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. Nancy

    In your dreams, Limbaugh!

    January 27, 2009 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  2. JW

    The liberal left seems to be overpopulated with people breaking the bank with IQ. From what I have read, Obama may actually be the most intelligent person that has ever lived. Why does intelligence/high IQ combined with liberalism equal broke.? Obama, a little more than one year ago was driving around in a rust bucket car, and still had outstanding student loans, is the presidency his first paying job? Rush, a dropout dufus, will earn more money this year than Obama will in his entire life, even at the Clinton post presidency rate of $1 million a speech. The smartest people in the world have elected a president with no clue as to how to make a profit in business, and entrusted him, and his tax cheat treasury secretary to solve our economic crisis. God help us all!

    January 27, 2009 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  3. carol

    why doesn't rush enlist in the army and go to iraq? practice what you preach dummy! i just don't get these republicans that went after anyone who even 'disrespected' bush and calling them un-american, and yet, they're doing the exact same thing to our president who's a democrat. rush limbaugh is a drug addict who needs even more meds and i hope he gets taxed to the fullest. he's just mad that bush's tax breaks for the wealthy will be reversed and that he'll have to start paying taxes again like the rest of us.

    January 27, 2009 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  4. Dave

    Delusional much Rush?
    No one's afraid of you, except maybe your dealer if you get arrested again.

    January 27, 2009 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  5. Pete

    The sheer amount of hate comments on here is a compliment to rush.

    he is putting extreme amounts of fear into all of you socialist liberal democrats. The fact that so many of you are so annoyed and irritated by his comments tickles my belly. Im glad socialist don't agree with him, other wise i might stop listening to his radio show. 20 million strong.

    January 27, 2009 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  6. J.P.

    Limbaugh is a chunky junkie.

    January 27, 2009 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  7. JT

    All Rush needs is a swastika. He reminds me of Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda minister. Goebbels kept telling lies until the German people started believing them.

    Limbaugh does the same, spewing his line of hate, lies, deceptions and exaggerations day after day. The ignorant, the racists and the rednecks of the world want to believe him. They're stoked up on hate and, unfortunately, inaccurate religious beliefs.

    January 27, 2009 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  8. go away mongers -Ventura ca

    This egotistical FREAK OF NATURE needs to go away like his bro Dick Cheney did-He is repulsive, anti-American, and WRONG all the time---wait-maybe he IS Dick Cheney!!

    January 27, 2009 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  9. Rich

    Who wouldn't be frightened of someone that ugly?

    January 27, 2009 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  10. Paul Apostolos Toronto, Canadaa

    You guys down there have got to get a grip! Stop letting celebs like Limbaugh, Winfrey and O'Donnell do your thinking for you. Unite as a common people and put your country back on track. Get back the respect and admiration you've lost from the rest of the world.

    January 27, 2009 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  11. Tommy

    give him more drugs!!!

    January 27, 2009 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  12. Glenn, Cary, NC

    I'm no fan of Barack Obama. I think hero worship is a fool's delusion. But I can't imagine anyone – especially President Obama – being afraid of Rush Limbaugh. Let's face it. Anyone who calls his audience "ditto heads" has a problem dealing with real humans.

    January 27, 2009 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  13. curt

    It's a good thing this racist jerk can't produced children, when he is dead and gone he will truly be gone with no legacy

    January 27, 2009 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  14. Patrick

    As a Libertarian who voted for Obama I urge folks to do their own fact-checking and actually listen to all sides before ranting. Maybe even listen to those you think you know all about. CNN should tell the whole story! Rush said he wants our country to succeed, but if success for Obama means the Socialization of our country's economic policy then he doesn't want that to succeed because it is against Conservative economic policy and the core set of ideas this country was founded upon. Learn your Constitution and see that the founder's intent was to give the power to the States, not a large powerful Federal Government which was what they were fleeing. Folks hate him and ignore the fact that he stands for our founding principles. There are too few readers in this country.

    January 27, 2009 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  15. V. Marie

    The big question is where does Rush get his "extra" millions from, people. Think about who it is that profits from his hate speak. To even suggest he says anything worth responding to really isn't the point. His history of drug use is primarily so he can stand being himself. Think about the self-loathing Rush has to stomach every day. But, he does get paid for all that hate speak. Time to take that trip down the yellow brick road and pull back the curtain in the Emerald City.

    January 27, 2009 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  16. Garry


    January 27, 2009 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  17. Tim

    Rush is just trying to stay relevant. If we enter a period of bipartisanship and it works Rush is out of a job.

    January 27, 2009 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  18. Marc Barrington

    Limbaugh is pure entertainment at its lowest common denominator. Remember, this is the guy who on his TV show made a point of boiling a lobster to get a reaction(?)....can we take anything this guy says seriously. He should thank Obama for keeping him employed.

    At this point the man seems desperate. People close to him should watch closely. He could be heading for a relapse. Oh, that's right, he's also someone who has dealt with addiction to pain meds.....

    January 27, 2009 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  19. joyce

    To Aron in Ohio, Man you took the words right out of my mouth. The words that was spoken by limbaugh do sound like words of a traitor.
    If this man had any decency, he would use the air time to help build back up our beloved country in stead of spreading venom like he is doing. I don' t get into politics, but I had to voice my comments on the behalf of our great country. I still can't get over the fact this so called man want to see our President and country fail. What a shame in this day and time we still have people thinking the way this racist, bigot and hate monger think. You know, I wonder what he would do when the time come for his demise and is buried next to a democrat and some how he will have a way of knowing it (surprise). Aw shucks, now he might want to be cremated. Limbaugh, are you getting the messages from all these people that are responding to your foul mouth, people are fed up with the hatred you & others like you on these talk radio shows that vomit out this kind of garbage. Sponsors, save you money I believe you are going to need it after what was said by limbaugh. Remember the economy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 27, 2009 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  20. luckdress

    Even Gov Arnold in California – A Republican called Limbaugh IRRELEVANT. He is nothing but a shameless junkie with a mic., He deserves to be in jail for drug fraud. Only in America could a moron like that remain on radio

    January 27, 2009 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  21. someone

    deport rush to iraq!

    January 27, 2009 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  22. John

    Obama is the best thing that could have happened for Limbaugh. He now can be against something again. This is how he makes money. He has no real answers, wields no real power, and harms rather than hurts our nation with divisive and bombastic speech designed to fatten his wallet.

    January 27, 2009 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  23. Jeff in Illinois

    Two things:

    1) You can't blame a guy for being leery of a drug addict – you never know what they're going to do in their desperation.

    2) We should investigate whether Rush might be an al Queda operative. He wants the president and thus, the nation to fail. He is the most un-American person I have seen get news since Osama bin Laden.

    January 27, 2009 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  24. Anthony

    Some people need to just shut their fat,stupid,balding,ignorant,nasty and ugly mouths up Limbaugh makes me want to puke at the slightest sound of his voice

    January 27, 2009 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  25. Mark

    Rush you're an idiot. Please rename your talk show, Radio for idiots without brains.

    January 27, 2009 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
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