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. Bill

    Goes to show you that Limbaugh has nothing constructive or intelligent to offer in regards to the real issues. Limbaugh, why don't you go back to hitting the crack pipe. The First Lady has more class and education in her pinky toe than you have anywhere within your 60 inch waist line.

    February 22, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. sheri Meckler

    As usual Limbaugh does not know the facts. The fact is Mrs. Obama said one should eat in moderation. Occasional ribs
    or ice cream is okay. And from looking at her, she practices what she preaches. And looking at Limbaugh, a little moderation wouldn't hurt him.

    February 22, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. lstro

    What a worthless peace of crap this poor excuse of a man is. It's almost as if you have to be classless to be a Republican in this day and age. What a long list of losers.

    February 22, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. Tam

    Rush talking about fashion sense?! He has no sense of any kind.

    February 22, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. Larry King

    Mr. Limbaugh is the worst of the worst, the ugliest ugly, the boil on the boil. He doesn't deserve to be on the same planet with the graceful Mrs. Obama.

    February 22, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. carol

    You are what you eat! My money is on Mrs.Obama in this battle!

    February 22, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. Zanth

    First ladies always talk about stuff like literacy and health. To start attacking any first lady is to politicize the routine. I don't know what conservatism has to offer if it doesn't advocate something as basic as respect for the wife of the Presidient of the United States.

    February 22, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. nintex

    Freedom of speech notwithstanding, I've always personally thought Rush Limbaugh should be in jail for the treasonous things he says. He must really hate America when he says he wants the President to fail and then goes on to spew all the lies he says about the first family. How about a little positive cooperation, Rush; it would make you look a lot better to the normal people in the country!

    February 22, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. FactCheck

    Between Ann Coulter, Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh, you right wingers must be so proud.

    February 22, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  10. OJ

    What is wrong with this guy? Time for him to "Rush" off!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 22, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. Zenith

    Rush has a right to say and think what he wants. So do all of his supporters. I, however, do not want to pay for all of the health-related ills that come from people who insist on abusing their bodies and believe that when someone promotes healthy eating and living, they are doing something wrong or are dictating. You can eat whatever you want, but if you show up at the hospital with a disease which is directly related to an unhealthy lifestyle and without insurance, NO ONE else's money should have to pay for it- which is NOT what currently happens. As it exists right now, the taxpayers fund healthcare for many irresponsibility people by having to either pay for very high insurance premiums or the money that funds government health programs/ hospital costs when people are uninsured.

    I also think that health insurance companies, to a certain extent, should have a sliding scale premium rate that is dependent on how healthy one is. If you are in excellent health, because you chose to live in moderation and are in a normal weight and BMI range, you would pay much less than someone who chose to live in gluttony and is morbidly obese without a valid medical reason.
    In addition, physicians should NOT be obligated to treat you unless you can pay- up front. Isn't that, after all, a Republican idea? Total self-reliance and personal responsibility?

    February 22, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. mane

    Can someone be kind enough to list his sponsors? I don't need to patronize companies that williy-nilly support this hater.

    February 22, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. Jeff Campbell

    Let's se.... a morbidly obese man chiding others for a little extra weight....

    February 22, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. mypitts2

    I'm no fan of Limbaugh, and don't agree with his apparent premise that Michelle Obama has said we can NEVER eat ribs or any food like that. But I don't find his comments to be anywhere near crossing the line. I think it's in-bounds criticism to point out the food choices of a public figure who says we need to eat healthier.

    The Breitbart cartoon was more offensive. But the silly part is that the conservatives are opposing Democrats on a public health issue consistently cited by doctors and health care professionals: We as a country have an obesity problem - including Mr. Limbaugh himself - and it's not good for our children.

    February 22, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Republicans, time to get yourselves a new voice. This guy has ruined your party already and now may have killed it completely. It's absolutely your fault for supporting this pig so blindly for so long. Now you pay for his stupidity.

    February 22, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. daisy

    If she did consume that high-calorie, high-fat, high-cholesterol meal, Mrs. Obama is entitled to a dietary splurge once in a while, I guess. But I'm curious: Has she gained weight since moving to the White House? Someone commented that Barbara Bush's size was never talked about when she was First Lady. My question is: Did Barbara Bush take on healthy eating as a cause? If she did, then she could be called a hypocrite in the same vein. Did she?

    February 22, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. jo an

    Why do we give Rush any time??? He did not earn it or deserve it. This says more about the media than about Rush or The First Lady....the media stirs up trouble....

    February 22, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |

    WHAT NERVE, this bloated pile of lard is criticizing our First Lady. Look in the mirror you massive, pill popper Your fat butt should be in jail for Dr. shopping for pills.. People in big fat glass houses...... Ignore the hate and bigotry from the right wing nuts, Michelle. You look great!!!!!!! Keep up the awesome work Obama 2012

    February 22, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. S Poboril

    Limbaugh, Palin, Bauchmann are an embarrassment for conservatives because they fly a conservative flag but really are just sensationalists for attention and the lining of their pockets.

    February 22, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. CEL1

    past time for Fat Boy to get off drugs and get himself clean. Once he is perfect, then he can criticize others. "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone."

    February 22, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  21. Oy Vey Az

    Isn't this the pot calling the kettle ...

    February 22, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. NVa Native

    How disgusting that a piece of feculent puss like Limbaugh can feel safe spewing such disgusting and disrespectful comments about our First Lady of the United States.
    The only thing worse are the anti-American maggots that live among us who support and worship this totally un-patriotic social parasite.

    February 22, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. Judas

    As it was with Hillary Clinton when she was FLOTUS, the same non-stop juvenile attacks are now being directed at Michelle Obama. Palin, Bachmann and Limbaugh, among others, take their cheap shots wherever and whenever they can. Apparently they’re all threatened by intelligent, well educated, compassionate women that desire to make selfless positive contributions to their country. I suppose they’d have more respect for Mrs. Obama if she were more like them; phony, vacuous, narcissistic, money-sucking media wh0res, whose entire careers are based on ignorance, hate, lies, manipulation and shameless non-stop self promotion.

    February 22, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. Brian from Washington

    Isn't it peculiar how Mrs. Obama hasn't responded. Class will show.

    February 22, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. Brian

    Is he serious right now? I'm sure Michelle would have no problem with someone eating a rack of ribs...but she also would want them to go out and run or play basketball or something else to help offset the calories they consumed.

    She is about getting healthy, you can be healthy and eat crappy food every once and a while. Yesterday I had a slice of cake, today I ate chinese take out...I've lost 20 lbs since the beginning of the year because I am working 3-4 times a week now and making better decisions.

    Being "fit" does not mean "dieting"....remember, Michael Phelps consumes like 5,000 calories a day.

    February 22, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
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