First Lady Got Back
by Gary Phillips
"I like big butts and I cannot lie
You other brothers can't deny
That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist
And a round thing in your face
You get sprung, wanna pull out your tough
'Cause you notice that butt was stuffed..."
-- Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot
"She lectures us on eating right while she has a large posterior herself." So said Wisconsin GOP Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner about First Lady Michelle Obama's slamming booty earlier this week. Even the First Lady is clearly in shape, has them Xene'd up arms and eats fresh fruit and vegetables from her White House garden, Sensenbrenner apparently equates a flat ass with being in shape. Now ol' Jimbo, no small fella his dam self, had to walk back his comments in the resulting backlash. But the continuing attack on Michelle Obama's fitness initiatives is not really about conservatives objecting to her recommendations to eat better and exercise. The continuing rise of obesity and Type II diabetes among our young bear out the necessity of her efforts.
"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."
These the words of that blowhard Rush Limbaugh from last February. First off that's a lie as A-Rod for damn sure dates honeys with back and there's been some SI models with some slammin' derrières. But I digress. What the right wing can't get its mind around is a black First Lady. Here is someone who inherently presents a different standard of beauty and poise, let alone is an accomplished attorney. How do out little blonde, blue-eyed girls look up to her, they worry. In many ways Michelle Obama as First Lady has deeper reverberations to the American psyche than her husband as president. Strong women of any color give good old boys (and women) fits, and here's this colored one who is telling them to put aside their onion rings and cracklins. The audacity
Me, I'm glad I live in a country where the First Lady has got it goin' on. Too bad she has to be cognizant of her position and couldn't cuss out Sensenbrenner and Limbaugh in public and cut them a new one. Though I suppose she can be comforted that her butt has muscle and tone and theirs are flabby. There's some justice in that.