Obama to Republicans: Stop listening to Limbaugh

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Obama warned Republican lawmakers to quit listening to Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along him and other Democrats.

A few days ago, Limbaugh said he wanted Obama to fail. Well, I’m guessing — to use the memorable phrase of now-Sen. Franken — that the “Big Fat Idiot” is about to find out what Chicago-style hardball politics is all about.

At the same meeting a Republican asked why more of their programs weren’t in his stimulus package. Obama replied, “I won.”

Obama also just overturned the “Mexico City Policy” that refused federal funding to international family planning groups that provide abortions and is expected to lift the ban on federal funding for stem cell research.

A good day, indeed.


  • It’s fun to see a good chess player at work. “I won” says a lot — so does his reply to the chef in Chicago: “Show me the movement.” Political realism in the service of the greater good was becoming a lost art, too.

    • There’s a story about FDR like that. Some people went to the White house to lobby for an issue. He said, ok, you’ve convinced me, now go out and bring pressure upon me.

      Chess. Yeah. During the presidential campaign I noticed liberal blogs would get upset at Obama because something negative was happening and he seemed to be ignoring it. Then, a week later, you realized he dealt with it just fine without you really noticing what happened.

  • I understand the need to play hardball when it comes to politics, however the statements made by Obama here seem to drop with an oveactive sense of pride. And while I also agree the “the big fat idiot” is an abraisive personality, I’m sure he only is waiting to see Obama put in his place as President, and not as the rockstar he has become.

    • “If you wish to shoot at a king, do not wound him.” Limbaugh directly challenged a president. No president of any party would let that pass. There will be payback. The rules of politics require it.

  • Kate

    The quote by Limbaugh was taken out of context….as usual. He said he wanted Obama’s policies to fail.

    I want Obama to succeed, I think we all do. But, making comments like this will make people very angry. No one wants to be told what radio shows they should listen to.

    He is our president not out dictator. He better keep that huge ego in check or it’s going to get very ugly very fast.

  • DJ

    From what I’ve read, Obama didn’t tell anyone what they must and must not listen to. He did, however, give advice. Even the Beatles did that: “If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain’t gonna make it with anyone anyhow.” This sounds petty similar: do what you want, but consider the consequences.

    Am I comparing Limbaugh with Mao? There’s a comparison of relevance to be made, but Limbaugh doesn’t rise to that level of historical importance.

  • Kate, if you’re going to be a right wing troll at least try to get your facts straight. Any more such troll attempts and your comments get deleted as per the moderation policy here.

    From the article I quoted, Limbaugh says “I want him to fail.” What part of that was out of context?

    “Even prominent Republicans, “have laid down,” Limbaugh said. “They’re drinking the Kool- Aid, too. They have no guts to stand up for what their beliefs are because they’re afraid of criticism; they’re afraid of being called racists; they’re afraid of not having gotten with the program. So I shamelessly say, no, I want him to fail”

  • “There’s a story about FDR like that. Some people went to the White house to lobby for an issue. He said, ok, you’ve convinced me, now go out and bring pressure upon me.

    Chess. Yeah.”

    And there is where we have to seriously get moving on a number of agendas. The people that think he is going to do it all have missed the boat already. If you/we have issues – many of them that we know he is sympathetic towards, already – Start driving this issue with more public pressure than ever before.

    Obama getting elected was the easy part. The really hard work for us began the moment he was sworn in.

  • Mao was considerably more intelligent and, on scale, far better educated.

    The sad part is Lush Rimjob is actually smarter than his listeners.

    His remarks are treasonous, so too those who defend them.

    Lamp-post, rope, solution.

  • woody

    Wasn’t it Limpball that was spouting how “unpartiotic” people were for not getting on board with Bush’s policies when he was elected? I belive the quote was something to the effect that not supporting the president and his policies was minimally being unpatriotic, boardering on treason. Funny how quickly his tune changed when the president was part of his perfered party.

    But then I don’t expect a narcotic dependant convicted felon (which he is, due to the drugs he was getting illegally) to have that good of a memory.

    And Obama wasn’t dictating who can listen to what. He was advising them that if they keep following the lead he’s giving that the ones that will be hurt is them. They’re in the minority now, and hard-line politicts will not fall in their favor. Obama’s advice could be seen as a polite way of saying “if you don’t shape up and get on board, you’ll probably be replaced in your next election cycle.”

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