RUSH: Yesterday Obama delivered the commencement address at Barnard College, which is one of the remaining women’s colleges that does not accept male students. Now, remember, this place had a commencement speaker and Obama called Barnard and said get rid of her, I want to do the commencement speech. And they did. They kicked the woman out to make room for Obama. Obama wanted to go to deliver the commencement speech at Barnard College to propel or to continue this ridiculous Republican War on Women business.
We have a story here from the Huffing and Puffington Post. “President Obama dropped some words of presidential wisdom on Barnard’s class of 2012 on Monday. Chief among them was this nugget: Don’t listen to the media. Obama advised graduates to persevere, and spoke about the women in his life who have inspired him. Before that, though, he acknowledged the uphill battle that students face. He referenced the tough economy, and blamed the media for spreading cynicism.”
It was Jill Abramson of the New York Times that was supposed to deliver the commencement speech. The first female editor of the New York Times. And Obama called the university or the college and said get rid of her, I want to do the commencement speech. He said, “No wonder that faith in our institutions has never been lower, particularly when good news doesn’t get the same kind of ratings as bad news anymore.” Mr. President, that’s always been the case. There’s never a news story saying the airplane landed safely. Can you believe this? Particularly when good news doesn’t get the same kind of ratings as bad news anymore? When did it ever?
“Every day you receive a steady stream of sensationalism and scandal, and stories with a message that suggests change isn’t possible, that you can’t make a difference, that you won’t be able to close that gap between life as it is and life as it should be.” What world is he living in? What planet is he living on? The news media is full of his agenda every day. If the graduates at Barnard College are depressed and out of sorts it’s because he has made the whole country that way. Blaming the media now?
Let me ask you a question, folks. If you and I got the kind of press Obama gets, would you complain about it? I wouldn’t know what to do. I wouldn’t know how to react if I got favorable press. I really wouldn’t. In fact, this is quite telling. When you are a prominent conservative, you expect to be reported on negatively. You just expect it. And you know what? So does everybody else. What does that say about the news media? Well, it’s nothing new. It’s nothing we already don’t know, but I find it an interesting way to say it. When you’re a conservative, you expect to be ripped to shreds, you expect to be impugned, you expect to be lied about. Like Romney and that prank that he so-called pulled 50 years ago. You expect that stuff on the front page. You expect a double standard. And everybody else does, too. So much so that people don’t even complain about it anymore. (interruption) Abramson said she was fine with it. She’d be happy to speak at Barnard at a later date. Anything for Obama.
So, what, the news media is lying to these graduates about their job prospects? Is that what we’re to believe? College graduates across the country are not optimistic. College graduates across the country are moving back in with their parents. College graduates across the country can’t find work. Eighty-eight million Americans are not working. The unemployment number of 8.1% is misrepresentation of just how many people really are out of work. Minorities, by the way, hardest hit. And, by the way, speaking of minorities, there are more women in the country than men, right? Yet they’re still a minority. How’s that? Well, we find out that minority has nothing to do with numbers. It has to do with liberalism versus conservatism and who the oppressors are and who aren’t. Women are considered a minority because they’re oppressed by men.
Anyway, I don’t want to get sidetracked here. The fact of the matter is the media can’t help but report what the unemployment situation is. They can’t help but report what the economic situation is. So Obama goes and talks to the graduates at Barnard College and tells them the media is lying. Don’t believe all the cynicism in the media. The media is lying to these people about their job prospects. Is Obama telling them there’s a rosy scenario ahead of them out there? Obama goes to the graduates at Barnard College and says, “Don’t believe what you read in the media. There’s a high-paying job just waiting for you next week when you get outta here.” Well, they know that that’s not the case. Remember, folks, more than 50% of recent college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed right now. And they know it before anybody else does. They are living it. And I’m sure they know it at Barnard College. So Obama shows up and tells ’em, “Don’t believe that.” Hard for ’em not to when they’re living it.