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US First Lady 'slave roots' found
BBC ^ | 8 October 2009 | staff reporter

Posted on 10/08/2009 3:58:21 PM PDT by Daffynition

Research into the family of US First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed that her great-great-great-grandmother was a slave given away at the age of six.

According to genealogist Megan Smolenyak, the girl was described in papers only as "negro girl Melvinia".

In her early teens, working as a slave on a farm in Georgia, she was made pregnant by an unknown white man.

The son she gave birth to around the year 1859, Dolphus, was Michelle's great-great grandfather.

Megan Smolenyak, whose discoveries have been detailed in the New York Times newspaper, said she was not surprised by what she discovered.

"But the fact that just 15 years after the death of Dolphus, one of his descendants was born who would end up in the White House, that is startling," she said.

'Intermingled'

The circumstances of Melvinia's first pregnancy are unclear, according to Ms Smolenyak. On the 1870 census, she is listed as having three mixed-race children, one born four years after emancipation.

When you research a family, some call more loudly than others - it's like they want to be found Megan Smolenyak

"If you do African-American research that is not surprising at all - a lot of people don't appreciate how intermingled we are," Ms Smolenyak said.

According to her 1938 death certificate, the identity of Melvinia's parents was "unknown".

The White House has yet to comment on the research but Ms Smolenyak said she hoped the details of great-great grandparents Michelle Obama had perhaps not even heard of would "resonate".

[snip]

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: firstlady; flotusmichelle; godsgravesglyphs; michelleobama; obamafamily; roots; slave
This is a very cleverly timed obfuscation.
1 posted on 10/08/2009 3:58:21 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

Well, of course.....


2 posted on 10/08/2009 3:59:28 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR.....Monthly Donors Wanted.)
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To: Daffynition
So neither the First Apologist nor the First Shrew are totally black.

Bet the lovely Michelle was horrified to learn that one of her ancestors was white! LOL.

3 posted on 10/08/2009 4:01:56 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/01...NEVER FORGET.)
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To: Daffynition

I wonder if further research would show that Barack’s Arab ancestors sold Melvinia’s ancestors into slavery? Such a small world.


4 posted on 10/08/2009 4:03:43 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: Daffynition
made pregnant by an unknown white man.

Heresy! How dare the racist BBC suggest that the Obamas are anything but black! /sarc

5 posted on 10/08/2009 4:05:06 PM PDT by SolidWood (Sarah Palin: "Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: Daffynition

Ha Ha she has honkey blood in her.......


6 posted on 10/08/2009 4:05:13 PM PDT by Anti-Kenyan
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To: Churchillspirit

At least we know where she got her beautiful upper arms.


7 posted on 10/08/2009 4:12:24 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Anti-Kenyan

Here it comes - REPARATIONS NOW. Do it for the the first lady.


8 posted on 10/08/2009 4:17:10 PM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: DownInFlames

Since she is the descendant of both slaveholders and slaves, the logical thing to do is for her to pay reparations to herself.


9 posted on 10/08/2009 4:19:44 PM PDT by proxy_user
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10 posted on 10/08/2009 4:20:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Daffynition
This is a very cleverly timed obfuscation.

1859?
11 posted on 10/08/2009 4:20:59 PM PDT by kenavi (No legislation longer than the Constitution.)
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To: Daffynition

This is very clearly Megan looking for some new GRANT MONEY.


12 posted on 10/08/2009 4:32:57 PM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: Daffynition

I worry more about her socialism/communist roots.


13 posted on 10/08/2009 4:34:09 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Daffynition

Was she sitting on her daddy’s lap when she found out?


14 posted on 10/08/2009 4:45:22 PM PDT by Eaker (Kaiden sez, "If you have a problem and If explosives are an option then explosives are THE answer.")
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To: A CA Guy

Yes, Mulva has issues.


15 posted on 10/08/2009 4:46:33 PM PDT by Sparko ("Barack Hussein Obama He said Red, Yellow, Black or White All are equal in His sight. Mmm, mmm, mmm")
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To: proxy_user
Since she is the descendant of both slaveholders and slaves, the logical thing to do is for her to pay reparations to herself.

I think that's what they have been doing since January.

16 posted on 10/08/2009 4:52:27 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ("Prosperity is just around the corner." Herbert Hoover, 1932)
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To: Eaker
Was she sitting on her daddy’s lap when she found out?

Yup. They were watching a Mike Tyson fight.

A few things were spilled.

