Rush Limbaugh has a children’s book coming: FAQ

September 5, 2013
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Rush Limbaugh (Ron Edmonds / The Associated Press)

Rush Limbaugh announced today on his radio show that he has a book on the way this fall (Oct. 29): “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans.”

OK, that’s not the most self-explanatory book title in literary history, so let’s do a little FAQ here:

Q: Who is “Rush Revere”?

A: That would be the Rush Limbaugh character that fronts the radio host’s outfit Two If By Tea. Here’s the full explanation from the Two If By Tea website: “Rush Revere is a modern-day Paul Revere who rides around America espousing fundamental American values.
He is a close friend of Rush Limbaugh who sounds the alarm that The Liberals Are Coming!™ Dressed in attire from the American Revolution he recalls the early days of the new Republic. An illustration capturing Rush Revere on his horse graces every bottle of Two If By Tea®.”

Q: Can Rush Limbaugh write?

A: That’s always a subjective question, but Limbaugh has written previous books: “See, I Told You So” (1993) and “The Way Things Ought to Be” (1992). They sold well.

Q: What prompted Rush Limbaugh to write this book?

A: His wife, Kathryn. From Limbaugh’s show today:

She said, “You know, you’re always talking about how history is being mistaught. You’re right. You’re always talking about what kids are learning these days, and they’re not learning about the greatness of America. They’re not learning about the founding days. They’re not learning the right things about the people, the great people, the exceptional people who founded this country.” And she said, “Why don’t you write a book for kids? A series of books for kids, maybe — see how the first one goes — that sets the record straight on American history.”

Q: What’s this thing about?

A: Limbaugh described it in his show as “just the truthful history of the Pilgrims, who they were, where they came from, why they came here, what happened when they got here. The true story of Thanksgiving. There’s no politics in this.”

Q: Much of what Rush Limbaugh says is rooted in a political worldview. Does this book have an agenda?

A: Not according to its author, who said today, “It’s written honestly, and it does not have an agenda.”

Q: Really?

A: Well, there’s something of a mission to it, if you trust Limbaugh’s own representations. The book is aimed at solving what he sees as a problem with American education. “It is a unique way of reaching the target audience here, which is America’s young people — who are, sadly, not being taught what is in this book. And what’s in this book is the historical record, accurate historical record of the Pilgrims. It’s who they were, why they existed, where they were, how they got here, what they did when they got here, and what they did and why it mattered and related to the founding of this country.”

Q: Did Limbaugh manage to elbow President Obama in discussing his book on the pilgrims?

A: Yes. To the transcript:

We live in an amazing free country, founded by people with unwavering spirit and determination to triumph, regardless of the hardships and obstacles they faced. … But our president, President Obama, recently said exceptional Americans are few and far between. Do you remember that? There was some discussion, as there often is, “No, Rush. That’s not what he really meant.” Well, maybe not, but he said it. And the fact is, way too many people believe it. Way too many people believe that prosperity, success, or whatever is an exception now, that it really is impossible — and it’s not, folks.

Q: What’s the audience for this book?

A: Children. And everyone. According to Limbaugh.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.
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