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. irene

    Somebody needs to put a gag on Rush. He's been spewing hate since Clinton was elected and the stupid party-line GOPers buy it. Since you can't fix stupid, somebody needs to shut this guy up!

    January 26, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  2. Riteon

    good pair. the cnn comment deleters. and the rush limblah windbag. two of a kind.

    January 26, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  3. I bet you $20

    President Obama invites Limbaugh to the White House, and gives him the public dressing-down of his life. (Think Martin Sheen in "Midterms" episode of "The West Wing.")

    January 26, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  4. Jeff

    I find it almost sad that Mr. Limbaugh is so obviously out of touch with the citizenry of this nation. He is, in reality, little more than a political comedian with a niche audience. He holds little influence over independents nor really anyone honestly looking for knowledge and information. For this reason, its hard to really be upset by his comments, but they are still so very misguided.

    January 26, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  5. MrPragmatic

    Is this guy still speaking?

    January 26, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  6. shelley

    what a jealous pathetic high school girl he is. retire already.

    January 26, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Dear Mr. Limbaugh,

    The average person dreads being alone in your presence, and being in your presence at all for that matter, contrary to the your deluded pompous, and juvenile belief that you have the ability to cause people fear, it is not because they are afraid of you, it's because they don't like you. You are an obnoxious, obscene, and arrogant individual, without the least regard for your fellow Americans, and much less your country. Bipartisanship is not equivocal to wasting time with people are not willing to put pettiness aside and act on the behalf of their country, in fact it is the exact opposite. Someone who wishes for their commander in chiefs failure, and, as such, the failure of their country, is not only unpatriotic, they are a disgrace to the United States of America.

    Kelly (New Hampshire)

    January 26, 2009 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  8. TrueLiberal

    You big, fat, ugly oxy pud!

    January 26, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  9. Unreal

    Rush is just looking for headlines because he has become irrelevant – again. Still.

    Don't listen to this bigoted drug addict. When his ratings fall, he will go away.


    January 26, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  10. NWKitty

    Doesn't Rush have some Vicodin he needs to buy? Maybe he's getting testy because he needs his fix.

    January 26, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  11. boostu

    Rubish Limblah. You got it.

    January 26, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  12. Gary in Minneapolis

    Whatever it takes to keep your radio audience entertained, Rush. I understand people wanting an escape from reality, and in that you seem to provide a public service for many. In your dreams, dude!

    January 26, 2009 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  13. Bob from Virginia

    Three words:

    What. An. Idiot.

    January 26, 2009 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  14. Gilbert

    rush is the scum of this country and the best thing to happen to the Democratic party. Thank you rush!!! Go OBAMA/BIDEN

    January 26, 2009 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  15. Baley

    Rubish Limblah.

    January 26, 2009 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  16. RZ


    The 20 million are ignorant people like you. Please read – ignorant does not mean uneducated (like Limbaugh) or stupid just having your head stuck in the sand. Unfortunately the Limbaugh crowd and the ultra-religious right have taken over the Republican party. It’s time to take it back. Hopefully Limbaugh, Coulter and the others of their ilk have run their course and will just fade away.

    January 26, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  17. sbush

    ok...move along...nothing to see here...

    Just some weak-minded individual still looking for his next hit...

    Dope fiend ***

    January 26, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  18. Keith

    CNN needs to not try to make news where there isn't any. I blame CNN. Is this a ratings issue? I don't see any ads on this page... Are eyeballs that important and why? What is the point? "We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things."

    Is this true, CNN: "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply." LIVE IT, CNN. Send Rush back to the 90's where he belongs. Shame on you.

    January 26, 2009 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  19. alex

    Let the pill popper keep on flappin his jaws. He's a terrible representation of conservatives and most importantly of Americans.

    January 26, 2009 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  20. Nuwan Samaranayake

    I sometimes listen to his radio to laugh. For me he is a totally ignorant who belongs to the old generation of thinkers who has no place in this century. Its fun to listen and realize that there are those who ignorant like him. There may be many listeners for him. But American will evolve and reject that type of comments. I do not see any reason why Obama has to even be concerned about him.


    January 26, 2009 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  21. American Patriot

    ...click, click, pull...

    January 26, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  22. Mike

    Well, Rush's gotta do something to keep himself relevant. The crazier the things he says, the more attention he gets, and no matter what he's saying that's always a win for him.

    January 26, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  23. Ken

    The only thing worse than Limbaugh's (insincere) claim that he frightens President Obama is the news judgement of the responsible person or persons at CNN who published this story to a national audience. CNN readers expect more (and deserve more) from news professionals than they do from Limbaugh. Shame on you.

    January 26, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  24. AlaskanRepublican

    Limbaugh is a pathetic excuse for a Republican. Republicans who aligned themselves with Bush are not true Republicans. They are advocates for religious despotism and goes against the very meaning of the word 'Freedom'.

    Limbaugh needs to stop popping his crazy pills and crawl back into his self-righteous little cave of ignorance.

    January 26, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  25. Matt

    Liimbaugh is an uninformed, irrelevant clown. Conservative ideology went the way the way of the dodo back in 2006 The only thing that's been afraid of Limbaugh since then is the buffet table.

    January 26, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
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