RUSH: Let’s go to the audio sound bites. The White House this morning — you know, this was markedly different, before we get to sound bites, just remember this. During the second term of George W. Bush, Pope Benedict showed up, and it was his birthday, and I was so moved by that that I, actually, right at 12 noon, I called the White House and I asked for somebody, it was Karl Rove, “I just need 30 seconds. I don’t want him to go on the air, I just need 30 seconds with the president.”
“I don’t think so. There’s no way, no, we can’t, but let me check.” And they got him. And I spent just 30 seconds telling him how moving that entire ceremony was for me, and it was, folks. I’m not saying anything about this one today, it was different. Kathleen Battle, great opera soprano sang “happy birthday” to Pope Benedict, and it was the most powerful rendition of “happy birthday to you” I have ever heard.
The US Army Chorus sang The Battle Hymn of the Republic, and it was the most moving version of that. I was so moved by it, I recorded the audio of that off of television. The television audio was not that great, and I have a dubbed copy of it on iTunes. And after that I went out and tried to find the actual studio recording of that. I got as close as I could to it, but the whole — (interruption) yeah, I know, we rolled it off. We have that here. It was just moving. I know you people listening replayed this over and over again. President Bush was just stellar.
This ceremony was about God, Christ, country. I mean, it was exactly what the country needed at the time. It wasn’t about a single political issue. I was riveted. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it, which is why I did everything I could — I just wanted to tell President Bush that on the phone, and they found him running around on his way somewhere between meetings.
And this today was markedly different. I’m not rendering a judgment on it whatsoever. Do not anybody put words in my mouth that I’m not saying. I’ll just tell you that this ceremony today was shorter. There was less fanfare. There was not nearly, that I can recall, the pomp or circumstance. The White House ceremony, the greeting ceremony for Pope Benedict, it just kept coming, one tribute after another. The fact it was his birthday I think mattered, was a factor as well.
But the Army Chorus, the Battle Hymn of the Republic, it still gives me chills when I think about hearing it. Maybe we’ll play it here for you in just a second. But let’s get to the audio sound bites. What happened at the ceremony today was welcomed, and this was every agenda that they have in common on parade. Income inequality, immigration, Cuba, climate change, pollution. I mean, it was the left-wing agenda, and it was front and center at full speed.
OBAMA: You call on all of us, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, to put the least of these at the center of our concerns. You remind us that in the eyes of God, our measure as individuals and our measure as a society is not determined by wealth or power or station or celebrity, but by how well we hue to scripture’s call to lift up the poor and the marginalized. (Applause) To stand up for justice and against inequality.
RUSH: You know me, folks, I just can’t let this stuff go by. I don’t think the US has anything to apologize for in these struggles, the struggles to lift up the poor. There is not a country in the history of humanity that’s done more for the poor. There’s not a country that has the elevated more people out of poverty than the United States. There’s not a country that has helped more people out of poverty around the world than the United States.
I mean, we are not the problem. The American people are not problem. We’re not coming up short. We have, since our concerted effort, the War on Poverty started 1964, we’re now up to something like 14 or $15 trillion has been transferred, transfer payments from income tax revenues from people that work to the poor. That’s significant. Certainly isn’t insignificant.
The marginalized. We all know what that is. The marginalized. That’s behavioral minorities such as lesbians and gays, bisexuals, transgenders. And if you look at America right now we’ve got gay marriage. But again, there’s nothing really to condemn America for unless you want to go back and blame America 50 years ago, hundred years ago, and if in your mind America 50 years ago, hundred years ago was a really evil place, then I guess some of this might be sensible. Cuba, climate change, I mean, all of the agenda items are ahead. Here’s the next from Obama.
OBAMA: You remind us that the Lord’s most powerful message is mercy. That means welcoming the stranger with empathy and a truly open heart. From the refugee who flees war torn lands, to the immigrant who leaves home in search of a better life. We are grateful for your invaluable support of our new beginning with the Cuban people, which holds out the promise of better relations between our countries, greater cooperation across our hemisphere and a better life for the Cuban people.
