Revealed: Why Michelle Obama rolled her eyes at Boehner

posted at 6:01 pm on January 22, 2013 by Allahpundit

An understandable reaction in hindsight once you know what was said. Quote: “Another term for Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, huh?”

No, no, I kid. I’m sure the Obamas love Debbie. Which is why O just assigned Jim Messina to basically do her job from now on. The truth is more prosaic:

So what was said? We asked expert lip reader Larry Wenig. Wenig believes John Boehner is asking President Obama whether he had a chance to have a cigarette before the luncheon.

President Obama gave up cigarettes three years ago. Boehner is a known chain smoker.

Our lip reader, Wenig, caught Boehner saying, “Somebody won’t let you do it”, referring to Michelle, which prompted the first lady’s big eye roll.

Boehner’s office denies it but that does look like a decent match to the video in my entirely inexpert opinion. Obama pats her on the shoulder too, which I didn’t notice initially, suggesting that Boehner did refer somehow to Michelle. Only one thing is certain, my friends: The eventual “bad lip-reading” video for yesterday’s frenemies lunch is going to be the best evah.

Semi-serious exit question: Isn’t it way, way past time for America to have a blog devoted to reading lips at prominent political/entertainment/sports events?


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Some events are paid too much attention to. And yes, I’m guilty.

22044 on January 22, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Yeah, it looks like it.

However, I hope Obama smokes 3 packs a day, takes up sword juggling, and eats lot of trans fats.

portlandon on January 22, 2013 at 6:04 PM

smokin’ something o’than cigarettes

Jeddite on January 22, 2013 at 6:07 PM

It wasn’t impossible for Michelle to make a mistake like that eye roll but most of us have that much self-control that even we hear BS we don’t roll our eyes in front of the person. Doesn’t surprise me it is about smoking and therefore she didn’t have to hide it.

Conan on January 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

“Say – did you have a chance to consider debt reduction? Ah… someone won’t let you do it? Less vacations?”

beatcanvas on January 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Semi-serious exit question: Isn’t it way, way past time for America to have a blog devoted to reading lips at prominent political/entertainment/sports events?

Way more interesting than a body language blog.

meci on January 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Nope, it was a snarl ’cause Boehner got too close to her bowl. Too bad there’s no audio, I’d like to hear whether she growled or not.

antipc on January 22, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Wasn’t Obysmal chomping on Nicorette with particular vigor during the “parade”?

I still think that O’s nose-picking and Michelle’s shovel-ready dining were worth more of a comment than the eye roll.

onlineanalyst on January 22, 2013 at 6:11 PM

what liars he still smokes….

Jesus infants.

harlekwin15 on January 22, 2013 at 6:11 PM

So does this lip-reading thing work on Presidential oaths of office?

Nutstuyu on January 22, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Nope, it was a snarl ’cause Boehner got too close to her bowl. Too bad there’s no audio, I’d like to hear whether she growled or not.

antipc on January 22, 2013 at 6:10 PM

See. Doesn’t matter. Comedy gold either way.

kim roy on January 22, 2013 at 6:15 PM

I’m still feeling bad for those poor lobsters…

Seven Percent Solution on January 22, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Who cares what was said? The “STORY” here is that Big Mo is rude and obnoxious, and has no class or manners, and in any civilized setting, she is wildly out of place.

Pork-Chop on January 22, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Do you really even need a reason to roll your eyes at that sad sack?

Armin Tamzarian on January 22, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Regardless of what Boner said, it’s interesting to watch Mooch just keep packing the food away.

bofh on January 22, 2013 at 6:17 PM

boner and obama are smoking buddies…huh…color me shocked..

dmacleo on January 22, 2013 at 6:17 PM

“Nice wig, but isn’t January a bad time to shave Bo?”

Gingotts on January 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

So….how important is this really?

It’s still a bad wig.

workingclass artist on January 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Allah, did you have to ruin the rage?

Don’t believe the lies guys. Continue raging. It’s more fun to watch.

lester on January 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Man, was she packin’ in the grub! She’s not shy about diggin’ into the feedbag, is she?

ExpressoBold on January 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Semi-serious exit question: Isn’t it way, way past time for America to have a blog devoted to reading lips at prominent political/entertainment/sports events?

Sure, start one up in your spare time Allah.

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 6:19 PM

You have to admit though, the elbow/elbows firmly planted on the table, the shoveling of food into the mouth like a starved linebacker. Funny as heII, right?

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Screw what was said. It was enough just to see Michelle shoveling food into her mouth. Real class act there.

