Limbaugh takes aim at Michelle Obama's waistline
February 21st, 2011
03:12 PM ET
12 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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soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    "Why is it that when the far right make themselves look like fools it is somehow a liberal conspiracy?"

    Because the far right are a bunch of self-righteous fools who can't stand being held accountable for their own actions. I mean, take a look at the "religion" so many of them subscribe to: A warped view of Christianity by which they interpret that because they claim to be "saved," they can engage in all kinds of reprehensible behavior and it's somehow OK.

    These people are nothing but a bunch of losers who don't have the stones to live a good, decent, ethical, honest life. When their failings are made public, they rationalize and play the victim.


    February 21, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. KC

    Here is a very fat man commenting on another person's waistline. Here is hypocritical drug addict who said drug addicts should be sent down the river, who used his (hispanic?) maid to buy his drugs for him. Here is a man who has only a high school education thinking that he has the right to say ANYTHING to anyone about complex issues. Rush Limbaugh is an uneducated bully whose success came about for the same reason bullies are popular in their own circles.

    February 21, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. ol cranky

    This is effin ridiculous! first, the WH is criticized for serving junk food at a Super Bowl party and now this? Please, it's not like the Obamas live on deep fried foods, fast food and sugar all the time. A healthy diet & lifestyle means your diet is nutritionally sound over all and that you're getting a decent amount of exercise on a regular basis, not that all you eat is bean sprouts and low fat granola.

    February 21, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Jilli

    For such a wealthy man Mr. Limbaugh sure has a miserable soul. What's next rush, griping because the sky is blue...AGAIN.

    I think I'd shoot myself after listening to an hour of this miserable clown. Lighten up Rush, life is good – especially yours, conning people and making millions with your noxious personality – who could ask for more, right?

    February 21, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Dawn

    The difference is, Limbaugh isn't telling anyone how to eat.

    February 21, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Jesse

    Criticism like this coming from a man that made himself deaf because he took too much hillbilly heroin – thanks for the laugh Rushbo.

    February 21, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. CEL1

    a drug addict has no room to talk about anyone for any reason. this one loves to deny any wrong doing while pointing the finger at someone else. I think it's tim for another invesitgation into Rush.

    February 21, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Greg

    Rush, pick on someone your own age. And maybe marry one your own age, too. You're nothing more than a pre-pubescent teen caught in a fat, balding body.

    February 21, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. azmary

    @Phillip-James It sounds like you are against having a healthy pool of young people able to serve this country if the need arises. Did you even listen to what the military brass said about the problem of unhealthy, fat, young people who are unfit to serve? What are we supposed to do, give accelerated citizenship to kids from Mexico who are physically fit to serve? You know how that Dream Act thing sits with the Right Wing.

    February 21, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Another Republican showing how classy he is!

    February 21, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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