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Rush Limbaugh criticizes First Lady Michelle Obama's weight, nutritional campaign [Updated]

Not to put too fine a point on it, but Rush Limbaugh is talking smack about First Lady Michelle Obama's weight? Rush Limbaugh? And Michelle "you-can-cut-glass-with-my-chiseled-biceps" Obama?

As you well know, Michelle Obama has been taking plenty of criticism from the right for her nutritional campaign to encourage kids to move more and eat healthier fare. Joining her in the campaign is retail giant Wal-Mart, which recently announced it would begin reducing the sodium and fat in many of its prepared foods.

Listen to the audio, above, as Limbaugh ridicules Michelle Obama's healthy-eating campaign, flat out calls her a "hypocrite." On one hand, Limbaugh said, she is encouraging children to get healthy and eat "roots, berries, and tree bark" but was recently seen enjoying a high-calorie meal of fatty ribs.

The conservative radio talk show host took it further when he wondered whether Michelle Obama was even following her own words of wisdom, and remarked that she couldn't stack up against the women in the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
"The problem is, and dare I say this, it doesn't look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice...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."

So, what do you think? I especially want to hear from the dittoheads (are they still called that?). Do you think Limbaugh went too far with his comments? Or do you chalk this up to the liberal media's favorite pastime: Criticizing Rush.

But more importantly, do you think Michelle Obama is a hypocrite?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. And then, let's wait for the next turn in this story: The media peppering President Obama for his reaction. (Should the president challenge Limbaugh to join him on the White House lawn for a fist fight to defend his wife's honor.)

[Updated at 10:02 a.m.: Limbaugh defends his attack on Michelle Obama as "highly civil", via Media Matters]

Want to read more on this? Here are a few more stories you'll find on the Web:

--Eater: Rush Limbaugh calls Michelle Obama a big, fat hypocrite

--CNN: Rush Limbaugh takes aim at Michelle Obama's waistline

--Huffington Post: Rush Limbaugh: Michelle Obama 'doesn't look like' she eats healthy foods

--Rene Lynch

Video via Media Matters

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This is one of the most bloated, egotistical, lying morons in the press (also a bloated up druggie and hypocrite). I am tired of this fat_____*** thing making ignorant comments. Rush Limbaugh needs to find a gym because his ticker is going to give (hopefully) if he doesn't lose 150 lbs himself!

Who cares what Rush "fat ass pill popping" Limbaugh has to say. He's a freaking crack head.

For most of his career limbaugh was twice the size of M. Obama and a common drug addict ,as well as the ultimate hypocrite, " a title he still maintains" ! If you want to see a over weight cow, look up some of his previous wives, he is currently on number four or maybe its five? As a douch-bag he is without equal, a true "waste of skin", in every sense of the phrase. Finally, who cares what he has to say, his opinions and insights are as relevent and important as those of the drug dealers he does business with!!!

It is obvious that Barack Obama does not have control of the C.I.A., because if he did, Limbaugh would just be a footnote in history by now.

Why would anybody listen to this guy. His attitude is what's wrong w/ this country. I can't believe ANYONE cares what his opinion is...

A "Fat Bastard" saying Michelle Obama's waistline is too big?

carla is an idiot

Look in the mirror Limbaugh. You are messed up!

I think Rush should hush and take an oxycontin. or maybe we should take them cuz he is such a pain.. he is very unkind and mean spirited. but i believe in karma and the chicken will come home to roost..
soon i hope..

Gee, I live in Tokyo, where there are zillions of trim people, but I don't find Mrs. Obama especially portly. Mr. Limbaugh, however, certainly looks like he overeats on a daily basis and has been for decades. It's a bit cheeky to call attention to someone's weight while you yourself are such a visibly obvious ...uh...fatty.

I am proud of Mrs. Obama. She has style, grace, class and is usually tastefully dressed. On occasion, she indeed looks like a million dollars.

Doesn't Mr. Limbaugh have better things to do?

Gee, I live in Tokyo, where there are zillions of trim people, but I don't find Mrs. Obama especially portly. Mr. Limbaugh, however, certainly looks like he overeats on a daily basis and has been for decades. It's a bit cheeky to call attention to someone's weight while you yourself are such a visibly obvious ...uh...fatty.

