Whoops! Rush Limbaugh accidentally read, on-air, statements attributed to Barack Obama that Barack Obama never wrote. He must be super-embarrassed! Especially after he made a big deal out of people doing that with him last week.
An obscure blogger published a terribly written "report" on how "famed Time reporter Joe Klein" got a look at Barack Obama's undergraduate thesis on the "so-called founding fathers." This obvious satire was even tagged "satire," which is what Denton is always trying to get me to do when I guest at Deadspin. (It ruins the joke, Nick!)
Michael Ledeen, of course, immediately picked it up and even wrote this hilarious line:
Maybe instead of fuming about words that Rush Limbaugh never uttered, the paladins of the free press might ask the president about words that he did write.
Yes, maybe! Maybe they might ask him that! Hah!
Rush Limbaugh got so excited about this! He called imaginary college student Obama a "little boy" and read from his imaginary thesis. And then Rush was like oh this might be fake.
And Rush said "I have had this happen to me," referring to the time everyone mistakenly repeated one quote about black people that Rush Limbaugh did not actually say. And when it was pointed out to the media that Rush Limbaugh did not say this thing, Rush claims "the media" said "it doesn't matter because we know he thinks it." You can go ahead and watch Rick Sanchez apologize to Rush and decide if Rush has a point or not. (Hint: he doesn't.)
It's not like anyone's behavior here is unexpected or even all that terrible, it's mostly just hilarious. Once again: if you make something up and put it on the internet Michele Bachmann and Rush Limbaugh will believe it.