Michelle
 

Custom Search

  

  

"Miss Negativity" was educated at Princeton and Harvard Law, held a very high paying, figurehead job, was married to a U. S. Senator who was a leading candidate for the presidency and still, she hated America.


 

White House

  


      

 

 

 

 

Michelle Obama

The items on this page are in chronological order or in order of discovery.
Family Tree


   

New York Times journalist Rachel L Swarns used DNA testing and historical documents to track down Mrs Obama’s living white family members for her new book, "American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama."
 

Joan Tribble, 69, was found to be one of those distant cousins. Her ancestor, Henry Wells Shields, owned Michelle Obama’s great-great-great grandmother, Melvinia.
  

Charles Marion Shields, Henry’s son, fathered a child with Melvinia in 1860, Dolphus T Shields, according to DNA tests.
  

Dolphus, Michelle’s great-great grandfather on her mother’s side, was long rumored to be half-white.  He had light skin and Irish-looking features.
  

However, the family never talked about who his father was.  It was previously unknown that he was the son of a slave owner and a slave.
  

The book also raises the possibility that Charles Shields, who was 20 at the time, raped Melvinia, who was just 15.  The practice was not uncommon on southern plantations.

Young Michelle
Michelle Obama, born on January 17, 1964, is now a bureaucrat with a big salary, a bigger house and a husband with one hand on the Presidency.

But when The Mail went back to the district of Chicago where Michelle LaVaughn Robinson was raised, we found a rather different picture from the one so single-mindedly promoted by Camp Obama.

Instead of the one-room tenement that now appears in most accounts of her upbringing, we found a well-kept neighborhood of red-brick Arts and Craft-style houses which have long been home to respectable black families.

"Michelle was from a middle-class family," confirmed one of her long-time friends, Angela Acree.

"She came from a regular family. They had a nice home.  It wasn't a mansion, but it was just fine.  It was a decent neighborhood."
    
    
Michelle's father was a volunteer organizer for the city's Democratic Party, a by-word for machine politics in America, and his loyalty was rewarded with a well-paid engineering job at Chicago's water plant.  Even before overtime, he earned $42,686 -- 25% more than High School teachers at the time.
  

Michelle's mother stayed at home and devoted her energies to her and her older brother Craig.  Marian Robinson nurtured great ambitions for both her children.

Television was all but banned in favor of homework, debates about the issues of the day and improving games of chess.

Bright and determined, Michelle was awarded a place at one of Chicago's first "magnet" schools.  She graduated from Whitney Young High School in 1981, and was awarded an affirmative-action seat at Princeton, one of America's most venerable and expensive universities.
Michelle At Dance Class


  
Michelle's Prom Dress

"My dress is royal blue with silver beading on the top. I was thinking a French manicure but that’s so plain. I don’t want blue nail polish because that’s a bit to urban for my taste. Any suggestions? Also when it comes to gel and acrylic nails which is best?"
University Of Chicago
Michelle Obama for the second time has talked about how alienated she was from the University of Chicago when she was growing up on the South Side.

Mrs. Obama commented about her relationship with the U. of C. in a commencement address she delivered on May 16, 2009, at the University of California, Merced -- echoing remarks she made to children in March at a school here.

The context: Many of the UC Merced graduates were the first in their families to earn college degrees, and Mrs. Obama said, "By using what you have learned here, you can shorten the path perhaps for kids who may not see a path at all.

"I was once one of those kids.  Most of you were once one of those kids," and then told the students how she grew up just a few miles from the University of Chicago.

"Yet that university never played a meaningful role in my academic development.  The institution made no effort to reach out to me -- a bright and promising student in their midst -- and I had no reason to believe there was a place for me there.

"Therefore, when it came time for me to apply to college, I never ... considered the university in my own backyard as a viable option."

She later collected over $300,000/year to divert poor patients away from this university's hospital -- not exactly "reaching out" to the community.
Princeton
"In a February 2008 interview with Newsweek, Michelle revealed that she got into Princeton … not on the strength of her grades, which she admits were unexceptional, but thanks to her brother Craig, a star athlete and gifted student who preceded her to the school.  As a 'legacy' candidate and a beneficiary of affirmative action, Michelle Obama was granted an opportunity that others more accomplished were denied."

At Princeton, Miss Robinson wrote a senior thesis (below) entitled "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community."  Some excerpts from the thesis include the following:

"Predominately white universities like Princeton are socially and academically designed to cater to the needs of the White students comprising the bulk of their enrollments."

"[My Princeton experiences] "will likely lead to my further integration and/or assimilation into a White cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant."

"I have found that at Princeton, no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my White professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don't belong.  Regardless of the circumstances under which I interact with Whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be Black first and a student second."

"Earlier in my college career, there was no doubt in my mind that as a member of the Black community I was somehow obligated to this community and would utilize all of my present and future resources to benefit this community first and foremost."

"In defining the concept of identification or the ability to identify with the Black community … I based my definition on the premise that there is a distinctive Black culture very different from White culture."


"Elements of Black culture which make it unique from White culture such as its music, its language, the struggles and a 'consciousness' shared by its people may be attributed to the injustices and oppression suffered by this race of people which are not comparable to the experiences of any other race of people through this country’s history.  However, with the increasing integration of Blacks into the mainstream society, many 'integrated Blacks' have lost touch with the Black culture in their attempts to become adjusted and comfortable in their new culture –- the White culture.  Some of these Blacks are no longer able to enjoy the qualities which make Black culture so unique or are unable to share their culture openly with other Blacks because they have become so far removed from these experiences and, in some instances, ashamed of them because of their integration."

Interesting, Michelle capitalizes Black and White -- I never learned that in school.


Michelle was determined to prove that no matter how she got there, she deserved her place in the class.  She graduated with departmental honors and was accepted to Harvard Law School, where she was accepted under the aegis of a minority outreach program.  As one of her friends would later reflect, Robinson recognized that she had been privileged by affirmative action and was very comfortable with that.

"My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my 'Blackness' than ever before," she wrote in her thesis.  "I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus, as if I don't really belong."  One solution, she continued, was to "utilize all of my present and future resources to benefit (the black) community first and foremost".
Thesis Blocked
When the Clintons occupied the White House, public access to Hillary's Wellesley thesis was blocked.

In January, 2008, it was discovered that, with the help of Princeton, the Obamas had blocked Michelle's Princeton thesis until November 5th, 2008.

"Why a restricted thesis?" asked blogger-pastor Louis Lapides on his site Thinking Outside the Blog.  "Is the concern based on what's in the thesis?  Will Michelle Obama appear to be too black for white America or not black enough for black America?"

What's November 5, 2008, you ask?  Why it's the day after the United States presidential election of 2008 is scheduled to be held.  The election is on November 4, 2008.

The fact that the thesis was blocked became public knowledge, and several weeks later, the block was removed by Princeton -- see February, 2008, below.
The Thesis
On February 23rd, 2008, the Politico blog releases Michelle's blocked thesis on racial divide, containing the following:

"My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my 'blackness' than ever before," the future Mrs. Obama wrote in her thesis introduction.  "I have found that at Princeton, no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my white professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong.  Regardless of the circumstances under which I interact with whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be black first and a student second."

"[My experience] will likely lead to my further integration and/or assimilation into a White cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant."

"It is possible that Black individuals either chose to or felt pressured to come together . . . because of the belief that Blacks must join in solidarity to combat a White oppressor."

The thesis, titled "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community" and written under her maiden name, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, in 1985, has been the subject of much conjecture on the blogosphere and elsewhere in recent weeks, as it has been "temporarily withdrawn" from Princeton’s library until after this year’s presidential election in November.  Some of the material has been written about previously, however, including a story last year in the Newark Star Ledger.

Critics, who have read the thesis, say it is the most sophomoric, non-scholarly piece of drivel ever and claim it exposes the lack of academic rigor at Princeton, even over 20 years ago (cursor down -- it IS there).

Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community
Harvard Law
At Harvard, she felt the same racial divide.  Verna Williams and Michelle became friends in their first year of law school.  She remembers many of their fellow black students worrying that white classmates viewed them as charity cases.  But she suggests Michelle was not among them.  "She recognized that she had been privileged by affirmative action and she was very comfortable with that," Williams recalls.