GarandFan on January 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM

AP had so much fun with yesterday’s post he’s bringing it back for an encore!

can_con on January 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

She was probably just on the rag and would have acted like a b**** at virtually any comment. (Wait, was that sexist?)

WhatSlushfund on January 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Semi-serious exit question: Isn’t it way, way past time for America to have a blog devoted to reading lips at prominent political/entertainment/sports events?

Call these guys :

http://m.youtube.com/index?&desktop_uri=%2F#/watch?v=Zce-QT7MGSE

Weight of Glory on January 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Semi-serious exit question: Isn’t it way, way past time for America to have a blog devoted to reading lips at prominent political/entertainment/sports events?

Only if there is a body language expert involved also.

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

So the media doesn’t tell us Obama smokes (although they clearly knew) until AFTER he was elected, then immediately told us he quit during the campaign, then a few random stories popped up over the years about him smoking since the campaign, but we’re to believe he really quit this time?

Not that I really care, but it makes Boehners comment about having a smoke (if thats what he really said) sound a little different in that context. Otherwise he was just being a jerk, which I guess is also possible.

Timin203 on January 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I mean heIIfire folks are still laughing over at the other thread. Lol!

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Her red ball gown looked like it needed to be ironed.

GhoulAid on January 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

lester on January 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

That’s the problem with you liberals, you think everything is rage. Except when your guys do it, than it’s just being funny.

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Paging Miss Manners. You have an emergency call on lines 1 thru 12.

antipc on January 22, 2013 at 6:23 PM

I just saw on Special Report that the White House is no longer going to answer questions on Benghazi from the press. They were getting kind of boring with the laser like focus./

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM

You guys lay off…Mrs. Obama practically sweats class….and stuff…

…or something.

BigWyo on January 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Didn’t you guys knw? You can’t criticize Mooch’s crassness, or her Supremes (the singing group, for you kids) wig, or you’re RAAACIIIST

kingsjester on January 22, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Maybe if Boehner said “Isn’t the American Flag beautiful?” Lumbering Moochelle would have reacted exactly as she did.

50sGuy on January 22, 2013 at 6:26 PM

I don’t care what Bo-ner said, she is still a classless moron.

envycat on January 22, 2013 at 6:27 PM

I want to know the lost bet that resulted in Michelle’s new wig.

Chuck Schick on January 22, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Michelle sure furiously packing that food into her face. If she shoveled that fork any faster, she’d need to use both hands.

elowe on January 22, 2013 at 6:27 PM

500 snarks or bust!

I can’t get tired of these threads.

can_con on January 22, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Moochelle is a joke. Doesn’t really matter what was said before the eyerolling, whatever. We already know that she’s a classless, obnoxious America-hating pig.

sauldalinsky on January 22, 2013 at 6:29 PM

The gagh was particularly good, obviously…

catmman on January 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM

I figured Mooch was eying a fly and planned to snag it with her tongue.

viking01 on January 22, 2013 at 6:31 PM

He’s still smoking. Michelle lied. Obama lied.

Who’d a thunk it?

That’s why he was CHOMPING LIKE A MANIAC ALL DAY LONG–Nicorette substitutes for those long public days when you can’t get away for a smoke.

mountainaires on January 22, 2013 at 6:31 PM

She needed an eatin shovel and they gave her a tea spoon…

/WTH is up with those sophomoric bangs? No way, Gurl!!!!

Key West Reader on January 22, 2013 at 6:31 PM

She was maoing down on that bang bang shrimp

/

Key West Reader on January 22, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Yeah, it looks like it.

However, I hope Obama smokes 3 packs a day, takes up sword juggling, and eats lot of trans fats.

portlandon on January 22, 2013 at 6:04 PM

What? No attendance at ‘Amateur Fugu Night’?

trigon on January 22, 2013 at 6:33 PM

What straight man willing climbs into bed at night with this she-beast??? Oh wait….

GhoulAid on January 22, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Allah, did you have to ruin the rage?

Don’t believe the lies guys. Continue raging. It’s more fun to watch.

lester on January 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Rage? I don’t think that is the word you are looking for.
Disgust at the FLOTUS cramming food like a drunken teamster is closer.
( apologies to drunk teamsters)

katy the mean old lady on January 22, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Moochelle would make a great “Lowered Expectations” skit too.

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Regardless of the eye rolling, and I’m no expert in body language, but the First Lady seems stiff, like she’s trying to sit as far away from Boehner as she can. You know, like he’s the guy in the first grade who has cooties.

scalleywag on January 22, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Some events are paid too much attention to. And yes, I’m guilty.

22044 on January 22, 2013 at 6:03 PM

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Ohhhh, the shame of it. (sadly shaking head).

