Rush Limbaugh today mocked President Obama's 11-year-old daughter Malia. Rush's mockery comes on the heels of Glenn Beck's attack on the Obama girls' intelligence, and recalls a past incident in which Limbaugh reportedly referred to then-13-year-old Chelsea Clinton as the “White House dog.”
Limbaugh, Beck mock Obama's daughters
Limbaugh imitates Malia Obama: “Daddy, did you shake down BP yet?” On the June 16 edition of his nationally syndicated radio program, Rush Limbaugh mocked Malia Obama, imitating her voice and asking: “Daddy? Did you shake down BP yet, Daddy? Are you going to make them pay, Daddy?” Limbaugh was referring to a remark President Obama made during his May 27 press conference, in which he said that Malia had asked him of the Gulf oil spill: “Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?” In his June 15 speech from the Oval Office, Obama said: “But make no mistake: We will fight this spill with everything we've got for as long as it takes. We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused.”
Beck smeared Obama girls' intelligence, later apologized. On his May 28 radio program, Glenn Beck also mockingly affected Malia's voice, asking, among other things, “Daddy ... Why do you hate black people so much?” At one point, Beck attacked Obama's daughters' intelligence, saying: “Is that's their -- that's the level of their education, that they're coming to -- they're coming to daddy and saying 'Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?' ” Beck, who routinely attacks the president's family, later apologized.
Limbaugh previously smeared young Chelsea Clinton
Reportedly called then-teenage Clinton the “White House dog.” According to the late columnist Molly Ivins:
On his [Limbaugh's] TV show, early in the Clinton administration, Limbaugh put up a picture of Socks, the White House cat, and asked, “Did you know there's a White House dog?” Then he put up a picture of Chelsea Clinton, who was 13 years old at the time and as far as I know had never done any harm to anyone.
When viewers objected, he claimed, in typical Limbaugh fashion, that the gag was an accident and that without his permission some technician had put up the picture of Chelsea -- which I found as disgusting as his original attempt at humor. [Mother Jones, May/June 1995]