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RUSH: We’re gonna start in Alexandria, Virginia. This is Ann. Welcome. You’re up first. Great to have you today. Hi.

CALLER: Oh, hi, Rush. It’s such a pleasure to talk with you. I can’t believe it. Be patient with me. I haven’t done this before, but I’ll get right to my point.

RUSH: Oh, really? s that what you say to all the guys?

CALLER: No. Not all of them, but a lot of ’em.

RUSH: (laughing)

CALLER: (laughing)

RUSH: Just trying to relax you. Just trying to relax you out there.

CALLER: Hey, listen. Let me say the obvious here, if I may. I find it kind of ironic and disingenuous of Obama to send Kerry out there to criticize Putin for not honoring past agreements, since Obama doesn’t seem to honor our Constitution or the rule of law in this country. I think they’re using it for designer toilet paper in the White House. That’s what I’ve heard, but, you know, it’s just hearsay.

RUSH: It wouldn’t surprise me.

CALLER: It’s pretty interesting that they’re taking this stand. I think Putin’s situation just has better optics for the low-information person.

RUSH: Putin’s situation has better optics?

CALLER: Yes. What he’s doing has better optics. It’s very visual, you know?

RUSH: Well, what’s the better optics for Putin?

CALLER: Well, you know, it makes better news. You can have camera crews over there and so forth and so on, as long as they’ll let them in.

RUSH: Wait, wait, wait, wait. I want to make sure I understand. I can’t possibly be getting what you mean. The optics are Putin’s troops plowing over other innocent people and wiping them out. Is that better?

CALLER: That’s easier to criticize, because it looks so cruel and dictatorial. But when you do it kind of under the radar — and, of course, the American press (whatever there is left of it) doesn’t report on it — it’s more difficult to show what Obama is doing than what Putin is doing for the low-information person.

RUSH: Oh, I see. I see. I see. You’re speaking in a generic sense.

CALLER: Yes. It makes better sound bites and all that, and you can see it, you know?

RUSH: Yeah, yeah.

CALLER: You can put it up there on the TV screen and see it, whereas with what Obama and his minions are doing, that’s not as easy to show or talk about it.

RUSH: See, I think what she means is… When you say what Obama and his minions are doing, you’re not talking about reaction to Putin; you’re talking about him destroying the Constitution, making up his own laws?

CALLER: Absolutely right.

RUSH: Yeah, yeah. Okay.

CALLER: And rule of law in this country. He regards the Constitution with as little respect as he would a rat’s turd, okay? That’s in my opinion.

RUSH: Well, now, you obviously find it hypocritical —


RUSH: — that Obama cares nothing to the Constitution but thinks these guys ought to be honoring all these decades-old treaties.

CALLER: Yeah, absolutely right, yes. Yes, spot on. Mmm-hm..

RUSH: Well, how about this? If you like hypocritical illustrations, how about this? How about Obama siding with the people who want their freedom, i.e., the people in Ukraine getting their heads busted?

CALLER: That’s the other irony. You would think he’d be in Putin’s camp.

RUSH: Well, but what he’s doing to people that want their freedom in this country? He’s sicking the IRS on ’em!

CALLER: There you go. There you go.

RUSH: He’s denying them all kinds of freedoms. If they don’t want to bake a cake for somebody, by God, they’re going to.


RUSH: If they don’t believe in passing out birth control pills, by God, they’re going to.

CALLER: Yeah, so why is he criticizing Putin? He’s just taking what he thinks is his. He probably has more right it than Obama has.

RUSH: If you want to know the truth, he’s criticizing Putin ’cause that’s what it says to do in the How-to-Be-President Manual.

CALLER: There you go. Yes.

RUSH: He don’t care.


RUSH: And Kerry? Kerry doesn’t know what he’s doing. People may have forgotten this, but here’s Kerry, “These guys, they gotta abide by agreements! I can’t believe this. It’s the Twenty-First Century, I’m secretary of state, and they’re going in there with a Nineteenth Century tactic.” Does anybody remember that it was John Kerry who was for the US invasion of Haiti to restore the tinhorn dictator Jean-Bertrand Aristide?

So while we were all in favor of using military force to go in there and wipe out Haiti and reinstall Aristide, we can’t no way… In this Putin thing, as far as Obama and his Regime are concerned, their primary degree of interest is making sure that whatever happens doesn’t end up embarrassing Obama. That’s it. This is a Regime that totally relies on PR, imaging, and so forth. I think Obama’s probably like most low-information voters in this regard, that this is not gonna affect anybody.

