In an interview with CBS News' Harry Smith yesterday, President Obama was asked if he is "aware of the level of enmity that crosses the airwaves and that people have made part of their daily conversation" about him. Smith noted that the president is regularly called a "Nazi" and a "socialist."
"Well, I think that when you listen to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, it's pretty apparent, and it's troublesome, but keep in mind that there have been periods in American history where this kind of vitriol comes out,". "It happens often when you've got an economy that is making people more anxious, and people are feeling like 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."
Limbaugh responded to Mr. Obama's comments in an interview with the Washington Examiner's Byron York. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he contested the president's claims.
"I and most Americans do not believe President Obama is trying to do what's best for the country," said the conservative talk show host. "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."
According to York, Limbaugh argued that his listeners are not feeling anxiety about the state of the economy but rather Mr. Obama's agenda.
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