I am proud of Mrs. Obama. She has style, grace, class and is usually tastefully dressed. On occasion, she indeed looks like a million dollars.

Doesn't Mr. Limbaugh have better things to do?

You disrespectful , arrogant man! Have you looked at yourself lately? You breed hate and ignorance and show your lack of class. You are offensive to so many people. But you keep your mouth going with hateful remarks.....your claim to fame? I personally am against anything you stand for. And it seems many others are too. Maybe you should seek help for all the issues YOU have. Thank god her children and family have more intelligence than you do, so that if they ever read the crap you write, they will now the source they are dealing with. Get a life Rush and try doing something positive for a change........

How can Rush make comments about the first lady ? How is he staying so slim...Is he back on Crack ? Or is he still popping pills ? It amazing how a creep like Rush still remains on the Air. I wonder if I could keep my position on my job if I had been caught ordering illegal drugs through the mail. He should be in jail ! Only in America !

Why are you people getting mad that Michelle Obama is trying to get America's youth healthier? Are you even listening to what she is saying? She is not trying to tell people to stop letting their kids go trick-or-treating or never let them get some pizza for dinner. Her issue is when that is all that happens and you have a 5-year-old who weighs 150 pounds. It is all about self-control, which kids do not have and parents have the responsibility to regulate. Unfortunately, not all parents get that and she is creating awareness for them. We are a horribly unhealthy country and I don't understand how you can give someone flack for trying to fix the issue. As for maybe chowing down on some ribs one night, I think Michelle deserves a little occasional self-indulgence just like everyone else.

As for her weight, she looks beautiful and healthy. I respect her because she looks and acts like a REAL woman. There is nothing wrong with her body.

Limbaugh and his right-wing extremist will take any opportunity to bash Democrats, in particular the Obamas. He has totally ignored that Mrs. Obama is trying to get our young people eat healthy and excercise. Obesity is major health problem, as Rush should recognize, in our country. Eating junk food on a daily basis as opposed to treating yourself every now and then is not being hypocritical. Mrs. Obama has the body of a real woman. I don't think she ever intended that every female should wear a size 1. These sexist, racist tactics will backfire.

More power to him... Maybe Charlie Sheen can travel with her an tell the kids to stay off drugs...Love the double standard our media has

Poor Rush, he is still trying to compensate for the bullies making fun of him for being a fat sissy in school.

Yes, I definitely think Ms. Obama is a total hypocrite in this area.

Dotto heads should be renamed Pudding Heads to memorialize what resides between their ears. For God's sake think for yourself!

This is ridiculous. I'm sick of liberals jumping at every chance to criticize conservatives. I was simply showing how she is going against her own instruction, eating food filled with calories while dictating what everyone else should eat. Not once did he call her fat.

Rush Limbaugh's criticism is justified in finding out that M. Obama is a hypocrite, & heroic of him to let us know.

The Oblama's hypocrites? No Way ! ! My goodness just because she was in Vail eating ribs. Just because they want us to tighten our belts and live within our means and not go to Vegas, while they travel to places like Vail, Hawaii and France doesn't mean their hypocrites. Although, I would like the LA Times to run a side by side pic of Opaha and Michelle from behind to compare the difference.

Obama is simply advocating for HEALTHIER eating and living habits. Limbaugh irrationally interprets that to be "tofu and tree bark," while in reality she doesn't want people to eat fast food twice a day and is simply advocating to make better choices. He is also suggesting that each one of the Obama's had their own serving of ribs, so each one got the calories from them. But if you're splitting them 3 or 4 ways its only about 400 calories a person with 35 grams of fat. Nothing outrageous. He's only telling one side of the story, and besides, Obama never said indulging once in a while was bad.

Michelle Obama is no hypocrite, she is only wanting healthier options for our youth and wanting them to be more active. The only hypocrites are those conservatives who say she is wrong for promoting this healthier lifestyle. Because these would be the same who would be complaining about having our tax dollars paying for medicaid to treat these youth , now adults, who are obese and hypertensive.

I believe the main point is the hypocrisy of the Obamas. They eat what they please at whatever cost and presume to tell others how to live their lives. Whether its the crusade for nutrition while Barack still smokes or telling Corporate America they make too much money while they take Air Force One to a play in NY, never has there been bigger hypocrites in the White House. in 2 years when the King & Queen get the boot you will see the emphasis go from " a life of service" to a "life of speeches" ala Bill Clinton.