She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1988 and was admitted to the bar in the Spring of 1989.
Michelle Argues For Race-Based Faculty Hiring
Charles Johnson says during her third and final year at Harvard Law School, Michelle Obama -- then named Michelle Robinson -- penned an article for the newsletter of Harvard's Black Law Students Association (BLSA), arguing that Harvard and its students were perpetuating "racist and sexist stereotypes" by not intentionally hiring minority and female law professors on the basis of their sex or skin color.

The 1988 essay, titled "Minority and Women Law Professors: A Comparison of Teaching Styles," ran in a special edition of the BLSA Memo. The future first lady justified her demands for more black and female law school faculty by attacking the "traditional model," in which law students were educated through the Socratic method.

She also opposed the traditional meritocratic hiring principle, where professors with better legal pedigrees were more often hired, arguing that it limited the success of women and blacks.

"The faculty's decision to distrust and ignore non-traditional qualities in choosing and tenuring law professors merely reinforces racist and sexist stereotypes," Mrs. Obama wrote, "which, in turn, serve to legitimize students' tendencies to distrust certain types of teaching that do not resemble the traditional images."

In particular, she condemned the Harvard law professor ideal made famous in John Osborn's 1970 book "The Paper Chase" and Scott Turow's 1977 autobiographical novel "One-L," for promoting the view that law school faculty should be "cold, callous, domineering, old, white men who took pleasure in engaging their students in humiliating and often brutal discourse." She faulted her fellow students for being "racist" and "sexist" and buying into that particular "image" of a proper law school education.

Instead, she praised the teaching of several professors who didn't use the Socratic method, including the far-left academics Martha Minow and Charles Ogletree. Minow's father, Newton Minow, later recruited Michelle and Barack Obama to Sidley Austin, the Chicago law firm where the two met. Ogletree, who mentored both Michelle and Barack at Harvard, admitted during the 2008 election that he had concealed a videotape of Obama praising "critical race theory" architect Derrick Bell.

Michelle also gushed praise for critical race theory itself -- the view that law is an instrument of the powerful against the powerless, rather than an effort to seek justice.
Affirmative Action
Michelle Obama specifically criticized standardized testing in education:

"During Monday’s speech, Michelle Obama criticized the Bush administration’s "No Child Left Behind" program, which she said is "strangling the life out of most schools."

"If my future were determined by my performance on a standardized test I wouldn’t be here," she said. "I guarantee that."

Michelle's telling the truth.  She was "awarded" a place at a magnet school that had special programs for gifted children.  She got into Princeton as a "legacy" because her brother Greg was a star basketball player -- no doubt on a jock scholarship.  At Harvard, she admitted that she had been privileged by affirmative action and was very comfortable with that.

With all that special treatment, she still hates America.
Michelle Meets Obama
Following law school, she became an associate at the Chicago law firm of Sidley & Austin.  Also in 1989, Barack Obama joined Sidley Austin as a summer intern -- and Barack and Michelle meet. -- she was his summer adviser.

Michelle stopped registering with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission in 1993.  Her entire career as a licensed attorney lasted less than five full years.
Michelle, Barack And The Terrorist
While at Sidley & Austin (1989-1991), Michelle would meet the terrorist, Bernadine Dohrn, who helped bomb something like 25 targets, including the Capitol and the Pentagon.

Dohrn was working at the firm as a result of the recommendation of the CEO of Chicago's power company, Tom Ayers.  His son, the unrepentant terrorist, Bill Ayers, ran the organization that put up the money to bring Obama to Chicago in the first place.

Ayers' father, Thomas Ayers, was CEO of Commonwealth Edison as well as a trustee of Tribune Co. and chairman of the board of Northwestern University.

Dohrn was hired by . . ."the powerhouse firm of Sidley Austin." The very same law firm where Barack Obama was hired as a summer associate after his first year at Harvard Law School.  Where he met Michelle, his future wife.  And just how did that coincidence happen?

Trienens headed Sidley Austin when the firm hired Dohrn in 1984.  She had never practiced law and had been out of law school for 17 years.

When I asked Trienens if he had hired Dohrn, he replied: "Yes."

Wasn't that a bit of nepotism, considering his relationship to her father-in-law?  A lot of lawyers would love a first job with such a prestigious firm.

"We often hire friends," replied Trienens, 84.

Dohrn had not practiced law and been out of law school for 17 years while she was oh so busy doing, uh, other things,

Dohrn wasn't licensed to practice law.  Though she passed the bar exam, the ethics committee turned her down because of her rap sheet.  That limited the type of work she could do at Sidley Austin, which she left after a few years.

"Dohrn didn't get a license because she's stubborn," Trienens said. "She wouldn't say she's sorry."
A Peer Review
I received the following over the transom from an attorney who was an associate and peer of Michelle Robinson (Obama) at the law firm of Sidley Austin, LLP.
 
Michele's office was on my floor at the firm and I would walk by it everyday.  She was rarely in the office, had very limited work papers in her office, yet apparently was drawing an associate salary while not practicing law, and billing huge hours as is ordinary for an associate.  My fellow associates and I worked to 10 p.m. customarily and many times to  2 to 3 a.m., every weekend, meeting the crushing work loads.  But Michele never had to do that, which understandably caused a lot of resentment amongst fellow associates.  I have no first hand knowledge since it would be a private and confidential arrangement, but the associate scuttlebutt drawn from partner "leaks" was that she was drawing a firm salary while working full time for City Hall doing political fund raising and "special projects" work for the Daley Machine.  The word was that this arrangement benefited the firm because many times their real estate clients had city zoning and other legal issues that required city approvals or resolution, so the firm needed to be viewed as on the city hall team and accede to their wishes.  So from the very start of her career my opinion is that Michelle was the beneficiary of the nefarious city hall back scratching schemes.  As demonstrated by The Obama File, she seems to have benefitted from these "arrangements" her entire professional career.  I have my doubts that she did much at the University of Chicago to justify such an enormous salary and have never heard tell of any significant projects she was handling, let alone any accomplishments or major successes in the healthcare field. 

      

Michele at one point did leave officially to work for the Daley Administration, but was already well engaged in political activities during the day and regularly absent from the firm for a lengthy period of time before she left.  I can't recall the precise timelines but I would estimate that she was listed as an associate at the firm but not carrying a regular work load for well over one year, maybe even two years before she "left" for the City Hall payroll. 

On a personal note, Michele was simply the most angry, arrogant and caustic young person I have ever met in my life.  She simply would not engage with her fellow associates and apparently viewed herself as superior to them.  I personally observed that she would only engage with partners, most notably senior partners.  Never a friendly smile or good morning for staff or fellow associates as she walked past them day after day after day.  I remember one particular instance where a group of associates and I were chatting at a firm cocktail party and I noted how no one seemed to know Michele but were constantly gossiping about her.  The gang just commented about how arrogant and unfriendly she was and never around.  I commented that maybe she was just uncomfortable as a Southside girl being around all of these elitist, snobby white folks at a silk stocking firm.  So I walked over to her when she was getting hors d'oeuvres and introduced myself as a friendly overture.  She gave me a dirty look, literally threw her head back and turned her back on me and walked back over the a group of senior partners gathered around Eden Martin!  As if you say how dare you approach me you filthy little underling.  I went back to my group of associates friends feeling embarrassed and they just chuckled and said "told ya'."  So, Michele was not the sweet or kind person the media would like us to believe.  She was an elitist and only was interested in those who could advance her personal interest, not ordinary folks.  To this day, that episode was the rudest I have ever been treated by anyone, and there are lot of rude lawyers out there.
 
I never met Barack, but only heard about him second hand.  My fellow associates who were summer interns with him (in '89 I think) described him as very tall, handsome, thin, and amiable but pretty aloof.  They commented of his love of basketball and that he was always up for a game and that basketball and politics is all that grabbed his interest at the time.  They stated that he did not seem to be interested in practicing law at a big firm and doing the hard and dull work that that entailed, was just drawing his big pay check, that he did not turn work assignments in on a timely matter, was gone frequently, and generally wanted to be a community organizer in preparation for a political career, not as a practicing attorney.  As a result, the firm -- according to what I was told by people that should know -- did not extend him an offer.   So as shocking as it seems, our Obama apparently did not make the cut as a summer intern.  I suspect that is buried like all written documentation and will never see the light of day, but I do wonder if Obama could produce an offer letter from Sidley?  According to what I was told, and this is just second hand, he was not offered a job and was instead sent a regrets letter.  This of course is not to say that he could not have succeeded if he wanted to.   He is bright and quick, and I would hate to try a lawsuit against him, but certainly not the brilliant legal scholar and committed, talented practicing attorney that he has been portrayed as by the media.  He was, and is very much a clever Southside Chicago pol, no more and no less.
 
