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Rush Limbaugh Quotes and Epigrams

compiled by Michael R. Burch

Rush Limbaugh sounds like someone who would rush out on a limb till the delicate bough breaks ... is his name prophetic? After he called women sluts, prostitutes and feminazis for wanting access to contraceptives, his days as a Republican oracle may be numbered. If not, that will only demonstrate how low the GOP and its supporters have sunk. And unfortunately his male chauvinism seems to be par for the course for the GOP, which increasingly acts like a snobbish country club for bigoted white men.

"What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex—what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex."—Rush Limbaugh, referring to Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown Law School student who was denied the right to speak at a congressional hearing on contraception; she had planned to discuss a friend who needed contraceptives to prevent the growth of cysts. (February 29, 2012)

"A Georgetown coed told Nancy Pelosi's hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex they're going broke, so you and I should have to pay for their birth control. So what would you call that? I called it what it is. So, I'm offering a compromise today: I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want. ... So Miss Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here's the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch."—Rush Limbaugh (March 1, 2012)

"She comes to me when she wants to be fed. And after I feed her— guess what—she's off to wherever she wants to be in the house, until the next time she gets hungry. She's smart enough to know she can't feed herself. She's actually a very smart cat. She gets loved. She gets adoration. She gets petted. She gets fed. And she doesn't have to do anything for it, which is why I say this cat's taught me more about women, than anything my whole life."—Rush Limbaugh, saying that women only need to be fed, petted and loved by men

"The only way to reduce the number of nuclear weapons is to use them."

"This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation ... I'm talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You ever heard of the need to blow some steam off?"—Rush Limbaugh, comparing the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal to a college prank

"The phony soldiers."—Rush Limbaugh, talking about U.S. military personnel who support withdrawal from Iraq

"He discusses his service in Iraq, the wounds he suffered there, and he says to me in this ad, 'Until you have the guts to call me a 'phony soldier' to my face, stop telling lies about my service.' You know, this is such a blatant use of a valiant combat veteran, lying to him about what I said, then strapping those lies to his belt, sending him out via the media in a TV ad to walk into as many people as he can walk into."—Rush Limbaugh, comparing  Iraq war veteran Brian McGough to a suicide bomber  

"Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?"

"He is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He's moving all around and shaking and it's purely an act. ... This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn't take his medication or he's acting."—Rush Limbaugh, on actor Michael J. Fox, who shakes because he has Parkinson's disease

"Take that bone out of your nose and call me back."—Rush Limbaugh responding to a black caller he was having a hard time understanding in the 1970s when he worked under the name "Jeff Christie" on a top-40 music program in Pittsburgh, as quoted in Newsday, Oct, 8, 1990

"As far as the media's concerned, Mrs. Obama deserves this. Look at the sordid past. Look at our slave past, look at the discriminatory past. It's only fair that people of color get their taste of the wealth of America too."—Rush Limbaugh, claiming that Michelle Obama taking a vacation is a form of reparations for "our slave past" (Aug. 6, 2010)

"It doesn't look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary dietary advice. And then we hear that she's out eating ribs at 1500 calories a serving with 141 grams of fat ... No, I'm trying to say that our first lady does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue or of a woman Alex Rodriguez might date every six months or what have you."—Rush Limbaugh (Feb. 21, 2011)

"These were highly civil comments for crying out loud. I mean, people are going nuts. USA Today, the Politico. And some people were suggesting that my comments were below the belt. Well, take a look at some pictures. Given where she wears her belts. I mean, she wears them high up there around the bust line. Isn't just about everything about her below the belt when you look at the fashion sense she has?"—Rush Limbaugh, after being criticized for making derogatory comments about Michelle Obama's weight (Feb. 22, 2011)

