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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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You are a twit. I heard all of the Rush show today and he said ..yes....he is glad that President Obama has continued many of President Bush's war on terror policies....However, Rush also said that the President's address sounded as if the President did all the work to get the job done......the President referenced himself several times during the least President Bush tried to include everyone at times of success and failure

It is always easy to be on the glory train.......just look at MSNBC broadcasts today.....all the Democratic glory hounds were jumping to get on the Obama bus........and the Republicans did as well.

At least Osama is what is next for us?

Why is it always, "consevative talk show host?" When a libel speaks it is never said."lberal talk show host...."

He hopes his "policies" fail, not him in general,dimbulb!

Lets Hope " Mission Accomplished" really means what it says

Whether your a liberal or conservative,to not admit that a president s,leadership has led to something great wether you like his other policies or not,speaks volumes to who and what YOU really are,Clinton,Bush...they did some things well and some things they sucked....y is it wrong to praise this president for this ,and still bash his other policies...I ll tell you y....but you people that do this already know! He could reverse course on every policy and even cure cancer and you would still Hate himand u know y......

Wonder how much credit Rush would have given Obama had the mission been a failure? Only Rush Limbaugh would spit in the collective faces of the 9/11 victims' families on a day when they can get a small bit of closure in their tragedies to get ratings. He is a true American.

You white people really kill me!!! LOL! I know, ur a bit upset cause now your slowly becoming a minority, losing jobs etc. Not on top anymore, huh?

Conservatives are just jealous that they couldn't "get er' done" when they had the Presidency. Stop blabbing and be happy. This benefits us all. If republicans could have got it down...well they should have stopped lining their pockets and did what needed to be done.

Andrew Malcolm has to be one of the dumbest people on the planet. Rush is tearing Obama a new one here, and Malcolm thinks it's praise

I listened to the program. Total Sarcasm. If we want to start talking about things Obama has accomplished in 2 years what Bush couldn't do in 8, lets talk about the debt. If you are going to take credit for Osama, you get the economy too. You cannot pick and choose. By the way it took Bush's 8 years of chasing Bin Laden to give Barry the opportunity to say ok, you kill him, and I'll I'll ll be there to embrace all the glory.

He was correct!! Anyone not willing to give Obama credit is anti-Obama! That is fine-BUT HE MADE THE CALL!! More importantly-This happened on OBAMA'S watch!!! FACE IT PEOPLE!

Rush said this? I'm shocked!

I use to like to like your show Rush but you have lost it. Tired of listening to all of the negative.

Why would anybody hope the President of the United States fail? What if his policies work? Regardless of what policies they are, if they work to get our country back on track, why hope they fail?

keep up the hate people........... its doing this country a lot of good. he is doing what he can do to get this country back on track. he cant force lazy republicans to get off unemployment and get jobs

Haha Rush is more humorous poking fun at Obama's taking credit for the demise of Osama than Obama poking fun at The Donald.

Listening to Obama's speech, you would have thought Obama took him singlehandedly.

Obama never fails to be a complete narcissistic, pompous ass, at every occasion. Especially noted all of the ' I' s in the speech and his thanks to whatever God of whoever. Sheeeeeeeeeez. Gimme a break. How about some credit to the Navy Seals and the US military?

LOL! Come on Andrew Malcolm... are you serious? Are you really this clueless? Maybe next time listen to more than the first 5 minutes of the broadcast. Rush was clearly being sarcastic. The only praise he actually gave Obama was for having enough sense to follow Bush's policies. Top-notch reporting Andy... sheez!

You guys at the L.A.Times obviously know nothing about Rush.

Wow, the LA Times can really twist the truth!! Are you desperate to have Rush's approval? Or to show Rush that Bam hasn't "failed." Either way this article is pathetic. Wow. If they lie this I can only imagine what else they lie about.

hey selenab. where's the proof the world is flat. where's the proof the moon is made of cheese. where's the proof you're not a decendent of a monkey and a horse's ass. give it up redneck, the world is bigger than your small mindedness and bigotry.

Truly a sign of the apocalypse!!!

Progressives are so easy............He was making fun of pompous Obama when he makes speeches, he uses I over and over.

He didn't congratulate Obama ........are you really that dumb?

Way too easy .

Has the Times never heard sarcasm before? ....Listen carefully now, Rush was pointing out that Obama always takes credit for the work of others, he always deflects blame and he always admires himself. I, I, I, and me, me, me,....hope and change. Really?

Rush has had Obama's number from day one. Marxist, narcissist, pretender...perfect analysis, as always.

Those of you making political hay out of this event should be ashamed of yourselves. That includes Rush Limbaugh whose childish attempt to satirize the event because he knew he could not outright criticize the President was simply lame and anything but entertaining.

Here is a fact: the souls of the thousands of innocents and heroes who lost their lives on September 11th and the friends and loved ones only care that this monster has been run to ground and killed. Your political bickering and posturing is an insult to their memory.

