“Media can’t believe it, but I can. People don’t like being told they are lousy parents, and Mrs. Obama has done that,” Limbaugh says. “People resent Mrs. Obama’s bizarre need to tell us what to eat and how much to exercise.”
He continues criticizing President Obama‘s policy, then says, “I’ll tell you something else — we don’t like paying millions of dollars for Mrs. Obama’s vacations. The NASCAR crowd doesn’t quite understand why, when the husband and the wife are going the same place, the first lady has to take her own Boeing 757 with family and kids and hangers-on four hours earlier than her husband, who will be on his 747. NASCAR people understand that’s a little bit of a waste. They understand it is a little bit of uppity-ism. First ladies have not been known to hop their own 757s four hours ahead of their husband when they’re going the same place.”
As the Los Angeles Times notes, “uppity,” which means self-important or arrogant, was historically used to describe “blacks whom white people perceived as trying to rise above their station in life.”
Everyone’s favorite new celebrity Twitter user, Ellen Barkin, took special offense to Limbaugh’s use of the term, saying, “The appalling disrespect our President & 1st family r consistently
subjected 2 is unprecedented.. what else about them is unprecedented?”
She continues, saying, “Our 1ST Family is black.They hate it & if it helps 2 put a racial
slur in our heads by not quite sayin it,they will not miss an
What do you think of Limbaugh’s language in discussing the NASCAR incident?