PALM BEACH, Fla. – Radio giant Rush Limbaugh says Barack Obama has “outed” himself as a “dumb,” anti-American socialist and perhaps Marxist after the president delivered a speech suggesting the American way of life has “never worked.”
“After the three years, the cat’s out of the bag,” Limbaugh said this afternoon.”After three years, everybody now knows why I wanted you to fail. Everybody that heard that speech now knows that you said America as founded has never worked. You have outed yourself, Barack, if I may call you that. You’ve come out. Maybe you’ll be on the cover of the next Advocate (a homosexual magazine) because you just outed yourself, sir. You have nothing but contempt for this country.”
Limbaugh was reacting to Obama’s address on the economy yesterday in Osawatomie, Kan., where the president stated:
… there is a certain crowd in Washington who, for the last few decades, have said, let’s respond to this economic challenge with the same old tune. “The market will take care of everything,” they tell us. If we just cut more regulations and cut more taxes – especially for the wealthy – our economy will grow stronger. Sure, they say, there will be winners and losers. But if the winners do really well, then jobs and prosperity will eventually trickle down to everybody else. And, they argue, even if prosperity doesn’t trickle down, well, that’s the price of liberty.
Now, it’s a simple theory. And we have to admit, it’s one that speaks to our rugged individualism and our healthy skepticism of too much government. That’s in America’s DNA. And that theory fits well on a bumper sticker. But here’s the problem: It doesn’t work. It has never worked. It didn’t work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression. It’s not what led to the incredible postwar booms of the ’50s and ’60s. And it didn’t work when we tried it during the last decade. I mean, understand, it’s not as if we haven’t tried this theory.
“Obama announced to the world in no uncertain terms that he is a socialist, if not a Marxist,” Limbaugh explained.
“And a president who everybody says is among the smartest people in the world spends time yesterday ripping it to shreds and blaming it for taking people backwards economically? This is breathtaking, maddening, infuriating and it’s also frightening that somebody this dumb has been elected.”
Limbaugh continued: “I wonder how many future presidents will try to be you in the future. Probably about as many presidents who have tried to emulate Jimmy Carter. The speech you gave yesterday, sir, was idiotic shameful, actionable, incoherent and alien to American ideals and principles, and above all else, it was pure pathetic.”
Some in the media have a completely different take on the address, including former Associated Press reporter Ron Fournier, who now writes for National Journal.