Michelle Obama Makes Gabby Douglas Apologize for Celebrating Her Olympic Gold Medals with an Egg McMuffin

Watch in horror as First Lady and Food Cop in Chief Michelle Obama forces Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas—who, by the way, won two gold medals at the Olympics—to apologize for eating an Egg McMuffin after winning two gold medals at the Olympics

I guess these are the kind of horrors that occur when you don't ban McDonald's from sponsoring the Games.

Transcript:

JAY LENO: You trained your whole life, you win. How did you celebrate? What did you do?

GABBY DOUGLAS: We didn't have time to celebrate. It was team finals and had to turn the page all-around finals and event finals after that. But, after the competition, I splurged on an Egg McMuffin at McDonald’s.

LENO: Egg McMuffin.

[Laughter]

MICHELLE OBAMA: Yeah, Gabby, we don't, don't encourage him. [Laughter] I'm sure it was on…

DOUGLAS: A salad.

OBAMA: ...a whole wheat McMuffin.

LENO: It was on a whole wheat bun.

OBAMA: Yeah.

LENO: So an Egg McMuffin. Very good.

[Light laughter]

OBAMA: You're setting me back, Gabby.

DOUGLAS: Sorry.

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  • The Late P Brooks||

    You're setting me back, Gabby.

    It's a HATE CRIME.

  • Rich||

    Not if it's Black on Black.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    "I ran a lot of miles training for that day...and I downed a lot of donuts. Yep, Little Chocolate Donuts have been on MY training table, since I was a kid."

    Little Chocolate Donuts--The Breakfast of Champions.

  • Brett L||

    Belushi was surprisingly athletic in that.

  • Spartacus||

    I thought Belushi ate powdered donuts. That was why there was always this little white dusting around his nose.

  • Brett L||

    Sure, he would have had to participate in the all drugs olympics, but still.

  • ||

    All Drug Olympics. Classic.

  • Brett L||

    Thanks, I couldn't find it on youtube to link.

  • ||

    NBC is highly aggressive with its copyrights, so Hulu is the best place to go for SNL stuff.

  • Brett L||

    You'd think they want people to watch funny SNL so once a year or so they'd tune in to see if it was funny again.

  • ||

    Michelle Obama has to be the most repulsive first lady in the history of this country. What a fucking piece of shit. She can't let the kid enjoy her moment?

  • ||

    As far as what she says, you're probably right. But repulsive in general? Have you seen pictures of Eleanor Roosevelt?

  • John||

    I think even Eleanor would have let the kid enjoy the moment. Michelle is really just awful.

  • Enough About Palin||

    I think "bitch" is the word your looking for.

  • ||

    As for ugly, they're both contending hard for most repulsive. Let's call it a tie. But I was talking about her megalomania.

  • John||

    I have always heard Elinore was a pretty nice person whatever he politics. I have never heard that about Michelle.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Eleanor would carry a pistol at demonstrations to defend blacks against the local cops.

  • NoVAHockey||

    that's really the thing. she had to show up a 15-year-old? (16?)

  • fried wylie||

    don't knock it till you've tried it.

    I like to tutor kids in math, and then call them stupid whenever they can't solve something without my help.

    My Ego has never been healthier or more robust.

  • Brandybuck||

    The "you're setting my back" is the most telling phrase. To the first lady it's all about the first lady.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    She's a perfect match to Barack in that way.

  • Joe R.||

    She can't let the kid enjoy her moment?

    It's worse than that: in her mind, no, she can't. It wasn't harmless banter. She is legitimately concerned that Little League teams go to McDonald's after games, and was afraid Douglas was encouraging that kind of behavior.

  • R C Dean||

    She is legitimately concerned that Little League teams go to McDonald's after games

    You may want to use a different word there.

  • fried wylie||

    Sincerely.

  • Joe R.||

    Err, yeah. My bad.

  • Joe R.||

    I blame rage and low blood sugar.

  • Drake||

    "Fuck off you old busy-body"

    She could have ended the Obama Administration right there.

  • Joe R.||

    I would have bought a box of Wheaties with her picture on it for that.

    And an Egg McMuffin.

  • Copernicus||

    This is my dream exchange:

    Leno: How did you celebrate?
    GD: Went to McD's. I love McD's.
    MO: Don't say that, you're setting me back.
    GD: Why, do I look fat to you? I'm a hell of a lot more fit than you or your cigarette smoking husband. I'll eat what I damn well please, you don't own me.

  • niobiumstudio||

    Sure, what the first lady said came off a little bitchy, but it wasn't that bad - it certainly didn't warrant a friggin article about it. Michelle Obama did not make Gabby Douglas apologize - she was clearly joking around and didn't say "Apologize bitch!" or even say the word "apologize". I think your absolute hate for her makes you hear things you want to hear so you can feed your hate-boners for her. It wasn't that bad. Get the fuck over it. I don't see Gabby Douglass bitching about it anywhere.

  • niobiumstudio||

    PS - I am not defending Michelle Obama, so please don't start the "Slaver" shit again, it took me a long time to get past that. I am just saying, this is not good porn for your Michelle Obama hate boners...

  • Marshall Gill||

    it took me a long time to get past that.

    Sticks and fucking stones, dude, sticks and stones.

  • niobiumstudio||

    Yeah right, you think without that little disclaimer, I WOULDN'T get the "fuck off slaver" for "defending that vile cunt"? Please, this is Hit[ampersand]Run...

  • ||

    The Michelle Obama hate boners were not conjured out of thin air. This is exactly the kind of shit the 'vile cunt' does that makes us hate her so much.

  • John||

    Which part of Douglas saying "sorry" don't you understand?

    And maybe Michelle shouldn't make every thing about her political pet peeves and she wouldn't open herself up for this?

  • niobiumstudio||

    They were clearly joking around and the first lady didn't ask her to apologize. She was saying it in a joking manner - obviated by the fact they are on the Tonight Show... I am not defending her - I am just saying this is clearly a stupid fucking thing to get your panties in a bunch about.

