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. Ann

    Obama is so much better than anyone could hope for. The Republicans have a very long way to go to change their party's image, and it isn't going to happen when you have Republican leaders like Rush poisoning the airways. What a joke that anyone would be afraid of a joke like Rush. His ignorance only sends more toxic energy into our country, and it is so sad that people allow hiim to think for them. Thank God, we have some positive, hopeful leadership to inspire us into the action that is needed to start correcting the policies of Bush. The rest of the world may someday respect us again under Democratic leadership. Let's not get dragged down into the depths of negative behaviors that certain Republicans and Fox news would hope for. Their type of behavior will only serve to further divide the country and slow our need for change.

    January 26, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Limbaugh is nothing more thant an idealogue-for-profit who enjoys abusing his right to free speech as much as Fred Phelps and his ilk.

    January 26, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  3. Eleanor

    Rush needs to get off yhat "RUSH" he is on and face reality we are all in this together.

    January 26, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  4. JR

    why would anybody, especially President Obama, be afraid of a big fat jerk like Limbaugh?? He is irrelevant, he just doesn't have enough sense to know it!

    January 26, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  5. Rush-B-Gone

    I have to admit Rush Goebbels makes an excellent Mister of Propaganda. Years of drug abuse have taken there toll on the troll!

    January 26, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  6. R.

    I think miss interpreted Rush's comments. He wants Obama to fail, because of the Liberal philosophies that he represents and is going to implement. I don't believe Rush wants the country to fail, but Liberalism.

    Also to those choosing to poke at his former addiction to pain medicine why don't you lay off. People have faults and there isn't a group of people that is perfect, all groups will come with the good and the bad. I'm sure Rush is not proud of his former addiction, but he was able to recover which I'm sure was a personal triumph for him and everyone should support someone who is able to pull themselves out of the gutter to better themselves.

    This is by no means to say that I agree with Rush and what he says on the radio, but I think everyone can afford to be decent to one another.

    January 26, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  7. D.Blue

    It is just easier to ignore the Fat Drug Addict!

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

    Why would Obama be afraid of Limbaugh? That's laughable. Obama has more important things to worry about than what some conservative talk show host has to blather on about. Maybe if Rush spent more time talking about some possible solutions and decide to actually work with his GOP family rather than telling them to do nothing, we might get something done in this country for once. But no, he'd rather be the big child, throwing out allegations and having temper tantrums. Whatever, I've already spent too much time thinking about it, and he's not worth it.

    January 26, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  9. William

    The comments by comedian Limbaugh demonstrates how desparate he is for attention. I remember him being exposed as an addict, you would think after that humbling experience he would have learned to be more modest and less judgemental...Oh, btw, President Obama isn't afraid of someone as foolish and dellusional as this jerk! And if the country was to fail people like Limbaugh will be to blame more than anyone else, they are the ones who haven't gotten the memo that America has changed for the better!

    January 26, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  10. WDM

    Limbaugh remarks are on the edge of treason. Wanting Obama to fail at this point in time is akin to wanting America to fail. I guess he would prefer another 8 years of Bush, then 8 years of Palin.

    January 26, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  11. Ceclily

    Pay attention to what Rush is saying you morons. He does not want the country to fail. He is a true patriot, unlike you pampered lefties out there. He wants Obama's Socialist policies, which will be bad for our country to fail. That is being a real American.

    Redneck woman and proud.

    January 26, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. Jan Illinois

    You wish Rush, Obama has about as much fear of you, as he would have of lint. Your all talk Rush and with all the talking that you do, you accomplish, nothing. You brag on your career over and over, but you need to ask yourself what have you carved out of it all that will help or contribute to society? If you know so much Rush, and can do so much, get your fat feet wet and run for something.

    January 26, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. sholbo

    He SOB must be back on Viagra and Prozaq mixture

    January 26, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  14. Leigh in CO

    Hey, this is Limbaugh's schtick. He knows he's full of bull, but he gets lots of listeners this way. He's only doing it for the money, he needs people to talk about him and it's working again. While being a reprehensible jerk, he does know how to tweak his listeners and keep them coming back. You gotta give give him credit, though making your living through dispensing hate is not a way I'd choose to earn money.

    January 26, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  15. Ken

    Does anyone even listen to Rush anymore?

    January 26, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  16. sherry

    get a life....

    Your a legend in your mind Limbaugh

    you need to get a life soon so you wont be so angry and mean

    Obama is the best that America has and will see to take care of the U.S.A.

    Your just a old fool

    January 26, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  17. Tariq

    It's a little funny that saying anything resembling what Limbaugh barks on his radio show would have been treason and 'unpatriotic' during the Bush presidency. Anyone remember the lynching of the Dixie Chiks?

    And seriously, you can hate Obama all you want or disagree with his policies...but if the president fails, we ALL fail as a country. Offer up your suggestions and your ideas rather than shutting down every single idea that is not yours Limbaugh....otherwise STFU!

    January 26, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  18. Robert Buchanan

    Leesen Rush big tong, no body 's afraid off you less oure President, but I believe you're again on drugs, so if you shut off youre tong you can be in a big problem. The midia like you expect to be, when toolck agais American will, separating the American peopel by yours laing stupidity is cosidret sabotaje and in a situation like that you lose youre job and go to jail I'll be so happy to see this idiot on jail, I believe the time is close,you're on the media and you're a drog adict how came the government acceptet such think like that? You're trash that what you are Rush wide tong

    January 26, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. bill

    558 556 and my cooent is still in moderation. DONT POST IT CNN BUT GO TO HELL

    January 26, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  20. Dan E.

    Well, most people WOULD be frightened of ugly bigoted hypocrites. Perhaps Rush was on the meds to dull the pain of being such a desperate idiot.

    January 26, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  21. White Elephant

    Can you blame Obama? Most people are scared of lunatics.

    January 26, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  22. D Scott

    President Obama is afraid of Limbaugh and the stupid commentaries he spits out everyday...ROFLMAO. Limbaugh is obviously takiing drugs again. We are all fortunate to have freedom of speech, but Limbaugh is an idiot. You know things are not right in the world when a person with questionable judgement is a headliner on a major news network.

    Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!Lets focus on getting this country back on track.

    January 26, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. zzzzz

    my impression of rush limbo- a pair of ears held apart by a fat head
    remember kids, to much oxy and you can go deaf

    January 26, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  24. ray

    when will these racists morons on the right fade away from this beautiful earth? please let it be soon. all republicans most go.

    January 26, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  25. Ben

    Making outlandish statements = High Ratings. Hopefully, most don't take him too seriously.

    January 26, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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