Conservative talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh used his time behind the golden EIB microphone Wednesday to bid his audience farewell in the last broadcast of the year.
An emotional Limbaugh just expressed his gratitude for his family and his loyal audience who have supported him through a difficult year. Last January, America’s Anchorman was diagnosed with stage 4 terminal lung cancer, the Daily Wire reported.
“There’s so much I want to say, and I want to say it correctly,” Limbaugh opened up to his audience, uncharacteristically experiencing what he called “stage fright” about properly conveying his heartfelt gratitude. America’s Anchorman shared how he was in denial when he was first diagnosed. “I mean, I’m Rush Limbaugh. I’m Mister Big of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. I mean, I’m indestructible. I said, ‘This can’t be right,’ but it was,” he told listeners.
“I wasn’t expected to make it to October and then to November and then to December — and yet here I am,” he continued. “Today I’ve got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today. God’s with me today. God knows how important this program is to me today, and I’m feeling natural in terms of energy, normal in terms of energy, and I’m feeling entirely capable of doing it today.”
Rush Limbaugh: “The day is going to come folks when I’m not going to be able to do this. I don’t know when that is.”
An emotional sign off from the legend. pic.twitter.com/QrkHa0LQbj
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The host recalled the moment early in his diagnosis when President Donald Trump awarded him the Medal of Freedom at the State of the Union address in February, and how it made him reflect on the words of baseball legend Lou Gehrig. The New York Yankee called himself the “luckiest man on the face of the earth” as he announced his retirement from baseball after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Limbaugh said he only related after receiving “all of the outpouring of love and affection from everywhere in my life from so many of you in so many ways and from my family — who, man, they have supported me my entire career.”
“And because I have outlived the diagnosis,” the host later went on, “I’ve been able to receive and hear and process some of the most wonderful, nice things about me that I might not have ever heard had I not gotten sick. Again think, how many people who pass away never hear the eulogies, never hear the thank-yous?” Limbaugh said. “I’ve been very lucky, folks, in I can’t tell you how many ways.”
Limbaugh switched gears to beat back President-elect Joe Biden’s message to the country that the “darkest days” are ahead with COVID-19 and the ensuing pessimism from conservatives afraid about their loss of freedoms:
Now, it’s under assault and under attack and we all know this. But I don’t believe our darkest days are ahead of us. I never have. People have been asking, ‘You’ve always told us you’d tell us when it’s time to panic. Is it time?’ It’s never time to panic, folks. It’s never, ever gonna be time to give up on our country. It will never be time to give up on the United States.
It’s difficult to overstate the influence of Limbaugh. Before he rose to prominence in the 1980s, the media was dominated by a leftist ideology with very little opposition. Limbaugh changed all of that with his foray into talk radio. He broadcast on the AM band — which had been cast off as a relic of the past and left to wither and die — turning the medium into a powerhouse and paving the way for others like Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Ben Shapiro, and so many others.
Every one of us in conservative media today owes a debt of gratitude to the pioneer who took the arrows to forge a path for us all — and for that, we thank you, Rush. Godspeed.