RUSH: This is Christian in Detroit. You’re on the Rush Limbaugh program. It’s nice to have you here, sir.
CALLER: Hello, Mr. Rush Limbaugh. Melting pot (unintelligible) president. Got time to unveil character over candidate and talk to me in Detroit, man? How you doing?
RUSH: Very well, sir. I’m glad you called.
CALLER: Okay, well, I have a statement and maybe a question. You know, people in Detroit go to work on Monday, and they get paid on Friday. You know, people say Barack has no experience. Neither did George Washington, but he’s the first. Did you ever find it strange, moving over to Hillary making it to the David Letterman show, and when Eli Manning won the Super Bowl, his plane was postponed in fear of him soaking up any type of fanfare? It makes sense, the scandals with athletes make sense. Seeing a black man running, it’s no wonder why that — it’s not why they catch stuff, it’s when they want to catch them. I couldn’t imagine if all these athletes were still playing and Barack were running, the intensity that we need, it’s necessary. When they claim, gee, Hillary stole items before leaving the White House, I knew she would run, lose, and steal delegates, as you said earlier, this is what got me to call. And against who, I didn’t know at the time, and now I know, I understand. But I share your conscience freelance thinking, you know, only to endorse logic for profit, man, and I’m gonna listen to this off the air, and I hope I’m welcome to call again.
RUSH: All right, well, what —
CALLER: I had to get ready for you. I had to. I wrote things down, and I got ready for you.
RUSH: That was very, very well articulated. I’m just —
CALLER: I’m a writer, I’m not paid for it, but I’ve —
RUSH: I’m still stuck. What is Eli Manning being late for the Letterman show have to do with Hillary stealing knives and forks from the White House?
CALLER: I hear you all the time how Hillary will do anything to soak up fanfare. If Eli and Hillary were to be on the Letterman show the same night, and Eli Manning’s plane was postponed and Hillary made it, maybe she was from another city, but I believe the power — I do not underestimate a fruit fly. The DNA in a fruit fly is more than a human being, I believe. So I don’t underestimate her at all.
RUSH: Did you just call Hillary a fruit fly?
CALLER: No. No. I said, I don’t underestimate a fruit fly, meaning I would not underestimate Hillary. She’s much bigger than a fruit fly.
RUSH: Well, the DNA — a fruit fly’s got more DNA than Hillary does. That’s what I thought you said.
CALLER: No, I said a fruit fly has more DNA than a human being does.
RUSH: Are you basically saying that it’s necessary for Barack Obama to run?
CALLER: Very necessary.
RUSH: Why? Let’s cut to the chase here. It means something personal to you?
CALLER: I would have to say it means something personal to me, and I can speak for a lot of people, and you have me on that, because it is personal. The reason why is because when you grow up and see someone on TV that looks just like you, forget about the jargon —
RUSH: Oh, I —
CALLER: — it’s self-explanatory. It means something. You may say, no, Christian, it doesn’t mean that. Well, you can vote for the lesser of two evils, meaning, you know, Bush or Gore, and still live within the confines of your skin color.
RUSH: All right.
CALLER: So I’m not racist —
RUSH: Time-out there, time-out there, Christian, now that my broadcast skills and talents have whittled this down to its essence —
RUSH: — I gotta take a commercial break. Can you hang on? I have two specific questions for you based on the fact that you said —
CALLER: I hope I can answer them.
RUSH: Oh, you’ll be able to answer ’em. Don’t rely on hope.
RUSH: Okay, back at it, get another stab here on the EIB Network, to Christian in Detroit, Michigan. So we have ascertained here that you think it’s necessary for Barack Obama to run because, as you said, it feels good, it’s about time that there is somebody running for president who looks like you.
CALLER: Yes, sir. I’m not looking for a placebo president. It feels good, though.
RUSH: All right. All right. Let’s try to stay away here from the three-dollar words like placebo. It’s only going to confuse the people in Rio Linda who take the real stuff.
CALLER: I understand.
RUSH: Okay. So I’m assuming if it’s necessary that Barack runs because he looks like you, then there’s a racial component to this, which I understand. Are you suggesting that until this happens, this country will not have climbed a mountain? In other words, we will not have ended racism?
CALLER: At least a minority aspect of it. All else is well, Rush, all else is well.
RUSH: Then let me ask you this, if Obama loses the nomination, if Mrs. Clinton, the domineering, abused woman of the ex-president, and let’s say he gets the number of delegates but she steals this at the convention, and you wanted a guy running because you like somebody that looks like you, and the Democrat Party has been the home, the ostensible home for black advancement and emancipation, and if Mrs. Clinton somehow steals this victory from Obama, what will your reaction be?
CALLER: Well, people will just have to do what we’ve done for 232 years —
RUSH: Stick with the Democrats, okay.
CALLER: We’ll last.
RUSH: No, you aren’t going to — now, come on, Christian, you’re not going to laugh.
