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Michelle Obama sucks it up
Powerline ^ | March 01, 2008 | Staff

Posted on 03/01/2008 9:18:45 AM PST by jdm

Now we know why, in her adult life, Michelle Obama has never been proud of America until now. As Byron York reports, her life here is such a struggle. And not because of the demands of the political campaign. As she puts it, "I don't know what I would do, even if we weren't running; I don't know what I would do as a professional without having that kind of support system [provided by her mother who lives nearby]." It is that support system, she confesses, that "keeps me sane."

It's easy to see her point. The Obamas, according to Michelle, spend roughly $10,000 a year just on programs for their kids -- "piano and dance and sports supplements" and "summer programs and so on and so forth." And, having had the audacity to quit "corporate America" the Obamas must do so on Barack's salary and book money, Michelle's salary of $317,000 (up from the $122,000 she made before Barack was elected to the Senate), and whatever she can scrape together from serving on corporate boards (her abandonment of corporate America apparently has not been complete).

But even with everything the Obamas are providing for their kids, there's "a constant sense of guilt." "It's guilt," Michelle emphasizes, "feeling guilty all the time." The guilt, as far as I can tell, stems from having to pass her kids back and forth with Barack: "We do split that day, okay, you've got [the kids], I've got them."

Back at Princeton, apparently, no one told her life would be such a struggle, although she did sense (incorrectly) that after college she might only be allowed "on the periphery of society." Still, someone should have told her that her student loans would leave her trapped inside corporate American, or at least on some of its boards.

Michelle is a tough cookie, though. She's not looking for our sympathy. "Don't cry for me," she tells the strangers in her lower middle class audience in Zanesville, Ohio after explaining just how difficult it is for her to "keep it all together."

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It would be unfair, of course, to blame Barack Obama for the views and outlook of his wife (except to the extent he endorses or defends them). I've seen no evidence that Barack is a complainer. And, nothwithstanding his lack of the experience normally associated with a run at the presidency, Obama's sense of entitlement does not seem significantly to exceed that of your average presidential candidate.

But Michelle Obama is still instructive. She's a depressing speciman of a post-modern class of victim -- demanding, whining, self-absorbed, self-pitying, and infantile.

UPDATE: Given recent developments in the Obama campaign, though, it's possible that Michelle Obama is enormously satisfied with her life and has absolutely no trouble "keeping it all together." At this moment, a white male campaign adviser may be telling a men's club that Michelle's whining is just rhetoric intended to make Barack competitive among Hillary Clinton's female supporters.


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1 posted on 03/01/2008 9:18:47 AM PST by jdm
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To: jdm

Does this Evita sing too?


2 posted on 03/01/2008 9:19:58 AM PST by csmusaret (John McCain is a self rightous little prick.)
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To: jdm

Michelle is whacked.


3 posted on 03/01/2008 9:20:13 AM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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To: jdm
Michelle Obama sucks it up
4 posted on 03/01/2008 9:21:49 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberals: can't live with them, can't ship them to Canada.)
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To: jdm

what a pitiful excuse of a possible first lady...


6 posted on 03/01/2008 9:24:39 AM PST by tioga (Beware: conservative with back to the wall. Proceed with extreme caution.)
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To: jdm

I’ve been an electrical engineer for more than 25 years. I’ve held an MSEE degree for more than 10 years.

I’ve never made more than 80% of what Michelle Obama made before she got the “hubby’s a Senator” raise.

And you know what? I’ve always considered myself lucky. Guess that makes me a chump squared; e to the power of chump.


7 posted on 03/01/2008 9:24:40 AM PST by Steely Tom (Steely's First Law of the Main Stream Media: if it doesn't advance the agenda, it's not news.)
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To: jdm
I just hope the people from Obama’s camp never suggest she tone it down. I want her talking as much as possible and heard by as many people as possible.
8 posted on 03/01/2008 9:25:08 AM PST by jennyjenny
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To: jdm
Sweet jumpin' beans. If I made as much money as Michelle Obama and I whined even half as much as her, I would hope someone close to me would slap me aside the head!

