A food fight refuses to die | POLITICO 44

Several startling new developments to report on the very burning issue of what first lady Michelle Obama had for dinner in Vail and whether her short rib entree betrayed a nation she challenged to start eating healthier. To cases…

Scaring the children: “Yes, every square inch of my glorious naked body oozes with the truth,” radio host Rush Limbaugh said today.

“I’m getting a lot of grief out there for my highly civil comments about Michelle Obama eating short ribs in Vail,” Limbaugh said. “These were highly civil comments, for crying out loud. I mean, people are going nuts, every USA Today, the Politico …”

(Memo to Rush: “The” Politico? Try to keep up. We dropped that article awhile back, but thanks for the name-check!)

There was more, but 44 won’t sport with your patience by quoting Limbaugh’s musings on the first lady’s penchant for wearing belts with her outfits. Back in Vail, meanwhile, the proprietess of the schmancy restaurant where the ribs happened attempted to correct the record.

From the Vail Daily:

“A braised short rib is a relatively lean cut of beef, braised with most of the fat cooked off. The 5-ounce serving runs about 600 calories, Liken said — a far cry from the 1,500 calories and 141 grams of fat it’s accused of.

” ‘A proper 5-ounce portion of protein is what nutritionists say we should have,’ said Kelly Liken, who launched the highly successful restaurant.”

Not content to leave it there, the Drudge Report fires back, linking to cautionary essays from Livestrong.com and Forbes.com, on the gustatory danger of consuming short ribs…

In what will surely not be the last word on this, Vail Daily journalist Randy Wyrick astutely notes that, “Some conservative bloggers and talk-show hosts act like the short rib in Michelle Obama’s dinner entree was, like Adam’s, extracted from them personally.”

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