‘those who insult her insult us all’

Kathleen Parker: …..If the first lady isn’t angry, she certainly has every right to be …. Like every woman I know, black or white, I’ve watched Mrs. Obama with respect, admiration and arm-envy. Every woman. We talk about her unique role in American history, and we are proud and impressed…..

Thus, the recent discussion about Mrs. Obama’s manner and temperament, thanks to Jodi Kantor’s new book, “The Obamas,” is maddening …. It may be easy for fortunate whites to say they’ve always been proud of America, though they’re probably lying. It is less easy for someone whose ancestors were slaves and whose own parents remember when blacks couldn’t vote and were lynched for trying in some parts of the country. Given that history, one can forgive a few ill-chosen words uttered in an emotional moment.

But no. Mrs. Obama has been paying for her remarks ever since. If she isn’t smiling at the camera or looking riveted by every instant of her public life, she’s an angry woman.

Despite the pain these critiques cause Mrs. Obama and other African American women who identify with her, I do believe that these feelings are not particularly widespread. Most see the first lady as she is: a beautiful, gracious, intelligent, elegant, devoted wife and mother of whom we can be proud.

Those who insult her insult us all, and, yes, we should be angry.

Full article here

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196 Responses to “‘those who insult her insult us all’”

  1. 1 Britt
    January 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Please donate to one of “our” PACS 1911.


    • 2 DreamChaser57
      January 13, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      Congrats on being *FIRST* and being way too focused to care! 😀
      Cannot donate now, but I’ve bookmarked the page and will soon. Things are a bit tight right now for our family – like so many other American families, but I am committed to make sure a portion of our income is devoted to making this country and by extension the world a better place, even if it’s a few dollars. So much is at stake come November, none of us can afford the naiveté of thinking it is enough to get PBO re-elected. The type of purposeful and malicious obstruction we’ve seen in this Congress is unprecedented, essentially uncharted waters. We must give PBO the tools to succeed. First and foremost, in my estimation, a supportive Congress.

  2. 3 desertflower
    January 13, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Beautiful Michelle. Inside and out.

    • 4 JoJothecat
      January 14, 2012 at 10:04 am

      She is a beautiful soul. I never noticed how beautiful her eyes were and this picture shows that. I am so glad America is seeing what most of us already knew…how strong, supportive, and beautiful black women are.

  3. 5 desertflower
    January 13, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    There’s always this….


    Romney’s wealth makes him one of the 3,140 wealthiest people in the country — that’s the richest 0.001 percent of Americans.

    That’s right, the would-be Republican nominee is among the richest .001 percent.

    This WILL be a weakness by the time this thing is over.

  4. 6 Proud Former White House Intern
    January 13, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I love the article.

  5. 8 rikyrah
    January 13, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I am very happy at the outpouring of protection for FLOTUS.

    PS-how many followers does FLOTUS have now? has she passed Willard?

    • January 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Me, too.

      FLOTUS: 272,085

      Romney: 250,483

      POTUS: 11,903,535

    • 11 anniebella
      January 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      I love the article, you speak the truth. Jodi Kantor don’t know who she is messing with, she is going to wish she had went on and did a book about Cindy McCain, and left our FLOTUS alone.

      • January 13, 2012 at 9:59 pm

        I doubt it annieb. All this free publicity will send it into a second printing. The modern equivalent to The National Enquirer and we know how folks clamored after that rag.

        • 13 LOL
          January 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm

          Not so much yardarm…Its dropping fast on Amazon. It’s now at #37..it was recently top 10.

          • 14 jacquelineoboomer
            January 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm

            Good news!

          • January 13, 2012 at 10:25 pm

            Do tell? That’s good news. i wish the Kantor babe well. i’m lyin’.

          • 18 DreamChaser57
            January 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm

            Excellent news! I might even write the Washington Post to let them know that I feel this damages the paper’s credibility. I believe that Kantor is a reporter or columnist. What she did is akin to entrapment, engaging the closest confidantes and trusted advisors of the First Couple and sifting through all of the well-meaning commentary to find morsels of dirt is unethical. Reporters are supposed to be neutral, impartial, and their stories fact-driven. This book is rubbish. I feel Kantor’s professional integrity is irreparably harmed and she should be relegated to the OpEd section of the paper along with other aspiring hacks.
            I also wonder who is the publisher of this book? Did they alone pay her advance? Who sits at the helm of the publisher’s leadership? Any known people from the Right?

