Rush Limbaugh Does Live in Obama’s Head

On May 14 after news broke that President Obama had once again attacked talk radio host Rush Limbaugh by name, El Rusbo joked that he was “living rent-free in Obama’s head.” It’s hard to fault Limbaugh’s logic on this. After all, the President of the United States of America has used his bully pulpit to bully Rush nearly a dozen times since he became President.

Remembering that Rush Limbaugh is but a voice on the radio and has no vote in any government, hasn’t the ability to wield the power of regulation, and cannot force anyone to do anything under the cover of law, here are some of the times that President Obama went out of his way to kick Limbaugh and did so by name, not just with a general allusion (starting with the most recent):

At a New York fundraiser on May 13, 2013

Meeting with denizens of Hollywood at a fundraiser, President Obama complained that he, the most powerful man in the western world, couldn’t get anything done in Washington because a single radio host stood in his way.

“I genuinely believe there are Republicans out there who would like to work with us, but they’re fearful of their base and they’re concerned about what Rush Limbaugh might say about them. And as a consequence, we get the kind of gridlock that makes people cynical about government,” Obama said.

January 27, 2013 in an interview with New Republic

Warming to his favorite theme that TV and radio guys represent his main roadblocks, Obama told New Republic that Limbaugh was the bad guy.

“One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates. If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it.”

“I think John Boehner genuinely wanted to get a deal done, but it was hard to do in part because his caucus is more conservative probably than most Republican leaders are, and partly because he is vulnerable to attack for compromising Republican principles and working with Obama.”

April 27, 2013, the White House Correspondent’s Dinner

Using Rush for one of his jokes at the White House Correspondent’s dinner, while talking of his second term plans, Obama said the next four years might worry Rush. “Rush Limbaugh warned you about this … second term, baby,” he joked.

April 25, 2012, Interview with Rolling Stone

During this interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Obama coupled his dislike of El Rushbo with disdain for tax fighter Grover Norquist.

“Frankly, I know that there are good, decent Republicans on Capitol Hill who, in a different environment, would welcome the capacity to work with me. But right now, in an atmosphere in which folks like Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist are defining what it means to be a true conservative, they are lying low. My hope is that after this next election, they’ll feel a little more liberated to go out and say, “Let’s redirect the Republican Party back to those traditions in which a Dwight Eisenhower can build an interstate highway system,” the President said.

March 6, 2012, Press Conference

In the aftermath of the “slut” controversy, Obama spoke of Limbaugh during a press conference after the talk radio host had apologized for calling abortion mill supporter Sandra Fluke a “slut” for wanting the government to pay for her contraceptives. Obama essentially came up doubting that Rush was sincere in his apology saying, “I don’t know what’s in Rush Limbaugh’s heart.”

March 2, 2012, Phone Call to Sandra Fluke

This was several days before the press conference noted above, but concerns the same issue. After Limbaugh called out Fluke on his radio show, Obama felt the need to call her up to offer his sympathy because a mere radio host called her a bad name.

President Obama blows in a phone call to a woman called a slut and a gay basketball player but one wonders when he’ll call the bereaved parents of soldiers killed in battle or the mother of a State Department employee killed in Benghazi?

April 2, 2010, CBS Early show

During another softball interview, this time on CBS, President Obama criticized both Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

“When you listen to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, it’s pretty apparent, but keep in mind that there have been periods in American history where this kind of vitriol comes out,” Obama said. “It happens often when you’ve got an economy that is making people more anxious, and people are feeling that there’s a lot of change that needs to take place. But that’s not the vast majority of Americans. But that’s not the vast majority of Americans.”

March 2009

As a campaign tactic in the run up to the 2010 elections, Obama’s White House aides start calling Limbaugh the “face of the GOP.”

January 2009, in a meeting with Republican leaders

Along with making his famous one-liner, “I won”–which in context was his way of telling Republicans that “I won” so he should be allowed to do whatever he wants with no opposition–Obama also attacked Limbaugh during a meeting with Republicans at the White House.

“You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done,” he told GOP leaders whom he had invited to the White House for a talk about his stimulus proposals and other issues.

