Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

MICHELLE: Barack 'Has Dragged Me Kicking and Screaming Into Things that I Wanted No Parts Of'
weeklystandard.com ^ | 3/23/14

Posted on 03/23/2014 4:36:08 AM PDT by Liz

In a question and answer session at Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing, China, First Lady Michelle Obama said that sometimes one needs to do things she's uncomfortable with. She made the comments in response to a question about studying abroad.

"For me, I prefer to -- the relationship -- the commerce relationship between -- and the future. So in this program, I think I cannot only learn about the language, the American cultures, but also I can take some courses on this field. So in this way, I cannot promote myself on this field, but also, what is most important I think is to learn -- to understand -- to make a better understanding on the United States cultureand people.

And I think it’s really important for people, especially young generation, to have some time to go abroad, to live and study there so in this way they can build a deeper understanding with each other," said a graduate student at Peking University.

The first lady responded, "Excellent. And one thing that you pointed out that I think it’s important to consider is not letting fear be your guide. Andthat’s oftentimes what holds many young people back from doing fabulous things.

Let’s take my husband, for example. He has dragged me kicking and screaming into things that I wanted no parts of. (Laughter.) And a lot of it was because of fear -- the fear of making mistakes, the fear of not knowing, the fear of uncertainty, the fear of leaving your comfort zone.

And we’re living in a world where we can no longer afford to let fear keep us apart, because the truth -- what I have learned, coming from the background I come from -- I grew up in a little apartment on the South Side of Chicago. My parents didn’t get a chance to go to college, but they poured everything they had into me. And no one could have envisioned that a kid like me would be sitting here, having given a speech at Peking University as the First Lady of the United States.

But easily, fear could have blocked me at every turn. So I want all of the young people around the world to operate with the freedom that we have all fought for -- the freedom to explore the world, to learn about new cultures, to try hard things, to make mistakes. And I know parents want you to be perfect because we want you to be safe -- (laughter) -- but life is about making mistakes,and maybe saying the wrong thing at the wrong time,and learning that you recover from even some of your worst mistakes, so that that fear doesn’t keep you from being as excellent as you can be.

And that’s what I think study abroad -- it’s that first step of leaving your country, speaking another language, having it come out of your voice, your lips, and having someone here actually understand you. And you think, well, that wasn’t that bad.

So I want you -- first of all, I just want to applaud you all for being that brave, and for being a role model to other young people of what the world needs in you as leaders. So don’t be afraid. Start with your parents.

Michelle Obama is in China with her mother and daughters to talk about education.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: michellevacations
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-131 next last
OMG---she's illiterate.

A Princeton and Harvard Law graduate? Looking at her dismal posture, I guess the schools had an admittance category for "Stoop Labor Types."

Oh, well the WH will say it's jet lag (snicker).

1 posted on 03/23/2014 4:36:08 AM PDT by Liz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Liz
"For me, I prefer to -- the relationship -- the commerce relationship between -- and the future. ..."

What?

2 posted on 03/23/2014 4:40:51 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Nothing is more serious than our sins, which can destroy us forever." ~Msgr. Pope)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Liz
And no one could have envisioned that a kid like me would be sitting here, having given a speech at Peking University as the First Lady of the United States.

Actually, I could have. Who paid all your college bills? Who got you that $300K do-nothing job at the University Hospital shuffling indigents off to other public hospital? Who pays for your $500 sneakers, your $12,000 dresses? Who pays for your Spain vacations, your India, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Hawaii, Martha's Vineyard, and China vacations?

Affirmative action - that's who. You grifter.

3 posted on 03/23/2014 4:42:02 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Liz

“Barack ‘Has Dragged Me Kicking and Screaming Into Things that I Wanted No Parts Of”

The Presidency, metrosexuality......


