Limbaugh vs. Mrs. Obama part two
February 22nd, 2011
04:32 PM ET
4 years ago

Limbaugh vs. Mrs. Obama part two

(CNN) - On his radio show Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh defended comments he made Monday about the first lady's food choices, calling the remarks "highly civil."

On Monday, he criticized Michelle Obama – who has tackled healthy eating as part of her platform – for a dinner of ribs she consumed on a recent visit to Colorado. The outspoken conservative host said it "doesn't look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice."

But on Tuesday's show he expressed surprise at the "grief" he's since received:

"Some people are suggesting that my comments were below the belt," Limbaugh said. "Well, take a look at some pictures. Given where she wears her belts, I mean she wears them high up there around the bust line. Isn't just about everything about her below the belt when you look at the fashion sense she has?"

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.


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soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. TEE

    Rush is like school on sundays...NO CLASS

    February 22, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Being civil and being accurate are very different. Mrs. Obama having ribs is not a bad thing- eating 20 would be, eating them and an entire chocolate cake would be. But as part of a sensiblt meal and done occasionally , there is nothing wrong with eat a rib or two.
    His commenting on it however civil, is petty.

    February 22, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    The point he seems to forget is, why make a comment at all? Maybe, in his little cartoon world, its ok to make jabs at the First lady, since we all know he's just an enertainer. However, since he has demonstrated yet again that he has no self-control at all, perhaps he should just keep quiet, or stick to making fun of the handicapped, or preparing yet another divorce settlement.

    February 22, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Kerstin

    What kind of jab is that? Grasping at straws there, Rush?

    February 22, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. mabel floyd

    look at him-does this fat bozo look like he would be in favor of healthy eating? these people are a joke as anyone worth listening to with any degree of seriousness. they are for potato chips instead of apples-they are for bottle feeding instead of breast feeding-they are for gun rights instead of protecting people against the crazies "right" to own unlimited guns and clips of bullets worthy of a combat solider in active combat. they are for giving tax breaks for the rich and against health care for americans. they are for the 10 commandments for the school room.but against improving the schools in hard scoence/ they are for democracy in egypt and lybia -they are against free people to have unions and have collective bargaining.
    and these are the people who claim to be not only christian, but for freedom and democracy.

    February 22, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Bill

    Put a cork in it fatboy. Of course, he is incapable of discussing a meaningful topic, so he picks on people's waistlines. This is too rich.

    February 22, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Rick in Phx

    Way to show class as usual Rush. By the way Rush, Palin and Bachmann, There is a huge difference between "TELLING" people to do something and "ENCOURAGING" people to do something. For instance, Rush go to the 12 step program and, I'm not "ENCOURAGING" you. Cause you obviously um... Well lets just say you still seem to have a problem

    February 22, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Enrique

    Limbaugh, Palin, and Bachmann couldn't be any more petty. Have they nothing else better to do than to argue with Michelle Obama over the benefits of healthy eating? Really?? Obesity is an epidemic in this country. It's a big reason why our health care costs are so high. Since the three stooges and the Republican ilk are opposed to any meaningful solutions to solving our health care crisis, you would think that they would embrace a campaign to reduce obesity.

    February 22, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. mar

    This guy makes me sick. I am even embaressed reading his comments. This is an insult to all women.

    February 22, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Consider This...

    Why have the American people given this scumbag a voice. Seriously, the likes of this man is beneath us.

    February 22, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Robert Cloosdoosch

    and where do you wear your belt, Rush? You bloated hypocrite.

    February 22, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Inmyopinion

    My problem with this fight over obesity is the failure of Mrs. Obama and others to address the probability that many parents will take the fight against obesity to the level of obsession, thus making themselves and their children sick. Let's be truthful, we've always had a huge medical problem with anorexia, bulimia, eating disorders in our country, including Hollywood stars and models. I fear this obsession will drive kids, adults over the edge to the point of starving themselves to death or just to bare bones or having to visit the shrink for the rest of their lives. At no point do I ever hear Mrs. Obama and others instruct people to do this in moderation and under the advice of their licensed physician or registered dietician as everyone has different food needs.

    February 22, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Connie in Tn.

    It's amazing how some good advice can get so much flak from the ReThugs.

