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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  1. Cindy

    Why does Rush feel the need to call on Obama for a debate? This man is out of his mind with all his ranting and screaming like a child. I feel so sorry for him. Can one person be so filled with hate that he should carry on like this? It is just ashame! And to believe that there are more like him out there is even worst to comprehend. It is fine to disagree but to preach all this hate is treason. I can remember him preaching about supporting the president (Bush) when he was in office, even if you didn't agree with Bush, and now listen to how Rush is carrying on...what a double standard!!

    March 4, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Darin

    Obama has more important things to do than to waste him time and energy arguing a senseless debate with a ranting moron.

    Rush needs to hush!

    March 4, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. Josh

    AHAHAHAHAHA- oh wow! Did he just say if he gets taken out Obama will "own America"...? As if to say- no one but him stands up for what they believe on the right... like all the congressman who voted NO on the recovery bill? He's a nothing, given power only through his own words and the idiots who believe them. It's like me saying "I own you" and you buying it. He's not an elected official. If he ran, he would loose anyway. There is no battle between him and the President. All that would prove is that the president even aknowledges this muck raker as someone important. And he'd only be important if he was aknowledged in the first place. He is so beneith Obama. There's no possibility of debate- he's in no position to debate. He's not an official, he's not an anything but a AM radio talk show host. It doesn't get much more pathetic. The President doesn't even have time to consider the man. He has people that work for him, paid to ignore people like Limbaugh on his behalf.

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


    March 4, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. Soccer Nana

    Why doesn't Rush invite Roxy, Michelle, and Marta to be on his radio show; wives number 1, 2, and 3, respectively.

    Talk about why marriages fail; something constructive. Oh shucks, he is not going to ALLOW them to tell what really happened in those marriages! My bad, LOL

    March 4, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Bill

    Rush Limbaugh please keep talking and the Republicans Party will go out the way of the Wig Party. If Rush Limbaugh is the GOP leader let him run for office or just shut up, I am sure any Senate or House GOP member will gladly give up their seat for you.

    March 4, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. lily33

    ROFL....and it only gets more and more hilarious!!! Just when you thought it couldn't get any better.....keep tuned in to see what else is said....

    Seriously, the economy is in the dumps and this war of words is useless. But at least it's providing comedic relief....thanks

    March 4, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Is Limpballs Light in the Loafers?

    Let's recap,

    3 failed relationships with 3 different women

    Must use Viagra to consummate a relationship with any woman

    Could it be?

    Could Limpballs also be tapping out Broadway show tunes in public bathrooms with his foot when there is a cute young boy toy in the adjoining stall?

    Or does he too, just have a "wide stance" when seated?

    Not that there is anything wrong with that.

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

    Rush wants Obama on the show because he knows more people listen to Obama then his sorry child molesting but

    March 4, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. ~~ July ~~

    Rush said that if the President does not debate him ..... RUSH will OWN US? ..........

    Wha! ..... would he like to be call Rush Castro?

    March 4, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Scottye

    I was always told that you do not cast your pearls in front of swine. Shut up Limbaugh. Save your nonsense for the Klan.

    March 4, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Lannie

    Rush Limbaugh is a pig without lipstick and Sarah Palin is a pig with lipstick! Is this the best Republicans have to offer their party?

    March 4, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Schneider (I) - CA

    Why is it that during the past 8 years, those that engaged in political dissent were unpatriotic, anti-American traitors. But...when Rush does it, it is because he is a patriotic American. That, my friends, is hypocrisy.

    Democrats are not socialists. We realize that the financial situation is so bleak that the gov't needs to step up and help the country out – for a short time until we can get back on track. Gov't involvement is not socialism. Think roads, libraries, post office, schools, police, firemen, heck even politicians themselves – are all employed by the public sector (the government).

    Rush may not be too clear on the Constitution, but the role of gov't is spelled out fairly clearly. And there is a role. Drowning the gov't in the bathtub is not American, Republican, or conservative – it is called anarchy.

    And be sure to look in the mirror every now and then. Rush supporters are the MINORITY! The majority elected and support Obama. One recent poll showed only 11% have a favorable view of the drug-addled windbag.

    March 4, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. DB

    Rush must be back on his drugs again –oops, or maybe he isn't taking any medication at all.

    March 4, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |

    The President will never and should never sit down with you for any reason. It would be a complete waste of his valuable time.

    Dear Lord – Make this blow hard go away!

    March 4, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. mark

    Rush, we love you. You must continue to be the voice of reason. That weasal in the White House will never accept your proposal because he will lose.

    March 4, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. Cynthia

    You Big Fat Selfish Slob you have a lot of nerve thinking that the President has time in his busy schedule of trying to pull this country up out of the slump to acknowledge you and your big fat ego. Well I hope you FAIL!

    March 4, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. Ms. Patsy

    OMG, I am so ashamed. What a piece of mess you are Rush. I am laughing my phat tell off just watching you make a complete fool out of yourself. You should stop those heavy drug. Its making you insane. Get a life man. Look, life ain't all that bad. Come on Rush. Lets see who will get to the finish line. Get on your Mark, get set, Go babe. Are you out of breath. You should be. You are a disgrace to your human race. And you call yourself an American. hahahahahha.

    March 4, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. DWoods

    Democrats should ignore Rush and focus on fixing the country and all the problems within it! Rush looks like a woman in man's clothing. Let the Republicans work with him.

    March 4, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. nkem

    Hey Rush, Obama go down=you go down with him too!

    March 4, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. Pepito the Cool

    Rush would win the debate. He's much more coherent and intellegent than Obama. Obama mumbles and stuuters too much, while Rush is as smooth as silk (being a talk radio guy for 20 years helps). Obama knows this and will chicken out.

    March 4, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  22. Adrian X

    I'm so glad everyone is finally realizing GOP is pathetic! DOWN with the GOP, Up with AMERICA!! HELL YEAH!!

    March 4, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  23. Accountability

    Sounds like the Devil tempting Jesus on the Mountain.....didn't work then....won't work now....

    Limbaugh needs some serious mental help....

    March 4, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. EDDIE

    I think he is just bucking for a spot on Celebrity Rehab.

    March 4, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. park more

    Will be good idea. Obama will be strong or weak....... I think that if Obama is strong, he will do it

    March 4, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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