RUSH: Let’s go to the audio sound bites. Barack Obama this afternoon, Reno, Nevada, campaign event.
OBAMA: For the rest of today and as long as it takes, I’ll continue to reach out to leaders in both parties and do whatever I can to help secure the plan. This morning I talked to President Bush, I talked to Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader — (cheers and applause) oh, yeah, I forgot, he happens to come from Nevada. To the Democrats and Republicans who opposed this plan yesterday, I say, ‘Step up to the plate; do what’s right for this country.’ And to all Americans, I say this. If and when I am president of the United States, this rescue plan will not be the end of what we do to strengthen our economy. It will only be the beginning.
RUSH: You’re talking to people who don’t buy it, Barry. Twenty-six percent think you know what you’re doing; 76% don’t. And this is really leadership, isn’t it? Step up to the plate. He’s out in Nevada telling people, (doing Obama impression) ‘You step up to the plate over there. I’m talking to you, you people in DC, step up to the plate. You, step up. I’m talking to people on the phone. You step up.’ Here’s a guy who had a chance to get the Congressional Black Caucus on board, didn’t do diddly-squat, a fraud and a pretender.
Bob in Callahan, Florida. You’re next on the EIB Network. We got about a minute here but I wanted to squeeze you in.
CALLER: Hey, Rush. How you doing?
CALLER: I don’t know how much you know that you’re appreciated from the folks out here that have been frustrated with what’s going on.
RUSH: Appreciate it.
CALLER: Real quick, if Barack Obama is who we have heard he has been over the last 19 months, he would have came into that meeting and he woulda fixed things. And what has happened since he left that meeting? Chaos. So please, please, and stop with those kids singing, because that was torture.
RUSH: I agree, but we love the children here, Bob, even when they’re little mind-numbed robots being programmed by a bunch of socialist communist Hollywood people. You gotta know what’s going on. He’s exactly right. Obama strode into that White House meeting, we’ve had chaos ever since, this from the great unifier, this from the fixer, this from the change, this from the guy who’s going to bring all nations together as one, can’t even unite Washington, DC, which it hasn’t been united in a long time.
RUSH: By the way, Obama, changing subject here from Bush. July 29th, 2008, Barack Obama, before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials — and we’ve got this in our archives. I just didn’t want to pressure Cookie to find it now. I was just reminding them; we could do it tomorrow. Two minutes 45 seconds into his speech. ‘For eight long years Washington has not been working for ordinary Americans or for hardworking Latino Americans. Few have been hit harder than Latino Americans and African-Americans. You know what I’m talking about, the people like the couple I met in Las Vegas who were tricked into buying a house they couldn’t afford and are at risk of facing foreclosure.’
This was part of his stump speech that you poor people who have these houses you can’t pay for were tricked into buying a house you couldn’t afford. They weren’t tricked into it. Now all of a sudden Obama is dropping this, but April 2, 2008, AFL-CIO. Think about it. The top mortgage lenders spend $185 million lobbying Congress, and we wonder why Washington looked the other way when they were tricking families into buying homes they couldn’t afford. If anybody did the tricking, Obama, it was you, and it was the Democrats in Washington. Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Franklin Raines, Jim Johnson, your advisors, ACORN, these were the ones tricking people. Tricking people into buying mortgages they couldn’t afford? So you admit that this shouldn’t have been done. Is that right, Obama? You’re admitting these people should not have gotten mortgages? That’s pretty profound because Barney Frank and all the other Democrats think not only should they get their mortgages, they ought to be able to keep their houses and not be foreclosed on.
RUSH: Last night in West Des Moines, Iowa, here is McCain blaming the Pelosi-Obama ticket for all of this.
MCCAIN: Senator Obama and his allies in Congress infused unnecessary partisanship into the process. Now is not the time to fix the blame. It’s time to fix the problem. I would hope that all our leaders — all of them — can put aside short-term political goals and do what’s in the best interests of the American people.
RUSH: Senator, you can sit there and you can hope that all day long, and it isn’t going to happen. It’s time to beat them! He said in a statement today, ‘Bipartisanship is tough.’ It’s not. It’s easy. Bipartisan is gutless. All you have to do is throw away half your principles and give the other side what they want and then say, and then somehow you’re a maverick. Holding firm and fast to your principles is what’s tough. Now is not the time to fix the blame? It certainly is, Senator, because the blame rests with the people who claim that they are going to monitor and fix this! (groans) Obama. It’s such a dire emergency, right? Obama yesterday in Westminster, Colorado, at a campaign event.
OBAMA: I read the other day that, uh, Senator McCain likes to gamble. He likes to roll those dice. And — and that’s okay, I enjoy — uh, eh, I (gagging) I’m making a confession here. I enjoy a little friendly game of poker, uh, myself once in a while. (hoots) But the one thing I know is this. We can’t afford to gamble on four more years of the same disastrous economic policies that we’ve have the last eight.
RUSH: Let me tell you something, you little squirrel. We can’t afford to have ten more years of the kind of disastrous monitoring of the mortgage and financial markets that your party has given us. We can’t afford another year of Barney Frank. We can’t afford one more year of Chris Dodd. We can’t afford one more year of Pelosi. We can’t afford one more year of Harry Reid. We can’t afford a day of you, Senator Obama. We cannot afford Franklin Raines getting anywhere near a big pile of money anymore. We can’t afford Jim Johnson getting anywhere near a big pile of money anymore, Obama. We can’t afford Daniel Mudd getting anywhere near a big pile of government money anymore. Bush economic policies had nothing to do with this, Obama. Your policies, your party’s policies have brought us to this brink of whatever it is. People were not tricked into loans they couldn’t afford, you wanted people to have loans they couldn’t pay back! That was ACORN’s whole deal. I think Barack Obama is a disgrace. Okay, so McCain likes to play craps. He plays at the Bellagio. I’ve been out there. I went out there played craps one day and I got to the tables and the people at the table said, ‘Oh, you just missed Senator McCain,’ and I went, ‘Whew!’ Everybody knows. He doesn’t hide it. Obama admits he plays poker. Hell, we’re playing poker by even gambling on the fact that Obama’s got a chance to win the election. Listen to this from McCain this morning on Fox & Friends. It’s number ten. Here we go.
MCCAIN: I have talked to the president this morning and recommended an increase from a hundred thousand to $250,000 FDIC insured deposits. I also strongly recommended that the Exchange Stability Fund that the Treasury has, has available $250 billion to shore up these institutions. Also the Treasury has at its disposal about a trillion dollars that they could begin — without congressional authority — buying up some of these terrible mortgages.
MCCAIN: And it’d help stabilize this situation.
RUSH: If the Treasury has all this money and can do all this without Congress, then why have we all been wasting our time for two weeks on legislation?