Saturday, February 14, 2009

Limbaugh falsely claimed homeless woman at Obama town hall asked for a "car" and a "new kitchen".

It's so important for Rush Limbaugh to portray Democrats and their supporters as people wanting the government to give them things, that he's willing to lie to make his case.

Discussing President Obama's February 10 town hall event in Fort Myers, Florida, Rush Limbaugh falsely claimed that a homeless woman at the event asked Obama for a "car" and a "new kitchen." In fact, the woman, Henrietta Hughes, was simply saying that she needs housing. She stated: "I have an urgent need -- unemployment and homelessness, a very small vehicle for my family and I to live in. We need urgent, and the housing authority have two years waiting on this, and we need something more than a vehicle and parks to go to. We need our own kitchen and our own bathroom. Please help."

During the February 10 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, Limbaugh said, "There's another bite coming up here -- a crying woman named Henrietta asks Obama for a car, for a new kitchen, and a bathroom." Limbaugh went on to assert: "Obama tells her to talk to his staff after the town hall. She asks for a car, a kitchen, and a bathroom."

Limbaugh also highlighted this incident on his website in an article entitled, "Americans Beg Their President for Free Stuff at Town Hall Meeting."

You see, as far as Limbaugh is concerned it's all typical liberal, "the state should look after me" nonsense.

And he even implies that this is the deliberate work of the Obama team and that this is what they want:
LIMBAUGH: Do you think that the people who chose these people to ask questions on the Obama staff might have jobs right now? Did they purposely select these people for these questions? Do you think so? If they didn't, then some heads are going to roll. If they did purposely scour that crowd for these kinds of questions -- and there was more than just this one, so you have to assume this is what they wanted -- they want people looking at Obama this way. "Well, OK, going to do everything we can to help you; a lot of people in your position; lot of people; well, we can help you; have you talk to staff after the town hall."
Having endured the last eight years when the president and the entire White House seemed focused only on giving corporations what they wanted I think there is something positive about a president who realises that ordinary people sometimes need help; indeed, that their need is greater than corporations like Haliburton who can actually look out for themselves very well.

But to Rush that is all that is wrong with liberalism. Individuals who ask for help are "whiners". Companies who use lobbyists to argue for their special interests are realists who are playing the game as it should be played.

And to make that point he's willing to lie and to distort what Henrietta Hughes actually said.

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Hat tip to Media Matters.


Anonymous said...

It is people like Rush Limbaugh and other fat-cat buffoons who deserve to be homeless, not the working poor and disabled dumped out there like trash due to the likes of this hypocrite.

Kel said...

Amen to that.