Okay, we’re done with that.

Meanwhile, in other news . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on January 22, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Regardless of the eye rolling, and I’m no expert in body language, but the First Lady seems stiff, like she’s trying to sit as far away from Boehner as she can. You know, like he’s the guy in the first grade who has cooties.

scalleywag on January 22, 2013 at 6:37 PM

She has no class. You can dress her up, make her up, strap on a boob belt and she will still show up looking like a frump. An angry frump. FOTUS.

Key West Reader on January 22, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Why can’t he just chew Kodiak like she does?

Chuck Schick on January 22, 2013 at 6:41 PM

If Lester thinks that is rage….I think that explains a lot about him. The guy’s whacked.

CW on January 22, 2013 at 6:42 PM

I guess Boehner needed something to laugh about.

Speakup on January 22, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Is there a longer version? I was mesmerized by her digging into that plate.

tomas on January 22, 2013 at 6:45 PM

.
Ohhhh, the shame of it. (sadly shaking head).

Okay, we’re done with that.

Meanwhile, in other news . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on January 22, 2013 at 6:38 PM

:)

22044 on January 22, 2013 at 6:45 PM

The primary reason Moochelle always looks so uncomfortable is that pine cone up her…..

viking01 on January 22, 2013 at 6:45 PM

An angry frump. FOTUS.

Key West Reader on January 22, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Stone cold and ungracious, that’s how she appears there to me. I guess the happy, gracious and inviting first lady showed up later, when her “chosen” guests were allowed to party in the White House till 3am.

scalleywag on January 22, 2013 at 6:46 PM

In the real world Mooch would never be able to upgrade up to a double-wide.

Wait, there might be a joke in there.

antipc on January 22, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Boehner: Hey Barry, wanna sneak out for a smoke, or are you still telling the ball and chain you quit?

Cue eye roll.

RadClown on January 21, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Radclown already called this yesterday in the comments. He should get credit in the post.

sauldalinsky on January 22, 2013 at 6:49 PM

scalleywag on January 22, 2013 at 6:37 PM

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She has no class. You can dress her up, make her up, strap on a boob belt and she will still show up looking like a frump. An angry frump. FOTUS.

Key West Reader on January 22, 2013 at 6:38 PM

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No man can ever criticize any woman, as harshly as another woman can.

I think that’s one of Limbaugh’s “undeniable truths of life.”

listens2glenn on January 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM

a double-wide.

Wait, there might be a joke in there.

antipc on January 22, 2013 at 6:47 PM

I was going to say that was rude of you to be talking about the FLOTUS’s arse.

CW on January 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Be glad Mooch didn’t wear blue or the designer label would have been

USAF TENT, CABIN

viking01 on January 22, 2013 at 6:51 PM

lipstick on a pig.

tom daschle concerned on January 22, 2013 at 6:51 PM

In the real world Mooch would never be able to upgrade up to a double-wide.

Wait, there might be a joke in there.

antipc on January 22, 2013 at 6:47 PM

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: )

listens2glenn on January 22, 2013 at 6:52 PM

great. just great. boner and obama are smoking buddies.

i hope they smoked at least a carton on the front nine.

renalin on January 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM

CW on January 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Lester is hanging around, I need to be on my best behavior, such as it is.

antipc on January 22, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Even if that is what he said the fact remains that she was eating like a pig with her elbows on the table… Bad form and manners…

sandee on January 22, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Don’t worry about Losester. He’s just taking a smoking break with the rest of the adult theater cleaning crew….er, let me rephrase that….

viking01 on January 22, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Obama pats her on the shoulder too, which I didn’t notice initially, suggesting that Boehner did refer somehow to Michelle.

Right after that at the end of the clip he reached up and acted like he was grabbing a booger. My guess is he was checking to see if his fingers smelled like tobacco smoke. Makes perfect sense.

mike_NC9 on January 22, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Lester is hanging around, I need to be on my best behavior, such as it is.

antipc on January 22, 2013 at 6:55 PM

No sense in getting banned over a Moocher joke with the troll on hall monitor duty. I’ve got a joke too, but I’m sure it’s over the line, so there’s no way I’m typing it out :0)))

sauldalinsky on January 22, 2013 at 7:06 PM

“Michelle Obama is a fat, classless bitch.” -HotAir commentators

“Whatever keeps them clicking.” -HotAir moderators

Nonfactor on January 22, 2013 at 7:15 PM

I’m pretty sure Ann Romney would have had a warm smile on her face.

monalisa on January 22, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Bad Lip Reading should spoof the inauguration. That’d be sweet.