According to Wikipedia, Obama was a summer associate with Hopkins & Sutter in 1990, and graduated in 1991 from Harvard.  So that would suggest he was a first year summer intern at Sidley in 89', was not offered to return for a second summer, took a summer intern job at Hopkins & Sutter, and probably did not get an offer there either -- unless he can account for his time away from legal practice.  Hopkins paid a top tier salary, so I doubt that he would turn that down if he was offered it. 
 
Both were kind of odd cases at Sidley, frankly.  Regardless of their ethnicity, gender, or other background, all other young lawyers to a person that I met were very committed to making a career at the firm, worked very hard at their projects, worked on honing their craft and were trying to build a reputation within the firm for doing quality legal work and build a career.  However, both Michele and Barack came into the firm and were treated very differently and behaved differently, more like political hires who were just using the firm as a political vehicle, getting a blue-chip firm stamp on their resume, and being funded in the meantime.  Same basic "arrangement" as Bernadine Dohrn had.  She did not do legal work to my knowledge and paying her a salary was simply a deposit in the favor bank to borrow a phrase from Bonfire of the Vanities.  Mary A. Dempsey, current head of the Chicago Public Library and husband of super lawyer and Dem pol Phil Corboy, was another political hire.  She did not really practice law but simply practiced Chicago politics and drew a salary at the same time.  This is what they call the "Chicago Way."  Future leaders are not chosen on merit or strength of character but are simply groomed and coopted as appartchniks of the political machine.  
 
My strong sense is that both Michele and Barack Obama are mere empty creations of the Chicago political machine who advanced through the ranks in order to support vested political and economic interests.  Who these vested interests were or what back room deals were made, no one will ever know.  Barack's background as a "constitutional scholar" is widely acknowledged a being a sham by the true constitutional lawyers and scholars in Chicago.  How can you be a constitutional scholar when you have not written a single legal brief on the subject, given a single meaningful scholarly lecture before experts, published a peer-reviewed scholarly articles or treatise?  There is simply no "there, there" which is why BHO is so lost when he goes off of teleprompter and seems to be so lost for answers and fresh ideas or even rudimentary knowledge -- he is simply the spokesman for these hidden interests and power brokers who espouse a radical far left ideology and delivers the same old tired leftist adages and buzz words.  My measurement of him is that is literally the living, breathing and tragically elected "Chauncey Gardiner of the Left."  (Remember the scene where the power brokers at the end of the film "Being There" were talking about raising Chance the gardener to the office of the President).
  
Michelle Obama has been on court ordered inactive status with the Illinois State Attorneys bar from 1993, after only 4 years of practicing law.  Many are curious to know what did she did, or didn't do, to acquire this status. 
First Date
According to the Internet Movie Data Base, Barack and Michelle went to the movies on their first date.  The film that the happy loving couple chose to see was, "Do the Right Thing," which was produced and directed by Spike Lee.

The conclusion of the movie features a race riot in a Brooklyn pizzeria which takes place after an argument between the Italian owner of the shop and a black customer who refuses to turn down a loud boom box radio escalates into a full scale war inside the restaurant.  The business ends up being destroyed as the building is set on fire by the angry mob.

Is that your idea of a good date movie or a chick flick?  It certainly isn’t a family classic.
Valerie Jarrett -- Crosslink
Chicago Tribune biographical profile relates that in summer 1991 a "young Sidley Austin attorney named Michelle Robinson" interviewed with Valerie Jarrett, who was then Mayor Richard Daley's deputy chief of staff.  Reporters Christi Parsons, Bruce Japsen and Bob Secter reported that, before accepting the subsequent job offer, Michelle Robinson said that first "her fiancé," Barack Obama, "the independent-minded community activist [who] had privately expressed his political ambitions", wanted to meet with Jarrett.

What followed was a Chicago dinner meetup by Jarrett, Robinson and Obama:

This job would put his wife-to-be squarely in the offices of the man whose father had perfected the Democratic machine.

"My fiancé wants to know who is going to be looking out for me and making sure that I thrive," Jarrett recalled Robinson telling her. ...

At the end of the evening, Jarrett turned to Barack and asked, "Well, did I pass the test?"  Obama smiled, put his head down, closed his eyes and said, "Yeah, you passed the test.

That was the start of a long relationship that has paid off politically for Barack Obama, connecting him to Daley's inner circle.

"After leaving City Hall, Jarrett went on to lead the Chicago Transit Authority.  She recruited Michelle Obama to the transit agency's citizen advisory committee.

City Hall records show Michelle Obama, then still named Robinson, began work as a $60,000-a-year mayoral assistant in September of 1991.  She didn't stay long in the mayor's office.  Within weeks, Daley promoted Jarrett to run the new Department of Planning and Development.  Michelle followed.

Jarrett now sits on several boards.  Interestingly, she is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago Medical Center, where Michelle has her $360,000-year "outreach" job.

Jarrett has served as treasurer of Barack Obama's leadership political action committee (PAC), the Hopefund and is now one of his closest campaign advisers.



Katie Couric Interviews Valerie Jarrett  (04:27)


But this is what the Campaign won't tell you.

Jarrett, known as the other side of Barack Obama's brain, is ShiraziShe was born in 1956 in Shiraz, Iran, about 570 miles south of Tehran.  Her father was on the staff of the Nemazee Hospital, where Jarrett was born.  "Every memory from Iran is a very happy memory," Jarrett said in an e-mail.

Jarrett has a background in real estate and politics in Chicago and is linked to a series of real estate scandals, including several housing projects operated by convicted felon and Obama fundraiser/friend Antoin "Tony" Rezko.

According to the documents obtained by Judicial Watch from the Illinois Secretary of State, Valerie Jarrett served as a board member for several organizations that provided funding and support for Chicago housing projects operated by real estate developers and Obama financial backers Rezko and Allison Davis, Obama's former boss.  Jarrett was a member of the Board of Directors for the Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Corporation along with several Davis and Rezko associates, as well as the Fund for Community Redevelopment and Revitalization, an organization that worked with Rezko and Davis.

As Chief Executive Officer of the Habitat Company Jarrett also managed a controversial housing project located in Obama's former state senate district called Grove Parc Plaza.  According to the Boston Globe the housing complex was considered "uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage.

The  Daley Machine
In the summer of 1991 Michelle joined the staff of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, and began working as go-between for Mayor Daley's Machine.  She enjoyed the kind of vague but well-paid career made possible by affirmative action.  The description on the candidate's website of what exactly she's been doing for the U. of Chicago Medical Center is eye-glazing but ultimately revealing: she's in the diversity racket.

"She also managed the business diversity program.  Michelle has fostered the University of Chicago's relationship with the surrounding community and developed the diversity program, making them both integral parts of the Medical Center's mission."
Michelle Marries

Obama and Michelle Robinson of Chicago, Illinois are married on October 18, 1992.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois. 
 

 

The Medical Center
A couple of months after her husband was sworn in as U.S. Senator, Michelle's salary at the Medical Center was raised from $121,910 to $316,962.

It appears that Barack Obama, allegedly decent guy and agent of "change" in Washington, requested an earmark in 2006 for $1 million taxpayer dollars for the hospital where his wife works.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Mrs. Obama’s compensation at the University of Chicago Hospital, where she is a Vice President for Community Affairs, jumped from $121,910 in 2004, just before her husband was elected to the Senate, to $316,962 in 2005, just after he took office.

Do you know of anyone that has ever gotten a 260% raise?  I sure don't.

Now, I know that there are lots of ways to talk about transactions like this involving public officials -- quid pro quo, etc., but I prefer to just say that we're dealing with good, old fashioned, public corruption here.

The Daily Mail of London takes a jaundiced view:

"An acquaintance of Obama's family compares her with another political wife, another lawyer as it happens, with a keen interest in making money. "Michelle is very much like Cherie Blair [wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair]. She is a middle-class girl who has discovered that money is nice and doesn't see that as a contradiction with having radical beliefs," he said.

Chicago's veteran political consultant and pundit Joe Novak agrees, saying: "She [Michelle] is now motivated more by personal gain than by social consciousness.  She saw her opportunities, and she took them."

