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**IMPORTANT UPDATE Below/Clarification on transcript**
Apparently, President Barack Obama thought that Jessica Simpson's weight was something he needed to make fun of during his pre-Super Bowl interview with Matt Lauer on NBC Sunday. Seriously. Obama called Jessica Simpson a fatty on national TV.
Lauer displayed for the audience the cover of a recent issue of the tabloid entertainment magazine US Weekly that featured the President's wife and daughters and also had an insert photo pushing a story about singer Simpson.
As he viewed the cover, Obama decided to smack the singer down for "in a weight battle."
Lauer: Yeah, well -- let -- let me show you. This is the -- the current issue of -- of Us Weekly.
Lauer: And here’s a great picture
Obama: Oh, it’s beautiful.
Lauer: -- of -- of you and -- and Michelle and -- and your daughters. Now, the -- the reason I bring this up I think is funny. It’s a great picture.
Lauer: But I wanna show you the cover. Look what they did. They -- they took you off the cover.
Lauer: They took you out of it.
Obama: It -- it’s -- it’s a little hurtful.
Lauer: You got replaced by Jessica Simpson.
Obama: Yeah, who’s in a weight battle apparently. (LAUGHTER) Yeah. Oh, well.
Now, let's think about this incident a bit, shall we?
It seems a bit low of the President of the United States to so offhandedly slam a mere entertainer, doesn't it? Is this something that a good politician would do? What did Simpson ever do to Obama?
Lastly, let us imagine the hue and cry that would have been raised if George W. Bush had on national TV slammed a singer for being fat? Would the moonbats of the left have ignored that? Wouldn't the rest of the media have gone nuts reporting the story if it should have been Bush instead of Obama that called someone like Jessica Simpson fat?
This piece has been edited to correct what the President said about singer Jessica Simpson. When I first came across this story, I read the transcript that MSNBC posted on line. The transcript posted says that the president said that Simpson is "losing a weight battle." (and still does as of this correction)
After I read the transcript I then watched the video and when it came to the part of the interview upon which I focus here, I had the words of the transcript in my head. As it occurs, however, on second viewing I realize that the transcript is wrong. The President did NOT say the word "losing."
The President actually said that Simpson is "in" a weight battle. The MSNBC transcript is wrong.
So, I apologize for not catching MSNBC's mistake. It does not alter my point, however, that Obama was commenting on Simpson's weight. Saying someone is "in a weight battle" is not very much different than saying they are fat.
Still, we need to have the record correct on what the President said. And I apologize for the eror.