ZOMG! Michelle Obama Insulted the Flag!

The latest bit of right wing idiocy is a full scale freakout over Michelle Obama insulting the flag. Watch this Youtube video and tell me what you see:


If you’re a wingnut, you probably think she said “All this for a damn flag.” Media Matters has links to all the right wing bloggers and “journalists” who are claiming that. Unreconstructed lunatic Debbie Schlussel is my favorite. She says she can’t be sure that’s what Obama said, but that’s okay because she must have been thinking it anyway:

I can’t really tell for sure, but a number of people are abuzz about this video of Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Hussein Obama Idi Amin Dada. The consensus seems to be that the First Ms. Thang is saying to hubby Barack, “All of this for a damn flag.” (She said this about the American flag–you know the one brave men died for.) Wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what she said because we know she hates America and previously said she wasn’t proud of our country until Obama had a chance to become Prez. Looks like that’s what she said, but I can’t tell for sure. I would need a deaf person or other expert lip reader to confirm. Watch and see if you agree (like I said, even if she didn’t say exactly that, we know she’s thinkin’ it). . .

If you’re deaf and an accomplished lip reader, on the other hand, she said pretty much the exact opposite.

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  • Randomfactor

    Such awful disrespect for our national symbol:

  • http://www.electricminstrel.com Brett McCoy

    I can’t tell everything she says but it’s obvious she says something that ends with “fold that flag”. Going to the lipreaders site confirms that.

  • raymoscow

    Even worse, she apparently gave a guitar to — you guessed it — France!


    (translate with Google if your French is a bad as mine)

  • http://rockstarramblings.blogspot.com/ Bronze Dog

    I’m still annoyed with flag idolators trying to destroy America’s values like freedom of expression (by way of stepping on a flag as an example for a class), so I have a hard time caring what Michelle said.

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/lousycanuck/ Jason Thibeault

    randomfactor@1: it’s okay if you’re a Republican, though. They even have an acronym for that fact, you should remember it by now!

  • robb

    to me, it looks like she said

    “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

  • 386sx

    You don’t have to be a lip reader to see she isn’t saying what they pretend like she’s saying. They know they’re pretending too because it’s too obvious. It’s play-pretend day in wingnutville land again.

  • nemothederv

    My niece, who is deaf, thinks that Michelle is saying,

    “It’s amazing how they fold that flag”

    I’m sure fox will be disgusted that she would be amazed at this.

  • Randomfactor

    Are they sure she didn’t say “It’s amazing how whitey folds that flag?”

  • teawithbertrand


    Isn’t EVERYDAY play-pretend day for these idiots?

  • jamessweet

    She said this about the American flag–you know the one brave men died for.

    Hmmm, I thought they were dying for our country and for our freedoms, not for the flag. They died for the flag? That seems pointless and stupid… Just buy a new one!

  • Mr Ed

    More right wing demagoguery. I think it is kind of liberating, once you accept that nothing you do will calm the lunatic fringe your free to ignore them.

  • bigjohn756

    Why would she say anything derogatory knowing that she is almost certainly on camera. Do these people think that she’s a stupid as W?

  • nemothederv

    If wonder if the realize that the “founding fathers” didnt even want there to be a flag.

    Flags were heralds of royalty in those days. They made their feelings very clear concerning royalty.

    After all, what is the Declaration of Independence if not a big “fuck you” letter to King George?

  • http://www.improbablejoe.blogspot.com Improbable Joe

    ZOMG! Anti-American right-wingers make shit up!

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Hussein Obama Idi Amin Dada . . . the First Ms. Thang

    But Tea Partiers aren’t even the slightest bit racist. No sirree Bob.

  • John Hinkle

    One of the lip readers claims this is what Michelle said:

    This is the third time this week you left your underwear on the floor… I ain’t your mother

  • Aquaria

    (She said this about the American flag–you know the one brave men died for.)

    I guess the women who have died serving this country don’t count to this scumbag?

    By the way, where’s you DD-214, Deb? Oh. Of course you don’t have one, you cowardly fuckface, so just who the fuck are you to worry about who died for their country or didn’t, when you couldn’t be fucked to try to do the same?

    What a bag of slime.

  • Francisco Bacopa

    It’s amazing how they fold their brains.

  • http://wanderinweeta.blogspot.com Susannah

    I can’t see the first bit of her sentence, but it clearly ends with “fold the flag”. You don’t even need a lip-reading expert for that much. “…damn flag” just doesn’t look at all like what she said.

  • jimmiraybob

    Debbie Schlussel? Debbie Schlussel the genocidal lunatic?

    “While I want Israel to beat HAMAS, there is only one way to do so–total annihilation of the Palestinians, who are all HAMAS.”

    That Debbie Schlussel?

    Do we listen to advocates of genocide?

  • jimmiraybob

    nemothederv@14 –

    “After all, what is the Declaration of Independence if not a big “fuck you” letter to King George?”

    A credit application to France?

  • DaveL

    Let me get this straight – all these people are freaking out over something they can’t hear Michelle Obama saying on this video, but which they’re pretty sure she must have said because they can kinda sorta read lips, but not really?

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    Let me get this straight – all these people are freaking out over something they can’t hear Michelle Obama saying on this video, but which they’re pretty sure she must have said because they can kinda sorta read lips, but not really?

    Actually stuff like this can happen on both sides. I remember a full thermonuclear freakout a few years ago over at Americablog when John posted a video that purported to show W flipping off a bunch of reporters. If you looked closely, you could see he was actually giving them a thumbs-up, but most of the commenters over there were having none of it. Anyone arguing against the consensus was accused of having a right-wing agenda.

    I wouldn’t even think of denying, though, that it seems to happen a lot more on the right than on the left.

  • Pinky

    An now a word from Bertrand Russell:

    Mass hysteria is not confined to human beings. I once saw a photograph of a large herd of wild elephants in Central Africa Seeing an airplane for the first time, and all in a state of wild collective terror. As, however, there were no journalists among them, the terror died down when the airplane was out of sight.

  • ambulocetacean

    Jimmiraybob #22. LOL. =)

  • Lord Shplanington, Not A Frenchman

    Honestly, I wish she HAD said that. I’d have gained a ton of respect for her, and would have had to acknowledge that good ol’ Barack at least has good taste in relationships.

  • Chiroptera

    I think Michelle is saying, “Thank God we’re in public in full view of everyone. There’s no way anyone can make a sordid accusation out of this!”

  • Modusoperandi

    Hold on. There’s something wrong with this story. While I find it plausible that the Real Patriotic Americans®, so outraged over this typical Liberal-Socio-Islamist disregard for America and Freedom and America, can read lips, I find it hard to believe that they understand Muslim.