RUSH: Somebody is going to have to explain a lot of things to me. I have a lot of questions. Well, I may have the answers by virtue of the questions. That may be the point of the exercise. But this stuff going on, I mean, I’m being rhetorical. All the stuff I’m hearing about Egypt is nonsensical. And it’s turning out that one of the first things I used on the program Monday, food shortages, rising commodity prices is playing a role in what’s going on in Egypt. And looky here. Mubarak says that he’s going to leave in eight months. The military has not attacked the protestors, a new government’s going to be in place and yet the protestors are growing more violent. Now, why is that? That’s my first question. Why is that, ladies and gentlemen? The protestors are getting seemingly everything they want. And here you’ve got Obama laying pipe. Now, that’s a stage, movie device. This is an example of laying pipe. Hillary has had a 20-year relationship with Mubarak. So if all this works out just by saying they lay the pipe, you can connect the fact, ‘Oh, yeah, it was Hillary, the regime, we’re the ones that made all this happen.’
Obama owns this now, folks. Obama goes out there and makes a speech and this is what happens. Ladies and gentlemen, when you run in front of a mob and claim to be a leader, you have to take responsibility for their actions. It’s why David ‘Rodham’ Gergen is unhappy that Obama went out and made a speech about this last night. Obama knows the shape he’s in. He knows he’s got an unconstitutional health care bill. He knows he’s got the American people two thirds opposed to him and his policies. He desperately needs something here. So he’s tried to put himself in front of this thing in Egypt to make it look like he’s in charge of it. He’s in charge of Mubarak leaving; he’s in charge of the protestors doing the right thing. But this is what happens when you run in front of a mob and claim to be the leader. You have to deal with whatever the mob does.
And right now everything Obama wanted has happened and the mob is getting bigger. And the mob is getting more violent. Mubarak says he’s gone, not going to put his son in charge. The protestors have not been attacked. You have a new government that is going to be in place, and yet the protestors are growing more violent. Why, ladies and gentlemen? One of the things that we have learned that ginned all this up — in fact, there have been attempts to create this level of protest for months and they have all failed until they started using Twitter and Facebook. This is why Egypt shut down the Internet this week. These people were using the social media. All it took was some YouTube videos to show the protestors in action, rioting and looting. ‘Hey, that looks like fun; let’s go join them.’ Have you also noticed, ladies and gentlemen, in Egypt the number of protest signs written in English? Have you wondered about that? I have. Of course, it’s all for the media.
Anderson Cooper shows up over there. He was attacked by the mob in Egypt. He was punched ten times in the head. We have the audio of this. CNN producer Steve Brusk tweeted that Anderson Cooper was attacked in Egypt Wednesday. He said, ”Anderson said he was punched 10 times in the head as pro-Mubarak mob surrounded him and his crew trying to cover demonstration.’ Cooper then escaped to the roof of a nearby building, where he said on air that he and his crew were trying to get to a neutral zone between protestors and pro-Mubarak supporters when they ‘were set upon by pro-Mubarak supporters punching us in the head. The crowd kept growing, kept throwing punches, kicks…suddenly a young man would look at you and punch you in the face.” I don’t know what side they thought CNN was on, but anyway, Katie Couric arrived yesterday. We don’t know if she will be punched in the face, nor Brian Williams at NBC. But we’ll keep a sharp eye.
Now, what is going on in Egypt, they clearly have an authoritarian socialistic regime, but it’s nothing like it was under Gamal Abdel Nasser. Many people in this audience probably know who Nasser is, but some of you won’t. Nasser, bad guy. I mean, Egypt under Nasser was far, far more repressive, punitive, and socialistic than it is today. This in Egypt is nothing compared to what North Korea is, for example. Egypt is nothing compared to Zimbabwe, the old Rhodesia. Now, there is clearly connection here to the rioting and food shortages, and you’re not going to see this reported in the mainstream because the shortages are brought about by us.