"What Mr. Loughner knows is that he has the full support of a major political party in this country . . . he knows that . . . the Democrat party is attempting to find anybody but him to blame. He knows if he plays his cards right, he's just a victim. . . . This guy clearly understands he’s getting all the attention and he understands he's got a political party doing everything it can, plus a local sheriff doing everything that they can to make sure he's not convicted of murder—- but something lesser."—Rush Limbaugh on Arizona shooter Jared Loughner (Jan. 11, 2011)

"That cracker made a lot of African-American millionaires."—Rush Limbaugh, on the death of longtime New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner (July 13, 2010)

"[Obama] wouldn't have been voted president if he weren't black. Somebody asked me over the weekend why does somebody earn a lot of money have a lot of money, because she's black. It was Oprah. No, it can't be. Yes, it is. There’s a lot of guilt out there, show we're not racists, we'll make this person wealthy and big and famous and so forth.... If Obama weren't black he'd be a tour guide in Honolulu or he'd be teaching Saul Alinsky constitutional law or lecturing on it in Chicago."—Rush Limbaugh (July 6, 2010)

"When do we ask the Sierra Club to pick up the tab for this leak?"—Rush Limbaugh, blaming the oil spill in the Gulf on the Sierra Club, arguing that the environmental group had driven oil producers off the land to more high-risk situations offshore (May 17, 2010)

"The ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone and left out there. It's natural. It's as natural as the ocean water is."—Rush Limbaugh, on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill  (May 3, 2010)

"Guess what? Faisal Shahzad is a registered Democrat. I wonder if his SUV had an Obama sticker on it."—Rush Limbaugh, lying about the failed Times Square car bomber, who was not registered to vote (May 4, 2010)

"What better way to head off more oil drilling, nuclear plants, than by blowing up a rig? I'm just noting the timing, here."—Rush Limbaugh, suggesting that "environmentalist whackos" deliberately blew up the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, creating one of the biggest environmental disasters in U.S. history, in order to end offshore drilling (April 29, 2010)

"I'm a huge supporter of women. What I'm not is a supporter of liberalism. Feminism is what I oppose. Feminism has led women astray. I love the women's movement — especially when walking behind it."—Rush Limbaugh, referring to the movement of women's bodies from a rear view when he was one of the judges at the 2010 Miss America Pageant ("Fox News' Fox & Friends," February 3, 2010)

"We've already donated to Haiti. It's called the U.S. income tax."—Rush Limbaugh, discouraging donations to relief efforts in Haiti after a devastating earthquake (Jan. 13, 2010)

"This will play right into Obama's hands. He's humanitarian, compassionate. They'll use this to burnish their, shall we say, 'credibility' with the black community— in the both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country. It's made-to-order for them. That's why he couldn't wait to get out there, could not wait to get out there."—Rush Limbaugh, on Haiti earthquake relief (Jan. 13, 2010)

"Obama's got a health care logo that's right out of Adolf Hitler's playbook ... Adolf Hitler, like Barack Obama, also ruled by dictate."—Rush Limbaugh (Aug. 6, 2009)

"Exercise freaks ... are the ones putting stress on the health care system."—Rush Limbaugh (June 12, 2009)

"Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it."—Rush Limbaugh (Jan. 19, 2007)

"Too many whites are getting away with drug use ... Too many whites are getting away with drug sales ... The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them, and send them up the river, too."—Rush Limbaugh (1995)

"I am addicted to prescription pain medication."—Rush Limbaugh (2003)

"Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society."—Rush Limbaugh

"We're not sexists, we're chauvinists—we're male chauvinist pigs, and we're happy to be because we think that's what men were destined to be. We think that's what women want."—Rush Limbaugh

"She sounds like a screeching ex-wife."—Rush Limbaugh, on Senator Hillary Clinton

"I've been racking my brain. I've been trying to figure out how Bob Dole's luggage got on my airplane ... I told the doctor, I said, 'Look, I'm worried about the next election.' ... A misunderstanding."—Rush Limbaugh, after he was detained by custom officials for possessing Viagra with a prescription made out in someone else's name

"They oughtta change Black History Month to Black Progress Month and start measuring it."—Rush Limbaugh

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