Bachmann targets Michelle Obama
February 16th, 2011
08:50 AM ET
3 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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  1. Alecia

    I don't see anything wrong with this. The government already pays for families to buy formula (WIC). That stuff costs $20+ a week. A breast pump is a one time purchase.

    February 16, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. nintex

    If Michelle Obama said breathing fresh air was good for you, the right wingers would find fault with it. They just make themselves look more and more stupid, bashing everything the First Lady says. Mrs. Obama comes across as so much more mature and intelligent than these nut cases that rant and rave against anything and everything she says. Ignore them, Mrs. Obama – the country can see that you have our best interests at heart and are trying to improve life for us regular people. Maybe Michele Bachmann can afford a breast pump, but that may not be the case for every mother in America. The right only sees things through their own eyes.

    February 16, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. Marge

    Jesus effen Christ. Will some one show me where Obama has said you MUST eat this way? She is making suggestions about what is and isn't proper nutrition and exercise for kids, just like lots of other people on TV, in magazines and newspaper articles, etc. have been doing for years and years. There are even whole magazines devoted to eating the RIGHT foods and exercise. Let's give subsidies to oil companies and tax breaks to rich peple that don't need it, but let's not give a tax break to people that do the right thing by their child and try to give them a good start in life by buying something that costs 60 + dollars. Bachmann, Ingraham, Palin, the Fox News chicks, all the types of little girls my mom told me not to play with growing up so the nasty wouldn't rub off on me. Thank god for mom. It gives me a chill to think I might of turned out like a cold heartless bitch.

    February 16, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. Casual Citizen

    Oh the humanity!!! To give a tax break for mothering supplies!!!!!!!! Where are we going to!!!!! Where is MY America!!!!

    {by the way, you said the government was going to 'start buying my breast pump' and.......Ms. Obama NEVER said that.....you did, another golden Repug tactic}

    Really? So, becasue we could potencially get a tax break THIS is a problem for her? I thought crazy was going out of fashion for the Republicanknuckleheads? Another bunch of verbal vomit by this women. Falin' Palin Jr.

    And......I see she has a tribe O' children herself, and where is she, this family values party member?

    ANYWHERE but her own house with her "five children I breast fed". Her job and all of her jet setting she must NEVER be around her house. Wow, this party astounds me. Hypocrites until the end.....America is not fooled by the likes of you.

    And, the people who are have an IQ of 14 and live generally south of the Mason-Dixon line.....just sayin' is all. Birds of a feather.......

    February 16, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. JohnnyZ

    Apparently Ms. Bachman and Ms. Palin have no real issues to address. How can they be angry over nursing supplies being tax deductible? Really?

    Perhaps they simply enjoy being angry.

    February 16, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. TheTraveler

    Will the Republicans in this country never stop griping? This is such a non-issue ...

    February 16, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Mrs. Bachmann=Completely unhinged!

    February 16, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. Justin

    Hey Bachmann, which is cheaper... giving a low income single mom a $50 tax break for a breast pump or subsidizing hundreds of dollars in baby formula? What about this, why don't you criticize the lack of job creation and the deficit instead of a suggestion form the first lady that mom's breast feed their kids and that we all eat healthier? You really appear unintelligent when you attack things that everyone considers to be good advice.

    February 16, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Bigge

    Outragous article, she is upset about the First Lady speeching out about childhood nutrition and efforts to promote breast-feeding and the IRS's announcement that nursing supplies that aide in the practice can be deducted from tax returns. What is wrong with helping woman make sure there kids are healthier..

    February 16, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. OnlyHandofdoom

    Bachmann targets Michelle Obama , ' What next ?

    February 16, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. John in Brooklyn

    What an incredible nut case! Breastfeeding has been shown to have incredible physical and psychological benefits to both babies and mothers. Additionally, it is less expensive for most families than purchasing infant formula. Best of all – at least for conservatives – is that it represents a pro-family policy, since breastfeeding requires moms and babies to be in close, caretaking, vacinity to one another much of the time, providing opportunities for more traditional "mothering".

    Does Bachmann so irrationally hate the government (indeed, a government OF THE PEOPLE) that she finds herself maniacally compelled to twist IRS deductions for traditional baby care into some form of neo-Socialism? Look at her face in this photo...I think you have your answer.

    February 16, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. Timus, Powder Springs, GA

    What an ignoramus!!! Since when did it get to be a bad thing to promote wellness? That's one of the ways were are going to get health-care cost down. Getting people to live healthier and take better care of themselves and their families. Sure we can have tort reform(which is only a percent of a percent of healthcare cost in this country) but common sense reform would go a lot farther.

    February 16, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. Mikey

    Is this woman nuts? Medical expenses have been deductable over a certain threshhold for decades. Is she now against tax deductions? Oh, and she should not take on the first lady, who is smarter, much more classy, and a better American that Bachmann is, was, or will ever be.

    February 16, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. David Ewers

    I guess its wrong for the government to give a tax break to mother's who need supplies like a breast pump, but it is alright to give oil companies a tax break when it comes to oil well pumps. The right has not changed at all with the tea party they are just more open with the oil lobbyist views. Shame on them.

    February 16, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. A guy

    Didn't everybody get the memo that this woman is a wacko?

    February 16, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. Tommy Boy

    If that's all she's got, then the right is truly doomed in 2012.

    February 16, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Bachmann is going to attack Obama on this? Doesn't she have something better to do? I can't believe this is something she is going to raise hell over. It is great that women breast feed their children, but knock the IRS and Michelle Obama for encouraging it? That doesn't make any sense to me. People are going to do what they are going to do. Just because there are laws against bank robbery and murder doesn't mean it has stopped. Just because the IRS has allowed deductions for breast pumps and other nursing items doesn't mean that all the women out there are going to breast feed their children.

    February 16, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. Publius13

    If Michelle Obama made a statement supporting motherhood and apple pie, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann would come out against it.

    February 16, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. InTx

    Sarah II??? God Help Us!!

    February 16, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. Mom Concerned for the Future

    Unfortunately, we all expect such idiocy from Bachmann. Allowing breat-feeding mothers to take a tax deduction for their supplies does not amount to a "nanny state." Palin and Bachmann just prefer that Americans be fat and stupid because that's the only way they will get anyone to vote for them.

    February 16, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  21. DougDC

    Bachmann is just plain nuts. If Michelle Obama said that jumping off a cliff was a bad idea. Bachmann would take a running leap. Hey . . . now there's and idea!

    February 16, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. Nevada Person

    Such a sad thing when u have senseless arguments like this, Wow!! Only in America I tell you

    February 16, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  23. Dilbert101

    I would personally like to thank Michelle Bachmann for making Sarah Palin seem smart.

    February 16, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  24. b.rogers

    here we go again. When are we going to hear new ideas? More important, when are WE (Americans) going to start expecting more from both sides. I'm very objective, but the republicans are like festering leeches to our country and we (Americas) have to help them to the brighter side.

    February 16, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  25. Jim

    Ms. Bachmann, stupid people like you shouldn't breed. You've given birth to five children most likely to avoid paying taxes. You Ms. Bachmann are the reason why abortion should always be legal!

    February 16, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
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