Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are so famous that when they went out with Kirk Cameron a fan of theirs didn’t know who he was and asked him to take their picture with the Duggars!
In this sneak peek of the upcoming episode of 19 Kids and Counting, the Duggars were in Washington DC with the Growing Pains star and his son, Jack, and even though they’re all republicans they actually went to one of President Barack Obama’s favorite restaurants, Ben’s Chili Bowl.
“I heard that Ben’s Chili Bowl is one of President Obama’s favorite places to go, it’s one of our favorite places to go, we have that in common,” Jim Bob said about their connection with the President.
Kirk said it had been four years since he’d seen the deeply religious family. “The last time I saw the Duggars was at the San Antonio International Christian Film Festival.”
Kirk has weighed in frequently on conservative political issues, recently supporting Rep. Todd Akin after his controversial “legitimate rape” statement but he apparently isn’t as famous anymore as the Duggars are.
“We walked in and people recognized us and one lady asked if she could get a picture with Jim Bob and I and she handed the camera to Kirk Cameron,” Michelle recalled about their visit.
Kirk happily snapped the picture but it wasn’t until Jim Bob told the woman that he starred in the sitcom Growing Pains that she finally recognized him.
Fun fact: Kirk starred in Growing Pains from 1985 to 1992. Only 4 Duggar Kids were alive during its TV run.
Oh man, I bet Victoria Jackson is just so bummed that she didn’t get an invitation to this dinner! She could have sat with Jim Bob, Michelle, and Kirk and told them all about how DNA works, and it would have just been the best time. Kirk could have braided her hair while Michelle told them her innovative ideas about the world’s overpopulation problem, and then they could all talk about how adamantly opposed they are to an entire group of people having a basic right that doesn’t affect them whatsoever.
Aren’t dinner dates with friends just the bee’s knees?
September 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm by Emily
Michelle Duggar is 46 years old. Jim Bob Duggar is 47 years old. They have 19 children. Their youngest child was born three months premature and weighed one pound, six ounces. Michelle did have another pregnancy, but she miscarried.
Are we all caught up? Yes? Then let’s hear all about how these two want more kids:
Michelle Duggar is not pregnant again — yet — but her husband Jim Bob Duggar just said on national television that the parents of 19 have fun trying to make more babies!
The Duggars premiere the sixth season of 19 Kids and Counting August 28 and on TODAY Friday morning they said that they’re always trying to have more kids.
“We definitely are,” Michelle told Savannah Guthrie about their efforts to have more children.
“We would love more if the Lord saw fit to give us more, so we will wait and see,” the matriarch of the family said as she smiled.
Her husband Jim Bob, in front of his 19 children, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren then made the comment about having sex with Michelle.
“It is fun trying though!” Jim Bob joked and Savannah called him a “sly dog,” for the sexual innuendo.
Michelle, who is 46, said that she loves being pregnant and is hoping little Josie Brooklyn Duggar isn’t her last child.
“It will be a sad day for me whenever we’re not able to have any more children,” but she said that she loves being a grandmother to Josh and Anna Duggar’s two kids.
Oh. Sure. Sounds great. Awesome plan. Sounds super solid. Not.
August 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm by Emily
If you can’t listen to it, or just don’t want to, the whole video is Michelle Duggar talking to her miscarried/stillborn child, telling the child how much she’ll miss doing the things that a mom does with a child, things she won’t be able to experience, and though, yes, I’m kind of sensitive about these things lately and find her memorial kind of sad, I’m head-scratchingly confused about why she’d record this to begin with, let alone release it to the public. I think this would be a relatively private moment, a private event, one that might be memorialized in a baby book, or a journal, or, I don’t know, something other than an audio recording that somehow happened to end up in the media’s hands.
I realize that a lot of you guys think that she and her husband do these things more for fame and money than they do for any other possible reason, but does that not kind of defeat the entire purpose of the religion that she clings so firmly to? Or, I don’t know, do I have it backwards?
