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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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Sure Obama is playing a cool hand, but what about Biden? can't RON PAUL replace him? 6 years for a 75 yr old guy sounds constitutional. and END WAR?

The best revenge is success. Jelousy rears it's UGLY HEAD with Limbaugh.

Victory has one hundred fathers, defeat is an orphan.
-John F Kennedy

show us the body

Haha... the left reasserted their intelligence by falling for this. Even after he said later in the production it was satire. Imagine you were the commander-in-chief. You did nothing, but saw that there was a 99.9% chance you could get Bin Laden. Would you say "go for him"? and if you did, would you deserve such heaping praise?

When the helicopter crashed and the mission failed during the rescue attempt in Iran everybody said it was Jimmy Carter's fault. When the helicopter became grounded and the mission was a success some people say Obama had nothing to do with it.

Victory has one hundred fathers, defeat is an orphan.
-John F. Kennedy

i want to see him dead it is important why feed him to the fish

I say Seal Team 6 should go after Rush next.

If Limbaugh actually thinks that Bush policies had anything to do with Bin Laden's capture? Then he's on drugs again. The U.S. has had troops in the middle-east for over 40 years. Bush had 7 years to get Bin Laden and failed miserably. Not to mention starting a war in Iraq based on lies. Please, this is Obama's victory. Republicans just have to suck it up that Obama's a better President than the coke fiend/alcoholic known as George "the butcher" Bush.

LOL, the best part of this is that Rush is probably fuming that people thought he was serious.

Like Rush wouldn't have praised President Bush if this had happened four years ago. Yeah right. Hypocrites, every last one of them. I read one message board yesterday where conservatives were saying the people chanting "USA" in NY and DC weren't "patriots" because they were actually liberal plants pretending to love the USA ("look at their American flags - they're brand new!").

Have you ever listened to Rush Limbaugh before? Did you listen at all today? I know you understood what he was saying and purposely published an erroneous story but're embarrassing. The "praise" offered by Rush was for not doing away with Bush policies because Gitmo, waterboarding, intelligence, a well-trained special forces team, etc,...those were all in place from the Bush era. Limbaugh thanked him despite all he had done to encumber the effort, for leaving the key elements in place.
This is why you are irrevelant.

I'm amazed that some people are so petty as to refuse to give Obama any credit for this.

What they seem to forget is that the military doesn't make foreign policy decisions. Invading a foreign country, particularly an ally, is not something to be taken lightly. The political leadership needs to make that decision.

However this works out in the long run, I have to give Obama credit for making the call. That's what we pay him for.

He was being sarcastic 'Andrew Malcolm'. Duh!! Didn't you hear how many times he called obama as osama.?? It sends a message....

I don't care how he said it! He gave credit where credit is due! Praise God for Mr. President! it's about time that racists republican said something intelligent...
Where are all the haters now!

Ha! I knew he'd try to make Dubya the real hero in all this. Poor Rush, he must have poured the midnight oil to find a way to do it, but all it does is show his statement to be the futile potshot that it really is. Now, let's see what Ann Coulter comes up with, as she too must really be wracking her brains on how to spin this into an anti-Obama attack. Should be fun!

Sarcasm & 911 doesn't mix.

One would have to have disregard for the thousands of people killed on 9-11,
because of bin Laden, and the thousands of U.S soldiers killed since 9-11 to even want to attempt sarcasm.

Limbaugh is an insincere bag of vomit. Bush scrubbed the operations to find Bin Laden, as it was removing resources in Iraq.
Limbaugh is sarcastic, on this clip. If the LA Times honestly believe he was being in any way sincere on this topic, then they don't get what this right-wing hate-mongerer is all about, and they really need to put some people on staff that know about the people they report on.
Giving this waste of air-time coverage in pulp is irresponsible at best.