17 posted on 10/08/2009 5:06:25 PM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: battlegearboat

Sorry, but a 20 year old female sitting on her daddy’s lap tends to make me think things might be a bit too close in that family.


18 posted on 10/08/2009 5:08:24 PM PDT by airborne (The Tree of Liberty must, from time to time, be fed with the blood of tyrants and patriots!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Some of my ancestors were slaves too...not as recently as Michellle’s, but slaves nonetheless.


19 posted on 10/08/2009 5:14:23 PM PDT by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: Churchillspirit

I thought her ancestors were Yetis.


20 posted on 10/08/2009 5:15:10 PM PDT by ronniesgal (right now, I don't have a tag line)
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To: ronniesgal

It certainly looks that way.


21 posted on 10/08/2009 5:31:51 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Daffynition

And she’s a victim to this day.Sad.....and nauseating.


22 posted on 10/08/2009 5:47:21 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: battlegearboat
Was she sitting on her daddy’s lap when she found out?

I heard a short quip about her daddy's lap recently.Did I hear correctly that she said that she was sitting on her daddy's lap when Carl Lewis won a Gold Medal...and that she was 20 when that happened? Is that correct?

If so,that's her "I was named after Sir Edmund Hillary" moment.

23 posted on 10/08/2009 5:51:31 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: Daffynition

Cool! Let’s do Obama’s roots now!


24 posted on 10/08/2009 5:52:39 PM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Daffynition
I am so tired of hearing about these self important ingrates.

They sure as hell have not worked a day in their lives. These people are takers... sucking off everyone else out there.

25 posted on 10/08/2009 6:19:16 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: Pharmboy

I’ll vote for you when you run. :’)

Among my European ancestors, I can think of one sold into indentured servitude (by her own father, no less) as a teenager, and on the other side of the family, one of my multi-great-uncles paid for his passage to the New World (and was allowed to go at all, he was in his teens) via an indenture to his brother (another m-g-uncle). As far as actual slavery, the next closest thing in the family tree would be living under feudal lords in the Middle Ages; don’t know much about any of ‘em past about 500 years back. But odds are good that literally everyone is descended from some enslaved ancestor of some era in some place or other.


26 posted on 10/08/2009 6:38:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Daffynition
This SOB PR Goebbels protege AXELROD and his minions are directly to blame for the fact an anti white COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM and his anti white racist stupid "wife" inhabit the WH.

If GOD is just, a price will be paid.

Meanwhile the communists in charge plot to steal everything not nailed down and the GOP Chair is "listening"

27 posted on 10/08/2009 6:44:47 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Daffynition

Have they found the source of the bad fashion gene?


28 posted on 10/08/2009 7:18:46 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: Minn

Well, it doesn’t come from my side of the family. ;)


29 posted on 10/08/2009 7:58:40 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Lee'sGhost

Wonder what the book would be on history revealing Hussein’s ancestors were the ones who actually sold Michelle’s ancestors into slavery?


30 posted on 10/08/2009 10:18:27 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: SunkenCiv

You got it! That was exACTly my point...we are ALL descended from people who were slaves at some point.


31 posted on 10/09/2009 3:31:19 AM PDT by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: Daffynition

Good, now doesn’t she have to go iron her hair or something?
Maybe some more ice cream or Big Macs to add some more ballast
to her keister she sits around on all day?


32 posted on 10/09/2009 3:59:43 AM PDT by soycd
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To: Daffynition

That’s where I was going. That and the fact that he was born in Kenya.


33 posted on 10/09/2009 4:56:36 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Daffynition

I file this under No Sh!t Sherlock file. BBC really on top of their game with this breaking story. Next breaking news: United States was once a colony of England.


34 posted on 10/09/2009 3:30:27 PM PDT by egannacht (Vote YES for statism: Why burden yourself with civic duty when Idol and Oprah are on?)
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To: Daffynition
As the old saying goes: She's come a long way baby!

THE FIRST LADY'S SERVANT LIST-no wonder they are in trouble!!!

Feast your eyes on this First Lady Requires More Than Twenty Attendants July 7, 2009 by Dr. Paul L. Williams

"In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much," she said. "See, that's why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service, " Michelle Obama

NO, Michele Obama does not get paid to serve as the First Lady and she doesn't perform any official duties. But this hasn't deterred her from hiring an unprecedented number of staffers to cater to her every whim and to satisfy her every request in the midst of the Great Recession. Just think Mary Lincoln was taken to task for purchasing china for the White House during the Civil War. And Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salary for her personal secretary.