As I mentioned Monday, all of the printing money, QE2, the quantitative easing 2 is causing a rise in commodity prices. Ethanol is causing a rise in commodity prices around the world, and it’s having a considerable effect on people. And this is one of the reasons. It may be about freedom, it may be a little bit about democracy, but this is economics. This is gut level economics going on. The Muslim Brotherhood did not start this. The Muslim Brotherhood saw something to get involved in and they have sort of merged with it and made it look like it’s their event, but they are Johnny-come-latelies here. China has shut down communication sites, social websites. They do it all the time. We just praised China, didn’t we? China does all the stuff that’s happening in Egypt and we praise the ChiComs. Anyway, it is what it is, which is not much that’s known.
Groundhog Day today, February 2nd. I just want to let you know I saw my shadow when I got up, which means that you are going to have to endure six more weeks of civility on this program. (laughing)
Let’s go to the audio sound bites. This is Obama last night in Washington getting out in front of the mob and claiming to be its leader.
OBAMA: It is not the role of any other country to determine Egypt’s leaders. Only the Egyptian people can do that. What is clear and what I indicated tonight to President Mubarak, is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now.
RUSH: Okay, Pharaoh Obama ordering Mubarak what to do. This is after Mubarak says he’s ‘vamanos.’ After Mubarak says he’s leaving, he’s getting out of there in eight months, Obama gives a speech to claim credit for it. And do you notice the Pharaoh-like reverb is back. This was at the White House. How many times do you hear presidential remarks in the White House with the Pharaoh-like, godlike reverb? So there you have it, Obama: I indicated tonight to President Mubarak, my belief, orderly transition, must be meaningful, must be peaceful, must begin now. After it had already begun… well, after Mubarak announcing his intentions for all of this to happen.
Here is Obama talking to the protestors:
OBAMA: (Pharaoh-like reverb) Over the last few days the passion and the dignity that has been demonstrated by the people of Egypt has been an inspiration to people around the world, including here in the United States and to all those who believe in the inevitably of human freedom. To the people of Egypt, particularly the young people of Egypt, I want to be clear. We hear your voices.
RUSH: We did not hear the voices of the young people in Iran in 2009, but I want to be clear we hear your voices and because I, Pharaoh Obama, hear your voices, I, Pharaoh Obama, have gotten rid of your most detested leader Hosni Mubarak. By the way, the Egyptian people are not enamored of ElBaradei. The media would like you to believe that he is loved and adored and everybody in Egypt wants him to be the next leader, they don’t. He hasn’t spent any time in Egypt. He does not have a portfolio, if you will, of great support. This is all media-manufactured. So there’s Pharaoh Obama.
Now we go on to the State-Controlled Media, Drive-By media, David ‘Rodham’ Gergen CNN’s Situation Room. This was before Pharaoh Obama’s remarks on Egypt. Wolf Blitzer said, ‘You understand the diplomacy and all the sensitivity of what’s going on. What do you think about all of this?’
GERGEN: I’m not sure what the president can say tonight that is not going to be thrown back in his face by people in the street and by ElBaradei. This president wanted to make the hallmark of his Middle East policy his own speech in Cairo and yet tonight may be more important because he has to walk this fine line and, you know, he does not want ElBaradei and his protestors throwing things back in his face. But how is he going to walk this tightrope and still be a leader?
RUSH: What a question! How is Obama going to walk this tightrope? Is somebody throwing rocks through the windows of the White House? Are there mobs of people gathered outside the White House trying to get in to change leadership? What tightrope here? I’ll tell you what tightrope. I’ll tell you what David ‘Rodham’ Gergen knows. He’s worried. Obama’s taken credit for the mob, folks. Why else do the speech? Trying to take credit for Mubarak stepping down which was supposed to end all the protests, or at least ratchet them down. These guys are clamoring for new leadership. Okay, Pharaoh Obama comes in, makes it happen. Fine, everybody goes home, except they are not going home. They are ramping up. They are getting more violent. The numbers are increasing, and the signs are more and more written in English.
