As NewsBusters reported moments ago, MSNBC's Richard Wolffe said Wednesday that House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Oh.) request for Barack Obama to reschedule next week's jobs address might have been due to the color of the President's skin.
On his radio program Thursday, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh responded by saying, "If they ever do a colonoscopy on Obama, they're gonna find Richard Wolffe's head there" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
RUSH LIMBAUGH, HOST: We have a montage from PMSNBC. The Reverend Al Sharpton and some radio host Mike Papantonio and Lawrence O'Donnell.
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AL SHARPTON: Is Rush Limbar (sic) calling the shots here? Did Rush go on radio and Boehner respond?
MIKE PAPANTONIO: Boehner -- who is the voice of the Republican Party, he's part of that echo chamber. Rush Limbaugh wants this president to fail.
O'DONNELL: Speaker Boehner ultimately took the advice Rush Limbaugh gave him.
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RUSH. I say to you, ladies and gentlemen: I once again have become a titular head of the Republican Party, calling the shots. (chuckling) Did you hear Sharpton say "Rush Limbar"? Al Sharpton. It wasn't finished there on MSNBC. On the Last Word, Lawrence O'Donnell speaking to the author Richard Wolffe who's just a... If they ever do a colonoscopy on Obama, they're gonna find Richard Wolffe's head there. Richard Wolffe is a big author and just a big Obama apologist. Anyway he's talking to Lawrence O'Donnell about me saying yesterday that Boehner should tell Obama that he can't have September 7th to speak before a joint session. O'Donnell says, "Is this the night I have to begin this program by saying, 'Rush Limbaugh is right, the president was trying to upstage a Republican debate'? Is there any real working theory to the contrary?"
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WOLFFE: No, you don't have to say the -- Rush Limbaugh is right. Duhh, this is obviously a campaign season, and the next day was a football game and -- and who really cares, anyway? You can schedule both on the same day. Doesn't have to be the same time. The interesting question is, "What is it about this president that has stripped away the veneer of respect that normally accompanies the office of the president? Why do Republicans think this president is unpresidential and should dare to request this kind of thing?" It strikes me it could be the economic times, it could be that he won so big in 2008, or it could be -- let's face it -- the color of his skin.
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RUSH: Now, Mr. Wolffe, if you hang in there and be tough -- if you listen -- I've got a great piece by Shelby Steele here that explains this, and I love the piece because it expands on things that I have said. "Obama and the Burden of Exceptionalism," and basically what he says Mr. Wolffe is that Obama as a child of the sixties views this country as sinful, that its exceptionalism was ill-gotten, that it didn't deserve -- this country never deserved -- its exceptionalism and that it's Obama's job to preside happily over the decline of this country. That is the answer to your question, "What is it about this president that has stripped away the veneer of respect?" We don't respect him because he doesn't respect the country!
We don't respect him because he's trying to reverse centuries of greatness in this country. You know, I said yesterday, "They would never ask Bush or Clinton any of these questions, because Bush or Clinton would not have suggested a joint session on the night of either a Democrat or Republican debate, respectfully. So there's your answer, Mr. Wolffe, although I'll have more detail for you as the program unfolds. But basically the people of this country understand that they have elected a president who doesn't believe in its greatness, who doesn't believe in its exceptionalism, who thinks this country deserves to be in decline because our exceptionalism was ill-gotten. That's why. As a Brit, I don't expect you to understand that.
Limbaugh fans should recall that a few weeks ago, the conservative host asked, "Next time Obama has a colonoscopy, I wonder who they'll find in there. Which NBC personality will show up first?"
At the moment, the winner appears to be Wolffe, but with the number of Obama-loving sycophants out there, this can change on an hourly basis.