PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - On the same day his friend Andrew Breitbart dropped dead, Rush Limbaugh's security detail called the police to report a suspicious package.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office bomb squad was called to the Palm Beach home of Rush Limbaugh after his security found the suspicious package in the mail Thursday afternoon. The package arrived at around 4:30 p.m. and was reportedly sent from Wexford, Pennsylvania.
According to the Palm Beach Daily News the package was X-rayed, as is all mail sent to the Limbaugh's' home. When Limbaugh's staff saw what appeared to be wires in the package through the X-ray, they called police.
The package originated from a Pennsylvania man offering Limbaugh "a business opportunity," police said. Inside was an electronic plaque commemorating the assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth.
The sender had apologized for sending something that could be construed as being dangerous.
Palm Beach police had blocked off North Ocean Boulevard and had re-routed northbound traffic onto North Ocean Way.
(The conservative talk-show host lives on the northern end of the island.)
Authorities have not determined whether the device will be destroyed as of this post. Rush Limbaugh was reportedly home (pictured below) at the time of the incident.
The infamous radio personality calls this $44+ million oceanfront
compound estate in north Palm Beach “home.” It is out of
this magnificent property that he broadcasts his syndicated radio
program, The Rush Limbaugh Show. The two-story mansion is situated
right on the beautiful waters of the Atlantic Ocean. (More
The Palm Beach County public property records show the beach-front property spans 2.9202 acres. The main mansion includes 9 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a library, and a collection of $4,000 a-bottle wine.
The property records (a bit confusing) shows he purchased the property in June of 1998 for $3.9 million. As of 2009 the tax man shows the property had an assessed value of $24,634,744, a staggering market value of $48,303,931, and an even more jaw dropping tax liability of $451,212.42.
The Huffington Post reported that his studio is on the third floor of a (purposefully) anonymous building 100 yards off the white sands - - - about a mile from his gated mansion (the one next to Chuck Norris's).
He calls this his Southern Command and describes it as heavily fortified, yet when you travel up in a lift and step into a glass and leather reception area, there isn't even a receptionist, let alone a security guard, just several white locked doors and a CCTV camera that follows you. One of the doors buzzes open.
(Pictured below) Rush Limbaugh inside the control booth, where off camera, he has a staff of three: a sound engineer, a female stenographer, and his producer (full interview).
The Week describes Limbaugh's ocean-front estate as made up of five separate houses behind gates that offer no visible security. The radio host himself lives, with a cat, in the largest, a 24,000 square-foot mansion that he renovated and decorated himself. The other four buildings are for guests. The estate, for which Limbaugh was recently offered $65 million, includes a putting green and a private beach.
The main guest suite is an exact replica of the Presidential Suite of the Hotel George V in Paris. A massive chandelier in his dining room mimics one that hung in New York's Plaza Hotel. Knick-knacks include a full suit of armor and a life-size oil portrait of Limbaugh himself.
When at home, Limbaugh spends most of his time in his "inner sanctum" — a two-story library which is a scaled-down version of the library at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina.
(Pictured below) Rush Limbaugh's elite East Side New York City penthouse condo before it had been sold.
His once part-time residence is located at 1049 Fifth Avenue in New York City (Central Park at East 86th Street). He had listed it for $13.95 million and sold it for $12.95 million. The condo was 4,661 square feet, and included 4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and 4 terraces - - two of which have direct Central Park views (Complete details and floor plan).
When someone asked him, "How often do you go to New York now?"
Rush replied, "As little as I can get away with. I think last year I was there a total of 15 working days. I go up to see the staff at Christmastime. New York is probably going to celebrate that I'm not going to come back...they hate me, so they're happy I'm not coming back."
His Palm Peach neighbors in Florida have never really cared for him either.
Rush has been married three times. He currently has a new girlfriend. When asked about the ups and downs in his personal relationships he hesitates, "I would find myself very difficult to live with because I am totally self-contained and resent having to do things I don't want to do. Now I can choose. When I'm put in a position where I don't want to be there, I make sure everyone else is miserable."
(Pictured below) Limbaugh drives himself around in a black Maybach 57 S (cost: $450,000), and keeps a garage full of them for his guests.
(Pictured below) Rush owns a Gulfstream G550, a $56 million private jet that the talk show host had recently bought. A biographer notes the "tastefully luxe" interiors and specs which include "armaments: CLASSIFIED."
Early life - Born January 12, 1951 into a family of lawyers and judges, Rush Limbaugh obtained his radio license at the age of 15 and began Dj-ing on a local radio station.
He was miserable when his father insisted he attend college. Under protest, he enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University, where he only lasted one year before dropping out. According to his mother, "He flunked everything. He just didn't seem interested in anything except radio."
After his short stint in college, he was fired six times by radio stations and other employers. After he was fired in late 1974, and unable to find another job in local radio, Rush Limbaugh moved back home.
...and the rest, as you know, is history (photo below).
* Editor's note: After researching and posting this article, I found myself appalled when I reflected on Mister Limbaugh's rants about the poor people in this country who rely on food stamps to eat. Why do people who have the most also seem to complain the most. Why does the super-rich always wage war on the very poor?