RUSH: What a teachable moment! Obama had a press conference today, the original purpose of the press conference — not a press conference, he had a ceremony outside the Oval Office in the Rose Garden — and the purpose of it was to tout a nonexisting economic growth rate. The actual growth rate’s about 1.6%. I’ll explain how that happens in mere moments. But something got in the way of this. That damn oil slick. Obama’s Katrina. That damn oil slick just got in the way so he had to give some lip service to the oil slick, (imitating Obama) ‘It’s all British Petroleum’s fault, they gotta clean it up, I’m sending some czars down there. Now let me tell you what I really came out here for,’ and look at these people, and he had seven or eight props up there disguised as human beings to tout new jobs in the so-called clean energy sector and so forth.
It is clear this guy does not really want to be president. He doesn’t want to deal with the country’s problems. He does not have any desire to manage. He can’t be bothered with the responsibilities of his office. He simply is wanting and is imposing his ideology without distraction. He wants to make sure that he gets this transformation of the country done. That’s what he’s doing. He’s getting even with his country for all of its transgressions in the past. So we got an oil slick, added benefit, now he can cancel offshore drilling. It’s an amazing thing to watch. The amount of time he spent on the oil slick today versus the amount of time he spent on those props disguised as human beings and their jobs was fascinating. So there you have it.
RUSH: In fact, there’s a great piece today by Robert Weissberg. Listen to this. This is how it starts. ‘As the Obama administration enters its second year, I — and undoubtedly millions of others — have struggled to develop a shorthand term that captures our emotional unease. Defining this discomfort is tricky. I reject nearly the entire Obama agenda, but the term ‘being opposed’ lacks an emotional punch. Nor do terms like ‘worried’ or ‘anxious’ apply. I was more worried about the America’s future during the Johnson or Carter years, so it’s not that dictionary, either. Nor, for that matter, is this about backroom odious deal-making and pork, which are endemic in American politics.
‘After auditioning countless political terms, I finally realized that the Obama administration and its congressional collaborators almost resemble a foreign occupying force, a coterie of politically and culturally non-indigenous leaders whose rule contravenes local values rooted in our national tradition. It is as if the United States has been occupied by a foreign power, and this transcends policy objections. It is not about Obama’s birthplace. It is not about race, either; millions of white Americans have had black mayors and black governors, and this unease about out-of-sync values never surfaced.
‘The term I settled on then is ‘alien rule’ — based on outsider values, regardless of policy benefits — that generates agitation. This is what bloody anti-colonial strife was all about. No doubt, millions of Indians and Africans probably grasped that expelling the British guaranteed economic ruin and even worse governance, but at least the mess would be their mess. Just travel to Afghanistan and witness American military commanders’ effort to enlist tribal elders with promises of roads, clean water, dental clinics, and all else that America can freely provide. Many of these elders probably privately prefer abject poverty to foreign occupation since it would be their poverty, run by their people, according to their sensibilities.’
So it just goes on and on and on. It’s a great piece. Now, understand this is why I came up with the term ‘regime.’ It is why we say Obama ‘sides against the American people.’ It is why we use the phrase ‘Obama is governing against the will of the people.’ We know that Obama and his mentors were people who don’t have a particular affection for this country, they find a lot of grievances, they find a lot of things this country’s guilty of, they think that it’s been imperialistic, that it’s too powerful, that it steals resources around the world, that it’s the number one polluter in the world and all. So they’re coming in here to change it. It does feel foreign. It feels like this is an administration that is not of this country. And, of course, we’ve got all these czars now, who are not confirmed, and thus not accountable to anybody. And we don’t even know what they’re being paid.
So I imagine a lot of people have been trying to figure out: ‘What is the root of the unease that I’m feeling?’ And it’s well stated here: The administration and Congress almost resemble a foreign occupying force. I have expressed it by saying the American people instinctively understand this is not how things get done in this country. It just doesn’t feel right. I mean, here you have this massive usurpation, massive takeover of one-sixth of the US economy — it barely, barely passed. It had no bipartisan support. It requires bribes, kickbacks, deals. You know, the way tinhorn dictatorships get things done: buy off the opposition, buy off the opposition in your own party. But massive reformation of American life, culture, society, does not happen in this country this way. And there’s an instinctive understanding of this, but it does make people uncomfortable: ‘What’s going on?’
