RUSH: You know, I hate to say it, but Michelle Obama made it clear last night what this is going to come down to. This is going to come down to race. Here was Michelle Obama — now, try this for profundity. Michelle Obama last night did not talk about her education at Harvard. She did not talk about her education at Princeton. A lot of people are missing the point as to why. The real reason is most white people don’t go to Princeton or Harvard and they’re trying to tone down this notion that they are elitists. ‘We’re just like you. We’re no different than you are,’ and that’s not how this campaign has come up. They’ve been different in all kinds of ways. So I really do think that when it’s all said and done it’s going to come down to race. Jesse Jackson, Jr. is already comparing Obama to Jackie Robinson. He’s Jackie Robinson. So let’s just go to the audio sound bites, let’s get started. Here is Michelle last night at the Democrat National Convention.
MICHELLE: The young people across America serving our community, teaching children, cleaning up neighborhoods, caring for the least among us each and every day, people like Hillary Clinton, who put those 18 million cracks in that glass ceiling so that our daughters and our sons can dream a little bigger and aim a little higher.
RUSH: She became a Stepford wife last night. She was a Stepford wife, and that’s not who she is. A Stepford wife. She stays at home with the kids, she hangs around, she loves her brother and so forth. She didn’t talk about her work. Folks, this is a clear admission that the Democrats know full well that who these people really are will take them nowhere. But let’s go back, August of 2007, at a campaign event in Chicago, Michelle had this to say during an introduction of her husband, Barack Obama, The Messiah.
MICHELLE: One of the things, the important aspects of this race is role modeling what good families should look like. And my view is that if you can’t run your own house, you certainly can’t run the White House.
RUSH: Wait a minute. What about all these great lines that you just had to say about Hillary? Eighteen million cracks in a glass ceiling or what have you. By the way, have you noticed, I hate to keep changing the subject, folks, I don’t know where to start today. This is just an explosion going off in my fertile mind. Have you seen, there’s an AP story or some story ripping Elizabeth Edwards to shreds for remaining silent on the story of her husband’s affair, and you know the difference in the way Elizabeth Edwards and Hillary Clinton, these two stories, were treated is jaw dropping, it is amazing. And I’ll tell you why. Because with Hillary and Bill, it happened in the White House, and they had the White House, power is what these people are all about and holding onto it. Edwards is toast so get rid of him, he’s worth nothing to them now in terms of their quest for power. But it’s just amazing, striking, the difference in which the Drive-Bys are treating Elizabeth Edwards and the way they treated Hillary Clinton. So okay, here’s Obama slamming Hillary, not being able to control her own house. That’s a year ago. Here we do another side by side. The made-over Stepford Michelle claims now that she loves her country.
MICHELLE: We have now an obligation to fight for the world as it should be, and that is the thread that connects our hearts. That is the thread that runs through my journey and Barack’s journey and so many other improbable journeys that have brought us here tonight, where the current of history meets this new tide of hope. And you see that is why I love this country. (applause)
RUSH: Wait a minute, that is why you love the country? My journey and Barack’s journey, improbable journeys that brought — she must have said it four or five times, an obligation to fight for the world as it should be. Okay, you’ve heard this, but let’s go back to February 18th in Madison, Wisconsin.
MICHELLE: For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.
RUSH: Now, that’s the unscripted Michelle, the Michelle of Stepford wife behavior patterns last night was scripted. What do you believe? If we are to accept her speech at face value last night, why would she say this was a downright mean country a year ago, six months ago? Why would she say that this was the first time in her life, this campaign, that she was proud of her country, given she said how much she loves and always has loved this country last night? Which is it? What made her so angry when she had this beautiful family and was so blessed? She loves her parents, she loves her brother, she loves of her husband, she loves her husband’s half-brothers that live in huts, she loves her kids, she loves her country. What the hell happened? We have the audio of her written speeches, we have the quotes. It’s not like she’s been misquoted. She trotted out there to have us think that she never had an angry moment in her life. What happened? I don’t understand. Of course I understand. I understand this like every square inch of my gloriously naked body. We are not finished. This is last night, the made-over Michelle Obama, Stepford wife, discussing the American dream.