And so David ‘Rodham’ Gergen instinctively understands that when Obama runs in front of a mob here claiming to be the leader or the impetus for the mob, then you have to take responsibility for whatever the mob does and that’s the fine line that Gergen is worried about. I mean, what if these guys end up using some sort of really bad weapon to blow up the Sphinx? Obama owns these guys. Obama’s out there claiming that we heard them. We heard you. We know you want to get rid of that Mubarak fella, 83 years old, been in there 30 years. We hear ya. Here’s Gergen after the speech. Wolf Blitzer said, ‘David, you didn’t think it was necessarily a good idea for the president to speak out at this very sensitive moment right now. Did the president change your mind?’ after his God-like, Pharaoh-like, with that echo and reverb speech last night?
GERGEN: Not really, Wolf. He wants to see an orderly transition and begin now, but he supported the idea of Hosni Mubarak running that transition, leaving him in power and that’s exactly what the people on the streets do not want. They want an immediate and unconditional departure. And the President fell well short of that and I fear that from the United States’ point of view, we’re now going to have the protesters saying the United States is resisting this. And that worries me.
RUSH: Folks, I feel in an incredible sort of feisty mood today. I hear people in the media and at the highest levels of the ruling class say, ‘And this worries me.’ So I wonder, did Mr. Gergen go home from CNN and sit in his living room and worry. He may have. ‘That worries me.’ Would you? Did any of you worry about this last night? Well, I know it’s unsettling, but nothing you can do about it. I mean, worrying about things well beyond your control is a waste of time. I worry about Obama more than I worry about Egypt. If we’re going to talk about being worried here, I mean, let’s get things in perspective. I’m far more worried about Obama and this regime than whatever’s going on in Egypt.
RUSH: Now let’s go back to last night and Egypt. Could it have been Obama’s remarks last night that started all of the new violence in Cairo? He insisted that the transition start immediately and it looks like it started with a vengeance and we have news reports Egypt’s foreign ministry is blaming last night’s remarks by Obama about how the transition must begin immediately for inciting today’s violence. And this is what David ‘Rodham’ Gergen’s so worried about when he went home.
So where is the outrage? Shouldn’t Obama be held accountable for his inciting rhetoric? Folks, I’m being dead serious. I could be watching a football game on a Saturday afternoon bothering nobody, minding my own business. A congresswoman gets shot in Arizona and I hear that Sarah Palin and I are irresponsible for it 30 minutes later, when I have never spoken about this woman. To be honest you, I had never heard of her until it happened. Just the way it was. I had never brought her up. I had never spoken about her. Yet here’s Obama going on television demanding all these changes in Egypt, getting out in front of the mob, and the Egyptian foreign ministry is even suggesting that maybe Obama’s speech last night had something to do with the outbreak of violence.
Why don’t we send Obama over to Egypt to be their president and don’t tell me he can’t run for president of Egypt because he wasn’t born there. I don’t want to hear that. I don’t want to hear that. Apparently he can be president anywhere he wants to be. Maybe a movement to get Obama’s name on the Egyptian ballot. He likes it over there, went over to make his speech in Cairo. (interruption) Yeah, I’m halfway serious about this, Snerdley. It gets a little tiresome to sit here and listen to the left try to make all these bogus, fraudulent, phony connections for the express purpose of censorship, shutting us down and so forth. And here these guys are out there actually participating in it. And this is why we got a sound bite from F. Chuck Todd, F. Chuck not happy with Obama here. They know the tightrope that Obama is now on.
RUSH: Here’s F. Chuck Todd this morning on television, MSNBC, the program called The Daily Rundown. He had Steven Cook on, Council on Foreign Relations, and they were talking about the clashes between the pro-Mubarak and anti-Mubarak groups in Egypt. This is after Obama makes his speech last night.
TODD: It feels like the President’s statement is almost obsolete, President Obama’s statement from last night, when you’re watching these pictures and we’re seeing, we know about the messages that have been sent privately. We know about the messages President Obama sent Hosni Mubarak last night. What’s next? What is the stick at this point for the U.S. government?
COOK: I think that President Obama’s statement was quite good in a lot of ways. But this is existential for Hosni Mubarak and the regime. What the President of the United States says at this point is virtually meaningless to them.
