Beck said first that the economy is in flames, and that Julius Caesar (aka Barack Obama) is in the White House. He followed that by saying Michelle was "dolled up" in her Peter Soronen creation, and asked listeners if they saw her picture on the Drudge Report with its headline, "Sex in the City."
"She looks positively like she's trying to be some Greek statue," he said. "I don't think I've ever seen the first lady with her, excuse the expression, but with her breasts all smushed up. What is that? Did you even see that picture? I mean that, that's . . . what is that?"
Beck then called the look "bizarre," and his sidekick laughed. And sniggered. And giggled.
Tee-hee-hee. Boobs. What is this? Seventh-grade talk radio? Click play below for audio of the segment:
Before the conservative firebrand condemns Michelle Obama again for inappropriate dress, he should study a few former first ladies and their revealing bodices.
Let's start with one of the most beloved first ladies in history -- Dolley Madison -- who enjoyed displaying her zingers. She was married, by the way, to James, one of the Founding Fathers that Beck often quotes.
As Kate Roberts Edenborg wrote in "Seeking a Voice: Images of Race and Gender in the 19th Century Press," Dolley revealed "more cleavage than many thought proper for the wife of a leading government official." Even the White House's website calls Dolley "buxom." Tsk, tsk, White House historians. Glenn Beck will be calling you out next.
It's a good thing Beck lives in the "Sex and the City" age and not back in the corset-happy antebellum South. He might have fainted if he saw smushed-up southern belles like Scarlett O'Hara every day. Here's a word of advice, Glenn: Stay away from burlesque shows, too. Burlesque dancers like stiff undergarments that push up everything.
Beck would have cried outrage over Frances Cleveland, wife of Grover. First, she was 21 when she married her 49-year-old husband while he served in the White House. Second, one portrait shows the revealing décolletage of Frances' soft, flowing beige dress. But she was married to a Democrat. Maybe that was to be expected.
But there's Republican Mamie Eisenhower. Her pink inaugural dress featured a plunging neckline that showed more skin than Michelle's blue dress that got Beck all in a tizzy.
Beck must have forgotten about Nancy Reagan's inaugural dress in 1981. Nancy wore a white one-shoulder sheath lace dress over silk satin designed by James Galanos. A close examination of the picture reveals, wait, could that be just a tiny hint of cleavage?
No, no, no. Nancy, a former Hollywood starlet, certainly wasn't going for sexy at age 60. After all, she added white evening gloves to her ensemble to cover part of her arms. The other first ladies probably didn't give one iota of thought to looking radiant either. It's only confident, beautiful, 40-something Michelle Obama with the to-die-for biceps who has ever thought about looking sexy, whether in stunning strapless gold or Greek goddess blue.
It's just a little odd -- wait, just plain weird -- that one of the right's leading voices is giggling about boobs and dresses. What does Beck do on the weekends? Invite his friends over for slumber parties and sneak peeks at Victoria Secret catalogues? Is this possibly a case of arrested development? My diagnosis: yes.
Media Matters for America called Beck's remarks a "sexist attack." It wasn't. It was just stupid. The biggest boob in all of this? Glenn Beck.
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