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Rush Limbaugh: A (Fourth) Wedding in Pictures

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There’s something satisfyingly voyeuristic about exploring people’s wedding photos online. Of course, in turn, those who post could very well be labeled exhibitionists.

The biggest attention-getter in all the land – aside from Sarah Palin – may be Rush Limbaugh. This week, the radio host posted 20 wedding photos on his recently created Facebook page from his June wedding to Kathryn Rogers.

The couple married in a lavish ceremony in the Ponce de Leon ballroom of the legendary Breakers hotel in Palm Beach, Fla. Rogers, 33, looks like a golden goddess with long, blonde hair framing her face ever so elegantly in a white appliqued veil.

Rogers is Limbaugh’s fourth wife. They met when she was running a charity golf event. Fifty-something men everywhere must be wondering how they can land such a woman. Hint: Money and power woo. Limbaugh, 59, signed a $400-million contract extension with Clear Channel in 2008.

Rogers met Limbaugh six years ago, according to People magazine. Limbaugh was in the process of divorcing for the third time. Hello, family values?

Superstar Elton John entertained the 400 wedding guests. A strange combo, considering Elton is flamboyantly gay and Limbaugh touts family values and opposes gay marriage. Again, money talks. He reportedly played at the wedding for a cool $1 million smackeroos.

The pictures were taken by Donna Newman, a Miami South Beach photographer, who also shot the weddings of Howard Stern and Katherine Heigl and is the family photographer for “Today Show” host Matt Lauer.

In one picture, Elton John in sunglasses is laughing with Rush and Kathryn sans veil. The caption underneath reads, “Sharing a laugh with Elton John backstage before his performance.” Another picture shows Limbaugh almost mesmerized by the gay megastar, who has a civil partnership with David Furnish.

John is an avid supporter of AIDS charities and created his own AIDS foundation. Last year, Limbaugh said, “Everything in Africa’s called AIDS. The reason is [that] they get aid money for it. AIDS is the biggest pile of — the biggest pot they throw money into.”

Furnish told People that John justified the appearance with: “Life is about building bridges, not walls.”

Never let it be said that music is not a uniting force. One follower wrote on Limbaugh’s page, “Props to Elton John . . . I love it when life gets past politics and is simply lived and enjoyed.”

The Rev. Ken Hutcherson and Judge Stephen Limbaugh, Sr., Limbaugh’s cousin, officiated the elaborate wedding, complete with mammoth sprays of white flowers. Hutcherson is a former NFL linebacker and pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Kirkland, Wash. Hutcherson rejects the notion that the gay civil rights movement mirrors the 1960s civil right movement. Wonder what he and Elton discussed?

In other photos, Limbaugh holds up his hand, flashing his wedding band like a first-time groom. Except, oops, he isn’t. But never mind that. As one Rush fan wrote under the picture, “This pic is my favorite. I am not sure why, but it’s just the raw happiness in both of your faces and the cute lil gesture you are making showing off your ring.”

In one picture, Limbaugh appears to be luring his bride into joining him in a terrorist fist jab. Or is that simply a victorious fist pump? Limbaugh should have placed thought bubbles on the pictures. But he didn’t, alas. We’re left only with the thousands of followers’ comments like: “Rush you provide the USA with confidence. I can see it in your face.” More than 600 people like the fist-pump picture.

Limbaugh’s wedding also featured a military color guard – a huge hit among his Facebook followers. “Rush, you are a national treasure. Don’t ever stop what you’re doing,” wrote one. Another wrote, “Don’t see this often at a wedding…awesome! You are a class act Rush!”

Limbaugh was disqualified from the Vietnam-era draft due to a pilonidal cyst. Never mind that. As one fan wrote, “Keep plugging on Patron Saint of Patriatism!!!” (Yes, he spelled it that way.)

Almost every picture is stamped with EIB – Excellence in Broadcasting. That’s part of Limbaugh’s brand and he touts it heavily on his Web site, which incidentally promotes his nuptials as “the wedding of the year.”

Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton may disagree.

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Written by suziparker1313

March 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm

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