RUSH: Am I off track in thinking I’m listening to somebody thank the pope for help with politics, the advancement of a political agenda? We have here we must open our heart to the refugee who flees war torn lands. By the way, speaking of that, as it concerns Europe, we now have it on record, and it’s in the Stack, and I will get to it today, that among those leading this effort, many of them are now publicly saying that the objective is to take over Europe and transform it and change it.
And these are European leaders. These are European leftists. These are European Union people. These are not representatives of the refugees. These are existing current European Union leaders, who, for some reason, want to erase their own history or condemn their own history and transform Europe. Just like there are people in the United States who say that’s the purpose of immigration here, and other policies from the White House here is to transform this country from what it was founded to be.
So the left is on a worldwide march here. And the president of the United States is spelling out what the agenda is and thanking the Vicar of Christ for his assistance in advancing the agenda. You will hear in an upcoming sound bite from Major Garrett that the pope and Obama shared their mutual feelings regarding the constraints of fame and celebrity in getting things done. Meaning the pope and the president sat down and told each other how tough it is to move things forward when you’re famous like they are and when you are celebrities like they are, Major Garrett reports this.
So I don’t know, the pope says he’s not a leftist, he’s not a Marxist, fine. I’ll leave that alone. But what we do know is this, that Obama is treating him as such and using him as such. And Obama is co-opting this visit by the pope — I’ll stop short of using the word “hijacking.” He’s co-opting the pope’s visit in what I think is a pretty shameless attempt to advance his own political agenda by associating the pope with it.
So far the pope hasn’t said anything when these Obama sound bites were made. Obama was speaking, the pope hadn’t said anything yet. So Obama’s thanking him for all of this assistance that he’s providing. And we were told yesterday this is what was gonna happen. The pope was going to provide the coverage for Obama’s agenda. And it may not be necessary. The pope may in fact be totally on board for this. Don’t know. Just sharing with you what I do know.
RUSH: Okay. Glad I asked. So I have a question. If the pope does not talk about abortion on his trip here in his public statements — I don’t mean during Mass or any of that, but in events like this today where he did not, and in future events if he does not address abortion, does that tell us anything? Or does it not mean anything? Does it tell us anything about him or not? I’m just asking. (interruption) You think it does?
Well, the reason I ask is because of this. (interruption) Yeah, that is funny. Obama’s brother is still living in a hut. You know, that’s right. You listen to Obama — we had a drive-by caller named Randy that could not go on the air but he mentioned to Snerdley he was listening to Obama talking about the poor with the pope today, the insinuation we’re not doing enough, and his brother still lives in a hut in Kenya, a six by nine hut, honestly, he still does.
And what did we hear, $20 would make all the difference in the world to this guy. I think it’s his half-brother. A hut! And Obama can’t do anything about it because if he gives one family member 20 bucks, they’re all gonna want 20 bucks, and he can’t make that commitment. And, by the way, as the pope’s sitting there and Obama starts spouting his left-wing agenda and, by association, including the pope in it, where are all the howls from the left about separation of church and state? Hello anybody? Anybody help me out with this?
Here you have the president of the United States, and he’s announcing his left-wing agenda, and praising the pope as being simpatico. Where’s the concern for separation of church and state? Hmm? Anyway, the abortion question, I ask it because of this. French News Agency out of Los Angeles: “A social media campaign launched by three US activists to denounce the stigma surrounding abortion,” and it has gone viral, as women are now sharing positively their abortion experiences. “Shout Your Abortion” is the campaign, and it is a Twitter and social media campaign designed — started over the weekend — designed to promote abortion and to tell everybody how wonderful it is and don’t believe all the negative things about it, certainly there’s no stigma attached to it.
