Love him or hate him, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh was known for being a hard-core Mac user and Apple fan. Politicians of both stripes are often Apple device users — former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are both well-known fans of the fruited technology — but Rush was one of the most vocal supporters of Apple.
Back in 2003, Rush Limbaugh commented on the addition of former vice president Al Gore to the Apple board of directors, a post he still holds today:
We use Macs here at the EIB Network. We’re an entire Mac shop, and Algore, who probably wouldn’t know the Internet if he was on the computer, is now a member of the Apple board of directors,” Rush posted on his site. “I have to see if one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. Gosh, I hope not, and I hope he doesn’t have anything to do, other than ceremonial duties, with this outfit. If they start letting him reinvent Apple like he reinvented government, oh boy… I just ordered a couple of new G4 Power Mac towers, and this is the way I get paid back? Geez.Mac Daily News, 10/2/2003
2011: Rush Limbaugh Mourns Steve Jobs’ Resignation
On September 3, 2011, Rush Limbaugh offered his commentary on the resignation of CEO and Apple founder Steve Jobs, saying:
I am reminded that I haven’t had a chance to comment on the Steve Jobs resignation since I was away when it happened. I was away. He resigned as CEO. He’s staying on as chairman of the board. TMZ, the gossip site, published a picture of Jobs a couple of days ago after he resigned (ostensibly a couple days after his resignation), which portrayed Jobs as very ill and not looking good at all. I have told people… In fact, I was in Hawaii last week when all this happened, and when it happened, I said to my golf buddies, “Steve Jobs is one of the five people that I haven’t met that I would like to meet.” They said, “Who are the other four?” and I said, “I don’t know. I can’t name ’em off the top of my head.”
But I want to reserve my comments on Jobs. Everybody is talking about Jobs writing obituaries, practically, and I don’t want what I would have to say sound like that at this stage, but what he’s done is amazing, and his stated philosophies. If you haven’t seen it, one thing you should try to find… In fact, you know what we’ll do? We’ll find it, we’ll link to it at RushLimbaugh.com. He did the commencement speech at Stanford, I believe, in 2005, and it is in the annals as one of the all-time great commencement speeches.Mac Daily News, 9/3/2011
Limbaugh’s History with Apple Products
Limbaugh used his radio show to get his Mac issues fixed by Apple, gave away 10 iPhones with two years of service within weeks of the iconic smartphone being released, and even agreed with Steve Jobs that US public schools are unionized in the worst possible way.
Limbaugh’s weekday show was one of the earliest podcasts to be featured on iTunes in 2006, and he was constantly pushing the edge on using Apple’s products. Many of the liberal hacks who are Mac bloggers are dancing in the streets today, but I’m one Apple fan who is mourning the loss of this intelligent and well-spoken man. Rest In Peace.