February 6th, 2010
01:41 PM ET
4 years ago

Limbaugh takes heat for using 'R' word

Special Olympics CEO Tim Shriver is asking Rush Limbaugh to watch his language.
Special Olympics CEO Tim Shriver is asking Rush Limbaugh to watch his language.

(CNN) - Special Olympics CEO Tim Shriver is asking Rush Limbaugh to watch his language.

The request came two days after Limbaugh repeatedly used the word "retard" while talking about White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's own reported use of the offensive term to bemoan liberal activists during a closed-door meeting last year. Emanuel’s comments, first reported in the Wall Street Journal last month, were reportedly directed at liberals opposing President Obama's health care plan.

"Our political correct society is acting like some giant insult has taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, 'retards," Limbaugh said of the report on Wednesday's show. "These liberal activists are kooks, they are looney tunes."

"I am not going to apologize for it, I am just quoting Emanuel… So now there is going to a meeting, there is going to be a retard summit at the White House," Limbaugh also said.

In a letter to Limbaugh Friday, Shriver asks the talk-radio host to take a pledge to no longer use the word.

"In my own experience, when I ask people – be they first graders or media figures – to join in stopping the casual use of the word 'retarded,' they universally agree to do so," Shriver writes in the letter. "Most want to go further: They want to understand better how they can serve as agents of acceptance and dignity."

The letter came days after Shriver and four other disability advocates met with Emanuel at the White House to discuss his alleged use of the word.

"We are thankful to Mr. Emanuel for meeting with us today and hearing our concerns," the group said in a joint statement following the meeting. "He sincerely apologized for his mistake and the pain it caused in our community."


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  1. RTB

    The large one with the pea brain.

    When it comes to emotionally challenged individuals, one has to admit Limbaugh is a the heavy weight.

    Of all people to use the term retard to describe another person with whom one doesn't agree, Limbaugh above all should keep his dumb trap shut.

    February 6, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    It was not Rahm's use of the "R" word that offended me, it was his deleted expletive word that preceded.

    February 6, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. harold

    Sarah Palin.. what do you have to say about Limpbaughs use of the "R" word?..

    February 6, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. VR Paul

    It was not Rahm's use of the "R" word that offended me, it was his deleted expletive word that preceded.

    February 6, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. michael

    Perhaps Limbaugh didn't realize that Palin was the leader of the R-word pack, calling on Obama to fire Emanuel over his use of the word.

    Limbaugh calling Palin a "liberal activist" is a new high in political comedy.

    February 6, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. armando gonzales

    so rush is going to the white house summit...

    February 6, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Rush and his "ditto heads" just don't get it.. It never hurts when you are not the target. Criticizing political correctness is easy when you are not the subject of ridicule or stereotyping.

    February 6, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    Far be it from me to agree with Limbaugh on anything, still we as a people need to really stop being so easily offended. It's getting tired.

    February 6, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. James

    Hey Sarah, now lets be fair, are you going to nail Rush for this kind of language? I really would be surprised if you did!

    February 6, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. moderate in montana

    Rush should start a group to stop the use of A__hole. He would be the first member.

    February 6, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. Stephanie - Maryland

    Thank you Mr. Shriver – CEO. Correcting him for his language. Since prissie ( S. Palin ) was AFRAID to correct him on his behavior on the R word. It shows the character she has become by allowing this person to make these statements abt. her SON in PUBLIC. Prissie needs to wake-up & smell the coffee.

    February 6, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. Rogue

    If Rush wants to say retard he should get to. sarah palin needs to quit trashing Rush & trying to make him look bad. I hope Rush comes after Palin & proves he not she is the voice of our party.

    February 6, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. carlos

    you are not even r......d because your brain capacity has an IQ below plant level..........and the alaska hag with her tail between her legs and not saying a word against her master limpbag..........evil CONServatives

    February 6, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. jay

    Way to carry the water for the White House CNN. Emanuel was the person Rush was repeating and he is the problem! One day soon all this will come to an end

    February 6, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. big fat liar strikes again

    I can't hear you Palin. Or did I miss your call for Rush to be fired? Rush is a lying drug addict and Palin is two faced with no consistent values.

    February 6, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. duh ray ray

    A pig, is a pig,is a pig.

    February 6, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. Aspen Professor

    To quote good ole Rushy Limbaugh - "Our political correct society is acting like some giant insult has taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, 'retards," Limbaugh said of the report on Wednesday's show. "These liberal activists are kooks, they are looney tunes." "I am not going to apologize for it"

    Yup, that's Limbaugh!
    With Limbaugh, lies, arrogance, hypocrisy, and gross stupidity blend with the usual Republican drivel.

    February 6, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. Jim

    I don't get how a retard like Mr. Limbaugh can claim that this was liberal political correctness. Wasn't it Ms. Palin, the darling of the right wing, that demanded that Rahm Emanuel be fired? I think she should show that she is consistent by demanding that Mr. Limbaugh get fired. At least Mr. Limbaugh is consistent: he blames everything on liberals even when right wing nuts are behing it...

    February 6, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. kd

    limbaugh is such an idiot. Really. As dumb and offensive as they come. The fact that he has an audience at all attests to the ignorance of so many Americans

    February 6, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. Cathy in NH

    This has nothing to do with apologies, Republicans or Democrats, but everything to do with respect. Mr.Limbaugh is disrepctful, insensitive and attention-seeking to his own self promotion.

    February 6, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. broderick

    Good job rush u gop clowns are so dum!! God don't like ugly so keep it up so the world can see the party of no the party that hate, hate,hate blacks,latino,jews@ any person of color! What a joke!!

    February 6, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  22. Richard

    The intellectually challenged among include the saps who listen to Limbaugh.

    February 6, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  23. so rich even obama couldn't hurt me but you middle class folk should worry

    I absolutely love Rush! I love how everyone always plays right onto his hand, he manipulates the weak minded and gets them all fired up, if you disagree with this man you have to really look in the mirror and take a personal inventory because he is one smart man, and also a very good honest man.

    February 6, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  24. MARKPAIN

    Waiting on Sarah Palin to blast Limbaugh and ask demand his firing

    February 7, 2010 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  25. chilly

    better apologize to al sharpton too, just in case

    February 7, 2010 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
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