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RUSH: I’ll be damned (laughing). As my mother used to say, ‘Goodness sakes alive.’ While Barack Obama is speaking about international affairs in Germany before thousands of fans tomorrow, John McCain will be talking about a pressing domestic issue while on an oil rig in the Gulf Coast.

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen, it’s Rush Limbaugh on the Excellence in Broadcasting Network. We’re here at 800-282-2882. The e-mail address, ElRushbo@EIBnet.com.

Hey, Cookie, go back to the program archives on Monday, because I can sit here and tell the audience I said anything. Go back to the archives and find where I suggested to Senator McCain, while Obama’s doing all this stuff over in the Middle East, focus on gasoline, gasoline, gasoline, four bucks a gallon, drilling, drilling, drilling, needs to go out to an oil rig. And I said, then he needs to go to a gasoline station, he needs to go up to ANWR. Find that bit, Cookie, please, and give it to the broadcast engineer. ‘Weather permitting, McCain will helicopter from Louisiana to an oil rig in the Gulf Coast to make the case for expanded off-shore drilling, says a McCain aide. The GOP nominee will be joined by a small press pool of reporters and photographers on a trek sure to offer memorable images.’ Goodness sakes alive.


RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, the See, I Told You So is ready to go. This is Monday. And Dawn, you weren’t here. So you didn’t know this. But this was Monday from this program. I forget what hour this was. I’m pretty sure it was in the first hour.

RUSH ARCHIVE: This is ridiculous. This is a sham, and we’re being distracted by it. This whole thing is nothing more than an orchestrated circus when what’s still on everybody’s mind is gasoline, gasoline, gasoline, and four dollars. This is why, were I McCain, you know where I would be this week? I would be out on an oil rig. I would take the Drive-Bys with me, and I would point out how environmentally safe they are, and I would show how damned impressive they are, as well as the workers. Then if I were McCain I’d fly up to ANWR and I’d take a crew with me, and I would propose drilling with the caveat that once it’s done, it will be restored to the desolate nothing that it is now. There are jobs to be had up there. If I were McCain, next I would go to a nuclear power plant, and I would brag on that technology and the non-CO2 output. Have a bill in hand to cut red tape. These are jobs we’re talking about being created, building new nuclear power plants. From there, I’d go to the newest clean-burning coal plant that he can find in the country and brag about that. Have bill in hand to cut red tape to build these plants new. These are jobs. Energy is what’s on the American people’s mind. Four-dollar gasoline is on people’s minds. This Obama thing is a pure, unadulterated sideshow.

RUSH: And so there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Of course, you recognize the voice is mine from this past Monday where I said I would be out on an oil rig if I were McCain. And so McCain is going to an oil rig tomorrow. He’s going to take a helicopter from Louisiana to an oil rig in the Gulf Coast to make the case for expanded offshore drilling. He’s going to do it. Now, note, too, ladies and gentlemen that Senator McCain is taking a helicopter to the oil rig, which means it’s way, way out there. He’s not going to swim there. He’s not going to get a little dinghy. He’s not going to take a boat out there. He’s going to get on a helicopter and fly to this oil well, meaning it’s way, waaaay offshore. Nobody can see it. That’s why he’s got to go there, with a film crew, and he’s going to talk about how important these things are, and, ‘Look how we got ’em here. There’s no reason we can’t have more.’ I’m glad that they decided to do this.

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