What a bitter, hypocritical shrew.

9 posted on 03/01/2008 9:25:53 AM PST by Digital Sniper (Hello, "Undocumented Immigrant." I'm an "Undocumented Border Patrol Agent.")
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To: jdm
She entered college thinking she was all that and found out she wasn’t even close so what did she do? she blamed it on society. A problem that is wide spread, “don’t look inside you might find things you don’t like, look outside for some one to blame, it’s easier and you can go on believing the legend you’ve set up for yourself. This is a possible first lady? There's a lot of baggage and a score to settle if you ask me.
10 posted on 03/01/2008 9:25:59 AM PST by ronnie raygun (Id rather be hunting with dick than driving with ted)
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To: jdm

Clarence Thomas probably wouldn’t be allowed to come in through her back door.


11 posted on 03/01/2008 9:26:19 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: jdm

Thank the Lord that she does not quit corporate America to take up teaching.


12 posted on 03/01/2008 9:26:29 AM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: jdm

Poor thing! She is just the little trooper!


13 posted on 03/01/2008 9:27:33 AM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: jdm

Michelle Obama is ridiculous, but so is this article for criticizing her because she makes a lot of money. Are conservatives now against people doing well financially? Are we going to resort to populism and socialism to criticize her? Good for her, she makes a lot of money.


14 posted on 03/01/2008 9:28:29 AM PST by mngran2
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To: jdm

Meechelle still isn’t free....she has a boss to report to, a husband who wants clean socks, a house to make sure the cleaning lady took care of, kids who want to be read to and are sooooooo demanding.......it’s tough, man.


15 posted on 03/01/2008 9:29:09 AM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: JackRyanCIA

She appears to be just two shots of tequila away from ‘going ghetto’ on Hillary.


16 posted on 03/01/2008 9:29:18 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: JackRyanCIA

Maybe the Secret Service could take care of all that kind of crap for the Obamas. Wonder if Michelle makes cookies for the kids, or just does pancakes?


17 posted on 03/01/2008 9:29:44 AM PST by mathurine
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To: jdm
She's a depressing speciman of a post-modern class of victim -- demanding, whining, self-absorbed, self-pitying, and infantile.

...but otherwise she's a pretty nice person.

18 posted on 03/01/2008 9:30:23 AM PST by Jorge
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To: Steely Tom
I’ve never made more than 80% of what Michelle Obama made before she got the “hubby’s a Senator” raise.

She received this from the University of Chicago where here job was to basically do nothing. Meanwhile, the university, ranked as the stingiest in the US as for as giving aid to students, has raised the cost of going there to $48,000+ per year.

19 posted on 03/01/2008 9:31:14 AM PST by Founding Father (The Pedophile moHAMmudd (PBUH---Pigblood be upon him))
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To: jdm

WHERE ARE THEY getting their campaign money?
I should say what bundlers?
Seems it’s the Dem way of doing tricks


20 posted on 03/01/2008 9:31:49 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (I heard it on the grapevine and saw it in the paper, so it must be true.)
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To: Steely Tom

e to the power of chump! I’ve never heard that one before.

Someone should grab it for their next all-bum cover.


21 posted on 03/01/2008 9:32:36 AM PST by shineon
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To: jdm


22 posted on 03/01/2008 9:32:37 AM PST by Archytekt
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To: jdm

Michelle says these things so women in the audience at these events think that she’s one of them, that she can relate. This isn’t revolutionary and it isn’t whining. It may be ham-fisted execution, but that’s what she’s feebly trying to do. Voters want to know that their elected officials know what it’s like to be a normal voter. They want to know that their President is aware that analysts project gasoline to hit $4/gallon, to take a recent example.


23 posted on 03/01/2008 9:32:57 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: jdm

What a pair are these Obamas.