MICHELLE: It was the greatest gift a child could receive. Never doubting for a single minute that you’re loved and cherished and have a place in this world, and thanks to their faith and their hard work, we both were able to go to college, so I know firsthand from their lives and mine that the American dream endures.
RUSH: Look, in the end this is all good, it’s just you don’t hear this from Democrats much. That’s why people are perplexed. But let’s go back to January this year, Columbia, South Carolina.
MICHELLE: We don’t like being pushed outside of our comfort zones. Sometimes it’s easier to hold onto your own stereotypes and misconceptions. It makes you feel justified in your ignorance. That’s America. So the challenge for us is, are we ready for change?
RUSH: Okay, does that sound like a genuine Michelle versus the Stepford Michelle? It does. And, of course, this is not 20 years ago where we’re not here to draw these contrasts. The Drive-Bys will not go back and do all these side by side, A-B’s, that was then, this is now, type presentations. But all of this is important in terms of raising questions about who these people are because their problem — their problem, ladies and gentlemen — is they’ve got nothing to say about Obama and why he should be president. There’s no reason. That resume is as thin as a Wheat Thin wafer. I mean, there’s little to say about him specifically that’s related to him being president. They can talk about hope, they can talk about change, but at this point the more they speak this way, the more the undecideds are seeing vapidness. And it was dull last night. Did you see when they shot some of the crowd shots? There was boredom in there. I mean, there was some anger, and there was fear. His associations are not to be spoken of anymore, Bill Ayers, but that’s — oh, this is another juicy thing that’s happened. One of these 527s has run an ad on Bill Ayers and it’s drawn the Obama camp out and they are livid about it, and it goes to show something I’ve always said. When you’ve got a bunch of critics and they criticize you, if you respond to them, the critics think they’ve got you, there must be something there, and that’s exactly what the reaction is today to the Obama camp responding to a campaign ad questioning his relationship with Bill Ayers. Now, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, Mika Brzezinski stepped in it. She slipped up. She knows that that was a phony Michelle Obama last night, a Stepford Michelle, and this is what she said.
SCARBOROUGH: I like the tough, off-the-cuff Michelle Obama.
BRZEZINSKI: Okay, but if the real Michelle Obama came out, you would have been saying how that could have been a risk.
RUSH: There you have the network that’s in the tank for this team, Mika Brzezinski, saying, ‘If the real Michelle had come out, you would have been saying how that could have been a risk.’
RUSH: I want to share with you just a hunch, a gut feeling. As you know, I always automatically, genetically go against the conventional wisdom. The conventional wisdom is that the Democrats are gonna just score big. They’re going to run the House and Senate with majorities that have never been seen in 35 or 40 years, and they’re going to have the White House — and I’m telling you, I have the sense that this is going to blow up on these people. This whole election, not just the White House. I think the way things are falling out here, I think we’re going to get a huge surprise. The Democrats are just going to be stunned again. I think it’s going to be a bad election season for them, and this is not the first time I’ve said that. I did a speech out in Aspen a couple weeks ago and I assured the group in that speech that I felt the same way.
It’s not just because of what’s happening in this convention; it’s who these people are. All this identity politics, all this phoniness, all this marketing and packaging, all this inability to be who they really are because that would make it worse? Let’s be real. Michelle Obama was out there last night to present a vision of the Obama family that makes white people comfortable with voting for them. That was her real job. That was her only real job. She might have done that as well as she could have, but that was the gig. Now, what does that tell you? If she has to go out to present a vision that makes white people comfortable with voting for them, what does that tell you that they think of their own campaign? But here’s how they’re going to blow it. They’re going to end up slobbering on Thursday night over Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and that speech, the anniversary (which we have every year, by the way).