You people are stupid. The Republican Party was completely against going into Pakistan to get Osama bin Ladin. President Obama had to school John McCain numerous times on how this needs to be done. Bush chased Obama for 7 years, Obama killed him in two. The intelligence came from a courier and not from waterboarding as you all would like to believe. Check

Sorry, but you got played. The only reason I listen to Rush is exactly for this point - Andrew Malcolm, completely missed the point of what Rush was saying today, proving what Rush has to say about the main stream media. That being, you (the MSM) don't investigate, you don't report, you just take what's on the surface and run with it. The entire monologue was tongue-in-cheek, and was intended to demonstrate that Obama was successful because he is maintaining the Bush Administration policies and programs. It also mocked the idea that Obama alone came up with the plan to get bin Laden, which is ludicrous and not something any president does.

It isn't to say that the President doesn't deserve credit, he certainly does, and he made the right call. The point Rush is making is to point out the double standards and horrific reporting of today's media. You got played man...

limbaugh you are an uninspirational lieing sack of **** and it really pisses me off how all of you conservatives really think that all americans are that stupid to believe that the "seals" actually killed osama bin laden in 40 min? in a 1 million dollar compound with 17 foot high walls and your telling me there was no escape route? And the concluding fact that it took an hour an a half to capture saddam hussien when he was lying i a hole?? What a bunch of egotistical,hypocritical bunch of Lies and the fact if the government has had his body and gave him a sea burial thats just gonna iss them of since its not part of thier religion anyway so all we wanted was F***** proof that he was dead. And until AMERICA sees that happen no ones gonna believe your lies that your spewing out of your ass.

Rush the fool Limbaugh is a smart guy, he makes millions of dollars yearly by telling his listeners some that can bye food , has no health care, yet praises him for talking about the only president in recent years thats trying to help them. Rush our president loves you like he loves all of AMERICANS. You are the one living in hatred.
Great job MR PRESIDENT job well done the true American People Supports You, God Bless You And Your Family!!!

This is called giving credit where its due

Sarcasm or's eating crow. He doesn't have to be genuine in his praise...for it was earned irrespective of anything Rush had to say.

In fact, for Rush to be "sarcastic" in moments like these make him worse off and once again on the wrong side of history.

What those of you don't realize is that whether or not Rush was sincere in his praise is neither here nor there. What's more important is that Rush couldn't muster any legitimate criticism. If sarcasm was the best he could do...that's crow, no matter how you cut it.

Just like the child who says "I'm sorry" yet doesn't mean it. It's about humbling the child, not the sincerity of the utterance.

Give it up for the President. You shoulnd't call yourelf an American if your on here bashing President Obama. Fools

He was buried at sea for reason you simpletons couldnt understand.

My goodness! It's amazing how you not only not grasp reality but also don't understand your man. Limbaugh WAS NOT praising the president. He was 'praising' the president. I'm sure you are not gonna get this one either.

Please!! Who the hell cares what that crack pot thinks!

Who is this Rush person? Is this a new blog or something?

I know hell is freezing over now. Listening to Rush say this. He sounds like Obama's cheerleader. Where are his pom poms? lol. Gimme an O - Gimme a B - Gimme an A -- Gimme a M - Gimme an A. lmao
@ David your a stupid racist fool. This has nothing to do with an eletion. He's not bush. LMAO. We have a black president and there is NOTHING you can do about it. HAHAHAHAHA
Remember bush said he wasn't worried about Bin Laden.

Sarcasm folks...nothing else

Reading these comments made me a little depressed about how the mediocrity of the average person, especially in the USA. On this historic day when Americans get revenge for 9/11 you got nothing better to do than criticize Obama?? I bet it must hurt a lot, real deep in a your miserable little minds that Obama can take credit for such a victory. I guess you must feel a little bit more miserable now about how the republicans are being pummeled and ridiculed, every time a little more, by the Obama presidency. The funniest comments are those about how Obama did nothing but give the order, yeah that's about right, its his prerogative, he's the president, everything depends on him giving the order. Have you forgotten about chain of command?

