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No, Michelle Obama did not disrespect the American flag at the 9/11 ceremony

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There’s been a lot of hoopla about this clip from Sunday’s 9/11 ceremony at Ground Zero:


Michele leans in and whispers something in Barry’s ear — like he couldn’t hear it anyway — and he gives her a look like, “I know, right?”

Some people are trying to claim she said, “All this just for a flag?” But her communications director says that’s not it: “The First Lady was commenting to the President on how moving and powerful it always is to watch all that America’s firefighters and police officers do to honor the flag.” Which seems like way too many words, doesn’t it?


Yeah, that’s not it either. Fortunately for everyone, I’m an expert lipreader, and here’s what she really said:

“All the fries in the bag.”

She was chastising herself for what she ate for lunch. And he’s like, “Hey, you don’t have to tell me.”

Case closed, America.

Jim Treacher