Fox News Wallace: Limbaugh ‘Very Nice, Very Sweet,’ and ‘Vulnerable’

November 2, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Fox News Chris Wallace, took on his critics on Sunday, claiming he acts as a mouthpiece for Republicans, by conducting a feel-good love fest interview with hate talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. Wallace, putting on display his “fair and balanced” interview skills, asked a series of softball questions, allowing the controversial Limbaugh to hurl 30-minutes worth of outrageous and largely unchallenged attacks against President Obama.

After the interview, Wallace, acting like a giddy schoolboy with a crush, described Limbaugh, the daily purveyor of hate and bigotry, as “very nice, very sweet,” and “vulnerable.”

During Wallace’s sycophantic interview, Limbaugh repeated his race-baiting smear that President Obama was a “man-child,” attacking Obama, as “narcissistic,” who went to honor our fallen soldiers at Dover for a “photo-op,” and stating, “I also don’t think he cares” about Afghanistan, the soldiers and their families.

Limbaugh also likened health care reform to the “biggest snatch of freedom and liberty,” claiming Obama and his “radical leadership” is destroying the country’s economy “on purpose.” The hate talk radio host also derided Obama as a one-term President, who poses a “threat to liberty and freedom,” because of health care and cap and trade legislation, which Limbaugh described, as a “global warming fiasco track.”

Limbaugh also claimed that former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, who quit in the middle of her first term of office, is ready to become President of the United States right now.

Limbaugh’s humility was also on full display, as he likened himself to Paul Revere warning his radio listeners about Obama’s “threat to liberty and freedom.” When asked if Obama’s election has helped his ratings, Limbaugh responded: “It’s my talent that draws the crowd. The news is incidental to it.” Good to know. Of course his drawing a crowd, couldn’t have anything to do with race-baiting, fear mongering and hate mongering could it?

David Axelrod, Senior Advisor to President Obama said of Limbaugh’s attacks on Face the Nation: “He’s marketing the outrageous. And he does very well with it. But as I said, he’s an entertainer. We’ll let Mr. Limbaugh fulminate, but I think the American people are well-served and believe they’re well-served,” Axelrod said. “We’ve got bigger responsibilities, [and] we’re going to discharge those responsibilities.”

Regarding Limbaugh’s criticism of Obama’s visit to Dover: “The President of United States went to Dover to represent the American people and pay his respect to the families who had made so much of a sacrifice to those brave service people who made the ultimate sacrifice. It was the appropriate thing to do, and I think most Americans appreciate that,” said Axelrod to host Bob Schieffer.

Responding to Limbaugh’s personal attacks describing the President, as narcissistic and immature Axelrod said, “I think it’s a surreal day when you’re getting lectures on humility from Rush Limbaugh.”

Read experts of the “surreal” interview below:

WALLACE: This week it will be one year since Barack Obama was elected president. In that time, what has he done for and to the country?

LIMBAUGH: I think it’s all to. I don’t think there’s any for. I’m — Chris, I’m — I’m really, really worried. We’ve never seen this kind of radical leadership at such a high level of power in the –in the country. […] I believe that the economy is under siege, is being destroyed. Anybody with any economic literacy would not do one thing this administration’s done to try to revitalize the private sector. They’re destroying it. And I have to think that it may be on purpose, because this is just outrageous, what is happening — a denial of liberty, an attack on freedom.”

WALLACE: You have now taken to calling Mr. Obama the man-child president.

LIMBAUGH: Right.

WALLACE: What does that mean?

LIMBAUGH: Just — he’s (inaudible) he’s a child. I think he’s –he’s got a — a five-minute career. He was in the Senate for 150 days. He was a community organizer in Chicago for however number of years. He really has no experience running anything. He’s very young. I think he’s got an out-of-this-world ego. He’s very narcissistic. […]

WALLACE: Let’s talk about a couple of the big issues the president is dealing with now — first of all, Afghanistan. You suggest that he is taking all of this time to decide what to do in Afghanistan to keep his left-wing base on board for health care reform.

