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Freedom of speech is 'universal' right, Michelle Obama tells China
The Telegraph ^ | 22 Mar 2014 | Tom Phillips

Posted on 03/22/2014 10:28:09 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Amid a growing crackdown on Chinese dissidents, the US First Lady tells an audience in Beijing that the "questioning and criticism" of political leaders is crucial

Freedom of information, expression and belief should be considered "universal rights", Michelle Obama, the US first lady, told students in China on Saturday.

Speaking at Peking University on the second full day of a weeklong, bridge-building family tour of the country, Mrs Obama said: "It is so important for information and ideas to flow freely over the internet and through the media."

"When it comes to expressing yourself freely, and worshipping as you choose, and having open access to information - we believe those are universal rights that are the birthright of every person on this planet," Mrs Obama told an audience of around 200 students.

"My husband and I are on the receiving end of plenty of questioning and criticism from our media and our fellow citizens, and it's not always easy.

"But I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world."

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: china; freedomofspeech; michelle; obama; obamalies

1 posted on 03/22/2014 10:28:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Unless you’re a conservative.


2 posted on 03/22/2014 10:30:52 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

She’s making political statements during a trip that we were told was a-political. I say the cost be deducted from zero’s pay.


3 posted on 03/22/2014 10:31:18 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: nickcarraway

Leftists always lie


4 posted on 03/22/2014 10:34:14 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: nickcarraway

She ought to give this speech to her husband.


5 posted on 03/22/2014 10:37:19 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: nickcarraway

How diplomatic of her. Spend two days in a country and then start preaching at them.


6 posted on 03/22/2014 10:37:27 PM PDT by eclecticEel ("The petty man forsakes what lies within his power and longs for what lies with Heaven." - Xunzi)
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To: eclecticEel

Yes, because this administration sets such a great example. /s


7 posted on 03/22/2014 10:38:43 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

Well, except in the good ol’ US, where Schmucky Schumer and other grandees determine who is a “real” journalist.


8 posted on 03/22/2014 10:39:30 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: nickcarraway

[”My husband and I are on the receiving end of plenty of questioning and criticism from our media and our fellow citizens, and it’s not always easy.”]

?.. Media and fellow ...?

that’s just within the 35% that approve of your fat commie asses sharing our oxygen.


9 posted on 03/22/2014 10:47:07 PM PDT by glock rocks (If you like your health plan, you're a racist !)
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To: nickcarraway

“When it comes to expressing yourself freely, and worshipping as you choose, and having open access to information - we believe those are universal rights that are the birthright of every person on this planet,”

I thought this trip was not *political*.

Scuseme while I barf...the clownbamas would never lie to us, right?


10 posted on 03/22/2014 10:51:42 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Daffynition
and worshipping as you choose,

That is of course, unless you believe that homosexuality is a sin.

11 posted on 03/22/2014 10:53:30 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway
"When it comes to expressing yourself freely, and worshipping as you choose, and having open access to information

"Especially, the NSA, they are striving to access information on every text, email, and phone call of American Citizens, oh, and China's too", Mrs Obama added with a devilish grin.

12 posted on 03/22/2014 11:06:51 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: nickcarraway

“universal right”...I believe the correct phrase should be ‘God-given right’. But I guess she just couldn’t bring herself to say that, just like her husband.


13 posted on 03/22/2014 11:26:38 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: dfwgator

Or as long as you agree with her husband.


14 posted on 03/22/2014 11:58:31 PM PDT by Flagpole Erectus (Just because I'm paranoid doesn't prove they aren't out to get me. Forget PMs. I gots tinfoil.)
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To: eclecticEel
Spend two days in a country and then start preaching at them.

Yeah. The pot calling the kettle....

15 posted on 03/23/2014 12:06:25 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: nickcarraway
Not one of FLOTUS' 70 aides told the Chinese about the significance of the symbolism of a noose to a *person of color*?


16 posted on 03/23/2014 12:14:13 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: nickcarraway

~My husband and I are on the receiving end of plenty of questioning and criticism from our media and our fellow citizens, and it’s not always easy.~

It seems like liberal lie is an STD.


17 posted on 03/23/2014 12:14:43 AM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: eclecticEel

None more righteous than the newly converted

She be likin this Capitalistic Communism thing


18 posted on 03/23/2014 12:14:56 AM PDT by advertising guy
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To: nickcarraway
"When it comes to expressing yourself freely, and worshipping as you choose, and having open access to information - we believe those are universal rights that are the birthright of every person on this planet," Mrs Obama told an audience of around 200 students.

Unless you're Christian, right Mooch? Or white? Or conservative? Or male? Or a vet?

In other words, it depends on what the meaning of "you" is.

20 posted on 03/23/2014 1:17:58 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: dfwgator

Unless you are a Christian!


21 posted on 03/23/2014 2:29:50 AM PDT by ruesrose (The Anchor Holds)
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To: nickcarraway

I’d laugh of they tossed her in jail for violating their laws


22 posted on 03/23/2014 2:40:54 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: nickcarraway

China to Wookie: You go home now!


23 posted on 03/23/2014 2:51:28 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: nickcarraway

Free speech is a right has long as you don’t say homosexuality is wrong.


24 posted on 03/23/2014 3:01:36 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: nickcarraway

Wow, that’s rich. “Universal” as in everywhere but the US.


25 posted on 03/23/2014 4:12:52 AM PDT by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: nickcarraway

“When it comes to expressing yourself freely, and worshipping as you choose, and having open access to information - we believe those are universal rights that are the birthright of every person on this planet,” Mrs Obama told an audience of around 200 students.

They do know that the mooch is lying her fat ass off.


26 posted on 03/23/2014 4:22:43 AM PDT by Slambat
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To: nickcarraway
The right to bear arms is a universal right: Mooch supports the violation of this.

The right to a search warrant is a universal right: Mooch supports the violation of this.

27 posted on 03/23/2014 4:38:04 AM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: nickcarraway

Yes you have the right to say anything you want as long as there is nobody there to listen or report it. ;-)


28 posted on 03/23/2014 4:50:24 AM PDT by Average Al
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To: exit82

Was that a reference to kevin meenie?

Owner to the fat guy at the Chinese buffet:
Hey you, big boy. You go home now. You been here four hour!


29 posted on 03/23/2014 4:52:39 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: GeronL

Leftists always lie

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So true. After all this time, though, I am still amazed by the ease with which they tell their lies. Admittedly, although I try to avoid it, I can tell a white lie, but I could never pull off telling the kind of whoppers they throw out there.


30 posted on 03/23/2014 6:28:08 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Daffynition

At least, in that photo, Mooch is wearing an outfit that does not embarrass us too much. Her arms are actually covered — but the fit is off at the shoulders — and there is no chest belt visible.

Then, again, perhaps her black pants are the beginning of the introduction here in the US of the old Mao black outfits that everyone in China was once required to wear.

Headline in near future:
First Lady’s Latest Initiative Targets Wardrobe Inequality


31 posted on 03/23/2014 6:36:09 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: nickcarraway

Unless it’s “reactionary,” “counterrevolutionary,” or “hate speech.”


32 posted on 03/23/2014 8:11:43 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: nickcarraway
It may be a “universal right” — freedom of speech — but only for people who AGREE with us, Barack and Michelle Obama. All those other folks — we have ways of dealing with you. Right, dear husband?
33 posted on 03/23/2014 9:06:40 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: nickcarraway

That is a microagression


34 posted on 03/23/2014 10:37:49 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: MrB

It was a reference to John Pinnette. He did the routine that you quoted, and it has long been a classic.


35 posted on 03/23/2014 11:07:17 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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