Plus, add to this that people are also instinctively afraid to speak this way for fear that somebody will overhear them and think that they are racist, when it has nothing to do with race, or think that they are part of a conspiracy cabal that doesn’t think Obama was born in Hawaii or whatever. So people are naturally, because of political correctness and so forth, naturally censoring themselves, but their gut’s telling them something is not right here. And Mr. Weissberg, Robert Weissberg — who, by the way, is Professor of Political Science-Emeritus at the University of Illinois Urbana. Not an insignificant institution.
For example, he says, ‘None of this disqualified Obama’ — well, there’s a paragraph here about ‘Rev. Wright’s anti-American ranting, his enduring friendship with the terrorist guy-in-the-neighborhood Bill Ayers, and the Saul Alinsky’ — blah, blah, blah — ‘Further add a hazy personal background — an Indonesian child, shifting official names, a paperless-trail climb through elite educational institutions. None of this disqualified Obama from the presidency; rather, this background just doesn’t fit with the conventional political resume. It’s just the ‘outsider?’ quality that alarms… The suspicion that Obama is an outsider, a figure who really doesn’t ‘get’ America, grew clearer from his initial appointments. What ‘native’ would appoint Kevin Jennings, a militant gay activist, to oversee school safety? Or permit a Marxist rabble-rouser to be a ‘green job czar’? How about an Attorney General who began by accusing Americans of cowardice when it comes to discussing race?… And then there’s the ‘we are sorry, we’ll never be arrogant again’ rhetoric seemingly designed for a future President of the World election campaign.’
A fascinating piece, nails it, occupying force, a foreign occupying force, a regime.
RUSH: You know, wouldn’t now — well, too late now, sadly too late now — but wouldn’t this week have been a good time for Obama to lower the seas, or at least the Gulf of Mexico? I mean that could go a long way toward minimizing any damage. Follow me here, now, folks. If Obama would just put down the basketball and stop holding meaningless ceremonies in the Rose Garden. Oh, my friends, I’m so distracted today. I’m distracted because my iPad is sitting at home and I’d really rather be there playing with the damn thing. Well, I’m halfway kidding. But I am a little distracted here. (interruption) No. No, I’m not going to have it brought over here because I can’t do anything with it here. The sync computer is at home. You’ll see it on Monday. I’ll bring it in on Monday. I’m not going to bring it in here now, that would be like putting the presents under the Christmas tree and not being able to get out of bed for three hours, so I’m not going to go there, I’m not going to put it in my presence. If I brought it over here I’d be playing with it during the commercial break and I’d probably miss coming back to the program. So I’m trying to stay focused here.
Now, back to Obama lowering the Gulf of Mexico. It’s too late now, of course, but it would help preserve the coastline as it exists today. First Obama would just lower the sea level. Next, after all the oil soaks into the newly exposed area of the shore, we simply scoop out the mess and then Obama raises the sea level back to where the tide normally meets the shore and presto chango, we have a completely clean Gulf of Mexico with no oil slick coming ashore. But Obama couldn’t be bothered to get to this this week. He is so busy race-baiting, preaching redistribution of wealth, grabbing power, he can’t actually do the job that he was elected to do, coal mines included. I mean look at him today, poised to take credit for moderate economic growth that he not only had nothing to do with, but which he has stymied. ‘A White House advisor tells ABC News no new offshore drilling unit until complete review of –‘ big surprise there, no more offshore drilling. And, by the way, I don’t want to get conspiratorial here, but it looks like the blame for this explosion on the rig out there is being placed on the safety shut down valve not working because of the way the cement was poured at the base of the well.
Now, guess who the company is that would have done this? Halliburton. Halliburton is an oil services company. They’re not in the oil business, but they help build derricks, rigs, wells, this kind of thing. Halliburton poured the cement for the rig and the well cap, and they provided a lot of other services for British Petroleum on that well. Halliburton stock is taking a little bit of a beating today. It wouldn’t surprise me if eventually Halliburton is hauled up before Congress for show trials, which of course is something the Democrats have always wanted. Remember all the beating up of Halliburton during the Iraq war. So we got SWAT teams out there. We got SWAT teams and Homeland Security out there, which, I don’t know, I mean you send Homeland Security out there for terrorist acts and the SWAT team’s investigating all of these rigs? And what do SWAT teams know, why aren’t they sending real live oil engineers out there? Obama gets up and says, (imitating) ‘Ah, BP will fix this, BP’s gonna clean it up, it’s their responsibility, I want you to see all the people I got jobs for.’ It’s essentially how his press conference went today.
