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.


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  1. ThinkAgain

    "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."

    Mrs. Obama NEVER said we should eat roots, berries, and tree bark – that's just the way an imbecile like Limbaugh regurgitates her words to feed to his audience of unthinking idiots.

    BTW, if a Progressive talk radio personality had made fun of Nancy Reagan's obvious anorexia, Barbara Bush's fondness for fats or Laura Bush's nearly non-existent lips, Limbaugh would have had a coronary ... if only he would ...

    February 21, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Manuel

    I'm really tired of hearing this pos call people a "hypocrite"...look in the mirror Rush, you POS drug addict

    February 21, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. smithie12

    as a health professional(physician), it is obvious that our children are more "obese" than in generations past !!! for someone like limbaugh(who clearly eats more than his fair share of calories) to deride efforts to make our children healthier is stupid and cynical !!! tell me, what has this drug addict done for America's youth ???
    p.s. the answer is NOTHING !!!

    February 21, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Mrs. Obama is not overweight; unlike you, Blubber Belly.

    February 21, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. tj

    Rush of all people shouldn't be dogging the First Lady about waistlines.. I wonder how long it's been since he's been able to see his own junk? Besides we all know sista's have a little more booty than skinny crackers like Ann Coulter.

    February 21, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Born Again, not Born Yesterday

    Limboob must be really desperate to criticize Michelle Obama for enjoying some ribs. A healthy diet is a life choice, not a life sentence. Besides, what would Mr. Yo-Yo Weight Drug Abuser know about healthy anything?

    February 21, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Me

    "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.

    Yeah, but you don't follow any dietary advice. And you are a fat slop. Here, Have a nice tall glass of STFU!
    I'm serving it all day

    February 21, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. rteye

    What do Rush's comments on her eating a short rib have to do with improving the diet of children? Nothing. Rush is merely sniping to bad-mouth someone who is trying to help our country. I feel he just hates anyone who disagrees with any of his positions, making them fair game for hyperbole and untruths.

    February 21, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Obama is, always will be my President

    ""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." Hey Lump of Lard you do not look like any one Mrs. Obama might date in the night in the dark, can not see at all, your big fat jawl would get in the way.

    February 21, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. oceanbear

    Limbaugh degrading someone else for being fat. That is really the pot calling the kettle black! If that's the worse you have Rush it's pretty petty. You'll be discussing bathroom habits next. Bottom line; get something news worthy.

    February 21, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Margaret

    First Lady's efforts regarding obesity reduction hit a little too close to home Rush?

    February 21, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. annie s

    The vitriol from these conservatives has now reached complete idiocy. The First Lady, in promoting healthy eating to curtail childhood obesity, has never said people should ONLY eat "fruits and berries and tree bark".but instead has been clear that food that is "bad for you" should be eaten in moderation. Mr. Limbaugh should understand this – if his mother had promoted healthy eating habits maybe he wouldn't look like a little Porky Pig today.

    February 21, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. James

    You should turn Michelle on to your Oxycontin dealer. It's the only kind of "diet" you understand. Otherwise, how are the little Ditto Heads expected to learn from your shining example, leader Rush?

    February 21, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. William

    I fail to see how the "Lortab Lardo" can criticize anyone else's health habits considering his health record.

    February 21, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Senor

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! Don't think Rush has turned down too many helpings of ribs. But then when you are suppose to be the poster boy for obesity, I guess you take your shots when you can.

    February 21, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Realistic

    Rush talking about weight? His diets of pills and extra-indulegence of other womens panties has not helped him trim down either and just maybe he could follow the first ladies advise of dieting. This is person that needs 3 people to help him button his pants due to his gut is talking about someone eles's figure? We all know now why he lost part of hearing, the bull he spews out finally was to much for his ear drums to take. Though many republican men are jelous of him in some ways. He has the ability to shut off his wifes babbling about his cheating ways with a simple turn of a knob and poof, he hears nothing though he shakes his head like he is listening to her. I also know that his wife breaks out in a cold sweat everytime he leaves the house because she know its not if he is going to cheat but when. So when he leaves she gets the cold sweat because she is thinking, is today the day? However, when he comes home and sees her all in sweat, his first thought is, is he cheating? And second why is she so sweaty? Her cover up story is that she is excercising so he thinks she is very fit. And why would Michelle Obama want to be a some magazine that Rush jerks off to?

    February 21, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. tired

    This guy is pathetic. Taking aim at FLOTUS is a low blow.

    February 21, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Jacklean Davis

    This is the pot calling the kettle black. It sounds like Rush is jealous of the First Lady of the United States. I can understand women being involved in a "CAT FIGHT", but Rush apparently needed to add his two cent to help out Palin and Bachmann's stupidty.

    February 21, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. PhilipJames

    Do not twist all of this... Michelle Obama promotes breast feeding, so do Sarah and Bachmann... it is the tax break for breast pumps that then gets the government involved in pushing it.. in addition to Michelle's pushing of restrictions on what people can eat or want to eat that is the problem... everyone wants kids to be healthy... the question here is how involved does the government get in pushing restrictions on choice? That is the argument, not this ginned up stuff that the media is trying to portray.
    Get the argument right media... then give us you liberal biased opinion so we can deal with that.

    February 21, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Jay

    Only in a world this twisted could an animal like Limbaugh be allowed to have a platform to spew his baloney to people too stupid to know he's garbage. (I'm sorry, calling Limbaugh an animal is an insult to animals).

    And you have any right to speak? You fat drug addict? Please have a heart attack and leave this planet you lower than manure worth of a human.

    February 21, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. once upon a horse

    Limbaugh along with Palin and Bachmann are pretty pathetic if this is all they can do is make fun of the FLOTUS becuase she's trying to have our youth be more healthy. The three of them alone look like a heart attack about to happen to me. The far right has no answers for unemployment or fixing the economy so they try to divert to such crap as this. Instead of supporting someone addressing the health of our future, they poke fun at it. PATHETIC!!

    February 21, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. Tired of the nonsense

    Limbaugh is as stupid as Sarah Palin.

    Eating healthy doesn't mean you can't have ribs once in a while. Or hamburgers or hotdogs or a banana split.

    And Limbaugh looks like he eats out the buffet at his local Golden Corral anyway. The guy is a fat, blubbering slob. He wouldn't know a healthy diet if it was forcefed to him.

    February 21, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. Jon

    Really? You're overweight and want to talk about someones eating habits? #chile please & *blank stare*

    February 21, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Dan

    Seriously? The big ole' fat guy is going to call out Mrs. Obama for daring to eat a single meal that's unhealthy? Let's see how your waistline holds up piggly boy. Politics in this country is just sad. Find anything and everything possible about someone across the aisle so you can bash them. Doesn't matter if it is important in any way, or even if you're right. Just so long as you find something negative to say. If you run out of things to say about the actual politicians, just attack their families. Class acts, all of them.

    February 21, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    I think Limbaugh is jealous of Michelle Obama. She's happily married (what number wife are you on, Rush?), she's a wonderful mom (I think Rush probably had a witch for a mom, the way he so obviously dislikes women), she's physically fit (Rush practically has a coronary getting out of bed) and she's actually doing something for the country (as opposed to Rush who makes millions catering to people's most base, immature, unproductive traits, spreading fear, hatred, lies and division).

    That's it, folks: Rush is just another jerk willing to shoot off his mouth. How freakin' pathetic is that?

    February 21, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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