October 6th, 2010
08:44 AM ET
4 years ago

Limbaugh calls Obama a 'jackass'

(CNN) - Rush Limbaugh criticized President Obama's economic positions Tuesday during his radio show with some intense rhetoric, even for him.

"He's a jackass, he's an economic illiterate, he's an economic ignoramus and that's being charitable," Limbaugh said on his popular radio program.

Limbaugh was talking about Obama's tax policy and whether to extend the Bush era tax cuts for individuals making over $200,000 and couples making over $250,000.


He referenced a meeting the president had with his economic advisers this week.

"Here are these two experienced economists telling this neophyte little man child president, look you've got a confidence problem out there," Limbaugh said. "I do believe he's an idiot where capitalism is concerned."

Later in the show Limbaugh referred to President Obama as "our imam child."


Filed under: President Obama • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Red Hen

    I disagree that Obama is a jackass. A jackass (aka: donkey) has MUCH more sense...

    October 6, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Arthur

    If that ain't the pot calling the kettle black!!!

    October 6, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Henry

    Call a spade a spade and jackass a jackass

    October 6, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. DSA

    I reached a bit of a limit with Mr. Limbaugh. Referring to the President of the United States over the airwaves in that manner is wholly inappropriate and disrespectful towards the office and the country.

    October 6, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. kakaraka

    Really, insulting the President of the United States for wanting to stop the tax cut for the riches and big corporations who ship jobs overseas? I think it should be limit to the freedom of speech in this erea. You insult somebody for hate reason, you should be arrested for offense to the person.

    October 6, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. JANUARY 20, 2013 - THE END OF AN ERROR

    Obama is not the only economic illiterate floating around out there. The postings of most of the Liberal/Democrats on this forum indicate they are as clueless as Obama with regard to economics and finance. And that probably goes a long way in to explaining why so many people in this country are under water in their own personal finances (mortgages, credit cards, etc.).

    October 6, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. mikedog1969

    He thinks he's an idiot where capatalism is concerned? Then explain the past 30 years of conservative ideology that has been in place. The rich have gotten tax breaks for 30 years, ever since Reagan. The bracket has only shifted up and down by a few percentage points compared to the 75% and 90% upper bracket that was in place through the 1940's, 50's and 60's and a good portion of the 70's. Funny, we had the strongest middle class during those 40 years, and the economic ups and downs weren't as deep as the bubble economy we've been riding since the Reagan era. We enjoyed well over 3% GDP growth every decade from 1940 to 1980 and since 1980 it's never gone above 3%. So, considering trickle down economics has been in place since 1981 and that was gonna bring all sorts of jobs and opportunities to the middle class, according to brain trusts like Limbaugh, where are all the jobs. It's 30 years later and look at where we're at. Capatalism is not synonomous with democracy. Pure capatalism is destructive to small "d" democracy. Mr. Limabugh doesn't understand that.

    October 6, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. AEK

    How exactly are these tax cuts going to be paid for you jackass? I have heard a lot of disrespectful crap coming from the Republican talking heads since President Obama took office but this made me sick to my stomach. Anyone who can listen to and condone this unAmerican rhetoric needs to rethink what it means to be an American.

    October 6, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Dennis

    I think Rush is correct. And if anyone should know a jackass when he saw one, it would be Rush.

    October 6, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. mikedog1969

    Mr. Limabugh is an idiot where business is concerned. Nobody gives someone a job because they got a tax break. You give someone a job because you offer a service or product that people DEMAND, and you then hire someone to help fulfill that demand. You get a write-off for the cost of that employees salary anyway, no matter what. It's about demand folks, not supply. Give the middle class a living wage, just like Henry Ford did, so they can go out and purchase the products they make and thus more people will get hired no matter what the tax rates are. It's an ignorant argument that tax breaks create jobs. If that were true we wouldn't have had any jobs from 1940 to 1980 when the upper tax bracket was up to 90%. But during that period the middle class had jobs a plenty, along with a secure retirement. My dad, a blue collar worker, quit a job in 1958 and found another job that same afternoon. Try that today. And go look up the deficit to GDP ratio and tax brackets during that period. Someone needs to sit Limbaugh down and educate him.

    October 6, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. USN

    If he walks like a jackass , talks like one ,acts like one , runs a country like one , listens to the people like one , Wellll.

    October 6, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. GonzoinHouston

    We are living in an era of Fear, Hate, and Anger, and Rush and his ilk are the prime reason. This cycle must be one of the all-time lowest points of American politics. History will compare our time to the McCarthy era, and it will not be flattering.