So that’s why I just wondered if the pope does not mention abortion during his visit here does it tell us anything, or not? Mean anything or not. Here’s more Obama this morning from the arrival greeting ceremony of Pope Francis at the White House. We’re up to number three now, right? We’re plodding our way through this.
OBAMA: And, Holy Father, you remind us that we have a sacred obligation to protect our planet —
OBAMA: — God’s magnificent gift to us. We support your call to all world leaders to support the community’s most vulnerable to changing climate, to come together to preserve our precious world for future generations.
RUSH: So the pope is being thanked for his assistance with Cuba, refugees, immigration, and climate change. And the pope sat there, smiled, nodded. And it was his turn to speak, and tell me if this — well, here. How many pope bites do we — one, two, three — we can’t squeeze ’em all in here, but we’ll get started. Here’s the first pope bite.
POPE FRANCIS: Mr. President, I am deeply grateful for your welcome in the name of all Americans. As the son of an immigrant family, I am a happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families. (Applause)
RUSH: Well. Well, well, well, well. So the pope says go ahead and count me in here on your immigration battle. I am related to immigrants, and immigrants built your country, and I’m a guest in your county, so count me in.
RUSH: Here is Daniel in Salisbury, Maryland, great to have you on the program. Hello.
CALLER: Hello, Rush. It is an honor to speak with you today.
RUSH: Thank you, sir. I appreciate that very much. Same here.
CALLER: Thank you. I had a point I wanted to make that with all this pope hullabaloo going on around the country, seeing it on the news everywhere you turn or listen, it’s interesting how the left always wants to remove God from government, you know, separation of church and state, can’t say God in schools or in government buildings, that is until the pope comes and then they’re all showering him with praise and love and adoration and trying to use him to push their political agenda, so where —
RUSH: Exactly right.
CALLER: — is separation of church and state this week?
RUSH: How do you explain it?
CALLER: I’m at a loss. I was hoping you could let me know.
RUSH: I’ll be glad to do. I’ll be glad to do. We’ve already actually done so. You are exactly right. I made the point yesterday, and I put it in a little stronger lingo than you just did. Day to day, normal day, the Democrat Party holds religious people in contempt, particularly evangelical Christians. They hold them in contempt. Evangelical Christians are considered pro-life and gun kooks. They are considered the bitter clingers. Evangelical Christians, Moral Majority, they’re a bunch of no-fun nerds judging everybody, telling them what they can’t do and disapproving of the things that they do. And the left hates them, has a deep contempt for them.
The Catholic Church is a close second. And if you doubt me — I know a lot of people, “How can you say this?” Folks, I’m not saying it to rile anybody up. I wish it weren’t the case. I wish none of what’s happening today was happening. I wish the last seven years hadn’t happened. I really do. But they are happening. And what I’m telling you has happened. This administration has targeted for humiliation the Catholic Church throughout the entire Obamacare saga. Parts of Obamacare are designed to weaken the Catholic Church, to force upon the American people behaviors that are in direct violation of catechism. Abortion, contraception, you name it, a lot of this stuff is a direct attack on the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church epitomizes the group that the left reviles, this moralistic “we’re right, you’re wrong, we have the answer, you are a sinner” kind of entity, and they hate it. They don’t want to be judged. That’s why, folks, I’m telling you this stuff matters. These two stories I found in the Drive-By Media today, it’s not accidental. The Salon article putting a friendly spin on pedophilia. I mean, it’s a pedophile writing about what a great guy he is. “Don’t get mad at me for being a pedophile, I’m a nice guy. Pedophilia’s got its attributes.” And then there’s casual sex with your friend’s old boyfriend isn’t always a bad thing. Just two examples of defining cultural rot down. It’s not accidental now.
