RUSH: Let’s go to Rockville, Maryland, and Andy. Welcome to the program. Nice to have you with us.
CALLER: Hello, Rush Limbaugh.
CALLER: Rush Limbaugh.
CALLER: I am not call relating to the last two sound bites. I am only calling regarding your comment on Mr. Clinton’s self-centered problem, the great Rush Limbaugh, talent on loan from God, half your brain tied behind your back, having the audacity to say that President Clinton has a self-centered problem. The most egotistical conceited man on the airwaves today.
RUSH: Hey Andy.
RUSH: When was the last time you laughed?
CALLER: I laugh all the time.
RUSH: Well, you must not have a very finely developed sense of humor.
CALLER: (Pathetic Laugh) I actually do, but that —
RUSH: Is that your laugh?
CALLER: No, that was not my laugh. Here it is: (Laughing)
RUSH: Sounded like a laugh to me.
CALLER: Maybe a chuckle.
RUSH: Oh. All right. Well, you know, there’s only so much I can do here, Andy. If you don’t get it, you don’t get it.
CALLER: I do get it.
RUSH: No, you think you do.
CALLER: Every single day you tell me how great you are, and then one or two sound bites from Clinton and you’re going to tell me he’s got a self-centered problem? Every day you tell me how great you are. I listen to you every day, and you tell me–
RUSH: Okay, then good, give me some examples of this, because I’d like to know, aside from talent on loan from God and half my brain tied behind my back just to make it fair.
CALLER: That is how you start every program.
RUSH: No it’s not.
CALLER: Well, just about.
RUSH: I haven’t even said it yet today. (Laughing)
CALLER: Okay, you haven’t said it yet today but–
RUSH: No, I haven’t said it yet, but give me some other examples.
CALLER: But you will say it. My God, you are never wrong. You always talk about how you can predict the future–
CALLER: — with 100 percent accuracy.
RUSH: No. Almost always right, 98.5%.
CALLER: Okay, not a hundred percent, 98.5%.
RUSH: I said almost always right. You’re falling for everything. You are such a typical tightwad out there. You’ve gotta loosen up some of your orifices. You’re taking everything way too seriously. You’re just sitting out there. You don’t see the humor.
CALLER: For you to say somebody else is conceited–
RUSH: Andy, one thing about great comedy is that you never should explain it, even to people that don’t get it, but I’m going to take a risk with you since you seem to think that talent on loan from God is bragging. Let me tell you, as I have announced countless times on this program to other people who thought that I was claiming to be God. (Laughing)
RUSH: Chuck in O’Fallon, Missouri, you’re next on Open Line Friday. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush, thank you. You do have talent from God and I disagree with that one caller. What I’m wondering is, can you give us any advice on how to discern the truth from the fluff, and also, did you get this from your dad?
RUSH: Well, yeah. Whatever I have started with my dad. There’s no question. Gee, I don’t know how to answer this. I think, you know truth, they say, is a relative thing, but I’m very confident of what’s right and wrong and that I know the difference between the two, and I don’t always succeed in doing what’s right. None of us do, but I know what it is, and I know what wrong is. What journalists always claim is the number one characteristic or qualification for them, is actually something they don’t have anymore, and it’s curiosity. They have a template and they try to make everything fit their template. I have genuine curiosity about things. I read whatever I read and I immediately think, what else could be true? For example, when I read the New York Times today, I have the same reaction as when I read the National Enquirer, and that is, “Wow, what if this is true?” Over the course of my life I’ve just learned that so much of what gets reported is shaded and biased, and I have my own bias, but at the same time I want people to not agree with me just to agree with me. I want them to agree with me because they also agree that what I’m saying is right.
You know, we’re in the arena of ideas here. I don’t want marketing and packaging and smoke and mirrors and buzz and spin to determine my popularity or whether or not what I say is perceived as right. I want it to be as close to the truth as I can get it. I would say I’m a doubting Thomas when it comes to conventional wisdom and I have a relentless curiosity, and I couple these things with my whole life experience and things that have happened. You know, we all know what’s right. Some of us just don’t have the guts to admit it because it’s tough sometimes. But, yeah, I mean, my father was the inspiration and the training ground for this. I mean, if you guys think I get riled up, you shoulda heard him.
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