Suffice it to say, Michelle Obama has likely been more health- and fitness-focused than any other first lady–and even many presidents. And yet, some people hate on her for her efforts and now, her body shape. Like Representative Jim Sensenbrenner who was recently overheard questioning the First Lady’s ability to give dietary advice because she has a “large posterior.”
According to MediaBistro, the Wisconsin Congressman was caught talking on the phone, saying this about Michelle Obama:
She lectures us on eating right while she has a large posterior herself.
Really? He he wants to go there?
First of all, has no one taught him that it’s rude and offensive to comment on someone’s body shape, size or weight? A public representative (who isn’t a health expert of any sort himself) should know better.
Secondly, Michelle is the picture of fitness in my eyes. Remember those toned, muscular arms that earned her so much enviable attention from women–and men? She’s still got them. And it’s obvious that she practices what she preaches: She’s traveled the country promoting her “Let’s Move!” campaign and working out with kids to combat child obesity. She has also been a big advocate of eating fresh foods and even planted the White House garden that provides many of her family’s meals. Yes, she and Barack are known to eat an occasional cheeseburger and milkshake, but that doesn’t mean she’s unhealthy or setting a bad example.
Sensenbrenner isn’t the first to criticize Michelle’s body and make foolhardy assumptions about her health. There was also Rush Limbaugh, who said this in February:
The problem is, and dare I say this, it doesn’t look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice…I’m trying to say that our First Lady does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue or of a woman Alex Rodriguez might date every six months or what have you.
So, the models on the cover of Sports Illustrated are apparently the ideal healthy role models? Are you kidding me, Limbaugh? For the last time, skinny doesn’t equal healthy, just like overweight doesn’t equal healthy. What healthy does mean is someone who exercises regularly, eats a balanced diet (which doesn’t mean a ban on occasional indulgences) and someone who has a positive, energetic attitude and a vibrancy for life. All of which Michelle seems to have.
Personally, I can’t think of a better role model for our country. Perhaps Mr. Sensenbrenner and Mr. Limbaugh would like to join the First Lady for a friendly game of football, some jump roping or hula hooping on the White House front lawn, or maybe even a nice run around D.C. Then we’ll see who’s qualified to evaluate others’ health.