4 posted on 03/23/2014 4:44:26 AM PDT by FAA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Liz

“the fear of leaving your comfort zone”. definition: Lazy a##
What we see here is a product of affirmative action just like her husband. Hilda beast is and was a bad lawyer said by one of her mentors back in the day she marries bill and now she’s a contender for the presidency because “it is time for a woman president” The liberal progressive socialist marxist commies have found a way thru thier own bastardized legislation (affirmative action) and politcal business oriented marriage agreement and criminal entertprises to fast track thier aspirations to the top.


5 posted on 03/23/2014 4:44:38 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (Im missing a jumbo jet with 235 passengers has anyone seen it?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #6 Removed by Moderator

To: Liz

Just like she has to drag him kicking and screaming to hop in the sack.


7 posted on 03/23/2014 4:49:54 AM PDT by DainBramage
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Liz

It really is amazing how someone, who until very recently has been ashamed of her country, can now waste millions of dollars globe-trotting the world to represent that same nation.

These people are a blight.


8 posted on 03/23/2014 4:51:13 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Liz

“we’re living in a world where we can no longer afford to let fear keep us apart,”

Where’s your “abundance of caution” when talking about potential danger in the streets of almost any modern city in the world?


9 posted on 03/23/2014 4:53:36 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gaffer
Nice rant---deserves a repeat.

"And no one could have envisioned that a kid like me would be sitting here, having given a speech at Peking University as the First Lady of the United States."

Actually, I could have. Who paid all your college bills? Who got you that $300K do-nothing job at the University Hospital shuffling indigents off to other public hospital? Who pays for your $500 sneakers, your $12,000 dresses? Who pays for your Spain vacations, your India, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Hawaii, Martha's Vineyard, and China vacations?

Affirmative action - that's who. You grifter.

10 posted on 03/23/2014 4:54:59 AM PDT by Liz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Tax-chick

The woman is a complete moron who gives these nonsensical speeches as a way to justify blowing through tons of taxpayer cash. She just came back from vacation now she’s on another vacation in China, and after that she’ll be back in Washington for a few seconds and then it’s time for another vacation,


11 posted on 03/23/2014 4:55:58 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: JudyinCanada
These people are a blight. It really is amazing how someone, who until very recently has been ashamed of her country, can now waste millions of dollars globe-trotting the world to represent that same nation.

She's clearly setting herself up to do a Hillary---from the WH to the Congress----greasing the skids on our dime---like the parasitic Clintons.

12 posted on 03/23/2014 4:57:39 AM PDT by Liz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Liz

Years ago, I downloaded her senior thesis that she wrote while at Princeton. My college professor would have failed me and publicly shamed me if I submitted such garbage. Princeton apparently gave her a degree.

What a classless, uneducated, unrefined, angry, useless moocher.


13 posted on 03/23/2014 4:58:43 AM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tax-chick

“For me, I prefer to — the relationship — the commerce relationship between — and the future. ...”

It seems very odd that a graduate student at a Stanford center in China would be asking questions and be so unfamiliar with the English language.

How did that person even gain admittance to that school and why are they asking questions?


14 posted on 03/23/2014 5:02:06 AM PDT by Oliviaforever
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: GrandJediMasterYoda

She’s not a moron. Poorly educated maybe but not a moron.

These people know fully well what they do. They are part of a movement to fundamentally change the United States. The fear she is referring to is the fear of communism. A worldwide movement to eliminate democracy and replace it with a totalitarian communist government.


15 posted on 03/23/2014 5:06:04 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Liz
"For me, I prefer to -- the relationship -- the commerce relationship between -- and the future. So in this program, I think I cannot only learn about the language, the American cultures, but also I can take some courses on this field. So in this way, I cannot promote myself on this field, but also, what is most important I think is to learn -- to understand -- to make a better understanding on the United States cultureand people.

WTF?

16 posted on 03/23/2014 5:06:08 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NoKoolAidforMe
What a classless, uneducated, unrefined, angry, useless moocher...

Not only was she illiterate way back then---she was also a lawbreaker, doing sit-ins to get more privileges, painting herself as a perpetual victim of racism and joining separatist groups like the Black Princeton Alumni.

