November 1st, 2009
03:15 PM ET
5 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. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Just because Rush's great hero Dubya censored all coverage of the return of our fallen soldiers and never attended any of those events doesn't mean that NO president should ever honor our military.

    November 1, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. Sam

    Rush is an entertainer.. his ratings is his bread, butter.. he wil talk anything to get his rating higher.. and that's what he is doing now..

    Collectively we need to ignore him, stay away listening to his radio show and make him a non-celebrity that he actually is.

    After eight years of non-governance by Bush, the republicans have the audacity to raise such questions..

    May God save America from these elements..

    May God bless America

    November 1, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. james

    maybe he is right. step back and look at all the big spending obama done and the control he wants on everything for goverment contol from banks too pay, healthcare to energy , internet to news on tv. why doesn't cnn go do some research. make a list a put it together for the people. unless their scared or kissing to much butt. the blame fox for being too far to the right, it maybe their too far left and can't do some honest reporting. lets see some segments on (what obama poloicies is doning too america) like they did being black or latino in america, do some realy stories on were america going from obama

    November 1, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. Sarah Berger

    Why on earth is this news and who cares? Does CNN want to cover what Howard Stern or The Simpsons say about Obama and the democrats? Report more news and less fluff, please!!! CNN has become a joke.

    November 1, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. travis

    I just finished this book called Ignorance By Choice...sure does sound like Libaugh's motto and all of those who follow him. He is such a bad person to spread his lies and pass them off as fact and the people who follow his spew blindly wihtout fact checking his babble are equally as bad.

    November 1, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. sandy

    What's frightening to me is that any "news" folks would consider interviewing Limbaugh on anything!

    November 1, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. Jean 2

    Are the rantings of Rush Lumbaugh taking the place of responsible journalism? That is the tragedy!! To add to the tragedy, a presumed legitimate news outlet (CNN) provides the stage and give value to his messages.

    If this is the goal or the result of our educational system, our global and domestic afairs are DOOMED!

    November 1, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. case

    What is interesting is the Limbaughs and the Becks don't give examples for their pure vitriol just "feeling and opinions." Any rational look at Obama's action over the last year will yields about the most moderate approach possible. - to the point that he angers actual liberals.

    November 1, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. timz

    You know longer have to "wonder" about Limbaugh–he's made it abundantly clear that he cares nothing for this country or the principles it represents. Rush Limbaugh hates America.

    November 1, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. MJ

    There is truth in what he said. Putting off supporting our Troops in Afghanistan is unconscionable. Jetting off to campaign and play golf shows his indifference to what it actually concerning a good majority of Americans – Afghanistan, the Economy, Jobs, & Government Run Health Care. Get a grip. We have serious problems that need attention.

    November 1, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. Jasmine in Germany

    Limbaugh insults his field ( makes money by entertaining ignorant people). There are many intelligent entertainers who work hard to contribute to a better world and we are very thankful for their voices. Limbaugh is not one of them. Someone ought to tell Limbaugh that fascism is out and he should retire before his followers get wise and decide to tar and feather him.

    November 1, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. Tommygunn

    Anybody that wants the PRESIDENT to FAIL regardless of the party they represent NEEDS TO BE QUESTIONED.

    What kind of an AMERICAN wishes the PRESIDENT to FAIL PUBLICALLY, with hatred and ugly statements other than a person that represent EGOTISTICAL MADNESS. They are wishing AMERICA to FAIL.

    NO PRESIDENT would take the office without AMERICA in their best interest regardless of their ideology.

    And to hear Rush make ridiculous statements and give himself compliments on how he changed the landscape is pretty self telling. He is like King Midas, soon he will not be able to touch anything without it turning to RUSH HATRED of anything opposing his views. Just listen to Glenn Beck and all the Republican puppets.

    I would hope the CONSERVATIVE within the REPUBLICAN party would have better sense than to be RUSHIFIED or GLENN EVILED. Evil and hatred is an ugly thing to see in AMERICANs.

    November 1, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. KJ

    That's right – Rush is an entertainer.. a clown. What is sad is that people actually follow and believe in this guy.

    November 1, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  14. Jack

    He appeared on Fox and they're just as looney as Rush. Birds of a feather .... By openly questioning the President's patriotism and love for country, Rush is showing how low and non-patriotic he is. Those people like him still don't get it. McCain lost and we are never going back to the Reagan era.

    November 1, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  15. Jim in Idaho

    What? news is so slow and unoriginal on CNN that CNN needs to report as "news" what entertainer Limbaugh said, not on CNN but on a competitive channel, FOX news?

    That's pretty pathetic.....might as well report as CNN news what NBC, CBS, and MSNBC had to say today as well. Sure easier than going out and finding it yourself.....

    November 1, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  16. not alone

    wow and people listen to this moron?Mom taught me long time ago if you can't say anything nice: don't say anything at all.to bad he didn't have a real mother to tell him that.The world would be a better place for it.

    November 1, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. ron

    I think there should be a debate between Limbaugh and Michael Moore. They both have platforms and would provide a good perspective on various iisues.

    November 1, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. Too True For You

    How ironic, coming from a guy who only cares about ratings.

    And yet some pathetic ditto heads totally confused about the difference between entertainment and political discourse, between opinion and actual truth, will surely log on here and defend him. For you conservatives that are so impaired, let me spell it out for you. Rush = entertainment. What Rush Says = Opinion.

    Try not to get it all confused now or you'll find yourself thinking you're some kind of patriot when all you are is some misguided boob getting his thinking points from a second rate hack with the intellectual depth of an average 14 year old.

    November 1, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. Abdur Azad, New York

    Rush's CERTIFICTE is enough to understand that Obama is moving in the right direction. I pity for Rush. Rush is the example of meanness, how a man can go low for personal gain. Those who are playing at the tune of Rush will understand it in 2 years how he destroyed the interest of the conservative base and the democracy of America.

    November 1, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  20. john white

    CNN now I see why your network is last,after watching the Rush interview most of the comments here are all against Rush. However and I will say and I have not read all the comments where is the response to what he is saying? If what he is saying is not true why not do a fact check to prove him wrong? Enough with all the name calling!! Prove the man wrong if what he is saying is not true!! Most of the comments here does not dispute what he is saying. Do some real reporting CNN before what viewers you do have leave. I gave up on you network long ago I just wanted to see what was being posted and it was what I expected.

    November 1, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. James A.

    Well,
    all this said [by Limbaugh]:

    Many of us feel the exact same way about these ultra conservatives.

    Take everything Limbaugh said and reverse it against him and others like him.

    November 1, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. CBR

    Rush Limbaugh's remarks do not bear repeating. His biased remarks, adjectives about people, and name calling have no place in American society People on both sides of the aisle should denounce this kind of political baiting.

    I wonder what would happen if CNN and others stopped repeating his ideas and words.

    November 1, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. kd

    Limbaugh does zero 'research'. He's a carnival barker and he's being pressured by Glen Beck's popularity. Beck is beyond over the top and Limbaugh is simply rising (sinking, is more like it) to Beck's level.

    November 1, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. Gpenn

    Rush says whatever will drive his ratings. He does not care about our country, just his wallet. He has found a niche with the undereducated easily scared and he is milking it for all it's worth. Please people just ignore him and he will go away.

    November 1, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. Tammy

    I guess he can't be tried for treason, nor for libel... maybe sent to clown school? Pathetic buffoon. Well, he earns big bucks. Someone listens to him. Scary. This is America?

    November 1, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
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