The children of America have spoken, and they want more Rush Limbaugh (before continuing, please take a moment of silence for America's future). On Wednesday night, the conservative radio commentator and "quivering rage heap," as Jon Stewart has called him, accepted the "Author of the Year" award at the 7th annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards charity gala in New York.
"Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans," which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly 30 weeks now, is about a substitute teacher with superpowers -- conveniently named "Rush Revere" -- and his time-traveling horse. It's, as the Washington Post called it, basically "historical fanfiction about himself." The two travel back in time to visit the Pilgrims, sharing what Limbaugh has called "the true story of Thanksgiving." It's gotten mixed reviews from critics, though the worst (and therefore, best) calls it "God-awful ... really, breathtakingly, laughably terrible."
When it was announced that Limbaugh's book was listed among the "Author of the Year Award" finalists in March, the Children's Book Council felt compelled to remind the public that the books in the category "are determined solely based on titles’ performances on the bestseller lists," and the rest is left to a vote by children. Ultimately, though, Limbaugh's book beat out Veronica Roth's "Allegiant," Rachel Renee Russell's, "Dork Diaries 6: Tales From a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker," Rick Riordan's, "The House of Hades," and Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck."
"This is unexpected," said Limbaugh at the podium when accepting the award (at the 59:20 mark in this video). "But it's a thrill."
"I love America. I wish everybody did. I hope everybody will. It's one of the most fascinating stories in human history," Limbaugh continued. "It's a delight and it's an opportunity to try to share that story with young people so they can grow and learn to love and appreciate the country in which they're growing up and will someday run and lead and inherit."