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RUSH: From the Raleigh News and Observer: ‘A debate Wednesday night that focused on Sen. Barack Obama’s potential vulnerabilities was an example of outmoded political ‘gotcha’ games, Obama told a Raleigh audience today. ‘That was the rollout of the Republican campaign against me in November,’ Obama said during a ‘town hall’ meeting at the State Fairgrounds. ‘They will try to focus on all these issues that don’t have anything to do with how you are paying your bills at the end of the month.” Well, that’s none of your business, either, how people are going to pay their bills. That’s not what a president’s supposed to do, Mr. Obama. These questions that have been asked of you are totally legitimate. The people with whom and who you associate are very indicative of the kind of person you are. We all hang around people that we like. We all hang around people that reflect our views. There are some exceptions to this. But I mean everybody that we know that this guy runs around with is a radical, an extreme radical in one form or another. Here is Obama actually on tape whining about this in Raleigh, North Carolina, yesterday.

OBAMA: Forty-five minutes before we heard about health care, 45 minutes before we heard about Iraq, 45 minutes before we heard about jobs, 45 minutes before we heard about gas prices. I don’t — I don’t — I don’t blame Washington for this, because that’s just how Washington is. They like stirring up controversy and they like playing gotcha games and getting us to attack each other.

RUSH: Washington? Washington? The debate was in Philadelphia and it was ABC. By the way, do you not love the way ABC is being attacked by other Drive-By networks as well as the kook fringe leftist blogosphere? Folks, Operation Chaos has tentacles that have gone far beyond the presidential campaign. Operation Chaos now has taken root in America’s newsrooms and America’s networks. But Mr. Obama, 45 minutes before we heard about Iraq, I know everything you think about Iraq. I’ve heard it in 21 debates. I know everything you think about taxes. I’ve heard it in 21 debates. I know everything you think about jobs, gas prices, I’ve heard about it in 21 debates. What I haven’t heard is the answers to the questions that you were asked on Wednesday night. The questions were perfectly justified. Can you imagine any great NFL quarterback after a loss talking to the press about how bad the referees were, how unfair circumstances were, how bad the play calling was, basically blaming everybody but himself? This is what Obama sounds like. This guy is coming off very amateurish. Whining and crying, this man is not a leader, ladies and gentlemen. He’s whining about the questions he got in the debate, and it’s embarrassing to listen to him whine.

By the way, have you seen the videotape where he’s talking about Clinton twisting the knife in? Have you seen the videotape? He sticks one finger up as he’s scratching his face, and it’s the bird. He’s scratching his face with the bird finger as he’s talking about Hillary, and he’s talking about the Drive-Bys and their tough questioning. You know, this guy’s a spoiled brat. He is a spoiled brat. He’s had it easy. You know that story he told about, ‘Well, I am not an elitist, my mother was on food stamps.’ You know where he was where his mother was on food stamps? At some elitist prep school, some private prep school somewhere that cost a lot of money to get into. You know, Tiger Woods just last week came in second at the Masters, and I don’t know about you, I was stunned when I found out on Monday that he has to go in for knee surgery, the third or fourth surgery on the same knee. He played every tournament this year with a bum knee — and, by the way, Augusta is not an easy place to walk, trust me. I hate walking, period. It’s pointless. But that’s a hilly golf course, it’s not easy to walk, and he didn’t complain. He didn’t blame his loss on his knee. He didn’t even mention it at the Masters.

He put it on his website to explain why he probably wouldn’t be in another tournament until either the Byron Nelson or maybe the US Open in June. We were shocked. He didn’t complain, he didn’t whine about it. Marty Schottenheimer was asked about how he thought a rookie would play, he would say, ‘We’ll see how he does after he gets hit in the mouth.’ Bill Parcells, when he was the coach of the New England Patriots, and Drew Bledsoe was in his rookie season and Bledsoe got beat up pretty bad in a game, finished the game but was limping, I think it was in Cleveland, limping off the field and somebody asked Parcells in the postgame press conference, ‘How do you think he’s going to do?’ He says, ‘We’ll see, I can’t tell you.’ Now, Parcells could have said, ‘He’s a tough guy, he’ll come out.’ He was waiting to see what happened, and Bledsoe didn’t complain. These guys don’t. Obama complains. Obama is whining. Obama wants us to feel sorry for him. He gives a great speech, but he can’t take a punch, he’s weak, and he whines. I’m sure some women find that attractive because they would look at him as a little boy and would want to protect him from the evils of the mean, bad press and that evil witch, Hillary. But it embarrasses me as a man.

