RUSH: Let’s go back to January 16th of this year. The Wall Street Journal had just asked me to join a cadre of fellow commentators, asking me to write 400 words on my hopes for the new administration and President Obama and this is what I said to you, my devoted and loyal audience in explaining my reaction to the Wall Street Journal.
RUSH ARCHIVE: I don’t need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails.’ (interruption) What are you laughing at? See, here’s the point. Everybody thinks it’s outrageous to say. Look, even my staff, ‘Oh, you can’t do that.’ Why not? Why is it any different, what’s new, what is unfair about my saying I hope liberalism fails? Liberalism is our problem. Liberalism is what’s gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here. Why do I want more of it? I don’t care what the Drive-By story is. I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: ‘Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.’ Somebody’s gotta say it.
RUSH: And so you know the rest. The rest is history. So that’s January 16th of this year. Last night in New York City, October the 20th — almost, what is it, ten months later, or nine, whatever; but close to a year later — Obama is at a fundraiser for the Democrat National Committee.
OBAMA: What I reject is when some folks decide to sit on the sidelines and root for failure on health care, or they root for failure on reforming or energy system, or they root for failure on getting the Olympics. I mean who’s against the Olympics? What’s…? What’s up with that? Y’know? That’s a sad thing, i’n’t it?
RUSH: (laughing) But I’ve been marginalized. Now, The Politico today, I’ve been marginalized. I They’ve got me out there on the fringe along with Fox News, the Chamber of Commerce, and Obama is just roaring away. I mean he’s getting whatever he wants. Nobody is stopping his way and they marginalize me, and yet here it is ten months later, and the guy still can’t stop talking. And the money’s already raised, by the way. He doesn’t need to say this to get people to write the checks. They wrote the checks to get in there. By the way, I don’t think that I’m on the sidelines here. I mean, I’m not in the hallowed halls of some Washington monument but I’m not exactly on the sidelines here.
Yeah, I do want health care ‘reform’ to fail. I don’t want health care to fail. I want to preserve the greatest health care system the world’s ever known: ours. And I want to improve it. Failure on reforming the energy system? Yep, I want his energy plan to fail! His energy plan is going to make all of us poorer. It is not going to increase the supply of energy at all. It is not gonna save the planet. It’s nothing more than another trick to make people think that they have to do this because they are destroying this planet so we’ve gotta pay higher taxes and we’ve gotta reduce our living standards. You know, Bill Clinton said even, ‘We’re going to have to really slow down our economy here to save the planet.’ That’s exactly what they have in mind. Well, I don’t want to slow down the economy! I want a roaring and growing economy with people working, and we’re not going to have that with Obama’s energy plan.
And the Olympics? Well, everybody knows our glee at that. It was not that Chicago is not getting the Olympics. (laughing) It’s that it was so humiliating. He got 18 votes. Daley sends the Chicago Machine, otherwise known as the Obama administration, over there to personally seal the deal, and they botched every aspect of it. They didn’t poll the committee first. Usually before you send the president… Presidents, they involve themselves in matters of great sincerity. Our president became a laughingstock. It had been a shock to everyone involved because the people at the International Olympic Committee, these are not exactly the world’s most stellar citizens themselves. But they are the target audience for Obama and his fringe radicals who think world hates us and only now because Obama’s president do they love us. Well, I guess they don’t, ’cause he wasn’t enough to seal the deal and get the Olympics. (interruption) Yeah, Rio de Janeiro now is literally up in flames! Sometimes all you can do is laugh at this.