Obama Got to 37% Approval All on His Own
November 20, 2013
RUSH: Have you seen the CBS News poll for Obama? Thirty-seven percent in the CBS News poll. That is a record low. That is a record low, and they're just beside themselves in the establishment. They're beside themselves at CBS News. Now, I'm reminded. I had a call yesterday, we had a call. I forget the guy's name, a Tea Party guy, and he gave me all kinds of grief for getting all excited about Obama's plummeting poll numbers. He said, "It doesn't matter, Rush. No matter what it doesn't matter because we don't have the media and no matter what the Democrats are gonna keep winning every election and we're gonna keep losing because of the media. Until the media changes, nothing else matters and you're wasting your time getting excited."
Remember that call? No matter what, there was no way -- (interruption) well, no, it's not that football's being bullied out of existence, although that may be. It's being shamed out of existence, is what's happening to football. Look, just be patient. I'll get to that in due course. But for now, 37%. We have a couple stories on this. "President Obama's job approval rating has plunged to the lowest of his presidency, according to a new CBS News poll released Wednesday, and Americans' approval of the Affordable Care Act has dropped it's lowest since CBS News started polling on the law. Thirty-seven percent now approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing," but it doesn't matter because we don't have the media. So don't get all excited about this. It doesn't matter.
I mean, there's a lot of people who think that. I have a friend who sends me e-mails all the time, says, "Why don't you quit? You just ought to quit. Nothing's gonna change. We don't have the media. The only way to change the media is to sue them and to take them into court for violating the Constitution and the First Amendment. Until that happens all of this is academic. You're just whistling Dixie, Rush, none of this matters. We don't have the media."
There's a growing chorus, and, by the way, I don't disagree with the premise, but I'm also not of a mind to give up. This stuff does matter. It matters because it's public opinion, and it matters because of what this is about. This does matter. It is important. But more important than that is an opportunity. Events sometimes are the biggest teachers, as opposed to words, lectures, and that kind of thing. And there are a lot of people learning a lot of things, seeing a lot of things, and no matter what they've been told, it's happening to them. And therein lies an opportunity.
But let's just stick with the facts right now. Thirty-seven percent of the people now approve of Obama, the job that he's doing. That's down from 46% in October, 9% drop in just one month. And we're not gonna see Wolf Blitzer go bonkers over this this afternoon like he did when Bush hit 36%. We're not gonna see that. You people who say, "Nobody's gonna know about it, Rush. We've lost the media. We don't have the media. The media isn't gonna talk about it." The media is talking about it. Let's go to a CBS sound bite. We'll start with CBS This Morning John Dickerson speaking with cohost Charlie Rose, and Charlie says, "We have more than just low approval numbers here, John."
DICKERSON: If you look inside these numbers, the trust question is what really hurts the president. His numbers drop from 60% trusted him in September; now that number is down at 49%. Why is that a problem? If the people don't trust him, they're A, not gonna believe him, or it puts him in a kind of credibility issue if it doesn't turn out to be true what he says. Then those credibility numbers drop. That's hard to get back from a dropped credibility number.
RUSH: Yeah. It is tough to get back from a dropped credibility number. And that's all on Obama, by the way. This is all on Obama. People aren't feeling this way because they've been told. Here's the thing, folks. This is why this matters. You and I know that George W. Bush approval number, 36, 37% took the media four years to get it there. The George W. Bush approval number was the result of four years of relentless, unstoppable media pounding. The media drove that approval number of George Bush down to 36%. The media did not drive this down. Obama's 37% approval is all on Obama. The media has been trying to protect Obama. The media has been trying to shield Obama.
Several in the Republican establishment in the so-called conservative media have even been trying to shield Obama. And while all of that has gone on, the approval number, 37%, is real, and it happened within a year. And this is a major, fundamental difference. This is real. I never believed the Bush approval number. I mean, I believed it, but I didn't think that it was all owing to Bush. It was the result of what had been said relentlessly for four years about Bush. Bush lied, people died. Books on the assassination of George Bush. And none of it was ever replied to. None of it was ever defended, reacted to, responded to by anybody at the White House, from the president on down, so it just sat there.
