November 1st, 2009
03:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Limbaugh questions if Obama, Democrats care about America

(CNN) - Rush Limbaugh brought his popular vitriol to national television Sunday, calling President Barack Obama unqualified and questioning if Obama and other Democrats care about the nation's well-being.

In a rare television interview, on the "FOX News Sunday" program, the conservative talk radio superstar declared himself worried about America's future under Obama and said he wondered if the president and the Democratic Party wanted to hurt - rather than help - the country.

"We've never seen this kind of radical leadership at such a high level of power in the in the country," Limbaugh said. "I believe that the economy is under siege, is being destroyed. Anybody with any economic literacy would not do one thing this administration's done to try to revitalize the private sector. They're destroying it.

"… And I have to think that it may be on purpose, because this is just outrageous, what is happening - a denial of liberty, an attack on freedom."

In other comments, Limbaugh called Obama "immature," "a child," "narcissistic" and "over his head." He called Obama's pre-dawn trip to Dover Air Force Base last week to view the dignified transfer of war dead from Afghanistan a "photo op."

Asked to respond, Obama's senior adviser, David Axelrod, called Limbaugh an entertainer.

"I think it's a surreal day when you're getting lessons in humility from Rush Limbaugh," Axelrod said on the CBS program "Face the Nation."

"We'll let Mr. Limbaugh fulminate. I think the American people are well served and believe they're well served."

Also Sunday, independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut said on the same program that he rejected Limbaugh's characterization of Obama's trip to view the return of war dead.

"I just totally disagree with him," Lieberman said of Limbaugh, adding: "I was proud that my president was there."

For his part, Limbaugh attacked every policy, action and motivation of the Obama administration.

He said the third quarter economic growth reported this week was all due to government intervention - from the Cash for Clunkers program and homebuyers' tax credit - rather than actual private sector expansion.

Obama was delaying a decision on more troops for Afghanistan for political reasons, Limbaugh said, and health care reform is a thinly disguised Democratic attempt to gain government control of one-sixth of the economy, he said.

He derided Democrats on security issues, saying they cared more about their political well-being than protecting the country.

"I hate to be honest with you here, but I do question their commitment to national security," Limbaugh said. "I question their commitment to the U.S. military. They'll put their political survival and their political power being gained over anything else. They'll use anybody and throw anybody away in order to achieve it."

His comments Sunday included a personal glimpse, with Limbaugh saying his treatment from drug addiction helped him deal with feelings of personal inadequacy.

At the same time, Limbaugh confirmed his latest contract could earn him $400 million, and he claimed credit for launching conservative talk radio and the eventual existence of a wide range of right-leaning media outlets.


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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Radar54

    WOW, scary WOW!!

    November 1, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Paul H

    I disagree with the way Limbaugh delivers his observations, and/or his opinions. But I have to tell you I do agree with his facts at the fact that this administration is pushing government into our lives at the speed of a jet.
    They want control everything.
    Everything from heath care to cap and trade. They are pushing and pulling their big government agenda into our lives. These two issues alone effect our everyday lives.
    They go after the rich and powerful like they are all bad people. But ask yourself this: "Do you really think there are no bad politicians?"
    People are people, if we concede our power to this government we will never give it back.
    This economy will recover, it always has.

    November 1, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Fair and Balance? FOX News and Rush Limbaugh: a partnership in fiction and hot air.

    November 1, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. Stephan

    Someone let Rush out without his meds again? Oh, no, just another day of balanced reporting on Fox New Sunday. So when the rest of the journalistic community has people like Senators, Congress members, leaders of the Administration and regarded members of academia on their Sunday news programs Fox has Rushbo. And they wonder why the administration questions Fox's being legit journalism. What – Ted Nuggent not available for today?

    November 1, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. Lisa

    The Gigantic Infant has no shame. Limbaugh is about as relevant as a piece of lint, plucked from the belly button of Chuck Norris.

    November 1, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Sam

    what kind of political party would allow someone like Rush as its spokesperson? He gets PAID a lot of money to make outrageous statements!!! How sad for the Republicans...

    November 1, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. maya

    Rush is a millionaire and a self-interested drug addict who can only criticize. He does not seek to inspire. Why he is anyone's role model or source of information is not only bizarre but disturbing. He's laughing at all of his ditto-head followers as he scoops up their money.

    November 1, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  8. DawnL,CA

    Of course we care about this country–you nutcase Limbaugh. Who didn't listen to the CIA about Bin Laden, or started 2 wars, allowed the economy to crash, with millions out of work? Who outed a CIA operative (Plame) & put her contacts in danger, then lied about it?
    It wasn't the democrats or independents!!!
    Are you really as crazy as you appear or is your hate-filled talk just a scam for money from the illiterate people who listen to you.
    To CNN....please no more from the likes of Limbaugh or Palin..who cares about them. They are the ones who hate America by their actions.

