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RUSH: You parents who have sent your kids or whose kids are at present in Ivy League schools, you might want to think about the education they’re getting just by listening to Barack Obama, because he is a walking, talking example of the kind of education you come out of Harvard or any of these Ivy League schools. This is Obama yesterday at a campaign event in Springfield, Missouri.

OBAMA: We could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling, if everybody was just inflating their tires and — and — and getting regular tune-ups, you can actually save just as much.

RUSH: This is unbelievable. My friends, it’s laughable, of course. But it’s stupid! It is stupid. How many of you remember the seventies when we had these shortages, all through the Jimmy Carter years? We had all these tips, all these tips on how to save gasoline. Avoid jackrabbit starts, keep your tires properly inflated, and all that. There’s a list about ten or 12 of these things. And I said, ‘If I follow each one of these things, I’ll have to stop the car every five miles, siphon some fuel out for all the fuel I’m going to be saving here.’ Ridiculous. This is a presidential candidate, and he’s talking about keeping your tires inflated and getting regular tune-ups? That would save as much oil as drilling would produce? This guy is the Democrat presidential nominee. Who has filled his head with this stuff?

One of my favorite stories of the day comes from the UK. A rich Arab sheik sent his Lamborghini on a 6500-mile round trip to Britain for an oil change. This is my kind of guy. I’ve almost done this myself, just wait, I’m going to tell you the story here. This guy put his Lamborghini, it’s a black and gold Lamborghini, he put this thing on a Qatar airlines cargo plane and shipped it to London because it can only be serviced by licensed dealers. He had to get the oil change. The oil change cost something like $7,000. The oil change and service. Well, that’s nothing. You know, there’s a car, a Bugatti Veyron. It’s a million-and-a-half dollar car. Simon Cowell has one. The tires on that thing are $22,500 each because of the speeds the thing will go. So anyway, $7,000 for an oil change and the service and this guy sends his Lamborghini on a cargo plane to Britain to have it done because only licensed dealers can do it. It’s in the UK Sun, and this story has the green extremists fit to be tied. By the way, the car is the same Lamborghini driven by Batman in the movie The Dark Knight, Murcielago LP640.

So on Monday it was flown 3,250 miles back from London after it had been serviced. ‘A cargo handler at Heathrow blasted the car’s environmental damage. He said, ‘It would have been far more efficient to fly mechanics out there.’ Jenny Evans of the pressure group Plane Stupid said, ‘This horrifies me. It’s another example of how rich people exploit and pollute the planet because of their money.’ She said the role of the super wealthy in climate change was not properly recognized while poor people were rapped for going on holiday. Friends of the Earth’s transport campaigner Richard Dyer said, ‘Flying a car thousands of miles for service is ludicrous when planes are one of the most polluting ways to transport goods. We urge the individual to get their car serviced closer to home.’ But David Price of Lamborghini in the UK, the Lamborghini club UK said, ‘If an owner wants to service his car that way, it’s his choice. I’m not surprised. Thankful the excess in some areas continues.”

Now, the Lamborghini spokesbabe Juliet Jarvis said, ‘there could be ‘kudos’ for a Middle Eastern owner in servicing a car in London. She said the exclusive Italian brand had a network of authorized dealers around the world, and most cars were looked after in the country where they were bought.’ This thing is not unheard of. I love it. I’m not endorsing him, but I absolutely love it. The guy puts his car on the jet, flies it to London, brings it back to the Middle East after an oil change. I love it simply ’cause it makes the environmentalist wackos mad. There is no carbon footprint associated with this. There’s no economic damage. There is certainly no climate damage with this. These people are all, as we know, promoting a hoax, but this guy was just following Obama’s suggestion for crying out loud. Obama just got through telling us, keep your tires inflated and get your car tuned up so we won’t have to drill. So here’s an oil sheik, who, Obama, middle name Hussein, guy must know what he’s talking about, ‘I’m going to send my car in and get it tuned up and make sure they check the tires.’ This guy deserves praise. This guy deserves accolades. He didn’t want to risk a bunch of mechanics coming to his country. He had to send it back to where it came from. Look, I thought about doing this in a different way. (interruption) I know people starving in the region over there. In the Middle East? Sure there are. So, what about the people starving? Don’t give me this. You’re just trying to play this devil’s advocate liberal with me.

Three or four years ago, in November, I was invited to attend a club pro golf tournament put on by Tailor Made down in Puerto Vallarta. So I went with some good friends. We got down there, checked into the hotel, pretty nice. But they had these cheap little bus vans to get us from the hotel out to the golf courses, and it was a long drive, and the roads were horrible, potholes and all kind of things, and the buses were not air-conditioned, and I said, ‘If I come back to this next year, I’m going to charter a C-130 and I’m going to put my Maybach in it and I’m going to have it waiting for me here. I’m not going to be driving around in these vans again.’ Hell’s bells, folks, the president flies his limousine all over the place in advance of where he’s going to be. I don’t think there are presidential limousines in every city. You wouldn’t believe the haul that they have to do to get everything necessary for the president to be on the ground somewhere, and it goes hours or days before the president is it. This guy is just shipping his Lamborghini. I just love it, simply because it makes these environmentalist wackos nutty, and it’s not doing any damage. Yes, it’s excessive, yes, it’s insensitive, but the guy’s got the money and he can do it. If he wants to waste his money this way, spend it this way, so what?