25 posted on 03/01/2008 9:34:07 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Steely Tom
My friend, a black man, will get his Masters of Engineering degree in May at age 48. He already has an MBA.

He, with 24 years of company service, has never made 75% of what Ms. Obama made before her husband was elected to the senate.

26 posted on 03/01/2008 9:35:56 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: tioga
"what a pitiful excuse of a possible first lady..."

And she seems to think that even uttering her husband's middle name amounts to HATE SPEECH!!!

27 posted on 03/01/2008 9:36:25 AM PST by lstanle
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To: jdm
But Michelle Obama is still instructive. She's a depressing speciman of a post-modern class of victim -- demanding, whining, self-absorbed, self-pitying, and infantile.

Or to put it simply, a liberal.

29 posted on 03/01/2008 9:37:05 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
Clarence Thomas probably wouldn’t be allowed to come in through her back door.

Man, that can be taken so many ways on some many levels, I'm not touching it with a 10' ft pole :)

30 posted on 03/01/2008 9:38:16 AM PST by Popman (Gold Standard: Trying to squeeze a 50 lb economy back into a 5 lb bag)
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To: jdm

Jeez, what a whiner. She and her husband make half a million dollars a year (before perks and kickbacks). $10,000/yr for the munchkins to learn piano, dance, and soccer, talk about hardship!!

What a happy household this must be. Is home a sanctuary? Does her husband and kids make her life happy and complete? Oh no, it’s her mother that makes things bearable. I’m really cynical of adults who have to run to mommy every time they have problems in life. If your household can’t give you the love, sanctuary, and support that you need, you’ve got big problems and the only person to blame is YOU.


31 posted on 03/01/2008 9:39:14 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberals: can't live with them, can't ship them to Canada.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Don't tell Slick Willy
32 posted on 03/01/2008 9:41:48 AM PST by chaos_5 (Vote for change - ObamaNation 2008!)
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To: mngran2

The point here is, it seems to me, that she makes a wheelbarrow load of money, big bucks like most of us would thank our lucky stars to make - and she whines about “how hard a time she has and how things are just hard all over around the Obama house what with her and Barack having to split care of the kids”. This is a privileged woman who could HIRE a full-time cook and bottle washer, making twenty times what the average person brings in and still whining?! False rings false every time.

Hint to the Obama camp: Have Michelle verbally THANK HER LUCKY STARS SHE IS LIVING IN THE MOST PROSPEROUS COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WITH ALL THE PRIVILEGES SHE HAS ENJOYED IN HER LIFE - AND that Barack HOPES to bring to ALL CHILDREN of every color. . . or else keep whining and spreading the misery if they wish. That’s what Democrats are good at.


33 posted on 03/01/2008 9:42:22 AM PST by Twinkie (Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God . . .)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
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The Obamas, according to Michelle, spend roughly $10,000 a year just on programs for their kids -- "piano and dance and sports supplements" and "summer programs and so on and so forth." And, having had the audacity to quit "corporate America" the Obamas must do so on Barack's salary and book money, Michelle's salary of $317,000 (up from the $122,000 she made before Barack was elected to the Senate), and whatever she can scrape together from serving on corporate boards (her abandonment of corporate America apparently has not been complete).

34 posted on 03/01/2008 9:42:32 AM PST by nutmeg (Obama supporters: Drink the Kool-Aid? Yes we can!)
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To: Steely Tom

I’m with you. I’ve been an aerospace engineer for 8 years. I get to do stuff that I dreamed about as a kid. I have a good life and I don’t make 1/3 of what Michelle “Cry-me-a-river” Obama makes. SHE has made her life miserable, nobody else.


35 posted on 03/01/2008 9:42:37 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberals: can't live with them, can't ship them to Canada.)
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To: mngran2
Michelle Obama is ridiculous, but so is this article for criticizing her because she makes a lot of money. Are conservatives now against people doing well financially? Are we going to resort to populism and socialism to criticize her? Good for her, she makes a lot of money.

