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. Jeff

    It reminds me of the old Emo Philips' line, "I'm a great lover, I bet." If you have to announce that you are good at somethig or, in this case, announce that the Preident is scared of you then it is clear that word are more important then actions to Rush and the true fear is his own fear of a declining number of listeners.

    January 26, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  2. Debbie

    Walter,
    We also have a lot of people who watch reality shows like Rock of Love 3 and Real Chance of Love. So, what's your point?

    January 26, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  3. Shannon

    I know.. the left hates hearing Rush. Now you know how I feel with all the Bush-bashing. Blah blah blah.. Bush this.. . Bush-Cheney that. Grow up. Face it, the Lefties don't like anyone speaking unless they agree with them.

    January 26, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. ER

    Rush doesn't scare me, but he definitely concerns me. Any person who is so blatantly racist that they can't see that they are racist concerns me, and someone like that who has people who will listen to him and take him seriously concerns me alot.

    I am glad that the fact that Obama was elected shows that these type of people in America are finally in the minority.

    January 26, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  5. Ed Lopat

    Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot who has yet to realize how irrelevant he is.

    January 26, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  6. Suzi

    Rush is very, very manipulative and this is just another of his ploys.

    He wants our President to fail. The President that was voted into office by a majority of people. The President who entered office with an approval rating above 80%, which includes Republicans. The President that inspired hope in a time when we have a Economic Hurricane Katrina on our radar screen.

    And in this, Rush wants President Obama to fail. If President Obama fails the country fails. We have something very, very serious happening and we don't need to play around. Rush is wealthy. What does he care about me or about anyone making comments here. Nothing.

    Rush is one of those people that can't create anyting positive on his own. His power comes from attacking others who are doing their best to make this world better. It's very easy to criticize. It's not easy being the one who takes the risk to step up and takes action.

    January 26, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  7. Ronald Main

    Why in the world do you even give this nut Limbaugh an additional platform with your coverage? People know he isn't doing any of his talking to make any sense, just to make money for himself, so he talks nonsense all day long. Only the people who listen to him and take him seriously are falling for his con, all the rest of us live in the sane world of reality. Don't put this modern-day radio Barnum in your mix of news, for its not news. It could, however, be considered an item for your "Odd Topics" or, of course, "Humor". However funny his batherings are to those who see through him, I worry about those who take him seriously. Please at least present him in the correct manner or, as he himself might say in the "right light". LOL!

    January 26, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  8. JP Bless

    Of course Obama can't unify everyone. It is impossible to unify drug addicts or people who thrive on the fringe.

    January 26, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  9. Hammer

    I thought one of the rules on this section was that you could not attack a persons character!

    January 26, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  10. Mark Schneider

    The trouble with Limbaugh's bloviating is that it is interpreted by many in his audience as a confirmation of their hateful dismissal of the way the citizens of our contry choose to excercise their freedoms. The far right touts the American way of life and the implementation of our constitution in a manner so filled with elitism, racism, misogny and xenophobia that it excludes the majority of people from their rightful pursuits. Afraid of Limbaugh? I think not. Afraid of the simpletons who subscribe to his philosophy? Perhaps...

    January 26, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  11. Brian

    This is an impressively written story by CNN. It reports the words and facts in the context in which they happened. Plus, there is no extra commentary from some "expert". This is news reporting Great Job! And in the context of the statement, Rush is Right! Why can't Republicans listen to conservative radio? I bet Democrats watch CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, or NBC.

    January 26, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  12. Give it a Rest

    HA HA HA AH AHA HA HA AH HAA!!!!

    That's the funniest joke I've heard yet!!!!

    January 26, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  13. Greg Clark

    Rush is a BIG FAT IDIOT. What a waste of a human. Suck it up big boy your team lost now go cry in a corner.

    January 26, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  14. mims

    Rush limbaugh is the most dangerous kind of person. A closed minded idiot with an audience.

    January 26, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  15. JP Bless

    "Rush Limbaugh : Largest talk show audience with 20 million listeners and growing!! How do you Libs explain that???"

    And you wonder why Republicans lost so badly?

    January 26, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  16. Deb loves PA!

    It's finally happened!!
    Drug user "Rushed' Limbaugh has begun hallucinating from the overuse of the ILLEGAL drugs that he loves so much, and the drugs may have helped him to reached this empty conclusion.
    Uh....Rushy...., didn't he send his poor immigrant housekeeper, outside to pick up his ILLEGAL drugs when his drug dealer "popped" by? If he hasn't got the guts to score his own supply, he'd hardly make anyone afraid...unless.... he was threatening to get someone in his employ deported for being unwilling to be his drug mule.

    Rush is a coward. And a clueless clown. What a pity.

    January 26, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  17. TM

    I would like more details about how the racist Obama voters, a/k/a the majority, "ran Bush out of town." I thought he was limited to two terms, which he completed.

    I do agree, though, a Palin/Limbaugh 2012 ticket would be most desirable.

    January 26, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  18. Global

    I did not know who Rush Limbaugh was till Obama mentioned about him last week.
    I did google him, and to my surprise, he has a huge base of listeners. Now, I do not think they all are "morons" as some of my fellow bloggers here think.

    January 26, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  19. Edmontonian

    walter wrote: "Rush Limbaugh : Largest talk show audience with 20 million listeners and growing!! How do you Libs explain that???"

    Easy. 20 million idiots.

    January 26, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  20. Daniel

    Well, well, well, the nation's preeminent gasbag has struck again. The gall of this man to say on his radio show that Obama is "arrogant" and then say he has "talent on loan from God". Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. It's an absolute shame that people still tune in to his bogus comments. Let's not forget the credentials this man has: a high shcool diploma and being a former dj on Top 40 radio. Now that's the kind of resume that makes me want to blindly obey his political advice like those conservative sheep that have made him, Bill O'Reilly and any other blowhard a household name.

    January 26, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  21. John

    Irrelevant.

    January 26, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  22. Winston Smith

    Moderate Republicans won't stay with the GOP if Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and Michael Savage are the spokespersons for the future of the Republican Party.
    The Republican Party is in danger of becoming some Lunatic Fringe Cult – and not a political party.

    January 26, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  23. Denise Gagnon

    This man is just a plain idiot, if President Obama is afraid of anything, it is that Limbaugh is breathing everyday. The big fear and insult to people with brains is that there are still people who listen to this fool and believe his world of fantasy. How he keeps his job is totally incomprehensible to anyone with any sense. Those who do listen to him rate a long side rocks in intelligence. Sorry I just insulted rocks!!!!!

    January 26, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  24. chuck

    IF YOU PUT RUSH LIMBAUGH,GEORGE BUSH,DICK CHENEY , DONALD RUMSFELD AND KARL ROVE ON AN ISLAND ,WHAT WOULD YOU CALL THE GROUP? YOUR ANSWER--DANGEROUS TERRORISTS.

    January 26, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  25. Deb loves PA!

    It's finally happened!!
    Drug user "Rushed' Limbaugh has begun hallucinating from the overuse of the ILLEGAL drugs that he loves so much, and the drugs may have helped him to reached this empty conclusion.
    Uh....Rushy...., didn't he send his poor immigrant housekeeper, outside to pick up his ILLEGAL drugs when his drug dealer "popped" by? If he hasn't got the guts to score his own supply, he'd hardly make anyone afraid...unless.... he was threatening to get someone in his employ deported for being unwilling to be his drug mule.

    Rush is a coward. And a clueless clown. What a pity.

    January 26, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
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