We had Bill Clinton traveling around the world ripping George W. Bush to shreds, the same thing with Algore. Everybody was. And it still took them four years to get that number down to 36%. Obama has managed to get there on his own while the media has done everything to protect him. So it's a stark difference. This is much worse than the Bush 36%, because the Bush 36% was a forced -- I don't want to say arbitrary, but it was the result of a concerted effort of nonstop sliming. This, Obama's 37% here, his 39% in Gallup, the 41% in ABC/CBS, or ABC/Wall Street Journal, wherever it is, these are real, and these are all on Obama, and they're all on Obama and the Democrat Party.
I'm gonna tell you something else. You know, I watched this Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House today, and Snerdley came in to clean the ashtray. Now, that got everybody's face looking up. "Snerdley cleans the ashtray?" Yeah, when he brought in the new coffee. "Snerdley brings in the coffee?" Yeah, when he brings in his show prep. "Snerdley does show prep?" Well, yeah. He does. He clears the wires. And the thing is on. Can you imagine what people are thinking, "Snerdley cleans the ashtray? Really?"
Let 'em hear about that over at the Democrat Underground. We need to get a picture of that, you know, put it on Twitter, you bringing in the clean ashtray with me picking my cigar up out of the dirty one and you taking the dirty one away. Ha! We might not have to wait for it, it might already be underway. Anyway, point is, Snerdley walks in and the Medal of Freedom ceremony is on, and some of the winners, Oprah, a television titan who taught women how to cry. Already knew how to do that. You got ratings by crying. Twenty-five years.
Who else was there? Oh! (interruption) Well, yeah. Ernie Banks. Ernie Banks, who I love. I love Ernie Banks. I gotta tell you, his retirement ceremony at Wrigley Field? "I want to thank God for making me an American." I've never forgotten that. Anyway, Clinton was in there. Here's a guy who has been impeached, lied under oath. He's getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor you can get. Here's a guy that's been impeached!
But Obama sucked up to Clinton more than anybody else in this ceremony. There were a lot of people in there that got the Medal of Freedom today, and it was Slobber City. I'm thinking, "What is this about?" and I'll tell you what I think. (This is a long way around of getting to a point.) I think the Democrat DC establishment is terrified, and I think the reason Clinton got this big round of applause is because Clinton represents the last time they dominated and owned everything the way they wanted to.
The bottom is falling out of Obama. I mean, it really is, and it's not because of any outside pressure. There's nothing about Obama's plummeting numbers that are artificial or manufactured. They are real, and they are on him, and they are on Obamacare. The falling numbers are directly traceable to Big Government incompetence. The falling numbers are directly relatable to Big Government overreach. The falling numbers are a direct link to liberalism. There's a whole lot of rejection going on right now.
So the establishment got together today for their Medal of Freedom ceremony, and Clinton gets the biggest standing O. They stacked the room with people like Steven "Spendberg" and others in there, who are his big buddies. Weinstein was probably somewhere in the room, too. Harvey. He got big applause. Gloria Steinem got the Medal of Freedom, too. I put her on the map. She didn't. So Snerdley walks in here, and I said, "Snerdley, do you think you and I will ever win the Presidential Medal of Freedom?"
He looked at me, and he put the ashtray down. He said, "Are you kidding me? What would they say about you? 'Twenty-five years after coining the term feminazi to describe previous congressional or presidential Medal of Honor winner Gloria Steinem, Limbaugh then took on President Obama and contributed mightily to the defeat of Obamacare'?" Can you just see that? No way. Now, if Chris Christie is elected president, I can see Roger Ailes getting the Medal of Freedom.
I could see that.
Did Paul Harvey ever get it? Do you remember? I don't know if Paul Harvey is a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner or not. Anyway, folks, it's a seminal point. Obama's numbers are really plummeting, and I think the establishment -- the Democrat establishment -- is terrified. Now, I know there are a lot of you out there who are... (interruption) Paul Harvey did. Okay. All right, Paul Harvey got one. That's good. That's good.
So I know there are a lot of you who think none of this matters, like our caller yesterday 'cause the media is on the Democrat side, and they can save this, and it isn't gonna matter anyway, since Obama is not gonna run for reelection, and they're not gonna pull back Obamacare. I know there are a lot of pessimists out there, but it is representative of an opportunity, and it is the pulse of the American people. There's a lot in these approval numbers to feel hopeful about.
If you don't want to feel optimistic, and if I can't talk you out of it... See, I'm optimistic. I always am. Why wouldn't I be? I always am. It's no fun being a feminist. It isn't any fun being a negativist. It's off-putting to me, so I'd rather not be that. I'd rather look at, you know, when opportunity presents itself, maybe try to capitalize on it. I think these plummeting numbers are the result of a lot of people doing hard work, a lot of people who stuck to this and tried to do everything they can to tell the American people the truth about it that's being validated here.
