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Michelle Obama and the Evolution of a First Lady
NY Times ^ | 1-6-12 | Jodi Kantor

Posted on 01/06/2012 9:32:26 PM PST by STARWISE

*snip*

“She feels as if our rudder isn’t set right,” Mr. Obama confided, according to aides.

Rahm Emanuel, then chief of staff, repeated the first lady’s criticisms to colleagues with indignation, according to three of them. Mr. Emanuel, in a brief interview, denied that he had grown frustrated with Mrs. Obama, but other advisers described a grim situation: a president whose agenda had hit the rocks, a first lady who disapproved of the turn the White House had taken, and a chief of staff who chafed against her influence.

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Grim ? I'll say ...
1 posted on 01/06/2012 9:32:36 PM PST by STARWISE
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To: onyx; penelopesire; maggief; hoosiermama; SE Mom; Liz; rodguy911; Fred Nerks; Red Steel; ...

.. Ding!


2 posted on 01/06/2012 9:33:51 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

I’m glad to see the NYT hasn’t lost its journalistic curiosity...LOL


3 posted on 01/06/2012 9:34:32 PM PST by Patrick1 (" Let's all pray Kim Kardashian's divorce won't have an impact on her craft.")
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To: STARWISE

I wish she would stay away from our rudder.


4 posted on 01/06/2012 9:34:44 PM PST by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: Pining_4_TX

Our empress has spoken lol.


5 posted on 01/06/2012 9:36:15 PM PST by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: STARWISE

The Queen-of-Vacationing-on-the
Taxpayer’s-Dime-in-the-Middle-of-a-Depression Speaks.

You need a shovel for this article.


6 posted on 01/06/2012 9:37:46 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. We have ideas-the Dems only have ideology.)
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To: STARWISE

Michelle Obama and evolution in the same sentence? Sounds racist to me!


7 posted on 01/06/2012 9:39:15 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Mmogamer

Her Excellency speaks BS.


8 posted on 01/06/2012 9:40:27 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: STARWISE

9 posted on 01/06/2012 9:41:38 PM PST by matthew fuller ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." Winston Churchill)
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To: exit82

She’s “suspicious of conventional thinking.”
And suspicious, arrogant people with real power can act on it .. scary.

Easy to see why Rahm left ... (wonder if he sent her a dead fish .. LOL)


10 posted on 01/06/2012 9:45:21 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

Look at this comment to the article! OMG!

“rootlessdesiPrinceton, NJ
They are an amazing couple. Role models for the world. This country is not good enough for them. I wish nothing but the best for this family, the best of what we can all can only aspire to be.
Jan. 6, 2012 at 8:30 p.m.
REPLY RECOMMEND9”


12 posted on 01/06/2012 9:49:53 PM PST by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: woofie

Just gag me ....

These cretins are truly from an alternative universe.


14 posted on 01/06/2012 9:51:48 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE
Even as Mrs. Obama dazzled Americans with her warmth, glamour and hospitality early in the presidency..

Hmm. I guess I missed that, especially the glamor part. And how many Americans were exposed the the 'warmth' and 'hospitality' other than big money donation packagers?

15 posted on 01/06/2012 9:52:53 PM PST by expat1000
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To: woofie

NYT pieces are for excerpting only ;).

She’s so masculine and ...


16 posted on 01/06/2012 9:54:04 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Pining_4_TX
"I wish she would stay away from our rudder."

Her "rudder" appears to be growing. Given a little encouragement it could morph into one of those "Serengeti shelfasses" that you can sit a pot of coffee on.

17 posted on 01/06/2012 9:55:55 PM PST by davisfh
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To: STARWISE

More like devolution.


18 posted on 01/06/2012 9:58:06 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: STARWISE

my apologies to Mods and NYT

To paraphrase :

She used to be a bi*#h who wanted to do her own thing but now she is a bi*#h who will do what she is told


19 posted on 01/06/2012 9:58:55 PM PST by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: STARWISE; LucyT

More here, seems like the media isn’t protecting them as much anymnore:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/06/the-obamas-book-jodi-kantor_n_1190100.html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-nb%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D125535


20 posted on 01/06/2012 10:05:44 PM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: woofie

Sometimes .... when you kiss up .. maybe a day
a week ... and not when it interferes with her
girls’ night out ..and world travels .. and shopping
excursions .. or date nights .. or on Sundays ... LOL ..

I just realized: no comments about motherhood and
being home a lot for the kids .. all policy issues,
team infighting and her nose outta joint .. hmmm.


21 posted on 01/06/2012 10:09:15 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE
Wow. Four pages of...that.

I'll pass.

22 posted on 01/06/2012 10:13:30 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass
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To: STARWISE


Rebellion is brewing!!


Please visit the Fundraiser thread.
It's on the Breaking News Sidebar



24 posted on 01/06/2012 10:15:25 PM PST by glock rocks (Jesus take the wheel, Take it from my hands, cause I can't do this on my own...)
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To: STARWISE
“The Michelle Obama of January 2012 is an expert motivator and charmer”

Unbelievable! I agree. These people live in an alternate universe.

25 posted on 01/06/2012 10:15:42 PM PST by Nevadan
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To: expat1000

The woman publicly expressed hatred for me and has not yet recanted. If she wants to remain a bitch that is fine. I don’t care what she thinks, says, or does. She is irrelevant to me.


