SOTU, First Lady Presents Rush Limbaugh With Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Henrietta Strickland
February 5, 2020

In a surprise move that few people saw coming during President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address, conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh was awarded the United States' highest civilian honor - the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Trump thanked Limbaugh, credited for helping advance a Republican takeover of Congress in the early 1990s, for his dedication to the country and his listeners. A date for the ceremony has not been announced. The radio host has been an outspoken supporter of Trump on the air waves and the two have interacted many times, recently dining together at the president's Florida golf club. There is nobody like him. "But, there are going to be days that I'm not going to be able to be here, because I will be undergoing treatment or I'm reacting to treatment".

Limbaugh has frequently been accused of hate-filled speech, including bigotry and blatant racism through his comments and sketches such as "Barack the Magic Negro", a song featured on his show that said former President Barack Obama "makes guilty whites feel good" and called Obama "black, but not authentically".

As President Trump continued his speech, Limbaugh could not help but admire the medal he wore, according to Daily Caller reporter Henry Rodgers, who referred to the scene as "a really moving moment". "You know you just can't - you can't immediately discount this". I like this program to be about you and the things that matter to all of us. "It's a struggle for me because I had to inform my staff earlier today". I can not escape... (the feeling that I'm) letting everybody down with this.

"So this has happened, and my intention is to come here every day I can and to do this program as normally and as competently and as expertly as I do each and every day, because that is the source of my greatest satisfaction professionally, personally".

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