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. Wendy Stevens

    I think we need to get it straight about who is afraid of whom. Why is Limbaugh being so harsh and evil unless he is afraid of the changes that Obama is making and the death of the Right Wing of the White House. Keep up the good work Barack!

    January 26, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. Osama Akhtar

    Tony Rezko- Rush Limbaugh has turned into an Al Qaida-like fiqure. Someone who's afraid of Obama because he knows Obama's doing alot of good and will continue doing it. Rush DID say he wants Obama (aka america) TO FAIL. You remember the fate of the Soviet Union? There won't be an America four years from now if we are in this condition!

    May God help us all!

    January 26, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. Ben in Dallas

    In in extinction, Rush is still thrashing a round in the sewer. I just wish the alligators would get him. Even more sad is that there are people out there who still think he has something to say. That's more scary.

    January 26, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. paul oregon

    russ limbaugh the gop idol.

    January 26, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  5. Pugas

    It's time to flush Rush. What a bag of wind. Hey Rush! I hope you fail. Oops- you have.

    January 26, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. Maxwell in Croton

    Nobody's afraid of that drug addicted old radio curmudgeon least of all Obama. Rush is so totally irrelevant in the new progressive era he unwittingly help unleash. The US has moved on and relics such as he will be remembered for their contributions or lack thereof.

    January 26, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Tom

    Tom Bray you may want to do some research before you comment.

    Rush said he hopes Obama policy fails. I agree with him, if you go to whitehouse.gov and read his plans, it is quite alarming.

    He wants min. wage at $9.50 and hour by 2011

    He wants to force states that banned gay marriage to accept marriages from other states that allow them.

    Obama is going to make Carter look like right winger. I'm a proud American and I want our country to be successful, but I do not believe we will if Obama gets his way.

    January 26, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. Aaron, Chicago

    Rush Limbaugh is unamerican and a traitor to this country, even Sean Hannity is hoping Obama succeeds.

    January 26, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. Alan

    Reminds me of that scene in "Fried Green Tomatoes" when the KKK racist is bullying the black woman and she keeps saying she isn't afraid of him and he says "You should be!" And look what happened to him.

    The secret's in the sauce, Rush!

    January 26, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. The idiot

    Rush shows Hussein to be a pretty thin skinned autocrat. Already I see the libitoids making this story in to a Sara Palin thing by saying that Limbaugh said he wishes the country would fail. Absolutely not true like so much other dumbocrat crap. they spread.

    January 26, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  11. George

    Someboby please get t this big fat trash out of America. We don't need this kind of ignorant in this country.

    January 26, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. cathy taylor

    What Rush Limbaugh fails to understand is the more he rattles on with his nonsense about how Obama is afraid of him, which I highly doubt, the more he propells Obama and his team to success.

    Limbaugh is just happy that there's a Dem in the White House because he's got at last four more years on his radio contract. Let's remember, he burst on the scene during the Clinton Administration and he had lots of stuff to talk - I'm sorry - criticize during Clinton's 8 years. As I recall, when Republicans are in office, we he nothing from Limbaugh. So, he's just priming himself for the next 4 maybe 8 years of the Obama Administration.

    January 26, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  13. Ry

    Obama was simply telling them what the rest of us already know. That Rush is a windbag who doesn't nothing more than spread BS and hate.

    He's a junkie that dropped out of school. Why does anyone take him seriously anyway?

    Just pure ignorance.

    January 26, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    I suspect Rush knows what Obama knows and where he wants to take a once independent nation that is no more. How successful the first African American president will be only time will tell.

    January 26, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  15. billy-bayou

    All the previous postings from followers of the "Great Himself"(obama).
    I remember well the throngs that fell for anfd fell in line with one Adolph hitler, We know the outcome of that worship.

    Then there was those who went all tingly, fell in line and followed one Jim Jones. We are well aware of what happened to those poor misguided fools.

    Now we are confronted by the obama, will the suckers come to their senses or will they drink the cool-ade?

    January 26, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  16. Nothing ever Changes

    anna smyth:

    Do you have any idea what a Socialist State actually is, judging by your post, no you don't. If you are talking about Socialism then I suggest you take a long look at the last, oh let's say, half a dozen Presidents we've had. I guess you don't like Social Security or Pale Grants or Unemployment benefits, WIC, Medicare, Medicaid, shall I go on? Those and others are based on Socialism. All of you really need to get off the Socialism kick.

    January 26, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  17. proudliberal-independent

    most importantly , a large majority of americans are frightened of him. which means republicans can count on 'Rushy' to keep driving away potential support for their soon to be extinct party.

    January 26, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. fred marti

    Limbaugh is just a PIG,he looks like a pig. Fat and ugly

    January 26, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  19. Carl Justus

    Limbaugh has an alligator mouth and a woodpecker behind. The more he talks, the more he sound like an idiot too. Maybe he took too much drugs and it fried his mind.

    January 26, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. Jeff

    I'm going to dress as Rush Limbaugh for Halloween this year and say that I'm going as a "Giant Tool".

    January 26, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  21. Irving TX for Obama

    WHO CARES!!!!!

    Limbaugh is Hater all the way......

    January 26, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  22. christopher

    hey, rush...can ya spare a few pills for hurtin' man? looooooo--ser!

    January 26, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. FoodForThought

    Q: Why would the president of the United States go and "attack" a private citizen for speaking his mind?

    A: Because perceives him as a threat! (in other words, he's afraid of him)

    The grown up thing for Obama to do would have been to ignore Rush – but he didn't (Hmmm.... sounds like he's afraid)

    What would the media have done had Bush attacked a left-wing private citizen???

    January 26, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  24. elyse

    Rush is such a douche. Instead of trying to unify everyone, he is trying to divide everyone with his pettiness. who listens to this toolbag anyways? Bush?

    January 26, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  25. Ricardo

    Rush wants America to fail, this is called "starving the beast" the final solution of the NeoCons. He is a traitor and should be dealt with accordingly. After years of successfully supporting policies to concentrate wealth in the hands of a few, Rush and his financial backers are pulling out the stops to wreck any rebalance of the political pendulum to spread wealth and opportunity around. Let's have a country for the 'rest of us' and leave Rush where he is sliding, into the ashcan of history.

    January 26, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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