RUSH: ‘When the hostages had been released and their alleged captor arrested, a regal-looking Hillary Rodham Clinton strolled out of her Washington home, the picture of calm in the face of crisis.’ This made me want to puke. This is an AP story, and it’s from December 1st. ‘The image, broadcast just as the network news began…’ I wonder how that happened? She just happened to walk out of the house there looking regal right as the nightly newscast began. ‘The image, broadcast just as the network news began, conveyed the message a thousand town hall meetings and campaign commercials strive for — namely, that the Democratic presidential contender can face disorder in a most orderly manner. ‘I am very grateful that this difficult day has ended so well,’ she declared as she stood alone at the microphone. Little more than three hours later, just in time for the 11 p.m. local news, Clinton reaffirmed that perspective. In New Hampshire, she embraced her staffers and their families, and lauded the law enforcement officials who brought a siege at her local campaign headquarters to a peaceful conclusion. It was a vintage example of a candidate taking a negative and turning it into a positive. And coming just six weeks before the presidential voting begins, the timing could hardly have been more beneficial to someone hoping to stave off a loss in the Iowa caucuses and secure a win in the New Hampshire primary… Along with taking charge while giving the professionals free rein…’ would somebody tell me, what in the world did she have to do with this?
She’s at her home in Washington. She took charge and yet gave local law enforcement free rein? What does this mean? Local law enforcement had to call Mrs. Clinton in Washington and say, ‘How do you want us to handle this, Madam President?’ She has so much experience in this kind of stuff, folks, she just stood aside, let local law enforcement have free rein. ‘Clinton offered up a third dimension to her crisis character: humanity. She said she felt ‘grave concern’ when she first heard the news of the hostage-taking. ‘It affected me not only because they were my staff members and volunteers, but as a mother, it was just a horrible sense of bewilderment, confusion, outrage, frustration, anger, everything at the same time,’ Clinton said. It was a thawing moment for a stoic figure … She buttressed it with one final message. Clinton sought to use the sad moment as a national teaching opportunity, another skill often employed by presidents.’
This is from The Politico, David Paul Kuhn: ”Clinton Seizes Opportunity After Crisis.’ — ‘It looked and sounded presidential,’ said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. ‘This was an instance of the White House experience of this campaign. They knew how to handle this. What’s most important about it is that it’s not contrived,’ he said. ‘It’s a real event and that distinguishes it from 99 percent of what happens in the campaign season.’ … Friday presented Clinton with a moment to look the part of a president.’ What did they expect her to do? Did they expect her to sound and run around like some hysterical woman sobbing and screaming uncontrollably and asking the hostage taker and the bad guy to let the — what did she do? Nothing. A clear illustration, ladies and gentlemen, of how the Drive-By Media is trying to influence and anoint, and I have a big monologue coming up on this, by the way, as it affects both parties and both presidential campaigns. Listen to this audio sound bite. This is this morning, Good Morning America, Diane Sawyer interviewing Ben Warren, the stepson of the hostage taker, Leeland Eisenberg and they had this exchange.
SAWYER: Ben, as you know he’s now facing serious felony charges, your stepdad, but there was a history, he was turned away by local hospitals, turned away by a psychiatrist, unable to get his medication. You said this is an act of desperation. What kind of desperation do you see?
WARREN: He kept expressing that he was wanting help. He was wanting help with his problem and that he wasn’t able to get it because he didn’t have insurance and he didn’t have money. And it was an act of desperation, to try to get help.
RUSH: Ahhhhh, it just fits, it fits the mold, doesn’t it? This poor man decided to do what he did because he doesn’t have health insurance. I’m not sure. I think somebody predicted on Friday, ladies and gentlemen, this might actually be one of the many spins of this event. Here’s Mrs. Clinton last Friday night in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. News conference about the hostage situation, a portion of her remarks.
HILLARY: I just met with the hostages and a number of their families and a lot of relief, a lot of gratitude, particularly for the people behind me and the teams that they represent. I spoke with their families throughout the day to provide whatever information I had. And I know I — I was bugging a lot of these people on I felt like a minute-by-minute basis trying to make sure that I knew everything that was going on so that I was in a position to tell the families, to tell my family, and to be available to do anything that they asked of me.
RUSH: Okay, so what this was, this was designed to make it seem like that she was calm amidst the crisis and managing the situation. Of course, the Drive-Bys ate it up. If she can handle a kook with road flares duct-taped to himself, she can handle Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. A real test wouldn’t you say, a total test. Then an unidentified reporter said, ‘Mrs. Clinton, what was your reaction when you heard the situation?’
HILLARY: It, you know, affected me not only because these were my staff members and volunteers, but as a mother, it was just a horrible sense of just bewilderment, confusion, outrage, frustration, anger, I mean everything at the same time.
