RUSH: Tom in Colbert, Oklahoma. It’s great to have you on the EIB Network.
CALLER: Hello, Rush. How you doing? Hey, listen, I got a comment about Lee Iacocca, and I don’t understand why we don’t hear more about what he did for Chrysler a few years back. With no government money, no stimulus, no nothing, he picked them up from nowhere and put ’em right back on the map. You know, where are the American people who don’t remember that?
RUSH: He did. He paid it all back.
CALLER: Yeah, everybody did. We didn’t have any government takeover. We didn’t have any government putting leaders in there to (unintelligible) like GM, we’re —
RUSH: Yeah, you know what, after that happened Lee Iacocca was a hero. He was a role model for a lot of people. There was a real man. There was a guy who took out the loan and paid it back and saved the car company in the process.
CALLER: That’s my point. Everybody’s running around like Bob Beckel acting like Obama’s done something by saving GM. He’s done nothing. You had a regular man —
RUSH: I love it.
CALLER: — who went out and did it for this country.
RUSH: You are absolutely right. The guy in the mom jeans who can’t even throw out a real first pitch at a baseball game saved GM? What a crock.
RUSH: By spending other people’s money and then screwing the bond holders over in the process and giving it to the autoworkers? Save GM, my tush. That is an excellent point.
CALLER: It’s not paid back now. It’s not gonna get paid back. They tried to get out of it at GM and they won’t even let ’em because they want the ownership because they’re outsourcing all the jobs to China. I don’t know where the American people are at, but let me tell you about one more thing, and then I’ll get off the air. I want to tell you about this leading from behind that he does. And you’ll love this. Take a quarterback. He goes out on the field, he tells the guys in the huddle, “Here’s what we’re gonna do. We’re gonna run up to the line of scrimmage here, you’re gonna snap the ball to me, John, and we’re gonna stand up and we’re gonna let ’em run all over our butts, and then I’ll lead you from behind.” Well, after they get about two plays of this, the team goes back (unintelligible) quarterback down on the field, says, “Go lead, buddy.” You know I’m saying? That’s what Obama does. There’s no leadership in him.
RUSH: That is true, too. There isn’t any leadership. In fact, there’s a void of leadership in a lot of Washington. I think one of the reasons why there’s so much angst across the country, Tom, is that there doesn’t appear to be any leadership anywhere. It’s just a bunch of followers that are people afraid of what the media are gonna say about ’em or afraid of what other people are gonna think about ’em, rather than rolling up their sleeves and just doing it.
CALLER: That’s right. And here’s one last thing, please.
RUSH: You just said that was the last thing.
CALLER: I know that, but I lied. (laughing) I got some Obama blood in me, too, see. But here’s how this goes. American leaders are born. The leaders everywhere are born, they’re not made. I don’t care what anybody says, and if you don’t think so, you take a leader and he may not ever become a leader in this country, he has the potential, but if he is a leader and he becomes a leader, he’ll lead. A guy like Obama who’s put into a leadership role because he thinks a leader will fail just like he does when the pressure’s down. That’s why nothing is happening in the Middle East and North Africa right now because he’s trying to lead from behind and all he’s tried to do is wait around and see what that happen —
RUSH: What is this lead from behind business, anyway?
CALLER: I had never heard it in my life until he brought it up, lead from behind. Like this Libya deal when they sent the airplanes in later and never got to Iran because they were leading from behind, you know. I don’t know what the hell leading from behind is, but I just had to think of it in his terms the best I can.
RUSH: Well, Obama’s a community organizer, and Saul Alinsky said that organizers are not leaders, by definition, and he got that right.