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. S. D.

    What an idiot and a show-off this Rush Limnut is.

    January 26, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Tim F

    Wow, Rush should be thankful for the Dems or he would never have had anything of a career! Neo-con radio really took off when Bill Clinton won in '92.

    January 26, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Keith

    Keep them angry Rush it's what you were born to do. Some people spread hope others spread anger. I don't know if your proud of yourself Rush or if you want children to emulate you? but clearly you feed off discord.

    January 26, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. Corey of Orygun

    Hmmm...

    Obama is scared of an overweight college dropout, whom has done nothing more than be a radio host, yet claims to understand the worlds ills, and how best to solve them. Yeah, a man whom has been divorced three times, sure does represent family values well.

    No. I think Obama is letting the GOP know, that more involved trains of logic need to be followed during this time of crisis, than that could ever be offered by Rush.

    January 26, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. Jon

    Rush is alone on an island full of conservative whiners. He is irrelevant. Obama is countering Limbaugh's sincere hope that his presidency fails. Limbaugh said he hopes Obama fails. Now that's what I call positive thinking. Limbaugh better start thinking about his retirement plan. His schtick is getting very, very old.

    January 26, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Curtis - Marietta, GA

    Sad. That's all I can say. Our country is in the middle of one of the worst recessions it has ever seen. We are in the middle of two wars and this man thinks his "I hope he fails" comment is justified?! I guess the truth is hard to swallow. If people keep listening to this hate mongerer, then we are in for a lot worse.

    Since when did hope, peace and unity become bad things?

    January 26, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. nel

    Yeah real scary...... this Limbaugh character is a joke

    January 26, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. Karen

    If our President fails so do we all, including Mr Limbaugh and all of the millions of people who are losing jobs and homes in this country.

    It is very sad that Rush Limbaugh is so filled with hatrid and has access to the airways. He is a sore loser – poor sport, and a horrible role model for Radio.

    His Garbage Radio show should be cancelled and he should be blackballed from every radio and TV station.

    January 26, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Ruth

    Rush you must be on drugs again.Oh that's right-you never stopped.

    January 26, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. Whyne- Toronto

    Can he (rush) give one reason on God's green earth why Mr. Obama is "fearful of him"?

    Your wife's not afraid of you, is she rush? If you have the heart of a human you wouldn't have said that you want Mr. Obama to fail. That alone show's the kind of spineless jerk you are... Unless you said so as to try and get ratings...

    "rush" for President of the United States, you looser.

    January 26, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. Niky

    Duh?!

    January 26, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. Whyne- Toronto

    Can he (rush) give one reason on God's green earth why Mr. Obama is "fearful of him"?

    Your wife's not afraid of you, is she rush? If you have the heart of a human you wouldn't have said that you want Mr. Obama to fail. That alone show's the kind of spineless jerk you are... Unless you said so as to try and get ratings...

    "rush" for President of the United States, you looser.

    January 26, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Seriously

    Blah...

    January 26, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Stu, Charlotte

    You're only frightened of Rush if you're a Twinkie or a Pop Tart.

    January 26, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. Keith

    Keep them angry Rush it's what you were born to do. Some people spread hope others spread anger.
    I don't know if your proud of yourself Rush or if you want children to emulate you? but clearly you feed off discord.

    January 26, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. errol phillip

    maybe the prescription narcotics drugs are taking their full effects on mr. limbaugh.'s brain . please get a life mr . limbaugh. thanks.

    January 26, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Rush.........no one is frightened of you.............we are all sorry for you. Be careful, be very very careful.....its your career sir.

    January 26, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. SDB

    Obama and the democrats should stop cracking jokes about Limbaugh because he is smarter than all of them put together...at least Limbaugh knows what he is talking about.

    January 26, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. Skye

    Oh, Please. Anyone who thinks Limbaugh is for real should dig out the old USNews and World report interview he did back in the 90s where he laughs at all his listeners...admits his show is an act–a gravy train he'll ride as long as it makes money. Even HE calls himself "entertainment." So, if you find him entertaining, more power to you–but if you actually believe anything he says...shame. It's all about the ratings and the money he can make. It's soooo not about real politics, actual truth, or honest critical thinking. He's just spouting off for attention and profit, and to his credit, he admits it. Anyone taking him seriously is getting taken for a ride.

    January 26, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. Ha!! Stop, I can't breathe

    The only thing scared of Rush is his toilet seat.

    January 26, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. Linda in MS

    I doubt it very much if President Obama is afraid of Limbaugh. What an inflated ego that man has,or maybe it is just all that hot air he is full of. Rush is a boil on America's buttocks. What pains me the most about his mean-spirited B.S. is that so many people take him seriously. What most of his followers don't realize is that he only cares about himself and his ratings. Truth and integrity do not mean a thing to him. He is a hateful, dishonest, unpatriotic creep, and the harm he has done to our society is huge. I hope there is a special place in hell for him.

    January 26, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. WMH

    Moron!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. Tani in CA

    Yes, scared of your utter stupidity perhaps.

    How any person can admire this disgusting, divisive, sorry a$$ excuse for a human being is beyond me! His supporters should feel absolutely humiliated and ashamed. How can you stand by any individual who wishes for our president to fail, especially through such difficult times as we’re living in right now in this country??? Seriously... grow the **** up!

    January 26, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. mmd

    Tell him I said Bye

    January 26, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    Get over yourself, Limbaugh. For all your posturing, prattle and idiocy, Obama won with a HUGE margin. Go get a life. Hey, maybe you can start a rumor that Obama is really an alien and wanted to be president to control those rumors about Roswell and UFOs or something.

    What a gas bag you are. Let's all hope that when the Republican party is finished hanging itself, you will finally be pulled off the air and give this nation's ears a rest.

    January 26, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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