Update: Limbaugh slams back, “Never in my life have I seen a regime like this
In an interview posted online Thursday night, President Barack Obama called out Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck by name for “vitriol” after being asked a question by a CBS interviewer.
“I’ve been spending time out and about, listening to talk radio,” CBS News reporter Harry Smith remarked, after shooting hoops with President Obama. “The kindest of terms you’re sometimes referred to out in America is a socialist, the worst of which I’ve heard is called a Nazi. Are you aware of the level of enmity that crosses the airwaves and that people have made part of their daily conversation about you?”
“Well, I mean, I think that when you listen to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, it’s pretty apparent, and it’s troublesome,” the President replied.
“It’s beyond that,” Smith interjects.
“But keep in mind that there have been periods in American history where this kind of vitriol comes out,” Obama continued. “It happens often when you’ve got an economy that is making people more anxious, and people are feeling as if there is a lot of change that needs to take place. But that’s not the vast majority of Americans. I think the vast majority of Americans know that we’re trying hard, that I want what’s best for the country.”
“They may disagree with me on certain policy issues.” But, he said, “there are a huge number of people who agree with me strongly.”
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I didn’t buy all the hype, right after inauguration, where everybody was only saying nice things about me,” he added. “And I don’t get too worried when things aren’t going as well because I know that over time these things turn.”
Update: In response to a question about Obama’s remarks from Byron York of the conservative Washington Examiner, Limbaugh responded, “I and most Americans do not believe President Obama is trying to do what’s best for the country. Never in my life have I seen a regime like this, governing against the will of the people, purposely. I have never seen the media so supportive of a regime amassing so much power. And I have never known as many people who literally fear for the future of the country.” He also suggested that his listeners are less worried about the global financial crisis than they are about the Obama administration’s plans to deal with it.
This video is from CNN’s Early Show, broadcast April 2, 2010.