November 1st, 2009
03:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Limbaugh questions if Obama, Democrats care about America

(CNN) - Rush Limbaugh brought his popular vitriol to national television Sunday, calling President Barack Obama unqualified and questioning if Obama and other Democrats care about the nation's well-being.

In a rare television interview, on the "FOX News Sunday" program, the conservative talk radio superstar declared himself worried about America's future under Obama and said he wondered if the president and the Democratic Party wanted to hurt - rather than help - the country.

"We've never seen this kind of radical leadership at such a high level of power in the in the country," Limbaugh said. "I believe that the economy is under siege, is being destroyed. Anybody with any economic literacy would not do one thing this administration's done to try to revitalize the private sector. They're destroying it.

"… And I have to think that it may be on purpose, because this is just outrageous, what is happening - a denial of liberty, an attack on freedom."

In other comments, Limbaugh called Obama "immature," "a child," "narcissistic" and "over his head." He called Obama's pre-dawn trip to Dover Air Force Base last week to view the dignified transfer of war dead from Afghanistan a "photo op."

Asked to respond, Obama's senior adviser, David Axelrod, called Limbaugh an entertainer.

"I think it's a surreal day when you're getting lessons in humility from Rush Limbaugh," Axelrod said on the CBS program "Face the Nation."

"We'll let Mr. Limbaugh fulminate. I think the American people are well served and believe they're well served."

Also Sunday, independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut said on the same program that he rejected Limbaugh's characterization of Obama's trip to view the return of war dead.

"I just totally disagree with him," Lieberman said of Limbaugh, adding: "I was proud that my president was there."

For his part, Limbaugh attacked every policy, action and motivation of the Obama administration.

He said the third quarter economic growth reported this week was all due to government intervention - from the Cash for Clunkers program and homebuyers' tax credit - rather than actual private sector expansion.

Obama was delaying a decision on more troops for Afghanistan for political reasons, Limbaugh said, and health care reform is a thinly disguised Democratic attempt to gain government control of one-sixth of the economy, he said.

He derided Democrats on security issues, saying they cared more about their political well-being than protecting the country.

"I hate to be honest with you here, but I do question their commitment to national security," Limbaugh said. "I question their commitment to the U.S. military. They'll put their political survival and their political power being gained over anything else. They'll use anybody and throw anybody away in order to achieve it."

His comments Sunday included a personal glimpse, with Limbaugh saying his treatment from drug addiction helped him deal with feelings of personal inadequacy.

At the same time, Limbaugh confirmed his latest contract could earn him $400 million, and he claimed credit for launching conservative talk radio and the eventual existence of a wide range of right-leaning media outlets.

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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Stop the spending

    Look close at 3rd quarter GDP. Beyond all the rosey headlines is the truth that the numbers are high because of the Government, otherwise the GDP would have been flat. Great, we got growth, but it was driven by the government. Tells me we are a long way off from any real recovery. American has grown due to the hard work of the people, not the government. True return of the GDP in my mind is when there is no housing credit, cash for clunkers, etc.

    November 1, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. Donnie Jordan, Cary N.C.

    You go Rush!! You hit the nail on the head, Obama and all those Democrat crownies are truly destroying the economy. Yeah those Bush years were tough, We had Jobs, The economy was great, health care was good, now look!!! Truly I'm surprised CNN included you on their blog, You said this once on your show, If you want the economy to turn around and create jobs, "Just do the opposite of Obama and his "hinchmen". You were right. Please run for President and have Shawn Hannity as your running mate and if possible appoint Neil Bortz as the speaker of the house.

    This has to be turned around!!!

    November 1, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. Fitz in Texas

    Trust me Limbaugh isn't the only one asking that question these days. With the Democrats it's all about votes and if you don't give them those vote you can bet they'll throw you under the bus. Hell, they'll even throw their own under the bus for that matter.

    November 1, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. RO

    Wow..this guy is making millions for shooting off his mouth on radio? He is nuts!

    November 1, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  5. Matt

    Rush is right. Can't wait for the change of blue seats to red in 2010.......America is finally waking up!