  • ||

    You sure seem to be getting your panties in a bunch over something you say no one should get their panties in a bunch for. Here's a truism: defending shitheads will get you called out. Too fucking bad, dipshit.

  • niobiumstudio||

    If only I were defending her...and if my comments weren't dripping with pure, unadulterated sarcasm. Then you would have a point.

  • ||

    I don't need a point. Stop getting your panties in a bunch.

  • Enough About Palin||

    FUCK OFF, SLAVER!!

  • Capo||

    I really just want to point out here, turnabout is fair play. Honestly, you know how tiring it is to have Liberal friends? All you hear all day long is whining about how evil everyone who isn't Liberal is and blah blah blah.

    And any time a conservative talk show host or whoever even partially puts their foot in their mouth, you have to endure weeks of this same kind of crap.

    In summary, deal with it. :P

  • ||

    Honestly, you know how tiring it is to have Liberal friends?


    I get around it by having no friends. Also, how do you feel about classical liberals?

  • Randian||

    niobium,

    Passive-aggressively "joking around" with people about their behavior, of which you obviously don't approve, is actually one of the most manipulative tactics out there.

    Needling someone but trying to cloak it in good-natured banter is a load of horseshit.

  • R C Dean||

    Not to mention that this is the First Lady talking to a teenager.

  • Drake||

    Yes - makes it manipulative and creepy and pure bitchy.

  • niobiumstudio||

    I agree it was bitchy, she's a vile piece of shit, blah, blah, blah, and she shouldn't have done it - but writing an article about it on reason and discussing it like it means jack shit is fucking retarded. You have to admit, there is a point to that. The only reason it is here is to act as porn for people to stroke their hate boners before lunch...

  • RBS||

    For someone who doesn't care you are spending a great deal of time telling us about it.

  • Ragnar||

    He's stroking his "I hate people who hate Michelle" hate boner...

  • niobiumstudio||

    No, I am just procrastinating form doing any meaningful, real work today.

  • Randian||

    You agree that it was a bad thing to do.

    You agree that it has cultural and political relevance.

    You just don't agree that it should be discussed.

    It isn't even an article, guy. It's a blog post. KMW herself wrote all of 100 original words on the subject and embedded some video.

    Your criticism makes no sense. Is it your contention that nothing is worth talking about? No, that cannot be it. Is there some criteria you want to set forth about things that should be ignored? If so, I have yet to see it.

  • RBS||

    I have come to the conclusion that some people simply do not understand the purpose of a blog post.

  • ||

    Or he's just a concern troll. I think that's most likely it.

  • niobiumstudio||

    "Michelle Obama Makes Gabby Douglas Apologize for Celebrating Her Olympic Gold Medals with an Egg McMuffin" - way, way over-sensationalizing something that amounts to pretty much nothing. That is the only criticism there is.

  • Randian||

    way, way over-sensationalizing something that amounts to pretty much nothing. That is the only criticism there is.

    Actually, that is not your only criticism.

    If that is what you meant to say, then you should have said that. But you said this:

    writing an article about it on reason and discussing it like it means jack shit is fucking retarded. You have to admit, there is a point to that. The only reason it is here is to act as porn for people to stroke their hate boners before lunch...

    Does that read the same to you?

  • niobiumstudio||

    Yep, about sums it up.

  • ||

    The only reason it is here is to act as porn for people to stroke their hate boners before lunch...

    Wait a minute. Are you saying that folks at reason are providing their audience with shit they might actually agree with and perhaps enjoy reading about? Who the fuck do they think they are? No wonder why slavers like you are so worked up.

  • niobiumstudio||

    I am not worked up one bit, it was pure sarcasm. Obviously it is here because people like reading about every little thing Michelle Obama does/says to make them hate her even more. I absofuckinglutely hate the way the police work yet I love reading about cops shooting puppies, children, minorities, etc. here. Just saying that is the only reason it is here and sensationalized to make it seem like Michelle Obama slapped the shit out of Gabby and demanded she apoligized.

  • Randian||

    The recursive irony of complainers complaining about the things people complain about.

  • ||

    Randian| 8.14.12 @ 12:17PM |#|–|filternamelinkcustom

    The recursive irony of complainers complaining about the things people complain about.

    Yes.

  • niobiumstudio||

    Isn't that the point of a comments section...especially the comment section of H[and]R?

  • ||

    Concern troll is concerned. We get it. You don't care, except you post a whole hell of a lot for someone so unconcerned.

    You're a dipshit. But we already knew that.

  • ||

    Just saying that is the only reason it is here and sensationalized to make it seem like Michelle Obama slapped the shit out of Gabby and demanded she apoligized (sic).

    I understood your point. I just think it's stupid to reiterate it over and over and over again. But please continue. It's fun to watch you go down in flames.

  • fried wylie||

    it was pure sarcasm

    Not according to the font.

  • Ted S.||

    Every time the moral scolds do this stuff, they need to be told in no uncertain terms that their unsolicited moral scolding is wicked. Preferably, they need it told to their faces.

  • fried wylie||

    Scold the scolds. If anyone deserves it...

  • Irony Intended||

    Yes, that doesn't make you at all like them!

  • ||

    The only reason it is here is to act as porn for people to stroke their hate boners before lunch...


    What's so wrong with that?

  • nicole||

    Passive-aggressively "joking around" with people about their behavior, of which you obviously don't approve, is actually one of the most manipulative tactics out there.

    Not to mention the fact that like, no gymnasts ever have eating disorders or anything like that.

    I mean fucking a. Anyone ever hear of Little Girls in Pretty Boxes? Sorry. Former gymnast here with a big "fuck off," slaver or not.

