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Limbaugh calls Obama ’immature, inexperienced’

November 2, 2009

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— From his home and on a friendly network, Rush Limbaugh lobbed pot shots across the airwaves Sunday at President Barack Obama — “immature, inexperienced, in over his head,” offering the country “radical leadership” and laying siege to the economy.

“We’ll let Mr. Limbaugh foment,” responded the White House’s chief political strategist, dismissing the conservative commentator as no more than an entertainer and not really the right guy to give “lectures on humility.”

The banter began on the hourlong “Fox News Sunday,” Limbaugh the lone guest, interviewed from his home in Palm Beach, Fla., on a network the Obama administration has labeled as the voice of the far-right wing of the Republican Party. Obama adviser David Axelrod swung away later in the morning from Chicago on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

One question in, Limbaugh said that his country had “never seen this kind of radical leadership at such a high level of power,” that “I have to think” the administration is bent on destroying the private sector on purpose, amounting to “a denial of liberty, an attack on freedom.”

He said Obama’s swift rise to the White House after “a five-minute career” makes him a “man-child president.”

Axelrod, one of two guests on the 30-minute CBS broadcast, weighed in with cutting comments of his own.

“I think it’s a surreal day when you’re getting lectures on humility from Rush Limbaugh. ... The fact is that he is an entertainer. The president has to run the country,” Axelrod said.

“We walked into a difficult situation. I think he’s handling it very, very well. And most people believe that,” he added.

Comments

TheOriginalCA 5 years, 6 months ago

Rush, you also missed how naive Obama is too. I also back up Rush's assertion of "Immature" by the fact that Obama surrounds himself with very mature idiots like Rahm Emmanuel who is photographed thumbing his nose during the inauguration.

jaywalker 5 years, 6 months ago

This article isn't worth the space it takes up. First, it would be helpful to correlate assertions that Rush shouldn't be giving 'humility' lessons with something he actually said. Second, the main crux for running this piece seems to only be over words that, while he might have spoken yesterday, are hardly new territory; he's been saying this since before last November. And lastly, though President Obama is a neophyte in this arena, quoting Rush for calling him 'immature' also needs clarification and should be a fairly easy claim to slap aside. Lord knows Rush's antics and ideologue posturing are very immature actions themselves. Goes back to what everyone's parents always warned: if you can't say something nice about someone............To me, you have no credibility if 'the other side' is ALWAYS wrong.

Sigmund 5 years, 6 months ago

Really? Rush Limbaugh called President Obama a immature poser and the Whitehouse disagrees? Stop the presses! I am both shocked and stunned.

monkeyhawk 5 years, 6 months ago

"Rahm Emmanuel who is photographed thumbing his nose during the inauguration." Are you being literal here? I have to admit, I missed the inauguration, so do you have a clip?

Here is a quote from that racist, Thomas Sowell

"Here too, it seems as if so many people have invested so much hope and trust in Barack Obama that it is intolerable that anyone should come along and stir up any doubts that could threaten their house of cards.

No one-- not even the President of the United States-- has an entitlement to a "positive" response to his actions. The entitlement mentality has eroded the once common belief that you earned things, including respect, instead of being given them."

This is a very interesting column if you have the time or objectivity to read it. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/10/30/dismantling_america_part_ii__98936.html

cowboy 5 years, 6 months ago

file this story under " loud mouth drug addict bigot weighs in on Obama via the fake news network. Suprised he didn't call him uppity !

jaywalker 5 years, 6 months ago

"Get a job, old man."

44 million a year vs. an ez filer. Yup, HE needs to get a job.

leedavid 5 years, 6 months ago

Rush sure hit this nail right on the head. When I think of all the things Rush could have called the President this was pretty mild. Cowboy...speaking of drug addict....did you know Obama also did drugs? Except his were illegal. I supposed you would say file Obama story under illegal drug user ruins economy and millions lose their jobs. CNN, Central Nut Network fails to acknowledge the harm to families Obama has caused while pushing stupid health care bill.

cowboy 5 years, 6 months ago

Voters identifying themselves as republicans approximately 30 % goes to show you CAN fool some of the people all of the time. Still waiting for Minority leader boner to publish his health care plan . Not

leedavid 5 years, 6 months ago

I'm sure the republican minority leader would love to publish his health care bill. He has discussed it at great lenght many times. Do you see any republicans involved in writing the health care bill? Any invited?

ivalueamerica 5 years, 6 months ago

The more Rush speaks for the GOP, the more confident I feel about our future.

