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RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, I must, using my instincts here, apologize for the last 15 minutes or so. I may have sounded like I was on the verge of out-of-control and I wasn’t. My passion got the best of me, and I really did not mean to be shouting at everybody like that. Passion’s one thing. Shouting is another. I hope you will accept my apology. I don’t take back anything I said, ’cause it is just amazingly frustrating to be confronted with such willful ignorance. It’s so unnecessary.

The truth did not require a password. The truth did not require a log-in. The truth didn’t even require a lot of effort. It just required an open mind, I mean, even if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat and you have ultimate, total faith in your party. I’ll just speak for myself, it doesn’t serve me at all to lie about anything to anybody, to make anything up just to advance an agenda. Even if I gain ground that way, it’s not real. It’s all based on balsa wood lies. I do not do that.

We’re now looking here at what is the ultimate destruction of what was the best health care system in the world, and what was the greatest economy of the world. And we’ve got people who now say, “I didn’t know,” and you did know. You had a chance to know. You didn’t avail yourself of the opportunity. You’re running around, you’re calling everybody else closed-minded, you’re calling everybody else an extremist bigot, and you revel in ignorance because it is you who are closed-minded. The truth was easy to learn about who Obama is, and about what Obamacare was intended to be. So if you’ll pardon me, I think I’m sensing a pattern here, folks.

I’ve got a montage of all these media people saying Obama didn’t know about NSA spying. Obama didn’t know. He didn’t know about the IRS. He didn’t know about Fast and Furious. He didn’t know that Obamacare’s website was gonna be a bust. He didn’t know anything. And that’s the excuse? I just saw Gloria Borger on CNN, “Obama didn’t know.” As though that’s something to be proud of? That is a legitimate excuse? The president didn’t know that the NSA was spying on foreign leaders, and you want us to give him a pass because he’s that out of touch and detached that he didn’t know, when the fact of the matter is they’re lying to us again. BS, he didn’t know. How stupid do they think we are?

Obama doesn’t know anything about Benghazi. He doesn’t know anything about Fast and Furious. He didn’t know anything about Syria. He didn’t know anything about Obamacare. Didn’t know anything about the NSA. He didn’t know anything about Solyndra. He didn’t know anything about how the stimulus was gonna go wrong. He didn’t know diddly-squat. Congress had no idea that it would be this bad. They didn’t know. The conservative talking heads in Washington, they didn’t know for five weeks how bad it was gonna be. The political consultants, Republicans and Democrats, they didn’t know. Nobody had any idea.

Nobody in Washington has any idea about anything. The news today is, who didn’t know? And they’re doing it in a way that makes ’em look like they’re proud of it, as though it’s a legitimate excuse. “Well, don’t get mad at Obama. He didn’t know about the NSA spying.” Oh, he didn’t? “No. No. And that’s why you shouldn’t be mad. He didn’t know.” You mean these powerful forces that he can’t control are out doing all this and he doesn’t know anything about it? “That’s right he’s out campaigning. He’s upset about it as anybody else.” Am I doing it again? Well, I tell you, the only people that knew, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, me, talk radio, we knew. Ah, jeez.

RUSH: Well, I don’t believe it. At least CNN’s asking the right question. “If Obama didn’t know the NSA was spying on Merkel, why not?” But it’s such a crock anyway to believe that Obama didn’t know. Have you ever thought about the way they cover for this guy? He didn’t know. It’s like he’s a henpecked husband who doesn’t do anything until his wife tells him to do it. Zip her up. That’s the only thing he does behind her back. “He didn’t know! He didn’t know!”

And we’re supposed to take great comfort in that?

And that’s supposed to be an attaboy?

“Well, you can’t blame Obama! The NSA says he didn’t know.” Why the hell not? That’s a legitimate use of the NSA? They’re spying on us, for crying out loud! Unbelievable. “He didn’t know.” But it’s the Limbaugh Theorem. He didn’t know about Obamacare. He didn’t know about this; he didn’t know about that. He doesn’t know anything. He doesn’t know! “Yeah, he’s a great guy. He doesn’t know anything. Ha-ha. Well, we love Obama, and he doesn’t know jack.”

Do you people on the left ever stop to think how you celebrate genuine buffoonery and ignorance? Do you know the big news today — really, folks — is the vast majority of Obamacare sign-ups are from Medicaid? That really is it. If you want to get down to substance in the news today, there are people signing up for Medicaid, not Obamacare. They’re signing up for Medicaid. You know why they’re going to Medicaid?

