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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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I think the President needs to send Waste Management to pick this trash up. Very soon!

After reading these comments, and hearing others from friends and family, I am now convinced more than every that this country was not ready for an African American president. Obama could have low crawled into that compound with a knife in his teeth and sliced bin Ladin's throat himself, and you fools would not give him an ounce of credit. Imagine this fat azz drug addict, Rush talking this way about FDR after our victory against Germany. The blatant hatred for this man is beyond belief. They openly question his religion, his birth place, his loyalty and now his involvement in the defeat of one of the most evil men since Hitler. This country should be a shame. Do not say "God bless America" in the same breath you use to demean its Commander in Chief. It is insulting.

Andrew Malcolm you are a complete moron. He got his media tweak and you took it. No wonder your papers failing.

rush did what rush always does - proved that rush is a douche.

why sheeple choose to listen to this person, is beyond me, other than the moronic "politics as a sport" philosophy; combined with "my life isn't super fantastic, SURELY someone else is to blame... tell me who to blame cuz it's GOT to be someone else's fault" mentality.

osama bankrupted the soviets and pretty much did the same with the US. the US part is all thanks to people LIKE rush. sheeple - stop drinking the koolaid.

Great comment Rush,

After all our loving Limbaugh is honest, bi/non partisan and finally very conscientious.

History in the continuum for a wonderful New World Order.

Please keep up the good work.


I am not a Obama backer but you need to give credit were it is due, he did a good job on Osama bin Laden in taking him (bin laden) out. I hope this does not get Obama re-elected. We need to pray for our leaders eventhough we may not agree with them.

Ha! You people fail to see the illustration of the absurd by being absurd tactic going on here. The way this article is written, and the responses to it, are the very reason that the lame 'main-stream-media' is such a failure.
Sarcasm - look it up. But then, the left never understands.

Come on everybody. Did you just start listening to Rush yesterday? I'll bet most of you dont remember his show in 1989 (if I recall correctly) . He started out the show stating that he had been required to go to sensitivity training. He spent the entire show as the "New Rush" and for not one minute did he let on that it was all a show. The moral here is Rush only gave credit for Obama not cancelling Bush policy.

The people on here who cannot give the President of the United States "congratulations" on a JOB WELL DONE" are a bunch of narrow-minded pigs, who, no matter WHAT Obama does, even if he killed ALL of Al-Quada, will NEVER say THANK YOU, Mr President. NEVER! They are so narrow minded in their thinking (just like Rush)...must be followers of his cult. I feel absolutely SORRY FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO CANNOT FACE THE TRUTH!! That Obama actually headed up the greatest mission of these times! And KILLED Bin Laden!!! Not good enough for them, though...NOTHING will EVER be good enough for them. Simply because they do not think that a black man belongs in the White House. Let's be honest here. That is the REAL REASON for ALL of this character assassination, birther issue, scholastic records...ALL of his race. They simply CANNOT give the President ANY credit no matter WHAT it is. And THAT, my friends, is the TRUTH, the WHOLE truth, and NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH!!! So HELP ME GOD!! I feel sorry for you people. YES, you people! You are a bunch of cultist, tea party nuts...I am ashamed you even LIVE in U.S. You do not deserve to live here. GO AWAY, unless you can start showing a little RESPECT for our President, AND our Country. They DO go hand in hand. You are dissing the U.S.A. and I hate you for it!!! GOD BLESS THE PRESIDENT AND GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS>>>THEY DID AN EXCELLENT JOB OF GETTING RID OF THE FACE OF EVIL. THANK YOU...ALL OF YOU...FOR RISKING YOUR LIVES, YOUR CREDIBILITY!!!

I listened to the whole monologue...It was funny and sarcastic as it could be...Rush at his finest!!

Archie, that is because every democrat policy enacted since the tax cuts signed by into law by JFK has been an unmitigated disaster.... Welfare state? Disaster! Community reinvestment act? Disaster! Fannie and Freddie? Disaster! Appeasement of our enemies? Disaster! Public sector unions? HUGE disaster! Indeed, I can't think of a single lib policy that's ever been anything BUT a disaster!

It is so great when you people fall for Rush's tweeks. In this case, you know darn well what he's saying, that Obama is trying to take credit solely for the assassination. So Rush is pointing out that after campaigning relentlessly against Bush, Obama continued his policies: kept Guantanamo open, stayed in Iraq and Afghanistan, etc.

