RUSH: Last night I actually turned on cable news for the first time in a long time, and I happened to see rather than just read about, I happened to see, because it happened yesterday during the program, I happened to see Obama’s appearance at the Texas theater in Austin, his fundraising appearance where he was heckled, ostensibly.
I’ve heard a lot of people comment about it. It happened during the program yesterday, and I had not really seen it. I had only heard things about it. I was getting little blurb reports about it. So I watched it. This was the appearance where he was laughing at John Boehner. He was laughing at the idea that he might be impeached. He was laughing at the idea that he might be sued, and he was asking the audience to laugh along with him.
Now, since I saw it, I have seen and read a lot of commentary from people who also saw it and who think that it was really odd to have the president laughing about something that could be something very serious; he’s being sued. He is being sued for acting outside the Constitution. He’s not doing his job, sits up there and says (imitating Obama), “Hey, they want to sue me? Well, ha-ha-ha.” And while he said he’s being sued and they want to impeach him somebody in the audience started applauding, so Obama stopped and said, “Oh, really? Really? You came in here and you want to join the impeachment?” And he started laughing about it.
The commentary since then has been how unseemly people thought it was for the president not to take this seriously. Here he is, the chief executive, he’s the president of the United States and he is laughing about the things he’s doing, the things he’s being accused of doing and the possibility of being sued, slash, impeached over it. A lot of the commentary I saw was people thinking, “You know, this is really disrespectful. This is very serious stuff, and he’s laughing about it?”
And I have a different take. This is the long lead-up to this. I don’t think he’s laughing at it. I think he is livid and offended and outraged by it and is mocking the people who are critical. That laughter is not laughing at the situation. I think he’s mocking everybody. I think privately he’s just ticked off about this. But I don’t think he’s laughing about it in the sense that he doesn’t take it seriously or that he thinks it’s worthy of jokes. A lot of people think that he’s not taking it seriously, it’s just joking, fun stuff. I don’t read him that way. I think privately he tells you, he will tell you what he thinks. “I’m doing my job. And they want to sue me for doing my job.” That means something.
He thinks he’s totally within his rights to be doing everything that he’s doing, and how dare anyone challenge him. He’s with a bunch of friends and I think he’s just mocking.