Limbaugh Mocks Chinese Leader, Language

Language 'all sounds like one word,' Rush whines

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 20, 2011 1:39 AM CST | Updated Jan 20, 2011 6:37 AM CST
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(Newser) – Stay classy, Rush: In what some critics are calling a new low even for the radio host, Limbaugh mocked Hu Jintao and the Chinese language while discussing the Chinese leader's joint press conference with President Obama, the Huffington Post reports. Limbaugh—noting that translation wasn't provided until after the leader finished speaking—said "Hu Jintao was just going..." and then launched into a long stream of nonsense Chinese-sounding syllables, after which he said, "That's the closest I can get."

"I found myself trying to write down what Hu Jintao was saying in Chinese. Phonetically, so I could repeat it to you," Limbaugh later said. "Well, it's a—it looks like chicken scrawls. I said, 'I wonder to people who can't speak English, what does it sound like to them?' Because when I hear Chinese or Japanese, it sounds like all the same word. And I can't comprehend anybody understanding it," he marveled before mocking the speech again.

The translator could be making it all up, Limbaugh complained.
"The translator could be making it all up," Limbaugh complained.   (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
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Audio of Rush Limbaugh's faux Chinese.   (GattoTony)

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