Limbaugh’s take went more like: “My dogs have created more shovel-ready work than Obama has just this week alone. The new puppy. Honest to God. More shovel-ready work for me this week than Obama has created all two and a half years.” There were more puppies, but the gist is the same.

“I guess I’ve become show prep for the GOP debates now, too,” Limbaugh told Huff Post, sounding flattered that Johnson might pass the joke off as his own.

Johnson claims the lift was an accident, and that he had been sent several jokes “by his buddy” earlier in the day to consider and thought, “wow, that was really funny.” He feigns ignorance as to where his buddy originally heard the joke.

So no points for creativity, but kudos to Johnson for knowing the good jokes, even if he doesn’t know where they come from.

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