“This is not gonna affect the American people, it’s not gonna affect anybody’s health care; it’s not gonna affect who won the Academy Awards. What’s going on in is not… So what if the Soviet Union rebuilds? So what? It’s none of our business. If they want to rebuild, they rebuild. It’s none of our business. Who are we to tell ’em they can’t?” You know, that’s probably the prevailing attitude.

Obama’s said as much when he’s been asked about American exceptionalism. “Well, I’m sure the British think they’re exceptional, too, and I’m sure the Russians think they’re exceptional, too.” He doesn’t have any devotion to the idea of American exceptionalism or American superpower status. In fact, that’s a problem. Remember, to people like Obama and Kerry (or you name it, anybody on that left side), the United States has always been the destabilizing force in the world.

The United States has always been the problem.

You know, I’m reading an escape novel, just a total turn-my-brain-off novel. There’s nothing to learn from it; it’s just like some people watch the Food Network to just turn off the brain. It’s a book by James Patterson, who churns out 10 books a month, and this one’s called Mistress. Do you know that Patterson lives here, Jim Patterson?

(interruption) Yeah, he lives in Palm Beach. Yeah, I run into him now and then. I run into him at Flagler Steakhouse, over at the country club or wherever. I run into him now and then. (interruption) No, no, I’m not saying his books are… It’s pure entertainment. The books are not brainless. They’re actually good. This one is quite good. It’s just escapism. You read this to get your mind off the humdrum. It’s not a put-down.

Don’t get me in trouble with Patterson. I’m not trying to insult Patterson. . I forget the copyright. It came out in the last two years. And to really cut to the chase here, it is about, strangely enough, the Soviet Union, Vladimir Putin. It’s about Vladimir Putin attempting to reconstitute the Soviet Union by blackmailing the US president. In the book, it turns out — are you ready? — in the book it turns out, here’s a spoiler alert, and I don’t care. I’m gonna tell you ’cause I started this. I can’t now stop halfway through it.

And, by the way, I’m gonna give you a spoiler alert on the latest Liam Neeson movie. I am gonna spoil this for you because before you pay to go see this movie you deserve to know what it’s about. Liam Neeson has done these rescue movies, Taken 1, Taken 2, Taken 5, and now there’s a new one out there that totally takes place on a plane. Anyway, that’s for another minute.

The Russian intelligence units have learned that the first lady is a lesbian, and there is a videotape of the first lady in a wild sex romp with a very beautiful Washington, DC, CIA agent, slash, model type. And the guy writing the book, the protagonist is a kind of a dork who has a fantasy love affair with this woman, and everyone assumes that she’s committed suicide by jumping off her sixth floor balcony, but it wasn’t her. It was a stand-in. And it’s about how the president is trying to get her assumed dead so that the Russians do not have any leverage over him.

The Russians are out there claiming they’ve got a videotape, they’re trying to get hold of it. The protagonist actually has it, he’s a computer geek, he’s got it, or thinks he’s got it or wants to get it, but the idea is the president wants to kill the lover of his wife, his wife’s lover to remove any blackmail possibility. So when you’re reading this, when I’m reading this, I’m thinking, now, wait a minute, here we do have relative inaction here. I mean, Putin’s pretty much got a clear view. You know and I know that we didn’t stop anybody. We’re drawing red lines and they’re crossing them. We’re not stopping anybody. Syria, doesn’t matter who it is, secretary of state Kerry says (imitating Kerry), “You can’t do that. You agreed 25 years ago you wouldn’t do it. We’re offended,” and that’s it.

So you start thinking, well, why is our young president so inactive? I’m not saying there’s any truth to it, and I’m not saying that the book was written with any — it’s just a strange coincidence that at this moment in time — I downloaded about 10 Patterson books, and I picked this one based on the cover, like three days ago. I’m reading it on the iPad. And it’s only last night that I get far enough into the book that I learned what I just passed on to you.

What are the chances of that coincidence, of all the books that I have bought, that I have downloaded, the one that I would randomly pick because of the cover ends up to be about the very thing happening. In this case it’s Georgia that is being conquered, which has already happened, not Ukraine.


RUSH: Here is Sean in Dayton, Ohio. Sean, glad you waited. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hi.

