Ex-FLOTUS Aide Reid Cherlin: Michelle Obama Turned East Wing into “Worst Wing”

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Ex-White House Aide Reid Cherlin: Michelle Obama Turned East Wing into “Worst Wing”

Not only are the right wing throwing shade on First Lady Michelle Obama for her China trip (#FLOTUSinChina), a former aide is also throwing shade on FLOTUS.

Reid Cherlin, a former assistant press secretary to Mrs. Obama, wrote in The New Republic that working in the East Wing of the White House has become the “worst wing.” Oh my.

Cherlin wrote, “Perhaps no first lady in recent memory has entered the stately recesses of the East Wing under a higher burden of expectation than Michelle Obama.” He also noted that the strains on the first lady placed great burdens on her communications staff. He said he and his co-workers were unprepared for how hard the work would become and that FLOTUS’ office had evolved into a “confining, frustrating, even miserable place to work.”

Cherlin wrote that staffers were able to gauge their value to the office based on how often they were granted access to meet with her directly. He said, when a staffer was invited to attend a meeting with Michelle Obama, it became a “vital status symbol, a way for staffers to measure their worth.”

Um, so I am guessing Reid Cherlin wasn’t one of those staffers who got one-on-one meetings with Michelle Obama, hence the shade being thrown, right?

[H/T NY Daily News]

 

SMH: ABC News’ Jonathan Karl Asks Who Paid for Michelle Obama’s 50th Birthday Party

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SMH: ABC News’ Jonathan Karl Asks Who Paid for Michelle Obama’s 50th Birthday Party

The fascination by some in the media with everything Michelle Obama does, including her 50th birthday party, is just sickening. ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney for an estimate of the party’s cost and if President Obama covered the costs.

The First Lady’s birthday party, which took placeSaturday night at the White House, was hotly anticipated by the mainstream press, but was also the subject of criticism from some quarters. Her birthday also raised questions from Fox News’Ed Henry a few weeks ago, when he wondered if taxpayers would be footing the bill for the First Lady’s extended vacation in Hawaii. At Wednesday’s daily briefing, Jon Karl picked up that thread, asking Carney “The first lady had her 50th birthday party, and I believe you said the president picks up the cost for that party?”

“I think we put out information — I don’t have it here — I would refer you to the East Wing,” Carney replied.

“I was just wondering if you have an estimate on what the cost was,” Karl followed up.

“I don’t,” Carney replied, “but I would refer you.”

A White House official tells Mediaite that “The President threw the First Lady a dance party last Saturday for her 50th birthday. It was a private gathering of family and friends and was paid for by the President.” Source: Mediaite

I can’t recall hearing any journalists asking press secretaries about Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan or Roslyn Carter’s birthday parties at the White House. When will the witch hunt against Michelle Obama end?

First Lady Michelle Obama Posts First Instagram from Senegal (Photo)

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First Lady Michelle Obama Posts First Instagram from Senegal (Photo) (Instagram)

First Lady Michelle Obama posts her first Instagram photo, making her debut on the photo-sharing network.

Michelle Obama can be seen in the photo, posing with her daughters as well as several other women in Senegal.

She wrote on the photo’s caption:  “My first instagram! So inspired and so impressed by these extraordinary young women. -mo #FLOTUSinAfrica.”

First Lady Michelle Obama Tells Heckler at DC Fundraiser, “You Can Take the Mic, But I’m Leaving”

First Lady Michelle Obama confronted a heckler during a fundraiser in California and the right wing freak out has begun. Let me backtrack a little….

Mrs. Obama was interrupted by a heckler at a campaign fundraiser in Washington D. C. Tuesday. The woman was yelling that President Obama should sign an executive order on gay rights, Politico reports. Mrs. O wasn’t having any of this nonsense, saying, “One of the things I don’t do well is this” and she moved from the lectern towards the woman. She then reportedly said, you can “listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.” Of course, the audience came to hear the First Lady speak. The heckler was escorted out of the room and Mrs. Obama continued her speech.

