Michelle Obama appears to roll her eyes at John Boehner during inaugural lunch

I LOVE Michelle Obama.

You have to watch the video here, to get the full effect.  But in a nutshell, during yesterday’s official congressional luncheon immediately following the President’s swearing in, GOP House Speaker John Boehner was saying something likely idiotic to President Obama, and Michelle Obama, who was seated between Boehner and the President, seems to look away from Boehner and roll her eyes.

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First Lady Michelle Obama rolls her eyes at GOP Speaker John Boehner. (Animated gif via Raw Story.)

How many different ways can I say I love this woman.

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve only had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Obama twice, for a grand total of 5 seconds each time (it was at the White House Christmas party, twice).  But oddly, for such a brief encounter, I was stunned by, and in, her presence. The lady has charisma.  And is quite beautiful too (I don’t think most photos do her justice). But the warmth and personality she exudes.  Far more than her husband, interestingly enough.

And clearly, she’s a woman with a brain in a position that doesn’t always look kindly on women with brains, or any sense of self.

So, I don’t know in the end if this was just an odd clip that seems to have caught something it really didn’t, or what.  But if Mrs. O did roll her eyes at John Boehner, and lord knows he’d deserve it, it’s just one more reason we love her.

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80 Responses to “Michelle Obama appears to roll her eyes at John Boehner during inaugural lunch”

  1. she has ugly eyes ……what a wench ……..wonder how she treats her husband behind close doors . she has no class

  2. Bronxboy47 says:

    It’s a very short inventory. One word suffices: Bigot

  3. Bronxboy47 says:

    Feel better now? I can only hope your fever will break soon–or carry you off. Either way, no one needs to suffer like that.

  4. Bronxboy47 says:

    I think the question was: can any Sane person blame her? That disqualifies all those, including yourself, suffering from Obama Derangement Syndrome.

  5. ezpz says:

    Speaking of which, where is your avatar? I don’t see it.

  6. FunMe says:

    He wasn’t drunk enough yet. It was only lunch time.

  7. FunMe says:

    Lotus flower … someone call me? ;-)

  8. FunMe says:

    The food! I would be focused on the food, too. ;-)

  9. karmanot says:

    Thanks. It set me off. Maybe I should just listen for a few days.

  10. karmanot says:


  11. ezpz says:

    Still a good point you made.

  12. karmanot says:

    The lotus—ironically, so beautiful and gathers its life from the nourishment of mud. Nice one.

  13. karmanot says:

    Except I have a deep admiration for the FL.

  14. karmanot says:

    You go posionberry!

  15. ezpz says:


  16. ezpz says:

    The Lotus Flower.

    Maybe I’m too idealistic and maybe it’s not realistic to expect the wife of the leader of the free world to rise above – like the Lotus Flower that grows in mud, but remains unmuddied.

    From “Lotus Meditation”:

    “…..A white lotus flower. You stand beautifully above the muddy water, not dirtied by the mud from which you grow. You are white, fragrant and beautiful…”

    “…You are a beautiful white lotus flower, and your role is to remind people to rise above their defilements and sufferings, just as you are arising above the muddy water and not dirtied by the mud from which you grow.”

    To that, I would add: not dirtied by the mud that surrounds you.

  17. htfd says:

    Doesn’t everyone roll their eyes at what ever Boehner says? As to toughing….if he did she should have gotten him on assault.

  18. Jfmanca says:

    What a class act that Michelle Obama. I guess she was never taught that it’s in poor taste to eat with your arm on the table. Perhaps she’s been hanging out at too many trucker stops.

  19. dmhlt_66 says:

    Boehner was asking, “Say, Barack – are you going to finish that wine? If not …”

  20. Moderator4 says:

    Comment was deleted, and poster banned, Karmanot.

  21. mike31c says:

    Let’s be fair here: I roll my eyes at that moron Boehner ( and to ignorant gop pigs/t-baggers ) most days too!

  22. karmanot says:

    Clutchinga purse always works. :)

  23. karmanot says:

    Yep, Boner is a sad, inadequate little man, who has been placed far above his evolutionary potential.

  24. karmanot says:


  25. karmanot says:

    Bigot Cracker, put that on your burning cross and shove it up your pointy white hood.