You are so very right on every aspect you mentioned about our wonderful great President Obama. After taking a look at the pictures taken in the Situation Room at the White House. You have to admit none of what has transpired over the past 36 hours has been easy on anyone in the White House. Theres a great deal of emotions in everyones hearts when it comes to what happened on 9/11. The look on Hillaries face was how I think a majority of people in the US and around the world had felt. President Obama took care of one very dark cloud that had been shaddowing the USA for the past ten years. You know definately without one milliounce of doubt in you that our great President Obama has courage, will power, a sound mind and all the strengths needed to guide our country in the right direction for the best future possible. I hope and pray that he will be elected to a second term as President. I know that he will be one of the most highest recognized Presidents our country has had. What he has done so far in my eyes has surpassed a lot of what previous presidents have done.
I hope n pray that President Obama and the CIA have Binladens number two close in there sniper hairs.

Thank you for showing the Libs are as stupid as Rush said they are.

Also, thanks for giving Rush some more free advertising.

I hope you quote him more often as he continues to point out how this president is destroying this country and the American dream.

How is that Hope and Change working for you, by the way?

Once again the liberal media shows their clear bias, INACCURATELY reporting limbaugh "hopes obama fails". Actually what he said was that if obamas plan to "fundamentally" transform america, included remaking america where liberty and freedom were not the cornerstones of our society, then he hoped obama failed. Knowing obamas socialist, collectivism mentality, and far left leanings, obama would inevitably trample on the health care legislation, shafting the gm stockholders, elevating union and government workers even higher, and soon, gun control and probably an executive order legalizing 15-30 million illegals who would certainly vote 90% for socialism...after all its all they know, new immigrants are not taught the history and america or american exceptionalism, nor even required to learn the language as previous waves of immigrants did. They will vote for w/e party promises them the most goodies at the expense of the taxpayers. look at history, once the takers outnumber the makers, that society will collapse.
executive orders have given the presidency dictatorial powers...any president can suspend the constitution, declare martial law, and seize control of all power plants or w/e through a real or contrived emergency.

Yet another liberal taking comments from Rush out of context. Not in relation to Obama and Osama; but what does comments he made about humanitarian relief last year have to do with this issue? Great journalism....figure out a conservative you don't like and slander them.

To prove my point, full transcript of commentary on Haiti earthquake relief from Rush's website:

Clearly sarcasm in it, on top of that the "complaining of donating to Haiti relief" was actually him complaining about the Pres. asking people to go through to do so.....didn't say anything about donating to charities like red cross. Good political commentary Mr. Malcom, clearly you suck at your job.

Getting back to the topic, its our military and CIA that deserve 100% of the credit....not Obama....not Bush. Even if it was their 'policies' that led to this, it was the men and women in the military and the intellegence agencies that thought of how and put the work into it.

if all President Obama did was just pushed a button and the execution was carried out, I wonder why W. Bush didn't push same button during his tenure?

I am thankful that I was listening to yesterday's program and know what was said by Mr Limbaugh-something that seems to elude the author of this article.

I never watch Rush Limbaugh, so I have to ask: Is he always this boring?

The President did demonstrate courage taking such a risky military operation as was carried out by the SEALs to take Osama. That was either a hero or zero operation and not much in between. He deserves credit for that decision. It would have been safer for him politically to just bomb the compound into hell than to invade the compound and collect the evidence of Bin Laden's death.

However, the White House was not gracious in the aftermath by taking way too much credit for Obama instead of extending the credit to the brave soldiers who risked their lives to pull off the raid.

Someone who is secure in himself and powerful like the President of the US pushes credit to those with less power than himself and who serve under him; namely to those who risked their lives for the operation and those who lost their lives in the ensuing wars against Osama's organization. I wish Obama had as much class as he demonstrated in courage to take on this operation.

Rush is a hater a fat slob hater. Obama did it! And its about time! we have a president who is smart and listens in like W. GWB was a schumck everything he did hurt this country including trying to find Bin Laden by going on tv and telling everyone......he was only go at eating his boogers.

Basically, to the Republicans, anytime a Democrat did something right, it's because they were merely continuing a good Republican policy or had only trivial involvement in the overall success. But, if a Democrat did something bad, then ALL the fault lands square on his head. That's called a double standard. It's their way to rationalize reality and demonize their opponents. They still accuse Obama of being a non-US national while at the same time considered amending the Constitution so that Arnold Schwardzenager can run for president a few years back.