LIMBAUGH: Well, it’s partly that, but I also don’t think he cares much about it. I think once…

WALLACE: Well, come on.

LIMBAUGH: No, I — no, see, this is — I know this is going to sound controversial, but I don’t think he cares that — if he –Chris, if he cared about — we’ve got soldiers and their families worrying about what we’re going to do. […]

WALLACE: But you say you don’t know that he really cares. Do you at least give him credit for going to Dover, Delaware to honor the remains of soldiers, dead soldiers, who came back from Afghanistan?

LIMBAUGH: You know, see, the politically correct thing to say here would be, Oh, yes, I am very impressed that President Obama decided to go show his concern for the remains, troops who’ve given their lives for freedom in this country. It was a photo op. It was a photo op precisely because he’s having big-time trouble on this whole Afghanistan dithering situation. […]

WALLACE: You have made no secret of the fact you oppose the public option, government-run health insurance to compete with private insurers. With tens of millions of Americans still uninsured, do you think that the government has any moral obligation to find some way to cover them?

LIMBAUGH: […] This is about stealing one-sixth of the U.S. private sector and putting it under the control of federal government. And when they get this health care bill, if they do, that’s the easiest, fastest way for them to be able to regulate every aspect of human behavior, because it will all have some related cost to health care — what you drive, what you eat, where you live, what you do. And there’ll be penalties for violating regulations. It’s going to be the biggest snatch of freedom and liberty that has yet occurred in this country.”

WALLACE: Finally, some politics. You predict a possible blood bath for Democrats in 2010.

LIMBAUGH: I really do. I know that there is an eruption waiting to happen at the ballot box. I know that a majority of the people in this country are opposed to every single major agenda item that Obama has proposed and is trying to get passed. […]

And it’s going to be bigger than anybody thinks, especially –especially — if health care gets passed, and if they get cap and trade, and they start going down this global warming fiasco track and get something passed on that. There will be a revolt at the polls.

WALLACE: If he does win, how is Rush Limbaugh going to handle seven more years of Barack Obama?

LIMBAUGH: You know, I’m glad you asked me that, because one of the questions I always get is, Rush, isn’t Obama — aren’t these Democrats in power good for your business? The way I go about my business, I’m out to get the highest ratings I get every day. I’m going to attract the largest audience I can regardless the news. It’s my — it’s my talent that draws the crowd. The news is incidental to it. No. I’m worried, seriously worried, about the future of the country.” […]

I mean, it’s really –it’s really intense when — you know, I love this country. To have this kind of passion, and my — you know, I want — Paul Revere. I want as many people to hear what I think the problems are…”

Does Rush Limbaugh plan to take his show of hate and bigotry on the road, saddled on a horse? That would be quite the sight.

Think Progress has the entire transcript.


Comments

7 Responses to “Fox News Wallace: Limbaugh ‘Very Nice, Very Sweet,’ and ‘Vulnerable’”

  1. Old Man Dotes on November 2nd, 2009 12:39 pm

    ‘ “I also don’t think he cares” about Afghanistan, the soldiers and their families.’

    Hey, Limbaugh! Who sent our soldiers to Afghanistan in the first place? Here’ a clue: It was Puppetmaster Cheney who did that – also the author of documents authorizing warrantless spying on US citizens, in direct contravention of the Fourht Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and torture of prisoners of war, in direct contravention of International law.

    In other words, the man who doesn’t care about Afghanistan, soldiers, their families, the rights of US citizens, US law, or International law, is one of your precious Republicans (well, actually a Nazi, but he’s registered Republican).

  2. Wm Yon on November 2nd, 2009 1:00 pm

    Speaking of hate people like this writer/writers wrote the book on the subject.
    I listen to Rush as often as possible and have never thought telling the truth about a corrupt administration is in anyway hateful.
    This article is nothing but, hatred personified

  3. John Sebastian on November 2nd, 2009 1:28 pm

    Obamacons support war and death, just like neocons did, there is zero difference. IF you support the administration that propagates a war, then you support war. Period.

