Seldom-heard praise for President Obama from Rush Limbaugh today -- wrapped within withering analysis of Obama's disingenuous remarks last night after a grand jury decided against indicting Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown in August.
Yet again, Obama fails to live up to his billing as a unifying figure, Limbaugh pointed out. Instead, he's just the opposite (audio) --
The grand jury system, I was kind of surprised. I know the legal beagles that I've listened to, a lot of legal people for whom I have great respect said, Rush, this is a slam dunk. There is, we've seen the evidence, as much as we've seen and as much as we've heard about, the testimony, there's no way this cop gets indicted. And I said yeah but that's not the way things happen in the country anymore. Everybody, episodes like this need sacrificial lambs and everybody's going to be focused on keeping the peace and everybody's going to be focused on, you know, just make the problem go away.
So I was surprised, grand jury system worked, despite enormous pressures exerted by the president's representative, Eric Holder, the attorney general. A police officer was not indicted and the president let it be known last night that if some people don't think justice was done, he understands. If some people are deeply upset and they don't think justice happened last night or the last two months, then he understands they're being upset. I think he missed a golden opportunity, I can't tell you how many golden opportunities this man has missed. He missed an opportunity last night, if he really cared about unity, he could have done a lot for it last night. If he really cares about bringing people together, if he really cares about a functioning, orderly society, even if he wants to transform it, he had a golden opportunity last night -- and he punted. He had 20 minutes of inane ramblings that were designed subtly to feed the rage. And he could have done so much. You do have to admit that he is, when he applies himself, a very persuasive and talented speaker and orator, when he applies himself. If it's on the teleprompter and the words he wants to use are there, then he can do it really well. Didn't even try. Didn't even try, it was just the exact opposite, it was so disappointing to me.
But then I had to stop and realize, that's not what Obama's about. Obama, transforming America, he knows it's going to be messy and he knows it's going to be filled with strife and he knows there's going to be a certain amount of chaos, that's unavoidable given the scope of the change he desires. He knows people aren't going to just sit idly by and let it happen, they're going to fight it, those who don't agree with it. And that is what community organizers do, they agitate, and that's what Obama sadly did last night was agitate. And he had a chance, he had a golden opportunity to do exact opposite, and he - didn't - even - try.
You see, to me what happened in Ferguson last night -- if you say, as the president did, it's an understandable reaction that there are Americans deeply upset, even angry, it's an understandable reaction -- how is it understandable? What if the rage and what if the anger is not legitimate? What if it's the product of, this is my whole point, the Democrat party, the American left, has created in its base supporters a degree of anger and rage that borders on the irrational. And they do it about everything! They do it about the Iraq war, they're doing it about the war on terror, they're doing it about virtually everything! And they keep their base supporters in a fevered pitch where their base supporters think virtually everybody is out to get 'em, that the deck is so unfairly stacked that they don't even have a chance, even with a man who is as historic as president, the first African-American. That doesn't even matter. You create this hopelessness, you create a circumstance where the foregone conclusion is disaster.
But why should the reaction last night be understandable when it isn't, really. I have to define understandable in the way Obama meant it. He meant it in a way of justifying it and that's where he missed a golden opportunity, but this is unnecessary and it's not going to change anything. It's not going to improve circumstances for anybody, it's going to make them worse for practically everybody involved -- other than the people that benefit from this. Who benefits from this chaos? Who benefits from this strife? Who benefits from the continuing racial strife in America? Who benefits from this? If you answer that question, you'll find out who's responsible for it. And don't doubt somebody benefits from it or it wouldn't happen.
Yeah, he definitely has you in mind, Al Sharpton.
Right out of the gate when Obama made his remarks last night after the grand jury's decision was announced, he referred to two different responses -- "There are Americans who agree with it and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry. It's an understandable reaction."
... While agreeing with the grand jury is simply not an "understandable reaction," at least not to Obama and like-minded leftists. The signal is duly sent to the mob -- rampage away. After all, looting is merely socialism in a hurry.
Still, this pales compared to the shabby editorializing of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams when he reported that the grand jury "failed" to bring charges against Officer Wilson. Kinda like when the U.S. Senate "failed" to convict Clinton in 1999?