We see here an unusual arrangement between the University of Chicago and its new teacher/State Senator. The Senator’s wife provides political cover for the university with the community (next item), in return for which the university provides a previously non-existent and prestigious position to the Senator’s wife, which allows her to funnel students into hard-left political groups that sometimes provide campaign workers to the Senator.

Details . . .

The Washington Post notes an odd coincidence between the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC), where Michelle Obama worked as a vice-president until recently, and a major Barack Obama donor.

The UCMC, under Michelle’s supervision, granted a $650,000 contract to a local minority contractor for upgrading the center’s intranet.  In her 2006 report, Michelle listed only Blackwell Consulting in demonstrating how she had strengthened ties to the local community.  Robert Blackwell, however, turns out to be something more than just a lucky local.

Details . . .
No Poor Folks
The ranking minority member on the Senate Finance Committee is seeking information from the non-profit University of Chicago Medical Center about jobs held by Obama’s wife and one of his best friends, The Post’s Joe Stephens reports.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) on Friday sent the center a letter saying he was "troubled" by recent news reports about the hospital’s efforts to steer patients with non-urgent complaints away from the center’ emergency room to local clinics.  Michelle Obama was a key figure behind the initiative.

The letter, which Grassley released to the public today, does not directly mention the Democratic presidential nominee, his wife or his campaign.  Grassley also asked for financial data, board minutes and other documents related to hiring, job promotion, business contracting and care for the poor.
Suspended From The Practice Of Law
Michelle Obama has been described as a "distinguished attorney" despite the fact that Michelle Obama has been "inactive" since 1993.

Michelle has been on court ordered inactive status with the Illinois State Attorneys bar from 1993, after only 4 years of practicing law.  What did she do?

This Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) suspension is for discipline reasons...not for those volunteering to stop practicing.  It is COURT ORDERED...not "Michelle Obama ordered."  Their website is very clear about their function and why they step in.

An attorney, points out, "sounds more to me like she was drummed right out of the practice of law.  I am just dying to know what she did... she ran to have a court ordered inactive status done...and then no malpractice report needed to be provided.

She wanted this to "go away" fast and furious and the details not come out in depositions, courtroom documents, rulings for the client/plaintiffs...etc..

The ARDC is the agency of the Supreme Court of Illinois which registers attorneys and investigates complaints of misconduct filed against attorneys holding a license to practice law in Illinois.

Their principal purpose is to assist the Supreme Court to determine a lawyer's fitness to practice law in Illinois.  If a complaint is made that an attorney, licensed to practice law in Illinois, has engaged in illegal, unethical or dishonest conduct, they will investigate and, if warranted, bring formal disciplinary charges.  The Supreme Court of Illinois will then ultimately decide if a lawyer should be censured (publicly rebuked), suspended (having the law license to practice either taken away for a certain period of time or placed on a probationary period) or disbarred (having the law license taken away indefinitely).

The ARDC cannot impose fines, imprison, obtain monetary damages, enforce remedies between the lawyer and client, or seek civil or criminal relief against a lawyer as part of the disciplinary process.  They can affect only the lawyer's ability to practice law in Illinois.

They are not funded by taxpayers' money.  They are funded entirely by the annual registration fees paid by attorneys authorized to practice law in Illinois.
The Campaign
In a February 2007 appearance with her husband on 60 Minutes, Mrs. Obama implied that America's allegedly rampant white racism posed a great physical threat to her husband, who had just announced his candidacy for the 2008 presidential race.

Said Mrs. Obama: "As a black man, you know, Barack can get shot going to the gas station."  (Mrs. Obama's implication ignored the fact that the vast majority of violence against black Americans is committed by other blacks.  According to the U.S. Justice Department, for instance, between 1976 and 2005, fully 94 percent of black murder victims were killed by black attackers.)
More Whites
In Apri, 2008, only a week after her husband drew throngs to Soldiers and Sailors, Michelle Obama wooed a small crowd at Skibo Gymnasium on Wednesday.

Skibo’s risers were packed with community members and students from many of Pittsburgh’s universities. The rally was staffed by volunteers from a number of Carnegie Mellon student organizations, including Carnegie Mellon Students for Barack Obama, Student Senate, AB Political Speakers, and College Democrats.

While the crowd was indeed diverse, some students at the event questioned the practices of Mrs. Obama’s event coordinators, who handpicked the crowd sitting behind Mrs. Obama.  The Tartan’s correspondents observed one event coordinator say to another, "Get me more white people, we need more white people."  To an Asian girl sitting in the back row, one coordinator said, "We’re moving you, sorry.  It’s going to look so pretty, though."

"I didn’t know they would say, 'We need a white person here,'" said attendee and senior psychology major Shayna Watson, who sat in the crowd behind Mrs. Obama.  "I understood they would want a show of diversity, but to pick up people and to reseat them, I didn’t know it would be so outright."

Mrs. Obama was introduced by Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of former Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry (D–Mass.).
Fear Bomb
Michelle decried "the fear bomb'' that opponents have used against her husband -- his middle name -- Barack "Hussein" Obama.  She said in Canton, Ohio, that it is happening again and calling Obama by his given name shows why it's so important that he wins election as president.

"They threw in the obvious, ultimate fear bomb," Michelle said of her husband's 2004 Senate race.  "We're even hearing [that] now. … 'When all else fails, be afraid of his name, and what that could stand for, because it's different.'"
Yes We Can
"We have young kids all over the world who are looking to this nation, and they are trying to figure out who we are, and what we wanna become."

"We have a chance, not just to make history, but we can change the world."

"We can change the world -- yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can."
The One
And, she goes on, "We have lost the understanding that in a democracy, we have a mutual obligation to one another -- that we cannot measure our greatness in the society by the strongest and richest of us, but we have to measure our greatness by the least of these."

"That we have to compromise and sacrifice for one another in order to get things done -- that is why I am here, because Barack Obama is the only person in this race who understands that."

"That before we can work on the problems, we have to fix our souls -- our souls are broken in this nation."

Michelle added, "If we can't see ourselves in one another, we will never make those sacrifices."

"So I am here right now because I am married to the only person in this race who has a chance at healing this nation."

On the same day, she said, "The first major decision he had to make in his life, after college -- "Do I go to Wall Street and make money, or do I work for the people?" -- Barack worked as a community organizer in some of the toughest neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago."

"Helping young mothers find their voice and their power -- folks who had a reason to be cynical because government had forgotten them long ago."

"There is no one else in this race who can claim that kind of commitment to people on the ground.  No one."
 

"Barack, as Oprah said, is one of the most brilliant men you will meet in our lifetime."

"Barack is more than ready.  He'll be ready today, he'll be ready on day one, he'll be ready in a year from now, five years from now -- he is ready."

"That is not the question." The question is: What are we ready for?"

"Wait, wait, wait -- because we say we're ready for change, we say we're ready for change, butcha see, change is hard."

"Change will always be hard, and it doesn't happen from the top down."

"We do not get universal health care, we don't get better schools because somebody else is in the White House.  We get change because folks from the grass roots up decide they are sick and tired of other people telling them how their lives will be -- when they decide to roll up their sleeves and work."

But, here's the BIG ONE -- "And Barack Obama will require you to work."

"He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism, that you put down your division, that you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones, that you push yourselves to be better, and that you engage."

"Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual -- uninvolved, uninformed."

The Other -- Michelle Obama's Makeover for America

  


The powerful clay work shows Michelle Obama in the style of an African Queen, wearing large hooped earrings and an "afro pick" comb in her Egyptian-influenced hairstyle.

An American flag is tattooed across her naked chest and the comb is decorated with pearls, the traditional garb of a First Lady, and an American Eagle.

The work, by controversial sculptor Daniel Edwards, is clearly a nod to both Mrs. Obama's ethnic roots and her position at the heart of American culture and politics.

As her husband, Barack Obama, battles to win the next U. S. presidential elections, she has come under intense media spotlight, and has been likened to former First Lady Jackie Kennedy.

However, Edwards said: "The goal is to create a look for Michelle Obama that eliminates excessive comparisons to Jackie Kennedy."

The bust, entitled "Michelle Obama's Makeover for America" goes on display at the Leo Kesting Gallery in New York on October 1

Makeover for America -- no thanks -- you can keep your makeover -- and comparison to Jackie O -- not on her worst day -- that bust is just scary.

The sculptor has managed to capture that dismissive, elitist look though.

