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Michelle Obama and the Evolution of a First Lady
New York Times ^ | 1/7/12 | Jodi Kantor

Posted on 01/07/2012 7:53:16 AM PST by LRoggy

Michelle Obama was privately fuming, not only at the president’s team, but also at her husband.

In the days after the Democrats lost Edward Kennedy’s Senate seat in January 2010, Barack Obama was even-keeled as usual in meetings, refusing to dwell on the failure or lash out at his staff. The first lady, however, could not fathom how the White House had allowed the crucial seat, needed to help pass the president’s health care legislation and the rest of his agenda, to slip away, several current and former aides said.

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Amazingly enough, as I read this article Jodi Kantor wrote about her newly published book on the Obama's the thought that came to mind was how much she seems to substantiate what the Ulsterman columns were saying! Sorry if that is verboten on this web site!
1 posted on 01/07/2012 7:53:21 AM PST by LRoggy
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To: LRoggy

Amazingly enough, as I read this article Jodi Kantor wrote, I note that you have listed yourself as the author.


2 posted on 01/07/2012 7:55:36 AM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: humblegunner

I’m SORRY! Didn’t mean to do that!

Can the moderator fix that?


3 posted on 01/07/2012 7:58:56 AM PST by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: LRoggy
Can the moderator fix that?

Probably, if you ask nicely.

If it was just an accident I don't imagine it's too big a deal.

4 posted on 01/07/2012 8:01:32 AM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: LRoggy
Michelle Obama was privately fuming, not only at the president’s team, but also at her husband.

She always looks like she's privately fuming .....

5 posted on 01/07/2012 8:04:35 AM PST by MissMagnolia (ObamaCare side effects: headache,delayed treatment, 0 choice,sky-rocketing taxes & premature death)
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To: LRoggy

Maybe you can also get them to take the apostrophe out of the word Obama’s since there shouldn’t be one when a word is made plural.


6 posted on 01/07/2012 8:05:59 AM PST by Past Your Eyes (I'm not cut out to suffer fools like this.)
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To: LRoggy

LIGO : Lady In Gender Only


7 posted on 01/07/2012 8:06:13 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Past Your Eyes

Wow, this thread is pretty tough this morning! Didn’t anyone sleep well?


9 posted on 01/07/2012 8:09:13 AM PST by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: LRoggy

FLOTUS imagines herself Queen of the World and can’t understand why it doesn’t seem like Heaven.

A dozen mind readers wouldn’t be sufficient, as she needs to flare her attitude just to show she’s in charge.


10 posted on 01/07/2012 8:09:55 AM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
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To: LRoggy
"As Michelle Obama realized over the summer and fall of 2008 that she was likely to become first lady, she asked a question that probably would have surprised outsiders: could she and her children delay moving to the White House? Perhaps it was better, she told aides and friends, to remain in Chicago until the end of the school year, giving her children more time to adjust, rather than coming right at the inauguration. Her notion, though short-lived, was telling: she didn’t understand or care what sort of message it would send to a public enthralled by the new first family, and she had trepidations about life in the spotlight, let alone the prospect of residing in a monument-museum-office-military compound-terrorist target-home."

I don't care for the Obama's, especially Michelle who appears to be a cold hearted and vindictive person to me. But, I side with her on this one. If she had wished to maintain her career (which would mean she actually did something in her $300K a year hospital job) and keep her children in school where they had ties and friendships, so be it.

The "first family" aspect of the President job is almost becoming similar to the royals. If he wanted to just go to work like other elected officials do, I'd be good with it.

11 posted on 01/07/2012 8:10:38 AM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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12 posted on 01/07/2012 8:10:57 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-Free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: LRoggy
it's pronounced DEVOlution...
13 posted on 01/07/2012 8:11:33 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: LRoggy

More whining from Michelle about the tribulations of being in the White House!! This is beyond annoying.


14 posted on 01/07/2012 8:12:28 AM PST by stonehouse01
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To: deoetdoctrinae

LOL! Excellent, deoetdoctrinae. :)


15 posted on 01/07/2012 8:13:44 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: LRoggy
Evolution of a First Lady

Isn't that racist?

16 posted on 01/07/2012 8:14:08 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio)
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To: MissMagnolia

This wretched woman is an abomination of physical and spiritual ugliness and atrocious fashion sense. She’s crass, ungracious , foul-mouthed and ignorant. Never has so awful a woman ever been an American First Lady.


17 posted on 01/07/2012 8:14:07 AM PST by jmacusa
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To: Past Your Eyes
Maybe you can also get them to take the apostrophe out of the word Obama’s since there shouldn’t be one when a word is made plural.

