March 4th, 2009
03:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Limbaugh vs. President Obama

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh challenged President Obama to a verbal showdown Wednesday.
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh challenged President Obama to a verbal showdown Wednesday.

(CNN) - Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh challenged President Obama to a verbal showdown Wednesday, calling on him to visit his talk show for an "intelligent, open discussion" on issues like health care and taxes.

"If you can win at this, then come here and beat me at my own game, and get rid of me once and for all, and show all the people of America that I am wrong," said Limbaugh. "If you take me out, if you can wipe me out in a debate and prove to the rest of America that what I say is senseless and wrong, do you realize you will own the United States of America?"

Limbaugh also accused the White House of orchestrating an attack on him, telling his listeners that the Obama team is demonizing the radio host since Bush left office. He said the effort was being spearheaded by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who Limbaugh refers to as the "power behind the throne."

"Don't let his effeminate nature and his ballerina past mislead you on this. He may look effeminate (he was a ballerina at one time) but he has the feral instincts of a female rat defending its young," Limbaugh said.

"I'm calling. I'm ready. I'll do everything I can to facilitate it. You're a very courageous man, Mr. President. I am, after all, just The Last Man Standing," Limbaugh said.

In January, Limbaugh called on the president to sign on to his “bi-partisan” stimulus plan, which would increase government spending for roughly half the country, and cut taxes for the other half.


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soundoff (746 Responses)
  1. Adele

    The amount of time he spend talking he should be on a treadmill.

    March 4, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Roger from CA

    Rahm Emanuel is "effeminate"????!!! He is a ruthless political bruiser out of the Chicago school. He may be many things, but not "effeminate".... It makes about as much sense as to insinuate that Limbaugh is a member of the Mexican drug mob because he has had drug issues....

    Glad to see, though, that homophobia is alive, well and relished by Limbaugh. Anything to make that GOP tent smaller is fine by me!

    March 4, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Mike Dallas

    This clown's peeked in 2003 at 20 million now he is at 14 million and falling.

    So, of course, he is doing ANYTHING to get those numbers back up so he can earn that 40 m a year in his new contract.

    Any less than that and how could he feed both his food and drug addictions?

    March 4, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Darko

    Will never happen... libs don't debate the arguments, they focus on demonizing the person,party or group.

    Few people are willing to debate Rush's policies yet nearly all willingly attack him or the GOP in general.

    March 4, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Dave M

    Judging from some of the comments here, the Obamaniacs are shaking in their boots. All they can do is call Rush names. They know that Rush would win a debate with Obama, hands down.

    If he's so great, why doesn't Obama take Rush up on his invite?

    March 4, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Hijacked Election

    Rush challenging BHO.. Great joke. This guy tried all his tricks starting from primary. Remember stop Obama express... Vote for HRC to beat BHO. What a loser. Get a life and stop this nonsense. What we have in DC is the best in this country. REPs or DEMs, this is the best team we can get around. Atleast the policies make much sense than the last 8 years. Like it or not, learn to live with it. Just for one sec think that GWB or JMcCane were in White House now. We would have been doomed...

    March 4, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. The Truth

    Limbaughhh! If you really want to be of service to this country (USA), take some of that $400 million you have and put it were your mouth is and chip in to the cause of rebuilding this country..........IF not then go bake to GERMANY and tell your cousin and other decendants of Adolf, Americans will not fall for your trickery your secret is out the bag!

    March 4, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. ~~ July ~~

    Whew! ...

    That is some HIGH you are having Rushie.

    LOL!

    March 4, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. LARRY ROSADIA IN VA.

    PURE SILLINESS! OBAMA COULDN'T GET A WORD IN EDGEWISE, AS MUCH AS THIS GUY TALKS! THIS GUY HAS NOT STOPPED TALKING IN AT LEAST 20YRS. HE WOULD DIFINITELY WIN THE MOTOR MOUTH AWARD!

