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RUSH: Here’s a story, this is on the New York Times blog today. ‘Obama to Take Oath on Same Bible as Lincoln.’ This is by Katherine Q. ‘Kit’ Seelye. ‘Barack Obama will be sworn into office with the same Bible that Abraham Lincoln used for his first inauguration in 1861. The move further extends the parallels that [The Messiah] has drawn with Lincoln since he announced his candidacy for president in February 2007 in Springfield, Ill.

‘This will be the first time an incoming president has used Lincoln’s Bible, which is part of the collection at the Library of Congress.’ Now, folks, it is a grotesque distortion of Abraham Lincoln and the history of this country for Obama to continually create the false impression that he is of the same mettle and that this is the same type of time or period. It’s even more grotesque that the media allows this comparison of Obama to Abraham Lincoln to go on and on and on. And then there are the comparisons between Obama and FDR. But, come on, folks. We face nothing like the Civil War today. The economic conditions are challenging, but they don’t equate with the kind of circumstances of the Civil War. Our nation’s not at war with itself. Our people are not at war with themselves — and Obama’s notion of freedom, I have to say, is nothing like Lincoln’s. There are no similarities in these two, other than they’re…

Well, Obama’s not even from Illinois. Do you think Lincoln would have closed Club Gitmo or given terrorists the kind of rights Obama and his liberal buddies insist on? Lincoln had opposing party members put in jail for opposing him on the Civil War. Obama wants to give our enemies that kind of benefit of the doubt! Lincoln was all about victory in a war, period. Obama’s more like McClellan in this regard, not Lincoln. And there’s nothing in anything Lincoln has ever done or said that would justify invoking his name to populate the bureaucracy with a bunch of leftists who are committed to undermining our economic system and our superiority around the world. There’s no comparison or similarity whatsoever. Lincoln never adopted European socialism or any other kind of socialism. It did exist at the time. It was a growing philosophical body of work, European socialism was. Hegelism, if you will. Lincoln’s concept of freedom and Obama’s are totally at odds. Lincoln fought for the individual; Obama fights for big government. This is another bit of PR imagery that is just full of it, folks.

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RUSH: By the way, Obama — I didn’t know this. He’s left-handed. Did you know that? At least he plays golf left-handed. I think he writes left-handed. I’m not sure. All I know is that people who are left-handed, there’s a reason for it. You know how left-handedness happens? Have you ever studied this, because I have. It’s the result of poor potty training in the formative years. (interruption) No, it has been proven. I learned this at a pig-iron convention in Kansas City, Missouri, when I lived there, when I was working for the Kansas City Royals.

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I’m being told here by someone who cares deeply that Abraham Lincoln was left-handed. That may well be, but that was in the days of outhouses and there wasn’t any potty training back in those days. You can’t say Lincoln’s left-handedness is the result of poor potty training. There weren’t any potties. I appreciate all this assistance from my buddies out there. Now, folks, I want to finish up with this business of Obama and Lincoln, ’cause this really is a grotesque distortion of Lincoln. It’s a grotesque distortion of Obama. Here is a man who hasn’t done anything. He didn’t do anything as a Senator. He is accomplishing playing golf; naming a bunch of fraud, phony moderates to his cabinet. You see Hillary is trying to take over the State Department now? I think that’s smart of Obama. Let her just run the whole thing, that way he can sit there and be President while people in his cabinet are actually out doing things.

She wants more envoys; she wants a more domestic role for the State Department. So, anyway, Obama hasn’t done anything, except be The Messiah. And, of course, that’s not working out too well because now Biden is today warning everybody around the world, ‘Lower your expectations.’ Obama took care of us. He told us, ‘You gotta lower your expectations.’ Obama has sent Biden out to tell world leaders, ‘Hey, hey, hey! Don’t get your hopes up.’ We’re not going to let ’em get away with this, folks. They got elected on high expectations and magic happening, and we’re gonna hold ’em to it. The Drive-Bys won’t, but we will. So he’s out there, and he hadn’t done anything. He didn’t do anything in the Senate. Don’t get mad at me, folks. He may end up being one of the greatest presidents ever. Frankly, I hope so. I have doubts, but if he is, I’ll be the first one to say so. But he hasn’t done anything yet.

He’s out playing golf. He’s out eating Spam at the halfway house at the golf course. His brother is still living in a hut in Nairobi! They can’t find grandmother or grand-uncle or aunt whatever it is, Zeituni. (interruption) What does it mean when you were ambidextrous? It means you didn’t need to be potty trained; you could do it yourself. It’s very simple. People are peppering me with these questions as though I don’t have the answers. (interruption) Well, girls and potty training, that’s another thing. Their left-handedness comes from different things. Don’t even make me go there. You know, this is… I’m not going to tell you what happened in Love Actually that you wouldn’t want your kids to see. Don’t make me go to explaining female left-handedness.

