RUSH: Here’s Obama last night, by the way. He was on Letterman. And now there’s a story he’s out playing basketball in New York this afternoon. Playing hoops with his — with his best guy friend, a guy named Reggie Love. Out there playing basketball. I thought he was formulating a new strategy on Afghanistan. I thought he was — troop requests, what are we going to do, need some more time here. Out shooting hoops after warning the world that we’re about dead because of climate change. He’s out shooting hoops, playing golf, going on Letterman. Here he is last night. Letterman says: ‘The stimulus. You’re satisfied the level and degree that the stimulus has worked?’
OBAMA: If it hadn’t been for the stimulus, you probably would have seen an additional, say, million and a half jobs to two million jobs lost, or possibly even worse. So–
RUSH: Wait, wait, wait, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa — stop — we’ve had almost three million jobs lost. Up to 9.7% — recue this — unemployment with the stimulus. He promised it wouldn’t be any higher than 8%! He’s talking to a genuine idiot, David Letterman, trying to disguise himself as an informed American who happens to tell jokes: ‘So are you satisfied with the level and degree the stimulus worked?’ And here comes the off the-repeated lie number 4,442, said for the one-gazillionthtime, ‘Well, if we hadn’t done it, why, I don’t know how bad it would be!’
OBAMA: If it hadn’t been for the stimulus you probably would have seen an additional say, million and a half jobs to two million jobs lost or possibly even worse. So it’s definitely worked as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. The one thing that — that I try to make sure the American people understand is that it took us years to get into the hole that we’re in. We took a bad hit. We lost $5 trillion worth of wealth because of this crisis. We’re not going to recover overnight. Unemployment is still gonna be a big problem for at least another year.
RUSH: Where do you go with this? Where do you go with this? I think you got, what is it, 4% of the stimulus has been spent. It kicks in in earnest next year (happens to be an election year, that’s where a lot of the money is going to go). Yet we’ve applied a tourniquet, the bleeding has stopped? Yeah, I guess that’s why we’re going to extend unemployment benefits again. I guess that’s why last month 42 states reported net job losses, up from 29 in July. But we’ve got that tourniquet on there! We’ve reduced our carbon emissions more in the first eight months of this year than at any time in our history! And we put a tourniquet on that economy, and we’re going to have all kinds of competition in our health care plan! I — I’m — this can’t — this — the American people are not going to accept this. This — they’re going to keep on, they’re going to keep on doing this, this medium of the message business, he’s going to show up on television all the time, too much, there is going to be a backlash against this man and his policies and this administration. The only question is when and if it will happen in time.
Here Letterman then says, ‘Well, whenever you invoke like Great Britain or Canada people start to shudder because, ‘oh, my God it’s socialized medicine, oh, my God it’s socialized medicine,’ and I’m not a socialist, but it doesn’t sound that bad to me,’ says Letterman. In full, 100% doofus mode Letterman asked the question. And here is Obama’s answer.
OBAMA: It doesn’t sound bad to Canadians. They’re perfectly happy with, with their system. (cheers and applause) Um, you’ve got every other advanced nation provides coverage for all of its folks. When I talk to other world leaders who are paying attention to this argument and they hear some of this stuff and, and, and these are, in some cases, conservative leaders. They’re, they’re heads of center-right governments. And they don’t understand why it is that Americans would not want to, to, to set up a system that would save them money over time, would work better, would make people healthier.
RUSH: Uh… where do we start? ‘It doesn’t sound bad to Canadians,’ and the doofus audience starts applauding to go along with the doofus host? They’re ‘perfectly happy’ with their system? They’re not ‘perfectly happy’ with it, nor are they happy with it in Great Britain! And here comes the old Clinton argument. Clinton used to (doing Clinton impression), ‘I go over there, I talk to these world leaders and they simply can’t — for the life of them — they cannot understand why we haven’t done what they’ve done. And I keep trying to tell them, ‘Well, we’re working hard, it takes a lot of work to change things in America, big country and so forth,’ but they can’t believe’ — and here Obama doing the same thing. They can’t believe Americans wouldn’t want to set up a system ‘that would save them money.’ Americans do want a system that would save them money! Americans do want a system that would work better! It just isn’t Obama’s! Do you — he’s out there telling this doofus audience the American people do not want an improved health care system, they do not want a cheaper health care system — because that’s what he wants everybody to believe his is.
