On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh claimed that Obama’s declaration of 9/11 as a day of service is really nothing more than Obama recruiting people to support him. He said, “There are endless and countless examples of subtle and not so subtle efforts by this White House to recruit and organize Americans.”
Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
Limbaugh said, “This White House politicized 9/11. What do you mean Rush? What do you mean? Let me remind you, the White House politicized 9/11 when it made it a day of service. Remember that? 9/11 should be a day of service, which is a left wing political belief. It politicized art and artists. The White House in a conference call with selected artists who were rounded up by the National Endowment for the Arts to participate in paid political art to help support administration policies. This has been exposed by Andrew Breitbart at Biggovernment.com”
He continued, “There are endless and countless examples of subtle and not so subtle efforts by this White House to recruit and organize Americans for the political benefit of one Barack Obama. You know it and I know it. The White House website has been used to recruit union members to disrupt the tea parties and town halls last August.”
The idea that community service is some how a way to support Obama, just won’t die in right wing circles, like all conspiracy theories, this one makes no sense. The White House is supposed to spreading propaganda through art. Is this 1905? If any White House was really out to spread propaganda, they would do what the Bush administration did. They would pay writers and pundits to support their policies in the media. Propaganda through art is a very effective strategy in 2010.
Right wingers have always hated the NEA, so it is an old favorite of all their conspiracy theories. Does anyone else see the irony of Limbaugh complaining that the White House organized people to disrupt the right wingers who were organized to disrupt the town halls? By the way, the White House never organized unions though the official website.
This is a bizarre conspiracy theory that is nothing more than Limbaugh trying to take a page of Glenn Beck’s book of paranoia. The right wingers are engrossed in paranoia right now, and like any good showman Limbaugh is giving his audience what they want, even if each word takes him one step farther away from sanity.