Limbaugh Blames Obama for Michael Jackson’s Death

Today on his radio show Rush Limbaugh said that Michael Jackson, “flourished under Reagan, languished under Clinton and Bush, and died under Obama.” Limbaugh claimed that Jackson’s successes took place under Reagan, so the metaphor is that America flourished under conservatives and is dying due to a Democrat.

Here is the audio from Media Matters:

Limbaugh said, “I have an observation about this Michael Jackson thing, not about the details of his death or something. Jackson’s success, and this is going to really irritate some people which I will enjoy doing. Jackson’s success parallels the rebound of the Unites States under Ronaldus Mangus, I mean Michael Jackson’s biggest successes, and as it turns out final successes real successes, took place in the 1980s, that was Billie Jean, Thriller, and all that.”

Rush continued, “I mean he was as weird as he could be, but he was profoundly because of his weirdness, an individual. He wasn’t a group member. He reached a level of success that may never be equaled. He flourished under Reagan. He languished under Clinton and Bush, and died under Obama. Let’s hope the parallel does not continue.”

Limbaugh later asked what about his statements were not true. Well, we can start with the idea that Michael Jackson was not a group member. It can be argued that the foundation for his entire successful solo career was his membership in the Jackson 5. Secondly, Jackson’s success or failure after the 1980s had nothing to do with the party of the president, and everything to do with a bizarre, scandal riddled, personal life which virtually destroyed his career in the United States.

Rush’s comparison does not work. It doesn’t make sense. Partisan politics can’t be applied to something as random as a celebrity death. Ronald Reagan had as little to do with Jackson’s success, as Obama did with his death. Jackson’s talent made him the world’s biggest star in the 80s, not Ronald Reagan, and Obama did not cause Jackson’s heart trouble.

14 Replies to “Limbaugh Blames Obama for Michael Jackson’s Death”

  1. Leave it up to Mr Puff and Stuff to try to make a bad correlation between Jacko’s death and Obama’s presidency. Only an idiot would even talk this way.

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  3. Russ Linbauogh killed Michael Jackson with his oxycontin…EVERYBODY knows that!!

    Russ is so cute when he’s spinning.

    Russ, I want to have your babies.

    Russ, you are the woman.


  4. … although I think Limbaugh is a complete demagogue, he’s quite accidentally onto something with the first part of his thesis. I think Reagan indeed helped to make possible the career of Michael Jackson — and that of his female counterpart in ’80s pop clout, Madonna — because they represented a reaction to the everything’s-fine, morning-in-America, back-to-the-50s zeitgeist the Reaganites tried to promote. When there’s no political outlet, which is certainly the way it felt by the time Reagan won re-election, those whose feelings and opinions run against the tide often turn to the arts, popular and otherwise, for expression. An androgynous, high-voiced male dancer promoting an idealistic liberalism (cf. the video for Man in the Mirror) and a woman brazenly promoting her own sexuality were perfectly positioned as rebukes to Reaganism. That’s always easier to pull off against conservative establishment than a liberal one, so in a way, Reagan did help their careers. Not quite the connection Limbaugh was intending to make, though …

  5. Limbaugh doesn’t exactly claim Obama caused Jacko’s demise, there is no causal link like the stupid one he made between Obama and Sanford’s adultery. He is really comparing the rise and fall of Jackson’s career… sort of… with the various presidencies.

    But as usual, he is incomplete. No reference to the formative years, Jackson being a late boomer born during the Eisenhower administration; no reference to Camelot and Kennedy, or Johnson and either the Civil Rights movement or Viet Nam contributing to Jackson’s development. Nothing about Nixon, Ford or Carter either? After all, Jackson started singing at a VERY early age; his career did span some of those other presidencies as well. Why miss the full panorama?

    Maybe because it would underline how poor the metaphor is, and detract from the Reagan reference?

    At least we were spared any racist comments about both Jackson and Obama being black. No we have that to look forward to, as the day of the funeral circus approaches.

  6. If one really parses Rush’s statement it could be read as only under a Ronald Reagan could a drug using pedophile find success.

  7. Michael Jackson was not a Boomer, but rather part of Generation Jones, born 1954-1965, between the Boomers and GenXers, as many prominent commentators have noted.

  8. Using the same line of thinking as the “Hush”..

    I have an observation about the “Rush Limbaugh thing”..

    His CAREER flourished under Reagan. He languished under Clinton and Bush, and it died under Obama. Let’s hope the parallel continue’s!!

    Michael Jackson was a success across all lines. He was LOVED by black/white, gay/straight, Rep/Dem/Independent, American/World, Old/Young, Educated/uneducated, Men/Woman, etc…

    Rush, you can’t get a majority of a single one of those groups to even listen to you. Shoot, you would have a hard time argueing that a single one of those groups has 10% that can even “tolorate” you, let alone LOVE you.

    Now i understand you are trying to talk Oboma down, and “supossedly” not MJ, so how about Obama? Do you have a higher “tolerance” rating with any of those named groups than Obama? Nope. Your own party supports Obama more than you. (not that that is saying much)

    Proven devient, and proven drug abuser = RUSH
    Suspected drug user, EQUITED devient = MJ…
    My loyalties lay with MJ, and for that matter Obama.

    RIP MJ!!

  9. you just continue supporting the klan and infatuating those poor uncultivated hillbillies who embrace you and your massive stupidity.
    “Rush Limbaugh Arrested On Drug Charges”,
    IT’S TOO BAD that you didn’t succomb to your drug use, isn’t it, I guess your body is accustomed to this type of long term abuse or absorbed by your extra pounds.

    stay stupid!!!

  10. Excuse me, but you are taking what Rush said and twisting it all out of proportion. Rush was merely commenting on how his life had progressed. If McCain had won the election and Mike died, it would have been the same thing. Also, there is a side that a majority of people do love him. That would be the Conservatives. You Liberals just change the story to hurt Rush, because he is right and your wrong.

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