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Michelle Obama: ‘Barack and I see our own daughters’ in Nigeria’s kidnapped schoolgirls

 The Week

First Lady Michelle Obama took over her husband’s weekly radio and Internet address this morning, using Mother’s Day weekend to note that she and President Obama empathize with the families of Nigeria’s kidnapped schoolgirls. Terrorist group Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls from their dorm rooms on April 15, and the story has since gained international attention and calls for the girls’ safe return. The First Lady said the abduction is “a story we see every day as girls around the world risk their lives to pursue their ambitions.”

She also noted, much as President Obama has in the past, that as parents, she and her husband were “outraged and heartbroken. In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters,” Michelle Obama said, referring to Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12. “We see their hopes, their dreams, and we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now.”

Watch the full address, below:

How do you make a conservative hate water?

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in an event at Watertown High School to encourage people to drink more water, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Watertown, Wis. (Photo by Morry Gash/AP)

Another knee-jerk reaction from Rush Limbaugh and his supporters.  I’m just waiting for the Obama’s to come out in support of air, simply to see what those folks would do.

MSNBC

Drink more water. It’s pretty simple advice, the type of thing any health-conscious consumer has probably read at least a dozen times over the last few years. It’d be hard to come up with a less controversial idea, until, of course, first lady Michelle Obama started advocating water.

Last week the first lady unveiled her new “Drink Up” campaign — an offshoot of her healthy “Let’s Move” advocacy to reduce childhood obesity. For “Drink Up” she traveled to Watertown, Wisc., to encourage kids and adults to add a little more water to their drinking habits.

“I’ve come to realize that if we were going to take just one step to make ourselves and our families healthier, probably the single best thing we could do is to simply drink more water,” she said in a statement announcing the program. “That’s it — it’s really that simple. Drink just one more glass of water a day and you can make a real difference for your health, your energy, and the way you feel.”

But according to the right wing’s resident conservative weathervane, Rush Limbaugh, this new campaign is simply “more command-and-control” from the White House.

“We have real trouble, real problems in this country and around the world. What is this push to drink more water?” he quipped on his program last Friday.

The primary scientific critic Limbaugh and a number of news outlets quoted, is Dr. Stanley Goldfarb of the University of Pennsylvania. He’s a nephrologist (doctor who specializes in kidneys) with a long history of bashing the Affordable Care Act.

As Limbaugh pointed out on his show, Goldfarb says there “really isn’t data to support” the claims that increased water consumption can achieve the goals of the “Drink Up” campaign. “To make it a major public health effort, I think I would say it’s bizarre,” Goldfarb said.

So where is Michelle Obama getting this data to support her new program? It comes from the Centers for Disease Control, which has found that one in four children don’t drink any water daily and that nearly half of all Americans are getting less than four cups of water a day.

The new “Drink Up” campaign is focused on positive advocacy, encouraging people to consume more water, rather than telling them not to avoid sugary sodas. And while you might think that positive message would assuage a nanny-state-averse conservative pundit, Limbaugh found a way to hate it anyway. His criticism? The campaign has her cozying up too much with Big Soda.

“It’s Big Bottled Water, or Big Bottled Water is Big Soft Drink,” Limbaugh said. “That’s who’s pushing this.”

As pundit Bill Maher joked on his Friday program, ”I think this is a test to see if the Republicans will come out against water. ‘That’s not water, that’s socialism juice!’”

At least one Republican managed to pass that test. Congrats, Rush.

LGBT activist: Michelle Obama got ‘in my face’ after heckling at fundraiser

Michelle Obama via AFP

I saw Michelle Obama’s name trending on Twitter this morning so I decided to see what was going on.

The heckler’s complaint about Mrs. Obama “getting in her face” reminded me a lot of the incident at the Arizona airport in early October 2012 where reporters took pictures of Gov. Jan Brewer wagging her witch-like finger in the POTUS’ face.

