White House: Obama vs. Limbaugh Debate “Unlikely”

By Danny

Mar 5, 2009 10:46am

ABC News’ David Chalian reports: If you were already preparing to set your DVR to record the big Obama vs. Limbaugh debate, you may want to put down the remote.  To nobody’s surprise, we got our first official word from the White House this morning that it is unlikely President Obama will accept Mr. Limbaugh’s invitation. "Well, it’s an interesting invitation," said White House Domestic Policy Adviser Melody Barnes in an interview with NBC’s "Today" show.  "I think that Rush Limbaugh does not represent the rest of the American people and the president.  We have to succeed," Barnes added in response Limbaugh’s desire to see President Obama fail in enacting his policy proposals. When pressed again on whether President Obama — the leader of the free world with the biggest megaphone — will take up Limbaugh’s offer, Ms. Barnes let out a burst of laughter.  "Well, I think it’s probably unlikely, but we look forward to hearing more from Mr. Limbaugh and from others as we continue to address these problems," she said. Republicans appear to be growing tired of the Obama administration and its allies’ efforts to keep Rush Limbaugh center stage.  House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) took to the op-ed page of the Washington Post today to urge an end to the diversionary tactic. However, if Democrats and Limbaugh both see a strategic advantage in keeping it up, the food fight may not relent anytime soon.

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