RUSH: Everybody’s wondering what happened, everybody wants to know, I mean the Washington establishment, the media, and on the Democrat side, everybody’s wondering what the hell happened between Friday and Sunday with Boehner. What happened? They can’t figure it out. Nobody has the slightest idea. What happened? AP can’t figure it out. AP twice can’t figure it out. Reuters can’t. Rupert Murdoch doesn’t even know.
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Man, this is gonna be fun today. There’s lots of stuff out there. Just finished an Obama press conference. It was boring, it was repetitive, there was no teleprompter. He was at a loss for words. He either thinks we’re stupid and speaks slow so we can keep up, or — yeah, he actually comes up with this, what was it, time to pull off the Band-Aid and eat your peas, we all have to eat our peas. That’s mother talk, for crying out loud. That’s not even daddy talk. That’s mother talk. Is that what Michelle says to him when they eat dinner in the residence quarters? Time to shut up, Barack, eat your peas. For crying out loud, when’s the last time you heard that, folks?
Anyway, did you notice if you watched it, if you listened to any of it, the suddenly different tone Obama took at today’s presser? This was intended to be a do-over for his last really ugly press conference, wasn’t that long ago. That was the tough guy approach, if you recall, tough guy. It must not have polled too well. So now we got the nice guy Obama today, and, folks, I think he ought give up this showing up every day, every other day, make a speech, do a press conference for 45 minutes, for an hour. Just go the full dictator route and just show up as Castro, do one eight-hour speech once a month and be done with it. This is not thrilling. He’s not converting anybody here. It’s almost like he was trying to evoke sympathy from his own base and supporters about how mean the Republicans are and about how recalcitrant — that may work, but I don’t think anybody wants to feel bad for him. If that’s what he’s trying to do is make people feel sorry for him, and I fully wouldn’t be surprised by that, either. I mean narcissists and people like that think that everybody else thinks about them all the time like they think about themselves all the time.
This is funny, AP: “A debt-busting deal on the scale that President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner had talked about would have all but guaranteed that people on Medicare would feel at least some of the pain. But on Saturday evening, Boehner said he wouldn’t seek the $4 trillion deficit reduction deal, but would seek $2 trillion in reductions. The exact effects of that shift by Boehner weren’t immediately clear.” Well, they were to us. He-he-he-he. And they were to any of you who listened to this program on Friday. It was patently obvious, was it not?
Number two. “Last week, Boehner and Obama had private talks that led Democrats to believe the House speaker was willing to entertain revenue increases as part of a full overhaul of the tax code later this year in exchange for Democrats agreeing to stiff curbs on the growth of Medicare and lower increases in Social Security cost-of-living adjustments. But Boehner recoiled and abandoned the idea Saturday night in a move that rattled the talks.” And they’re scratching their heads out there, the AP trying to figure out, what happened? What went wrong? What changed? We thought we had this guy ready to give us everything we wanted, including Obama’s reelection, and then all of a sudden, bam, a total stop and even a reversal.
So Obama’s out there pushing this magic August 2nd deadline to get this thing done. That’s because Ramadan starts August 1st. (laughing) Well, it does. I looked it up. Yeah, I’ll tell you one thing is clear, and I don’t think this is a surprise to anybody. Any real change in the right direction for the country is going to be impossible without a real change in the White House. I mean that’s what this boils down to. Let me put this in perspective for you. Even the big deal, even this giant, major, really rolling up the sleeves and getting serious about it $4 trillion deal. Come on, that’s over ten years. We are running an annual deficit of one and half trillion dollars. Until you amortize it over ten years, then you realize that this big deal that everybody’s talking about, this really tough, I mean, man, unprecedented big deal would be $400 billion a year in cuts. We ought to be insisting on $1 trillion a year in cuts if we’re serious about this, and a lot of people are. Referring to voters, I am. A lot of people are very serious, $400 billion a year doesn’t sound like much, does it, when you’ve got a deficit of one and a half trillion, but four trillion over ten years, whoa, wow, man, four trillion, 4,000 billion. Holy cow. It’s $400 billion a year, and over ten years, it means the cuts in nine of those ten years never happen because you do a budget every year.