Derision of the president on his program is nothing new, but Rush Limbaugh’s tone today may have struck the ears of regular listeners as particularly disdainful, taking his contempt of the president to a new level.
The nation’s preeminent conservative talk radio host referred to Mr. Obama as a “jackass,” an “economic illiterate” and an “idiot, where capitalism is concerned.” --ABCNews quoted at Gateway.
1) Rush is an exceptionally kind individual, as more accurate characterizations of Obama cannot be used over the airwaves.
2) Rush is contradicting himself, as he has often stated that Obama 'knows exactly what he is doing.'
Of the two, the second is more credible. Obama is an ideologue, committed to derailing the US economy for two reasons: the economic crisis will serve his totalitarian desires, and besides, the US is a colonialist/exploitative/rapacious country anyway.
So the remarks are 'exceptionable.' They are not consistent with Rush' prior analysis, and his prior analysis is correct. Obama is not an 'illiterate' or an 'idiot.'
But he is, charitably, a jackass. Clearly, Rush is a charitable guy.