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Rush Limbaugh describes emotional moment he received Medal of Freedom: ‘You have no idea what this is like’

A particularly poignant moment for the radio legend

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Nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh described the poignant moment he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump during Tuesday's State of the Union address.

What are the details?

As Trump recognized Limbaugh during the State of the Union address, first lady Melania Trump placed the Medal of Freedom around Limbaugh's neck.

During his Friday radio show, Limbaugh — who is suffering from advanced lung cancer — detailed his experience at the address, admitting that he had no idea he was about to receive such a high honor from the president.

He told listeners that he had a surgery scheduled for that day, but requested it be rescheduled after learning that the president asked him to appear at the address.

“Remember, I don't know what's gonna happen. I had no clue," Limbaugh said. "He's told me he's going to present me with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but a couple weeks from now. I had no idea at this point, on Tuesday morning, that this was going to happen at the State of the Union."

Limbaugh added, “You have no idea what this is like. Of all the things you think might happen to you in your life, this is not one of them."

During his Tuesday night remarks, Trump said, "Here tonight is a special man, 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, 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," he added.

One last thing…
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