Poor little Michelle Obama. Everyone is so mean to her because she is black.
She used a commencement at Tuskegee University to complain, saying: “As potentially the first African-American first lady, I was also the focus of another set of questions and speculations, conversations sometimes rooted in the fears and misperceptions of others. Was I too loud or too emasculating? Or was I too soft? Too much of a mom and not enough of a career woman?”
Michelle also said: “Then there was the first time I was on a magazine cover. It was a cartoon drawing of me with a huge afro and a machine gun. Now, yeah, it was satire, but if I'm really being honest, it knocked me back a bit. It made me wonder 'just how are people seeing me?' ”
And she said: “The road ahead is not going to be easy. It never is, especially for folks like you and me.”
Increasingly, the president and his wife are projecting themselves as pathetic victims of 19th century racism. Things that happen to everyone else are recast as cross burnings by these racial drama queens. I loved this complaint from Michelle: “The clerks who kept a close eye on us in all those department stores.”
Yes, and what about those darned clerks who ignore you because you are black.
I will let them in on a little secret about Caucasian-Americans: Some of them are real jerks. Some of them treat everyone poorly. Some of them relentlessly mocked Laura Bush. Some of them relentlessly mocked Hillary Clinton. Some of them relentlessly mocked Nancy Reagan. Why they even called Lucille Hayes, wife of the hero of the Kanawha, Rutherford B. Hayes, Lemonade Lucy.
Barack Obama and his wife came into office as and American president and first lady. The possibilities were endless for the first black president and first black first lady. I see their withdrawal into their racial identity as an admission of failure as president and first lady.