The more you listened to the conservative prose of Rush Limbaugh, the more you were proud to be an American. He had that special, albeit brash, aura about him that exuded confidence, control. It was evident in his daily radio show intro, following the theme song, which was an instrumental version of “My City is Gone,” by The Pretenders. Rush would begin each show with, “Firmly ensconced behind the Golden EIB Microphone in the prestigious Attila the Hun Chair at the Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies.” EIB was an acronym for excellence in broadcasting.
Limbaugh was one of a kind. He was not only the godfather of conservative talk radio, but probably talk radio in general. He educated generations from all ilks of life on the values of faith and family, touting the virtues of small government, liberty and the Constitution. He was there to thwart assaults on the first and second amendments, and to spread the evil of onerous taxation and frivolous spending.
To take in an episode of Limbaugh’s daily show was akin to the gratification you get from reading a fine novel or watching one of the film classics. Interspersed in his daily discourse were his popular Rushisms. Following many a commercial break, he would launch his next segment with, “I’m your host Rush Limbaugh, with half my brain tied behind my back just to make it fair.” Or he would refer to himself as “Talent on loan from God.” He often qualified his comments by saying, “When I talk about myself it’s satirical.”
When quoting public figures, he often would attempt to impersonate them the best he could, such as President Clinton’s southern drawl or President Obama’s choppy delivery. He sometimes called himself El Rushbo, The Fourth Branch of Government and A Weapon of Mass Instruction. Love him or hate him, he commanded much respect behind the EIB mic. The world has lost an icon and he will be missed. RIP dear patriot.
In the following video, President Trump breaks his self-imposed silence and reacts to Limbaugh’s death on Fox News.