Skip to comments.Michelle Obama "struggles" with the truth
Posted on 09/20/2012 4:24:44 PM PDT by Starman417
It's not just her husband. She is simply and completely dishonest. They're quite a matched pair.
Over the last couple of weeks we've been hearing her tell us how her husband "struggled" as a youth.
CHARLOTTE Michelle Obamas convention message was simple: Barack Obama understands the hardships of working Americans. Hes been there himself.
For Barack, these issues arent political, theyre personal because Barack knows what it means when a family struggles, she said.
The first lady used the word struggle or a variation seven times throughout the speech, much of which was an extended retelling of the Obamas pre-politics biography, with a special emphasis on the leaner moments before they made it big.
On the presidents upbringing: Barack was raised by a single mother who struggled to pay the bills, and by grandparents who stepped in when she needed help.
On their courtship: He was the guy whose proudest possession was a coffee table hed found in a dumpster, and whose only pair of decent shoes was half a size too small.
On their marriage: Believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage. We were so young, so in love and so in debt.
The problem is that the Lincolnesque portrait painted by Michelle is phony. Barack Obama did not "struggle." For most of his early life he lived a life of privilege.
First lady Michelle Obama told the Democratic National Convention that "Barack and I were both raised by families who didn't have much in the way of money or material possessions."
It is a claim the president has repeated in his books, on the speech-making circuit and in countless media interviews. By his account, he grew up in a broken home with a single mom, struggled for years as a child in an impoverished Third World country and then was raised by his grandparents in difficult circumstances.
The facts aren't nearly so clear-cut.
Ann Dunham was just 18 years old when she gave birth to Obama. She was a freshman at the University of Hawaii. His Kenyan father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr., was a few years older than Ann. They were married against family wishes.
Obama Sr. does not appear to have been welcoming or compassionate toward his new wife or son. It later turned out that he was secretly married to a Kenyan woman back home at the same time he fathered the young Obama.
He abandoned Obama Jr.'s mother when the boy was 1. In 1964, Dunham filed for a divorce that was not contested. Her parents helped to raise the young Obama.
Obama's mother met her second husband, an Indonesian named Lolo Soetoro, while working at the East-West Center in Hawaii. They married, and in 1967, the young Obama, then known as Barry Soetoro, traveled to Indonesia with his mother when the Indonesian government recalled his stepfather.
In Indonesia, the family's circumstances improved dramatically. According to Obama in his autobiography "Dreams from My Father," Lolo's brother-in-law was "making millions as a high official in the national oil company." It was through this brother-in-law that Obama's stepfather got a coveted job as a government relations officer with the Union Oil Co.
The family then moved to Menteng, then and now the most exclusive neighborhood of Jakarta, where bureaucrats, diplomats and economic elites reside.
A popular Indonesia travel site describes Menteng: "Designed by the Dutch Colonial Government in 1920s, Menteng still retains its graceful existence with its beautiful parks, cozy street cafes and luxurious housing complexes."
In 1971, his mother sent young Obama back to Hawaii, where his grandmother, Madelyn, known as Toots, would become one of the first female vice presidents of a Honolulu bank. His grandfather was in sales.
Obama's grandparents moved the same year into Punahou Circle Apartments, a sleek new 10-story apartment building just five blocks from the private Punahou School, which Obama would attend from 1971 to 1979.
Obama explains in "Dreams from My Father" that his admission to Punahou began "the start of something grand, an elevation in the family status that they took great pains to let everyone know."
To his credit, Obama did not downplay Punahou's upscale status, noting in his autobiography that it "had grown into a prestigious prep school, an incubator for island elites. Its reputation had helped sway my mother in her decision to send me back to the States."
Obama also admitted in the book that his grandfather pulled strings to get him into the school. "There was a long waiting list, and I was considered only because of the intervention of Gramps's boss, who was an alumnus."
The school still features a lush hillside campus overlooking the Waikiki skyline and the Pacific Ocean. It was one of the most expensive schools on the island, and both Obama and his half sister Maya Soetoro-Ng received scholarships.
While the Dunhams were not among the wealthiest families on the island, he nevertheless studied and socialized with the children of the social and financial elite. Obama has said he didn't fit in at the school. But that's not how other Hawaiians remember it.
Associated Press writer Sudhin Thanawala reported from Honolulu in 2008 that "classmates and teachers say Obama blended in well. He served on the editorial board of the school's literary magazine, played varsity basketball and sang in the choir. He went on the occasional date."
In his recent book "Barack Obama: The Story," Washington Post reporter David Maraniss said the future chief executive often smoked marijuana with prep school friends, rolling up the car windows to seek "total absorption," or "TA." They called themselves the "Choom Gang."
