PALM BEACH, Fla. – Radio giant Rush Limbaugh wasted no time today attacking President Obama's State of the Union address, calling it a fantasyland packed with untruth.
"It was chock-full of lies. It was fantasyland. No, it didn't soar. It was boring," Limbaugh said.
"There was nothing to set it apart, nothing about it that's going to be memorable in a positive way. General Motors, the No. 1 car company in the world again? It just isn't true. None of the economic news is true. He did two things. He lied. He tried to paint the economy as back. We are back, except where we're not back, and that's Bush's fault."
During the president's speech, Obama focused on what he claimed to be a massive turnaround for American carmakers, saying, "Today, General Motors is back on top as the world's No. 1 automaker. Chrysler has grown faster in the U.S. than any major car company. Ford is investing billions in U.S. plants and factories. And together, the entire industry added nearly 160,000 jobs."
"I don't believe this General Motors number," Limbaugh said. "What an absolute crock. Anyway, after talking about all the wonderful, great, miraculous things he did with General Motors, then what did he say? 'It's time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no cop-outs. An America built to last, insists on responsibility from everybody.' Now, maybe I'm a bitter clinger, but the car companies appear to have received a bailout to me. The UAW got a bailout to me, and the UAW was handed General Motors and Chrysler, if you ask me. Now, I don't know what that is if it's not a bailout. So he spends a whole speech talking about, 'No more bailouts. We're not gonna do that! No handouts, no cop-outs,' and then he gives as his greatest example of American prosperity a company he bailed out! Who wrote this? This speech was an embarrassment."
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Limbaugh noted there were numerous facts Obama omitted from his address:
He didn't talk about the 13.1 million unemployed Americans. He didn't talk about the 5.6 million unemployed Americans who have been on unemployment longer than 27 weeks. He didn't talk about 8.1 million involuntary part-time workers. He didn't talk about the falling civilian labor-force participation rate was 64 percent. The number of jobs, the universe of jobs shrinking, didn't bring that up. Didn't talk about the national debt, $15.2 trillion, five trillion of which is his! Do you realize one-third of our entire national debt as a nation over 200 years, one-third of it is his, his alone. Of course he didn't bring it up. He didn't talk about the Keystone pipeline.
This speech was so filled with contradictions. He talked about teamwork is what made America great? Teamwork? Do you know, ladies and gentlemen, how wrong that is? Do you know what our founding documents are about? The rights and freedom of the individual versus government. There's nothing about teamwork. There's nothing about compromise, getting along and working together. The whole point of this government, the whole point of this country, the whole point of this founding was to champion the power and the rights and the civil rights and the freedoms and the liberty of the individual over government. I'm gonna tell you, if anybody on our side running for office anywhere – Senate, House, president – is on their game, this is an immediate, I mean they have just, Obama unwittingly has tossed a softball with the bases loaded.
This is worth two grand slams, this whole concept of teamwork, when this country was premised on the power, the rights of the individual, on the uniqueness of all of us, that we are different, that we all bring different things. Then there was this, whatever we do, we gotta have fairness. There must be fairness. That's a code word for class warfare. Fairness is in the liberal dictionary, and it gives them the opportunity, the right, the power to redistribute wealth. That's what fairness is. ...
Actually it wasn't a State of the Union; it was actually a Class Warfare Rally last night in the House chamber on every network. To put this in perspective. So the magic, the Messiah, the hope and change, all that, it's gone. The magic, all that stuff, it's gone. Last night was deadbeat city. It really was.