Obama to GOP: Turn Off Limbaugh

Rush isn't helping to 'get things done'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 24, 2009 9:33 AM CST

(Newser) – Meeting with GOP lawmakers to discuss his stimulus plan yesterday, Barack Obama took the opportunity to zing Rush Limbaugh, who said earlier this week that he wasn't one of those conservatives rooting for the new president to succeed, despite their differences. "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done," Obama told the Republicans. A White House official said the comment was meant to push bipartisanship, reports the New York Post.

Limbaugh also said in a Fox interview that the president should have sat down with him, rather than the moderate conservatives he dined with last week at George Will's house, if he wanted to better understand the right's positions. "If he did, there are some genuine conservatives he could have talked to," Limbaugh told Sean Hannity. "He could have invited us."

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh talks with guests in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, prior to a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony for Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Australian Prime Minister John Howard.
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh talks with guests in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, prior to a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony for Colombian President...   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
Republican Congressional leaders talk to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, after a meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss the economy. From left are, Sen. John Kyl of Arizona, R-Ariz.; House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio; House Minority Whip...
Republican Congressional leaders talk to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, after a meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss the economy. From...   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
In this Jan. 23, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks to reporters during a meeting about the economy with Congressional leaders, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. From left are, House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. and the...
In this Jan. 23, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks to reporters during a meeting about the economy with Congressional leaders, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. From...   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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Limbaugh on Obama.   (thinkprogress)

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I am hearing Republicans say, 'Well, we want him to succeed.' And prominent Republicans! 'Yes, we want him to succeed.' They're drinking the Kool-Aid, too. They have no guts to stand up for what their beliefs are. - Rush Limbaugh

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