RUSH: Jerry in Glendale, West Virginia, nice to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Good afternoon, Rush Limbaugh. How are you today?
RUSH: Fine and dandy, sir, thank you.
CALLER: I’ve got a question for you. The island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean, it has two countries on it. One side is the Dominican Republic, the other side Haiti. Haiti had an earthquake the other day that has devastated and killed many people. Why do we not hear anything from the other side of the island?
CALLER: The Dominican Republic. In fact many reporters are staying in Santo Domingo for their accommodations. They fly back and forth to report on the horrible news in Haiti. I’m not a geologist. I do not know why, on the same island, such a massive 7.0 earthquake only damaged Port-au-Prince and other parts of Haiti. One thing that you could speculate on is that there don’t appear to have been too many building codes in Haiti. It doesn’t appear that construction there was worth much. And probably you have a little bit better construction, building codes and techniques being used in the Dominican, but beyond that I can only guess. But I’m sure we have geologists in this audience. We have people who will know this, and we’ll get the answer to that before this program is over. It is interesting. I haven’t heard of any damage in the Dominican Republic, have you? Has anybody been reporting on any there?
The island of Hispaniola is close to a lot of places. There was a tsunami watch at first that was canceled. So it is an interesting question. I don’t think it’s all building codes. It’s gotta be something about the topography, the geography. There’s a huge mountain range that separates the two countries right on the border, and I don’t know if that has anything to do with it but that huge mountain range, if there’s ever, for example, a cat five or cat four hurricane headed our way, you want it to hit that mountain range because the altitude of the range is so high it can tear down the eye wall of a hurricane. Altitude is one of the big enemies of a hurricane eye and the falling pressure up there. I don’t know why. I just know that it’s true because the meteorologists that I’ve studied have mentioned this, and I’ve witnessed it once. There was a hurricane that weakened significantly; it wreaked havoc in the Dominican, got to that mountain range and the eye fell apart. It reformed after it came off the other side, after it came off of Haiti, but it never regained the full-fledged strength that it hit the Dominican with.
RUSH: Jerry in Cookeville, Tennessee, you’re next. Jerry, it’s great to have you on the program.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. It’s great to be on.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: Yeah, I heard earlier today that the president, Obama, was going to ask former President George W. Bush if he would lead… I guess… I don’t know. If it would be a distribution or something to help with the relief program in Haiti. And I’m thinking, ‘Well, why would he do this since he blamed him for all the disaster of Katrina down in New Orleans? Why would he even think about doing this, unless if something goes wrong, well, he can blame Bush again?’
RUSH: Well, no. No. There are two things here. He can show bipartisanship. Get Clinton and Bush down there working in tandem. At the same time while Bush is down there, Obama will be able to say, ‘Look at our response to what happened in Haiti as opposed to the response in New Orleans.’ We’re going to hear that. We are going to hear that before this is all over and we will hear it orchestrated by somebody in the State-Run Media. We’ll get a story (it won’t be long) marveling at how quickly Obama mobilized an entire world and the United Nations to start immediate relief. ‘Why, that day US soldiers, US jets and materials and supplies arrived,’ and it won’t be long. It could be by the end of the day. On the cable shows tonight (certainly by tomorrow) we’re going to get stories about how rapidly the Obama administration reacted and how thoroughly competent they were. Having Bush out there for this comparison to how slow Katrina was, it’s just going to personalize it even more. I have no doubt that Bush is being used here by Obama for a multitude of purposes.
RUSH: Jim in Chicago, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hello, Rush?
RUSH: Yeah, hi.
CALLER: Hello? Hey. Hey, I agree with you that the media is going to be comparing Obama’s — are you there?
RUSH: Yeah, I’m here!
CALLER: Okay. I agree with you that the media is going to be comparing Obama’s reaction to Bush’s reactions to their disasters, but I bet you nobody talks about how much opposition Bush had with so many local, clever Democratic politicians down there in Louisiana.
RUSH: Oh, I know. You had ‘School Bus’ Nagin and you had Kathleen Blanco keeping officials out of there.
RUSH: Kathleen Blanco was really the culprit down there. She was so disorganized, incompetent, didn’t know what she was doing. ‘School Bus’ Nagin didn’t move the school buses out, didn’t use the buses to evacuate anybody. They totally politicized that, and they’re going to do it with Haiti. They politicize everything. This is a golden opportunity. By the way, it’s not that Obama has to burnish his credentials with the black community, but he’s going to do it anyway. And if he gets the chance to say, ‘Republicans don’t care about this. I’m the one that had to move in,’ he’ll do it. He’ll do it. Anyway I’m glad you called out there, Jim. Thanks.
