RUSH: I guess now we know why, ladies and gentlemen, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton had lunch yesterday. They had to get their stories straight. You know who this is, and you know what this is, so let’s go.
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As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, hurricanes could be… (interruption) Yes! I’m going to get to Sestak in a minute. Just keep your pants on. ‘Hurricanes could be stronger than usual because black oil would heat water faster and accelerate formation.’ So the hurricane geniuses are now revising their forecasts because of all the oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The theory is the oil is dark, it’s black. It gets hot faster than the water does, and if a hurricane comes along, I mean it’s over. Why don’t we all just commit suicide and be done with this? Let’s just be done with it. Every waking moment is a disaster waiting to happen. The Drive-By Media cannot wait for it.
Okay, now we know why Clinton and Obama had lunch yesterday. They had to get their stories straight on this Sestak business. It is… (laughing) Folks, this is just too rich. Isn’t it great? Here’s what happened. Apparently Rahm Emanuel went to Clinton and said, ‘Look, would you go talk to Sestak informally? See if he’s interested in taking a nonpaid — an unpaid job — high position job, unpaid here in the administration.’ And Clinton, of course, said (doing impression), ‘Hey, Mr. President, whatever you want. You know, I said, ‘You’re going to have to kiss my ass’ back during the campaign if you wanted my support ’cause of the way you called me racist and so forth, the way you portrayed me and Hillary. Now you gotta come kiss my ass. So fine you’re kissing my ass.’ I got the story right here. Clinton said that. Sit tight.
‘I’m going to kiss your ass, you kiss my ass, and I will make sure that you are all right. You come groveling to me I’ll be happy to help you out here.’ Now, look at what’s happened here. They go to Bill Clinton. He’s famous for getting people jobs. Monica Lewinsky offered a job at Revlon. She was offered a job at the United Nations. She didn’t take any of them. But they’ve got Bill Clinton. Isn’t it great, folks, that they’ve found a guy who they know will commit perjury to carry the water here? (chuckling) Snerdley… This is why the staff does not have microphones. People ask, ‘Why can’t we hear them speak to you?’ (chuckling) Anyway, what better choice than Bill Clinton, a man who they know was willing to commit perjury in order to carry the water here.
Now, there’s some question over whether this is any big deal or not. The document dump on this coincides with The One’s arrival down in New Orleans. He’s going to spend three hours touring the disaster in Louisiana. His average golf game, according to the New York Times, is five hours. Last summer he went on vacation up to Martha’s Vineyard and he played on a course owned and operated by a good friend of mine, the Vineyard, and he spent five hours out there. The reason it takes five hours because he’s not any good, most of the time is spent in the woods looking for his errant shots. That’s in the New York Times! I’m not it up. Now, I went and looked at the law on this.
’18 U.S.C. § 211 : US Code – Section 211: Acceptance or Solicitation to Obtain Appointive Public Office — Whoever solicits or receives, either as a political contribution, or for personal emolument, any money or thing of value, in consideration of the promise of support or use of influence in obtaining for any person any appointive office or place under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both,’ and it doesn’t say here anything about it has to be a paid position. ‘Whoever solicits…’ In this case it would be Rahm Emanuel going through Der Schlick Meister. ‘Whoever solicits or receives,’ that would be Sestak — and then, by the way, Clinton went to Sestak’s brother. That’s the circuitous route here.
‘Whoever solicits or receives any thing of value in consideration of aiding a person to obtain employment under the United States either by referring his name to an executive department or agency of the United States or by requiring the payment of a fee because such person has secured such employment shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned not more than one year, or both. This section shall not apply to such services rendered by an employment agency,’ I guess they’re going to say Clinton has one because Lewinsky has been a previous client ‘pursuant to the written request of an executive department or agency of the United States.’
So they’re trying to get around this by saying it’s not paid. You know, we’ve always thought ‘B.J.’ meant one thing. No. It means ‘bribe jobs.’ That’s apparently what it means. Lewinsky is what it is. B.J. means ‘bribe jobs.’ There are two laws here, this one I just read to you. There two laws they appear to be violating but I doubt anybody’s going to press this, but clearly this is subject to the law. A lot of people have been saying this is a potential impeachment type of offense here. Now, I’ve heard some commentators inside-the-Beltway commentators ‘Oh-ho-ho! This is no big deal. Why, this is just the way Washington works. It happens all the time. People are offered jobs for silence. People are offered jobs to give up their congressional seats all the time if they think they’re going to lose, fall on the sword. This happens all the time.’
