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Rush Limbaugh calls Michelle Obama “uppity”

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Apologies if you weren't planning on giving yourself a concussion today by full-throttle slamming your head into your desk, but here goes: on Monday, while discussing first lady Michelle Obama's appearance at a NASCAR appearance last weekend (where she and Dr. Jill Biden were greeted with boos), radio pundit Rush Limbaugh accused the First Lady of "uppity-ism."

After Limbaugh defended the NASCAR fans' right to boo Biden and the First Lady — whom he refers to as "Moo-chelle Obama" — he went on to discuss taxpayers' resentment at having to pay for the President and First Lady's vacations (around 6:50 in the audio clip below):

"The NASCAR crowd doesn’t quite understand why, when the husband and the wife are going the same place, the first lady has to take her own Boeing 757 with family and kids and hangers-on four hours earlier than her husband, who will be on his 747. NASCAR people understand that’s a little bit of a waste. They understand it is a little bit of uppity-ism."

As you may already know from your racist grandmother, "uppity" is a pejorative term used to describe a person of color who is arrogant, presumptuous, or doesn't know his/her place. Although the word has passed into common use to describe anybody seeming presumptuous or arrogant, the term made its first appearance in the "Uncle Remus" black folktales of the 1880s, and later acquired some racist connotations. 

In 2008, U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) also used the word to describe the First Lady and her husband, stating, "what little I've seen of her and Sen. Obama is they they're a member of an elitist class… that thinks they're uppity." So it looks like Rush'll have at least one person to talk to at the annual Racist Rich White Assholes convention at the Perkins off Route 89 in Prescott, AZ (time, date, and event as of yet unconfirmed).