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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soundoff (2,847 Responses)
  1. cl

    The media is part of the problem that keeps this country divided too. This is not news. It has no relevance on the economy, security, or the health care issues of the country. Its just the comments of a bigot that wants attention. He know that comments like these will get him the exposure he wants . It only adds fuel to the hate groups that rather see this country fail than see people of all races unite and support President Obama as he tries to put this country back on track.

    January 26, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  2. Brian

    Imus lost his job for speaking a bit to openly.

    Mr. Limbaugh deserves a taste of Imus.

    As a proud Obama American, I am insulted by Mr. Limbaugh.

    I hope Mr. Limbaugh fails !!

    January 26, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. Laura

    No one is scared of you Limbaugh. We just think you are a fool and a fear monger.

    January 26, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  4. Jonny

    Free country free opinion a good idea. Sir, Mr. Limbaugh
    Take your pill before you go on air.
    To be honest I am afraid of aficionado if you know what I mean……

    January 26, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  5. Steve

    Rush Limbaugh is an old, tired, gaseous, windbag.

    January 26, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. Sean

    Is it any wonder the Republicans just lost an election? With a spokesman like Rush, Obama won't have to try too hard in 2012.

    January 26, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. Taryn

    Pop another oxycontin and try to convince the American people that Obama is frightened of you. You are a coward who has never and will never make the impact that Obama has made during the past year. You are a pathetic excuse for a person and will ultimately be your own demise.

    January 26, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    This man is so ignorant, he just want someone to feed into his ego. He may just be high off oxycotin. If the world was like him, we'll all be messed up. It's good to know that most of the world has changed except a very small percentage of bigots like rush. It's time for you to face reality, he's my president and your president. accept it and learn to like it. If you had an ounce of integerity, you will give him a chance. You wanted the world to understand your addiction. What so bad about President Obama? Is it because he"s a black man. I don't know
    if you know it or not but there are so intelligent blacks in this world.
    I don't know Rush but I bet he call himself a man of God. All of the bigots do. But the hate a man because of the color of his skin.

    January 26, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. Tommy

    Limbaugh, please go away and stay away. You're a divider and we're sick and tired of you and your BS.

    January 26, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  10. Jill Saucy

    Does anyone still listen to Rush????

    January 26, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. Sick of Rush in Houston

    Rush seems to believe his own press. That's very nice; BUT IT'S WRONG!!!!! I regret that President Obama gave him the attention that he did. To think that President Obama is afraid of him or even cares about opinion borders on madness and intelligent Americans don't give him their time of day. We should just pray Rush goes back to rehab because he is obviously on some kind of mind altering drug.

    January 26, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  12. Dee

    Poor Rush.....He is a big fat dope addiicted JOKE. I do enjoy his show though, he's hilarious.

    January 26, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  13. R in Florida



    January 26, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  14. richard in charleston

    i used to love talk radio but now this new breed of right wing talk show radio hosts have taken it to the level of verbal paparazzi. taking cheap shots out of focus.

    January 26, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  15. Chuck Rogers

    I think everyone should be afraid of Rush, he's like a run away train, made out of mouth, fat, and pills. Lucky for us, most of the Rush Limbaughs' die young.

    January 26, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  16. Paul Pierson

    What has Rush Limbaugh ever accomplished?

    January 26, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. dana

    Who in the heck cares what some drunk, addicted, drug smuggling, divorced fat bigot has to say?

    January 26, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  18. Eric Washington

    I say we toss Limbaugh into Gitmo!!!!

    January 26, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  19. Amy

    Does anyone even listen to this moron? His kind are gone (ie the conservative extremists or, as conservative like to call extremists, terrorists) and this country is finally moving in the right direction -forward! Let him mouth off all he wants – at least it gives us all something to laugh at.

    Though I do find it interesting that when the rest of us questions Bush and his policies and called for his impeachment we were labeled as anti-American, terrorist loving extremists but when the American Terrorists do it, it's holding the government accountable. Oh to be a fly on the wall when Limbaugh has to face God and explain his hatred, arrogance and pride.

    January 26, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. LANDO


    January 26, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. Rita Mikridge

    All of you who responded negatively with your ignorant comments about Rush and his remark about wanting Obama to fail have not read Rush's statement in its entirety. Rush want s Obama to fail in his socialist attitudes. And I dont't think many of you want socialism in this country. Rush is on of the most informed, intelligent men who should be in politics intead of the wackos we have in there now.

    January 26, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. ChristianG

    Sorry, Rush.

    You're just irrelevant. Get over yourself.

    January 26, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. scott

    listened to rush for years sometimes wrong sometimes right he's got freedom to say whatever he likes if you dont like it dont listen thats your right

    January 26, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  24. Jake

    Guys you are wasting your time trying to reason with this Russ Limbaugh guy. The man is too deformed to be reformed. Lets just hope that he takes his hatred with him to his grave when his time comes.

    January 26, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. John M.

    Hey Cnn! Why do even bother to post stories about this pill popping windbag. If people want to hear what Limbaugh is saying then they can watch Fox (GAG!!) News along with all the narrowminded dropouts who love him. If we ignore him he'll just shrivel up and blow away!!

    January 26, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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