RUSH: Hey, have you seen the jobless numbers, folks? I mean it’s good news from the Labor Department. New claims for unemployment benefits are way down. That’s the good news. All this good news. I don’t have room for it. I’m running out of room for more rays of sunshine to be packed up my butt as this regime continues to tell us how great things are doing out there. I got no more room for the good news.
OBAMA: In the few months after I took office we lost another four million jobs, so this was the worst recession since the Great Depression, and I think understandably people still feel pretty bruised and battered from that recession. You’re seeing improvement all across the country, but you’re absolutely right that people still aren’t feeling it. Now, part of that is the fact that the unemployment rate is still high, and we’ve got a lot more work to do.
RUSH: Sometimes I get frustrated. Of course there’s an answer and a response to the Obama campaign! I was just checking the e-mail. “So are you saying it’s over, Rush? There’s no way we can combat what he’s gonna do?” Of course there’s an answer to it! Look, identifying what it’s gonna be this early on and being dead right on about it is the perfect opportunity here to come up with a way to nuke it — and let me tell you what the perfect way to nuke it is. Okay, the Obama campaign is, “My God, my God, it’s worse than we knew! We had no idea; Bush didn’t tell us. We inherited a mess that was even bigger than we knew.
“It’s gonna take our policies longer than we thought but they’re starting to come to fruition, starting to show some signs of progress. It’d be a horrible mistake to change horses in the middle of the stream,” and you can hear it. They’ve already trotted this out as step one at this town hall meeting today. So let me see if I understand, here: Obama was in the Senate for all of those things that led to the economy being worse than he knew that it was. He was voting for more spending. He was voting for higher taxes. Pelosi was Speaker, Dingy Harry was the majority leader, and what? Poor old Obama, all 159 days he spent in the Senate, was clueless?
He had no idea how horrible things really were? He just one day stepped into the Oval Orifice, saw everything was worse than he thought, after two years of controlling all of Washington at the House and the Senate — and now nothing that he’s done has worked (because none of it was supposed to work), and now he says I had no idea it was this bad before I got here. He sat in church for 20 years or Reverend Wright’s church, didn’t hear what he said. So he’s in the United States Senate — and he’s ragging on Bush, and he’s ragging on the economy, and he’s ragging on how bad it is — and now he’s trying to tell, “We had no idea it was this bad!”
But the answer to it in the campaign was, he never had any intention to fix this. His idea was not to fix this. Nothing he’s done has worked because none of it was supposed to work — and I know there are people on our side still don’t want to get their arms around that. They still don’t want to accept that a president has been elected with that mind-set. So policies that were not intended to fix the problems are not fixing the problem, and now he had no idea it was that bad. (interruption) No, I don’t think this is a formidable campaign. I think it’s weak. Is that the best he can do?
Is it the best lie they can come up with, that he was a clueless senator and now he’s a clueless president? Is that the argument for reelecting him? It is. It is! I guarantee you it is. The “don’t change horses in the middle of the stream” is what they’re planning on, ’cause only now they’re gonna say there are signs of progress. But Barack Obama wanted to exploit our problems, not fix them. He had noooo desire whatsoever to fix them. Now, he was elected to the US Senate 2004. Where’s he been for the last seven years? How can anything surprise him? How can anything be worse than what he thought it was? It can’t be.
It’s just like he never knew what Reverend Wright was saying, but that “poet,” that “rapper,” Common? Common, yeah, he knew everything. He was singularly inspired by Reverend Wright. This line of argument? No, it’s far from being formidable, don’t misunderstand. I’m not suggesting that there’s no way to beat this, folks, it’s simple. This line of argument is proof that we should not elect neophytes to the Oval Office.
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