It’s cheaper, and it is not Obamacare.

You know, everybody’s touting all these sign-ups in Kentucky. I mentioned it earlier. What is it, 31,000? Big whoop! Whatever the number is out of Kentucky,m Obama even called the governor congratulate him. “Oh, man you guys are doing great in Kentucky!” Yeah? Well, 82% of people signing up in Kentucky have been for Medicaid, and so today Kentucky is being held up by the Drive-Bys as the success story for Obamacare.

These people are grasping at the flimsiest of straws.

Everything is just an abject full frontal installment to our intelligence today, everything is. So Obama calls the governor of Kentucky to congratulate him for signing so many people up for Obamacare, but he didn’t. He signed ’em up for Medicaid. Of course Obama doesn’t care, folks. Signing up for Medicare’s even better, actually, because Medicaid makes you even more dependent on the government than Obamacare does, right now. After a while, there isn’t gonna be any difference.

Where we’re all headed is single-payer Medicaid.

That’s where we’re headed.

We’re on the track for single-payer Medicaid, and that’s why Obama’s congratulating the governor of Kentucky because — by hook or by crook — he’s way ahead of the game, whether he knows it or not. Nobody knows what they’re doing, and nobody knows what’s happening. Nobody knows jack, and they happen to be the people leading us. You know, the question is, “What does Obama ever know and when did he not know it?”

It’s, “What does Obama not know, and when did he not know it?” That’s the question. In Watergate, it was, “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” In Obama’s case it’s, “What does he not know, and when did he not find out?” Okay, let’s stay with this. Let me give you the audio sound bites. Here’s the montage of the Drive-Bys, and this is the Limbaugh Theorem on parade. This is the Drive-Bys pushing the idea that Obama didn’t know what the NSA’s been doing.

CHRIS CUOMO: President Obama was unaware for years!
TERRY MORAN: For almost five years (b-roll noise), President Obama had no idea!

MICHAELA PEREIRA: President Obama did not know about it. The program stopped when the White House found out this summer.

JOSH ELLIOTT: President Obama knew nothing!

CHARLIE ROSE: … without President Obama’s (b-roll noise) knowledge.

NORAH OÂ’DONNELL: So, uh, the United States is spying on 35 world leaders and the president of the United States doesn’t know anything about it?

JOHN MILLER: The president was never briefed!

BRET BAIER: President Obama did not know for five years!

JONATHAN KARL: The president of the United States didn’t know anything about this for five years!

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Yeah, hard to believe they wouldn’t tell him.

RUSH: That’s George Stephanopoulos. Do you believe these people are singing his praises? These people, in this montage, are trying to excuse Obama. This is a plus. “He didn’t know! He didn’t know! Don’t blame him! He didn’t know! Five years, he didn’t know!” The NSA spying the hell on everybody else, that he knows, but he doesn’t know that we’re spying on foreign leaders? You know, the stuff they’re asking us to swallow today, folks? Even with mustard or mayonnaise it’d still taste like garbage.

This is just… Here I go again. I’m gonna have rein it in.

This just… Do these people have the slightest idea how they sound? “Hey, Obama didn’t know! He didn’t know! He didn’t know!” Really? President of the United States didn’t know? You think that’s a way to gain respect for the guy, “He didn’t know”? Their objective is to keep him out of trouble. That’s all they care a whit about. Andrea Mitchell (NBC News, Washington) was on the Today show today. She’s in near tears, from what I’m told, because Obama is a rock star. Nobel Peace Prize! But he didn’t know anything. How do you get the Nobel Peace Prize and not know anything?

Anyway, let’s listen to what she says.

MITCHELL: When he was a candidate, Barack Obama was a rock star in Europe. That was then; this is now. How did the man who won the Nobel Peace Prize just months into his presidency become the subject of Europe’s scorn? The White House can thank NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

RUSH: Oh, that’s how it happened!

That dreaded Snowden guy!

Why, if it weren’t for him, Europe would love Obama. But wait, Obama didn’t know about Snowden. So how can Europe blame Obama? He didn’t know. But Andrea, she’s really upset because Obama was a big rock star in Berlin, Cairo, all over Europe and Asia and Africa. Now they’re laughing at him, and it’s all of because of Snowden? What, a 25-year-old kid can bring about this kind of shame for the president?

