RUSH: As you know, President Obama is heading off to Copenhagen tomorrow to make a final pitch for the Olympics in Chicago in 2016. His wife Michelle (My Belle) is already there conducting big-time meetings. She said the most audacious thing which I’m going to analyze in greater detail in just a moment. She said, ‘It is a sacrifice for her to fly over there and make a pitch for the Olympics, that it is a sacrifice for her husband to fly over there to make a pitch for the Olympics, but that they are doing it for the kids.’ While American soldiers are being shot at and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan because of inaction and indecision and probably apathy on the part of President Obama, they have the audacity to say that they are making a huge sacrifice to go to Copenhagen when in fact they act like they’re having a big party as they supposedly argue for the Olympics. We have an exclusive here on the EIB Network. We have President Obama, he’s been working with the teleprompter on his pitch to the organizing committee, the Olympic organizing committee in Copenhagen, and this is a rough draft of what he might say to them.
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A little sneak peek there of President Obama’s presentation tomorrow to the International Olympic Committee.
RUSH: Michelle Obama is in Copenhagen to bribe — uh, to pitch the International Olympic Committee into choosing Chicago. I’m wondering if the fact that as many Chicagoans as not want the thing, as many don’t want it as do, I wonder if that will have an impact on the committee. And, you know, folks, Chicago… When you talk about Chicago you’re talking pure patronage. The reason they want the games — and I’m just guessing. I’m just throwing this out. I have no evidence to back this up. This is just the way my mind works. How many people in Chicago that are part of the Daley machine, how many people in the Obama administration from Chicago own some property that will have to be sold at premium prices to build the Olympic complex in Chicago? The Olympic village, venues and so forth? Yeah, we may as well say it’s a Tony Rezko production. We know that Chicagoans stick together.
The machine guys stick together. They help you buy a house for very little and so forth. That’s Rezko for Obama. So I’m just wondering how many…? You have to ask these things. This is how it works. How many Chicagoans in the Daley machine and how many Chicagoans like Rahm in the White House working for Obama, own property that they’re going to sell at huge prices to have these Olympics take place? Always follow the money. Anyway, Michelle (My Belle) is over there. ‘In her speech in Copenhagen today, First Lady Michelle Obama said her trip to Denmark, along with the travel of her ‘dear friend’ and ‘chit-chat buddy’ Oprah Winfrey, as well as tomorrow’s visit by President Obama, is a ‘sacrifice’ on behalf of the children of Chicago and the United States.
”As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or Oprah or the president to come for these few days,’ the first lady told a crowd of people involved in the Chicago project, ‘so many of you in this room have been working for years to bring this bid home. As first lady, as many of you know, I’ve made it a priority to bridge the gap between the White House and communities across DC and across the country.” What the hell is she…? Bridge what gap between the White House and communities across DC and the country? What freaking gap is she talking about? ‘I’ve spent much of my first nine months trying to open the doors to the White House to kids who might not otherwise see themselves having access to these institutions, because that’s where I came from — communities like that where kids never dreamed that they could set foot in the White House, let alone live there … And Barack and I made a point of doing the same thing when we lived in Chicago — making the concerns of kids in all sorts of communities our own.’
Do you want me to translate this, or do I even have to? I’m uncomfortable translating because I know I’m right about it. But that’s a pure racial statement. That is a statement that illustrates the chip on her shoulder and on Barack’s shoulder and on Jeremiah Wright’s. And rather than feel because of Barack’s election, rather than feel like some really great achievement has happened, the country’s taken a great step forward, they still hold onto the anger and they won’t let go of the anger. And they have to keep talking about the way things were, how rotten things were, despite how wonderfully positive they’ve changed. How rotten things were. ‘And so I’m going to keep reminding people how rotten things were!’ ‘I’ve spent much of my first nine months trying to open the doors to the White House to kids who might not otherwise see themselves having access to these institutions because…’ Anybody can go to Washington and get a tour of the White House any day.
Anybody can go to Washington and tour any monument or memorial any day. Nobody is stopping anybody from doing this. There are White House tours. If you know, you can call your congressman and you can get some sort of access to a White House tour. There’s any number of things that you can do. Nobody’s denied access to these institutions, for crying out loud! She’s talking about the old disc’imination, discrimination. In her mind it hasn’t ended. People still feel that way. This is what bugs me about all this, and this is what I mean by the chip on their shoulder they carry around. They still have a seething rage even though the country is where it is, and we’ve moved as far as we have. They still have a seething rage about it. You know Jeremiah Wright still has seething rage about it.
‘Mrs. Obama said bringing the Olympics to Chicago is especially important right now because ‘athletics is becoming more of a fleeting opportunity.” Athletics is becoming more of a fleeting opportunity? Listen to her explain that. ”Funds dry up so it becomes harder for kids to engage in sports, to learn how to swim, to even ride a bike,’ she said. In addition, with childhood obesity on the rise, ‘it is so important for us to raise up the platform of fitness and competition and fair play,’ the first lady said.’ Well, now, how many decades have we had this worthless thing called the President’s Commission On Physical Fitness? We’ve had all these athletes celebrities, nominated to head the thing up. And I don’t know what the hell ever happens other than a softball game, a T-ball game, and an Easter egg roll.
