Rush Limbaugh: "Thank God For President Obama"

May 2, 2011, 15:36 by Sarah Long

Republican radio host Rush Limbaugh declared "Thank God for Obama" Monday, leading to temporary confusion over whether the statement was genuine or sarcastic.

The host began the show by "praising" Obama's actions.

"Ladies and Gentleman we need to open the program today by congratulating President Obama," said Limbaugh, one of the President's most notable antagonists. "President Obama has done something extremely effective and when he does, this needs to be pointed out."

He went on to say that President Obama successfully continued the policies of President Bush. "He did not scrub the mission to get bin Laden," said Limbaugh.

"In fact," said Limbaugh, "it may be that President Obama single-handedly came up with the technique in order to pull this off."

At this point, the sarcasm becomes poignant. 

"You see, the military wanted to go in there and bomb as they always do. They wanted to drop missiles and drop bombs and a number of totally destructive techniques here. But President Obama, perhaps the only qualified member in the room to deal with this, insisted on the Special Forces. No one else thought of that. President Obama. Not a single intelligence adviser, not a single national security adviser, not a single military adviser came up with the idea of using SEAL Team 6 or any Special Forces."

"According to news reports, not one member of the military - not Gen. Petraeus, nobody in the Intel community, nobody had the slightest idea of going in there and using special forces," Limbaugh continued.

"If he had not been there, who knows what would have happened. It was only Obama who understood the need to get DNA, to prove that was Bin laden that we had assassinated," he said.

Limbaugh laughed at reports that his statements were serious, confirming that his words on Obama were steeped in sarcasm.