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As Rush Demonstrated on Leno: Better to Ask for Forgiveness Afterwards, Than to Ask Permission


RUSH: This subject is blowing up.  Something just as simple as saying you're sorry, a bunch of researchers come along and say, "Don't ever," and the whole audience here has blown up.  When Jay Leno had his ill-fated primetime show every night, the one at ten o'clock, after he left The Tonight Show and they moved Conan O'Brien in there, and then Jay Leno's show at ten didn't work out, so they moved Jay back to the Tonight Show, where he still is and Conan O'Brien was moved out. On the day that I did most of the voiceover work for the Family Guy episode starring me, I went over and did Leno's show. 

Leno had an ongoing gag out in the parking lot.  They had a track set up with an electric car, which was one of their sponsors, and Leno was asking all the guests to get in the electric car and see how fast they could complete the course.  He asked me if I would do it.  I said, "Hell, yes, I'll be glad to show what an electric car can and can't do, hell, yes, I'll be happy to."  Well, they had a rule that you had to wear a crash helmet.  They wanted to be able to talk to you while you're driving.  I had a problem.  I cannot wear a crash helmet and my cochlear implant at the same time.  The cochlear implant is attached by magnet to the skull, and it would not stay on. I can't hear the studio communications or anybody. I can't do something like that deaf. 

So I said, "I can't wear this helmet."  I mean, we had to stop everything, major meetings with the NBC lawyers, 'cause they wanted me to drive the electric car. I wanted to drive. This is an insurance rule, a liability rule, indemnification rule.  I mean, who knows what could happen.  There could have been some Bible thumpers out there that get on the track, you never know.  Anything could have happened.  So they wanted indemnification, the insurance company did, but there's no way I could wear the helmet.  So here's what we did, John in Dover, you'll be very proud.  We simply said, "Better to ask forgiveness than to ask permission." 

So I got in the car without the helmet. I drove the course.  And, if anything happened, we were gonna plead ignorance and throw ourselves asking for mercy on whoever we needed to in order stay out of any trouble.  'Cause the show had to go on.  There was nothing that was gonna happen, but I can't put that helmet on and wear my implant at the same time.  And I don't want to go out there and have it said that I refused to do the course, and who's gonna understand, you got low-information people watching, who's gonna understand, "Limbaugh refused to drive because of cochlear implant.  What's that, Mabel?" 

We don't have time to explain it, so the simple thing to do was don't wear the helmet and do the course.  And then if there are any problems, to apologize profusely after the fact for screwing up, totally taking it all on, totally admitting the mistake, absorbing it all, and that's what we did.  Nothing happened, probably will now.  He-he-he-he-he.  But nothing happened.  Everything was fine.


RUSH: We have an admitted Bible thumper from Marietta, Ohio, on the phone.  Hi, Mark.  Great to have you on the program, sir.  Hello.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  How you doing today?

RUSH:  Very well, sir.  Thank you.

CALLER:  I'm a lifetime Bible thumper.

RUSH:  Lifetime Bible thumper.

CALLER:  Yes, sir.

RUSH:  Well, it's great to have you on the program.  Thanks for calling.

CALLER:  Well, thank you.  What I was calling about was, when I would correct my kids and have them apologize for a situation, it wasn't to make them feel good.  It was to make them have better character long term.  I think this whole subject is very relevant because, if you look at Obama, as an example, he never apologizes, and look at the character that he has, as he's grown?

RUSH:  Well, I know what you're talking about.  And to go back to what you said here at the beginning, you said the apology is not to make your kids feel better; it's oriented toward the feelings of others, correct?

CALLER:  That's correct.  It's to apologize for the situation.  Evidently they were wrong, and I can think of cases where they were actually wrong. I had them apologize, and it wasn't to make them feel better.  It was to correct the situation.

RUSH:  What about when they haven't done anything wrong and an apology might defuse it?  What do you do then?

CALLER:  Well, then that's with me.  I can't speak for others, even for my own kids. I have to leave that up to them, and that's part of that building of character, to make the right decision at that time.  There are times where if you're not wrong, you do apologize to try to correct the situation then also.  But it may not correct the situation, so then there's not a need to apologize.

RUSH:  When you hear this study, this scientific study that says never apologizing, that's the way to empower yourself, and that's the way to hold onto your dignity, you can't enjoy hearing that.  I mean, that's science messing with a belief that with you, no doubt, has its roots in the Bible.

CALLER:  Well, yeah, but we've also been talking about global warming and that's also added to science, but we see the fallacy in that, too.

RUSH:  Well, science has become politicized.

CALLER:  Oh, absolutely.

RUSH:  Acculturated and politicized, no question.  Well, Mark, I appreciate the call.  I'm glad that you got through and I'm glad you held on.  I appreciate your patience. 


RUSH: Dan in Erie, Pennsylvania, I'm glad you called.  Great to have you here on the EIB Network.  Hi.

CALLER:  Thank you, Rush.  It's an honor speaking to you today.

RUSH:  Thank you, sir.

CALLER:  My pleasure.  I just wanted to speak on the subject of apologizing being a sign of weakness.  Now, I don't know how these people become scientists.  It astounds me that they're actually called scientists.  I think they should be called pseudoscientists because I don't think they've actually done any studies to come up with this determination.

RUSH:  Well, I think you're right.  I think the definition of who is a scientist in this country is now so broad that it could include people that aren't.  Just gotta have a fax machine and a logo.

CALLER:  Yes, it is.  Now, from my experience, I have three boys and my wife and I are rearing them to try to be decent citizens and from my experience I've found the exact opposite to be true.  It takes much more strength and courage for them to come to the person they've done wrong and face them and apologize to them face-to-face.  It's a very easy thing to refuse to face that person, to refuse to apologize to that person.  That's the easy person's way out of doing something, just to not accept the responsibility of doing somebody wrong and to not face them.  It takes so much more strength --

RUSH:  I think a majority of the people in this audience agree with you hands down.

CALLER:  Yes.  That's from my experience.  I think anybody who would face the truth about any situation they've been in, when they've wronged somebody, it's an easy thing to refuse to apologize and to ignore the problem.  It's a very difficult thing to put yourself in front of that person, look them in the eye, and apologize to them.  It takes much more strength -- (crosstalk)

RUSH:  Do you engage in Bible thumping?

CALLER:  I absolutely too.

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  I love Jesus Christ.  He's my savior, and I'm not ashamed to say it.

RUSH:  All right.  All right.  Well, I appreciate the call.  Thanks much.  That's Dan in Erie. 



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