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. Tannim

    Obama being afraid of Limbaugh? I doubt it. They both are full of empty platitudes and rhetoric and very short on substance (not counting Rush's waistline). In a way, they are very alike, and both part of the real problem, which is the lack of real freedom and Liberty in America.

    IOW, Americans should be afraid of BOTH of them!

    January 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. KATHY

    LIMBAUGH NEEDS TO FAD AWAY. HIS RHETORIC IS COMPLETELY NOT IMPORTANT. HE AND THOSE WHO PRESCRIBE TO HIS TYPE OF DRIBBLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT AMERICANS DO NOT CARE WHAT THEY THINK. LIMBAUGH IS NOT AN AUTHORITY ON ANYTHING. PLEASE CNN STOP GIVING LIMBAUGH A VOICE AND REPORTING ON WHAT HE SAYS. AS FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA BEING AFRAID OF HIM, NOW THAT IS RICH AND COMICAL.

    January 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. Down to earth in MN

    Seriously? Rush Limbutt is jealous that the doesn't get to make those decisions a president does and never will be able to. He is a media shock jock and his job is to work people up with his statements. Its all spin from an angry old man who has no place in the future of America. All he has is the gift of blab. In reality he is seriously impotent. Nobody cares what you say anymore with the exception of a few heavy bible thumpers. The 95% majority of Americans have looked down the tunnel at Rush Limbutts ideal world and have seen nothing but honest hard working Americans being crucified by his likes and its not at all the world we envision for our children. Rush we don't even have to tell you to go away because people will soon just start ignoring you and then you'll be out of a job.

    Obama afraid of Rush? That's like the tiger being afraid of a rat.

    January 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Phyllis Glover

    Let Rush say whatever he wants...he's ALWAYS done that. I am certainly a believer in freedom of speech, but what ever happened to plain old MANNERS????? Why can't Rush just say "I don't agree with the policies he is trying to have put in place." Saying something like "I HOPE HE FAILS" is just a personal attack...frankly, I believe, only because our President (like it or not, Rush) is an African American. I did not even vote for O'Bama; however, he is now the President of the United States of America and I AM an American....still proudly so. Get some MANNERS, RUSH!!!!

    January 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. Bob in Fla

    He's afraid you might eat him.

    January 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. John

    is this guy for real. why would you want an american president to fail in the environment we find ourselves today?

    January 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. Couldn't Even Make it on NFL Today

    Who give Rush any credibility? He was a bush supporter for 8 yrs, and after 8 yrs, our country is bankrupt. Enough said.

    January 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. Fed up citizen

    Limbaugh should stop trying to create conflict in the media which subsequently drives publicity to his radio show. After all these years of political rhetoric, why can't Limbaugh grasp the simple fact that this is the very essence of what everyday Americans are sick and tired of!!!!!

    January 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. RDW - TEXAS

    Rush, you should get a late night comedy show.

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Bob in Fla

    He's not only afraid you might eat him, but your drug addiction might cause you to freak out and get your freepers to riot.

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. mjsalamander

    Rush Limbaugh is an idiot if he thinks for one minute President Obama is afraid of him. I really do think the President has a little more to be concerned with right now than Mr. Limbaugh's opinion of him. Get a grip!

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  12. Corey Prevost

    Rush, he is not afraid of you – you are simply insignificant.

    Pop a few pills, relax, and enjoy the ride.

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  13. Frank563

    The only thing scared of you Rush, are twinkies and Big Macs and of course, a fresh bottle of oxycontin!

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Rhino

    Rush hates America. It's just that simple. He never fails to put himself above his country.

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. Whatabout it

    And Barack Obama, whose father is a moslem and therefore considered by moslems to be a moslem (children's religious affiliation is determined by their fathers according to islamic reckoning) is expected to be the commander-in-chief of the United States and place the interests of our country above those of our enemies

    Can someone tell me what a "moslem"is i know what a Muslim is but what is a "moslem"? So i guess if your father leaves your mother, you are raised as a Christian,you profess to be christian, attend a christian church, get baptized as a christian,take oath as president as a christain oops i forgot, once a moslem always a moslem? with views like those we are screwed!! So if the son is not a "moslem" but because his father is then the grandchildren are "moslem" by birth? Where did that come from????

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Michelle Bell from Alabama

    I really don't get this guy. Why would he, as an American want President Obama to fail. Clearly any true American (republican, democrat, independent, gay, straight, Christian, Jew, Muslim, etc.) would not want the President to fail.

    He has some serious issues. This is what hinders US as a nation. Until we rise above comments and thoughts like this, it will be harder for all of US to be a greater nation.

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Don

    Rush is a drug addict and a idiot that should be in jail for life. If he wasn't above the law that prison would be his new home.

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. John

    Rush, you are nothing more than a bigot drug addict.

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. Lee

    doooouche

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Leslie

    YOU ARE NUTCAKE!!!!

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. Tim Gurchinoff

    Mr. Limbaugh, as always, is showing his vast stupidity with this latest statement. That anyone would wish failure upon an incoming president with the situation this country finds itself in today is ridiculous. Besides, the only thing on earth afraid of Rush Limbaugh is a bottle of pills.

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Yes, we want the president to fail, because millions unemployed, and skyrocketing costs from everything to food to housing is perfect for an "I told you so" moment?

    If this were a left talking about a right, people would be irate.

    I guess even the jester has to say something to have pennies thrown at him so he can eat (and eat and eat).

    I pity Limbaugh, I sincerely do.

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. Chris

    Rush Limbaugh is an idiot. Who in their right mind would ever listen to anything he has to say? I don't care who the president is, I would never hope that they would fail, because if Obama fails it will be a disaster for my generation. On a side note, you people should listen to Rush's explanation on global warming, it's f**king ridiculous.

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  24. jalram

    careful Rush, your racist colors are showing

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. Richard in Arlington, VA

    Rush is a legend in his own mind. Over the next two weeks we will see Rush becoming a very lonely man as patriots rise and move to the sound of battle. Those who wish America or its President to fail will once again be disappointed.

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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