Limbaugh's purported translation of Obama statement on Clinton: "I don't know why the B-I-itch is staying in"

››› ››› ANNE SMITH

On his radio program, after airing comments by Sen. Barack Obama, in which he stated, "Senator Clinton can run as long as she wants," Rush Limbaugh said: "Can I translate that for you? 'I don't know why the B-I-itch is staying in. I feel like a damn hostage here. But I can't say it because she's a woman. And if I say that, they're going to jump down in my throat for being a sexist.'"

On the March 31 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh played a clip of Sen. Barack Obama's comments during a March 29 campaign stop in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in which Obama said, "My attitude is that Senator Clinton can run as long as she wants. Her name's on the ballot and she is a fierce and formidable competitor and she obviously believes that she would make the best nominee and the best president. I think that, you know, she should be able to compete and her supporters should be able to support her for as long as they are willing or able." Limbaugh then stated: "Can I translate that for you? 'I don't know why the B-I-itch is staying in. I feel like a damn hostage here. But I can't say it because she's a woman. And if I say that, they're going to jump down in my throat for being a sexist.'"

From the March 31 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: You gotta love these people. Now, Mrs. Clinton is -- you know, there are a lot of people who are saying that Operation Chaos is un-American. Mrs. Clinton has a totally different view, ladies and gentlemen. Mrs. Clinton in Indianapolis yesterday said this.

CLINTON [audio clip]: You know, there are some folks saying, "Well, we ought to stop these elections." I didn't think we believed that in America.

LIMBAUGH: No, it's un-American to force her out, you see. It's un-American for Mrs. Clinton to get out of the race. Sunday in San Jose during a -- California -- during a campaign rally, former president Bill Clinton.

PRESIDENT CLINTON [audio clip]: Don't you let anybody tell you that somehow we are weakening the Democratic Party by telling the people in Pennsylvania and North Carolina and Indiana and Kentucky and West Virginia and Montana and South Dakota and Oregon and Puerto Rico that they count, too. We are strengthening the Democratic Party. Chill out. We're going to win this election if we just chill out and let everybody have their say.

LIMBAUGH: He's standing up and endorsing Operation Chaos, ladies and gentlemen. "Let everybody vote. Keep this whole thing going. There's no reason it's un-American not to let these states next in line not have their votes. It's un-American not to let them count." Why should she get out? She's still in the running here. As long as she's got even a 1 percent chance, she's still in the running. And her chance is calculated to be at 5 percent.

Sunday in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Senator Obama held a press conference, said this about Hillary dropping out of the race.

[begin audio clip]

OBAMA: My attitude is that Senator Clinton can run as long as she wants. Her name's on the ballot and she is a fierce and formidable competitor --

LIMBAUGH: Hmm-mm.

OBAMA: -- and she obviously believes that she would make the best nominee and the best president.

LIMBAUGH: Hmm-mm.

OBAMA: I think that --

LIMBAUGH: Hmm-mm.

OBAMA: -- you know --

LIMBAUGH: Hmm-mm.

OBAMA: -- she should be able to compete and her supporters should be able to support her for as long as they are willing or able.

LIMBAUGH: Can I translate that for you? "I don't know why the B-I-itch is staying in. I feel like a damn hostage here. But I can't say it because she's a woman. And if I say that, they're going to jump down in my throat for being a sexist."

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