RUSH: I just got a flash note e-mail that Gallup has dropped Obama’s approval numbers into the thirties. I do not have the precise number, but I guess it’s the high thirties. I don’t know what the number is. It’s gonna be released soon. This is the Gallup daily approval number, Obama in the high thirties now. Remember, this is territory exclusive to George W. Bush. The Google website has Obama’s approval at 39%, even as we speak. Remember Wolf Blitzer, for two hours going on and on and on about a new low for George W. Bush. (imitating Blitzer) “Thirty-six percent, breaking news at CNN, Gallup poll, CNN poll, George Bush at 36%.”
Well, Obama’s at 39%.
RUSH: Here it is at Gallup, the Daily Presidential Approval Poll. Obama’s at 39%, and the disapproval number is 53%. Now, somebody is being polled here. Somebody is responsible for these results. Somebody. A lot of people are telling Gallup that they don’t think much of Obama right now and his presidency. These numbers have gotten steadily worse since this Obamacare rollout, folks. That’s where you can trace this to.
The rollout, the website, now the revelation of these public trust-busting lies again about something that is deeply personal to people. I’ll tell you, it’s something so simple to understand, too. There’s no question that this is a lie. There’s no question this website’s a disaster. There’s no question that people’s health care is a mess. There is no question it’s getting more expensive. There’s no question it’s gonna be less available.
There’s no question that there are more questions than ever about it. What do you do when you get a cancellation notice? You get a cancellation notice, and it’s the most important thing in your life because the Democrat Party has made it that. You’re just one paycheck away from financial ruin. Obama said it again yesterday. I mean, you’ve just been canceled. You don’t have insurance as of January. What do you do?
You may as well be told you don’t have it now. If you get sick and you’re gonna get canceled in January, are they gonna cover you now? Don’t tell me people aren’t thinking like that. They’re worried to death about it, and all this from a guy who promised them the exact opposite on every aspect of this. There’s a reason he’s been at 42 and 43%. There’s a reason he’s at 39%. The media’s not gonna make a big deal of this because they’re gonna try to rescue him. Make no mistake about it.
Here, let me go back to sound bites just a second here. Julie Pace, AP. This is last night’s Special Report with Bret Baier. They brought in an AP babe for the All-Star Panel. Did I just say that? Did I just say that? They did? They did? They had Special Report with Bret Baier and in the All-Star Panel segment, they had a reporter for the Associated Press? They did? Julie Pace. Bret Baier said to her, “How did you get here?”
No. He said, “So, essentially, President Obama said, ‘I broke that promise, but we had a bigger promise that we weren’t gonna break.'”
PACE: He said to this audience that what he said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law’s passed. I’ve covered this president for five years now. That wasn’t said. That wasn’t said by officials. That wasn’t said by the president. No one said that, and there is an element of trust here.
RUSH: Exactly. Exactly. It’s the public trust, and he has blown it to smithereens. So here you have an AP reporter (and this is profound) saying, “He hasn’t said that! I’ve been covering this clown — this president for five years, and no official has said that, and he didn’t say that.” Well, it does sound like she personally offended by it. But make no mistake: This is last night, and today they’ll get into rescue mode here pretty quickly. They’ve got no choice. They’re personally invested in the guy’s success.
You know it and I know it.
Well, I know, some of their friends are being cancelled. Some of them are being cancelled. Where is it? A senator’s son was canceled. Where is it here? “Democrat Senator’s Son Has Insurance Canceled — Little more than a week after millions of consumers received health care cancellation notices, lawmakers in both parties are pushing legislation to redeem President Barack Obama’s long-ago pledge that anyone liking their coverage will be allowed to keep it…
“The result is a stern new challenge for the White House as it struggles to fix website woes for the signup portal for those seeking to,” blah, blah. “Democratic officials said top administration aides got a close-up view of the cancellation controversy last week, when Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said at a closed-door meeting of the party’s rank and file that his son had received notice his coverage was being terminated.” His son must be older than 26. (interruption) Well, that’s right.
We couldn’t change ’cause that’s “the law of the land.” We can’t change anything! The senator wants his son covered now. Anyway, so there’s a senator’s son. Some of these media people, you’re right, their friends and families being canceled — and some of them no doubt are gonna be canceled and they’re gonna say, “Wait a minute, we thought we could keep our plans!” Because, remember, folks — I know you’re not gonna believe this.
