RUSH: George in Ottawa, Canada, as we head back to the phones, Open Line Friday. I’m glad you called. How you doing, sir?
CALLER: Hi, Mr. Limbaugh. I’m doing great. Thank you very much, and it is a real pleasure and honor to speak to you today.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: I owe you a huge thank-you. Four years ago, my son was struggling horribly in school — hated it, hated reading — and on a whim one day I was out at the store and purchased your first book, the Rush Revere thing. He was probably a little bit old for it. But I thought, we gotta try something. Since that time we purchased every one of them. He loves them, and he just got accepted to every university he applied for.
RUSH: No kidding!
CALLER: Because of your books. And I mean that. It’s just… He loves to read now.
RUSH: I don’t know what to say. That —
CALLER: You don’t say anything. It’s me who should say thank you, and I am.
RUSH: I appreciate it. Don’t misunderstand. I’m just… I’m speechless that… I’m so gratified that the books have that kind of reach and impact. But when I hear about it I’m kind of rendered speechless. It’s just… I mean, it’s one of the objectives that we had when doing these things but to hear that it actually works is really great. I —
CALLER: It was fantastic, and obviously all kudos go towards you. I have two other points if I could very quickly.
RUSH: Yeah. Yeah.
CALLER: You remember at the eulogy for “Sheets” Byrd, President Clinton said that he had a “fleeting association” with the KKK. Now, do you think the Democrats who have a fleeting association with Farrakhan feel that they have to have that to get elected in their districts?
RUSH: You know, that is…. That’s something I glad you brought up. I’ve got that in The Stack. I put it way back the end. I didn’t think I would get to it. What this is about is a bunch of photos have surfaced over recent years showing any number of prominent elected Democrats meeting and smiling and just having a grand old time with Calypso Louie, Minister Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam and the bean pies. Obama’s in one of these pictures and Keith Ellison of the Democrat National Committee. James Clyburn, Congressional Black Caucasians.
This is the equivalent of a Republican having a smiling photo with David Duke! You know, no Republican politician could survive that, and the media is a ignoring this. They’re not talking about it at all, and they’re not asking these Democrats about it. Farrakhan’s out there blaming the Jews for everything from the FBI, to screwing up the world, to being the primary enemy of the Nation of Islam and black America.
“It’s the Jews!” He’s just off and running. Every other word today is “Jews” from Farrakhan, and there the Democrats are essentially endorsing the guy by willingly appearing in photo-ops with him. And I… You know, in terms of whether or not they think they have to to get elected in various places? I… (sigh) I don’t know. Look, when he did his Million Man March they all showed up. But may well be the case.
CALLER: And finally, if I could — —
CALLER: — for the last two years, I’ve researched and written by very first novel, and it’s in the editing phase now, and my editor — who’s a huge fan of yours — saw in the book when the president is speaking to his National Security Council, he refers to Kim Jong-un as a “pot-bellied dictator” and she was concerned that I might be actually plagiarizing yourself. So she suggested I call you and say do I have your permission to use that.
RUSH: Yes, you do. Of course. I don’t mind. Absolutely. It’s what he is: A pot-bellied dictator. Go ahead.
CALLER: Thank you so much, sir. And again, thank you so much for everything. You’re just amazing.
RUSH: Well, no, thank you. I’m still really deeply moved by the fact that your son didn’t like to read and those books changed that. You know, we’ve heard any number of stories from parents about kids who didn’t like history or didn’t like reading, and these books had an impact on that, changing that — and it’s really, really gratifying. I can’t thank you enough. So if you want to use Kim Jong-un is a pot-bellied…
If you want to even add “little” pot-bellied dictator, go right — you have any permission. You don’t even need to asterisk it and footnote me as the source. Just use it as your own, and then when you get complaints about it, you own ’em. Just kidding. Just kidding. You won’t get any complaints about it. Yep. I’ve got time to squeeze one more in. Again, thanks much.