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.

Filed under: Michelle Obama • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Apparently Rush has never found a mirror large enough to look in when he's calling people fat..."

    hehe...more like he and the rest of the GOP/conservatives/Teatards spend life trying to interpolate reality by observing it in a fun house mirror.

    February 22, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. MiddleOfTheRoad

    Rush Limbaugh doesn't bother me. I just can't understand how anyone can listen to him. Those are the people that need help. This multi-millionaire pied piper is stealing your money. Do some fact checking....think for yourself.

    February 22, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. Sheila Drake

    Isn't it nice that we have free speech. Too bad Rush Limbaugh pollutes it by just being an ignorant radio clown. He is the most awful man in America pushing Archie Bunker stinking thinking. Rush needs to wake up and stop fantasizing that racism is in.

    February 22, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. rob

    Why are they on her for actually taking a stand against a real issue facing our country. Really take a look at the children in our country and then compare them to the Europe. Our youth are all sizes but every healthcare professional knows the trend this country is taking. College students taking nutrition classes know it and parents, wither you want to believe it or not, know kids these days are suffering more weight problems as a general society than they did 20yrs ago. This is a lady who is an adult and can choose what she eats. Kids eat what their PARENTS give them. Feed them crap and we see the results.

    February 22, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. Maggie Lee

    So she was eating ribs – so what? Where's the beef industry on this? Beef in moderation is fine! How does he keep that nice, svelte figure of his? Tofu and been sprouts – I think not!!! He is a pathetic excuse for an individual!

    February 22, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. NameEllie

    Why are we even surprised by what this FAT PILL-POPPING LUMP OF LARD is saying?

    I mean honestly, look at the source. This loser hides behind a 4×6 room talking into a microphone!!! No one cares what this drug addict has to say.

    February 22, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. The unsub

    Rush has made himself irrelevant with this comment. At least before he had some semblance of discourse, but going after the first lady is toddler-lite.

    February 22, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. Alex Santana

    Do you ever notice that all Rush Limberger has to say is to criticize someone else? This man doesn't have a creative thing to offer, and the only way that fat head can get any notice is to say stupid things. He is "that neighbor", you know, the blowhard of the neighborhood that when you see him coming down the street, you run and hide! If you are painting your fence white, he will say, why not blue? He is the guy who has the "better" way to do everything. He is the fat kid in class who uses humor or criticism to defray focus on him. Rush is a sad person, and he of all people with his drug problems and many wives, has NO room to criticize anyone. Michelle and the girls were on a little vacation, give them a break...moderation is always the way to go ..what an ignorant man and those who follow him...oh yea...DITTO!

    February 22, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. johnRJ08

    The man is a pig, in all meanings of the term.

    February 22, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. anthony

    Way to keep it classy Rush. Im glad politician's families are now considered fair game (according to the Right). Ne it, Michelle has kept her mouth shut and hasnt bothered to reply (stoop to their levels) says waaay more about their family then these nut jobs on the right and the venom and hate they continue to spew...

    February 22, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. CBR

    Day two of Rush Limbaugh is two days too many. I do not understand why his view is important at all. People who are involved in nutrition will tell you to use moderation/ A dinner out is an opportunity to eat something you would not ordinarily eat. Short ribs were served in households of moderate means and today they are restaurant fare.

    It is time to put an end to the rhetoric of all who show a complete lack of respect for everyone including the POTUS. People want to go back to the fifties but what they don't remember is people were respectful of the President Once the election ended you showed respect to the winner. Those who tell us that we have no morals or family values are the same people who are using their microphone to put down those who do not agree with them.

    I have no desire to limit free speech but I also do not wish to see these people quoted every day. They are receiving attention because they are paid for their rude remarks and outrageous descriptions of people around them. They have a following and those in their group speak and act in much the same way. Just take a look at what comments are made from people from all over the country and from many different backgrounds. It is their intent to shock the listener or reader.

    February 22, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. willie floyd

    Thankfully I've never listened to this moron. 1. He never criticized other first ladies because they were all white. 2. Knows nothing about fashion-ever heard of "empire" waistlines? You folks who support RL sound as though you don't care if your children develope juvenile diabetes or heart conditions, so feed them whatever you choose. Mrs. Obama has more class in a fingernail than most of these idiots!

    February 22, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. Not fooled

    First Lady Michelle Obama is an intelligent woman. Rush is the opposite.

    February 22, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. kyle

    That fat pig has the nerve to mention weight?

    February 22, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. Brandon V. in DFW

    How can you call someone a hypocrite or accuse them of being hypocritical when they have been consistent with what they have said and done.

    The first lady has said that people need to eat healthy (that is quite true), but she has consistently said it is more about people having "options", and access to healthier foods. She has "NEVER" said that people should only eat healthy foods. She has said 'that she works to provide healthier meals for her family but there is always room indulgences', like a pizza ever now and then, or ribs once in a while.

    People evidently hear what they want to hear, and what they don't like they ignore.

    February 22, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. Will

    Excuse me Mr Linbaugh... But you DON'T TALK ABOUT A MAN'S WIFE or HIS FAMILY... That is not a very smart thing to do... You do realize this is the President of the United States' wife you are talking about Right? You're pathetic..

    February 22, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. Not fooled

    Rush Limbaugh
    Sarah Palin
    Michele Bachmann
    Andrew Breitbart
    Now tell me , how worried do you think she is about this bunch? I don't think she is losing any sleep.

    February 22, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Gregory

    Are you kidding? Mrs. Obama is in great health/shape. She can treat herself every now and then. Like any of us watching our health, it's okay to have a treat. This is not a religion. I will bet the family farn she works out regularly and usually eats a well-balanced and weight/health meals/snacks. Rush–move on. This conversation is beyond you.

    February 22, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. ddj

    My, what a stud he thinks he is, although they spell that a funny way, "STUB"!!! He has obviously never taken a good, long look in a mirror, because he is certainly nothing to write home about, yet he has the gall to criticize Mrs. Obama. He is a totally nauseating!!

    February 22, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. mm

    This guy is totally without class. And those of you out there that listen to him ....... really? This is what you want to hear??!!!!

    February 22, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. MB Seattle

    Picking on the First Lady. The far right has reached a new low. More druhg induced ramblings.

    Who sponsers this guys radio program. Maybe if they would talk to him about this deal of getting on the First Lady. Bad manners paid for by bad companies? Let's talk about that.

    February 22, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. KK

    Rush, I think you should think seriously about doing something you've never done before-SHUT YOUR MOUTH!

    February 22, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. Gary

    The entertainment act is over. Rush is just grasping for straws, because he and his hater ilk are on the way out. People are getting tired of these fanatics making millions dividing the people of this nation.

    February 22, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. Zosimoff

    I find it very interesting that it was a dinner of braised short ribs that Rush has chosen to make an issue out of. Clearly he's playing up the meal of ribs to subtlly get in a jab at Mrs. Obama on a African American stereotype level. I'm sure he'd counter that he has many close friends who are black. Of course he's probably empolying them as housekeeps and cooks. He's a disgusting human being! Only in America could a worthless sack of spare parts, with no original or meaningful ideas of his own become such a wealty man. People like him and the 'ditto-heads' who made that windbag their spokesman bring shame to our nation.

    February 22, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. argee

    Rush needs to practice what he preaches...lose a lot of weight, cut out the oxycontin, and remain married to one woman (Not one woman at a time). Seriously, can't we put a moratorium on reporting his inane comments for at least a month?

    February 22, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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