    October 6, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Marcus

    The 'economic illiterate' and his policies have thwarted a depression, and are struggling to get the economy out of a recession (comparing all the economic numbers, like Dow Jones and Industry activity, from the day of his inauguration to today you cane see that he is doing a good job).
    Limbaugh on the other hand is just talk and talk and no real alternative.

    October 6, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. sbny

    so i guess warren buffet is a jackass too? considering he made a statement on how the wealthy should not get a tax cut extension...

    October 6, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Greg Smith

    Put some skin in the game fat man. Run for office or STFU.

    October 6, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. NVa Native

    "He's a jackass, he's an economic illiterate, he's an economic ignoramus and that's being charitable," Limbaugh said on his jack-ass radio program.
    Shows how illegitimate and utterly ignorant Limpball is.
    If anyone said this about Jabba-da-butt (Limpball) it would be a compliment.
    Maybe he was talking into a mirror?

    October 6, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. Blues Man

    I guess he is tired of Beck getting all the press lately

    October 6, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. Milo

    The economic pudding that we in the middle class are all eating should be the proof that cements Limbaughs claims. Wall Street seems to be doing fine but I believe there are about 16.5 million now unemployed and under employed. Oh wait, I know, it is Bush and the Republicans fault...How about considering for once in your progressive super intellect minds that the old premise of there is no such thing as a free lunch, someone must always pay the tab, that someone is the middle class and we are busted!

    Sweep the House and Senate come November!

    October 6, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. ThinkAgain

    This from a man who said it's treasonous to criticize the president during wartime. Oh, yeah, that's right, his whipping boy Georgie was in office then.

    The day this fat, lying, drug-addicted, selfish idiot dies, I'll do a dance in the streets.

    And he's the leader of the Republican Party, folks. This is what we'll get even more of if the Republicans regain control of the House or Senate.

    November 2 = Vote for America, Vote Democratic

    October 6, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. colinsux

    this is news? limbaugh admitted not too long ago that he'll say whatever it takes to get people's attention and get them to tune in to his show. ratings equals money. duh.

    October 6, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This the height of irony when someone as economically stupid as Limbaugh calls the President a jackass and an idiot. Limbaugh shows his ignorance daily by spreading half-truths and some outright lies on his radio program. The country is in real trouble when people like him and Fox "News" are allowed to spread lies and not be held accountable. We have come into an age where speculative journalism such as Fox, should not be allowed to disguise themselves as a news channel, but should be forced to show disclaimers on the falsehoods they cannot prove.

    October 6, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. smarty

    the stupid pot calling the kettle black. A true idiot.

    October 6, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. Roger

    Rush Limbaugh is an example if what is wrong with present day America. He has lost even the pretense of civility and respect. The dumbing down of the political discourse has opened the door for people like Glen Beck, Sarah Palin, Sharon Angle, Christine O'Donnell and a host of others, who in more intelligent times would have been seen for what they are, money-grubbing simpletons who are feeding off the human product of a failing education system and decades of declining SAT scores. The level of intolerance, ignorance and simple stupidity shown by these far right wing-nuts is astounding. What is more astounding is the fact that they have followers and listeners. But then, there have been many examples throughout history of cattle being prodded, sheep being led and societies that have declined. The level of discourse these people have brought to the table is infantile. I am afraid this is only the beginning of a long decline that began with the stolen election of 2000.

    October 6, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. A Real American

    His comments are ridiculous it's funny how when Bush was President no one disrespected the office of the President of the United States but now people like Rush, Sean, Sarah, and Glenn are making these comments and these are the people the Republican Party looks at as leaders. Let's all face it Bush took 8 years to mess this country up it's going to take more than 2 years in office to fix it. I will personally admit I disappointed in Obama's missteps as President but however we are no far worse with him as President then we were with Bush and god forbid if John Mccain actually won in 2008 where would we be now?

    October 6, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. Russ

    Oh Gee, poor Rush, may have to try to hide a few more hundred thousand dollars of his hard earned money if the Bush tax present to the Rich expires. Even one of the richest men in America, Warren Buffet, agrees with Obama on this one. Too bad the rich are so greedy that to protect a few of their dollars they would make the other 98% of Americans suffer. The end result will be a dictatorship of the rich ruling the poor peasants and servants until their money dries up and then they will live in the same squaller as the rest of us. You greedy morons!

    October 6, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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