Limbaugh expatiates on his marriage
Rush Limbaugh, while insisting that he had wanted his wedding to be private, went on and on yesterday about his wedding and how happy he is and how crazy he is about his wife. He should have been consistent and kept it private. He should have kept his on-air remarks about the wedding and about his new, fourth wife to a minimum. I thought that when people were married for a second time they were supposed to treat the event in a more subdued manner as compared with their first wedding, let alone when they are married for a fourth time.
I want to tell you a little bit more about the wedding weekend because, frankly, folks, it was one of the happiest weekends—probably the happiest weekend—of my life, and I would much rather relive it than talk about Obama and what he’s going to do to damage and ruin this country.Translation: “My first marriage, as well as my second marriage, as well as my third marriage, were nothing, they didn’t count. Only this one counts.”
But of course that’s what he thought at the time of his second marriage about his first marriage, and what he thought at the time of his third marriage about his first marriage and his second marriage. Celebrating one’s nth marriage so extravagantly—indeed boasting about it—trashes the very idea of marriage, which, after all, is supposed to be for life. That’s why people should be more modest about a subsequent marriage following divorce, because the later marriage takes place in the light of the failure of the earlier marriage or marriages, each one of which, particularly the first, was billed at the time as the happiest day of one’s life.
Laura Wood writes:
He’s not just saying that his first three marriages don’t count, he’s saying that marriage itself doesn’t count. He’s a walking advertisement for post-marital America and its sickly sentimental narcissism, which elevates feeling over loyalty, vows, and honor.Mark D. writes:
If you think four wives is bad, you should look at the Wikipedia profile for Larry King. King has been married eight times to seven different women.LA replies:
And King’s current wife, who at age fifty is about thirty years younger than he, just attempted suicide over his adulterous affair with her sister. The story was in the news last week.N. writes:
It appears that Limbaugh is thoroughly modern when it comes to nuptials. Consider that two of the biggest industries around marriage are the bridal/wedding industry and the divorce industry. Big, showy weddings that cost tens of thousands of dollars, followed by a let down to the ordinariness of marriage, followed by in too many cases a divorce initiated by the woman. It’s like an assembly line in operation sometimes, and I have wondered what degree of correlation exists between “circus” weddings and subsequent divorces two to five years later. The process can be seen in any magazine rack: the women’s magazines with articles on how to “get a man,” the bridal magazines, the other women’s magazines urging women to “realize their full potential.” Although I confess I haven’t seen any magazines on how to divorce. Not yet anyway.LA writes:
It will be interesting to see if any establishment-conservative writers and bloggers criticize Limbaugh’s extravagant on-air boasting about his fourth marriage. I think it’s fairly likely that none of them will do so. The thought that there’s anything objectionable about his behavior wouldn’t even occur to them. Such is the state of “conservatism.”Paul K. writes:
I don’t listen to the Limbaugh show, but the transcript of his description of his wedding you linked to is well worth reading for anyone curious about the man. He sounds manic. He’s babbling as if he’s coming completely unhinged. Who talks like this but Hollywood phonies and flamboyant gay men?LA replies:I’ve had people come up to me, guests there that were former producers for major networks, movie theaters, studios and so forth, “I’ve never seen a production like this. There has never been a wedding that we have been to, and there never will be. Any time anybody goes to a wedding from now on that was at yours, Rush, they are going to never forget yours.” And it was memorable. We wanted to make everybody a part of it. We wanted everybody to feel they were there because we love ‘em….Rush Limbaugh’s wedding has to be the greatest event that anyone has ever been to! It will never be surpassed!!! (Three exclamation points necessary!) And I’m sorry to be a cynic, but this is all going to look extremely silly in five or six years when the marriage breaks up. They say that second marriages are often solid, as people can learn from their mistakes. When it comes to third marriages, the odds of it lasting drop precipitously, as we are now dealing with people who make the same mistakes over and over.
Thanks for this. Does anyone remember Liza Minnelli’s wedding several years ago to David Gest? It was her fourth wedding (like Limbaugh’s) and it was one of the most extravagant weddings ever seen (like Limbaugh’s). It was intensively covered in the New York media. As I remember, she even wore a white gown, as though it were her first wedding. And how did it fare?Paul T. writes:
Your correspondent N. writes: “Although I confess I haven’t seen any magazines on how to divorce. Not yet anyway.”LA replies:
When I read N.’s comment about there being no magazines on how to divorce, I thought of joking: “There needs to be a magazine called Modern Divorce.” Now it turns out that there is something like that.Peter H. writes:
I agree with Paul K. This guy sounds unhinged. In agreement with other comments, the lavish celebration of one’s fourth wedding is garish, gaudy, unconservative, and un(traditional)American. There was a time when such a thing would have been done essentially in secret and with reticence, not to say embarrassment.
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