Limbaugh Compares Obama to Nero: Fiddles As Economy Burns Hoping to Rebuild It in His Image On his Tuesday broadcast, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh explains how President Barack Obama is much like Roman Emperor Nero. Partial transcript as follows: Folks, you've heard the old saying, "Nero fiddled while Rome burned." That is true. Rome was literally burning, and he could not have cared less. What people have forgotten about it is that Nero, he didn't just fiddle while Rome burned; he started the fire. Nero wanted to burn down Rome in order to rebuild it in his own image. But to cover it up he blamed the Christians, who were then subsequently thrown to the lions. Now, on my first trip to Rome, the tour guide told me that didn't happen. He was interested in Rome not having a bad impression. He said, "You've heard that the Christians were given to the lions. It really didn't happen," he said. But, for all intents and purposes, it did. Now, if you ask me, the story of Nero fiddled while Rome burned and then adding to it he started the fire sounds familiar to me. Barack Obama has, for five years, had control over the US economy. His policies, his specific economic policies are the reason this country is in dire economic straits. Obama's policies are the reason why there is no recovery -- and if you want to call it a recovery, go ahead. If you do, it's the worst recovery in the history of this country. So there is an analogy, I think, to Nero here. Obama, by his own admission before he took office, during his campaign and after he was immaculated, bragged about transforming this country. He was not happy and never has been happy with the way this country was founded. Barack Obama and many in his party believe that the founding of United States of America was unjust and unfair and immoral and exploited minorities -- and, you know, all the usual folderol. His purpose has been to make amends. He's gonna give this country back to the people to whom it really belongs to get the shafted from the days of the Founding Fathers. So in the process, Obama's economic policies are destroying the US economy in order for him to rebuild it in his own socialist image.