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. Shelby- B'ham, AL

    And who are you exactly? Are you running for office? Are you an elected official? No? Then shut up-the President has "relevant" people to meet and debate with.

    March 4, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Lynnette H. March 4th, 2009 4:02 pm ET

    The President is too smart to fall for Limbaugh's trap. Mr. Obama completed all of his 'debates' before he was elected. He has no reason to climb into the ring with someone who doesn't hold a belt! LOL
    _______________________________________________

    If this is a trap then Rush is right. If Obama is right then what trap could he fall into?

    If Obama doesn't want to debate then he should stop singling out Rush.

    March 4, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. kay

    What an hypocrite is rush limbaugh who can't debate an elementary school student think before you talk RUSH and stop rushing to judged OBAMA well i can't blame you rush hush hush.

    March 4, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Beverly, NYC

    You want a debate, run for President in 2012. There will probable be at leat 20 of them.

    March 4, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Had It

    My understanding Mr Limbaugh takes the "female" role sometimes himself. Check his Sacramento tour of duty in his Biography on google.

    March 4, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. G.O.P.: When you got nothing, You got nothing to lose

    Why should Obama get in a stink match with a skunk?

    March 4, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    I am convinced this guy is sick.Seriousely he is in need of a psychiatric check-up.

    March 4, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Molly

    Rush, why don't you run for office? Like a real man? Put your money where your mouth is, and stand up to represent...something. Anything.

    You blowhard.

    March 4, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Limbaugh will DESTROY Uh-bama

    Seriously, NOT ONE OF YOU LIBTARDS WANT OBAMA TO FACE RUSH???

    What are yall afraid of? If Rush is such a big, fat liar, then this would be an opportunity to take down the "head of the RNC" as you libtards like to refer to him.

    COME ON OBAMA, YOUR NOT A COWARD, ARE YOU?

    March 4, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Sharon Northern Virginia

    This man has lost his mind for sure. What a PIG.

    March 4, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Cruzan Obama Mama

    Why should the President come down to his level. POTUS is on the top of the food chain.....why should he play around with this farm animal.

    What makes him think that he can make those type of demands to Pres. Obama? I'm sure he would not of done this to Bush. This idiot needs to know his place and stay in his lane. The Repubs are just ridiculous, disgraceful cowards. How does he even have a following? Who are these people? And most importantly, who does he think he is? He makes me sick.

    Pres. Obama had conducted himself with class & dignity. I sincerely hope that he does not even give this a second thought and wallow in the mud with this pig.

    March 4, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Todd

    Wow, nice comments Democrats! It's good to know that only we Republicans ever resort to name-calling! Thanks for proving that point Kiddo, NYHillary, Laverne, gpm, Maryanne Rose, anne, and A Real American......

    Shows the Lib's true "class"!

    March 4, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. survivor

    This egotistical fool is trying anything to bait the President into a go nowhere "debate" insulting Ron Emanual may get Fatso a dead fish ......Must be nice to be paid to be a big windbag!

    March 4, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. American

    "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?" – Rush Limbaugh

    Rush, do you realize that you're stating that for the moment you OWN the United States of America? Mmm.... arrogance does become you after all.

    March 4, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. martha

    Hey Rush

    Don't forget Mr. President is trying to clean up your UNCLE'S MESS.

    March 4, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. DAWN JONES

    - O-Rahm-a your tights are affecting your judgment, stop dancing around the question and debate Rush.
    – NObama quit trying to dance with the Stars and debate Rush.

    March 4, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Trudy

    Would LOVE to see this. Bring it on. Go Rush!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. ARMY SOLDIER

    I CAN'T BELIEVE WE LET THE REPUGS RUN & RUIN OUR COUNTRY! NEVER AGAIN!!!

    March 4, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Sharon Northern Virginia

    President Obama please don't give this fool the time of day. Everyone we must not listen to this crazy man.

    March 4, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. JB

    Lets not get excited here....while this debate would be fun to see, and makes for an awesome story, the real issue is that Rush's "bi-partisan" stimulus plan were actually more effective than the porkulus bill our Mr. President actually signed.

    March 4, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. lori

    Oh lord here we go. who listens to A.M radio anyway.

    March 4, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Oh please

    President Obama has much more important things to do with his time than to give any more attention to this overexposed, washed-up drug addict blowhard

    March 4, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. G.O.P.: When you got nothing, You got nothing to lose

    Rush: Got Ego?

    March 4, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. H Jay

    I am still trying to understand who people would support anyone who pubicly declares that they want an American President to fail.

    Can someone explain to me why this is not treason?

    March 4, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Ben

    This is pathetic. He knows the president isn't going to waste his time debating a talk show host, so Limbaugh will end up claiming victory in the end. It's very immature and shows that his arguments do not hold ground.

    March 4, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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