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RUSH: Here’s Shannon in Concord, North Carolina. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. How are you?

RUSH: I’m good. Thank you.

CALLER: Well, now that the Olympics have finished, I was waiting with bated breath and wanted to ask you if you think the Dutch government is gonna issue an apology for what their skating coach said about our football — somewhat like, you know, the Swiss government issued an apology after the store clerk offended Oprah over a purse.

RUSH: Oh! Oh! Oh, yeah.

CALLER: I mean, I’m waiting.

RUSH: That’s right. The salesclerk insulted The Oprah by assuming she couldn’t afford the purse she was looking at because she was African-American. I forget. What did the Dutch coach say, that our skaters are lousy because we’re playing a sport that kills people? Football is a sport that kills?

CALLER: Yeah. Yeah. The Dutch coach. Honestly, they did an awesome job, and I don’t know why he started picking on us, and was saying that for some reason we’re throwing all of our money into a… I won’t use his word, but he meant football.

RUSH: Let me tell something. I think this has to do with Obama, to tell you the truth. If you recall one of the selling points of Obama in 2008 was that America at the time was hated and despised, and that was because of that cowboy, Bush. But here comes The Messiah, and Obama was gonna make everybody love us.

The US was immediately going to win back its love and respect, the love and respect of the world. But then Obama goes with the US Olympic Committee somewhere, wherever they went, to pitch the games going to Chicago, and he gets slapped down inside of 30 minutes. Plus, there’s a survey out today: 53% of the American people believe that we are not respected by other nations of the world because of Obama.

I think this Swiss coach and others, Vladimir Putin, think they’ve got a free run at us. I think they think they could insult us all they want and nothing’s gonna happen to ’em. They can build a nuclear bomb in Iran, and nothing’s gonna happen to ’em. They can talk about us, to us, whatever they want to do, with impunity, because they know Obama isn’t gonna do diddly-squat about it.

CALLER: Well, I mean, we still haven’t really seen what’s happened with Benghazi. But that coach, I saw the video. He was so angry, and I was really so mad because I couldn’t understand why he was so mad at us. I don’t know what we did. I know Obama was supposed to part the seas, and everyone is supposed to love us, but obviously that hasn’t happened.

RUSH: No. It’s gone just the opposite. There’s less respect. I mean, Putin’s laughing at us — Vladimir Putin who, by the way, is in the process of reassembling the Soviet Union. Make no mistake about that. Thanks for the call, Shannon.


RUSH: You know, speaking of reassembling the Soviet Union, don’t doubt me, ladies and gentlemen. In fact, Vladimir Putin began reassembling the Soviet Union when he invaded Georgia and wanted to get rid of our ally there, Saakashvili,

And, of course, Obama let him. If you recall, Obama ended up praising Putin for invading Georgia, and Putin has done the same thing again, and he’s done it without troops.

He’s done it in Belarus and he’s doing it now in Ukraine, and you remember when Putin kept cutting off the gas and oil to Ukraine before they installed his puppet. This stuff going on in the Ukraine now? Putin is not going to let Ukraine get away. You watch. The Ukrainian people are standing up. They’re protesting, demanding their freedom. They’ve got this former female president released from prison; the current president is gone.

In fact, there’s a story here that the people of Ukraine… (interruption) Yeah. Warrant for his arrest. Here’s the headline from Reuters. They’re very surprised, seemingly, it says here. “Ukrainians Gawk as Yanukovich’s Luxury Estate is Opened to Public — A sprawling forested estate of graceful waterways and summer houses — half the size of Monaco but just one hour’s drive from Kiev — stands as a symbol of the folly of Ukraine’s fugitive president.

“Even the most cynical Ukrainians, who on Saturday streamed to see Viktor Yanukovich’s luxury estate, rubbed their eyes in disbelief when they were confronted by the scale of the opulence he built around him and kept secret from the outside world. There were Australian and African ostriches, stretching their legs. There were hares darting around people’s feet — clearly unused to large numbers.

“Deer and billy goats — their cages neatly labeled — were hunkered down, slightly alarmed at the numbers of sudden visitors. All this in a country where the average salary is less than $500 a month. … As [visitors] poured in their thousands, by foot and by car, onto the 140-hectare grounds for a first glimpse at a luxury they could only suspect, Ukrainians gawped in wonderment at the fairytale surroundings.”

So, as usual, the leader of the people surrounds himself abject luxury. He basically hijacks the wealth of the nation, gives it to himself and his friends, and lives in ways that his people can’t even dream of living. Now his people have seen it, and this is the story of liberalism around the world. It’s the story of socialism and communism around the world and throughout world history.

You’ve got exalted leaders claiming to do everything for the little guy, claiming to stand up for the little guy, claiming to protect the little guy from the hordes — and who are the hordes? Well, the hordes are conservatives, Christians, and pro-lifers and so forth. The little guys continue to support the state because they believe the state’s looking out for ’em, the state’s gonna protect ’em, the state is gonna keep those mean people from taking everything away from ’em.

While the esteemed socialist leadership robs them blind.

It doesn’t matter where you go. Cuba, China, Venezuela, Ukraine, Moscow. It doesn’t matter where you go, it’s the same old story, and even in this country, where this opulent housing is provided for whoever the leader of the free world happens to be, you get an idea that the current occupant kind of likes all this lavishness, kind of really gets into it, kind of really likes lauding it over other people.

He’s a guy who couldn’t afford 1-1/100th of it if he had to pay for it himself, and it doesn’t change.

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