    November 1, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Tired

    The only thing Rush cares about is his bank balance. His brand of hate and innuendo evidently has a following and he is milking it for all it is worth – in dollars. He is also on a big power and ego trip. His rants are the only thing immature. If reasoned debate does not work yell louder and threaten people with extinction. I am racking my brain to figure out what way-out radical policies the democrats (or heaven forbid-liberals) have been promoting. I don't agree with everything every President or any other politician proposes but I am willing to listen and give things a chance. That's why we live in the USA so we can disagree and hold differing opinions. Everything we do not agree with is not evil nor done with evil intent. I am so sick of this atmosphere of hate.

    November 1, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  7. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    I'm not sure why people interview him. Let me point this out. No one in the republican or democratic parties are Hitler, Stalin, communist, socialist, working with terrorists or are actively trying to do this country harm.

    50% of the worlds spending on military is done by the United States. We could cut our Military budget in Half and still be able to defend our country. And that money can be much better spent on all of the other priorities we have with our country.

    November 1, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  8. Joe

    Rush represent some American views that are very unfavorable of what Obama is doing, or even what he is instructed to do or to say, very simple, he represent the people that don't want Obama to succeed as a President. I don't ignore him, he is a very well educated, don't see no entertainment in it, the man is serious, and hope they take him as such.

    November 1, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. File under "Sarcasm"

    So what's your point CNN, other than throwing red meat to the left wing liberal commenters here to fixate on? He didn't really say anything new and probably didn't say anything worse about President Obama than the liberal left wingnuts said about President Bush. But, of course that's OK because he was Bush and Obama is not.

    November 1, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. Donnie Jordan, Cary N.C.

    Rush speaks the truth, I never heard of Obama until last year. The Federal Government cannot run the post office, how do you expect them to run our health care? Obama can send a team of Navy Seals to shoot pirates in the head to save one man, but he can't sent additional troops to help our troops that need it until a election or leader is in place, oh come on people wake up, Obama is in this for himself, he has a hate agenda against the american people, he has a brother living in filthy conditions, he want help his brother, Do you honestly think he will help you? Don't bet you change,($$$) because Obama has taken that to!!!

    November 1, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. SY

    Rush does not do his research and he does not put forth facts. For him his stories are facts but for the MAJORITY his speech is not factual.Rush is a sick, mean, abnormal,megalomaniac

    November 1, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. Jon Krieger

    Obama should prove ha cares by putting down the bag of Butterfingers and actually MAKE A DECISION ON THE AFGHAN TROOPS SITUATION!!

    November 1, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  13. Nash

    Perhaps the most arrogant and ignorant person I have ever heard or seen (Thank God, not in person!) is Rush. What saddens me most is the amount of money the Talk Radio gives him in his contracts just so they can push "snake oil – like products" to other innocent and ignorant people on the radio. Of course, Rush is only the leader of that band of thieves – Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, and Mike Gallagher are Rush's trusted partners-in-crime!

    November 1, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  14. Pam

    And from what tree of knowledge did the limpboy pick the coveted fruits, that obviously after gorging on them, bestow upon its recipient, the wisdom and powers to spew such idiocy from his hot, scorched breath. rush-o has no formal EDUCATION-limpboy has NEVER served in the military and yet-feels he has the credentials to criticize an ultra intelligent, educated, ELECTED commander in chief, about our kids in uniform, a garment this illustrious entertainer has NEVER donned!!! What has he done for this country? Oh, I forget, the limpboy letter!! What a HYPOCRITE!!!!

    November 1, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. mike in knoxville

    What an idiot. You know if Obama was endorsed by christ he would have something negative to say. The Repuplicns and there henchmen are pissed because the economy is growing, people dont care about gay marrage, people want our army home, and they feel like the republicans are being run by the christian taliban. They can all move to Alaska, who cares

    November 1, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. Tom L

    If Rush Limbaugh is so wrong wouldn't it be prudent to go on HIS show and prove him wrong? There is no denying the size of his audience so if Axelrod or Emanuel are correct that Rush is lying, go on his show and PROVE it.

    November 1, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  17. Ken Williams

    They don't care and its funny and sad that people refuse to see that. People honestly believe that Obamas health care plan is about helping people and not lining the pockets of SCIU and other liberal special interests? Grow up and get a clue!

    November 2, 2009 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
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