I’m going to ask this question that I asked yesterday. I want you to stop and think about something. Name for me a major government program in the modern era, let’s go to the — including the twentieth century, start with FDR, name one that has not exceeded cost projections, that is not in bankruptcy or near bankruptcy, name one that has saved money, name a government program that actually reduced taxes in order to make the program happen, name for me one instance where any major government program has accomplished its objective. Name for me one government program which in fact has destroyed many of the people that it’s trying to help, I can answer that — that’s almost all of them! Name for me a government program that has not wreaked havoc on the people it wanted to help. You can start with the war on poverty, you can start with Social Security, you can start with Medicare-Medicaid, you can start with the Great Society. You can start with the Cash-for-Clunkers program, you can start with the midnight basketball, the cops for the — the — whatever . I don’t care what the program is. It doesn’t work as advertised, it costs much more than ever projected, taxes have always gone up to pay for them. Why in the world — where is the sanity in believing that this magical plan is for the first time in modern American history gonna lower taxes, going to lower costs, going to insure more people, going to squeeze the doctors and the insurance companies, and health coverage is going to get better? Where is — it is insane to believe this! And yet people have an endless faith in their government to make this happen.
‘When I talk to other world leaders’ — oh, you’ve got every other advanced nation providing coverage for all its folks? Well, you know what? We provide treatment for all of our folks. You can talk about coverage all you want, but people in emergency medical situations get treated. So I — this — this just lying through his teeth, with a putz as a pawn and a puppet to facilitate it — it’s just breathtaking. And then there was this: ‘A couple of days ago Jimmy Carter started talking about this behavior of speculating perhaps this unease, or poor decorum, is rooted in racism. Is he on to something there or is it just something to talk about?’
OBAMA: Well, I — first of all, I think it’s important to realize that I was actually black before the election. So — (laughter) — this is true.
LETTERMAN: How long have you been a black man? (laughter)
OBAMA: And so the American people, uh, uh, I think, uh, gave me this extraordinary honor, and — and that tells you, uh, I think, a lot about where the country is at.
RUSH: Now, he needs to do more of this, telling a joke about it, but he’s sort of soft-pedaling the notion that it’s not about race. (paraphrase) ‘They elected me. I mean how could they elect me if the country was — had these arguments based on race and so forth.’ And Bill Clinton came out and said (doing Clinton impression), ‘Hey, hey, you know what, Jimmy Carter, I don’t know what he’s talking about. I mean these same people that oppose Obama opposed me, you know, and I’m not black that I know — I don’t know any black blood in my line — but I’m not black, I don’t look black. And they still opposed me so I don’t think it has anything to do with race.’ So that’s — that’s — let’s see. That’s Obama in a small way, that’s Clinton in a major way, who have now undercut the State-Controlled Media trying to make this and the Democrat Party all about race.
RUSH: Now, here’s Clinton on Carter, Obama, and race last night. Larry King Alive, CNN, King says, ‘President Carter says racism is at the bottom of all this uproar. What do you think?’
CLINTON: I believe that some of the right-wing extremists which oppose President Obama are also racially prejudiced and would prefer not to have an African-American president. But I don’t believe that all the people that oppose him on health care and all the conservatives are racist. And I believe if he were white, every single person who opposes him now would be opposing him then. Therefore, while I have devoted my life to getting rid of racism, I think this is a fight that my president and our party, this is one we need to win on the merits.