            • 19 Judith Fardig
              January 14, 2012 at 12:20 am

              New York Times, not Washington Post, has so-called reporter Jodi Kantor associated with their paper. We should all complain to the NYT about the downward slide of standards for integrity and investigative reporting indicated by Ms. Kantor’s gossipy book.

              I turned the book upside down and backwards on the shelf at Powell’s Books in Portland today as a non-violent protest.

  6. January 13, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    WOW. And from Kathleen Parker, no less.

    Mrs. O’s existence can never be tarnished by anyone. She is beyond reproach. We each and every one of us love her dearly for who she is, for what she has sacrificed and for what she is giving to our country every day.

    • 26 vitaminlover
      January 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Amen, meta, amen!!

    • 27 isonprize
      January 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      um (whispering in meta’s ear…) who is Kathleen Parker?

      • 28 LOL
        January 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm

        She is a conservative writer for the Washington Post. However, I find her fair. She called out Palin for her vapidity before everyone else saw it. She had a show with Elliot Spitzer on CNN but it got canceled.

        • 29 Chi
          January 14, 2012 at 1:01 am

          ‘Fair’ would be pushing it…

          I can’t really get very excited about Kathleen Parker writing this fairly positive defense of our amazing First Lady…

          I’ve found that in a bid to embrace the rare fair and positive reporting on our magnificent President and First Lady, we sometimes tend to fall for the okey dokey and speak and praise too soon, those who have actually unnecessarily fueled some of this fire to begin with…

          As I posted on an earlier post, I remain extremely suspicious and cautious about and with those who shower praise on Mrs Obama while demeaning and personally attacking and denigrating her husband the President…

          I find it hard to believe that Mrs Obama is heartened by this article written in support of her by Kathleen Parker who has written articles solely attacking her husband on a very personal level, including innuendo filled ones that question his manhood…

          Sorry but these gestures from the Kathleen Parker’s of the world ring too hollow…

          • January 14, 2012 at 5:07 am

            I agree with you entirely on this and wonder at the comment ‘a few ill chosen words’. What does that mean? We all have moments of national pride, when we feel that our country has shown its best by moving beyond a certain boundary. Acknowledging the moment shows a deep sensitivity and awareness that we are not always perfect but sometimes we rise to perfection. No one would comment if a team player said the same thing about a USA win in international competition for example.

          • 31 Sue in Minnesota
            January 14, 2012 at 11:24 am

            This reflects my own feelings as well. Gayle King gave the FLOTUS an opportunity to respond to “the controversy”….IMO Michelle’s response was genuine, straightforward and honest. I consider her word the last word. KP’s supportive reaction to the FLOTUS is appreciated, and hopefully reflects the sentiment of the majority of Americans who are paying attention to this particular story, but Michelle’s expressions are what matters most to me with respect to this conversation.

      • 32 desertflower
        January 13, 2012 at 9:59 pm

        opinionator at the Washington Post…often seen on Tweedy’s Sunday show.

    • January 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Meta, you nailed it. This is beautifully, beautifully stated. Thank you.

      January 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm


    • 35 utaustinliberal
      January 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      My senitments exactly Meta.My jaw dropped when I saw Kathleen Parker’s name attached to the by-line. Normally she’s so anti-Obama, that it’s nauseating.

  7. 36 rikyrah
    January 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Romney’s Empathy Problem

    A reader writes:

    I’ve been thinking about this for a few weeks, and it really crystalized with the video you posted earlier, in which Romney accuses his opponents of envy. Mitt Romney’s fundamental electoral problem is that he comes off as a complete asshole.

    He’s got all the characteristic asshole qualities: a dismissive, contemptuous attitude towards rivals; lack of any evident feeling or empathy; a completely transparent willingness to say whatever voters want to hear in any given situation; arrogance; untrustworthyness; smarminess – you name it, he exudes it.

    To a certain degree, I imagine nearly all politicians are assholes, but the successful ones find a way to deflect it. Obama is very good with self-depreciation. Dubya had a down home, “have a beer with him” demeanor. Clinton exuded warmth and interest. Romney just comes off like a prick in a suit and hasn’t found any way that I’ve seen to exhibit any self-awareness around this.

    At a time in which people are angry and frustrated, this dude is wearing a “kick me” sign and doesn’t seem to know it. Can you imagine anyone thinking, “That Mitt Romney, he really cares about us”? That is why the Bain stuff is so devastating – it gives a form to this rather evident but hard to pin down quality about him: that he seems like just a total asshole.


