Now talk show host Rush Limbaugh is watching Michelle Obama's weight for her -- not that the first lady asked. He says she's a hypocrite for eating ribs and should stick to nuts and berries as part of her healthy eating initiative
Mrs. Obama, on a skiing trip to Colorado this past weekend with daughters Sasha and Malia, enjoyed a meal of ancho chili short ribs, pickled pumpkin salad and kale, the Vail Daily
That was way too much for Limbaugh, who, like fellow conservatives Sarah Palin
and Rep. Michele Bachmann, is on Mrs. Obama's case for her healthy kids/anti-obesity campaign, which some right-wingers see as a sign of a nanny state.
"The problem is, and I dare say this, it doesn't look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice," Limbaugh said Monday on his syndicated radio program. "And then we hear that she's out eating ribs at 1,500 calories a serving and 141 grams of fat per serving."
Limbaugh was just getting warmed up. "She is a hypocrite. Leaders are supposed to lead," he said
. "If we are supposed to go out and eat nothing, if we are supposed to eat roots, berries and tree bark, show us how."
The first lady has won widespread praise for her "Let's Move" campaign to curb obesity by encouraging healthy eating among kids. But she has also taken heat from some who think government has no business telling Americans what and how to eat.
"I'm trying to say 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 [Yankees star] Alex Rodriguez might date every six months, or what have you," Limbaugh concluded.
No word on what Obama thinks about Limbaugh's broadsides or waistline. But from all indications she is happily married and not in the dating market. And she's also thought be a Chicago White Sox fan, so Rodriguez probably wouldn't make her list anyway.
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