RUSH: I tell you, I’m going to throw up here. I mean this sound bite roster today has been — I can’t handle this. I walked in here feeling really good. Now, I overslept. I was up late last night, I always come out here and I have a lot of friends and I — you know what I got to do last night? I got to go to a Monday Night Football party at William Shatner’s house up in Studio City, great, great, great view. He’s got a bigger screen than I’ve got. Now, no screen envy, it doesn’t look as good as mine, but it’s good, looks good, but I mean the thing is huge, he’s got his own screening room. Of course he’s in pictures, and I met Jon Voight last night and these guys are all Indianapolis fans so I decided to pull for the Dolphins just to make it a fun night. And I left shortly before the Colts went ahead with their final score because my intention was to go back to the hotel and stay on East Coast time and get to bed and I got back to the hotel and I fired up the iPhone, all kinds of e-mail stuff to deal with, distracting stuff. So I had to deal with that. And before I knew it, it was 1:30 or two o’clock in the morning here.
I can’t set an alarm because I take my cochlear implant off, and the sun doesn’t come up early enough this time of year to wake me up, so I just normally go to bed and I wake up every hour out of fear I’m going to oversleep. But for some reason, I woke up — and I intended to leave the hotel at 5:30 — I woke up at 5:55. Now, I’ve left instructions with the concierge, if you don’t see me in the lobby, in the drive, if you don’t see me by six, get up there and wake me up. So it’s 5:55, I got out of bed, and, of course, I’m not dressed. I’m thinking, ‘Well, the first thing I gotta do is find the phone and fire it up and send a text message to tell everybody I’m up.’ So I did. Then I went about the preparatory routine in the bathroom. Then I find that the text message didn’t go because of a weak AT&T signal. So I said, ‘Oh, no, I’m sitting here in the bathroom, and somebody’s going to walk in here and I’m not dressed,’ and it happened. I said, ‘Oh, jeez.’ So I hustle and bustle, I get downstairs, we hit every red light possible coming in here. But I was feeling really good ’cause it was a great night, had a great plane trip out, everything hunky-dory, fine and dandy. And then I get to this audio sound bite roster today, and I want to throw up. Everything I’ve heard is just destructive as it can be; it’s destructive to the American people; it’s insulting to the American people; it is representative of a dramatic decline in the way we’re being told to think, the way our culture is going, the way we’re being raised.
I mean that Newsweek story yesterday, ‘The Case for Pulling the Plug on Granny’ with the previous Newsweek cover being your kid is a racist by the time he’s six months old. And now we got Bill Clinton. Did you hear this? ‘Let me tell you something, Larry, I believe some of those right-wing extremists which oppose President Obama are also racially prejudiced and would prefer not to have an African-American president.’ He says that, then says ‘I believe if he were white every single person who opposed him now would be opposing –‘ So what’s this business of right-wing extremists out there who oppose him because of racial prejudice if everybody who opposes him now would be opposing them then? ‘Therefore I’ve devoted my life to get rid of racism.’ Right, you’ve devoted your life to getting rid of racism. Your party has promoted racism. Your party has done everything it can to divide people in this country. I don’t care if by race, by gender, by sex, by age, that’s how the Democrat Party survives. ‘My president and our party, this is one we need to win on the merits.’ These guys are doing everything they can to destroy every institution and tradition that defines this country’s greatness.
I’m sitting here, and I know it’s my job, but I’m earning it today. I want to throw up. Every sound bite I’ve played is nothing — the only difference between a sound bite and a bag of manure is the bag. You know, the human characteristic that rubs me the rawest is lying and then arrogant condescension. And Obama is all three of those, and Bill Clinton is, too. And then you take Afghanistan with the general that he appointed saying it’s 40,000 troops or we lose this in a year, and Hillary Clinton comes out and says the general doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Hillary Clinton, who we are led to believe once wanted to join the Marines or some branch in Chicago, but they wouldn’t let her because she was a girl. And that wasn’t the reason. The Army, the Marines do not have uniforms that fit that big an ass. And they don’t have — well, never mind. They don’t have boots the right size, either. And now we get to listen to Clinton say right-wing extremists. This is guy who tried to blame me for the Oklahoma City bombing. All right, I’ve vented. I can’t wait to hit the golf ball this afternoon. That ball is going to Obama and Clinton combined.
