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Legendary radio show host Rush Limbaugh captivated conservative hearts across the country Wednesday by delivering a touching, poignant, sincere and emotionally laden final speech for 2020 profusely thanking his family and fans for all the support.
What made the speech particularly moving was Limbaugh’s acknowledgment that it could conceivably be his final words to the world. It’s been nearly a year since he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, which he himself has admitted is usually “terminal.”
“The day’s gonna come, folks, where I’m not gonna be able to do this. I don’t know when that is. I want to be able to do it for as long as I want to do it. I want to, but the day will come where I’m not going to be able to,” he said.
“And I want you to understand that even when the day comes, I’d like to be here. ‘Cause I have this sense of needing to constantly show my appreciation for all that you have done and meant to me.”
Thank You @RealRLimbaugh & God Bless You
“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.”
“I want you to understand that even when the day comes, I’d like to be here.”
“I wish there was a way to say it other than thank you.” pic.twitter.com/XYkmHXZ5P6
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) December 24, 2020
Of course, this doesn’t mean Limbaugh’s out of the running yet. Not by a long shot. Though he confessed on Oct. 19th that there had been “some progression” of cancer despite all the treatments he’d thus far received, he’s remained stalwart in his fight to live — not only for himself but the millions of people who love him.
“I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today. … God knows how important this program is for me today,” he reportedly said earlier during Wednesday’s program.
Like he tweeted on Oct. 20th after being flooded with supportive emails, “Fear not, I plan to hang around a long time to continue to annoy the left.”
Damn straight …
Thank you so much for your overwhelming encouragement, support, and prayers out there. They absolutely work! Fear not, I plan to hang around a long time to continue to annoy the left.
— Rush H. Limbaugh (@RealRLimbaugh) October 19, 2020
Prior to Limbaugh’s speech Wednesday, a caller absolutely stunned him by telling him how he reminds him of his deceased father.
“[T]his summer in January, me and my son were out in Colorado with my daughter spending time. We’re moving her out there, and like clockwork, I plug you in, and I turn you on, and I had my kids come down on me. ‘Why do you listen to him? Why do you listen to this?’ We all think alike politically and stuff like that,” the caller said.
“That forced me to take an honest look at why I really listen to you. Like I said, it comes down to I already know what you’re gonna say sometimes. It even comes down to pouring the cream before coffee, that we’ve been alike. And I realized at that point that I just need to hear your voice. I listen to you because you remind me of my dad.”
“You are a dad to me,” the man continued, choking up as he spoke.
“I don’t hear your voice, and I’m down on my knees praying for you all the time. And I try to lift you up in prayer. And it’s like definition of love, how you spell love, and it’s called t-i-m-e. ‘Cause there’s nothing that you have that I want more than to hear your voice. And I just wanted to let you know that.”
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your incredible messages and words of encouragement.
“Praying for you Rush and for our country and thanking God we have you in our lives!” Daniel, Michigan pic.twitter.com/H6RDrcOgVU
— Rush H. Limbaugh (@RealRLimbaugh) December 17, 2020
Many Americans feel similarly, though as Limbaugh noted during his final 2020 speech, the feeling is mutual.
“That last call. That reminds me how much I love all of you, how much I so appreciate everything you’ve meant to me and my family,” the radio show host explained.
“You don’t have any idea how… I know so many people think this program has changed their lives for the better. You have no idea what you all have meant to me and my family.”
Limbaugh has been married to Kathryn Adams Limbaugh since 2010. Besides being his other half, she’s also a co-author of Limbaugh’s “Rush Revere” series of books.
He concluded his speech by wishing everybody a wonderful Christmas and New Year — as well as a year that, he noted, “has to be better” than this garbage year.
“So I hope you all have a great Christmas, a great New Year, and I hope that the things that are in store for all of us in the coming year are certainly better than what we have endured in 2020,” he said.
“I don’t know too many people who’ve enjoyed 2020. There are probably some sickos out there who have. But 2021 has to be better. We’re gonna try to make it that way here at the EIB Network. Again, folks, thank you so much. I wish there were a way to say it other than ‘thank you.’ You’re just the best. My family is just the best. Thank you. Merry Christmas, everybody, from all of us to all of you. Make it happen!”
Merry Christmas to you too, Rush, and don’t forget your vow “to hang around a long time to continue to annoy the left,” because your wisdom and scathing tongue will most definitely be needed come the new year.
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