In so many ways, the first lady could learn from the Iron Lady. Margaret Thatcher famously said, “Power is like being a lady…If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” Her ladylike advice is lost on Michelle Obama, who cannot understand why the American people seem to think she is angry.
On CBS’ “This Morning” program, Mrs. Obama criticized the portrait Jodi Kantor paints of her in her new book, The Obamas: A Mission, A Marriage. “I guess it’s more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation here and a strong woman and — you know?” she said. “But that’s been an image that people have tried to paint of me since the day Barack announced, that I’m some angry black woman.”
Her critics have done an amazing job fulfilling their master plan, somehow convincing Michelle Obama to scowl, screech, and generally sideswipe her own country on television for years — a trait she shares with her husband. Shortly after “Barack announced,” Michelle denounced. In 2008, at campaign stops intended to convince Americans to vote for her husband, Michelle said “for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country.” In March 2008, in a speech she wrote herself and delivered at least four times, she demeaned the United States as “just downright mean.” Three months later in North Carolina, she let out this sanguine encomium:
We’re still living in a nation and in a time where the bar is set – I talk about this all the time – they set the bar…and then you work and you struggle, you do everything that they say…They move the bar. They raise it up…it’s always just quite out of reach…The sad irony is that’s exactly what’s happening to most Americans in this country.
Those sound very much like the ravings of an angry woman, although to be accurate Michelle seems to be the only one drawing attention to the fact that she is black. (I wonder why.)
One would think her ethereal lifestyle would encourage her to feel peachy rather pique, considering her regular excursions to Spain, Martha’s Vineyard, and Hawaii, with or without her husband (but always in the company of attentive and fit Secret Service agents).
Instead, she feels misunderstood, slighted, and unappreciated. She proceeded to say in the CBS interview that Americans are “confused about how much has been accomplished” by her husband. The reporter asked:
Reporter: Some people would say they’re disappointed in Barack Obama’s presidency, that it hasn’t accomplished all that they thought it would or all that he said it would?
Michelle Obama: Yeah, but they just don’t know. They don’t know. They don’t know all that…This campaign is going to be about makin’ sure that people know about how much has been accomplished…Some may be confused about how much have [sic.] been accomplished.
Barack Obama’s actions regularly confuse the American people. But that’s not what she meant. Like her husband, she believes Americans just “don’t understand” how much he has done to save them from themselves and their evil Constitution. Obama has sometimes taken to the airwaves to say that he will have to do a better job of lecturing the American people into liking him more. Good luck with that.
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The Obamas combine the worst elements of the human psyche in one power couple: entitlement, fantasies of victimization, delusions of competence, rage at their benefactors, haughty disregard, and a cloying sense that no one loves them quite as much as they love themselves. But then anger and elitism often go hand-in-hand.