February 6th, 2010
01:41 PM ET
5 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. AD

    Wasn't it Sarah Palin, that made the biggest fuss. Who exactly are these liberals attacking Rahm emanuel?

    February 6, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. noakz

    Rush Limbaugh's new sound track is "Let's get retarded in here"

    Talk about calling the kettle black...

    The guy berates drug addicts.... then reveals he is one....

    Condemns liberals as retards... and actively demonstrates he is one ...

    Next he will be coming out of the closet as a liberal....

    Rumor has it in Hawaii that he suffered a heart attack after asking a masseuse for a happy ending…

    February 6, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Bill

    Rush Limbaugh is a self-serving, divisive pundit who doesn't care who he offends as long as he keeps the cash coming in. It's sad some buy into his dishonest rhetoric and bigoted views.

    February 6, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Bill

    While I loathe Rush.
    Whats with he political connectedness b.s. we have to deal with?
    If someone wants to be vulgar and obscene then let them, Quit policing everyone's freedom to express themselves and views. Retards.

    February 6, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. CR

    Why would anyone spend time listening to hate-spewing bigot Limbaugh? When does this character ever have anything positive to say?

    February 6, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. dzamorski

    he is lucky I wasnt there, watch your mouth you have to eat with it

    February 6, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. The (R) stands for Retarded

    Even Sarah wussed out and backed off her remarks. Limbaugh is the defacto leader of the r's and everyone is scared of him, including sister sarah. What a joke...

    February 6, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Texas Granny

    God may strike me for this- but-- I truly wish Rush Limbaugh would just disappear off the face of the earth. The man is beyond stupid & beyond disgusting. He is a pot stirring, narcissistic, self grandizing idiot.

    February 6, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. gary davis harbor oregon

    i don't care to use the R word myself . but it isn't directed to anyone with special handicaps . its used as a word meaning backward or slower and not up to speed . so get over it and lets move on . rush doesn't care who he goes after . he is a sick man . a druggie and is a slob . he only uses bad news , nothing in good taste . anti american jerk , much like Palin and the tea party kooks ,nut jobs racist biggoted freaks :)

    February 6, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Shel in GA

    No surprise here. Limbaugh is one giant ego that has no respect for anyone or anything.

    February 6, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. rasputinslovechild

    I never liked Rush Limbaugh but why must we have so many off limit words? Words are just that, words. Without them we can't properly express ourselves. It's not the words that are offensive but how they are used. If a retard were smart enough to be offended by his use of the word "retard", they probably weren't retarded in the first place!

    February 6, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. neocon

    Why would anyone pay any mind to what a puss gut drug user has to say?

    February 6, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. LaLa

    So I LOVE how Stupid Caribou Barbie REFUSES to denounce Rushbo for his discpicable comments that reached millions of viewer ears (as opposed to Rahm's comment made in private over 6 months ago)! In fact, her spokeswoman actually did the opposite and sent out a release saying that she did NOT have anything to say regarding Limbaugh's disgusting rant...I mean can you believe it?!! I wanted to hope that she would not exploit her beautiful special needs child the way she does her other meal tickets (oops, I mean children), but obviously I was wrong. How sad that she would use her own son ONLY to make a political statement, but in fact really does not care if someone calls him a "retard" as long as that someone has an "R" next to thier name. She should be ashamed of herself; unfortunately this is a woman who knows no shame.

    February 6, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Jonathan

    LImbaugh is a pig and always will be a vile troll.

    February 6, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. marty

    One must remember that, like any addict, Mr. Limbaugh's mind has been compromised and his thinking quite altered. As a result, he lacks any semblance of credibility or reason. He is to be pitied.

    February 6, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Mike K

    If people are going to call for Rahm Emanuel's resignation they MUST call out Rush on the same thing. Where Emanuel used the R word in private(not justifying mind you) Rush used it on air many many times over and over again. To not come down hard on Rush is hypocritical if nothing else.

    February 6, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Ted

    You stay classy, Rush Limbaugh

    February 6, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. joey

    The funny part is that Limbaugh's comments will probably generate more news than the chief of staff saying the same thing. I love america!

    February 6, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Tony in Maine

    I will be surprised if Limbaugh's ego allows the Bloviated One to admit error. I'll bet that he either ignores Shriver's request or uses it as an excuse to go off on another tirade.

    I really hope I'm wrong.

    February 6, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. johnrj08

    OH PUH-LEASE! This screwball has said far worse and gotten away scott-free. The man couches is racist, misogynistic mentality in an ideological context, but he doesn't fool me one bit. The fact so many Americans actually listen to Limbaugh and continue to fatten his wallet is very distressing. It's the 21st century, not the 19th.

    February 6, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Nena

    How long is Limbaugh the wind bag going to be on the air??? This guy only cares about anything if it will keep HIM in the lime light. He's the "R" one out there! Granted people are entitled to their opinion, but,there's a vast difference here.Limbaugh verbally attacks everything,and anyone,just to keep fools listening! Why anyone would want to listen to a admitted drug user[doesn't matter if he found different Doctors to give him scrips-HE BROKE THE LAW !] Since he makes up crazy things on his show,makes one wonder if he's back on ALL those pills,again? What a loser...

    February 6, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. robin kelly

    I think these people are "common sense retards." Grow up and stop making people into victims.

    February 6, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. A keen observer

    Limbaugh is pompous boor who is an embarrassment to his own mother. He is a good illustration of why republicans are doomed to failure. He should be thoroughly rebuked for his insensitive remarks.

    February 6, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. Jonathan Hawkins

    It's amazing old Rush hasen't been arrested. I mean the things that are said on his show by him and his callers amount to domestic terrerorism.

    February 6, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. ken sanders

    They should stick a dirty sock in that man's mouth to match the foulness of what is deeper inside. He is a disgrace to his fellow Americans.

    February 6, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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