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. jab

    Not many comments, I wonder why! LOL. Really, what would you say?

    January 26, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. Lynn

    Rush Limbaugh is a disgusting creature.

    January 26, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. AG

    Limbaugh says he wants him to fail, and then when Obama says something about it Limbaugh accuses him of sowing division? Seems like a double standard, Rush.

    January 26, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. j

    Limbaugh is so irrelevant. Why would anyone waste their time even listening to his dribble.

    January 26, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  5. Jake

    After hearing so much about Rush Limbaugh for several years, I recently started to tune into his radio show. I think I like this guy. He has a lot of guts, As for Obama, I voted for him,. I regret it already.


    Woodsville, New Hampshire

    January 26, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. Golden Girl

    Don't flatter yourself; you stupid junkie. PRESIDENT OBAMA is no more afraid of you than he would be of a piece of gum on his shoe!

    January 26, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  7. Carolyn

    Oh by the way Rush, if the country fails, so do you. Maybe your brain didn't think of that, because your mouth was talking stupid. Try thinking before you speak.

    January 26, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. J

    Wow! This from a former drug addict who put his illegal immigrant housekeeper up to buying his drugs for him.

    America - land of the free, home of the brave.

    January 26, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. Bruce DeRosier

    My gosh, this has to be some kind of first ... I didn't know that pigs could have delusions of grandeur.

    January 26, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  10. jim

    What exactly has Obama said or done to make Rush think he's got him running scared

    January 26, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. Jerry

    Dear M 7:48
    Educated like you who can't spell ????? Spare the excuses this administration will have enough.

    January 26, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. mary

    Limbaugh is nothing but a ignorant hate-monger. Why should Obama be afraid of him? What is there to fear? There is more to pity.

    January 26, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Obamagrl83

    I think Limbaugh is high.

    January 26, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. Mike, UK

    The man is only trying to make a living, but my guess is that if the new President could spare the time, he would meet, confront and master an interview...and what a 'rush' that might be!

    January 26, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. SS

    Most people are...

    January 26, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. Matthew

    Rush doesn't want the country to fail, M. He wants Obama's socialist policies to fail. Why don't you listen to the guy instead of reading the liberal media, moron.

    January 26, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. NY Music Prof.

    What a joke. I can't believe this guy is still allowed out of his house to talk on the radio. Only in America...

    January 26, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. Deb

    This man must be back on the pills... Obama warns against this hate monger but then wants to complain that Obama isn't standing up for what he says? Why wouldn't Obama warn of the hate spewing instigator causing more rift between parties at a time when we as a country can not afford more of this stupid, my team vs. your team infighting any longer.. yeah Rush.. he's sooooo afraid of you.

    January 26, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. Robin

    Obama understands that in order for people to unify they have to quit listening to dividers. Rush doesn't understand it's less about fear and more about avoiding being pulled under by persistant negativity. He's like a cat basking in suhine... he probably cast his vote for Obama just so he could have a thicker pot to stir and hope to net more listeners with his vitriol.

    January 26, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Limbaugh your kidding right? You truly are a fool.

    January 26, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. disgusted

    Its quite clear that drug addiction clouds the mind and may cause actual physical damage to the brain. This of course would account for the inhuman comment of wishing failure on anyone especially the President of the U.S.

    January 26, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  22. Tony Rezko

    HHHMMM he didn't say he wanted the country to fail, if you listen to the entire post, not the Michael Moore/ Hamas edition, which you undoubtedly did. What he said was that he did not wish for Obama to turn the country into a socialist wasteland, which is what he feels is the direction that Obama is moving. People complained about the executive branch under Bush being too powerful, but Obama has signed in more executive orders in his first week of being president than I can remember Bush ever doing. I guess that if supplying American money to provide abortions overseas is a good economical strategy, Obama is a genius, or maybe he is just trying to make the US numero uno in the Ms. Popularity contest again, which for some reason matters to some of you libs.

    January 26, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  23. Chip Lambert

    How come you did not report on Limbaugh's bipartisan economic plan he proposed today and his offer to discuss it with the Obama administration? That seems more newsworthy than the glib comments Rush Limbaugh or Robert Gibbs said.

    January 26, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  24. Moe, NY

    I wish Limbaugh would go and spread his hatred elsewhere, most Americans are sick and tired of listening to this windbag. Obama is a unifier, and it is quite obvious that Limbaugh just can't stand it! I actually feel kind of sorry for Limbaugh as anyone who would spread such hatred and lies must really have a bad self image, probably why he got into drugs in the first place. Deal with it Limbaugh...Obama is here to stay. Try cleaning up your act, it has become not only old, but very boring. I, also, think that all Americans should be very very frightened of you and the garbage that comes out of your that mouth of yours.

    January 26, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  25. Michael

    This guy is so full of himself that it's just hilarious! To think that Obama wakes up in the morning and goes to bed at night worried about Limbaugh as opposed to a few of the other little issues that we're facing is pathetic.

    January 26, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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