  • Enough About Palin||

    Ever been to Camp Woodward in PA? I used to coach women's gymnastics there. And as a women's coach (who coached the women's Olympic team there), I agree with you. Eating disorders are fairly common and this cows manipulative actions are deplorable. To that I would add that the number one reason to end Obama's reign is so that this useless bitch get booted out of 1600 PA Ave. I suspect within 2-3 years she will serve Barack divorce papers as he will no longer be of use to her.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    I'm sure she'd like to be first lady of the world.

    Besides she doesn't have any marketable skills to support herself.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Perhaps if MO had made more fun of herself a la Jon Stewart, been a little more self-deprecating, she wouldn't have come off as an overbearing sexual intellect.

  • RBS||

    Fuck off slaver. But seriously, stop being such a cunt.

  • niobiumstudio||

    :-) Oh, it's good to be back on here...

  • Drax the Destroyer||

    + 69 * 420

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    It's not just about Michelle. (I know, heresy!) One of the things that is dragging Western civilization into the ditches is the way every little piece of our lives--christ, including our fucking snacks!--is regarded as belonging to the political class. It's just plain stifling.

  • Enough About Palin||

    Those had better be State Approved™ sandwiches you're enjoying, buster.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    DOUGLAS: Sorry.

    I'm sorry your life is so empty and unfulfilling you feel the need to stick your mammoth proboscis into everybody else's business. Why don't you go home and browbeat your husband now?

  • ||

    Oh my god. I'm going to vote for Romney just to get rid of that obnoxious bitch.

  • R C Dean||

    OBAMA: You're setting me back, Gabby.

    DOUGLAS: Sorry. You're not exactly helping me out here, either, you know. Tell you what, if you agree that an occasional Mickey D's isn't bad for anyone, I'll agree that we just drop this whole subject, mm'kay?

  • John||

    And have you ever known a world class or even nationally ranked gymnast? They practice ballerina levels of anorexia. I bet that was the first fast food that girl had had in years.

  • fried wylie||

    How the fuck can an athlete operate without fuel?

  • rac3rx||

    Really? Because every professional dancer and world class athlete I've ever associated with (including myself at a much younger age) has to put a fairly healthy amount of food in the system to keep up with the metabolic requirements of 10-12 hours of practice/rehearsal a day. If you aren't eating, you don't have the strength to keep up.

    Those little girls in the after school specials that are (based on a true story!) trying to scare parents away from making their kid competitive in anything never make it to this young lady's level of excellence.

    Michelle Obama is just a fat twat who needs to mind her own damn business.

  • fried wylie||

    fat twat. fatwa.

    'nough said.

  • R C Dean||

    Better:

    DOUGLAS: Sorry. Not everything is about you, ma'am.

  • John||

    ^^THIS^^

    The Obamas really are the corpse at every funeral and the bride at every wedding. That would have been the pitch perfect response.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    "When you manage to win a gold medal you can celebrate with whatever food you want."

  • Mike M.||

    So hilarious when you consider that the awesome Gabby Douglas has already accomplished more in sixteen years than the swine next to her will ever accomplish in her sorry life.

    Hey First "Lady", the next time you open your big stupid mouth just stuff a few more gallons of ice cream in it you disgusting, fat-assed, pig-faced hypocrital bitch.

  • Randian||

    You stay classy, Mike M.

  • Mike M.||

    Is concern troll concerned?

  • Randian||

    Don't you have some NASCAR to watch and some Vagisil to drink?

  • Mike M.||

    In fact, I was just watching the NASCAR replay, but my portable generator ran out of moonshine. Luckily my brother Bo is on his way with some more.

  • Randian||

    Thank god. Is momma gettin' to watch 'er stories still?

  • Mike M.||

    Oh yeah, her favorite daytime show is called Orange Line Diaries. It mostly revolves around a government bureaucrat, his gay lover, and their wild romantic times around DuPont Circle.

  • Randian||

    Bless her heart. I'll send the boy over with the six-pack, the carton of Tourneys and the blue meth shortly.

  • fried wylie||

    It mostly revolves around a government bureaucrat, his gay lover, and their wild romantic times around DuPont Circle.

    That sounds like the absolute worst show ever.

  • SugarFree||

    They turned me down for staff writer. I think I really could have helped them, you know?

  • fried wylie||

    Do you really think you have the constitution to fix that show before you'd succumb to a stroke or heart failure?

  • VG Zaytsev||

    It mostly revolves around a government bureaucrat, his gay lover, and their wild romantic times around DuPont Circle.

    Is that the one with the philosopher turned journ-a-list that sneers at the protagonist, no matter how much he sucks up to him?

  • John||

    http://www.slate.com/articles/.....970s_.html

    Dave Weigel gets his prog rock love on. As much as I dislike Weigel, I have to agree with him that ELP and Yes not being in the Rock and Roll HOF and The Red Hot Chili Peppers being in is pretty bad.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    ELP and Yes not being in the Rock and Roll HOF and The Red Hot Chili Peppers being in is pretty bad

    Didn't realize that. That is truly pathetic.

  • Randian||

    RHCP deserves it over ELP, but not over Yes.

    Just my $.02.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    But it's the show that never ends!

  • ||

    Even though I never worked as an engineer, my EE degree with an emphasis on emag means I will always see RHCP as right hand circularly polarized.

  • fried wylie||

    I will always see RHCP as right hand circularly polarized.

    Which, come to think of it, wouldn't be such terrible band name either.

  • John||

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers are a novelty band. They did a couple of fun songs. I am no Prog rock guy, but no way do they belong in there over a band like Yes or ELP of Tull. Keeping Tull out is on par with keeping the Grateful Dead out.

  • ||

    Whoa, wait a second. Ian Anderson is being lapped by Anthony Kiedis and crew? WHAT THE FUCK?!?

  • Drax the Destroyer||

    What about Rush? 30+ fucking years, all the notable members of the band are still around (Original Drummer is give hand-jobs to meth addicts in Toronto I hear), and they've got more ability in a 3-piece that all the young "hardcore" fuckwaffles out there couldn't muster with less than 5 people.

