Rush Limbaugh: President Obama’s ‘shuck and jive’ plan
By: Breanna Edwards
September 9, 2013 05:47 PM EDT
Rush Limbaugh has new name for the way President Barack Obama is handling the situation in Syria: “Operation Shuck and Jive.”
The conservative radio host said the reason that the White House keeps tip-toeing around the Syria crisis and whether to strike was because it did not want to be compared to the Bush Administration, a move that makes them appear to be “too mean” and it’s “too dangerous.”
“Bush had Shock and Awe? We’re looking at shuck and jive here. That’s what I’m gonna name this. The Obama operation in Syria, Operation Shuck and Jive, because that’s what this is,” Limbaugh said Monday according to a transcript, mocking the administration. “No, we don’t do ‘Shock and Awe.’ That’s too big, that’s too dangerous, that’s too mean. We’re not. No, no, no.”
“’Weapons of mass destruction,’ the whole thing… this makes these people even more incoherent and dangerous. They want the world to know, ‘We’re not George Bush! No. If we go into Syria, it’ll be done responsibly, the way we liberals know it should be done. Very limited, hardly anything. Most people won’t even notice that we’ve been there! That’s how good we are. That’s how much we care and love people. We won’t do much, not like Bush,’” he added.
Just last year former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin got slammed for her use of the phrase “shuck and jive” in reference to Obama, with critics saying it was racially inflammatory. Palin defended her words saying she would have used them against any politician she disagreed with. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2008, then the state’s attorney general was also criticized for his casual use of the phrase in reference to Obama, which had been used to negatively describe African Americans.
Limbaugh also took a moment to question the president’s power and will to use it, saying that Obama had softened his stance on terrorism, since he initially made his first red line comment during the 2012 presidential campaign.
“That was at the height of his tough-on-terrorism macho period, and now that he’s been reelected — now that he’s in his second term and now that he’s not ever going to have to undergo reelection again — he’s a little ‘testeronally’ challenged, if you will,” he said. “Seriously. He was flexing his muscles and drawing that red line during the campaign last summer. It was August of 2012 when he drew the red line. That’s when he was trying to tell everybody he was Mr. Macho. I just don’t see how they can admit to being wrong now.”