RUSH: Let’s go back to CNN last night, but to 1995, the Oklahoma City bombing. Erin Burnett talking to David “Rodham” Gergen, a discussion about Trump’s remarks yesterday condemning the KKK and other hate groups as being insufficient and ill-timed.
GERGEN: If you go back to Bill Clinton, his presidency was really fumbling for a while. Oklahoma City came along with the bombing out there, and he was extremely empathic. He jumped right on it. He captured the mood of the nation and was a good leader and it lifted his presidency, and it turned his presidency around. Similar with George W. Bush in a different way, you know, with Katrina, flying over it and everybody watching that and realizing he hadn’t really paid much attention to it, seemed indifferent to it, that wounded him for the rest of his presidency. This has the potential — we’ll have to wait and see where it goes —
RUSH: Now, wait, why doesn’t Bush get any credit for the reaction to 9/11? For crying out loud, Gergen, you guys have to focus on Clinton and the Oklahoma City bombing, and you’re claiming that he profited from a disaster, and he was brilliant at it. Why don’t we just say it as you mean it. Bill Clinton knew how to turn a crisis into personal fortune. Bill Clinton knew how to profit from disasters. Not a sentence, not a syllable of George W. Bush and his bringing the country genuinely together for a couple weeks after 9/11.
No, you have to go back to the media-manufactured Bush failure post-Katrina. Well, what did Clinton do that was so brilliant in 1995 after the Oklahoma City bombing? What was it that the David “Rodham” Gergens and the rest of the Drive-By Media think was just so fabulous? Well, we can play it for you. We can let you hear it. April 24th, 1995, in Minneapolis, the American Association of Community colleges conference. Here is Slick Willie.
CLINTON: We hear so many loud and angry voices in America today whose sole goal seems to be to try to keep some people as paranoid as possible and the rest of us all torn up and upset with each other. They spread hate. They leave the impression that by their very words that violence is acceptable. You ought to see, I’m sure you are now seeing the reports of some things that are regularly said over the airwaves in America today. It is time we all stood up and spoke against that kind of reckless speech and behavior.
RUSH: With that speech, Bill Clinton blamed this program for the Oklahoma City bombing, folks. This is 1995. There is no Fox News yet. There’s not even a Fox News in anybody’s mind. There is this show and some associated new radio talk shows. There’s nothing conservative on television. And the blogosphere is just getting going, the internet, if you will. This show was it. And Clinton had been focused on me calling KMOX in St. Louis on Air Force One to complain that there was nobody to refute me, no truth detector.
And he blames me for the Oklahoma City bombing, and the media loved it ’cause they hated me then like they hate me now. They just ate it up. But we called them on it and the White House put out a statement, “Uh, we weren’t talking about Limbaugh. We were talking about the Michigan militia shortwave broadcasts,” which nobody ever heard. Didn’t even know there was a Michigan militia shortwave network, but that’s what happened, folks. And that’s why they loved him.
RUSH: Hurricane Katrina was just the latest example at the time for the media that they could invent a lie, that Bush screwed up the Katrina response, when in fact it was the fastest mobilization after a disaster in American history at the time. But they found out they could create a lie and run with it, and we’ve been dealing with it ever since.