‘She lauded Gorbachev, with whom she shared an umbrella amid a crush of hundreds, eager for a glimpse of the man many still consider a hero for his role in pushing reform in the Soviet Union.’ Last time I looked, there was a story last week that some people say, ‘You know what? This freedom thing in Russia is not working. It hasn’t worked out. We gotta go back to what was.’ So apparently whatever Gorbachev led Russia to is not working. Yet he’s still feted here as a big hero for ‘his role in pushing reform in the Soviet Union.’ His role? For crying out loud, folks, we all on this program in this audience know the truth. Lady Thatcher has said the truth, and it’s quite simple. The Soviets were defeated because they could not keep up. They were a bankrupt Third World nation with a First World military, pure and simple.
RUSH: Get this headline here in the New York Times: ‘The Legacy of 1989 Is Still Up for Debate,’ meaning the Berlin Wall coming down. ‘The historical legacy of 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell and the cold war thawed, is as political as the upheavals of that decisive year.’ More details on that as the program unfolds.
RUSH: Well, well, well! President Obama is addressing the assembled multitudes in Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate. He’s on the giant screens over there. I don’t know if it’s taped or if he’s live. Whatever it was, he had the God echo in there. He had the godlike echo in there. Here comes Merkel. She’s approaching the podium. Hillary just finished. It’s pouring rain over there so they had these poor people holding umbrellas for these dignitaries who are out there speaking. Obama said, ‘The work of freedom is never over.’ He left out a word: ‘The work of [ending] freedom is never over.’
Today does mark the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall starting to come down. It was midnight 20 years ago that East Germans were allowed to travel past the wall from East Berlin and West Berlin, and exercise their freedoms. When Ronald Reagan demanded of Gorbachev in 1987, ‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,’ it came true, two years later on this date. President Reagan is all but forgotten, it seems, in media coverage of this event. He was not alone in his belief in the importance and power of freedom. The Heritage Foundation was right there all along, reinforcing the policy of military superiority and ideological confrontation with the communist, Soviet ‘evil empire.’ The Heritage Foundation played a huge role in that intellectual conversation and still does today. The Heritage Foundation was intimately involved in several Reagan administration policies. It’s when they really came of age, and that’s when I first heard about them, and that’s one of the many reasons why I am a member of the Heritage Foundation. It’s the reason that you should be and need to be a member yourself. Become a member today, and the 20th anniversary of this historic day. It’s truly meaningful. Just go online to AskHeritage.org. AskHeritage.org is where you’ll find tons of information. Over a half a million like-minded conservatives are members there. They are the keepers of the conservative flame inside the Beltway. They are relentless. AskHeritage.org.
RUSH: Mike, stand by there on audio sound bite 13. Talking about the anniversary of the falling of the Berlin Wall, and they are leaving Ronaldus Magnus out of this. They’re praising Gorbachev over there. Let’s go back, June 12th, 1987, in West Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate.
REAGAN: The advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace — if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization — come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. (cheers) Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! (cheers and applause)
RUSH: And the wall came down, and Gorbachev gets the credit for it. Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev gets the credit. Hillary Clinton was our official representative over there, and then Obama. I don’t know if he was on tape or live, but he was on the screens with the godlike reverb in what he said.
RUSH: Hey, here’s Obama with the godlike echo, audio sound bite number 38. You gotta hear this. This is Obama, his address to the Berlin Wall celebration, and I don’t know again if it’s live or if it was on tape but they played it on the big screens over there.
OBAMA (godlike reverb): I’d like to extend my congratulations to the people of Germany and the people of Europe on this 20th anniversary of the falling of the Berlin Wall. I’m sorry I could not stand there today with so many friends. I’m pleased that Secretary Clinton is leading a delegation of Americans who represent our respect for this extraordinary event in history. November 9th, 1989, will always be remembered and cherished in the United States.
RUSH: Stop the tape here just a second. Mike, did you add any reverb to this? Did you take journalistic license to add any reverb to this? (laughing) Well, so what they must have done, they must have taken the audio feed from the speakers at the ceremony rather than a direct line audio feed, or else Obama recorded it that way. But, you know, he has a tendency to do that: Putting his voice in reverb out there. I just wanted you to hear that.
RUSH: Okay, gotta hear this. One more Obama in his echoified address at the Brandenburg Gate today. He mentions John Kennedy. He mentions himself. He does not mention Ronaldus Magnus, the man who made this happen.
OBAMA (godlike reverb): Even as we celebrate these values, even as we mark this day, we know the work of freedom is never finished. In a Berlin under siege, President Kennedy said, ‘Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.’ Few would have foreseen on that day that a united Germany would be led by a woman from Brandenburg or that their American ally would be led by a man of African descent. But human destiny is what human beings make of it.
RUSH: You had nothing to do with it! The fall of the Berlin Wall had nothing to do with somebody from Africa being elected president of the United States, or some woman from Brandenburg becoming the chancellor of Germany. It was not about that. They want to take all these events and say, ‘Oh, look at what happens when we all work together!’ We didn’t all work together! The Soviets resisted it. Erich Honecker resisted it. The whole Soviet empire resisted it. They had no choice in the end. There was only one guy who… American liberals said it was silly to suggest we could ever defeat the Soviets. We had to stay friendly with them. One man — and one woman: Margaret Thatcher. How in hell you don’t mention her, either. But that’s Obama. Everything is about him.