Rush Limbaugh is a Right-Wing Racist fat SOB. End of discussion!!!

Carla- You think Mrs. Obama needs to lose 75lbs??? How the heck much do you think she weighs? I would guess as tall as she is, she weighs may be 150-155. Unless she weighs close to 200lbs which she doesn't, losing 75lbs would make her skin and bones.

Rush on the other hand could probably lose over 100lbs and still be obese. I would guess his weight to be well over 300lbs.

Why are liberals so BLIND DEAF AND DUMB? They can't see what is going on , I guess they can't hear what is going on and they are not smart enough to figure it all out.

oh no. thats terrible.

Limbaugh has a point on the top of his head - for him to accuse anyone else of being fat when he is the proverbial tub of lard is laughable - he should learn to keep his also fat mouth shut - Michelle Obama is not known for being a model or a beauty queen but a normal healthy woman and normal/healthy is not what can be said about Rush.

Hey rush, are you just upset because she stole your ribs? Is he a blowhard? Well, no he isn't. First amendment people. Is she a hypocrit? No, maybe she had a shake for breakfast and a shake for lunch. Hey ribs are a sensible dinner. Keep it up rush, but please keep it on a topic that america needs right now. Budget, foreign policy, immigration, or labor.

Before you start making fun of Michele Obama look at yourself in the mirror.You should go on the biggest loser.At least Michele exercises and trys to eat right.You look like your ready to give birth to a six pack.
I personally am sick of your big mouth.You make me gag.

Michelle Obama is no doubt a self-righteous hypocrite, she needs to loose about 75 pounds herself. But Rush is also out of line when he makes statements implying any woman who is not overweight should look like a Sports Illustrated swim suit model. Most women don't look like that, but they aren't necessarily overweight. I think Rush's priorities show here, and they aren't exactly becoming of a gentleman. Because in this statement, he glares of vapid, shallow, sexist bigotry. So, Rush, from the woman's viewpoint, do you think your looks can compare to a male model? Well, maybe for a Fat Man's shop. So, just because Michelle's a hypocrite, doesn't make Rush right either. In fact, his sexist objectification of women is a downright insult. And I usually agree with Rush on many issues, but in this he really disappoints. But I guess I shouldn't be surprised by something like this from a man who's been married half a dozen times.

Let's tape Rush's mouth shut with duct tape. then, we not only wouldn't have to listen to him, he would lose some weight. What a blowhard!

You go Rush! I totally think th eliberal idiots are wayyy to sensitive. The thing is...the truth hurts. When has freedom of speech become a crime? Rush is only saying what all of us want and need to say. truth is a hypocrite is a hypocrit! if you act like a duck and quack like a duck...you are an idiotic liberal duck! wake up people...we are slowly loosing our rights!

We've known all along that Michelle Obama is not just a hypocrite, but totally arrogant and delusional to boot, to think she has, first of all, the knowledge, and second, the right, to play God to how anyone in this (once upon a time) FREE country eats. It's none of the governments business, and it's none of Michelle Obama's business what I or anyone else ingests into their OWN body. And, of course, being the hypocrite she is, she's going to eat anything she d--n well pleases. She lives on tubs of caviar and any and all other fattening foods she chooses as she travels aroung the globe, flaunting in our face how much of OUR hard earned money she can throw away at will. And of course her hypocrisy is really displayed in her big A--. Come on, she's big as the side of a barn. I mean, she Gigantic! She's bigger than her husband, and he's no small man. And, of course president Obama lets her do anything she wants, as the poor man is constantly shaking in his boots because he knows she could take him out in a heartbeat. It's just so blatantly obvious that she's determined to take advantage of her position, which is in lieu of her husband's position, as w/o that she would be totally nothing. And unfortunately that includes setting a record for squandering more money than in the history of our entire country. If nothing else, she'll eat us into the poor house.

Let me get this straight. Obama criticizes people for what they eat. Yet she has no problem eating waht she wants when she wants it. Kids are overweight. Kids are not getting proper nutritional meals yet there are programs for kids to get breakfast lunch and dinner. Hmmm. That might be the problem the kids are eating too much then go home and eat more. More KAOS from Obama. Can't wait to vote these people out of office.