Rush is a fool

jaywalker 5 years, 6 months ago

"And as usual nothing intelligent in these rants"

Coming from someone who neglects to post anything of even marginal intelligence..........EVER.

TheOriginalCA 5 years, 6 months ago

Monkey Hawk, all you have to do is Google it but here is one link to a photo.

http://www.u-r-next.com/RahmThumb2.jpg

Ricky_Vaughn 5 years, 6 months ago

Well I could call Limbaugh a fat druggie, but that wouldn't be nice...

monkeyhawk 5 years, 6 months ago

Thanks, Original. I yahooed it, but didn't come up with any pics. I did read some quips about his knuckle popping, though.

TheOriginalCA 5 years, 6 months ago

Ricky_Vaughn (Anonymous) says… Well I could call Limbaugh a fat druggie, but that wouldn't be nice… ==========================

The codeine based pain killer that Rush got hooked on is highly addictive and many many innocent people get hooked on them post surgery. My wife and oldest son have been hooked on them, which is precisely why I take them only to help make pain manageable and not to totally eliminate pain. I have heard of many athletes being hooked on them. I remember when Brett Favre got addicted to them and had to check into Menningers because of his addiction. Limbaugh did take it too far with his quest to obtain the pills, but he is hardly a criminal and menace to society. Those to try to censor him are a far worse menace to society than he is.

rtwngr 5 years, 6 months ago

Larry Native, Rush Limbaugh is nothing like Fred Phelps and his ilk. To say so belies your ignorance on Rush Limbaugh and his commentary. I would guess you really never listen to Rush Limbaugh but merely depend on sound bites and anecdotal comments by others. The reason I say these things is that Rush Limbaugh has offered sensible, lucid, solutions to the very problems this administration has been trying, unsuccessfully, to solve. During the last days of the Bush administration, Rush Limbaugh was speaking out against the ludicrous fashion in which they were trying to solve the economic crisis. He has been a loud voice for conservatism. Whether you want to admit it or not, conservatism is about freedom and liberty. During the campaign he spoke out against the ideas that John McCain was spewing. Rush Limbaugh is no more a bigot than Barack Obama. I would challenge you to listen to Rush Limbaugh's radio show for six weeks. After that, you would truly understand what it is that he does, says, and means.

tbaker 5 years, 6 months ago

Mr. Obama is failing so bad he is on the fast track to be one of the worst US presidents in our history. Yes folks - he is making W look good. It's hard to understand how this could be possible given his unprecedented popularity and all the goodwill he generated here during his campaign, and around the world. All of that is now gone and he is in serious danger of becoming a lame duck after the mid-term elections. His poll ratings are in a free fall. Based on his actions and things he says in his speeches, he doesn't appear to know anything about economics. Given all his apologies he's issued on our behalf, he also seems to be historically illiterate. His vice-President is a walking punch line. His cabinet is case study for far-left radicals. Since his election, his policies have resulted in the creation of more national debt than the sum of all previous presidents. Since he signed his stimulus bill, 2.7 million jobs have been lost. He is an empty suit. He is little more than a stage prop for the radical left. Ordinary Americans see him as a man who would give away everything he doesn't own. Mr. Obama provides the best example of a one-term President I have seen in my life time.

canyon_wren 5 years, 6 months ago

Monkeyhawk--Thomas Sowell is not a racist and is one of the brightest stars on our horizon, only secondarily because he is black. His credentials are impeccable and he makes Obama look like Howdy Doody--which isn't difficult. I suspect his take on things is a bit over your head. I am now reading his book "Inside American Education" and I recommend it to anyone concerned about public education, whether you are liberal or conservative.

Scott Drummond 5 years, 6 months ago

When will the "fair and balanced" network be conducting a 1/2 hour interview with one of the left's mouthpieces?