And now they’ve shut down all the drilling out there. When we have car accidents, do we close down highways for months? We might close it down for hours to clean it up and let the forensics guys go in there and gather evidence. When we have industrial accidents of any kind, do we shut down for months? The problem here is that Obama didn’t jump on this ASAP. He waited eight days, folks. There is no excuse for this, none. Obama does not like the hard job of actually running the bureaucracy. He just likes to grab as much power as he can in every direction he can grab it. ‘On Thursday, President Barack Obama set in motion a larger federal mobilization, pledging to deploy ‘every single available resource’ to the area and ordering his disaster and environmental leaders to get down there in person. Only a few days after the Coast Guard assured the country there was ‘ample time’ to protect the coast if oil came ashore, warnings from the government were newly alarming.’ And the people in Louisiana and Mississippi once again think the government has failed to come in and protect ’em. Just like the people of Arizona think the same thing.
RUSH: Here, let me go through the timeline very quickly on this whole oil spill thing. This has been his focus since the oil rig explosion. The rig exploded on April 21st. There was a massive explosion of an oil rig in the Gulf. The White House was strangely silent about the environmental disaster just ’til a few days ago. Obama’s focus has largely been on politics, not containing the environmental disaster in the Gulf. Here is some of what the president has been doing since the explosion, most of which involves bashing Wall Street and Arizona. Thursday, April 22nd, Obama went to Wall Street to push his takeover of the country’s financial sector, offering no reform of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, which caused a financial meltdown two years ago. Oh, and he gave an Earth Day speech, by the way, folks. Instead of doing something that might actually help the environment, the president took time out to speak about 40 years of Earth Day, a bright moment in our nation’s history and a milestone in the ongoing fight to protect our environment.
Meanwhile, the oil continued to leak into the Gulf. On Friday, April 23rd, Obama blasted the Arizona governor, state legislators, policemen, and residents for making an attempt to deal with the violence of chaos caused by illegal aliens, and still the oil flowed into the Gulf. On Saturday, April 24th, the president gave his weekly radio address. The topic was not the oil spill in the Gulf. It wasn’t about capping the red ink spill in Washington. It was to bash Wall Street again and to rally his original supporters, African-Americans, Latinos, Hispanics, and women. And still, the oil flowed into the Gulf. On Monday, April 26th, the president appeared in a video which was a rather stunning racist appeal to blacks and Latinos for their votes this November. On Tuesday, April 27th, while the oil continued to flow, Obama continued his bashing of Arizona, calling their immigration law, which mirrors federal law, saying it was poorly conceived. On Wednesday, April 28th, as the oil continued to flow, and we were told that it was twice as bad as we thought it was, Obama bashed judges that followed the Constitution.
‘President Barack Obama, preparing to make his second nominee to the Supreme Court, warned Wednesday of a ‘conservative’ brand of judicial activism in which the courts are often not showing appropriate deference to the decision of lawmakers.’ And still the oil flowed. On Thursday, April 29th, Obama attended a DNC fundraising dinner closed to the press after he had told everybody he was going to send SWAT teams and Janet Napolitano to the Gulf to see what’s going on out there. Is the oil causing the sea level to rise? No. As I said earlier, Obama should have gone in and lowered the sea level right after the spill, and then that oil that spilled would have come ashore much lower on the shoreline than it would have otherwise because he’s lowered the sea level. After the oil’s come in lower you go scoop the goo out, take it wherever, and then you raise the sea level back up where it normally was and bammo, you’ve got no oil slick. But Obama was too busy bashing Wall Street to lower the seas. He was too busy bashing judges to lower the seas. He was too busy bashing Arizona, its governor, its people, its laws, and its lawmakers to lower the seas in the Gulf of Mexico. Today we had the most lengthy statement on this since it happened on April 21st.
