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. anee

    Don't like!!

    January 26, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. Aaron

    Stupid old man:

    Rush Limbaugh has lost his friggin mind along with the idiots that listen to this pinhead. You actually believe that Barack Obama is afraid of you?

    Please!!!! Trust me when I tell you; Barack is cut from a different cloth than most of us and the last thing on his mind is some pot bellied old fart who doesn't know his butt from a hole in the ground.

    If you want to come up to President Obama's level, why don't you start by reading Sun Tzu's " Art of War" this might give your puckered old butt some insight into a man who has exhibited that he is clearly superior in intellect to you!

    January 26, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. Tim in Atlanta

    All articles about this bloviating oxycontin-addicted windbag should be preceded with "In a desperate attempt to remain relevant..."

    January 26, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. Rush is a gas bag

    This guy will spew anything to sell his ridiculous show to his group of mis-guided groupies. He only preaches to his own choir, he will never influence anyone of substance.

    January 26, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. Michael

    That fat, pompus, thrice divorced drug addict represents the very worst that America can be. Anyone who listens to him is, simply put, stupid.

    January 26, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. tiffanie

    Rush Limbaugh is the opitomy of what is WRONG with Government and the Republican party. I AM A REPUBLICAN and I say this. He is a biggoted drug addict and nothing more as far as I am concerned. He takes videos and quotes out of context to try to enrage and scare people who aren't paying enough attention on their own.

    Obama told people to stop listening to Rush because of this. Not because Obama is scared of him. We need Bipartisanship and love. What is wrong with those things? This country is full of hate and we are falling down the tubes. People like Rush Limbaugh are why this country is in such bad shape right now.

    We punish the poor drug addicts, but not Rush L... He's rich and oh poor baby got hooked on pills... That is not unlike many stories today, yet most go to jail, lose their homes, jobs, everything... But Rush keeps his job, get more rich, and then gets to act like he is great ...

    What a hypocritical loser!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. David

    I am a conservative, but I think Rush just likes to hear himself talk sometimes. He makes some good points at times. However, a lot of his remarks are geared toward getting under people's skin. They are specifically pointed at hostile topics so he can get more listeners. We get so riled up that we tune in to listen to him rant in order to counter his comments.

    January 26, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  8. Alphatango

    Limburger, your ego is writting checks you can't cash. Anyone that listens to your rehashed remarks needs to have their heads examined-again.

    January 26, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. Larry Caldwell, USA

    Limbaugh needs to stuff a sock in it. Besides "I hope he fails," here is another quote from his response to Obama:

    "Obama was angry that Merrill Lynch used $1.2 million of TARP money to remodel an executive suite. Excuse me, but didn't Merrill have to hire a decorator and contractor? Didn't they have to buy the new furnishings? What's the difference in that and Merrill loaning that money to a decorator, contractor and goods supplier to remodel Warren Buffet's office? Either way, stimulus in the private sector occurs. "

    The difference, of course, is that if Merrill Lynch loaned the money out instead of squandering it, the taxpayer would have had a chance of getting the money back. Limbaugh is nowhere near as smart as he thinks he is, but his listeners just slurp up garbage like this.

    January 26, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. laura b. (GA)

    hahahahaha! Rush is funny.

    January 26, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. Jim Q.

    Who cares what Limbaugh thinks? The guy is a drug-addled hack, a hypocrite of the first degree, and a guy who clearly cares more about his own ego than he does the state of the country. He is not front page news.

    January 26, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. AK

    Rush is an idiot. Is he still high??

    January 26, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. Elle

    Hey there nutcase Rush. You stop at NOTHING to grab headlines.
    You used to be just delusional and spiteful. Now have finally jumped off the deep end.

    Time for your meds, Rush.

    January 26, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  14. robin kelly

    Limbaugh is an entertainer. Obama is supposed to be leading our country. Yes, I know Obama was using him as a kind of iconic reference to extreme conservatism, but just give us your plans and stop telling people who they should or shouldn't listen to.

    January 26, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Big Ellie

    Limbaugh...WHAT A RACIST IDIOT!

    January 26, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. shane

    Limbaugh is arrogant, to think that Obama, who took an oath in front of ALL america would be afraid of him? He is the apithemy of arragonce, the exdrug addict has an opinion like the rest of every human being on earth, but that it. Limbaugh is human and I hope the economy swallows him whole.

    January 26, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  17. JahJah

    Rush Limbaugh knows the image of the fat cigar chomping republican is an image that no longer sells so he will and is doing anything to keep his name in the news. Obviously he is still using drugs.

    January 26, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  18. Bob Shearer

    Poor Rush – his ratings must be falling a bit because no one wants to listen to his negativity and mindless rants anymore – wait a sec ........ does anyone listen to him?

    January 26, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  19. Katie McMahan

    No, Rush, he realizes you as the blatant propagandist you are. You aren't a patriot, you're a fraud. Your constant slander towards the left must be an act of fear, then, noting your reaction here.

    January 26, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  20. Tasha

    Who put this man on the air in the first place?

    January 26, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. J Auch

    This guy is back on the drugs! Get a life buddy.

    January 26, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  22. Audrey Johnson

    Oh god, Russ is an old fool. Who cares? He is a disgrace as an American.

    January 26, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  23. Barack wins and we collectively lose.

    I am frightened of Obama.

    January 26, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  24. Texas Teacher

    Please, CNN, I am stunned that you would give this bigot air time! This is beyond belief! He should be left to rot on his radio show! I am amazed at you, my favorite news media! 🙁 This man should never merit air time on any legitament news media.

    January 26, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  25. The Bu Man

    Certainly Obama cannot and did not say he will “unify everybody”. For example, people like Rush Limbaugh can only be unified with the devil or with some other narrow minded people. Saddam Hussein would have saved him but it is too late.
    He wants America to fail but he does not realize that only in America his types could be tolerated.

    January 26, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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