  • Apple||

    Original drummer is giving hand-jobs in Heaven now. John Rutsey, 1953-2008.

  • Drax the Destroyer||

    Well...make me feel like shit for being too lazy to google. You win this round Manzana. You. Win. This. Round.

  • Restoras||

    He was also a diabetic and coulnd't handle the touring.

  • Drax the Destroyer||

    Now that I did know, but was just wanted to be a douche for crass comedy's sake. In the end, it doesn't matter. It's made all the worse that my knowledge deficit is years behind. ¿Por qué?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • John||

    I will give Rush credit. Working Man is pretty much what every swinging dick 70s and 80s hard rock band wanted to sound like but where not skilled enough to pull off. There is not a single original riff in that song. But it is done so well and Alex Lifeson is such a skilled player, it doesn't matter.

  • ||

    "See this Randy? When somebody like Alex Lifeson gives you a fucking t-shirt to put on, you're putting the fucking thing on!"

  • Archduke PantsFan||

    +1 Rum Coke

  • R C Dean||

    +1 highschool flashback.

    Thanks, Archie.

  • Randian||

    I didn't know Tull was out still. That is pretty rotten. However this:

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers are a novelty band.

    is flat wrong. They have sold 80 million albums and have been a band for 30 years, John. They deserve just as much as anybody else. Blood Sugar Sex Magik is still one of my favorite albums.

  • John||

    To each his own. I would say Californication is a good record. Before that there one really good song were covers "Higher Ground" and "Fire". I really thought the Rick Ruban record that sold so much was lousy. That song about heroin addiction (Under the Bridge) makes me want to do heroin.

  • ||

    John, you have not heard anything from the Chili Peppers since the 90s from what you just posted. Yes, they started out doing covers, just like most bands. But then they found their own sound and have basically defined the alternative rock genre for the last two decades.

    As Randian pointed out, "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" is a phenomenal album, but I personally can't find a single track to dislike on "Stadium Arcadium". They deserve to be in the HOF, but so do other bands. It's not an either/or thing; Yes should be in and so should the Chili Peppers. I know not this "Tull" that others speak of.

  • Marshall Gill||

    I know not this "Tull" that others speak of.

    WTF? Either you better be about 14 or this has to be a joke.

  • Enough About Palin||

  • Fatty Bolger||

    They definitely belong in for Blood Sugar Sex Magik. But it's a joke that some of these bands are being shut out for no good reason.

  • fried wylie||

    They have sold 80 million albums and have been a band for 30 years,

    So has Michael Jackson. See now how it's not much of a qualification for Greatness?

    (yes, yes, he wasn't "a band", and not in the Rock genre, STFU)

  • Brett L||

    Sales, John. RHCP has outsold Yes, ELP, and Tull combined. Don't mistake what the award is for.

  • Randian||

    Well, it does say "Hall of FAME" in the title, so I guess that's a good point.

  • fried wylie||

    Shit, yeah. My brain has been translating it into "Hall of Greatness" my whole life. Two entirely different things.

  • John||

    By that standard then why isn't David Cassidy in?

  • Randian||

    Not rock and roll.

  • John||

    But they let rap artists and pop music people in all of the time.

  • Drax the Destroyer||

    Shut up John, you are making sense, and the last thing the HOF is about is making sense. It makes about as much sense as when Metallica lost to Jethro Tull for "Best Metal Record" Grammy.

  • John||

    I remember when that happened. I was in college. The two Tull geeks on the dorm floor had a hay day torturing the metal heads over it.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Dude, the Rn'R HOF is in Cleveland. 'Nuff said.

  • ||

    The Rock Hall is a fucking joke anyway. Hey, you what's totally rock 'n roll? Going to a fucking museum.

  • Randian||

    The Rock Hall is a fucking joke anyway.

    Well, yeah, look at where they built it.

  • Restoras||

    Rock n' Roll was born in Cleveland, some say.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Freed

    Freed promoted dances and concerts featuring the music he was playing on the radio. He was one of the organizers of a five-act show called "The Moondog Coronation Ball" on March 21, 1952 at the Cleveland Arena. This event is known as the first rock and roll concert.

  • ||

    I got free tickets to this year's Moondog Coronation Ball. I never thought I'd see KC and the Sunshine Band with a bunch of 70-something people, and I never thought it would be such a blast.

  • Restoras||

    I've visited Cleveland several times and while the city has seen better days and still has big problems, the people I've met there are of far, far better quality than the preening, entitled, elitist douchebags that inhabit Westchester County, NY.

    Plus, lots of great golf.

  • ||

    Dude, in all seriousness, I love this decaying shithole.

  • R C Dean||

    I have fond memories of visiting when I was in college. My best friend lived there.

  • ||

    So you go every two weeks, then?

  • ||

    Only to boo the Bruce Springsteen section.

  • Brett L||

    Right. We all know you're screaming, "Bruuuuce!"

  • ||

  • John||

    He has to go. He lives in Cleveland. It is either go there or watch the river burn or maybe check out the twenty bums who live in the Brown's stadium.

  • ||

    Not true. Not true at all. I spend most of my time throwing rocks at windows in abandoned factories, thank you very much.

  • John||

    And you can occasional lite the river on fire, which is always fun.

  • ||

    They've clamped down on that. You have to get a permit and shit nowadays.

  • Loki||

    You've probably created more jobs than Obama. Maybe you should run for president. Afterall, imagine how many jobs will be created once you get the Thunderdome up and running.

  • fried wylie||

    Hey, you know what's totally rock 'n roll? Going to a fucking museum.

    If you do it right, it can be.

  • robc||

    ELP, Yes and Rush absolutely should be in.

    I dont have a problem with the RHCP being in too, but yeah.

    Its all because the (former?) editor of Rolling Stone hates prog.

  • Randian||

    So what's their beef with Tull?

  • ||

    They think badass flute playing is totally gay.

