Rush Limbaugh: “Obama Is No Different Than Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton” (Audio)
From the Rush Limbaugh website:
RUSH: I want to take you back to me on this program, March 24th, 2008. This was during the presidential campaign year. Obama had not yet won the Democratic presidential nomination. This was during Operation Chaos, where this program was doing everything it could to keep Hillary Clinton’s hopes alive and to keep the Democrat primary race interesting to the audience of this program. Obama was then a senator, a United States senator from Illinois. I proffered an opinion for you, the audience of this program.
RUSH ARCHIVE: He represents the same damn stuff as Jesse Jackson. There’s no difference. I’m convinced of it now: There’s no difference in Obama and Al Sharpton; there’s no difference in Obama and Jesse Jackson. It’s just Obama had a much better mask than those guys. Those guys were argumentative and challenging, and Obama was pleasing and contrite and so forth.
RUSH: So that’s 2008, just to set up what comes next, that Obama and Jackson and Sharpton have the same objective, same mind-set, same cultural references, same views of America. I believed it then, and I know it now. So Friday afternoon in Washington, the daily press briefing, Obama shows up — without a teleprompter, by the way, and the Drive-Bys which you’ll hear in a moment were ecstatic. The Drive-Bys were beside themselves with happiness and joy and glee because Obama came out and actually sounded coherent without a prompter. There’s a reason for that, by the way. Here’s the first of two sound bites we have from the president…
OBAMA: When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping at a department store. That includes me. There are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator…
…Dr. Steele has it exactly right. It is to perpetuate the myth within the black community that all blacks remain helpless victims of white supremacy, white racism — when George Zimmerman isn’t a Caucasian to begin with, and there was no white racism involved here. If anything (and Rachel Jeantel let the cat out of the bag), this was homophobia. Trayvon Martin… You notice people still haven’t gone there?
You notice that that aspect of what she told Piers Morgan still has not been picked up? At least I haven’t seen it. Now, this coulda happened over the weekend and I didn’t see it, but Trayvon thought that he was being pursued by a gay predator and took actions to stop that right there, here and now. That’s why I played the clip for you of me from 2008 saying that Obama is no different than Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, and with this comment… Making a point to go to the White House pressroom, pointing out it could have been him 35 years ago?
I don’t know. That’s the kind of… I just think that’s utterly irresponsible. It is certainly not healing. It’s not even emotionally honest. But it is exactly who I’ve always thought Obama is.
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