I think gay marriage is inspired in many sectors by anti-Catholicism and anti-Christianity, there’s no question about it. So your question when given all that, what in the world is the pope being celebrated for? Put two and two together. This pope is not perceived to be like elements of the church that the left doesn’t like. He’s seen as a fellow traveler. He’s right on the money. Climate change, immigration, Cuba, why, this pope can come over here and give Obama gravitas. He’s the most popular man in the world.
Take a look at any poll, the pope, any pope is the most popular man in the world at the time he serves. Even Obama has enough strategic sense to recognize the opportunity he’s got here. So the short answer to your question is, Obama is not commingling church and state here. As far as Obama’s concerned, there isn’t any church here. He’s got a fellow ideological soul mate, and they’re on the same page, and his presence and his popularity help Obama advance his agenda. That’s why.
Now, you say, but it’s hypocrisy. It’s profoundly hypocritical. But the left gets away with hypocrisy all the time. You’ll never catch them on it. I mean, you’ll catch them on it. It’ll never come back and bite them because the left doesn’t have any standards to be measured against anyway, when you get right down to it. So Daniel thanks for the call. Appreciate it.
RUSH: CNN just had a graphic, a banner at the bottom of the screen which said: “House Democrats urge pope to speak out on issues.” See, there’s no concern here over a religious figure in the country chatting with Obama about their mutual beliefs, no problem whatsoever. There’s no problem with separation of church and state. Do not doubt me when I tell you that the mainstream of the Democrat Party holds evangelical Christianity in contempt. It is one of their primary motivating beliefs.
In fact, I believe that the popularity of Democrat politicians is directly related to how successful they are opposing and defeating anything to do with evangelical Christianity, and that could be anything from morality issues to right and wrong issues to cultural issues. It is why I maintain that the mainstream of the Democrat Party considers conservatives and Republicans and Christians to be a greater threat than any foreign enemy is. And that’s what makes their embrace of Pope Francis all the more remarkable.
You know, other popes visited the United States. You know when the first pope came here? A little trivia question. Do you know what year the first pope ever came to the United States was? It will shock you: 1965. Does that kind of surprise you? The first time a pope ever visited the US was 1965. I’m having a mental block on which pope it was. I want to say Paul VI, but I don’t think that’s right. It may be. Usually even when I think I’m wrong, I’m right. Even when I tell jokes about what the Democrats are gonna do, I am eventually proven to be a seer come true.
RUSH: I was right. It was Pope Paul VI, and it was October 4th, 1965. The first Il Papa to ever set foot in the United States. You forget how long Christianity’s been around, the Catholic Church. Well, the US has been around 200-some-odd years, for that to be the case, that shocked me. I don’t know why it did, but it just did.
Anyway, back to the audio sound bites — thought I lost my place, but we haven’t — back now to Pope Francis. When we last left the audio sound bites, Pope Francis had just agreed with President Obama that he was a family of immigrants, came from a family of immigrants, and he was a guest in a country of immigrants, and so we all need to be immigrants and we need to love immigrants and welcome immigrants, ’cause families have built by immigrants, and essentially pope was saying “I’m in.” And here’s the next pope bite.
POPE FRANCIS: Mr. President, (speaking Spanish) citizens, American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant, inclusive, so safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities and to rejecting every form of injustice, discrimination.
RUSH: There we have it. Right on. Discrimination has now been added to the immigration agenda. You might be saying, “Why does the Democrat Party oppose this most of the time?” And here’s the guy, Mr. President, American Catholics committed to building a society truly tolerant, inclusive, safeguarding the rights of individuals in communities, rejecting every form of injustice, discrimination and so forth.
Those are not the things the Democrat Party associates with Christians. If they were, you wouldn’t have this enmity that the Democrats have for Christians. Evangelical. Look, not all you mainstream Democrats, I realize many of you are Christians. I’m talking about the far left wing, the leftist leadership embodied by people like Obama, the community organizers and those guys.
