RUSH: I told you yesterday that tomorrow we’ve got the 50th anniversary of the Martin Luther King March on Washington. You know, a bunch of people asked, “What do you think Obama’s gonna say?” They said, “He’s not down for the struggle.”
I told you yesterday, a bunch of Democrats have been telling me privately a lot of things. I shared a lot of it with you yesterday. I’ve had some Democrat African-American leaders tell me they’re really not all that comfortable with Obama as the lead at the MLK festivities ’cause he’s not down for the struggle. He does not have that in his roots. They think he’s gonna do what he always does, and that’s turn the occasion into something about him, and his presidency.
And I agree.
So here we have the Los Angeles Times today, “King Anniversary Puts Spotlight on Obama.” That’s the headline. Right here it is. You don’t even need to read the newspapers anymore, folks, because I will tell you what’s going to be in them the day before they are published. It’s by Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey: “King Anniversary Puts Spotlight on Obama.” And the subhead is, “And Civil Rights.” Hee-hee-hee-hee. Right there it is.
The second page of the story says he will be joined by Clinton, Carter, and… No, it doesn’t say this! It doesn’t point that out. No, it doesn’t say that Clinton and Carter and The Oprah are gonna speak. Here’s The Politico: “Obama, Race and Class.” That’s their headline the day before Obama headlines the Martin Luther King 50th anniversary shindig at the Lincoln Memorial. They say in their story, Obama’s speech is about “refocusing the political conversation ahead of this fallÂ’s budget battles.”
What did I tell you? It’s incredible. It’s the 50th anniversary of “I hope my kids are not judged by the color of their skin but rather by the content of their character.” And Obama, the headliner, is gonna turn the event into a conversation on the budget battle, a la 2012. He’s also, according to The Politico, going to tell the assembled teeming throng that he’s got their back and he’s going to attack the wealthy. Okay, now, wait a minute.
The Politico then says that “economics is a safe way to talk about race.” So the president’s got clear sailing. He can use the Martin Luther King 50th anniversary event to refocus the conversation on the budget battle that’s coming up at the end of September. He’s gonna tell the crowd that he’s got their back and he’s gonna attack the wealthy, and then they say at The Politico that the economics, that’s “a safe way to talk race,” meaning you can engage in racism if you do it in the context of class envy and class warfare.
Economic justice. Social justice. He’s gonna attack the wealthy. Well, he better attack the attendees because I have a list of people here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. You want to hear who’s gonna be there? The Oprah: Multimillionaire back woman (billionaire, we should say). Jamie Foxx: Millionaire, black male actor. Forest Whitaker. I’d have to assume this guy’s made a million. Yeah, Forest Whitaker, Soledad O’Brien, Hill Harper, Bill Clinton (millionaire, he tells us every week) Jimmy Carter, millionaire.
John Lewis? He’s still poor. He only makes 174 grand. (interruption) We don’t know. John Lewis’ job has been representing Georgia. I think it’s safe to say John Lewis not a millionaire. LeAnn Rimes, BeBe Winans. I mean, it looks to me like everybody that’s gonna be up there is a millionaire, an African-American millionaire, and that crowd is going to claim that they have everything in common with the audience that will be there.
This is why I have been told private privately that people are not happy with what this thing is going to be tomorrow — on the Democrat side and the African-American side. Really. You know, Martin Luther King, for those of you that weren’t around 50 years ago, you talk about somebody that was transformational? To take the 50th anniversary of that event and to convert it, hijack it into something to advance your political agenda?
That’s as bad as wedding crashing, funeral crashing that the Clintons are famous for. This is really unseemly, if you ask me. I mean, this is close to these guys doing their Miley Cyrus impersonation. This is not cool. “King Anniversary Puts a spotlight on Obama”? “Economics is a safe way to talk about race,” meaning economics, grants one permission via class warfare and class envy to spout racism, which is what we’re gonna hear.
So there’s that. I had a friend of mine send me some excerpts of Martin Luther King’s speech 50 years ago. There are four of them. He said, “You know, Rush, when I read what King said, I am reminded more of things you say than things Obama says,” which I took as a great compliment.