This is pretty rich coming from a guy whose demagoguery would make Huey Long blush. The obliging Smith – not about to screw up his chances for future access – lobs an easy one over the plate:
Smith also asked the president if he is aware of the extreme terms some use to describe him, such as "socialist" or "Nazi."When it comes to socialism, Mr. Prez, it’s not vitriol, it’s the unvarnished truth. And, by the way, Limbaugh and Beck are really getting to you, aren’t they?
"Well, I think that when you listen to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, it's pretty apparent, and it's troublesome, but keep in mind that there have been periods in American history where this kind of vitriol comes out."
Tone down your own rhetoric (and nanny-state ambitions), Barry. As long as you insist on dismantling our traditions of personal freedom and limited government, it is going to be a war of tooth and claw. Get used to it.
Update: Byron York has Limbaugh’s response.