Leave it to conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh to make the best observation yet about the phony scandal surrounding a rodeo clown wearing a Barack Obama mask this weekend.
On his radio show Wednesday, Limbaugh marvelously said, "This is no different than those countries reacting freakishly when there were cartoons of the prophet Mohammed" (video follows courtesy Daily Rushbo with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):
RUSH LIMBAUGH: This Missouri clown situation is so out of hand and out of proportion, and I'm gonna tell you what this is like, and I'm not gonna pull any punches. This is no different than those countries reacting freakishly when there were cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. That is exactly what this is. It is as though President Obama is a messiah or is a god and this little thing that happened at the Missouri State Fair is a defamation, a denunciation, almost a religious sacrilege that took place
He's the president of the United States! They get made fun of! They get laughed at all the time! Fun is poked at 'em. I know this happens to be the first African-American one, but that should not insulate this president from standard, ordinary, everyday treatment, analysis, whatever. You know, you people on the left, who the hell do you think you are? You can't laugh. You can't take a joke. You can't take a punch. You can't take anything. One little thing that you don't like and this clown can never work, everybody involved is resigning, the state of Missouri might secede from the union. I mean, where's this gonna end? Well, I'm joking about the state of Missouri seceding, bit I wouldn't be surprised if that was the next thing.
If I were the president of the United States and this was happening in the country that I was president, I would put a stop to this. This is infantile. This is childish. This is worse than political correctness. It's almost as though the president of the United States is a religious leader. What took place at the Missouri State Fair was with a clown. I mean, it wasn't as though some serious journalist or political analyst went out there in an Obama mask. It wasn't like a Democrat doing a minstrel show, like good old Mel Carnahan did back in 1960 in Missouri.
I mean, this is over the top. And the way people are caving on this in Missouri, instead of standing up and pointing out this for what it is. This wasn't a sacrilege; it's a joke, for crying out loud. And presidents are laughed at, and they're poked fun of. Ask George W. Bush. Ask Ronald Reagan. Ask George H. W. Bush. Ask Clinton, for crying out loud.
This burns me. This is outrageous. This is no different than what happened in all those countries that had the cartoons of the prophet and militant Muslims had a cow over it, went nuts. It's exactly what's happening here. What do we have, a president of the United States who is above all this? We have a president who's above criticism, above being mocked, above being laughed at? We have not just a president, we have an entire Democrat political party and the American left which thinks that they are so damn special that they cannot be mocked, they cannot be made fun of.
There's a great quote by C. S. Lewis. You know who C. S. Lewis was. See, if I even quote C. S. Lewis I'll get myself in a little bit of trouble here. I'd have to paraphrase. I don't have it right in front of me. C. S. Lewis said the devil can't stand being made fun of. The devil can't stand being mocked. He actually used the word "mocked." You people on the left, I know you don't have the capacity for shame, but this is just absolutely -- a clown now fearing for his life? Everybody involved in the fair quitting. The state of Missouri acting like it's profoundly embarrassed to be alive. A bunch of people with nothing better on their hands to do, running around trying to make a federal, big, gigantic issue out of this.
Who cares if it was offensive. To who? Haven't heard Obama complain about it. It's like I'm saying, if I were the president of the United States, and I saw what this was doing, I'd put a stop to it. The next time I was on TV, I'd reference it. I'd have a smile on my face, I'd laugh about it, and I'd have everybody calm down. A little leadership. But, no, this guy, I am convinced he's right in there with all this punishment. He's right in there with all these people being taken out because of this, because he's above being made fun of, he's above being mocked, he's above being criticized. I have no doubt about that.