  26. karmanot says:

    The FL knows that agent orange causes cancer. Smart Lady, also never more beautiful.

  27. karmanot says:

    We would rather you did too.

  28. karmanot says:

    How could one possibly take a high road when dealing with the level of Boner?

  29. karmanot says:

    We will defend kitties and puppy post to the bitter end!

  30. karmanot says:

    A steamer in the stew

  31. karmanot says:

    Speaking of sourpusses.

  32. karmanot says:


  33. karmanot says:

    We can only hope she was repelled by Boner, so many of us are

  34. karmanot says:

    It is . The FL’s repellant reaction to the tan man was funny.

  35. karmanot says:

    By all accounts Eva Brown was beautiful, gracious, gentle and incidentally a Nazi.

  36. Don S says:

    Oh just bite me you know nothing turd. Who the hell do think you are taking my inventory.

  37. HolyMoly says:

    Michelle needs some sort of hand signal like Queen Elizabeth has when someone is invading her space, so Secret Service or someone comes over and politely draws the offender away from her.

    I think the queen clutches her purse in a certain way to signal that she doesn’t want to be touched (when Michelle took her arm a few years ago, she did not mind at all, by the way).

  38. bcoopee says:

    You are so right! Why was he touching her?!!! So, disrespectful. The whining, Crying, half-of-a-man.

  39. bcoopee says:

    You should have told that to the last War Mongering President and Vice Pres. You are so shallow!

  40. bcoopee says:

    He should not have TOUCHED her. So ill-mannered that Orange Faced Ogre. YUCK!!! He has NO Class! His wife is looking for something to stick him with. Right in the You know Where!!!

  41. penpal says:

    HA! That’s the way the president should treat Boner, too. Epic shade from an epic lady. I’d do the same thing to anyone who was maligning my husband to score political points with his insane base.

  42. boysenberry says:

    She has absolutely no manners and no class. Keeps on stuffing her face, and rolls her eyes. A world of difference from other first ladies, Laura Bush, Nancy Regan, LadyBird Johnson, and of course Jaquie Kennedy.

  43. jomicur says:

    Maybe she just doesn’t like having to look at an orange human being while she’s eating.

  44. Lizzie Crowe says:

    World Class Shade. Yes, Ma’am!

  45. locigalmomma says:

    I agree. That was rude. She wasn’t roller her eyes. She was looking out into the hall. I would have clocked him had he smacked me in the arm like that.

  46. BeccaM says:

    Lacking the full context it’s hard to tell exactly what transpired…but yes, Michelle’s body language could not be more clear in expressing “leave me the hell alone.”

  47. ezpz says:

    Would you ‘love’ Laura Bush or “beautiful mind” Barbara Bush if either of them had rolled their eyes at a (D) speaker of the house?

    Whether Boehner ‘deserved’ it or not is hardly the point. It’s the double standard that’s on display, and the fawning over a (D) first lady who, by all appearances, did not exactly set a good example of taking the high road.

  48. nicho says:

    No, the problem is people like you who have no humor.

  49. nicho says:

    Well, just try harder.

  50. nicho says:

    Well, Boner is the type of guy who would “accidentally” brush his hand against a woman’s ass in the elevator.

  51. Don S says:

    I know, but it’s equally hard for me to separate her from his policies as for most of the rest of the ‘inner circle’

  52. Baderite says:

    During the President’s first inaugural I remember quite distinctly seeing Boehner go through a reception line and the First Lady reaching out her hand and smiling at him. And I saw him literally snub her like she was beneath contempt. He may have gotten over that now but I can’t say as I blame her if she has not. Not to mention that I think she is fiercely loyal to her husband and one can only imagine how she views the treatment of the President at the hands of the GOP over the last four years. (see Joe Wilson you lie rudeness, birtherism, Donald Trumpishness, etc)

  53. Cletus says:

    Which is why I said “Even in the picture above”. Yes, Boner is making a comment, and yes Michelle is rolling her eyes, but we’re seeing a snippet in time and half the table, with no accompanying audio. She could be reacting to someone across the table talking to her. Just saying.

  54. FLL says:

    Michelle is just trying to eat in peace, but Boehner raps her arm with his hand to get her attention, then regales her—not once but several times—with who knows what series of annoying comments. You can take John Boehner out of the trailer park, but you can’t take the trailer park out of John Boehner.

