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Rush Limbaugh on Osama bin Laden's death: 'Thank God for President Obama'


Rush Limbaugh began his radio show Monday morning praising President Obama for his leadership in the demise of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

In his nationally syndicated radio show, Limbaugh who has been one of Obama's fiercest critics, gave the commander-in-chief all the glory in the successful mission that ended the life of Public Enemy No. 1.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we need to open the program today by congratulating President Obama," Limbaugh said. "President Obama has done something extremely effective and when he does, this needs to be pointed out. President Obama has continued the Bush policies of keeping a military presence in the Middle East. He did not scrub the mission to get Bin Laden. In fact, it may be that President Obama single-handedly came up with the technique in order to pull this off."

Limbaugh, who has recently criticized the first lady's figure, said in 2009 that he hopes Mr. Obama fails, and complained last year about Americans donating to the post-earthquake humanitarian relief in Haiti, continued about Bin Laden: "You see the military wanted to go in there and bomb. They always do. They wanted to go in there and drop missiles and launch bombs. A number of totally destructive techniques here. But President Obama, perhaps the only qualified member in the room to deal with this, insisted on the Special Forces. No one else thought of that. President Obama. Not a single intelligence adviser, not a single national security adviser, not a single military adviser came up with the idea of using SEAL Team 6 or any Special Forces," Limbaugh said, with what some are saying is a slight tinge of sarcasm in his delivery.

"Our military wanted to go in there and just scorch the earth," Limbaugh continued, "but President Obama single-handedly understood what was at stake here. He alone understood the need to get DNA to prove the death ... it was President Obama single-handedly and alone who came up with the strategy that brought about the effective assassination of Osama bin Laden," the radio host said, concluding, "Thank God for President Obama."



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Fat butt is scum.

Go ahead, Rush. Be a hater. Bin Laden is dead. Clinton (does that name pass the censors on the Limbaugh board?) Bush and Obama all oversaw, from a presidential perch, his capture or death. All deserve credit. Obama's administration and current military leadership were on duty when it happened. Celebrate. Don't be so small as to belittle the accomplishment because of the man's party and politics. This event transcends politics. It even transcends national borders, as Bin Laden was willing to kill anyone, anywhere to make his point. You're pathetic Rush, for turning this political.

Clearly the author of this article does not listen to Rush regularly, nor does he understand sarcasm. Rush was referring to the fact that Obama has ignored the demands of his base (radical left) and continued the same policies that he vilified Bush for as a candidate. In other words, Rush was calling him a hypocrite but was glad that he is one, for had he pursued what he stated as a candidate, Osama would still be alive

"You see the military wanted to go in there and bomb. They always do. They wanted to go in there and drop missiles and launch bombs. A number of totally destructive techniques here."

A draft dodger criticizing the military.

Only in America.

That was pure, straight up El Rushbo SARCASM. Everything but the praise of the military part. I didnt even hear it and i can hear him saying it.

Big time sarcasm! Over the head of non listeners.
I know what he meant when he hoped Obama failed
and I still hope he fails but it looks like he's bringing the country down as planned!

Don't the writers of this report understand sarcasm when they hear it?

Obama was in such a rush to make political hay with this that he ignored the advice of the intel people. They wanted him to sit on this for a while so that they could take follow-up action based upon fresh info gained from the compound before our enemies knew they were compromised.

My God!! I don't believe it.According to scripture, one day the lion will lay down with the lamb. Are we witnessing the prophecy?

I believe it is called "sarcasm"......zoooooom that's the sound of the joke flying right over your heads...

Just concrete proof that all the media out there in obamaland are BUFFOONS! This was SARCASM IN CLASSIC LIMBAUGH FASHION. I cant wait to listen tomorrow when he rips the lefties a new one for dumbassitude.

Who the hell cares what this idiot thinks? I'm sure he was being what . He's a fat, drug-addicted moron and anyone that listens to a word he says is a dumb -ass.

Those of us who actually listen to Rush know this was all toungue and cheek sarcasm chiding the President for his narcissism. I recommend that the reporters who wrote this stuff actually listen to the broadcast and recognize what Rush said as the satire it was.

The reporters clearly didn't listen or are so desperate to save their favorite icon they didn't care about the context.

Is it any wonder nobody takes you seriously anymore?

Obama got Osama!! No one else did! Republicans don’t want to give Obama any credit. They want to retro-active his capture back to the Bush years. In that case let’s retroactive this messed-up economy back to the Bush years too.


And Rush Limbaugh's opinion matters why?

C'mon America, start thinking for yourself instead of being an obediant little Limbaugh Lemming racing towards the cliff's edge.

Rush for President

Obama in two years leads us out of a recession, stock market is up, unemployment is going down, economy has stablized, and Osama bin Laden is killed. You're right, Obama is the worse President ever. Please bring back Bush.

Rush Limbaugh, much like Donald Trump is an entertainer, an agitator. They both only have thier own self promoting interest at heart.

I'm sure the battle plan was a collabrative effort, but President Obama had the final say, and therefore deserves the credit and praise.

This war is not over. God Bless our Troops and our Country. Thank you Mr. President and your Team.

It sounded to me like Limbaugh hedged his bets here by making his kinda-semi-backhandedly congratulatory statements in an intermittently sarcastic tone, to give them "plausible deniability". Limbaugh probably didn't know what tone he ought to strike, unlike the President himself.

