It's not considered very nice to be mean to people just for being fat anymore, but there's a lot of pent-up desire to call fat people fatties that gets unleashed when a fat person like Jim Sensenbrenner really has it coming. Sensenbrenner publicly said Michelle Obama has a big butt, and now he must suffer the consequences: the unearthing of every photo of his double chin and Santa belly ever taken, shown next to a smiling, healthy, athletic first lady.
Michelle-Obama-is-fat is one of the right wing's favorite memes. Rush Limbaugh calls Obama fat all the time, but it's relatively risk-free for him since people call him fat all the time, too. Poor Sensenbrenner probably didn't know what he was inviting by discussing this meme outside old people's forwarded emails. But it raises the question: why are certain conservatives so fixated on calling Obama fat?
Liberals are hypocrites. Liberals want to make all kinds of rules for you, but they exempt themselves. Obama wants kids to not hit 200 pounds before fourth grade, even though she sometimes eats ribs.
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