    March 4, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Florence Lince

    Limbaugh only wants to hear himself speak. What a blow hard.

    As if he would ever acknowledge that Obama got the better of him.

    Limbaugh needs to go away. He is afraid of Obama and Obama's popularity numbers.

    If he is so unhappy he should go and live someplace else for the next 8 years.

    March 4, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Ben

    It’s only in America where they call smart- intelligent people “Liberals” and ignorant and arrogant “conservatives”

    March 4, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. thisoldhippie

    Rush Limbaugh is a joke. I know that many "conservatives" worship the ground the man walks on, but they aren't the most intelligent lot. Rush Limbaugh barely graduated from high school, flunked out of college, is a drug abuser, an adulterer and an utter fool. I think liberals should start calling him "the One" and "the Messiah of the Righ" because they seem to worship him like a round, golden calf. Maybe he's the anti-Christ?

    March 4, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. moderate

    Our president has no time to meet with such an ignorant, bad mouth fool drug addict. He needs every minute to be devoted to fix the mess created by the reptile party.

    March 4, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. patricia

    I hope Mr. President Obama don't read or listen to Rush. He's not worth the President of the United State to talk with. Because his intelligent is a zero. He is an zero. And the Republican Party hero.
    So I and the United States will keep the President pray up and will stand up for and with him.

    March 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. NoMo Bush

    Why would the most powerful man in the WORLD waist his time with Rush. Rush you are nothing to most of us you only have meaning to the the lost souls that listen to your BULL.

    March 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Mike

    wow brutal...

    March 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Limbaugh is beneath Obama and Obama shouldn't waist his time on such pettiness and baseless simple-mess... Just like greatness doesn't respond to foolish worthlessness. So continue to play your games with your base Limbaugh; the rest of the world don’t have time for your mess…

    March 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Mike from Tacoma

    So Today Rush is playing the victim?

    Of course Pres Obama won't go on the show, becasue he knows:

    "Never argue with fool, because no one will know the difference."

    March 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Michael Ray Thompson

    Hey. I agree. Rush should have been elected President. Not Barack Obama. But Rush would have taken a huge paycut.

    March 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Tina - Sacramento, CA

    DON'T DO IT MR. PRESIDENT:

    HE IS NOT WORTH YOUR TIME OR ENERGY.

    YOU STAY FOCUSED ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND WHAT OUR NEEDS ARE. AND DO NOT PLAY INTO THIS GAME..

    GOD BLESS AND PROTECT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS FAMILY.

    March 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. John Pa

    Rush should debate Rachael Maddow.

    March 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. FrankinPhilly

    I think the president's time is better-served addressing the economic crisis. What purpose would this serve other than to further Limbaugh's ratings? When you have a whiney child throwing a tantrum on the floor you don't get down and try to debate them on it - you ignore the behavior so it's not reinforced and it goes away. Here's hoping we can say the same for that blowhard, Limbaugh. Go away.

    March 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. Tired of this Republic looser

    Rush with his tan and florida republican monkies in Palm beach should all move somewhere else if they don't want this country to succeed. Mr. Obama is the president of this country and represnts all americans and our duty is to support him since he is elected by the people for the people. This is a waste of time and resources in this economy where people are losing jobs. Rush is a Radio Host who succeed on media screams and attention. Too bad he is getting the attention he wants. He should go back to focus on his drugs and strippers...I'm sure he is having fun on the weekends unlike people who are losing thier jobs and homes. Please give me a break.

    March 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. Roberto in BC

    Entertainer: One who amuses people, such as a singer, dancer, comedian, magician, etc., especially one who does so as a profession.

    How is it possible that this little man, who is nothing more than an entertainer, can garner such media attention? Every time I start to feel proud to be an American again, this sort of sillyness comes up. Agree with Roco... Disgusting!

    March 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. gnomepark

    Is this guy running for office?

    Who does he represent, besides himself?

    March 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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