The real question should be this: HOW DO YOU WITH YOUR "TRY PEACE" BUMPER STICKERS ON YOUR PRIUS NOW VOTE FOR THE COWBOY, BARACK OBAMA? He has invaded Lybia without Congressional approval, and has not left Iraq or Afghanistan. Has not closed Guitmo.

You all voting for him now would be like a true conservative voting for Romney or Trump.

This is news? Lot about life I don't understand.


It appears that Mr. Limbaugh engages at a level of discourse that is beyond you. First, Mr. Limbaugh said that he hoped that President Obama would fail at instituting a 'European Style' liberal democracy in the U.S. He did not imply that he wished Obama to fail to the detriment of the nation as he perceived it.

Second, Mr. Limbaugh was being sarcastic. His point was that President Obama is to be congratulated for behaving like Bush rather than like his campaign rhetoric.

There is a reason why Newspapers like yours and the NYT are not doing well. You seem to imagine that we still live in a world where readers are relatively unsophisticated and are not privy to contrary opinions.


Michael Ferguson

I'm far from a Rush Limbaugh fan, but I don't think he was being sarcastic here. Yes, he did say that the President's moves were essentially a continuation of what George W. Bush started, but he gave credit where credit was due - to Mr. Obama. I don't know if the President was the only person in the room who thought the Special Forces option was the way to go... perhaps Limbaugh has some source I don't have. But as much as Limbaugh has pissed me off over the years, let's give him a bit of credit for passing that credit on to the President. For once, we can all agree that the right thing happened, and that everyone involved did a hell of a job.

Hello Rush,

I am so very proud of our Military, I am a huge supporter!
I thought the beginning of your speech of Bin Laden being killed was humorous, but felt maybe you bashed him mayyyybe one smidge too much. I don't know I'm a bit torn, I love G.W.Bush, I support him, his Father and all that they did for our country. Maybe its just my human nature to feel like you bashed him, I dont know as much about politics as you do, but I love to listen to what you have to say.
Again, I am so proud of our Military, and I am in the process of entering the US Navy, aspiring Special warfare. I am super pumped to potentially be a part of their team.!
Keep up the good work Rush, maybe I'll be on your show someday :)


Valerie DeFreitas

Of course he was being sarcastic! I seriously can't believe that anyone would think otherwise. Rush knows, as does any other sensible person, that the ones who truly deserve the credit are our military and intelligence units. Other than possibly giving a single 'go-ahead' command, Obama had nothing to do with this. I'm sure Rush is just annoyed with everyone praising Obama for something he had nothing to do with, as am I.

Rush and many conservatives - gave Obama credit. Not just rush. Give credit where credit is due. so be it.

Hey righties, your racism is showing. Along with your lack of grammar and instruction book for Spell Check. Get used to the taste of crow stuffed humble pie, I think there are more servings on the way. Obama - 2012 and beyond!!

So rush limbra thinks making light of the fact the "We The People of the United States" captured and killed the person responsible for 911 is a joke. He thinks making sarcastic remarks about a successful military mission lead by the Commander and Chief President Obama is funny.

Everyone, including myself who witness the toppling of the World Trade Center and are personally affected by the events of that day that day, are happy we brought the criminal Bin Laden to justice.


Innocent people died because of Bin Laden your comments tarnish the memory all of the people who died on that day.

Rush is just a payed man. Payed to talk about the democrates Obama in general . I personally do not respect anyone who can,t listen to both sides of a subject without passing judgement.If anyone has ever heard one of his programs they know what I am talking about. If you don,t believe as he does he will start ranting and asking stupid questions to shake a persons thoughts.Then he will start calling them names and turn them off. Now who doesn,t understand that that is the tactics of a true bully not a smart man.

Does it really matter what R L says or whether he was being sarcastic or not? He is an entertainer like Howard Stern, Larry King, or Jay Leno. They get paid to make us listen and their companies are paid billions from advertisers. It is capitalism not honest media.
If we look at it in any other way we are being folish. If you enjoy personalities like these that is great. If you dont, then dont listen. The problem is we are all missing the big picture in this article which is the fact that celebrating the killing of others, although a necessity and making light of it is just very sad!

