Limbaugh: Obama Using Haiti to Build ‘Credibility with Black Community’

By Jonathan Blakely

Jan 15, 2010 7:44am

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: On his radio program Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh injected a big dose of politics into President Obama’s response to the tragedy in Haiti.   “In the Haiti earthquake, ladies and gentlemen, in the words of Rahm Emanuel, we have another crisis simply too good to waste,” Limbaugh said. “This’ll play right into Obama’s hands — humanitarian, compassionate. They’ll use this to burnish their, shall we say, credibility with the black community — the both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country.”   Watch Limbaugh’s comment, plus some analysis, from yesterday’s “Top Line” on ABCNews.com. Limbaugh also seemed to suggest that Americans had no need to donate to relief efforts: “We’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax,” Limbaugh said.
On Thursday’s show, when pressed by a caller about the suggestion that Americans don’t need to donate to relief efforts, Limbaugh said he never said that, and was only urging people to support private efforts such as the Red Cross, instead of sending money to the government:   “I did not say don’t donate. I did say Obama will use this to help burnish his credentials, ’cause there’s no question he will.  I’ll tell you something else I said, April: It took him three days to go out and talk about the Christmas Day ‘underwear bomber.’ It took him less than 18 hours to get out there and start rallying people about this earthquake.” 

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