Limbaugh vs. Mrs. Obama part two
February 22nd, 2011
04:32 PM ET
11 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. Joe800 this what Rush Douchebagh worries about?..this is the substance of his musings?..god..I've only listened long enough on a handful of imposed occasions (taxis/airport shuttle etc) but in those instances his failure to grasp the facts of the topic or even a rudimentary understanding of world affairs was blatantly apparent...his popularity is a frightening comment on americans...

    February 22, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  2. Kim

    Michelle Obama isn't forcing anyone to eat anything, merely promoting healthy eating for children...only people who hate everything the Obamas do or say could criticize that. If she were promoting literacy, Palin, Rush, et al would say, "How dare she tell us to teach our kids to read!"

    February 22, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. Charlie from the North


    You are a big fat idiot. I already hated you and everything you stand for. You have surpassed even your slimy self by attacking Mrs. Obama. I can't think of anything else to add because the internet is forever and some day my kids might read what I am writing here let's just say that I am thinking some really nasty things but mom always said if you can't think of something nice to say don't say anything so here is what I think of Rush Limbaugh:

    " !" you can quote me on that.

    February 22, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. TheAlaskaCurmudgeon

    Few things as inadvertently ironic as Rush Limbaugh commenting on other people's eating choices. I wonder what he thinks of Oxycontin users.

    February 22, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. Nunya

    Mrs. Obama has been very clear from the start that choosing to have a healthy diet does not mean you never eat ribs or hamburgers. In fact, she has said exactly the opposite – that you can have *anything* occasionally as long as you don't do it too often. So rather than being a "hypocrite" and not following "her own nutritionary, dietary advice" as Rush accuses, instead it turns out she is following precisely what she has been teaching.

    Rush also is following his own claims to the letter – as he has said before, he is an entertainer, not a journalist. And he has been quite successful in catching the attention of a whole lot of you with this most recent stunt.

    February 22, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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