  8. 42 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    #LandslideOBAMA2012 Yes WE Must

  9. 44 Lightfoot
    January 13, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Mm, mm, mm!! Even through the picture the First Lady exudes intelligence, elegance, and absolute beauty!! One major sign that
    Barack Obama is highly, highly, intelligent is by observing the woman he chose for a wife!! Woo, wee! (drool).

    • 45 Gramiam44
      January 14, 2012 at 3:59 am

      Not only did President Obama choose himself an awesome wife, but the evidence is clear that they have both been working at it with great enthusiasm ever since. That marriage is evidence of a MONSTER work ethic. Nice to know he puts that much effort into his job as well! We have had some very formidable First Ladies over the years, but Michelle Obama has to be counted among the best.

  10. January 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    In a suburban Virginia living room, Earline Coe, solid Democrat and Obama loyalist, dials again.

    “Hello, may I speak with Ellen?” she says, tapping a pen on a long list of names.

    It is supposed to be a good list, one generated by the Obama campaign’s data wonks in Chicago, who have sorted their files of millions of voters and identified these as likely recruits in a renewed version of the vaunted grass-roots operation that propelled Obama’s 2008 victory.

    All that’s needed now are yeses, which is what five women are trying to get at a phone bank on this Wednesday evening, especially Coe, who now has Ellen on the line.


    • 48 DreamChaser57
      January 14, 2012 at 12:06 am

      I know a lot of you out there are active in getting PBO re-elected, so I thought I pose this question to all of you. I want to do some phone banking from home. I have unlimited long distance on my home landline phone. Not so much with the mobile. Those of you who phone bank, do you block your number? Do you use a calling card? I hate the idea of calling someone else’s home with my number blocked. It seems rude almost. If you leave your number unblocked, do you get called back at all times of the night. Ever ran into a crazie who called you back…LOL. Thoughts?

      • 49 Judith Fardig
        January 14, 2012 at 12:26 am

        I use my cell and don’t block my number. People are more likely to pick up the phone and talk with you if you don’t. Sometimes they call me back, and so far, all have been pleasant. They just need to be heard and coaxed back into the fold if they think it’s too early to volunteer. It isn’t! Good for you for doing virtual phone banking.

      • 50 taiping1
        January 14, 2012 at 1:04 am

        I phone banked to Nevada last weekend. Although we did not leave messages someone called me later in the day and agreed to go to the caucus. So it helps not to have it blocked. I never pick up the phone if the number is blocked.

      • 51 Chi
        January 14, 2012 at 1:06 am

        Like Judith, I too use my cell phone unblocked when I’ve phone-banked…

        Never had a call back and like Judith writes, people tend to pick up if you call from an unblocked number…

        Calling cards are an option of course, but do know that most now also show the number from which you use the card…

      • 52 JoJothecat
        January 14, 2012 at 10:14 am

        In 2008 and 2010 I used my cell phone because I have unlimited calls over the weekend. My cell number is not blocked and people called me back but never left messages. I don’t use my cell very much during the week since it is used mostly when I am traveling or away from home.

        • January 14, 2012 at 10:25 am

          Goood Morning everyone…

          hey JoJo

          hmmmm…i have a cell that i only use when i am away from home as well…..but i can get unlimited on the weekends as well…that is a great idea…

      • January 14, 2012 at 8:08 pm

        Hello DreamChaser57,

        If you are associated with OFA, you should check with the organization because they may have cell phones that they can loan you to make calls from your home. I volunteer with OFA, and we can check out cell phones for phone banking. Now, I have not checked any cell phones out as of yet. We are organized into teams, and we do plan to use the cell phone loan program very soon. I am not sure if this is a national policy, but it cannot hurt to ask the OFA in your location. Phone banking is an important element of all of our efforts to re-elect President Obama. Usually, OFA provides a script for you to use with the cell phone, and also, a list of calls that need to be made. To answer you inquiries about crazies calling you back, I have not had a crazy person call back when I have phone banked at the DNC. However, sometimes people do call back just to find out who is calling them. They have all been civil, so far.

  11. 61 eveingeorgia
    January 13, 2012 at 10:04 pm


    Kathleen Parker is a conservative opinion columnist for the Washington Post. For a while she co-hosted a show on CNN with Elliot Spitzer.

    To get this kind of reaction from her FOR Michelle Obama was one big rubber-necking moment for me!

    I would have expected her to write something like “Get over it, Michelle.” or something to that effect. MO must have some big impact for this southern, conservative woman to speak out for her like this. I hope Ms. Parker has a diary family like this. She’s going to need some new friends, I suspect.

    • 62 isonprize
      January 13, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks Eveand to all who enlightened me. Maybe Kathleen Parker sees what we see and she has sense enough to just say it.

