Whether you loved him or you didn’t, Rush Limbaugh is an American icon. He not only changed the way in which the mainstream media operates, but he created an incredibly strong argument regarding the First Amendment by just exercising it every day.
Now, after a year-long battle with an aggressive form of lung cancer, Limbaugh has crossed on over to the other side. His passing has coaxed a great many fond memories from his close friends and loved ones, giving us an intimate insight to just who the radio legend really was.
Fellow conservative media figure Sean Hannity took to the airwaves this week to reminisce about Rush in his own way, and revealed an incredible and selfless reality of the broadcaster’s final months.
“It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that any major political issue that will come up, we’re not going to hear his voice,” Hannity said of Limbaugh, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 70 due to complications from lung cancer.
“I’m having a hard time understanding what that means,” the “Hannity” host added. “Nobody can replace this man, Mark.”
But then came a real revelation.
“We knew this day would come, unfortunately,” he said. “We wished it wouldn’t. We prayed for a miracle. But Rush’s bucket list –and the audience, I hope they understand this — it wasn’t travel the world. It wasn’t Rocky Mountain climbing or skydiving or riding a bull …”
“His bucket list was his audience,” Hannity went on. “He’d go through these treatments that nearly killed him, because I know people that have been through chemotherapy like this and cancer treatment like this — especially advanced stage cancer — they nearly kill you to save you or nearly kill you to buy you time, and that’s been the last year of his life. And when he was well enough, even when he really wasn’t well enough, his time, the way he wanted to spend it was with his audience. That was his choice. The people that listened to him, that was the top and only item on his bucket list.
Hannity finished on a stark and poignant point.
“I mean, that to me speaks volumes about him, how much he loved what he did,” he concluded. “He was born to do this. Nobody did it better. Nobody will do it better.”
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