Michelle Obama -- Birther
The Democrats, the ObamaMedia and the Left belittle Americans for having questions about who and what Barack Obama is.  But what are Americans supposed to believe when statements like the one Michelle Obama makes in this video only reinforce the notion that we know little about this guy.  We certainly don't know the truth.

You can move the bar at the bottom.  The key words starts at about 40 seconds:
    

Michelle Obama speaking at the 2008 LGBT Delegate Luncheon (03:00)
    
At 42 seconds, Michelle clearly says: "When we took our trip to Africa and visited his home country, in Kenya..." -- not his ancestral home -- not his father's home country -- "...HIS home country, in Kenya..."

Here is the definition of "home country."

Michelle has made previous bombshell pronouncements, like this one:

Speaking at a Kansas City roundtable in July, 2008, held at the city's University of Missouri campus, Michelle said his [Barack Obama's] own mother, she said at the beginning of her remarks, was "very young and very single when she had him." -- and here's the video -- slide the slider to 8:40 -- straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak.

So, what are we supposed to believe?
As It Should Be
Gateway Pundit reports that Michelle Obama's words were lifted from Saul Alinsky’s book, "Rules for Radicals," in her DNC Convention speech.

What to make of Michelle Obama's use the terms, "The world as it is" and "The world as it should be?"  From whence do they originate?  Try Chapter 2 of Alinsky’s book.  In last night's speech, Michelle Obama said something that peeked my curiosity.  She said:

"Barack stood up that day," talking about a visit to Chicago neighborhoods, "and spoke words that have stayed with me ever since.  He talked about "The world as it is" and "The world as it should be..."

And, "All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won’t do -- that we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be."

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Saul Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals:

"The means-and-ends moralists, constantly obsessed with the ethics of the means used by the Have-Nots against the Haves, should search themselves as to their real political position.  In fact, they are passive -- but real -- allies of the Haves… The most unethical of all means is the non-use of any means...  The standards of judgment must be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, not our wished-for fantasy of the world as it should be."

And here's another instance -- from the same speech:

"And as I tuck [my] little girl and her little sister into bed at night, I think about how one day, they’ll have families of their own. And one day, they -- and your sons and daughters -- will tell their own children about what we did together in this election. They’ll tell them how this time … we committed ourselves to building the world as it should be."



When Michelle Obama opened the convention, she had a single task.  To make everyone forget her "For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country" remark.  So, she said:

"All of us -- driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won't do -- that we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be.  That is the thread that connects our hearts.  That is the thread that runs through my journey and Barack's journey and so many other improbable journeys that have brought us here tonight, where the current of history meets this new tide of hope.

"And, you see, that is why I love this country."

Read it again -- "Threads??????" -- "...connects our hearts," "...my journey,"  "...Barack's journey, "...the current of history meets this new tide of hope."

Who writes this stuff?  Aren't they embarrassed?  That statement is bullcrap!

She still hates America and the only thing that will make her happy is to be queen.

OUR Leadership
In a stump speech at Fort Wayne, IN, in April, 2008, Michelle said:

"We've lost sight of the fact that we are one another's brothers' and sisters' keepers in this nation.  We have to prepare to sacrifice something big for the greater good.  In order to do that, you have to feel some faith and trust and inspiration in our leadership.  I don't think there's anyone else in this race who's going to be able to unify this country, who's going to be able to change the way politics is done, who's going to bring people together who never thought they had anything common before and who's going to do it in a way that's decent and honest.  That man is my husband, Barack Obama."
"...For The First Time In My Adult Life..."
Poor Barack, how can he admit that he didn’t hear any of that rabble-rousing rhetoric at the Trinity UCC church because he slept through all 20 years of it?

If you want to find the culprit here, turn to Michelle.  I’m willing to bet she heard every word of Wright’s inflammatory sermons, swallowed them whole, and seethed in anger over White America’s wretched mistreatment of her fellow black Americans as described by her pastor.

Nowadays she’s playing the role of dutiful wife and doting mother, but every once in a while her anger surfaces as it did most famously when Michelle proclaimed in February, 2008, "For the first time in her adult life," she was proud of America, as she spoke during a rally to support her husband’s presidential bid.

During a rally in downtown Milwaukee, Michelle said, "Hope is making a comeback and, let me tell you, for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country. Not just because Barack is doing well, but I think people are hungry for change," she said during a rally in downtown Milwaukee.

"I have seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues and it has made me proud," she told supporters.

 

     

Oops!
On September, 27th, 2007, Obama's Campaign moved quickly to dampen expectations raised by Michelle Obama, who said that her husband had to win Iowa.
Whoa!
Michelle Obama contradicted the embedded story-line of her husband’s biography Thursday.

His own mother, she said at the beginning of her remarks, was "very young and very single when she had him."
Boo-Hoo!
On November 11th, responding to a question about Hillary's lead in the black community, Michelle Obama whined and played the victim "of the horrible legacies of racism and discrimination and oppression."



Her husband is a U. S.  Senator, running for the presidency and Michelle is a cum laude graduate in Sociology of Princeton University, graduate of Harvard Law, current Vice President for Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center and has been the Associate Dean of Student Services for the University of Chicago and serves on a variety of boards and commissions.  She very well could be the First Lady -- and she hates America.

Boo-freakin'-hoo!  We should all be so fortunate -- regardless of skin color.

Above Criticism
Obama ripped into a Republican ad today that targets comments made by his wife, Michelle, and called the GOP tactic "low class" and "detestable."

The Illinois senator told "Good Morning America" that he expects hardball tactics from the Republicans if he becomes the Democratic presidential nominee.

"But I also think these folks should lay off my wife," he told "GMA" as his wife giggled beside him.

Michelle Obama was asked about the ad on "GMA," but her husband said, "Let me just interject on this."

"The GOP, should I be the nominee, I think can say whatever they want to say about me, my track record," Obama said. "I've been in public life for 20 years.  I expect them to pore through everything that I've said, every utterance, every statement.  And to paint it in the most undesirable light possible.  That's what they do."

"But I do want to say this to the GOP.  "If they [Republicans] think that they’re going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful, because I find unacceptable the notion that you start attacking my wife or my family." 

And, fast on the heels of Obama telling us we can’t use the anti-American statements of his wife as a campaign issue we get the DailyKos doing their best to "help" Barack Obama by making an image (here) of Michelle Obama hanging from a tree with robed Ku Klux Klan figures torturing her with a branding iron and claiming that this is the "NEW IMPROVED" GOP strategy.  So much for the subtleties and civility that Barack claims he wants.

Michelle Obama is very much an issue in this campaign.

Anyone who participates materially in a political campaign is a legitimate target for campaign-related criticism so, if they can’t take the heat, they should stay out of the kitchen.

Michelle Obama can’t express contempt for our country -- a contempt that Barack Obama shares as shown by his refusal to respect our National Anthem -- by saying she has never been proud of the United States until her husband ran for President, and then expect nothing to be said about it.

She can’t write a senior thesis that reinforces a very comprehensive picture of Barack Hussein Obama as a Black Nationalist and very possibly a racist, and then expect it not to become an issue.

Michelle Obama is still instructive.  She's a depressing specimen of a post-modern class of victim -- demanding, whining, self-absorbed, self-pitying, and infantile.
Glamorous
The Obamamessiah, responding to a question from Glamour magazine said, "It’s infuriating, but it’s not surprising, because let’s face it: What happened was that the conservative press -- Fox News and the National Review and columnists of every ilk -- went fairly deliberately at her (Michelle Obama) in a pretty systematic way…and treated her as the candidate in a way that you just rarely see the Democrats try to do against Republicans.

And I’ve said this before: I would never have my campaign engage in a concerted effort to make Cindy McCain an issue, and I would not expect the Democratic National Committee or people who were allied with me to do it.  Because essentially, spouses are civilians.  They didn’t sign up for this.  They’re supporting their spouse.  So it took a toll.  If you start being subjected to rants by Sean Hannity and the like, day in day out, that’ll drive up your negatives.
 
Oh, Bambi!  As long as you have the bride making political speeches in front of the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council, extolling the beauty of the homosexual lifestyle, and criticizing the United States of America as "just downright mean," you can expect Michelle to take some hits.

 

If you two can't take the heat, I suggest you go back to Chicago, and see if you can help Governor Blagojevich solve the crime problem you left behind in Chicago.  It's so bad the governor wants the National Guard patrolling the streets of your old district.  You know the ones, where the buildings built by your crony Rezko have been condemned and as unfit for human habitation.

