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What does it take for Republicans to take off the flag pin and say, 'I am just too embarrassed to be on this team'?".- Bill Maher

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Weighing In On the Right's Obsession with Michelle Obama's Backside

Ever since Michelle Obama launched her Let's Move! campaign (which attempts to battle childhood obesity), some on the right have predictably criticized the First Lady's eating habits/body weight. The latest to join the attack brigade is Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI). According to a Democratic operative, Sensenbrenner said the following about Michelle Obama:

“she lectures us on eating right while she has a large posterior herself.”

In case you have no idea what Congressman Sensenbrenner looks like, here's a photo of him:

I realize the photo isn't a full body shot, but I doubt he's fielding calls from Playgirl magazine. I mean really... is this guy in any position to talk about someone else's posterior?! According to Sensenbrenner’s press secretary, Sensenbrenner had sent Michelle a personal note and released a statement saying he regretted his “inappropriate comment.”My guess is the only thing he regrets about the comment is that he was busted for making it.

As for "Let's Move!", those on the right calling Michelle Obama a hypocrite because she sometimes eats fatty foods are way off base. The program is about making healthy choices: getting kids to eat better and to become more physically active. Never has she said that kids shouldn't occasionally indulge in their favorite culinary guilty pleasures. Besides, don't these people have better things to do with their time than to nitpick over what Michelle eats?!

It’s been a tradition for the first ladies of the U.S. to take on pet projects/initiatives during their husband’s administrations.  The projects are generally free of controversy; one would have to be out of their mind to find fault with them. For example, one of Laura Bush's pet projects focused on education. The goal was to focus America's attention on recruiting the best talent to the teaching profession and to ensure that kids were ready to read when they enter school. Was this a Communist plot by Laura to indoctrinate young, impressionable minds? Was she trying to tell kids they had to focus all their energies on learning, never to enjoy any recreational time? Hell no on both counts! Laura Bush's efforts regarding our nation's kids were admirable as are Michelle Obama's. This outrage over "Let's Move!" is yet another example of Obama Derangement Syndrome. If Michelle Obama had a suicide prevention initiative, these right-wing clowns would be slitting their wrists out of spite. Hmm... maybe the First Lady should switch initiatives. Just kidding!

To most who are able to view things objectively, Michelle Obama is a beautiful woman who's in terrific shape. Check out those arms! She also was recently part of a group which set a Guinness world record for doing the most jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. Yes, she's got some ass on her. However, I view that as a good thing. I'll bet President Obama likes it too! I can imagine him saying to the First Lady:

"Honey, you can do side bends or sit-ups, but don't you dare lose that boo-tay!!"

It's one thing for out of shape loudmouths like Congressman Sensenbrenner and Rush Limbaugh to criticize Michelle Obama's shape. However, what I find really disappointing is when women get in on the act by  taking cheap shots at the First Lady. Although I'm a man, I can empathize with the issues women face in regards to body image. We get bombarded with unrealistic images of thin celebrities which have some women thinking that if they don't look like Keira Knightley, they need to audition for "The Biggest Loser"! It's sad that there are women who can't put politics aside and get behind Michelle Obama's efforts to combat childhood obesity.

For the female haters who want to talk about Michelle Obama's butt, I have a challenge for you. I want you to put on a bikini, take pictures of yourself from every angle, and post those photos on the Internet. If you can't do that, you need to back the fuck up and show the First Lady some respect! The same goes for the men in the peanut gallery running their mouths about Michelle's butt too!

Update: On 2nd thought, even if the female haters have the guts to put their bikini photos online (which I doubt they will), they still need to back off and show Michelle some respect!
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