If You Don't Know Him by Now...
September 2 2011
Piers Morgan talking to Frank Rich: "We can't start with anything else apart from this complete farce over Obama's speech about how to get America back to work, which has descended into anarchy it seems from where I'm watching. What is your view, Mr. Rich?"
RICH: It's amateur night. It's embarrassing. It looks amateurish. That speech really better be dynamite, because if after all this buildup and nonsense and farce, if he, you know, delivers a mouse, really for -- when you think of all the Americans who are suffering from unemployment, he's got a bigger problem than he started with.
RUSH: If he delivers a mouse. So here's one of his big supporters, Frank Rich, this is sort of like, I would compare this to you being a fan, your team makes the Super Bowl, and it's the night before the game, then the morning of the game and you get all worried your team's gonna blow it. Frank Rich is wondering, what can he do? You know, the days of the speech in Grant Park are over. In fact, there's a piece, I have it here in the Stack of Stuff, television review guy from the Baltimore Sun has a piece today on just how different Obama is, how phony. He went back, he looked the Grant Park speech and then compared that to recent Obama appearances, and says, "How did we all get fooled here? There's nothing there." Obama comes on TV, you don't even want to watch anymore, nothing inspiring.
Here's Frank Rich, "That speech better be dynamite." What the hell can it be? To use language they understand in Rio Linda, Obama shot his wad here, folks. Every speech possible to make he's made, on every subject. What can he do? He's already offered stimulus, spending after spending. What can he do here? He is not going to do one thing that will actually create any jobs because he doesn't believe in the private sector. And I think these Democrats like Frank Rich, they understand it. They understand that it's a farce, nonsense, this speech better be dynamite. And even if it is, it's coming within the hour and a half prior to the kickoff of the NFL season. That's what's gonna be on most people's minds.
Sports is an escape from everybody's daily humdrum, and to have the president assert himself in the middle of that, even though it's not gonna encroach on the actual game, with more of the same, blame Bush. We know from Gene Sperling he's gonna blame Bush, he inherited a mess worse than we even thought. So everybody's worried now that he's gotta hit a grand-slam home run. So Piers Morgan, after Rich says he's got a bigger problem than he started with if he doesn't give a great speech, here's Piers Morgan responding.
MORGAN: People don't really know who Barack Obama is. What does he actually, at his essence, stand for? He came in on hope, audacity, change, which are all fairly tenuous, vacuous even, ways of describing what your campaign's gonna be. Eventually you gotta have a policy which grips the country, which can be identifiable with your presidency. Has he got it in him, do you think?
RICH: I think he has it in him. I think the campaign is proof of that, but this has been a very scattered administration, shockingly so. He's capable of it. I don't know what the problem has been.
RUSH: Oh, come on. Here's Piers Morgan: does anybody know this guy? People don't really know who Obama is. We're into almost three years of this and you guys, you guys are the ones that painted the picture of this guy for everybody in the country, unknown before, never before a personality like this, American politics has never featured someone this brilliant, somebody who could lower the levels of the seas. And now after a debacle of a failed presidency, all these people who told us how brilliant and wonderful, once in a lifetime Obama was... Who is this guy?
Frank Rich, (imitating Rich) "Well, I know he's got it in him, you go back and look at the campaign." The campaign was what? Totally devoid of any substance. That campaign was a blank canvas, and Obama, you could paint on that canvas whatever you wanted Obama to be, and that's what he was. So now we gonna add Piers Morgan to the list of libs who have no clue who Obama is. Let's go back, let's review. October 30th, this is just a couple of days before the election in 2008, the Charlie Rose Show, he's interviewing at the time the Meet the Press moderator Tom Brokaw.
ROSE: I don't know what Barack Obama's worldview is
BROKAW: No, I don't either.
ROSE: We don't know how he really sees where China is.
BROKAW: We don't know a lot about Barack Obama and the universe of his thinking about foreign policy.
ROSE: I don't really know. And do we know anything about the people who are advising him?
BROKAW: You know, it's an interesting question.
ROSE: He's principally known through his autobiography and through very aspirational [sic] speeches.
BROKAW: Two of them. Now, I don't know what books he's read.
ROSE: What do we know about the heroes of Barack Obama?
BROKAW: There's a lot about him we don't know.
RUSH: Well, we know Bill Ayers. We know Jeremiah Wright. We know Bernardine Dohrn. And, you know, it is interesting. Not one law student of Obama's, he taught law at University of Chicago, not one student's come forward and said, "Yeah, this guy really inspired me." Nobody at Harvard Law Review has ever come forth and said, "Yeah, yeah, I knew Obama, this guy was brilliant." And there was some feminist website I was reading not long ago that asked where were all the old girlfriends of Obama? Guy runs for president, all the old girlfriends pop up. Nobody's popped up.
So here we have Charlie Rose, Tom Brokaw, now Piers Morgan, all accredited members of the Drive-By Media, now nearly three years into this, saying, "Who is this guy? We don't know who he is." And these are the people who told us who he was during the campaign and are longing for that persona to once again surface. I think the only thing that Obama could do -- speaking now to Frank Rich -- Frank, the only thing Obama could do that would be convincing in that big speech next week, is to resign.
RUSH: Just sitting here thinking, that old classic from the Grooveyard of Forgotten Favorites, used to play it on the radio when I was a struggling young disc jockey star of the future, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and If You Don't Know Me by Now. And who was the lead singer? Teddy Pendergrass is exactly right, Snerdley, way to go, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. Nobody ever knew Harold Melvin. May not have even existed. It was Teddy Pendergrass. If You Don't Know Me by Now, you will never, never, never, never know me. We could have it as a theme song for the regime. Sure, let's listen to a little bit of it. We have it here. Straight from the Grooveyard of Forgotten Favorites, a special dedication to Frank Rich, Tom Brokaw, and Charlie Rose, in fact everybody else in the Drive-By Media, 1972.
(playing of song)
RUSH: All right, that's enough. But that sets the stage. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, 1972, If You Don't Know Me by Now, one of many applicable theme songs for this regime.