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Posted at 1:15 PM ET, 02/17/2011

Palin hits Michelle Obama on breast feeding [UPDATE]

By Jonathan Capehart

Evidence that Sarah Palin's speech at the Long Island Association on Thursday will provide a wealth of head-scratching material just came via Twitter from Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times.

Palin says, "It's no wonder Michelle Obama is telling everybody you need to breast feed your babies ... the price of milk is so high!"

I'm going to have to ponder this one for a little bit. In the meantime, discuss, everyone. Discuss.

[Update, 3:45 p.m.: A commenter going by the handle "haigeonos" writes, "I find it very disgusting that a so-called Washington Post male journalist would be so erotically incensed, sensually aroused and emotionally erected with the very mention of Michelle Obama's breast and the milk. This is simply sickening and degrading."

Let me set the record, er, straight for this person and anyone else who might be wondering if I'm in need of a cold shower or in the midst of an orientation conversion. I failed you, dear reader, by neglecting to remind you that Obama discussed breastfeeding two days ago as part of the next phase of her "Let's Move" campaign to fight childhood obesity. A valiant effort by the first lady that has earned attacks from Palin -- and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).]

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 17, 2011; 1:15 PM ET
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Comments

All I can say is OMG, she probably fed her kids cows milk from the minute they were born. How can one woman be so ignorant?

Posted by: barbiepalin | February 17, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Another Black "journolist" smearing a dissident politician because the latter dares to criticise his beloved, idolised Black First Lady.

Idi Amin has come to USA.

Posted by: skponggol | February 17, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

@skponggol...I see our first racist has signed in.

Posted by: barbiepalin | February 17, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Sarah thinks mothers milk is the gateway to alcoholism. Almost all alcoholics started on breast milk........I don't think Sarah is really racist, but some might get that idea. Racists think she thinks like them.

Posted by: fishinfool | February 17, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Everyday there seems to be new proof that Sarah Palin is not very bright. The fact that anyone voted for a ticket that would place her a heartbeat from the presidency is unfathomable.

Posted by: pgladstone | February 17, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

barbiepalin; all,

to "barbie": Sarah Palin is a longtime "member in goodstanding" of The La Leche League. =====> fwiw, i love it when FOOLS, who "trash" Sarah Palin, are shown not only to be filled with prejudice & unreasoning hate but also are 100% WRONG.

laughing AT your DUMB-bunny posts.

to ALL: it is the nature of a "DIMocRAT extremist" to be a BIGOT/FOOL, just as it is the nature of a snake to slither. - take anything that they spew out onto this forum with a large grain of salt, as 99% of what they claim is either WRONG and/or a KNOWING/hate-FILLED lie.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | February 17, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

This woman really doesn't have two brain cells to keep her company at night, does she?

Posted by: northgs | February 17, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I find it very disgusting that a so-called Washington Post male journalist would be so erotically incensed, sensually aroused and emotionally erected with the very mention of Michelle Obama's breast and the milk.

This is simply sickening and degrading.

Posted by: haigeonos | February 17, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

What's so special about Michelle Obama breast milk that get Washington Post journalists so uncontrollably excited and motivated.

I'm going to have to ponder this one for a little bit. In the meantime, discuss, everyone. Discuss.

Posted by: haigeonos | February 17, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

What's so special about Michelle Obama breast milk that get Washington Post journalists so uncontrollably excited and motivated.

- "I'm going to have to ponder this one for a little bit. In the meantime, discuss, everyone. Discuss."

Posted by: haigeonos | February 17, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

haigeonos.....are you that Washington Post male journalist you're talking about?

Posted by: fishinfool | February 17, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

@TN46..coordinator, CCTPP..You are just as pathetic as the rest of her very small base cult. Keep sending her your money, fool.

Posted by: barbiepalin | February 17, 2011 2:12 PM | Report abuse

texasnative46 was clearly fed moron pills when he was a baby.