    • January 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      I’m actually not surprised Kathleen Parker wrote that. I’m surprised she wrote anything at all. I don’t think of her as one of those other right wingers but I never really believed she had the moral courage to defend FLOTUS in any way.

      • 64 L3
        January 13, 2012 at 10:54 pm

        I agree. I seem to recall she wrote the article implying PBO lied about his mother’s battles with her insurance company when she was dying of cancer. She wrote that trash almost 21/2 years into PBO’s presidency. What was the point?

    • 65 Cha
      January 14, 2012 at 12:12 am

      I know, eviengeorgia! It was surreal. It’s really nice to see Michelle Obama having that effect on others such as Ms Parker as she does on me. “those who insult her insult us all”..INDEED!

      • January 14, 2012 at 12:40 am

        you know what? I didn’t know about her until now but reading your comments makes me think that I’m going to email this lady and tell her good job for doing the right thing.

  12. 67 Jessica
    January 13, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Its payday and I bought the Beyonce Runway to Win shirt! I’m fired up and ready to go. Can’t wait till the Obama classic!!!

  13. 75 Deagara
    January 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Huff Post wanted people to see the partial video of Soledad O’Brien interview with Jodi Kantor which was in Kantor’s favor but when I went on Mediaite website they have the second video where Soledad hammered Jodi Kantor hard on the controversial book on the Obama. Check it out . It was great TV:


    • 76 Betsy
      January 14, 2012 at 1:52 am

      Can’t stand Kantor’s voice. Ugh. Immediately my hackles went up; she comes across as so patronizing…

      • 77 JoJothecat
        January 14, 2012 at 10:25 am

        Me too, I can’t stand to hear her voice. She sounds like Eric Cantor and Kim Kardashian…both have those whinny voices. Yuk!

    • 79 desertflower
      January 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      My husband and I plan to start writing a regular series of LTE’s for our local newspaper re the accomplishments of the ACA. Your research will save hours of time. Thank you for compiling and sharing this important information.

      This is what one person posted on TiMT’s blog….great idea, and one that we should all incorporate into our state efforts 🙂

  14. 82 desertflower
    January 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    My dear Chips…..you’re getting mighty close to the 7,000,000 mark>>>>>>>> 🙂 We’ll have to have a party when you do!

  15. January 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    More Bush years horror show, this one with dangerous consequences:

    False Flag
    A series of CIA memos describes how Israeli Mossad agents posed as American spies to recruit members of the terrorist organization Jundallah to fight their covert war against Iran.


  16. 89 jacquelineoboomer
    January 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I’m not sure this has been posted yet, but wanted to pass it around.

    You recall the small group of women in Peoria, Illinois, from a group called the Colored Ladies Book Club. They backed out of the annual MLK Birthday event at the Peoria Civic Center because Tavis Smiley was the keynoter, saying they would donate the $40 cost of the luncheon to the President’s campaign. Following that, many others said they would boycott the event, so the event planners withdrew his invite. One of the book club members, Barbara Penelton (a retired professor at Bradley University), wrote an op-ed in the Peoria Journal Star newspaper about Smiley. I’m thinking this may be happening to him around the country, because he’s trying to say now that he “supports” PBO and will vote for him. Rubbish. Anyway, here’s a topical article on Smiley, which mentions the Peoria event at the end … and I love this part:

    “Stay tuned for more debate: Penelton says she has accepted an invitation to be a guest on the ‘Smiley & West’ public radio show on Tuesday.”

    Good for her! She seems as though she’s ready to … er … clear the air. 🙂


  17. 99 L3
    January 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I posted this comment here last night and thought I’d post it again because it seems like Ms. Parker was reading my mind.

    What I find really odd is when a black person is labeled an angry black woman(or man), it implies either they have no reason to be legitimately angry, if indeed they are or that they should somehow feel ashamed or defensive about feeling angry. Shaming someone into denying that anger is a way of absolving this country and its racist past, present and likely future of any complicity or blame for black anger. I mean hey, America has been so kind and generous to black people since our forced arrival in the bottom of slave ships. What could we possibly have to be angry about? Slavery? The 3/5ths Compromise? Jim Crow? Last hired, first fired? Institutionalized racism? Police brutality? Voter disenfranchisement? The breathtaking racism and disrespect directed at our first black President and his family?

    I guess we just don’t know how good we have it here. Oh well.

