Bachmann targets Michelle Obama
February 16th, 2011
08:50 AM ET
4 years ago

Bachmann targets Michelle Obama

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Michele Bachmann, a potential Republican presidential candidate, is taking issue with Michelle Obama over the first lady's recent promotion of breast-feeding.

Speaking to conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham Tuesday, the Minnesota Republican said Obama's efforts to promote breast-feeding and the IRS's announcement that nursing supplies that aide in the practice can be deducted from tax returns amounts to a "new definition [of] the nanny state."

"This is very consistent with where the hard left is coming from," Bachmann told Ingraham. "For them, government is the answer to every problem."

"I've given birth to five babies and I breast fed every single one of these babies," she added. "To think that government has to go out and buy my breast pump for my babies? You wanna talk about the nanny state, I think you just got a new definition."

The comments come on the heels of Obama's recent contention that breast-feeding can play a key role in reducing childhood obesity.

"We also want to focus on the important touch points in a child's life. And what we're learning now is that early intervention is key. Breastfeeding. Kids who are breastfed longer have a lower tendency to be obese," Obama told a group of reporters last week, according to Politics Daily.

"Breastfeeding is a very personal choice for every woman," Kristina Schake, a spokeswoman for Obama, later said. "We are trying to make it easier for those who choose to do it."

It's not the first time Obama has faced ire from the right when it comes to childhood nutrition. Sarah Palin told Ingraham last fall that "the first lady cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat."


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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. melissa

    This is another example of politicians being on their high-horse without knowing anything about the real middle class. I am incharge of our maternity department. I see parents making bad choices everyday–toddles drinking pop and fatty or sugary "food". We are baby friendly and do eveything possible to promote healthy choices for families. We also help new mother's "earn" baby supplies by making healthy choices throughout pregnancy and after. Encouraging mother's to continue breastfeeding while going back to work or school would certainly be offensive to the GOP–Palin-Bauchman 2-12=Dumb and Dumber

    February 16, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Cybersport

    Bachmann as usual is twisting the facts around to support a right-wing agenda.... Providing an OPTIONAL support system to women considering breastfeeding is great.

    Bachmann just can't deal with the fact that an African-American is the President

    February 16, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. Ronda

    Rep. Michele Bachmann is another Palin. Idiot to the core, and disappointment to American women. The way many Americans bring up their kids is deplorable – she is living in that privileged class and has no idea what common Americans live & feel like. Please don't speak for us. I would rather trust Michelle Obama or even Barbara Bush.

    February 16, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. iroshi

    "Sarah Palin told Ingraham last fall that 'the first lady cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat.'" Michelle Obama citing a study that could help families prevent childhood obesity. If all parents could be trusted to make these decisions without guidance, we wouldn't have childhood obesity. Nor would fast food restaurants be the dining of choice for so many. What a ridiculous "tempest in a teapot."

    February 16, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. TTBALA

    This woman and Sarah Palin bring shame and dishonor to this country, Conservitives and Republicans, have your standards gone so low that this kind of nuts represent you, shame.

    February 16, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. kierthos

    Bachmann, you ignorant fool. If the government was mandating that women must breast feed, you might have a point. This is a tax deduction.

    Geez, woman, I know you like the sound of your own voice, but really....

    February 16, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Luis Martin

    Does the congresswoman not have other important issues to deal with such as passing a spending bill? What a waste of time, that's all the GOP knows how to do. Talk trash & waste time.

    February 16, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. jeff ehrlich

    Trusting parents to make nutritional choices for their children has led to the incredible high incidence of obesity today!!!!

    February 16, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Bob from Pittsburgh

    Obviously Michele Bachmann has not had a good look at her state where poor people live in worst conditions that a low third world country, education nutrition and health services are far behind Haiti or any African country, she must think is OK..
    I was shocked to see the deplorable way some American live, with high infant mortality and poor nutrition, “” in the richest country in the world”” < I bet she goes to church, and she is pro life. After they born I guess Michele Bachmann thinks they are on their own, then they can die, but not before delivery..

    February 16, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Danny

    How does the Republican party manage to find all these anti-woman women?

