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RUSH: Now, while I was gone, ladies and gentlemen, a couple interesting things happened. The Washington Times reporting on Sunday that The Messiah, the Lord Barack Obama, the Most Merciful, was in St. Louis, when he was outlining his Christianity, but accidentally said ‘my Muslim faith.’ ‘The three words, immediately corrected, were during an exchange with George Stephanopoulos.’ We probably have it here in the sound bite roster. We’ve got it. It’s cut ten here. Let’s listen. Let me find it so I can read along here on the sheet. Okay. Question from Stephanopoulos: ‘The McCain campaign has never suggested that you have Muslim connections. McCain said that that’s wrong.’

OBAMA: No, uh, well, uh, well, look, the — the, uhhhh. Listen, uhhh, you and I both know that the minute that Governor Palin was, uh — was, uh, forced to talk about her daughter, I immediately said, ‘That’s off-limits. And — and — and — and —

STEPHANOPOULOS: John McCain did the same thing about questioning your faith.

OBAMA: And what — what was the first thing the McCain campaign went out and did? They — they said, uhhh, look, uhhh, his liberal blogs that support Obama (nervous laugh) are out there attacking Governor Palin. I mea- ih, uh, uh, eh, L-l-let’s not play games. W-w-what I was suggesting, you are absolutely right that John McCain has not, uh, talked about my Muslim faith, and you’re absolutely right that that has not come —

STEPHANOPOULOS: Christian faith.

OBAMA: Uh, M-my Christian faith.

RUSH: Now, you know, slip of the tongue, Barry Obama, president. However, something more hilarious than even that. Steve Gilbert at Sweetness-Light.com yesterday sent out a story: ‘Moammar Khadafy says Barack Obama is a Muslim,’ and there’s video of this. I can’t listen to video on computers because I can’t hear it, but fortunately there’s a transcript here. These are excerpts of a public address delivered by Libyan strongman Moammar Khadafy, marking the anniversary of the US air raid on Libya. This is from June 11th of this year.

‘It has been proven that there is no democracy in [the US]. Rather, it is a dictatorship no different than the dictatorships of Hitler, Napoleon, Mussolini, Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, and the rest of the tyrants. In the days of crazy Reagan, the American president issued a presidential order to launch a war against Libya, for example, a presidential order to besiege Libya, a presidential order to boycott Libya, and so on. Is this a democracy or a dictatorship? … There are elections in America now.’ This is Khadafy, still speaking. ‘Along came a black citizen of Kenyan African origins, a Muslim, who had studied in an Islamic school in Indonesia. His name is Obama. All the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded this man.

‘They welcomed him and prayed for him and for his success, and they may have even been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to enable him to win the American presidency. But we were taken by surprise when our African Kenyan brother, who is an American national, made statements that shocked all his supporters in the Arab world, in Africa, and in the Islamic world. We hope that this is merely an elections ‘clearance sale,’ as they say in Egypt — in other words, merely an elections lie. As you know, this is the farce of elections — a person lies and lies to people, just so that they will vote for him, and afterwards, when they say to him: ‘You promised this and that,’ he says: ‘No, this was just elections propaganda.’

‘This is the farce of democracy for you. He says: ‘This was propaganda, and you thought I was being serious. I was fooling you to get your votes’ Allah willing, it will turn out that this was merely elections propaganda. Obama said he would turn Jerusalem into the eternal capital of the Israelis. This indicates that our brother Obama is ignorant of international politics, and is not familiar with the Middle East conflict.’ I am suppressing an allergy-related sneeze, ladies and gentlemen. So Obama now has Moammar Khadafy out there saying, ‘Yeah, he’s a Muslim, a black brother with origins of Kenya and so forth, lying about Jerusalem.’

Toward the end of his remarks, Khadafy said, ‘The thing we fear most is that the black man suffers from an inferiority complex. This is dangerous. If our brother Obama feels that because he is black he doesn’t have the right to rule America, this would be a disaster, because such a feeling would make him behave whiter than the white, and go to an extreme in his persecution and degradation of the blacks. … We still hope that this black man will take pride in his African and Islamic identity, and in his faith, and that [he will know] that he has rights in America, and that he will change America from evil to good, and that America will establish relations that will serve it well with other peoples, especially the Arabs.’