But he didn’t know, Andrea. Edward Snowden knew more than Obama did, and that’s why we’re supposed to continue to respect Obama ’cause Snowden knew and Obama didn’t know. And Major Garrett (formerly of Fox, now at CBS This Morning) is doing a report here. I don’t think these guys know what hit ’em. This is another little 15 seconds on Europe hating Obama.

GARRETT: For these European Union countries, there is outrage and disgust with the scope of US surveillance. For those European Union nations, it’s a rude awakening because many of them thought President Obama, at least in terms of surveillance, would be much different than President George W. Bush.

RUSH: Gee, I don’t believe what I’m hearing. Major Garrett is a former Foxie. “For these European Union countries there is outrage at…”? Bull. They know we’re spying on ’em. They’re just saying this garbage, too. It’s expected. “For European nations, it’s a rude awakening because many of them thought Obama, at least in terms of surveillance, would be much different…” You know, what do these people have to complain about?

He’s giving them everything! He’s letting them have or whatever they want. Whatever they want in Benghazi, they got it. Whatever Bashar al-Assad wants, he’s got it, and we’ll pay him. Crime in Italy’s sake! Well, let’s go to the White House briefing, shall we? Let’s just keep piling on here, folks. This is at the White House. It’s the spokeskid, Jay Carney, at the daily press briefing, a Q&A with CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta. What did we have him in the news for last week? Come on, brain!

He was in the news for something. It’s like he had an awakening and discovered something about Obama that… Ah, it’ll come to me. Anyway, so Jim Acosta was asking the spokeskid question. It’s an exchange here about the reports that Obama didn’t know the NSA was spying on Angela Merkel until this summer — when, of course, they shut it down — and also that he was not informed of problems with the Obamacare website ’til nearly a week later.

See? He didn’t even know about that! Is this not amazing? So here is Acosta and Carney talking about this stuff.

ACOSTA: Republican critics are making the case that the president appears to be in the dark about some pretty significant stories that are swirling around this White House.

CARNEY: Well, I… “Republican critics” say a lot of things.

RUSH: Right. You know, this is embarrassing on both sides. These reporters know all this is absurd. Either Obama doesn’t know jack or he’s a liar, and they have decided that the best course is that Obama doesn’t know jack. There’ll be the least political damage with Obama not knowing jack than “Obama lied.” That’s what they’ve calculated here. One more. Jay Carney, daily press briefing. Here’s the ABC White House mouthpiece, Jonathan Karl, talking with Carney about reports that Obama didn’t know that the NSA was spying on Angela Merkel until this summer.

KARL: Is it conceivable, is it believable that the president would not know about surveillance of a head of state of a close American ally? I mean, is that…? Does that sound plausible to you?

CARNEY: I mean, the Wall Street Journal probably doesn’t appreciate the suggestion that their story is wrong, but I would say simply that we’re not gonna comment on specific activities reported in the press.

RUSH: Because we don’t know anything, either, here. If Obama doesn’t know, how could Carney know? If Obama doesn’t know what went on, how could the spokesperson know what went on? If Obama doesn’t know, how can anybody there know what went on? Jim Acosta! That’s right. I remember what Jim Acosta said now, my friends. Jim Acosta of CNN, he’s the guy that tweeted he was so glad to hear the leaf blowers again in DC, ’cause it meant that the government was back in business after the shutdown.

He was so happy to hear the leaf blowers!

So the Drive-Bys are trying to help Obama out. They’re saying, for instance, “The NSA has been spying on Merkel since 2002, so it’s Bush’s fault. Obama didn’t know! It’s just Bush! See, Bush didn’t tell him how bad the economy was and he didn’t tell him they were spying on Merkel! He didn’t tell him, so Obama just didn’t know. He just didn’t know,” and that is a plus?

That is somehow supportive? That is somehow exonerating? Well, I know he doesn’t like the intelligence briefs, but that’s only ’cause he already knows the stuff. See, we’re told Obama knows everything, that he’s smarter than everybody so he doesn’t need to be told anything because he already knows it. Remember? That was part of the campaign. “The guy is smarter than anybody. There’s never been a politician like him! He knows things that we can’t possibly comprehend, he’s so far ahead of us.”

And today, he doesn’t know jack about anything.


RUSH: Yeah, Cuba, they said Fidel didn’t know. China, they said Mao didn’t know. In Venezuela they said Hugo didn’t know. In the old Soviet Union, they said Stalin didn’t know. You know, some things just write themselves. Hillary Clinton, “What difference does it make?” Barack Obama, “He didn’t know.”

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