President Barack Obama "hates this country," and his philosophy appeals to "people with miserable, meaningless lives" and "people who don't count," Rush Limbaugh said Monday.
"I think it can now be said, without equivocation — without equivocation — that this man hates this country," the conservative radio host said. "He is trying, Barack Obama is trying, to dismantle, brick-by-brick, the American dream. There's no other way to put this. There's no other way to explain this."
Limbaugh reached his conclusion after playing a clip of a speech Obama gave Friday while campaigning in Roanoke, Virginia. In the speech, Obama emphasizes the role government and society have played in developing the private sector.
"There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me, because they want to give something back," Obama said in the speech. "Look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something: There are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there."
"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help," Obama continued. "There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business — you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."
Obama's speech, as Limbaugh points out, echoes a viral speech Elizabeth Warren, the consumer advocate–turned–Massachusetts Democratic Senate nominee, gave at a fundraiser last September.
"What Elizabeth Warren and Obama want you to believe is that government is the center of everything, that government starts everything," Limbaugh said. "But government doesn't. Government reacts."
Limbaugh argued Obama's philosophy was not only un-American, it was aimed at depressives who needed to belittle successful people to feel better about themselves.
"This is a bunch of people that don't count," Limbaugh said, according to a transcript. "This is a bunch of people with miserable, meaningless lives who are lying to themselves; trying to tell themselves that they matter."
Limbaugh said the young Obama was destined to become anti-American.
"He was indoctrinated as a child," Limbaugh said. "His father was a communist. His mother was a leftist. He was sent to prep and Ivy League schools where his contempt for the country was reinforced. He moved to Chicago. It was the home of the radical-left movement. He hooks up to Ayers and Dohrn and Rashid Khalidi. He learns the ruthlessness of Cook County politics. This is what we have as a president: a radical ideologue, a ruthless politician who despises the country and the way it was founded and the way in which it became great."
Obama's father moved away when his son was an infant, and the president last saw him at age 10. The president has dismissed Bill Ayers, a former member of the '60s terror group the Weathermen, as "a guy who lives in my neighborhood." Rashid Khalidi, a professor at Columbia University who espouses a pro-Palestinian ideology, was a friend of Obama's in Chicago. Obama has said he doesn't consult Khalidi on foreign policy.