Moammar Khadafy. You know, if I were Obama, I’d get hold of these blogs. I’d call up all these people like Khadafy. I’d call every one of my supporters and say, ‘Would you shut up until after the election? I don’t need this kind of stuff!’ Not just the Khadafies of the world, the Jeremiah Wrights, his kook fringe blog people. His biggest problem (aside from himself) is his supporters, who they are and what they say, but I don’t think it bothers him. It’s like the Democrats weren’t bothered when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad basically used their campaign talking points about Bush. They weren’t bothered when what’s his name, Bin Laden, would put out a tape that repeated Democrat Harry Reid, Pelosi talking points. (laughing) They weren’t embarrassed by this. One more audio sound bite from Obama. I made mention of the fact in the last hour, this guy says he’s for charter schools now. TIME Magazine has it: ‘Obama to Embrace Charter Schools.’ What is this, Obama moving to the right? This is Republican stuff. I guess this Republican stuff sells pretty well, doesn’t it? It says right here in TIME Magazine: normally charter schools are more popular with Republicans than with Democrats. And Khadafy is right. He doesn’t mean this. He’s not going to throw the teachers unions under the bus. He’s just saying this stuff ’cause he knows he’s in trouble, just like he says he’s going to ‘delay’ tax increases on the rich until after the election is over. Well, it’s a tantamount admission that tax increases will slow down the economy! He’s just saying this stuff ’cause he has to. And then he said this. Stephanopoulos says, ‘You know, one of our viewers wrote in and asked, ‘Did you ever consider joining the Armed Forces to protect and serve our country, and if not, why?”

OBAMA: You know, I actually did. Uhhh…

STEPHANOPOULOS: When?

OBAMA: Eh, uh, well, you know, I had to sign up for Selective Service when I graduated from high school, and I was growing up in Hawaii, and I had, uhhh, friends who — whose parents were in the military. There are a lot of army base — military bases there, uh, and I all — actually always thought, uh, of the military as some, uhh, — an ennobling, uhh, and — and, you know, honorable option. Uh, but keep in mind, wha– I graduated 1979. Uh, the Vietnam War had come to an end. Uh, we weren’t engaged, uh, in an active, uh, uh, military conflict at that point.

RUSH: Uhh. Uhhhhh. Uh.

OBAMA: And so it’s not an option that I ever decided to pursue.

RUSH: Now… (laughing) Yeah, since there was no war, he wasn’t going to join. He only thought it would be noble and ennobling if there was a war going on. Since there wasn’t a war going on, there was nothing ennobling about the military. Now, who’s going to buy this crock? What kind of idiots does he think we are? But once again, he’s moving right. He says all these things. This is like Hillary. ‘Yeah, I walked in there. I tried to join the Marines, but they didn’t want me. They told me to go to the dogs,’ which is the Army. Of course, I can understand how she could misunderstand.

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RUSH: By the way, a couple things here about Obama. He said he graduated in 1979 and there wasn’t really anything going on in 1979, the Vietnam War was over so there was no reason to be noble and join the ennobling profession of the military, but in 1979, ladies and gentlemen, US hostages were being held at the US embassy in Tehran by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and Jimmy Carter, the president emeritus of the Democrat Party, planning a bunch of secret rescue missions that of course failed miserably. So there was something going on in 1979. It just didn’t strike Obama’s fancy. And, by the way, about Khadafy praising our black Kenyan American with Muslim roots and so forth, I’m reminded by my friend Andy McCarthy at National Review that it was Obama himself who started this Hussein business. Bret Stephens actually had it in a Wall Street Journal column yesterday. Who said this? ‘Well, I think if you’ve got a guy named Barack Hussein Obama, that’s a pretty good contrast to George W. Bush.’ Who said that? Moammar Khadafy, uh, Ayman al-Zawahiri, or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Answer, none of the above. ‘Well, I think if you’ve got a guy named Barack Hussein Obama, that’s a pretty good contrast to George W. Bush.’ That was stated by Barack Obama.

‘Sometime before Barack Obama’s middle name slipped into the realm of the unmentionable, it was supposed to be a selling point of his candidacy. ‘Well, I think if you’ve got a guy named Barack Hussein Obama, that’s a pretty good contrast to George W. Bush,’ Mr. Obama told PBS’s Tavis Smiley on October 18, 2007. ‘If you believe that we’ve got to heal America and we’ve got to repair our standing in the world, then I think my supporters believe that I am the messenger who can deliver that message.” So he thought back on PBS in October of last year that his middle name would be a great symbol to repair our standing in the world. This was a nod and a wink to the Muslims; I mean let’s not couch it for anything other than that. Now he doesn’t like it. Now we can’t say Barack Hussein Obama without people having a conniption fit. But it was Barry who started it.

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