When asked by reporters why she did that, Mrs. Brewer complained, “I felt intimidated by him…”

So let me see if I understand the heckler’s logic here.  She interrupts a speech given by the First Lady.  The First Lady steps down from the lectern to speak to the woman one on one instead of retorting in a more public manner via the media presence.   The woman felt intimidated because Mrs. Obama “got in my face”.  Yet, the heckler initiated the exchange.

There are some parallels to both of the above instances…at least from where I stand.  Both examples show the complaining parties as the persons doing the intimidating yet they both complain of being “intimidated.

The Raw Story

A member of an LGBT advocacy group heckled First Lady Michelle Obama at a private fundraising event Tuesday night, leading to a brief confrontation between the two.

The Washington Post reported that Obama was speaking at a Democratic Party event at a private residence when 56-year-old Ellen Sturtz, later identified as a member of GetEqual,interrupted her speech to demand that President Barack Obama sign an executive order forbidding federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The first lady allegedly addressed Sturtz directly, telling her, “One of the things that I don’t do well is this. Do you understand?” before walking toward her and saying, “Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”

Sturtz told the Post Obama was “flustered” when she replied that she would be happy to take the microphone, saying that the executive order would protect 22 percent of U.S. workers.

“She came right down in my face,” Sturtz said to the Post about the encounter with the first lady. “I was taken aback.”

Sturtz was escorted out of the event shortly afterward, but loudly identified herself as a “lesbian looking for federal equality before I die” on the way out.

GetEqual’s co-director, Heather Cronk, told Buzzfeed Tuesday night that the group planned the incident beforehand. In a release, the group said three other members were present at the fundraiser, which cost between $500 and $1,000 to attend.

But Sturtz, who donated $5,000 to the president’s 2008 election campaign, also said to theHuffington Post that she did not go to the event planning to heckle the first lady, instead intending to speak to Democratic National Committee officials about her worries regarding the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

“Basically, I was asked by the first lady to be quiet, and I can’t be quiet any longer,” Sturtz told theHuffington Post. “I was surprised by how negative the crowd seemed to be. It was actually a little unsettling and disturbing.”

 

 

First lady Michelle Obama’s second Vogue cover sparks backlash over April 2013 image

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President and Mrs. Obama can’t seem get a break from certain segments of the population.  Usually their anger is misguided based upon false information about the President and First Lady…

The Grio

First lady Michelle Obama is making her secondVogue cover appearance for the publication’s April 2013 issue — and also sparking another backlash. On the heels of the minor controversy caused when the first lady spoke at the 2013 Oscars via video, Mrs. Obama’s latest media foray has attracted a large number of irate commentors to major sites. In messages that mix the personal and the political, anonymous users are taking the occasion of the first lady speaking with Vogue in a high profile story to go on the attack.

No, they are not discussing her blue Reed Krakoff dress (while some do ding her signature bangs). Fashion, itself a contentious topic, has largely been forgotten in the stream of online chatter focusing on Michelle Obama’s fitness as a model for children, her alleged overexposure — and even her relationship with her husband. Plus, the frequent accusations of classism the first lady receives when doing something perceived by many as “too glamorous” were also in effect.

“Our own version of Eva Peron takes another step forward with Juan Barack to play the populist game whilst living high on the hog (on the people’s dime) with the Hollywood and New York glitterati,” complained one user on The Washington Post.

Many of the over 500 comments on The Huffington Post about the cover are similarly critical.

“Her role as a Presidents wife should be doing good for the country [sic],” wrote one user on the site. “She must want to be a model.”

Michelle Obama Vogue cover

Others used the occasion to voice fears about pressing social issues that the first lady has no direct power to influence.

“Can media stop doing this crap? Who cares [that the] first lady is on whatever magazines,” one such person stated. “My family is worrying to dead with sequestration. We won’t be able to pay our bills and my children will be suffering with my 20% pay cut. First Lady should do something more meaningful for her country instead of wearing nice clothes and smiling on the cover of any magazine. [sic]“

It was clear that several comments on stories about the April cover were deleted, suggesting that the ranting about Mrs. Obama was so bad that a substantial number of enraged site visitors violated these online outlets’ decency policies.

