Rush Limbaugh: "Thank God for President Obama"

In this Jan. 30, 2008, file photo, radio personality Rush Limbaugh arrives for a screening of Bernard and Doris at the Time Warner Center in New York. AP Photo/Gary He

"Thank God for President Obama," conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said on his program today in response to the death of Osama bin Laden.

The controversial conservative may have been speaking facetiously -- later in the program, he laughed at media reports covering the praise he seemingly lavished on the president.

But for a solid eight minutes at the start of his popular talk show, Limbaugh gave what sounded like a serious commendation of the president's decision to launch an attack against the al Qaeda leader, as Mediate reports.

"We need to open the program today by congratulating President Obama," Limbaugh said. "President Obama has done something extremely effective, and when he does, this needs to be pointed out."

"President Obama has continued the Bush policies of keeping a military presence in the Middle East," he continued. "He did not scrub the mission to get bin Laden. In fact, it may be that President Obama single-handedly came up with the technique in order to pull this off. You see, the military wanted to go in there and bomb like they always do. They wanted to drop missiles and drop bombs and a number of totally destructive techniques here. But President Obama, perhaps the only qualified member in the room to deal with this, insisted on the Special Forces."

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