OBAMA: I want everybody in Joplin, everybody in Missouri, everybody in Minnesota, everybody across the Midwest to know that we are here for you. The American people are by your side. We’re gonna stay there until every home is repaired, until every neighborhood is rebuilt, until every business is back on its feet.
RUSH: That’s President Obama this morning in London at the Winfield House speaking about the tragedy in Joplin. Netanyahu spoke about it last night. By the way, for those of you in Joplin, some comfort for you who have been ravaged by tornadoes over the last few days. President Obama has announced that he will personally tour Joplin, Missouri, after his European vacation is over, maybe as soon as Sunday. This is Tuesday. Maybe as soon as Sunday, those of you in Joplin, President Obama will personally tour your region. We certainly hope here at the EIB Network that you are not too distracted trying to put your lives back together to give the president a suitable welcome, because that will be what the media will be looking out for, making sure that you are appreciative that the president has taken time-out, well, five, six days from now he’ll show up, and just make sure that you give him a suitable welcome.
We ought to start calling him Paddy Obama, the Obamas of Moneygall. I think the UK Telegraph today has a fabulous story about how ridiculous it is, Obama trying to pass himself off as an Irish guy. And when he goes to Africa he tries to pass himself off as a Kenyan, and when he goes to the Middle East, he tries to pass himself off as Barack al-Obama, and if he goes down to Selma he tries to pass himself off as a guy down for the struggle, total disingenuous guy. It’s a great, funny piece, some great lines.
Did you hear Obama tell the audience in Ireland he felt like he’d come home? You know, a lot of people said, “What is he doing in Ireland? What is he really doing there?” Folks, do you not know? Snerdley, you certainly know what he’s doing in Ireland. It’s a campaign stop. It is a campaign stop for the Irish vote. The Irish vote in this country, particularly in New York City, is plentiful, and he’s got problems. His reelect numbers are down. This is nothing more than a campaign stop for the Irish vote. I mean why make a big deal outta having some great-great-great-grandfather he probably never heard of until this week that’s from Ireland? Why make a big deal out of Irish roots?
What does it matter to statecraft? What does it matter to the job? It’s a pure campaign stop. The Irish vote in America is sizeable, pretty large. You’d be surprised. And he’s angling for it, pure and simple. So he goes over there and he says to the Irish people he feels like he had come home. Well, let’s examine. Ireland has a real unemployment rate of about 20%. Ireland’s deficit is about 15% of its GDP. It is teetering on the brink of financial ruin, so it’s no wonder Obama thinks he’s home. He’s visiting a place with similar economic challenges as here in the United States.
I got a note yesterday. (laughing) The stock market was down 170 points about this time yesterday, maybe a little bit before the program started, was down 170 points. A friend of mine sends me an instant message, “Why? Normally the stock market goes up when he leaves the country.” And I said ’cause they know he’s coming back. That’s why the market is down. They know he’s coming back.
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