Well, just because it happens all the time doesn’t make it right. Sestak, the onus has been on him because he blew the whistle on this. He’s the one that said he was offered a job. Well, who and what and how? So Clinton, Obama had lunch yesterday and the story is, ‘Well, Rahm Emanuel went to Clinton and Clinton sought Sestak out through his brother to see if Sestak was interested in a very influential and important unpaid federal job.’ Now, we are left here to believe that that is what happened, it was totally innocent, and as I say: It looks like the lawyers are gonna claim that if the offer was for an unpaid position, it is of no value, and therefore not technically a bribe, because it all centers here on whether or not Sestak was being bribed by the administration to give up his campaign for the Senate seat in Pennsylvania. Now, if… (interruption) (laughing) Bribery for him?
Every time the Democrats break laws, we need to ‘reform the laws,’ as though the law was the problem. The Democrats are just fine people. Even if the White House and Clinton are not lying about this (which is unlikely) it’s still a very tough argument to make, since a high position in the government has real value besides and beyond just monetary compensation. No matter how they slice it, it’s still a quid pro quo offer. So Fox News was first on this saying the White House counsel’s office going to say that Clinton offered Sestak a vague unpaid position or possible positions through Sestak’s brother. Buried way, way back in the New York Times on their website, the Caucus Blog: ‘White House Used Bill Clinton to Ask Sestak to Drop out of Race — Obama’s chief of staff’ that would be Rahm Emanuel ‘used Clinton as an intermediary to see if Sestak would drop out of the Senate primary if given a prominent but unpaid advisory position.’
Now, a lot of you are probably wondering, ‘What do you mean, Rush, that you started out here with Clinton talking about kissing his rear end?’ Here it is. This is the UK Telegraph back in June of 2008. It’s by Tim Shipman in Washington and Philip Sherwell in New York, and it’s June 28th, 2008. This is after Operation Chaos is over and the Democrat primaries are over. ‘Bill Clinton is so bitter about Barack Obama’s victory over his wife Hillary that he has told friends the Democratic nominee will have to beg for his wholehearted support. … The Telegraph has learned that the former president’s rage is still so great that even loyal allies are shocked by his patronizing attitude to Mr Obama, and believe that he risks damaging his own reputation by his intransigence. A senior Democrat who worked for Mr Clinton has revealed that he recently told friends Mr Obama could ‘kiss my ass’ in return for his support.’
So here it is, UK Telegraph, the media. Clinton’s ‘lingering fury has shocked his friends. The Democrat told the Telegraph: ‘He’s been angry for a while. But everyone thought he would get over it. He hasn’t. I’ve spoken to a couple of people who he’s been in contact with and he is mad as hell. ‘He’s saying he’s not going to reach out, that Obama has to come to him. One person told me that Bill said Obama would have to quote kiss my ass close quote, if he wants his support.’ Well, it appears that it happened yesterday. It appears that it happened. (laughing) Clinton finally got what he wanted. He was asked to bail Obama out of this, and has — has done so. So this has been a building. It’s been building to a crescendo here and people have been wondering, ‘Well, who did what to who?’ because, you know, Sestak, the onus has been on him. He’s the one that revealed this had happened but he wouldn’t provide any details.
He was waiting for the White House to come out with the story, and now that they’ve come out with the story, Sestak’s not talking. You know, he’s going right along with it. But he was either one of two things. Either Sestak was lying when this all happened, or something far more serious was going on and that is that a bribe was offered. Now, it may be ‘the way the game is played in Washington’ but Sestak blew it by going public with it. So now the lid’s off, everybody is looking into it, and it remains to be seen if this is going to be accepted and the end of the story. In the meantime, Sestak’s poll numbers in the Pennsylvania senatorial race are sort of leveling out. He’s running against Pat Toomey, as you know, who looks good.
