RUSH: To Eric in Harper, Connecticut. Thank you for calling, sir. It's great to have you on the program.
CALLER: I appreciate it, Rush. Thanks for having me.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: I'm sure your director talked to you a little about what I had told him or --
RUSH: Let me stop you right there. That's another thing. What he is referring to here is the official screener of calls who is also the Official Program Observer.
RUSH: That would be Bo Snerdley. Eric, I do not talk to Mr. Snerdley except on rare occasions. What happens is I've got a computer monitor. It's got your name, and I'll tell you what it says about what you're gonna say. It says, "Never really liked you/was a low-informed voter/now finds that he agrees with you about 95% what you say." That's all. I never... The only time I would ask Mr. Snerdley about what a caller's gonna say is if I don't understand his note.
CALLER: Okay, good.
RUSH: But he did give me that. For every caller, there's a brief summary of what the caller tells him he wants to talk about. But he doesn't tell me anything. My point in telling you is, I have no idea what you're really gonna say. So I'm not coached or prepped or lying in wait to nuke you.
CALLER: Okay. Well, first and foremost, I enjoy your hold info. That's really informative to me. And it's comedic, as far as I'm concerned. Secondly, a long time ago I just never listened to you. I just heard about Rush Limbaugh, and I never really enjoyed the comments that people said about your show. I guess I was just misinformed as far as what you're putting out on the airways.
RUSH: You were. I mean, a lot of people are. I've been doing this 25 years, and it's still the case. I'd like to ask you a question, Eric.
RUSH: Seriously, there's no wrong answer here, and don't misunderstand tone in my voice. So it's a long time ago. You're not yet listening to the program, and you're talking to people, and you hear them discuss me in unflattering ways. Did you just believe everything they said, or did you at some point question what they said?" I don't know what it was they were telling you about me, but did you just accept it?
"Yeah, that's horrible! I would never listen. Oh, my God. He said that? I can't believe it!"
Was that your reaction?
CALLER: Well --
RUSH: How did you --
CALLER: I'm sorry.
RUSH: -- react to that?
CALLER: I'm sorry to cut you off there, Rush.
RUSH: No, no, not at all. I'm used to it.
CALLER: Basically one of the things that was told to me a long time ago was about Barack Obama taking away our rights and our Second Amendment rights. I know you probably don't want to get into that now, which is fine. I could not believe that. "Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. He's gonna do whatever he can to get rid of our guns and ammunition and all that?" I'm not an NRA member, and I don't support NRA, not that I wouldn't or would. I just don't have the money to do that. But I just said, "No, no, that's not gonna happen." Now, of course, in my state, Harper, Connecticut, where things have happened?
CALLER: Yes, they're trying to get legislation passed, and they have already, to take away our guns, and they're taking away everything.
RUSH: See, this is highly useful for me, and I appreciate your being honest, because here's what he basically said. You had people telling you that I was saying Obama essentially wanted to really curtail gun rights and ownership, and you said, "No way. Obama would never do that. There's no way." So I didn't know what I was talking about, and I was chalked up as just an Obama hater, right?
CALLER: Well, just in my personal little circle of life that I live here in Harper, Connecticut.
RUSH: Right. But the point is -- and this is really important. Because leading up to the election, and ever since the election, one of the things I've been trying to do is tell people who the guy is and what his presidency is gonna mean. And you're admitting to me that when you were told the things I said, you thought, "No way. Not possible. Obama wouldn't do that," or whatever.
CALLER: That's exactly what I'm saying. That's me.
RUSH: Well, that's frustrating for me, 'cause I'm not lying about what I believe. So it's how to reach people like you sooner that is my objective. What was it that finally changed your mind?
CALLER: Well, I've just kind of been listening for probably a couple years now, you know? And I've been doing it -- I've been listening -- every single day.
RUSH: Yeah, but what made you start doing that? Because prior to that you didn't want any part of this program 'cause you thought that I was whatever. What made you finally start listening?
CALLER: Well, I gotta be honest with you. It's the morning talk show that I listen to in the area, and then along with the 10 to noon program, and I just kind of continued it on to your program.
RUSH: All right. So it was the lead-in, and you were just too lazy to change stations?
CALLER: No, I liked it. I turned over... I like talk radio now a lot more than I used to when I was a youngster.
RUSH: Well, this is how it happened.
CALLER: Yeah. It's being older, too, I'm sure.
RUSH: I'm happy that you're here now, and I'm happy that this transformation took place, and I thank you for answering my questions honestly, 'cause the objective here -- one of the many objectives -- is to reach people like you much sooner than I do.