RUSH: Now, look at this: "President Obama Marked Columbus Day." What is Columbus Day to you? What does Columbus Day mean to you? The old lore is that Columbus discovered America. You know what Columbus is to the left? I am not making this up. To the left -- to the multiculturalists, to the people teaching your kids in school who subscribe to this multicultural belief -- Columbus was a mean, evil guy. Columbus is the root of most of the evil in this country.
Columbus brought racism, sexism, bigotry!
Columbus didn't care about the environment.
He destroyed everything he came in contact with. He was an oppressor. He encountered the native people, the indigenous people, and he basically just took everything they had. He took it away from 'em. He took over and made 'em slaves. Christopher Columbus didn't do one thing worthwhile. I'm not exaggerating. That's who he is to the left, particularly the real radical left and a lot of teachers. Okay, so now that you know that, listen to this:
"President Obama marked Columbus Day by issuing a proclamation that reflects 'on the tragic burdens tribal communities bore' in the years that followed the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus." That's his presidential proclamation. (interruption) Nope. No. This is from Fox News. It's at their website, a guy named Todd Starnes. They put the presidential proclamation on the White House website.
(interruption) No, it's not a joke. "President Obama marked Columbus Day by issuing a proclamation that reflects 'on the tragic burdens tribal communities bore' in the years that followed the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus. 'When the explorers laid anchor in the Bahamas, they met indigenous peoples who had inhabited the Western hemisphere for millennia,' Obama wrote.
"'As we reflect on the tragic burdens tribal communities bore in the years that followed, let us commemorate the many contributions they have made to the American experience, and let us continue to strengthen the ties that bind us today.' He called on Americans to 'recall' the courage of Columbus, while celebrating 'our heritage as a people born of many histories and traditions. Following is the complete proclamation of what President Obama called 'that fateful October day in 1492.'"
Now, let me just say something. If this is The Onion, if this is satire, if this is a joke, if somebody is running a scam here on Fox News and Todd Starnes, let me just say something. If it's a joke, the reason it works is because all humor -- really good humor -- is grounded in some truth. The reason this works is because it is believable that Obama, as a leftist, would have this view. They do. This is the multiculturalist view.
I just asked you: "What is Columbus Day to the left?" It's Oppressors Day! Why did you say that? Because you know that's what it is to them. Okay, so that's who Obama is: A leftist. (interruption) Why are you so shocked? (interruption) You don't... Okay, Snerdley is not buying it. "Obama wouldn't dare do this as president in an election year. Obama wouldn't dare do this! This has to be satire. It has to be. It can't possibly be true."
Well, I've got the proclamation here, and it does say we reflect "'on the tragic burdens tribal communities bore' in the years that followed the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus." By the way, how many of you have ever heard that Columbus landed in the Bahamas? See, that, to me, is what makes this thing a little suspicious and dubious. Hispaniola! Hispaniola. I hate to tell you, Mr. Snerdley, the proclamation is legit.
This is not The Onion. It is not Scott Ott. It is not a parody. It is found on government websites. That's where Mr. Starnes at Fox News and Commentary found it. It's legit. (interruption) Snerdley still doesn't believe it. Go look it up! Go look at any White House website, any government website. "Columbus Day 2012, By the President of the United States of America, A Proclamation:
"As dawn broke over the Atlantic on October 12, 1492, a perilous 10-week journey across an ocean gave way to encounters and events that would dramatically shape the course of history. Today, we recall the courage and the innovative spirit that carried Christopher Columbus and his crew from a Spanish port to North America, and we celebrate our heritage as a people born of many histories and traditions [and] reflect on the tragic burdens tribal communities bore in the years that followed" the discovery of the New World by Columbus.