During the President’s State of the Union speech last night, Rush Limbaugh was honored with the Medal of Freedom. First Lady Melania Trump presented the award to the beloved radio talk show host, at President Trump’s request.
Multiple media sources reported the president’s intention to award the honor to Limbaugh during a lunch with television anchors, but plans apparently changed with the first lady presenting the award directly at the president’s request.
“Almost every American family knows the pain when a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness,” Trump said Tuesday. “Here tonight is a special man, someone beloved by millions of Americans who just received a Stage 4 advanced cancer diagnosis. This is not good news, but what is good news is that he is the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet. Rush Limbaugh, thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country.”
“And Rush, in recognition of all that you have done for our Nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and that you inspire, and all of the incredible work that you have done for charity, I am proud to announce tonight that you will be receiving our country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”
Someone shouted “thank you, Rush!” to more applause.
Limbaugh told his radio audience on Monday that he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and that he would be missing some days on his show for treatment.
“There are going to be days that I’m not going to be able to be here,” he said. “Because I will be undergoing treatment.”
Many people are praying for Limbaugh’s recovery, but Nancy Pelosi keep her seat during the standing ovation for Rush.
Watch the emotional moment below: