Unbecoming

The Independent, perhaps forgetting it’s supposed to report news, runs an advertorial on behalf of Michelle Obama, the feminist icon who would be completely unknown were it not for her husband holding high office.

The former first lady juxtaposed the Donald Trump administration to Barack Obama’s presidency during a wide-ranging interview on Sunday to promote her autobiography Becoming in London, venting her frustrations at the president’s decision to radically overhaul her husband’s legacy.

There was a time when former presidents – and by implication, their wives – refrained from criticising their successors. Michelle Obama doesn’t only criticise the current president, but she goes on a world tour to do it, whining about her husband’s “legacy”. I’m not seeing a lot of that “class and grace” here.

Ms Obama took aim at the billionaire property developer in a series of jibes during which she did not mention him by name. “For anyone who had any problems with Barack Obama, let’s just think about what we were troubled by – there were never any indictments,” she told a crowd of around 15,000 at the O2.

Which is more a reflection on the African-style corruption your husband brought to the US Department of Justice and security services than his behaviour in office.

The Chicago native, who was interviewed by US late-night host Stephen Colbert, jokingly compared the US with Mr Trump in the White House to being a teenager.

I see. “When they go low, we go high” has become “I’ll go low to make some money.”

“We come from a broken family, we are a little unsettled,” Ms Obama said. “Sometimes you spend the weekend with divorced dad. That feels like fun but then you get sick. That is what America is going through. We are living with divorced dad.”

This is an interesting analogy, and I have an idea why she picked it. Barack Obama is a living, breathing, example of what happens to a boy when his dad walks out on the family. From the desperate hunting for an identity with different names and an ever-changing backstory to writing whole books about him in the hope of gaining approval, not to mention the pettiness of many of his actions in office, I think Michelle might be projecting just a little bit here.

Ms Obama, who has been married to the former president for 27 years, said her family’s life had been profoundly different before entering the White House – describing them as a “normal family” who had no time to “adjust to the rarified air of politics” when they arrived in Washington.

Which explains the entourage of taxpayer-funded servants and lackeys which made the global tours of Diana Ross look frugal by comparison.

“We were always ourselves – the presidency does not change who you are, it reveals who you are,” she added in what appeared to be another dig at the current president.

For a supposedly smart woman she’s really bad at commentary. Donald Trump hasn’t changed one jot since entering office: he was a jerk before and he’s a jerk now. Nobody who knew Trump while he was a household name for three decades has noticed any sea-change in character; indeed, the only thing which seems to change is his wife. Whereas what did Obama becoming president reveal about him? That for all his hopey-changey rhetoric he was miles out of his depth, unable to make the leap from community organiser to statesman and from campaigning to governing, leaving behind a country torn apart by identity politics.

“I don’t know if there has been a president who has been accused of not being born in this country? Who has been asked to show his transcripts? Who has been accused of being unpatriotic? There was a lot of stuff that had not happened before that happened to us.”

I don’t know if there has been an American president subject to a rearguard coup by the outgoing administration. Once again, this is more the type of thing you see in Africa. Did you write about that in your book, Michelle?

“For eight years, the president they saw in their country was Barack Obama. He was somebody who people thought was smart and would do the right thing.”

Yeah, and look what happened instead. Michelle Obama is living proof that the left really need cult leaders in their lives, telling them what they want to hear while painting a comforting alternate version of reality. It beats me why they ever stopped going to church.

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10 thoughts on “Unbecoming

  1. Chigaco isn’t known as “shitcongo” for nothing. If this represents its “royalty” it’s not difficult to see why.

    Crass, arrogant, convinced of their own moral worth and totally lacking in self awareness. The only obligation they understand seems to be the one that says “grab, grab, grab”

    If this grotesque appeared on naked attraction one day I genuinely wouldn’t be surprised.

  2. “I don’t know if there has been a president who has been accused of not being born in this country? Who has been asked to show his transcripts? Who has been accused of being unpatriotic? There was a lot of stuff that had not happened before that happened to us.”

    You certainly had it tough, and the race card was always stacked against you. But with creativity and perseverance, we can win through. For example, do you know a couple of brothers who could put on MAGA hats and pretend to beat you up?

  3. I love how they keep bringing up the fact that their were no indictments during the Obama administration. Anyone from his White House, including Obama himself, could have murdered someone on live TV and not been indicted.

    The fact that there were no indictments says nothing about the morality of the Obama White House, but it speaks volumes of the lack of morality about the justice system and the media.

  4. Saying they didn’t know politics before getting to Washington is a straight up lie. Obama had been both a state and U.S. senator before they made it to the White House.
    I’m sure Illinois politics is just as dirty as Washington

  5. I don’t remember Obama respecting Bush’s legacy. My recollection is that everything was Bush’s fault.
    And perhaps if Mr. Obama had not spent his life up to 2006 telling everyone that he was born in Kenya no one would have thought he was.

  6. Michael Obama doesn’t only criticise the current president, but he goes on a world tour to do it, whining about his husband’s “legacy”. I’m not seeing a lot of that “class and grace” here.

    FTFY

    Joan Rivers (deceased) had considerably more class and grace

  7. The very rich, highly privileged lady complained that the man on whose coat-tails she has ridden: “… has been asked to show his transcripts”

    Aren’t her enablers now asking (demanding!) to see the current President’s tax returns from long before he entered politics? And while we are on the topic — Why did her husband never release his college transcripts? Was it just to spare the rest of us the embarrassment of feeling so dumb compared to straight A+++ Barry? Or was it because he attended college as a foreign student, asserting as an adult that he was an Indonesian citizen?

    The lowest part of this woman’s behavior is not just that she is breaking with Former First Lady tradition and bad-mouthing the current President, she is doing it overseas to earn money from a foreign audience. Low!

  8. Why did her husband never release his college transcripts? Was it just to spare the rest of us the embarrassment of feeling so dumb compared to straight A+++ Barry? Or was it because he attended college as a foreign student, asserting as an adult that he was an Indonesian citizen?

    In addition to revealing his actual grades, (thus allowing everyone to compare Barry’s exam results with what their dog may score),
    and that he took advantage of being foreign, his transcripts may well contain the results of a college administered IQ test.

  9. Because in church there was always a chance one might have to pay for ones sins, not something a Democrat would look forward to.

  10. “Michelle Obama, the feminist icon who would be completely unknown were it not for her husband holding high office.”

    It is weird to me how much so-called feminists talk up women whose main achievement is the most traditional route for women to succeed. “Oh, but Hilary did…”. No, she got millions thrown at some pet project *after* she got in the White House. Ironically, the women that conservatives respect like Thatcher and Condi Rice did all the heavy lifting.

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