Of course, the bigger question is what the hell is he doing talking to some ditz from "Glamour?"  When is he going talk to Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity?  Someone who won't get a tingle up their leg like Chrissy-Boy.

Bad America
The simple truth is that if any of us exposed ourselves to the kind of racist  teachings espoused by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright for 20 years, we might find it downright impossible to do any better than Barack and Michelle in the loving-America category of citizenship.

We probably couldn't summon a whole lot of American patriotism if our brains were stuffed on a weekly basis with sermons like this:

"Racism is how this country (America) was founded and how this country is still run!"

or this:

"We (Americans) are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns and the training of professional KILLERS. . . . We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God. . . . We conducted radiation experiments on our own people. . . . We care nothing about human life if the ends justify the means!"

If I listened to stuff like this every Sunday for 20 years, I probably wouldn't be all that proud of my Country either, and certainly would feel it hypocritical to wear the symbol of this God-forsaken Nation in my lapel.

Wouldn't you?
Worse America
March 26th -- Here is Michelle Obama going off on America -- again:

"We don't like being pushed outside of our comfort zones.  You know it right here on this campus.  You know people sitting at different tables.  You all living in different dorms.  I was there.  You're not talking to each other, taking advantage that you're in this diverse community.  Because sometimes it's easier to hold on to your own stereotypes and misconceptions.  It makes you feel justified in your own ignorance... That's America.  So the challenge for us is are we ready for change?"

The full video is HERE.

Oddly enough... Knowing that Michelle and her husband sat in front of a racist, anti-American preacher for 20 years sort of takes away from their whole "Change" theme.
 
It does explain her disgust for the country, though.

She's going to make one hell of a First Lady.  Once she has full access to the media, it'll be a bitch a day.
Divided America
Michelle said, "In 2008, we are still a nation that is too divided.  We live in isolation, and because of that isolation, we fear one another."

"We don't know our neighbors.  We don't talk.  We believe that our pain is our own -- we don't realize that the struggles and challenges of all of us are the same."

"We are too isolated.  And we are still a nation that is still too cynical."

"We look at it as them and they as opposed to us -- we don't engage because we are still too cynical."
Mean America
Michelle, addressing a congregation at South Carolina's Pee Dee Union Baptist Church, began with a broad assessment of life in America in 2008, and life is not good: we’re a divided country, we’re a country that is "just downright mean," we are "guided by fear," we’re a nation of cynics, sloths, and complacents.  "We have become a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day," she said, as heads bobbed in the pews.  "Folks are just jammed up, and it’s gotten worse over my lifetime.  And, doggone it, I’m young. Forty-four!"

 

More good news from this depressing woman.

Ignorant America
March 26th -- Cassy Fiano writes:  I have to say, I am really loving this Democratic race these past few months.  I wonder if either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton understand what they're doing to themselves the longer they drag this out, the more they talk, the more skeletons that inevitably come out.  But hey, by all means, keep it up!  They're both doing a great job.

Here's some more, uh, patriotism from that America-loving couple, Barack and Michelle Obama.  Michelle once again takes on the task of being the official idiotic mouthpiece for her husband, with glorious results:
 


Money quote:

Because sometimes it's easier to hold on to your own stereotypes and misconceptions.  It makes you feel justified in your own ignorance.  That's America.  So the challenge for us is are we ready for change?

Wouldn't it be just great to have a President and First Lady with such unabashed, seething hatred for their country?

This speech is, apparently, from January so it's a little bit old.  But it's just yet another example of how the Obamas do not love America, not even a little bit.  This is a horrible, terrible, hate-filled, racist, greedy country, and we need the Obamas to come and offer us their magical change, and they'll fix everything for us!  All we have to do is hand over control of our entire lives to them and their big government.  They know better than we do, us small-minded, racist Americans.

Rachel Lucas has a pretty good take on this:

... I don't know what kind of time-space continuum Michelle Obama lives in, but in my world, there are only 24 hours in a day, which would preclude meeting every single student at your college.  Maybe that's the reason the kids she was talking to might not be pals with all the others?

No, we have to assume that every action taken by every person (especially Whitey) has something to do with wanting to avoid diversity, having stereotypical ideas of other races, and operating on misconceptions, all fulminating in proof that we're ignorant because that's how Amerikkka is.

So are you ready for the challenge of change?  I know I am.  I'll start today by introducing myself to every single person in my immediate area, especially the non-white ones, because it's time to get out of my comfort zone of prejudice and ignorance.  Forget the job and everything else I have to do each day, what's really important here is that I take advantage of living in a diverse community.

They're doing it.  They're fixing my broken American soul, one step at a time.  Hopechange!

Broken America
Ahhh, but she's not done.  From these bleak generalities, Obama moves into specific complaints.

"Used to be," she will say, "that you could count on a decent education in the neighborhood.  But now there are all these charter schools and magnet schools that you have to 'finagle' to get into.  (Obama herself attended a magnet school, but never mind.)

Health care is out of reach  ('Let me tell you, don’t get sick in America'), pensions are disappearing, college is too expensive, and even if you can figure out a way to go to college you won’t be able to recoup the cost of the degree in many of the professions for which you needed it in the first place.  You’re looking at a young couple that’s just a few years out of debt," Obama said.

"See, because, we went to those good schools, and we didn’t have trust funds.  I’m still waiting for Barack’s trust fund.  Especially after I heard that Dick Cheney was s’posed to be a relative or something.  Give us something here!"
Sick America
Also, on the 14th, Michelle said, "Don't get sick in this country -- not here.  Americans are in debt not because they live frivolously but because someone got sick.  And even with insurance, the deductibles and premiums are so high that people are still putting medication [and ?] treatments on credit cards."

"And they can't get out from under."

"I could go on and on and on, but his is how we're living, people, in 2008."

"And things have gotten progressively worse throughout my lifetime -- through Democratic and Republican administrations -- it hasn't gotten better for regular folks."
Stay Poor
February 29th, Michelle visited Zanesville, Ohio, where she met with a group of women at a local day care center.  She said, "We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do," she tells the women.  "Don’t go into corporate America.  You know, become teachers.  Work for the community.  Be social workers.  Be a nurse.  Those are the careers that we need, and we’re encouraging our young people to do that.  But if you make that choice, as we did, to move out of the money-making industry into the helping industry, then your salaries respond."

In the same speech, Mrs. Obama demonstrated how out-of-touch she is, by bemoaning the amount of money she has to spend, $10,000, on "piano and dance and sports supplements" and "summer programs and so on and so forth," for her two children.

That $10,000 is nearly one-third of the median household income in Zanesville ($37,192 in 2004).

Michelle Obama is still instructive.  She's a depressing specimen of a post-modern class of victim -- demanding, whining, self-absorbed, self-pitying, and infantile.
Devastated
Michelle Obama spoke before a crowd of about 150 that paid from $1,000 to $10,000 apiece at a private fundraising dinner at a downtown Denver hotel.  During the fundraiser, Obama said the contrasts between her husband and McCain are great.

"We have one candidate who essentially is telling us every day that the world as it is just fine.  That what we've been doing for the last eight years is fine," Obama said.  "Stay the course.  Don't make too many changes."

"And then we have this other candidate -- Barack Obama -- who is saying every day that the world as it is not right.  It's not good enough," she said.

"I wish we had time to be divided.  I wish we had time to be upset.  To be angry.  To be disappointed.  I wish we did," Obama said.  "Because if we had time for that, then things wouldn't be so bad right now.  Instead, we're in a place where another four or eight years of the world as it is will devastate the life of some child."

If I had this depressing worldview, I would have to shoot myself.
Socialismo
In June 2004, Hillary Clinton outlined her socialist philosophy in a speech to a San Francisco audience when she explained that "We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."  In 2008, that task fell to Michelle Obama.  In an appearance in Charlotte in April, 2008, , Mrs. Obama made it just a little more specific (via Hot Air):

 

Should she become first lady, she said she’d focus on family issues.

"If we don’t wake up as a nation with a new kind of leadership…for how we want this country to work, then we won’t get universal health care," she said.

"The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more."

I thought that sounded familiar.

On Thursday, November 1st, 2007, Obama made this startling comment, "We've got to make sure that people who have more money help the people who have less money."

Obama and his wife Michelle see eye-to-eye with Karl Marx on income redistribution.

