RUSH: Obama went out there and he did a Father’s Day speech. It was the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago, Sunday morning. Don’t you love all these Democrat politicians that go deliver sermons in churches? They’re making a big deal out of Obama’s speech, as if nobody’s ever said these things before. We have a montage here of the Drive-Bys, we have Jake Tapper, we got John Roberts, Kiran Chetry, and Robin Roberts, Jeff Glor all going nuts here over Obama’s speech. We’ve got sound bites of Obama’s speech coming up.
TAPPER: It was a provocative speech. The first major party African-American presidential candidate in history took the opportunity of Father’s Day to deliver some tough love to the African-American community on the black family.
JOHN ROBERTS: Barack Obama sending a message to MIA dads on Father’s Day, blasting them.
CHETRY: Blasting them for abandoning their responsibilities.
ROBIN ROBERTS: Senator Obama took the opportunity on Sunday to do something a little different for Father’s Day.
GLOR: If anyone was expecting a light and fluffy Father’s Day message from Barack Obama, they got a big Sunday surprise.
RUSH: Now, this is something somebody’s never said before? So Obama goes out there and tells black fathers, hey, stay home, bud, stay home, pal, raise your children, be a father. This is universal? Yes, it is, ladies and gentlemen, because Barack Obama is the messiah. Obama is the messiah. Now, look at what happened to Bill Cosby when he tried this. Bill Cosby was almost run out of the black race. Bill Cosby had huge problems. He was almost treated like Joe Lieberman was by the Democrats when he supported the war in Iraq. But Obama comes out and says these things and the Drive-Bys predictably go gaga as though they’ve never heard anybody say these things. And they may not have, by the way. Here is Obama and we have sound bites from the speech.
OBAMA: Too many fathers are MIA. Too many fathers are AWOL. They’ve abandoned their responsibilities. They’re acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our family have suffered because of it. You and I know this is true everywhere, but nowhere is it more true than in the African-American community.
RUSH: Whew. Now, I know some of you are saying, ‘Rush, cut him some slack, this is a great message. This is a Democrat presidential nominee; this is a great message for the family.’ I don’t deny that. But by no means is the messiah the first to come along and suggest this. Uh, you let my buddies at the Heritage Foundation suggest it, and they’re tarred and feathered as racists. You let me suggest it, and of course I am just wallowing in yet another attempt to criticize minorities. Let Bill Cosby say it, and they accuse him of being a traitor. Let Obama say it and it’s orgasmic. Oh, wow, how wonderful, what a great message, as though it’s unique. Here’s the next bite.
OBAMA: We need fathers to recognize their responsibility doesn’t just end at conception. Any fool can have a child. It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.
RUSH: It’s the courage to raise a child. Any fool can have a child. So he’s building up here to the finale. Here’s the final portion.
OBAMA: It’s a responsibility that extends to Washington. We should be making it easier for fathers who make responsible choices and harder for those who avoid them.
OBAMA: We should reward fathers who pay that child support with job training and job opportunities and —
RUSH: Good Lord!
OBAMA: — a larger earned income tax credit that can help them pay the bills.
RUSH: Good Lord!
OBAMA: We should expand programs where registered nurses visit registered, uh, visit expectant and new mothers, and we should help new families care for their children by expanding maternity and paternity leave, and we should guarantee that every worker gets more paid sick-leave so they can stay home to take care of their child without losing their income.
RUSH: See. This was all a bunch of smoke and mirrors. This was just a bribe. ‘Hey, look, Dad, after fathering that kid, get a little courage and stay home, and we’ll send you some money, if you vote for me.’ That’s how to translate what he just said, using the usual Democrat lib lingo: Reward fathers who pay child support? That’s like rewarding kids who stay in school by paying them to stay in school, or by giving them cars if they’re staying in school, not doing well, just staying there. Reward fathers who pay child support with job training and job opportunities? What are you saying, sir? That these fathers are deadbeats? That these fathers don’t know how to get a job, that they’re not educated? Is that what he’s saying? Yes, it is what he’s saying, and he’s saying it to this congregation, and they’re going, ‘Amen, bro.’ They are. We should expand programs where registered nurses visit expectant and new mothers? We should help these new families care for their children by expanding paternity and maternity — Barack, where you been? Ever heard of the Family and Medical Leave Act? We should guarantee every worker more paid sick-leave so they can stay home to take care of their child without losing their income? Pure, unadulterated — nothing new. Nothing new from the top of this speech about responsible parenthood and fatherhood to the conclusion. This is the same old, tired, worn-out liberalism that you and I have heard all of our lives.
RUSH: By the way, I should tell you the way the New York Times covered the Obama speech as though it was Obama’s Sister Souljah moment. As you recall, Bill Clinton had his Sister Souljah moment. Sister Souljah was a black rapperette. She was out there in some kind of controversial trouble because of lyrics or something. Clinton went to a meeting of the NAALCP — or Jesse Jackson’s Monochrome Coalition, I forget which — and just really laid into Sister Souljah. (paraphrased) ‘We don’t need people like this. This is not productive. We don’t need this,’ and, of course, the Reverend Jackson was sitting there in the background with his mouth wide open and can’t believe what he’s hearing. But the Sister Souljah moment was where Clinton reached across the aisle to white conservatives. That’s what a Sister Souljah moment is, is when you bash your own side to reach across the aisle, culturally to conservatives. So the New York Times is trying to suggest that’s what Obama was doing with his Father’s Day speech at the church and in fact the Obama campaign in the New York Times story says (paraphrased), ‘Well, we were hoping. This speech was political. We were hoping this speech was heard by white conservatives to try to bridge the cultural gap here.’ Well, if that’s the case, Obama campaign (I doubt it), you might have gotten somewhere until that close where you spelled out the biggest expansion of the federal government taking charge of families that I’ve ever heard. So whatever outreach you might have gained by giving a speech at a black church about black fatherhood, you blew it when you promised the federal government was going to come into everybody’s house with nurses and give ’em job training and this sort of stuff. It was an absolute disaster.