This is an absolute disaster, and I do think... I don't know what it means, it may not mean anything, but I think they're quite unsettled on the Democrat side of things over this. The DC establishment, they're terrified. This is not at all how this was supposed to go -- and remember, these people are cocky and arrogant enough to think this was never going to happen. This was gonna be smooth sailing all the way. Now, let's get to Norah O'Donnell. We have a couple of sound bites from her, and she's asking Dickerson here at CBS and talking about their poll.
She wants to know from Dickerson what it means for Democrats.
O'DONNELL: What about the Democratic Party? What do the Democrats in Congress do?
DICKERSON: Democrats in Congress want another issue. There's no opponent in this instance. Democrats are fighting the White House's own remarks. The president's fighting his own promises. They need an opponent. So they need to find something in those budget talks they can attack Republicans, to just change the subject. They need to find something in those budget talks they can attack Republicans to just change the subject. Any issue. They'll take anything.
RUSH: Well, you know how the Republicans are dealing with that? Paul Ryan's already out there saying, "Nope, we're not gonna do anything about federal spending. It's just gonna stay the same," because this guy Dickerson's right: They need to change the subject, and they need a demon. They need an enemy. They need something to change the subject, and the Kennedy assassination celebration, or the remembrances aren't gonna do it. They always need a demon. They need an enemy, and right now they are it.
This series of lies that Obama told, I can't tell you how damaging they are, because they're personal. So Dickerson lets cat out of the bag. The Democrats are looking at the next round of budget negotiations, an opportunity to change the subject and demonize the Republicans. So Paul Ryan's out saying, "Shutdown? Nah. No way. Budget cuts? No way. We're not gonna change the subject."
Now, some of you might be saying, "Well, see, this how the Democrats win, Rush! They're not gonna lose anything on Obamacare and they got the Republicans now so scared of being demonized that they're just letting Obama and the Democrats have what they want on spending." I understand your thought process. It's a good point, if that's what you're thinking. But the Republicans have decided they're not going to let Obama demonize them and change the subject here.
Norah O'Donnell, this is desperate. Listen to this attempt at positioning Obama's 37% approval number.
O'DONNELL: The president's approval rating in our CBS News poll has dropped 15 points during his second term, but he is still more popular than his predecessor was back in 2005, 10 months into his second term. President George W. Bush had a 35% approval rating, compared to President Obama's 37%.
RUSH: Is that not desperate? Is that not embarrassing? "Well, he might have plummeted -- he might be falling, he might be at 37 -- but that's nothing, because Bush was a 35%, and he's still way ahead of Bush." Except, Norah, you made Bush. You put Bush at 35%. Obama got there on his own, despite all the assistance you and your pals tried to offer him.
RUSH: More detail on the CBS presidential approval poll -- and, by the way, folks, there is no racism in this poll. This is all legitimate. This is not the result of a personal smear campaign on Obama like it was Bush. Despite The Oprah and others trying to make this a race issue, it isn't. Obama's standing is due exclusively to policy and political ideology. The bottom is falling out for Obama among independent voters. Four weeks ago, Obama was at 41% approve, 54% disapprove among independents.
In the latest CBS poll, 29% of independent voters approve of Obama; 63% do not. By a 49 to 44% margin, independent voters want Obamacare repealed completely over fixing it. They just want it gotten rid of, and just 7% of Americans think Obamacare is working well and should be kept in place. Forty-nine percent want it broomed. But remember, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee a month ago? They were lunatics, hostage takers, demanding ransom, extremists, terrorists, dangerous radicals. More women now disapprove than approve of the job Obama's doing, and only 49% think he's honest. I'm telling you, they're terrified. This is new territory for them.
RUSH: Now as promised, Wolf Blitzer practically orgasming, folks. Just to remember, we just played you three sound bites of CBS over their reporting in their own poll, Obama at 37%. By the way, there's also a segment here where the Republicans are being blamed for this vis-a-vis Obamacare. It's by Oceander Milbank and the Washington Post. But you just heard Norah O'Donnell say, "Well, this is nothing!
