There’s a kind of jokey, lack of seriousness to a lot of what Rush Limbaugh does that I find appealing. Even when he says something seemingly offensive, it’s hard to get too angry since it always feels like the worst bits are just a put on and you can imagine Limbaugh half-laughing as he says them. In fact, some of the few times we actually thought he was being sincere, we’ve quickly been called fools for believing him.
That’s why it’s refreshing to hear Limbaugh drop all pretense and deliver a truly touching tribute to Steve Jobs, a man he clearly respected an enormous deal.
Limbaugh spoke at length about his feeling that we lose much in life after losing the ability to feel true child-like wonder with the world around us. And he explained that, even at 60, he was still able to feel that wonder again thanks to the products Jobs and his team at Apple created. He called Jobs a perfect symbol of “American exceptionalism.”
Limbaugh went so far as to say that he didn’t even care what the man’s personal politics were:
“Over these 23 years, each time I would discuss Apple products, a new one I couldn’t wait to get or one that I was having problems with or was frustrated with, I would always get emails from people. ‘Would you stop talking about Apple? Nothing but a bunch of Liberals! I don’t want to hear about Apple! Why do you talk about Jobs? He’s nothing but a Liberal!’ And I talk about Apple and Jobs because I love greatness. I just love greatness. I am fascinated by it. I am intrigued by how it happens. I am intrigued by every aspect of greatness and excellence because it’s so genuinely rare. It is genuinely rare and exciting. I am mesmerized by it and I am inspired by it.”
Steve Jobs made such an impact on this planet that he was able to get Rush Limbaugh to forget about politics. If that isn’t a testament to the man, I don’t know what is.
Listen to the clip below:
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