Former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin joined Rep. Michele Bachmann in taking shots at First Lady Michelle Obama for promoting breastfeeding, joking that it could be a way for mothers to save money since the price of milk has gotten so high.
“No wonder Michelle Obama is telling everybody ‘you’d better breastfeed your baby,'” Palin said, after she suggested that prices for commodities and gasoline went up due to her husband’s policies, according to Politico. “Yeah, you’d better, because the price of milk is so high right now.”
Actually, the price of a gallon of milk has dropped about 20 cents since Obama took office — not that it has anything at all to do with anything Obama did. The highest monthly average price for milk in 2010 ($3.31) was almost 40 cents a gallon cheaper than the lowest monthly price in 2008 ($3.68). Data here.
But let’s add hypocritical to the stupid:
But Palin herself promoted breastfeeding back when she was governor, as Media Matters points out. Palin declared October 2007 as Breastfeeding Awareness Month because, she said in a proclamation, “breastfeeding is recognized as an unequalled means of providing food for infants.”
Breastfeeding, Palin’s declaration said, “can offer children protection against serious health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Breastfeeding also saves lives by reducing the incidence of life-threatening cancers in women and preventing premature death in infants.”
It also “forms the most basic bond between mother and baby and is a foundation for lifelong health and wellness,” Palin’s declaration said.
So Palin is both wrong and a hypocrite. Which can only mean one thing: It must be a day that ends in ‘Y’.