Last Friday, President Obama had the unmitigated gall to say of the horrific shooting in Colorado:
My daughters go to the movies. What if Malia and Sasha had been at the theater, as so many of our kids do every day? Michelle and I will be fortunate enough to hug our girls a little tighter tonight, and I’m sure you will do the same with your children. But for those parents who may not be so lucky, we have to embrace them and let them know we will be there for them as a nation.
Sunday evening at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, our President said the following:
Scripture says that “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more. Neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And when you have an opportunity to visit with families who have lost their loved ones — as I described to them, I come to them not so much as President as I do as a father and as a husband. And I think that the reason stories like this have such an impact on us is because we can all understand what it would be to have somebody that we love taken from us in this fashion — what it would be like and how it would impact us.
Now, if you, a normal person, saw or heard or now read Mr. Obama’s remarks, the last thing you would think was that they were motivated by a selfish person, by someone trying to take political advantage of a murderous tragedy. Mr. Obama has two daughters, and naturally he relates the senseless death of murdered, mostly young people to the landmarks in his life, Sasha and Malia.
But, I said, a “normal person” would not think a thing about those remarks in political or diabolical terms. Rush Limbaugh, however, is not a normal person. He is a certifiably disturbing human being, who profits from publicly hating Democrats, those profits coming from sycophants who hang on his every wretched word.
I quote the following at length because it is important to understand that Limbaugh, and the millions of people who continue to make him rich, are morally ugly—goddamned ugly—people. He said of Mr. Obama’s remarks:
Look, I’m mayor of Realville. I deal in the literal. First off, did he say, “My two daughters go to the movies, what if they had been in that theater that night?” Did he say, “I wonder if”? Even if he said, “I wonder if my two daughters had been,” trying to relate to average, ordinary peons just as they might be asking, “Gee, what if my daughters had been there?” Well, without those daughters, would he have a different reaction? What’s the deal here? If his daughters weren’t there, would he have a different reaction? If Trayvon Martin hadn’t been black, would he have had a different reaction to a son that he didn’t have looking like Trayvon Martin? When I read that, when I read that note, I thought, well, this is very typical, this is an egomaniac who really thinks that the people of this country think he is more important than any other human being alive in this country.
And then I said, can he only relate to this through his own flesh and blood? Can he not relate to this with simply the loss that people in that theater have experienced? Folks, I don’t know about you. When I first heard about this, and I don’t have kids, so I didn’t think, “Well, what if my kids had been there?” But I also didn’t think, “Gee, what if my brother had been there? What if my nieces had been?” I’ve got nieces and nephews, I did not think, “Gee, what if they’d been in there?” It wasn’t about me, I guess is my point. Why does everything have to be about this guy, and why does he have to turn everything of noteworthy consequence in this country around so that it’s about him? “My daughters go to the movies. What if Malia and Sasha had been at the theater, as so many of our kids are each day? Michelle and I will be fortunate to hug our kids.” I don’t know. I just don’t know how many people made this about them. That’s my only point.
And my only point is that if you think Rush Limbaugh’s remarks above are appropriate, then you too are one disturbed and disturbing human specimen.