RUSH: Anger, I wonder who she was mad at? Was she mad at the poor deranged guy who didn’t have health insurance? Of course, the Drive-Bys eat this stuff up, and they of course want to know, ‘How did it affect you personally? You’re sitting in your home in Washington, DC, managing the crisis, looking presidential, we want know how it affected you personally.’ Finally, from CNN’s Anderson Cooper 180 on CNN, the Clinton News Network — do you know that this kook, this Eisenberg guy actually called the Clinton News Network several times looking for the owner, Hillary Clinton, because he couldn’t get mental health care, and he thought she could help. CNN didn’t report that. They report stuff like national security secrets and so forth, but not anything that could endanger a Clinton staffer. So Jason Carroll of CNN been working the story hard, says, Anderson Cooper, ‘What have you learned here, Jason?’
CARROLL: Well, Anderson, what’s really coming forward is a profile of a troubled 47-year-old man. Throughout this entire ordeal he had called CNN several times explaining that he was a mental patient. Of course, we did not reveal this for security reasons. He told CNN that he needed help, that help would cost thousands of dollars, money he did not have. He was extremely frustrated about that. He also asked to be put in touch with Senator Clinton. Of course, CNN did not do that.
RUSH: Right. Goddesses don’t take phone calls. The guy knows where to call to get hold of Hillary Clinton, that’s one thing, so how deranged can he be? He called the Clinton News Network, he’s looking for the owner, and he wants to complain about health care coverage. Come on, folks, they think we’re idiots here?
RUSH: I want to make a little observation for you about this incident that happened at the Hillary Clinton campaign headquarters in New Hampshire last Friday. You know, in the old days… I can’t believe I’m saying that. I’m 56 years old. I can’t believe I’m saying ‘in the old days.’ But really, in the old days, if you had a situation like this that happened — actually not that far long ago, and you had a situation like this with somebody who’s mentally unstable or just a hardened criminal who’s taken hostages, normally what happened was that the perp would be talked to by a hostage negotiator from the local cops, SWAT team or some such thing, and then they would try to solve it that way. Sometimes the guy would call out and make demands. He’d want an airplane for him and 200 of his friends to fly off to Hawaii or something. Look what’s happening now, at least in the Clinton case. For all the talk about the mental derangement of this guy, he still had the mental acuity to call CNN. These perps call CNN now. They want to get on the news — and, of course, his claim was that he didn’t have money for health care to have his mental derangement looked at, but he was not mentally deranged enough to know that he was mentally deranged.
I mean, you gotta have some smarts to know you’re not smart and then to call CNN looking for the owner of the place, Mrs. Clinton, the Clinton News Network. See, now you call presidential candidates or you call a news organization hoping to get through to a presidential candidate. To me, it’s a little frightening, a little disturbing, and a little upsetting, if you will, that this guy is probably just a small microcosm of the number of people who get up each and every day and think that unless the president or somebody in Washington does something for them, that something cannot get done for them, that the family that they’re a part of can’t do anything; they themselves can’t do anything. This is one of the major fears — ‘fear’ may be a strong word here, but it’s been one of the concerns — that conservatives have had as the evolution of Big Government has continued and government has grown larger, and larger, and larger. It’s just something to think about.
RUSH: John in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. Welcome to the program. Nice to have you, sir.
CALLER: Oh, thank you, Rush, and thank you for everything that you do for us.
RUSH: Appreciate that.
CALLER: Really appreciate it.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: Reason I’m calling has to do with the complaint of the person who took the hostages in Rochester, New Hampshire, saying that he couldn’t get insurance. Insurance is really not the issue here. What we’ve got is a person with serious mental illness, probably schizophrenia, who is seriously mentally ill, but there are government agencies in every state to help this. For instance, New Hampshire has a department of human services and bureau of behavioral health, but they provide crisis emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
RUSH: That’s exactly my point, and the family of this guy knows that, yet what did they do? They called CNN, the Clinton News Network, trying to get hold of Hillary, the owner.
RUSH: Well, now, something’s awry here. At the least, this is just a trend that’s happening. More and more people think if the federal government doesn’t take care of me, I’m not going to be taken care of.
CALLER: Well, in this instance we really don’t know what this person was thinking because of his mental illness.
RUSH: That’s right, and he was drunk out there.
CALLER: He may been given the right information or the incorrect. But when he says that he was turned away by a psychiatrist, turned away by hospitals, either something is wrong with the mental health services within the state of New Hampshire, or the fellow didn’t listen to it or his family and other loved ones didn’t help.
RUSH: We got 20 seconds. What do you think?
RUSH: Your silence is speaking volumes out there.
CALLER: Oh, what do I think about what?
RUSH: What do you think the answer is? We’re running out of time now. I wanted to know what you thought about the question that you posed. Either they got lousy services there, or the family didn’t know about them, or didn’t want to use them.
CALLER: Well, I think the state of New Hampshire needs to reexamine what they’re doing up there.
RUSH: Okay, that’s good. I gotta run because of time. Okay, that’s very generous of you to say that. I really do think that’s very generous.