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. KSINGH17

    Well only in America will you have people who will say or do anything to get attention. Instead of coming together as a people to make this country great again as it once was back in the day, you have instead folks who only want us as a country fail because they cannot see past the color of one's skin or their political party failed to win the election. Funny thing is, President Obama did not win an election that was clouded in scandal like the Bush/Florida fiasco. He won because an overwhelming number of Americans exercised their right to vote. It would seem to me folks like Limbaugh are the ones that are afraid. They are afraid of this country becoming great once again, they afraid of the niceties that they would get as good ole boys. Mr. Limbaugh, i hope you read this...you're not a conservative, you just aren't. You sir, ARE A STRAIGHT RACIST, stop playing the conservative role and admit it. You can see it, and smell it from Pluto from people like yourselves. Get over yourself, get over the fact that you are meaningless and be part of something great. Help us rebuild our image around the world, help build the trust with other countries. We have no allies in the world but ourselves as Americans. If we cannot come together, how do you expect us to be great and continue to be great for centuries to come? next time you want to say something, think about it thoroughly and think some more and ask yourself, what am i doing to help this country? Think...

    January 26, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. Doug Roberts

    Tina, NC.

    Just ignore George Pool. By spelling it "Kanada" he is making a weak attempt at characterizing Canada as a some kind of extremist, right-wing state, just like when people spell it "Amerika". Less rhetoric like this and more reasonable discussion will be good for all of us.

    January 26, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. Yobee

    Only continued, breathless coverage by the media will keep this blowfish inflated.

    January 26, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. K

    Clearly Obama is afraid of Limbaugh, why else would he tell others not to listen? He is afraid of what Limbaugh may influence amongst those same people with which he must persuade to achieve his goals. Saying that he hopes Obama fails is not wishing the country would fail. If you don't agree with Obama's principles and fear that his actions may cause further detriment, than of course you would want him to fail; but that same hope is for the better good of America. The problem is most of you clowns have been inebriated with the Obama Kool-Aid and have no clue as to what principles you were voting for when you pulled the lever for Obama. All you cared was that was that it will be a "Change" from what you saw the past 4 years. Limbaugh's point of views are no more one-sided than any article you will read on this site.

    January 26, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  5. Marcia Campbell

    Poor rush, his unabashed, self glorifying persona has this time rankled the rath of "we the people" with his (drug induced ??) rant on PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA and stating his wish that that he, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, fail in his efforts for this country...ad nauseum. Does anyone listen to rl these days? Who are these crazy people? I say dump the dumpling!

    January 26, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. TM in CO

    Rush who?

    January 26, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  7. Greg

    He makes 38 million bucks a year to spew hate and divisiveness amongst his fellow Americans. He is the personification of the phrase 'Anti-American'. Freedom of speech is one of our rights, but this cat is dangerous to all of us.

    Note to all right wing extremists: Being a staunch conservative doesn't mean you have to embrace a monster.

    Lets work together and make our country a better place for ALL of us.

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

    People are still listening to this guy?

    January 26, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. Denise C.

    Oh dear, Rush appears to be on drugs again!

    January 26, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  10. Carrie

    Oh yeah Obama is quaking in his boots after that beating last year Rush's legions gave him when the Republicans won the..

    Wait a minute... how did that those elections turn out and what did our President say the other day?

    I WON!

    January 26, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  11. GEF

    Don't flatter yourself Limpbaugh! President Obama has much more pressing issues for him and his advisors to concern themselves with than your trivial little hate-monger hosted, wrong-leaning travesty you refer to as a radio show. Find another way to make a buck you egocentric twit. Instead spending so much time trying to divide the citizen of our nation why don't you try bringing people together in an effort to solve some of what ails the country. I guess that just wouldn't be as controversial or profitable.

    January 26, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  12. Polit

    We don't listen to drug addicts and high school dropouts. Apparently Rush Limbaugh's fans do!!

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

    Just a sorry ploy to stay relevant by Limbaugh. Let's quit discussing him until he does something more positive – wonder how long that might take.

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

    Minnesotan – well said.

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

    @ anna smyth....the campagin is over...the socialist propaganda is no longer selling........please open your eyes..

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

    He is totally UNAMERICAN and should give up his citizenship, move to another country and see how much BETTER it is....
    then if Mr Obama turns this great country around refuse to allow him back! We as a country are in a terrible state and should be pulling together not listening to a crackpot like RUSH...

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

    Obama sending our tax money to support other countries abortions HHHMMMM....the dude need Jesus.

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

    Rush Limbaugh is the male version of Anne Coulter. Both of them just keep on revealing how much space exists between their ears when they open their mouths!

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

    Someone needs to tell Rush to cut back on all those meds he's been stealing. The man has clearly "lost it" again.

    January 26, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. Col Kilgore

    Would have been nice to see the Eagles win too so Mc Nabb could look into the camera and say " Hows that for overrated Rush you fat bloviating drug addled hypocrite?"

    January 26, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. Jeanne H.

    Rush the idiot, Rush the drug addict, Rush the jerk who likes to think he is way more than what he is (nobody else think he's worth much)... I don't think Obama is scared, but I am scared all the time knowing that morons like Rush exist...

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

    It’s hilarious that Limbaugh thinks The President is afraid of him, but I have my concerns fer sher, mostly because of all the idiots who listen to Limbaugh and bury their heads in the sand because they think see the end of the world everywhere they look. He may not have actually said "I want Obama to fail" but the intent is clear, and what kind of patriot would try to tear apart people at this most critical time in our society? He and Ann Coulter are desperately trying to keep people from embracing Our President... otherwise they risk becoming irrelevant. Hmmmm, too late...

    January 26, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. El Rob O, Lancaster PA

    CNN, you're distorting what Rush said. He said he wants Obama to fail... If that means the US will have to become a socialist country.

    You should report the WHOLE news and leave the opinions to the bloggers. You're SUPPOSED to be neutral. You aren't if you're leaving off key information. JUST DO YOUR JOB!

    January 26, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. Leslie Griffith

    Obama's statement makes good sense since Limbaugh has never said anything worth listening to.

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

    Oh yea, Rush. We are all afraid of you. I have asked you many times to shut up and run for President. You have all of the answers for the problems in the US and the World. If you have all of the answers, stop hiding behind the mic and put get this country on the right track. As far as unity, if you have not looked lately, this country elected a black man for the most powerful position in the world by a landslide. If anybody should be afraid of anyone, it should be you afraid of a lot of other people. I think your kind is history. Again, run for President. Your opponent will be Sarah Palin and I think that I would have to vote for her over you any day of the week. However, she probably is afraid of you too and would not run. You are pathetic.

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