RUSH: You know, folks, it’s not just David Brooks. Barack Hussein O, the president of the United States, this is on the NewYorkReviewofBooks.com, their website, not to be confused with the New York Times. The New York Review of Books — what do you think the New York Review of Books is? (interruption) Well, yeah. (laughing) Snerdley, “It’s some literary thing from the publishing community.” Well, it sounds like a bunch of people that review books, the New York Review of Books. If that’s what it was, that’d be no thang. But these people are every bit the far-left lunatics that the New York Times is. They are left-wing advocates disguised as literary intellectuals, reviewing only the finest works.
So, anyway, Obama shows up, they’ve got this sort of podcast thing that they do on their website, and he was having a conversation with Marilynne Robinson at the New York Review of Books. It’s called President Obama and Marilyn Robinson, A Conversation in Iowa. And during the interview, Obama said this.
OBAMA: People always, I think, were surprised about me connecting with folks in small-town Iowa. And the reason I did was, first of all, I had the benefit that, at the time nobody expected me to win, and so I wasn’t viewed through this prism of Fox News and conservative media and making me scary.
RUSH: Yeah, he’s got this on the brain. I live rent free in his brain and in Bill Clinton’s and in Hillary’s. I live rent free in all three. I’m the original Airbnb, except I don’t pay for it. I’m in their brain. Obama is out there constantly blaming Fox and conservative media — that’s me. So it’s not just Brooks. And this is not the first time for Obama. But you know what’s wrong? The whole premise of this question is wrong when he says, “People always, I think, were surprised about me connecting with folks in small-town Iowa.”
He didn’t connect with people in small-town Iowa. He’s talking about winning the Hawkeye Cauci, and you know how he won the Hawkeye Cauci? You remember how he won? He bused everybody in from out of state. They changed the rules on who could go to a caucus. He didn’t win any small-time Iowa fans other-than-traditional Democrat cauci goers. He didn’t make any connection with small-town Iowans. That’s just revisionist history based on the fact that he won the Hawkeye Cauci back in 2008.
Hillary was expected to win. That was the first big upset. The Hawkeye Cauci, that was supposed to launch Hillary on her coronation, and Obama comes in and wins this thing, and he did it with a lot of people bused in. It was almost an in-your-face flouting of the rules of the Hawkeye Cauci, as I recall it here. Remember, this is the guy, let’s go back to April 6th of 2008. This is at a Democrat fundraiser where he’s speaking, and he doesn’t know that there’s somebody with a camera and a microphone in there.
OBAMA: They get bitter and they cling to their guns or religion or antipathy towards people who aren’t like them.
RUSH: That’s the bitter clinger comment, here’s Obama talking, oh, yeah, I had great connection with small-town Iowa, yeah, man, they loved me before Fox News got hold of me and before conservative media got hold of me and made me scary, they loved me there. But in April of 2008 — this was during the campaign. This is shortly after the Hawkeye Cauci, in fact, Obama, oh, yeah, these people, they get bitter, they cling on guns or religion or antipathy towards people who aren’t like them.
I know you remember that comment. This is Obama describing middle America. This is Obama describing what he thinks of the average, ordinary Republicans out there. Small-minded, feeble-minded, bigots, racist, go to church every Sunday, pro-lifers, maybe a shotgun in the back window of a pickup truck, and they don’t know anything. They’re not very bright, and they cling to all these things that give them faith when they’re being overrun by things they don’t understand like people like me, or women or, you know, anybody that isn’t white, you know, they freak out, and they cling to their guns or their religion or their antipathy or what have you.
And that same guy is out trying to say, yeah, I was loved by small-town Iowa. Problem is he doesn’t like small towners. This is a guy trying to eliminate suburbs, or at least eliminate the voting power and economic power of suburbia.