RUSH: You know what I just heard the guy say? I just heard President Obama — he’s speaking before a bunch of kids again. I wish he’d start making speeches to adults. He goes out there and says, (imitating Obama) “Yeah, we can’t drill, baby, drill.” These stupid kids go, “Yay!” He’s out there trashing the whole notion of drill, baby, drill. He said there’s no quick fixes to our energy problem. No quick fixes and every president’s promised to get rid of our dependence on foreign oil. There are no quick fixes and he starts making fun of drill, baby, drill. He starts talking about how we’re importing less oil since he assumed office, than any time ever before. And I got to thinking, no quick fix, well, that’s probably true but if we’d-a started increasing or domestic drilling 30 years ago when everybody was calling for it, would we be in this situation today? How long are we gonna keep saying “no quick fix” when if we woulda started on a quick fix 30 years ago we’d be in a solution by now.
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I’m in one of those moods. I’m not gonna have much patience for lack of logic, stupidity, and other things. This drill, baby, drill, it’s exactly what we need to do, and we should have been doing it for decades! How long we gonna sit here and say, “Well, quick fixes aren’t gonna work”? We have an anti-American growth president. This guy, Obama, in his speech today, he’s at Georgetown speaking to the students — we’ll have sound bites coming up — I have the same emotions I had during the campaign. The campaign is back. It’s just in full swing. Whoever was writing the campaign stuff for the teleprompter is back. You wait. You’ll hear it. We’ll have sound bites of this speech. It’s as though he hasn’t been president yet other than when he talks about his great accomplishments. It’s about all the failures that have happened before he got here. It’s about all the miraculous, messianic things he’s gonna be able to fix.
But have you seen the latest polling data, Quinnipiac, a lot of polls. “Americans have grown increasingly less likely to view President Obama as a strong and decisive leader since he took office. Roughly half now believe this aptly describes, him compared with 60% a year ago and 73% in April 2009.” How is this possible? Everybody saw this great, strong leadership in the Libya speech. Do you know that speech was so strong, it was so profound.
RUSH: The president of the United States in his energy speech today trotted out some of the same old lines about there being so many oil leases sitting around unused, that the problem is not we’re not drilling enough. He actually went out and he blamed the oil companies. He blamed Big Oil. Never mind… This is why I asked, “When is he gonna start speaking before adults?” It’s easy to go out and say this kind of pabulum in front of a bunch of college students who are caught up in the throes of idealism and bought into this notion at they’re young-skulls-full-of-mush age that oil is the great problem in the world, that oil is the great poison.
Here comes the savior, Mr. Obama, to save us all from it. Never mind that not every oil lease pays out. Sometimes there’s no oil, or it would not be worth the cost to go get it, or it might be too unsafe. Not every oil lease is guaranteed. This is called risk. It’s called the free market. It’s called taking a chance. It’s called research and development. You pay people to go out and find the best spots to drill based on the best information that you can get, but it doesn’t always pan out. Maybe a well has already run dry. But as in all things, Obama pretends to know more about the oil business than the people who do it for a living.
Barack Obama could not get one drop of gasoline to the market if his life depended on it. He doesn’t know how it happens; he doesn’t have a respect for it. You could hear it in his speech. This speech today was right out of the same attitude that that campaign took place and shortly after the immaculation. There are a bunch of different iterations of Obama. This energy speech today was a campaign speech. That’s why it so irritated me because it reminded me of what everybody bought hook, line, and sinker. It reminded me of the game that was going on by the media to try to persuade everybody this guy was something unique and special when he’s not.
RUSH: Here are a couple sound bites from Obama and his energy speech at Georgetown University this morning. I watched this and said, “Here we go.” I felt like it’s 2007, 2008 all over again. Same attitude, same arrogance, same kinda audience, enthralled, constant stops for applause. Here’s the first of the two sound bites.
OBAMA: We have been down this road before. Remember, it was just three years ago that gas prices topped four dollars a gallon. I remember because I was in the middle of a presidential campaign. Working folks certainly remember because it hit a lot of people pretty hard. And because we were at the height of political season, you had all kinds of slogans and gimmicks and outraged politicians waving their three-point plans for two-dollar-a-gallon gas. You remember that. Drill, baby, drill. And none of it was really gonna do anything to solve the problem. There was a lot of hue and cry, a lot of fulminating and hand-wringing, but nothing actually happened. Imagine that in Washington.
RUSH: It’s as though he’s not been president. It’s as though these last two and a half years haven’t happened and all the destruction and the four dollar a gallon gasoline had nothing to do with him. But when I heard this, as I told you when I opened the program, I got a little ticked off here. “Outraged politicians and their three-point plans and their gimmicks and their slogans.” What did he mean by that? Here’s the next sound bite.
OBAMA: Here’s the bottom line. There are no quick fixes. Anybody who tells you otherwise isn’t telling you the truth. And we will keep on being a victim to shifts in the oil market until we finally get serious about a long-term policy for a secure, affordable energy future. We’re gonna have to think long term —
OBAMA: — which is why I came here —
OBAMA: — to talk to young people here at Georgetown —
OBAMA: — because you have more of a stake in us getting our energy policy right than just about anybody.
RUSH: He went on to rip drill, baby, drill. Drill, baby, it’s a gimmick, it was not serious, it wasn’t going to accomplish anything, we’ve all had these quick fixes. Well, just imagine if 30 years ago we woulda tried one of these quick fixes. Imagine if we woulda tried one of these quick fixes ten years ago. But keep in mind, while you hear Barack Obama, the president of the United States, trash oil as a legitimate source of energy in the United States, never forget that we just gave Brazil $2 billion for their own oil industry, Petrobras, so that they can drill, so that they can explore, so that they can bring to market, oil. It’s okay for the rest of the world to do it. Not us. A typical leftist. Divert and distort. Point elsewhere. He’s been in the White House for two years, and he’s blaming others who had so-called quick fixes years ago. Create a false scenario. The famous Obama straw man.
It’s like what the Democrats are doing with the budget. Senator Schumer goes out, “The Tea Party people are a bunch of extremists.” The Senate has not passed any budget bill of any kind. The Democrats control the Senate. Harry Reid’s on the floor of the Senate reading a CNN poll on how people hate the Tea Party now. They’re running around saying the Republicans are not serious about the budget. All the Republicans want to do is shut down the government. The Democrats run the Senate. They have not passed a budget. They’re not even really debating one. They don’t want a budget. They want continuing resolutions because the rules dictate that so much is off the table, talking about items to cut when you’re talking about continuing resolutions.
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