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RUSH: Let’s go back audio sound bite wise, this is a good reminder, ladies and gentlemen, because President Obama has hit an all-time low in his approval numbers now. He’s down to 44% in a couple of polls, 46% in another, and where is the State-Controlled Media reporting this? They are ignoring Obama’s plunge, and it is a plunge in the approval numbers. March 13th of 2006, however, Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room, a montage of discussion about President Bush’s job approval numbers.

BLITZER: It’s 4 p.m. here in Washington. So you’re getting the first look right now at our brand-new poll. The president’s job approval rating has taken a downward turn again, falling to only 36%. [break] This represents his lowest rating ever in the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll. [break] The president’s poll numbers are pretty bad, pretty awful right now, rock bottom as far as the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll. [break] The president’s Iraq problem and his new low point in the polls. [break] His approval and policies now are at new lows. [break] The president’s job approval number in this new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, rock bottom, the lowest it’s ever been. [break] It’s 5 p.m. here in Washington where President Bush takes a beating in our latest poll. His approval rating at a low ebb. [break] Our latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll just out in the past hour shows the president at an all-time low. [break] His job approval rating at a new low. [break] That’s rock bottom as far as our poll is concerned. [break] It’s 7 p.m. here in Washington. The war in Iraq comes home to roost for President Bush. Our latest poll numbers showing his approval rating at a new low. [break] Also: President Bush hits a new low in the polls. [break] Now back to our lead story: President Bush’s approval rating now at an all-time low. [break] As we noted, a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll shows his job approval rating at a new low. [break] President Bush’s approval rating at a new low, 36%.

RUSH: All of that on March 13th of 2006. Wolf Blitzer, it’s 4 p.m., lead story, Bush poll numbers. It’s 5 p.m., lead story, Bush poll numbers. It’s 6 p.m., lead story, Bush poll numbers, it’s 7 p.m., lead story, Bush poll numbers. Now back to our lead story, Bush’s approval numbers at an all-time low. Now here’s the coverage of Obama’s new low in the polls as covered on CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer yesterday.

(sound of crickets)

RUSH: That’s right, nothing but crickets. They haven’t reported it. Well, what was being reported by Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room yesterday and last night? Well, here’s a montage.

BLITZER: Sarah Palin’s tea party cheat sheet. Her political future may be in her hand. [break] Sarah Palin’s sleight of hand at the weekend’s tea party convention. [break] A most unusual cheat sheet. You might say Sarah Palin had tea partiers in the palm of her hand. [break] See all these papers? These are all notes and stuff I’m supposed to say, but I don’t write it on my hand. [break] The answer is in the palm of her hand. Sarah Palin has a cheat sheet. [break] We’ll look beyond the talking points on Sarah Palin’s hand. I’m Wolf Blitzer. You’re in The Situation Room.

RUSH: No bias in the media, right? There’s no advocacy in the media, and there’s plenty of objectivity in the media. Are we all agreed on that? I have notes here, said Wolf, I got notes, I got more notes than Sarah Palin, but I don’t write ’em on my hand. They’re just beside themselves. You know, I wonder if he did write Bush’s poll numbers on his hand, as often as he reported that back in March of 2006. Last night on The CBS Evening News, the perky Katie Couric played another portion of her pre-Super Bowl interview with President Obama. She said, ‘You’ve given more than 160 interviews, taking questions at 26 town meetings. What do you say to people who say, in spite of all of that exposure, people are not sure who you are or what you stand for?’

OBAMA: This is the Washington analysis that came up over the last couple months since my poll numbers went down. Nobody was saying that when my poll numbers were high, right? So I just take these kinds of things with a grain of salt.

COURIC: So you don’t pay attention to that?

OBAMA: I really don’t.

RUSH: I really don’t, suddenly the approval numbers don’t matter now. He doesn’t feel compelled to change his agenda or even admit that he was wrong. But it was all that mattered for Bush. It was all that mattered for Bush. But it doesn’t matter at all to the State-Controlled Media or to Obama. Obama then went on to explain why all of this going on is still Bush’s fault anyway, including his poll numbers.

OBAMA: The pundits, what they’re trying to figure out is why these poll numbers drop, and if you’re the average mom out — working mom out there, your husband’s just lost his job, you’re seeing your hours cut back, your home value’s lost a hundred thousand dollars in value, you’re trying to figure out how to save for your kids’ college education, your 401(k)’s just lost half its value, and suddenly somebody calls you on the phone in the middle of dinner and says, ‘So how’s the president doing?’ I think their answer is going to be pretty self-apparent. They’re not going to be happy, and they shouldn’t be.

RUSH: Well, so he’s admitting that people are blaming him for it, and that’s actually correct. Sort of a slip-up there on the part of President Obama.

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RUSH: Now, this is early this morning at the New York Post. It’s buried in a New York Post story. ‘Poll Shows Voters Abandoning Prez in Droves — President Obama’s overall approval rating has sunk to a new low — and independent voters who propelled him to the White House have gotten downright sick of the job he’s doing, according to a devastating poll released yesterday.’ This is the Marist poll where we told you his approval rate’s down to 44%. We started the show today saying Wolf Blitzer and the mainstream media will not at all report his poll plummets when they were obsessed with Bush’s. But what’s buried in this story: McCain lost independents in 2008. And that was the first time a Democrat won them since they started exit polling in ’72. McCain lost independents. They’re now coming home, having seen what they voted for.

McCain was the one who was going to get the independents, right? McCain was the guy who was gonna cross the aisle. Remember we were all told that if we criticized Obama, the independents would get mad at us and run to the Democrats. ‘If we dared criticize Obama, we were done. The independents want bipartisanship! They want civility! They want everybody getting along. They don’t want all of this acrimony.’ McCain came along and said, ‘I’m your guy. I’m the guy can move across the aisle. I can work with the Democrats to get things done.’ He was the first Republican to lose independents since 1972. That’s Nixon’s reelection. That includes the John Anderson and Perot races, when we had independent candidates. So tell me again, you Republicans, how we have to worry about losing independents to Democrats? We lose independents to Democrats when the country club, blue-blood, liberal Republicans run the show and implement their ideas. The era of McCain is over. The era of Reagan is alive.

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