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July 31, 2010

Gibbs Takes on Rush Limbaugh ~ Gibbs=O, ElRushbo = WINS

Gibbs Takes on Rush Limbaugh

Wall Street Journal

At a briefing today to discuss the administration’s efforts to rescue the auto industry, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs took on conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh—and every other critic “sitting in the cheap seats” –for criticizing the rescue of General Motors and Chrysler as a “government takeover” that smacks of socialism.


Told by a reporter that “You had Rush Limbaugh today — today or yesterday — talking Obama Motors again,” Gibbs, who doesn’t often provide free advertising by taking on his critics by name from the podium, let fire.

“Look, Rush Limbaugh and others wanted to walk away. Rush Limbaugh and others saw a million people that worked at these factories, that worked at these parts suppliers, that had — that supported communities, and thought we should all just walk away. The president didn’t think that walking away from a million jobs in these communities made a lot of economic sense,” Gibbs said.

He was just getting up to speed.

“We’ve got auto companies that for the first time since 2004 all showed an operating profit in the first quarter of this year. It’s adding jobs. And the money that this administration invested — about $60 billion — we believe we’re on the path to recouping all of that. That’s a significant story.
“I’ll let those that sat in the cheap seats a year-and-a-half ago and wanted to walk away” from a milion workers, he continued, “explain to every one of those workers why they made that decision.”
Finally, he wrapped it up: “And then you should ask Mr. Limbaugh — I don’t know what kind of car he drives, but I bet it’s not an F-150.”

The F-150 truck, we should note, is made by Ford, which didn’t get federal rescue funds.


Let's see what ElRuibo has to say................

Robert Gibbs Swerves Into Your Beloved Host and Gets Totaled

( SNIPETS ) taken from Rush's website at this page

RUSH: The White House press secretary, a sock puppet for the president of the United States, Robert Gibbs, swerved into Rush Limbaugh and the mighty EIB Network yesterday afternoon, and Gibbs ended up totaled.

RUSH: You would think these people would learn. You would think that they would figure it out. Gibbs launched into me.

RUSH: We got Obama as a CEO of Obama Motors, he's gonna go in and drive the Obama Volt today, gonna go speak at Chrysler, and, folks, it's amazing. I live rent free in their heads.

Yesterday afternoon a reporter said, "What do you say, Robert or any of you, to the folks who at the beginning, a year and a half ago, were deriding this effort taking over GM, calling it socialism, calling it a government takeover, you had Rush Limbaugh today talking Obama Motors again. Is essentially the message here a sort of, 'We told you so'?"

This bailout, $68 billion and we have 55,000 jobs. All this was a bailout of the unions, pure and simple.

We have a command-and-control, dictator, authoritarian-type regime manufacturing, dictating that cars be made that nobody wants. Go rent the movie, if you haven't done so on my suggestion yet, Lives of Others. It's a foreign language film that won the foreign language Oscar a couple or three years ago. It's about the Stasi, the secret police in East Germany back in the Cold War days. Go get it this weekend and watch it. It's scary as hell. It's eye-opening as hell.

So you want to buy a Volt, you go right ahead. I am not trying to discourage sales of the product. I'm not trying to be harmful at all, except to this administration. I am trying to expose this administration for what it is and who they are. Now, Obama's out there touting all these jobs created. How about all the jobs he destroyed with his indiscriminate or -- wrong word, with his -- purposeful shutting down of dealerships? Have we forgotten this? You want to talk about jobs? Yeah, he propped up a bunch of union jobs because he owed them. He propped up union health care and pension plans with the bailout. Then he got his fingers in there and demanded they finally bring this electric car to market.

He put people in charge of it that had never been in the auto business before. Steve Forbes has a piece today . You know, Obama's out there claiming credit for all this, but really Steve Forbes (writing in Politico, by the way) says the real heroes at General Motors are the free market capitalists who are making the company go in spite of the obstacles but in front of them by this guy and his regime. I applaud that. (clapping) Right on, right on, right on. Now, he's also outta talking about Cash for Clunkers. He's praising Cash for Clunkers. Everybody knows that was a disaster. That didn't generate any new sales. All it did was shift sales into a quarter earlier than the sales would have taken place. This guy's out there touting success and the only way, the only opportunity, the opportunity times he sees success is when the government is involved giving a tax credit or a discount.

Fifty-five thousand jobs created, $60 billion bailout. Can I go through again what this has cost? It's a $60 billion bailout, $240 million in Energy Department grants doled out to General Motors last summer, $150 million in federal money to the Korean battery supplier, $1.5 billion in tax breaks for you who buy the car, and some significant portion of the $14 billion loan that GM got in 2008 for retooling its plants. If you add all that together you get some idea of how much you have already spent to build every one of these cars. The whole point of this is to make the bailout work. The whole point of this is so Obama can claim credit. The whole point of this is creating an illusion that the government saved something that capitalism broke. The government saved something that the evil, mean American capitalist system destroyed.

That's the message. That's why go to Detroit today, that's why talk about General Motors and Chrysler. "Look what we did! Capitalism destroyed these companies. They were evil, they were ripping people off, they weren't treating their union employees well." No, no, no. They were saddled with all kinds of CAFE, mileage standards, regulations. They were forced into making cars because the environmentalist wacko amusement had taken control of the Department of Energy and all the regulatory agencies. Let me read to you something else here from the New York Times. Edward Niedermeyer, "GM's Electric Lemon -- and this is why Gibbs has to run out and swerve into me rather than deal with the specific criticism I offered about the Volt.

RUSH: Okay, now, Mr. Gibbs, let me explain something to you, and in the process, all the rest of you who are listening. Mr. Gibbs, you, your president, your party, have destroyed millions of jobs. You sit here and talk about protecting, saving, keeping a million jobs, you're not fooling anybody. You and your president and your party, the Democrats, have impoverished millions of families. You have destroyed home ownership for hundreds of thousands of families. You have destroyed small businesses throughout this country. Your tax and spending and regulatory policies have driven parts of this nation into Third World status. You have taken a recession and you have made it worse. You haven't saved or created a damn thing except for more government jobs. The real prosperity in this country right now is Washington and surrounding environs. As for the automobile industry, I'll say this again, no industry can survive forever with endless subsidies, massive subsidies paid for by the taxpayers in an economy where those same taxpayers are losing their jobs and homes and savings. And we brag about this?

People have lost their jobs, their homes, and their savings. And you're taking future earnings from them and bailing out industries. The saddest thing of all for General Motors, Obama Motors, is that they are pinning all of their hopes on the Volt, a car that requires a $7500 tax credit to even interest people. Look at all of the great cars that General Motors has made in its storied history, all the great cars it still makes, and they've been forced by the government into counting on the Volt, an electric car that has been a dream and a myth for 100 years. If you don't believe me I'll read to you from the New York Times from 1911 in just a moment about the electric car. They were having wet dreams about it back then at the New York Times. This makes me sad to listen to these stumped-up press conferences and town meetings touting all this great success when none of it is taking place. I do not know how in good conscience you expect the automobile industry to survive when the very people who are paying for it are losing their jobs, small businesses, savings, and homes.

Mr. Gibbs, if government ownership and subsidies were the answer, then Zimbabwe would not be a Third World country. Cuba would be teaching us how to do things. The Soviet Union would not have failed. North Korea would be the place everybody in the world wanted to go if command-and-control economies, government ownership and subsidies created a workers' paradise. The old Soviet Union would still be in existence, Mr. Gibbs, if you were right, but you aren't. General Motors makes great cars. We drove the Crossover SUV, a bunch of these cars.

Even the Malibu we had a great time driving here. They make a lot of great cars. These models were on the drawing board long before you, Mr. Gibbs, became a spokesman for Obama. The problem is insuring the long-term sustainability of the automobile industry and your answer is to destroy bondholders. The legitimate investors in Chrysler got the shaft and were called greedy. When it came time to bail somebody out, when the government was gonna bail out Chrysler, the legitimate investors got the shaft, the bondholders, and they were told they were greedy, and who got the money? The United Auto Workers. And who got the seats on the board of directors? You! And the board of directors has members of the United Auto Workers on it. Average investors, the bondholders. Then you go out there and you destroy bankruptcy laws to reward your political allies.

To pin the hopes of this great company on a car that's having to be forced on people is just very sad. Mr. Gibbs, I don't believe you people care about, when you get right down to it, the car workers. You care about union leaders.

Mr. Gibbs, your entire economic model is unworkable. Look at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I mean your economic model's been tried. Every Western socialist democracy, Cuba, Soviet Union, North Korea, wherever you look, Zimbabwe, take your pick, it's been tried. It doesn't work. You use, Mr. Gibbs, your podium at the White House every day to spread lies, to spin, to twist, creating all these phony measures of progress, creating or saving jobs because you failed, so you have to resort to these magic tricks.

There's no compassion in this agenda. There's no compassion in these results. This regime, folks, does not believe in you, and that's the saddest thing. This is the first presidency, the first administration maybe in history, maybe in my lifetime, that does not believe in the American people, does not believe in America. It believes this country is the problem in the world; that we're not the solution. We're no longer going to be the leader of anything. We have people happily presiding over the decline of the United States. You don't believe in the American worker, you don't believe in the American dream, you believe in big government, an ever-expanding, all powerful government. That's what Gibbs and Obama and Pelosi and Reid, et al, believe. And that's how your president is going to be remembered, just how Herbert Hoover is remembered. We live in Obamaville.

Mr. Gibbs, we all pay your salary, all of us taxpayers. And you show no respect. You have nicer things to say about our enemies than you have to say about Americans. You sue one of your own states, a state trying to protect its people. Your job, you sue the state. You declared war against the people. You're governing against the will of your own people and in the midst of all this you run around and continue to insult all of us. One other thing. Whatever I drive, Gibbs, I pay for. The dirty little secret, Mr. Gibbs, I've earned it. Everything I drive, whatever I have, I pay for it. I don't ever ask anybody for a penny, Mr. Gibbs, and I never make the assumption that anybody owes me one, unless I'm providing a service for them. I don't ask anybody for a dime. I have no expectation that anybody else is responsible for me, certainly not you. The day will never come I want to turn over my necessities in life to people like you and Barack Obama.

You people in the White House have earned nothing. You produce nothing. The food that you're eating at the White House mess is paid for by us, or even if you go out and grab a burger at Obama's favorite burger joint, the odds are you're paying for it with money that we've paid you. We pay for the food you eat, transportation, the jets your boss uses. There's never any gratitude. There's just more insults. There's never any thanks or appreciation for what the people of this country have done for the ruling class. There's just more contempt and insults to our intelligence.


Wild Thing's comment.......

Rush lives rent-free in their heads.

You will rue the day, Gibbsy! Bwahh! They haven’t learned yet to ignore Maha Rushdie. It’s a fight you’ll never win.

"we believe we’re on the path to recouping all of that"

YOU LIE Gibbs....Biden just said your (we) are going to lose $24 billion......and just like the Fanny and Freddie scam, your administration is not doing a thing to correct what caused the problem in the first place

For the last time, Ford didn’t receive any bailout monies, Gibbs, you asshat! Geez...this admin can't even get their bailouts straight. LOL Either incredibly stupid or incredibly desperate. He simultaneously legitimizes Limbaugh and reduces the White House. heh heh Go get ‘em ElRushbo! This is sort of like bringing a marshmallow gun to a fight when the other guy has an AK-47.

This is an occasion for example why Rushbo graces the idiot liberals with one half his brain tied behind his back. Tah dah!

Good luck, Gibbs.

This is unconscionable. How many administrations in the past publicly confronted a private citizen for his views? This government makes me sick.

I thank God every day that there is a Rush LImbaugh and that each one of you that come to this blog and give your input and comments are in my life. You all add so much and it means everything. YOU all make a difference!!

This is the movie iRush was talking about I looked it up ...... " The Lives of Others"

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67

Posted by Wild Thing at July 31, 2010 03:50 AM


I wish we could get one of these Democrats in the obama administration in a one on one, face to face debate with Rush. It would be called "Massacre at the EIB corral". I cannot think of a single person in the White House that could hold their own against Rush. Even obama with his teleprompters.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at July 31, 2010 11:06 AM

Obama was concerned about "saving" jobs at GM. So they decide to build the first Electric Car. Ok... so where is the plant to make the batteries... in Korea ? Wouldn't building the plant here and making the batterirs here make more sense afterall he's saving jobs, how bout creating some...What a stupid yutz.

The bad news is 40 miles per charge and a charge can take anywhere from 3-6 hours. But the real kicker is you have to buy the charger and not only that, the charger is wired 240 volts, now you need a special receptacle installed just to charge the battery that takes up the entire middle section of the car.

Also there is a generator that will run for about 375 miles extra, I guess to power the motor, and the generator has to run on a high octane fuel.

Would it not make sense to have the generator also charge the battery while driving ? Why can't they back feed to the battery while running the motor.

Talk about the blind leading the blind. Way to go Barry.

This car sounds like the old Chevette, a buckboard with a lawn Mower engine on it

Posted by: Mark at July 31, 2010 11:46 AM

What an amazing week our beloved President has had. Almost two years into his Presidency, and he still can't figure out who he is.

One day he is appearing on the View, and playing the Populist, the next day he is in Detroit, playing the Politician.

His handlers and spokesmen, Emanuel,Axelrod,Gibbs and others are still trying desparately to sell both him and the Hope and Change thing to the American people.

The same people who have been giving rapidly decreasing Popularity and Job Pereformance ratings this whole time.

Rush speaks for an increasing number of folks in this Country.

Every single word of his,can be backed up and substantiated by facts. The words of the above mentioned Obamabots, are little more than hot air, with little or no truth in their content.

Their is smell of despereation in the air, on the part of the Democrats. Time is not on their side.

The defections and doubt among many of the Democrat members of Congress, is increasing. A lot of them realize that their political lives are at stake. Their constituents are not taking kindly to what has been happening over the last year and a half and the time to pay the piper, is fast approaching.

November 2010. The start of the 2nd American Revolution

Posted by: Sean at July 31, 2010 12:04 PM

Tom, LOL I love it, that would be so great to see. Love the name of it.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 1, 2010 01:00 AM

Mark, wow thanks for all of that. And they don't say one word about all those things needed and the generator and all the things you brought up.

I heard Rush say too what happenes when you get caught in traffic like in Los Angeles where it can take a person 2 hours to go what should be only a 10 minute distance. What happens to the battery then sitting in traffic all the time running down.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 1, 2010 01:06 AM

Sean, well said, that is exactly what obama is doing. And I think the obama, that obama himself is the most comfortable with is the obama that is campaigning.

Yesss...."November 2010. The start of the 2nd American Revolution"

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 1, 2010 01:10 AM