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RUSH: Pop quiz time. Pick the month, pick the day, pick the year when the teachers union pronounces that all classrooms must hang a portrait of President Obama. No answer. I don’t know what the answer is; only time will tell. Okay, Snerdley is making his guess: January 20th, 2009. Pick the month or the day — well, the month, day, and year when the teachers union pronounces all classrooms must hang a portrait of President Obama, The One. I think the last time this happened was FDR, when you had to do it.

Now, Snerdley told me an interesting story here at the top-of-the-hour break. He got a call from a very close friend of his last night, who was very, very alarmed at what he had heard on this program yesterday. And what he had heard on CNN last night. He was very, very concerned. One of Snerdley’s best buds, who loves Snerdley, wants Snerdley to continue to have a place to work (laughing) is worried that they’re going to come after me at the Obama campaign. Now, stop and think of that when you hear the rest of this. He’s worried the Obama campaign’s going to come after me because I happened to say that Rahm Emanuel and Obama are ‘Chicago thugs.’ Snerdley’s buddy called him up and said, ‘Now, you understand, you’ve gotta tell Rush that the word ‘thug’ has racial connotations.’

Snerdley, according to his version of the story, came flying out of his couch, phone-in-hand-at-ear and said, ‘Is every criticism racial these days? I’m getting sick and tired of all this political correctness and these speech codes and people trying to intimidate other people into shutting up. Every word is racially connoted. ‘Thug,’ when did it become racial? And when did Rahm Emanuel become black?’ I called him a Chicago thug, too. I thought the word ‘thug’ actually could be traced back to union thugs. You know, I have been talking about union thugs for the longest time I’ve been hosting this program. All of a sudden now ‘thug’ has racial connotations? So here’s a guy worried that Snerdley is going to lose his job because there isn’t going to be a job because Obama’s going to come after me, and that that’s not thuggish.

What they did to Joe the Plumber, that he isn’t thuggish. That is thuggish. When you use the power of the state to investigate and publicly humiliate and persecute a private citizen who can’t do anything to you in the United States of America, that’s thuggish. And once again, folks, I don’t care about Barack Obama except for one thing: his ideas. I don’t care about his age. I don’t care about his sex. I don’t care about his sexual orientation. I don’t care about his gender. I don’t care about his wife. I don’t care about the kids. I don’t care about what his middle name is. I don’t care where he was born. I don’t care what his birth certificate says or doesn’t say; he is my president, and I don’t like his ideas, and I don’t have to wait until Inauguration Day to find out what they are. I already know, because I did what any other American can do and found out.

And so now I’m the thug. Snerdley’s buddy said, ‘Well, I’m worried. CNN really targeted old Rush last night.’ Yeah, and the sound bite they played didn’t show any anger or rage. So this is a sign of what’s coming. I told you the race industry is only going to get bigger. It’s only going to get more intense. Any criticism of The One and his ideas? You criticize his ideas, and you are going to be targeted. They’ve already made it clear that they’re going to target people who don’t like Obama’s ideas ’cause they’ve already done it! They’ve already gone off on a number of people. Joe the Plumber is just one example. Now, I have been mentioning… By the way, let me remind you of something. The first person that I know of in this country who called Barack Obama a Chicago thug was Bill Clinton.

It was during the presidential primaries, Democrat primaries when Obama played the race card against Clinton. And it was Obama who played the race card against Clinton. In this one instance, Der Schlick Meister was right. He did have the race card played against him and he didn’t know what to do about it because he’s ‘the first black president,’ in his mind. Now Obama’s going to destroy his legacy as well, by the way. He’s going to do his best. It’s what’s coming. He has the political instincts of a Chicago thug. That’s what Bill Clinton said. I’m just in agreement with President Clinton.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: Here’s Bob in Franklin, Tennessee. Bob, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello, sir.

CALLER: Premium dittos, Rush.

RUSH: Thank you, sir.

CALLER: When you used the word ‘thuggery’ about being charged as being a racist, I know firsthand what that feels like and the reality of that. A couple of weeks back, maybe about two months ago, I was watching Barack Obama and the whole thing, can I just eat my waffle, and my business partner and I thought, well, how fun would it be if we put Obama on a box of waffles, and we did that, we created this product —

RUSH: Oh, no, no, no, you didn’t — of all — no!

CALLER: Well, we did. The man waffles, and so we figured, let’s just have some fun with that, a little political satire. Next thing you know, Whoopi Goldberg takes our product, puts it on The View, all four of the ladies sit around and completely trash us, next thing you know we have four death threats, thousands of angry, obscene e-mails to us saying, ‘You ought to have your throats slit on YouTube,’ all over a box of waffles.

RUSH: Wait a second, no, it’s not about — you had to know, otherwise there wouldn’t have been any satire here. You had to have heard of somebody called Aunt Jemima.

CALLER: Well, no, but, see, Rush, that’s the thing, it honestly did not cross our minds. He waffled on a number of different things, we took those parody points, we put it on the box, and had we had the same idea when John Kerry was running, we would have put him on the box. It was no issue. And the other thing, Rush, that just fries my bacon on this thing —

RUSH: Well, now, wait a minute. I don’t know about your ability to use his likeness without his permission, either.

CALLER: Well, I will say this, that the frustrating thing to me is if Aunt Jemima and all those stereotypes are supposedly so hurtful, then why are all these people calling us racists going after Quaker Oats for selling millions of boxes, why is it just because we try to have a little fun with different parody points about this candidate for office, suddenly we’re branded racists, and, you know, we would have put —

RUSH: I don’t think you should be surprised. This is my point. This kind of stuff is only going to increase. They’re going to try to intimidate and shut everybody down that has things like this going on. Satire is not going to be permitted of The One. You shoulda hung in there. I don’t know what you did, you coulda tried to hang in there, you ended up getting some free advertising here, I mean those bubble brains on The View going after you. Obama waffles, can I just eat my waffles? But you had to know this was coming. It’s like, if you’d have come out with waffle rice, I mean there’s good old Uncle Ben, the same thing would have happened to you, or if you’d have come out with Obama’s brown rice, and the same thing would have happened, you put a picture of Obama on there, you got Uncle Ben, you got Aunt Jemima. You should have gone Mrs. Butterworth’s route and done some Michelle Obama syrup. Anyway, I’m glad you called out there, Bob.

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