For years, Rush Limbaugh has referred to first lady Michelle Obama as “Michelle, my belle.” But in recent months, Limbaugh has repeatedly called Obama “Michelle, my butt” and then acted as though he misspoke.
Limbaugh Frequently Refers To First Lady As “Michelle, My Butt”
Limbaugh Attacks “Michelle, My Butt” For “Talking About Nutrition.” On the October 18 edition of his radio show, Rush Limbaugh said:
LIMBAUGH: Liberalism, socialism, communism responsible for more deaths than cell phones could ever hope to be. Liberalism, socialism, communism is responsible for more deaths than cancer. Yet everything they do is predicated on saving us from ourselves, everything they do is predicated on keeping us safe. Michelle, my butt -- uh, Michelle, my belle Obama out there talking about nutrition. You can't eat that, you shouldn't eat that. She's making field trips to food manufacturers trying to force them to alter the way they manufacture food. [Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show, 10/18/10]
Limbaugh: “Michelle, My Butt” Is “Not Drawing Big Crowds And She's Not Happy About This.” From the November 2 edition of Limbaugh's show:
LIMBAUGH: Why is he leaving town and taking 3,000 people with him two days after the election, a trip which has been planned for months? Democrats all over the country are asking him to redo his whole agenda. His wife, Michelle, my butt -- uh, uh, Michelle, my belle Obama, she's out there, and she's not drawing big crowds and she's not happy about this. She thinks that her time has been wasted.
She's out there amongst the little people and the little people didn't show up, except for Harry Reid. Did you see them walk out together on the stage? Harry Reid looks like a dwarf walking out. Michelle is not happy. The big crowds didn't show up. And there are stories in the media today about how she was the best asset they had, and they didn't use her properly. [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 11/2/10]
Limbaugh Refers To “Michelle, My Butt” and Purports to “Apologize.” From the November 8 edition of Limbaugh's show:
LIMBAUGH: This is CNN, their Web page: “For 10 weeks, Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, ate one of these sugary cakelets every three hours, instead of meals. To add variety in his steady stream of Hostess and Little Debbie snacks, Haub munched on Doritos chips, sugary cereals and Oreos, too.” This is a nutrition professor. “His premise: That in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most -- not the nutritional value of the food. The premise held up: On his 'convenience store diet' --” now, remember, this is what Michelle, my butt -- uh, that's the second time I've done that and I apologize.
You know, I have sworn, folks, that I'm not gonna pass on stories to you that have to do with her fashion sense, 'cause I, frankly, don't care. I really don't care. But some of it's getting too hard to stomach now. The fact that she's a fashion icon, I'm sorry. When she gets off the plane wearing something that looks like it's got grease splotches on the dress, looks like she ran up against the hydraulic machine on the airplane and they're calling it a fashion statement, I'm sorry, it doesn't cut it with me. [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 11/8/10]
Limbaugh Calls Michelle Obama “Michelle, My Butt.” On the December 13 edition of his radio show, Limbaugh said:
LIMBAUGH: I was joking a moment ago about Michelle, my butt -- damn it. Michelle my belle's' obesity thing out here. Look at this. Speaking at Monday's -- AP -- it's at Newsbusters and a number of places. Speaking at Monday's signing ceremony for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act or Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act -- See, I didn't know if -- I keep getting confused -- if today's bill is to stop kids from starving to death or to keep them from getting fat." [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 12/13/10]
Limbaugh Routinely Attacks Women's Appearance
Limbaugh Discusses Michelle Obama's Supposed Weight Gain “Below The Waist” With Caller. On the October 18 edition of Limbaugh's radio show, a caller theorized that Obama had gained weight. Limbaugh replied: “I'm glad you said it and not me. Where has she gained all this weight? What did you see?” He later asked the caller:
LIMBAUGH: Look, as one woman looking at another, Barb, where has she gained 30 pounds? What are you seeing?
CALLER: She was in a pantsuit and she looks like she's gained it all over. And I am all about nutrition, I am all about looking fit, being fit, but you don't stand up on a podium and come in and tell General Mills -- the quote in the paper, if they don't change, it will be the government or else.
LIMBAUGH: Yes you most certainly do if you are a Marxist totalitarian type. You most certainly do. Okay, so she said pantsuit, focused on below the waist, Michelle's gained 30 pounds. You figure out where it must be. She said it, folks. [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 10/18/10]
Limbaugh: Hillary Clinton Wasn't Let Into Marines Because “They Didn't Have Uniforms Or Boots Big Enough To Fit That Butt And Those Ankles.” From the September 23, 2009 edition of Limbaugh's show:
LIMBAUGH: Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State. With her many years of military experience and training tells us that the general doesn't know what he's talking about. And I made mention of the fact that, you know, she once tried to join the Marines. That's as close as she got. I couldn't remember if it was the Marines or the Army. Close as she ever got. And she tried to say they wouldn't let her in because it was sexist and she was a woman, and so on. That wasn't the reason. They didn't have uniforms or boots big enough to fit that butt and those ankles. [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 9/23/09]
Limbaugh Compares Rosie O'Donnell To A “Killer Whale.” On the February 26 edition of his show, Limbaugh said:
LIMBAUGH: I'm watching the networks here, and they're getting ready for the press conference from Sea World. This is the most amazing thing. They've got a podium and microphone set up in front of the tank with a glass wall. You can see the -- You can see the killer whales all swimming around, and one of them keeps coming to the glass as though it wants to say something
I'm told that's not a killer whale. That's Rosie O'Donnell. I'm sorry, I'm not watching this in high definition." [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 2/26/10]
Limbaugh On Martha Coakley: “If It Weren't For Her Varicose Veins, She Would Be Totally Colorless.” On January 18, Limbaugh said: “The narrative is to throw Marsha Coakley under the bus, that she blew it. And she has, she has -- I mean, if it weren't for her varicose veins, she would be totally colorless. There's not question about that. But here are the biggest factors: Scott Brown worked his tail off.” [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 1/18/10]
Limbaugh: “Feminism Was Established So As To Allow Unattractive Women Easier Access To The Mainstream of Society.” On the April 10, 2009 edition of his show, Limbaugh discussed a story about the impact of breast implants on one's career and said:
LIMBAUGH: Can I redirect you to feminist truth number 24, undeniable truth of life number 24, written by me in the mid-eighties: Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society. It's proved practically every day in our modern culture. [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 4/10/09]
Limbaugh: “I Love The Women's Movement. Especially Walking Behind It.” Limbaugh stated on February 3:
LIMBAUGH: Oh, I'm a huge supporter of women. What I'm not is a supporter of liberalism. Feminism is what I oppose, and feminism has led women astray. I love women. I don't know where all this got started. I love the women's movement, especially when walking behind it. This idea that I don't like women is absurd. [Fox News' Fox & Friends, 2/3/10]