RUSH: Yes, here we are, we’re back. Folks, listen to this. This is from Ed Henry at Fox News. I have a little inside information on what Ed Henry has told some producers and people at Fox: “In what could be a way of lowering expectations for next Thursday’s big economic speech, aides to President Obama are privately spreading word that he will not present his entire jobs plan in his address to a Joint Session of Congress,” which makes this an even bigger farce.
“Presidential sources say Thursday’s speech will be part of a bigger plan the White House will roll out throughout the fall with the president hitting the road for speeches and town hall appearances. Aides have already confirmed that Obama will be traveling to California, Colorado, and Washington state for one three-day swing later this month that will include economic events as well as some fundraising. The move could be a way to try and lower the stakes for Thursday’s Joint Session appearance, but it could also be an attempt by the administration to show the president is trying to stay all over the economy heading into what will likely be an uphill re-election battle. ‘There’s no question the president will want to keep returning to jobs,’ one top aide told Fox News. ‘I don’t want to downplay the speech [next week] — it’s going to be substantial. But the idea that this is the be-all and end-all is wrong.'”
Not gonna be the whole plan. I know, they’re throwing it up against the wall and hoping it sticks, and they’re already lowering expectations within the media for the speech. This is gonna really irritate Frank Rich who said this had better be a dynamite speech and not a mouse.
RUSH: The Politico today, Roger Simon: “White House Furious Over Speech Delay,” and this whole story is based on one anonymous source. We don’t know whether he even exists. We do know that Politico is a steno pool for the White House. You know, in every news organization you have some stragglers, and I’ll betcha if we worked hard, I’ll bet we could find a Politico reporter frustrated, not allowed to say anything critical of the president. I’ll betcha they’re there. They have to be. There’s gotta be somebody over at the New York Times that’s frustrated, they turn in stories, the editor rejects them if they’re critical of Obama or the regime. Probably same thing at MSNBC. So I’m sure they exist at — well, maybe not at MSNBC, yeah, take it back.
At any rate, Roger Simon: “White House Furious Over Speech Delay.” Really? Ed Henry is reporting that what could be a way of lowering expectations for next Thursday’s big speech, aides to the president are privately spreading the word he’s not gonna present his entire jobs plan in his speech to a joint session of Congress. Then why do it? Why do it? That just confirms that this is a political, slash, election speech. It’s not a plan for Congress to debate. You know what I think? I think that the White House, they’re constantly doing polling, focus groups, I’ll betcha they’ve got some real negative reactions to this whole thing. And I’ll bet you — I don’t know what I would bet, but I’m pretty confident in suggesting that if Obama could find a way out of this, he would now take it.
I mean if they got somebody leaking to Fox that he’s not gonna present the entire jobs plan, it’s just part of a bigger plan the president’s gonna be rolling out throughout the fall, the move could be a way to try to lower the stakes for a joint session appearance. We just had a sound bite from Frank Rich saying hey, this guy better hit a home run ’cause if he shows up and drops a mouse, it’s already a farce. So the expectations for this thing are not high anyway from Obama’s fans, and now expectations which are pretty low are being lowered even further. But now that the regime is putting it out there that Obama’s not even gonna present the whole plan, members of Congress have to be asking themselves, why should we even show up to listen to this, then? Wow. This is quite interesting to me here.
So let’s go to the audio sound bites. This is Jay Carney yesterday. This happened before yesterday’s program ended, around 2:40 or 2:45 in the afternoon, and it was a question from Ed Henry of Fox to Jay Carney. “Why doesn’t he give a speech from the Oval Office tonight saying, ‘Here’s my plan?’ Why wait ’til the next week?”
CARNEY: He wants to speak before Congress because he recognizes that while there are things he can do without Congress, and he will do them, there are actions that need to be taken with Congress that require legislation to grow the economy and create jobs, and he wants to go to Congress, speak directly to members of Congress, and lay out his proposal.
RUSH: Okay, so that’s yesterday, 24 hours ago. Now we have a report out, “Not gonna present the whole plan, maybe lowering expectations out there. One proposal the president may highlight down the road is reorganizing different economic offices of the federal government.” That’s gonna be part of the jobs plan? That’s something that they’re releasing, they’re leaking that one proposal he might have is to reorganize different economic offices of the federal government? You know, maybe the Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies ought to call for suggestions for Obama’s plan since he obviously is completely incapable of coming up with any ideas that will really help.
You and I together could come up with a jobs plan in the next five minutes that would create instant enthusiasm if people in the private sector thought it had a chance of being implemented. Why didn’t Obama give his speech from Martha’s Vineyard? You know, Ed Henry’s right here. Why not do this from the Oval Office? One of the things that the regime said in answer to that question, “You can’t do a 30- or 40-minute address from the Oval Office.”