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RUSH: I’m just overwhelmed. We have an 8-year-old — now, stop and think of this — an 8-year-old calling the Rush Limbaugh program. Her name is Heidi, and she’s from Lexington, Kentucky, and, Heidi, I welcome you to the program. I’m glad you called. How are you?

CALLER: I’m very good. Thank you for asking, Bo. Oh, I’m sorry. Rush. Bo was the person I talked to last time.

RUSH: That’s right. I understand you’re nervous. A lot of people get nervous talking to 20 million people. I sometimes do, too. So don’t let it intimidate you. You don’t sound like it would anyway.

CALLER: So, there was a question I wanted to ask you.

RUSH: Okay.

CALLER: With the way that our country is going in the way Barack Obama is taking us, do you think kids my age will still get very good jobs when we are older?

RUSH: Okay, you’re 8, and how many more years will that be important to you, for you. See, 8, 10, 18 — so 10 years. Yes. Heidi, let me answer it this way, and I’m gonna just be brazenly honest with you since you asked, ’cause I think you’re mature enough to deal with it. If things don’t change in the country it’s going to be harder to find jobs that are associated with careers, which is what this country has always been known for. This country’s always been known for, if you want to do something in your life, if you have a dream to do some kind of job, or to perform some kind of service for people, that’s been the greatness of this country, that if you want to try for it, you have that opportunity.

The American economy or the marketplace is wide open for creative and ingenious people to try to go out and make their mark. Now, that’s always going to be the case, Heidi. No matter what happens, there’s always gonna be room for the absolute best. And that’s defined in a number of ways. Actual testing people, or who’s got more ambition, more desire. So that, I think, is always gonna happen, it’s always gonna be there. But if things don’t change I think the opportunities will be less for people. I don’t want to scare you with this, but, I mean, you asked, and I don’t want to lie to you. That wouldn’t be nice. But a lot of people are worried about it. Are you? Is that why you’re asking?

CALLER: Actually, no. I just wanted to know if anybody had the answer or wanted to tell their honest opinion about it.

RUSH: Oh, you mean if you want to hear other people calling in answering that question, not just me?

CALLER: Yeah.

RUSH: Well, frankly, what they think doesn’t matter, Heidi. This program is about what I think. And I’ll be glad to open it up to what other people — (laughing) — Snerdley. Look, Heidi, I’m gonna tell you, the best way to address this is, if there are more people like you who care about this kind of thing, there’s always going to be opportunity for you. I think we’re gonna recover from this. We’re gonna come out of this. I’ve always believed it. I think the country’s gonna recover. I think the people are gonna wake up and recover.

And I think that what’s always been known as the American dream, I think it’s gonna be there for you and other people your age, it’s gonna be there for the taking. It’s never been easy, but it will be there for you. There’s so many people, Heidi, that you don’t know who care about making that happen for you and other people your age, their own kids. There are people who are giving everything they’ve got in their lives today to try to make sure that your future is as rosy as theirs has been, if not better, and I have full confidence that those people that are striving for that future are going to succeed.

CALLER: Thank you for your honest opinion.

RUSH: That’s exactly what it is. I wouldn’t tell you otherwise. But you’re not worried about it, you’re just curious?

CALLER: Yes.

RUSH: It’s interesting you’re not worried about it. Is it because it’s so far off for you, or is it because you’re confident that you’re gonna do okay?

CALLER: So, anyways, I was calling about your books anyways.

RUSH: Yeah, well, we should get to the books. What do you want to say about the books?

CALLER: They are absolutely phenomenal. I’ve had the first one, and I’ve read half the second one, I have the whole series, and I absolutely love the ones I’ve read.

RUSH: Well, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. You have made my day. Now, I want you to hang on, because I want to send you some CDs, the audio version so you can listen to the books, too, and enjoy them that way.

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