These people in the media, they buy it. Obama says it; they believe it, like Chuck Todd. That’s why they’re scratching their heads. They believe it. (interruption) Do you doubt me on that? Snerdley is laughing out of control in there. You don’t think that they buy it? You think they know he is lying every time he tells a whopper like this? You think they know he’s lying and that they’re doing what they can to promote the lie and to shield him from the truth of the lie coming on?
Some of them, obviously. You’re right. I think some of ’em are true believers, too. I think some of ’em buy it hook, line, and sinker. They’re hard-core leftists. This guy can do no wrong, don’t you understand? He can’t do any wrong, as far as they’re concerned. That’s why all these “critics” are just cockeyed weirdos like us. He can’t do any wrong, and so when they get canceled, “Wait a minute! This is not supposed to happen.” They think they’re in a privileged class, anyway.
I guess they think their taxes are never gonna go up. I guess they think their employer’s never gonna fire anybody. I guess they think they’re never gonna lose their health coverage, their insurance, and their premiums are gonna get cheaper. I mean, ’cause they end up supporting all this stuff, but it’s gonna end up hurting them, too. Okay, let’s go to Joe Trippi. Now, Joe Trippi he was on Megyn Kelly’s show last night on Fox. He’s formerly a Democrat strategerist. Well, I guess he still is, but he’s also a Fox commentator.
Julie Pace, by the way. I just got a note saying (I didn’t know this, and I’m not sure that I do know it even after being flashed the note) that Julie Pace is the most conservative of the AP reporters. It may be more accurate to say “the least liberal,” but it is true. I have to say, she’s not like this Rugaber guy and Fournier when he was there. She has been. My memory is she’s done some hard hitting stuff on Obamacare. But I don’t know.
It’s a mixed bag, the people that believe it and those that just know he’s lying and cover for it. It’s probably a mixed bag. Let’s listen to Trippi, because Megyn Kelly said, “What we found was there was internal discussion in the White House about this very issue. It’s not like it went undetected. That senior aides said, ‘What he’s saying is not right,'” he’s lying about it, “and that the political aide said, ‘Keep your mouth shut. We don’t like the qualifiers. The promise sounds much better the way he’s putting it.'”
So they knew. She’s confronting Trippi with the fact the regime he knew he was lying, and when somebody pointed that out, the Obama aides said, “Shut up! We know what we’re doing here. It sounds better when he lies about it. It sounds better when he says, ‘You get to keep your plan, you get to keep your doctor, and your premium is coming down,'” and so there was disagreement, and Trippi is being asked to react to that.
TRIPPI: We’ll never know if he had said what he said tonight, whether the law would have passed. But he’s now got a credibility problem because it’s clear that — when you say period, when you put a period at the end of it and say repeatedly, “You won’t have to change your plan, period. You’ll be able to keep your doctor, period.” It means period. It means a hundred percent. Being 95% right doesn’t make it — you have to be a hundred percent the truth.
RUSH: Well, that’s kind of a convoluted way, but Trippi’s basically saying he lied. And you put a period after it and there’s no doubt then. There’s no gray area. There’s no slithering out of it. You get to keep your plan, period. You get to keep your doctor, period. Your premium, average comes down $2,500, period. So Trippi is basically saying they’ve got a credibility problem here, and they can’t spin out of this. Megyn Kelly said, “Instead of that come-to-Jesus moment where there’s just transparency and there’s honesty, and there’s not this attempt to distract us, this is effectively what we are getting right now. Tell me if you disagree?”
TRIPPI: They’re trying to spin their way out of this, and that’s, I think, a mistake. The only spin is total transparency. Again, they should be in a campaign to get seven million people signed up.
RUSH: How can they do that now? That’s the point. They need to get seven million signed up. Can you imagine even that number, seven million? This is for everybody. So he’s saying they just need to come out and admit, “Okay, we goofed up, but we need to get people signed up and stay focused on the objective.” The problem is Obama’s blown up the public trust here. And instead of doing that, what Trippi advises, Obama’s out there lying about lying. He’s now saying he didn’t lie. He’s saying we misunderstood. ‘We’ told you, and now it’s become “we,” not “I.” I want to play this montage again, ’cause this is powerful. This is our version, it’s 1:22, but he’s on record as saying this 29 or 39 times. Not one of these is repeated.
