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. bob

    No Rush: Obama is not afraid of you, he is just ignoring you because that is how intelligent people handle the ignorant. Even if you had something substantial to say it wouldn’t make any difference. You’re just a glorified circus barker that will never accomplish any more than radio talk show host until you are very, old and your ratings drop off.

    January 26, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. MaryfromMaryland

    How absolutely stupid and offensive does one need to be before he is finally removed. This talking head should have been removed years ago and still the mouth opens and the blathering goes on...
    Do us a favor Fox News – go bankrupt!

    January 26, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. james

    File Rush, Palin, and the whole GOP in the same place, the past. This turd has got to go. Rush, your a piece of Anti-American Zionist garbage. Riddens

    January 26, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. Neutral

    Nothing more than an egotistical jerk.

    January 26, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. David M

    I'll put this way, if Obama fails, it will mean that the country will probably be in a desperate state similar to the Great Depression or possibly worse.

    If Limbaugh is going to be so petty as to wish for the country to get worse just because he doesn't like the politics of the guy in charge, then maybe he should leave the country. He definately ain't part of the solution.

    January 26, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. Jason

    Thank you CNN, I'm realizing Rush Limbaugh and cockroaches have a lot in common: they're both ugly, will never go away, and it's hard to imagine what purpose they serve.

    January 26, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Old Republican in TL

    When egomania triumphs, this is what we get. Tragic.

    January 26, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. Tyler Derden

    Sounds like Rush is all jacked up on pain pills again.

    January 26, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. a US citiczen

    Rush is obviouosly dellusional, must be back on the pain med's.
    Why anyone would give him a soapbox is beyond comprehension.

    January 26, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  10. the other jd

    in your dreams, rushie...

    January 26, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. George

    Not only is President Obama hardly frightened by Limbaugh but everyone should just ignore the latter...he's a total disgrace.

    January 26, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. R. Edwards

    What Mr. Limbaugh said was that he wanted Mr. B Hussein Obama's socialist agenda and policies to fail. No one wants the President to fail, but his job doesn't include turning the USA into a socialist state. It is the nationalization of everything that he opposes and so do I.

    January 26, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  13. nate

    Why don't you shut up and take some more pain pills Rush. You are the absolute scum of this country.

    January 26, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  14. Chris (WA)

    what an absolutely disgusting human being.

    does he realize he represents everything people hate about the GOP.


    January 26, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. Cynthia - Arkansas

    What an Idiot! The only people who listen to Rush are morons who can't think for themselves. President Obama is so much above his pathetic stunts.

    January 26, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. Wm Scot

    Why is this guy still on the airwaves ? Better yet why is he not in jail ? Anyone of our kids would have been in jail for the illegal drug abuse and purchases of illegal drugs he used. The power of this guy just amazes me and people still listen to him. It is just amazing !

    January 26, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. marge walsh

    Oh, Flubber- Blubber,
    I'm sure our new President is just cringing at any criticism from a sidelined, irrelevant blabber like you.

    A quarter century and eight years of Reaganomics-Hoovereconomics has brought us the 2nd Greater Global Depression. I am sure your suggestions are really essential viewing, hearing, and reading to, well, nobody!

    January 26, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. Thad

    Limbaugh is such a comedian -

    January 26, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. Common Sense

    Limbaugh is loving the fact that Obama is in office. Now that he gets to be part of the opposition to the major party in power, more people will listen to him and hear what he has to say. Despite his comment that he hopes Obama fails, deep down Limbaugh is absolutely thrilled that Obama is in office right now, because he will have more talking points and a wider audience.

    January 26, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. jpegs

    Send Limbaugh to Gitmo!

    January 26, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. Crazymoon

    Sure he is afraid of you, because your "Operation Kaos" was as effective as Bush's "Mission Accomplished". Rush all you are is a radio personality or shock jock like Howard Stern, Opie & Anthony & Bubba the Love Sponge. You will say or do whatever it takes to keep your audience coming back, your job depends on it. Sad thing is there are people out there that actually believe your every words. So in reality President Barak Obama (that's right, I gonna hurt you & your people to have to say that for the next 4 maybe 8 years) was a career boost for you.
    You should be on your on your knees every morning thanking this great president!

    January 26, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. P. Davis

    Just pray for Rush. He obviously think to highly of himself. Mr. Conservative need to read his bible. Particularly: Phillipians 2:7

    January 26, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. Scott

    Who cares what Rush thinks or says, He is a bag of wind

    January 26, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  24. Dave

    Obama more frightened about Limbaugh than compared to a Senate or House leader? So with that statement is Limbaugh portraying himself as a respectable leader? Taunting someone by saying they're "scared" is as elementary as it gets. I respect your 'freedom of speech' Limbaugh, but I don't have to like you... and I'm sure that is your intention.

    January 26, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  25. Bernie

    I'm quite sure that President Obama is not afraid of Rush Limbaugh and nobody else is either. He is trying to tear people apart while President Obama is trying to unify them. BiG FAT HEAD Rush Limbaugh need to shut his BiG FAT MOUTH. Yes, President Obama is trying to unify the nation but he can't do it whe he has FOOLS like RUSH L:IMBAUGH out there. I will advise him to Go and Get HIM A LIFE and stop trying to scare your radio listeners.


    January 26, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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