RUSH: Here, grab audio sound bite number eight.
I mentioned in the previous busy broadcast hour that it was Todd Akin who finally drew Barack Obama out and sent him to the White House pressroom. Two months without taking substantive questions from his own stenographers. He’s been talking to People magazine, Entertainment Tonight, but his own stenographers’ feelings were hurt. He won’t come out and talk to ’em.
So Akin says what he says Sunday in St. Louis, and Obama says, (imitating Obama) “You know what, I’m gonna go out, I’m gonna talk to press.” And it was yesterday at the White House, the press briefing, Obama dropped in, spoke with his stenographers, and Jim Kuhnhenn, AP, said, “You’re no doubt aware the comments made by Todd Akin. I wondered if you think those views represent the views of the Republican Party in general.” Oh, what a probing question. Man, oh, man, what would we do without our press corps? “Mr. President, Mr. President, do you think what Todd Akin says represents the entire thinking of the Republican Party? Hmm? Hmm?” Obama’s been afraid to face this? Obama’s been scared to go out and take these hard, penetrating questions? Now, here’s what Obama said.
OBAMA: The views expressed were offensive. Rape is rape. What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women. And so although these particular comments have led Governor Romney and other Republicans to distance themselves, I think the underlying notion that we should be making decisions on behalf of women for their health care decisions or qualifying forcible rape versus non-forcible rape, I think those are broader issues, and that is a significant difference in approach between me and the other party.
RUSH: Okay. Rape is rape. Women’s health care. I don’t know, but I mean I know that all Akin cares about is the lives of innocent children. I guarantee you, folks, that’s all he cares about. And he doesn’t know how to talk about it. He doesn’t know how to make his point about it. But do you remember the story from last week? This is from Reuters: “Janet Napolitano Accused of Sexual Harassment — Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has been accused of sexual harassment and discrimination against male employees.” Really. Does anybody care about this? Has anybody seen this story outside of the first day it was reported?
We have an ongoing controversy at the Department of Homeland Security, article from August the 12th, folks, that’s when this story hit. August the 12th, nine days ago. We have a lawsuit here. We have actual charges of sexual harassment against the Department of Homeland Security director, and what’s Obama have to say about that? Zip, zero, nada. Is anybody gonna ask Napolitano to resign? For the good of the party, for the good of the country, for the good of Obama’s reelection. Anybody gonna say to Janet Napolitano, “Hey, Big Sis, this is a distraction we don’t need.” No, nobody’s gonna say that because it isn’t a distraction because nobody knows about it.
You know, talking about making health care decisions for women and men, ought not be doing that, what the hell is Obama? He’s a man. What does Obamacare do? He’s got his mandate in there. He’s got a birth control mandate in there. He is mandating certain behaviors where women are concerned via Obamacare. But somehow that connection isn’t made.
“In the complaint, Napolitano is accused of turning her female-run department into a ‘frat house’ where male staffers were routinely humiliated, reports Forbes. Along with the culture against men, Napolitano is also accused of providing unequal opportunities for men and women, promoting women to the highest positions while equally qualified men were bypassed. The lawsuit against Janet Napolitano serves as a stark reminder for employers that discrimination goes both ways, and that you have to be on the lookout for much more than men harassing women.” We do? We have to be on the lookout for that? No, we don’t.
This story didn’t cause a ripple, much less a wave. There wasn’t anybody upset about this. This story didn’t cause Obama to go to the pressroom and start taking questions. This story didn’t cause anybody any concern. Sexual harassment at the highest levels of Homeland Security. A female frat house. Discrimination against men. “The complaint against Napolitano is instructive to employers” because you gotta pay attention to discrimination against men now. Nobody cares. Not a word.