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. Rich

    I hope Rush Limbaugh keeps talking, because he is a large part of why the Republican party is faltering. He uses his air time to pin-point blame on any given issue to Bill Clinton or someone else on the democratic side. Now that Obama is in office, he will become the butt of his blame game. Who is served by degenerating every issue into a democrat versus republican issue? He's too concerned about defending the Republican party, rather than analyzing what is good for the country. It appears that the success of Rush Limbaugh is inversely proportional to the success of the Republican party. Go Rush!

    January 26, 2009 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  2. swinn

    Limbaugh did not say he wanted Obama to fail – he said he wanted Obama to fail to get his policies put into effect. And I for one agree – I too don't want this country to go another $1 trillion in debt and I don't want the government to begin to take control over the entire private sector and free market – that approach was tried, in Russia after 1917, and it didn't work. And it was tried in Communist China and it didn't work and the Chinese realized it and they are beginning to convert their country to what this country used to be and they are beginning to blow our socks off.

    January 26, 2009 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  3. bill

    Who cares if somone is a liberal, conservative, or an independent. I listened to Limbaugh when he first hit the airwaves and realized very quickly that he was not a positive individual and has to say whatever it takes to keep a controversial "tone" beating. This has made this individual very wealthy and he's concerned now that he's losing a little steam and in time will fall out of favor. Its long overdue and I'm astounded that so many listen to this guy..grow up and think for yourself and do something productive with your time..Bill in Idaho

    January 26, 2009 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  4. juniorsgv

    you want to know how to pi$$ him off? ignore him! its so weird how we always say we value free speech, yet our radio and our tv and movies are all censored. by the same idiots who follow this man, but yet think its okay for him to preach hate and ignorance. like previous poster why would you want your president to fail? we are in our toughest times, and it will take all of us to pull through it.


    January 26, 2009 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  5. Peter (CA)

    Hey right wingers...you're right, Rush did say he wanted Obama's socialist policies to fail. Like we are going to become Cuba or something. He did not say he wanted Obama to fail but his half-truths show that he is not going to support any change in this country either.

    However, later in that same program he DID say that voters chose Obama "because of his black father". This is not the first time he has gone down that road and Obama is not the first black he has disparaged in that manner. The issue with Rush is he is an intolerant racist. And if he speaks for you right wingers, as so many of you here claim, then we have much bigger problems in this country than some drug addled idiot.

    January 26, 2009 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  6. ETC

    Limpburger ....no one is scared of you. First of all you don't have half the mental intellect to qualify you to even be in the presence of your New President...... you bigoted back biter...you are absolutely right – the days of the racist bigots like yourself, is numbered. So you can continue to spread you simple minded racist ideals to the rest of your racist, ignorant followers for their days are numbered also. You are going to need to contact your drug dealer...those pills will be needed or you may just jump off the nearest high rise. Which probably won't be such a bad idea.

    January 26, 2009 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  7. kim

    Yeah......right.I'm sure that President Obama is scared of Rush Limburger.This man is an idiot and I can't believe anyone takes him seriously.

    January 26, 2009 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  8. victoria philleo

    why would the President be afraid of a big,fat liar?-go score a valium

    January 26, 2009 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |


    January 26, 2009 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  10. Carla from Chino, Ca

    The only thing that Rush should "fear" is Rush himself!! You will loose Mr. (don't deserve the Mr.) Lembaugh, and all we have to do is sit back and wait and watch. Shouldn't be long. Ah, a day to celebrate when they finally remove him from the air waves!! It will be like a breath of fresh air. Like going on vacation. Like a piece of apple pie.
    I'm thinking President Obama is more man than you'll ever be and you might be a little jealous?

    January 26, 2009 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  11. JKT

    @walter: It is very easy to explain. He does not have 20 million listeners. Just because he says he does does not mean it's truth. In fact, now that radio listenership has started being measured factually with devices that note what the listeners ACTUALLY tuned to instead of what they say the tune to, my understanding is that Rush's audience is being measured at less than 1/3 of what was previously believed. So try again Dittoheads–you are a much smaller force than previously believed. As such you should not really be heeded.

    January 26, 2009 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  12. George of Philadelphia

    I hear Obama will name Limbaugh as Secretary of Energy, realizing that such a hotair windbag could probably affect global warming

    January 26, 2009 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  13. arivera

    Limbaugh and his minions hate everybody that doesn't agree with their insanity. We have had enough and are coming together to put an end to those days. This country is going to change whether you people like it or not. I am not afraid of you Rush or your minions. I already know you're end is near.

    January 26, 2009 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  14. Tony

    Why does anyone even pay attention to this drug abusing hate monger?

    January 26, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  15. derwildboy


    Stay off the pills man!

    January 26, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  16. erik

    Limbaugh is a blank slit tabula rasa, who thinks by drawing parallels with the president is a sign of power and traction with ill thinking conservatives like him. he is aloser who thinks he knows whats good for american............stupid neocon

    January 26, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  17. JuleS

    Walter, you and the rest of Limbaugh's followers who can still breed are the ones we should REALLY be afriad of....the world doesn't need any more morons.

    January 26, 2009 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  18. Dave

    Please boycott products advertised on the Limbaugh show and website.

    January 26, 2009 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  19. Lola Batling

    nobody is frightened of a pill popper lunatic. Although he is afraid of me

    January 26, 2009 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  20. Dewey Finn

    Rush is going to start saying more really crazy stuff because he is dying. He won't last 2 more years. Good ridance.

    January 27, 2009 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  21. Keith B (Macon)

    WALTER: Liberals explain it the same way that they explain the election on Nov 4th. The Republicans got, what, 48 million votes. Guess what? Those votes were go enough for a second place finish.

    January 27, 2009 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  22. Al

    We explain it because some of us libs listen to him for our daily comedic dose (not me, but I know many who do).

    January 27, 2009 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  23. McCain-in-4, Clarksburg, MD

    I think President Obama should take Rush up on his offer. If Rush Limbaugh shows any DISRESPECT for the OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, well, that's his choice and he should be permitted to eat that cake, too. Mind this, Rushbots – People are hurting mighty bad, and you seem to be preoccupied with seeing things go much worse. Another sad observation – Day Five of the Obama Administration and Rush Limbaugh is already talking trash. It seemed that Former President George Bush had significantly more time to prove HIS worth.

    January 27, 2009 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  24. Darrell

    You know I been reading through these comments and I'm amazed by how many people have constantly reminded us about Rush using pills before.....but have read none about all the coke Obama put up his nose???

    January 27, 2009 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  25. joel

    I didn't read any part of this article. It confuses me that CNN and other media outlets choose to air an openly racist persons point of view. I feel really good about recently cutting my cable.

    January 27, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
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