Limbaugh was being sarcastic. He knows that Obama didn't do anything other than go with what Bush started, and that's the only thing he deserves credit for. Of course, Obama will politicize it since he's already in campaign mode. $4.00 a gallon gas will soon erase the "bump" that Obama gets from cherry picking.

It was sarcasm. i cant believe the media couldnt see it. He even said so on the show . Way to do your job on this story Andrew Malcom . Douche



Obama in two years leads us out of a recession, stock market is up, unemployment is going down, economy has stabilized, and Osama bin Laden is killed. Rush is correct, he(Obama) is the worse President ever; please bring back Bush.

He is congratulating Obama but really giving the praise to W.

Idiot liberal headline.

Limbaugh said he hoped Obama failed because Obama's mission is to Socialize the country.

He STILL hopes he fails at that. So do I. And, because this still IS Obama's dream, I STILL hope he fails.

In the same spirit as Mr. Limbaugh's remarks, I want to commend him on his intelligence and wit, as well as his dashing good looks. Ordinarily when a person is a fat, drug-addled gasbag, they can't pull off his brand of savoir faire. But on this day Mr. Limbaugh came through. Kudos to you, sir.

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Rush is an entertainer and most of you are idiots!

Anyone with intelligence knows Rush's core audience does not quite grasp sarcasm. They will be wearing 'GOD BLESS OBAMERICA' t-shirts by tomorrow, while swiftly dismantling the Spot of Tea Party. Backhanded compliments have a way of backhanding the courier sometimes.

Really LAT?!!! He was being sarcastic!!!! This is why no one has faith in the LAT. You guys are lame.

W. Bush left office without a clue as to where the man who attacked his country was hiding out (it was in a mansion in Pakistan where he'd been for years, as it turned out).

Candidate Obama explicitly promised to capture or kill (using those words) Bin Laden if the chance arose and did it halfway through his first term, another promise kept, despite having to contend with so many other issues, most already in place before he took office.

The first attack on the World Trade Center was during Clinton's first term. The planners of that attack were in jail by time Clinton left the White House, and there they remain.

Time to reconsider who's better for national security maybe, huh?

Rush, you who had two chances to vote for Reagan and never did (an indisputable fact), maybe its time you did a third good thing and shut your facehole, you child.

I don't like Obama and his kind. He doesn't like America and the constitution. But on this one I have to say thank you Mr President. In the end it was his call to go ahead with the operation, so on this one HURRY. And I might add that even a blind squirrel will find a nut every now and then. As for his failed policies and other bad judgment on this I will stand against him, For now let our country come together and celebrate the death of a mass murderer. By the way I would have wrapped his body in bacon before sending him to Allah and his virgins.

Like the story of the campers and the bear, Rush doesn't have to be smarter than the President just smarter than the idiots who listen to him

even though i really don't like any of obama's policies, this time, obama did the right thing in his decision concerning bin laden. there will be plenty of time to whoop obama's butt in 2012. for now, he gets a bravo zulu. i commend rush for acknowledging the event.

Sacrcasm or not, Bin Laden went down under Obama's watch. Most of the military-minded bible-thumping GOP morons will not understand by reading this that it was intended sarcastically. Limbaugh is the best thing that ever happened to Obama or liberals in general. Keep spouting off at the mouth and having your ditto-heads repeat your ignorance at the water coolers. We thank you for yor narrow minds. Your ignorance is worth a thousant edcations.

Rush is speaking way over the heads of the libs--they have never understood him, and clearly they don't understand him here. He is congratulating Obama for continuing the policies of GWB--libs are smart in a way, but they aren't good thinkers and will never comprehend Rush. Limbaugh is brilliant and literally take on all libs simultaneously with half his brain tied behind his back. It will always be so.

get real..

Gee, for a minute there I thought 'Maybe Rush isn't such an ass!' But, nope, he is.

Leave it to the LA Times to completely take it out of context. Rush said nothing of the sort. what he did say was a very sarcastic remark.

Limbaugh commit was he hope Obama's Socialist Policies fail !!!!

Limbaugh commit was he hope Obama's Socialist Policies fail !!!!

What a sad bunch of sub-human!.

cowardly draft dodgers united!

If you understood what Rush was saying, He was making a statement that Obama stayed with the plan Bush had started, not what he said he would do when elected.

FatBoy had no other option, execept to make a positive comment, although it may have been sarcastic. The ignorant and gullible faction of the republican party and Donald Trump have egg on their faces. Rush simply had an out with the news of the Bin Laden kill.

I think Rush "the pill poppin', Doktah shoppin' criminal" Limbaugh just used God's name in vain...Where is the right wing religionist outrage???

I won't believe it's Osama until his Birth Certificate (the long form)is produced. As far as the burial at sea have no fear. Elvis was there to witness it.

Donald Trump stated he won't release his Tax Returns because Bin Laden now can not release his.

Hey - maybe the Seals should go over to Iraq and find those WMD's that we couldn't find after invading Iraq and fighting for years. Good luck with that mission. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

I am a regular listener to Rush and I am laughing at this article. Clearly the writer has ZERO knowledge of Limbaugh and what he thinks.

Wow, I read this report on Limbaugh's remarks by Mr. Malcolm and then listened again to Mr. L's comments. Is this writer really that daft? Might he try listening again to properly report Mr. L's actual point regarding this MeMeMe Presidency? It's one thing to disagree with someone; it's quite another thing to completely misinterpret and spin someones remarks to support one's political views. BTW: this is a great baseline piece to measure the inherent bias in LA Times and Lame Stream Media reporting.

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