  • sarcasmic||

    Only if it's a skin flute.

  • Ted S.||

    What do you have against Zamfir?

  • John||

    They hate prog rock. They have completely excluded it, which when you consider the history of the 70s, is insane. It would be like having an automotive hall of fame and excluding all SUVs because you don't like them.

  • sarcasmic||

    It would be like having an automotive hall of fame and excluding all SUVs because you don't like them.

    And why wouldn't they? SUVs are killing Mother Earth! They guzzle gasoline! They're big! Unnecessary! They may as well not exist!

  • BakedPenguin||

    Jann Wenner also hates Ayn Rand, which is not surprising,given his politics. He has stated that Rush will never get in while he's alive.

    From what I've heard, Rush do not give a shit for the reason Warty mentioned - rock isn't about museums.

  • ||

    Yeah. I've never been, and I have no desire to go. The fact that that stupid piece of shit museum was built with tax money is especially insulting.

  • ||

    I went in there once while visiting grandma in Rocky River and I needed to kill a few hours while she napped.

    It was terribly curated and practically empty. I think I spent an hour, tops, in there and I probably saw everything twice in that timeframe.

    It was more entertaining to sit at the lake and watch the sludge roll in and out.

  • ||

    You should have taken a long walk in the Rocky River Reservation. Pretty place.

  • Randian||

    Is Jann Wenner worse than Hitler? Signs point to yes.

  • sarcasmic||

    Yo, Michelle! What's your BMI? Stick it!

  • Loki||

    Yea, OK, let's just hector a KID (she's, what, 16?) for daring to enjoy herself for one fucking moment after winning 2 Olymipc gold medals in gymnastics, probably one of the most physically demanding sports out there. She probably has to watch her diet and training regimen constantly, and after this she'll be right back to the daily training grind to prepare for the next big international tournament, but nope. Better not celebrate it even a little if that means indulging in one fucking thing that the queen has deemed "bad". Good God what a cunt.

  • John||

    She probably has to watch her diet and training regimen constantly,

    That is an understatement. They are all borderline anorexics. You can't do that stuff if you have so much as an ounce of extra fat on you.

  • Enough About Palin||

    "They are all borderline anorexics."

    That's not really true.

  • Randian||

    I bet that if some Olympian had said "we had champagne after we won the gold medal", Michelle would not have said a thing despite the empty calories of alcohol.

    I think what slays me about this is not the "scolding", because passive-aggressive though it was, it did seem like banter. My problem is shoehorning in your pet project when it is this girl's moment. It's not your moment, Michelle, it's hers, so try to have some class and stop compulsively politicizing every. single. thing.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Exactly. It would have been less offensive if she were quite a bit older. But for god's sake, she's 16. She doesn't have a clue yet. If MO had done the same thing to Phelps or Treanor, it would have been different. She could have made a bad Bieber joke instead.

  • Loki||

    ^THIS^

    It's like her and her husband can't seem to fathom anything that isn't all about them.

  • Ted S.||

    When the Canadian women's hockey team won gold in Vancouver, they celebrated at center ice with a giant bottle of Molson beer among other things.

    The wicked moral scolds has a conniption fit.

  • Archduke PantsFan||

    Didn't her hubby just buy everyone a round of beers?
    That's gotta be worse than a McDonald's breakfast meal.

  • Fatty Bolger||

    Well, except for the guy with the Romney sign.

    Most normal people would have laughingly said "even Romney sign." But not thin skinned, perpetually bristling Obama. He and Michelle were meant for each other.

  • R C Dean||

    The winning move would have been to invite Romney sign guy over to have his beer with the Prez, talk about sports with him.

    You know, be a good-natured, decent, real human being.

  • Loki||

    You know, be a good-natured, decent, real human being.

    Remember who you're talking about here.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    writing an article about it on reason and discussing it like it means jack shit is fucking retarded.

    How about this?

    What did it cost to ship the First Lady and her entourage to London so they could bask in the reflected glory of the Olympians?

    Fuck off, slaver.

  • Ragnar||

    Why don't people just tell her to fuck off and mind her own business?

  • sarcasmic||

    Racist!

  • Mike M.||

    Because they don't want to end up like Breitbart.

  • Randian||

    Fat?

  • Invisible Finger||

    I didn't think it was possible to be more annoying than Hilary Clinton, but I was quickly proven wrong.

    Only a douchebag would marry an awful piece of shit like this. At least Clinton had the decency to cheat on his wench.

  • sarcasmic||

    Maybe Barry's a closet homo.

  • Loki||

    Only a douchebag spineless beta-male with no sack would marry an awful piece of shit like this.

    FTFY.

  • BoscoH||

    Was I the only one who saw Gabbie mouth, "See You Next Tuesday, Mrs. Obama" at the end of the segment?

  • RBS||

    I wonder what is happening next Tuesday?

  • NoVAHockey||

    i'd gladly tell you for an egg mcmuffin today.

  • Drax the Destroyer||

    I wonder if it was a thinly veiled threat.

  • R C Dean||

    Maybe some of the medalists are going to the White House?

  • Randian||

    Guys, let me help you out here.

    Old people, I swear.

  • NoVAHockey||

    well that made my day.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Did she really say that?

  • Restoras||

    Or, or, "See You Next Tuesday" could be a mutation of C-U-Next-Tuesday. Maybe.

  • ||

    Michelle Obama is Carrie Nation. Fuck her.

  • John||

    She is worse. Carrie Nation actually practiced what she preached.

  • sarcasmic||

    Chewbacca looked much better before getting a shave.

    Seriously.

  • ||

    "I suggest a new strategy, Gabby: let the wookie win."

  • sarcasmic||

    LMAO!

  • NoTalentAssclown||

    winner!

  • Brett L||

    How did this not get a McKayla is not impressed photoshop for the pic? C'mon guys, even Gillespie has a meme generator now.

