Limbaugh on Obama; Grocery Sticker Shock

Behind The News
April 29, 2008 1:24:36 PM PDT
I'm not sure I can get my head around all the venom and anger that I hear on talk radio. I know, I know. It's a shtick, and I suppose if you found yourself in the same room as Rush Limbaugh he might even be a nice guy. I just don't know. (Although I was once in the same room with him, and he wasn't such a nice guy. I was there to interview him in 1993 for Good Morning America, and, alas, he was expecting to find Joan Lunden there to interview him. He was, to say the least, disappointed, and spent no small amount of the interview letting me know it.)Anyway, I was listening to Limbaugh today (don't ask me why) right after Barack Obama's speech, distancing himself, to put it mildly, from his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. It was a move that many people believe the junior Senator from Illinois had to make, if he wanted his Presidential campaign to say alive.

Limbaugh played excerpts from the speech - or at least started to. Because every time Obama opened his mouth, Mr. Limbaugh acted as though he couldn't help himself and laughed and chuckled, and said that the wheels had come off the Obama campaign.

Not that Limbaugh was taking credit for it; he made that clear. But he was clearly gleeful that this was happening, and pleased as punch to proclaim a demise for Sen. Obama.

But it hardly appears the end for the Obama campaign, despite Rush Limbaugh's declaration.

And Obama seemed to have no choice but to forcefully and completely split with his former pastor. He called Wright's sentiments "appalling" and said he would have nothing to do with Rev. Wright. The reverend's statements, said Obama, contradict everything he believes in, everything he's about.

So, what's the political impact? "Impacts" is probably a better word. We'll explore that, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, everybody's talking about rising prices, and for obvious reasons. Tonight, Joe Torres has some suggestions about how you can end up saving money at the grocery store -- and all you need is storage space.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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