You know it as well as I do that there is a contempt for mainstream Christianity at the extreme margins. And I don’t think it’s extreme. I think it’s pretty much mainstream now in the American left and the Democrat Party. I didn’t have enough time to get it in, but the next pope bite, Algore could have said it, it’s about global warming.
RUSH: So may as well get into this.
During the break I was watching Fox News, and there’s some author expert on there, and his point was, “No, no, no, this is not a leftist pope. What could give anyone that idea? Of course not. This pope is not liberal. Who in their right mind? This pope is a Catholic.”
Okay. You know, the wise thing would be just drop this. It doesn’t matter. It isn’t gonna change anything. Isn’t gonna change anybody’s mind, and it’s not an attack anyway. It’s just you know me and liberalism, I believe that if more people were trained to recognize it while at the same time being taught how damaging it is, that we wouldn’t have anywhere near the number of messes and the amount of trouble that we have.
I fervently believe that. Including in the area of human rights. I think they’ve done more to damage human rights. And the irony is they get all this credit for having all of this compassion and good intentions, but what do they end up doing to really help you? Look at LA. Record number of homeless. Liberal Democrat-run state, liberal Democrat-run city. But this pope is talking about things that other popes haven’t: Climate change, discrimination, immigration.
I mean, it is what it is. I realize there’s nothing to be gained pointing it out. But I can’t help myself. I’m not trying to condemn the man. I’m not in any way, shape, manner, or form trying to disqualify, nowhere near is that my purview. I’m not Catholic. Which also means at the same time I’m not required to conform. But there is the fact the pope’s addressed it. I mean, he’s been told — in fact, there’s a sound bite. We’re gonna jump ahead in the sound bites. Yeah, grab number 10.
You know, when the pope first became pope, some of his early statements were clearly, proudly, happily anti-capitalist. And I commented on that. And I thought the way he was talking about capitalism sounded very, very close with the way it’s written about in Marxist theology or ideology. So I cavalierly threw out the thought that I thought pope sounded Marxist. Well, everybody said, “Well, well, Limbaugh said the pope is a Marxist,” and it reverberated through all four corners of the world.
And then we got stories that the pope was asked about it, and of course refuted it. Yesterday afternoon on Channel 7 Eyewitness News in New York the coanchor Liz Cho was speaking with the Our Lady of Lourdes Church of Massapequa. The pastor there, monsignor Jim Lisante about the pope’s arrival, and Liz Cho said, “He held a news conference on the plane as it was entering the US. He recognized he’s entering kind of a polarized political environment, and he willingly stepped right into it.”
LISANTE: Someone said to me once, they were quoting Rush Limbaugh, “Do you think he’s a Marxist?” And I said I’m sure he’s not a Marxist. He might have certain socialist tendencies. What he really is, which is far more frightening, is a true Christian. Remember the bracelets they used to wear years ago “What would Jesus do?” And Jesus would hang with the poor and the handicapped, the disabled. He’d say “Welcome” to strangers. He’d go to visit people in prisons. He would do all the loving, caring and compassionate things. He’d say to a person involved with abortion, “I’m sorry you went through that, but come home and know that you’re welcome here.” This is the work of Jesus Christ, and he does it well.
RUSH: Okay, so the way this is explained, therefore, is to say that any religious leader who is saying things like Pope Francis is saying is simply repeating the words of Christ. And so it has manifested itself now that it is the popular opinion among people that are really not informed is that Christ was a modern-day liberal Democrat. You know, I still find this incredible. If that’s true, then why is there such contempt for evangelical Christianity among many in the Democrat Party and in the media? And you can’t deny that there is.
But here you have the most successful, the most prosperous, the most charitable, however you wish to define goodness, the United States is at the top of every list of all nations in the world. And criticizing it as the problem, I’m sorry. Red flags go up. Certain kind of people do that. So that’s why my original comment was made. And now the pope is here and continues to spout what is the present day Democrat Party agenda, which we’re now being told is the agenda of Jesus. Who knew?