December 29, 2011 at 6:30 am by Sarah
“We have had many tears today. This is life, and I understand that we are going though something that many others have. You think about the what-ifs, but God gives us strength to go on. We won’t be able to see this child’s life and the phases that we’ve seen for our other children, but we know we will see this child in heaven one day. We are thankful for each child, and we are blessed to have the children we have here and the ones we will meet someday in heaven.”
Oh man. I don’t give a crap how you feel about this family, their spirituality, or how many kids they have – you can’t imagine what it’d be like to deliver a stillborn child at twenty weeks’ gestation, and neither can I. Their pain, though obviously prompting them to continue moving forward, must be immeasurable. I really feel for these two people, and anyone who could say “oh hell, they had it coming,” like I saw on other message boards, must never have experienced the joy of childbirth or the pain of miscarriage or stillbirth. So sad.
December 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm by Sarah
Yesterday, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar went to a routine doctor’s appointment to find out the sex of their 20th child. Sadly, the couple’s doctor couldn’t find the baby’s heartbeat and had to inform the couple instead that Michelle had miscarried.
Here’s what Michelle told People:
“After the appointment, we came back home and told the children,” says Michelle, 45.
“We had just been talking about baby names last night and they were getting excited about naming a boy or a girl. It has been a real sad disappointment.”
She says the family will select a name after they know if the baby was a boy or girl, and then plan to have a funeral service.
“I feel like my heart broke telling my children,” says Michelle. “They have all been so excited about this baby and looking forward to April coming around and having a new little one in our arms. That was the most difficult. The Lord is the giver of life and he can choose when that life is ready to go on and be with Him.”
I know that we all have a lot to say about the Duggars and the choices they make, but really, this is just tragic. I hope that this family is coping with their grief, but I also hope that maybe this horrible event can make them see all the risks they’re taking with their lifestyle. Of course it’s their right to do as they please when it comes to babies, but at this point, it’s so obviously dangerous to continue having children and it seems so reckless for everyone involved to continue procreating.
Let’s all send our good thoughts to the Duggars, ok?
December 9, 2011 at 4:30 am by Emily
On celebrating: “Every child deserves to be excited they are a part of life. Even when we were having our 5th and 6th [kid] … we would celebrate each pregnancy.”
On getting pregnant despite all the risks: “If we felt that way, we would have stopped back with our second birth,” insists Michelle, 45, who experienced preeclampsia during her second pregnancy with twins John David and Jana, now 21. “There are many women who have experienced preeclampsia and have gone on to have more children. That whole mind set that you stop after a problem pregnancy isn’t realistic,” she continues. “You may encounter struggles along the way. You may not have a perfect pregnancy, but each child is a precious gift.”
On spending time with all the kids: “We homeschool, so we are around our children day in and day out,” says Jim Bob, 46. “Because I am in real estate, I am home and can be with the children a lot. When we go to the store or run errands, we take the kids one on one and we get to spend more time individually than a lot of parents do.” Michelle, who is under the care of a high-risk pregnancy doctor, agrees: “The beauty of being in a large family,” she says, “is that everyone works together as a team and it is about teaching our children responsibility.”
On critics:“There are a lot of good things we can learn from our critics,” she says. “We really believe we are following our faith and there are sometimes going to be people who don’t agree and we aren’t going to worry about the negative things stated. We are thankful for those out there who are happy,” says Michelle, “and we are grateful for each and every gift of a child.”
Ugh. No matter how many times the Duggars talk about their lives, I still always get this totally creeped out, unnerving vibe. Right?
And, ok, here’s my thing: you guys can talk all day long about these people’s choices and the social implications and all that – I’m not being facetious here, really, please talk about it, I enjoy reading about it – but that’s not my main concern. My main concern is about those babies. You guys are smart, I don’t need to tell you about the risks a child of a 45-year-old mother faces or about how devastating it would be for all those children to lose their mother because she let God make the call for her uterus. And I’m not trying to pass judgement for their lifestyle (at least, at this moment I’m not), I’m just saying that we should all just think about the children, both those who are already alive and those who have a high probability of some kind of trouble. Is that too much to ask?
And here’s where we debate about the Duggars again.