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RUSH: You know, I’m sitting here, I’m diligently working hard, minding my own business prepping this program and I have these TV monitors on up here. I’ve got PMSNBC on, which I’m actually thinking of dumping. And, hell, C-SPAN would be better, maybe go over to CNN, I mean just for the laugh factor. Anyway, I’m watching this, and here comes Obama with a statement on Afghanistan. For crying out loud, folks, I mean that’s the clearest illustration yet of the circus going on in Washington. It’s so bad that they’re trying to distract us with news from Afghanistan. That’s bad.

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Has anybody actually seen Obama’s vacation itinerary? I mean we’ve heard that Obama is going to Hawaii, but I’m wondering if he and Michelle and the girls might actually be headed to Crawford, Texas on vacation, get in some mountain biking and some brush clearing; drive the pickup around, pick up some junk. Look, folks, it’s becoming increasingly obvious here, Obama’s role model is Bush! Gitmo is still open. Afghanistan is still active, press conferences on how well we’re doing there. Debatable spying on possible terrorists. Yep. We’re doing it. Warrantless wiretaps out there. Petraeus running the war, thank goodness, but I mean that’s a Bush holdover.

And now the tax cuts, the Bush tax cuts, which have now become the Obama tax cuts. Obama has put his presidency on the line to keep ’em. After blaming those tax cuts for every economic problem we’ve got, Obama’s now out there telling Democrats that his presidency is over if they don’t vote to continue the Bush tax cuts. Peter DeFazio, bald-headed liberal from — well, I’m sorry, that doesn’t matter — Peter DeFazio, liberal from Oregon, said Obama said that and the White House said we never talked to Peter DeFazio, we haven’t said that. But at any rate, we all know that Obama is staking everything here to these Bush tax cuts, or the tax rates, staying the same for two years.

And then today, we learn that Obama is hiring military contractors, i.e., African-Americanwater. He’s hiring Blackwater, Bush mercenaries. That’s what they used to be called, Obama’s now hiring ’em. When Bush employed military contractors, they were called Bush mercenaries. Now they’re Obama’s angels. This from the Daily Beast: ‘As American commanders meet this week for the Afghanistan review, Obama is hiring military contractors at a rate that would make Bush blush. Tim Shorrock on the Blackwater heirs.’ Blackwater, African-Americanwater, whatever it is. I don’t know if he’s hiring Blackwater but he’s hiring people like it. The left out there has just got to be fuming. Obama’s giving us George W. Bush for Christmas. That’s what is happening out there.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: Here’s DeFazio. This is last night on CNN on Spitzer and Ditzer. And Spitzer said, ‘Do you have enough folks standing with you to create a threat that this bill will not pass?’

DEFAZIO: That’s a good question, because, you know, the White House is putting on tremendous pressure, making phone calls, the president’s making phone calls saying this is the end of his presidency if he doesn’t get this bad deal. I think this is potentially the end of his possibility of being reelected.

RUSH: Whoa. Now, if you had any doubts about this deal, listen to that. Now, think about it. Why would Republicans want to help save the Obama presidency? Why would they? Now, here you have DeFazio saying, well, yeah, White House putting on tremendous pressure, phone calls, president making phone calls, the end of the presidency if he doesn’t get this bad deal. Well, if it’s the end of his presidency, we don’t take the deal, right? Anyway, that’s just a little review. And speaking of bad deal and end of his presidency, let’s go back almost a year. This is January 25th of this year, World News Tonight, Diane Sawyer talking to the Bamster. She said, ‘Ever in the middle of all this coming at you, do you think maybe one term is enough?’

OBAMA: I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president. And I believe that. You know, there’s a tendency in Washington to think that our job description of elected officials is to get reelected. That’s not our job description. I will not slow down in terms of going after the big problems that this country faces. I don’t want to look back on my time here and say to myself, all I was concerned about was nurturing my own popularity. That’s not why I came.

RUSH: Now he’s calling Democrats, begging them to save his reelection, but just a year ago he didn’t care. He’d rather be a good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president. How about a lousy one-term president because that’s where we’re headed here, already a failure, all these other Democrats are starting to admit it. Now, here’s the thing about this. The way you analyze this, if he means this, ‘I’d rather be a really good one-term president,’ what would cause him to be a one-term president? That would be losing his reelection battle, right? What would cause him to lose his reelection? I mean the public doesn’t like what he’s doing. That’s how he defines great one-term — I’d rather be a great one-term president, get as much damage to this country done as I can do, yeah, I’ll lose, but I’d rather do that than sit around here and just be a mediocre two-term president by going along with the way the country has always been. By the way, that Afghanistan statement, it’s the second time in a week that he left a Clinton at the podium. Hillary was standing there. Listen to this.

OBAMA: I’m gonna turn it over to the Secretaries Clinton, Gates, as well as Vice Chairman Cartwright, and they will be able to answer your questions and give you a more detailed briefing.

RUSH: So he shows up, gives the overview of the briefing on Afghanistan and heads out to another, what, holiday lunch or what have you, and leaves the heavy lifting to Secretaries Clinton and Cartwright.

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