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RUSH: Etiquette experts are confused, ladies and gentlemen. Right here it is in the Washington Post. “Guests attending…” I mentioned this yesterday. There’s a big gala birthday party, a 50th birthday party for Moochelle Obama tomorrow night in the White House, and guests have been told “to eat before you come.” The etiquette experts contacted by the Washington Post think that this is cheap, it’s rude, and…

Well, they don’t think it’s rude, but it’s really curious. “‘I don’t think it’s rude, but I do think it’s a little … different than what people are used to. How’s that for putting it delicately?’ joked Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and co-author of Great Get-Togethers: Casual Gatherings and Elegant Parties at Home.” They’re being nice. This is rude.

It’s a big gala, 50th birthday party. This is not like somebody’s 32nd birthday. It’s her 50th birthday at the White House. “Eat before you come!” I’ll tell you why. It’s because the Obamas are tightwads. They are. They can’t use taxpayer money. They can’t use taxpayer money for this. That’s why they’re doing this. During the break, CNN… These media people are such — I don’t know — suck-ups.

I mean, I don’t know how these people have self-respect. So they’re doing this Michelle Obama “redefining what it means to be 50.” What do you mean, redefining what it is to be 50? And then they had pictures of her in some ball gowns and, you know, dressed to the nines and whatever, holding up her AARP card. Now, what in the hell is she redefining? This is just pure suck-up, and these are journalists doing this.

I don’t have any problem with her turning 50, but what trend is she setting here? Except throwing a party with an invitation saying: Oh, by the way, eat before you come because we’re not serving you anything. Michelle Obama, redefining…? Folks, don’t misunderstand here. I’m commenting on the sycophantic, the pure suck-up of the media here. It’s just so blatant, it’s so unprofessional, and it is sickening. These people are not kings and Queens, for crying out loud — and they’re certainly not redefining anything, at least it not for me, not in a positive sense.

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