  • John||

    Michelle just should be glad it wasn't McKayla who won the all around. McKayla would have bitched slapped her ass. Even Michelle doesn't want any part of that crazy.

  • RBS||

    I disagree. McKayla would have reached over and pulled her still beating heart out of her chest and showed it to her as she expired.

  • Brett L||

    I prefer to imagine her saying, "is this healthy for me, bitch?" as she ate the heart, but otherwise well played.

  • sarcasmic||

  • John||

    I think she is quite attractive. And I bet she is probably a very nice girl. But those eyes, those eyes.

  • ||

    She is a cutie pie, and is clearly a very, very dirty girl.

  • Restoras||

    Yes. I see what you like. There will be a long, long trail of wrecked and ruined men before she finds the one that can tame her.

  • RBS||

    There will be a long, long trail ofwrecked and ruined men bodies before she finds the one that can tame her.

  • NoVAHockey||

    you can't tame a wild animal. you can cage it. but it won't be tame.

  • RBS||

    The best part of those pics is Lebron James looks like a fucking moron.

  • John||

    Isn't that every pic of LaBron?

  • RBS||

    I don't get how the hipster glasses took over the NBA. I mean these guys are the pinnacle of manhood for some people and they intentionally dress like the dork in high school who trips over his own feet.

  • BoscoH||

    It's because a few years ago, David Stern decided that all the players would dress professionally and nicely when arriving at and departing from games. The idea was that if they were dressed like they belonged uptown, there would be fewer incidents downtown.

    The "Urkel look" started as an in-your-face protest of everything that was wrong with Stern's dictate, was welcomed by Stern (to his credit), and took on a life of its own in hip-hop fashion.

  • NebulousFocus||

    In that case, I support it.

  • Ted S.||

    Maybe because the meme generators are almost uniformly stupid?

  • T o n y||

    Give me a freakin break. The only possible adjective that could accompany this segment is "lighthearted."

    We are a nation of fat people. The First Lady's initiative is so uncontroversial that it might as well be the puppy awareness drive. Well, uncontroversial to people who aren't high-strung rightwing morons.

  • Randian||

    Obvious troll is obvious.

  • ||

    Just ignore it, dude. It hates that.

  • T o n y||

    Dear God I just clicked your name. You are even more obsessed with policing this blog than Epi. Get a life for Christ's sake. What would Ayn say?

  • Randian||

    ???

    Please explain, because I have no idea what you are talking about.

    What would Ayn say?

    I dunno. "I'm dead", maybe? What would Judy Garland say to you if she found out you trolled here all day?

  • Fluffy||

    What would Judy Garland say to you if she found out you trolled here all day?

    DUDE.

    SWEET.

  • sarcasmic||

    You're right. There's nothing controversial about wanting to control what millions of people eat and drink. That's totally normal and understandable.

  • Fluffy||

    Tony, one of two things have to be true:

    1. Michelle Obama thinks she is in a position to lecture an Olympic athlete about fitness. If she does think that, she's crazy.

    2. Michelle Obama knows Gabby is fit and can eat what she wants, but she thinks Gabby should pretend she doesn't go to McDonald's, because she's a "role model" and we have to lie to young people to get them to "eat better".

    I tend to think that we're dealing with #2. And #2 is breathtakingly repulsive to me, no matter how uncontroversial the issue being advocated.

  • Randian||

    It is always interesting to me that single-minded athletes are considered "role models". Yes, because if there is anyone I want my kids to take after, it's neurotic little weirdos with no intellectual or social lives who waste their childhoods to get a bit of metal around their necks.

  • RBS||

    Like that commercial with all the athletes talking about how they don't have time to watch tv or haven't read the latest books? Why would I want my son to emulate that?

  • Randian||

    The commercial is the perfect example.

  • Drax the Destroyer||

    I wouldn't have any problem if my kids traded the athleticism for building a billion dollar internet empire (preferably porn based) and did it without getting laid or a social life... as long as they pay for dad's new robot liver.

  • ||

    And millions of dollars in endorsements. Don't forget that.

  • Fluffy||

    That's true and I agree with that.

    But even if I thought that athletes should be emulated, I would still have a problem with the notion that the way to get kids to emulate them would be...lying.

  • Randian||

    I concur entirely.

  • Enough About Palin||

    "neurotic little weirdos with no intellectual or social lives who waste their childhoods to get a bit of metal around their necks."

    Really, you have no idea what you are talking about. You may just as well be weighing in on the social world of worm farmers.

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Tony,

    The only possible adjective that could accompany this segment is "lighthearted."

    Bullying a little girl into compliance is "lighthearted." You heard it right here, folks!!!

    We are a nation of fat people.

    What's with this "we" business, Kimosabe? The US is a BIG nation with a population made of all sorts. Your thinking is too insular, just like the thinking of all collectivist assholes.

  • Enough About Palin||

    No, OM, your fat is my fat too.

  • ||

    Stick to discussing gay marriage shithook. It is the only subject where you make sense, and not always then.

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Suthenboy,

    Stick to discussing gay marriage shithook. It is the only subject where you make sense, and not always then.

    Murray Rothbard said that most people tend to specialize in those things they understand the least. In the case of Tony, it is argumentation. He has gone as far as asserting that agreements between people cannot really exist if they cannot be "enforced" by the state, which would make all agreements the responsibility of the State, thus making "marriage" the responsibility of the State.

    If that were the case, where would one go to enforce a contract between a person and the State? To a higher State? And another above that one? And then a higher one at that? Until when? If a contract between the State and a person cannot really be enforced, then that pretty much makes all contracts null and void, as there's no guarantee there will be a higher State to enforce the contract.

    Obviously, the argument is fallacious. Contracts are agreements between two people, which includes the enforcement part by mutual consent. Even if one breaks the agreement, enforcement can still be achieved even without the State by way of a ruined reputation as a CHEAT. Because, even if it were true that the State is there to ensure that contracts are "enforced" (which would make the State some sort of omnipotent body), would you still want to enter into a contract with a cheat?