I'm not going to hold my breath waiting.

Further evidence of the propagandistic function of that network.

kansanbygrace 5 years, 6 months ago

Ronald Reagan, hero of the neo-liberal cadre, gets credit for the great economic salvation from the 1970's stagflation. After Carter had appointed Volcker, policies began to moderate. The downward momentum broken by the time Reagan was inaugurated, it started its turn-up in December of 1983, a month short of 2 years in office. The same people who think Reagan was so spectacular expect Obama to turn around a far worse economic mess in 10 months? Not very realistic. But they need something to bitch about, or else they'd have to look at their own doin's and take some responsibility, and join in the effort to fix what they've busted. Rush is truly an icon of the vocal opposition of dropouts, flunkouts, and draft-dodgers.

canyon_wren 5 years, 6 months ago

monkeyhawk, if Tom is right, I sincerely apologize. Guess I am not familiar enough with your previous posts to grasp that. As you can tell, I am a huge Sowell fan and overreacted.

Calliope877 5 years, 6 months ago

"Limbaugh said that his country had “never seen this kind of radical leadership at such a high level of power,” that “I have to think” the administration is bent on destroying the private sector on purpose, amounting to “a denial of liberty, an attack on freedom.”

He described the last administration to a 'T'.

leedavid 5 years, 6 months ago

I love it when the left brings up Rush and his drug abuse. Knowing full well Obama also was a drug abuser. Except Obama's drugs were illegal. From Obama's book; "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance."

"Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it," wrote Obama about what he would later say were "bad decisions." "Junkie. Pothead. That's where I'd been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man."

leedavid 5 years, 6 months ago

Calliope...if Rush was discussing the last administration he would not be talking about destroying the private sector. He might mention millions of Americans were working that are not now. Many Americans had homes that are now being foreclosed on. The economy was the much better than it is now. He might mention that the economy collapse started when the democrats took over the congressional budget during the midterm of the second Bush administration and gas jumped over four dollars. The economy never got better and there isn't any hope that will change....get it...Hope and Change....LOL!

monkeyhawk 5 years, 6 months ago

"Monkeyhawk—Thomas Sowell is not a racist..."

Yes, that was sarcasm. Thanks for the catch, Tom.

I also accept your apology canyon wren. Dr. Sowell is someone that I have the utmost respect for, witness the last line of that post:

"This is a very interesting column if you have the time or objectivity to read it. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/arti…"

I will put smiley faces after my sarcasm from now on.

monkeyhawk 5 years, 6 months ago

"When will the “fair and balanced” network be conducting a 1/2 hour interview with one of the left's mouthpieces?"

Well Scott, who is it you would like to see on Fox? I'll try to arrange it. It is kind of difficult these days considering the white house thinks Fox is illegitimate. They have a standing offer to Obama, Rhambo, Axelrod, etc. Glenn Beck even has a dedicated red phone line and a fax, but they never ring.

But, if it makes you feel better, I do believe I saw Hillary on Fox recently, or is she a Dino?

kansanbygrace 5 years, 6 months ago

Nope, Carter enjoyed the most bipartisan Congress since the Vietnam war in his last two years. There is no bipartisanship here.

jeremyhay 5 years, 6 months ago

You guys and gals forgotten who controls Fox? A fellow called Murdoch (Rupert), born in Australia, son of a newspaper tycoon there, educated in Cambridge (England), took up US citizenship so he can control US media outfits. He is a spoiler who is only interested in power - and causes just as much insanity in the UK as in the US by his support of immoral wars and extremists. And, for you US Christians, he left his wife of many years standing for a young Chinese woman. That's the sort of person who controls what you see on Fox news...

monkeyhawk 5 years, 6 months ago

And for you, jeremy. Did you forget who owns the Democratic party? Hint: He is a much scarier (and wealthier) dude than Murdoch.

