Las Mentiras de Obama


That’s the name of Obama’s new Spanish television ad portraying Rush Limbaugh as anti-Mexican and John McCain as two-faced. In the ad, Limbaugh’s headshot appears at the bottom of the screen next to two quotes: “Mexicans are stupid and unqualified” and “Shut your mouth or get out.”

Both quotes, however, were taken out of context. On his ABC News blog, Jake Tapper gives the full text of both quotes. The “Mexicans are stupid and unqualified” comment was part of a debate in 1993 against NAFTA in which Limbaugh said, “If you are unskilled and uneducated, your job is going south. Skilled workers, educated people are going to do fine ’cause those are the kinds of jobs NAFTA is going to create. If we are going to start rewarding no skills and stupid people, I’m serious, let the unskilled jobs that take absolutely no knowledge whatsoever to do — let stupid and unskilled Mexicans do that work."

Limbaugh put the quote in its proper context Wednesday for his listeners: “Remember, I was pro-NAFTA — I was chiding Americans for being afraid of losing the kind of jobs that would go to an unskilled workforce.”

The other quote was from the “Limbaugh Laws,” which Limbaugh made in 2006 to reveal the draconian measures taken against immigrants in Mexico. The relevant passages from the Limbaugh Laws are posted on Tapper’s blog, including these two paragraphs:

“And another thing: You don’t have the right to protest. You’re allowed no demonstrations, no foreign flag waving, no political organizing, no bad-mouthing our President or his policies. You’re a foreigner: shut your mouth or get out! And if you come here illegally, you’re going to jail.

“You think the Limbaugh Laws are harsh? Well, every one of the laws I just mentioned are actual laws of Mexico today! That'[s] how the Mexican government handles immigrants to their country. Yet Mexicans come here illegally and protest in our streets!

Considering Obama just finished chanting "misrepresentation" as his defense during the "lipstick on a pig" fiasco, he should be the last person twisting someone’s joke.

What endears Limbaugh to so many is his ability to mix humor with sobering political commentary, as in the "Limbaugh Laws." Obama has attacked the strongest link between Limbaugh and his base, which should send the presidential nominee’s entourage running for cover. Because when Obambi picks a fight with El Rushbo, the joke is on the senator from Illinois. And if there’s one thing Obama hates more than being without a teleprompter, it’s being the punchline of another man’s wit.

This ad deliberately misled American voters, and the guilty party should be held accountable. The Obama campaign should apologize to Limbaugh and the American people for what is clearly a misrepresentation of Limbaugh’s position. It is two-faced to preach politics of hope and change and then knowlingly misrepresent someone’s position.

HUMAN EVENTS is still waiting for a response from the Obama campaign on these ads and will update the information when — and if — the campaign responds.


True to form, Limbaugh called Obama’s bluff today in a Wall Street Journal article. "What kind of potential president would let his campaign knowingly extract two incomplete, out-of-context lines from two radio parodies and build a framework of hate around them in order to exploit racial tensions?" he asks in the piece. "We’ve made much racial progress in this country. Any candidate who employs the tactics of the old segregationists is unworthy of the presidency."

Obama has tangled with the wrong celebrity.