Food Fight – Rush Limbaugh Mocks First Lady

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Rush Limbaugh, conservative entertainer, was openly mocking Michelle Obama and her anti-obesity campaign over her choice of dinner while vacationing with her family.

Her choice: Ribs with 1,500 calories \ 141 grams of fat.

His statement: "...Michelle My Belle is out there saying if you eat the roots and tree bark and the berries and all this cardboard stuff you will live longer, be healthier and you won't be obese. Okay, fine, show us."

Mr. Limbaugh went on to compare Michelle Obama to swimsuit models and seemed to be stating that women need to look a certain way in order to be dated by celebrity athletes.

This is another attack on the First Lady's food policy. Sarah Palin, political TV celebrity, mocked the idea that breastfeeding children leads to lower obesity. Mrs. Palin compared the idea of breastfeeding to imposing a "nanny state" on mothers.

Nothing is more natural than breastfeeding. It's what humans and many animals are made to do. Mocking it for political whimsy borders on the ridiculous.

Mocking an entire food movement because the First Lady had ribs on vacation is nothing more than name calling in full public view.

Even Michael Pollan has probably eaten a greasy cheeseburger, fries and followed it with an ice cream sundae in his life. We can be healthy in our everyday life, while not being enslaved to any particular mentality.

The implication that women can only be seen as valued through their level of "dateability" would border on offensive even a century ago. Finally, the notion from Mr. Limbaugh that organic food is "cardboard" is a dated jab at a flourishing industry where many Americans maintain their livelihood.


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