Thursday, January 14, 2010

Rush, too, of course

Yesterday I mentioned Pat Robertson's out-there comments on the earthquake. I missed Rush Limbaugh's predictable take.

Here's how CBS News relays it:

"In the face of utter devastation across Haiti following a huge earthquake, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves yesterday to blast President Obama for his response to the crisis.

"The disaster enables Mr. Obama to highlight his 'compassionate' and 'humanitarian' credentials and to 'boost his credibility with the black community,' Limbaugh said.

"He also decried the White House's promotion of charitable organizations through which people can contribute to the disaster relief. 'We've already donated to Haiti,' he said. 'It's called the U.S. income tax.'

"White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs at his daily press briefing today criticized Limbaugh's remarks.

"'I think in times of great crisis, there are always people that say really stupid things,' Gibbs said. 'I don't know how anybody -- I don't know how anybody could sit where he does, having enjoyed the success that he has, and not feel some measure of sorrow for what has happened in Haiti. I think to use the power of your pulpit to try to convince those not to help their brothers and sisters is sad.'"

CBS reported that Obama's initiatives have bipartisan support in Congress.
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