RUSH: Who do you think started the birther movement against Obama? You know the birther movement, the claim that Obama was not born in Hawaii, that he was rather born in some Muslim country somewhere. And that he was not qualified, according to the Constitution, to be president, ’cause he’s not born of American parents anywhere, and he was not born in the United States. Who started that movement? (interruption) Well, you’re pretty damn close.
It was Hillary Clinton that started the movement. It was the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 that started the movement. That whole thing was started by Hillary. Now, I don’t know if Blumenthal was involved with that. The odds would be. But Ted Cruz sat down for an hour with Katie Couric yesterday on her (chuckles) wildly popular Yahoo website show. By the way, has anybody ever seen Katie Couric and Bob Costas at the same time anywhere? (interruption) Well, we’re into transgender things here.
We’ve got Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner. I’m just wondering. I mean, they’re interchangeable. Anyway, Ted Cruz sat down with Katie Couric for the whole hour, and it started out with her being typically smug and asking him if he felt like his candidacy is historic because he’d be the first American president to be born in Canada. That was her first snarky question. (interruption) No, not that he was a fake Hispanic. That’s the second thing they try to hit Cruz on. He’s a fake Hispanic.
“He may have a Hispanic name, but he’s not really Hispanic!”
Remember when he was on with Mark Halperin? Mark Halperin made him explain the Cuban foods that he likes and the Cuban songs that they sang in the Cruz household and all that. I mean, really low-rent stuff that no Democrat candidate would be asked. So, anyway, the perky Katie Couric was talking to Ted Cruz, and she had this smug look on her face and she is acting all superior, which is what the left really is made up of.
They’re a bunch of phony baloney, plastic banana, good-time rock ‘n’ rollers who think they are superior to everybody, and they act that way. You should see the look on her face crumble when he informs her that it was the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 that created the anti-Obama birther movement. The source for this is Breitbart.com. It happens about 25 minutes in to the interview. (We will link to it at RushLimbaugh.com.) Cruz said, “You know, it’s very interesting. This whole birther thing was started by the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 against Obama.”
Katie Couric just (gasping and choking).
If you doubt me, even The Politico has acknowledged this. Here, let me read to you from The Politico text: “Where did this idea come from” that Obama is not native-born? “Who started it? And is there a grain of truth there? The answer lies in Democratic, not Republican politics, and in the bitter, exhausting spring of 2008. At the time, the Democratic presidential primary was slipping away from Hillary Clinton and some of her most passionate supporters grasped for something, anything that would deal a final reversal to Barack Obama. …
“The original smear against Obama was that he was a crypto-Muslim, floated in 2004 by perennial Illinois political candidate … Andy Martin. Other related versions of this theory alleged that Obama was educated in an Indonesian ‘madrassa’ or steeped in Islamist ideology from a young age, and the theories began to spread virally after Obama appeared on the national stage … with his early 2007 presidential campaign. Then, as Obama marched toward the presidency, a new suggestion emerged: That he was not eligible to serve.
“That theory first emerged in the spring of 2008, as Clinton supporters circulated an anonymous email questioning ObamaÂ’s citizenship.” Here is the text of the “anonymous email” sent from the Hillary Campaign: “‘Barack Obama’s mother was living in Kenya with his Arab-African father late in her pregnancy. She was not allowed to travel by plane then, so Barack Obama was born there and his mother then took him to Hawaii to register his birth,’ asserted one chain email that surfaced on the urban legend site Snopes.com in April 2008.”
It was Ted Cruz that informed Katie Couric of this. She had no idea.
And the look on her face, apparently, is just priceless.
RUSH: Nelson in Pittsburgh. I’m glad you waited. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Thanks for having me, Rush. It’s a great honor to speak with you.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: From the Steel City. I really believe as a conservative Hispanic that I actually fall into that Millennial generation. We really need to get on the ball with our conservative movement. We need to vet our candidates very early, close the gap on all this misinformation that’s being propagated by the liberal media. It’s getting to a point where we’re just gonna be handing a victory to the Clinton camp. Like you said, that Katie Curry interview with Cruz, for all intents and purposes, that was a little gotcha moment. You know, it was one of these things oh, you know, she doesn’t get it.
We really need to make sure that it doesn’t happen like Palin where they’re scrutinizing her over not knowing what news sources she reads or what have you. But then you look at the liberal side and you look at Hillary Clinton saying, “Well, she doesn’t know how to operate a fax machine, how cute. Awww, look at that.” But then they really scrutinize if Ted Cruz is Cuban enough and try to be inquisitive on his knowledge of Cuban cuisine. I mean, come on, I think we as Americans are smarter than that, times are changing, we are definitely doing our due diligence. I just have a real fear that if they come down to, well, she’s so nice, and look at her resume, isn’t it strong? But it doesn’t have any value to it. It’s just a resume enhancer. That’s all I see. Do you agree with that?
RUSH: Yeah, I do. Nelson, I mean, you are presenting me with a serious challenge here, and I’m not overstating this. I would like to ask you your age.
CALLER: I’m 37.
RUSH: You’re 37. Okay, that’s good. You sound younger than that. There’s no wrong answer. I was just curious. I have been saying, not just on this program, my whole life I have been saying exactly what you just said. The only difference, the issues. And my point is, we have all been bitching about the media for all of our lives. And as a young conservative, here you come, you’re all fired up and you’re revved up, and I don’t want to discourage that by telling you that it’s not gonna change. Well, at least it hasn’t changed in my lifetime. It’s just gotten worse.
In fact, it probably is truthful to say it has gotten worse. The media has now become more partisan than ever, especially since their monopoly has been blown to smithereens. Nelson, look, I’m out of time here. Would you let Mr. Snerdley have your phone number so we can call you back tomorrow and talk about this when we have a little bit more time? Because to me this is important. People like you staying engaged, having ideas and not giving up the fight at your age, it’s really, really crucial. There’s not a whole lot of that happening on our side. Well, there is. That’s not true to say. But I’ve put on you hold here. Mr. Snerdley will pick up the phone and see if you’ll agree, ’cause I really want to probe this further with you. I just haven’t got the time right now to do it. We’ve come to a screeching halt here. Mr. Snerdley, get his number if he’ll permit us to call him back.