Limbaugh: Obama Wanted Irene 'Disaster'
Says prez wanted 'excuse for his failing economy'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2011 4:21 PM CDT
In his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh called media attention on Irene "hysterical" and accused President Obama of hoping it would be a "disaster."   (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Brian Jones)
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(Newser) – Rush Limbaugh not only says the media oversold Hurricane Irene—he argues that Obama was "hoping" it would be a widespread "disaster" to justify the nation's economic woes, the Huffington Post reports. "I'll guarantee you Obama was hoping this was going to be a disaster as another excuse for his failing economy," Limbaugh said on his show today. "If he's out there blaming tsunamis, blaming earthquakes, this one [was] made to order, but it just didn't measure up."

Gawker notes that "neither Hurricane Andrew for George Bush I, Hurricane Katrina for George Bush II, nor the Gulf oil spill for Barack Obama was exactly a 'political winner,'" and that the Japanese earthquake "has been a major drag on economic growth in recent months." In his radio show, Limbaugh also said the media blew Irene out of proportion to push a "leftist agenda."