ (Laughing.) It sounds like the typical marriage. It just really does. Except she’s going to pay a price for baking the cookies.

At any rate, how about this headline? This is from the 26th, just three days ago. I saw this headline and said, ‘No, don’t do this to me. This is too tempting. I’m a prominent media figure, a radio talk show host.’ I can’t ignore this headline. I should ignore it. It’s fraught with danger, but I can’t ignore it: ‘Clinton Says She’s Not Blowing Off Iowa.’ You know, the name ‘Clinton’ and ‘blowing off’ in the same headline is a huge risk for someone like me. That’s all I’m going to say. Gotta be these genes, the 99.9% we’re all the same genes. Strangely Monica Lewinsky is not mentioned in the story. It’s about how Hillary was being advised to avoid Iowa because she can’t win there, and she’s like, ‘No, I’m going to go.’ From the Associated Press today, in Manchester, ‘Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined a broad economic vision Tuesday, saying it’s time to replace an ‘on your own’ society with one based on shared responsibility and prosperity.’ She said that ‘the Bush administration touts as an ‘ownership society’ really is an ‘on your own’ society that has widened the gap between rich and poor.’ You know, that is not true. There’s some financial data, the bottom fifth income quintile, the way the think tank crowd and others study one aspect of the American economy is income level and they divide income level into five quintiles. The bottom fifth, the lower fifth income quintile showed the fastest percentage gain in income and wealth, as a percentage, from 1991 to 2005. That group, the poor, the lowest quintile, lowest fifth segment of the economic pie had the greatest percentage increase in their income and wealth.

So this gap between the rich and the poor, that it’s constantly spreading and widening, is just another one of these media myths, and here’s Mrs. Clinton, we’re back to ‘It Takes a Village.’ She says, ‘I prefer a ‘we’re all in it together’ society. I believe our government can once again work for all Americans. It can promote the great American tradition of opportunity for all and special privileges for none.’ That means pairing growth with fairness, she said, to ensure that the middle-class succeeds in the global economy, not just corporate CEOs.’ It’s taking care of itself. If you listen to the things she says, they’re quite indicative of the fact that she’s far left. ‘I believe our government can once again work for all Americans.’ It does work for all Americans, but it’s the wrong way to put it in the first place. The fact of the matter is we’re all working for the government first and foremost, generally through the middle of May we work for the government. That’s when our tax obligations have been settled and that date in May keeps getting later and later and later. ‘Shared responsibility.’ It’s another word for socialism. This is Mrs. Clinton attempting to reach the vast majority of people who have been victims of class envy and they have been told over the years how they’re being short-changed, that trickle-down economics took from them, and that’s how the rich got rich.

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