Good luck with that. The apostrophe showing possession is a lost cause. It is, however, a very telling indication of a person's age group.

18 posted on 01/07/2012 8:15:23 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: LRoggy; All

Michelle “Antoinette”?


19 posted on 01/07/2012 8:16:04 AM PST by j.argese (Newt ... the Nixon of our time ...)
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To: LRoggy

I can speak only for myself and the answer is NO.
“;^)


20 posted on 01/07/2012 8:16:43 AM PST by Past Your Eyes (I'm not cut out to suffer fools like this.)
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To: MissMagnolia
She always looks like she's privately fuming .....

That's the standard countenance of the perpetually offended. Political correctness requires that they must always be offended, so that they are always entitled.

21 posted on 01/07/2012 8:17:20 AM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Most of the time I just let it go because there isn’t enough time in the day to try to fix all that needs fixing. Sometimes I feel like being a wise guy so I pipe up.
http://www.apostrophe.org.uk/


22 posted on 01/07/2012 8:19:42 AM PST by Past Your Eyes (I'm not cut out to suffer fools like this.)
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To: LRoggy

23 posted on 01/07/2012 8:20:47 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: MissMagnolia
She always looks like she's privately fuming .....

Isn't that the truth!



Where there's a shell, there's a way.

25 years ago, we had Ronald Reagan, Johnny Cash, and Bob Hope.
Today we have Obama, no cash, and no hope!

If you can't appreciate the pure beauty of the violin after hearing this, something's wrong with your ears.

Or you can get raw with these strings.

How about this gamechanger from America's Got Talent (which they SHOULD have won).

And finally, this, dedicated to the one and only rdb2. His time may be short.

Either way, the violin is sweet yet LETHAL.

Do it!

24 posted on 01/07/2012 8:20:58 AM PST by rdb3 (><>The mouth is the exhaust pipe of the heart. <><)
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To: LRoggy
What was the name of that film....."The Diary of an Angry Black Woman"?
25 posted on 01/07/2012 8:23:35 AM PST by clintonh8r (Living well is no longer the best revenge. Revenge is now the best revenge.)
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To: tacticalogic

I’ve never understood the folks that gush about her fashion sense, how great she looks, etc. ..... but you know, I think they are on to something because her stylists have obviously found a way to totally camouflage the cinderblock-size chip she always carries around on her shoulder.


26 posted on 01/07/2012 8:23:58 AM PST by MissMagnolia (ObamaCare side effects: headache,delayed treatment, 0 choice,sky-rocketing taxes & premature death)
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To: Travis McGee

No way, waist is too small.


27 posted on 01/07/2012 8:24:12 AM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Baynative

I respectfully disagree. If the President’s family doesn’t care enough about this country to make a transition to live in the White House, then none of the family should be there. A family is a unit and if they don’t care it sends an extremely bad signal to we the people. The royalty first family aspect business IS wrong, however the answer is to not treat them as royalty, not give them a pass for not moving in.

Here in New York State the Governor stopped living in the Governor’s mansion in Albany starting with lovely RINO Pataki and now the mansion sits empty and the symbolism is real - the lack of caring enough about the state. Because if these families were flexible and intelligent they could get a positive attitude and enjoy the experience!!!

I suspect that underneath these poor decisions are whiney kids complaining and running the show behind the scenes - typical of the dysfunction of the modern family. “I doon’t waant to leave my friends, etc. No leadership by the parents here and empty first houses that should be symbols of pride of office.

(Sorry to go on and on)


28 posted on 01/07/2012 8:25:07 AM PST by stonehouse01
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To: humblegunner

“Accident”?? A likely story. Looks more like pure plagiarism. Give ‘em the boot! No plagiarists on FR!


29 posted on 01/07/2012 8:27:02 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: MissMagnolia

She fumes at the thought of the loss of her free vacations.


31 posted on 01/07/2012 8:28:29 AM PST by dandiegirl
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To: tacticalogic
"That's the standard countenance of the perpetually offended. Political correctness requires that they must always be offended, so that they are always entitled.


(I thought that deserved repeating!)

32 posted on 01/07/2012 8:30:06 AM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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33 posted on 01/07/2012 8:31:07 AM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: LRoggy; All

No one is interested in this book.

The Obamas [Hardcover]
Jodi Kantor (Author)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167 in Books
BN Sales rank: 210


34 posted on 01/07/2012 8:36:41 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Hah! The author’s name has been corrected!

Now if only Palin would reconsider . . .