Now, there is a story here, and he did address this on the plane. The story is a TIME Magazine, the headline: “Pope Francis: I Am Not a Liberal — As Pope Francis flew to the United States for the first time, the pontiff assured journalists on the flight that he is not a liberal.” Why did he have to say so? It’s just a question. Why did he have to say so? “Asked to comment on the many media outlets who are asking if the Pope is liberal, the Pope seemed bemused and decisive. ‘Some people might say some things sounded slightly more left-ish, but that would be a mistake of interpretation,’ he said.”
Well, you know, the pope seems to be a victim of misinterpretation a lot, because the pope says something and the Vatican comes out with an alert and says, “No, no, no, no, what the pope meant was –” After the anti-capitalism comments the pope gave, the Vatican came out and tried to clarify that. He underscored the point. He said: “It is I who follows the church Â… my doctrine on all this Â… on economic imperialism, is that of the social doctrine of the church.” I don’t know what that means.
“It is I who follows the church Â… my doctrine on all this Â… on economic imperialism, is that of the social doctrine of the church.” So economic imperialism, well, the criticism of the United States as imperialistic, I mean, that comes from one particular ideology, too. Leftists the world over have called us imperial. And you know what it means. You know what the insult is, that we’re running around and that we are conquering everything. That we’re running around and we’re imposing ourselves. We’re conquering various countries and lands and occupying it and then stealing what is there for ourselves. That’s what they mean by imperialism.
So you throw economic in front of that, economic imperialism, which means that we are — I wouldn’t know how to define economic imperialism, other than we’re stealing everything or enforcing our economic way, capitalism, on everybody else.
So, anyway, there’s a story in Breitbart here by Frances Martel. And the headline is: “Miami Priest to Pope Francis: Why Condemn Capitalism So Strongly, but Not Communism? — Prominent Cuban-American priest, Father Alberto Cutie, questions Pope FrancisÂ’ apparently warm attitude towards the Castro dictatorship during his visit to Cuba this week, asking in a Miami Herald column, ‘Why do you so strongly condemn capitalism Â… but we never see an equally strong condemnation of atheist communism?’
“Writing for the Spanish-language El Nuevo Herald, Father Cutie — a former television and radio host, who left the Catholic priesthood for the Episcopal Church,” asks three questions in this op-ed.
Number one: “Why do you and other religion leaders condemn capitalism so strongly, and offer us a list of all the disasters that result from it on earth, but we never see an equally strong condemnation of atheist communism, which continues to cause the world so much harm? This inequality when the time comes to condemn appears unjust.” That’s a pretty good question. Why would you not condemn communism? By the way, the pope’s not the only one that doesn’t do that. I mean, in the seventies and eighties, you couldn’t find a Democrat to condemn communism, either.
Question number two: “Why do we ignore those who suffer from the great poverty of a lack of freedom and who, only for expressing their desperation and demanding respect for the most basic human rights, are detained, harassed, and beaten?” Why do we ignore them?
And number three: “Is it really more important to have diplomatic relations with a country that has not had free elections in 50 years, that abuses its people, that has a well-documented history of oppressing and robbing the Church — than to seek justice, the common good and freedom for all Cubans?”
And Father Cutie concludes, “I donÂ’t understand — and donÂ’t think I will ever begin to understand — why a man of God can meet with oppressors, but not the oppressed.”
Well, I could answer those. I could answer those with one arm tied behind my back to go with half of my brain tied behind my back. And they could quote Jesus in this answer. Jesus said go where the sinners are. So the answer would be, “I am meeting with the Castros to try to influence them from their evil ways.” His question, “Okay, fine, but why aren’t you meeting with the victims of Castro? “Well, because I don’t want to irritate the Castros as I try to save their souls.” That’d be the answer. That’d be my answer. I’d go to where the sinners are and I want to try to save their souls, these Castro thugs, and I want to meet with them, and I want to spread the word with my countenance and my presence. I don’t want to anger them by going and meeting their prisoners, not yet.
