If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Such may be the case of Rush Limbaugh’s broadcast Monday, in which he heaped praise on President Obama, thanking God for Obama’s direction in the plot to kill Osama bin Laden. Limbaugh, better known for disparaging the president and Democrats on his radio talk show, appeared to have changed his tune. But the seeming new era of bipartisanship lasted only a few hours: Limbaugh was being sarcastic.
The conservative commentator opened his radio program by “congratulating President Obama” for doing “something extremely effective” — killing bin Laden. Limbaugh went on to praise Obama for being the only person to insist on getting DNA for proof and for not bombing the compound where bin Laden was hiding: “Thank God for President Obama. If he had not been there, who knows what would have happened?”
Many outlets — including this one, this one and this one — jumped on these comments and reported them as sincere. However, it seems they were not. “‘I,’ ‘me,’ ‘my’ — three of the most-used words in President Obama’s media appearance last night. Not a single intelligence adviser, not a single national adviser, military adviser came up with the idea,” Limbaugh later said, effectively squashing the possibility of a shift in his rhetoric.
(The Post’s Glenn Kessler wrote about how much credit he believes President Obama deserves)
During the broadcast, Limbaugh mixed up the names Osama and Obama at least two times during the broadcast — a fairly common mistake Monday.
It seems that not even the death of Osama bin Laden can unite all Americans.