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RUSH: Dave in Gurnee, Illinois, I’m glad you waited, sir. Welcome to the EIB Network.

CALLER: Rush?

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: It’s an extreme honor to be the first on your program to compliment you on your appearance on Fox’s ‘The 1/2 News Hour’ on Sunday night.

RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much.

CALLER: And although it would be great to have you as president and Ann Coulter as VP, your role as analyst is invaluable to the country, and I would never want you to run for an office because your political analysis is what we need from you —

RUSH: Well, I appreciate that.

CALLER: — in this day and age.

RUSH: Well, as you know I’ve been asked many times before about running for office and I’ve always slapped the notion down on the basis that I wouldn’t take the pay cut.

CALLER: But I tell you, when you came on, I had so many goose bumps. It was incredible. I mean, just to think of the possibility of you as president, and then when Ann came on, oh, my God, it was just so hysterical.

RUSH: You just know the libs watching that were blowing gaskets.

CALLER: Yeah.

RUSH: That’s their worst nightmare, which was the point. The original script went about 30 seconds longer, and the original script had me saying the riots have ended, most of the car fires and burnings have stopped, even the Priuses are no longer burning, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. But it was cut for time constraints. Look, I appreciate your comments.

Let me tell you about this show. There’s a second episode coming up on March the 4th at 10PM Eastern on the Fox News Channel. In my opinion, it’s an even better episode, including the skit that Ann and I do to open that program as well. But you have to keep in mind, for those of you who saw the program or who will see a repeat, these shows are essentially pilots. They were done on a shoe string budget, and of course the objective is to have the show picked up as a weekly feature.

Now, there’s another thing about this. I’ve read some comments from people who liked the idea but thought the subject matter, “Come on, I could have written better stuff,” or, “I could have done better.” You have to understand, these shows were taped up to January the 12th. Ann and I did our stuff on January the 5th, they taped the show a week later, January 12th, it airs on, what, February the 18th? There was no way to be topical here. These shows are what we in the broadcast community call ‘evergreens,’ meaning they’ll run any time of the year. They’re not specific to date, or not specific to issue. If this program gets picked up and if it does get picked up and runs weekly, then the show every week will be dealing with specific issues and items in the news that week. These pilots were simply unable to do that. They could have done it, but it wouldn’t have worked with issues that are four and five or maybe even more weeks old.

For example, when the phone rings in the Oval Office after Ann’s come out, and then my secretary Rosemary — wonder how many people got the subtlety of that, Rosemary Woods’, Nixon, 18-minute gap in the tape? Anyway, Nancy Pelosi is on the phone. Well, had we known about Nancy Pelosi and her demands for an airplane we could have thrown that in. But when we taped it, that had not come up. It’s those kind of things that provide us some limitation. So you just have to understand how pilots are produced and — it’s not that you have to; I’m trying to inform you how pilots are produced and so forth. But the next episode is on March 4th. Ann and I open that one as well, with a fireside chat. No real fire, but there’s a fireside chat. It’s funny as hell. The second one, that’s the primo, to me.

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