March 4th, 2009
03:40 PM ET
9 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. Marc

    Rahm Emanuel is the Grima Wormtongue of this administration. But we all knew that when he was selected. No surprise here.

    March 4, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. HelloooOOOOO

    aaah, Limbaugh invites Pres Obama to come take him out, and promises him if he does Pres Obama will OWN the US..
    and Satan said to Jesus on the mountain top, worship me and all this can be yours..
    anyone else see a likeness here ????????

    March 4, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. bob

    rush criticized the stimulus for having too much pork, but i cant help but notice the hypocracy in his comments; a man of his porcine characteristics should not be bandying around "fat" jokes...take another pain killer rush, right after you take a lap and get a haircut

    March 4, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Mark

    Limbaugh is completely delusional.

    March 4, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Vanessa

    An "intelligent and open discussion" is a joke. First of all who is going to represent Rush on the "intelligence?" Second, he has shown time and time again that an open discussion to him is bad mouthing anyone that does not think like he does. Rush the best thing you can do is stop popping pills and get out of the fog you live in because of popping pills and look at life through the eyes of real Americans; not biggots and racists such as you. It's a shame you others like you would rather see this country fail; than to see a black man try to change things.

    March 4, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. The ONE

    LimBLAH.... THE ONE. Everything he speaks is writin in stone his words are truth his ways are golden he will make this country great! AWWWWWW OHHHHHHHH............. lol limblah thats like a crack head askin to meet with the CEO of Lilly to discuss drug policy. At least the "republicans" (i wish there was a real republican party) are funny.

    March 4, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Cromwell

    This is a typical stunt by the King of Bombast.

    Limbaugh knows that the President won't stoop to debate him.
    By making a hollow challenge that he knows that the Pesident won't accept, Limbaugh makes himself look big to his gullible followers.
    He will claim that the President is afraid to debate him and the Ditti-Heads will lap it up.

    Limbaugh is like a tin horn dictator of a third world country who threatens the United States. He knows that the U.S. Military could swat him like a bug, but they won't. By making a bombastic challenge to the U.S., he makes himself a hero to his followers.

    March 4, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Raymond

    @ Patricia writes,

    "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."


    Nice writing skills, sweetie. Seems you are a great representation of the typical Obama supporter.

    March 4, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Beverley Pearson

    Don't Do Mr. President! Rush is not worth your time!!!! plus... he'll be talking about for years to come!!!

    March 4, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Deb in Colo

    Like Rush would SHUT UP long enough for the President to get a word in edgewise.

    March 4, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. In Houston, TX

    Republicans don't really know how to debate.
    Most of us liberals enjoy a healthy exchange of ideas. If we disagree with one another, the conversation remains civil and we do our best to understand the others point of view. We want to understand the others point of view so that we may properly debate it or agree with it.

    Conservatives on the other hand... ;(
    They will take your point of view and misrepresent it. They don't really care about your idea, even if you are right, even if your plan works. A debate with and amongst them is not a healthy exchange of ideas. It is a presentation of their idea, a misrepresentation of yours, and attack attack attack. All non stuctured debates with conservatives and gop members usually deteriorate to shouting. And Republicans (especially those on tv and radio) act as if they are louder than you and if they get the last word, they think they have won. Oh! and they rarely listen to opposing points of view.

    And if Rush wants to debat Barrack, tell Rush to run for the office next election cycle

    March 4, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Little too late????

    ...and with guys like Rhambo and Robert 'thin skin' Gates saying "Dont pick on the chosen one" helps matters!?!?!

    The 'RATS call the Repubs whiners???'RATS are making a Mt McKinley sized mole hill out of this. Between all the Chicago Politics cronies bowing up for BO with their hearts on their sleeves, THEY will be the ones to get the star blinded Americans to OPEN THEIR EYES!!!

    March 4, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. jAY

    Limbaugh.........take a chill PILL
    .......along with your other self medication
    ........he's bordering on treason.

    March 4, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. BOJ Jr From Raleigh

    The country is facing bigger issues today this is stupid and Rush needs to go some where the GOP is in exile and suffering bad for attention.

    March 4, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Micahel

    If the Democrats would put all of this effort they have against Rush toward America, maybe the country could be turned around. Nothing but silly distractions to keep America from seeing what they (Democrats) are actually trying to pull over on the American people.

    March 4, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. jennifer quinn

    NUT JOB!

    March 4, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |

    Big mouth Limbaugh is not an American in my eyes. I don't understand how we Americans are having this man disrespect or president in this way. He wants him to fail now that sounds like someone that doesn't belong here in this country. A true American will support any President that is representing our country. Yes he can have his opinion but not everyday. This is turning out to be a full time job for him. Every one needs to just give some kind of support the President has a lot of issues that he adopted. Just a reminder GOP is listening to a drug addict.

    March 4, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. btaul

    Rush, Rush,Rush...Please do you really think that the President Obama wants to have an open debate with the likes of you?!
    Apparently Rush thinks he now owns this country by saying that if the President took him out he would own this country.
    in the words of Mr. Limbaugh when Clinton was in office "RNP held hostage day 43".

    March 4, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Dan Palermo

    And Rush led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours."

    And Obama answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'"

    Hey Rush, you plagiarized Luke 4:1-13!!!! Since when is the country yours to deliver?? You devil, you!

    March 4, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Vicman

    What do you think the goal of satan was when he promised Jesus all the good things in this World if only he could agree to....We can all think about this for somebody challeging the person he had wanted fail to a debate...very disgusting.

    March 4, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. John

    The President is shaking in his boots at the thought of facing Limbaugh. He can't even make a simple speech without a teleprompter how could he ever debate a master like Rush? President Obama is in so far over his head it's not even funny and He's pulling the country down the socialist path with him. Rush is the only one with enough courage to speak the truth while all the "elite" media and mindless supporters gulp the Obama kool aid. I pray for my fellow Americans and I pray for my dear country but we have unleashed a economic nighmare when we elected Mr. Obama.

    March 4, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. Emmanuel should be investigated

    Emmanuel will be exposed one day for a host of dirty tricks that will make Nixon and watergate look like a tea party. You can take the pol out of South Chicago, but that don't make him clean ....

    March 4, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. katiec

    Limbaugh is a headline grabber and the media continues to give him that privilege. Obama should never debate him as he is a man of integrity and L. is a man(?) of lies, hot air and nothingness.
    If L. thinks he is gaining popularity with all his madness he is
    as clueless as the republican party.

    March 4, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Rafael VA

    I bet Rush wins this one... I would love to see Princess Obama take on a real leader like Rush. Liberals hate him (Rush) because they know he is right otherwise they would not get so mad and bring out the name calling if it did not hurt them. Go Rush keep the jab in their face just like they did to Bush. I mean liberals were hoping Bush failed in Iraq so now they call foul when Rush calls for his failure ha ha ha! The double standard is obvious... Go Rush!!! I challenge any leiberal to see who is more patriotic conservatives or liberals anytime.

    March 4, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |

    You are a disgrace to intelligent America Limbaugh, get a life, the only thing stupid our President would do is to even consider justifying your idiotic philosophy of what you think this nation should be, continue on with your show and polluting the minds of your listeners, You who are resposible for the divisive state america is shoud be shame. our past heroes of the republican party Abe Lincoln and Ron Reagan don't deserve their party tainted with your dusgusting bad blood.
    in the grave they will turn if you ever lead their party or even considered running. you are a disgrace to this nation and what makes me ashamed of the dark side of my country.

    March 4, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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