Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh says Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is riding on “a wing and a prayer” and cannot sustain his “image” until the general election in the fall.
“Ted Kennedy could do a better job,” Limbaugh said yesterday.
“I’ve constantly noted, ladies and gentlemen, you take the prompter and the written speeches away from Barack Obama, and you have nothing. You have nothing like the guy with the soaring rhetoric and the inspiring and sermon-like quality,” he said.
Obama’s campaign has been plagued with issues over statements by his wife who said her husband’s campaign finally made her proud of America, his former pastor who said “God d— America,” and by friends who expressed regret they did not do more as violent activists in the 1960s and 1970s.
Now Obama’s own words are attracting attention, too.
Limbaugh said a speech by the candidate illustrates his point.
In the YouTube video, Obama says: “Everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma, they end up taking up a hospital bed, it costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early and they got some treatment, and a, a breathalyzer, or inhalator, not a breathalyzer. (crowd laughing) I haven’t had much sleep in the last 48 hours.”
Limbaugh commented: “He hasn’t had much sleep in the last 48 hours. It’s inhaler. There’s no such a thing as an inhalator. And a breathalyzer? A breathalyzer is what they give you if you’ve been overserved adult beverages and you’re driving around and the cops catch you.”
Limbaugh said Obama’s speech in Bristol, Va., just last week was interrupted by the candidate’s apparent inability to keep his thoughts in order.
In the speech, Obama says: “What they’ll say is, ‘Well it costs too much money,’ but you know what? It would cost, about … It — it — it would cost about the same as what we would spend … It … Over the course of 10 years it would cost what it would costs us … (nervous laugh) All right. Okay. We’re going to … It … It would cost us about the same as it would cost for about — hold on one second. I can’t hear myself. But I’m glad you’re fired up, though. I’m glad.”
That is why, Limbaugh said, he doesn’t believe Obama “will do as many of these town hall meetings with McCain as his camp is saying. … If this were George Bush that you were listening to, this would have been commented on since it happened. You would have had people all over the country saying, ‘Gosh, can’t we get a guy that can talk? Can’t we get a guy who can put two thoughts together?”
“This is the worst example of it, but I have noticed this and I have seen this throughout these town hall debate situations,” Limbaugh said.
Limbaugh noted Obama’s explanation that he couldn’t hear himself.
“By the way, when he makes his remark about the audience being loud and distracting, we didn’t edit any of the audience out. The audience was not making a sound because the audience is as perplexed as you will be,” Limbaugh said.
“Nobody was saying a word. There was no cheering; there was no fainting. There was just disbelief. I have warned you people several times, you get this guy away from the teleprompter and the David Axelrod–written speeches. This guy doesn’t even write his own speeches. Mario Cuomo and Malcolm X write these, but the bottom line is, you get this guy away from them, and I don’t care, he blames it on lack of sleep. Hey, get used to it, man, you want to be president. Remember that phone call that’s going to ring at 3:00 in the morning? It’s going to be Hillary saying, ‘Have you seen Bill?’ And he’ll say, ‘Yeah, the last time I saw him was in the Oval Office and I couldn’t get rid of him so I came up to bed.’ This is the guy who wants to run your health care,” Limbaugh said.
“If the American people had learned 30 years ago that a presidential candidate of any party can number as one of his best friends a terrorist who blew up the Pentagon, he would be finished. Today he’s the nominee of the Democrat Party for president of the United States, and this is a man of change and this is a man of hope and dreams. This is a man who is finally going to bring about the federal government fixing everything that’s wrong in health care,” Limbaugh said.