Posted by: Observer691 | February 17, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

No way to get women more riled up than to talk about their breast milk. Please, for the first six months, yes, it boosts the immune system. HOWEVER, that does not give the child an impregnable shield against all diseases. The child can still be affected by a disease that the mother does not have immunity to, just like a child on formula. Also, there is no substantial evidence of any other benefit. Although that certainly doesn't stop the "breasters" from getting all holier-than-thou against anyone that would have the audacity to feed their own child formula.

Posted by: AngryTurtle | February 17, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

barbiepalin; Observer691,

laughing AT you two dolts, who each, "know NOT & know NOT that you know NOT."

otoh, neither of you are to be despised, but rather PITIED by everyone here, who has a "higher than average room temperature IQ".

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | February 17, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is late. Michele Bachmann already set herself up as anti Michelle Obama on this matter, according to Slate's XX blog.

Posted by: JR03 | February 17, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, this piece notwithstanding, I could really go on for the rest of my life without hearing anything more about this vile, opportunistic, quitter. Do you really have to tell us what she says at these redneck conventions?

Posted by: ruthella10 | February 17, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

@Texasnative...have you noticed...Sarah has very little support her, in fact, you're her only support and my guess is you're an over weight, middle aged, divorced white man who has a crush on the quitter.

Posted by: barbiepalin | February 17, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Hold on, milk is priced too high?

So is Palin suggesting we INCREASE the federal milk subsidy?

Or is she suggesting that we axe that sacred cow (if you will) and unleash market forces that she thinks will lower the price?

Or is she just babbling as usual, tossing out vague insults without doing any studying to figure out what her policy specifics are on anything that requires genuine knowledge?

I think we know.

Posted by: SageThrasher | February 17, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to know the context in which she said this. It very easily could be she was making a joke.

And @barbiepalin, I have a sneaking suspicion that you just described yourself.

Posted by: urallimbeciles | February 17, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

barbiepalin,

actually (as you were about Sarah Palin & her actual stance on breastfeeding. NO La Leche League member is ANTI-breastfeeding.), you are 100% WRONG, once more.

fyi, i'm:
1.NOT "a white person"; instead, like BHO, i'm BI-RACIAL,
2. tall & quite thin,
3. 64 years of age,
4. widowed for over 25 years
and
5. about 10x smarter than your posts indicate that you are.

further, you write like a "not very bright" 6th grade dropout. - readers of this forum might pay more attention to your thought-FREE, arrogantly silly, drivel if you learned to spell simple words & some basic rules of grammar.

LAUGHING AT YOU. - but, PLEASE continue with your SILLY, IGNORANT, ranting & false personal attacks, as you are making the leftists/DIMocRATS look BAD!
(it is people just like you, who have caused MANY tens of thousands of moderate/conservative/THINKING voters to abandon the Democrats Party forever, to become TEA PARTY activists.)

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | February 17, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Texasnative-46. Grow up, you're acting like a little boy in love, but the little boy hasn't figured out that his girl crush is a loser. You might find more people to agree with you at the C of Pee.

Posted by: barbiepalin | February 17, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

barbiepalin,

in other words, you truly are:
1. a BIGOT,
2. clue-LESS,
3. UNABLE to make a real counter-argument to ANY of my points
AND
4. are quite typical of the collection of lunatics/dunces/morons/idiots, who NOW comprise the left wing of "the DIMocRATS Party".

finally, i'm actually NOT "a big supporter of" Sarah Palin; instead i'm just: ANTI-Idiot, PRO-education & PRO-fairness.
(if the 2012 election was now, i would probably vote for Senator Jim DeMint of SC.)

laughing AT you.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | February 17, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I'll take a step out on a limb and go with Palin has never read a scientific journal that shows breast milk is better for newborns than formula or other forms of milk unless there has been (rare mind you) allergic reaction seen by the child both developmentally, physically and intellectually. *looks back at post* The words scientific and journal all but answer my remark. Carry on.

