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

    Limbaugh...get over yourself

    January 26, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. Annie

    A bunch of verbal raspberries to Rushie.

    President Obama welcomes discussion, conversation, and discourse...but not diatribes focusing on people's fears.

    January 26, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. David

    I agree with President Obama we should all stop listening to this drug addict who can't keep his marriages together. Rush Limbaugh calls himself the moral conscience of America and his personal life is no example. Practice what you preach rush, until then I'm not buying.

    January 26, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Wendy

    Rush wants the attention and if not for the people who listen to him, he would have no power. I doubt Obama will mention him again and he probably only wanted to address the nonsense once to truly encourage bipartisanship. The people that listen to him should at least admit that he's been known as a drug addict.

    January 26, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. SHECKY

    Rush is going to have a field day with Obama! This is going to be fun.

    January 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  6. Al, California

    More precisely, Obama surely realizes great danger of extremists like this radio host. Everybody should realize how dangerous extremists are. I am indeed very afraid that they may launch something as bad as last eight years in some other form. When greed and extreme ideology help each other, country may end up in ruin.

    January 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. Jen

    Why does the media even give Rush Limbaugh the time of day? To say he hopes Obama fails, says he hopes we fail as a country and as a world. It is ridiculous that the President even needs to waste time talking about this person.

    January 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. SJ in SJ

    Frightened? How about "Obama dismisses me"?

    Face it, Rush, you're a fringe player. The far-right wing will always adore you, but the rest of the country wants to get something done. Agree or disagree with the President, give and take until the plans are in the best, most workable shape, then work TOGETHER.

    January 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. alvino

    If only we could bottle Limbaugh's gas, there would be no energy shortage.

    January 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  10. David Ragozzino

    What a MORON !

    January 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. adrienne

    The fact of the matter is that Rush and all his right wing hack radio and TV show contemporaries did all they could to keep McCain from winning the republican primary. they failed. They don't even have the power in their own party to influence outcome. They then tried to stop Obama but failed, badly.
    Rush is fading. He is a small pocket of no power.
    I'm sure that is scary to him. He is a megalomaniac who has been marginalized because he proved to be nothing more than Cheney's water boy.

    January 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. joe kofi

    I believe Mr. Limbaugh should be more concerned about our economy (getting out of recession) than taking on Obama who in fact is his president. Saying that Mr. Obama is frightened of him isnt the best message to his listerners.

    January 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. Bob in USC, PA.

    I'm scared of drug abuser Rush Limbaugh – who wouldn't be frightened of a guy who spouts hatred and invective for hours at a time? Sure wouldn't want to be in a room alone with that nut case.

    January 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Rush Limbaugh is a traitor to this country. He preaches hate and he is relying on his listeners to spread it. If it is not his idea he thinks you are a idiot. I think all those illegal drugs he shopped for are working on "that talent on loan from God".

    January 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. Mitch Miller

    Our planet's inhabitants should be frightened of Rush Limbaugh. I can't believe he would want two presidents in a row to fail. That sends a message Rush does not care about America; just about Rush.

    January 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  16. Ted

    Rush Limberger is a Communist! he actually HOPES we fail?? why that's positively UN-AMERICAN!!

    January 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. Katie Zazueta

    Poor Rush. It's tough now being a minority. He needs to free himself of his anger, and give into Hope and Change. Our nation is unifing and Rush is scared. Rush wants seperation not unity. There is no longer a place in our nation for Rush and it scares him. Obama is not scared of Rush, Rush is scared of Obama.

    January 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. Steve G

    Hey Rush,
    If you consult your Right Wing Table-Pounders Handbook, you'll see what happened to Joe McCarthy when he thought he could take on the President of the United States.

    January 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. Milt

    Limbaugh is an idiot!...Obama should just ignored him. It's not worth the time. There are more important things to take care of.

    January 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. hillaryclinton4barackobama

    Ha Ha ...

    The irrelevant grasping at straws always come of as pathetic ...

    January 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. Edward

    Rush Limbaugh in 2009 = irrelevant.

    In 20 years time there will be no Republican party.

    January 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. John Driscoll

    Some people talk about doing something (Limbaugh)

    and other people actually do something (Obama)

    January 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. LJJ, Hunterdon County, NJ

    Does anyone still listen to this fat idiot?

    January 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. alvino

    I watched Limbaugh on Hannity's show, and it is true,. . .his elevator does not reach the top floors.

    January 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. Bob

    The Obama administration must continue to keep the high road and avoid this type of distraction. Rush and his cronies know their voices are no longer resonating in the lives of everyday people and now they are running scared seeking cheap publicity. In this election, the American people spoke loud and clear and said no to fear- and hate-mongering. Rush, be the "Great American" that you claim to be and most of all grow up!!!

    January 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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