What in the world here? Funds are drying up? It’s harder to learn how to swim because funds had dried up? It’s harder to learn how to ride a bike because funds have dried up? No! It’s getting harder to ride a bike because certain school districts are telling kids that they can’t ride a bike to school, nor can they walk to school. I’ve got that story somewhere here in the stack. ‘Finally, having the Olympics in Chicago would be important to ‘let people know that we understand that sports saves lives, that it makes dreams come true, that it creates visions in kids’ heads to make them think they can be the next David Robinson, the next Barack Obama,’ who is a well-known sports figure, by the way. Barack Obama is a well-known athlete. Yes, that’s what he’s known for. ”[T]he next Nadia Comaneci, the next Oprah Winfrey…”
Well, that’s what she said here. ‘[W]e understand that sports saves lives, that it makes dreams come true, that it creates visions in kids’ heads to make them think they can be the next David Robinson, the next Barack Obama…the next Oprah Winfrey.’ Oh, there’s Sully. He just took off! They do have a camera somewhere. There’s Sully Sullenberger, looks like here’s in an Airbus A-something or other, taking off. So far no birds have interacted with the engines of Sully Sullenberger’s jet. Looks like a smooth departure route coming out of LaGuardia. Sully Sullenberger en route from LaGuardia to Charlotte, North Carolina, and I kid you not, they have a telescopic lens on a camera following the flight. Nothing against Sully Sullenberger, don’t misunderstand. I’m simply commenting on media obsessions.
Okay, I want to go back to it’s a ‘sacrifice’ for her and Barack and Oprah to fly in the epitome of luxury on government jets to Copenhagen and have a huge party. They’re throwing a party over there as they argue and pitch for the Olympics. ‘As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me…’ Who in the world is saying it’s a sacrifice for you? Who in the world’s running up to Michelle Obama and saying, ‘I really love the sacrifice you’re making here, Michelle. There’s a lot of things that you could be doing like bridging the gap between the White House and communities out there, but you took time off from that number one charge of yours of bridging the gap and you’re out there. You’re really sacrificing, arguing for the Olympics to come to Chicago. Great sacrifice to head over there to Copenhagen.’
It’s a great sacrifice to take your own plane when your husband’s coming on his own plane two days later! Why, this is a marvelous sacrifice. We should all be grateful that the people living in the White House should make this kind of sacrifice and then have the courage to tell us that they know what a sacrifice they’re making. Now, I’m like you. I’m thinking that Michelle Obama needs a little dictionary lesson. Let’s not forget, this is the woman who is not proud of her country unless she’s getting what she wants from it. She said during the campaign, the first time she’d been proud of her country, was when Obama was nominated or done something. So she sacrificed herself to get in a big, luxurious jet — a Boeing 757 — to fly to Copenhagen, where she’s pampered and treated like she were a goddess. Yes, this is a sacrifice.
Meanwhile, we have had at least four of our voluntary military men and women killed while living in tents in the most godforsaken spot on earth while insane religious fanatics try to kill them. All the while she and her husband need a few more weeks to decide whether he can risk angering his base to send reinforcements to help them! So Michelle, you need to look at a Merriam-Webster Dictionary and study the word ‘sacrifice’ ’cause it’s obviously a word you did not learn in your Ivy League education. You’re throwing a party. You’re flying over on a 757. Your husband comes over later on a 747. You’re with The Oprah. You’re in a luxurious hotel suite sipping adult beverages throwing parties with canapes while these various people come and you give them a pitch.
And while all this is going on men and women who have volunteered to defend and protect this country are getting killed in Afghanistan while your husband dithers on whether to send them reinforcements ’cause he can’t figure out if it will hurt his health care bill chances! She wants to tell us that people tell her that they’re aware of the sacrifice she’s making. Arrogance? Yeah. Hubris? Yeah. Class? No. Awareness? No. Sensitivity? Zero. Ability to relate? Zero. Total self-centeredness? Yes. Again, we can do this seemingly with practically every news story that comes down the pike. Barbara Bush, Laura Bush in Copenhagen, pitching the Olympics for Dallas or Houston — and they’re over there with Bruce Willis and the Oak Ridge Boys — and Laura Bush says, ‘People have told me of the immense sacrifice that George and I are making to come here to lobby for the Olympics for Dallas or Houston.’ Imagine that happening during the Iraq war and either of them saying that, and imagine what the reaction to it would be. Today they marvel at the fact that Michelle’s there, working hard to bring this home for Chicago. Bring it home now! Obama’s going over there. They’re talking about the bravery and the courage of our president to go over there and risk national and worldwide humiliation by having the games go to Rio and not Chicago. What a brave, courageous president this man is! While troops continue to die in Afghanistan with no apparent hope for reinforcements.
RUSH: Marcus in Boise, Idaho, home of Boise State. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Thanks, Rush. It’s good to talk to you. Yeah, I just wanted to comment that I’m pretty much outraged that our president is flying over to another country to promote the Olympics in a city where our children are murdering each other in record numbers. I’m originally from Oakland, California. I had a son murdered there, my best friend was a victim of murder as well, a mistaken identity, and he was an athlete, a teammate of mine. And this has been a problem going on for a long time. I just don’t understand why my people don’t see that Obama is not like us. He’s an elitist. He was groomed for this position. He never led the life that we did —
RUSH: They see it.
CALLER: — he never came up like we did.
RUSH: They see it. I don’t want to hear this, ‘Why don’t people see it?’ People do see it. Now, the people that voted for him may not see it yet, but I guarantee you some of the Wall Street people who voted for him see it. They’re scared to say so. Charles Gasparino, New York Post yesterday, big column.