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RUSH: I have to disagree with people who are saying Michelle Obama was hypocritical last night.  If I’ve had one email, I’ve had a thousand from people who really, really seem to be offended over Michelle Obama saying this is a great country. We don’t need to make it great; it’s great as it is.  And people are saying, “She doesn’t believe that!” “I could see her smirking when she was walking off,” one emailer said.  She doesn’t believe it.  Rush, go back to 2008 when she said the first time she’d ever been proud of her country was when her husband was running for office.”

Folks, don’t lose perspective.  Her husband has been in office 7-1/2 years.  This country is in the middle of a massive transformation.  She’s not gonna go out there and undercut her husband.  She’s not gonna go out there and say anything other than the country’s great, and she probably thinks that it is.  She probably thinks that the things her husband has done that are transforming this country, that 94 million Americans aren’t working… I mean, if you knew what to listen for, you could hear the push-button signs that she’s still angry, still carries around a lot of resentment.

It was there.  It was all over the speech.  But her husband’s about to leave; they’re building legacy.  She’s not gonna run around out there and talk about how unexceptional the country is.  She’s gotta give her husband credit. In her mind and his, with the way they are transforming America, I think they think it is on the way to greatness.  Maybe what they think is that the changes they are instituting, the changes being implemented are great to bring about the transformation this country deserves, because it’s been much too powerful and much too rich for way too long.

And it’s inarguable that Obama is doing a lot about that.  The country is not as wealthy. The country is more in debt.  Mission accomplished.  I think the analysis of the Obama administration is mission accomplished, and his wife is certainly gonna go out there and say it.  As far as the low-information segment of the population — the vast, vast, vast majority of which votes Democrat — if you are a progressive as Obama is and you want to sell the direction you’re taking this country, it’s okay to call it great now ’cause you’ve got it moving in the direction of decline.

So I wouldn’t be so quick to throw out the hypocrisy charge at her.  She’s gonna be even more proud after her husband has been in office for nearly eight years.  She was never proud of her country ’til he ran.  Well, she’s gotta be swelling with pride at the damage that he has brought about after eight years.  It makes sense to me.


RUSH:  Did anybody else notice that Michelle Obama sort of slammed Twitter last night?  Maybe it’s a minor deal to me, but these are the kind of things that might impact people.  You would never know, nobody would ever talk about it, nobody would ever admit it to you, but it’s almost a subliminal thing.  In her attack on Trump, she never mentioned Trump’s name, but she made reference to the fact that this is much more important than just responding in 140 characters.  And in the process she maligned the whole concept of Twitter, not just Trump.

Now, I thought a lot of liberals thought Twitter’s cool. A lot of liberals think that Twitter’s hip, yeah.  And Michelle even had #bringbackourgirls or #saveourgirls hashtag and so forth.  But it’s the kind of thing people would think Republicans would do, would make fun of tech or criticize tech.  It was a criticism of Trump, but it was 140 characters, everybody knows that’s Twitter.  And she was putting it down.


RUSH: Here is Brian in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as we head to the phones.  Brian, I’m glad you waited.  I really am.

CALLER:  Thank you, Rush.  And slightly premature 28th anniversary mega dittos to you, sir.  It’s a privilege to speak to you.

RUSH:  Thank you very much.  I appreciate that.

CALLER:  You bet.  I was listening to snippets of the convention coverage last night, and one thing that caught my ear and made me think was something Michelle Obama said during her speech. She said, and this is an actual quote, she said, “What I admire the most about Hillary is that she never buckles under pressure. She never takes the easy way out.”  And the first people I thought of when Michelle Obama said those words about Hillary were Ambassador Stevens and the other victims in Benghazi, because it seems to me that Hillary did buckle under pressure and very obviously took the easy way out and there’s dead bodies to prove it.

