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RUSH: Michelle Obama. I’m gonna tell you something. (sigh) They’re just getting started with this stuff, folks. There are 21 months to go, and I have been worried to death that this is all… I’m talking about the Obama presidency. I’ve been worried about it since before he was inaugurated. I have been worried that this is going to lead to racial strife unlike any that we who are alive today remember.

She is continuing that. You know, the story we had on what she said dedicating the museums, the new Whitney Museum, that young blacks — “people that look like” her — just aren’t welcome. She’s on a roll now. That was just the starter. She is continuing in universities commencement speeches.


RUSH: Michelle Obama, by the way, could not handle being conservative for one day. Would you all agree with me if I said that the media that the Obamas get is basically slobberingly fawning? The media will not take and hold the Obamas to account for anything. Whatever they do, an excuse is made for it. They have made a mockery of the travel and entertainment budget that the president gets. They have made a mockery of so much.

They have done it willingly and knowingly. The media doesn’t call them on it. The media doesn’t call them on anything, and Michelle Obama has run around talking about how she’s so upset, she could not believe what happened in the cover of the New Yorker — which I commented on at the time. It was a parody cover that was making fun of people that make fun of them! She didn’t even see that. There’s no sense of humor.


RUSH: Michelle Obama is on a roll. She is playing the race card, she’s doubling down on it, and the reason I didn’t start with this in the first hour, I’ll be real honest with you, is it depresses me. To think of the opportunity that this couple had. Look at the hope that was invested in them by virtue of their election. Look at how many well-intentioned, otherwise fine citizens, look at how many white people voted for this couple, desperately hoping that doing so would help us to get past all of this that has created this racial divide in this country.

I think the essence of hope and change, I think the hope was not so much hope for the country’s future economically, hope for people’s personal economic success. I think the hope was that if this country made the statement, a majority white country electing an African-American president, that that alone would serve a significant role, play a significant role and cause there to be massive progress toward eliminating, or not eliminating, but reducing the racial strife in this country, and the exact opposite has happened.

I’m sad to remind you that I predicted that what has happened would happen. And I did it because I understand politics. I understand the Democrat Party, and I understand liberalism, and I knew full well that the election of Barack Obama was gonna exacerbate racial tensions because, one simple reason. The president of the United States is the most powerful man in the world. As such, everything he does is under the microscope. Some of it’s gonna be supported. Some of it’s gonna be criticized. It’s just the way it is.

And I knew that every word of criticism would immediately be disqualified and rendered baseless and useless because it would be said to come from racism. And therefore no legitimate criticism of the president of the United States would be permitted. Which meant that he was gonna have a free reign, an open road. There wouldn’t be the normal checks and balances or vetting or anything that would rein him in. And since I knew that he was an extreme leftist, that did not portend good things to me, and that’s why I said that I think racial tensions are gonna be exacerbated.

I also knew, I knew it, I was hoping I was wrong, but I knew Michelle Obama’s running around the campaign saying, “For the first time in my life I’m proud of my country.” You listen to Reverend Wright, you know what these people think, you know what they have been exposed to. You know that they have got a giant chip on their shoulder. And she’s making it plain that she always has had and that it’s getting worse after six, seven years, almost, in the White House, it’s getting worse. It isn’t getting better. According to her own words.

This depresses me. People with the power of the presidency, and the first lady, have a remarkable ability to inspire. They have a rare opportunity to extol virtue, to lift people up, and the exact opposite has happened. And that’s why I didn’t lead off with this in the first hour ’cause all of this just depresses me. Like one of the things that Michelle Obama now is claiming that she is offended by is when she is referred to as Obama’s baby mama. Well, excuse me, but if you recall — I just asked Cookie to see if we have this in our archives, I’ll never forget this, folks.

In 2004, Obama’s addressing the Democrat convention. This is the convention that John Kerry who, by the way, served in Vietnam, retook Boston Harbor. He and some of his swift boat buddies got in a swift boat mock-up and they sailed across Boston Harbor to the convention. But Obama gave a speech, might have been the keynote, I don’t remember, but it’s what put him on the map. Up until 2004, Barack Obama was not nationally known. He was known in Illinois, known in Chicago. He was known in limited Washington social circles. That speech put him on the map.

What I remember, though, is his wife’s introduction. I’ve never seen one like it. I have never seen a wife, period, political or otherwise, endorse, introduce her spouse the way Michelle Obama did that night, introducing her husband, Barack Obama. She had passion. She had energy. She was upbeat. She was — when I say shouting enthusiastically, I mean, she was shouting. This was not standing at the podium docile. It was firebrand, and I mean it in a positive way. But during that introduction, she kept referring to him as my babies’ daddy. You remember, Mr. Snerdley? (imitating Michelle) My babies’ daddy! My man. My man. The greatest man in the world!”