17 posted on 03/23/2014 5:06:18 AM PDT by Liz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: GrandJediMasterYoda; Oliviaforever

There have been occasions when my posts on FR achieved Michelle’s level of meaningless garble. I was drunk. Is it possible Michelle is drunk, or is she genuinely unable - even when sober - to assemble thoughts into sentences?

I once attended a speech by Alan Keyes. He borrowed a Bible from the Bishop of Tulsa to read a passage from Isaiah, and then he spoke for most of an hour, without notes, in sentences that would diagram perfectly AND had meaningful content.


18 posted on 03/23/2014 5:07:06 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Nothing is more serious than our sins, which can destroy us forever." ~Msgr. Pope)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: All
$8350 per night Beijing Presidential Suite.

///Clearly, she's setting herself up to do a Hillary---to move from the WH to elected office....using our dime to grease her putrid ambitions.

The Obamas are itinerant luxury-loving parasites, living high, greedily sucking at the public teat......(wire-transferring a bundle offshore for a cushy retirement and to finance Mrs O's political ambitions?).

=================================================

This'll make you even sicker.

NRO tallied what taxpayers are paying for M/M O to live large on the taxpayers' dime: a grand total of $1.4 billion per year: Air Force One ($181,757 per hour), executive chef ($100,000 per year), three full-time White House calligraphers ($277,050 per year for the trio), chief of staff to the president’s dog ($102,000 per year), Ohaha's royal motorcade ($2.2 million).

==========================================

$1.4 BILLION is the current annual cost of the White House — just in household expenses, not including US policy operations for which the WH exists--administered by some 900 parasites---policy staff recruited by Ohaha. There's the $100 million trip to Africa not including the foreign aid billions O handed out to these oil-rich satraps. There's serial Ohaha vacations costing taxpayers millions---- (the low estimate Hawaii vacays is $4 million each, but is probably five times that); the pricey Martha's Vineyard stays; Mrs O's costly trip to elite Marbella w/ an entourage of 30. Mrs O's $3900 PER NIGHT in a posh Ireland hotel with 30 more rooms for her entourage. $100 million alone was spent for the African apology tour.

=======================================

TAXPAYERS SUFFERED RUINOUS HEALTHCARE CANCELLATIONS--BUT THEY PAY $7 MILLION FOR THE OBAMAS HEALTHCARE---NRO found the first family’s yearly health-care costs Americans $7 million; the reason why only Boobamba himself was "enrolled" --and not his family---in a faked-up PR ploy.

Mrs O wore her pricey diamond bangles (bought on a govt salary?) at a DNC fund-raiser, attended by "tolerant and compassionate" Dems....raised big bucks to keep Mr O in office so he could work for "the poor." Her diamond Gothic cuff priced at $15,350 set with 2.17 carats in diamonds and the Quatrefoil bracelet at $11,800 set with 1.73 carats in diamonds. (Excerpt) Read more at houston.culturemap.com. Mrs O wowed all the "tolerant and compassionate" Dems who hate the rich and support endless tax-paid programs "for the poor."

Not to forget a succession of designer dresses and gowns----like the $12,000 Caroline Hereara creation worn for the Frenchy state dinner (a bribe from Obama for his blonde indiscretion at the Mandela memorial?).

===============================================

Mrs O has 24 assistants (at last count) at her beck and call. Her
wardrobe, nails and hair pieces subsidized w/ tax dollars
of struggling Americans.

19 posted on 03/23/2014 5:07:13 AM PDT by Liz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Liz

“But easily, fear could have blocked me at every turn. So I want all of the young people around the world to operate with the freedom that we have all fought for — the freedom to explore the world, to learn about new cultures, to try hard things, to make mistakes. And I know parents want you to be perfect because we want you to be safe — (laughter) — but life is about making mistakes,and maybe saying the wrong thing at the wrong time,and learning that you recover from even some of your worst mistakes, so that that fear doesn’t keep you from being as excellent as you can be.”

