Michelle Obama: ‘Young People Are Knuckleheads,’ So They Need ObamaCare

First Lady Michelle Obama insulted the young people of America during an appearance on Thursday night’s Tonight Show. Host Jimmy Fallon asked her why young people should sign up for ObamaCare if they can’t afford it, and Mrs. Obama struck a condescending note in her response.

“[A] lot of young people think they’re invincible,” she said. “But the truth is, young people are knuckleheads. You know? They're the ones who are cooking for the first time and slice their finger open. They’re dancing on the bar stool.”


How sad to know that young people, many of whom voted for Mrs. Obama's husband, have a first lady who doesn’t believe in them. I wonder if Mrs. Obama also considers all the children she helps through her “Let’s Move!” campaign to be knuckleheads. If not, at what point do they go from being innocent kids in need of exercise to young, irresponsible knuckleheads?

The truth is that young people have been doing knuckleheaded things forever, and yet most of them have turned out alright in the end – long before ObamaCare came along to force people to buy health insurance under penalty of law.

Below is a transcript of the segment:

 

JIMMY FALLON: While you're here, I have to talk to you -- I want to talk to you about the Affordable Care Act. It’s March, is there a deadline?

MICHELLE OBAMA: The end of March, absolutely, yes it is.

FALLON: And why – because a lot of young people watch our show. Would you like to tell me why would they -- because a lot of people don't have money to spend on this.

OBAMA: Well, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, young people can stay on their parents' insurance until they’re 26. But once they hit 26, they're on their own. And a lot of young people think they’re invincible. But the truth is, young people are knuckleheads. You know? [Laughter] They're the ones who are cooking for the first time and slice their finger open. They’re dancing on the bar stool. They’re –

FALLON: Young people. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

OBAMA: Yeah, the young people.

FALLON: I would never do both of those things this last past summer. No, no, no, no, no.

Paul Bremmer
Paul Bremmer is a Media Research Center News Analysis Division intern.