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. biglib

    I'll tell you walter: people are stupid.

    January 26, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  2. Mark

    Obama knows better than to wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig enjoys it.

    January 26, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. JLucia

    Rush offers no solution. He wants the president to fail. Is this love for country? I think not. I can only hope we will soon stop giving this guy air time to spew his hate.

    January 26, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  4. Brenda

    what a self-important jerk

    January 26, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  5. karl r

    "walter January 26th, 2009 8:58 pm ET
    Rush Limbaugh : Largest talk show audience with 20 million listeners and growing!! How do you Libs explain that???"

    All you are implying here is that there are at least 20 million idiots in this country! How dare you, Mr. Walter?

    January 26, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  6. Ron

    We are struggling right now and we have this idiot wanting the president to fail. This guy is a joke, has always been a joke and it will never change. I cannot believe people still listen to this coward, its unbelievable.

    January 26, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  7. Jim in Asheville

    It would seem that if Mr. Limbaugh were ignored, he'd eventually go away. You guys keep him in business. By the way, why does he have so many listeners compared to, say, Air America? I know, everybody that listens to him is a "moron" and the two or three AA radio listeners are enlightened. Remember, free speech.

    January 26, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  8. MG

    What's he afraid of? That Rush might fall on him and crush him!!

    January 26, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  9. Missouri

    Libs can explain it, easily. The 20 million and growing are the same people who want things the way they were, after they destroyed what was.

    Makes no sense to me why anyone would want to destroy what they love, but then again, more proof why we are where we are today.

    You folks don't get it, simple as that. He and his cohearts only laugh at you who listen when they head for the bank. He doesn't give a D for any of you who listen. If you have any sense at all, you would turn the DF off and walk toward something a whole lot better.

    You call yourselves DITTO HEADS!!! THINK ABOUT IT if you can.

    January 26, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  10. Charles

    How sad it is that there are people like Limbaugh who are trying to weaken and destroy our country by dividing it, and even more sad that anyone would listen to him and take him seriously.

    January 26, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. steve r.

    All you know is how to divide our country, and you call yourself a patriot. I would love to take you behind the wood shed and teach you a lesson in manners. PUNK!!!

    January 26, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  12. Robert

    Walter, 20 Million listerners? You must be addicted to the same pain killers as Rush. If he's so great, how come he lasted one day on ESPN?

    January 26, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  13. Cindy, California

    Limbaugh is a poster child of a right wing ideology that confuses idiocy and mediocrity for par excellence. And the fact that millions actually listen to this man only proves that ignorance seeks its own level.

    The man is a blow-hard noise polluter ad nauseam...the "jerry springer" of republican right wingnuts.

    January 26, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  14. Rebecca

    What a sad little man that he has to puff himself up & suppose the our new President is fearful of him...

    January 26, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  15. Michelle Smythe

    Rush is an idiotic buffoon. Here is a guy who was addicted to "hillbilly heroin" (i.e. oxycontin) and did many illegal things to obtain said drug and he has the nerve to say Obama is afraid of him? Please. Rush, please go away. No one with half a brain could ever take you seriously and you're giving us (intelligent people that want to make this country a better place to live) a major headache!

    January 26, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  16. Glenn

    I used to be a Republican, people like Rush and OReilly have destroyed the Republican party. The party used to try and take the moral high road but now due to the Muckraking of the CONservatitive rock stars like Rush the party of Lincoln is a shell of its former self. To say that is wants the President to fail, to say nothing of claiming he is afraid of almighty RUSH, is not only ludicrous but it is criminal! For crying out loud the country is in serious trouble and we wants our leader to fail in his attempts to try and save us? Its easy to act like a spoiled brat when you have tons of money. Rush you claim to represent the common man but you dont want the common man to have a home or a job [which could very well happen if the President fails to restart the economy]. Also wasnt Rush one of those who called people traitors for not SUPPORTING President Bush about 7 years ago? There is a very good reason why the Republican party lost the last election: the best part of the McCain-Palin team up was Palin was a media Diva... Which is NOT a good thing. Rush please grow up and practice what you preach: Support the President!

    January 26, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  17. SamSunny

    Can't you see Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter as a couple.....one rotund the other a skeleton.....both egotistical less than intelligent blow hards, talk about an American nightmare.

    January 26, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  18. C.Wilson

    If Rush Limbaugh wants to see Obama fail and thinks he is scared of him. He must still be on drugs. It's a disgrace that he would like to see our country fail. If Obama fails our country is going to fail. Maybe Rush should try comedy because is a pathetic joke.

    January 26, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  19. Fed Up With Republican Garbage

    Rush Limbaugh is a perfect example of whats wrong with politics in this country.

    Obama is 100% right.. NO ONE should listen to this clown.

    Mr. Limbaugh... Just go away. And please take Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, and Anne Coulture with you.

    January 26, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  20. glirman

    Limbaugh sounds desperate to me. He needs to generate controversy to keep his own coffers filled, likely prompted by his agent. After all, that's his living. He's an entertainer. This is hubris to think anybody of importance cares what he says. Obama has a lot more important things to be afraid of than this fool.

    January 26, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  21. Linda

    It's the likes of people like Limbaugh that make me ashamed to be white. I place him in the same category as what is referred to as "white trash". Had you been a common citizen when you were had your addiction to oxycodene, you should have done time just like the rest of those who got caught. It would do you some good to see how the rest of the world lives behind bars, then perhaps it would knock that chip off your shoulders. What goes around comes around, and you will be knocked to your knees one of these days, but it will be by your own doings and not someone elses.

    January 26, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  22. Carole

    Rush is one of those cynics that Pres. Obama mentioned in his inauguration address when he told them that the ground has shifted beneath them and they haven't recognized it. Rush needs to get with the program if he cares anything about the country. Or could it be that he is only interested in his ratings

    January 26, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  23. jesus was a liberal

    if you say so Rush!

    January 26, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  24. Mike in Georgia

    You Democrats are fools and are blindsided by the lies these polititions tell/promise you, but your to stupid to see what is really happening to this great country of ours. Rush points out the obvious and sometimes the truth hurts. You rationalize your own twisted reality on the things that you want to believe as true when it's wrong and you forget when you were wrong about a politition because you can't face the truth, you elected these officials that have put us in this horrible state of recession.. You will have nobody else to blame it on but yourself, oh but you will blame it on everyone else but yourself.

    January 26, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  25. Tobytan

    My brother went to high school in Cape Girardeau with this pathetic looser but never said one word about him until one day I asked him what he thought about Rush. He said that Rush was a big loudmouth that made up crap to get peoples attention just like he does nowdays. His grandfather was a great man of the community but he should have stopped the gene mutation from coming along.

    January 26, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
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