What DNA did they compare "the dead guy's" against? Bear in mind they haven't seen the guy in over 12 years ... so did they keep some on file for that long? The side-by-side pictures are obviously fake. Obama is worse at acting than George and if you believe him, you are believing the lie and are becoming part of the reality TV show. Good job Rush, I have never seen your work before but I congratulate this announcement which may be above some people but those of us that are that little bit smarter do understand the humor you are using.

I think what Rush said was that Mr. Obama was "the most UNQUALIFIED person in the room to deal with this." He has used this phrase frequently. Also, his comments about hoping Obama failed were in reference to the President's tendency to socialize every aspect of our government.

Since when does the American Gov't pratice public assassinations of anyone in the world? I think that this is a pre-election ploy to boast Obama ratings plus get the american people's minds off of the other important issues in this country. Obama is tired of listening to the American people bitching about high gas prices, unemployment and the such. Until I see Bin Laden lying on a slab of some sort, I will tend not to believe this occurance. Why did we capture Hussein and bring him to trial BUT we decided to assassinate Bin Laden? Anybody can say that they did this and that but I want to see the proof. Obama isn't the first president to lead the people of America into believing abull crap lie......

More proof that liberals are morons.

I personally have not done drugs that support Terrorism, and personally served in the military. What have YOU done.

If he WAS being sarcastic, then this is the finsal proof that conservatives are the most disgusting hate mongers in the world.

You stupid leftest and reporters cannot even understand when you're being made fun of. Listen to what Rush said, "President Obama has continued the Bush policies of keeping a military presence in the Middle East". He (Obama) kept the same policies that BUSH had started in the middle east. Whehn Rush says he wants Obama to fail he didn't mean in catching Osama he meant in his wacko marxist views.

Love you Rush, you got it right again...

What an idiot you are. He did not directly praise Obama. It was a left handed compliment saying that it was Bush's Policy that led to the Death of Obama. He was laughing hysterical when he read you article on the air. You guys so love this terrible president your messiah, that you only hear what you want to hear!!

Secondly, your second love Bill Clinton had two chances to arrest Osama and 8 to kill him, and chickened out. Had he not backed away like most libs do we never would have had Al Qiada. Why dont you ever talk about Bills screw-up.

I found this so deeply depressing to read. Not the article, it was in fact the comments which created such deep distress in me. If this is an accurate representation of the lowest common denominator in Amerika today, then I fear for our future, and am certain our children will not have one... You people have zero concept of sarcasm, no grasp on the English language, no ability to understand our government in even the most basic, fundamental context and no ability whatsoever to maintain even the slightest grasp on reality when faced with cold, hard facts. It would appear that on both sides of the partisan divide, at the root of it, you are all complete idiots. The scariest part of this debacle is that the people in power in this nation are no better than you lowly curmudgeons. Our elected officials are a great bunch of slack-jawed drooling neanderthals, and its just as well that we are all going to die in a coming great cataclysm. We deserve it. Humanity is a largely failed endeavor, and it's due to the stupidity of all of you that we be doomed to an eternity of misfortune and failure. I hope that when it all starts to unravel at the tenuous seams, you lot realize that it was your "Messiah" who in fact lead us down the road to ruin. Yeah, he wrote a book called "The Audacity of Hope" think about it... He knew all hope was gone already, so for one to hope would indeed be an audacious act. I'm terribly sorry to have used so many big and confusing words for you all, but I hope that when our true Messiah comes to sort the wheat from the chaff that you are all culled to prevent Humanity from being taken again down the path of degeneration you have so fervently led us through... Shame on all of you half-wit morons.

wow. you guys REALLY think he was serious? there's sarcasm dripping off of every word. of COURSE the military guys are far more brilliant in the ways of strategy and combat. to propose that O is the mastermind is hilarious. yes, Obama said 'go'... but he isn't the hero here.

anyway--keep on reading the transcripts completely out of context. that's always good news.

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