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RUSH: We have on the phone, ladies and gentlemen, Brooke Pernice. Brooke Pernice is the daughter of my golf buddy and partner at the AT&T National Pro-Am every February out at Pebble Beach, Tom Pernice, Jr. They’re from Murrieta, California. Brooke is home because she’s had some surgery here and she’s whiling away. She’s being home-schooled, and a mandatory three hours of her home schooling is this program. How are you, Brooke?

CALLER: I’m actually doing pretty well.

RUSH: Tell everybody how old you are.

CALLER: I’m 12 years old, now.

RUSH: Twelve years old. For the next five minutes, folks, I can shut up. I’ve been to dinner
with this young woman and she remembers more of what I’ve said in the last ten years than I do. It’s amazing. She’s a treat to talk to. What did you call to talk about today?

CALLER: Well, I actually had a few things. First I wanted to say, I’ve been watching the debates, and I really like Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, because he’s very conservative. He wants a Fair Tax. He doesn’t think we should spend. He just wants a bunch of conservative things. Secondly, I want to say, I don’t know what theory these libs are going to use, because I had to read a science chapter when I was being home-schooled, and obviously I wasn’t at school, and they had to read it there, and it was about how the sun is going to give out, and this million years, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, and trying to scare you, and I said, ‘You know, what theory are they going to use? Are they going to say the sun is going to give out, or that they’re going to die from global warming?’ I called my best friend. I asked her, ‘Was anyone freaked out when they read that?’ and she’s like, ‘Yes, they were,’ and I was —

RUSH: Wait, Brooke. Hang on here just a second. How long ago was it that you read in a science class that the sun was going to burn out?

CALLER: A few weeks ago, I believe. My mom was reading it to me because we had to do my homework.

RUSH: All right. So, now, normally in your science class are you treated to the usual drivel about global warming and how man is destroying his environment and the planet?

CALLER: We had to watch a movie not too long ago. I wasn’t paying attention during the movie (I was actually playing a game), but it was about how global warming is affecting coral reefs.

RUSH: Well, global warming is affecting everything.

CALLER: I know.

RUSH: Now, the sun is burning out, but it’s going to be billions of years before it happens.

CALLER: Exactly, and I said, ‘You know, I’m going to be dead up in heaven before that happens,’ but I want to know: What theory are they going to use to scare these children?

RUSH: Well, I don’t know, but whatever theory they’re using to try to scare you isn’t working because you are a skeptic. You’re not buying into any of this. I wish we had time for you to talk about how you’ve taught your teachers things about current events and all that, but I’m interested in why you like Mike Huckabee. Who did you like after Huckabee in the debate?

CALLER: Governor Gilmore of Virginia and Brownback of Kansas.

RUSH: What about the top tier guys like Giuliani and McCain?

CALLER: I just think that Giuliani is not as conservative as Huckabee, to me. He doesn’t sound as conservative to me.

RUSH: What about Fred Thompson? I know he’s not announced yet, but he’s out there lurking.

CALLER: Thompson seems okay. I mean, he’s got some conservative points, but I don’t like him as much as I like Huckabee. I would vote for Huckabee if I was old enough and if he was the candidate.

RUSH: You think he has a legitimate chance of winning?

CALLER: Well, if he was up against Al Gore like one of your callers said earlier, I think he’d probably have a pretty good chance.

RUSH: Yeah, but he’s gotta get the nomination first. It’s fascinating. How long you going to be recuperating at home before you’re up, back and running around?

CALLER: I’ll be recuperating for at least a couple more weeks. You know, I’ve been down in two casts, obviously. I’ve been crawling around, and crawling around wherever I can, and it’s been going pretty well. I got two of the pins taken out this week. I’m going to get the other ones taken out next week. But congratulations on the Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

RUSH: I’m glad you noticed that. That is a very high honor. I don’t have a snowball’s chance of winning this thing, as you know, but just to be nominated, they say, is an honor.

CALLER: I heard that they’re a bunch of liberals, European liberals that are in the committee. I think my dad told me.

RUSH: ‘Liberals’ is being kind to them. They’re a bunch of anti-American Bush-haters.

CALLER: Yeah, well, good luck, and congratulations. You just withered away to nothing, I heard from my father.

RUSH: Well, not quite withered away to nothing, but I am withering away. Look, the next time I see you, I’ll have to tell you — I don’t know if you heard about this — I had an encounter with Bill Clinton a couple nights ago. Did you hear about that?

CALLER: I heard some of that on Hannity & Colmes last night.

RUSH: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Well, I’ll have to tell you about this. It’s just a good thing you weren’t with me. It could have gotten problematic. Brooke, I have to run. That’s great. It’s great to talk to you.

CALLER: All right. And thank you again. I really enjoyed the dinner this year, and I, again, appreciate your hospitality last year for our family.

RUSH: You are more than welcome. I’m looking forward to the next time we see each other. That’s Brooke Pernice, the daughter of my golf partner at the AT&T, Tom Pernice, Jr., in California.

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