What is Rush Limbaugh even still alive?

hell just froze over I think. Republicans and Democrats coming together as one and we aren't fighting like cats and dogs. What a joyous. Good work president and I just earned a whole new respect for Rush Limbaugh. Never thought I'd say that. LOL! :D

I'd like to believe that maybe he's"reaching across the aisle" and standing with other Americans as one? Remember. if there weren't liberals to rally against then Rush wouldn't have an audience with the conservatives of this country.

Been a long time since I have listened to Rush. But I am glad he still has his own peculiar sense of humor. It is true. You have to listen to Rush for years to truly appreciate the mans brilliance. Rush lauded praise on GWBush Not Obama. LOL. Left will never get nor appreciate Rush Limbaugh. Keep it Conservative Rush!

"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..."

And people who don't listen to Rush's show will have no idea why he took these positions, and will have no context. Nice hack job.

Rush, don't take the bait and even bother refuting these cheap shots.

I am happy to see that Rush is willing to praise a man he has belittled all too often in the past. This shows a more human, compassionate Rush, a more honest side to the man.

HE WAS NOT BEING SARCASTIC YOU MORON. Obama did something that BUSH and CHENEY could NOT do. Infact OBAMA has done more for this country than they did in 8. PRAISE OBAMA!!!!!!

LA Times come on are you that braindead Stupid!!!????? Oh yeah you are!!!

Do you all not here the sarcasm in his voice. Rush would never give actual credit to Obama.

I too, hope Obama's liberal agenda fails miserably. Killing UBL is on everyone's list of things to do. Thanks for having the guts to make the right decision. Mr. President, you got one right finally. Now, just say NO! to a liberal, progressive domestic agenda.

God, you people are either incredibly stupid or you deliberately mislead the public.

Rush Limbaugh knows exactly who Barack Obama empty suit with no original thoughts of his own. He used George W. Bush's programs (that he despised) to bring down Usama. Thank you God for George W. Bush.

I can't wait to wave goodby to this sham of a president.


I cant belive that you are not man enough to give the President any credit for making the decision. If it would have been a failure I am sure that you and the Repluicans would have blamed him and only him.Obama promised to capture Bin ladin and he delivered! I do trully belive your sarcasim is driven by racisim, and ignorance.

Ive read Rush's comments and they were absolutely sarcastic, funny though had this been Bush in either of his 2 terms Rep's would be congratulating the strong President for a job well done. Whatever though, the rift widens across the country.

I just have to say though that i think anyone that feels torture for information makes torture ok, well tell that to American families that have their soldier being tortured, good luck feeling ok with it then.

Conservatives will stop at nothing to make the Prez look bad including making up things like the birth certificate issue instead of offering real solutions for our problems in the USA. Thank God that the President was smart enough not to tell the Pakistani Goverment about the raid on the Osama Bin Laden compound and that he went with the Special Forces raid in order to identify the Body of Bin Laden and minimize civilian casualties. Kudos to the American Armed Forces!

Rush is nothing but an oxy hypocrite whose mind is GONE, same as all you people who listen to him!

Rush your such a hypocrite you have criticize president obama from day one . To hear you talk in that matter make me wish the navy seals would have made your compound there second target

I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one who picked up on Obama's self aggrandizing claim of personally having a major hand in bringing Bin Laden to justice.

it would be alright to me if the gubment lied about the burial part and SAID they threw him into the sea, but instead really do have his body in a freezer along with a package of bacon.

Well, you know during the presidents campaign, this is exactly what he said he would do.

What are you thinking??? This guy has been dead for a least 5 years. Has anyone received any press from him. We all know he has been in renal failure from all the press reports after 9/11. Please don't think we are stupid enough to think that he was stilll alive and Obama had him killed.....It is an INSULT to my intellegence.

The only people that president Obama need be concerned about giving him credit are the terrorist themselves. If they give him the credit God only knows what they may do!

Dear LA Times,
You should listen to the ENTIRE broadcast. He was saying that out of sarcasm for Obama's "I", "me", and "my". Rush was not in support of Obama except for the fact that he gave the go ahead, but that's it.

There we are again folks, the media choosing to report what they want, and twisting the words.

LA Times = Epic FAIL!!

Rush is the master at using satire and sarcasm in order to make his point. Anyone that can't see this has probably never heard more than 15 minutes of his show.

Not to worry. Rush has had one moment of sanity in a year of insanity. It won't last.

where is his body and y can? we see his body to make sure it was him

Rush, in the end, you will be a lonely, insignificant, washed up obese bag of bile and hatred. President Obama will be always be a President of the United States of America who was President during one of the most trying times in this nation's history. Instead of spewing vitriol, use your considerable bully pulpit to come up with a way to help the man.

Otherwise, you are part of the problem.

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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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