American conservatives aren't really comfortable with the notion of educated and outspoken women - even when its their own educated and outspoken women. Oh, they will cheer on the occasional Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann, but when it comes time to pick a presidential nominee they will fall back to the safety of a pasty white male from a privileged background.
And they expect Presidential wives to stand a few feet behind their husbands and nod appreciatively at his every word, a la Pat Nixon. About the only Republican to ever speak her mind on anything was Nancy Reagan with her not-so-practical advice to America's youth to "just say no" to drugs. But Nancy, of course, was married to God, so she could be afforded the courtesy of uttering the occasional banal remark.
Michelle Obama has taken on childhood obesity as her signature cause, and that has set the right-wing fringe to howling. The President's wife recently said that breastfeeding was a good way to get a child off to a healthy start - and Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, both of whom have a personal history with breast feeding, went nuts - well, nuttier than usual for those two. How dare the President's wife say anything about anything! She wasn't elected to any political office, so how dare she express an opinion! And, if Ms. Obama said it, it must therefore be wrong and a key element of some sneaky liberal agenda!
But the real idiocy flowered today when Rush Limbaugh went after the First Lady. He noted that she had been observed somewhere eating ribs and was therefore some sort of junk food junkie herself. And then he went on to imply that Michelle Obama has a weight problem.
Rushbag, Michelle Obama is the hottest First Lady in our nation's history, and also one of the brightest. And your implication that she has a weight issue is completely laughable. My guess is that your comments made her day. After all, how often does one get to be called fat by a drug-addled pork chop!
Kudos to Mike Huckabee for recognizing the importance of the First Lady's work toward the elimination of childhood obesity. Huckabee has successfully fought the battle of the bulge and knows the importance of developing good nutritional habits. Rush, however, didn't get that memo.