He did a good job of keeping his plans secret, but when 400 guests and Elton John began arriving in Palm Beach, FL, the news got out that radio talker Rush Limbaugh was marrying long-time girlfriend Kathryn Rogers. The weekend wedding came after Limbaugh told listeners only that he would be on vacation until June 15th.
After three failed marriages, Limbaugh had vowed never to walk down the aisle again, but obviously had a change of heart. The new Mrs. Limbaugh is a party planner in Palm Beach, where parties are lavish and expensive. The weekend nuptials at The Breakers, a palatial resort hotel, fit the bill. The Palm Beach Post reported that giant bouquets of white roses adorned the gilded Ponce de Leon Ballroom for the event. The 400-or-so guests had to pass through heavy security.
The guest list reportedly included such conservative notables as Karl Rove, Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani and Sean Hannity, but also liberal commentator James Carville, accompanied by his wife and political opposite, Mary Matalin. Several sports celebrities were also on hand, including former Kansas City Royals slugger George Brett (Limbaugh worked for the team at a time when his radio career was in the dumps) and New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft.
Limbaugh, 59, and Rogers, 33, first met in 2004 when she organized a charity golf tournament and began dating seriously in 2007. Limbaugh was meeting her parents in Hawaii last December when he had to be hospitalized with chest pains.
After the exchange of vows on Saturday, the Limbaughs and their guests were entertained by Elton John. The conservative radio star reportedly paid $1 million to have the gay, liberal activist flown in to perform.
RBR-TVBR observation: We’ve figured out the Limbaugh connection with Elton John. Both promoted the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2008. John staged a fund-raising concert for Clinton’s campaign and Limbaugh urged listeners (after the GOP contest was in the bag for John McCain) to cross over and vote for Clinton to draw out her battle with Barack Obama for as long as possible.