    February 22, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Tulsa

    How low does someone have to be to go after the First Lady.
    I'm a Democrat, but Barb Bush and her daughter in law are not in elected office, and they both did good works for the people of this country.
    Why bash the First Lady? Face it, Limbaugh is just a mean and hate-filled wind bag.
    Yes, there are plenty of folks on the progressive side of the political spectrum who should learn manners too, but C'mon man, is this all he's got? attacking someone for trying to do good works?
    And as for those who say "don't tell me what to eat!", GROW UP!
    She's putting the truth out there, if you don't like it, don't listen. No one is making you eat or not eat anything. What a bunch of jr. high nonsense.

    February 22, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. rs

    fatman Limbaugh needs his own diet, and to mind his own bloody business. When his waiste looks like either of the Obama's he can pontificate all he wants. Gas bag!

    February 22, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. Gentle Critic

    Limbaugh, with his double-chin, Droopy Dog jowls and whose belly protrudes further than Mrs. O's buttocks is not in the position to be casting aspersions on others.

    February 22, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. AEK

    Bottom line...how low will the right actually stoop to discredit everything and anything the Obamas are trying, or will try to do, to change things for the better in our country? I guess we've seen the answer to that question from Ms. Palin, Ms. Bachmann and the leader of the Republican party, Rush Limbaugh. These people always talk of liberals being afraid of the likes of Palin and Beck, but a better question is, why is the right so afraid of Michelle Obama? We all know the REAL reason don't we? Otherwise, these inappropriate and vicious attacks on a sitting First Lady would not be happening. Think about it, people. Are these representatives of the Republican Party really the people we want in positions of power in our country?

    February 22, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. The City On a Shining Hill

    The First Lady is to be commended for wanting American children and adults to lose weight and eat healthy. It is our unhealthy western diet, high in sugar, saturated fat and refined flour, that is behind our nation's biggest killers, including heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.

    Of course, eating a healthy diet herself takes discipline, even for the president. Ribs, beef and pork are typical foods African Americans and adult men consume, and enjoy. Best to chose lean chicken and fish that is low in fat and cholesterol content.

    Eating a diet high in fiber, low sugar and fat, and with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and foods that are unprocessed, and keeping the weight at the lowest range for one's height and age, along with daily aerobic exercise that gets the heart beating at 130 beats a minute, such as fast treadmill running or jogging, adds ten years to one's life!

    February 22, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. sine

    He is by far poorest excuse for a human being. We are trying to teach young kids about anti-bullying but yet here goes a full grown adult (or whatever he is) yapping about people's clothes..weight etc.. I can understand if he had a legitimate policy issue, but it's very clear that he has nothing of value to bring to any discussion (especially when it comes to obesity). You sir, are nothing but an overly paid bully!

    February 22, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. VirginiaDare

    Obviously the concept of "everything in moderation" escapes Mr. Limbaugh, as does common courtesy and respect. Just some of the reasons educated people don't take him seriously.

    February 22, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. The City On a Shining Hill

    AEK-

    This is not a liberal/conservative issue at all. Mr. Limbaugh himself has had a weight problem for years. Conservatives are guilty of gluttony, just as liberals are!

    It is a discipline problem.

    In fact, look at our nation's past presidents and First Ladies. As I recall seeing Mr. Nixon and Mr. Kennedy in photos from the early 60's, they were real lean! And, Pat and Jacklyn were too.

    February 22, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. JD

    Take a good look at both Rush and the First Lady. Then take an honest guess, without any partisan bias, as to who eats healthier most of the time. Rush is convinced he knows everything, however I feel he is unqualified to give nutritional advice.

    February 22, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. TM

    Rush, you are the LAST person who should be critical of someone else's weight or diet.

    February 22, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. nintex

    I know a lot of people are tired of CNN's constant stories about Palin, Bachmann, and now Limbauagh, but I think that by CNN airing these articles, people will finally get a true picture of what these nutjobs are really about. I thought Bachmann's "nanny state" crack was the epitome of stupidity, and then along came Rush's nonsense about Mrs. Obama's waistline. I notice that more and more republicans are voicing concern about how their party is coming across to normal people. Now if the tea baggers could just figure out that there is nothing of any substance in all this hot air except hate and bigotry, maybe they too would see the light. One can only hope. . . . .

    February 22, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. davec.0121

    Being criticized about weight and food choices by Rush Limbaugh is like being called ugly by an aardvark. And Rush Limbaugh talking about fashon sense is kind of like the captain of the Titanic talking about maritime safety.
    Mrs. Obama is taking the lead in trying to educate people about proper nutritional (not 'nutritionary') choices, not trying to coerce them into making them. But then, I can see, given Rush's background and intellectual gravitas, how he would fail to understand the concept of education.

    February 22, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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