CALLER: Yeah, thank you for taking my call, Rush. I’ve been listening all my life to your show and it’s just a real honor to speak with you today.

RUSH: You know what? Thank you. To have it said that way, “I’ve been listening to you all my life.” The fact that I’ve been doing this 25 years —

CALLER: — when I was two. (laughing)

RUSH: Well, I appreciate it. I really do.

CALLER: Yeah. Well, my point today was — and I’m so glad that you brought up Russia and the convenient timing, I would say, of Sochi and the Oscars, because I had a sinking feeling that when things were starting in Ukraine came up at the end of the Olympics that Vladimir Putin was gonna take a stranglehold of just the world’s viewing and, you know, just really try to get Russia back in the limelight, and he’s succeeding. And we’re not gonna be able to stop him because, why would he take anything that we say seriously? Obama can’t even keep the promises to his own people, stimulus after stimulus, the Affordable Care Act, all of these things that he’s promised us.

RUSH: Well, exactly. Here’s John Kerry complaining that Putin is not living up to agreements. Obama can’t even live up to his own agreement, Obamacare.

CALLER: Hm-hm. Absolutely. And I just think it’s a limp slap on the wrist to just say things to Russia and to send John Kerry, of all people, over there just to try to talk it out. I mean, that’s never worked.

RUSH: You’re right. I think, sadly, it’s all PR, messaging, marketing. They’re not gonna do anything to stop Putin. I don’t know who would, in this. It’s a new world. That’s the lefts excuse for everything going wrong. “Hey, it’s a new world and you better adjust to it, pal. Hey, it’s a changing world, and you better get used to it.” That is how every depravity, debauchery, every corruption, perversion, whatever, of our culture going on, political, social, you name it, that’s how it’s justified. “Hey, it’s a new world and you better get right with it.”

But I do think — and I thank you for bringing this up again — folks, I think it is important — ah, not important. It’s interesting to note that Vladimir Putin, he no question believes that public opinion in the United States matters, which is why he’s continuing to try to manipulate it, or use it. Now, I have no doubt that they have their own agents of influence inside the country. They always have had. The KGB always has had agents of influence, college campuses and so forth. Hell, most college professors are communist sympathizers at the least.

But, anyway, the idea that Putin would take the time to make these moves during the Olympics and during the Oscar telecast is quite telling. And I’ll tell you something else that Sean mentioned here. Putin is like every one of us. He knows Obama’s not being straight with us. I guarantee you he knows the real Obama, I guarantee you. That’s his job as the KGB. He knows Obama — he knows exactly. And he’s going to take as much advantage of it as he can. Putin sees how things work here. He sees how things are going down. And Putin knows how to use them, too, is my point. Putin knows just as well as Obama how to exploit US public opinion so that it will not negatively impact him, I guarantee you.


RUSH: Here’s Joe in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Welcome. Great to have you on the program.

CALLER: Good afternoon, Rush.

RUSH: Hey.

CALLER: I’m wondering, at what point in this Ukrainian invasion will the Drive-By Media decide to play the race card on Putin?

RUSH: And how would that manifest itself?

CALLER: Well, if Putin truly sees Obama for what he is, it’s inevitable the Drive-Bys are gonna have to go to the race card. What else do they have to go on?

RUSH: Oh, oh, oh. You know, see, I have to be very honest. When he said that, I’m thinking, what race is Putin attacking in Ukraine? I wasn’t even thinking of Obama. That’s how colorblind I am. I was trying to figure out, what possible race card is there that Putin could play? And he means against Obama, the media, go after Putin for taking advantage of the first black president.

Grab sound bite 13. F. Chuck Todd, an accredited member of the State-Controlled Media, is really nervous for Obama. Now, F. Chuck is like all of them. He’s in the tank for the Regime. He can’t be any more in the tank than he is and he knows how foolish Putin is making Obama look, and he wants Obama to hop to. He was on Meet the Depressed yesterday and they’re discussing this. Listen to what F. Chuck Todd said.

TODD: Putin acts; Obama warns. Putin acts; Obama warns. This is a pattern that he can’t afford to stay in here and just continue to warn. You heard John Kerry. More warnings. He’s got to act.

RUSH: Oh. This is very troubling, ladies and gentlemen. It’s very sad. The Regime’s own State-Controlled Media realizes how out of their league the Regime actually is. When you have your own mouthpieces say, “You just can’t sit have there and keep drawing lines and warning and warning. You gotta do something at some point.” They’re trying to help young Obama look and act presidential, like, you know, Reagan.


