One thing on the pep rally-disguised-as-a-memorial on Wednesday night. I happened to, as I have been told, anger a lot of people yesterday by saying that the president delayed the memorial while waiting for the polling data to come in and the T-shirts to get printed. Well, guess what? I was right on both counts. The polling data shows, as you know, that the American people do not associate conservative rhetoric with what happened out in Arizona. In fact, there’s a Quinnipiac poll out that shows a majority of America don’t think that; but that 54% of Americans think that the worst of the political rhetoric comes from the left, comes from Democrats. The second thing was they had to wait to get the T-shirts printed. And that’s true. Not only that, they had to wait to get a new logo for the T-shirts. It was a pep rally.
I have pictures here of chairs with the T-shirts on them prior to opening the doors to the rally, and the logo was “Together We Thrive.” Remember that? That’s what was on the T-shirts, “Together We Thrive.” And here’s pictures of the — well, I’m not gonna waste time here zooming in on the Dittocam. I’m not a TV producer, it’s a radio program, but trust me, I got pictures here of the chairs with, “Together We Thrive” and so forth. It turns out that “Together We Thrive” comes from the Organizing for America website, which is Obama’s website. It was written by John Berry IV. John Berry’s blog, Together We Thrive, February 11th, 2008. So they reheated an old idea. The whole point of this was a pep rally or a political rally for Obama. And, you know, you go back and you look at the speech again and he says all these wonderful things followed by “but.” (imitating Obama) “We shouldn’t blame, but…” “And I think we have a great thing, but…” and so forth. He didn’t tie himself to anything.
“For too long Americans have been set one against the other. It is a side effect of a free market society.” So this is from the BarackObama.com page, John Berry, this is the Organizing for America website on February 11th, 2008, coming up on three years ago. Three years ago, they revived. “For too long Americans have been set one against the other, it is a side effect of a free market society. How can profits be maximized, how can I get the work done for the lowest possible costs. This continually sets one group against the other, especially in the blue collar sectors of America. It has become a part of the American business model, whether it was indentured servants, slaves picking cotton, sharecroppers, the industrious people that built the railroads or today’s migrant workers. As long as we remain divided, fighting for the scraps that America has to offer it will be one group against the other.” That’s on Organizing for America. This is from an Obama website during the campaign of 2008. “Fighting for the scraps that America has to offer.” This is Obama-endorsed. “For too long Americans have been set one against the other. It is a side effect of a free-market society.” And this was the pep rally theme for this brilliant oratory and really smart and articulate nothingness of a speech.
My problem is I live in Literalville. I’m not a stylistic guy. I’m a substance person. You know, we talk about what is smart on this program a lot. Obama is naturally assumed to be smart. Name one smart thing he’s done! Outside of political craftiness and scheming, name one smart policy that Obama has given us to help revive a sour economy. We’re now headed, folks, to $100-a-barrel oil, and this regime doesn’t want anybody knowing about it. It is about to rip the UK apart. It is what consumers are about to riot over over there. The price of oil in this country right now, I checked it before the program, 91 bucks. The OPEC guys are saying, “A hundred bucks a barrel. That’s normal. Get used to it. We’re not gonna do one thing to bring it down. We want it up as high as we can.” Obama has said (paraphrasing), “Gasoline, four or five bucks? I don’t have a problem with it. I just have a problem with how fast it got there.” Anything that impedes on the mobility and the freedom of the American people is fine and dandy with Obama. What’s smart about this?
I’ve never understood this notion he’s a smart guy. He sounds smart, he speaks smart, he articulates well, and he really lifts that nose and head in the air above the camera lens and has the ability to look down or make it appear as though he’s looking down on all of us from above. But the substance of what he says… Anyway, it’s just one of these things we have to accept. He’s a smart guy. We’ve never seen any record of it; we haven’t seen any transcripts; we just accept it.