RUSH: Last night, Greenville, Delaware. This is Joe Biden speaking to reporters outside his home.
BIDEN: I’m not the guy.
REPORTER: Do you know for sure?
RUSH: Joe Biden last night: ‘I’m not the guy.’ Then a couple hours later he says he didn’t mean that.
BIDEN: I promise, I don’t know anything. I have no idea. I have spoken to no one.
REPORTER: Have you spoken with the campaign at all?
BIDEN: (crosstalk) I have not spoke —
REPORTER: You said, ‘It’s not me.’
BIDEN: I have not spoke with anyone. I have not spoke with anyone.
REPORTER: You’re not ruling out that you’re still being considered, then?
BIDEN: I have no idea. You guys know as well I do.
RUSH: Here we go. So two hours prior, ‘I’m not the guy. Get out of my driveway! Leave me alone.’ Two hours later, he changes his mind, and says he didn’t mean that; says he still could be in consideration, he doesn’t know. There’s a pattern here, ladies and gentlemen, when discussing these people. Let’s go back. We have a montage here from 1988, the first time Biden ran for president. This is when he got creamed because he plagiarized the socialist Labor Party member in Great Britain named Neil Kinnock. He actually plagiarized part of Kinnock’s biography as his own! It was stunningly embarrassing. Here is a montage of a 1988 Joe Biden for President ad.
ANNOUNCER: The White House isn’t the place to learn how to deal with international crisis, the balance of power, war and peace, and the economic future of the next generation. A president has got to know the territory. Joe Biden sees the presidency as a pulpit from which America sets an example for the world. He believes that developing nations once saw America as more than a place. They saw us as an idea, a goal to reach for. He knows they lost confidence in us, that he they see us losing our way, our resolve, our ideals. Joe Biden thinks it’s time to remind the world of what America stands for: freedom, equality, justice, opportunity.
RUSH: That’s 1988, folks. This is coming off eight years of Ronald Reagan. Tax rates had come down, equality and freedom were all over the place, the Berlin Wall was soon to come down — and note the theme. Even back in 1988, there is a Democrat ripping his own country in terms of what people around the world think of it. Plus, he basically disqualifies Obama in this ’88 ad.
RUSH: I want to go back to this Joe Biden sound bite ’cause I think this is interesting. First thing he says here in 1988, Joe Biden running for the White House for the first time — and, of course, the first thing he says here, the narrator in the ad says, ‘The White House isn’t the place to learn how to deal with international crisis, the balance of power, war and peace, the economic future of the next generation.’
In that ad from 1988, which we have dusted off from our archives, and I’m sure the Republicans have it. McCain has it. That ad, whether Biden’s chosen as the veep or not, this is a Democrat ad. Joe Biden is essentially saying that a candidate in the same circumstances as The Messiah ain’t ready. He’s not qualified. Then throw all the other things that Biden has said, ‘Yeah, we got a mainstream black guy, clean and articulate, first time. It’s good,’ that stuff in there? Oh, we hope it’s Biden. But listen, more importantly after essentially disqualifying Obama like him for the presidency, listen in 1988 to Joe Biden sound just like Democrats in 2008: 20 years ago, the same complaints about how the rest of the world hates us, and it is time to relight that magic flame that attracted people all over the world to America, and the one thing consistent is that in both instances, today in 20 years ago, a Republican was in the White House.
ANNOUNCER The White House isn’t the place to learn how to deal with international crisis, the balance of power, war and peace, and the economic future of the next generation. A president has got to know the territory. Joe Biden sees the presidency as a pulpit from which America sets an example for the world. He believes that developing nations once saw America as more than a place. They saw us as an idea —
RUSH: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
ANNOUNCER: — a goal to reach for.
RUSH: Oh, yeah.
ANNOUNCER: He knows they’ve lost confidence in us —
RUSH: Who has?
ANNOUNCER: — that they see us losing our way, our resolve —
ANNOUNCER: — our ideals.
ANNOUNCER: Joe Biden thinks it’s time to remind the world of what America stands for: freedom, equality, justice, opportunity.
RUSH: What the hell did he think America was back in 1988, a gulag? You know, this is striking. These people cannot find it in themselves to say anything positive about the United States of America at the time. It always was greater some other time in the past, but they never say when it was better. We’re going to stick with Biden here for just a couple minutes here on the audio sound bites because Saturday night, actually, at the Saddlesore Church, Pastor Rick Warren and the forum. When I heard Obama — remember, now, I have a theory that Obama is a vessel, that he’s just an amateur and that he is almost a robot who has been programmed and has learned very well what he says. He’s able to regurgitate it, but an independent thinker he is not. We saw evidence of it yesterday. He verbatim used words of Boone Pickens talking about Boone’s idea to make natural gas the replacement for gasoline in automobiles. He threw out that ‘$700 billion transfer of wealth’ line.
It’s not a transfer of wealth. It’s an exchange of wealth. But anyway, when I heard Obama use the phrase ‘above my pay grade,’ and I’d never heard him use that phrase before (I’m not saying he hasn’t) my mind went to work, ladies and gentlemen, and I recalled that Biden had used that phrase somewhere when he was chairing some committee at some time. I thought it might have been a judge, a judicial hearing or something, but I know he was really ragging on somebody and telling them that what they were doing was ‘above their pay grade.’ Well, we found it. But here first is Obama saying, in answer to the question, ‘When does a baby get human rights?’ I don’t know, you know? I mean, answering that question with specificity now, is above my pay grade.’ Here’s what he said.
OBAMA: [A]nswering that question with specificity, uhhhh, you know, is above my pay grade.
RUSH: By the way, you Democrats and Drive-Byers, you want to know why he’s plummeting in the polls, you just look at this answer right here. You know, abortion is one thing. Infanticide is quite another, and it is now widely known that Obama was all for infanticide. It’s the only way you can put it. Anyway, that ‘is above my pay grade.’ We did a Nexis search and we found that Biden uses this phrase all the time, and Obama has talked to Biden about being veep. So I’m wondering if Obama picked it up from Biden. But here is September 3rd, 2008 at a Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
You remember Scott Ritter, the weapons inspector who eventually turned left on us all, but he was answering questions about US policy towards Iraq. Now, remember, in 1998 Bill Clinton was in office and he was saying about Saddam Hussein the same things that George W. Bush said about Saddam Hussein in 2002 and in 2001. And back in 1998, all of the Democrats were beginning to go get Saddam. He posed a great threat. We have to get Saddam! Saddam is not living up to the promises he made in the ceasefire for the 1991 Gulf War. They were all on the same page back then. This Ritter guy was saying things the Democrats didn’t want to hear, and here is Biden chewing him out.
BIDEN: I recommend that the president have at it and let the chips fall where they may. A reasonable position for the secretary of defense, the secretary of state to take. But I respectfully suggest, Major, I respectfully suggest that responsibility is slightly above your pay grade, slightly above your pay grade, to decide whether or not to take the nation to war alone or to take the nation to war part way or to take the nation to war half-ah– (pause) halfway.
RUSH: And he went on and on, and he just ripped Ritter a new one because Ritter was saying things about potential action in Iraq that they didn’t want to hear. Remember, they were all gung-ho for it back then. So here’s Barry picking up a phrase, ‘above my pay grade,’ from someone else.