RUSH: Now, President Obama delivered a commencement speech at Hampton University in Virginia. Is that an all-black school, Mr. Snerdley? It is. Now, this guy, Obama, I’m sure that the youths of America who voted for the guy thought he was Mr. Tech wizard. He was on the cutting edge, this guy was — I mean, he was postracial, he was postpartisan, he was postaccomplishment, and he was postanalog. This guy knew everything. He was top of the mountain when it comes to technological smarts. ‘US President Barack Obama lamented Sunday that in the iPad and Xbox era, information had become a diversion that was imposing new strains on democracy.’ My friends, Fidel Castro nor Hugo Chavez couldn’t have said it better. In fact, they probably have said it exactly the same way. Now, this is a French News Agency story, and they leave out a device that Obama included in his rant, and that was the iPod. The other news agencies include Obama’s inclusion of the iPod and the iPhone.
‘Obama, who often chides journalists and cable news outlets for obsessing with political horse race coverage rather than serious issues, told a class of graduating university students that education was the key to progress. ‘You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank all that high on the truth meter. With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction.” Now, let me repeat this, because this is very salient. Our Dear Leader has just admitted that information is a distraction. Like Pelosi, the health care bill, ‘We have to pass it to know what’s in it,’ you know, information. He said that information ‘is a diversion, a form of entertainment rather than a tool of empowerment.’ But, ladies and gentlemen, Obama says here that he doesn’t know how to work any of these things. ‘None of which I know how to work,’ he says.
Let’s see. Barack Obama, ‘I still have Michael Jackson on my iPod.’ This is July 3rd of 2009. ‘US president Barack Obama has revealed he still has all of Michael Jackson’s music on his iPod. Obama, whose MP3 player is also known to include hits by Stevie Wonder and Jay-Z, said Jackson ‘will go down in history as one of our greatest entertainers.” Was he lying then or is he lying now about never having used or knowing how to work an iPod? Remember the Obama campaign mocking and making fun of McCain for not knowing how to use e-mail when McCain can’t type because of his war injuries? But they made fun of him. He was an old fogy. He was an old dude. He didn’t know how to use e-mail. And now here’s Obama out there, ‘I don’t know how to use an iPad. I don’t know how to use an iPhone. I don’t know how to use an iPod. All this information, it’s just horrible. All this is not only putting new pressure on you, it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy.’ What that means is that it is putting pressure on liberals who wither under the lights of information. Because the dirty little secret here, we have always known that information is a problem for liberals and for Obama and he admits it in his speech at Hampton University.
He contradicts himself all over the place in this speech. He admits he is not the super cool techie that all of his swooning young fans thought that he was, be it our cell phones — you know, there’s still an all-out assault on cell phones, they’re going to cause cancer. They’re not crazy about you using cell phones. You can talk to each other that way, you can spread information about the regime, you can get information you want other than that which the regime wants you to know. You see, folks, information is king and Obama can’t be king if we have information. That’s what bugs him. What bugs him is that there is dissent. What bugs him is that there is opposition. And make no mistake about it — we’ve got sound bites backing this up — he also mentioned talk radio in this and a number of analysts who were on cable shows to discuss this, ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, he’s still bugged by Rush Limbaugh.’
Two of those companies, by the way, are American giants, Apple and Microsoft. They make the Xbox. Sony makes the PlayStation. Why does he always criticize our best companies and their products? Why? Why does he do this? And they vote for the guy! They give the guy money. He’s dumping all over Steve Jobs and Apple, he’s dumping all over Bill Gates and Microsoft, and if he could get rid of these devices, he would. He did say, look, the genie’s out of the bottle, we can’t stop, we have to learn to adapt to it, which means you have to know who to ignore. And I will tell you who to ignore, Obama is saying.
RUSH: Here is Obama from his commencement speech at Hampton University yesterday. We have two sound bites. Here’s the first one.
OBAMA: So many voices clamoring for attention on blogs and on cable, on — on talk radio. It — it can be difficult at times to sift through it all, to know what to believe, to figure out who’s telling the truth and who isn’t.
RUSH: It ain’t you.
