January 26th, 2009
07:59 PM ET
9 years ago

Limbaugh: Obama is 'frightened of me'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/26/art.rush0126.gi.jpg caption=" Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh responded Monday to recent reported comments by President Obama."]
(CNN) - Radio host Rush Limbaugh said Monday that President Obama is “frightened of me.”

“He’s obviously more frightened of me than he is [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell,” Limbaugh told listeners. “He’s more frightened of me, then he is of say, [House Minority Leader] John Boehner, which doesn’t say much about our party.”

Limbaugh’s comments followed reports Obama warned GOP congressional leaders last week that they should stop listening to the conservative talker, who had said on air he wanted the new president to fail.

"Now this is the great unifier," he told listeners Monday. "This is the man who's going to unify everybody and usher in a new era of bipartisanship and love."

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gave reporters the administration's latest message to Limbaugh at Monday's press briefing: "Tell him I said, 'Hi,'" he joked.


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  1. Mark

    Mr. Fat Head is indeed the face of the Republican Party. No wonder they lost the election. In fact, they shall not regain power again until these fools perish. It is sad that so many Americans buy into this racist hatred. I guess the ol south is still trying to resurrect itself.

    Here is a man that does not have a college education attempting to challenge one of America's best education individual. A Harvard Law School grad. Mr. President, please do not lower your dignity to even address stupid Rush and his backwoods followers. Yes, they will continue to rant and rave and we will have to put up with their annoyance. But, I am encourage because the large majority of Americans are progressive and the numbers continue to grow. Just like many of us could not imagin a Black President – and it happend . . . there will also come a day when Rush, Hannity and rest will be silent. Peace!

    January 26, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  2. A. Scott

    How could any person who calls himself an American, wish that the current President fail when he has'nt even began to sink his teeth into this mess that was left behind from Mr. bush. I don't care which party you support, you don't wish failure on your incoming President, especially during the hard times this country is going through.

    January 26, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  3. farhana

    RUSH limbaugh, please RUSH to rehab. YOUR JUST TRYING TO GET SOME ATTENTION AWAY FROM OBAMA, ALL THE ATTENTION OBAMA IS GETTING! YOUR SO JEALOUSE!
    RUSH limbaugh= pathetic, anti-american looser!

    January 26, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  4. Nija

    Rush is speaking for some big wigs behind the scene. This are the people that keep you poor and make your poorer. Rush is speaking for them. He is depressing and we are in depression. Have you ever asked yourself why he is paid a lot money? Think outside the box.

    January 26, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  5. Jeremy

    Why would you want the President to fail? If he does, so does our country. No matter what your party affiliation is, I'm sure you would want our country to prosper.

    January 26, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  6. Laura D

    Limbaugh is a right-winged preacher of hate! This is exactly why the people voted for change. This jerk should not be given any media attention whatsoever!!!

    January 26, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  7. Michael in California

    Contrary to the person that stated Limbaugh has 20 million viewers and growing, according to Limbaughs own press, he has 14 million conbined viewer/listeners, down from 20 million in 2003. Looks like Limbaugh is losing viewers and resorting to tactics to try and get him more attention. But of course porr Rush is not to blame. It's all the pills this addict popped which are affecting his judgement. How many conservatives ditched him becuase of his drug addiction? He is an obvious embarrasment and the best way to hurt him is finacially. Stop giving him attention and he will eventually go away.

    January 26, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  8. Lynn

    Rush must be a closet liberal because his actions make Obama look sweet

    January 26, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  9. steve gold

    Rush must be back on those pain meds again.... too bad he's too full of himself to see beyond that fat ego of his. Enough with the rhetoric Rush, time to move beyond playing games for the conservative electoral losers who put us where we are today. broke and hoping for a better future.

