Four Years of Michelle Obama Derangement Syndrome
Media Matters has a nice chronology of how the right wing media has gotten it’s panties in a bunch over Michelle Obama.
One of the attacks has been on her patriotism:
Wash. Times Attempted To Lip-Read First Lady’s Whispering To Husband To Claim She Attacked American Flag. In an article which was later picked up by the right-wing blogosphere, Washington Times senior editorial writer for foreign affairs James Robbins speculated that Mrs. Obama “appear[ed] to” whisper to her husband, “all this just for a flag” during the 9-11 Memorial ceremony in New York City. From the September 13, 2011, piece:
The internet was buzzing Tuesday night with video of First Lady Michelle Obama apparently showing extreme disrespect to the American flag at a ceremony in honor of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. As police and firefighters fold the flag to the sound of marching bagpipers, a skeptical looking Mrs. Obama leans to her husband and appears to say, “all this just for a flag.” She then purses her lips and shakes her head slightly as Mr. Obama nods. [The Washington Times, 9/13/11, via Media Matters]
Another meme has been the idiotic obsession with her weight and appearance:
Andrew Breitbart’s Website Published A Cartoon Of An Overweight Michelle Obama Saying “Shut Up And Pass The Bacon!” Taking a cue from Rush Limbaugh’s nickname for the first lady — “Michelle, My Butt” — one of Andrew Breitbart’s websites posted a cartoon of an overweight Michelle Obama eating a plate-full of hamburgers and saying: “Shut up and pass the bacon!” [Big Government, 2/12/11, via Media Matters]
Limbaugh Told Michelle Obama She “Had Better Look Like An Ethiopian” To Promote Healthy Eating. Limbaugh attacked Mrs. Obama for advocating fitness and healthy eating: “If you’re gonna tell everybody to eat twigs and berries … you had better look like an Ethiopian.” [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 2/23/11]
No irony at all in El Rushbo suggesting that anyone is fat, is there?
There’s more. A lot more…if you can stand it.