RUSH: This is Barack Obama Wednesday morning speaking to AIPAC about Jerusalem.
OBAMA: Any agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel’s identity as a Jewish state, with secure, recognized, defensible borders, and Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided. (cheers and applause)
RUSH: They went nuts in there. They heard what they wanted to hear, but they didn’t stop to think if they could believe it because of who was saying it. But after that Barack heard from his Arab constituents, his Arab buddies, his Palestinian buddies, his Hamas buddies, and they told him they didn’t like that. And typical, this is a guy, no preconditions, this is a guy who’s firm in his resolve, when he says it, it’s going to be. This guy is a wimp, he will tell whatever group to whom he’s speaking whatever they want to hear, and then when he leaves, if he said something some other group didn’t like, he’ll change, as he did last night on CNN’s The Situation Room. He just got through saying Jerusalem will not be divided. Candy Crowley: ‘I want to ask you about something you said at AIPAC yesterday. You said Jerusalem must remain undivided. Do the Palestinians have no claim to Jerusalem in the future?’
OBAMA: Obviously it’s going to be up to the parties to negotiate a range of these issues, and Jerusalem will be part of those negotiations.
CROWLEY: But you would be against any kind of division of Jerusalem?
OBAMA: My belief is that, as a practical matter, it would be very difficult to execute. And I think that it is smart for us to work through a system in which everybody has access to the extraordinary religious sites in Old Jerusalem, but that Israel has a legitimate claim on that city.
RUSH: But he’s not going to be as forcefully oriented toward defending the proposition, ’cause he heard from Arab friends who didn’t quite like this.
RUSH: Moving on to Zbigniew Brzezinski. Zbigniew Brzezinski was on Joe Scarborough’s show in which his daughter Mika Brzezinski is a cohostette, and Scarborough says, ‘Your buddy, Obama, went over there to AIPAC and I was struck by the tough talk regarding Hezbollah, the tough talk regarding Hamas and Syria, regarding Iran. Were you surprised he was stridently pro-Israel as he was?’
BRZEZINSKI: No, I wasn’t surprised.
SCARBOROUGH: Electoral politics again?
BRZEZINSKI: You know, there’s a certain ritual involved here, and after awhile, rituals begin to lose their meaning. They’re kind of obligatory statements.
RUSH: Do you know what that means? It means don’t pay attention to what he says to any of these ritualized appearances. All presidents have to go to AIPAC. Don’t pay attention to what they say. We all know they’re going to say what the group wants and it doesn’t mean anything after that. We all know they’re going to go to the NAALCP. We all know they’re going to go to some union hall. We all know they’re going to go there, and they’re going to go there, and they’re going to go over there, and after they leave don’t pay any attention to what they say, because it’s just a ritual. They begin to lose their meaning, these kind of obligatory statements. So you go to AIPAC, you tell them what you’re obliged to tell them, and then when you get called on it the next day, ‘No, I didn’t really mean that.’ And so Zbigniew Brzezinski, big Obama guy, basically excusing, don’t pay any attention to what he says, Z-Big is telling us, don’t pay any attention to what he says, don’t ever pay any attention to what he says. That’s not what Obama is or who he is. This is another brilliant thing, as far as the Democrats are concerned. Don’t listen to what he says. Doesn’t matter. What he says has no meaning. Which we knew. He says nothing better than anybody else ever has.