I think to a lot of people that would make sense, make total sense. So, see, folks, I can be fair, I can be open, I’m the epitome of all of that anyway ’cause all I care about at the end of everything is the truth, is what is right. Back to the pope sound bites. Given now that we have addressed this, what are we up to here? Oh, yes, sound bite number six from Pope Francis’ brief remarks at la casa Blanco today.
POPE FRANCIS: Mr. President, I am finding it encouraging that you are proposing initiative for reducing air pollution. Climate change is a problem. We can no longer be left to our future generation. (Applause) When it comes to the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment of history. We still have time to make the change needed to bring about sustainable and integrate development.
RUSH: I would refer you once again to George Will’s column on Sunday addressing all of this about environmental degradation and socialism versus environmental improvement and development via capitalism. It was a great column, it was a great piece, and his whole premise was that if the pope actually succeeded in implementing all the things he claims to believe, that poverty would return to many who have escaped it.
This was George Will, an accepted member of the establishment, by the way, not me. It was George Will, a celebrated member of the ruling class that was making these claims, not I, El Rushbo. I was simply the vessel for those who didn’t read the George Will piece. And the final pope bite before we go to the break. This is a segment which he quotes the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
POPE FRANCIS: Change demands, on our part, a serious and responsible recognition not only of the kind of the world we may be leading to our children, but also to the millions of people living under a system which has overlooked them. To use a telling phrase of the Reverend Martin Luther King, we can say that we have defaulted on a promissory note and now is the time to honor it.
RUSH: Okay. Who have we defaulted against? Who have we failed here? In case you’re having trouble hearing because of the accent, what he said here was “Change demands, on our part, a serious and responsible recognition not only of the kind of the world we may be leading to our children, but also to the millions of people living under a system which has overlooked them.”
Well, now, where is he? He’s not in Cuba here, and he’s not in China. He’s not in North Korea. He’s in the United States of America. So what’s he talking about here? People living under a system which has overlooked them. Who’s he talking about here? (interruption) Okay, so it must be our system of government here that is overlooking certain people.
Well, who is it popularly said that we are overlooking? That’s it, the minorities. Exactly right. African-Americans, women, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, transgenders, lesbians, gays, bisexuals. That’s what he must be talking about, right? And we’ve defaulted on our promise. After seven years of Obama we’ve defaulted? I don’t understand, folks. Sorry.
RUSH: Grab audio sound bite number nine. I mentioned this earlier. This is Major Garrett on CBS This Morning and a report on Obama and the pope sharing a discussion of the burdens they face, brought on by celebrity and change.
GARRETT: Pope Francis arrives to find at least in part by his humility also is an instrument of change within the church and an international celebrity in a kind that popes in the past simply haven’t been. Now, President Obama knows a thing or two about change and celebrity, and it’s actually these topics that the two have discussed in private, the burdens of dealing with celebrity and change.
RUSH: That’s what they’ve got in common? (interruption) They’re A-listers? They’d both be on the red carpet at the Emmys if it were tonight? That’s what they’ve got in common? They are dealing with the burdens of celebrity and change? (interruption) I was just gonna say, major has forgotten something here. Pope John Paul II was a bigger — the word “celebrity” doesn’t even cover it with describing John Paul. When he says popes in the past simply haven’t been, nobody, past or future, has come close to Pope John Paul II. (interruption) The Polish pope? I’m sorry. This man drew crowds of a hundred thousand in Central Park. And he did talk about abortion, and he did talk about morality, and he did talk about right and wrong.
He did not talk about climate change. He didn’t talk about amnesty or immigration or any of that. He talked about what I said he talked about. And it was huge. Pope John Paul II. I don’t think anybody yet can compare. It’s early in Pope Francis’s papacy. I’m not denying in polling that he’s extremely popular.