  55. Yes, all hope is lost because I posted a funny video of Michelle Obama. And you’re right. It will now be impossible for us to ever post anything useful that contributes to positive change in the future – all because I posted a funny video of Michelle Obama. I’m sorry I injected some levity into the nasty day to day brawl that is politics.

    But just so I have this down right – do the puppy and kitten videos also contribute to the end of all that is good and holy, or just the kittens?

    (You know who else posted funny videos to his blog? Hitler.)

  56. It’s not news. It’s funny.

  57. Well, by definition, it’s kind of difficult to catch eyes rolling in a static photo :) That’s why I posted the link to the video :)

  58. It’s okay to like a woman even if you don’t like her husband’s policies. :)

  59. LOL Oh god that’s the best response ever!

  60. Drew2u says:

    His wife.

  61. Drew2u says:

    Here’s an animated .gif of the eye-rolling.


  62. nicho says:

    Trolls are out in force today.

  63. nicho says:

    Aren’t you the racist piece of shit. ” Big fat mama?” Why didn’t you just say “n******r” and get it over with?

  64. Bronxboy47 says:

    She doesn’t just roll her eyes, she pull’s her arm as far away from Boehner as possible. Clear message: I don’t care to be touched by you. Can any sane person blame her?

  65. Cletus says:

    Exactly. Even in the picture above, it seems her attention is focused on something across the table, not Boner.

  66. ninjakiller says:

    Yeah an eye roll, and a definitive, “fuck you” in terms of general body language.

  67. HolyMoly says:

    He probably told her, “Honest, Michelle, my tan is natural.” [poke-poke, laughter].

  68. Instead of either, you will likely wake up, once more, alone, unloved and surrounded by a pile of used tissues.

  69. Car 7391 says:

    I’m surprised Boehner didn’t start crying lol

  70. HereinDC says:

    Lord Mary……you’re that turd they talk about in the punchbowl.

  71. HereinDC says:

    Would Boehner be tapping Nancy Regan on the bicep like that?
    Watch it…..he taps Michelle on the bicep like she’s justt some chum or buddy or bud.
    She’s the wife of the President….show her respect you moran.

    BTW, did you know Boehner has not attend ANY of the 6 STATE Dinners. NONE of them.

  72. DonS says:

    Yeah, she’s just the bees knees. And for that we can forgive Obama for being an a–hole. Yeah, get it. Go Michelle. You make me feel so warm and fuzzy and secure about our nation. Now since your so wonderful, could you please tell your a–hole hubby to stop prosecuting the wrong folks and start prosecuting the real perps ? And maybe get his head out of his a– wrt ‘entitlements’. Oh yeah, how about sweet talking him into not bombing so may innocentsl Thanks a bunch.

  73. S1AMER says:

    It’s depressing that something that might or might not have happened is a news story.

  74. Bronxboy47 says:

    It’s entirely possible that Michelle Obama’s eye roll was simply a reaction to an innocuous joke from Boehner, but try telling that to someone suffering from ODS (Obama Derangement Syndrome).

  75. Mark Bishton says:

    How nice for you to contribute this pap to the national dialogue, I mean pissing match.
    The problem in this country is not disingenuous liars like Boehner & Obama, it is people like you taking the public’s voyeurous eyes off the fact that both sides, working for their corporate bosses, are fucking everyone in the ear hole.

    You’ve clearly given up on contributing something positive. How appropriate that you label yourself a pundit, proudly proclaiming you’ve been on O’Reilly & Hardball. I’d like to know when you’re on next. I have a chalkboard that I’d like to scratch.

  76. Bob says:

    God, I’d rather wake up next to Horny Harry Reid than Obama’s big fat mama!!!

  77. Kalirob says:

    Boehner touches her inappropriately and she rolls her eyes. His is the behavior that merits mention, not hers.

  78. Houndentenor says:

    I can’t imagine the self-restraint it must take not to smack him across the face. He got off easy if you ask me.

  79. kingstonbears says:

    And the sour puss next to Boehner who is so bored that she’s texting?

  80. stldem says:

    It looked like Boehner and the President were teasing Mrs. Obama about something.

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