Cue the winger freakout as Michelle Obama slips up in a local news discussion of her anti-obesity campaign:
In an interview Thursday, first lady Michelle Obama mistakenly called herself a "busy single mother" before quickly correcting herself....
"Believe me, as a busy single mother -- or, I shouldn't say 'single' -- as a busy mother," Obama told WCAX, a CBS affiliate in Burlington, Vt. "You know, when you've got the husband who's president, it can feel a little single, but he's there," she joked....
Some of the reactions around the Net are what you'd expect: racism (from the comments at the CBS story: "She looks like a monkey"), resentment of the fact that she has a staff, resentment of the vacations she and her family go on. Glenn Beck's Blaze thinks she corrected herself out of some sinister calculation:
Perhaps realizing the backlash such a statement would cause, Mrs. Obama quickly backtracked....Um, no -- she made a mistake and she corrected it. That's what humans do. (To me, she looks tired in the clip.)
But the weirdest reactions concern the notion that she and her husband are in some sort of "sham marriage."
The CBS commenters who believe this refer to the president as "her ungrateful husband who'd rather lavish attention and praise on other women these days." (This does come on the day he referred to California's Kamala Harris as America's "best-looking attorney general.") But in the fever swamps of the right, the wingers are telling us that the marriage has always been a sham, the kids aren't his, and Michelle is a "beard" because the president is gay. From Free Republic:
But not every wingnut agrees that Obama's former body man, Reggie Love, is Obama's soul mate. A commenter at Twitchy tells us:
Google Man's Country/Obama or Kal Penn Obama Affair and you will definitely see there is a lot they have not told us!Yes, the man in Obama's life is, supposedly, Harold and Kumar actor and former White House aide Kal Penn. (I'm not even going to bother to read this, but Google does find me a 2011 post from the PUMA blog Hillbuzz -- yes, it didn't go away after 2008 -- titled "Why Won't the Agenda-Driven Media Report on Barack Obama Being Gay, Sexually Harassing Male Actor Kal Penn, and Frequenting Chicago Bathhouse Man's Country...You Know, the Way They Leaped to Trash Herman Cain with Unsubstantiated Sexual Innuendo?")
The wingers have really glommed on to the allegations from the sad, pathetic Larry Sinclair that Obama led a gay (and drug-addled) life in Chicago. So I'm sorry that the Public Policy Polling conspiracy theory survey didn't include a question asking whether Obama is gay. I bet belief in this theory would reach double digits among 2012 Romney voters.