Rush Limbaugh said that the Nelson Mandela memorial Tuesday was "all about Barack Obama assuming the mantle of world leftist leadership."
Limbaugh made these comments on the heels of CNN's Christiane Amanpour saying that "President Obama couldn't be getting a better warm up act" after a performance by gospel singer Kirk Franklin at the memorial service for the former South African president and civil rights leader:
"Now we go back to Christiane Amanpour, some gospel singer was bringing down the house, the next thing that happened here at the memorial. And while the gospel singer was bringing down the house, Christiane Amanpour comes back to describe the moment when Obama shook Raul Castro's hand as "joy." And described the whole service as just a warm-up act for Obama. Listen:
[Audio clip] "'President Obama couldn't be getting a better warm-up act. Look at this. The whole crowd. Wonderful. Just a sense that we're in a middle of a pop concert, having a party. But it's a funeral, it's a memorial service. This truly what today is about. This moment really captured the joy.' [end of clip]
"You know, this is the funeral crashers is what this is. It is a party. These people are taking the occasion of Mandela's death. It's the Wellstone Memorial. They're taking the occasion of the death of Mandela, and they're using it and essentially discarding him to change and turn the focus all on to them.
"And if you doubt me, you heard it. First words out of Christiane Amanpour's mouth, 'And 'President Obama couldn't be getting a better warm up act.' We're talking about a memorial service for a great man, in these people's minds a great man who's just died and needs to be memorialized, and what is it? It's a warm-up act for Obama and Raul Castro. The unwitting dupe who's part of the warm-up act.
"It's the 'Wedding Crashers,' 'Funeral Crashers,' It's the Wellstone memorial all over again, but it's all about Barack Obama assuming the mantle of world leftist leadership. It is a second inauguration, if you will. Obama now the conscious of the world. The torch has been passed, whether Mandela knew it or not. The torch has been passed from Mandela to Obama. And the memorial service in the words of the great international correspondent Christiane Amanpour 'a warm-up act for Obama.'"