RUSH: Have you noticed the Democrats always throw their brothers under the bus when a controversy comes up? I mean look at the brothers of Democrats always get thrown to the wolves. Billy Carter got thrown to the wolves. Roger Clinton got thrown to the wolves. Hillary’s brothers got thrown to the wolves. Hugh Rodham was thrown to the wolves and now Sestak’s brother. It’s all Sestak’s brother’s fault! Do you know what the two most dangerous jobs in the world are? The two most dangerous jobs in the world are being number three at Al-Qaeda and being the brother of an American Democrat politician — and of course look at Obama’s brother! This guy, he’s still stuck in a hut. He’s still living in a six-by-nine-foot hut in Kenya. His brother is president and he hadn’t even sent the him a little sign ‘Home, Sweet Hut.’ Living in a hut for crying out loud! Twenty dollars would change this guy’s life. No running water.
RUSH: We’ll start in Chicago with Susan. Glad you called, and welcome to the program.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. It’s a pleasure to talk with you and an honor.
RUSH: Thank you very much.
CALLER: I just think that this is absurd with this Sestak job offer. Nobody’s going to offer somebody a job with no compensation to give up a Senate race? That’s absurd.
RUSH: Well, but the Democrats understand they’ve got a sympathetic and supportive stenographer-like media to report this — and they have, of course, the august stature of Bill Clinton to stand behind the veracity of this. I mean, what better guy could they have found to carry the story than a guy that has been willing to commit perjury before.
RUSH: It’s made to order. So you’re not buying it.
CALLER: No, not at all. And another thing I wanted to bring up to you is I heard on late-night radio that President Obama has a Connecticut-issued Social Security number that he supposedly got when he was 21 years old from a state that he never lived in.
RUSH: I seem to have heard that somewhere. I don’t know. I don’t know any of the details about that. In fact, I don’t know if that’s actually true. I haven’t looked into it, but I think I’ve heard that. But regardless, that’s way down on the list of things to be concerned about is where he has his Social Security card. I appreciate the call, Susan.
RUSH: Here is Richard in Cincinnati. Richard, great to have you on the EIB Network. Great to have you here.
CALLER: Thanks, Rush. Thanks for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: I’d like to make a comment about Joe Sestak. You know, I was thinking over the weekend here, Memorial Day, our fallen heroes, we have this retired admiral that more than likely made decisions and put lives on the line. And I got to wondering, ‘You know, what if our soldiers out there came into fire or something and decided to save their own butts as opposed to doing what they go in there for, which is to protect freedom and stuff,’ and now we’ve got this retired admiral that seems to be selling out to save his own skin. It just kind of makes me a little bit angry about it. I hope he’s listening. But I mean the man is, to me, he’s a coward and a disgrace, and he needs to really come clean.
RUSH: Here’s what happened. I’ve been hearing this ever since the story broke. When I brought it up to people, they said, ‘Come on, Rush! This is how Washington works. This is nothing new. People are offered patronage jobs or bribed with jobs all the time. You know, look at all these Democrats that are retiring. David Obey! You think he’s leaving for nothing? Of course not. He’s going to be rewarded for all his work. He’s going to get a lobbying job.’ I said, ‘Yeah, but Sestak broke the code! Sestak said he was offered a job. Nobody talks about it. It’s always been something, ‘Yeah, it happens. We just assume it,’ but Sestak went out there and he broke the code by saying it and then he realized he broke the code and he said it because then the onus was on him.’ Now, he didn’t lie. He didn’t lie, but it was thought maybe he was lying or somebody in the White House was.
And then they all figured out, ‘You know what? This is an impeachable offense!’ So they have been working hard trying to massage this and interesting trying to massage it, who do they go to? Bill Clinton. They have lunch yesterday with Clinton, and they come up with this line. As I said at the top of the program: It never hurts to find the guy who has been willing to commit perjury before to come out and cover your rear end on something like this. So this notion that the job didn’t require any compensation? If it’s a high-ranking and important job, and it’s unpaid, then how in the world can it be high-ranking? I think Sestak probably spoke outta turn because he’s an academy grad. He’s an honorable guy. He said, ‘I was offered a gig.’ So he broke the code. He let the cat out of the bag. They’re all saying, ‘Gosh, what the hell did he do? Gee, what kind of mess are we in.’ So they’ve been circling the wagons, and this is what it’s they’ve come up with. And Sestak has said, ‘I’m saying nothing. Whatever the White House counsel’s office says, that’s my version, too.’