35 posted on 01/07/2012 8:37:51 AM PST by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: LRoggy


Book is flopping in pre-sales on Amazon and BN.
36 posted on 01/07/2012 8:38:40 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: stonehouse01

A friend was in DC and overheard some parents whose children go to Sidwell Friends(where Malia and Sasha are) talking. They said that the older one, Malia, is sweet and quiet...a good student.
Sasha, on the other hand, is apparently a brat..talks back to the teachers and has even been known to say, “You can’t make me. My dad is President”. Geez.


37 posted on 01/07/2012 8:41:21 AM PST by Mountain Mary (Awaken Oh America...)
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To: LRoggy

Sarah’s analyses on Fox of the political climate have been right on: sharp and intelligent. SIGH.
Levin said same on is show the other night.


38 posted on 01/07/2012 8:44:15 AM PST by Mountain Mary (Awaken Oh America...)
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To: MissMagnolia

lol, Miss Magnolia.


39 posted on 01/07/2012 8:52:55 AM PST by Girlene (tatertot birthday cake is just not right)
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To: LRoggy

The First Fat A** deserves to rot in Haides


40 posted on 01/07/2012 8:54:29 AM PST by goodnesswins (Adversity makes us bitter or better.)
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To: Mountain Mary

OMG!!!! Someone forgot to put the PUKE ALERT on! Almost lost my coffee reading this tripe. The comments section in the times was VERY disturbing and show the real threat that some of the obamanites hold for this country. Yuck!!!!


41 posted on 01/07/2012 8:55:55 AM PST by rktman
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To: LRoggy

When can we start using the ‘w’ word for Moochelle?


42 posted on 01/07/2012 9:00:58 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: LRoggy; LucyT

“Amazingly enough, as I read this article Jodi Kantor wrote about her newly published book on the Obama’s the thought that came to mind was how much she seems to substantiate what the Ulsterman columns were saying!”

Right you are! IMO, Ulsterman is at least vindicated regarding this episode:

“Early on Sept. 16 (2010), Robert Gibbs was scanning the news when a story stopped him short: according to a new French book, Michelle Obama had told Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the French first lady, that living in the White House was “hell.” It was a potential disaster — the equivalent of the $400 haircut, Mr. Gibbs feared, coming just weeks before election day and on the heels of a vacation in Spain that had drawn accusations of lavish spending.

“Mr. Gibbs asked her aides to find out if she had said anything even close (no, the answer came back), and then fought the story back for hours, having the book translated and convincing the Élysée Palace to issue a denial. By noon the potential crisis had been averted.

“But at Mr. Emanuel’s 7:30 a.m. staff meeting the next day, Ms. Jarrett announced that the first lady had concerns about the White House’s response to the book, according to several people present. All eyes turned to Mr. Gibbs, who started to steam.

“’Don’t go there, Robert, don’t do it,’ Mr. Emanuel warned.

“’That’s not right, I’ve been killing myself on this, where’s this coming from?’ Mr. Gibbs yelled, adding expletives. He interrogated Ms. Jarrett, whose calm only seemed to frustrate him more. The two went back and forth, Ms. Jarrett unruffled, Mr. Gibbs shaking with rage. Finally, several staff members said, Mr. Gibbs cursed the first lady — colleagues stared down at the table, shocked — and stormed out.”


43 posted on 01/07/2012 9:04:50 AM PST by Seizethecarp
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To: stonehouse01

Where does Andrew Cuomo live?


45 posted on 01/07/2012 9:16:39 AM PST by surrey
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To: LRoggy
Michelle Obama was not so privately fuming...

Like the Hildebeast, her temper is legendary...

46 posted on 01/07/2012 9:39:44 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: rktman

Yes, the comments section is worse than the article - very frightening that so many are so willingly misinformed and/or capable of critical thought or at least skepticism.

Last night I added a comment that I thought was mild - for a Freeper - saying basically that it’s too bad that we citizens who are not worthy cannot pay for more vacations for her. This alluded to a post that in all seriousness said that our country isn’t good enough for the Obamas. Needless to say, the other post remained while mine was removed.


47 posted on 01/07/2012 9:40:16 AM 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: Baynative

There are many really gorgeous black women and MO isn’t one of them. Wonder how long it takes to get her looking even this good. I guess that’s not really important except for the fact that the left is always drooling over her horrible clothes and “beauty”. What \ever beauty she displays is at great expense, the best money can buy.


48 posted on 01/07/2012 9:44:43 AM 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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49 posted on 01/07/2012 10:28:22 AM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: Aria

When the leftist media raves on about her beauty and grace it is indicative of their cultural mindset in which they think they can make things be true by saying so.


50 posted on 01/07/2012 10:29:46 AM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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