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. We love Sarah

    Who in the HE!! does this idiot think he is to believe that the US President will lower himself to the level of this gutter rat??!!

    March 4, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. Tina, NC

    If Rush is all the Republican party has for a leader they are in deep.

    March 4, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Bridget

    Why on earth would President Obama want to get rid of Rush Limbaugh? Rush is helping recruit former Independents to the Democratic Party every day..

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

    Puff -The – Mouth – Almighty -Dragon,

    You are a bad comedian, bordering on clowndom. Please leave your antics for those who are afraid of you. For one, you will not have President Obama calling you with an apology. Second, you are only relevant on your show, and to the fearful Republicans.
    I challenge you to shut your mouth about President Obama and Democrats for one week. You won't, because you'll become invisible again.

    Dems. are like, so groovy!

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

    Obama won't do it because he is not stupid. You republicans think that everyone is as stupid as the people in your party. Limpballs has nothing to lose and everything to gain. Obama could wipe the floor with this born loser, but what will it prove. We already know he is a loser.

    March 4, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Kevin

    Limbaugh... Windbaugh... Scumbaugh...

    I have another one, but I'm sure it will get censored.

    March 4, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. jb

    Looks like the big O and his lackeys have been called out. If this guy is such an idiot it should be a piece of cake and easy to shut him up, just dial the phone boys.....

    March 4, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Lydia

    Intelligence and Limbaugh are two words that do not belong in the same sentence. Not even in the same room. Greedy? Arrogant? Pompous? Perhaps. But not intelligence!

    Republicans should not allow Limbaugh to hi-jack the party. He's really making a fool of many a good people.

    For an entertainer who has a 10yr contract of over $100,000,000, where does he come off as a spokeperson for the average citizen?

    Plleeeze! Get a grip!

    March 4, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. SCOTT CANADA

    The GOP is increasingly making it apparent that they are a tired
    old party with the same tired old ideas and Rush is the venomous demon spouting out like like he's about to become exercised. I'd love to have him in a room for half an hour. may the best man win.

    March 4, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. Tulsa L

    Obama just needs to ignore this inflated bag of wind.......if Rush is so God Almighty Right then let him run for the Presidential Office in 2012 and then he can debate all he wants........

    March 4, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. Patrick

    I think Obama should do this. If he's right on the issues what is he scared of? They could have a moderator there to keep things fair. This would be a ratings goliath.

    March 4, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Bayousara

    This creep reminds me of my ex-husband!

    My ex thinks Rush is the best thing since sliced bread.

    March 4, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. Cynthia, NJ

    You don't need the President, let me at him. I will wipe the floor with Rush.

    And I won't apologize.

    March 4, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Raymond

    @ Gerry says,

    "President Obama has a lot more important things to do than have a debate with this liar."

    EXACTLY – like his own lying:

    Bring the troops home? LIE

    Stop Earmarks? LIE

    Transparent Govt? LIE

    Ethical Appointments? LIE

    March 4, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. Peggy - TX

    "Intelligent, open discussion" with Limbaugh – Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha -
    Rush – Your so full of yourself. You are not an elected person. You have no important job. You represent no one. You offer no expertise. You are a loud mouth idiot. A losse cannon. The Republican Party is now disfunctional and you played a big part in its demise. You would tear down Jesus if he walked the earth today. You are not capable of promoting anything poisitive. You are distructive and have no ligitimate place in "real" politics or on Obama's agenda.

    March 4, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. Larry from Washington State

    To debate on the Rush Linbaugh program would only serve to draw more sponsorship money to Rush who has nothing to lose. How about a public debate and if the public deems Obama the winner - Rush agrees to go off the air for a year ?

    March 4, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. wendy

    Why would the President of the United States spend one minute debating with a drug addicted, self righteous, bigot who has an endless stream of hot air of hatred shooting out of his cake hole! Who does he think he is and why does he think anyone cares about what he thinkgs he knows??? He has his groopies of musty old white men that tune and listen to his endless BS. Rush just shut up and go away. You are a perfect picture of what was wrong with the country over the past 8 miserable years. If you think you are so smart and have all the ideas and answeres why didn't you put all your time, effort and resources towards running for a public office. . No because you are too lazy and to greedy to push yourself away from your microphone. Spend your time doing something constructive and if you can't do that just go away and keep quiet. You are a washed up nobody with a big mouth.

    March 4, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. cruiserGT

    WooHoo! Go Rush!

    Mr. President... I would brush up on your constitutional abc's before jumping in there.

    YEAH FREE ENTERPRISE!!!

    March 4, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. robertm

    bottom line, although a stated conserative, limbaugh does present some compelling arguments, as does the president. Generally, limbaugh does provide substance to back up his points. To date the pres has presented concepts without the benefit of details. It would be an opportunity for Obama to provide substance and clarity in a point counter point forum. no teleprompters for either, neutral location. I'm guessing it will never happen, the administration would suffer ireversiable setbalks if it did not go well.

    March 4, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. tracy

    Shut this addict up. Is he now addicted to himself. We have better things to do "limp"baugh than listen to you or your stale wind. By the way, America is moving on to a better country try and keep up.

    March 4, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. gary, gpp

    @ worriedmom

    Know where I can get some OxyContin ?

    March 4, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Susan

    Sorry Rush, you aren't worth our President's time...kind of has this whole economy mess to fix that your hero Bushy left the country in. Perhaps he will come talk with you and to your listeners(what ones you have left) after he has successfully pulled America out its tailspin.

    March 4, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. Linda in MS

    What a bufoon.

    March 4, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. chuck

    I AM WAITING PATIENTLY FOR THIS CRAB-DOG TO DRUG HIMSELF INTO A COMA AND THEN EVERYONE WILL HAVE SOME PEACE.

    March 4, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. chris

    Ever notice how small dogs bark more than bigger ones?

    Or how better people don't need to talk about themselves so much?

    March 4, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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