Tag: Michelle Obama

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Michelle Obama, Saudi Arabia, and the Making of Political Dynasties


shutterstock_113392198Yesterday, Aaron Miller started a conversation about Michelle Obama’s decision to not bow to customs in Saudi Arabia. Before that, the illustrious Jon Gabriel expressed a desire to see my take on the issue (taking second place behind another editor, since this was a conversation shared with a few). Being fair, or honestly wanting to mull over exactly how I would approach this topic here, I did write about the manliness of Mrs. Obama elsewhere first.

Yes, that was a correct choice for a couple reasons. First, Mr. Miller brought up quite a few questions, but the last ones he posed — “Did the President learn something from his critics? Why cater to foreign customs then and not now? Or are the President’s concerns irrelevant to his wife’s behavior?” — seem particularly important to my generally strategic mind. There was a significant change in the behavior of the president this time around in Saudi Arabia: no bowing. The clothing choice of Mrs. Obama was only part of the “big deal” on this trip, and was quickly observed by a journalist I know. Dustin Hoyt, host of “America Our Way” on Vigilant Liberty Radio was quick to observe something very important about not only the lack of head scarf:


Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. When In Riyadh


Drudge is making a big deal of Michelle Obama’s decision not to hide her hair while in Riyadh with the President. Kudos to the First Lady?

Pretend, for a moment, that the story does not concern two vile people who would sooner spit on you than respect you as a political opponent. What should be the general rule in regard to diplomatic presentation, as opposed to diplomatic content? When in Riyadh, do as the Saudis do? Or dress and behave like an American, always and everywhere?


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Extraordinary Life of Barack Obama’s Imaginary Son


In an upcoming People magazine interview, Barack and Michelle Obama sit down and discuss life as the First Oppressed Couple of the United States. Hoping to shed light and relate to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City, Barack reached into the upstairs White House bedroom of his mind and called upon his famous imaginary son to make an appearance:

The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced,” President Obama said. “It’s one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It’s another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Petitioning the Sovereign


I confess I haven’t really been following the whole Michelle Obama school lunch thing. I get the gist: The First Lady has the USDA revise the standards to make them healthier, but the new guidelines are unrealistic, so kids don’t eat the food (with all the attendant behavioral consequences), and schools complain. I figured that eventually reality will win out over this instance of leftist dogmatism, so why bother paying attention?

Today though, Bridget Johnson at PJ Media had an article that made me do a double-take. The background: Congress is working on a bill to give school districts more flexibility, and Mrs. Obama doesn’t like it. (Again, nothing really surprising here; call me when the USDA loses this fight to the 5th graders.) Mrs. Obama explained her motivation:


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. In Opposition to “Public Service”*


shutterstock_148892384Once upon a time, people made jokes about “government work” being a haven for the venal, the arbitrary, and the unaccountable. Now working in government has become public service, a.k.a. the Noblest Calling. We must stand against this nonsense.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s official WhiteHouse.gov bio says that “before she was a mother—or a wife, lawyer or public servant—she was Fraser and Marian Robinson’s daughter.”


Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. In Defense of Hashtag Campaigns


justsayin-376x330Let me get something out of the way: Hashtag campaigns are stupid. That being said, those who are complaining that this is a weak response to the Nigeria situation are off base. Yes, its asinine. Yes, it’s unseemly. Yes, it’s inappropriate for a First Lady to get caught up in it. And yes, it’s a really bad idea to create a blank slate like the one above an release it on the Internet. But you’re missing the value of the thing.

The way a republic works is:


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The good folks at the Independent Women’s Forum sent a letter the other day to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack expressing concern about the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee becoming overly ideological. Brace yourself: The guidelines recommend taking great care to feed humanity while being mindful of the carbon footprint consuming food requires … no matter the […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Death of Marital Bliss — Michael Stopa


All is not necessarily harmonious in the First Family.

While official Washington has been focused on Euro-Asian wars and airliners gone astray over the Indian Ocean, the wound inflicted by the President’s folderol with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thoring-Schmidt at the Mandela funeral (was that all the way back in December?) seems to have festered. Perhaps there has been other perfectly innocent guy-behavior going on as well. But in any case, if Japanese politicians and The National Enquirer are to be believed (and why wouldn’t they be?), the possibility of divorce in the Obama family looms large.


Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Champagne Toast to the Little People


Question: What cost $315,000 in 2005, increased to $900,000 by 2012, and rocketed up $1.3 million in 2013?

Answer: Uncle Sam’s liquor bill.