RUSH: Tina Brown, well-known left-wing media and social doyenne, was also on Meet the Press during the roundtable discussion. She is the Women in the World Foundation founder. So that means she founded in the Women in the World Foundation. During a discussion about Obama’s remarks about Russian troops in the Ukraine, Tina Brown said the following. You’ll also hear F. Chuck Todd weigh in in this bite.

BROWN: What I do think does keep to keep outfoxing, ah, Obama is a real reading of what Putin really is. It’s almost as if Putin is brilliant, really. I mean, he’s sort of outfoxing Obama all the time. He’s very clear, and the reason that he wins in a way is that he’s the only one who knows what he thinks. He’s utterly clear. He’s clear he wants to increase Russian power.

TODD: He doesn’t care what other people think!

BROWN: He doesn’t care what other people think. We say, “Well, you can’t do that. That’s not the way in the real sophisticated, y’know, of real foreign policy world behave.”

TODD: (chortling)

BROWN: Well, guess what? He’s not that guy.

TODD: Right. (giggling)

BROWN: He’s a brutal, crude, cunning, power-enhancing, ruthless guy.

RUSH: When did these people just figure this out? How clueless have these people been all of these years? “He doesn’t care what people think!” Why, that’s not very diplomatic. You’ve gotta care what people think. That’s part of being sophisticated! Putin is really… You know what? The reason he wins is that he’s the only one who knows what he thinks.” No, we all know what he thinks. Every damn one of us knows what he thinks.

Some of us just have the courage to admit it and others don’t. We all know what he thinks. “He doesn’t care what we think. Yeah, he can’t do that! That’s not the way people in the real, sophisticated world of foreign policy behave,” and that is accurate to John Kerry. I mean, there’s Lurch out there, “Why, you can’t do this! Why, we have agreements. Why, we have the Helsinki Sinker Accord or whatever the hell it was back in 1993.

“He’s violated the Helsinki Sinker Accord! Why, we can’t do that. He’s using Nineteenth Century tactics, and we’re in the Twenty-First Century! He can’t do that.” What do you mean, he can’t do that? “Well, this is not what sophisticated, learned elitists do. We just don’t behave in this manner!” Liberals make everything about them, and they think everybody that’s any good, anybody that’s decent, anybody that’s smart is just like them.

This is it. Folks, this is why they’re dangerous. The realize hard, cold reality when it’s too late. Neville Chamberlain syndrome. They realize it after they get beat upside the head. Here’s Charlie Rose. Charlie Rose was terribly concerned — very, very concerned — over Obama’s credibility. He thinks it’s at stake here. This was on CBS This Morning, and he was talking with the former CIA deputy director Mike Morell, and this is Charlie Rose.

ROSE: (whispering) The other question is: What’s at stake for President Obama? New York Times today: “The Russian occupation of Crimea has challenged Mr. Obama as has no other international crisis, and at its heart, the advice seemed to pose the same question: Is Mr. Obama tough enough to take on the former KGB. colonel in the Kremlin?”

MORELL: The only thing that Vladimir Putin understands is tough, and there has to be a tough response for Putin to pay attention.

ROSE: But the president’s credibility is at stake?

MORELL: I think so.

RUSH: Really? You hear them? Just listen to way these people talk. “But the President’s credibility is at stake?” “I think so.” Yes. “Well, I don’t know what he reads, Charlie! I don’t know what his foreign policy is. We really don’t know who Obama is. Why, we don’t know who Obama is when he gets out of bed.” “I think so. I think so, yes.” We know Putin now, don’t we? But we had people who told us who Putin was. Sarah Palin did in 2008! Mitt Romney did in 2012.

We’ve had all kind of people tell you who Putin is — I have, for what that’s worth — and everyone who did was laughed at, mocked, and made fun of, and called stupid and barbaric and other such insults. Meanwhile, these people that think they’re just so smart, the smartest people in the room, sit around wringing their hands, “Oh, my God, poor Obama! His credibility is at stake!”

They want to know, “How can Obama out-tough Putin?” and the reason they’re quaking in their boots is because they know what a ridiculous proposition that is. That isn’t happening. That’s what they’ve gotta figure out a way of doing. If they can somehow find a way to convince Obama that Putin is Tea Party, then he might toughen up a little. But, I mean, how do you sick the IRS on Putin? Obama’s tools for this are limited.

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