RUSH: I have a couple sound bites here I want to play for you. Bill Clinton playing the race card on both sides. We’ll first go back to January 26 of 2008. It’s in Columbia, South Carolina, outside a voting station. Clinton is speaking with reporters, and the reporter says to him, ‘What does it say about Obama that it takes two of you to beat him?’ Now, I’ll guarantee you, Clinton hears that question and I starts seething inside. (doing Clinton impression) ‘You little pip-squeak, you’re nothing but a reporter here in South Carolina. You’re asking me how come it takes two of us to beat that kid?’ But that’s not what he says. You’ll maybe remember this, here’s Clinton’s answer.
CLINTON: Jesse Jackson won South Carolina twice in ’84 and ’88. And he ran a good campaign. And Senator Obama is running a good campaign. He’s run a good campaign everywhere.
RUSH: I guarantee you they got the name and address of that reporter after this. That question. But he said, ‘Jesse Jackson won South Carolina twice in ’84 and ’88.’ That’s Clinton playing the race card. Well, of course he’s winning here! Hell, Jesse Jackson won the Democrat primary. It’s no big deal for a black guy to win the primary in South Carolina. That’s what he’s saying, and then he knew he’d said so, so he had to start covering it up here with the faint praise of what a great campaign he’s running. Then Obama came back after that and then said Clinton played the race card on me, and Clinton said I didn’t play the race card. The argument’s about race — do you remember during the Democrat primary the sole place where arguments about race were taking place was in the Democrat Party, in the primaries. It was the LA Times that gave us that column, the ‘Magic Negro.’ Now, here’s Clinton playing the race card on the other side, May of 1993, White House Correspondents Dinner, Clinton talks about me, and I had just defended Janet Reno, who was being really treated rudely by John Conyers during a committee hearing on the Waco invasion.
CLINTON: Did you like the way Rush stood up for Janet Reno the other night on his program? He only did it because she was attacked by a black guy.
RUSH: There’s Bill Clinton out there saying his party has done everything it can to rid this country of its racial problems. And it’s just the exact opposite.
Tony Blankley had an absolutely great rant, it was on a program called Left, Right, and Center, and he was asked by the host about the coarsening of our culture. I’m going to summarize what Tony Blankley said because the host says, ‘Look at all the coarseness of the culture that’s going on, with all these people making pictures of Obama as Hitler and,’ blah, blah, you’ve heard all this stuff, and Blankley said, ‘Well, the Democrats call people showing up at town halls an unruly mob. Then Harry Reid called them evil. And Steny Hoyer called them un-American. Then Pelosi called them Nazis. Then Obama called them liars. And then Pelosi suggested that they’re assassins waiting and lurking out there.’ And the left guy on this program then cites three or four outrageous signs people are carrying at a town hall meeting and Blankley said, ‘You’re showing me people at a town hall meeting, you’re showing me people at a congressman’s office or outside some government building holding a sign? I’m talking about the highest officers in our government calling over half the American people a mob, evil, un-American, Nazis, liars, and assassins,’ and that’s exactly right. Now, you gotta hear Calypso Louie. Calypso Louie all happy that Moammar Khadafy is in town, he’s on the Al Sharpton show. This is another show that has no listeners, and so if I don’t play this, you would never hear it. But you gotta hear it. Calypso Louie on the Al Sharpton show talking about the arrival of Moammar Khadafy.
FARRAKHAN: The leader Moammar Khadafy along with many, many other African, European, and Asian and Latin-American, Caribbean heads of state are going to be visiting the UN and the United States. We have had a very long and fruitful friendship almost in the whole 40 years of his leadership of the Libyan Arab (jamaya liha). We wanted to come in to New York and say to our brother, ‘Welcome to the United States of America, and welcome to New York City.’
RUSH: Well, there you have it. Calypso Louie, who voted for Barack Obama, who voted for Bill Clinton, who votes for every Democrat, can’t wait to welcome brother Moammar Khadafy into town on the Al Sharpton show. Al Sharpton then says, ‘I understand Minister Farrakhan that Colonel Khadafy will be addressing the United Nations and I saw in the interview in the Amsterdam newspaper that you don’t know exactly what he will say, but you think it will be historic.’
