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. Deborah for Obama

    Rush is out of his league on this one. Never throw pearls at swines feet.

    March 4, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Reg

    Debating the repubilcans is the equivalence of manhandling
    a "three year old"!

    Until we hear reasonable ideas & solutions to issues from the
    masters of the universe who are the gatekeepers of our horror
    of today "they" have no credible vox!

    March 4, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Roland in St George, UT

    Rush Limbaugh has been married and divorced three times. That makes him a great spokesperson for Republican family values, doesn't it? (NOT) Why do they even give him any airtime at all?

    March 4, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Go back to Europe!

    What is the upside for Obama? Rush would get fatter but Obama would get flees.

    March 4, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Pat-Pittsburgh

    How much fun would that be, it would be the highest rated program ever. Show some guts Barack, do it!

    March 4, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Angie in Pa

    Rush you are not Worth President Obamas Time of Day Besides you Have to Be Intelligent to Talk with the President

    March 4, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Limbaugh will DESTROY Uh-bama

    Holy S!!!!! There it is you libtards!!! An open invitation for your messiah to once and for all take down Limbaugh. I see a lot of you are pleading for Uh-boma not to accept. COWARDS!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. walleye

    Obama – Stay away from this Oxy-lard. We dont want his evil to touch you.

    March 4, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. TBONE48

    LIMBAUGH SHOWS SIGNS OF DRUGGIE DELUSIONS AND EXHIBITS A LOT OF DISRESPECT RAGE AND CONTEMPT FOR THE NEW ADMINISTRATION...HE NEEDS TO WAKE UPPP AND REALIZE THAT U.S. PRESIDENTS IN OFFICE DO NOTTT DEBATE RADIO TALK SHOW HOSTS WHO BLATHER ONNN AND ONNN AND ONNN...

    March 4, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. jah

    Oh I forgot to say One thing, if our leader doesn't spend now for the future there Will be NO FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN, OR SHOULD I SAY NO CHILDREN WILL BE AROUND. No economy , no insurance, no jobs, no help. GOVERMENT PLEASE HELP US , NO RUN RUN YOU REPUBS GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY OUR GOV WILL HELP IT'S PEOPLE THAT PAY THEIR TAXES.

    March 4, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. Mike

    Too bad our commander in chief doesn't have half the brain that Rush has. If Rush was running the country, we would be back on track again and not heading down the road to socialism.

    March 4, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. Joe

    I thought the ballerina story was bogus, but then I googled it...

    March 4, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. karen-Phoenix

    A little PS: Remeber, Limbough is being paid $700,000 a year by BIG OIL and big oil is on its way OUT!!!! Wind, solar and the Pickens Plan will survive and we will have NEW jobs, better pay and the work will stay in the USA!!! NO OUTSOURCING!!!

    March 4, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. Big Ed

    President Obama has much more pressing issues to deal with than matching wits with a defensless lard@#$!

    If Mr. Limbaugh has the answers, volunteer to help out instead of making loads of money off of peoples economic misery.

    March 4, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Independent in Arizona

    What a JOKE! The president doesn't have time to prop up the ratings for a publicity seeking ignoramous like Rush Limbaugh. If Republicans had a brain (and pigs could fly), they would tune out the pompous airbag and maybe he would just go away.

    March 4, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. Habte

    How can someone that is uneducated have an educated discussion with a president who has a law degree?

    right wing fanatics = non sense

    March 4, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Susan in NC

    President Obama, please don't lower yourself to this jerk's level!

    March 4, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. C W

    I just read Limbaugh's "bi-partisan stimulus plan" and in it, he claims that the failed voodoo economic policies of the Bush Administration, which got us into this current mess, will somehow bring us out of it.

    Limbaugh also phrases it such that if Obama doesn't do what he (Limbaugh) thinks he should, then Obama is not being bi-partisan.

    Limbaugh is big enough for planets to orbit around him, but, contrary to what he and his lemmings believe, he really isn't the center of the universe.

    March 4, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Ndy Ukwe

    "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?"
    That sure sounds like the great temptation of Jesus by satan....not that the analogy fits by any shred of imagination. But how can Rush Limbaugh think that President Obama in all his wisdom will succumb to such a petty invitation? Rush lives in a world of his own and he is currently enjoying all the media attention he is getting after his "First National Address" at the CPAC convention. Unfortunately, he is doomed to be punctured by his fellow Republicans when the time for elections come around the corner. Rush is just living in a fool's paradise and we all should let him enjoy his special moment.

    March 4, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. Bob, Pittsburgh

    Limbaugh rocks!!

    He speaks and the media cover it ... that little weasel Rahm has bit off more than he can chew.

    Just spell the name right boys ... just spell the name.

    March 4, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. CK1

    What is the country coming to? You have a person of no importance wanting the president of the United States to debate him on his radio show!! WOW, nothing seems to amaze me anymore.

    March 4, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Drugs kill

    Limbaugh, it's evident that those drugs have gone to your fricken head. President Obama with you. Get over yourself and lay off the narcotics. Since your little talk where you were praised by your hateful followers, it's all gone to your head, and you feel you have the right to challenge the President to a debate. Dude, you are too puffed up and full of your own stank!!!

    March 4, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. red

    go to hell you fat PIG!!!!! obama already completed his debat last fall. if that was the cace maybe you should have been the nominee not mcbush.... limbush!!!!!!!!go to hell

    March 4, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. no problem

    Sure, Rush, no problem!

    All you have to do is:

    1) become the nominee of the Republican Party for President in 2012

    2) show up to the debate on time (and ideally, lay off the Oxycontin that day, but don't feel you have to if it would place too big a burden on you).

    We're all looking forward to it – no really, I'd make popcorn and take the phone off the hook.

    March 4, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. AM

    The election's over...wind up Fatso the Clown!!

    March 4, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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