"I mean, Bush was at 35%, and here we've got Obama at 37%. This is not even close!" I just want to show you the difference once again, from the Grooveyard of Forgotten Favorites Sound Bites. This is Wolf Blitzer. What is this, 2006? I don't have the exact date in front of me, but it is in Bush's second term when they finally, after four years of pummeling media coverage, had gotten his approval rate down to whatever level. It's 36$ in this report.
BLITZER, MARCH 13, 2006: It's 4 p.m. here in Washington. So you're getting the first look right now at our brand-new poll. The president's job approval rating has taken a downward turn again, falling to only 36%. [break] This represents his lowest rating ever in the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll. [break] The president's poll numbers are pretty bad, pretty awful right now, rock bottom as far as the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll. [break] The president's Iraq problem and his new low point in the polls. [break] His approval and policies now are at new lows. [break] The president's job approval number in this new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, rock bottom, the lowest it's ever been. [break] It's 5 p.m. here in Washington where President Bush takes a beating in our latest poll.
His approval rating at a low ebb. [break] Our latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll just out in the past hour shows the president at an all-time low. [break] His job approval rating at a new low. [break] That's rock bottom as far as our poll is concerned. [break] It's 7 p.m. here in Washington. The war in Iraq comes home to roost for President Bush. Our latest poll numbers showing his approval rating at a new low. [break] Also: President Bush hits a new low in the polls. [break] Now back to our lead story: President Bush's approval rating now at an all-time low. [break] As we noted, a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll shows his job approval rating at a new low. [break] President Bush's approval rating at a new low, 36%.
RUSH: March 13th of 2006, CNN Situation Room, Wolf Blitzer. For three hours, it was the lead story. That's all they could talk about -- and it wasn't just Wolf hyping it. Then they had analysts and experts on talking about it and what it meant. But remember, folks, the take-away is that it took Wolf and all of his buddies at CNN and everybody else in the media three to four years to drive Bush's number down to 36%.
Obama has gotten to 37% in less than a year, totally, 100% on his own. From TheHill.com today. "Obama Hits New Low with Democrats." The Democrats in Congress, now, they're being patient. They're going to wait. They're gonna give Obama the benefit of the doubt. They're biting the bullet. They're not saying anything. They're gonna wait until November 30th. That's the deadline for the website to get fixed.
RUSH: Just to illustrate my point. CNN, which is one of the Democrat Party's enabling media outlets, in the middle of this mess, what are they doing? They're running headlines all day, last couple of hours, "Obama to honor JFK soon." This is how they do it. There's no way they are gonna talk about the CBS poll. No way. It's time to save Obama, bail him out. He's gonna be honoring JFK soon.
originalRUSH: Grab sound bite 26. So what is Wolf Blitzer doing today? Well, seven years ago, when George W. Bush's approval number hit 36%, Wolf was having multiple orgasms. By the way, I got a note from somebody that said: "You're wrong about Wolf. The only multiple orgasms he ever had was when he was a kid in Buffalo when he was asleep." That's what somebody said. It's just a note that I got from somebody. Anyway, we love Wolf here, folks, we just like to have a little fun. But Wolf was going nuts here over Bush's number at 36%. I mean, every hour for three hours, leading every hour, practically coming out of every commercial break: "Breaking news, the Bush approval number is 36%," and then bringing in experts of what it all meant. Today, Obama's at 37%, and what is Wolf Blitzer talking about?
BLITZER: I'm Wolf Blitzer here in Washington along with our panel of correspondents and commentators. The current president, the former president, they're getting closer to the grave site of President John F. Kennedy. They will approach the eternal flame. The president will place his hands on the wreath. Taps will be played. There will be a moment of silence. It's a moment that all of us, of course who lived through that era, remember 50 years ago, but it's a powerful moment for the country right now.
RUSH: And an excellent opportunity for us at CNN to ignore the mess that Obama is in and that he has created. And, by the way, we're getting a block-by-block report on Obama's travels to Arlington cemetery and the eternal flame. (imitating Blitzer) "He is now at 14th and E Northwest," or whatever, "And now he's at," whatever, "and now Obama and Clinton are just three blocks away from the eternal flame at the Arlington National Cemetery," blah, blah. JFK honored 50 years after the assassination. This is a perfect event to cover.
Obama couldn't be troubled to go to Gettysburg, right? He couldn't be troubled, couldn't be bothered with the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address yesterday. (interruption) He was working on the website, HealthCare.gov? Is that what they said? Obama was working on the website? Some flack said that Obama's busy working on the website?