"George Soros is one of the big sugar daddies of the Democratic Party. He also is the ruler of an archipelago of so-called 527 groups that pose as non-partisan activists groups, but in fact are often hyper-partisan (such as MoveOn.Org), and are often employed by Democrats to influence elections. Soros, for years, has been the top funder of such groups. His influence among Democrats is widespread and enduring (and was well-documented by David Horowitz and Richard Poe in their book, The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party). His pet think-tank, the Center for American Progress, has been the idea factory and employment agency (think Van Jones, among others) for President Obama. "

tp://www.americanthinker.com/2009/09/the_sorosaxelrod_axis.html

Scott Drummond 5 years, 6 months ago

"Well Scott, who is it you would like to see on Fox? I'll try to arrange it. It is kind of difficult these days considering the white house thinks Fox is illegitimate. They have a standing offer to Obama, Rhambo, Axelrod, etc. Glenn Beck even has a dedicated red phone line and a fax, but they never ring."

How about a half hour of Rachel Maddow, or Keith Olberman, or Mike Malloy, or Thomm Hartman. Better yet, how about a half hour of Senator Bernie Sanders, or Congressman Anthony Weiner.

That will, of course, never happen. It is cute you think Beck has a red hotline just waiting in vain for the progressives to call. Further proof (as if necessary) of the eternal validity of Mencken's quote on the intelligence of the American public.

monkeyhawk 5 years, 6 months ago

Just a few links below to Sanders & Weiner on Fox.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,533190,00.html http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,542482,00.html http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,530303,00.html http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,495686,00.html http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,454144,00.html http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,366468,00.html

As far as the others go, Fox is into ratings, so I think their appearances would be unlikely.

"Further proof (as if necessary) of the eternal validity of Mencken's quote on the intelligence of the American public."

You have provided further proof of the lack of humor, the elite smugness of the liberal progressive, and the failure to control the urge to attack those who do not agree with you. No big deal.

tomatogrower 5 years, 6 months ago

" I supposed you would say file Obama story under illegal drug user ruins economy and millions lose their jobs."

Let's see, what would have happened if the Republicans had been in charge. They would not have bailed out GM, and probably lauded the inept CEO of GM, that Obama fired. That would have put GM into a bankruptcy that they wouldn't have recovered from as easily as they have, thus shutting down plants, all dealerships, and parts retailers. They would have bailed out financial companies, since Bush was already doing it, but, like Bush there would have been no accountability, so more banks would have lined up for bail out money. Anyone notice how many banks stepped out of the hand out line, when Obama took office and started dictating to them? Oh, and schools would be without any money with huge classes for the teachers who weren't laid off, and there would have been fewer police to protect your property. And what about that lab that is going to be built in Manhattan? Pork? What was the Republican's plan anyway? Oh yeah, take more jobs out of the US. That's why you have to buy so much stuff from China. That's just good business. If you didn't buy stock in that company, and you no longer have a manufacturing job, then that's your own stupidity. I guess God just doesn't like you, because you aren't Christian enough. That pretty much sounds like the Republicans line to me. At least those who post here.

Sunny Parker 5 years, 6 months ago

So milions of people listen to Rush every day because of the entertainment? Get real! I listen because I like truth!

Did you actually watch Rush on Fox last night? I doubt it!

Sigmund 5 years, 6 months ago

If you are like me you don't watch Sunday morning programs and this article and the comments lack any real substance. So why accept what other have said when you can watch the full interview is on youtube? Here are the questions for Part I. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gp6VO48jFA

Wallace: This week it will be one year since Barack Obama was elected president. In that time, what has he done for and to the country?

Wallace: But — but wait a minute. How about save the country from a financial abyss; 3.5 percent growth in the third quarter in GDP?

Wallace: How about kept the country safe for nine months?

Wallace: You have now taken to calling Mr. Obama "the man-child president. What does that mean?"

Wallace: Let's talk about a couple of the big issues the president is dealing with now — first of all, Afghanistan. You suggest that he is taking all of this time to decide what to do in Afghanistan to keep his left-wing base on board for health care reform.

Wallace: But you say you don't know that he really cares. Do you at least give him credit for going to Dover, Delaware, to honor the remains of soldiers, dead soldiers, who came back from Afghanistan?

Wallace: Well, but the argument would be that it was political of Bush not to be seen with the coffins because he was trying to hide it, hide the cost of war from the American people.