RUSH: Debbie in the Florida Panhandle, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hi. Don’t hang up on me. I got something… two…three things to say. First of all, when I found out you were in the hospital, I cried. I was so nervous because (laughing) I didn’t want anything to happen to you. And thank you for taking my call. And are you going to be at CPAC?
RUSH: I’m not going to be at CPAC this year.
CALLER: Ugh! Oh, God. I’m going to CPAC.
RUSH: I have a scheduling conflict.
CALLER: Oh, darn you. Well, I’m going to see Glenn anyway. I heard that he’s speaking this year.
RUSH: Yeah, he’s keynoting this year.
CALLER: That’s good. That’s good. But I’m going to miss you I thought I was going to finally meet you. Okay, now I’ll talk about Haiti. Tell ’em I’ll be right down. My husband is screaming for me. I’m really, really upset about this, because we have poured so much money into Haiti. But nobody ever watches it.
RUSH: Uh, uh, uh! Hold on just a second. For everybody at Media Matters for America and the Huffington Post, get your transcribers going because here comes some more lack of compassion. Okay, fire away.
CALLER: Okay. Well, it’s not lack of compassion. It’s lack of common sense.
RUSH: No, no, no, they’ll think it is. I know what you’re going to say: We’ve poured millions into there and it’s pouring it down a drain. The amount of money that the world has given Haiti and it still can’t revive itself? The problem is not lack of money. The problem is not lack of resources. That’s somewhere else down there that’s not right.
CALLER: Well, then they can write this down, too. My name is Debbie PICAPOI, and that’s an acronym, and it stands for ‘Politically Incorrect and Proud Of It.’ (laughing)
RUSH: Good! I like it.
CALLER: I like it. PICAPOI is a new word. I just made it up the other day, and that’s who I am because I am sick of PC, because PC is a personal computer, and I am tired of having to live by those regulations, because people just take advantage. I mean, there is such fraud and such waste. When I look at the president’s house in Haiti? I knew we had a big house, but I didn’t know it was like three times the size of the White House. I can’t understand how come those people haven’t gone through those gates and pulled him out of there by his head of hair, if he has any. I don’t know. I don’t remember what he looks like.
RUSH: Because 80% of them are in poverty and they’ve got nothing to go in there with but clumps of dirt.
CALLER: I know but they could climb over the fence and throw rocks in the windows or do something.
RUSH: Look, they’ve done that. They get gunned down. I mean, this place has been led by dictators or communists, which is one and the same, since the thirties.
RUSH: It’s a disaster. The problem with Haiti is there’s no capitalism there.
CALLER: That’s right. You know what? You’re absolutely right. And the problem is our system here is we just keep giving money away to every Tom, Dick, and Harry across the water, everywhere. We should stop doing that. It’s just about time that everybody learned how to stand up on their own two feet.
RUSH: I agree but it’s not going to happen. You’ve got half a million people maybe dead. The pictures coming out of there are brutal. Remember, we went to Somalia over one picture of a starving young kid with insects flying around his head. We went to Somalia over one picture on the front page of the New York Times. This? I mean, we got C-130s flying in there but practically all the houses have collapsed. People are in the streets and dead bodies are in the streets. There’s no way to get this aid anywhere. I mean, it’s absolutely chaos down there. It’s impossible to set up an orderly system. That’s how much destruction that there is. But… (chuckles) Media tweak number two, here we go: The pictures of those C-130s flying in, boy, that looks good. That looks good.
RUSH: Did I call it or did I call it? The White House is already doing all they can to make the parallels with Hurricane Katrina. White House press release: ‘Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden to Travel to Louisiana and South Florida. On Friday, the Vice President will Highlight New Recovery and Rebuilding Efforts in New Orleans and Grand Lake, Louisiana; Dr. Biden to Visit Delgado Community College in New Orleans. On Saturday, the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will Travel to South Florida to Meet with Members of the Haitian-American Community and Responders who are Mobilizing Relief Efforts for Haiti.’ So that’s a White House press release, Biden and his wife going to New Orleans tomorrow, South Florida on Saturday. The first news story on this probably before 6 p.m. today, proving again I know these people.