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. Anonymous

    Poor Rush. Is that all he has?

    January 27, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  2. Mike in Philly

    I'm trying to figure out why Obama would be frightened of Limbaugh. Rush spent 2 years slagging off Obama to his listeners, yet Obama still won. So why would he fear Limbaugh now?

    Rush seems to like to spin things with himself at the center.

    January 27, 2009 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  3. Phil Newton, in Murphy, Oregon


    January 27, 2009 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  4. John


    Why don't you go and get a oxycon fix!!! Your getting Fat again... But really this guy is just really full of himself to think he can shape policy
    in this country.. Why dont the big dittohead run in 2012??? Come on
    Rush let your true love of this country play out . Run or shut the bleep

    January 27, 2009 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  5. Ben

    To the people that say he has 20 million listeners and this proves a wide margin of people believe what he says I say your argument is fatally flawed. You could also say that 20 million listen to him BECAUSE he is an idiot not because they believe him. Its like BillO, good entertainment because they are so crazy. Hence they dont listen to him because they believe him but because his idiocy is entertaining. Many other possibilities also exist, that is merely one.

    January 27, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  6. Peter (CA)

    i was right @ 8:20

    4) and a whole bunch of anger from a bunch of rednecks who think someone stole "their" country

    Discussion is healthy right wingers but your rants are laughable at best.

    January 27, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  7. Macattack

    Rush Limburger couldn't carry Barack Obama's jock! He is the scum of the earth and is the only known afterbirth to survive. Let's all send him some peanut butter crackers to feed the fat mouth of his.

    January 27, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  8. lay off the meds!

    Lay off the oxycontin Limbaugh! I'm sure Obama lay awake at night wondering what idiotic thing you will say. You are soo full of yourself, that you would even consider something soo rediculous. You are a perfect example of why you shouldn't do drugs while you're pregnant! You might as well face is old boy, he is your President. Now say it with me, President Obama, sir.

    January 27, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  9. david

    Why do we even give time to a moron like this one. Did he had drug abuse problems recently?

    January 27, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  10. nerakami

    Now take a good look at an ego-maniac realizing he is totally irrelevant. The pathetic aspect of the human existence...

    January 27, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  11. Kirk

    He had to make some sort of sensational comment, because he is rapidly becoming irrelevant.

    Hard core drug users like him have lost the higher reasoning portions of their brains.

    January 27, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  12. IL voter

    Ah, yes. Obama holds the most powerful position in the world. Limbaugh doesn't even have the power to put down that 4th doughnut. Obama will be a part of history. Limbaugh will be forgotten by it. The only people who can be led by Limbaugh's pontifications are those that didn't vote for Barack Obama in the first place. Obama doesn't NEED Rush's stamp of approval, and his legislative decisions can't be controlled by Rush. So, what has Obama to fear from this little man with the ginormous ego? NADA.

    January 27, 2009 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  13. sue

    Rush is sounding a little fanatical...Him & Al-Qeada are both nervous.

    January 27, 2009 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  14. Frank

    Limbaugh is so obsolete. The Republican leaders should tell him to shut up – he's only hurting them by speaking. No wonder why the Democrats won by such a wide margin, with a 'genius' like Limbaugh mouthing off. LOL

    January 27, 2009 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  15. cheryl

    this is the racist ignorance that has destroyed so many american lives
    it's really sad that we all give them the time even me by commenting

    January 27, 2009 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  16. llis

    Limbaugh is a hate monger. If he didn't have someone to spew hate and lies about, he'd have to crawl back under the rock he came from.

    He's a shock jock and those who think he's great need a brain transplant.

    January 27, 2009 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  17. Hap

    Oh please. Limbaugh is a fool, and he confirms that every time he opens his mouth to spew his vitrolic and distorted view of the world. I for one don't think that a bigoted and drug addicted college dropout has much to contribute to our political dialogue. His oversimplification of issues, adherence to blind ideology, and transparent attempts to paint people who don't agree with him as villains, all appeals to the basest instincts of those in society who can't think for themselves.

    January 27, 2009 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  18. jerry walters

    Dear mr. oxycontinrush

    DREAM ON! Err, should I say HILLUCINATE ON!


    January 27, 2009 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  19. justsane

    in your dreams fat boy...

    January 27, 2009 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  20. Mike in Philly

    "Rush never said that he wished for the country to fail, he only hoped that the policies that Obama pushed for that were socialist ideas to fail."

    Surely you must see that if Obama's plan fails, then the economy doesn't get better, it gets worse. If the economy gets worse, then you and I would be that much more likely to lose our job, or perhaps lose our house (not me, I own outright).

    So hoping Obama's policy's fail *is* hoping that the economy fails. I can certainly see where he would say that he thinks they won't work; that instead Obama should do this or that. That's all fine. But hoping that Obama's plans fail means that the economy gets no better, only worse.

    January 27, 2009 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  21. John

    I'd say Rush is quickly becoming irrelevant and we're hopefully moving on to a new age of bipartisanship and constructive dialogue not just knee jerk from-the-hip bickering, for the sake of bickering.

    Not sure we can make it happen though. Hopefully we could all grow up and focus on sensible dialogue on the issues, not childish attacks on people.

    January 27, 2009 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  22. Thomas Parks

    I'm afraid of drug user also....actually in the state of Florida you should be doing a mandantory 25 years for your drug involvement. Bad back and all......

    January 27, 2009 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  23. Ls

    Limbaugh complete your education,and check back with us meaning America in about UMMMMMMMMMMMMMM 4 years SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Be quite we're running the country.

    January 27, 2009 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  24. DNC must be changed.

    I don't respect Limbaugh, but sometimes he is so right.

    January 27, 2009 12:09 am at 12:09 am |

    AMERICAN Terrorist

    January 27, 2009 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
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