Wallace: But you don't think that Barack Obama has a profound respect for our soldiers and the families that are giving the sacrifice?

Wallace: You also say that the president should give the generals, the commanders on the ground, as many troops as they need to win. But a staunch conservative like George Will says, look, this — "Afghanistan has been a dysfunctional country. It's a corrupt country, and that we can beat the Taliban and beat Al Qaeda without this huge commitment of new troops."

Wallace: Let's turn to health care reform. You have made no secret of the fact you oppose the public option, government-run health insurance to compete with private insurers. With tens of millions of Americans still uninsured, do you think that the government has any moral obligation to find some way to cover them?

Wallace: And in 30 seconds, how do you insure the insured without this big overhaul?.

Wallace: Do you think the individual mandate is constitutional? Do you think... do you think the government has the right... to tell people, "You're going to get health insurance and if you don't get it, you're going to pay a penalty?"

Sigmund 5 years, 6 months ago

If you are like me you don't watch Sunday morning programs and this article and the comments lack any real substance. So why accept what other have said when you can watch the full interview is on youtube? Here are the questions for Part II. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni2SgFeXrM8

Wallace: We asked our viewers for some questions.

Wallace: Well, George Heflin sent this: "If President Obama would agree to an interview, what would be your first question?"

Wallace: Lucille Gallman sent this question: "Did you vote for John McCain in the 2008 presidential election?"

Wallace: Really? But you've been so critical of John McCain.

Wallace: Let's talk about the state of the GOP. A recent Fox News poll found that the approval rating for the president has dropped to 49 percent, but meanwhile, only 25 percent of people approve of congressional Republicans. As voters have growing doubts about the president and his policies, why aren't they turning to the opposition? Is there something that the — that the Republican Party lacks in the way of a positive, affirmative agenda?"

Wallace: To press my question, why aren't people turning to the Republicans?

Wallace: And is that enough?

Wallace: So do you think that the Republican Party — do you see it as a big-tent party or small-tent party?

Wallace: But — but you sound like you're kind of saying to the moderates, the — particularly on social issues — "If we lose you, too bad."

Wallace: In the Time Magazine article about Glenn Beck recently... they write just as you found your place as the triumphant champion of the age of Reagan, that Beck is tapping into the fear and anger on the right today. Is that why you think he's struck such a chord, because he taps into the fear and the anger of the conservatives today?

Wallace: When you look at Glenn Beck and you see this explosion, what do you feel?

Wallace: No envy, no competition?

Wallace: Let's talk about you. You said recently, "I actually thank God for my addiction to pain pills because I learned more about myself in rehab than I would have ever learned otherwise." What did you learn from drug rehab?

Wallace: And without putting you on the couch, are you saying that the addiction came from some sense of personal inadequacy?

Wallace: You signed a new contract last year — eight years, reportedly $400 million.

Wallace: And don't get me wrong. I think you're a great broadcaster. How can you possibly be worth that kind of money?

Sigmund 5 years, 6 months ago

If you are like me you don't watch Sunday morning programs and this article and the comments lack any real substance. So why accept what other have said when you can watch the full interview is on youtube? Here are the questions for Part III. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpzb-j6pOhc

Wallace: All right. You believe in the free market.

Wallace: Let's talk about the NFL and the decision to drop you as a possible owner. What about the argument, "Look, this is a bunch of billionaire owners sitting around and saying, 'Rush Limbaugh isn't good for business?'" Is that the free market?

Wallace: So what do you think that was about? What do you think happened?

Wallace: Let's do a lightning round: Quick questions, quick answers.

Wallace: You started talking about Vice President Biden this week, and you said to your producers, "Now, get the bleep button, because I may go over the line," and then you censored yourself. So I'll ask you, what do you think of Joe Biden?

Wallace: Sarah Palin — you say that you admire her backbone. Do you really think she's ready to be president?

Wallace: Finally, some politics. You predict a possible blood bath for Democrats in 2010.

Wallace: If you had to bet now, does Barack Obama win re-election in 2012?

Wallace: Have you got a name of somebody who's going to beat him... can beat him?

