It’s starting to seem like Obama doesn’t take anything seriously and is really just the party President.
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Folks, I wonder, was Obama able to stay in the Situation Room through the entire rodeo clown crisis, do you think? No, let me just say one thing. I know what some of you are saying. “Come on, Rush, it all works out ’cause they said there was a lot of downtime. He coulda gone and played cards and come back and been in the Situation Room at the right time and played golf.” I understand all that. Folks, here’s my problem. We are talking about the president of the United States. When the vice president has to go out on the convention floor and start telling us how brave the guy is, I’m sorry. That’s understood, that’s part of the package.

It’s like if a woman has to tell you she’s not a prostitute, what are the odds that she is? You’ve heard people deny a charge that hasn’t been made. It’s the same stuff that happened during the Clinton years. All these sycophants, all the time sitting around telling stories how great, empathetic, brave, courageous, whatever the guy is, because it doesn’t speak for itself. And now all these people covering for him, “Oh, golly, playing cards, well, whatever he has to do to keep his mind sharp.” Give me a break. He didn’t take it seriously, and everybody understands this, and they sent Reggie Love out there to try to cover it up and make it look like empathy, and he didn’t pull it off, and so now it’s cover the wagons time or CYA.

Nobody had to tell us that the characters John Wayne played in movies were brave and patriotic. Certain things about people speak for themselves, and these are all characteristics that we think we are electing when somebody’s running for the office. I don’t quite know how to explain it, but what it tells me is that if they have to tell us he’s brave, there must be a question about it. It must not speak for itself. If they have to tell us that playing cards during the bin Laden raid is a great way of keeping your mind sharp, something they know is not right about this and they’re trying to square it.

This kind of stuff happened all the time during the Clinton years. During the eight years of Reagan, he didn’t have people working for him out there telling everybody how great he was and how empathetic he was and how this or that he was. I mean, you had media speculating on the fact he couldn’t stay awake, but there was not this never-ending image and PR campaign constantly surrounding him, and there wasn’t with George W. Bush. Now, you might be saying, “Well, we need that in this day and age, Rush, because of people and their exposure to the media. They have to be told. They don’t assume that these qualities exist.” I maintain they do.

You can tell if a person is a man or not. You know manliness when you see it. You know competence when you see it. You know leadership when you see it. You may not be able to define it for people. It’s like Potter Stewart, the Supreme Court justice, said (paraphrasing), “I may not be able to define pornography, but by God I know it when I see it.” You know compassion. You know toughness. You know manliness when you see it. You know cowardice when you see it. And these people must think we don’t see it. And the Clinton people must have thought we didn’t see it. ‘Cause every day they had to drill it into us, how great these guys are. And I’m sorry. If I have to be told how great somebody is, then I’m suspicious. It must not be patently obvious.

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