Rush Limbaugh said President Obama deserved "congratulation" for the death of Osama bin Laden. (NOTE: This story has been updated. See below.)
"We need to open the program today by congratulating President Obama," he said on his Monday show. "President Obama has done something extremely effective, and when he does, this needs to be pointed out."
The effectiveness, he said, came from President Obama's decision to send a Special Forces team to kill bin Laden--something he said, citing news reports, that none of the president's military advisers had thought of doing.
"Our military wanted to go in there and just scorch the earth...but President Obama single-handedly understood what was at stake here. He alone understood the need to get DNA to prove the death...it was President Obama single-handedly and alone who came up with the strategy that brought about the effective assassination of Osama bin Laden," he said, adding, "thank God for President Obama."
Of course, Limbaugh said this with more than a grain of sarcastic salt (see update below for more). He made clear that, in part, it was Obama's continuation of President Bush's military and detention policies that provided the intelligence which led to bin Laden's killing. (He also made the by-now-common gaffe of swtiching Obama's and bin Laden's names around in his sentences.)
Watch (via Mediaite):
UPDATE: Later in his broadcast, Limbaugh read out one of the reports about his comments which suggested he was praising Obama. While he read the report, from The Hill, Limbaugh laughed heartily before moving onto a caller.LISTEN: