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. I Toldyouso

    Fathead Limbaugh is just that – a fat-headed idiot.

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

    Yes, President Obama wants people to come together, Sooooo.... why does it not make sense that he would tell people to not listen to someone that hopes he fails? This article and Limbaugh just don't make sense.

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

    OMG.....LOL. What an fool! Why is anyone listening to this guy.

    January 26, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. Dinah

    I know where I would like to put his cigar!

    January 26, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. dwinbot

    HAHAHAHA!!! Rush, you stupid fat, talk-radio host, NO ONE is afraid of you!

    January 26, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  6. Breath Mint

    I bet its because of something as simple as Limbaugh being a overweight heavy breather with bad breath. Yuk, who would want to sit down with that.

    January 26, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    When Rush says that he wishes Obama would fail, is similar to a person
    on the Titanic telling another person there that he wishes the Titanic would sink in order to hurt that person. We are all on this ship together whether we like it or not. That is the talk of a foolish person, period.

    January 26, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. sarah

    Rush is such a high functioning moron... and that's an understatement.

    dude this guy needs to zip it.

    January 26, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. davinder

    I'm scared of you, Rush! You're a pill-popping sociopath with a public forum!

    January 26, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. Michael in San Diego

    Sorry... Got too fired up and had a couple of run-on sentences in my last post 🙂

    January 26, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  11. jeremy

    If Rush cares so much about our country and the GOP, why hasn't he ran for any public office??????? A radio show does not count as a public service Rush. The last time I checked you can't propose any bills of law or amendments from behind a microphone.

    Rush will nothing but a blow hard until he puts his money where his mouth is and gets himself elected to an office and shows the world how capable he is at being a "leader" of the GOP. Quit hiding behind your mic and do something that makes a difference, if you are so rightous.

    Hey Rush-Our president does not fear you one bit. What is there to fear about a hate spewing, pill popping idiot??????

    January 26, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  12. me

    why don't you excuse yourself and leave as Bush did...if he scored 20% on the polls...you are running along side...you will soon be lower..bye bye

    January 26, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  13. cnnnewser

    The only thing Rush is doing is getting Republicans to vote Democratic – shhhhh, don't anyone tell him.

    January 26, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    have you ever been around drug addicts who can't shut up? limbaugh has no clue what he is saying...

    January 26, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  15. Marguerite Alisca

    Rush, you are too extrem. Can you speak with reserved, I have been listening to you for years. You are always vomiting words just to intimidate or provove someone. Obama is not or will never be frightened of you. This is a very intellectual man that you witch to have in your group. You need to go back to school to stop degrading people. Political parties do not make anyone a human being. I hope one day you will be a democrat.

    I am your sister

    January 26, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  16. celo miqoco

    Rush is a terrorist,or a traidor that vants is country

    to fail,i think he could be charged with sonting and sent to Guantonamo.

    Sugestions please.

    January 26, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  17. Bob Dole

    Aw, go snort some more Viagra ya freak.

    January 26, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  18. bodie

    wouldn't the whole be better off if they didn't listen to that pill poppin' pumpkinhead? Come on-if you aren't able to see that he is just a caricature who says outlandish things to have a career and keep people listening, then I don't have a lot left to say to you...

    January 26, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  19. JB

    Keep telling yourself that rush – you'll be the only one that believes it.

    January 26, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  20. Lee in TN

    Rush Limbaugh, the man who;
    *Preached de-regulation that led to the Wall Street debacle
    *Railed against spending, which soared under republican control
    *Railed against lobbyists, whom doubled under republican control
    *Praised the Bush/Cheney administration for their secrecy
    *Defended the Bush/Cheney administration for their support of torture
    and a host of other ridiculous statements.
    What this country needs is a few less big mouths with no plan like Rush and his convicted felon buddy, G. Gordon Liddy on the radio preaching to us about ethics in government!!

    January 26, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  21. Marty, FL

    Frightened of Limbaugh? Give me a break. Rush is even losing credibility among Republicans with his wishing a president to fail nonsense.

    President Obama was simply offering the GOP advice. Their base is free to heed those words or continue listening/dittoing the demagogy of Limbaugh, Coulter, Beck, Hannity, etc. while losing more members & elections.

    January 26, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  22. Steve NJ

    First off, Limbaugh is not Colbert, he's serious about what he says

    Second, may people do not approve Obama's administration yet (the approval ratings for his administration has come down since he was inaugurated)

    Third, his version of conservationism, though a little extreme at times, is geared to work on all americans to get them not to depend on the government and to work hard for themselves by them selves.

    Finnally, he was only addicted to painkillers, unlike obama who admitted to smoking marijuana and never disclosed how long he had done so. How can you call Rush an addict (he's a former addict) when Obama tread on that path as well?

    January 26, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. Craig Nazor

    This shows the faulty logic of the extremists on the right. They attack those who disagreed with the failed Bush Administration as "unpatriotic", but they have not the slightest problem hoping Barack Obama fails, despite what that will mean for the country. It is self-serving and hypocritical, and that's being charitable.

    Maybe Rush has been trying to think too long with half his brain tied behind his back. Looks like the lack of brainpower is showing.

    January 26, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  24. dzung,tx.

    So all the republicans,that loves LIMBag would loved to bring this country down,I would not believed a citizen of this great nation wants the president to fails,LiMbag if this president fails,there are a whole bunch of your kind are suffer too,so shut your mouth and take your drugs,or move to Alaska and live with your pal

    January 26, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  25. Eric

    The country-club, elitist, white-supremacist, glutton, hate-filled hypocrites like Limbaugh need to stay in their gated community mansions and let the United States move forward without them.

    January 26, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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