Politicians Won’t Rebuild After Sandy, the American People Will
I want to try to explain to you in a little different way why this whole Sandy business, I don’t think, has anything to do with what this election’s about except as a microcosm in one way, and it’s this. I said to people last night, and I’ve tried today, too, when I talk about fundamentals. There’s a reason why Obama doesn’t have any momentum. There’s a reason why the momentum’s all Romney. There’s a reason why Obama is flailing. He’s been a lousy president. People wonder, “Well, what can he do here, Rush, three days, Hurricane Sandy, what can Obama do?” He can’t do anything.
He hasn’t been able to do anything about unemployment for four years, folks. He hasn’t been able to do anything about the economy in four years. He hasn’t been able to do anything about gas prices in four years, except make it worse. He has not been a good president, and there’s nothing that can happen in these three days that changes that. There’s nothing that can happen here. You want to say, “Well, he could make it look like he feels or cares.” People know that, or think that anyway. As for, “Well, it gives him a chance to look presidential.” He’s supposed to. He is the president. He’s not gonna get points for looking presidential. The reasons Obama’s in trouble are too deep. They aren’t shallow. In fact, this whole Sandy and its aftermath, you can almost portray it as a microcosm of why Obama’s in trouble.
New Jersey and Queens and all that, they’re gonna be rebuilt. But not because of a president. Not even because of a governor. They’re gonna be rebuilt not because of any politician. These areas are gonna be rebuilt because of people, the people who make the country work, local communities, neighbors helping neighbors, churches, you name it. Individuals and families will pick themselves up. They won’t wait around. There are not very many people in this country that wait around for the government, but New Orleans was one of them. Well, that’s what liberalism does to people. They wait. They don’t take charge of their own lives. This is not gonna happen here. This disaster illustrates what a president cannot do. This disaster illustrates what a government cannot do. And to me that’s what this election’s all about. Government’s become way too big, way too important, way too big a factor.