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RUSH: We’re going to go back to yesterday’s audio sound bite roster. Remember now Charlie Rose and Tom Brokaw a week ago today, (paraphrasing) ‘We don’t know anything about him. It’s an interesting question, he’s written two books, largely autobiographical, we really don’t know what his views on China are, Charlie.’ So they didn’t know anything about him, and here Wednesday night, again on the Charlie Rose Show, we had a couple of clowns from Newsweek, Evan Thomas and Jon Meacham, and they’re talking about Obama and how Saul Alinsky is a big community organizer, dedicated his book to Satan, the first real conscientious objector to power. Here’s their conversation.

THOMAS: Saul Alinsky is, uh, really was a model from this, er, famous community organizer in Chicago, and this whole idea that Alinsky had that it’s not gonna work if you offend large groups of people. You know, we think of community organizers as having their fist out and, you know? Ah, no, no, no, no, no. You have to win over the majority by being peaceful and nonthreatening. Saul Alinsky used the word ‘nonthreatening.’ This is key to Obama. There’s no militancy involved. This is very important and — and his chief strategist, Axelrod, really understood this. Especially if you’re running a black guy for president, you cannot threaten the whites.

RUSH: All right, this is just indication all they knew that they didn’t report about Obama and his associations and his alliances and how Obama was playing the game. Now, these next two, these are the piece de resistance, Jon Meacham and Evan Thomas of Newsweek admit and discuss, there’s something creepy about Obama.

MEACHAM: He’s very elusive, Obama, which is fascinating for a man who’s written two memoirs. At Grant Park he walks out with the family, and then they go away.

ROSE: Mmm. Mmm-hmm.

MEACHAM: Biden’s back, you know, locked in the bar or something.

ROSE: (haughty chuckle)

MEACHAM: You know, they don’t let him out. And have you ever seen a victory speech where there was no one else on stage?

ROSE: Mmm.

MEACHAM: No adoring wife, no cute kid. He is the messenger.

THOMAS: There is a slightly creepy cult of personality about all this. I mean, he’s such an admirable —

ROSE: Slightly. Creepy. Cult of personality.

THOMAS: Yes.

ROSE: What’s slightly creepy about it?

THOMAS: It — it — it just makes me a little uneasy that he’s so singular. He’s clearly managing his own spectacle. He’s a deeply manipulative guy.

RUSH: Okay. Sorry, I can’t stop laughing at this stuff. I know it should outrage me, but I just have to laugh. These guys, they’ve been bugged by Obama all this time, they buried it, and only now they are starting to, ‘slightly creepy cult of personality about this that just makes me a little uneasy, so singular, clearly managing his own spectacle, he’s a deeply manipulative guy.’ Now, what they’re saying folks, ‘We have seen this before, and we don’t like it.’ You are hearing fear expressed here. ‘We have seen this before. It’s a slightly creepy cult of personality,’ just swipes the wife and the kids off the stage. Does it all himself. Just manipulative, managing his own spectacle, so singular. It’s creepy. We’ve seen this before. These are the Newsweek guys, and here you go, the finale.

ROSE: Watching him last night in that speech, he finishes —

MEACHAM: Yeah.

ROSE: — and he sort of — it’s almost like he then ascends to look at the circumstance.

MEACHAM: He watches us watching him.

THOMAS: Watching him!

ROSE: Exactly!

THOMAS: He does —

MEACHAM: It’s amazing.

ROSE: It is amazing.

THOMAS: He writes about this metaphor being a screen upon which Americans will project. He said they want of Barack Obama; I’m not sure I am Barack Obama.

ROSE: Mmm.

THOMAS: He has the self-awareness to know that this creature he’s designed isn’t necessarily a real person, and he’s self-aware enough —

ROSE: Ahhhhhh.

RUSH: Right. These people are nuts. These people are just flat-out nuts. They are now saying The Messiah ascends after his speech. He ascends and he watches us watching him. He has a self-awareness to know that this creature he’s designed isn’t necessarily a real person. That was Evan Thomas, who David ‘Rodham’ Gergen, if you’re listening, Evan Thomas just called the first black president a creature. A creepy creature, creepy cult of personality creature. Uneasy, so singular, he’s a creepy creature. He ascends to heights and watches us watching him. This creature he’s designed isn’t necessarily a reason person. What, are they calling him a phony? Yes indeed they are.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: Remember in 2004, ladies and gentlemen, after the election was over, Newsweek magazine started running in-depth stories that they had not reported during the campaign on both George W. Bush and the haughty John Kerry (who served in Vietnam). They have done it again. Now, I understand that they would not get the access they get unless they agreed to keep all this stuff off the record until after the election.

But there’s part of me that wonders about the journalistic malpractice of this kind of thing. Here they are given this access; they learn things about both candidates that they do not report. Instead, they stick with the template that is in this election, ‘We gotta get Obama elected. He’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.’ Listen to some of these excerpts — and we just had the sound bites of Meacham and be Evan Thomas, who I’m sure were involved with writing this story, talking about how ‘creepy’ Obama is. He ‘ascends and watches people watching him,’ and he’s manipulative. He’s a ‘creature,’ created something. He’s a character that doesn’t really exist. He’s not real and so forth. They’re very troubled by this. We’ve seen this before. Here are some excerpts from this Newsweek story: ‘Obama could marshal a lawyerly set of arguments about how he could win, that the country was at a ‘defining point’ and that Obama was the best hope to bring change.’

Quote: ”I, I, I actually believe my own rhetoric,’ Obama stammered, uncharacteristically, in an interview with NEWSWEEK in the spring of 2008.’ Also from this story: ‘Barack Obama can be cocky about his star power.’ Here is another excerpt: ‘Obama was growing accustomed to adulation. … At Coretta Scott King’s funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, ‘The torch is being passed to you.’ ‘A chill went up my spine,’ Obama told an aide.’ That’s when the ‘tingle’ went up Chris Matthews’ leg. This is the funeral that the Clintons crashed, remember that? We put together our funeral crashers bit. The Clintons were showing up every time Democrats died.

Also this from the Newsweek story: ‘Obama understood that he had become a giant screen upon which Americans projected their hopes and fears, dreams and frustrations. Maybe such a person never really existed, couldn’t exist, but people wanted a savior nonetheless.’ That’s not Obama; that’s Newsweek writing about Obama. Finally this: ‘As a bestselling memoirist he had created a mythic figure, a man named Barack Obama who had searched and quested and overcome travails, who had found an identity and a calling in public service. Obama recalled that he often joked with his team, ‘This Barack Obama sounds like a great guy. Now I’m not sure that I am Barack Obama, right?’ He added, pointedly, ‘It wasn’t entirely a joke.”

This is why these guys are now out there saying he’s a creature; he’s not even a real person. He created this myth. I hate to be… Never mind. I just knew all this. There’s nothing… Sorry. It was always a joke. It was always a scam. It was always a sham. This is nothing more than Princess Di dying and everybody wanted to be part of the story, all these huge crowds and so forth. That’s why I’m telling you, folks: they created a myth. They created a creature. He’s not who he is. He’s even joking about it, Newsweek. Lots of people are going to be disappointed. They have to be.

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