    January 26, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  10. Kevin

    Rush is one to talk about someone being afraid of him. What can he possibly do to someone besides talk about them on this show? All the power he has is behind a microphone. Only fools follow him and he will lead them to destruction. He is probably high on pills again. It simply amazes me how someone so self serving can get paid so much and provide so little. I will continue to pray for Rush and those of his kind.

    January 26, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  11. joseph

    I think Limbaugh have lost with balance of sense and is trying hard to find some foothold for his rethoric. He however makes himself look more foolish that anything else. He is really naive in making comparisons between Obama and himself. What has Limbaugh achieved in life that is worth mentioning? May be he should learn a couple of lessons from Obama. Limbaugh is trying hard to gain some attention with his frivolous and nonsensial comments. Limbaugh, can I ask you a question? Have you ever even seen Harward in picture? Uneducated people like him should be banished from the media.

    January 26, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  12. Bajaben

    I fully respect freedom of speech so I will always protect the right for people like Limbaugh to voice their opinions. However, if Limbaugh thinks he has all the answers to everything that ails our country, then why doesn't he shut his pie hole and run for office. Put your money where your mouth is!

    January 26, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  13. mj

    Well, if Rush thinks Obama is scared of him, then I'm sure he wouldn't mind a little mano e mano out on the sidewalk. Barack would kick his fat fanny so hard, his family back in Cape Girardeau would feel it.

    January 26, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  14. bankrupt USA

    Limbreaker is a big fat idiot. Anyone who pays homage to Mr. Pillpopper doesn't know how to think for themselves. He is merely a mouthpiece for the Republican National Committee. Which is why he (honestly) said he hopes Obama is a failure.

    January 26, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  15. kat

    we're all scared of you, rush. you're crazy. and not in a lets-have-a-kegger-before-finals way.

    January 26, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  16. CJ

    Limbaugh is nuts just like his former president. Just hot air. Remember to take your pills!

    January 26, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  17. Doyin Gomih

    This man Limbaugh is so full of hot air, someone needs to puncture his balloon. Unfortunately for him, he is outnumbered by the majority of reasonable, peace loving Americans who are sick and tired of the politics of hate and divisiveness. (Check out the stats at Pres. Obama's inauguaration) He should give peace a chance, he just might like it and find solace in it rather than in illegally obtained, mind -altering prescription drugs which osbcure his mind and cloud his judgment.

    January 26, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  18. dwalt

    Should be afraid of him. More people should take there heads out of the sand and listen to him. Good luck rush.

    January 26, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  19. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    The Supreme rules years ago the one does NOT have the freedom yell "Fie" in a crowded theater. By logic extension one doe NOT have the right to yell "FIre" in a theater that is not on fire.

    It is a criminal offense. By logical extension Rush is guilty of hate crime. He should be arrested and put away. He is a threat to society, not a spokesman for disgrunted or disenfranchised white folk!.

    January 26, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  20. Bertina

    Rush Limbaugh would scare the devil. He is a cruel, mean spirited , evil man. I think he hates himself and should be knocked off the air. Who owns the station and pays his way? Dick Cheney? He is spreading a lot of hate and there are people stupid enough to believe him. I don't know who drools more venom.......him or Ann Coulter!!!

    January 26, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  21. Tbone

    Why did Obama give his first Broadcast Interview to Al-Jazier tv?

    January 26, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  22. OMG man

    CNN, WHY DO YOU EVEN BOTHER WITH THIS INSIGNIFICANT STORY! RUSH'S COMMENTS ARE NO WHERE WORTHY OF BEING TALKED ABOUT, HE IS A JOKE!

    January 26, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  23. Kevin

    What is Rush going to do run for public office? He doesn't have enough testosterone in his system to do so. He is better off sitting in a corner, taking his pills and getting hight legally.

    January 26, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  24. Michael in California

    And of course, said best by Al Franken:

    Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot

    January 26, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  25. Daphne

    Rush Limbaugh, "Get over yourself." The only think frightening about you is your face!

    January 26, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
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