But, there were a fair number of people who loved seeing Michelle Obama pose for her second Voguecover — and a strong throng defending her against ideological assailants.

“Michelle Obama is one POWERFUL woman. She can’t even pose for a magazine without heads exploding. To all haters, it’s perfectly okay if you don’t find her attractive,” said one of the first lady’s fans.

For Michelle Obama, these reactions — good and bad — are likely a part of public life that she has accepted by now.

She stated that it was “absolutely not surprising” when her appearance at the Academy Awards set off a right wing response of intense, critical scrutiny.

“Shoot, my bangs set off a national conversation. My shoes can set off a national conversation. That’s just sort of where we are. We’ve got a lot of talking going on,” she said about reactions to her media presence. “It’s like everybody’s kitchen-table conversation is now accessible to everybody else so there’s a national conversation about anything.”

Also, Mrs. Obama’s love of luxurious clothing is not as selfish as some make it seem. Ironically, dressing well helps the first lady to better serve others.

“If you’re comfortable in your clothes it’s easy to connect with people and make them feel comfortable as well,” Michelle said.

Making people feel comfortable is something the first lady does continuously, whether she is working with the public on her Let’s Move! initiative to reduce childhood obesity, or contributing in person to the betterment of military families through her Joining Forces campaign.

Yet, love her or hate her, people will have to get used to seeing Michelle Obama on magazine covers and television. Not only is she the most televised first lady of all time, Mrs. Obama is also extremely popular – more so than the president. Given both of these factors, we can expect a lot more coverage of the first lady in the years to come.

Everybody should get situated for what promises to be a bumpy ride full of passionate debates over Michelle Obama’s image.

Michelle Obama DNC Speech: The President Is Just Like You

Michelle Obama Threat: D.C. Police Officer Allegedly Said He’d Shoot First Lady, Report Says

This is rather creepy.

Thank goodness the DC Police and  Secret Service are on top of this threat…

The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — A District of Columbia police officer has been taken off a motorcycle escort for White House officials after he allegedly said he’d shoot first lady Michelle Obama and “then used his phone to retrieve a picture of the firearm he said he would use,” according to The Washington Post.

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating and the Secret Service has been told of the alleged threat, the Post reports:

The motorman allegedly made the comments Wednesday morning as several officers from the Special Operations Division discussed threats against President Obama. It was not immediately clear where the alleged conversation took place or exactly how many officers took part in the conversation.During that conversation, the officials said, the officer allegedly said he would shoot the First Lady and then used his phone to retrieve a picture of the firearm he said he would use. It was not immediately clear what type of firearm was allegedly shown.

An officer overheard the alleged threat and reported it to a police lieutenant at the Division, who immediately notified superiors, the officials said.

The officer has been moved to administrative duty as the incident is being investigated, according to the Post.

MPD Chief Cathy Lanier told WRC-TV/NBC4: “There is conflicting information about what the officer said. … Internal Affairs will get to the bottom of it.”

This is a developing story…

Michelle Obama asked to Marine Corps Ball

This has got to be one for the history books.  Also, it’s not that the POTUS might say “no”, I doubt he’d do that because he ernestly cares about the troops and their morale.

I believe both the POTUS and FLOTUS will be hearing from their protocol liaisons to see if this is allowed.

Still,  it’s such an adorable story!

Politico

First lady Michelle Obama has a date, and it’s not with her husband, CNN reports:

20 year old Marine Lance Corporal Aaron Leeks from Frederick, Maryland has asked First Lady Michelle Obama to accompany him to the Marine Corps Ball next November. “With your husband’s permission of course,” said Leeks.

The first lady responded, “I’d love to” and brought an aide over to get his information. The first lady met Leeks at a Toys-for-Tots event at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling located in southeast Washington, DC.

White House press secretary Jay Carney was asked about the invitation in Friday’s briefing and responded, “If the president’s watching this, this may be the first he’s heard of it.”

