ABC News’ Steven Portnoy reports: Derision of the president on his program is nothing new, but Rush Limbaugh’s tone yesterday may have struck the ears of regular listeners as particularly disdainful, taking his contempt of the president to a new level.
The nation’s preeminent conservative talk radio host referred to Mr. Obama as the English equivalent of a ‘chamor,’ an “economic illiterate” and an “idiot, where capitalism is concerned.”
The rough stuff came during a monologue on the president’s position on extending the Bush tax cuts to all but the top two percent of wage earners.
Obama, Limbaugh says, is an “economic ignoramus” for not understanding how a “tax increase” on the wealthy won’t stimulate growth.
Quoting an AP article from yesterday, Limbaugh pointed out Obama’s remarks at a meeting of his Economic Recovery Advisory Board that the wealthy would “take our ball and go home” if their tax cuts aren’t extended.
Limbaugh then addressed the following line to the president directly:
“Mr. Obama, our imam-child, they have already taken their trillion dollar ball home, and they’re sitting on it, you [chamor].”
(Limbaugh’s been calling the president “Imam Obama” for several months now.)
“Extend the tax cut to everybody, and you’ll inspire confidence,” Limbaugh argued, saying that added degree of certainty would free business to spend some of the capital they’re holding onto and hire people, “which, once upon a time, we were told, was Obama’s top priority.”
For not getting this, “He’s a [chamor]. He’s an economic illiterate. He’s an economic ignoramus.”
“And that’s being charitable,” Limbaugh said.