Christien on January 22, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I’m pretty sure Ann Romney would have had a warm smile on her face.

monalisa on January 22, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Excellent contrast – how refreshing that would have been. :)

22044 on January 22, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I don’t give 2 hoots who smokes or doesn’t.

My beef was the lack of MO table manners. Embarrassing

Redford on January 22, 2013 at 7:20 PM

sauldalinsky on January 22, 2013 at 7:06 PM

I wonder if comparisons to Star War and Star Trek characters are still frowned upon? There was a funny one about Patrick Ewing but I won’t take any chances by repeating. Truthfully though, it’s a shame the First Lady doesn’t seem to see the difference in her appearance when she smiles compared to when she scowls. Obviously most people look better smiling but I think few present such a stark contrast.

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Redford on January 22, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Maybe she missed breakfast.

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2013 at 7:22 PM

I’m sure she would have said something – but her mouth was full.

Sheesh, you’d think she hadn’t eaten in a week.

Sooee, sooee, sooee!!!

Hill60 on January 22, 2013 at 7:24 PM

and to think some compared her to blackie 0.

renalin on January 22, 2013 at 7:27 PM

There’s the old punch line from the Jim Unger “Herman” 1980s cartoon:

“She tries to watch what she eats but her eyes aren’t fast enough.”

viking01 on January 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM

viking01 on January 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Now that’s funny. Unfortunately I can relate on too many levels.

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

I wonder if comparisons to Star War and Star Trek characters are still frowned upon?
Cindy Munford on January 22, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Well, her new wig does makes her look like a tribble…. I’ll cross my fingers that joke is allowed. But you shouldn’t risk any outer space sci fi characters for sure! You’re one of the best posters at hotair.

sauldalinsky on January 22, 2013 at 7:38 PM

“Michelle Obama is a fat, classless bitch.” -HotAir commentators

“Whatever keeps them clicking.” -HotAir moderators

Nonfactor on January 22, 2013 at 7:15 PM

You’re the only one in the thread who called her a bitch, FYI.

Chuck Schick on January 22, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Jim Unger was quite the character similar to Far Side’s Gary Larson putting a twist of humor on human nature and our weaknesses. Unger passed away last year at his hometown in British Columbia. Corel Software (CorelDraw) offered a CD of his complete works back in the 1990s.

Two of his memorable cartoons on politics each show a senator being introduced to give a speech and the punch lines go:

“In the interest of time please hold onto your vegetables until the senator has finished speaking.”

“The gentleman in the row wants to know if you prefer blueberry or custard cream.”

viking01 on January 22, 2013 at 7:41 PM

s/b in the front row

viking01 on January 22, 2013 at 7:42 PM

I wonder if comparisons to Star War and Star Trek characters are still frowned upon?
Cindy Munford on January 22, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Bigfoot feels left out.

viking01 on January 22, 2013 at 7:43 PM

So that’s her new look? Hootchie mama comes to mind.

AH_C on January 22, 2013 at 7:45 PM

So ladylike, so refined, maybe she should be the one teaching etiquette.

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 7:46 PM

viking01 on January 22, 2013 at 7:41 PM

I’m going to check out the name and the works.

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2013 at 7:46 PM

sauldalinsky on January 22, 2013 at 7:38 PM

You are too kind, I’m feeling a bit mean lately. I better start correcting it or by the end of the next four years I’ll get kicked off the internet.

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Are they sure Boehner didn’t say, “Let’s sweep together”?

andycanuck on January 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

That wasn’t very Kool.

andycanuck on January 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

There’s the old punch line from the Jim Unger “Herman” 1980s cartoon:
“She tries to watch what she eats but her eyes aren’t fast enough.”
viking01 on January 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM

That will keep me laughing through the next four miserable years. Thanks!

NebCon on January 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

And people laughed about ’80s-vintage Kremlinology as we tried to infer leadership changes from who was standing on Lenin’s Tomb during the May Day parade.

CaptainNed on January 22, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Allah, did you have to ruin the rage?

Don’t believe the lies guys. Continue raging. It’s more fun to watch.

lester on January 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

You’re right, this is no laughing matter, Boehner could have easily lost a finger or two.

antipc on January 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

lester on January 22, 2013

lobotomylester GFY !

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Boehner was sitting next to the Obamas at a lunch after the presidential inaugural ceremonies when he turned to them and said something that made the First Lady scowl and roll her eyes.

She’s a natural scowler – why this is so perpetuated.

lester is always a gnatbrain.

Michelle is always ugly, from the inside and out-.

She dressed in the morning like a terrorist (belt) and at lunch like a kindergarten girl. At night she looked develish.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2013 at 8:15 PM

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