Conservative radio star Rush Limbaugh's new children's book, due out this fall, tells that classic elementary school lesson of America's founders--led by a new character: "Rush Revere."
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims tells the story of a fictional history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time to experience the pilgrims' journey to America and their first Thanksgiving in the New World. The Rush Revere character was first seen in the ads for Two If By Tea, Limbaugh's iced tea product.
On his radio show Thursday, Limbaugh explained why he wanted to write an educational book. "We live in an amazing free country, founded by people with unwavering spirit and determination to triumph, regardless of the hardships and obstacles they faced," he said. "But our president, President Obama, recently said exceptional Americans are few and far between."
Limbaugh added that Rush Revere focuses on the "miraculous story, the blessings of God and any number of other things that led to the founding of this country," and is intended for all ages.
"Twenty-four-year-old women who are afraid of me will be able to read this book to one of their kids someday, when they have them, without fear," he said.
In the story, Rush Revere and his talking horse Liberty travel to the deck of the Mayflower and learn about the role the pilgrims played in America's founding.
"What we do here is we combine information, education, and entertainment, which makes the learning of history fun," Limbaugh said. "So Rush Revere may someday time travel back and give King George a bunch of crap for the way he treated the early colonists and ask what the hell was he thinking."
Limbaugh said the book, which will also be released in eBook and audio book formats, aims to teach children what isn't being taught in school. "There's not a political agenda. This is just the truth. This is just history."
Let's just hope Limbaugh's telling of history won't be anything like Rep. Steve King's retelling of Western civilization on the House floor in July.