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. A Real Feminist

    Rush Limbaugh is not only a bloated loud-mouthed pig but unpatriotic and it's interesting that he and all thos good ole boys that love listening to him haven't been called on that. Of course he would say something so callous as he hopes Barack Obama–this country–will fail. He gets paid 14M a year for TALK!! What does he care about factories and retailers closing their doors across the country laying off workers? It just means he can lowball his domestics. What a pig. He better hope Obama doesn't fail because I'll tell you now, he fails and people like me become revolutionaries. You think the 70's was bad. You ain't seen nothing yet! These greedy Republicans think they're soooo tough. You're weak and pathetic blowhards. Just a bunch of loudmouths who only look out for yourselves!!

    January 26, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. chris

    Rush..you back taking prescription drugs again? Some of us
    had hoped this type of childish verbage had left with George W.
    I guess there is no term limits on childish radio hosts.

    January 26, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. Barb

    He doesn't deserve to be heard. All he spits out is hate.

    January 26, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. edward4365

    Keep it up Rush, maybe you will eventually achieve that state of obscolecense that many of us had already hoped you would have achieved a few years ago. No one that I know really cares about political party as they did in the 90's. We are trying to come together as Americans first and foremost.

    January 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. Kay

    Rush needs to SHUT-UP.

    January 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. marty

    limbaugh is a tool. in a time where the country is in economic peril and everyone needs to be pulling in the same direction, all this guy wants to do is take pride in "scaring" people? this guy is just a self-important useless fat piece of garbage.

    January 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. Andrew Lakewood, CA

    Who takes Rush Limbaugh seriously anymore anyway?

    January 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Raghu Bala

    I don't think President Obama even has the time to think of Rush Limbaugh, let alone be afraid of him. Mr. Limbaugh is taking himself too seriously and thinks what he has to say or think of being important. He is nothing but a minuscule footnote on the political scene if that.

    January 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    I don't think he's scared of you, rather doesn't want to waste his time with someone so insignificant...

    January 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. Andrew Flack

    Please stop covering what Rush Limbaugh says if it's newsworthy... and I surely believe this comment fits into that category.

    The fact that he thinks he scares Obama is a ridiculous, self-serving notion that only gains credence when CNN and others repeat it.

    Please don't allow him to use CNN for the dispersal of this personal and utterly subjective message.

    Thanks,
    Drew

    January 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. Hall for Obama

    “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.”

    I wonder if Mr. Limbaugh planning on during something really bad to the President, because The President of the USA should not be frighten of any man unless he feel that person is going to do him bodly harm.

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

    Dream on Rush Limbaugh, if you really think Mr. Obama is afraid of you. You couldn't shine his shoes even if you tried.

    January 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. Nifty 60, female and white

    He's an idiot and anyone listening to him is as well. Enough said!!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. Steve

    Limbaugh is an anti-American jerk for wanting President Obama to fail. I hope Rush's heart fails from all of the Oxycontin he takes.

    January 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. Oregon calling

    Mr Limbaugh, Get over yourself, I do not think that our President is frightened of you. I know that I sure as hell am not!
    C~

    Peace 🙂

    January 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  16. Tiff of lithia springs

    NO! He just doesn't have time for your non-sense.

    January 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  17. JuJu

    He is back on the pills!

    January 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. kaushik jadunundun

    Rush LImbaugh is just a dirty racist pig who needs to be ignored...whatever he says wont change a thing whch is that we will have a President called Barack Obama for the next 8 years ...yeah 8 years...

    January 26, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. David L. Davila

    Russ, I don't believe President Obama is scared of you but you are scared of the President because he might succeed. Question? Is the American people tired of Russ Limbaugh and his negative attitude toward our country? Yes I am, Russ makes a living downgrading the every Democratic President. It is the only way the Drug addict can make a living.

    January 26, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. Mr. T

    Mr. Limbaugh makes his living by inflaming emotions any way he can. He has no interest in intelligent discourse. He gets paid to create uproar. Rush has fears of his own... declining viewership.

    January 26, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. Dave in Albuquerque

    In Limbaugh's own mind, and nowhere else.

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

    RUSH IS A DEFENDER OF OUR REPUBLIC!!! IF OBAMA FAILS, OUR FREEDOMS PREVAIL!!!

    January 26, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. Houston

    Does anyone even listen to Limbaugh anymore?Is he even still relevant? I guess this is the only way he can get air time these days.

    January 26, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. Lexi in MT

    Someone shut that stupid man up! I have no idea why anyone in their right mind would EVER listen to such an idiot. Don't we have enough problems and enough pressure on our president from what Bush left? Shut up Limbaugh, and let him do his fricking job you idiot!

    January 26, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. jo jo

    Now, why would the "President" of the United States be afraid of an ex-drug addict and mediocre radio talk show host . You give yourself way too much credit, Rush!

    January 26, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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