So, as you can see, here we have nine instances when President Obama attacked Rush Limbaugh by name. Many people feel that when a sitting president attacks another American by name repeatedly at official functions and in official speeches it is not very presidential. It shows a pettiness and spitefulness that is simply beneath that high office.

But with Obama attacking a radio host by name so many times over the years like this, one can see how folks might wonder if Rush Limbaugh does, indeed, live in Obama’s head rent-free.

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  • Alicante56

    It’s fun to make fun of morons isn’t it? Rush and Obama both are pretty good at it.

    • jim_m

      meh, obama just comes across as petty and small.

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        He is petty and small, and you left out vindictive.

  • jim_m

    It shows a pettiness and spitefulness that is simply beneath that high office.

    Nothing is beneath obama.

  • Commander_Chico

    Obama just uses Limbaugh as a foil.

    The country knows Limbaugh as a fat, drug addicted sex tourist. Makes Obama look better in contrast.

    • jim_m

      Are we projecting yet again?

      • Commander_Chico

        I’m not fat.

        • jim_m

          Your avatar picture has fat cheeks

          • Commander_Chico

            Baby fat, I’ve grown out of it.

          • Mallet Head

            how about that droopy eye? ya get that fixed?

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        Only when he’s breathing…

    • The_Weege_99

      Well, that certainly was a substantive critique of Rush. I can hear the same thing from any know-nothing liberal OWSer clown, jobless and playing PS2 in his parents’ basement.
      The only reason “the country” (actually, the low-information portion of the country) “knows” Limbaugh as anything is because of the sustained propaganda campaign against him, consisting of lies, smears and false accusations of racism.
      If you want to be considered something other than a liberal tool, you’re going to have to do better than a 10th grader ranting on DU.

    • herddog505

      When Barry has to compare himself to a “fat, drug addicted sex tourist” to look good, I think that says a helluva a lot about him.

    • Jwb10001

      Which can only serve to lower Obama if all you say about Limbaugh is true.

    • Constitution First

      …with 34,000,000 daily listeners for over 30 years, Rush is far and away the most popular radio personality EVAH, and still going strong… The very fact you feel compelled to vomit ad-hominum attacks without addressing the substance of Rush’s commentary tells us how effective he is in destroying Progressive lies on a daily basis.
      And yes Bambi very likely has regular Rush nightmares :-)

  • SteveCrickmore075

    http://www.examiner.com/article/poll-rush-limbaugh-the-most-influential-conservative-america Poll: Rush Limbaugh the most ‘influential conservative’ in America

    • Commander_Chico

      He’s not a conservative, he’s a rabble-rousing clown. And a racist.

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        racist cries our resident anti-semite…

      • jim_m

        He was branded a racist because he dared to say that Donovan McNabb was overrated. I heard everything he said last week on ESPN radio in a discussion about McNabb retiring and no one suggested that any of it was racist.

      • Shawn

        In other words, you have never actually listened to him before.

    • jim_m

      He certainly influences lefties to say and do really stupid things so I guess you have a point.

  • Vagabond661

    Rush Limbaugh is the Jiminy Cricket of the GOP.

  • herddog505

    Rush Limbaugh = Goldstein

    It’s not that Rush lives in Barry’s head, it’s that Barry is deliberately using him as The Party used Goldstein: to give his followers somebody to hate (so they won’t scrutinize HIS performance too carefully) and somebody that he can blame his failures on.

    • Commander_Chico

      Yeah but Goldstein actually said some good things.

      What was the title of his book? Oh yeah, The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism.

      Sounds like where we are now.

      • herddog505

        Something that the fat, drug addicted sex tourist has been warning about for years, wouldn’t you say?

        • Commander_Chico

          Meh. He’s a warmonger who just serves his wallet.

          I don’t remember him calling for prosecutions of the mortgage securities fraudsters, either.

          • herddog505

            So, which is it? Is he a fat, drug-addled clown, or a warmonger?

            And HAS he been right all along? You whine about TEH OLIGARCHY. Well, it’s staring you right in the face with the IRS scandal, the DoJ bugging the AP and probably other news agencies, and the lies about Benghazi. Limbaugh has been warning of this sort of thing for years. It seems to me that you’d be, if not on his side, then at least on his sheet of music.

