RUSH: Here’s Cameron in Ledyard, Connecticut. Great to have you. Open Line Friday. Hello.
RUSH: Oh. It’s a 10-year-old. I just saw that. Hi, Cameron. How are you?
RUSH: Well, I’m glad you called. It’s great to have you on the program.
CALLER: Great to be talking to you.
RUSH: Well, thank you very much. What’s on your mind? What did you want to talk about?
CALLER: I wanted to talk about the Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.
RUSH: Ah, you’ve read that?
RUSH: Did you like it?
RUSH: (laughing) Aw, Cameron, I love you. What a great answer. “Like it? I loved it!” That’s great, Cameron. Thank you very much. I appreciate that. Who’s your favorite character, or what was your favorite part?
CALLER: Rush is my favorite character, and my favorite part? Really, the boat. They were on the boat with, like, all of them that were on.
RUSH: Yeah, the Mayflower. So you like Rush Revere. He’ll be happy to hear that because he’s getting a little jealous of all the fan mail that Liberty is getting.
CALLER: Well, I also think you should like make one about the Revolutionary War.
RUSH: Oh, you want me to write another book about the Revolutionary War? Well, okay, that’s not a bad idea. I’ll take your suggestion, and I’ll think very hard about it. ‘Cause if you’d like to read about it, I think it’d be well worth your while. What interests you about the American Revolutionary War that you want to know more about?
CALLER: Oh, mainly the true, like, main stories about all the backgrounds on everyone in it.
RUSH: So you want to know about the people that made it happen?
RUSH: Okay. Well, we could probably do that at some point. By any chance, Cameron, have you heard the audio version of the book, or have you just read it?
RUSH: You haven’t?
CALLER: Just read it.
RUSH: Just the read it. Okay. Just the book. Okay. I tell you what I’m gonna do. When we’re through here, don’t hang up the phone. Mr. Snerdley will pick the phone back up and he’ll get your address, and we will send you an audio version of the book so that you can listen to it — and it’s read by me, so you will really like it.
CALLER: Oh, thanks.
RUSH: It’s an entirely different experience from reading it. It’s the same words, it’s the same book, but rather than you read it, I read it out loud and you can hear it. It takes about 4-1/2 hours to listen to it at one time, so you may not be able to spend all that time doing it in just one sitting, but whenever you want to listen to a little of it, you can. You can have your mom put it on in the car or however you listen to music. You could listen to it that way. So, Cameron, hang on, and Mr. Snerdley, the nice man who answered the phone when you called — he was nice, wasn’t he?
RUSH: Yeah. Good. He’ll be right back with you and get your address so they can send you the audio version. Folks, I have to tell you something here. If you would have told me five years ago that 10-year-olds would have been calling me and asking me to write a book, I would have asked you, “What do you know that I don’t?” But this is the most amazing thing. This is the target group, age 10 to 13.
Actually the book is written for everybody, for parents and grandparents to read to the kids or to read with them. But it’s written for the 10-to-13 age group, and it is designed to counter what’s being taught throughout the public school system about the history of the founding of this country. It’s an effort to get the truth to people who are maybe not being taught it, not the way you and I were taught it.
To get calls from people like Cameron, 10-year-old kids like Cameron, who are enjoying it, it’s a big deal. That’s a big deal. I can’t tell you how much it makes me happy and just a thrill it is. Cameron, I really thank you for your call. I appreciate it, and we’ll get the audio version out to you soon. You know, these people call and ask, “Will you write another book?” I’m kind of hamstrung here, folks.
There are things I can’t say at the moment but will be able to say somewhere down the line. “Can you write another book, Mr. Limbaugh? Will you write one?” I hate to send ’em away not knowing whether there’s going to be another book, but, at some point, their question will be answered and all will be well. They’ll all be happy and they’ll all be thrilled — as will you!
RUSH: Brendan in Norfolk, Virginia, great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Rush Baby and Surface Navy dittos there, Rush.
RUSH: Thank you very much, sir. I appreciate that.
CALLER: Hey, on our Christmas travels with my wife and two small children we had a great time listening to your audio version of the Rush Revere book.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: A quick question, though — and I know where your allegiances lie. But what type of cell phone does Rush Revere use to transmit video over the space-time continuum? I’d be interested in hearing that.
RUSH: Well, as you know, the brand of telephone Rush Revere uses is not specified in the book.
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: There are a few reasons for this. But suffice it to say that Rush Revere is able to take his iPhone with him as he time travels with the horse Liberty and is able to take video of what he sees and bring it back and show actual history to his classroom.
