Rush, Obama and Charity

We all know there is no way President Obama will take up Rush Limbaugh’s offer for a live debate on his radio broadcast.

Or is there?

In the comments section, Gayle (comment #21) made a brilliant suggestion: Why not urge Rush’s tens of millions of listeners to pledge $10 or $20 each, to go to a charity of the president’s choice, if he will debate?

Of course, leaving the charity up to the president, may not make everyone happy. He may, for instance, decide have it all donated to ACORN, for instance. Or the UN.

Perhaps the president can be given a list of a dozen charities and told he may select three and Rush may select three?

Or, better yet, use the bajillion dollars this scheme would raise to form a Foundational Fund for School Vouchers, so that poor kids stuck in miserable schools can have the chance to go to a better school, as the president’s own daughters do. Let it be administered by two non-politicians, one from the left and one from the right. That much money, annuitized, could send a lot of poor kids to better schools, for a lot of years; it would be a true boon to the nation and a “true” (as opposed to rhetorical-but-illusory) act of bi-partisanship.

I’m all for this. I love this idea. You’re an American genius, Gayle!

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  • lsusportsfan

    I hope not :)

    I very much agree with a post that is linked on your other entry by Jay COst- THe Imature White House

    THough it is tempting to see how Obama would fare I am hoping the White House starts seeing the wisdom and class of the Bush style and quits making pundits a issue

    I just think this would make things worse

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  • Gayle Miller

    Rush himself gave me the notion – when he auctioned off that stupid Harry Reid letter for charity. This would just be on a way bigger scale!

  • alice

    He’ll never do it. He doesn’t think as quick on his feet as Rush. No TelePrompTer. Egads!

  • Mary in CO

    Gayle that’s a great idea! Instead of giving Pres. Obama a choice, how about sending donations to the Washingon DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (DC OSP)? In that way, the school kids in DC would still get SOME funding!

  • Mary in CO

    Sorry about that. I did mean “Washington”. Just washed my hands and can’t do a thing with’m. ;-)

  • rcareaga

    I believe the old adage runs something like: “Never wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty but only the pig will enjoy it.” The president will quite properly leave the pale plump one to his wallow.

    [I'm surprised, Rand, that you would make a point of discussing Rush's looks. It's generally something we frown upon here - dissing people for their looks. But to call him 'pale' seems odd. You would (quite rightly) never refer to the president's skin tone when referring to him, would you? I guess I'm pale and plump too. Does that make me a bad person, or worthy of it being pointed out in a mocking and dismissive way? Just wondering. -admin]

  • rcareaga

    Come to that, I’m pale and plump as well, at least as measured against my slender and swarthy youth, when I earned my living outdoors. A passing allusion, suggested by the cited adage, is not “discussion,” and any disrespect I may bear the vainglorious broadcaster has nothing to do with his looks. That said, if “pale plump one” bumped agin the TOS, I will certainly bear that in mind in formulating future posts.

    [I just don't like it, Rand, and you've read me long enough to know it. I think anytime we have to get to calling people "plump" or "bug-eyed" or "saggy jowled" (I read that one about Ted Kennedy) I just think we've cheapened our arguments and gone to a really adolescent place. People look how they look; they are how they are. Some people struggle with weight, some have bad skin, some have crummy hair, some have boobs down to their knees. Some have big teeth. Some have big ears. I happen to think Michelle Obama is perfectly attractive but I read some horrendous remarks about her looks at some blogs and it bothers me a lot. I say let's stay away from alluding to people's skin tones, (or pallor) their weight, their baldness, their jowls, etc. (Although when appearance is drastically altered (as in someone having some cosmetic work done) I guess that's fodder, if the work is done very well and we want to applaud or very badly and we want to sympathize)...but mostly, let's stick to issues. It's just my preference. -admin]

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  • Piano Girl

    Whatever, it isn’t going to happen…”someone” from the WH said yesterday that they didn’t expect the POTUS to take up the challenge by Rush. They may be inept, but it looks like they are not total idiots over there!

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