Racial Politics
During Michelle Obama's remarks at campaign stops in Harrisburg, Winston-Salem and Raleigh, she consistently talked about the need for poor and working families to demand a change from a government that speaks to their (racial) needs.

The Democratic hopeful's wife said the videotaped comments of Rev. Jeremiah Wright were an important "opportunity," long ignored by others (white people), to lead the nation towards a critical dialogue on race, and bridging the entrenched gaps that divide the American people.

The ex-"Diversity Outreach Coordinator," who now makes more than $350,000 a year, said:

"Barack is the leader that will have it, unlike many before who have just shied away from it because it's hard.  I'm not afraid of the conversation.  I'm desperate for us to have it so that we can move beyond it.  So I was grateful that he did it, and proud of how he did it."

"We need somebody who is going to fundamentally shake up the way politics works in this country."

"He's harnessing this energy like the community organizer that he is --  someone who understands the power of engaging people, showing them their self-interest, and getting them working on the ground. Those are just a couple of the ways he's reshaped the political paradigm."

"Dialogue about race" is the LAST thing we need.  Especially when it's couched in the Alinsky Method of "community organizing" that Michelle describes in the previous statement.

There isn't the slightest bit of evidence that Michelle Obama is interested in a "dialogue" about race -- she is only interested in telling all those "typical white persons" how to think in order to conform to her far-left, politically correct standards.

Thomas Sowell recently said that you should never bother listening to someone who says they want a dialogue on race, because what they really want is a monologue. They want to be the one delivering it, and the first to scream racism when you actually do have a dialogue on race.

Hah! Dialogue -- they talk, you listen.

From her days at Princeton, Michelle has had a single obsession -- race, race, race, race, race and more race -- and she, her husband and their pastor will "heal" this country?  I don't think so.
Wright The Racist
April 29th -- On NBC Nightly News, Michelle Obama resorted to a plea reminiscent of the Clinton era:

"We got to move forward.  You know, this conversation (about Wright) doesn't help my kids, you know.  It doesn't help kids out there who are looking for us to make decisions and choices about how we're going to better fund education."

Do it for the children -- ha, ha, ha!
Feelings
Michelle Obama told a rally in Durham that only her husband's desire to change politics had helped him control his feelings.  Obama is struggling to contain his anger and frustration over the constant barrage of questions about his character and judgment.

"Barack is always thinking three steps ahead -- what do we need to do to make change," she said.

He was also thinking, "I can't let my ego, my anger, my frustration get in the way of the ultimate goal."

Bullpuppies!

He's mad cuz' he and Wright got exposed as the bigots they are.
Bitterness
Michelle gave essentially the same stump speech in Charlotte, North Carolina that she had given the week earlier in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Based on the stump speech, Yuval Levin calls Mrs. Obama "The unhappiest millionaire."  Levin's NRO column carries a link to the C-SPAN video of Mrs. Obama's North Carolina speech.  It is well worth watching.

Levin characterizes the pervasive themes of Mrs. Obama's stump speech as the "gospel of bitterness."  Levin finds Barack Obama to be preaching a similar gospel, albeit one that benefits from "a peppier and more upbeat stump speech[.]"  Senator Obama's enormous political skills make it much more difficult to discern the somewhat repulsive views and attitudes that are nakedly on display in Mrs. Obama's stump speech.

Michelle Obama seethes with bitterness.  While she preaches the gospel according to Barack, she wears resentment and bitterness on her sleeve.  It is therefore painful to listen to her.  She's apparently even still angry about her SAT scores.  She didn't test well in school, she explains.  Somehow, she has overcome -- she was admitted to Princeton -- No wonder she's sore.
Les Girls

One day soon, will a "saddened" Obama tell us that the Michelle Obama we see on video is "not the Michelle Obama I knew?"
 


It was in early May, 2008, when rumors of a tape of Michelle Obama ranting and raving and making remarks that were consistently called "stunning".  Then we heard the GOP already had this tape, and it was most likely Rudy Giuliani's opposition research team that found it,

The Michelle Obama Rant Tape was allegedly filmed between June 26th and July 1st, 2004, in Chicago, IL, at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago, specifically the women's panel.

Michelle Obama appeared as a panelist alongside Mrs. Khadijah Farrakhan and Mrs. James Meeks, wife of the hateful Rev. Meeks.

For about 30 minutes, Michelle Obama launched into a rant about the evils of America, and how America is to blame for the problems of Africa.  Michelle personally blamed President Clinton for the deaths of millions of Africans and said America is responsible for the genocide of the Tutsis and other ethnic groups.  She then launched into an attack on "whitey", and talked about solutions to black on black crime in the realm of diverting those actions onto white America.  Her rant was fueled by the crowd: they reacted strongly to what she said, so she got more passionate and enraged, and that's when she completely loses it and says things that have made the mouths drop of everyone who's seen this.

The "tape" is a DVD that Trinity United sold on its website, and possibly offered free for download up until March 2008 when Trinity's site was scrubbed and the DVDs were no longer offered for sale.

It's also being reported that ABC-7 news anchors moderated a panel at the Conference that appears to be the one Michelle Obama participated in.  If so, then it's reasonable to believe ABC-7 in Chicago has footage from the panel discussion.

Jackie "O No!"
ABCNews.com: Michelle Obama More like Jackie O Than Kerry's Wife.

There is no comparison.  Jackie Kennedy was a graceful woman -- Michelle Obama is not -- the mainstream media has no credibility.
Gay Rights
Michelle Obama, inferring special rights for homosexuals, pledged to the city’s gay community Thursday night that her husband will campaign for gay equality.



Rule #26 of Communist Goals 1963 -- Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."

Texas Sucks!
Michelle Obama exposes Texans as knuckle-dragging bigots.

Michelle Obama has the goods on everyone down here in Texas.  She is telling the world what backward cretins Texuns is.  In a speech last week, Mrs. Messiah laid the wood to you sorry bastards:

"It’s not just about positions that you take.  It’s also about the leadership that you provide on these issues.  Barack has the courage to talk to skeptical audiences, not just friendly ones.  That’s why he told a crowd at a rally in Texas that gays and lesbians deserve equality.  And you can imagine in Texas that that crowd got a little quiet."

Well, can’t you imagine it?  Texans (presumably including Democrats, since this was an Obama rally) hanging their heads in silent shame because they do not embrace the beauty of the homosexual lifestyle.  But, do not fear: Barack will wag his finger at us and teach us The Way.

This is part of his strategy to win the Lone Star State in November?
Elitism
Michelle Obama said in Pontiac, Michigan, Wednesday that if her husband is elected he will offer more than a "quick fix" on the economy.

"You're getting $600 -- what can you do with that?  Not to be ungrateful or anything, but maybe it pays down a bill, but it doesn't pay down every bill every month," she said.  "The short-term quick fix kinda stuff sounds good, and it may even feel good that first month when you get that check, and then you go out and you buy a pair of earrings."
It's Personal
Women will choose the next president, Michelle Obama said at a rally here Wednesday as she described one of her husband's most important challenges in his race against Sen. John McCain: "We need to educate more women and bring them into this campaign."

"We're going to decide the outcome of this race. Whether the bad guys or the good guys win, it's going to be up to us."

"This is personal," said Michelle.
Lies
Michelle Obama told "Good Morning America" co-anchor, Robin Roberts, that a recent John McCain campaign ad characterizing her husband as a self-involved celebrity on the order of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears has it all wrong.

"You know, this is the kid who was raised by a single mother, who didn't have access to many resources, who, you know, has walked away his entire life from lucrative careers to work in the community," she said of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.  "This guy, you know... he personifies all of what, you know, we hope that our kids can be."

Everything in Michelle's statement is a lie.

Obama wasn't raised by single mother. She had a husband/man around for Obama's first 11 years and then, from the age of 11, Obama was raised by his grandparents, because his mother goes native in Indonesia.

"...didn't have access to many resources" -- Punahu School, Occidental, Columbia, Harvard Law -- poor kid!

"...walked away his entire life from lucrative careers..." -- like lawyer/United States Senator/US President/Messiah -- get real Michelle!

"...personifies all of what, you know, we hope that our kids can be." -- A prideful opportunist, liar and fraud -- just what I want my kids to be!
The Convention
Sen. Barack Obama's campaign announced yesterday that his wife, Michelle, will be the star attraction on the opening night at the Democratic National Convention in Denver on Aug. 25th.