  • ||

    Oh, looky, Penn State hid a pedophile ring.

  • John||

    That would explain why they were so loath to turn him in now wouldn't it? I could never figure out why they didn't at a minimum throw him off campus. It never made any sense, unless of course there were some donors involved.

  • R C Dean||

    If this proves out, I could see just shutting down the whole fucking cesspit of a school.

  • John||

    That they didn't give them the death penalty is amazing. It just goes to show, no matter what happens, the football game always gets played.

  • Brett L||

    I saw that the academic accrediting body told PSU they were considering action against the University. Getting your accreditation stripped will probably destroy your fundraising and enrollment.

  • John||

    If this turns out to be true, my God. It is just unthinkable.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    The action was already announced, Penn State is basically on probation:

    http://news.yahoo.com/penn-sta.....tml?_esi=1

    And this probably has more to do with the side issues with Clery Act enforcement that were revealed in the Freeh Report than with the Sandusky Scandal per se.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    While the school certainly deserved the death penalty, eliminating Penn State football for several years would likely bankrupt hundreds of business in Central PA, and I think people were justifiably loathe to cause an economic disaster for thousands of people only tangentally related to the university (e.g. Should some hotel maid in Altoona lose her job because of the Sandusky scandal?)

  • Stormy Dragon||

    After all that's come out, who knows if this is true or not. But that article seem REALLY poorly sourced.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    When this story first broke, one of the talking heads on ESPN (Herbstreit maybe?) made a side comment at the time that this scandal was going to get much worse. And then followed that with the implication that there may be a "child sex for generous boosters" type program.

    They may very well lose their accreditation over this. Goodbye PSU

  • Stormy Dragon||

    They may very well lose their accreditation over this.

    Again, Penn State may deserve to, but I think it's unlikely they're going to bankrupt hundreds of thousands of people by rendering their degrees useless.

  • robc||

    Past degrees wouldnt be useless, only ones going forward.

  • ||

    Having worked with incarcerated pedophiles I can tell you that they are incredibly devious, scheming and conniving in ways you can scarcely imagine. For most of them, their entire life is planned around access to children.

    I am not at all surprised at this, and wont be surprised when more turns up.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    except for the guy with the Romney sign.

    That guy needs to pay his fair share.

    He's probably got a job.

  • Loki||

    'Home sweet home! It feels good to be back on U.S. soil. Now i need a good American burger #Jeah,' tweeted swimmer Ryan Lochte.

    Uh oh, looks like Lochte didn't get the memo either.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Neither did Lolo Jones.

  • R C Dean||

    If Michelle tries to lecture Lochte, I predict lulz aplenty. One thing he's got is attitude out the wazoo.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    Being the bastard I am, I would have told the First Bag "yeah, and after the show I'm going for a Moon Pie and a 64-ounce soda pop...you want in? I'm buyin'."

  • Killazontherun||

    I would have gone with, 'the great thing about being an American is I can tell the wife of the POTUS to 'fuck off' without any consequences. 'USA! USA! USA!'

  • Archimedes||

    London 2012: how the Olympics suckered the Left'

    The London Olympics are the most Right-wing major event in Britain’s modern history. Billions of pounds are taken from poor and middle-income taxpayers and service users to build temples to a corporate and sporting elite. Democratic, grassroots sport is stripped of money to fund the most rarefied sport imaginable. The police and the state are turned into the enforcement arm of Coca-Cola. How did this event suddenly become the toast of the Left?
    Corporations who make people fat and sick – or, in one case, actually maimed and killed them – are allowed to launder their images; the London Paralympics, in a detail you simply could not make up, are sponsored by Atos, the firm repeatedly accused of bullying disabled people off benefits. Meanwhile, the main sponsors – the people of Britain – are largely excluded from the event they paid for.


    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/n.....-the-left/

  • John||

    Taking money from the working people to build vanity monuments to national pride and to create circuses for the rich to watch sounds pretty Left to me.

  • sarcasmic||

    You know who else built monuments to national pride?

  • John||

    Stalin? FDR? Those guys were pretty left last I looked.

  • Randian||

    It slays me that for whatever reason, people think nationalist strongmen must be right-wingers.

  • rbenchley||

    David Brooks?

  • Loki||

    The London Olympics are the most Right-wing major event in Britain’s modern history. Billions of pounds are taken from poor and middle-income taxpayers and service users to build temples to a corporate and sporting elite.

    *Sigh* Corpratism is not a "right wing" or "left wing" thing. Both "wings" are equally guilty of this shit. Maybe pundits should quit trying so desperately to pin the blame for things they don't like on the other "wing".

    "But that would require, like, thinking and stuff."

  • ||

    This exchange reminds my of my kid sister.

    One of those people where EVERY fucking subject gets politcized.

    She can't go for a walk on the beach without going on a big rag about whale hunting, or how dolphins are really smart and people are murdering them, or ocean pollution and the big trash flotilla in the Pacific, or climate change a sea levels. Which immediately turns into an argument about how capitalism is evil and raping the planet - especially Americans.

    She can't eat a fucking meal without bringing up GMOs, ragging on about high fructose corn syrup or the evils of milk or factory farming.

    She can't discuss travel without specifying just how each country one might visit differs from the US in terms of helath care policy, or was oppressed by the United States, or a victim of some sort of evil global capitalist exploitation.

    She can't open a Christmas present without talking about how Christmas had been commercialed and the evils of consumerism.

    She can't watch a television show or a movie without pointing out when one of the characters says something liberal that she agrees with.

  • Randian||

    You should have mercy on her and put her down. She's clearly in pain.

  • ||

    I remember one time going outside and looking at the stars, and she cstopped to loudly read something on the back of the star chart about light pollution.

  • Archimedes||

    Does she also complain that instead of wasting energy on baking cookies, we should have fresh organic carrots instead?