What kind of person would give such advice to college students?

She rambles on about new cultures and encourages young people to make mistakes. What parent in their right mind would tell their kids to go make mistakes and to not let fear impact their decisions?


20 posted on 03/23/2014 5:08:48 AM PDT by Oliviaforever
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rummyfan

Absurd-—even a 10-yr old could construct a more cogent sentence.


21 posted on 03/23/2014 5:09:35 AM PDT by Liz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Oliviaforever

That’s the twisted progressive mind at work.


22 posted on 03/23/2014 5:10:39 AM PDT by Liz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: FAA

But no one dragged either of them to Reverend Wright. They are what they are....anti-American racists.


23 posted on 03/23/2014 5:11:19 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Rummyfan

While not all that clea, that was a quote of the questioner, not Michelle.


24 posted on 03/23/2014 5:11:31 AM PDT by Oliviaforever
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Rummyfan

It appears this statement came from a Chinese student ... not that Michelle’s response made much more sense.


25 posted on 03/23/2014 5:11:54 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Nothing is more serious than our sins, which can destroy us forever." ~Msgr. Pope)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: NoKoolAidforMe

“Years ago, I downloaded her senior thesis that she wrote”

Thanks for the tip. Didn’t know we could get hers. Wish her husband’s existed somewhere.

FYI, here it is: http://obamaprincetonthesis.wordpress.com/


26 posted on 03/23/2014 5:12:47 AM PDT by ReaganGeneration2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: FAA
Yikes! Not only are American patriots mocking and ridiculing the traitorous POS in the Oval Office, not only are Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian State Duma, and Russian citizens mocking and ridiculing "President Laughingstock," but even Moochelle Antoinette is yucking it up with the Chicoms about Barry Buttboy:

“Barack ‘Has Dragged Me Kicking and Screaming Into Things that I Wanted No Parts Of”

Were Malia and Sasha laughing at their mom's jokes as well?

27 posted on 03/23/2014 5:13:56 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

Comment #28 Removed by Moderator

Comment #29 Removed by Moderator

To: Liz

I believe that she and her loving husband were also disbarred. Reasons were never made public, but if I had to guess, Zero lied on his application about whether he was ever known by other names.

I don’t know about you, but I have never been so angry and disgusted in my life as I have been these past six years. It makes me so sad to see what is happening to our once great nation. This is not the country that my late grandparents extolled. I don’t know what it is any more.


30 posted on 03/23/2014 5:17:27 AM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Liz

“Three full-time White House calligraphers at $277,050 per year for the trio”

Needs repeating


31 posted on 03/23/2014 5:17:29 AM PDT by ReaganGeneration2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Liz

MICHELLE: Barack Has Dragged Me Kicking and Screaming’

Somehow I cannot fathom that, but I can very well see from here Mochelle dragging Barack by the ear, kicking and screaming ...

(Linguistic point: In French “Moche” means “ugly”)


32 posted on 03/23/2014 5:18:30 AM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ReaganGeneration2

She’s quite the angry, illiterate black woman.


33 posted on 03/23/2014 5:18:39 AM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Liz

I get the feeling the neither Barack nor Michelle wants to be in the White House. He’s golfing and vacationing 24/7 and hates to make any decisions and now she’s on a an official trip/vacation to China and she’s b*tching about have to do it... Seriously! If Biden weren’t his vice-president, I’d advice him to resign.


34 posted on 03/23/2014 5:19:05 AM PDT by jerod (Pro-Abortion Gun Control Freaks & Environmental Nuts who hated Capitalism? The Nazi's)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Liz

All that room in the airplanes and they didn’t pack a teleprompter for her? Inexcusable.


35 posted on 03/23/2014 5:19:16 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jsanders2001

Zero is kissing Mochelle’ mustache, not her mouth.


36 posted on 03/23/2014 5:20:41 AM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Marguerite

> Zero is kissing Mochelle’ mustache, not her mouth.

