RUSH: Dan in Pittsburgh, you’re next on the Rush Limbaugh program. Nice to have you, sir.
CALLER: Hey, how’s it going, Rush? It’s an honor and a privilege to speak to you.
RUSH: Thank you very much.
CALLER: Oh, boy. Where do I begin with this one? You stole half of my thunder there earlier about this kind of mess that we’re all in here. If this is the change and the hope we can all expect, oh, my goodness, what have we gotten into? I mean, come on. This is phenomenal. I mean this has been nothing but 60 years of affirmative action realized and it’s coming back and it’s blowing up in our faces. I mean this is unbelievable. It’s phenomenal. Blatant crimes being committed —
RUSH: I must stop you here. I understand your incredulity, and I understand your shock. I understand your awe. You have to understand that not one person who voted for Obama cares a whit about this. Not one person who voted Obama will associate Obama with this, because they don’t want to. President-elect Obama will become President Obama in 40 some-odd days, 50 days, whatever it is. And he will lead the nation for the next four years or eight years, and maybe the next 12 or 16 years, as he attempts to emulate FDR. FDR had four terms, and he wasn’t a messiah. Obama is a messiah, and if he wants 16 years and four terms, who’s to stop him? Now, I am your host as you know, ladies and gentlemen, the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-caring, all-feeling, all-concerned Maha Rushie. And thus it falls on my shoulders to explain the Obama phenomenon, the presidency, president-electancy, to help you understand it, to evaluate it, and to co-exist with it. It is really quite simple.
All you need to understand about Barack Obama is it’s not what he says. It is how he says what he says. Barack Obama can say anything, and it will not matter to those who voted for him because of how he says what he says. Not even his base, the kook-fringe left, understands this. This is something only I, a highly trained observer and broadcast specialist have made it possible for others to understand. It’s not that Obama promised change. He didn’t specify much change. It’s that he said change. He said ‘change’ in a way that resonated with people. He didn’t have to tell people what kind of change; he just said ‘change.’ Even Tom Brokaw doesn’t get it yet, folks. On Sunday he asked Obama questions about one or two of his past statements. Tom, it doesn’t matter what Obama said in the past. It’s not what Obama says; it’s how he says it. And this is the single greatest piece of advice I can offer you in helping you maintain your sanity as this sitcom rolls on for the next 4, 8, 12 or 16 years.
It doesn’t matter what he says, and if you get caught up in analyzing and parsing what he says, you are going to sound to an Obama voter like an absolute fool, and an idiot. You want some proof? Shall I illustrate this? I’ll be glad to do so. Twenty-four months ago Obama said he wanted us out of Iraq in 16 months. Twenty-four months ago. Twelve months ago, Obama also said in sonorous tones that he wanted us out of Iraq in 16 months. Last month, before the election, he once again said, in sonorous tones, he wants us out of Iraq in 16 months. No one cares that 16 months have come and gone and we’re still in Iraq. No one cares that he has said, oops, might be there a little longer than that, three years, maybe, maybe a hundred years, might build a base, they don’t care. Don’t care what he says. What they care about is how he says it.
RUSH: Remember, my friends, it’s not what Obama says, it’s how he says it. He was going to lower the seas; he was going to put people back to work; he was going to create all these jobs, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, and then on Sunday he says ‘it’s gonna get worse.’ But he said it with compassion and understanding, and he cares about us, he’s warning us. It’s not what he says; it’s how he says it. If you’re going to get caught up in what he says trying to make him out to be a hypocrite or whatever, it isn’t gonna matter, not to the people who elected him, not to the people who love him, it’s how he says what he says. He’s a cult figure.