She went on, it was like that her whole introduction. My babies’ daddy! And then the next thing I remember about it, he came out and virtually ignored her. If that had been me and if my wife had just introduced me that way, the first thing I would have done would go up and hug her and embrace her and whispered in her ear, shouted if I’d have had to to overcome the noise, “Thank you, God, thank you.”

I mean, it was unlike any introduction and he just came out and didn’t even shake her hand. He didn’t quite ignore her, but he acted like, well, that’s what should have happened here. Nothing abnormal about that. That’s the way everybody treats me.

It was overwhelming, folks. I wonder how many of you who remember watching it remember any of this. I remember it like it was yesterday. You’d forgotten it? My babies’ daddy! I mean, proudly. And now she’s running around upset because she’s called a baby mama. It’s somehow a sign of disrespect to black women, she says. Well, where does it come from? Who gave us that term, baby mama?

Who gave us the term my babies’ daddy? Where did all this stuff come from? Hint: Not Frank Sinatra. Frank Sinatra never sang songs about baby mamas. The Beatles, it didn’t come from the Beatles. Didn’t come from Tony Bennett. Didn’t come from Lady Gaga. Didn’t even come from Madonna. Where’d it come from, Snerdley? (interruption) You think it came from the hip-hop culture? Is that what you would think, a baby mama came from the hip-hop culture? (interruption) Really?

In that speech, by the way, Obama thanked Reverend Wright. Folks, none of this was a mystery. Everything that’s happened was foretold. It was right in front of our face. Those of us that cared to notice it, noticed it and saw it. But apparently most everybody else didn’t want to believe what they were hearing when Reverend Wright spoke. Obama can’t possibly, he only spent 20 years there, no, he can’t possibly believe that. Because it was too unsettling. Nobody wanted to believe we were actually gonna elect somebody that believed that stuff. But we have. We did. And after six years — look, I hate to keep harping on this. Six and a half years now, I harp on it because I think it’s damned important.

The very people who thought this was going to be a transformative event in its own right are unhappier today and angrier today than they were six and a half years ago, than they were 10, 15, 20 years ago. You talk about an opportunity blown. Barack Obama is gonna go down in the history books, but he could have gone down in the history books, Barack Obama could have played this, he could have wiped out the Republican Party. He could have rendered the Republican Party unnecessary if he would have just been colorblind. If he would have just sought to inspire everybody. If he would have just taken his oratorical talents and skills and passion and sought to build people up and build the country up. And I’m not talking about lying about it.

But, no, that’s not what we got. We have a president who’s ashamed of this country, angry at this country, and made no bones about it, still is. And if you listen to the first lady, she’s even angrier than he is, and they’re by no means anywhere near getting over it. They haven’t gotten through getting even with it yet. These next 21 months, whatever it is, keep a sharp eye, folks. It’s depressing. My babies’ daddy! My man! I never will forget that, so many aspects of it, and him coming out and acting like she wasn’t even on the stage.

It was so bad, I actually expected there to be some news about it the next day. Is there something wrong with their marriage? I expected something ’cause it was a diss. Again, something about which Frank Sinatra never sang. But it looked to me like not a diss, but a brush-up like she wasn’t even there, or like she’d done her duty and that was that, okay, good job, fine, thanks, now I got a speech to give, outta here.

I’ve never gotten an introduction like that by anybody. I doubt that I ever will, it was that over the top. That introduction had as much to do with the perception of his speech as his speech did. I’ll give you audio sound bites. We got some of what she is saying. It goes beyond now (paraphrasing), “Museums do not welcome people like me. They never have welcomed people who look like me and they never will welcome.” And she talks about how, even now as first lady, that she’s gone places where people think she’s the help. I’m sorry, I just don’t believe that. Michelle Obama cannot show up anywhere and be confused with a housekeeper. She’s too well known. It’s absurd.

But she wants it to be believed. And maybe in her mind she has been treated that way by some of these people around the world she’s met. Maybe she hasn’t and just thought she would be, or maybe they didn’t fawn enough and that’s why so she’s telling herself stories about what they think of her. You know, human beings do that. But it’s all so really unnecessary and unfortunate, and it’s not helpful at all. It is continuing to roil the culture, rile up people who ought to have a different approach being made to them. Just sad, folks, is what it is, in addition to everything else.


RUSH: Look, I got a sound bite here of Michelle Obama saying what I just told you she said. This is also in 2004, and it is at the Barack Obama Senate victory speech. After he had to be elected to the Senate in 2004, she went out and introduced him. This is about 25 seconds, but this will give you an example of that which I was just talking about.

MICHELLE: Ladies and gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you the next United States senator from the state of Illinois — my husband, my honey, my man, my babies’ daddy — Barack Obamaaaa!

RUSH: Yeah, he walks out like she’s not even there. But there it is: “My husband, my honey, my man, my babies’ daddy,” and she’s today all bent out of shape about being referred to as Obama’s baby mama.

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