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. northcountrystan

    You should team up with Sarah Palin and both go on a one way trip!

    January 26, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Rami Gasim

    This guy is looking for some attention =)

    January 26, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. DIZIZI31

    Hey Rush why is it that you and all the other Obama haters didn't speak up in Nov, Dec, and waited until January 20 at 12:06 to take your shots at the economic condition. No one is afraid of Rush Limbaugh, anymore than there afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.

    I'm hoping that you NEVER get the chance to speak directly to the President. That kind of hatred is nothing new

    January 26, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. THDBMN

    That right Rush. Our President is scared of a Oxycotin poppin' moron who can't even speak coherent sentences. Thanks for the joke though. It made my day.

    January 26, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. Karen

    Instead of wishing for President Obama to fail, Mr. Limbaugh needs to be doing all he can to help this country move forward. We need more bipartisanship and a whole lot less of the back biting and finger pointing!!!! I am ashamed to call myself a Republican. Grow up Mr. Limbaugh and give the man a chance!!!

    January 26, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. Independent_me

    All people of goodwill who want this country to be unified should boycott the corporations that support hatemongers such as Limbaugh.

    These people make hundreds of millions of dollars by spewing their hate across the airwaves. They count in the support of the 10 or 15% of the country who are rabid racists, and who will never change. And these people seem to be stupid enough to celebrate a man who wants the President to fail...

    They fail to understand that if Obama fails, then the country fails, and THEY are the ones who will be losing their jobs, etc. It is the Republicans who got us in this mess, and it is only the Democrats who will get us out of it. That's how its always been. Wake up, America. Boycott the companies that support Limbaugh and his divisive pals!

    January 26, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. Disgusted Citizen

    Will this man (and I use the term very loosely) stoop to any level to get attention and ratings?

    First the hypocrisy of stating that all drug users should face capital punishment, then getting busted for drugs. Then the debateably treasonous/seditious statement that he hopes the Obama will fail (yeah, if the president fails, then we the american people who he represents fail as well). Now this?

    When is he going to finally going to crawl into his little hate filled hole and fade into obscurity so the rest of us can get back to the job of fixing all of the screw ups that his religious right wing conservatives wrought on our fine nation over the last eight years?

    January 26, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Ken in Gainesville

    Limbaugh is a hopeless, pathetic individual who has never held an honest job in his life. His Effluent in Bulk network is a joke to Americans who actually use their brain, those who studied and learned the complexities of life. I must admit that his ego is quite impressive, however. It's sad really - in 100 years, no one will know he existed, and that he surely did not matter. Those who actually do something in this world - in health, science, philosophy, the arts - will be remembered in work or deed Centuries into the future. But not the sorry losers like Limbaugh and his friends. It must be terrible to actually waste a life, as he has done. He could have used his talents to better humanity. Instead he has chosen divisiveness and whining (albeit at a high decibel level). Turn him off, and give him the attention he deserves.

    January 26, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. WAW

    Rush has more ego than a Baptist preacher.

    January 26, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  10. Factchecker

    Oh please. Is the man back on Oxycontin?

    January 26, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. Kathie

    Rush Windbag has an ego that just don't quit. How anyone could listen to him is beyond me. He wants Obama to fail and that says a lot about the man. As a former independent, I can say with absolute certainity that people like him and Hannity and Caribou Barbie have turned me into a Democrat and I'm proud of it.

    January 26, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. SteveinWV

    Ratings falling? Just go away.

    January 26, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. Brittni M.

    Limbaugh needs to stop making such comments about the new president. Its like Limbaugh is not even open to new ideas. President Obama is generating new ideas to push the nation and the economy forward, like previous presidents before him. And how is Obama "frightened" of him? Why would Obama have any reason to be frightened of him when they work in different circles? Limbaugh does have the right to voice his opinions, but not lies. If Limbaugh is wanting the spotlight, he's getting one alright. And in my opinion, its completely negative.

    January 26, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. MBuvia Greenwood,IN

    Saying anything to create a controversy fort the dying conservative cause. No one is frightened by this old druggie

    January 26, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. Desert dog

    The drugs have definitely rattled this man's brain....if he still has one.

    January 26, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  16. Leona Hughes

    who would be afraid of a foul mouth addicted to drugs

    January 26, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  17. Rush needs to go off his meds

    or back on them, he is clearly low on viewership and desparate

    January 26, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. Dutch

    Don't inflate Rush "The Junkie" Limbaugh's ego anymore by even acknowledging him. Fill him with anymore hot air he'll burst!

    January 26, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. David Bergeron

    Rush Lumbaugh is an idiot!

    He is the reason that this country is in the mess that it is in today. He says some of the most stupid things and people believe him. I am sure that "Joe the Plumber" and Rush are very close.

    January 26, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. for obama nj-dp

    i feel this rush needs to be in the nut house, he sounds like he has a serious problem, that whole underground movement has problems. it is a shame that these people are trying to divide our country, but they can and will not, we, the american people will NOT LET THIS HAPPEN.....

    January 26, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  21. lucy

    we should all be frightened of anyone who is as bigoted, dishonnest and incendiary as rush limbaugh or sean hannity, just as we should be frightened of the KKK or skinheads. they can do more damage to the country than the terrorists ever thought of.

    January 26, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. Deborah Moore, St. Paul, MN

    This man is an ENTERTAINER. Nothing more, nothing less.

    I know as much about politics and procedure as this bloated oaf. But because ignorant people have allowed him to be their spokesperson, he receives far more attention than he deserves.

    Ditto-heads: THINK. READ. Then READ and THINK.

    Do NOT allow Rush Limbaugh or anyone else dictate to you what you should believe.

    January 26, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  23. Maryellen

    What a idiot, drug addicted moron. Please for Gods sake go far far away, you make me sick!

    January 26, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  24. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Let's see........Pill poppin' loudmouth says he wants Obama to fail!

    How UnAmerican!

    No wonder Obama wants people to not listen to this clown.

    January 26, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. McBama

    Nothing personal, but we're ALL afraid of him...

    January 26, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
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