On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh claimed that the tribute to the NHS during the Olympic opening ceremony was part of a conspiracy to help Obama win reelection.
Transcript via Rush Limbaugh:
LIMBAUGH: Now, the guy who put together the opening ceremony, Danny Boyle, who did Slumdog Millionaire, the movie, he’s a big leftist. They made no secret of this. They actually pulled working nurses out of the hospitals to have ’em participate in the opening ceremony. They honored the Industrial Revolution. They honored unions. This guy decided, okay, we’re gonna put an opening ceremony together of what is good and righteous about the United Kingdom. And, as we’re watching this, and I’m watching this re-creation of the Industrial Revolution, they had these giant smokestacks that came out of the ground. Ah, here we go, global warming, pollution. I started nudging Kathryn, I said, “Here we go. We’re gonna get preached to by a bunch of commie collectivists and so forth.” She said, “Shshshsh, no politics, no politics.”
So I dialed it back, and then the National Health Service thing came. Of all the things that you want to honor. I mean, the people of Great Britain don’t even like the National Health Service! And then it hit me, and then it hit me. It was actually done on behalf of President Kardashian. They did it for Obama. Nobody will convince me otherwise. I mean, they had the cover of doing this and honoring Great Britain, the opening ceremony, but we got a presidential election coming up, three checks away for you welfare recipients, and they honor the National Health Service, and we’re in the midst of a giant controversy. Here, listen to Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, who they got back out of mothballs for this to help coanchor with Matt Lauer. Here they are as the National Health Service is being honored. This is how NBC covered it.
LAUER: Back in the States you might be saying, wait a second. We’re locked in this kind of partisan debate over the future of health care in our own country. Here, they feel so strongly about their health care system, they’re actually celebrating it as part of the Olympic open ceremony.
VIEIRA: These folks that you’re seeing here, the doctors and nurses, they really are doctors and nurses from the National Health Service, dedicating their lives to helping others. That has to be a great moment of pride.
LIMBAUGH: I’m watching this, and I was in stunned disbelief until I realized what the purpose of this was. No, there wasn’t a whole lot of recognition of World War II. There was maybe a little bit of the First World War, World War I, but no, not much. There was nothing about colonialism, obviously. (laughing) The Queen was there, and they cut to the Queen a couple times. She looked like she was clueless. She looked like she didn’t know what was going on.
Rush Limbaugh believes that the tribute to the National Health Service was done intentionally for the political benefit of Barack Obama, because apparently nobody else in the world watches the Olympic opening ceremonies, but Great Britain and the United States.
Limbaugh also claimed that the British hate the National Health Service, which according to a new poll released today isn’t true. The percentage of respondents who said that the NHS works well and only needs minor changes has increased by six points since October 2011, but if people don’t actually hate the NHS, his whole conspiracy falls apart.
Poor Rush was looking for any excuse he could think of to cover up Mitt Romney’s disastrous foreign tour. Limbaugh was trying to sell his listeners on the idea that the British were out to get Romney because they are in the bag for Obama.
It looks like the continued success of the advertiser boycott is causing Rush Limbaugh’s desperation to increase. Either Limbaugh has lost his mind, or he is desperately trying anything to keep himself relevant as advertisers flee.
How hard must it be to be a mentally deranged conservative and see conspiracies against everywhere you go? People like Limbaugh can’t even watch television without their paranoia getting the best of them.
While Mitt Romney disintegrates before our very eyes, Rush Limbaugh is cracking up. In 99 days voters will chose between sanity and a return to the bad acid trip that is Republican leadership.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a 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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