OBAMA: (June 23, 2009) If you have your plan and you like it, and you like your doctor, then you don’t have to change plans. The government is not going to make you change plans.
OBAMA: (June 5, 2008) (godlike echo) You’re going to have a plan that lowers premiums by $2,500.
OBAMA: (January 31, 2008) I am actually not interested in just capping premiums. I want to lower premiums by $2,500 per family.
OBAMA: (October 4, 2008) (outdoor noise) We will start by reducing premiums by as much as $2,500 per family.
OBAMA: (October 15, 2008) You can keep your choice of doctor; keep your plan. The only thing we’re going to do is lower costs. Cut a average family’s premium by about $2,500 per year.
OBAMA: (June 27, 2008) (outdoor noise) It’s time to bring down the typical family premium by $2,500, and to bring down the costs.
OBAMA: (October 29, 2009) The first thing I want to make clear is that if you are happy with the insurance plan, nobody will make you change it.
OBAMA: (August 6, 2008) …a system where we’re gonna work with your employers to lower your premiums by up to $2,500 per family per year.
OBAMA: (October 4, 2008) We will start by reducing premiums by as much as $2,500 per family.
OBAMA: (February 23, 2008) … and we will lower premiums for the typical family by $2,500 a year.
OBAMA: (August 17, 2008) And if you already have health care, then we’re gonna work to lower your premiums by up to $2,500 per family.
OBAMA: (April 20, 2008) We’re gonna work with your employer to lower premiums by up to $2,500 per family per year.
OBAMA: (April 1, 2010) (godlike echo) If you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you.
RUSH: Period. He said “period” a number of times. Now, that was a montage that covered 2007 to 2010, in order to get the thing passed. This is what he said yesterday.
OBAMA: Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law, and you really like that plan, what we said was, “You could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law’s passed.” So we wrote into the Affordable Care Act, you’re grandfathered in on that plan. But if the insurance company changes it, then what we’re saying is they’ve gotta change it to a higher standard.
RUSH: Well, except that isn’t true. None of that that he said yesterday is true. And what Trippi is saying, there were a number of these times when Obama said, “If you like your plan, you get to keep it, period.” He left no doubt about it. He didn’t say asterisk. He said “period” after a bunch of those.
RUSH: Look at that, Jake Tapper at CNN: “Obama Adds ‘if’ to Health Care Promise.” Not “Obama Lied.” “Obama Adds ‘if’ to Health Care Promise.” The Associated Press. Not Julie Pace. This is Jim Kuhnhenn Coonan and Josh Lederman. And the headline: “Obama’s Simple Promises Vex Complex Health Rollout.” And here’s the lead. “President Barack Obama’s early efforts to boil down an intricate health care law so Americans could understand it are coming back to haunt him, leaving a trail of caveats and provisos in place of the pithy claims he once used to sell the law.”
Yes, you see, because the American people are so stupid, they would have never understood it if Obama had said that his health care law was gonna make premiums and deductibles triple. He couldn’t say that. The simpletons in this country wouldn’t have understood it. He couldn’t tell ’em they were gonna lose their current plans. That’s simply too complex for anybody to comprehend. So Obama told ’em the opposite. And now his “early efforts to boil down an intricate health care law so Americans could understand it are coming back to haunt him.” Aw.
So what we have here in the AP is another attempt by the Drive-Bys to justify Obama’s endless lies. What they’re saying here, in a nutshell, is that the American public was too stupid to understand how good Obamacare is for ’em. If they’da been told up front about everything they would have rejected it and that would have been a mistake because this is the greatest thing that’s ever happened, and Obama, in order to get it through and get it signed into law for the good of everybody, had to lie to everybody. He’s actually being very valiant, in fact. Obama was being valorous. He was lying to us to protect us, because we’re too stupid to know all of the wonderful benefits of Obamacare. If we had known about some of these early caveats, we would have opposed it, and that would have been bad for us. So he had to lie. That’s the thrust of the AP story.