            Could it be that you’re less concerned about TEH OLIGARCHY when it’s a LEFTY oligarchy? After all, you weren’t exactly killing yourself over Libya, were you? Apparently, “war mongering” is OK so long as the right people are doing it and so long as no Americans get killed.

            By the way: Rush has been VERY critical of Jon Corzine… and the lefties who gave that crook a pass.

            http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2011/11/01/jon_corzine_is_a_mf_ing_crook

            http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/021185.html

            Incidentally, Corzine’s excuses sound just like Barry and his gang:

            “I have no idea.”

            “I have no memory.”

            “I didn’t know.”

            This is what Limbaugh had to say about Goldman Sachs:

            The Securities and Exchange Commission offered Goldman Sachs a chance to take a fine over this. They refused to do that because their position is that they have done nothing illegal, and all it is is a civil fine. And they’re going to take a hit here, there’s no question, but I think they’re in on it. I think they’re happy to take the hit here, pay the fine, and roll on. They obviously have no problem with health care regulatory reform act, and one of the reasons why is it’s not going to hurt the big guys that much but it’s going to run a lot of little guys out of business. It’s going to open the market up for these big guys, and they’ve got so many ex-CEOs in and out of government all the time. There’s no way this is a coincidence, and Barney Frank is even out there saying that this fraud case will increase the chances that the financial reform bill will pass. (doing Frank impression) “That’s what he th’aid! He’s not even afraid (lisping) facts.” He doesn’t even want to hide it.

            http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2010/04/19/timing_of_sec_s_goldman_sachs_fraud_case_was_no_coincidence

            It seems that he can put two and two together. News flash: the people NOT calling for investigations and prosecutions were democrats. Oh, they talk a big game about “Wall Street” and “corruption” and “the 1%”, but when push comes to shove, who had the power to actually prosecute… and didn’t? Hint: not Rush Limbaugh.

            But please continue to make Limbaugh the villain. It must be a great comfort to you, relieving you as it does from the burdens of reality.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            That would require a level of intellectual honesty and rigor that has never been demonstrated by our soi disant cognoscenti and veteran.

          • Commander_Chico

            Corzine? Yeah, because he was a Democratic politician. Wholly partisan.

            As for racist, Limbaugh’s remarks on McNabb were racist, or revealing of a racist mind.

            Any observer of the NFL would note that ALL starting quarterbacks are overhyped at some point. Anyways, McNabb ended up proving himself.

            As for caring more when American military get killed in contrast to Libyan rebels, yes I plead guilty to that.

          • herddog505

            Predictable. You go from “Limbaugh said nothing” to “Limbaugh is partisan”, ignoring the statements linked by me that indicate his anger with the SEC and ALL the people who skated.

            Who’s the real “partisan” here?

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            As if there was any question.

          • Commander_Chico

            Ok Limbaugh was right about Corzine. What about Abacus? What about Goldman Sachs in general?

            I notice he had to throw Clinton in there, WTF?

      • jim_m

        Note that Chico does not deny that Rush is set up as a Goldstein, but that he would prefer a fictitious Goldstein created by the government to deceive the public. Such a Goldstein would be better he claims.

        • Commander_Chico

          Actually, O’Brien told Winston Smith that Goldstein’s book had been written by a committee of Inner Party people, O’Brien among them.

          • jim_m

            None of that contradicts what I said.

          • Commander_Chico

            Well, I don’t always have to contradict you.

          • jim_m

            I had sort of hoped that you would argue against my stating that you prefer a government that creates propaganda to distract the nation from the tyranny they are creating. I suppose that was too much to hope for.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            As herddog alluded, it’s entirely too much to hope that our soi disant cognoscenti and veteran would place the good of the Republic before the good of his fellow travelers.

  • http://ak4mc.us/cms/ McGehee

    makes people cynical about government

    People should be cynical about government — it’s run by politicians, fercryinnoutloud.

    Government is never your friend; it is a blunt instrument swung indiscriminately by those in power to protect their power. You are most safe, most free and most prosperous when that power is strictly limited.

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