Leave it to the mainstream media to get it wrong. Have you people ever heard the expression, "tongue in cheek" or do you understand sarcasm? Limbaugh is making fun of Obama's NARCISSIST personality. The Navy seals were not given credit, no one was given credit it is all about Obama when Obama speaks.

Do you realize that they got the information four years ago after ENHANCED INTERROGATION? Yes, the information was given up after waterboarding KMC. You know before this administration stopped ENHANCED INTERROGATION and started reading these terrorists the Miranda Rights.

To praise God for the killing of a man is in itself absurd and ignorant. Vengeance is mine, the Lord says. Rush, do not compound your error.

Obama got Osama!! He is solely responsible! Not Bush & cronies. If fat Rush Limbaugh wants to give Bush credit, let's also give Bush credit for this messed-up economy for the past two years.

Yes, let us praise god for killing. Only in a christian nation

WOW, even when Rush says something on the positive side about Obama he still gets attacked. Liberals are a crazy bunch.
It is amazing how the media needs to continue with the misleading comments or lies about people with whom they disagree. There are three misleading lies about Rush Limbaugh in this article alone.
First misleading lie: Rush "criticized the first lady's figure".
Truth: Rush said Michelle Obama does not have the body of a swimsuit model. Rush had said swimsuit models look like they are starving and spreads a bad message to young girls. So Rush's comment was bad joke against swimsuit models not a comment against the first lady. However, If you just take a snippet of his comment without looking at the wider picture it sounds like a mean comment against Michelle Obama but the media does not care for the WHOLE truth. The media loves "gotcha moments" that they can spin to fit their agenda.
Second misleading lie: He [Rush] hopes Mr. Obama fails.
Truth: Rush believes the policies of the Obama administration are bad for America and will do massive damage to economic stability. Rush said he hopes Obama fails at imposing liberal policies and doing irreputable damage to America. Just looking at the small comment "I hope Obama fails" can be spun to fit the liberal agenda.
Third misleading lie (and this one is a straight out, bold-faced LIE): Rush complained last year about Americans donating to the post-earthquake humanitarian relief in Haiti.
THE TRUTH: Rush complained about Americans donating money to our GOVERNMENT for humanitarian relief for Haiti. Rush said people should donate money to private charities such as the Red Cross instead of government because we can't trust the government to be responsible with the any money even donations for Haiti. This lie is the worst of all because it is an attempt to make Rush look heartless and vicious toward an earthquake ridden country.
Liberals are disgusting because they will use a disaster like an earthquake that killed thousands and use it as a political tool against people with whom they disagree. Liberals should be ashamed of articles like this be they are not because the truth does not matter. They believe "the means justifies then ends", the slogan of communism. In this article "the means" are the lies and "the ends" is getting people to hate Rush Limbaugh. Evertime I look into what liberals say about Rush it is ALWAYS, EVERY SINGLE TIME not true.

Too bad George Bush didn't use this Navy Seals technique 9 years ago to take out both Saddam Hussein and Bin Laden. Would have saved 5,000 lives and a trillion dollars in debt. And just maybe gas wouldn't be $112 a barrel today.

I am shocked that Rush would speak so highly about Obama..Wow..
As I was listening to his comments I was thinking, the reason Obama thought about saving evidence or testing dna, so we would know that this was really Bin Laden is because the president himself has been thru the wringer when it came to his own identity, where he was born, etc....A lesson was learned by the president, thus he used that knowledge for the american people so we would definetly know that it was Bin Laden, not a maybe but a fact....

Rush is as usual being an idiot. President Obama has not taken credit for doing this. He did not make the decision on his own. Yet again Rush is making things up and twisting things around. President Obama as President of the United States is a good man.

As much as I am NOT an Obama fan, I have to agree with Rush. The President did EXACTLY what needed to be done. The use of Special Forces and the SEALs needed to be used and utilized more in this war on terror.

I hope that their continued utilization is used by this administration. Although I agree with none of their domestic policies, they got this one right.

That's one of the few times in his life that Rush has ever made sense! But he's wrong 99% of the time so I guess this is the 1% of the time he's right!

What a pathetic jerk and complete loser.....

You give way too much credit ot Bush/Cheney.

