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. fmjk

    Now that's funny. Obama doesn't give a hoot. This is Limbaugh trying desperately to remain relevant when the entire nation has moved ON.

    January 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. Lamar in Dallas, TX

    If Republicans want to get their party back on track, they've got their work cut out for them!~ For starters, perhaps they should consider disowning this loudmouth.

    January 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. Swick

    Nobody, including Obama, appreciates an ignorant hypocritical defeatist. The country would be much better off without fundamentalist loons like Rush on both sides. He takes the cake for sure. He's just trying to fire up his ratings like he did during the Clinton years. Unfortunately there are plenty of listeners willing to listen to him babble about nothing.

    January 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. I hate Limburger

    Can't someone just silence this pig?

    January 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. Frank Seitzer

    Get a life, Rush.

    January 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    slap rushes facist face

    January 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. Xavier

    Rush? You mean drug addict Rush? You mean send every drug addict up the river except me Rush? You mean use my money to keep my fat butt out of jail Rush? You mean lie to the feds Rush? You mean get illegal pain killers Rush? Gee, is this the role model that the republican party wants to align itself with?

    January 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  8. george in LA

    Obama doesn't need to talk to Limbaugh because he represents the fringe of the far right, a tiny portion of Americans who are on their way out.

    January 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Waverly

    Please stop giving the delusional rants of this drug addict the attention he is willing to say anything to get. He is not a political commentator, he is an entertainer, and I for one am no longer entertained.

    January 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. Mark

    Rush Limbaugh is worthless.

    January 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. Vince K

    So this drug addled jerk is the point man of the conservatives now? Does he not realize it is this diatribe that nailed them the last two elections. Keep up the good work rush drive this broken ideology into the ground so it will never see the light of day again!!!

    January 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. Dennis

    I am a staunch Republican, but Limbaugh does not scare anyone. He uses his radio show to intimidate and expose what a complete close minded moron he really is.

    January 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. bv

    OK Llimblobbbbbbb!! You only wish.

    January 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Karin

    Yes, definitely switch the channel fast. The guy is a legend in his own mind! His listeners are simply legend wannabe's.

    The mistake many make is thinking that wisdom comes in numbers. Actually one can be amongst billions and be more profoundly intelligent than the rest.

    Rush Limbaugh, in my mind, is a loud mouth opinionated waste of my time.

    January 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. Joyce Becker

    Rush is a pill popping jerk, who does he think he is anyway? I laughed out loud when I read what he said. The best thing you can do with people with big heads like he has is just ignore them, they do what they do for the attention they can get to make themselves seem important. As for the other jerks that listen to him they are just more of the same.

    January 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Proud American

    What a joke, the President of the United States and leader of the free world is afraid of a drug using radio anouncer. Wow just when you think you have heard it all.

    January 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. once upon a horse

    Rush Limbaugh is a legend in his own mind. Why in the world would President Obama be afraid him? Despite his broad "ditto head" cult group Rush has NO power because if he did then McCain and Palin would be in office and not Obama and Biden. President Obama on the other hand holds the most powerful office in the world so who should fear who? Besides any person that hopes faliure on the president of our nation and calls themselves a TRUE American is a crock. If Obama fails, then we as a country fail. You don't have to have voted for or even like the president and not want him to be successful. But I guess when you make millions of dollars then a sick economy with high unemployment is the least of your worries.

    January 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. Derrick Johnson

    Rush you are a Joke.

    January 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. Rob

    Please stop covering stories about Rush Limbaugh's incendiary statements. He is a fanatical one trick pony whose welcome on the media landscape has expired. Like Hannity and the cloven hoofed coulter- rush's rantings have become pathetic, and tired. Lets tell the news, not lend any credence to tabloid talk hosts.

    January 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. Tim Sunderland

    Part of the logic of having political parties is that it keeps everyone relatively honest. If a clearly dominant party were to emerge and move the other one out completely, then it would be an unequal distribution of power and the dominant party would run roughshod over everyone (power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely).

    I say that it keeps everybody "relatively" honest because we still end up with people like Blago and Jack Abramoff and Dick Cheney.

    All this being said, we also end up with the far extremes, and Limbaugh falls into this category. He is so extreme that he is irrelevant. Even the Republicans would like to forget him.

    January 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. Charles

    Rush Limbaugh is symptomatic of what is wrong with the Republican party today. He is clinging to the old style, simplistic, black & white (no shades of gray, i.e. nuance), labeling, non-thinking, inflammatory style of rhetoric that so many people are tired of. It is too bad that he still has a pretty large following, but I believe most of his followers are the types for whom the term "critical thinking" probably means something from a movie or TV show critic's opinions about the latest B-grade entertainment show. I believe that if the Republican party is going to continue to be relevant, they need to relegate people like Rush Limbaugh to the dust bin and start supporting more mainstream intelligent spokespersons who can articulate some alternatives when dealing with the complex issues we face today.

    I hope Rush Limbaugh fails.

    January 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. mk

    I always thought Rush was psychotic.
    This just proves it. A delusional loudmouth moron. What a guy.

    January 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. Wil, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    REPUBLICAN Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger got it right with this pill-popping gasbag a couple of years ago when he said that "Rush Limbaugh is irrelevant". It's because of politicians that fall into lockstep with Limbaugh and buy into the neocon flawed philosophy that he espouses that we have these economic troubles. Obama is right–NOT RUSH!! Politicians–READ THIS AND UNDERSTAND– If you don't do what is right for our country–Dem or Rep(I couldn't care less!!)–then expect to take another drubbing in the next election. The American People are tired of your repeated foot-dragging, excuse-making and finger-pointing. You work for us. Work together to do the job that we the voters elected you to do-GET IT DONE OR GET OUT!!!

    January 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. Matt (Grand Rapids)

    Who should be afraid of this overinflated windbag? The guy is out of touch and sick that most people who used to buy into his mindless grovel are either dying of old age or starting to realize that Rush is completely out of his gourd.

    You think you are important Rush. You think you are helping, but you are only making it worse...Pres. Obama said it best in his inaugural speech, we need to come together and work hard to bring our country back to prominence.

    January 26, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  25. Duane Allen Omaha, NE

    Limbaugh, the loathsome junkie swine, is a never was "has been" of the rancid right. How do you spell pompous loser dirt ball: L-I-M-B-A-U-G-H.

    January 26, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
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