Limbaugh takes aim at Michelle Obama's waistline
February 21st, 2011
03:12 PM ET
11 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. The Real Tom Paine

    @PhilipJames: there is nothing to twist, except what your ilk are doing. Everything she says and does has been used as an endoresement of the " nanny state" or something equally absurd, and those comments are coming from those who think its great that Alaska sends a check to everyone simply for being a resident to share in oil profits many have done nothing to earn( Sarah Palin endorsed this peculiar form of welfare, and even doubled the check in the short time she was governor). She is not pushing restrictions, she is urging people to make good choices( historically, she's using what Theodore Roosevelt called " the bully pulpit" : bully in 1900, meant good). Would you have objected to Laura Bush's campaign on literacy as forcing kids to read in defiance of their parrents? Would you have objected to Nancy Reagan's " Just Say No " campaign because it limited personal freedom? This is not "liberal-biased opinion", but common sense, something that deserts the conservatives whenever they hear the word "Obama" attached to anything.

    February 21, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. jbird

    The ribs to black connection is racist enough of him. But Mr Gluttony/One Morsel From a Coronary, has no room to talk.

    February 21, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. PalmReader

    Whenever an article of Limbaugh surfaces, Dante's Infernal comes to mind . . . biggest question is which of Dante's Circles best fits Limbaugh's brand of ugliness?

    February 21, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    I'd like to see Limbaugh ski. I'm sure he can't, but he'd probabley talk endlessley about how good he is at it over scotch and cigars.

    February 21, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Kris

    First, how does Rush Limbaugh have the nerve to talk about anyone's diet? That guy looks like he ate 3 or 4 of the poor people he hates so much. Second, it is called moderation Rush, another thing you'd know nothing about. It's okay for a healthy active person to splurge on some ribs now and then.

    February 21, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Steve Reynolds

    Well I guess Mr. Limbaugh is perfect all of the time. I guess his issue with prescription drugs never really happened, it was all a liberal plot....

    February 21, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Rick in AZ

    It seems incredible that a Fat, Impotent Drug Addict can give advice on anything!!

    February 21, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. BobH


    Okay, fair enough. If breast-feeding leads to lower levels of obesity, and they lead to lower levels of Medicare and Medicaid payouts, then giving tax breaks for breast pumps is simply good fiscal sense. Plus it is a tax reduction, which I thought conservatives favored. And how is a tax break a restriction choice? When we give tax breaks to rich people and oil companies, is that also a restriction of free choice? Or are tax breaks great for the richest of the rich, but an attack on choice when we give them to poor moms?

    February 21, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. cevans, texas

    I hope the FOOL read these comments!! He is lower than a pregnant ANT!!

    February 21, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Independent Voter

    this is way over the line. Right disgusts me.

    February 21, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Bobby Frank-Dallas TX

    What an Idiot! She has made it very clear that it is a lifestyle change that needs to be made in children that will pay off when they grow up. We all love the things we can't have but it is pretty un-realistic to say "you must never eat another Rib in your lifetime". I would rather say that it is very important to eat healthy as much as possible but you can be bad every once in a while. Get off her back are way too heavy!

    February 21, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. charles

    Drug adict, food industry propagandist who can say anything for money. If cable companys were giving extra choices, people would not be listening or watching these fulls.

    February 21, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Trevor

    How is this even news?
    Who cares about either of these people?

    February 21, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. keeth in cali

    Limbaugh, Palin, Bachmann = petty, vapid, arrogant, ignorant, hypocritical (and so are their followers).

    February 21, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. ljjm

    The Mid East is in meltdown, our country is still reeling from a major recession, cities and states are ready to declare bankruptcy...and Rush wants to talk about the ribs Mrs. Obama ate for dinner. Give me a break! CNN, quit giving that idiot space and time to spew his venom.

    February 21, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. CalmDown

    You can eat ribs once in awhile if you're eating vegetables and fish most of the time. The big fat guy who loses weight by buying make-me-go-real-fast pills from his housekeeper? Not credible on this issue, folks. And nutritionary is not a word.

    February 21, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Rsprings

    If you are going to open your mouth, be careful what you put in it. Everyone is watching.

    February 21, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. John

    What an idiot! Can Limbaugh get any more petty and obnoxious? Probably! But he just keeps trying to out-do himself! My God... the First Lady's a human being... imagine that!

    February 21, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Neither The First Lady or the reccommendations for healthy living say to cut out everything. They say moderate and excercise. Rush is there anything you comment on that you research first?
    I know Palin and and the conservatives Women of the Tongue don't , but i would think your staff woudl give you some facts to spout over the air.
    Or is it a black woman eating ribs and not the calories you are making fun of? Your stereo-typing bigotry is legendary.

    February 21, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Philip James: " is the tax break for breast pumps that then gets the government involved in pushing it..."

    But a government that provides financial incentives to companies to get them to do something is OK, right? Of how about the mortgage interest we get to deduct from our taxes; that's the government "pushing" us to buy houses; that's OK?

    Basically, if the government incentivizes a company to do something to make money, it's OK; for the government to incentivize women to breast feed, which studies have proven better infant health which in the long run lowers medical costs – that's somehow bad?

    You're about as smart as Limbaugh ....

    February 21, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. badcyclist

    Rush's favorite meal is raw meat with an oxycontin chaser. What a moron.

    Besides, advocating healthier eating doesn't mean nothing but tofu. I try to eat healthy foods, but I love ribs and pie, too– moderation in all things.

    And that is Rush's problem– he doesn't know the meaning of the word "moderate."

    February 21, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. gretchen

    fr sandy lester:

    >Interesting we have a fat First Lady and she lectures us on eating correctly YET eats high calorie high fat food and feeds that to her daughters. She is a hypocrite.<

    Not at all true. If you think that First Lady Obama is "fat", then I suggest that you have your eyes checked. She is NOT "fat", nor is the rest of her family. If you think she's "fat", then I hate to think what you'd see Twiggy, a lovely British model from the 1960's, as.

    February 21, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Bert in UT

    The right must be getting really desperate. They can't find real issues, so they have to attack the first lady over encouraging people to eat well??? Keep it up rush, sarah and michele. You are maintaining conservatives' image wonderfully..

    February 21, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Michelle my belle

    Dr. Dean Edell, the radio doctor, used to say his dieting advice was to eat what you want, but do so in moderation. Poor daily dietary habits without exercise contribute to obesity. Occasional dinner "splurges" accompanied by a regular exercise regime keep dining from being boring.
    Michelle Obama has obviously learned that lesson; Mr. Limbaugh obviosuly has not.

    February 21, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Squiggs

    These ignorant conservatives just dont get it. Michelle Obama can havea rib dinner every now and then because she exercises and is not overweight. That fat ass Limbaugh should not eat a rib dinner because he is usually overweight and is a drug addict which means he has addiction issues. The Republicans want American kids to stay overweight and unhealthty at the same time they're trying to take away their healthcare. Typical Republican B--t. Any fool knows that if you're not overweight you can make more allowances when you eat than someone who is overweight. These morons on the right only exist because there are bigger moronic Americans who listen to and believe these pitiful numbskulls

    February 21, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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