RUSH: Ooh, ooh that has to hurt. What the president of the United States says at this point is virtually meaningless, and F. Chuck Todd, ‘President’s statement almost obsolete?’ Why? Because the purpose of the president’s statement was to send the rioters home, and the exact opposite happened. Obama makes his statement, puts himself in front of the mob, violence increases, and now his supporters, stenographers in the State-Controlled Media are — again, this was the big moment, folks, this was the moment to recapture. The Gabby Giffords incident, that didn’t work out quite the way they planned. This was it, Obama, Cairo, Middle East. It’s not working out.
RUSH: Pete in Alpharetta, Georgia, I’m glad you waited, sir. You’re next on the Rush Limbaugh program. Hi.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, mega dittos. Thanks for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet, sir. On Pharaoh Obama’s speech last night, taking the protesters on with the, you know, ‘We gotta get this done now.’ I wonder where the mainstream media was back when George W. Bush, I remember the speech where he said, ‘Bring it on,’ they pilloried the guy in the press for egging on the terrorists who were apparently sitting around innocently doing nothing at the time —
RUSH: Well, they said about Bush that that was unpresidential, it was more like a cowboy, you know, John Wayne, bring it on, bring it on.
CALLER: Yeah, bring it on, and so we got the Pharaoh out there saying this has gotta be done now. We gotta get out there now and do this. How is that read by the protesters? Well, we see what happened today over there.
RUSH: Yeah, but there’s a stark difference in the two. When Bush says, ‘Bring it on,’ he’s leading America. When George W. Bush post-9/11 said, ‘Bring it on,’ he is leading America. He is inspiring America. When Obama takes to TV last night and says whatever he says about wanting Mubarak out of there and a certain amount of — he’s simply trying to take ownership of the issue. He’s not leading anything, although people react. Obama’s about me, me, me, me, me. Whatever happens, I guarantee you, the political people in the White House, ‘Okay, how can we use this to benefit our guy? We got a reelection effort coming up.’ And the press, too, ‘Oh, what does this mean for Obama?’ Everything, folks. What does it mean for Obama? Well he thinks so, too. How can I get in front, how can I own this? So Obama goes on TV not leading America, but actually doing the exact opposite, trying to own the actions of a mob for his own selfish reasons and purposes, which, in effect, then makes this country look totally ineffective. The president of the United States says, calm down, disperse, I’m gonna make this go away for you, and what happens? It gets worse. Nobody’s listening to him. He has no moral authority. This is not good for us around the rest of the world.
RUSH: Challis, Idaho, this is Carla. Carla, it’s great to have you on the program. Hi.
CALLER: Greetings from flyover country, Rush.
RUSH: Yes, ma’am.
CALLER: Yes, ma’am. I tell you what, a couple of things. Congratulations on your wedding. You looked very handsome. Kathryn was stunning.
RUSH: Thank you. She still is, by the way.
CALLER: I’m sure she is.
CALLER: And don’t you find it ironic that all of the Islamic states that tout they’re for the people; they are looking after their best interests, ‘Allah is good. Allah will provide,’ are all run by dictators?
RUSH: Yeah. Not just Islamic states, by the way.
CALLER: Well, but isn’t that the direction that our —
RUSH: Oh, yeah.
CALLER: — president is headed and would like to see us head? He’s not a Christian, although he touts it.
CALLER: He says he’s for our best interests, although he —
RUSH: Wait, wait, wait, wait! Whoa, whoa, whoa. He ‘says’ he’s a Christian?
CALLER: Right. He says he is.
RUSH: And he does go to church.
CALLER: But I don’t believe it.
CALLER: Any more than he spent 20 years in the church with the Reverend Wright and he didn’t hear anything. I don’t believe that.
CALLER: Okay. Yeah.
RUSH: I just wanted to get it out there: The president says he’s a Christian.
CALLER: Yeah, I heard that, too, but I don’t believe it. As far as the environmentalists, my position has always been: You know, these guys (sigh) they come up with this Chicken Little, ‘the sky is falling,’ global warming. My premise has always been they lack leadership. They need to get off the planet first; show us how it’s done so we’ll have more air, space and water for ourself.