OBAMA: Let’s face it, even some of the craziest claims can quickly gri — gain traction. I’ve had some experience, uh, in that regard.
RUSH: Yeah, and what he really wants here is the elimination of all these ‘information devices’ so he can get away with his lies. He doesn’t want people to be able to counter his lies. Now, this is where he says that information ‘has become entertainment, not a means of emancipation.’
OBAMA: You’re are coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank that high on the truth meter. With iPods and iPads and XBoxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.
RUSH: Now, this is a commencement speech, and the guy’s up there b-i-itching about there being too much information to a bunch of students who are all about collecting information, ostensibly, and learning from it. (interruption) I don’t know ‘Emancipation from what?’ I guess we’d have to ask Jeremiah Wright what does he mean here when he says that, ‘Information is no longer a means of emancipation’ but rather is just entertainment, none of which I know how to work? Okay, from the New York Times, January 9th, 2009: ‘For BlackBerry, Obama’s Devotion is Priceless — This week, Michael Phelps signed a deal worth more than $1 million to advertise Mazda in China. Jerry Seinfeld earned a reported $10 million to appear in Microsoft’s recent television campaign. But the person who may be the biggest celebrity pitchman in the world is not earning a penny for his work.
‘President-elect Barack Obama has repeatedly said how much his BlackBerry means to him and how he is dreading the prospect of being forced to give it up, because of legal and security concerns, once he takes office,’ and he did not give it up, he still has it. So as usual it’s ‘do as I say, not as I do.’ They can have all the fun they want; they can have all the conveniences! Look at Algore: Three, 30-inch computer monitors. Too much information for Algore! They can have all the safety, all the efficiency, all the information supplied by technology they want, but when they are being gored, when they are being exposed, they want to shut that down for us: The little people. ‘Barack Hussein Obama! Mmm, mmm, mmm!’ Now, Sunday on Reliable Sources on CNN, Howard Kurtz had this exchange with State of the Union host Candy Crowley about Obama’s remarks.
KURTZ: He has, uh, on a number of occasions talked about Rush Limbaugh by name. Was he pushing back against conservative opinions or all opinions, I sometimes wonder.
CROWLEY: Well, this was… Yes. Well, I mean, mostly it’s been, you’re right, very targeted towards those who are criticizing him. This was more blanket simply from the statement, but if fits in with the broader, I think, push that they’ve had and that has been aimed at conservative radio and conservative 24/7 news.
RUSH: Yeah. So what’s he want to get rid of? He wants to eliminate your access to people who criticize him. The AP had a story on all the artists on Obama’s iPod: Bob Dylan, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow, Jay-Z.
RUSH: Steve in Middleburg, Virginia, hi and welcome to the program.
CALLER: Rush, how’s it going?
RUSH: Pretty well, sir. Thank you.
CALLER: Hey, I want to provide a graphic example of what you were talking about with the new technology, enabling people to essentially circumvent the administration and circumvent the State-Controlled Media, as you like to call it, and how it relates specifically to your show. One is the iPodcasts that you do. There are a lot of people, millions, probably, who are Republicans, independents, conservatives, who would like to listen to your show but since it’s done during the daytime they’re working to support liberal freeloaders. And the iPodcast allows people to actually download your show and listen to it at their convenience, exposing your words, thoughts, and ideas to a lot of people that may not normally listen to your show. Everybody is not as lucky as I am and millions of other people that can listen to you live. I was wondering what you thought about that.
RUSH: I think it’s a good point. One of the reasons why we started the podcasts of the radio show is because of the high mobility of the audience and the portability demands that they have for all of their media: music, talk shows, television shows, whatever it is. The podcasts are ready for download via our website or via iTunes if you’re a member at Rush 24/7 every afternoon by 3:30. Hundreds of thousands of people are listening to this show via the podcasts, sometimes the next day when they’re on the treadmill while taking time out from working in order to feed the freeloaders in society. But, yeah, it’s a great illustration of the problems that Obama has, because even people who can’t make time during the live broadcast of this program can access it at their leisure via a device Obama detests, an iPod or an iPhone, and now even the iPad.