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. Patricia

    Rush wants Obama to fail because it's all his career has left since he has been wrong about everything he spews up untill this point. He sure is a Patriot.......Moron would rather Obama fail and the country suffer for the sake of him being right. Rush doesn't care about this country, its all about himself. What a loser.

    January 26, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  2. Devin

    Does anyone actually take what Limbaugh says seriously? It's people like him that give Americans a bad name.

    His sole objective is to further his career, and this back-and-forth between him and Obama and his supporters (aka progressive, rational Americans) is all about making himself and his listeners feel special.

    His audience is composed of racists and bigots, and the day he dies the world will be a much better and safer place.

    January 26, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  3. Rebecca

    To continue –

    ...that his need to feel important is so great that he has to claim that the President is afraid. He talks like a young kid, strutting around the playground.

    January 26, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. Norman J Levine

    Rush Limbaugh is full of himself and his credibility from my perspective is somewhere between Osama Bin Laden and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Sadly, for many years I actually respected what Rush had to say but now he is a ruse, and vapid in his comments.

    Rush, do us all a favor a go away!

    January 26, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  5. Larry D.

    Rush Limbaugh is a representative of sick Americans. Its amazing how any broadcasting company with any sound judgement would allow this baffoon any airtime.

    January 26, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. Tacy

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Obama scared of Limbaugh?! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah! Nobody is scared of Limbaugh except the people who believe his crap and/or have to deal with him on a daily basis.

    January 26, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  7. Make it stop

    Rush, do us a favor and please go away!

    January 26, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  8. OhioGuy

    The libs are sure coming out of the woodwork on this one!

    I listen to Rush when I can, partly for entertainment, partly for his commentary on stories that the drive by ignore.

    I don't agree with him 100%, but he does have some interesting points on any number of things... I think he want too far in saying he hopes Obama Fails, but I can completely understand why he said it. The sucess of Obama means the triumph of socialism. Instead he could have said he hopes he doesn't succeed. Parsing words? Probably, but still gets the point across.

    I just think the Libs are mad because Limbaugh is voicing his dissent - something that wasn't supposed to happen once Obama rook his throne.

    January 26, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  9. John

    Mr. Limbaugh is a perfect example of the evil that plagues this country. He breeds hatred, bigotry, and intolerance – all masked under the thin veil of "conservative values." The truth of the matter is that the ideals he pontificates are (thankfully) the way of the past. A NEW America has spoken...a NEW America which will again be the leader of the world. Mr Limbaugh and his fat, white, rich, lazy followers will be trampled under by progress and success.

    January 26, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. Obama the Elitist Ruler

    Theres no doubt that obama will try to silence you Rush with the Socialist Fairness Doctrine. Comrade, we must have the same amount of time spread equally among liberal and conservative talk shows even if we have to pay for the liberal talk show because no one will advertise on it. Rush, keep doing what you're doing because its guys like you, Dr. Savage, Hannity, Glenn Beck that keep some of us from being Sheeple and not following the feel good touchy feely left that is ruining this country. May God bless you and this country in these dark days ahead. I hope I dont get in trouble for believing in God.

    January 26, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  11. Daniel

    Anyone who says that Obama "doesn't know what he is signing" is an uninformed twit. Everything he's doing now was spelled out in "The Audacity of Hope" and that was authored in 2006. I'm not saying it will work but to say it is being done blindly or without reason is ignorant.

    January 26, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  12. Soccer Nana

    @billy bayou, you seem to enjoy drinking your limbaugh flavored kool aid. What flavor did you have today? Was it "pill popping strawberry", "I flunked out of college lime", or "fat boy grape"? LOL

    Don't forget the day Rush said you all tto drink the "special" blend so you all will wake up where you will be free! LOL

    January 26, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  13. shs

    For all her shortcomings, at least Sarah Palin has run for office and thereby taken the risk that she would be defeated. And she has had success in elections until her latest run, where she had no national appeal outside the base. But when has Limbaugh ever been willing to run the risk that he would be rejected by the voters? Easy to talk tough and attract fans on the radio. Hundreds of idiots do it every day. Limbaugh is for entertainment purposes only, for those easily satisfied.

    January 26, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. Bill K

    Limbaugh – Be part of the solution or get out of the way!!!! Your sniping from the sidelines is of no use here!

    January 26, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  15. Pat Murray

    I fully expect Limbaugh to be the next fat,white alcoholic bigot to join the Fox News team.You tell 'em Rush.

    January 26, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  16. Scott Veteran

    An individual who believes in his country and loves his nation will put America before party agendas, partisanship, and narrow ideology.

    Rush Limbaugh obviously is not such a man.

    January 26, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  17. Henry Arking

    Rush Limbaugh ain't never run anything but his mouth. He is an authority on nothing and he soils any topic on which he comments. Ignore him – with his extra large ego that's what Rush fears most.

    January 26, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  18. a.coorna

    Rush Limbaugh is the biggest idiot i have ever seen, i cant believe people even listen to his show, but he dont care he made $31 million last year, so he just runs his mouth By the way does anyone have some oxycontin

    January 26, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  19. Mike in Atlanta

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

    Walter, because conservatives need something to attach themselves to desperately. Despite all the failings of the politics of "heedless self-interest," they look to this man as an icon, yearning for another era of greed, hegemony and irresponsible economics. With the flapping of his gums, Rush triggers the egoist delusion of these 20 million people.

    January 26, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  20. Pat in IL

    This is one of the more ridiculous statements that this uneducated, idiotic man has made lately. How in the world could he figure that Obama is "frightened" of him? He's just a bully-mouth. If Obama would ever be frightened of someone, it would be someone who matches his intellectual level.

    January 26, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  21. Hank Griffith

    Limbaugh is a coward that should be taken off the air! What the President said obviously put some heat on this blob of humanity with the brain of an ant as he certainly sounded as if in the statement he sent out to CNN he was backtracking on what he said per wanting Obama to fail. He said he didn't say this, which is a lie, he did say it!! Then the man doesn't have the guts to go on Rick Sanchez's show to discuss the matter with him. Again, he's a coward! Of a certainty if President Obama invited this coward for a face to face at the White House he'd likely not go!!! He hides behind that mic on the radio and blows-hard! That's why he screens who can and can't talk to him on the air. That is the only playground where he is safe to be the bully on!

    January 26, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  22. arc, Lugano CH

    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???
    Whether or not your numbers are accurate, perhaps one reason why Rush Limbaugh enjoys a large audience is because some of his listeners are beginning to realize, in 2009, that there exists a whole world beyond the parking lot of their Wal-Mart and it scares them because they don’t understand it; so Rush offers them an answer.

    January 26, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  23. George

    I am afraid of Rush Limbaugh...I don't blame Obama.

    January 26, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  24. Jen

    Goog Lord.. His world as he know it is coming to an end......

    Mr. Why don't you mix yourself a cocktail with arsenic... I promise it will do you some good. will calm down your nerves.. promise...

    January 26, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  25. Angelo

    "Rush, the only thing scared of you are cheeseburgers" that is funniest I have read on this blog. LMAO

    January 26, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
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