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RUSH: Here’s Obama, another summit, more breakout groups.

OBAMA: Illicit trafficking and smuggling. That would be our focus this morning. We have the opportunity to strengthen the International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA, with the resources and authorities it needs to meet its responsibilities. That will be our focus at our working lunch. We have the opportunity as an international community to deepen our cooperation and to strengthen the institutions and partnerships that help prevent nuclear materials from ever falling into the hands of terrorists. And that will be our focus this afternoon.

RUSH: They already have ‘fallen into the hands of terrorists.’ What the hell is Iran? What the hell is North Korea? Terrorists already have access to nuclear materials. This is Obama again presiding over America’s decline: Sitting there, discussing strengthening everybody else but weakening the United States, which is what this is really all about. And they actually had a breakthrough. Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yahoo!

OBAMA: I am so pleased to announce that President Lee has agreed to host the next nuclear summit in the Republic of Korea in two years.

RUSH: Wow! Oh man, oh man they had a success yesterday, folks! They’re going to have another summit in two years in South Korea. Katie Couric could barely bottle her enthusiasm.

COURIC: Tonight, saving the world! Leaders from all over the globe come to Washington with one goal: Keeping terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear weapons.

RUSH: ‘Saving the world.’ Terrorists already have nuclear weapons, or soon will have: i.e, Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. That’s why we’re cutting missile defense, right? We’re cutting missile defense because Iran’s soon to be nuke. We’re cutting missile defense. We are weakening the United States. We are trying to show them our moral leadership, that we can lead the world in disarmament. And, of course, moral leadership is not what works with terrorists or any other type of bad guy. Here’s Anderson Cooper last night.

COOPER: President Obama kicking off nuclear security summit at the White House. Forty-seven nations participating. His effort is a lot like former President Reagan. So why are so many Republicans criticizing him?

RUSH: This is why so many people don’t watch Anderson Cooper. ‘His effort is a lot like former President Reagan. So why are so many Republicans criticizing him?’ because Reagan’s name is being taken in vain here. This is absolutely no similarity whatsoever in Obama and Reagan. This is Carter! If you want to have any similarity, this is Carter and the way he would approach things and did approach things. Obama is simply the second term of Jimmy Carter. These people figure it out. Even people on our side say, ‘The era of Reagan is over.’ Our people running around, ‘We can’t use Reagan’s policies anymore, Rush! We need to modernize! The era of Reagan is over.’ I mean, we have all kinds of prominent conservatives in and out of our media say that. Yet the left invokes Reagan any time they want to give credibility to one of their own in virtually anything. Well, let’s go back to March 23rd, 1983 at the White House. President Reagan addressing the nation live about defense and national security. You tell me if this sounds anything like Obama.

REAGAN 1983: Since the dawn of the atomic age, we’ve sought to reduce the risk of war by maintaining a strong deterrent and by seeking genuine arms control. Deterrence means simply this: Making sure any adversary who thinks about attacking the United States or our allies or our vital interests concludes that the risks to him outweigh any potential gains. Once he understands that, he won’t attack. We maintain the peace through our strength. Weakness only invites aggression. This strategy of deterrence has not changed. It still works.

RUSH: And we’re in the process of changing it. We’re getting rid of our defenses, we’re paring them back, and yet they want to say that Obama is doing exactly what Reagan did? It couldn’t be further apart. Here’s more from the same national address, March 23rd, 1983, from the White House.

REAGAN 1983: I know that all of you want peace, and so do I. I know, too, that many of you seriously believe that a nuclear freeze would further the cause of peace. But a freeze now would make us less, not more secure — and would raise, not reduce, the risks of war. It would be largely unverifiable and would seriously undercut our negotiations on arms reduction. It would reward the Soviets for their massive military buildup while preventing us from modernizing our aging and increasingly vulnerable forces. With their present margin of superiority, why should they agree to arms reductions knowing that we were prohibited from catching up?

RUSH: Now, you tell me this sounds like Barack Obama? Barack Obama is the antithesis of Ronald Reagan in virtually any way you can imagine — and you people in the media need to be ashamed of yourselves or worse. This template, this narrative out there that Obama is simply doing what Reagan’s doing and why are we not happy about it? You impugn the memory of Ronald Reagan when you associate anything this little man-child, five-minute career, inexperienced, community organizer does and compare that to anything Ronald Reagan did or wanted to do. It is an embarrassment and you’re not fooling anybody who was alive during the eighties and knows full well what Ronald Reagan was all about. It still amazes me that you people who despise Reagan to this day feel the need to revive him to give your little president some sort of credibility he has not earned.


