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Rush Limbaugh: RIP to a Longtime Mac User

Rush Limbaugh, Apple FanWASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 04: Radio personality Rush Limbaugh reacts as First Lady Melania Trump gives him the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump delivers his third State of the Union to the nation the night before the U.S. Senate is set to vote in his impeachment trial. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)

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.

Steve Sande
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Steve is the publisher and editor of Apple World Today and has authored a number of books about Apple products. He's an avid photographer, an FAA-licensed drone pilot, and a really bad guitarist. Steve and his wife Barb love to travel everywhere!

9 Comments

  • i’m absolutely disgusted to see this article glorifying the man who would use the platforms mentioned in this article to literally celebrate the deaths of LGBT from AIDS

    sharing this with my colleagues, horrible to try and lift his memory, the world is better off with that voice silenced

  • Agree with Alex. Tasteless article. This man caused so much harm to the queer community and yet he’s deserving of a memorial article just because he used a MacBook? Ridiculous.

  • Now I want to burn all my Macs. I don’t want to have anything in common with a man who used peoples fears to make more then a billion dollars from hate speech. Pissed you even did a story about his Apple love. Any mention of this man scares me.

  • What a disgusting puff piece. Limbaugh helped create the atmosphere of hate that gave us Trump and January 6th. Would you also pander to Hitler if he’d used Mac?

    After this fawning crap, you’ve given readers new reason to doubt your judgement on everything.

  • Everyone is entitled to an opinion. I would never wish death on anyone. In this person’s opinion, every human being deserves to be treated with decency and respect. Sadly, Mr. Limbaugh didn’t share that opinion. He was no Hitler, he simply had the most horrible opinions of any person in public life that I’ve ever known. He was pro torture, pro war crimes, pro racism, pro homophobia, pro transphobia, pro union busting, I could go on and on. In my opinion, he was wrong on everything and we have his radio shows on the record to prove it. He compared hungry children to animals, supported illegal torture of war criminals, and celebrated the deaths of people who died of AIDS, etc.. etc…

    Am I sad that he’s dead? I didn’t know him personally. But honestly, I’m really indifferent. If your politics and worldview align with Rush, you’re probably sad. If your politics don’t align with his, then you probably don’t care. I don’t understand how a professional writer can call someone who claims that hurricane warning are a liberal hoax is intelligent and well spoken, but hey, it’s a free country. I’m not celebrating that he’s dead because I don’t do that, but I’m really indifferent, because I listened to one of his shows where went on a rant about how people who died of AIDS deserved it. After that, he became completely irrelevant to me. I chose at that point not to listen to him anymore, and the fact that he’s dead means that personally for me, nothing changes.

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