It hasn’t even been a full week into Barack Obama’s presidency and we find that he and political commentator and talk show host Rush Limbaugh are apparently taking verbal jabs at one another. In a rant on his radio show Limbaugh, who is known for his conservative rhetoric and defensive stance on the Bush administration, said that he hopes Obama fails. Not to be out-done, President Obama warned Republicans should stop listening to Rush Limbaugh if they want to get things get along with Democrats.
Limbaugh said his comments on his show last Friday, specifically saying that he disagrees with the people on the Republican side of the aisle who have caved and who say, “Well, I hope he succeeds.” After several calls for interpretation or clarification, Limbaugh spoke about what he really meant saying, “I support the president. I just don’t support the policies.”
Obama’s response came when he had invited Republican leaders from the House of Representatives to discuss his $825 billion economic stimulus plan. His comments were said in efforts to make a point about bipartisan efforts. “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done,” the president said. But it didn’t stop there though. In an exchange with another Representative Obama said, “I won. I’m the president.”
Not for nothin’, but it’s almost time to remove Rush Limbaugh from the air. If it’s not for this recent comment, then maybe for the next one he’s likely to make. He’s made some outlandish rants in the past, but now he has to be about two offensive comments away from getting into a lot of hot water. People have been booted from the public for less. And as far as President Obama, not saying that he hit the nail on the head, who knows how many Congressmen actually listen to Limbaugh, but he did get his point across. In an ironic way it shows he’s looking to work with others as opposed to just hoping we all fail. And yes, if you haven’t put it together yet, if the president fails, the whole country fails.