Rush Limbaugh apologized Saturday to the Georgetown University law school student he called a “slut” and “prostitute” earlier in the week. The third-year law student had testified before Democrats in favor of President Obama‘s new rule requiring employers to offer health insurance plans that cover birth control.
My rating of Limbaugh’s apology: 1 out of 5 Stars. Below, I’ll analyze Limbaugh’s statement using the five languages of apology from my book with Gary Chapman by the same title. Here is a numbered list of our apology languages. Within Limbaugh’s text, I’ll reference these numbers in parentheses after his comments:
1. Expressing regret- Saying “I’m sorry for the hurt I’ve caused”
2. Accepting responsibility- Saying “I was wrong.”
3. Making restitution- Asking, “What can I do to make things right?
4. Genuinely repenting- Stating that you will try not to do it again.
5. Requesting forgiveness- Asking, “Will you please forgive me?”
WHAT HE SAID:
March 03, 2012
I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit? In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.
My choice of words was not the best (2), and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices (2).
In his apology, Limbaugh used only the second language of apology (accepting responsibility). Based upon our research, he would have missed the mark for 72% of people with this limited statement.