Limbaugh takes aim at Michelle Obama's waistline
February 21st, 2011
03:12 PM ET
4 years ago

Limbaugh takes aim at Michelle Obama's waistline

Washington (CNN) - Michelle Obama is taking heat from talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh after a report in the Vail Daily that she consumed a not-so-healthy-meal of ribs for dinner while on a recent visit to the Colorado resort, the latest example of conservative angst directed at the first lady's healthy-eating initiative.

"The problem is, and dare I say this, it doesn't look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice," Limbaugh said Monday on his radio program. "And then we hear that she's out eating ribs at 1,500 calories a serving with 141 grams of fat per serving."

"She is a hypocrite," Limbaugh continued. "Leaders are supposed to be leaders. If we are supposed to go out and eat nothing, if we are supposed to eat roots, berries, and tree bark, show us how."

The Vail Daily reported Sunday Mrs. Obama dined at the restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail Village, ordering "a pickled pumpkin salad with arugula and a braised ancho-chile short rib with hominy wild mushrooms and sautéed kale." The first family, minus the president, went to Colorado for a long weekend of skiing.

"I'm trying to say that our first lady does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue or of a woman Alex Rodriguez might date every six months or what have you," Limbaugh also said Monday.

Limbaugh's comments cap off a week of jabs directed at the first lady over her campaign to fight childhood obesity, taking flak from Rep. Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, among others, for encouraging mothers to breast feed their children as a way to keep obesity levels down.

Mrs. Obama was also the subject of a controversial cartoon last week on conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart's website, in which an over-weight depiction of the first lady is shown telling her husband, "Shut up and pass the bacon!"

A website devoted to Mrs. Obama's anti-obesity effort lays out how the waistlines of American children have been growing at alarming rates over the last 30 years.

"The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake," Mrs. Obama is quoted as saying on the site.


Filed under: Michelle Obama • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. Moderate Sean

    And this "tub of lard" has any room to speak....please! Get a grip Oh Large-One!

    February 21, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. lgny

    "I'm trying to say that our first lady does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue or of a woman Alex Rodriguez might date every six months or what have you,"

    Does that make Limbaugh an MCP oink, oink, oink!

    This whole criticism of Michelle Obama is incredibly stupid.

    February 21, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Stephan

    Utterly shameful. The man has no respect for anyone but himself, his drug dealing doctors and the catered food his new wife probably orders him every night. And he must be feeling pretty low right now, it's his childish way of saying – Hey Mr. President, look at me. I'm making fun of your wife.

    He needs to grow up – obviously he's going growing out covered.

    February 21, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. lynn

    He's just jealous she can eat and keep her figure. He eats and it all goes to his (fat) head.

    February 21, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. dotty salmon

    HA!! he should talk! what an idiot!

    February 21, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    And Limbaugh is what to the diet conscious society?

    February 21, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. sally

    Rush is sure one to talk about waistlines, isn't he? Why are the Republicans so against healthy children and, apparently, in favor of childhood obesity and diabetes?

    February 21, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Robert

    What a laugh. The obese pill popper giving someone else nutrition advice! Ha ha ha!

    February 21, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. Colleen

    what about this porker gives him any room to talk..he is pure vile....

    February 21, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Gary

    He says anything to create controversy b/c him and his hater ilk are fading away..

    February 21, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. nitebreather

    Considering the source this is hilarious! The epitome of obesity, Limbaugh has once again made a fool of himself. he should remove hisbig fat foot from his mouth before talking about ribs.

    NB

    February 21, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. Indie Woman in Denver

    Does this guy really believe the crap he says, or is it just for the ratings? What a jerk.

    February 21, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. Omor57

    Shame how a well intentioned message is distorted by hatred. To the Linbaugh's of this world I say, do not eat healthy, do not feed your children healthy meal just to spite Michelle Obama.

    February 21, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Tony in Maine

    Limbaugh is a big fat idiot.

    February 21, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. gravityspin

    wow! she ate some ribs and doesn't look like a supermodel. This isn't even the bottom of Limbaugh's barrel! At least make an effort to find a way to criticize! ...wow!

    February 21, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. timz

    The Limbaugh alternative: "Shut up and pass the drugs!"

    February 21, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    Anybody else like to see a foot-race between our first lady and Rush?

    You know, differences of opinion don't have to turn into personal attacks. Why is this suddenly ok? And how much longer before "we the people" say enough? We have real problems, and we need real solutions. Hate isn't a solution, it's part of the problem.

    February 21, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Tyler Durden

    Skiing (a healthy aerobic activity) and then stopping for a nuritous meal that happened to include a delicious rib is entirely consistent with her message of physical fitness. All things in moderation, Rush. Sleeping pills... food... exercise... divorces... throwing stones out of glass houses...

    February 21, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Laverne

    This fat clown should just shut up! Michelle Obama did not say you should never ever eat things you enjoy, but obviously if you have a weigt problem, ribs might be a problem, lord knows like it would be for Limbaugh. It is pathetic republicans are attacking Michelle Obama as if they are running for FLOTUS??? (I think Michelle has that gig covered)! She must be doing something right since they have made her the center piece of their hatefulness. Keep going Michelle, don't look back, they want you to get down in the mud where they are.

    February 21, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. sandy

    Rush Limbaugh needs to learn to keep his big, fat mouth shut.... Has he looked in he mirror lately. What a pig!

    February 21, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Alex

    I guess the first lady should just keep her mouth closed and not worry about the children of America's nutrition and health. That way all the children can be big fat blow hards like limbaugh. They can all be hooked on illegal pills and drugs just like him! His family must be so proud of him.

    February 21, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Michael

    Limbaugh is a worthless human being. He makes a lot of money, and yet, he is worthless. If you listen to this guy you have to be incredibly dumb to believe anything he says. He is pathetic.

    February 21, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Jamie from Riverside

    Seriously, honstly, this fat scumbag is calling attention to someone else's waistline?

    February 21, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. JWthiers

    So says the fat drug abusing hypocrite (or is that Hippopotamus?) himself.

    February 21, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. AME

    "I'm trying to say that our first lady does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue or of a woman Alex Rodriguez might date every six months or what have you,"

    So these are women we're supposed to emulate, Rush? I don't think Michelle Obama's point is that we should all look like models; I think she is simply trying to promote a healthier lifestyle for everyone. And, seriously, who doesn't know that it's okay to indulge once in awhile? In fact, that's part of leading a healthier lifestyle–it's called balance.

    February 21, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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