RUSH: By the way, ladies and gentlemen, you just heard the sound bite of President Reagan in 1983, a national address to the country, suggesting he was opposed to the nuclear freeze. The one thing that we have been allowed to see that Obama wrote in college while at Columbia was an article supporting the nuclear freeze. I have it right here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers, and these clowns in the discredited government-run media have the audacity to try to say that Reagan and Obama are oriented toward the same thing, and, ‘We have a great breakout! Yes, we’re going to have another nuke summit in South Korea in two years.’ President Obama, when we have a summit in North Korea, that is when North Korea is gone, that will be success. You see, Barack, you like people to compare to you Reagan — even though you hated Reagan and his domestic policies, and you wrote about that, and you spoke about it.

Reagan destroyed the Soviet Union. You are reestablishing the Soviet Union, Obama. Reagan put missiles in West Berlin or Western Europe, and Obama put our missiles in the dustbin! There is no comparison whatsoever. Reagan would have been focused on destroying our enemies, not coddling them — and certainly not apologizing to them for his own country. Now, we’ve had Republicans, as I said moments ago, say that the era of Reagan is over, and we have liberals now saying that Obama is Reagan. Let me be clear about this. The era of Reagan is never over because the era of liberty and security and capitalism is never over. Reaganism is simply constitutional freedom. Freedom will never go out of style. Reagan and his era will never be over. As for Obama, one day he’s said to be Lincoln, one day he’s said to be FDR, one day he is said to be Reagan. This is said to build up Obama for he has no significant accomplishments of his own. Zip, zero, nada. You guys on the left, doesn’t it bother you at all that your guy has to be compared to Ronald Reagan so he appears to have some chops, some cred, some street cred? Obama is Obama. He is not FDR, he is not Lincoln, he’s not Reagan. Obama is Obama, which means Obama is a failure. He will always be a failure because Obama does not learn from experience, from evidence, or from history. He has his agenda. He’s hell-bent on pushing it. He is presiding over the decline of the United States of America, and he is doing so happily and purposefully. One more sound bite from President Reagan, March 23, 1983 from the White House.

REAGAN 1983: The calls for cutting back the defense budget come in nice, simple arithmetic. They’re the same kind of talk that led the democracies to neglect their defenses in the 1930s and invited the tragedy of World War II. We must not let that grim chapter of history repeat itself through apathy or neglect. We will send a signal of decline, of lessened will, to friends and adversaries alike. Free people must — voluntarily, through open debate and democratic means — meet the challenge that totalitarians pose by compulsion. It’s up to us, in our time, to choose and choose wisely between the hard but necessary task of preserving peace and freedom and the temptation to ignore our duty and blindly hope for the best while the enemies of freedom grow stronger day by day.

RUSH: And now that freedom’s enemies are growing stronger day by day, aided and abetted by President Obama. So I don’t want to hear it anymore. I don’t want to hear little nitwits like Anderson Cooper or whoever else in government-run media, wonder why Republicans are upset when Obama is just continuing the work of Ronald Reagan. Nothing could be further from the truth. Obama is simply pursuing the agenda that he has had since he was an undergrad at Columbia University. The one article that he’s written that we have been allowed to see is when he supports and makes the case for a nuclear freeze. We have a recent poll from Carville and Greenberg which — which said that Obama needed to be tougher on terrorism.

Right, so this is how he does it. He pretends that disarming is how we’re going to beat the terrorists. We’re disarming! We’re taking down missile defenses, we’re reducing our own stockpiles, and that’s how we’re going to beat the terrorists. Somebody wants to tell me that that has any resemblance whatsoever to Ronaldus Magnus? Obama tries to talk tough but he can’t even pull that off. He’s talking tough while whittling away our big stick, on purpose. A man who is doing what Obama is doing in the area of national security and nuclear defense and so forth, would only be doing it if he thought (and thinks) that the problem in the world is the United States. There is no other explanation for this.

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