I was working in a golf shop and a co-worker who became (and still is) one of my closest friends mentioned him. Smiling snarkily, he'd often say, "Well, you know what Rush says?" and then grin like a Cheshire cat. The joke was entirely lost on me. After a few weeks of this I asked him, "Who is this "Rush" character you keep referring to?" He was astounded I had not heard of him and quickly informed me to which local AM station I should tune. One show (actually no more than ten minutes of a show) was enough. The next time I worked with my friend I said, "Jesus Christ, xxxx! What the hell is that?" He laughed quite hard for a few minutes and then looked around and whispered, "He's the guy most of the people you meet up here listen to daily and believe every word." I again thought he was joking, but he wasn't. Every future Medal of Freedom candidate should refuse to accept it.