Rush Limbaugh suggests first lady is overweight

Limbaugh compares first lady to Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover models

Topics: Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Obama, War Room,

Rush Limbaugh suggests first lady is overweightFILE - In this Jan 18, 2009, file photo, talk show host Rush Limbaugh is interviewed on the sidelines before the start of the NFL AFC championship football game in Pittsburgh. Limbaugh's mocking of the Chinese language during a recent speech made by Chinese President Hu Jintao has stirred a backlash among Asian-American lawmakers at the state and federal level. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)(Credit: AP)

Conservative pundits have been smearing Michelle Obama with aplomb this past week. First there was Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government blog, which called the first lady fat in a political cartoon. Then Michele Bachmann picked a fight over breast-feeding, of all things. Now? Back to the “fat” thing, apparently.

Rush Limbaugh took time out of his Monday broadcast to let his listeners know:

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.

This in response to Obama’s high-profile initiative to rein in obesity in America — to get people to eat “cardboard and tofu,” as he put it. What’s more, Rush did a little bit of calorie counting.

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.

Peter Finocchiaro is a senior editor at Salon. Follow him on Twitter @PLFino.

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