Despite all the problems that we have in our world today, Rush Limbaugh used his radio show to attack First Lady Michelle Obama for eating ribs while on a ski trip, “She is a hypocrite. Leaders are supposed to be leaders. If we’re supposed to go out and eat nothing — if we’re supposed to eat roots, and berries and tree bark and so show us how. And if it’s supposed to make us fit, if it’s supposed to make us healthier, show us how.”
Here is the audio from Media Matters:
Limbaugh said, “I’m sure you’re aware that nutritionist-at-large Michelle Obama is urging, demanding, advocating, requiring what everybody can and can’t eat. She is demanding that everybody basically eat cardboard and tofu. No calories, no fat, no nothing — gotta stop obesity. Except as in the case of all leftists, that’s true for you, but not for them.”
He continued, and exposed that gasp, Michelle Obama ate some ribs last weekend, “Michelle My Belle, minus the husband, took the kids out to Vail on a ski vacation, and they were spotted eating and they were feasting on ribs, ribs that were 1,575 calories per serving with 141 grams of fat per serving. Now I’m sure some of you members of the new castrati: “This is typical of what you do Mr. Limbaugh, you take an isolated, once in a lifetime experience, and try to say that she’s a hypocrite.” She is a hypocrite. Leaders are supposed to be leaders. If we’re supposed to go out and eat nothing — if we’re supposed to eat roots, and berries and tree bark and so show us how. And if it’s supposed to make us fit, if it’s supposed to make us healthier, show us how.”
Limbaugh followed this by calling Michelle Obama a hypocrite, “The problem is — and dare I say this — it doesn’t look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice. And then we hear that she’s out eating ribs at 1,500 calories a serving with 141 grams of fat per serving, yeah it does — what do you mean, what do I mean?”
Later he concluded his attack with, “Haven’t seen any evidence here if that advice is being followed that it works, that’s all. It’s just, look it folks, leaders lead. They can sit up there, they demand we do this and demand we do this and demand we do that, but show us. Poor kids are living in food deserts, parents are unemployed, kids got no place to go other than the mall, hang around for scraps at the Orange Julius place, maybe get some papaya juice out there, and then they hear about Michelle My Belle and the kids 1,500 calories per rib serving — 141 grams of fat, I’m just saying. Mom and dad unemployed, kids in the food court hoping for some drips of papaya juice and there they are eating ribs, skiing in Vail.”
Michelle Obama’s obesity campaign is about child, not adult obesity, so the right wing talking point that the First Lady is telling Americans what to eat is a total lie. Children should be told what to eat by their parents. What Mrs. Obama is trying to do is educate parents so that they can make better food choices for their children. This is about creating better educated food consumers, which is something that America desperately needs.
As the First Lady pointed out in a recent interview with CBS News the message of the campaign is balance, not eating roots, berries, and tree bark as Limbaugh claimed. According to CBS, “The first lady, who celebrates the first anniversary of her “Let’s Move!” campaign on Wednesday, said she tells daughters Malia and Sasha that if they eat vegetables at every meal they’ll “still be OK” when they’re downing pizza and ice cream with friends on the weekend.”
Her argument is that fast food should not become an everyday meal for kids, “The problem is when that fun stuff becomes the habit. And I think that’s what’s happened in our culture. Fast food has become the everyday meal.” According to the First Lady, it’s okay to have ribs as long as you balance it out with sensible eating. Michele Obama would be a hypocrite is she was allowing her daughters to eat fast food daily, but since that isn’t the truth, the right has to blow up every time that she eats a French fry so that it appears to be an act of high hypocrisy.
Please remind me. When did the idea that our 10 year old children shouldn’t be obese and diabetic become a controversial issue in the United States? Are we so locked into being a fast food culture that McDonalds must defended against the idea that children should eat more fruits and vegetables? 1 in 8 Americans go hungry every day. To me, this is more important than the fact that Michelle Obama ate a couple of ribs last weekend.
With his little rant today, Rush Limbaugh illustrated just how hopelessly detached from reality conservative America has become.