This announcement means that the DNC has admitted that it has anointed Obama as their savior -- and no deviation from the party line will be tolerated.

There is no other explanation for scheduling the wife of a candidate to be the opening speaker in a convention that is supposed to select the man or woman who will lead the party into a presidential election. Are the Dem's signaling another co-presidency? Is the person behind the curtain Michelle?  Does anybody ever remember a candidates spouse opening a convention?
Priceless!


I'm Smart
In a current People magazine interview, Michelle Obama claimed she could be "very competent" on policy putting in only a 70% effort.

"On some level I view myself -- as do many women in my position -- as 120-percenters, meaning we feel good about what we're doing when we're doing it at 120 percent.  So, I could be very competent putting 70 percent in, but I don't feel good about it.  I feel like, if I'm going to master it, I'm going to master it.  Where I've had to come -- not just in this campaign, but in my life of having so much that I'm doing, my career, the role of mom and exercise and all these other things that I have come to believe are just as important -- is I've had to sort of let go of that 120-percent thing and say, I can't do everything.  I am not going to realistically be the policy expert on every opinion and position that Barack has because I don't have the time to do it, quite frankly.  And I have to be okay with that."

"That is the internal struggle that I, and a lot of women, have.  You listen to the outside, which says you have an obligation -- because you're smart and well-educated -- to do this. And it's like, 'Yeah, but I also have these kids.'"

Several times, in a short interview, Michelle Obama works in references to her own abilities and intelligence -- does this show us self-confidence or insecurity?
Inferiority Complex
Dinesh D'Souza's makes some observations about Michelle Obama's inferiority complex.

Michelle notes that she graduated with honors in her major.  Again, the problem is that her undergraduate thesis is on the web.  You might expect that she wrote about Shakespeare's sonnets or the political evolution of W.E.B. Du Bois.  Well, no.  Essentially Michelle Obama wrote about the problems of being a black woman at an Ivy League university.

Here is a typical passage: "By actually working with the Black lower class or within their communities as a result of their ideologies, a separationist may better understand the desperation of their situation and feel more hopeless about a resolution as opposed to an integrationist who is ignorant to their plight."

Alas, the grammar is all wrong here.  More than once, the tenses are garbled. People are ignorant "of" the plight of the lower class, not ignorant "to" their plight.  And "desperation" should be spelled "desperation."  To wreak so much havoc on the English language in one sentence, without conveying anything of substance, is perhaps deserving of a prize.  Is this what her professors were thinking when they granted her honors?  Whatever the Obamorons say, let's remember that that these are not mere typos; they reflect an estranged relationship to the English language.  Moreover they appear not in an off-the-cuff transcript but in a thesis that is supposed to reflect the culmination of one's college career.

Subsequently Michelle went on to further appointments and even managed to cash in big time on her skin color and marriage to Barack Obama.  She was hired by the University of Chicago hospitals to run "programs for community relations, neighborhood outreach, volunteer recruitment, staff diversity, and minority contracting."  Here her salary was $400,000 a year.

One might expect that the reaction of someone who gets so many privileges to be grateful to a society that makes them possible.  But no. Michelle Obama thinks that her very success is an example of white oppression.  By a bizarre twist of logic, she converts "you're not good enough, but we'll take you anyway" into a message of "they said I wasn't good enough, but I proved them wrong."

Ordinarily these psychological peculiarities may be of little interest, except perhaps to a therapist.  But Michelle now stands next to a man that may be elected president of the United States.  Barack Obama wants everyone to "lay off" his wife.  He doesn't seem to realize that this is not a reasonable request concerning a woman who clearly influences him and who stands to have public influence in her own right.  Moreover, for months the media has been laying off her precisely because she is his wife.  Like Michelle, Obama seems to confuse preferential treatment with ill treatment.
Michelle Obama's Ancestors Traced To Ulster Slave Owner
Paul Melia is reporting that Michelle Obama's ancestry can be traced to a slave owner from what is now Northern Ireland, who emigrated to America in the 1700s.

A new book claims that Andrew Shields, who fought against the British in the American War of Independence, was Mrs Obama's great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather and his family were slave owners.

Her great-great-great-grandmother Melvinia was a slave who had children by Charles Shields, grandson of Andrew Shields. One of those children, Dolphus Shields, born in 1859, was Michelle Obama's direct ancestor.

The claims are made in American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama by Rachel L Swarns, a writer with the New York Times.

DNA technology was used to prove the link, and among the genealogists who helped trace Mrs Obama's roots was Megan Smolenyak, who discovered that President Obama's roots went back to Moneygall in Co Offaly.

While the book does not identify where the Shields came from, it was most likely Ulster as the family was Protestant and there was considerable Scots-Irish emigration to the American South at the time.

It traces dozens of white relatives of Michelle Obama, none of whom knew of their connection through slavery to the first lady. Most were shocked to learn the connection and hoped that the Shields-Melvinia relationship was not one of rape, but love.

"You really don't like to face this kind of thing," said Joan Tribble, whose ancestors owned the first lady's relative.

"To me, it's an obvious love story," another descendant, Aliene Shields, added, pointing out they had several children together.

Ms. Smolenyak began the project just before Obama was elected and she said she hoped her discovery would please Michelle Obama.

Pay The Woman

Lauren Stiller Rikleen, who is a partner at a Massachusetts-based law firm, executive director of the Bowditch Institute for Women's Success, and the author of "Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law," thinks that Michelle Obama should receive a paycheck.

She presents her case in a 3-page article at WashingtonPost.com, "Michelle Obama has impeccable credentials that will not be diminished by her decision to discontinue her paid work outside the home.  Like other first ladies before her, she will have an office, a staff and even a budget.  What other positions with staffing and budgets have no job description?"

"It is only fair that the role of first lady be formally recognized for the demanding position that it is.  Then we can stop the false argument about whether Obama has "opted out" of the workplace, knowing that she is about to begin the hardest job she will ever hold."
More Michelle Antoinette
Rick Moran's sure you'll be glad to hear that your tax dollars are being spent wisely by Michelle Obama.

After jetting back in from her weekend in Vail with the kinder, Michelle Obama has deep sixed her regular fashion expert and hired someone who is now drawing a government salary in the White House.  The Washington Post:
    

On Tuesday night last week, Ikram Goldman, the celebrated stylist of Michelle Obama, took her front-row seat at the Lincoln Center runway show of one of the first lady's preferred designers, Narciso Rodriguez.

[...]

Having Michelle Obama as a mega-client earned Goldman this spotlight, but according to several people with knowledge of her White House arrangement, she is no longer the shopper in chief.

That coveted role is now played by Goldman's former protegee and current White House employee, Meredith Koop.  The ascent of the 29-year-old personal assistant has caught the imagination of Fashion Week gossips, East Wing obsessives and "All About Eve" fans for weeks.  A former Vanderbilt University sorority sister, Koop learned fashion gospel at the altar of Ikram, Goldman's eponymous Chicago boutique.  Two years ago, when Michelle Obama left for Washington, Goldman dispatched Koop as an emissary, attending to the first lady's dressing needs inside the family residence.  Koop has taken full advantage of proximity to power.  Her portfolio has expanded, at the expense of her mentor.  This season Koop is in, and Goldman is out.

    
Koop is employed by the White House.  It may be "unfashionable" to ask, but why does the First Lady need a taxpayer funded fashion consultant?

Could be she's a clothes horse:
    

Givhan reported that since the end of the summer, the role of cultivating "New York designers for a first lady whose wardrobe needs are relentless" had fallen to Koop.  (Koop's previous visibility was limited to a mention in a short April 2010 Politico.com piece as Obama's "secret style weapon.")

    
I may be mistaken.  Other first ladies may have had a staffer dedicated exclusively to making sure that a first lady's "relentless" clothes needs are met.  But it would be news to me if that were the case.  Nancy Reagan had a relationship with designers similar to Michele Obama's friendship with Goldman.  The payoff for the designer was not in getting a taxpayer funded paycheck, but in seeing their designs worn by a highly visible celebrity.

I guess that's just not good enough for our nutritionist in chief.

Related:  Limbaugh Claims His Michelle Obama Remarks Weren’t Below The Belt, "Given Where She Wears Her Belt"
Continued Here . . .

Michelle goes to the White House
  
Comments . . .
***  
 

©  Copyright  Beckwith  2009
All right reserved