Limbaugh Endorses Himself for President

Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh returned to the airwaves after his holiday break. Rather than endorsing a candidate for president -- something his followers have long speculated about -- Limbaugh promoted himself for the top job, saying that his "experience" criticizing the Clinton administration through the 1990s made him the most qualified candidate:


I want to discuss with you my qualifications, the qualifications that I possess that suggest that it is I, El Rushbo, who can lead you through this difficult period. [...]
For eight years folks, from 1993 through the end of the year 2000, I was there, with Bill Clinton, every day. I advised Clinton on every key issue. I was working behind the scenes to run the country and add to his legacy. I'm not saying he listened to me, but I was there, as were you. [...]
The influence this program exerted on Bill Clinton, should I have chosen to run for president would qualify me more than his wife, ladies and gentlemen. But when those records are released you will see how much of a factor I was in the Clinton White House and how successful I was as the real co-president.
Limbaugh's self-important, self-endorsement is clearly tongue-in-cheek. Even so, Limbaugh's history of outrageous statements and claims is anything but presidential:
- Limbaugh has called American service men and women who criticize the Iraq war "phony soldiers."
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