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RUSH: Last night, I flew into New York — actually I was in Westchester County. The Westchester-Putnam Council of the Boy Scouts of America awarded my good friend Roger Ailes the 2009 Good Scout Award. As you know he’s the CEO of Fox News Channel, and I was just randomly opening my mail one day and I got an invitation to go to this thing, and I moved the schedule around to be able to go up there and do it. I asked for seven or eight minutes to speak, and they gave it to me. I did a profound, heartfelt tribute to Roger and what he means to the country, what he has meant to me, the miracle that he’s created, the culture that he’s — one man, they got 1,700 people that work at Fox. Roger’s never been on camera. Roger is not actively in the director’s chair every day for all these shows and yet he’s created this culture where everybody there is on the same page and proud, and they’re winning. Four times the audience of all the other three combined, it’s just incredible.

I was a Boy Scout once, for a year. But one of the reasons I wanted to go was because the values that are the Boy Scouts are American values, traditional American values. That room last night, as I said in my remarks before presenting Roger, that room was America, and it’s values like that are going to save this country. And we have one sound bite from Roger last night, the Fox cameras were there, and just one little clip of his acceptance speech but I want you to hear it.

AILES: Every generation gets called to meet a challenge. This generation will as well. I am heartened to know that what the enemies of America don’t know is that someday they will meet the courage, resilience, dedication of these young Americans we are so proud of, and they will keep America free.

RUSH: Now, we’re obviously having a hard drive problem with our computer. I hope we got our Carbonite worked up because we don’t play tape. When I say let’s go to the audio sound bite we’re actually playing off disc. But it was just a wonderful night, and it was heartfelt, and it was just like being in America 30 years ago, 40 years ago, all these young scouts running around in uniform, and they were part of the ceremony as well. They presented the colors, did the Pledge of Allegiance, everybody knew the words to the Pledge of Allegiance, everybody was happy and proud to recite the words to the Pledge of Allegiance. Roger got up there in his opening remarks and I’m sitting at the head table right next to him and his son Zach and his wife Beth, and Roger says, ‘I want to say something to all of the Republicans and all the Democrats in the room tonight,’ and I shouted, ‘Who are the Democrats here?’ And Roger didn’t miss a beat, he looked around the room and said, ‘Geraldo.’ Geraldo Rivera was there, there were a lot of Fox people there last night, it was a great night and I was honored to be a part of it.

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RUSH: Since we’ve got the hard drive problem fixed up there — and I really wanted the fix delayed. I’ve got Obama sound bites coming up and I wanted to play the Obama sound bites through our fractured hard drive. But they got it fixed. Since you got it fixed, can you grab sound bite 19, Ailes again, and play it without the distractions of the hard drive? Let me know when you have that ready to go. All right! Let’s roll the dice here, folks. Cross the fingers. Hope and pray that the fix actually hasn’t been fixed so that we can use the broken hard drive playing the Obama bites coming up soon.

AILES: Every generation gets called to meet a challenge.

RUSH: It’s fixed.

AILES: This generation will as well. I am heartened to know that what the enemies of America don’t know is that someday they will meet the courage, resilience, dedication of these young Americans we are so proud of, and they will keep America free.

RUSH: Roger Ailes last night receiving a 2009 Scout Award from the Westchester-Putnam Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

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