The malcontent at the summit
(Update, 6:40 p.m.: as reported in The Daily News, the French government denies the claim that Michelle called being First Lady of the U.S. “hell.” It also denies the The Mail’s report that the book making the claim was written with Carla Bruni’s participation.)
Reported in the Mail:
Michelle Obama thinks being America’s First Lady is ‘hell’, Carla Bruni reveals today in a wildly indiscreet book.Michelle’s remark that being First Lady is “hell” instantly reminded me of two things. First, of her feelings about being at Princeton, where, notwithstanding the fact that she was the recipient of benefits that were utterly closed to any white student with the same grades and scores, and notwithstanding the fact that, as she herself admitted in her senior thesis which was on this very subject, there was no racial discrimination against her of any kind, she was deeply ill-at-ease, filled with resentment at some non-specific and unexpressed white attitude that made her feel out of place as a black at Princeton. May we not conclude that she also feels out of place as black First Lady of the U.S.? In both instances, the more the society favors her, the more she resents it and feels alienated from it.
Second, her statement that it is “hell” to be in the White House reminded me of something said by a conference of Afrocentric high school teachers in the early 1990s:
“We, the African community, in the hells of North America, do pledge our minds, our selves, and our bodies to further the struggle.”
For race conscious blacks, to live in a white majority society with a white-defined majority culture will always be hell. For such blacks, the only way to end the hell is to destroy America as a white majority society with a white-defined majority culture.
Richard S. writes:
Why is Michelle Obama in hell? Because she has to stifle. As First Lady she has to present to the world at least a semblance of graciousness. No longer can she hate on whitey overtly, verbally.LA replies:
I agree, with the quibble that I wouldn’t say that she “hates whitey.” I’d say she has a deep resentment of whitey.Sophia A. writes:
I want to say a word in defense of Michelle Obama. In the same way that even paranoids can have enemies, Michelle Obama isn’t wrong to feel insecure in her job (for it is a job) as First Lady. Not so deep down, she realizes that she’s not the stunning fashion icon the press regularly makes her out to be. She’s just a regular woman, with her figure flaws, and awkward dress sense. And she’s black, with a huge arse and steel wool for hair that requires constant straightening and tending.LA replies:
Good points.Gary Moe writes:
Mrs. Obama may not have made the comment, but it certainly sounds in character. Consider the following: she has two small children, is the sort who probably needs a lot of “me time,” and is a ceremonial figurehead for a people she doesn’t like, doesn’t understand, and has nothing in common with, i.e. Americans.Jim C. writes:
What I find repulsive is the unprofessionalism of the comment. And I think that both Barry and Michelle are aware of their AA credentials, so it’s no wonder that defensive Barry tends to jut his jaw around real Harvard graduates. Barry’s no JFK, and Michelle is no Barbara Bush—lol.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 16, 2010 05:47 PM | Send