RUSH: That’s an excellent point. That is a good question. Okay, where on Earth is the ideal that we should all emulate? That’s a good question for the wackos. Where are they? There has to be some place here you guys like. Where on Earth is it being done the right way? Show us! Or, if there is no such place, you guys go create it. You guys go move somewhere; you all live together and show us. I like that idea out there, Carla. I really do. Now, ladies and gentlemen, again let me be very, very clear: Carla stated her opinion that Pharaoh Obama is not a Christian. He goes to church and ‘says he’s a Christian,’ but she simply said that she doesn’t believe it. I want to make clear I pointed it out. Carla, are you still there?
RUSH: Carla, what do you think about the controversy over what Pharaoh Obama was born?
CALLER: You know, um, there’s two sides to the story and then there’s the truth.
RUSH: So there’s three versions?
CALLER: Could be.
CALLER: I — I don’t know. I haven’t seen any evidence either way. Anybody can make a document. Anybody can get a photocopy. But there’s two sides to the story and then there’s the truth. And, you know, I’m… The jury’s still out on that one.
RUSH: So your fallback is you haven’t seen any proof?
CALLER: No. And one more comment.
CALLER: Last week you had a caller, a woman — and I have to tell you, Rush, I believe your application for sainthood has been preapproved for listening to her. (giggles)
RUSH: Oh, yes, I remember. (chuckles)
CALLER: She was like listening to the Energizer Bunny on speed. I’m sorry.
RUSH: Yeah, but that was… See, I checked the e mail after that call and people, ‘Get rid of her. It was boring. Why do you let these people waste valuable airtime?’ I loved it! I had more fun with that call. That was the woman that was upset with me the way I laugh, the way I do the little kid voice. The woman was upset. I love callers like that. That was —
CALLER: She was upset with your delivery and how you treat your people, and she treated you just like she accused you of treating everybody else.
RUSH: Yeah, it was great. I loved it. I love callers like that. The caller’s name was Pat.
CALLER: But —
RUSH: No, it was Pat.
CALLER: Your application for sainthood, I’m sure, has been preapproved for just listening to all those people.
RUSH: Thank you very much.
CALLER: I hope you have a wonderful marriage and find great happiness and whatever it is, you enjoy it.
RUSH: Thank you very much, Carla, and same to you.
CALLER: If you’re ever in flyover country, wave to us.
RUSH: I will. How far is Challis from Coeur d’Alene?
CALLER: About…um…400 miles.
RUSH: Whoa. How far from Ketchum?
RUSH: Well, I’ll be in Ketchum now and then.
CALLER: There you go.
RUSH: Sun Valley.
CALLER: I know where Sun Valley is. We’re 120 miles. My elevation is more than my population.
RUSH: Oh, that’s got to be fun.
CALLER: Oh, yeah.
RUSH: Well, we’ll take an extra-wide approach pattern, fly over your place and dip the wings next time we’re there.
RUSH: There you go.
CALLER: There you go — and the thing is, you know what? This is a place you could get lost.
RUSH: Would you want to?
CALLER: No, what I’m saying is you could escape from everything.
RUSH: Oh! Oh, oh, oh, oh. I see what you mean.
RUSH: I see.
CALLER: You could. It’s one of God’s best creations. It’s heaven on Earth.
RUSH: They have Internet?
CALLER: Oh, yeah!
CALLER: Oh, yeah!
CALLER: Well, here’s the thing. The elevation is more than the population. This is the third largest county in the State of Idaho. Area of land size is 70th overall in the entire United States, and in this county there isn’t a single stoplight.
RUSH: There’s not a single stoplight?
RUSH: Wow. Just stop signs?
RUSH: Wow. Well, I appreciate that. That’s tiny. That would be tiny. I understand what she means.
RUSH: Boy, I tell you what, they’re throwing Molotov cocktails over there now. The camels are rolling into Cairo, all of this after Obama told ’em they’re gonna get what they want and can essentially disperse out there. Not quite working out. And they asked Gibbs about that moments ago in the White House press briefing.
