RUSH: Doug in Paradise Valley, Arizona, great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. It’s a privilege to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you very much, sir.
CALLER: I’m a senior in college and my freshman year I had to write a paper on somebody past or present that we would like to spend a day with that has influenced our life and not only our life, our society and culture. And some students chose people like Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln, and I chose you, and I got the highest grade in the class, and the professor told the class that you may be the most influential person of our time. And ever since then, I’ve tried to figure out how I could spend a day with you. And you always tell us that we live in America and we can do anything we want if we work hard and try hard. So ever since I wrote the paper I’ve been saving my money, and I now have enough money saved up to purchase a skybox to watch the Arizona Cardinals and I’d like to invite you to watch the football game with me in the skybox.
RUSH: You have earned enough money, now, wait a minute. You’re a senior in high school or college?
CALLER: In college, since my freshman year I’ve been saving up money because I figured, you know, Rush always tells us we can do anything if we try hard and work hard.
RUSH: Yeah, and you in four years have saved enough money to get a skybox at University of Phoenix field for one game, right? Not a season.
CALLER: No, for one game.
RUSH: One game. Those things are not cheap. You have been saving lots of money. You’ve been working hard.
CALLER: I have been working hard.
RUSH: And you want to invite me to one of those games?
CALLER: I do. It would be an honor to be able to watch a football game with you.
RUSH: Well, you know, the problem with that is that when you invite me to a football game you can’t talk to me. I’m watching football. We’re not discussing Sotomayor or Obama, we’re talking football. So I have a better idea.
RUSH: I have a better idea. Do you still have your essay that you got the highest grade?
CALLER: I do, yes.
RUSH: By the way, what university did you attend? Or are you?
CALLER: Arizona State University.
RUSH: A professor at Arizona State gave you a high grade on a paper about me?
CALLER: Well, I’m a finance major. It was in the business program, and I think that that’s why. They’re a little bit more conservative in the business program.
RUSH: Well, not necessarily, but that’s still interesting. Why do you think you got a higher grade than anybody else, other than the quality of your work? Why do you think?
CALLER: Well, because I wrote about how you have influenced our society and culture so much, and you do it in a way that people can relate to and you teach people common sense in how to look at each issue, and, you know, everything that you do on a daily basis for the people of America, I mean, is unbelievable.
RUSH: Hmm. Hmm. That’s fascinating. I’m flattered and I thank you very much. Here’s what I want to do. I want you to give Mr. Snerdley at the end of this call, so don’t hang up, either an e-mail address or a phone number where we can reach you.
RUSH: All right? ‘Cause you’ve been saving all this money for this basically because I told you you could. And you’ve chosen a football game because you know I love football and so forth. But there may be a better way for you to spend some but not all, give me a ballpark, what does this skybox cost for a game?
CALLER: It’s over $10,000.
RUSH: Over $10,000, did you say?
RUSH: I have a better idea where you wouldn’t spend all of that money. Snerdley, $10,000 a game, eight games, $80,000, that’s pretty right on the money, unsold ones that they lease on a game basis. Anyway, I gotta run here, Doug, but you don’t hang up. Snerdley will get your e-mail address and phone number, and we at the EIB Network will be in touch.
RUSH: I just checked the e-mail: ‘Rush, you gotta go to the game with the guy. The young man, the young man wants to go to a game with you. He saved up the money for a skybox!’ I got a way that he can go to the game but that — well, we’re working on a plan here for Doug out in Arizona. I may go to the game, I don’t know, folks. I’m not rejecting it, we’re just throwing out ideas here, but he sounds like a great guy. (interruption) I know, I know, the professor said I may be one of the most influential — Arizona State, you know, that’s incredible. Anyway, it’s great to be back here, folks. We have to split outta here. See you tomorrow. Adios.