The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

05 July 2011

Limbaugh Delivers Iced Tea To Tornado-Damaged Community

A RUSH TO REFRESH

Bearing Gifts, Limbaugh Visits Joplin





*** RUSH'S JOPLIN SPEECH BELOW ***
*** JOPLIN GLOBE COVERAGE ***


Even before Rush Limbaugh's Fourth of July visit to tornado-ravaged Joplin, history had already been made: the New York Times mentioned his planned appearance with just a mild trace of "Tea Party fervor"-style scorn, certainly a first for the Grey Lady.

Following the town's insistence that July 4 celebrations focus on moving forward rather than dwelling on the past, festivities were kept free of disaster planning, Red Cross tents and other reminders of the May 22 calamity.

After Joplin fans won a listener contest, Rush personally delivered 3800 cases of Two If By Tea, his new iced beverage, free of charge to attendees. In addition, the Missouri native was to make a contribution to the tornado relief fund while there.


Your Radio Equalizer caught up with Rush just before his plane landed to get a sense of the visit's aims: "It's all about keeping the spotlight on Joplin, dropping in here personally. The Tea is second, it's just a gift," Limbaugh said.

"I'm personally donating to the relief fund here and am paying all the vendors here $500 each to offset any missed sales because of free tea. [There's a] huge semi-trailer, chilled, with 3800 cases of Two If By Tea. [I'll give] a 25-minute little speech between bands about 8:15 on why America, and Joplin, are unique and great. No politics. No mention of conservative or liberal, Democrat or Republican. It's about the people of Joplin," he added.


Earlier, he explained how Joplin came to win the contest (via All Access):


This really isn't about the tea. We're talking here about American exceptionalism. You ought to see some of the entries. Some of the entries we got were from people not in JOPLIN, suggesting that we go to JOPLIN because of the E5 tornado that literally wiped out two thirds of the city. The people there have been working together as a community to rebuild. They haven't been complaining, they haven't been whining, they've been doing whatever they can on their own. There has been a lot of charitable outreach, but this is how Americans come together in the darkest hour.



Stay tuned for updates on any State-Run Media coverage of the appearance.


UPDATE: RUSH'S JOPLIN SPEECH









4 Comments:

  • El-Rushbo is a Missouri boy, & will always be one. You can move anywhere you want, & as often as you want, but you are from where you are born. I truely believe Limbaugh cares about those who have had their lives blown away in May's F5 storm that hit Joplin, & wharever help he has offered, publically & more importantly, PRIVATELY, should be applauded. My guess is he does all sorts of things & wants no attention for it, which is true charity.

    Well Done El-Rushbo!

    By Anonymous danybhoy, at 05 July, 2011 21:48  

  • Simple question: When is "2 if by Tea" going to be available at my local Ingles grocery store? rca north carolina

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 06 July, 2011 21:22  

  • Rush Limbaugh is truly the most selfish and un-Christian human being to ever achieve so much media success in the USA and for him to use the tornado tragedy in Joplin to promote his product is a new low.

    Chip Shirley
    The Dixie Dove
    CHIPSHIRLEY.COM


    From 1940-80 the wealthiest Americans paid between 70% and 90% in income taxes and that's how we built...the American Dream. Between 1940-80 we fought and paid for WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, we built our entire US Interstate Expressway system and WE WENT TO THE MOON SIX TIMES-AND WE PAID FOR IT ALL!

    By Blogger CHIP, at 09 July, 2011 19:22  

  • Limbaugh, unlike his detractors, is a class act.

    Paying the vendors for lost revenue... imagine ANY liberal even thinking of this. Impossible.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 09 July, 2011 21:55  

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