RUSH: As you know, ladies and gentlemen, the whole tone of the Obama campaign has changed, and it is amazing to see some of the manifestations of this. For the longest time I here, behind the Golden EIB Microphone, have been telling you that this election is going to be a referendum on Obama, an up-or-down on Obama. And Obama doesn’t like this. He’s in Lebanon, Missouri, yesterday, before getting on his campaign bus, outside a restaurant. He said this to a bunch of reporters.

OBAMA: I don’t pay attention to what John McCain says, although I do notice that he doesn’t have anything very positive to say about himself, does he? He doesn’t — he — he seems to only be talking about me. You need to ask John McCain what he’s for, not just what he’s against.

RUSH: Whoa, they’re getting testy out there on the Obama campaign! They really are. They’re getting testy. They’re getting defensive out there on all of this — and it’s about time. This is a specious, vacant campaign. There is no substance in the Obama campaign whatsoever. This is like a campaign totally built on a foundation of celebrity. That McCain ad that we played the audio for you yesterday that has Britney Spears and Paris Hilton in it, to equate the audience in Germany at the Victory Column to nothing more than American pop culture celebrities, was dead-on right. We were talking about this two weeks ago on this program, that the Obama cult is nothing more than a celebrity cult, a pop culture celebrity cult based on him being presented as a celebrity, and what does he do? He furthers the notion by having the E! Entertainment people or whoever did it, come by, and do a television interview with Michelle (My Belle) and the kids and then he grants People magazine access.

He’s on the cover. He’s following the route exactly blazed by people like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. And he’s upset by this. He’s upset that McCain’s called him on this. And this referendum stuff on Obama up or down, the thin skin is starting to show here. And that stupid, stupid, stupid comment, four-dollar-a-gallon gasoline, the Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot (and they may be aiming a little higher) by opposing drilling for oil anywhere new — and Obama tells people to inflate their tires and get tune-ups! It’s insulting; it is weak. It blows me away, it’s so stupid. It’s so out of touch. For The Messiah to tell people to get their tires inflated so that we don’t have to drill for oil?


RUSH: You know, the thing that’s happening out there, folks, reality is killing the Democrats. The race card is a fiction; it’s a distraction from reality. What’s the reality? Obama goes on this summer intern tour, when he goes to Germany, speaking to 200,000 Europeans, he trashes his own country. He canceled a scheduled visit with wounded American soldiers. He hinted to minority journalists that reparations may be needed to make the US a more perfect union. He has carried himself around as an arrogant, elite, out-of-touch politician who looked down his nose at voters and told them to put air in their tires to deal with four-dollar-a-gallon gasoline. Of course he gotta throw down the race card. He’s having a very bad few weeks here, folks. He’s supposed to be burying McCain. Instead, McCain is picking up ground, in some polls leading, and in Florida and Ohio the race is pulled even, according to polling data. So he throws the race card.

By the way, contrast something. President Bush at a recent press conference, a Drive-By reporter, a new castrati, stood up, ‘Mr. President, Mr. President, are you going to advise the people to drive their cars less and to get smaller cars?’ ‘No, I’m not going to do that, they’re adults. They know what to do to save money. They know what to do to deal with this. I’m not going to tell people how to live their lives, they’re adults.’ Contrast that with Obama. ‘Put the right amount of air in your tires and get tune-ups, and we will not have to drill for oil.’ Black and white difference, ladies and gentlemen, between the Democrats and the Republicans, and that’s not a racist comment when I say black and white difference. Obama would think it is, you know, the Drive-Bys might. Before it’s over, Obama and the Democrats are going to be telling us when to poop, when not to poop based on environmental damage, going to tell us what kind of toilet paper to wipe with after we poop. Well, that’s true. That’s right. Already one sheet of toilet paper, Sheryl Crow.

The Drive-Bys know that there’s trouble in paradise.


RUSH: I’m watching Obama during the commercial break here. He’s somewhere making a campaign appearance, and the Democrats are back to blaming Big Oil. They just last week, it was the spectators, now they’re back to blaming Big Oil. They are fit to be tied, fit to be tied over Exxon’s profits, $11.7 million or whatever, billion, whatever it was. They’re mad as hell, and Obama’s sitting there saying, ‘We don’t need to give them any more tax breaks! We’re through giving them tax breaks! We gotta stop! We gotta stop having an energy policy that works for Big Oil. We need an energy policy that works for you.’ Please, please, remind them how to deal with these Exxon profits: proper inflated tires! Please, Obama, tell your audience to inflate their tires and get tune-ups.

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