Edward Shanahan, a retired newspaper journalist who now edits downstreet.net and makes no effort to conceal his admiration for Obama, retraced his Hawaii years shortly after the president was elected.
Shanahan wrote that Obama lived in a "well-off neighborhood near the University of Hawaii where Barry, as he was known, resided in a comfortable home with his mother and her parents before she took him to Indonesia."
Sanahan said "our tour ended up on the lush, exquisitely maintained and altogether inviting campus of Punahou School, which we can imagine was a place of great comfort for Obama."
Tellingly, Obama has never lived in a black neighborhood. Maraniss reported in his book that when leftist activist Jerry Kellman interviewed Obama for a community organizing job in Chicago, he asked Obama how he felt about living and working in the black community for the first time in his life.
Obama accepted the job but chose not to live among those he would be organizing. Instead, he commuted 90 minutes each way daily from his apartment in Chicago's famous Hyde Park to the Altgeld Gardens housing project where he worked.
It was an early instance of Obama presenting himself one way while acting in quite a different way.
And the bulls%#t continues
DURHAM, N.C. First Lady Michelle Obama told North Carolina voters Wednesday that President Barack Obama is still feeling the pain of Americans, despite living in the cushy confines of the White House,
At a packed rally at North Carolina Central University, Mrs. Obama said her husband has struggled each and every day since he took office nearly four years ago to make life better for people.
"Barack Obama has been working every day since the day he took office," she told an adoring crowd of 3,000 that greeted her with deafening cheers at the public historically black university. "He has been fighting for us. He has been struggling with us. And slowly but surely we have been pulling ourselves out of that hole we started in.
This is how Obama "struggles" with us
A Jay Z/ Beyonce party complete with a $105,000 champagne tower featuring gold coated bottles
President Barack Obama attended a fundraiser at Jay-Z's 40/40 Club in Manhattan that featured a champagne tower of 350 bottles worth $105,000 - more than twice the median household income of an American family.
The tower of $300-a-bottle Armand de Brignac Brut Gold, known as 'Ace of Spades' because of its label, is a permanent fixture at the club.
'Its floor-to-ceiling gold bottles in the entire space,' a 40/40 representative told the New York Post. 'Its beautifulbreathtaking. Its the first thing you see when you walk in.'
The median income for an American family was $51,413 in 2011.
And the hip hop duo spoke of Obama's vision:
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The phony “shtruggles” of Barry and Michelle. As good as they are at story-telling they ought to get their own reality show come January.
The Obamas don’t consider omissions and half truths and deception to be lies.
I don’t think he knows the word”shtruggle”at least that’s how the “flatus”(flotus)pronounces the word.
I’m sure she can’t say the word “specific”either.
Most blacks I know say “pacific”.
She won’t let us eat our ‘cake’.
They both got law degrees from Harvard. They both were admitted to the Illinois Bar. They have both been disbarred. No one can or will say WHY! Media is totally silent and does not care.
As Joe the Biden would say, “This is a big F’ing deal!”
Let’s just boil down the story: Mickey is a liar just like Barry. They are as phoney as a three dollar bill.
I growed up in da treeee, poooor, got no chues. Vote for meeeee!
I'd like to hear his explanation of how, after 4 years of $400,000 salary he can afford a rumored $35.5 million dollar retirement home in Hawaii?
That means that when it's translated into Arabic, she'll have said 'jihad' seven times.
And ‘kampf’, in German.
IARDC says they are both voluntarily inactive/retired. I dislike these two, but I’ve seen the online records of attorneys who have been disbarred in Illinois; these two aren’t.
As in David Corn?
The woman is a horror. PERIOD
She’s NEVER struggled a day in her life, so just STOP with this crap. If we completely suspend disbelief, then we should believe that her (at the time) future husband (a Harvard law grad and Harvard Law Journal editor and practicing attorney) is incapable of buying shoes that fit. So does that mean he’s a complete idiot and could not possibly have earned such a prestigious degree?????
We’e not buying your line of garbage Michelle. Start packing your bags and gt the heck off of TV.
I thought this would be about Michelle realizing she was married to a gay dude
Knew a woman this happened to and it was quite a struggle
Cattle futures? No, wait...
If an attorney under investigation or disciplinary proceedings “resigns” or “voluntarily turns in his/her license” is that indicated somehow? An asterisk, perhaps?
The “story” is that O falsified his bar application when he answered “no” to the question have you ever been known by another name (alias)?
The “story” on Mooch-elle is that she was being investigated for some kind of fraud, insurance fraud, etc., so resolved it by turning in her resignation.
This is not normal for either of them to just cash in their chips.