CALLER: Yes, he was. I haven’t heard you talk about this in a while, and I just would appreciate your comments. I’m a little bit of a buff like yourself. I haven’t heard you talk about the new MacBook Pro — or, no, the Mac Pro, the new one they came out with, whether you had it. I would appreciate any comments on that and any of the other Apple products that recently come out.
RUSH: Well, okay, look. The Mac Pro, it’s interesting that you should ask about this. The Mac Pro is Apple’s new desktop. It hasn’t been refreshed in three years. There were some people who thought they were gonna let it go by the wayside because they don’t sell that many of them and they’re focusing on mobile and more consumer-priced goods, and the Mac Pro is a pro machine. It’s for video, Hollywood, movie, TV editing and this kind of thing.
So this new Mac Pro is out, and I’ve been very fascinated trying to learn about it, and I’ve read a number of reviews reviewing the machine as it would be used by professional video editors, but they have not reviewed it as I would use it. So I haven’t actually been able to learn whether it’s any faster than what I have. Some of the reviews have said that the new Mac Pro is no faster in certain configurations than a current iMac or a MacBook Pro laptop.
It turns out that isn’t true. I actually have a Mac Pro. I don’t have it set up. I haven’t had it delivered. It’s in the hands of my IT consultant. I had him run some tests on it, and it outruns, in finder operations (for those who know what I’m talking about), just in making copies and dealing with e-mail and standard, ordinary finder operations, it just races past anything out there. If you do use it for video editing, there’s nothing like it.
There’s absolutely nothing like it on the market. The thing peaks at around 10 grand, and if you wanted to put it together (say, on a Windows machine), it’s the cheapest you can get for what you get. If you wanted to put it together using parts from other systems, the minimum price would be 13 grand, what it would cost you, and this thing — peaked out — is at 10, a little under 10. So I’m excited. I’m not gonna have it installed here for use for two or three weeks, but it’s apparently the real deal.
But back to your question on Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. You know, folks, we just continue to be inundated with mail from young people who are reading this book and who are loving it, and I just don’t know how to convey to you the sense of achievement or success that we all feel with this, because we targeted a market here.
This book has a mission, and the mission is to contradict and to counter some of the falsehoods that are being taught to young people in the public school system and in the university system when they get there about the founding of this country. This country was not founded in an unjust or immoral way. It was not founded with inequality, and it was not founded by a bunch of racist, bigot, sexist homophobes.
That just outrages me. So, you know, people been urging me to do another book, and I said, “Ah, been there; done that. I’ve done two of them, and the conservative manifesto book market is just everybody’s doing one, and I don’t do things other people have done,” and it was my wife, Kathryn, who said, “Well, you care about education. Why don’t you do a book for kids about the Pilgrims. You’re big on the true story of Thanksgiving,” and that lit a fire. That got me all jazzed up and charged. So we did it.
It’s been a great experience, and it’s just a fantastic start to what is a mission. Now, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, the premise is we have Rush Revere, who is the spokesman for Two If By Tea. It’s the best iced tea company in the world, by the way, and the best-tasting iced tea. He’s got a time-traveling horse, and they can go anywhere in American history. Anywhere. Well, you set that vehicle up as a device, as a creative device, as an author will do, and it’s limitless.
The possibilities are limitless in what you can do, in terms of storytelling and conveying the truth of American history — and the first book, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, was about really the very foundational beginnings of this country and who those people were, what they went through, how they got here, why they wanted to come, what happened to them when they did get here and what they wrought.
It’s been really exciting. We had a great fall, great holiday season with the book, and it’s still out. They’re still going like gangbusters, and I can’t tell you how gratified I am by it, because I didn’t just do another book to do another book. I didn’t just do it to do it because it’s out there to be done. It actually has a mission, and to get these calls from young people who’ve read it telling me how much they like it? It’s just the best.
It’s hard to describe the feeling, and to read the e-mail that they’re sending to the website, TwoIfByTea.com. The Adventures of Rush Revere portal is there, and we’ve got big plans for that. Huge plans for the entire enterprise. This is step one, and to have it received like this has been profound. You know, I haven’t been on TV talking about it. I haven’t done any interviews. I’ve been trying not to overdo it.
I just mention it occasionally here on the radio program, and it just has been fantastic, and I would be remiss if I didn’t take a little time here and thank everybody for helping to make it a success, because, as is the case in every aspect of this show, none of it do I take for granted. None of it would be happening without you, and I have eternal humility and gratitude for all that you are making possible for me.