OBAMA: I have dispatched the secretaries of Interior and Homeland Security, as well as the administrator of the EPA, my assistant for energy and climate change policy, and the NOAA administrator to the Gulf coast to ensure that we continue to do everything necessary to respond to this event.
RUSH: Which is nothing.
OBAMA: I have ordered Secretary Salazar to conduct a thorough review of this incident and report back to me in 30 days on what, if any, additional precautions and technologies should be required to prevent accidents like this from happening again.
RUSH: Okay, so he basically blows it off, he’s dispatched underlings, including global warming people to get down there, and report back in 30 days. Meanwhile, in 30 days how many pelicans are gonna die and other migratory birds? When he finished saying that — and I don’t have time to play them now, we’ve got basically three minutes of Obama doing a ceremonial show with a bunch of props on how great the economy is, after his 31-second explanation of what they’re doing to deal with the oil slick. He never once, not once made an effort to go down there and lower the sea level in the Gulf which coulda handled this. If he had done that, we wouldn’t even be here today talking about it.
RUSH: Somebody asked me if Obama flew over the oil slick, saw the damage. No, Obama didn’t fly over it. Well, I might fly over it just to go get a personal look at it. I could fly out over the weekend, do a little buzz, go down and get my bird’s-eye view myself. At least Bush flew over Katrina. Obama will probably be playing golf this weekend.
Starting on the phones in Houston, this is Gabrielle, great to have you on the program. Hello.
CALLER: Hello. How are you?
RUSH: Very well. Thank you.
CALLER: Good. Don’t believe that Obama isn’t jumping for joy over this.
RUSH: You’re right.
CALLER: My husband’s a petroleum engineer. We talked about it last night. He may be acting indifferent but they’re jumping up and down.
RUSH: I’m sure.
CALLER: I mean that’s the reason why they haven’t done anything to help. They want the damage to be so extensive that it’s gonna — I won’t be surprised after all this if they actually shut down the Gulf, the drilling completely. It’s the only area which can be drilled in the US, and they’re going to put an end to it.
RUSH: Is that what your husband thinks, too?
RUSH: So this just came along at an opportune time, Obama doesn’t like oil to begin with, he doesn’t like our dependence on it.
CALLER: That’s exactly right.
RUSH: By the way, if you’re right, what faster way is there to get the price of gasoline up to four bucks?
CALLER: Well, he’s been chipping away at it oil and gas industry for I would say long before he even became the president.
RUSH: Right. And don’t forget the coal industry. He promised to put them out of business.
CALLER: When you had brought up the fact that the layoffs really started right after Obama’s election, that is the truth. My husband’s company laid off 5,000 people, not all of them, but mostly before and during and right after his inauguration.
RUSH: Your husband works for Big Oil?
CALLER: He works for a service company that they do completion drilling.
CALLER: Now, they don’t do offshore drilling.
CALLER: But, you know, this rig that was out there, it was a massive state-of-the-art rig. It’s unprecedented. I mean they still don’t know what happened. I don’t believe that it’s any kind of sabotage. But I mean if you can imagine this rig, you know, it was actually using GPS positioning right over the hole, it’s not anchored, it’s 5,000 feet from just the rig just to the sea floor. And they were cementing 18,000 feet down.
RUSH: Yeah. Well, it looks, like I said earlier, that the blame is being placed on that safety shutdown valve not working because of the way the cement was poured, and Halliburton poured the cement.
RUSH: Halliburton poured the cement. You wait, Halliburton’s going to be brought up to Washington for show trials. Democrats have wanted that since the Iraq war. If they can blame this on Halliburton — (laughing) — and say that Cheney somehow approved the project, even as an ex-CEO, oh-ho-ho, they may not even need Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
RUSH: Okay. So the regime has shut down drilling in the Gulf. But you know who hasn’t shut down drilling? The Russians are drilling in a deal with the Cubans in the Gulf. The Vietnamese and Angola are drilling for oil in the Gulf in deals with the Cubans. And of course the Mexicans have this giant new find that they’re getting ready to go get. There’s no mention of the Louisiana oil spill on FEMA’s website. Which tells me, you know, I think Obama must really have it in for wildlife down there, ’cause these are the first victims, and who knew that he had this kind of animus for animals out there?