Wallace: If he does win, how is Rush Limbaugh going to handle seven more years of Barack Obama?

Wallace: And seven more years of Barack Obama would...

Wallace: Rush, thank you.

Wallace: There's much more of our interview with Rush Limbaugh, including what he thinks about this Tuesday's elections, and you can watch it by going to our blog, http://foxnewssunday.com.

7texdude 5 years, 6 months ago

porch_person (Anonymous) says…

Sunny,

Think about it….

If “Rush is Truth”, why does the Chairman of the Republican Party call him “entertainment”? (And that was the nicest thing Steele said about Limbaugh).

If “Rush is Truth”, why is the Republican Party at 39% approval and holding?

If “Rush is Truth”, why have the Republicans lost the last two election cycles, despite Limbaugh's declaration that he would try to disrupt them by telling people to vote dishonestly?

Sunny, hate to break this to you but the only utility Limbaugh has is pushing the buttons of ignorant yahoos like yourself. No one takes Limbaugh seriously. He's a clown. It's a strong indictment of America that we have enough “true believers” to keep this guy in cigars.

If Rush can do better, why doesn't he run for Prez? Seriously. He talks and talks and talks, but the best way he can change this country is run for office. Then, he can show us all his great experience, intelligence and integrity.

Gregory Newman 5 years, 6 months ago

Since Americans can only function on the blame game let’s run a 4 by 100 relay with 2 heats. In the 1st leg President Carter had a great reaction to the gun with a deregulation bill of the Depository Institutions and Monetary Control which basically put a gun in the hand of the Federal Reserve; then there was a superb exchange to Reagan and then he ran a storming leg down the back-stretch. His baton read. “Government is the problem, not the solution; the magic of the marketplace must be set free.” So he then proceeded by stomping the air traffic control persons and then scrapped the precautionary rules of the 1930’s. Then Wall Street said let’s go boys, its Showtime. In addition, he played a cold war against Russia and didn’t have a dime to pay for it. Daddy Bush stood pat in the turn and didn’t function well because of the deficit created by the cold war. He ended-up falling in a pit created by his son Neil with the S&L scandal and then nervously went before the Nation. He said “he would do anything necessary to free his son.” He then proceeded by conjuring up bullies and borrowing money to amazingly bomb the heck out of an old friend in Iraq. That will go down as the greatest 3rd leg in history because for 42 days Americans got amnesia about the scandal.

Then Clinton brought it home by running a blazing anchor leg and cuddling Newt Gingwich along the way because he thought that Newt would keep his word by helping him pass a health care bill so he made a compromise by signing a NAFTA/GATT contract that was negotiated by Daddy Bush and Carla Hills; then in the last 20 meters he blew China a kiss with a DUMB STUPID favored nation status.

George jr. opened up in the 2nd heat and got spiked by Bin Laden and bled badly and then often wavered on the right thing to do because he had a Vice President with insidious means so he struggled handing off to Obama who is runnin like a madman because we fell behind and is currently being booed by teammates because they never wanted him on the team. Now if anyone is upset about this message it is obvious that you can’t handle the truth. Try swallowing.

leedavid 5 years, 6 months ago

Either way...Obama is still inexperienced, making huge mistakes and doing nothing to help millions of Americans that have lost their jobs under his watch. The left should stick to the very same lines the were using during the Bush Administration. The buck stops at Obama's desk. He can't even get vaccinations for our people. Remember when the left blamed Bush for the very same problem? Remember when Obama said Bush took his eye off the ball in Afganistan? Looks like Obama took his eye off the ball now. More Americans have died in Afganistan under Obama than during all of the Bush years and he still does not have a plan. I thought war and exit plans were big on the left's view of life. The economy went to heck when the left took over the congressional budget, so it must be their fault. I just want the left to hold Obama to the same standards they held Bush, or say they were wrong about the way they treated Bush during his administration. Till then we will judge Obama with the same eyes the left used on Bush. The way Obama had his picture taken with a casket returning home will be Obama's "Mission Accomplished" photo. Loved the families that refused to let Obama be pictured with their returning son. Didn't you?

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