Posted by: Falling4Ever | February 17, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse


"Almost all alcoholics started on breast milk"

This has to be one of the most uninformed opinions that I have ever read. First of all, it isn't true. In fact, it has recently been demonstrated that children who are weaned, early, are MORE likely to be alcoholic. More importantlty, it demostrates the common coincidence versus causality. Even if it were true, it wouldn't mean anything as it is not sufficient to establish a causal link.

What is believed, though not thoroughly proved, is that drinking while nursing can have health effects on the infant and may predispose the infant to alcoholism in the future but even that wouldn't support the outlandish posting by the author of the above statement.

Where do some people get their "facts"? Clearly not by thinking for themselves.

Posted by: JoeLeaphorn | February 17, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Palin continues to prove what a twit she is.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 17, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a hateful destructive human being. Really listen to what she says, and I mean everything she has ever said about anything. Never a nice word, never a solution to a problem, never anything constructive or positive. The most sickening part is that she says it with a wink and a "you betcha" as if she's one of us.

Posted by: valerie14 | February 17, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Well Sarah shown she has the hots for Barack but now her attacks are driven to his wife. Is Sarah running for President or First Lady. I guess Todd can't do it anymore and Barack looks like a great catch. As for her choice of topics one would think Sarah being a Mom and grandmom would already know the breast feeding has always been recommended by Doctors. But when a woman is jealous her claws come out.
As for crazy Michele Bachmann she just adopts kids to work her farm and collects Federal funding for her personal use. I'm sure the Tea Party Moms will listen to these two nutters and hopefully don't follow their directions and listen to their doctors.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | February 17, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure it was a joke, but it's a joke at the expense of the president's wife. Can't Sarah Palin make a joke without involving one of the Obamas? I suspect not. If the president - or anyone else - made a joke at the expense of one of Palin's immediate family you can imagine the backlash.

If she doesn't like the price of milk, what's her plan to lower it?

Posted by: ktvanw | February 17, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm so insulted by haigeonos' response that I needed to sign up and say she sounds hysterical. There is nothing offensive by what the journalist said, and her rush to judgment does a disservice to feminists everywhere.

On the other hand, I bet she's one step more intelligent than Palin.

Posted by: Inagaddadavida_loca | February 18, 2011 12:42 AM | Report abuse

I posted a vlog on this subect today:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEBrZX75BFE
and was surprised to hear from two people who claimed to have been in attendance and who were very upset that I took umbrage at Sarah Palin's jab at Michelle Obama. It was, in their words, a joke and everyone laughed at it. But what those two, and the crowd, failed to see was that Palin is purposefully choosing to paint Michelle Obmaa as a busybody who is trying to tell people how to raise their children -- and humor is an extremely powerful tool to use in accomplishing this goal -- at the expense of some young babies whose mothers worship the ground she walks on and who might be nudged away from breast-feeding their children as a result of her flip remark.

Posted by: britethorn | February 18, 2011 3:14 AM | Report abuse

The dig is quite a turnaround from the position Palin had as governor of Alaska, when she declared October 2007 "Breastfeeding Awareness Month" and issued a proclamation that said, "government and community organizations have a vested interest in protecting and promoting breastfeeding as a means of preventing infant malnutrition, morbidity, and mortality."

Posted by: motogp46 | February 18, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Apparently when she still worked for Alaska in 2007, she declared October 2007 Support Breastfeeding Month – or some such name. In the declaration, Palin said all the positive things that Michelle Obama has said, and that most people acknowledge as beneficial.

Posted by: Skowronek | February 18, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

When does Sarah Palin go away?

Posted by: MHawke | February 19, 2011 8:34 AM | Report abuse

motogp46; Skowronek; All,

as i said in an earlier post on this thread, Sarah Palin is a LONG-TIME "member-in-goodstanding" of La Leche League, which is the largest breastfeeding support/advocacy group in the nation. - fyi, all of her children were breastfed.

therefore, there are a couple of possibliities about this "controversy":
1. the "lame-stream media" misrepresented (or outright LIED about) what Sarah Palin said,
(this is NOT at all uncommon for the leftist-controlled media.)
or
2. she was "taken out of context"
(also commonplace with "reporters" & "journalists"!)
or
3. she told a joke, which was reported as serious commentary.

