Rush Limbaugh and his bride, Kathryn, have tied the knot. We weren't invited to the exclusive event this evening. But, as you can see above, we were there in spirit! The winner of our plane-banner contest—and 15 runners-up—below.
We received many, many excellent and creative submissions on how best to congratulate Rush on his special day. You went all out and for that we thank you. After much debate, we went with Oryx's suggestion, a very simple message of congratulations for Rush on his special 4th wedding day—as one commenter put it, very likely the 4th happiest day of his life.
So why did we go with this one? Well, there were a bunch of considerations. Many of the messages we liked were too controversial for the pilot we hired to fly the banner over Palm Beach. (He lives there and has a business to run, and he was skittish about pissing off everyone in town.) Many others referenced Limbaugh's years-old prescription drug arrest, which seemed like a bit of a cheap shot no matter how clever they were, or how much he might deserve it. There were quite a few good political ones, too, touching on gay marriage and the oil spill. But we'll leave staging protests at weddings to the Westboro Baptist Church.
In the end, Oryx came up with a simple, straightforward message that made us laugh when we imagined it flying over Rush Limbaugh's wedding. And it was one we think was enjoyed by all who had gathered again to celebrate the sacred, everlasting union between Limbaugh and yet another woman. Well, everyone except this Twitter user. (To ensure no one missed it, we also had the pilot fly over Rush's estate this evening as well.)
Thanks to all who participated! For everyone upset that their message wasn't chosen, there's always number 5.
Here are the 15 entries—in no particular order!—that we selected as runners-up. For your creative genius, we're giving you each a selection of Elton John's greatest hits. (CD or iTunes—your choice. Get in touch so we can get it to you.) Congrats!
The 15 Runners-Up
SAME TIME NEXT YEAR?
CONGRATS RUSH! LOVE IS THE BEST Rx THERE IS
[by Foster Kamer]
THIS TIME HE REALLY MEANS IT
MAY ALLAH BLESS YOUR MARRIAGE
WHERE'S THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?
CONGRATS ON THE ADOPTION, ER WEDDING! -GAWKER
WISHING YOU MONTHS OF BLISS
CONGRATS ON #4 FROM THOSE OF US WHO CAN'T HAVE 1
MAY THIS BE THE 4TH HAPPIEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE
PRESCRIBING YOU MANY HAPPY YEARS TOGETHER
[by Subterfugal Force]
KIDS EAT FREE AT RUSH'S WEDDING BELOW
[by Rob via email]
LEFTIST GAY GOSSIPS SAY MAZEL TOV!
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