How things have changed! If you're one of the tens of millions of Americans facing certain destitution, earning less than subsistence wages stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart or serving up McDonald cheeseburgers, prepare to scream and then come to realize that the benefit package for these servants of Miz Michelle are the same as members of the national security and defense departments and the bill for these assorted lackeys is paid by John Q. Public:

1. $172,2000 - Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)

2. $140,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)

3. $113,000 - Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary)

4. $102,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady)

5. $100,000 - Winter, Melissa E. (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

6. $90,000 - Medina , David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

7. $84,000 - Lelyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady)

8. $75,000 - Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady)

9. $70,000 - Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady)

10. $65,000 - Burnough, Erinn J. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)

11. $64,000 - Reinstein, Joseph B. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)

12. $62,000 - Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady)

13. $60,000 - Fitts, Alan O. (Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady)

14. $57,500 - Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady)

15. $52,500 - Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady)

16. $50,000 - Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady)

17. $45,000 - Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady)

18. $43,000 - Tubman, Samantha (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)

19. $40,000 - Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

20. $36,000 - Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary)

21. $35,000 - Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)

22. $35,000 - Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)

There has NEVER been anyone in the White House at any time who has created such an army of staffers whose sole duties are the facilitation of the First Lady's social life. One wonders why she needs so much help, at taxpayer expense, when even Hillary only had three; Jackie Kennedy one; Laura Bush one, and prior to Mamie Eisenhower social help came from the President's own pocket.

Note 1: This does not include makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Miles, 49, and "First Hairstylist" Johnny Wright, 31, both of whom traveled aboard Air Force One to Europe.

Note 2: The missing position is The First Lady's Personal Fitness Trainer, probably $100,000 for someone responsible to rid her of that giant butt.

Yes, I know, The Canadian Free Press has to publish this because the USA media is too scared they might be considered racist. Sorry America!

SICKENING.........ISN'T IT?

Copyright 2009 Canada Free Press.Com

canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/12652

35 posted on 10/10/2009 3:07:58 PM PDT by jws3sticks (Sarah Palin forever!)
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To: jws3sticks
I missed this this weekend, but, it is a bit much to think that Laura Bush had one assistant compared to this list for Michelle Obama. A quick Google search brings up this list of White House staff, including these folks comparable to the Canada Free Press list:

1. McBride, Anita B $172,200 Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady

2. Medina, Sonya E $147,500 Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and Director of Projects for the First Lady

3. Zantzinger, Amy S $113,000 Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary

4. Armstrong, Sara W $102,000 Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff to the First Lady

5. Niemiec, Sally M $102,000 Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications and Press Secretary to the First Lady

6. Miller, Sonja Maria $88,500 Deputy Chief of Staff to the First Lady

7. Ballard, Deanna M $78,400 Director of Scheduling for the First Lady

8. McArthur, Nikki L $63,000 Speech Writer for the First Lady

9. Knutson, Lindsey L $62,700 Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady

10. Marshall, Misty C $62,400 Director of Correspondence for the First Lady

11. Adams, Julie E $57,500 Deputy Press Secretary to the First Lady

12. Mende, Kirstin M $53,000 Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady

13. Etter, Marisa Leigh $52,200 Deputy Director of Scheduling for the First Lady

14. King, Kristin N $52,200 Deputy Director of Advance for the First Lady

15. Thornton, Dorothy M $52,200 Deputy Social Secretary

16. Segura, Millicent $47,000 Deputy Director of Correspondence for the First Lady

17. Miller, Kasdin E $43,000 Assistant Press Secretary to the First Lady

18. O'Connor, Erin M $41,800 Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff to the First Lady

In addition, there are nine "executive assistants", three "assistant staff secretaries", and thirty-five "staff assistants" lower on the pay list than Ms. O'Connor, so there may be another one-three unattributed positions similar to the last few on the CFP list. Just to be fair, here...

36 posted on 10/13/2009 11:47:00 AM PDT by MN Doc
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To: jws3sticks
Oops, missed this one at least:

19. Doty, Joan R $43,900 Senior Writer

37 posted on 10/13/2009 12:02:01 PM PDT by MN Doc
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To: MN Doc

Thanks for the CNN fact check. It pays to reason that this stuff is heavily tilted, in both directions. Cheers!


38 posted on 10/13/2009 6:38:13 PM PDT by jws3sticks (Sarah Palin forever!)
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