He’s the most-listened-to personality in the history of U.S. radio, but Rush Limbaugh feared for his life recently and said he knows he faces destruction at some point, to the delight of some of the American public.
In an e-mail sent to Zev Chafets, author of the new book “Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One,” Limbaugh admitted, “I know I am a target and I know I will be destroyed eventually. I fear that all I have accomplished and all the wealth I have accumulated will be taken from me, to the cheers of the crowd. I know I am hated and despised by the American Left.”
The message was sent the day after President Obama laughed at comedian Wanda Sykes’ joke about Limbaugh’s death during last year’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.
In a diatribe against Limbaugh, Sykes said: “Rush Limbaugh, ‘I hope the country fails’ – I hope his kidneys fail, how about that?”
The dinner was broadcast nationally on C-SPAN, and a clip has been posted on YouTube, with Sykes’ remarks about Limbaugh beginning at the two-minute mark:
Obama can clearly be seen laughing as Sykes delivers her line about Limbaugh’s kidneys failing.
“He needs a waterboarding, that’s what he needs,” she continued.
In “An Army of One,” Chafets notes that while Obama laughed at the kidney-failure joke, he stopped grinning when she started talking about waterboarding.
“He saw the humor in hooking Rush up to a broken dialysis machine, but waterboarding was nothing to joke about,” writes Chafets.
“Atypically, Limbaugh didn’t say a word on the air about Sykes’ routine, or the fact that the president of the United States had smiled broadly, in front of the entire country, about the prospect of his death. He was disconcerted, though, and he was right to be. He was in first place on the enemies list of the president of the United States.”
Limbaugh is also in favor of homosexual civil unions, according to Chafets.
“He regards homosexuality as, most probably, biologically determined, and while he opposes gay marriage as culturally subversive, he has no problem with gay civil unions – which is the stance of President Obama and Hillary Clinton,” the author explains.
When it comes to his thoughts about broadcasting colleague Bill O’Reilly of the Fox News Channel, Limbaugh likened him to the buffoonish TV anchor portrayed by actor Ted Knight on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
“He’s Ted Baxter. Sorry, but somebody’s got to say it,” Limbaugh noted. “I never mention others on the air, and I don’t engage in contrived rivalry crap. That’s bad business; it encourages people not to hear the station you are on.”
Limbaugh does make an exception for CNN’s Larry King, whom Chafets says Rush truly doesn’t like.
“He never had nice things to say about me, from 1988 to the present,” Limbaugh explained. “He was working midnights [on the radio] when I started and demanded that his syndicator move him to afternoon drive when my success was obvious. He bombed and quit radio for CNN exclusively.”
On his radio program today, Limbaugh got provocative against the Obama adminstration when he agreed with one of his callers that Obama was deliberately doing little to resolve the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, to further his leftist agenda against drilling and capitalism in general.
“Everything is political. They want the disaster,” Limbaugh emphasized.
“I know this is a tough thing for some of you to believe and hear because we don’t think of presidents this way, but we got one now and an entire administration that do think this way – that everything that happens must be seen through the prism of ‘Is it a political opportunity or is it a political liability?’
“If you doubt this, it’s been six weeks. We now have Democrat commentators all suggesting that we know President Obama cares, but he’s gonna have to do something to show it. He’s gonna have to use a little emotion out there. The cool, calm Obama is not what we want.”
“These are not things that you can fake,” Limbaugh continued. “[If] you care about something, you care about it. If it really angers you, you get angry about it. When you’re a leader and things like this happen and you think people are being lackadaisical in fixing it, then you step in and you see to it that everybody heels to. There hasn’t been any of that. There’s been the usual political posturing. …
“We don’t have a leader. Obama’s not a leader. He’s an exploiter. He creates problems. He exacerbates them for the express purpose of taking advantage of them, pure and simple, folks.”
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