FARRAKHAN: Well, you know, brother Khadafy has been on the terrorist watch list for the United States for a long, long time, and this country and others have put sanctions —
RUSH: Can we speed this up?
FARRAKHAN: — way out of those sanctions, and this year Libya is a part of the Security Council.
RUSH: Uh, yeah.
FARRAKHAN: — and it will be a Libyan diplomat that will head up the General Assembly and so brother Moammar Khadafy is coming to America to deliver a message.
RUSH: Thank you for speeding it up so it would end sooner. Back to the phones. This show today has been work. This show has been a challenge to my normal ebullience, my normal great festive cheery good mood. This has been a direct challenge. And Cookie, who puts the roster together, she’s profusely apologized. It’s not your fault, Cookie, it’s what’s out there. I mean it is what it is.
Gary in Findley, Ohio, thanks for waiting. You’re next on the EIB Network. Hi.
CALLER: What a bunch of jackasses dittos, Rush, semper fi, Professor.
RUSH: (laughing) That’s right, Obama, he’s a jackass.
CALLER: I tell you, Rush, my main point and reason I called was I wanted your opinion, slash, what you thought the Founders would think of. Now, we’re going to have national health care, and we’re going to have cap and tax. That’s anywhere from the rough estimate from three to ten grand out of my pocket again, because any raise I got in the last five years or for the next projected anything ’cause my union knuckleheads are little collectivists, it’s gone. I lost 17 grand in the market. I’m just kind of trying to wait it out but I just wanted your opinion, sir, I respect you and I listened to you from the beginning, brother, because I’m a Rio Lindan for Rush.
RUSH: Well, I appreciate that very much. I can only answer this honestly. If you think that all that’s going to get swallowed up is your raise, is your raises, you are shortsighted. Your future will be swallowed up. The opportunity for prosperity of your children is being swallowed up. Money they haven’t even earned is being spent. Not even taxed, just spent. So it’s much more than just your raises. But the numbers you gave me, yeah, you gotta have a health care plan. If you don’t you’re going to get fined. The cap and tax is going to raise your electricity bill, all of these things, the cost of living and there will be middle class tax increases all across the board in a number of ways. Health care is going to be more expensive despite what they say. That’s going to eat up the numbers that you gave me, but it’s also going to prevent you from getting ahead or even getting even because more of what you earn is going to be taken from you. And which, by the way, is the plan.
RUSH: Joe in Birmingham, Alabama, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: I think you made a good decision not turning the other cheek around Barney Frank.
RUSH: Yeah, well, people said I should ignore it. You know, but that would be turning the other cheek, which is what he would like.
CALLER: (laughing) Hey, I know you’ve had a tough time with the sound bite roster today but I heard something on there that might make you grin a little bit. Told the screener, Obama might have stumbled into something where he was right and probably doesn’t know it. You know, he talked about on the Letterman show about the stimulus being a tourniquet. If I remember from my Boy Scout first-aid training you put a tourniquet on to stop the bleeding, yes, but you also know when you put it on you’re probably gonna lose the appendage that’s attached to it.
RUSH: Well, that’s it, exactly right. The tourniquet equals death of something. And so if we have to apply a tourniquet to our economy, if that’s what Obama says, and I’ve had some people e-mail me that point, and I guess I can agree with it.
Jeff in Buffalo, I got about less than a minute, but I wanted to get you on here.
CALLER: It’s an honor, Mr. Limbaugh. Hello?
RUSH: Oh, hi, how are you, yes.
CALLER: Good. Good, Rush. It’s an honor. I wanted to comment on the lack of class shown by President Obama on asking Governor Paterson here in New York to basically withdraw from the next election. I thought it was in really, really poor taste, showed a lack of class. I mean there’s no doubt that he’s a complete failure. But I think it really, President Obama —
RUSH: A lot of Democrats in New York, ‘Hey, keep your mitts out of our state, Obama. You’re doing a bad enough job running the country.’ It’s a good point. It was a diss of Paterson.