    February 16, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. GreenBean

    Breastfeeding is great! But, I don't think the financial incentive through tax-breaks is going to get more people on board. Women choose not to breastfeed because of the inconvenience. Maybe Mrs. Obama should have suggested that the government supply every breastfeeding mom with a wet-nurse to pick up the slack. Let's hear it for more boobies!

    February 16, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. BGN

    I think we have more important things to focus on.....the debt, the environment, illegal immigration, etc. etc. Everyone knows breast feeding is good for babies in a lot of ways...LET'S MOVE ON.

    February 16, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. n

    Really, come on! A nanny state. What a complete fool, who would even listen to this stupid woman. Its a TAX BREAK and they have to turn it into control and spin it. I think it is great. If it incourages women to breastfeed it is wonderful!!

    February 16, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Kevin

    I don't understand why this representative is making such a big deal about this? There are countless benefits for an infant to breastfeed and many of the supplies for parents to aid in this are quite expensive. All that Mrs. Obama is commenting on is the fact that parents can deduct these expenses, she's not expressing the government should pay for these supplies. I don't see any problem with Mrs. Obama's comments.

    February 16, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. dtny

    The government isn't stating you must breastfeed, they are giving you incentive to do something that benefits children. This women is a nut job. Who in God's name gave this women a pulpit to preach her insane ideas?

    February 16, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. Tom

    I'm confused why she is so upset. The government is making this easier by giving a tax break, and no longer calling breast pumps "feeding supplies" (what is a child, an animal?) - This issue though, shows the roots of the IRS's problems – getting involved in every detail of our lives with a complex code. The solution, at least to remedy that, is the fair tax – a set sales tax for everyone, and no income tax.

    February 16, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. Peter Pan

    The far right championed by Bachmann and Palin can not see any thing good done by the Obamas. They have the right to say what they like but can not offer any solution to any thing. It is sad that the country has be so divided for political reasons.

    February 16, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. Mom of 3

    The taxpayers can just pay for WIC instead.

    February 16, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. MiddleOfTheRoad

    Attack........attack.........attack. Palin, Bachmann, Pawlenty, Angle, Trump. When are the real conservatives of this country going to stand up and say these people don't represent anything good about America?

    February 16, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. Patriot

    Well Sarah and Michelle....parents HAVE been making the decisions on their kids' diet and in the past 25 years look where it has taken us-record numbers of children who are obese and vulnerable to further health issues as a result. Not only a bad thing for children and their families–but also putting strain on and increasing the cost of all of our health care. Is that not a national issue? What's wrong with the White House showing a little leadership in the area by suggesting better alternatives? What's wrong with you people?

    February 16, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Anne-Florida

    No matter what the Obama's say or do, Repubs will have negative comments about them. Just once, I would like to see them have something to say about the US.

    February 16, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Peggy - TX

    Another GOP boop vying to get Big $ from the haters by slamming President Obama and the First lady. Former half/term Governor Palin made millions doing such and now everyone and their neighbors are trying to get in on the action. The GOP just continues to get more and more ridiculous ... is there no depth to where these money grabbing politicians will stoop, evidently helping working mothers breast feed is a bad thing, even through it does not cost much, helps the economy, and goes far in helping secure the health of the next generation and keeping long term medical cost down.

    I am going to guess that Congress women Backmann never had to decide between buying a breast pump or groceries and never had a job making close to minimum wage.

    February 16, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. swin

    I remember when there was an issue with air bags being a danger to small children. The government response was to recommend that small children be placed in the back seat – right, I have a pickup truck. However, I remember what my brother said at the time – 'Now they're (the government) telling us where we have to sit in our own cars. Bachmann is absolutely right about this and I'm glad it was a woman who called the First Lady to task on this. This is almost the definition of a liberal fanatic – every time they see a problem their immediate response is that there needs to be a law and that government needs to do something. And if there is no problem, then they go to the extreme of creating one, as in the case of Al Gore and global warming. It seems like the real issue here is that these people are so insecure in their own lives
    that they feel not just the urge, but almost an obsession, to keep telling other people how to live their lives. A conservative wants to live their life a certain way – a liberal wants to live their life a certain way AND wants to force you to do likewise.

    February 16, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. Larry C Wilson

    So Bachman breast-fed but doesn't think other moms should be encouraged to do so?

    February 16, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. POD

    Much Ado About Nothing......William Shakespeare

    February 16, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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