CALLER: No, I’m not saying we’ll laugh, we’ll stay alive, we’ll last, we’ll do what we’ve been doing.
RUSH: Oh, last, last. Here’s the whole point. You’re going to stick with the people who have just taken away from you something that you said that you need to see. By the way, who is it that’s trying to squash the black guy? Who is it that’s trying to cement the black guy with a cement swimsuit and throw him down in Lake Erie?
CALLER: You’re right.
RUSH: It’s the Democrat Party that’s trying to do this.
CALLER: You’re right, you’re right, I agree.
RUSH: Good. See, it didn’t take any hope to answer that question.
CALLER: Well, one thing to your last caller in Tennessee —
RUSH: No, no.
CALLER: — five words below hope is hophead, playing for drug addict. And why is there more definitions for rush than there is for hope?
RUSH: No, hophead is not the root word of hope. Look, another question. If Obama —
CALLER: Not a root word, just sarcasm.
RUSH: I’m being very patient here. Let’s try to stay on subject.
RUSH: If Obama wins the nomination —
RUSH: — but loses the presidency, what will you think of your country?
CALLER: With no prejudice? In all that I know, all that we know, I would not be upset. Your show will still be on–
RUSH: Okay. Final question. Obama wins the nomination, wins the presidency. Are we finished with racism in this country? Can we finally say we’ve overcome, it’s behind us, we have dealt with it, it doesn’t exist? Because the people in this country, of which only 13% are black, will have elected a black man president, can we say, Christian, that racism is behind us?
RUSH: Well —
CALLER: I’m not trying to —
RUSH: I certainly hope that you are wrong about that. Then, Christian, hear me on this, my friend. If Obama wins, and it’s not going to change anything in the racial equation, then this business about it being necessary for him to run because there’s somebody that looks like you is meaningless. It absolutely doesn’t mean a thing.
Chris in Flamebrook, Connecticut, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: How you doing, Rush?
CALLER: I just wanted to comment on when you said Michelle Obama and the whole separation of church and state. Well, we can look back to several things on the Republicans. I wrote this down just like the other guy said. On June 10, 2000, Bush wanted Jesus — he declared Jesus day in the state of Texas. Then on June 3rd, he told the Palestinian president, God sent me here, God told me to protect the Palestinian state. And then the evangelical Christians —
RUSH: Wait a second. Wait a second. If Bush had said that, it would still be front-page headlines.
CALLER: No, no. Look — Google it. The Guardian of UK —
RUSH: Chris, my only point with Michelle Obama saying this country’s lost its soul or doesn’t have a soul or is going to get its soul back, if Bush had said that, I’m telling you, you would hear from the separation-of-church-and-state crowd. When Michelle Obama says that you don’t hear from them.
CALLER: Well, we hear all the time about the evangelical Christians that pretty much run the Republican Party. How is that not a separation of church and state? Pat Robertson, when he was alive, how about all these preachers down South.
RUSH: Wait a minute.
RUSH: When did Pat Robertson die? What did I miss?
CALLER: I’m sorry about that.
RUSH: Was he on the trip to the Palestinians with Bush?
CALLER: No, no. I’m telling you the evangelical Christians, that’s all we hear about, they go after their vote. How did the Republican Party get the Southern men to vote because they could never win it? George Wallace in the sixties, after Nixon.
RUSH: A Democrat! All those guys were Democrats. Play the Obama commercial. Do something. I’m about to explode here.
RUSH: Look, I realize, ladies and gentlemen, I can read my e-mail, and I realize many of you are frustrated at the calls we are taking today, knowing full well we have our choice. We can refuse anybody because we get voluminous numbers of calls here. ‘Rush, are you doing this on purpose? Why are you wasting such time with people?’ Well, there’s any number of definitions of a caller making the host look good. But I think there’s also a phenomenon going on out there, ladies and gentlemen. You need to understand, there’s an inverse relationship happening, and it’s very simple. The better Barack Obama does in the polls, the worse the caliber of calls that we get. It’s not racial. It’s across the spectrum. All of these amateurs who are filled with hope are now getting motivated to get involved. They’re getting inspired to use their hope. These are the people that are investing all of their hope, everything else in Obama, and they have no idea what they think. Well, they think they think things but you can’t make heads nor tails out of it, and they’re very passionate about nothing, just like Obama. Nothing is being transferred and nothing is calling the radio show, and this is a truth test. You people should sit there and marvel at what’s happening here.
This is a genuine illustration of my highly trained broadcast skills and talent. No, I’m not calling the callers fruit flies. The caller called Hillary a fruit fly and compared a fruit fly’s DNA to Hillary’s. You got amateurs getting involved, that’s who Obama is attracting, people that have not paid much attention to politics, and we’re hearing the — I’m trying to be nice here — we are hearing the vacancy that exists that is disguised as passion, but for what? We do everything we can to make heads and tails out of this, some sense out of it, but this is, to me, I love these kinds of calls because they are illustrative, they are challenging, and they are actually a lot of fun.