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. recovering Repub

    Lintball has 20 million zombies in his pocket – no surprise – 51 million smooth brains voted for Dubya after he proved his worth in his first four years of failure.

    January 26, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. Mike

    How could Obama could be afraid of someone who is a known
    cheater, known drug addict and a known liar. The reality is,
    Limbaugh is the one who's jealous in seeing someone he
    could never measure up to.

    January 26, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  3. legalchic

    Frightened by? No.

    Nauseated by, yes.

    It's laughable how badly Rush wants to stay relevant. Obama is so far out of Rush's league, it's an insult to our new president to use their names in the same sentence.

    Rush is a symbol of an old, tired, worn out political dogma. Those who wish to put the politics of hate and division behind them would do well to realize that the old tired dogma is all that Rush represents. He claims to love America, but clearly hates Americans. He'd rather see America fail than see Obama be successful.

    January 26, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. True Fact

    The Fact is that OBAMA won and All People like this Racist, Immigrant hating, Warmongering Fathead are Ticked that their era has come to an end.

    January 26, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. Andrew

    Remember...first and foremost...Rush is an entertainer....he needs to entertain and fire up the listeners. Like Stern or Coulter, it's all about the shock value. He's not part of the "real" America any more.

    January 26, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. HouseDiva


    I think that Rush has got it backwards. It's HE who is afraid of Obama. That's why he's crying and foamin at the mouth.

    Fat boy has been hittin up the medicine cabinet again.

    January 26, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  7. Holly

    I wish the media would quit mentioning this guy altogether – his paycheck is based on how much far out there crap he can spew everyday. Obviously to keep people listening he has to keep them interested. To keep them interested, he has to get more and more outrageous. Just ignore him and he'll go away, kind of like the kid that always throws the temper tantrum.

    January 26, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. Junior

    Rush needs the FCC to knock on his door and shut off the radio waves. He would rather see this Great Country go to hell, to make a point. People need to shut him out, write to their sponsors and tell them we will not be buying your products because of this un-american, Limbaugh.

    January 26, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  9. Tigertoe

    No one if affaid of you you stupid fat pig !
    get over yourself and so thing constructive and stop making stupid comments
    get on a diet and go out and help someone and stop eating no one wants to listen you anymore so keep your fat mouth shut

    January 26, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  10. LMN

    My ex-husband is a huge fan and supporter of Limbaugh, and thinks he's the only guy in the media who makes sense.

    For the official record, my ex-husband is also a medically diagnosed paranoid-schizophrenic.

    I'm seein' a correlation between Limbaugh and the type of listener he draws in.

    January 26, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  11. Joern

    What about rushing Mr. L to Gitmo as long it is still open ...

    January 26, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  12. Milo

    Rush is to politics what professional wrestling is to sport – a fake spectacle. One of these days the ditto-heads will wake up and realize they've been following and ad campaign. I'm just sorry that the GOP seems to have hitched their wagons to this self-destructive ego-maniac.

    When it comes right down to it, this guy is selling ads and saying ANYTHING the can go get you to listen. It's just sad that he sounds so desparate in the process.

    January 26, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. Susan Plouffe

    Rush you are a terrible man, I can not believe that North America has someone like you who is suppose to represent us. I can only say I am sorry for you and hope that someday you will find peace and love within yourself. Search deep and maybe just maybe you will find the answere

    January 26, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  14. stephen young

    pt barnum of barnum & baily circus fame said "nobody ever went broke underestimating the american public".
    lets see– 20 mil/300 mil= 15% and some of them may vote while the rest sit around and piss and moan.
    if they would redirect their contributions to remedial reading for their children it could be an improvement in knowledgeable voters.

    January 26, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  15. Matrix

    If Rush Limbaugh is so GREAT why did the Republicans lose the White House and Congress?

    January 26, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. JD

    Limbaugh's got a great point. Obama is little but a pretender to the throne and he's shown it by making his own unabashedly partisan stand in attempting to marginalize conservatives in general and Limbaugh in specific.

    Let's face it: Obama's doing nothing but trying to pull the age-old partisan trick of "My Way or the Highway." And in trying to demonize Limbaugh, Obama's truly shown what an empty suit he truly is.

    January 26, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  17. D. Holiday - L,Town

    I'd be afraid of you too. You constantly lie about stuff you don't have to. Not to mention you're just scary looking period. You really don't frighten people in a fearful manner. I mean all we would have to do to get away from you is run. But your demeanor is scary. Seriously, I highly doupt that the President of the U.S. is afraid of your intelligence or lack thereof. He's got bigger fish to fry. What you have to say means nothing in comparison to what the leader of the free world has to deal with. It's okay though dude, keep thinking you're cool there sweet-meat.

    I'm going to tell you like my foot ball coach told me "You can't make chiken salad with chicken shhhhhhhhh. Talk is cheap Limbaugh. Did you ever think that maybe you're not worth his time.

    Obama! Obama! Obama!

    January 26, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  18. True Fact

    Rush: 2 million listeners...!!!
    Obama 300 Million Listeners and 70 Million Voters..!!! ..Hmm lets see...who should fear Who...Hmm..!!!

    January 26, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. Raj

    I'd be scared of him too. I mean a drug addict on National Radio and TV pretending he knows everything?!

    January 26, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  20. Andy in San Francisco

    Rush didn't say he wanted Obama to fail. He said if Obama's agenda was moving us closer to Socialism he wants him to fail. CNN is manipulating words to fool those who don't investigate the truth. Watch the interview. CNN is being dishonest which isn't anything new.

    January 26, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  21. hunterblu

    Limbaugh is the devil in disguise.

    January 26, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  22. JR

    it seems like most of you who are commenting on here have no clue what you are talking about and you are just backing Obama because you believe in him which is your right. However, if you actually listened to what he said or read the dialogue of the conversation you would realize that he said he wanted the socialist ideas to fail. Which if you who are supporting Obama knew anything about the socialist ideas I guarentee you would be agreeing with Rush. He does not want Obama to fail he just doesn't want this country to go socialist. The reason you have the right to say what you want on this page is because this country isn't socialist so start thinking about that.

    January 26, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  23. Brian

    Scared of you Rush?? You are truly delusional at this point. Ask not what you can do for your country because it would be to keep your pie hole shut while we try to patch the economy. I say we sell tickets to a Rush vs. Olbermann celebrity death match and use the proceeds to fund then next bailout.

    January 26, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  24. Pat, CA

    Rush ROCKS! Love his totally pro-American commentary. SOMEONE has to call it like it is.

    Of course, CNN won't post this!

    January 26, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  25. MMB

    He's only frightening because others blindly follow him, and many of us see him as merely a hate-monger. Why are there so many haters? He wants Obama to "fail" within the context of socialist ideas, but Business Week has referred to the bailouts that the Bushies put through as "Lemon Socialism." Face it people, all societies have shades of socialism. Pure communism and free market do not exist! Let's get a shade of socialism that benefits more Americans and not the fat cats. May a bad karma Rush puts back come back on him tenfold!

    January 26, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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