RUSH: Boone, North Carolina. Hi, Sue. Welcome to the EIB Network.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thank you for all the education.
RUSH: I appreciate that. You’ve welcome.
CALLER: I have been so pumped all week and the end of last week listening to you talking about Iraq and the elections, our Constitution, our Founding Fathers, and last night I was having a discussion with my husband, and —
RUSH: That could be dangerous.
CALLER: Well, yes (laughing) and it just blew me away because my husband is a very good, smart man. He was a volunteer for Vietnam, you know —
RUSH: Yeah. Yeah.
CALLER: — and he just laid it out. He said, “Iraq is a total mess. We need to get out. It’s ruining our economy. There’s going to be a bloodbath. Government programs are being cut. We’re not prepared to win the war. There were no WMDs,” and I’m thinking, “I can’t believe this.”
RUSH: And none of it’s true.
CALLER: I said, “You know, what about World War II? What about when we went into D-Day? Did we have an exit strategy?”
CALLER: “Did we plan on the Battle of the Bulge? I mean, we had great setbacks during World War II.”
RUSH: Yeah, but we did have an exit strategy in World War II. It was to get rid of the Nazis.
CALLER: Right, win.
RUSH: Win, of course, we’ve got a strategy here, too. It’s called win. That’s everybody’s exit strategy.
CALLER: I mean, we have people that… I mean, people were murdered and slaughtered, and don’t tell me there weren’t terrorists there and they weren’t associated with Al-Qaeda. I mean, I just cannot believe, I just… I looked, I said, “I cannot believe this. I cannot believe that you are thinking this way,” and it just sort of knocked the wind out of me because —
RUSH: I have to ask: How long have you been married?
CALLER: Oh, 30 years. (Giggling)
RUSH: Now, what happened the previous 29 years and 364 days?
CALLER: We don’t agree on a whole lot, but we usually, I thought, agreed on really important things like, you know, morality —
RUSH: You just learned yesterday that he’s got these extreme, erroneous, wacko views on the war on terror?
CALLER: Well, to put it bluntly, I didn’t think so. He never stated it that bluntly.
RUSH: A-ha. Well, it sounds like — well, yeah.
CALLER: But I mean thank God you’re out there and you’re talking about this. I mean, I listen to everything.
CALLER: I mean, I listen to Fox. I listen to CNN a little bit.
CALLER: Because I think it’s important to get a — you know, a —
RUSH: I agree.
CALLER: — total view.
RUSH: I understand.
CALLER: But when I listen to CNN and I read, you know, the LA Times, and New York Times, I think, “My God, where’s the good news?”
RUSH: You won’t find it. They’re not looking for it, and if they do find it they massage it so that it’s not… Well, it’s like this USA Today with this absolutely asinine headline. We’ve got home sales at an all-time record. We have four years of record home sales. We have consumer confidence at an all-time high, and the USA headline talks about how home sales slow in December. Has the peak been reached? and yet the body of their story is just totally positive and upbeat. It’s a great example. But, look, you may need marriage counseling more than advice from me on —
RUSH: — what you’re —
CALLER: You may be right.
RUSH: I mean, I say that not because of what your husband thinks, but you’ve been married 30 years, and yesterday —
CALLER: Well —
RUSH: — you were shocked. I mean, you were stunned to learn what he really believes. I mean how could this have not come up during the campaign? Did he suppress all this during the campaign? Who did he vote for?
CALLER: I can’t tell you, but he’s not stupid. (giggling) I’ll put it that way. I wouldn’t divulge his information, but I mean my husband is, I mean he’s a very competent person, and he’s not somebody like the New York Times or, you know, some kind of wacko.
RUSH: I can’t tell the difference from what you’re saying!
CALLER: But I mean he’s somebody that when he says something in most things I — you know, I take it like — you know, if someone says something to me that I — someone I respect, I listen to them.
CALLER: And I think, “Well, where are you coming from?” Because I know —
RUSH: I just noticed the clock. We’re going to get the ear-splitting tone here —
RUSH: — stop down, but I appreciate the call. A few comments on some of what you said in a moment.
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, apparently some of you have noticed a trend recently in this program, the number of women calling this program basically slobbering all over me, and I’ve gotten some e-mails about this, and one of the e-mails, it’s pretty clear. The e-mail reads this way: “Are you comfortable, Mr. Limbaugh, with women calling you for comfort they can’t get from their own husbands? Isn’t that kind of like how women used to think that Bill Clinton cared more about their kids than their own worthless husbands? Are you sure this is a role you wish to carve out for yourself?” Until the e-mail, I had never even considered it this way. I have not carved out any role for myself, and I don’t think any woman out there is under the illusion that I care more about their kids than they do, folks, not after my track record here: 54 years and childless.
I don’t think anybody is thinking that. Now, as to the comfort that women are seeking from me that apparently they don’t get from their husbands, that’s life. You know, I signed on for all of it when I agreed to host the program behind the Golden EIB Microphone, and I’ve become accustomed to it, and it has served me well. But I want you all to understand that this never goes beyond the platonic. Somebody calls here in pain or with a question or somebody tells me that I keep them sane within their own marriage, I understand it. (Choking) So you could say that I’m Rush Limbaugh saving America one woman at a time, and this is why people say, “Rush, we need more people like you.” I say, “No, I can handle it all by myself.”