Now the comments left on Politico are just plain idiotic. Some referenced Laura Bush, saying she would have more tact if she was heckled. Um, first of all, Laura Bush probably wouldn’t be caught at a fundraiser in the home of two lesbians. Look at the Republicans’ track record on gay rights and you’ll find any comment about Laura Bush being in a similar situation laughable at best. The usual chorus of right wing Haterade drinkers are out in force from Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy to the Daily Caller and Weasel Zippers. The comments are just incredulous.

The heckler was identified by Heather Cronk as Ellen Sturtz, an activist with her pro-LGBT group GetEQUAL. She said Sturtz was calling for an executive order to prohibit sex discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The right wing freak-0ut is also over the White House reportedly scrubbing the exchange from its transcript.

I am sorry, but there’s a time and place for everything. Michelle Obama isn’t an elected official. She is the president’s wife. She is merely a figurehead. I am pretty sure if this woman had asked instead of resorting to rude interruption, Michelle Obama may have granted her a moment to listen after the speech. Ellen Sturtz isn’t a college student. She’s an older woman who should have used better judgment. She was rude and bombastic enough to think she was doing some good.

 

Michelle Obama Urges Eastern Kentucky Graduates to Seek Out Those with Different Beliefs

First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement address at Eastern Kentucky University, urging the graduates to reach out to people with different political beliefs, saying it would the country would benefit from the conversations.

She also urged them to attend churches with different denominations than their own saying they might hear something in a sermon “that stays with you.” She also said they would learn something if they reached out “with an open mind and an open heart.” Great words of wisdom, but we know the right wingnuts will take her statements out of context to mean she’s trying to force them to go to church. Crazy, but in the eyes of people like Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin, Mrs. Obama can do no right.

There’s nothing wrong with speaking to someone with a different political ideology. You would be surprised to learn that you may find some common ground.

It may have seemed odd to some people that Michelle Obama delivered a speech in a state that overwhelmingly voted against her husband in the presidential election. The White House reached out to Eastern Kentucky because of its outstanding support towards veterans and their efforts to educate them.

 

 

Michelle Obama to Attend Fundraiser with NBA’s First Openly Gay Player Jason Collins

First Lady Michelle Obama to attend fundraiser with NBA’s first openly gay player Jason Collins. Wow, that was fast. Sorry, but this is just pure politics.

First lady Michelle Obama will attend a fundraiser later this month with Jason Collins, the NBA player who last week became the first openly gay athlete on a major men’s U.S. sports team.

The May 29 fundraiser will be held in New York City for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and will honor the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, a DNC official told The Hill on Monday. Source

I believe Mrs. Obama is being very sincere, but the timing for the fundraiser raises eyebrows. Watch the right wing go nuts over this…..

Michelle Obama Says “Hadiya Pendleton Was Me, And I Was Her” at Chicago Fundraising Luncheon

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Michelle Obama Says “Hadiya Pendleton Was Me, And I Was Her” at Chicago Fundraising Luncheon

A new right wing freak-out is coming over First Lady Michelle Obama’s comments, “Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her.” Of course, they will throw in President Obama’s comment if he had a son he would look like Trayvon Martin. You recall that right wing freak out, right?

“Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her,” Obama said at a fundraising lunch for a public-private partnership aimed at giving support to young Chicagoans and making neighborhoods safer. “But I got to grow up and go to Princeton and Harvard Law School and have a career and family and the most blessed life I could ever imagine.”

“And Hadiya? Oh, we know that story,” she said, recounting the life that took the 15-year-old to Washington for President Obama’s Inauguration one week and dead on the South Side of Chicago the next. Source

First Lady Michelle Obama Flubs During Interview, Describes Herself as a “Busy Single Mother”

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First Lady Michelle Obama Flubs During Interview, Describes Herself as a “Busy Single Mother”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First Lady Michelle Obama flubs and describes herself as a “busy single mother,” during an interview with Burlington, VT, CBS affiliate WCAX. It should be noted that Mrs. Obama corrected herself, explaining,”Sometimes when you’ve got the husband who’s president, it can feel a little single, but he’s there.”

Of course, we know Michelle Obama isn’t a “single mother” but let’s not interrupt the freak-out from The Drudge Report and other right wing sites. God forbid she should ever misspeak. I am pretty sure Laura Bush had some of those moments when she felt she was a “busy single mother.” Especially those times when their daughters were bar-hopping and using fake IDs.