  • fried wylie||

    light pollution IS really lame. Would it cost so much to put reflectors on our night-lights? Shit, might even be able to use the next-size-down bulb if half the light weren't uselessly shining up into the sky.

    I'm still not convinced of the utility of street-lights in general. (I can see the value of property/premises lighting though.)

  • Drax the Destroyer||

    It might be difficult, but get limit of your interaction with her to approach 0 as soon as possible.

  • ||

    Believe me, my interaction with her went to zero immediately after 9/11 and stayed there.

    At that moment, I just didn't think I could take what would inevitably be her undisguised schadenfreude as she explained how the Americans had it coming for their global imperialism and rape of the planet.

  • Loki||

    Your sister and my aunt should meet. My aunt's the same way, except 180 degree polar opposite in her politics. Like you sister, she just won't shut up about it. If we put them together, we just may cause a singularity. Or at least get them to kill each other.

  • NoVAHockey||

    my sister-in-law is like that. she was Buddhist for awhile, but still sent out her annual wish list for Christmas. so i just wrote back "possessions are fleeting"

  • fried wylie||

    Snap.

  • Ted S.||

    I would have made a donation in her name to the Human Fund.

  • Drax the Destroyer||

    I would have said I made a donation.

  • Ted S.||

    Drax apparently doesn't get the reference.

  • Mike M.||

    It sounds like some guy really needs to kiss her where it stinks. And I don't mean Staten Island.

  • Michael||

    This is exactly how my girlfriend's family is, and especially her mom. They're absolutely wonderful people otherwise, but holy damn is it a massive feat of willpower to make it through some conversations when

    EVERY.

    THING.

    IS.

    POLITICAL.

    Last time we all went out to dinner the discussion somehow turned to hormones in meat products. When I admitted that the subject barely moved the needle on my outrage meter and that I will continue eating whatever I please while still outliving most people, they were positively aghast. A conflicting opinion isn't even required to make their jaws drop. Most of the time expressing simple apathy will do the trick.

  • ||

    Some liberals seem to live in this constant cycle of outrage at everything. It's an entire frame of reference where they are constantly being assaulted on all sides by the evils of TEH CORPORASHUNS. Every new event frames and informs how their perceive the next one, so that each new thing turns into a new massive outrage that informs and reinforces the outrage of everything else.

    And of course, you can't trust the mainstream media to report any of it, because they're owned by the corporations.

  • NebulousFocus||

    Do you at least antagonize the crap out of her?

  • Les||

    It's funny how frequently the quality of commenting here is so similar to Salon, in terms of pettiness and superficial personal judgment.

  • Killazontherun||

    Petty, check. Superficial, double check. Judgmental, yep! Welcome home, Les. Kick your boots off. Stay awhile.

  • fried wylie||

    At least here we're allowed to wear boots.

  • Fluffy||

    Michelle Obama wants to stop my kid from having a Happy Meal or a chocolate milk at lunch because other people's brats are obese.

    That entitles me to wish her ill and to jump on every related statement she makes. I owe her no intellectual charity or good will at all. None.

    And it's hardly a superficial judgment. I could write you a 1000 page tome on the implications of Michelle's nanny state food scolding.

  • Ted S.||

    I've used the word "wicked" a couple of times above. The reason is that these moral scolds don't have good intentions. They're nothing more than control freaks; perverts who get their rocks off on telling other people how to live their lives.

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Tony,

    The only possible adjective that could accompany this segment is "lighthearted."

    Bullying a little girl into compliance is "lighthearted." You heard it right here, folks!!!

    We are a nation of fat people.

    What's with this "we" business, Kimosabe? The US is a BIG nation with a population made of all sorts. Your thinking is too insular, just like the thinking of all collectivist assholes.

  • NoTalentAssclown||

    Better alt-text: "If I had a daughter, she would look like you."

  • Mike M.||

    "You didn't win those gold medals."

  • fried wylie||

    What exactly is so nutritionally horrible about an egg mcmuffin. It's gotta be one of the healthiest options on their menu. Low-density bread, cheese, egg, sausage (not the best protein, but still), some oil.

    It's not like the girl admitted to having 6 hashbrowns PLUS two sandwiches (you can actually order that meal by asking them for a "fried wylie.")

  • Enough About Palin||

    "fried wylie."

    Whoa! That sounds painful.

  • Irony Intended||

    OMG, did you see how intimidated that poor child was? Chastised and humiliated on national television--her body language tells you that's exactly how she felt. This is practically child abuse!!! Mrs. Obama is a monster!!!!!!

  • fried wylie||

    It's not abuse when you're doing what's best for the child. Just like whoopings. That girl should consider herself lucky that the first lady didn't tell her to go fetch a switch.

  • Irony Intended||

    No need! The first lady will probably lie and say she meant it as a joke, but Gabby's horrified reaction is all the proof you need to disprove that nonsense!

  • Shawn||

    Really? Talk about a misleading headline. It was a lighthearted exchange. Give me a break.

  • Joe Emenaker||

    Well, I watched, but the horror never materialized.

    Please... you guys are reaching on this one.

    I appreciate your need to paint any action by a government official or representative as "big government"s all-out assault on individual achievement and personal sovereignty, but you're really grasping at straws, here.

    First, the FLOTUS didn't *make* Gabby apologize and didn't "scold" her as some articles are spinning it. All she did was give Gabby a little ribbing over the fact that, when you're someone who's trying to be an ambassador for proper diet and exercise, it doesn't help your pitch when an Olympian goes on national TV and says "McMuffin".

    And Gabby took it the right way. She didn't say "I'm sorry I ate the McMuffin, Mrs. Obama. I'll never do it again". Instead, she just threw out a "sorry" as in "Oh, whoops... I guess I just made your job a little harder. Sorry about that, bro.". It was *sympathetic* more than *apologetic*.

    We now return you to our regularly-scheduled program of seeing any kind of encouragement to be mindful of others as big government's crusade against individual liberty.

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