March 4th, 2009
03:40 PM ET
6 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. matt

    The Journal suggests that Mr. Obama’s policies are slowing, if not stopping, what would be a normal economic recovery. “From punishing business to squandering scarce national public resources, Team Obama is creating more uncertainty and less confidence,” said the editorial.

    March 4, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. There are no words

    The debate already happened for 2+ years. You lost Rush, sorry. Better luck in 2012.

    March 4, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. NEWSLINK

    This man has put the Republican Party at a new low. Rush is delusional, to think that the President. Would entertain a fool. Rush has gotten his Black Men mixed up. He is not talking to Steele. But to President Obama. I want to Thank the Republican Party for choosing another idiot to speak on their behalf. I guess Palin and Joe? was not good enough. To futher shame your Party.....

    March 4, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. repulicans hate america

    OH please!! a republican debate is one where they just talk over you with their baseless talking points they never give the other side a chance to speak he will just probably mute Obamas microphone like he does with any one that challenges that child molester.

    March 4, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. matt

    The Journal also points out how the market took a dive after the President announced his budget. The paper called it a “declaration of hostility toward capitalists across the economy.”

    March 4, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. FreeNLovIt

    A President of the United States should not go to Rush, but Rush should be invited into the White House. After all, they are both americans. It's good to reform health care, but it's must be done with the ability to lower cost through innovation. As for taxes, it's true, the rich should keep their money, but the country NEEDS them NOW. They need to pitch in and help America. Mother America needs the rich. In good times and bad times, we need to be there for each other. If I was a billionaire, I wouldnt mind chipping in to help America stay afloat.

    March 4, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. matt

    The editorial suggests Democrats benefit from blaming all bad economic news on President Bush

    March 4, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. JB

    You have got to be kidding me. Why would the President waste his time debating a radio entertainer. Get over yourself rush – your over-inflated sense of self-importance is staggering.

    I've listened to rush – no one with opposing views gets past the screeners, and if they happen to slip by, rush won't let them get a word in. No thanks, no need. If this is viewed as a challenge of intellect and comprehension, rush is coming to a gunfight unarmed.

    March 4, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. GuyInVA

    If the president has so many more important things to do, he should say so and be done with it. Instead, every White House spokesperson is invoking Limbaugh's name every chance they get. No doubt it is designed to identify he republican party with a rich, self important, white guy (they would be hard pressed to find a better target). It draws attention away from Bobby Jindal and Michael Steele (remember, all conservatives are racist white males). I read today of the White House's "Limbaugh Strategy." Once the really important work is done, how about following up with an economic strategy, an Iran strategy, or maybe an Al-Qaeda strategy?

    March 4, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Carlo, Raleigh NC

    Yeah, Obama should totally go on to the Rush Limbaugh's show to deal with his little vein attempt at setting a trap with the economy in shambles, 2 wars on (still), trying to end one of those wars, and create peace in the middle east.

    March 4, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Crisis: Obama/Biden

    Rush Limbaugh is probably using drugs again based on his comments about wanting President Obama to fail.

    Only someone who's not in their right mind would make such a comment.

    NLP

    March 4, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Snake eyes

    LIMPDONG WOULDNT KNOW HOW TO CONDUCT HIMSELF IN A LEGITIMATE DEBATE IF HE TRIED. HE JUST THROWS TANTRUMS AND INSISTS ON PEOPLE AGREEING WITH HIS VERSION OF THE TRUTH. IF HE HAD ANY REAL GUTS HE WOULD PUT HIS MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH IS AND RUN FOR OFFICE. SEE HOW FAR HIS RANTS GET THERE.

    PRESIDENT OBAMA, REMEMBER THE OLD ADAGE: DONT EVER MUDWRESTLE A PIG: ALL YOU DO IS GET DIRTY AND THE PIG LIKES IT!!!

    March 4, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. Bobby D

    Oh yeah, one more thing. Rush is a drug abuser? so was the messiah, B.O.

    Maybe Rush is qualified to be President

    March 4, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. chuck

    RUSH LIMBAUGH IS A SCUMBAG.

    March 4, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. Gary

    Hmmm both Rush and Obama were drug users for a while, wonder if the would agree on legalizing drugs?

    A debate between these 2 would be entertaining. If this debate goes over well, I think that the next one should be between Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul.

    Both Repubs and Dems have good and bad ideas, Both libs and Cons have good and bad ideas- – my whole issue is when are they going to stop the deficit spending?

    March 4, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. cjr

    debate rush – give me a break – the guy is off the wall – a little fat boy who is disfunctional to a degree that if he were your child – you would have him in a shrink's office. Maybe that's where he should go.

    March 4, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Bobby D

    Hey Kiddo,

    Get back to running the drive thru.

    March 4, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. Saul Virginia

    Where is Romney, Palin and others that care about the Republican party to tell Rush to shut up!! He is digging a deeper hole for the party and no one has the balls to challenge him. I can't wait for another chance to vote against coward republican house or senate candidates. The democrats atleast have the courage to put him in him place.

    Cowards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. josh

    LONG LIVE RUSH LIMBAUGH!!!!

    I'm glad to see someone has some cahones, in this country full of little, liberal cowards. It's getting to the point that I'd rather shoot a liberal than listen to them run-off at the mouth.

    KEEP IT UP RUSH. THE REAL AMERICANS LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. Phil

    It's amazing how the bleeding hearts are so scared of a radio talk show host.

    March 4, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. chris

    Okay, he's using again....

    March 4, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. repulicans hate america

    I love it how you conservatives like to make fun of Obamas ummmms especially given the fact that 8 years of Bush have been nothing but ummmms followed by a bunch of duuuuhs

    March 4, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. Shirley

    What makes Rush Lambaugh think he so important that the President
    of the United State with all that he has on his PLATE would even consider Debating a RADIO JOC.
    If Lambaugh is the leader of the GOP'S great, no one cares surely
    not President Obama and the American Voters.
    The Cable Media Network should stop talking about Lambaugh because a FOOL will not talk long by him self.
    We all know that Lambaugh has a DRUG problem he displayed that
    at the CPAC by Jumping around and waving his arms and just could
    not stand still.
    Lambaugh is a sad and lonley man who needs help..
    He may have a lot of money, but he is an unhappy man. SAD!!!!!!

    March 4, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. Chuck

    Reading all these comments seems like lots of anger and hatred. I see the liberial party knows what their doing. They got you this way and you don't even see it. I know it is everyone elses fault right(wing). No, it is your own. WAKE UP.....

    March 4, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. Leigh (Seattle)

    Thank goodness he and Palin are Republicans !!! With them hanging around sounding like ignorant, offensive liars, we will certainly have a long history of Democrats in power !! Yipee !!!
    Maybe he was high when he said this... we should give him the benefit of the doubt –
    I'd rather it be that then knowing he was sober and talking this crap !

    March 4, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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