Rush Limbaugh smeared President Obama today by suggesting that the president was cheating on his wife while playing golf with Tiger Woods.
Transcript via Rush Limbaugh:
“By the way, there are some in the Drive-Bys (and we have the evidence coming up) who are not happy that Obama invited Tiger while Moochelle is half a continent away with the children. It’s a guy’s weekend, and there’s Tiger in there, and there are no cameras. So there are some people in the media, particularly over at CNN, who are very, very worried about this.
Not us here at the EIB Network. It never crossed our minds. I saw a busload of women when I was out yesterday on 95. I was up as far as Jupiter, and I did see a busload of women heading north on 95. Now, I had no idea where it was going. It was the afternoon. It was after, like, three o’clock. (interruption) No, no, no, Snerdley! I’m not leveling any accusations, but I did see a busload of women. (interruption) No, Clinton’s not there. Well, that’s a good question. I don’t think Clinton’s in town. Anyway, hee-hee, we have the evidence coming up.
But the way the sports media treats these guys is that they’re gods, in essence. Of course that veil was lifted on Tiger. Before we get to that, I had a bunch of people e-mail me during the break here. “Rush, come on! Obama’s a very loyal and devoted husband. He doesn’t care about women.” Maybe not, but who else was up there? That’s what the media’s concerned about at CNN, which you will hear in mere moments.”
RUSH ARCHIVE: “[T]he parallels between Barack Obama and Tiger Woods are stunning. We don’t know if there’s rampant sex romps going on with Obama. We doubt that. But everything else, they created for us a puff piece image of Obama, starting with his speech at the 2004 Democrat convention. We don’t know who he is. We don’t know anything about the man other than his years agitating the community in Chicago, the things he’s written about in his books. But there’s this image of “we’ve never had someone like this before, there’s never been a man like this. He transcends normal people.” Remember all these people gushing over him. Mark my words. At some point the same unmasking that has happened to Tiger Woods will happen to Barack Obama.”
RUSH: “Well, it hasn’t happened yet. I predicted that, at some point, the veil would be lifted on Obama. I still say this. I thought it would happen by now, but it hasn’t yet. But it has been on Tiger. You know, Tiger created this image, along with his sports-marketing people and his corporate partners. They created this image of Mr. Perfect: Perfect husband, perfect golfer, perfect workout guy, more disciplined than you, devoted, committed — and that was all done in the media. Of course, then it all blew up. When the media makes you, the media can break you — and that is going to be true of Obama at some point. It may be too late to matter when it does, but it will.”
George W. and Laura Bush took a separate vacation in each year of his presidency. Was the media concerned about the impression that this sent then? Was Rush Limbaugh speculating that Bush was cheating on his wife? Of course, he wasn’t. This was a non-story when the previous president did it, but the Obamas take one separate vacation and right wing turns it into a big Obama secret. To be fair, when some liberal message boards noticed that the Bushs took separate vacations in 2006, they speculated too, but the story wasn’t on CNN.
Besides Limbaugh’s daily agenda of Obama hate, the media is making an issue out of this because the president wouldn’t let them tag along while he golfed with Tiger Woods. Ed Henry of Fox News and president of the White House Correspondents Association, filed a complaint about the the White House’s lack of golf outing transparency. Henry wrote, “Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend. There is a very simple but important principle we will continue to fight for today and in the days ahead: transparency.”
Of all the transparency issues to be concerned about, Henry is most outraged because he didn’t to cover Obama playing golf. When things like this happen, it is easy to see why the mainstream media is held in such low regard.
The media is grumpy because that they didn’t get to play TMZ. Rush Limbaugh, who has cheated on a few of his wives, is perpetuating the stereotype that the nation’s first African-American president is cheating on his wife, and nobody gave a damn when George W. and Laura Bush took separate vacations every year.
Happy Presidents Day, President Obama.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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