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RUSH: Columbus, Ohio, with Jeffrey. Hello, sir, nice to have you with us.

CALLER: Hello, how are you?

RUSH: I’m very well, thank you.

CALLER: I want to say, why are you always attacking the first lady, man? What’s up with that?

RUSH: I have never attacked the first lady.

CALLER: Oh, so those things you said about her is what, satire?

RUSH: No. I’m simply asking, where is the leadership on her suggestion how everybody eat?

CALLER: Well, obviously you’re not listening to it, because you —

RUSH: But I’m not telling anybody else how to eat, either. She is. She’s trying to make it a federal law what we can and can’t eat —

CALLER: Okay —

RUSH: — and I’m just pointing out that it doesn’t appear she’s taking her own advice. Does it to you?

CALLER: What you fail to realize is it’s not what you eat, it’s the amount that you eat. Don’t you realize that? You can eat anything you want in moderation, sir.

RUSH: I don’t care what you think about it because you can’t make me eat or not eat anything, either. (crosstalk)

CALLER: — you coward. That’s a cowardly thing you’re doing.

RUSH: Really, a cowardly thing to do.


RUSH: I have not attacked the first lady. (crosstalk)

CALLER: — in a park, what’s she doing?

RUSH: You know, these guys amaze me. Look at how they have attempted to destroy Sarah Palin. I mean you can say whatever you want about Sarah Palin. You can insult her family. You can insult her brain. You can insult her looks. You can insult her intelligence, but let me simply observe that Alex Rodriguez would not date the first lady… (laughing) All I said, Jeffrey, is what everybody’s thinking. It’s that simple. Okay, if somebody’s gonna tell us what we can and can’t eat, got a big obesity program out there, we’re gonna save people, we’re gonna demand that schools not serve X, Y, and Z and that schools must serve this everybody, you must eat this, you must eat that, we’re gonna have calorie counts on all kinds of food. All right, fine, show us some leadership. It’s that simple. But if you’re gonna make the rules for everybody else and exempt yourself, I think people are going to scratch their heads over that. Now, the original report was that the short ribs and so forth that Michelle (My Belle) ate out there in Vail were 1,500 calories and 141 grams of fat. Then the owner of the restaurant came along and said, ‘No, no, no, no, these are perfectly healthy. These are low carb, low fat, low calorie ribs.’ Low carb and low fat, is what the chef at the Vail restaurant is claiming. Everybody knows there are low-fat, low-calorie ribs. We all know that. Don’t we?


RUSH: The previous caller said, and I ought to know this, that it doesn’t matter what we eat but how much. Well, okay, fine. But Moochelle Obama is trying to tell us what we can and can’t eat, not how much. And the point is, if you’re gonna do this, if you’re gonna tell everybody to eat twigs and berries and gravel and all this other stuff, you had better look like an Ethiopian. You’d better look like that’s what you eat. Otherwise it’s gonna fall on deaf ears. It’s just that simple. Not even her husband believes, ladies and gentlemen, that the government ought to be in this business. I have a little excerpt from his book, The Audacity of Hope. It’s on page 36. Wrote Barack Obama: ‘We all agree that society has a right to constrain individual freedom when it threatens to do harm to others. … Likewise, we all agree that there must be limits to the state’s power to control our behavior, even if it’s for our own good. Not many Americans would feel comfortable with the government monitoring what we eat, no matter how many deaths and how much of our medical spending may be due to rising rates of obesity.’ Yeah, well put us down as one of those Americans. And yet his wife is out doing exactly what he acknowledges in his book that nobody would put up with the government doing, telling us what we can and can’t eat.

For what it’s worth, the only short ribs on the menu at that Vail restaurant are from Buffalos: Ancho Chili Braised Bison Short Rib with wilted Tuscan kale, hominy and wild mushroom saute, braising liquor. And since the chef mentioned kale, that must be what she ate, sweets for the sweet, buffalo for the buffalo. Now, I don’t know about you, folks, but I’ve known that there are low-calorie ribs and low-fat ribs all over the place out there. You just have to go to Vail to get ’em. But they’re everywhere. You know, they’re also caught up on something else here. Yesterday I opened the program, I didn’t think they’d catch it ’cause I did this at the opening of the program, but they did catch it.

Mediaite website: ‘Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh made some derogatory comments about the First Lady’s weight. Today he registered how shocked he was at the uproar they caused. (Of course, the word ‘shocked’ in the above sentence should be read as ‘completely unsurprised as that was clearly what he intended to happen the whole time so now he’s happily compounding the issue by making some more comments.’) Here’s what he had to say today: ‘These were highly civil comments for crying out loud. I mean, people are going nuts. USA Today, the Politico. And some people were suggesting that my comments were below the belt. Well, take a look at some pictures. Given where she wears her belts. I mean, she wears them high up there around the bustline. Isn’t just about everything about her below the belt when you look at the fashion sense she has?”

So that’s how we opened the program yesterday. They’re always a day or two behind on the Media Tweaks of the Day. What did this guy originally want to talk about? He was like a prank caller to the governor. This guy told Snerdley he wanted to ask me about my hypocrisy, I’m always talking about civility of the left, but when my guys are uncivil I never talk about it. Then he starts out with, ‘Well, why are you attacking the first lady’s weight?’ Oh, okay. Trying to trick the host, but the host is not trickable. Countless: I can’t tell you the number of people who have tried this. Trickery, trickinology, outright lying, it never works, but yet they try.

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