That speech has an anniversary every year, but this is the 45th anniversary of it, and of course this is the year Obama happens to get the nomination. So after Michelle (My Belle) goes out and does her best last night to say, ‘Hey, you know, we’re just like you, folks — only you didn’t go to Harvard and all that. But I’m not going to tell you that, because most of you haven’t been to Harvard. We’re just like you. I love my brother, all my little girls. It’s the only reason I live, so forth and so on. I love my husband. We’re just like you.’ But Thursday night comes around and they’re going to trot out Algore. Algore is supposedly going to introduce Obama on Thursday night at Mile High stadium in Denver, and that’s problematic. Everywhere Gore goes, the opposite of his global warming predictions happen. You know, Gore will schedule a global warming seminar somewhere, and it will snow unexpectedly or there will be a record low temperature.
Now, there are people — and I don’t know who they are; I read this a couple weeks ago — who’re actually having prayers. They’re doing rain dances and so forth trying to create a deluge Thursday night in Denver. (laughing) Gore showing up may get it. With Gore showing up, there may be some rain and it might be really cold with the architect of global warming there. But then he’s going to come out, Obama is, and they’re going to go overboard on this Martin Luther King business — and that’s a dangerous road for them to go down, given what Michelle Obama did last night, which is try to present a vision that makes white people comfortable with voting for herself and for Obama. I mean, the Drive-Bys even last night… Look, you watched this. If you did, you saw the same thing I saw. The Drive-Bys kept showing shots of the delegates, and some of them looked bored.
Some of them looked angry. Some of the black delegates had tears in their eyes. And you know this is going to get worse on Thursday. The American people are not obsessed with race. But the Democrat Party is, and its Drive-By Media accomplices are because they are just obsessed with race, identity politics. That’s how they see people, not as individuals. They see them as groups. They see them as victims. So whatever success Michelle might have had last night in getting away from race and the fear factor, you just know that on Thursday night that if they’re not careful, they’re going to come up and they’re going to go way overboard on this. Carville was right last night. If there was a message last night, it would take a lot of digging through to find. But this is the overall problem that they have. They can’t have a message. They’re all over the place. They have the black man running with his angry black wife.
They have to appear white, like the Cleavers, in order to calm the majority of people to vote for them. But then on Thursday they’re going to be all over Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and they’re gonna slip because they can’t help it. It’s reflexive. They’re going to slip back into this identity politics business and ‘we shall overcome and we’re victims and it ain’t right but we’re about to make it right,’ and so forth, and people are gonna say, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! We’re doing a presidential election here.’ It’s the same thing that happened with the Wellstone memorial and, you know, when Clinton and Hillary were crashing all these funerals of black leaders, civil rights leaders that had died. They were going in, and making it about them — and they’ve got a big problem. They’re trying to present themselves as ‘the new party of faith.’ They can’t do that with Nancy Pelosi out there.
By the way, she has been upbraided by a couple of priests in Denver and one in Washington. You knew this had to happen. She has been spanked. These people don’t normally react to these kinds of things, but this, they had no choice. So here’s a party trying to present itself as a newly found faith party that they understand people’s values, and their nominee believes in infanticide. Oh, and their Speaker of the House has restated Catholic Church policy. They cannot present a tough foreign policy stand because of their flip-flops on the war in Iraq. There really is no message. There is no message! The message is that Obama is black, and that’s what they’ve got, and that’s what it’s always been — and that’s what, frankly, they’re relying on to pick up a certain degree of guilty white liberal voters. Now, the lib media, some of it, I had a tough time finding rave reviews today in the newspapers.
