RUSH: Marcus in Spartanburg, South Carolina, as we go to the phones. I really appreciate your waiting, Marcus. Thanks for joining us today. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. It’s an honor to talk to you.
RUSH: Thanks very much, sir.
CALLER: I’m calling because I’m a police officer for the state of South Carolina, South Carolina Highway Patrol. I’m formerly a military police officer, also a former Kardashian Kid.
RUSH: What’s a Kardashian Kid?
CALLER: A Kardashian Kid is a member of the clan who voted for Obama and didn’t know what we were doing.
CALLER: We were on a high and voted for him because he’s black.
RUSH: All right. A Celebrity of the United States kind of guy. Right. Okay.
CALLER: It would seem that way.
CALLER: But I wanted to speak to you because I was given a challenge by another policeman, a friend of mine on the force, to listen to you for six weeks and give you that chance to see if you couldn’t change my mind. And before I was a police officer, I was a substitute teacher. That’s what I did before I got my full-time position. And you have no idea how much you influence even young children in high school. I’d be waiting for classes to come in, and I’d have you on. And you’d be amazed at how 15- and 16-year-olds know Rush Limbaugh and want me to keep Rush Limbaugh on instead of giving them their paperwork.
So I wanted to call and thank you for, first of all, changing my mind. I had no idea that Obama had voted for some of the same things that Bush put before the Senate. I had no idea how much of a hypocrite this man was until I listened to you. Some of the children that have graduated now are voting Republican now. And their eyes are open because they’ve had the chance to talk to me in the classroom and listen to some of your shows, to listen to you on the radio. They have a chance to go out and vote now because they know the difference. Their eyes are opened now.
RUSH: That’s amazing.
CALLER: You just have no idea of the influence you have.
RUSH: I appreciate your calling and telling me that. I didn’t know that you would encounter that among 15- or 16-year-olds.
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: Marcus, how did this guy convince you to do the six-week trial?
CALLER: Well, we were sitting there at a gas station one day getting ready to go on patrol. We worked third shift, and he had his iPhone plugged up to the speakers in his car before he turned his radio on. I said, “Who’s this guy?” He goes, “Rush Limbaugh.” And I said, “I don’t listen to Rush. I’m an Obama fan.” He said, “I’ll tell you what. Give me six weeks. Listen to him. Listen to him with me every single day. If he doesn’t change your mind — if you cannot see the light, if you’re still a Kardashian Kid — I’ll give you 500 bucks.”
RUSH: Oh-ho! (chuckling) No kidding? So you had a financial incentive?
CALLER: Yes, I did. And I passed up 500 bucks because you were the only man in the history of this world to ever change my mind on anything.
RUSH: Well, now, let me tell you something. Marcus, I’m gonna reciprocate in kind. I am moved greatly by the fact that you would spend 500 bucks. I’m not gonna give you 500 bucks, but I want to send you a new…? Well, what would you rather have? Would you rather have a new retina iPad or a new MacBook Air?
CALLER: Oh, wow. The iPad has always been pretty cool to me. I appreciate that.
RUSH: Okay. So I’m gonna send you an engraved iPad.
RUSH: Do you have a…? Look, I’m gonna send one from Verizon because with Verizon there’s this new LTE, which is 4G instead of 3G. And Verizon is in, like, 300 markets now. It’s everywhere. AT&T, their rollout is a little slower. They’re at 38. So I’m gonna send you a Verizon, and I think we’ve only got one in there left. It’s white but it’s beautiful so we’ll send that one. So you hang on here, Marcus. Don’t hang up so Mr. Snerdley can get your shipping address. We’ll FedEx it to you; you’ll have it tomorrow.
CALLER: I appreciate it, Rush.
RUSH: Oh, Marcus, you made our day here. You made our day here. You risked 500 bucks, and you stuck with it for the six weeks. Which is exactly the time period. Your friend was right on the money ’cause that’s what we say it takes here. You need six weeks of constant study and devotion to the program to be able to put it all in context day to day. Way to go! I really appreciate it, Marcus. I’m happy to have you in the audience.
RUSH: Did you hear what Marcus said? The only man in the history of the world who changed his mind, was me, El Rushbo. Yeah. It does make me feel good. Has anybody changed my mind? Has anybody ever changed my mind? Uh, gosh, I’m sure they have. I just can’t remember the last time it happened. But I’m sure people have changed my mind. Not in recent years, but I’m sure that it’s happened.
You know, we need to start a promotion, listen for six weeks promotion, because I’ve always said it takes six weeks of steady listening to understand the context of this show. We don’t do topics here. Like I’m not gonna go home today and decide what tomorrow we’re gonna talk about, get some guest to talk about carrot cake recipes for the holidays or some such drivel. We deal with it as it happens. And you have to listen every day, like for what we’re saying about Eric Holder today, you have to have been here yesterday to understand some of it, ’cause I don’t reset the table every day. That’s why we say six weeks. This is unlike any other program out there. It’s not contained by any boundary other than the clock. But even at that, the biggest separation that we have is 21 hours.