    November 1, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. AJC NY

    I watched Rush's interview today. I must admit, I disagreed with nearly nothing he said. I honestly had to struggle to find one thing he said that was at variance with the facts. Opinions, are subjective things on which people may differ. Facts are objective things on which opinion bears no relevance. Yet, even on matters of opinion, I found myself agreeing wholeheartedly with Rush Limbaugh.

    November 1, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. Thomasr

    Limbaugh and his cronies are the ones attacking freedom and democracy. He wants a two tiered society with 1% on the top the rest enslaved in a never ending life of hopelessness. We are coming for you Mr. druggie Limbaugh and some of us won't let up until the likes of you are gone. And by the way, you have 20% support withing the general population. That makes you one of the most hated men in America.

    November 1, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. emintey

    Speaking of Mr. Limbaugh:

    "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel"

    November 1, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Ryan

    Well how's this Limbaugh, you're gonna question people's allegiance to this country when YOU'VE NEVER SERVED YOURS!?!?!?

    My family has generations of former servicemen and women – and those of us still around voted for Obama so don't you DARE question our patriotism when people like my parents fought for you to have your right to free speech and you squander it on hateful hot-air.

    You're a fat sickening insult to humankind and an embarrassment to America. Among other things too colourful to be posted here....

    November 1, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. Nat, NYC

    Very proud of you, Rush. You are a real patriot of this country.

    November 1, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. David in MO

    400 million dollars to spread hate... interesting... says a lot about Republican principles. If he cared anyting for our country he'd agree to a voluntary salary cap, so that hundreds of millions of dollars could be spent on jobs and wages for others. Republican mantra: greed, greed, and more greed...

    November 1, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  15. Ryan

    Serve in the military before you questions other's patriotism you fat windbag.

    I proudly voted for Obama,
    – U.S. Navy

    November 1, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. Dave - motorcycle enthusiast

    The saddest thing, in my opinion, is how many people listen as devoted followers to RL. Some of those people work and live as my neighbors. Do they have the same hate that he spews? Do they cheer at the USA losing the Olympic bid as he did? Do they wish our president to fail as he does? Do they openly spew lie after lie to further their agenda as he does daily? Why do people choose to follow and adore people like Rush Limbaugh, Jimmy Jones, David Koresh, Charles Manson. All very popular and very powerful in their circles. All these men had or have that same hate, that same, I know ALL and those on the side of the opposition are idiots. I hope the followers of Rush fare better than those that have followed men like him to their very demise. But for Rush – not so much. I hope he gets what he reaps.

    November 1, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. SamSunny

    Limbaugh loves this country so much he got deferred from having to serve her in uniform. A boil on his bottom. Limbaugh, like those he admires....Cheney.....are chicken hawks. Limbaugh is just a totally negative personality making bundles of money off of hate speech.

    November 1, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. Gary

    I never thought I would witness the death of the Republican party. It's facinating to watch it crumble into a few fanatics in such a short period of time. It's kind of sad we really do need two credible parties to give people a choice.

    November 1, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Don Gregory

    Rush is good for the Democrats', Republicans' and Independents' bases. He's part of the illogical, inane, topsy-turvy kindling that keeps the politically active fired-up.

    Had it not been for the Election 2000 debacle would he be a household name now? I highly doubt it. And he's the first to admitc t hat he's an entertainer, an actor. This means that he has to create on his airtime "musings" the persona that will "hook" the ears of his people. Laughing at his far right rabid rebel rousers he does so all the way to the bank.

    November 1, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. es

    You say Rush represents the opinions of the majority of americans? Then you state that people who disagree with him should "debate facts?"

    Can anyone really take that seriously?

    Do you really think a majority of americans think Obama and Democrats do not love america?

    Give me a break.

    November 1, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  21. Greg, MN

    Rush is right. Everything he said is provocative, causes liberals to get mad, angry, and hateful. Thats why liberals can't stand him. They said all they wanted and still do about Bush. Obama is fair game. Rush is right. Constitutionally and intuitively. Obama and his buds are naeve at best and deliberately moving us to socialism at worst. Read the history of the toppling of the USSR, history reports itself, and this time its the USA. Read the history and you decide.

    November 1, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Sharon

    Coming from a draft dodger who would not fight for America; yet, he wants to wrap himself with the American flag! Really! And what gives him the right to question anyone's belief in America? Just another blow-hard, draft dodging divider.

    November 1, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. Peter E

    Limbaugh is a coward. He likes to dictate the GOP what to do and think, in spite of what their actual voting constituents think, but he has no balls to run for office himself!

    November 1, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. IS IT 2012 YET ??

    Obama was a mistake. He is becoming a disaster.

    November 1, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. B

    This guy is without doubt the most vile Un American Bag of hot air to ever utter a word!

    Everyone knows he is Total Wacko nutcase......

    November 1, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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