Is anyone old enough to remember the Kennedy administration's "Presiden'ts Council on Physical Fitness"? I was in middle school and we went from square dancing to doing sit ups. It was a good idea and thank the Lord there was no Rush Limbaugh to complain about exercising.

I would take Limbaugh more seriously if he stopped drinking, taking Vicodin, smoking fat cigars and lost weight. He's the hyprocrite, complaining that Mrs. Obama doesn't look like a swimsuit model. Rush in a Speedo would make us go blind.

I dont believe Michelle is a hypocrite...I think Rush Limbaugh ought to be ashamed of himself if all he can do is ridicule the First Lady..He is so off base with his smartassacities its embarassing to the white race. I am part indian (american) and he embarrasses me as an american period.

I have to say you are an idiot! Michelle and her daughters are beautiful and certain people are blessed with great genes and can handle higher calories per day. As for her being overweight, look in the mirror. She looks great, and I must say you don't, maybe that's why you criticize. What she does say is accurate, there are a lot of overweight people in our country, and health is important, but I don't think their family qualifies (as overweight). I am 5'8" , weight 125lbs, and eat whatever I want every day (I guess I am also blessed). You are the hypocrite, and maybe even a little envious.

Limbaugh, you are a fat pig yourself. Maybe you don't like what she is saying cause it hits too close to home.

Rush, as always, is full of hot gas. The first lady is merely suggesting that kid eat healthier and get exercise.
There's nothing socialistic about that. There are no government mandates.

Laura Bush suggested kid read more, another good suggestion.

Of course if kid followed Michelle and Laura's suggestions, they would grow up smarter and healthier than today's young adults, and there would be no fat slugs to listen to Rush.

Rush, as usual (99.9% of the time) is right on. In my opinion, Michelle is grasping at a cause to be known for (childhood obesity) at the expense of her daughters. Someday, her husband's not going to be president anymore and she will still have to deal with the psychological harm she has caused them. In announcing her fight against childhool obesity last year, she admitted (again, at her daughters' expense) that their pediatrician had deemed one or both of them borderline obese (I don't see it). How is it in any way beneficial to those you hold most near and dear to announce this medical opinion to the world? Shame on her; she's a hypocrite not for just saying "Eat right while I chow down," but for proclaiming in her speech at the Democratic Convention that her daughters are the first thing she thinks about when she opens her eyes in the morning and the last thing she thinks about when she falls asleep at night. If you love your babies that much, why not stop for a few of those minutes you're thinking about them and consider the real and lasting harm you're causing them?

Why are you using a very old 'fat' photo of Rush while playing audio only? I stopped listening to Rush because he is right, and it only causes me to get mad about all the freedoms and liberties we have lost in the last 40 years.

I think Rush Limbaugh is ridiculous. For sure, he's no expert about eating healthy. Michelle Obama can be a healthy eater and still enjoy an occasional rib dinner with her family. She necessarily educates the fat children who have grown up on McDonalds fare. Rush is splitting hairs and I can only conclude that he doesn't have anything else to criticize. Look at yourself, Rush, and get a life.

I think Rush only said that he thinks Michelle Obama is a hypocrite, not that he isn't fat, which he most definitely is. However, he is completely wrong most of the time. People need to stop labeling everyone as either conservative or liberal and look at the issues and solutions for what they are. What is the point to life if it is not to love one another and build a better world together? If all you people just stopped whining and actually tried to do something like Michelle Obama, the world would be a better place, and no one would have to listen to the rantings of Rush Limbaugh anymore because that is the first thing I would fix if people wouldn't call me a liberal Nazi.

Dont really care what Rush says .......BUT.......maybe she should focus on getting her husband to STOP SMOKING and stop telling us how to be healthy!

It's amazing that the original BIG FAT IDIOT would critizise anyone about weight.As usually the BFI uses hyperole to the absurd, wich appeals to all the braindead ditto-heads. Believe me when I say that this egomaniac is not that stupid. this all a very calculated ruse to influence the REAL Idiots who listen and subscribe to this total nonsense. Come on DITTO HEADS---think for yourself ---PULL YOUR HEAD OUT!!

Hypocrite Yes, Practice what you preach!

Rush is the last person to give diet advise (or drug advise for that matter). Can his body stack against the latest sport phenom today? Boy, he is always looking for something to complain about. He is clueless.

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