Are you sure you read the same article as me? What line criticises her because "she makes a lot of money"?

What I get out of this is she is an ungreatful, spoiled , upatriotic nutcase with a chip on her shoulder.

36 posted on 03/01/2008 9:51:46 AM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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Every bit as unlikable as Hillary.
37 posted on 03/01/2008 9:54:29 AM PST by Godwin1 (merican restaurant.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Does her husband and kids make her life happy and complete? Oh no, it’s her mother that makes things bearable.

Good point.

38 posted on 03/01/2008 9:59:43 AM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: Steely Tom
Guess that makes me a chump squared; e to the power of chump.

No, it makes you credible. And that is somthing all of Miss Hussein's cash can't buy for her.

39 posted on 03/01/2008 10:04:16 AM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: jdm
As she puts it, "I don't know what I would do, even if we weren't running

Oh! Great!
Another "two for the price of one" duo......
A "black" shillary.....

40 posted on 03/01/2008 10:04:33 AM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: mngran2
I believe the article is criticizing her for her hypocrisy.

She told those women to become social workers and nurses and reject corporate America,

Meanwhile, she’s raking it in - - from corporate America.

She clearly has an I got mine, screw you, attitude.

41 posted on 03/01/2008 10:06:11 AM PST by Beckwith (Dhimmicrats and the liberal media have chosen sides -- Islamofascism)
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To: jdm

I don’t think its wise to focus on some over 40 princess.


42 posted on 03/01/2008 10:06:32 AM PST by linn37 (phlebotomist on duty,its just a little pinch)
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To: jdm
She's a depressing speciman of a post-modern class of victim -- demanding, whining, self-absorbed, self-pitying, and infantile.

...so whut ur seyin' is that she's trying to "sheet a sheetah"...

43 posted on 03/01/2008 10:07:37 AM PST by CRBDeuce (an armed society is a polite society)
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To: csmusaret

Mrs. Cosby Sucks


44 posted on 03/01/2008 10:08:17 AM PST by dictatorMA (Allen back up again)
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To: jdm

Ok,you got me. I wasn’t going to click on this, but if Michelle is sucking, it’s just too good to pass up!


45 posted on 03/01/2008 10:10:49 AM PST by Doc Savage (The tree of liberty needs to be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants)
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To: jdm

I thought sucking it up was Monica’s job.


46 posted on 03/01/2008 10:16:18 AM PST by mortal19440
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To: Digital Sniper
If I made as much money as Michelle Obama and I whined even half as much as her, I would hope someone close to me would slap me aside the head!

Whining...its what all liberals do. I've never known one that didn't and I've worked with tons of them. Generally, the more money they have, the more they whine and complain.

47 posted on 03/01/2008 10:19:15 AM PST by Starboard
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To: mngran2
"Good for her, she makes a lot of money. "

If that's all there was to it we'd probably be cheering her on.....if it were not for that unfortunate White House angle.

48 posted on 03/01/2008 10:20:01 AM PST by norton (house for sale cheap)
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To: jdm
Obama's sense of entitlement does not seem significantly to exceed that of your average presidential candidate

Is that a joke? He's entitled to everything...the current issue is that we not talk about his middle name.
49 posted on 03/01/2008 10:23:58 AM PST by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: mngran2
Michelle Obama is ridiculous, but so is this article for criticizing her because she makes a lot of money. Are conservatives now against people doing well financially? Are we going to resort to populism and socialism to criticize her? Good for her, she makes a lot of money.

I didn't think the article was criticizing her because she made a lot of money. I thought the article was criticizing her because she whines all the time AND she whines about and criticizes corporate America (and quits them!) while making tons of money off of corporate America.

50 posted on 03/01/2008 10:25:49 AM PST by CAluvdubya (A good man has come home to San Diego! Thank you Congressman Hunter)
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