RUSH: I have some hilarious pieces. I’ve got my own State of Obama stack in the monologue segment of the next hour. I’m going to show you and illustrate for you the various pieces of advice Obama is getting on what he should do. For example, somebody at the Politico staff: ‘Democrats Differ on Advice for Speech. They asked Democrats on Capitol Hill and in statehouses around the country what they want to hear from Obama Wednesday. Here is what they said. Number one: Show your anger. Number two: talk about jobs. Number three: make a decision on health care. Number four: bash Wall Street. And number five: keep blaming Republicans.’ Now, that is the recipe of a bunch of anti-liberty ideologies, ladies and gentlemen, blame Republicans, show your anger. My God, you people have done the best job of showing your anger of any political party I have ever witnessed. Talk about jobs? Well, he’s had job summits, he’s had the stimulus package; what more do you want? Bash Wall Street. He doesn’t need advice to do that. He’s doing it. And keep blaming Republicans? It’s part of Obama’s natural existence, blame Bush. These people are getting exactly what they want and they’re still not happy.
RUSH: Well, well, well! Evan Thomas is pretending to be surprised that Obama is a liar. Remember Obama was ‘godlike’? He’s godlike! In fact, let’s play number 18 first. This is November 5th of 2008 on the Charlie Rose Show, and this is Evan Thomas having an exchange with the managing editor Jon Meacham about the election and President-elect Obama.
MEACHAM: He’s very elusive, Obama, which is fascinating for a man who’s written two memoirs. At Grant Park he walks out with the family, and then they go away.
ROSE: Mmm. Mmm-hmm.
MEACHAM: Biden’s back, you know, locked in the bar or something.
ROSE: (haughty chuckle)
MEACHAM: You know, they don’t let him out. And have you ever seen a victory speech where there was no one else on stage?
MEACHAM: No adoring wife, no cute kid. He is the messenger.
THOMAS: There is a slightly creepy cult of personality about all this. I mean, he’s such an admirable —
ROSE: Slightly. Creepy. Cult of personality.
ROSE: What’s ‘slightly creepy’ about it?
THOMAS: It — it — it just makes me a little uneasy that he’s so singular. He’s clearly managing his own spectacle. He’s a deeply manipulative guy.
RUSH: That’s Evan Thomas, and he also called him ‘godlike’ at one point. So Sunday morning local Washington TV on the program Inside Washington, Evan Thomas had this to say a little over a year later about Obama.
THOMAS: The chance Obama missed… He really had a chance. A lot of people (are) saying, ‘Okay, you’re going to change government.’ He was not fundamentally honest. What caught him up I think was his dishonesty. He didn’t level with the American people. Even those who are not politically engaged smelled dishonesty and a rat, and their reaction to it is to go two parties and, you know, vote for Brown.
RUSH: Oh, ‘he wasn’t fundamentally honest’? How come all of us conservatives could see that from day one even in the middle of the campaign and these people do not see it until it’s a year too late?
RUSH: Now, advice for Obama and the State of Obama speech tonight: Here’s former labor secretary Robert B. Reichhhh-uh! He was on MSNBC this afternoon, and he’s advising the exact opposite of what you just heard me suggest. The infobabe Chris Jansing spoke with Secretary Reich and said, ‘You suggest the president should propose a WPA-style jobs program. But the American people suggested they don’t want maybe the government taking control of everything. There are concerns about the growing deficit. So how much can the government really do? How far can the step into the fray?’
REICH: Government in terms of the economy ask and can do quite a lot, Chris, I mean the Federal Reserve Board in its policies over the last year has done more than the Fed has done in living memory. Look, we are in a society. I mean, we can’t turn against government; that’s like turning against society. People may not like ‘bureaucrats,’ as they call them, people may not like complicated red tape. But in the last resort we’re all in this together and so the president’s gotta make a very strong argument for why, in a time of stress, we do need to come together and government is what we have and what we need.
RUSH: I so hope he listeners to foreman Labor Secretary Reichhhh. I really do. More government. That’s what we need, more government. And let’s just continue on this theme. This is a montage of media people, Chris Matthews; Bob Shrum; F. Chuck Todd; Michael Crowley from the New Republic; and again, Labor Secretary Robert B. Reichhhh-uh.
MATTHEWS: Does President Obama go left (sic) like Bill Clinton did after losing the House back in 1994?
SHRUM: If we elect him to be a third term of Bill Clinton.
TODD: They’re not going to do what they believe Bill Clinton did, which is do a complete 180.
CROWLEY: We’re seeing the first term of the Clinton presidency being replayed.
REICH: I worked for Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton.
RUSH: Ooh! Oooh! There’s conflicting advice there. Some say we are going to get Clinton and some say that we aren’t. And here’s the Ragin’ Cajun, James Carville.
CARVILLE: You have to put things in context, George. The president has to explain what he took over and what happened. The war in Afghanistan has to be explained, that there was a failure to capture Bin Laden when they had a chance to. President Reagan, if you go back to 1980 in his original State of the Union address, blasted Jimmy Carter (garbled) said before you can ever know what you’re going to do in the future you have to understand the past. Explain what it is that he inherited and to put into context what his program is.