Television was a little bit different. But they’re pretending to be inspired by Michelle Obama’s speech last night, which, again — learn it, love it, live it — was an effort to portray her as an average mother. I’m sure she is a wonderful mother. But what of all the hateful things that she said about her own country? She said those off script. She said what was in her heart now. Is this all supposed to be forgotten now? Yep. That’s exactly right. We’re supposed to forget everything we know about Barack and Michelle Obama from last night on. Everything prior to that, we are supposed to forget. We’re now supposed to follow the Democrat line as promoted in the Drive-By Media and forevermore see Michelle Obama as just another mother. But she, too, was friends with Jeremiah Wright.
She, too, was friends with Bill Ayers. She was friends with Tony Rezko. I thought frankly — you know, I was a little surprised last night — Michelle was an example of a professional, independent, intelligent woman who deserved to be measured in her own right. Now she’s just a mom and a wife? Do you realize what she did for feminism last night? She erased it. She erased feminism. She didn’t talk about herself at all. She was supposed to go out there and tell people why they should vote for Obama, and she didn’t even do that. She just said, ‘We’re just nice people. We’ve got the white picket fence (ahem) bought by Tony Rezko. We’ve got two kids in the back yard, 2.8. We enjoy snow cones and so forth on Sunday afternoon in the park. We’re just like you.’ She did not talk about any of her achievements.
She didn’t talk about where she went to college. She didn’t talk about any of that stuff. She set feminism back a mile. So the purpose, obviously, is to get us to look away from her record, to look away from her past statements and to embrace the rewrite of her history — and the same will be done with her husband on Thursday, and frankly it’s been done for the last year or more. But he has stepped in it by responding to this ad, the 527 group ran on Bill Ayers. I’ll tell you about that here in just a second. But we’re supposed to ignore Obama’s associations. We’re supposed to ignore his church pastor, Jeremiah Wright. We’re supposed to ignore his past with Saul Alinsky guidance in agitating community people. We’re supposed to ignore some revealing passages in his books. We’re supposed to ignore that he has half brothers living on $12 a year in huts in Africa. He’s now a clean slate. Michelle is a clean slate starting last night on which his handlers and lib media are recreating him.
This is what they are attempting to do is recast all this hope and change. All this stuff that happened before last night with the Obamas, it’s supposed to be gone now. We’re supposed to forget it. But here’s the flaw. Why did she set feminism back? Why did she not talk about her own genuine achievements, her own independence? Because she went to Harvard, she went to Princeton, and the point of last night was to make white people feel comfortable with her and Barack. But most people, most white people don’t go to Harvard, and most white people don’t go to Princeton. So they ran the risk coming across as elitists if they talked about that, because they’re just like us. But they’re not. Most of us don’t have pastors for 20 years like Jeremiah Wright, and we don’t run around with unrepentant terrorists. We don’t have the associations in our lives that these two have.
RUSH: Here from Houston, Texas. Mark, you’re up first on the phones today. Great to have you with us. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, yes, Rush, I listened to the speech last night, and I have to say I liked it as speeches go. Matter of fact, I thought it was very much a Republican speech. She sounded very Republican. It seemed to me she had kind of like a Ronald Reaganist, Condoleezza Rice thing going, and it looked real good if you rate just the speech and that’s it.
RUSH: Yeah, I try to watch these things two ways at the same time. I try to watch these speeches with my brain, obviously, my most important organ, and I then watch the speech with my heart. And I did that with Teddy Kennedy, too. On the surface Michelle (My Belle) was the highlight of the night. They structured the convention horribly last night. When the networks joined coverage, do you know who was speaking? Jim Leach. Jim Leach is so boring he would make a freight train take a dirt road. Jim Leach is a Republican moderate from Iowa. Jim Leach looks dead when he is his most active, and he was the guy that people saw when the networks joined coverage at ten o’clock Eastern last night. A total, total mess. But on the surface of it, you’d have to say that Michelle gave a good speech and it was inspiring to a lot of people. But if you have any history, and that’s what we’re here for is to present history to people, you realize that’s not the Michelle Obama that we’ve come to know and see over these many, many months in the past. So it just points up again what phonies these people are.