It’s Open lane Friday, I know. I haven’t taken a call. I’m answering some of these questions. Some of the best questions I answer are those I ask of myself. Some of the best questions I get, some of the best answers I give are to the questions I ask myself. Who needs calls? (sigh) People keep trying to distract me from this Lincoln-Obama thing, and it isn’t going to happen. Obama hasn’t done anything. How in the world…? It is grotesque. How in the world do you allow this comparison to take place? And I’ll tell you why it is important. We are allowing, by our silence on this, the left and the media and Obama to rewrite history and create false images of Obama; and false images of Lincoln. Lincoln is not Obama and verse vice-a. Obama, by the way, is far worse than FDR.

Obama, if he does what he says he’s going to do is going to spend far more money than FDR ever dreamed of printing. Now, Obama intends to spend far more than FDR did, even taking inflation and currency differences into consideration; which means to me, folks, that Obama is intentionally ignoring America’s experience with socialism and plowing ahead anyway. And the reason is that this stuff was pounded into him from his earliest days. He’s not Lincoln; he’s not even FDR. If he does, if he follows through with the plans that he has promised to, quote, unquote, ‘save the country,’ then I think he’s going to be a disaster. But I hope for the opposite. I really, really do. Here’s how wacko it’s getting, folks. This is how silly it is. Everybody in the global warming movement, the militant environmentalist wacko movement is saying that this bitter cold illustrates irrefutable evidence of global warming. This bitter cold shows just how fast the earth is warming!

Do you realize the sophistry of this? This is something a six-year-old could blow holes through using simple logic.

‘Mommy! Mommy! You mean when it’s ten below outside, it’s actually getting hotter?’

‘Yes, little Johnny. This is the brilliance of the people who are monitoring computer models, tracking the global warming.’

‘But mommy, how can it be getting hotter if it’s freezing?’

‘Johnny, go back and watch An Indiscriminate Truth or whatever the hell Gore’s movie is and that will explain everything to you.’

Okay, so in the spirit of widespread bitter cold being irrefutable proof and evidence of global warming, Obama ought to call a press conference in Hawaii (his home state, I know) and declare with the utmost confidence the following: ‘A weak economy is evidence of robust job creation. Deficits are proof of wise planning by public officials. High tax rates — combined with middle class welfare and massive deficit spending, cap-and-trade and socialized medicine — are essential for increased liberty and a major economic expansion.’ Just go make the case for these things. All you gotta do is say it; the dumbed-down Drive-Bys will repeat it. It will echo around with the American left, and people will begin to accept this idiocy is true, too. You could also say this: Negative growth in retail sales indicates consumers have more disposable income.

Yes, you could say that. ‘Retail sales are going down. It just shows that consumers have more money than we thought.’ Being surrounded by crooks and radicals his entire life has made Obama a better man. Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg’s sheltered, elitist, and otherwise unremarkable life have been ideal training for public servant on a national stage in trying times. Plus, she ate at Sylvia’s. Hillary Clinton’s massive conflict of interests will have zip, zero, nada impact on how she performs her job as Secretary of State; because she’s already a cold, calculating, money grubbing thief. Well, not thief. I take that back. Uh, uh, uh, ‘recipient of donations.’ Obama’s obsessive workouts are proof positive he’s going to work around the clock keeping the country safe and turning the economy around while posing nude from the waist up for Us Weekly.

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RUSH: Jim in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. Nice to have you here.

CALLER: Thank you, Rush. Merry Christmas and thank you to you and your EIB team for your outstanding service to our country.

RUSH: Thank you very much, sir. I appreciate it. The contribution of the staff is wonderful, somewhat overrated and exaggerated, but you’re very nice.

CALLER: You’re correct, that it is a gross distortion to compare Obama to Lincoln. However, I don’t think it’s that much of a stretch to compare these times with the times of the Civil War. I mean we have more division now than any time since then, probably, and I know Lincoln did what he had to do to eliminate that division. I’m afraid Obama is gonna do whatever he can do to keep the division going.

RUSH: See, that’s the difference. You’ve just nailed it. Look, you can take the red-blue divide and you can take the ideological wars we are having and you might have fun trying to draw an analogy between that and the Civil War, but you can’t. The Civil War was about a number of states who wanted to secede. Frankly, if the liberals wanted to secede and start their own little socialist country, I would not stop them. I would let them do it. You know, pick a couple of states that they all love, not even all the states. Make the liberals live in San Francisco, Seattle, Upper West Side of Manhattan, you know there aren’t that many of them, they just live in big voting blocs. Lincoln inherited a divided country and kept it intact. The American left, not just Obama, is trying to divide this country. Obama is pushing through socialism, particularly in terms of government run health care. You’re going to have a divided country and a virtual civil war. The only thing Obama might have in common with Lincoln will be over 600,000 dead economically, if he gets what he wants. Economically, Snerdley, economically, the American left is trying to destroy this country as it was founded and as it is known today, and he’s not trying to stop that, he’s not trying to save the country as it was. He’s helping to further this division.

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