RUSH: Laura in Bremerton, Washington. Thank you for waiting. I’m glad you’re on the program. Hi.
CALLER: Hi. It’s so good to talk to you again.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: You know, I’ve been listening and all week long everybody has been talking about Libya and Khadafy and Egypt and —
RUSH: You sound just like Susan Estrich on the phone. She’s a friend of mine, you sound just like Susan Estrich.
CALLER: Well, I take that as a compliment. Thank you very much.
RUSH: You’re welcome.
CALLER: You said earlier that you were afraid that today being call-in Friday just might not be quite as fun but I came up with something a little bit fun. I am so sick and tired of hearing about our first lady.
RUSH: You are?
CALLER: Oh, yeah, and her fashion sense. Every time I see her and they start talking about how fashionable she is —
RUSH: All right, now, you and I both —
CALLER: — and the colors she wears —
CALLER: — I think about that old story, the emperor’s new clothes, and I keep thinking every time she dresses in yellow I keep expecting some little kid to pop up and say she looks like a bowl of mustard. I mean I’m sorry, but she never seems really to be happy. She doesn’t wear her clothes with any finesse or flair. She just kind of seems to march around like a lumberjack wearing cloth boots and none of her clothes seem to fit her right and I don’t know why the people in the fashion world, other than they’re kowtowing and kissing butt, seem to think that —
RUSH: Well, that’s what I was gonna ask you. Given your observations here, and I would have to say that your observations I’m sure are shared by many —
CALLER: Well, from the ladies and the people I talk to —
RUSH: Well, of course, of course.
CALLER: — I think they are.
RUSH: It’s beyond anecdotal here. The bottom line is why do you think the reporting is so different than the reality that you see?
CALLER: Do you know something? The reporting on the entire regime is different from what I’ve seen. It’s because most of the reporters are just a bunch of kiss butts and they get that tingle.
RUSH: Well —
CALLER: You know, if sharp creases make for a good president, for crying out loud, —
CALLER: — any military guy could —
RUSH: No, no, no, let’s stick with Moochelle.
RUSH: You described Moochelle in yellow as a bowl of mustard.
RUSH: She’s not been so categorized by fashion writers or others in the dominant media. Why? The opinion you have of Mrs. Obama and her fashion choices is fairly common, I think, and yet, you’re right, she’s written about as a leading fashion icon, trendsetter and all that. My question to you is very simple. And, you know, I know the regime’s exaggerated about and so forth. Why in the world is she written about in ways that so many people don’t agree or at least question?
CALLER: Well, it goes right back to she is the first, and I know this is gonna sound racist, but if they do it any other way they’re gonna be marked as racist, probably.
RUSH: Well, there is that element. If they are critical of her fashion choices, I’m sure that there might be some fear there that the criticism stems from — ’cause if you criticize any of Obama’s policies you’re racist.
CALLER: Well, yeah. And there are some, like, my particular skin color, I cannot wear orange.
CALLER: Because it makes me look orange.
RUSH: Wait a minute, now.
CALLER: My cousin is a beautiful redhead. She cannot wear different shades of red. They just clash.
RUSH: ‘Cause it makes her look red?
CALLER: (crosstalk) — coming a mile away.
RUSH: So you look orange when you wear orange, or could that not just be a reflection of the fabric on your epidermis?
CALLER: Yeah. And that’s why I can’t wear it because it makes me look like I’ve got some liver disease or something. You know.
RUSH: Well, I’m wearing orange today, I’m checking the Dittocam to see… I don’t look orange. I’m told it’s a little bit too soft of a pastel color for me, but it was the first thing that my eye found today when I was going through the closet, so I just put it on. Well, look, Laura, I appreciate the call, I really do. There’s an obvious answer to my question. Sorry. I’m not gonna answer it. But there is an obvious answer. I’ve even answered it earlier in the week on things unrelated to fashion and so forth, but it’s so simple I shouldn’t have to say it. (interruption) You want me to talk about Michelle’s shape? Snerdley is sharing with me that there are things about her shape that he likes. Well, I’m not gonna say what I think about her shape. I’m not really sure what it is. But until I know that for certain, look, I can’t win this. There’s no purpose here in getting into such detailed discussion, analysis of the first lady’s shape. But as to why the fawning over the fashion, fashion icon, fashion leader, I mean that is so easy. I shouldn’t have to answer it and I’m not going to.
RUSH: Jim in Westfield, Indiana, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, I’m gonna give you some plausible deniability and give you radio actors guild dittos.
RUSH: All right, thank you much, sir.
CALLER: Yes, sir. Love you, Rush, and I agree with everything you say. I’m gonna go ahead and answer the question that everybody is wanting you to answer. I’m gonna answer it for you, why they keep covering Michelle with all this positive fashion press. I know the word you’re talking about.
RUSH: Let me hear it. What’s the word?
CALLER: The word is pity. They feel sorry for her. If you ask me she looks like she’s a little girl dressing up in her mama’s clothes, and that’s just the way I see it.
RUSH: You think they feel sorry for her?
RUSH: Why? Okay, why do they feel sorry for her?
CALLER: Because she looks like a little girl dressing up in her mama’s clothes.
RUSH: Hmm. Okay, well, I will concede that in large part sympathy drives the reporting of Moochelle Obama as a fashion icon.
RUSH: Yeah, but not because she looks like her mother’s little girl. I disagree with your reasoning.
CALLER: I see.
RUSH: Don’t take it personally.
CALLER: (laughing) Oh, I don’t.
RUSH: (laughing) I mean, don’t take it personally. I don’t think it has anything to do with what she’s wearing.
CALLER: She has nothing to bring to the table.
RUSH: No. I wouldn’t say that, either. She’s got a garden. There’s a lot that she’s bringing to the table. You don’t want to eat it, but she’s growing it. No, no, the sympathy has other explanations to it.
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