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Michelle Obama Does More Pushups Than TV Lady, Wingnuts Furious

That's MRS. Flotus to you...For a brief moment, our First Lady Michelle Obama’s appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show was all fun and games. Our FLOTUS danced her way onto the stage in her usual style and then sat down with Ellen to discuss (what else?) Barack Obama’s socks. The gossip is that Barack Obama does not pick up his socks! But our FLOTUS did not really go all the way out to the Ellen show to discuss the White House cleaning services. It was, of course, all about Let’s Move! and childhood obesity. And we would be very bored by this, except that this time, the jackets came off! Our Michelle revealed her workout secrets and then got down on the floor to demonstrate why everyone must fear the arms of America’s First Lady of Fitness. And then some right-wing people on the Internet used their personal mobility devices to drive across the living room to the ‘puter, to complain about the first lady’s “form.”

Michelle Obama must have known that everyone had been waiting for this display. Watch how she subtly brags about her workout routine, and then taunts Ellen DeGeneres by making fun of her “back issues.” That’s our Michelle!

And then some fitness experts from the Wingnut Republican Party (?) said Michelle Obama wasn’t really doing pushups at all:

  • Alright, just watched the video. They are not proper nose to the ground push-ups, but rather partial half reps. So, not quite as impressive then.
  • Not even close to a proper push-up….. well, maybe under liberal doctrine they are :)
  • Ha! Ellen let her win ’cause she likes to be on the bottom!
  • Why isn’t she doing those Push-ups at the White House instead of flying all over the country in a Government plane with Secret Service Agents, spewing for her Muslim husbands campaign at our expense.
  • Yes. Is it too much to ask for a First Lady with a little class and dignity? Nothing wrong with being “fit” and “athletic” but do you have to be an exhibitionist as well??
  • She got this way from the typical urban response to drive-bys…
  • [ABC News]

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    107 comments

    1. Dr_Zoidberg

      Every day I love this woman more.

      Also, I am terribly scared of her arms, as they could easily crush my flabby neck.

      1. YasserArraFeck

        Moby prefers to lie on his back and let the underage brown boy du jour do the bouncing up'n'down.

    2. paris biltong

      OK, but what I want to know if whether she has "her" bedroom at the White House and if so, is it the same as where JFK balled little Mimi.

    3. ManchuCandidate

      I don't like to agree with wingnuts, but MO didn't drop to at least a 90 degree arm bend. As my old PE teacher/former drill instructor used to bark out… "Give me a right angle on your stick arms, Mr Candidate."

      That's why pushups are tough.

      However, I give MO top marks because she did push ups from her toes not knees.

      1. proudgrampa

        Those jackass PE instructors, the ones who acted like Marine drill sargeants, totally turned me off to any sort of exercise. I hope they all died painful deaths.

        Sorry, didn't mean to sound so bitter.

        But Michelle is HAWT.

      2. bagofmice

        What the Candidate said. Ellen gets a slight leverage advantage because she is shorter, but that means she has less muscle to work with. The energy expenditure is a logarithmic function of the joint angle, so moving from 90 to 89 is much more expensive than moving from 1 to 0.

      3. HistoriCat

        True. Of course, she also has her hands wide, so she may be getting a different workout than a normal push-up.

        They seems to have the same point value in Fitocracy, so not sure if the difference is significant or not.

      4. Dumbedup

        But…her back was very straight and her form was otherwise good. I guarantee Limbaugh could not do 25 pushups like those.

    4. facehead

      And at that point no one knew, except Ron Paul, that this friendly contest of strength would blossom into an internecine race war, from which not even gingers would be spared.

      LOL NEWELL IS SO GINGER!

      But seriously, lol.

    5. YasserArraFeck

      Sorry folks, I definitely saw the wires pulling her up and down – and, no doubt, George Soros was up there above the stage, pulling the strings.

    6. SorosBot

      And yet the wingnuts will still continue to call our First Lady fat, despite look at her, because they're racist fucknuts that way.

      1. CthuNHu

        And then furiously denounced them to avert their tiny terrified minds from the tingling sensations being experienced by their shameful, shameful bodies.

      1. bagofmice

        To be fair, Ellen was going much closer to the ground than Michelle, and because of the way leverage works, and the self admitted politeness, was probably straining less.

        Seriously, going straight from the floor with your elbows at >90 degrees to 0 will take more energy than going from 45 degrees to 0. That's just math.