27 posted on 01/06/2012 10:18:37 PM PST by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 11 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: STARWISE

It is neither evolved, nor is it a lady.

Title is utter BS trash.


28 posted on 01/06/2012 10:26:56 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: jimfree

Liberals profess how lovely Moochelle is.
But when I look carefully at her face, I see ugly to the bone. Makes me shudder.


29 posted on 01/06/2012 10:29:38 PM PST by OldArmy52 (Obaba, creator of the emerging Socialist-Fascist American Police State.)
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To: STARWISE

Anyone see the “denial” issued by the WH? It seemed to confirm the stories, just said that there may have been some exaggeration or something (paraphrasing).


30 posted on 01/06/2012 10:32:28 PM PST by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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To: exit82

You need a backhoe for the comments. I couldn’t believe my eyes!

Of course the unbiased mods at the NYTs removed my comment - and all I said was “if only we could pay for more vacations for her after all her selfless sacrifice”.


31 posted on 01/06/2012 10:43:50 PM PST by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: Aria

I believe it ... kook aid is cheap .. LOL.

And they removed your harmless comment .. sheesh.


32 posted on 01/06/2012 10:46:22 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

And my mother thought Jackie Kennedy was bad. I’m glad she didn’t see this.


33 posted on 01/06/2012 10:52:34 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: FReepers

you've come to the right place to donate
thank you!

34 posted on 01/06/2012 11:16:09 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: OldArmy52

“But when I look carefully at her face, I see ugly to the bone. Makes me shudder.”

And ugly from the inside out I might add.


36 posted on 01/06/2012 11:58:33 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: expat1000

“Hmmm... I guess I missed that...”
I feel the same way. But one day I asked my sister, who in the world thinks Michelle Obama is appealing. I expected my sister, who works for a large school system,to laugh along with me and say nobody she knew. However, she said to me in all seriousness that most of the women she worked with loved Michelle Obama. They thought she was glamorous and interesting. I could not believe it. I guess I live in a cave.


37 posted on 01/07/2012 12:18:04 AM PST by sueuprising (The best of it is, God is with us-John Wesley)
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To: mojitojoe; LucyT; STARWISE
How often does she stay at the Waldorf?

"The first lady, however, wasn't there to cheer the achievement. She was in New York City watching television coverage "alone in her suite at the Waldorf Astoria,"


38 posted on 01/07/2012 12:18:43 AM PST by maggief
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To: Smokeyblue

“Michelle Obama is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”


40 posted on 01/07/2012 12:30:01 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: STARWISE

Okay ... I read the entire article and all of the comments at the site. And I have to say ... I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

All of the rumors about conflict between Rahm and Jarret and Gibbs and Michelle are apparently true. So are the rumors that Michelle is controlling and difficult. But what do the NYT readers take away from the article? Michelle is a goddess!

Amazing & sickening.

And oh, BTW, Michelle thinks white America is sitting around just waiting for a black woman to screw up. What an enormous chip she has on her shoulders.

Note to FLOTUS: Your skin color is irrelevant. It’s your commie-red values that bother us.


41 posted on 01/07/2012 1:01:39 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: sueuprising

No, it’s not you that lives in a cave, it’s them who have departed from reality.


42 posted on 01/07/2012 1:24:42 AM PST by expat1000
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To: STARWISE
The reading thus far, seems designed to take the worst of Michelle and fashion the mix into Michelle Obama as 'heroine'; martyr; visionary and Presidential Advisor.

Lemonade - or Kool Ade - the majority of those commenting at site; appear to be loving it. As well; believe these 'same', would gladly call Michelle; "Your Highness".

(A little scoring; but with soft pencil; IMHO; but interesting read, nonetheless.)

43 posted on 01/07/2012 1:29:40 AM PST by cricket (/get the 'Occupiers' out of our White House!/ vote Newt 'in'. . .and it is NOT just the economy!)
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To: STARWISE
Gee, trouble in Paradise, who would've thunk?
44 posted on 01/07/2012 2:12:29 AM PST by exnavy (May the Lord bless and keep our troops.)
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To: STARWISE
"Our rudder isn't set straight"

Hee hee. If anyone knows about "rudders" it is the esteemed flotus. She has one of the biggest.

45 posted on 01/07/2012 3:25:10 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: STARWISE

Read between the lines: Sounds like she hates all the responsibilities of her position but now that it looks as if the perks might be vanishing, she has come on board.


46 posted on 01/07/2012 3:39:36 AM PST by firebrand
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To: sueuprising

I spend time with a large group of liberals on a regular basis. One time, one of them (one of the few black people in the group) went on about how she was a new Jackie Kennedy. It was the first time I had heard that from any of them. Usually, all I hear is how horrible the Repubs are. The other thing- I can’t tell you how many times I have looked at pics of the First Family and thought she was trying to harm him politically- especially the pics of her in the ugly, inappropriate shorts on one of their trips. That’s what I kept thinking of when reding this claptrap. Reading between the lines, though, she sounds disagreeable with everyone. Not a surprise...


47 posted on 01/07/2012 4:01:04 AM PST by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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To: STARWISE

PING


48 posted on 01/07/2012 4:10:50 AM PST by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: STARWISE

We have all come in contact with this kind of arrogance in our daily lives, think about it


49 posted on 01/07/2012 4:14:27 AM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: STARWISE

She’s not one of us.


50 posted on 01/07/2012 4:36:51 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Gimme that old time fossil fuel.)
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