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President Obama says Kamala Harris ‘best looking attorney general’ in US. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Er, this comes as President Obama called California Attorney General Kamala Harris the ‘best looking attorney general in the country.” The Drudge Report is running with it. Some call it patronizing. Others say its misogynistic. Um, he may have some explaining to do to Michelle Obama.

“You have to be careful to, first of all, say she is brilliant and she is dedicated and she is tough, and she is exactly what you’d want in anybody who is administering the law, and making sure that everybody is getting a fair shake.  She also happens to be by far the best-looking attorney general in the country — Kamala Harris is here.”

“It’s true! C’mon,” he said as the crowd laughed, according to a report provided by a print reporter at the home of John Goldman, an heir to the Levi-Strauss fortune.

UPDATE#1 (04/05/13): President Obama called Kamala Harris last night to apologize for calling her the ‘best looking attorney general’ in the US

Michelle Obama flubs:

 First Lady Michelle Obama Flubs During Interview, Describes Herself as a Busy Single Mother

Michelle Obama Strikes a Pose on Cover of Vogue Magazine’s April Issue

*Michelle Obama will be on the cover of the April issue of Vogue magazine and she looks spectacular. The Washington Post reports the photo was shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. Mrs. O wore a blue Reed Krakoff sheath dress that she took from her own closet.

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Michelle Obama Strikes a Pose on Cover of Vogue Magazine’s April Issue (Photo credit: Vogue)

Here’s an excerpt of FLOTUS cover story — “Leading by Example:  First Lady Michelle Obama:”

One morning in late January, I am standing at one end of the grand red-carpeted corridor that runs through the center of the White House, when suddenly the First Lady appears at the other. “Heeeee’s comin’,” she says of her husband’s imminent arrival. “He’s coming down the stairs now.” The president is on his way from the residence above, and just a split second before he appears, the First Lady, in a midnight-blue Reed Krakoff sleeveless dress and a black kitten heel, slips into the tiniest bit of a surprisingly good soft-shoe, and then the two of them walk arm in arm into the Red Room to sit for a portrait by Annie Leibovitz. The photographer has her iPod playing the Black Eyed Peas song “Where Is the Love?” It is a mid-tempo hip-hop lament about the problematic state of the world. As the First Lady and an aide laugh together over some inside joke, the president starts nodding his head to the beat: “Who picked the music? I love this song.”

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I’m gettin’ older, y’all, people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin’
Selfishness got us followin’ the wrong direction

A few minutes later, Leibovitz has the president sit in a comfortable chair and then directs the First Lady to perch on the arm. At one point, the First Lady puts her hand on top of his and, instinctively, he wraps his fingers around her thumb. “There’s a lot of huggin’ going on,” says Leibovitz, and everyone laughs. “You’re a very different kind of president and First Lady.”

Read the full story and see more pictures from Michelle Obama in Vogue Magazine.

Right Wing Freak-Out Over Michelle Obama Calling for Exercise, Balanced Diet for American Dogs

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Right Wing Freak-Out Over Michelle Obama Calling for Exercise, Balanced Diet for American Dogs

Fresh off a full frontal assault from the right wing, First Lady Michelle Obama is once again in the firing zone, with new criticism for reminding her Google Hangout audience that dogs need a proper diet and exercise, just like children do. Um, I’m sorry, but I guess I am missing the indoctrination part of all this. I don’t believe what she said is incorrect, so why all the fuss? Oh, wait, it came from Michelle Obama.

The First Lady admitted that President Obama liked to tease their own dog, “Bo” for being lazy, but that they encouraged her girls to take him on walks.

“Dogs are no different,” Michelle Obama explained to a woman on the chat. “You want to make sure they are eating a balanced diet, and if they are not an active dog, make sure that their food is reflective of an inactive dog and then get them out there and throw that ball and get them running.” The First Lady added that it was important to “worry about every member of our family.” Source

The Drudge Report just couldn’t resist, leading with the caption — “Michelle Goes to the Dogs.” Birther rag, World Net Daily is in the throes of convulsions.