Rush Limbaugh, controversial conservative talk show host, said Monday that the US President Barack Obama "hates this country." According to Limbaugh, Obama is trying to "dismantle, brick by brick, the American dream."
Limbaugh, in what The Huffington Post describes as the fulminating final synthesis of his anti-Obama views, said it is clear that Obama "hates" America.
Politico reports Limbaugh pointed out that a recent speech by Obama echoes a speech by Elizabeth Warrens, Democratic Senate nominee. Limbaugh said: “What Elizabeth Warren and Obama want you to believe is that government is the center of everything, that government starts everything. But government doesn’t. Government reacts.”
According to Limbaugh, Obama’s philosophy is un-American, and it is good only for people who have failed and need to belittle successful people to make themselves feel better. He said: “This is a bunch of people that don’t count. This is a bunch of people with miserable, meaningless lives who are lying to themselves; trying to tell themselves that they matter.”
Limbaugh expressed the opinion that Obama's mission is to destroy the "American Dream" after he played a clip that showed Obama saying every successful person received help from someone on the way to success. According to the NY Daily News, Obama told supporters in Roanoke, Virgina on Friday night that "if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own."
Politico provides a transcript of Obama's statement that has sparked controversy in the conservative media and blogosphere:
“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me, because they want to give something back. Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something: There are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”
Obama's comment sparked off an angry response from Limbaugh:
"I think it can now be said, without equivocation -- without equivocation -- that this man hates this country. He is trying -- Barack Obama is trying -- to dismantle, brick by brick, the American dream.
"There's no other way to put this. There's no other way to explain this. He was indoctrinated as a child. His father was a communist. His mother was a leftist. He was sent to prep and Ivy League schools where his contempt for the country was reinforced. He moved to Chicago. It was the home of the radical left movement. He hooks up to Ayers and Dohrn and Rashid Khalidi. He learns the ruthlessness of Cook County politics. This is what we have as a president: a radical ideologue, a ruthless politician who despises the country and the way it was founded and the way in which it became great. He hates it."
According to NY Daily News, some analysts say Limbaugh's comment is a concise summary of the Right wing view that Obama nurses an "anti-colonial rage" against the American establishment inherited from his African father. But critics of this argument point out that Obama was raised by his White American mother and grandparents and he only met his father briefly during his childhood.
Politico similarly reports the widely known fact that Obama last saw his father at age 10. The website also recalls that Obama once "dismissed" Bill Ayers, linked to a 1960s terror group known as the Weathermen, as a “a guy who lives in my neighborhood.” Rashid Khalidi is a pro-Palestinian professor at Columbia University. He and Obama were friends in Chicago and Obama has said bluntly that he doesn’t consult Khalidi on foreign policy.