RUSH: Here’s Sestak’s response, and this from NBC. ‘Last summer, I received a phone call from President Clinton. During the course of the conversation, he expressed concern over my prospects if I were to enter the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate and the value of having me stay in the House of Representatives because of my military background. He said that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had spoken with him about my being on a Presidential Board while remaining in the House of Representatives. I said no. I told President Clinton that my only consideration in getting into the Senate race or not was whether it was the right thing to do for Pennsylvania working families and not any offer.’
This kind of garbage just makes me want to throw up: Pennsylvania’s working families. ‘Yeah, our only consideration here, the only consideration I had in considering this offer was for Pennsylvania’s working families.’ Now, the real concern is for people in Pennsylvania who don’t work, if you’re a Democrat. At any rate, ‘I told President Clinton that my only consideration in getting into the Senate race or not was whether it was the right thing to do for Pennsylvania working families and not any offer. The former President said he knew I’d say that, and the conversation moved on to other subjects. There are many important challenges facing Pennsylvania and the rest of the country. I intend to remain focused on those issues and continue my fight on behalf of working families.’
I kid you not! ‘Working families,’ that’s Democrat code lingo for unions. ‘Working families.’ What about the unemployed? What about those who really want to work but can’t? (interruption) No, I’m not nitpicking this. This kind of language makes me cynical. ‘No, doing the right thing for Pennsylvania working families is what’s important to me, not any offer here.’ Now, we know that Bill Clinton has a history of going to Democrats and trying to get ’em outta races. Went to Torricelli, and Torricelli quit. He went to Andrew Cuomo and told Andrew Cuomo, ‘Look, don’t try for governor now. It’s not your time,’ and Andrew Cuomo bowed out. So Sestak says Rahm Emanuel called Clinton; Clinton called Sestak and said, ”Why don’t you come on a presidential board and stay in the House of Representatives?’ I said no, and the former president said he knew I’d say that.’
Well, now, if Clinton knew that Sestak would say no, then why go to the offer? Here’s the big question. This is the real question, and this is a question for all of you ‘Pennsylvania working families.’ If this explanation is so clear-cut and simple and legal, why has the White House not put out an explanation about this before now? Why is it…? How many weeks has it been going on? How many months is this been going on? How long ago was it that Sestak said he was offered a gig? And we haven’t had anybody say anything more. Sestak would be asked, ‘What do you mean?’ He’d say, ‘I’m not saying anymore.’ The White House was not answering the question. If this is ‘the way business is done,’ why not just come out and tell us?
This story has been percolating since February, and this is best they can come up with. (doing Clinton impression) ‘Well, that’s right, Limbaugh. This is how it works. I went to this guy and I said, ‘Look, we really don’t want you in that Senate race. You don’t stand a prayer. We want to keep you in the House. Come on some presidential advisory board now and then. But I understand you got concern for Pennsylvania’s working families, and if you want to say no, that’s fine. I’m just conveying the offer.’ Right? Is that how it happened? If it’s this simple, why did it take all this time and a lunch yesterday with Clinton and Obama to come up with this? (sigh) I, for one, am not buying it.
RUSH: Let’s take some things, people at their word here. Even if what the White House is now claiming is true, and even if it’s ‘business as usual’ that people are offered jobs all the time to give up something else, didn’t Obama pledge to change business as usual in Washington? Wasn’t that part of the campaign? (doing Obama impression) ‘We’re gonna change business as usual!’ Isn’t this the exact kind of corruption Obama promised to end? Instead just like with all his other promise he has made, his minions have done the very things he condemned in sp….. Well, I was going to say ‘spades,’ but I won’t. And about Sestak, the timeline, the timeline is suspicious. ‘Cause if this is all there was to it, why not just call Clinton and tell him to get in front of a camera and laugh it off way back in February when this thing came up? None of this just fits. If this is all that happened, why did it take all this time to conjure this up? If there’s nothing to it have Clinton go out there (doing impression), ‘Hey, hey, this is no big deal! I called his brother I said, ‘Hey, how would you like to serve on a presidential commission and stay in the House?’ He said he didn’t want to do that. That’s all there is here. It doesn’t matter. There’s no ‘here’ here.’ But no, they had to conjure something up. There’s something about this that’s still not right, folks. It just doesn’t fit.