Carney couldn’t confirm that FLOTUS will definitely attend but said, “The first lady’s commitment to military families is very strong indeed.  So I’m sure she was flattered by the invitation.”

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Hannity on FLOTUS’ Target shopping: ‘We’re being manipulated’

Rush Limbaugh said the exact same thing yesterday.  I suppose Rush sent out his talking points for the day to his sycophant, Sean Hannity…

The Raw Story

Leave it to Sean Hannity to find something controversial about Michelle Obama shopping at Target.

On Friday evening’s edition of Hannity, the Fox commentator took umbrage over the First Lady shopping at the renowned retail store. Clearly upset at seeing photographs of her at such a location, Hannity deemed that she has “an image problem along with her husband” and questioned the authenticity of her shopping at Target.

“Martha’s Vineyard, golfing, basketball, extravagant trips, a lot of diamonds, all this stuff,” he said. “So here’s her with a picture at Target, and it just so happens an AP photographer happens to be there, right?”

Taken aback by Hannity’s skepticism, both Republican strategist Karen Harenty and Democratic strategist Joe Trippi tried to place the focus back on President Obama. But that didn’t stop the conservative firebrand from getting one last jab at the First Lady.

“I shop there, but we’re being manipulated here,” he said.

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Feud Alert! Sarah Palin, Fox News, Rapper Common And White House Ready To Brawl?

This is absurd.  The Right will do everything they can to criticize the Obamas…

Mediaite

In the great tradition of rap feuds, this one definitely is not as violent as some past conflicts, but it sure is escalating just as quickly. First Lady Michelle Obama raised some conservative eyebrows by inviting the rapper Commonto a poetry event at the White House. And that was enough to trigger a wave of outrage.

First it was the conservative website Daily Caller that recognized Common was a controversial guest to invite, “in part because his poetry includes threats to shoot police and at least one passage calling for the ‘burn[ing]‘ of then-President George W. Bush.” Then the Fox News website Fox Nation reacted with a headline labeling Common to be a “vile rapper.” And Sarah Palin weighed in too, tweeting in reaction to the Daily Caller’s story “Oh lovely, White House…”

Yet CNN commentator Roland Martin notes “not even casual hip hop fans would characterize Common as a controversial rapper.” Additionally, Common has frequently appeared on Def Poetry Jam and has acted in many mainstream films including American Gangster, Wanted and Date Night.

So far the First Lady has remained silent, but Common took to Twitter to respond to all of his new “fans.” Common responded “So apparently Sarah Palin and Fox News doesn’t like me.” He also laughed at the description of himself as “vile.” With Donald Trump’s popularity fading, might Palin now desire picking up Trump’s strange habit of feuding with celebrities?

So They’re Just Calling Michelle Obama Fat Now

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From the onset, let me just say that in my opinion, Andrew Breitbart is one sick son of a bitch and sexist pig…

Media Matters – by Simon Maloy

First Lady Michelle Obama is in the midst of a nationwide anti-obesity campaign aimed at shrinking America’s collectively expanding waistline. The conservative media are striking back against Mrs. Obama’s message of fitness and nutrition by decrying what they see as government intrusion into our pantries.

At least, that’s what they’re doing when they’re not calling Michelle Obama fat.

Rush Limbaugh’s long been laying the groundwork for this sexist attack, using stories about the First Lady’s nutrition programs to call the fitness-fanatic Mrs. Obama “Michelle, My Butt.” (The jab’s lack of sense it exceeded only by its lack of self-awareness.)

Yesterday, the resident cartoonists at Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com posted this offering…  (This is a link to Media Matters.  I simply refuse to  direct anyone to Breitbart’s site.)

If there’s a “joke” in there, I’m missing it. Notably, the version of the cartoon online now differs slightly — but significantly — from the version that showed up in my RSS reader, in which the First Lady demands: “Shut up and pass the lard!”

It’s been a long time since I’ve expected anything approaching comity from the conservative media, but this is the sort of stuff most of us left at the grade school playground.