RUSH: Here’s how difficult it’s going to be for Barack Obama to keep race out of his campaign. When you’ve got idiots like the haughty John Kerry (who served in Vietnam) out campaigning for you, you’re rolling the dice. (laughing) Last Monday, Kerry did an interview with the New Bedford Standard-Times. It’s in Massachusetts, the New Bedford Standard-Times editorial board, and of course they taped him. An unidentified reporter said, ‘Why would you say that? What gives Obama credibility on that score?’ Kerry had said that Obama’s blackness and Muslim background is his main qualification for office, and would help him with American foreign policy, and the reporter said, ‘What gives him credibility on that score, particularly?’
VIETNAM VETERAN JOHN KERRY: It would be such an affirmation of who we say we are as a people, if we can elect an African-American president, a young leader who is obviously visionary and got an ability to inspire people. It would give us an ability to talk to those countries, to, in some cases, go around their dictator leaders to the people and inspire the people in ways that we can’t otherwise. I think in the end, um, he has an ability to help us bridge the divide of religious extremism, to maybe even give power to moderate Islam to be able to stand up against this radical misinterpretation of a legitimate religion.
RUSH: Man, this is what I mean. When you got guys like this speaking for you, you have no control over. Do you realize what you just heard? This is the former Democrat presidential nominee, and he has just encapsulated here the liberal Democrat view of this country where it comes to race: ‘We are guilty!’ Whatever anybody, particularly our enemies — whatever radical Islam thinks of us — they’re right. We are guilty, because we are racist, sexist, bigots, homophobes and all that. And we need to elect an African-American president, a young leader, obviously visionary, to show the rest of the world that we are who we say we are as a people. To bridge the divide of religious extremism? (laughing) Kerry said this on Monday. I don’t think Jeremiah Wright was a common household name at that time. (laughing) Bridge the divide? He has created the divide! He’s widening the divide! He’s dredging the divide! He’s dumping the sand of the divide on both sides of the shore. But Kerry wasn’t through. The reporter said, ‘Why would you say that? What gives him credibility on that score, again?’
VIETNAM VETERAN JOHN KERRY: Because he’s African-American! Because he’s a black man who has come from a place of oppression and repression through the years in our own country. His life story, you know, a Kenyan father who abandoned him and he was raised by a single parent and — and — and found the purpose and values to go to college and make something of himself. That’s an important lesson for America to show Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and other places in the world where disenfranchised people don’t get anything.
RUSH: Folks, I’m sitting here laughing because it’s Friday, it’s the end of the show, but this is outrageous, though. This is just… What must John Kerry think of his own country in order to say these kind of things? That only Obama, because he has a Kenyan father, his life story…? He hasn’t had any oppression in his life. He wasn’t raised as an African-American. He wasn’t down for the civil rights struggle. He has no ties to that. That’s what the black community was worried about when Obama first announced. That’s what ‘Magic Negro’ is all about. That’s what ‘Is he black enough?’ was all about. He found the purpose and values to go to college, make something of himself? That’s an important lesson for America to show Egypt, Jordan? What? He went to college? It’s an important lesson to show Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia? This is ass backwards. This is 180 degrees out of phase. What ought to be happening here is that we ought to be telling some of these other places what’s wrong with them and, if they don’t fix it and they keep attacking, they are in peril. Did you see, by the way, the story that the Saudi Arabian government is going to start training 40,000 new imams to try to deal with this Wahhabi sect that’s causing all the grief? So, anyway, there you heard it: John Kerry (the haughty John Kerry, who served in Vietnam), speaking Monday to the New Bedford Massachusetts Standard-Times editorial board.