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. Dave

    Rush is the best thing to happen to the Democratic party.. How pathetic our Republican party has become..

    January 26, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  2. Jaime

    Limbaugh is just brain washing his fans in order to make $. He doesn't care about America he cares about having high ratings spreading his hate for his own interest.

    January 26, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. Keep Texas Red!

    Stay on him, Rush! Keep up the good work!

    January 26, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. Larry Houston TX

    as long as Rush / Hannity / & Coulter is speaking, the Republicans will NEVER win the White House !!

    It will be at LEAST 2020 !!

    They may win a few Senate seats, or Congressional Seats, from time to time, but they're DONE, (as you can see) ( or hear the way Rush sees it)

    They let Obama keep his Blackberry .....Does anyone know what that means ???

    Answer : If he starts NOW, he will have at Least 1 Billion for his
    re-election campaign in 2012....

    Th Republicans doesn't have a "snowballs chance" in 2012....

    January 26, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  5. Leo

    20 million listeners. That is the problem for the repubs. He has 20 million listeners who make him rich. 50 million that ignore him. And 75 million that hate his guts.

    Why do republican politicians think these numbers will win them elections.

    January 26, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  6. Tony in Largo

    With his comments of the past few days that he wants "Obama to fail" and now that "Obama is frightened of me", Limbaugh has thrust himself into the world of anachronisms. He's obviously deranged and he's deluding himself. He has nothing substantive or of merit to contribute to the national dialog. There was a time when I used to hear his broadcast, but right now, I'm not sure if anyone can listen to him at all. I truly feel pity for him. I wonder if his problems with drugs in the recent past have finally caught-up with him.

    January 26, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. wildflower

    Obama afraid of Limbaugh? Now THAT's funny! In your dreams, Rush!

    Obama is not afraid to tackle our failing economy, two wars, terrorism, corruption, and all the problems facing our country. Why would he be afraid of a spineless, anti-American wimp like Limbaugh?

    January 26, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. Michael

    I cannot believe that CNN would even acknowledge a known drug addict Like Hush Bimbo!

    January 26, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  9. Rush L.

    Hi, My name is Rush ... and I'm a TOTAL HACK. Sorry that must have been the PILLS talking.
    Please ... put a white jacket on me and stop my madness.

    January 26, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  10. Dudeman

    I used to be a avid Rush listener. Even as a conservative, it was only for entertainment reasons. Nothing more. If anyone takes him more serious than that, they need to turn off the radio and do some of their own research and study. Doing otherwise leaves you powerless, which is exactly what Rush rails against.

    p.s. I have not listened to this man in over 7 years and the song remains the same.

    January 26, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. Nat

    It appears that Limbaugh is a bully and racist.

    January 26, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  12. Limb-awwww

    I liked him better when he was poppin' pills.

    January 26, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  13. gorath

    Rush Limbaugh. Father Coughlin. Julius Streicher. All cut from the same dank, stinking, dogmatic cloth. Is this humanity's lot?

    January 26, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  14. Luis

    Rush reminds me of a poor man's mussalini

    January 26, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  15. rich

    Limbaugh is the reason why the Republican party is still a joke.

    January 26, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  16. DLG

    What an idiot. Rush Limbaugh is pathetic and anyone who genutine listens to him and believes what he spews requires help.

    January 26, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  17. T.

    Limbaugh is irrelevant only to rational thinking people. Unfortunately, his minions think they are rational thinking people.

    January 26, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. Sue

    Could someone please arrange to lock Limbaugh in a small room with Ann Coulter and Sarah Palin. It shouldn't take more than a minute and a half for the noxious gas that eminates from all of them to combust and, voila! problem solved.

    January 26, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  19. Tee


    Rush hand over the drugs!!!! Please Obama afraid of you? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    January 26, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. LaTeef Alade, USA

    Rush and Sean Hannity has so much hatred for president Obama that listening to this two media personality is wasting of valuable time. They both failed on their mission to stop Obama from becoming the president durning the 2008 general election.They need to leave our new beloved president alone.

    January 26, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  21. Marc

    To all those who are defending Limbaugh with the argument:
    'What he wants is that Obama's policies/plans for the country fails, not that the country fails!'
    Let's just remember...
    Those policies/plans, no matter how much you dispise them, are the ones that will guide the country over the next 4 years, so if they fail the country fails TOO!
    Got it?

    January 26, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. P.W.

    I thoght he died from an overdose and too much ham. Seriously, why is he even still speaking and who are the idiots who listen? Mountain people in Arkansas?

    January 26, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  23. Sue

    It seems lots of people are afraid of Rush. Just look at these posts! Very hateful where there is no need. How about just the facts. Keep the emotion out of it.
    And I'd keep drugs out of it. Wow, Obama's revelations are hushed up, Heath is idolized, but liberals keep bashing any conservative that made past mistakes.
    Also, if people would read thoroughly, Rush said yes, he hopes Obama's socialistic policies fail.
    President Bush has left the building, guys. Is Rush your next target to keep the focus off of Obama?

    January 26, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. jusford

    Response to Walter:

    Lack of Educated sheep.

    January 26, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  25. M.K.

    Are you serious? I have heard some ridiculous things in my day but this about tops all. Rush is about the most prejudice,ignorant moron big mouth I have ever had the misfortune to hear. Rush really needs to think before he opens that cesspool of a mouth of his and allows this garbage out for the rest of us to be exposed to. He is too much of an idiot to realize we have just had 8 years of a failed president & for him to wish that on our new president is down right stupid & hateful. If you can't offer our new president & the rest of America that unfortunately has to be exposed to you anything positive KEEP YOUR TRAP SHUT. EVERYONE IS TIRED OF THE NEGATIVE SHARE POSITIVE THINGS FOR A CHANGE. The result may surprise even you Rush(idiot).

    January 26, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
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