RUSH: Remember, JFK had his Bay of Pigs? President Obama has his Bay of
incompetent, and lazy by his own party. Dana Milbank in the Washington Post… I mean, when a kiss-butt like Dana Milbank starts dissing you, you are in trouble. This piece by Milbank which ran on Sunday, May 30th, is a huge takedown of Obama.
‘Obama’s Oil Spill Response: Too Much Culpability, Too Much Passivity. … Potentially in charge?’ he closes here, ‘Maybe it’s time to put them actually in charge.’ And then Maureen Dowd, who once made fun of his ears: ‘President Spock’s behavior is illogical,’ she starts her column with. Of course all liberal behavior is illogical. It’s the main tenet of liberalism. So right on top of Dana Milbank referring to Obama as passive and bloodless, we have Maureen Dowd going after him with a razor in this piece and making fun of his ears again. ‘Too often it feels as though Barry is watching from a balcony, reluctant to enter the fray until the clamor of the crowd forces him to come down. The pattern is perverse. The man whose presidency is rooted in his ability to inspire withholds that inspiration when it is most needed.’ That’s because he doesn’t inspire anybody, Maureen. He inspires people in a faux way. You created the notion he inspires people.
He’s been inspired by Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright and Frank Marshall Davis and whoever taught him at Columbia and Harvard, but who has he inspired? Where are the stories of people who have said, ‘I am where I am today because of Barack Obama. I remember being inspired by Barack Obama. I was down on my luck. I couldn’t get anywhere. I couldn’t put one foot in front of another and Obama said, ‘You can walk,’ and I began to walk, and look at me now! I’m jogging.’ I don’t hear these stories. Have you heard any, Snerdley? Where are these personal stories of lives Obama has touched? All of this has been a myth. It’s all been media manufactured. And now, it’s gotten to the point where — I mean, when Dana Milbank and Maureen Dowd have to start bailing water from their own canoes here to make sure they don’t sink in the Obama flotilla…
‘The wound-tight, travel-light Obama has a distaste for the adversarial and the random. But if you stick too rigidly to a No Drama rule in the White House, you risk keeping reality at bay. Presidencies are always about crisis management.’ Obama doesn’t know how to manage anything. ‘Obama invented himself against all odds and repeated parental abandonment, and he worked hard to regiment his emotions. But now that can come across as imperviousness and inflexibility. He wants to run the agenda; he doesn’t want the agenda to run him. Once you become president, though, there’s no way to predict what your crises will be. … For five weeks, it looked as though Obama considered the gushing that became the worst oil spill in US history a distraction, like a fire alarm going off in the middle of a law seminar he was teaching.’ That’s exactly right. Afghanistan is an inconvenience. This is an inconvenience. What Obama really wants to do is complete the job of remaking America. That’s what he was sent there to do.
‘He seemed to tune out a bit after the exhausting battle over health care, with the air of someone who says to himself: ‘Oh, man, that was a heavy lift. I’m taking a break.’ … Republican senators who had a contentious lunch with the president last week described him as whiny, thin-skinned and in over his head, and there was extreme Democratic angst at the White House’s dilatory and deferential attitude on the spill. … ‘The media may get tired of the story, but we will not,’ he told Gulf Coast residents when he visited on Friday. Actually, if it weren’t for the media, the president would probably never have woken up from his torpor and flown down there. Instead of getting Bill Clinton to offer Joe Sestak a job, Obama should be offering Clinton one. Bill would certainly know how to gush at a gusher gone haywire. Let him resume a cameo role as Feeler in Chief. The post is open.’ That’s Maureen Dowd, and don’t forget how she opened the piece here: ‘President Spock’s behavior is illogical.’ What’s Spock known for?
Those weird, oddball ears.
So we have here, ladies and gentlemen, Obama’s Bay of Rigs. Obama’s Bay of Rigs has been so disastrous he’s now seen as the disappointer-in-chief by Maureen Dowd and Chris Matthews, who — get this! Last week Chris Matthews played a clip of me on this program impersonating Bill Clinton, and when I suggested, ‘What better guy to go out and get to handle this Sestak thing than somebody who’s willing to commit perjury?’ Matthews said, ‘You know, now and then Limbaugh gets it right. That’s pretty clever,’ and he played my impersonation. So they know. They know. So you have the Bay of Rigs for the disappointer-in-chief. Maureen Dowd, Chris Matthews, Obama has not only let them down, he has let down his entire party as well as millions of others who were foolish to vote for him. But to be fair, those who fell for Obama’s favorite prop — hope — should only be disappointed in themselves because they fell for a totally unaccomplished leftist who delivered platitudes and deceit with great passion. Barack Obama had never run anything in his life. He was the most inexperienced, most liberal Senator we’ve ever seen. We still don’t know what classes he took in college. We don’t know what his grades were. The man didn’t know how many states we have! He thought that were 57.
You have to wonder if Obama would visit the Gulf more often if a staff member told him it was the ‘Golf’ of Mexico and that they were building sand traps down there rather than the Gulf of Mexico. Folks, how can anyone be disappointed in Obama for his failures? Where are the successes? You have to have some relative point here. If you’re going to be disappointed in failure, you have to have experienced some success. Where is it? Unemployment’s up. We’re broke. Generational theft has gone on. He passed health care? Yeah, which most the country wants to repeal. And the Canadians, by the way, speaking of health care, are going to have to revamp their system. They’re outta money! The formula doesn’t work in Canada. They can’t cover their costs. Canada, Greece, Portugal, Spain, it’s all in front of us. We don’t need time travel to see where we’re going to be in 10, 15, or 20 years. All we gotta do is look north and look east. You can’t miss it. Right now, we’re occupied in the Bay of Rigs.
So how do you end up being disappointed in Obama’s failures? If you bought into his hope and change, just look in the mirror. Do you see hope in yourself? I’m sure you see change in yourself — empty pockets, no prospects. Now, what was the original prop? The original prop, the original shtick was hope. A verbal distraction from Obama’s radical past. The hope for a better America was as phony as the Greek columns which — how about irony? — the Greek columns Obama accepted his party’s nomination in front of in Denver. As phony as the announcement the Gulf oil spill might be capped just hours before Obama held his really embarrassingly bad news conference last week. Disasters happen on every president’s watch. Maureen Dowd’s right about that: We measure our presidents based upon the manner in which they respond.
On a scale of one to ten, what would you give him here?
Now, let’s be fair. We know there’s nothing a president could do to fix this. Obama doesn’t have any experience plugging holes, despite what his daughter asked him. Neither did Bush. He didn’t have any business telling anybody how to fix up a city after a hurricane. The point is Obama said he did. This is June 3rd, 2008, in St. Paul, Obama’s victory speech having won the Democrat primary: ‘America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love. The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations.’ Ha! ‘But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that: This was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless.’ How’s that working out? ‘This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.’
The oceans are rising with oil, and there ain’t no healing going on out there. Remember when Obama said, ‘I signed the health care bill. I looked around, and I don’t see any sinkholes. I don’t see the earth open up. I don’t see any Armageddon.’ Tell them it’s not Armageddon down there. Did you see the sinkhole in Guatemala? A sinkhole swallowed up a ten story building over the weekend. It just disappeared. June 3rd, 2008: ‘This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal. This was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment — this was the time — when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves…’
Not only has none of it come true, everything he’s talked about has gotten worse.