This afternoon in Washington, Dan Lothian, CNN, White House stenographer, asked the White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, ‘When you guys –‘ this about Obama’s speech last night ‘– when you talk about the transitioning happening now, how do you define ‘now’? Because ‘now’ to me means today, not September.’
GIBBS: No ‘now’ means yesterday. ‘Cause when we said ‘now’ we meant yesterday.
GIBBS: So… (crosstalk)
LOTHIAN: It means now.
GIBBS: No, I meant yesterday.
LOTHIAN: Or yesterday.
GIBBS: Again, I want to be clear. This is, we’re — though we’re in the here and now, ‘now’ started yesterday
RUSH: Well, that is clear, and here and now we want to be clear. You know why the question was asked? Put yourself in the White House pressroom. You are listening to the press secretary, and you know that the president made a big speech last night basically saying, ‘Hey, you Egyptian rioters. Go home. I am Obama and I’m gonna give you everything you want. I’ve talked to Mubarak and everything is done.’ And yet the rioting increases, and you’re a press guy and you want to know why aren’t the Egyptians hearing Pharaoh Obama’s demands? So what Lothian here was asking, ‘Maybe you want to tell us that his demands didn’t start yet?’ That was the out. Lothian was giving Gibbs an opportunity to say, ‘Well, our demands haven’t started yet.’ Gibbs knew he couldn’t get away with that, so now meant yesterday, meant last night when Obama made the famous speech. Parts of this are laughable in the big scheme of things.
RUSH: I mentioned the things Republicans are doing that nobody is noticing because of other things in the news. By the way, quick question: If you imagine yourself to be President Obama and you’re in the White House last night making a speech…? See, I try to put myself inside people’s hearts and minds, try to understand them. I really do. I can’t imagine… This is just me being me. I can’t imagine, even as president, making a speech in the White House about protests in Egypt and having the people on the street there give a rat’s rear end what I’m saying. If I were to make a speech about what’s going on in Egypt as president, I’d be focused on informing the American people what’s up here and what are the effects on American national security and what we’re trying to do to solve whatever it is.
I would not take to the cameras and microphones in the White House and attempt to talk to the people in the streets. Now, if it’s Obama, he obviously did. And my question is: Does Obama really…? When he’s sitting there looking into that camera lens and admittedly speaking to the people rioting in Cairo, does he really believe that what he says is going to change their behavior? Because if he does, we have a problem. My question, ladies and gentlemen, is… He did! He went to the White House, whatever room, might have been the Oval Orifice. He makes this speech. He gets in front of the mob, he tells them essentially he’s heard their complaints, and he’s taking action. He’s gonna get rid of Mubarak.
Mubarak’s going! We’re gonna get him out of there. It’s gonna happen in September or October, but Mubarak is going — and he wants it somehow to be seen by the world that he can bring this to a screeching halt. The problem is, it’s ratcheted up. Six hundred injuries today. Molotov cocktails are going off. You’ve got camels being driven into downtown Cairo now. Doesn’t this look sort of as though the president of the United States is impotent and powerless? This is why (we played the sound bites earlier in the program) David ‘Rodham’ Gergen and F. Chuck Todd are very worried Obama did this. They called it walking a tightrope because it’s the wrong focus of a speech on what’s going on.
The American people want to know: ‘What is it and how does it affect us?’
That’s what they want to know and he didn’t tell ’em that. Us! He goes in there and says (impression), ‘Weeeell, yeah! I hear ya, and yooou want change, and it can’t happen overnight, but gonna happen! Uhhh, go home.’ He didn’t say that, but that’s the message: Go back home and get off the streets. So how must he feel today if indeed that’s his mind-set? He goes in there, makes a speech, owns the mob. He’s so powerful, so pervasive, so persuasive, so messianic. The One! ‘I have a gift, Harry,’ he told Dingy Harry. He makes this speech. How’s he feeling today as it’s ramping up? He has the White House press corps asking questions. They ask Gibbs, ‘When is this supposed to start, these changes that Obama demanded?’ Gibbs says that ‘now’ means yesterday. Well, that’s not the right answer; it’s not a good answer. It makes Obama look ineffective.