Rush Limbaugh Inducted Into The Hall Of Famous Missourians

UPDATE: Listen To Rush Limbaugh’s Speech As He Is Inducted Into ‘Hall of Famous Missourians’

Lt. Gov Peter Kinder, left, and Speaker of the House, Steven Tilley, right, pose with conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh and a bust in Limbaugh's likeness during a secretive ceremony inducting Limbaugh into the Hall of Famous Missourians on Monday, May 14, 2012, in the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/Julie Smith)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians on Monday during a secretive ceremony in the state Capitol as police stood guard to keep out any uninvited political opponents of the sometimes divisive radio show host.

Limbaugh, a native of Cape Girardeau in southeast Missouri, addressed a crowd of more than 100 Republicans during a closed-door event in the Missouri House chamber. Speaking from the chamber’s dais, he thanked his family for their support throughout his career, denounced liberals and Democrats as “deranged,” then helped lift a black curtain off a bronze bust of himself, which he hugged — head to head — for photographs.

The timing of the ceremony was kept secret until shortly before it occurred, and then only Republican lawmakers, other invited guests and the media were allowed into the chamber to watch — an attempt to avoid any public disruption after Limbaugh’s selection was criticized by Democrats, some women’s groups and other political foes.

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