This reminds me, I saw something, this is some weeks ago now, somebody had a theory as to why women were flocking to Obama in droves. It was because he was so skinny, and the fact that he was so skinny made them worry, like mothers worry that he’s maybe underfed, it was a rousing maternal instinct. Look at the poor boy, he’s so skinny. I can’t recall, I don’t know whose theory this was, if it was a man’s or woman’s or not. But, anyway, it’s embarrassing to listen to this guy whine and moan. And Clinton’s even out there, (doing Clinton impression) ‘You know what? Hillary didn’t whine, and she’s not crying. And Obama is.’ Everybody’s noticing this.


RUSH: All right, who’s next? Sean in Hermosa Beach, California. Welcome to Open Line Friday. Hello.

CALLER: Rush, it’s a thrill to be on the show.

RUSH: Thank you, sir.

CALLER: And I was listening yesterday, and I’ve been listening today about your Doomsday Option where the superdelegates are supposed to ditch the affirmative action candidates and bring in a third candidate.

RUSH: That’s right.

CALLER: And at first I was alarmed and scared, and I’m thinking, well, you’re kind of coaching them, Rush, but as a thinking —

RUSH: Don’t think they aren’t thinking it themselves.

CALLER: Well, exactly. I put myself in their shoes, which was hard because I was sober, and I said, ‘Well, they’ve probably already thought about that.’

RUSH: (laughing)

CALLER: And it came to my mind that you were just kind of pulling a Jedi mind trick on them and kind of reverse psychology and they’d be thinking, ‘Well, if Rush says that, maybe we shouldn’t be thinking that.’

RUSH: You know, you’re very shrewd, sir, very shrewd. You know how I know that both you and I are right about this? Two things. Yesterday, I suggest that the superdelegates bag these two and get a third candidate. Yesterday afternoon, Dr. Dean goes on CNN to demand the superdelegates stop messing around and choose a candidate now. Then the New York Times today has a story, ‘superdelegates unmoved by debate and will be unmoved by Pennsylvania primary results.’ That is a crock. If Democrats really want to win the White House, they had to be alarmed as they could be after that debate, because Obama got one thing right, whatever happened there, he was up against a Republican campaign, and he didn’t do well.

CALLER: Well, you know what, Rush? Those superdelegates, they could care less what their other fellow delegates think, much less what the people think.

RUSH: Voters, right.

CALLER: They’ll do whatever they want to do.

RUSH: Yeah, and they don’t care what Howard Dean says, either.

CALLER: That’s right.

RUSH: They’re more concerned of what I’m saying.

CALLER: By the way, Rush, if it’s a fight between you and Howard Dean, I’m happy with that lineup.

RUSH: I am, too. Fight between Howard Dean and me for control of the Democrat Party. Let’s listen to a little bit more Obama as he’s whining and moaning in Raleigh yesterday. This is his comment about Hillary twisting the knife.

OBAMA: I have to say, you know, Senator Clinton, you know, looked in her element, you know, she was — she was taking every opportunity to get a dig in there. You know. That’s all right. I — that’s her right. That’s her right, to kind of twist the knife a little bit, you know, that’s why, that’s all right, that’s all right.

RUSH: This is pathetic.

OBAMA: That’s the lesson that she learned when the Republicans were doing that same thing to her back in the 1990s.

RUSH: Yesterday in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania, former President Bill Clinton.

CLINTON: When I watched that debate last night I got kind of tickled, when the other guy, after the campaign, her opponent was, the people working were saying, ‘Oh, this is so negative, why are they doing this?’ Well, they’ve been beating up on her for 15 months. I didn’t hear her whining when he said she was untruthful in Iowa.

RUSH: All right, that’s enough. Clinton is sounding more and more like my impersonation of him every day. When that started, I thought, ‘Is that me?’ Mr. President, your wife hasn’t whined? How about, ‘How come I always get the first question?’ (crying) You and your wife have been whining for 25 years about stuff.

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