RUSH: He can’t. He can’t put into context what his program is because people really wouldn’t accept it — and he’s been bashing Bush! Like a spoiled little kid he’s been bashing Bush, and here is a montage. Obama is announcing a staff shakeup. He’s putting David Plouffe back in there and a bunch of liberals say, ‘It’s a brilliant move! Oh, this is a brilliant, brilliant move.’ Here’s a montage of people.
JOHN BERMAN: The President is reassembling the vaunted political team that helped him win the White House and he’s ordered a review of the Democratic Party’s entire political operation.
DAVID KERLEY: (b-roll) They wanted the best player on the field, and after a lousy week, this is good news for Democrats.
STEVE MCMAHON: He’s bringing the commander of the ship back for a repeat performance in 2010.
TAMRON HALL: The White House shakes up the political team.
LESTER HOLT: (b-roll) President Obama is calling on the team that helped put him in the White House.
MIKE VIQUEIRA: (b-roll) Mr. Obama is now turning to a proven winner.
KATE SNOW: He’s shaking things up. Bringing back the team that helped him win the White House.
RACHEL MARTIN: They’ve recruited a familiar face to get them back on track.
E.J. DIONNE: The Democrats should have seen this coming and didn’t. That’s why I think they bring back David Plouffe.
JOHN HARWOOD: It will take all of David Plouffe’s skill to mitigate Democratic losses and keep the Democrats in control of the House and the Senate.
RUSH: David Plouffe is coming back and they’re excited. They’re excited. But let’s go back, March 28th, 2006. We have a montage of media people reacting to the news that Andy Card was leaving his post at the White House as chief of staff.
JON SCOTT: Is this a shakeup or is this just rearranging the deck chairs?
ED HENRY: Like rearranging the deck chairs, not really a major shakeup.
NORAH O’DONNELL: Simply rearranging the deck chairs.
STEVE DOOCY: The president of the United States needed to rearrange the chairs.
JIM VANDEHEI: You’re basically just moving the chairs in different directions.
RUSH: Is it not uncanny? All of them, every one of them! We have many more than that, we just don’t play them all in the interests of time. They get these faxes and they get these phrases. With Bush it was ‘rearranging the chairs’ on the Titanic. With Obama, ‘It’s a brilliant shakeup! It’s a brilliant thing! It’s right on time,’ blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. By the way, can anybody tell me if those great thinkers at Obama’s jobs forum in December have reported back? Remember that jobs summit at the White House with the work groups and he had a suck-up session there with Thomas Friedman, the foreign policy correspondent for the New York Times? I thought, ‘What does this guy know about job creation?’ Anyway, have they reported back yet? Did they ever report back or are they still in their work groups coming up with plans? Because we haven’t heard any new ideas from Obama about creating jobs, and we sure aren’t going to hear any new ideas tonight. We’re not going to hear anything that would genuinely create jobs. It isn’t going to happen.
RUSH: Joe, Columbus, Ohio. Thank you for waiting, sir. You are on the EIB Network.
CALLER: Thanks, Rush. Been with you since day one and it just keeps getting better.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: Hey, with the significant change in direction that Obama’s taking right now, will his demeanor tonight change as much as say like Algore’s did during the election when the polls told him that he needed to find his alpha male and he started using his big boy voice during all the speeches?
RUSH: Oh, yeah, Naomi Wolf started dressing him.
CALLER: It was such an obvious put on, fake, you know, will Obama’s change be that obvious tonight in demeanor as well?
RUSH: It will be interesting to see. I think that they’re probably still stuck on the fact that Obama is magic, and I think they’ll go back to writing words for him to read off the teleprompter. Let me ask you a question. In asking you, I’m going to ask everybody. Can somebody name for me what you remember from George Bush’s last State of the Union speech? Can you tell me anything you remember?
CALLER: Not really much. You know, I think, you know, the message of —
RUSH: They’re not memorable. What you remember is the laundry list of giveaways, laundry list of new programs to stop cancer, to heal the environment, a laundry list of new programs, spending freezes, you know —
CALLER: Where they flashed a camera up to somebody that’s sitting with somebody that’s touching and they have a little back story thing.
RUSH: Yeah. These are not memorable speeches except to the sycophants who cover them —
RUSH: — in the State-Controlled Media. Did you see the story, by the way, goes out to this grade school and —
RUSH: — has a teleprompter to talk to the press that’s there? A teleprompter. He had a meeting with his Middle Class Task Force, 20 people, and he had a teleprompter for that, twenty people. So whatever he’s going to say is what the teleprompter tells him to say and whoever is writing what’s on the teleprompter. And my guess is they’ll try to get back to the soaring rhetoric of the campaign. That’s what they did when they sent Obama out to Ohio, Elyria, Ohio, last week. That was a campaign stop and that’s the magic. And that’s probably what they’re going to go back to.