RUSH: Here’s Wayne in Lexington, South Carolina. Is that right? Hi, Wayne. Great to have you on the Rush Limbaugh program.
CALLER: Thank you very much, Rush. I sincerely want to say it’s my privilege and honor to speak with you. I’ve been listening almost since the beginning of time, it seems like.
RUSH: Yeah, you know, sometimes it feels like we’ve been doing it that long. (laughing)
CALLER: It’s been our privilege to hear you doing it. The reason for my call is just two quick points. Your books that have come out, I’ve had the opportunity to purchase them for my grandchildren, and, in doing so, I decided that I was gonna peruse them and do some reading. And I have found myself completely engulfed in the books to the point where, the kids are gonna wait until I’m done reading before I send them down. So now my wife says download them and read them on the phone, and I’m trying to explain I’m too blind to see them on the little phone. But, you know, I’ve experienced some long-term, short-term memory loss, some brain damage, and it’s really kind of great to get back into educating myself and reading. And I’m just really, as a grown man, getting a lot of out of them, and I can’t think you enough.
RUSH: Well, this is phenomenal. You know, I think it takes courage for an adult like you to admit that you’re learning something from a children’s book.
CALLER: It’s true. I mean, you know, I’ve heard other callers say it, but when I got in there for myself and really started getting into the book, they were enjoyable, but they came across with so much information that, you know, you may tend to forget across time that, you know, it’s been a long time since I’ve been in school, and, you know, it’s really been beneficial.
RUSH: You know, I really thank you, I can’t tell you. We’ve had quite a few adults over the, well, 15 or 16 months since the first book came out that said they learned things that they were never taught in school —
RUSH: — about American history, which, you know, that makes me really gratified, and it confirms one of the premises under which we wrote the books, and that is that the education system in America is focused on maybe not the things they should have in certain aspects —
RUSH: — of American history. How old are your grandkids?
CALLER: My oldest is 10.
RUSH: Oh, yeah.
CALLER: I have my 17-year-old daughter and my 20-year-old son reading them. And I’m just telling you, Rush, I’m sure you hear it quite a bit, but when I say from the bottom of my heart that your show, your books, just listening to you, looking at you as a role model myself, and my kids having that same opportunity, and again through the books, you’ve really changed my family’s lives. You’ve helped educate my children —
CALLER: — better than any school could, and I’m eternally grateful for everything you’ve done for us. I really mean that. I’m not just somebody calling up per your producer, I mean that from the bottom of my heart, and I just thank God that you’re out here doing it for us.
RUSH: I don’t know what to say. I’m floored here. It’s just incredibly nice of you to say all that. I sincerely appreciate it, I can’t tell you how much.
CALLER: Well, it’s my pleasure, and, like I said, you know, I was able once to meet President Reagan. I spoke with him just for a minute, and I feel myself just as honored speaking with you today as I did that same day —
CALLER: — ’cause I consider you both great Americans.
RUSH: You’re turning me speechless here. You’re turning me speechless here. I’ll tell you what I want to do, tell you what I want to do. You have a 10-year-old grandson, so I want you to give us your FedEx address and I want to send some stuff, a little gift package for the 10-year-old.
RUSH: And I want to send you, I want to send you a new iPad Air so that you can read the books.
CALLER: Rush, you don’t have it that.
RUSH: Oh, no, no, I want to, that’s what I’ve got ’em here for. I’ve got a stack of ’em in there, and I dole ’em out whenever I feel like I want to. And the new iPad Air, you’ll be able to get any e-book you want, these look fabulous on it. It’ll be big enough for you to read them. It serves my purpose because it gets the books out of your hands and put ’em in the hands of your grandkids, ’cause right now you are hoarding them. So I’ll send you the iPad, you can read ’em on the iPad, like your wife suggested, and give the books to the kids.
But, look, Wayne, just hang in there, and Mr. Snerdley will be back and get your address and we’ll get that stuff out. The iPad we’ll get out today. Some of the other stuff is gonna take a while to assemble it, but hopefully this week we’ll get out the little Rush Revere and Liberty package that we put together for people, too. I can’t thank you enough. It’s over the top, what you said. I appreciate every word of it more than you can possibly, possibly know. Oh, man. I never do take any of this for granted. I don’t know what to say, other than thank you.