The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

28 May 2007

Bill Clinton, Rush Limbaugh Meet, Middlebury College Speech

'99.9% THE SAME'

Clinton Gives His Account Of Rush Restaurant Encounter

Two weeks after it happened, a chance encounter between two political superstars is still making news.

What did Bill Clinton think about meeting Rush Limbaugh for the first time? A joke delivered during a college graduation address yesterday provides new insight.

For liberal supporters of the ex- president, the news may or may not be good. Clinton's remarks, delivered at Vermont's Middlebury College, could be read in a number of different ways.

From Middlebury College's press release:

The former president said that while our differences may make life more interesting, our common humanity matters more. Said Clinton, “So much of the world’s difficulties today are rooted in the rejection of that simple premise.”

He said that following the terrorist bombings in London in 2005, what really shook the British was that the people responsible were British citizens. The bombers, Clinton said, believed that our differences were more important than whatever we could have in common.

He pointed to the human genome project, an attempt to determine the entire genetic makeup of human beings, which has shown us that our genes are 99.9 percent the same.

“I met (conservative talk-radio host) Rush Limbaugh the other night in New York. And I was tempted, after all the terrible things he’s said about me, to tell him that we’re 99.9 percent the same. I was afraid the poor man would run weeping from the restaurant. And so I let it go.”

If Clinton really thought Limbaugh would run away crying, he doesn't know much about the opposition, does he? Rush clearly isn't afraid of the ex- president. And wouldn't it be safe to assume he's seen the same news reporting regarding our genetic makeup?

Beyond that, what was Bubba truly trying to get across? If it's safe to read between the lines, perhaps the real message is that Clinton's true viewpoints aren't so different from Rush's after all.

Another possibility: it could be Bill's way of saying "hey buddy, I know you like to party just as much as I do, let's go pick up some chicks."

Either way, given what we know about Clinton, there had to be more to this thought process than just the issue of genetics. And far from crying, Limbaugh is probably having a good laugh right about now.

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  • Good Post.

    By Blogger Yankee Biz, at 28 May, 2007 02:38  

  • For liberal supporters of the ex- presiden

    Liberals supporting Clinton? He is not a liberal, MODERATES SUPPORT CLINTON, liberals tolerate him.

    Clinton is only a liberal to somoeone to the right of Pinochet

    By Blogger Jared, at 28 May, 2007 16:22  

  • I agree Rush is not scared of Clinton.... Rush is more scared of flashing sirens behind his car. It is illegal to drive on Oxycotin

    By Blogger Jared, at 28 May, 2007 16:23  

  • College drop-out Rush couldn't hold Clinton's Oxford Degree.

    Heck, he probably doesn't even know what a Rhodes Scholar is.

    Oh, and unlike Rush, allegedly arrested years ago for bathroom sex, Clinton actually has normal sexual urges.

    Unlike, say, Ken Starr, who must be closted=gay as the day is long to act the way he does.

    And I say this as a proud, gay Democrat.

    By Blogger metrodorus, at 28 May, 2007 22:18  

  • Clinton signing the Telecommunications Act of 1996 is the best thing that ever happened to Rush. Lowry Mays has his draft dodger turned hawk water carriers on more stations than ever

    By Blogger jr, at 29 May, 2007 05:05  

  • "Clinton signing the Telecommunications Act of 1996 is the best thing that ever happened to Rush."

    This is true.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 29 May, 2007 09:43  

  • What a bunch of Maroons, as Bugs Bunny would say.

    Metro, where is Clinton's Oxford degree? I know he was a Rhodes scholar, but he spent more time organizing anti-America protests than studying.

    By Blogger PCD, at 29 May, 2007 10:54  

  • I can see Rush slowly crack a huge smile, and then say, "It cuts both ways, Bill."

    No, Clinton's not as think as he clevers he is.

    By Blogger ytba, at 29 May, 2007 19:20  

  • "College drop-out Rush couldn't hold Clinton's Oxford Degree." -- metro odious

    The measure of a man is more than the yardstick of a fool.

    Some go to college, some to trade school. So what? A success is still a success, whether he has a college degree, trade school degree, or learned his skill at OJT.

    Rush is a success and your idiotic ad hominem attack (so typical of the Left) would be ok if coupled with anything of substance. But it's not because the Left has nothing of substance, so all they can do is argue like children who can't think beyond calling names.

    It only proves your immaturity and ignorance, not his.,+bio&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=17&gl=us

    By Blogger ytba, at 29 May, 2007 19:51  

  • Oh, yes, a short word on the importance of a college degree.

    In my home town there was a VA hospital which was primarily a mental institution. There was once an inmate who went out on a 'day pass' and didn't come back that night. It was a particularly cold winter night, and he apparently had gotten drunk, fell asleep in a nearby woods and froze to death. Very tragic.

    What's the point? Well, this guy didn't just have one degree, but two, and I'm sure Bubba could not have "held" either of that guy's PhD's, let alone one. They were from Harvard and MIT.

    A degree isn't as think as you important it is, "man."

    By Blogger ytba, at 29 May, 2007 20:56  

  • Patriot World, it's easy for you to say that, when you can claim victimization based on your condition, and demand a make-work job in return.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 31 May, 2007 12:46  

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