RUSH:  Good catch.  Good catch.  You’re doing something that you’re not supposed to do.  That’s the kind of line uttered at a speech, you’re just supposed to nod and applaud.  You know, Hillary was praised for raising a village, or understanding what it takes to raise a village. By the way, did you know that was another theme in this convention last night, that you can’t raise your kids right?  (interruption) Oh, you missed that?  You missed all the speakers talking about how — yeah, I made a note of it, that you’re not capable, you’re not competent raising your kids.  We all need to do that together.

How could you have missed that?  There was a theme last night that going it alone is fine, but you’re never gonna get anywhere.  But if we go together, we’re gonna get far.  And there were a couple people that wove in the whole concept of raising a family with — not using self-reliance and all this other kind of stuff.  I noted it.  Maybe it wasn’t mentioned enough to be a theme.  But they did, somebody, I don’t know if it was Moochelle, I don’t know if it was Fauxcahontas, but somebody was praising Hillary for her understanding of the complexities of raising a child and what a great job she’d obviously done with Chelsea.  That was Michelle.  Right.  But yeah, “She doesn’t take the easy way out.”  She takes the easy way out all the time. “Doesn’t buckle from –” Well, she’s got the testicle lockbox, though.  Don’t ever forget that.


RUSH: Here’s Lou in New Jersey.  You’re next.  It’s great to have you with us, sir.  Hello.

CALLER: Hello, Rush. Thank you for taking my call.

RUSH:  Yes, sir.

CALLER:  Just want to tell you, I listen to your show with my two daughters seven and eight, and I’m really trying to figure out how to get your books, you know, for my kids.  I wasn’t able to figure out how to do that. But, um… (pause) My question to you is: Does Obama really want Hillary to win?  It doesn’t look like it.  I think, like you said many times, that Obama is gonna move to Washington after the election and, if Clinton loses, he will be the face of the Democratic Party in Washington.  They’re not gonna be going to Hillary. They’re not gonna be going to Pelosi.  He is gonna be the face of the opposition to Trump, and maybe that’s what he wants.

RUSH:  Well, now, there were theories — and many people had them before James Comey did his press conference — and the theories were that Obama really had it in for her, but he couldn’t publicly betray her. So the drip, drip, drip, drip — and there was.  It seems like every week and sometimes twice, three times a week, for many months, we learned a little bit more about the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton and her email server, and theories developed out of this.

“Maybe Obama really doesn’t like her.” That’s been a conventional belief, by the way, that there’s no love lost between those two families.  That wouldn’t make it so obvious. But this drip, drip, drip, drip, drip showed that he would not be unhappy if she wasn’t the nominee.  But then Comey comes out, and it was very clear that the administration was not gonna prosecute her, and there have been pretty full-throated endorsements of her by Obama and his wife, Moochelle (My Belle) Obama.

So if there was anything to that theory, there isn’t anymore, ’cause she is the nominee.  Now, I don’t know.  If you think that Obama could still try to undermine her candidacy… Look, I understand what you’re saying, that if she wins, she becomes the face of the Democrat Party.  She becomes the face of the power. She becomes the focus of attention for the media and everybody else — rendering Obama not invisible, but certainly secondary status.  I have my doubts about that.

I think there is such devotion — media — for and to Obama that I think he’s gonna remain prominent no matter who is elected president, and I think that he is going to seek to undermine anyone, whoever they are, if they try to undermine or unravel any of his so-called achievements.  He says he’s gonna stay in Washington because his kids have to finish their schooling there with their friends and so forth at Sidwell Friends and so forth.  They bought a house in Palm Springs somewhere.

But presidents don’t stay in Washington.  Presidents, they get out of there as fast as they can, ’cause it’s like a prison to them.  And Michelle Obama’s even said as much about the White House.  So the fact that he’s gonna stay there has always told me that he’s gonna stay there to protect his legacy, whatever it is, and that he’s not gonna observe the age-old protocols of standing aside and staying silent for awhile while the new president takes office.  I still think that’s gonna be the case.  I appreciate the call.

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