Special Report – Is Michelle Obama the new Jackie Kennedy?
I think not.
While recent articles about her $6000 purse (the white house says $875) fall in line with Jackie’s sense of fashion, other similarities do not exist.
Despite growing up poor in a Chicago south side one bedroom apartment, Michelle Obama was given opportunity after opportunity. While her grades would have precluded a white woman of equal standing admission to Princeton and Harvard, her color paved her way. Was she grateful for this opportunity? Not to hear her tell it. In her thesis at Princeton in 1985, she states:
“My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my “Blackness” than ever before. I have found that at Princeton no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my white professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong. Regardless of the circumstances under which I interact with whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be black first and a student second. These experiences have made it apparent to me that the path I have chosen to follow by attending Princeton will likely lead to my further integration and/or assimilation into a white cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant.”
This would make me wonder a couple of things.
First off, was she not grateful at all to receive an education not granted to most other children, no matter what their color? It certainly does not appear so.
Second of all, was it the world against Michelle, or more likely Michelle against the world? Did growing up best friends with Santita Jackson, Jesse Jackson’s daughter, as well as a frequent guest in the Jackson household, alter her perceptions in life so that everything boils down to the poor downtrodden African-American population, no matter what reality actually presented?
While her grades were not good enough to get her into Princeton, her color was perfect. Same goes, no doubt, for her further education at Harvard as well as her placement at prestigious Sidley Austin, as an associate specializing in marketing and intellectual property, where she was the first black employee. Michelle then went on to mentor Barack Obama and the two eventually wed.
After the marriage and the death of her father, Michelle left the law firm and her license to practice is currently listed on the Illinois website as “court ordered non-practice status” as of 1993. She first served as assistant to Chicago mayor Richard M. Daly and later became assistant commissioner of planning and development. She founded Public Allies Chicago, which provided young adults with leadership training for public service careers. She was executive director of a non-profit held up as a model for AmeriCorps by President Bill Clinton.
One may lean toward thinking this is where she became so well acquainted with Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. However, her husband was hired back in 1983 as a community organizer by a disciple of Alinsky’s. In August 2008, Michelle gave a speech in which she quoted directly from Alinsky’s work. She said, “…Barack stood up that day”, in regards to a visit to Chicago neighborhoods, “and spoke words that have stayed with me ever since. He talked about The world as it is and The world as it should be…” … All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won’t do- that we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be. This premise is taken directly from Saul Alinsky’s book Rules for Radicals, Chapter 2.
Perhaps it is from this experience, Michelle became convinced of her blatantly urban, pro central-planning, pro Marxist agenda.
While life continued to offer her opportunity after opportunity, such as the one to join the University of Chicago staff in 1996 as the dean of student services (where she established it’s first community service program), she apparently still was disheartened. She was then named the University of Chicago Hospitals’ executive director of community and external affairs in 2002. When her husband became Illinois State Senator, her salary jumped from $121,900 to $317,000. Not to fear, though, it was good for the University. Barack Obama introduced legislation in 2006 for a $1,000,000 earmark for the hospital.
Despite all the privilege and opportunity afforded Mrs. Obama, she candidly confided to the American public during her husband’s campaign, that for the first time in her adult life, she was proud of her country. Not because they were voting for a black man, but because they were hungry for change.
The first lady’s vision of change was clearly spelled out in other public appearances made during the campaign. She is quoted as viewing Americans as divided and living in isolation with broken souls. She is confident, however, that government is coming to fix us. She’s a big fan of sharing of the pie, which she made brilliantly clear in several of her campaign speeches. In her speech at UCLA she talks at length how her husband is the only person in the campaign suited to save Americans. At USC she says Americans are comfortable living with their misconceptions as it makes us feel comfortable with our ignorance. For some reason, this video did not get the play the others did, thus I am posting it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BogJvgdH6eo In another of her famous campaign speeches, she said the following: “They don’t want the whole pie. There are some who do, but most Americans feel blessed just being able to thrive a little bit. But that is becoming even more out of reach. If we don’t wake up as a nation with a new kind of leadership, for how we want this country to work, then we won’t get universal health care. The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.”
At Jesse Jackson’s 65th birthday party, she was there with her good friend Santita Jackson. In an interview given to Lemon, she was quoted as saying: “I love this man, I grew up in his house. I’ve seen it all. … You know, it’s an honor, I mean, to be compared (Barack to Jesse Jackson)- he’s done it, right? .. Well, we talk to him as much as we can, so a lot of it is just looking and listening and watching and making sure we’re thinking and doing the right thing. But, yes, we will be consulting with him and all the leaders in the community.”
Also, interesting that during the campaign, as Barack criticized Hillary for previously sitting on the Wal-Mart board, Michelle was serving on the board of one of Wal-Mart’s largest suppliers, TreeHouse Foods, Inc. Michelle then immediately cut ties with the company.
So now, after complete dedication to empathetically championing the poor, who can blame her for sporting a $6000 purse, a purebred dog, children attending the finest private schools, six figure out of town dates. She deserves it? Right? She’s worked so hard, for so long, and has received nothing in return. No wonder she’s finally proud of her country.
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