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This is CNN: Barney Frank's Engagement Ring

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RUSH: Starting in Northridge, California. Hi, Michael. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Thanks, Rush. Mega dittos. If I was a pro-gay marriage advocate in North Carolina, I'd get very, very angry. (chuckles) I mean, I'm laughing, but I'd get very angry hearing Ellen DeGeneres talk about how brave Obama is, okay, having come out in support of gay marriage the day after the election. Where was he before the election?

RUSH: Exactly right.

CALLER: With his high popularity poll ratings and likability poll ratings and all that and all his gravitas?

RUSH: Yes, exactly right. Where was he spending that capital? Where was he spending that capital? Where is he putting it to good work? Where is he advancing their cause? Why does he wait 'til a landslide loss to come out?

CALLER: Exactly. And, Rush, I gotta ask you one question here.

RUSH: Okay.

CALLER: Does this mean that Barney Frank is now gonna invite Obama to his wedding?

RUSH: Well, you are assuming that I would know. (laughing)

CALLER: (laughing)

RUSH: But wait a minute. Let me grab a sound bite. Hang on just a second, 'cause Barney... Here it is. Grab audio sound bite number 15. You gotta hear this, Michael. Last night on CNN's Erin Burnett Tonight she interviewed Barney Frank. And they were talking about Obama's pronouncement on gay marriage. And they actually compared engagement rings, Barney and Erin. And here it is...

BURNETT: I ran into a friend I haven't seen in a long time. I was walking on Fifth Avenue from a doctor appointment. And I ran into him, and he said, uh, he got engaged this weekend. You know, sort of like (unintelligible) get married, but showing me his ring. And we were joking about, you know, masculine and feminine engagement rings and what they looked like. And it was just -- it was just a great conversation, and I loved seeing his ring.

FRANK: Well, let me get in with mine!

BURNETT: Yes!

FRANK: It's tungsten. Jim, the man I'm gonna marry, is a welder. He puts up awnings; he does welding, and he picked out these rings. Uh, tungsten is kind of symptomatic of where he's been -- and also, he's a very practical guy. He knows my propensities. I break things.

BURNETT: (giggling)

FRANK: So this is... He told me this is unbreakable. We'll see.

BURNETT: I love it! (giggling) I love it. Well, thank you for sharing that. I got engaged myself recently, so, um... I was -- I was curious.

FRANK: Well, mazel tov.

BURNETT: Thank you for showing that.

RUSH: So there you have it. Erin Burnett. Thanks for sharing that, exactly right. She got engaged. Thank you for sharing that your engagement ring is tungsten, Barney, and that the guy you're gonna marry is a welder. He's a welder. So Barney, it's a good thing he's marrying a welder 'cause Barney breaks things, and the welder will be there to fix 'em. Practical! (interruption) No, no. I don't know any more than what you know. There's no more to this than what we aired. Okay. (sigh) Yeah.

You know, there's a difference in male and female engagement rings, and Barney was proving that 'cause his engagement ring is tungsten. Tungsten. Where is tungsten used, primarily? Do you know off the top of your head? (interruption) What are you saying? (interruption) What are you saying? Where is it used primarily? (interruption) She's close. She said, "Photography." Very, very, very close. (interruption) No, tungsten does not mean it's made out of tongues. Some are asking me if Barney's engagement ring is made out of tongues. No, no, no. Tungsten. Tungsten. It's involved in photography. That's close.

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RUSH: I forgot. I forgot to mention tungsten. Tungsten is used primarily... Well, it's in drill bits, but it's primarily found in incandescent light bulbs. Tungsten is necessary for incandescent light bulbs out there.

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