Love him or hate him, Rush Limbaugh has been one of the most profound radio voices of the last several decades.
The sheer volume of his output has been astonishing, and the quality of that content has been top notch. He pulls no punches, and he takes only rare days off…even after receiving a grim lung cancer diagnosis just months ago.
Now, as Limbaugh signed off for his last show of 2020, the emotional moment and the grave reality of his situation had listeners wondering if this is Rush’s final farewell.
Limbaugh singled out his wife Kathryn and other family members for supporting him throughout his career and his health struggle. The 69-year-old learned he had Stage IV lung cancer in January, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump at the State of the Union address in February.
He added the decency of those around him had confirmed his prior beliefs about people’s innate goodness.
“I wasn’t expected to be alive today,” he said. “I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today.”
And in a statement that was aimed at Joe Biden’s “darkest days ahead” motif, Rush seemed to provide plenty of hidden meaning.
“What a bleak way of looking at things,” Limbaugh said. “It’s never time to panic, folks. There’s never, ever going to be time to give up on our country … It’ll never be time to give up on yourself. Trust me.”
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