Limbaugh Says The Obamas Need To Let That Whole Slavery Thing Go (AUDIO)

Responding to Michelle Obama’s remark at the Democratic National Convention that the White House was built with slave labor, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said the First Lady should probably just get over it.

“They cant stop talking about slavery, and largely in a context of, ‘Hey, you know what? It isn’t settled yet.’ And, ‘Hey, you know what, we haven’t fixed it yet,” Limbaugh said. “I mean, that’s their starting point, and I think that’s a no-win situation for us because we’ve made great strides.”

Obama was making the point that the U.S. had made dramatic progress in race relations over the last two centuries given that a black First Family now lived in a house constructed by black slaves.

Limbaugh did not interpret her comment that way, instead comparing Obama’s raising the issue to a husband repeatedly bringing up his wife’s affair.

“Imagine that your wife has an affair, and it causes all kinds of acrimony, you almost lose your marriage,” he said. “It’s really a rocky period of time. But you and your wife get together, and you decide that you’re going to forgive her, you’re going to look past it for the sake of the marriage and kids, and you move forward. He said okay. Now imagine, sir, every argument you have, you continue to remind her that she’s to blame for everything because she’s the one that had the affair. I said, your relationship hasn’t a prayer if you can’t let it go.”

“That’s how I hear the Obamas,” he said.

“The Rush Limbaugh Show” host then went even further, saying that Barack Obama, born to a white American mother and black Kenyan father, has no business commenting on the legacy of slavery because his ancestors were not slaves.

“They love to wax eloquent about the early days and how they were 3/5 of a person, even though they never have been 3/5 of a person,” Limbaugh said. “He doesn’t even have any slave blood. She does, but he doesn’t, but they will admit they’re never going to let it go.”

Limbaugh was not the only conservative pundit to take umbrage with Obama’s speech.

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly devoted a segment of his Tuesday show to arguing that the slaves who worked on the White House were “well fed and had decent lodgings.”

Listen to the full clip from Limbaugh’s show below.

h/t Media Matters

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