Lol...well he can only stomach it if he pretends she’s Reggie....


37 posted on 03/23/2014 5:23:48 AM PDT by jsanders2001
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

Comment #38 Removed by Moderator

To: Liz

That Chinese audience must be highly English challenged. If they’re not, they will be if they try to decipher this claptrap.


39 posted on 03/23/2014 5:28:50 AM PDT by onedoug
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Liz

She’s every bit as eloquent as O.


40 posted on 03/23/2014 5:29:06 AM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Liz
but life is about making mistakes,and maybe saying the wrong thing at the wrong time,and learning that you recover from even some of your worst mistakes, so that that fear doesn’t keep you from being as excellent as you can be.

She's right about that. I know many people who lead a fear-based lifestyle.

Unfortunately, she doesn't seem to have the ability to go a step further. She seems to lack the understanding that we "walk by faith and not by sight," and that Jesus told us not to worry.

41 posted on 03/23/2014 5:29:11 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bboop

Yeah-—GQ mag rated him nothing but an eloquent hat rack.


42 posted on 03/23/2014 5:39:03 AM PDT by Liz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: Liz

No one had to drag her into her lavish lifestyle...paid for by the taxpayers.


43 posted on 03/23/2014 5:39:13 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Liz
A Princeton and Harvard Law graduate?

Legions of blithering idiots with degrees from similar "institutions of higher learning" have been set loose on the nation, not limited to Mooch & Obozo (apparently), but how about Sheila Jackson Lee, etc. ?
Were I a parent of a college bound child I know a few exorbitantly over-priced institutions that I would see fit to rule out paying tuition.

44 posted on 03/23/2014 5:43:54 AM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ronnie raygun

Jimmie Carter wrote a book entitled, “Why Not The Best?” which apparently was a comedy. Barack and Michelle should write a serious book entitled, “Why Ever Consider Anyone But The Absolute Rock Bottom Worst?”


45 posted on 03/23/2014 5:45:25 AM PDT by RipSawyer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Rummyfan

That is the Chinese students question. English is not the native tongue.


46 posted on 03/23/2014 5:47:07 AM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Tax-chick
Scroll down to the 4th paragraph and you will see that that ("For me, I prefer to -- the relationship -- the commerce relationship between -- and the future. ..." is a question to which Michelle responded. Presumably the question is from a student in the audience. Article is poorly written. Michelle Obama's answer is not so bad after all.
47 posted on 03/23/2014 5:47:30 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Tax-chick

Michelle’s Princeton essay was a harbinger of things to come, and perhaps sheds some light on her troubles with the speech in China:

“Webster’s Dictionary of English offers several key synonyms for “comfort”, some of which are ease, pleasure, and enjoyment. When one speaks of being “comfortable with”someone or something, one often thinks of environments which promote feelings of ease and with which one is familiar, such as being in one’s own home or with one’s family and close friends. More often than not, one finds comfort in things with which one is familiar rather than in unfamiliar things. It is also more likely that one is more attached to to things with which one is familiar than to things with which one is unfamiliar”

I’m guessing that she was not comfortable giving her speech. it was definitely not a familiar thing, but rather a thing that was unfamiliar to which she was not attached — something, perhaps, that Obama dragged her kicking and screaming into doing because he wanted to take her China trip off on his 2014 taxes as an expense.


48 posted on 03/23/2014 5:58:27 AM PDT by Toucan Dance
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Tax-chick; Liz

She is not illiterate.

The confusing quote is a Chinese Peking grad student trying to express herself in a foreign language-English.

That is not Michelle speaking in the first part of the article.


49 posted on 03/23/2014 6:01:53 AM PDT by staytrue
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Liz
She's clearly setting herself up to do a Hillary---from the WH to the Congress----greasing the skids on our dime---like the parasitic Clintons.

And she will fail. Hillary is stupid and she is stupider than Hillary.

50 posted on 03/23/2014 6:02:29 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-131 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson