First Lady Michelle Obama is picked up by U.S. Olympic wrestler Elena Pirozhkova during a greet with Team USA Olympic athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, at the U.S. Olympic Training Facility at the University of East London in London, England, July 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

First Lady Michelle Obama is picked up by U.S. Olympic wrestler Elena Pirozhkova during a greet with Team USA Olympic athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, at the U.S. Olympic Training Facility at the University of East London in London, England, July 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

“Fat butt Michelle Obama,” said Bob Grisham, a high school football coach who was surreptitiously recorded by one of his students. “Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.” [Washington Post]

THIS IS not the first time First Lady Michelle Obama has been the target of conservative misogyny. Rush Limbaugh has labeled her “Michelle ‘my butt’ Obama,” and one right-wing congressman, James Sensenbrenner, issued an apology for saying she had a “fat posterior.”

Limbaugh is not only obese, but has pasty white jowls that hang down, his beady little eyes sunk into his puffy fat face putting the meaning behind the old saying “face for radio.”

These insults mirror some of what Hillary Rodham Clinton received, though they’re not nearly as vitriolic, because Michelle Obama has chosen a platform of veterans families and childhood obesity, instead of a visible policy heavy persona. However, that’s not to say Mrs. Obama isn’t as strong and effective an advisor to Barack Obama as Hillary Clinton was to her president husband.

Funny how Democratic and progressive activists very rarely target Republican first ladies.

The Republican right, however, makes it their mission to denigrate and humiliate Democratic first ladies whenever possible.

What really riles people like Rush Limbaugh and the Neanderthal coach who got suspended is that First Lady Michelle Obama is her own person and proud of who she is.

I’ve rarely been prouder of an American First Lady. Hillary Rodham Clinton standing beside her philandering husband, when the walls were crashing down in his own political party during the Monica Lewinsky scandal is one. Hillary withstood criticism from feminists for not walking out, but knew what would happen if she did and put her country’s best interests first. Some women wrote me during the 2008 primary season saying the fact that Hillary stayed is why they couldn’t support her; they simply couldn’t understand Hillary not leaving Bill. No amount of criticism could sway her, with the country agreeing with her position, and her steadfastness instrumental is saving Bill’s presidency.

Barack Obama owes his wife a lot. In fact, if it weren’t for First Lady Michelle Obama there were times before her husband’s reelection in 2012 when I would have turned off and tuned out President Obama completely.