On his radio show today Rush Limbaugh accused President Barack Obama of trying to hijack Thanksgiving week by holding a state dinner two days before the holiday. Limbaugh asked, “Has any president ever tried to hijack Thanksgiving week with a state dinner two days before Thanksgiving?”
Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
Limbaugh said, “I have another question, and this question is going to irritate some people which is why I am asking it. Have you ever, do you ever remember a big White House state dinner during Thanksgiving week, a uniquely American holiday. Do you remember, has any president ever tried to hijack Thanksgiving week with a state dinner two days before Thanksgiving. I’m surprised he didn’t do it on Wednesday night, or Thursday night. The Indian prime minister must have to get back home and deal with the nukes in Pakistan.”
Since when did the entire week of Thanksgiving become a holiday? The only holiday on the calendar is on Thursday, so how is Obama hijacking Thanksgiving by intentionally holding a state dinner two days before the holiday? Limbaugh’s not so subtle point is that Obama is not an American because he is daring to do his job on Thanksgiving week.
I suppose that a real American president would display his leadership by already being at his ranch in Crawford clearing brush and pretending to be a cowboy. I guess real American presidents aren’t supposed to stay in Washington and do their job. Notice the use of the loaded word hijack. Who hijacks? Terrorists hijack. Limbaugh is not only questioning Obama’s patriotism, but also comparing him to a terrorist.
Limbaugh is trying to expand the right wing’s war on Christmas to include Thanksgiving, because how else can liberals ever capture Christmas if they don’t win Thanksgiving first. As far as Thanksgiving being a uniquely American holiday goes, somebody better tell Canada because they celebrate Thanksgiving too.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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