    And we know now that the Iraq was carried out fraudulently and under false pretenses, and Obama is still fighting it. He could end the fighting today, withdraw the troops. Its not our problem. What has changed in the country such that they don’t have the same set of resources and desires than they did under Saddam? They can stand alone, if not, then where do we end it? Obama is fighting this war, its HIS war now, not Bush’s war. He has the power to end it, by himself, unilaterally. He has not. That’s a fact.

    Afghanistan, same situation. The war is Obama’s war, he could end it himself, unilaterally, he has not. That’s another fact. And Afghanistan is not our problem, not our responsibility. It is not our job to fix broken countries.

    Obama is fighting two wars, both his. He owns them both. He could end them both. If you think about it the only rationale for giving him the Nobel Peace Prize is because he is the only person in the world with the power to end two wars by himself, unilaterally. He has that ability, he just doesn’t want to. So you have to ask why?

    And the answer that democrats and Obamacons don’t want to hear is that Obama is an imperialist and a militaryist. He believes in empire, in empire building, in meddling in foreign affairs of other countries, and he believes in using American blood, American military power, to further his agenda.

    And whether you voted for him or not, whether you currently support him or not, at least have the decency to acknowledge these facts.

    What Americans need, and deserve, is a CIC who puts Americans first. And we don’t have one.

  4. Oscar Pearson on November 2nd, 2009 3:05 pm

    Mr. Limbaugh is correct and speaks the truth and that is why the Obamacrats hate him. Hey, can we get them for a “hate crime” violation?
    The problem that the Obamacrats have is that they think they are above the law and that they can do whatever they want. Enough is enough and someone has to keep us advised of the nonsense and Rush does an awesome job of that. If we didn’t have Rush and others like him we would be following the Dictator and his Czars.
    They are the ones who need to do some “soul” searching as to what is right and wrong. I realize that Ethics is out of the question but how about some down home reality?

  5. Montana on November 2nd, 2009 3:19 pm

    He is just a bigot, plain and simple, hmm, went on “Fake News”, surprise, surprise.

  6. Laura B on November 2nd, 2009 4:48 pm

    This article is ridiculous. Why would you write an article about a hate monger and portray yourself as the same? Not very well thought out or articulated. I have listened to Rush Limbaugh a time or two in the past, I’m not really a fan but he does make some valid points. As an independent, I am very disappointed with the path he has taken. The Constitution is based on a limited federal government and delegating more power to the states. Obama’s power grab is in direct opposition to that. I, for one, do not want the government making healthcare decisions for me. I already feel overburdened in my tax load, I’d like to keep more of what I work for, not pass it to the government to give to those that don’t work as hard as I have. The “American Dream” was not intended to be the “American Welfare Dream”.

  7. Loving My Country on November 3rd, 2009 12:24 am

    I read some of these blogs, and I must say that Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the hemorrhoids that agree with him, are one sided jackasses. You don’t open your pea brains to reason because you were stupid as a child and still have those dumb ass thoughts today.

    You clowns obviously don’t realize that this mess this country is in was in place before President Obama elected as President of the United States. You say you are proud to be an American, you need to sit your dumb ass down, re-examine yourself, and realize that we all do not come to the same conclusions as you do.

    Stop acting little boys and be a man. You are all standing behind old standards and beliefs because you are afraid of change. Better than that, you don’t want to have to answer to an intelligent biracial man (or as you all put it- a Black man). How belligerent of you?

    As for me and my family, we love all people, regardless of their complexion. We were not raised to be prejudiced. However, I am very prejudiced to the ignorance of you people who hate someone else because they don’t look, act, or think as you do.

    What makes you think someone else can run this country better? Look at the eight years of trash we just dumped. Now we have a pill addict (Limbaugh) that thinks he’s much better.

    We should all support our President, whether we like to or not. Other countries are excited that we have someone who’s not afraid to tell the country the truth. You all believe the lies that previous Presidents have told as the truth, that when the truth is told you think it’s a lie.

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