"the bottom line" is that anyone who actually believes that a dedicated member of La Leche League is ANTI-breastfeeding is, in just one word: STUPID.

note to ALL: believe about one percent of what the "mainstream press" says about ANY conservative. = it is the nature of the leftist press to LIE, just as it is the nature of a snake to slither.
i am NOT a "public figure", nor am i "anybody important" but i am routinely "misquoted" (read: LIED ABOUT) & had my words taken "out of context", when i am speaking FOR our county's TEA PARTY group.
(i now always pass out "printed statements" when i'm interviewed & am STILL "misquoted" routinely by "the lamestream press"! = this is NOT an accident.)

just my personal opinion = i do NOT & CANNOT speak "officially" for our county's TEA PARTY group, absent a vote of the general membership on each issue.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | February 19, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Haigeonos wrote some very important sounding words but totally without any meaning or context, such as “erotically incensed, sensually aroused and emotionally erected”. Is this person describing Jonathan or themselves? From the familiarity with such disgusting words it sure looks as if someone is abused or an active abuser.

Posted by: schatter003 | February 19, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

SARAH, WHO WOULD KNOW BETTER THAN YOU? YOU'VE BEEN MILKING THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES FOR
A COUPLE OF YEARS.

Posted by: actos1836 | February 19, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an embarrassment to our society. Although I do not agree with anything that comes out of her mouth I could at least respect her choice to have different views if she would take the time to really understand the issue at hand. Instead she just trys to make fun of or mock what the issue is because of who is proposing it, in this case Michelle Obama. Why is it wrong for our country to become healthier and to put policy in place to help ensure that? It is sad that she is so hell bent on making the statement “no big government”. But at what cost? As her statements and actions in the past prove at the cost of her own children. She stated, as an oposition to the healthy eating initiative, that she would be feeding her children s’mores. No one ever said junk food would be banned from grocery stores, etc. this policy would require schools and day cares to make better food choices for the children that attend them. How can anyone find fault in that? As far a breast feeding, it is very expensive to buy a breast pump, between $200-$300, if it could be tax deductible or purchased under a Flexible Spending account that would be great for women who choose to breastfeed. How sad is it that we live in a country where we have to come up with policies that allow women to nurse in public and express milk in the work place, why isn’t that an automatic right as a mother? As a final note, Sarah Palin’s comment, “no wonder Michelle Obama’s telling everybody, ‘you’d better breastfeed your baby.’ Yeah, you’d better, because the price of milk is so high right now!”, is wrong on many levels, here are two; 1. Michelle Obama did not tell everyone they better breastfeed their baby, and 2. babies aren’t given cow milk until after the age of 12 months generally and at the youngest 9 months. As a mother who has breastfeed all three of her children and as an RN, I applaud Michelle Obama for making strides in the right direction. Hopefully the Sarah Palins and Michelle Bachmanns of the world do not derail her progress.

Posted by: Aliparent79 | February 20, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

@TN46

Sir, you might want to step back and take a look at your own posts. Are you really any farther above the people you are criticizing? You keep using slanders within your posts such as, DIMocRATS, saying "leftist" press ALWAYS lies, and calling everyone who believe press stupid. How does this help prove your point, or even help you seem knowledgeable? You made a good point about the La Leche League. However, your remarks after that make everything you say disregard-able at best because you are being everything you accuse others of being; prejudiced and hate filled. People have acknowledged that she was joking, but that does not mean her joke was ok. If the Presidential family made a joke that way about her they would be severely censored and made to apologize. She should respect others because that's the way to get respect.

Posted by: grow18 | February 21, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse


Would be nice one day to see newspaper articles written by well educated members of the press who actually inform the public without a need to promote a political agenda.
Would love to be proud one day of the articles in the media and the politicians in this country. Until then...

Posted by: Tinker4 | February 22, 2011 12:26 AM | Report abuse

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