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Meet Michelle Obama– What do you really know about her?

Posted by mandyf on October 26, 2008


There’s been plenty of talk about Barack Obama and rightfully so given the office he is seeking. To a slightly lesser degree his wife Michelle Obama has been under the magnifying glass as well and regardless of what anyone wants to say she should be as well. In my opinion the only people off limits when it comes to examining who may reside in the white house are minor children of the candidates.

With that said there’s been plenty of information going around about Michelle that at this point still seems manufactured. I’ve never seen the much talked about “Whitey” tape. Maybe it does exist somewhere, I’ve never seen it or heard it validated by a reputable source. There’s been plenty about the supposed venom filled phone tirade she went on and despite all the air of “legitimacy” around it we are told to blindly accept, I’ve never heard it or seen it verified by a reputable source. Quite frankly there may be a lot of garbage about Michelle going around, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of real documented landmines she’s dropped in the field to call her on though.

What do we know about Michelle Obama really? Well we know what she tells us, what she wants us to believe, and we know what her handlers tell us about her carefully crafted new image, but where is the truth? Truth is a big thing, Palin has pushed it to the limit at times, McCain has a few skeletons hanging around. Barack has a graveyard of skeletons. Michelle…Well it may not be a graveyard, but it’s definitely a significant body count of lies, and misrepresentations to be sure. So let’s look at what we do know and can prove about her. No speculation, just her words which cannot be refuted, afterall she’s the one who wrote or spoke them before cameras so we can have an absolute solid record.

Michelle is fond of saying repeatedly as a portion of her stump speeches


“I was raised in a working-class family on the south Side of Chicago. That’s how I identify myself, a working-class girl.” That’s a nice story, the keyword however is story. She did live on the south side of Chicago, that is true, although it was and still is a pretty nice home near the hospital, not some poor lower class struggling area she portrays. As for middle class, technically true although again misleading. When she was eleven back in 1975 her father was making $42,686.00 per year. That was about $22.23/hr which was pretty good money then, it’s pretty good money for most people now 33 years later. Heck just go through public records, it’s all there, he was a city employee afterall. FOIA is a really cool thing. That doesn’t count the extra perks and cash he reaped as a democratic party organizer.

Now go ahead and ask yourself if that seems like her family was living a life that was so difficult financially. They did well enough that her mother didn’t work and was home full time to look after little Michelle and her brother. Why not, the census shows in 1975 the median income for a U.S. family of four was a whopping $13,720.00. Their family only pulled in triple that figure. Gosh life must have been really hard! Consider the poverty level, which is where she wants us to believe they were near was $5,500.00 and her claims are laughable.

The real deal is they did very well. She had no broken home issues, no absent parent causing a latch key kid situation, no financial problems. There’s no record of bankruptcy, liens, or seizures so it couldn’t have been that bad. Seeing as she never mentioned abuse, physical or mental, at the hands of her family that doesn’t seem to be an issue. She lived in a nice neighborhood that actually had low crime figures for not just the south side, but the city. What was it that made her upbringing an example of the plight of lower class black families she keeps talking about. Seriously, anyone know?

Ah yes…She did say that. Pull up a copy of her Princeton thesis, the one that they tried to block from going public. She wrote that blacks that didn’t adhere to racial sepratism would lack the compassion to understand the plight of the lower income black family. She certainly presents herself and speaks as if she understands, but by her own words how could she? She wasn’t raised sepratist, she went to a magnet school that was about half white and then to the Ivy league.

That raises the second area to examine with her, is she really a racist as many sources are claiming? Personally I cannot say, we haven’t spent time together so how would I know? I think racist is a pretty strong word and really don’t take pleasure in it being tossed around indiscriminately. What I do think however is she is a bit confused on where she stands and what she believes. Or she’s a liar. Take your pick.

What I wonder is why so few people call her on her documented statements. Did anyone notice the demographic she uses to refer to BHO’s support base is broken down by race; black, white, brown, or whatever is appropriate for the group she’s pandering to? Anyone recall her saying “Ain’t no black people in Iowa! Something big, something new is happening.” at the Iowa primary? Why even bring it up if it wasn’t an issue…to anyone but her?

Admittedly that’s thin, but how about this, she is on record as saying everyone that didn’t grow up in a black lower class family can’t understand what life is like living paycheck to paycheck. There are plenty of non-blacks in America living paycheck to paycheck all across America unless something changed in the last fifteen seconds. She has never lived paycheck to paycheck, nor has Barack, unless they have a spending problem trying to live far beyond their means. Keeping up with Oprah can be tough. What this leads us to ask though is how she can pander to this voter base claiming they know what it’s like for the poor people when they have never been those poor people? They are afterall Ivy league educated millionaires with a $1.65 million dollar home, kids in private school, book deals, stock options, and a jet set lifestyle.

In her thesis she further stated that white Americans were “incredibly racist” and that America is a nation founded on “crime and hatred.” Look it up, it was submitted to Princeton as her senior thesis in 1985 under her maiden name Michelle LaVaughn Robinson. She continually uses the terms “sepratist” and “intergrationist” throughout the document. Sepratist in a positive light and intergrationist in far less glowing terms. She further states “There was no doubt in my mind that as a member of the black community, I am obligated to this community and will utilize all of my present and future resources to benefit the black community first and foremost.” Again it sounds good, but with the level of bile in her thesis it takes on a far more ominous tone when viewed in it’s full context.


She concludes with the following: “I hoped that these findings would help me conclude that despite the high degree of identification with whites as a result of the educational and occupational path that black Princeton alumni follow, the alumni would still maintain a certain level of identification with the black community. However, these findings do not support this possibility.”



Let’s take a look at another favorite from Michelle and you decide for yourself how genuine she is.

“We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do. 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.” Faced with that reality, many of our bright stars are going into corporate law or hedge-fund management.”

This all sounds great except it is a huge helping of do as I say not as I do rhetoric. Michelle could have gone into law practice which was aimed at protecting civil liberties, or any noble section of the law but she chose corporate law, specifically trademark law which is a cash cow. How dare she bitch and moan about kids from lower and middle income black families not doing well financially when she’s the one telling them to take jobs that pay less!

What is her idea of her and BHO’s getting into the “helping industry.” Her idea of that is going intop politics, specifically seeking the position of POTUS. Don’t be fooled by her words, she didn’t give up her cushy seat on the Board of Directors to Treehouse until it became a political hand grenade for BHO. She has never left her job with Chicago universities Hospitals, she is on extended leave. The position is waiting for her when/if she decides to return. What a nice luxury.

Under her vision it will be okay to take jobs that pay less, so long of course as she isn’t the one that takes less one would assume. At a North Carolina rally she said, ” The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so someone else can have more.” That’s why it’s okay in her world to do less, achievers will foot the bill for people that CHOOSE to do less than they are capable of. Call it redistributionist if you like or call it what it really is, socialist. Barack told good ol’ Joe the Plumber the same thing, no matter how you slice it, under their vision the harder you work, the better you do, the more you have to give away. Has there ever been a better vision and blueprint for championing mediocrity than that? It’s basically saying give up. Can you smell a bigger government coming on?

Certainly this will elicit plenty of comments from people enraged that Michelle Obama be called on the carpet for her words. Tha’s fine, at least it means they are being read which is the whole goal. This could, and likely will be the future first lady, it’s about time people met who she really is. If you don’t think she is going to have sway on the policy of her husband, think again.


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