RUSH: Jimmy Carter is denying that he said what he said. On CNN’s American Morning, the correspondent Candy Crowley interviewed the National Hemorrhoid, Jimmy Carter. She said, ‘Mr. [National Hemorrhoid,] let me ask you first domestically. You made some remarks recently about how you felt about the protesters that were protesting against President Obama. You said overall you thought the protesters were upset he was black, there was racism involved. That you said many people –‘
CARTER: That was not what I said.
CARTER: I said those on the fringe element that had vituperative personal attacks on President Obama. Those were the ones that I included, but I —
CROWLEY: Your first remarks were that overall —
CARTER: No, it wasn’t. If you read the remarks carefully, you’ll see that that’s not what I said. I said those that had a personal vituperative attack on President Obama as a person, that was tinged with racism. But I recognize that people who disagree with him on health care or environment or things like that, that vast majority of those are not tinged by racism.
RUSH: Okay, so the vituperative personal attacks were the ones he was talking about. He did not say overall. Let’s go back and listen to what he said on the NBC Nightly News on September 15th.
CARTER: I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man. I live in the South, and I’ve seen the South come a long way, and I’ve seen the rest of the country that shared the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African-Americans, that racism in connection still exists, and I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of a belief among many white people, not just in the South but around the country, that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It’s an abominable circumstance and grieves me and concerns me very deeply.
RUSH: Well, now, it sounds to me like he said what he said, it sounds like his denial is full of crap. ‘No, it wasn’t if you read the remarks carefully you’ll see that it’s not what I said. I said that those had a personal vituperative attack on President Obama as a person was tinged with racism, but I recognize people who disagree –‘ blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Let me try this, President Carter. Because, frankly, I, ladies and gentlemen, as a conservative, as a man, as a Republican, as a citizen, and as your host, I have had it with race-baiters. In 21 years I have had my fill of it, and I rarely have my fill of anything, but I have had my fill of this, this race crap. Turning analysis of the so-called health care reform or health insurance reform or the Porkulus bill or cap and trade or whatever the focus groups say they should call it has nothing to do with the president’s color of origin.
Nancy Pelosi is not black. Harry Reid is not black. George Soros is not black. Max Baucus is not black. Steny Hoyer is not black. George Soros is still not black. Barney Frank is not black. Chris Dodd is not black. Jay Rockefeller is not black. Chuck Schumer would be black if it would give him more face time on TV, but even he is not black. The only black and white here — and I want you to listen to me very carefully — the only black and white here is that all of these so-called reforms have nothing to do with reform and everything to do with liberals seizing more control of your lives. That’s the only black and white, and it is crystal clear. Health care is not about health care. Health insurance reform is not about health insurance reform. Cap and trade is not about saving the freaking climate, which is not endangered. Porkulus is not about creating jobs. TARP was not about bailing out the world financial system.
None of this is what it’s about. That’s what’s black and white. What’s black and white is that health care’s not about anything it claims to be. This has nothing whatsoever to do with race.