    7. freakishlywrong

      Why isn’t she doing those Push-ups at the White House instead of flying all over the country in a Government plane with Secret Service Agents, spewing for her Muslim husbands campaign at our expense.

      Focus on the prize, hater. Much simpler to say she's an uppity colored.

    8. Nothingisamiss

      Holy fucking shitbirds, those comments. Fucking stupid hate filled fucks.

      Last week I wasn't having a good day, and this week I may not be either. Fuck them all, I says! Our Flotus is the bestest, so suck it, haters.

    9. vulpes82

      History's greatest monster.

      Also, these wingnuts actually watched that lesbo sanctity-of-marriage-destroyer on the TeeVee?

    10. Fare la Volpe

      How dare that lady exercise in public [skarf, snarf, gobble]. Doesn't she know [burp] she's making a spectacle of her [poot] self?

    11. DaRooster

      "Is it too much to ask for a First Lady with a little class and dignity? Nothing wrong with being “fit” and “athletic” but do you have to be an exhibitionist as well??"

      Man I wish!

    12. VinnyThePooh

      Michelle should have said "El Ahrairah never picks up his prayer rug" to get the Tightie Righties to shoot their televisions.

    13. Goonemeritus

      I can see the Republican point, youth fitness and helping returning military personnel are controversial choices for a First Lady. What every American would prefer is Toll House cookie recipes and addiction rehab.

    14. MissTaken

      Yes. Is it too much to ask for a First Lady with a little class and dignity? Nothing wrong with being “fit” and “athletic” but do you have to be an exhibitionist as well??

      Um, I've seen a few exhibitionists in my life, and push-ups were definitely happening. Well, at least not solo push-ups.

    15. ThundercatHo

      I will now do less than 25 push-ups in honor of our First Lady's arms. A couple of years ago I told a gym trainer that I wanted arms like Michelle Obama. She was too nice to laugh in my face although I later named her Maggie the Sadist (not to her face).

    16. FakaktaSouth

      I am not even going to front – I did pull ups yesterday – real, honest to God pull-ups for the FIRST TIME in my 39 years of life. (I could only do 5, but I did them) It was a goal I had set and I achieved it and Michelle O being a grown up lady who is strong like this is what made me think I could do it now. I do not care what any fat ass redneck who is pissed off about tiny french fries in their Happy Meal thinks – she is wonderful, inspiring and anyone who has a problem with anything she is doing is LOOKING for something to bitch about. Rock on, First Lady, and thanks.

      1. chicken_thief

        5 is damn impressive for the first time doing them. Then one could add all the other – "for a woman", "for a 39 yr old", etc.

      2. ttommyunger

        You are to be commended. For your sake, do them daily. You will find them easy and fun when you get to ten or more. It will take months, but everyone needs to be able to handle their own weight. There is a female where I work out who routinely does over 20 on her first set. Goodonya!

    17. chicken_thief

      "She got this way from the typical urban response to drive-bys…"

      Ya, back in the mid-70's when me, the white guy, was hanging around Cabrini Green in Chicago, whenever shooting erupted I always dropped into the push up position and whipped out 25 or so. But, of course, I did proper nose to the ground form….

    18. cheaphits

      A friend of mine is visiting me from the U.K. and she finds it "liberating" that Michelle would do this – and that Sarah Cameron would be unlikely to.

      Good for us, but then again Prince Charles is probably unlikely to pick his nose in public.

    19. PsycWench

      The gossip is that Barack Obama does not pick up his socks!
      Today I am Barack Obama and so is everyone who lives in my house.

    20. EatsBabyDingos

      In their defense, most of the old white men at the GOP like to wear push up bras at "Dress Like J. Edgar Day." And calico dresses.

    21. jus_wonderin

      Ya know, Michelle is a black woman, shouldn't she have challenged the white woman to a jumping contest????

    22. tealsheart

      Looks like this won't help keep Ellen's as the JCPennys spokeswoman/person. A million moms are still called for the failing chain to fire her, or they won't spend anymore $$ on that 'cheap made in China chit'

    23. WinterOuthouse

      Wingnut women only know how to bend over the arm of the couch so they can reach the chips and dip while their mate scoops out some of their warm guacamole.

    24. fuflans

      i was going to say that was utterly charming and i almost (almost!) feel sorry for the miserable lives these wingtards must live.

      then i realized watching that made my tennis elbow flare up and now i hate everyone too.

    25. widestanceshakedown

      The smart ones flew off him once the Vicodin buzz kicked in and after they had crapped up his nose.

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