One of the awful things about Obama’s Presidency has been watching the absolute hatred and vitriol directed at First Lady Michelle Obama. It’s puzzling, because Michelle Obama is a completely straightforward person. She is the last person I would suspect of having a hidden agenda. I think what you see with Michelle Obama is what you get.
Michelle Obama’s life so far is remarkable or odd or unusual only in that’s she’s been successful at everything she’s done, and she’s done a lot. Most people fail at something or other in their personal or professional lives, and she hasn’t. She’s remarkably…admirable. Other than that, she’s blunt and plain-spoken and not at all mysterious or exotic.
Paid conservative pundits and media personalities, including professional grifter Sarah Palin, have created a wholly fictional Michelle Obama, a malicious monster that no sane and rational person recognizes.
Which is why I was amused to read that the wives of two Republican midwestern governors have adopted versions of Michelle Obama’s supposedly wildly controversial and Stalinesque health and fitness initiative:
Tonette Walker’s role as Wisconsin’s first lady has been slow to evolve, overshadowed by the controversy swirling around her husband’s tumultuous months since being sworn in as governor in January. But she emerged from Scott Walker’s shadow this month when she ventured onto the trails of a state park to launch her initiative promoting a healthy lifestyle and the Badger State’s natural beauty. She was motivated to initiate her “Walk with Walker” program because she is a diabetic and therefore knows the importance of exercise.
Isn’t “Tonette Walker” the perfect name to have when you’re promoting walking for fitness? She gets points for that alone.
Karen Kasich, wife of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, dribbled a basketball awkwardly by her own admission in a gym full of about 70 children as part of the University of Toledo’s National Youth Sports Program. Mrs. Kasich, who is physically active herself — she ran a marathon last year — talked to the campers about staying healthy and preparing for their futures before hopping onto the court “I’m sure [the children] enjoyed it,” Mrs. Kasich said. “It was probably rather humorous. Basketball is not my sport; I learned a new move.”
Mrs. Kasich called childhood obesity an epidemic and stressed the importance of exploring new sports that will keep children moving. She also told the children to choose healthful options when eating, and to “just say no” to drugs.
Let’s be brutally honest, Mrs. Kasich, this is “Let’s Move” without attribution. Would have been generous to give Michelle a little credit, but I suppose that’s politically untenable.
Why do conservatives object to Michelle Obama promoting health and fitness, yet not object to the wives of two far-Right midwestern governors promoting health and fitness?
I’ll leave you with paid conservative propogandist and media professional Megyn Kelly, who asked some hard-hitting questions on this issue:
KELLY: You know, here’s my question for you, this is why I raised it — I understand politics are politics, right? People don’t like who they don’t like. But why so much criticism on the First Lady? Why so much focus on this First Lady?
KELLY: Is it something about Michelle Obama? Has she been more vocal on policy? Is it those comments that she made during the campaign that were controversial about being proud of her country for the first time that people are holding against her? What do you think it is? Because we didn’t hear this about Laura Bush.
Good question, Megyn! No, we didn’t hear this about Laura Bush. But you’re directing the question at the wrong person, Megyn. It isn’t Michelle Obama’s job to explain why the entire Right wing media enterprise find her so objectionable. We, and she, don’t know what the hell your problem is with the First Lady. We can’t figure it out.
Instead, Megyn, conservatives might want to try a thought experiment, and look inward. This poison you’re all spewing is coming from you, not from anything Michelle Obama has done. That’s now completely clear, thanks to the wives of two far-Right governors in the midwest who are both doing exactly what Michelle Obama does. Weirdly, they’re not considered at all controversial.