Of course this insignificant idiot was being sarcastic. Limbaugh and Bin Laden have in common hatred of mankind, self-aggrandizing behavior. For his part, Bin Laden saw himself as a religious man who, in reality, chose the wrong instrument (hate/violence) to further his warped religious agenda; Limbaugh (in spite of "Thanking God for (President) Obama," doesn't actually care about God or anything else other than his sick agenda--hate and division. Rush Limbaugh is a nasty antisocial pig with a litter of nasty, antisocial piglets.

Rush is so funny. I love his satire. He does need to be a little more gracious. This is obviously not something Obama would have constructed and he certainly wouldn't support such military action. We need to be thankful that he did let the military do their job rather than removing them from the theater altogether. He has taken a lot of heat for this amongst his base. Strong work Obama!

"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"

Yep and President Obama is continuing to try to fix the financial mess Bush made as well. How about Bush take the bad with the good.

Really!!! Why is it people feel Bush should get credit the capture, but don't want to hear about his part in the financial mess we are in. You want Bush to get credit for the positve, but not take credit for the crap. Please help me understand . . .

If there was a republican President in office and this happened, all you rush limbaugh and fox news followers would be saying the President would deserve all the credit.

Beware of the wolf in newly donned sheep's clothing.

I agree... What if the guy shot was not Osama bin Laden? Ut Oh!

No one listens to Rush. He only speaks for a couple crazy people. Why are you devoting print to him.

The LA Times must not listen to Rush very often? He is being sarcastic here!!!!

What a shock that the LA Times would spin it to the left. Obama wanted to close GITMO yet the ifnormation reguarding Obama's where abouts came from a GITMO prisoner, I don't see thatbeing reported.

I used to telemarket for the LA Time and I might as well been selling people piles of crap because that's how little most people wanted the publication, now I see why.

I had to search Rush's comments out as I wanted to hear what spin this republican extremist would put on it .. Does the republican party undersrtand how bad this guy is for their party? I agree with the republican Idealogies .. But this guy embarrasses me for them and I would never associate myself with that party because of this Idiot .. the WWF of the republicans .. truly embarrasing.

Malcolm, are you serious??? The only reason you wrote this column is to get a rise from El Rushbo. Are you that stupid?? He said partially... maybe... to give Obama a little credit, but he said it to point out this president's continuous hypocrisy. Obama slammed Bush every step of the way on his foreign policy while he was on his crusade to become "joker" in chief. Now that "joker" in chief is in charge, he has carried out ALL of Bushes' policy.

You, Malcolm, are derelict of responsible commentary.

Sarcasm. Do you not recognize this. Rush is on record stating the obama is the dumbest person in the room no matter who is there. He in no way thinks obama had an original thought in this process. The military deserve the credit...not the empty suit.

Wow. Obama can't catch a break. I hate to pull the race card, but there's probably a lot of white folks that just hate black folks and even if we saved your child from a burning car, you wouldn't give us credit and probably would say we had some other's sick the hate you so called Americans spread. It's sad. Someone said Bush as well as Obama deserved credit on this and I agree. Grant Obama some credit for being humble enough to continue with Bush's policies. And thank God, Rush isn't a general. Yeah we could bomb the mansion...but how do we be sure if Bin Laden was actually there...but of course, some people believe all of this is just staged anyway and Bin Laden somewhere...still breathing. Who do you trust?

Rush proves his point. Liberal news wonks are so in awe of Obama that they cannot see the point of Rush's sarcasm. Obama really thinks that He (caps intentional) is the only one smart enough to do this. His 12 minute speech was all about Himself. BHO really thinks that He is the Messiah, a view enhanced by the endless worship of His liberal pals at the LA Times.

"...with what some are saying is a slight tinge of sarcasm in his delivery...."


'cmon you libs, wake up. It was nothing BUT sarcasm. He was sincere about NS6 however, and rightly so. BHO did nothing but sign the paper, as required by law.

come on people, Rusholini (Musolini) was only being his usual self, sarcastic full of poison, vitriolic, ridicule etc, he should be named slanderer in chief, after his first analisys of Obamas speech he devoted the mayority of the program to ridiculing and deriding Obama and praising Bush intead.
Rusholini is nothing but an incendiary agitator and slanderer, all for the love of money wrapped in patriotism, god, the constitution and Saint Ronald

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