  18. 101 rikyrah
    January 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    MSNBC’s Jonathan Alter Backs Himself into Twitterverse Corner w/ His Remarks About Michelle Obama

    There go those “3rd-party” journalists again trying to get into Michelle Obama’s head. Well, the First Lady isn’t having it, and neither are some determined tweeters who have made their home on Twitter. The latest journo to feel the wrath of the Obamas’ invisible online warriors is MSNBC’s news analyst Jonathan Alter, a pundit who’s come out in support of Jodi Kantor’s recently released book “The Obamas.” With each day’s revelations, the “biography” appears to be a work of fiction, falsely alleging serious tensions in the Obama White House and painting Mrs. Obama as an “Angry Black Woman.”

    Ironically, news analyst Alter has come to the defense of Ms. Kantor, claiming her book is positive and suggesting that Mrs. Obama ought to get used to that idea and feel good about it. Alter further argues that the First Lady “shouldn’t trash a book she hasn’t read.” Meanwhile, it seems Alter feels its okay that Kantor subliminally trashes the Obamas. But a determined posse of tweeters is lashing back at Alter arguing that the Obamas — specifically Michelle — were trashed first, and by a “journalist” who boldly and carelessly wrote an unauthorized biography filled with lies and innuendos after interviewing the couple for only a mere 24 minutes in 2009.

    The play-by-play action in this Chirpstory script features an adamant journalist–Jonathan Alter–who seems unwilling to back away from his words but who finds himself on the defensive end of his own tweets. Meanwhile , a group of determined tweeters are now getting into Alter’s head and turning the journalist’s own words against him. Now who’s the real wordsmith here: the journalist or the tweeters? You be the judge.


    • 102 jacquelineoboomer
      January 13, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Saw some of that on Twitter earlier, and I just love it.

    • 103 DreamChaser57
      January 14, 2012 at 12:50 am

      In some ways I’m a dinosaur, resistant to the enchanting charms of Twitter, Linked In, & Facebook. Yet, I must say I now am a Twitter cheerleader! The news is not going to be the same. Analysis, hosts, reporters and the like are not going to be able to spew sensationalistic and divisive drivel – and continue to live and operate in an ideological vacuum where there’s no accountability to the public.
      On a thinly related note, does it seem like there is an incredibly long winding line of people attempting to tell the FIRST couple what to do and how to do it? Some of that comes with the territory of being a public servant, let alone the leader of the free world.
      Yet, I wonder if that is not another incarnation of veiled racism and/or sexism, to ascribe child like qualities to PBO and FLOTUS – people who are balanced, focused, articulate, intelligent, grounded, and self-actualized. For Jonathan Alter to have said FLOTUS should not have commented on Kantor’s book without reading it. That’s absolutely preposterous. Is one of the fundamental and quintessentially American freedoms of free speech not apply to FLOTUS?

      • 104 Chi
        January 14, 2012 at 4:11 am

        …does it seem like there is an incredibly long winding line of people attempting to tell the FIRST couple what to do and how to do it? Some of that comes with the territory of being a public servant, let alone the leader of the free world.
        Yet, I wonder if that is not another incarnation of veiled racism and/or sexism, to ascribe child like qualities to PBO and FLOTUS – people who are balanced, focused, articulate, intelligent, grounded, and self-actualized…

        You are absolutely spot on and that is why we push back against those who purport to know best what & how the Obamas ought to say and do and when…

    • 105 Cha
      January 14, 2012 at 12:58 am

      What kind of “analyst” is Jonathan Alter? He’s coming off as an obtuse “mediawhore”. He also wrote “Could Hillary Could Be Vice President?”

      Obviiously can’t come up with any better analysis.


    • January 14, 2012 at 2:41 am

      Hey Rikyrah, thanks for posting my “Chirpstory” here at TOD. I’ve gotten “Twitter Fever” as of late and have learned how to write and post tweet-related stories over at chirpstory.com.:) So far, I’ve posted two stories within the past 24 hours! To my surprise, they’re doing quite well as they’ve both appeared on the top five “Most Popular” lists on chirpstory.com throughout the day.

      For me, Chirpstory seems to be a great way to reinforce positive news about the Obama Whitehouse by assemblying related tweets on a given subject and developing a news story out of those tweets. The two stories I’ve written so far include:

      “Michelle Obama Shows Star Power on the Twitterverse”

      “MSNBC’s Jonathan Alter Backs Himself into Twitterverse Corner w/ His Remarks About Michelle Obama”
      (the story you posted excerpts from above).

      I’m currently working on another one for tomorrow. Please check them all out. The more views or clicks I get, the more likely my stories will stay on the “Most Popular” lists and I can ultimately be listed as a “Popular Storyteller” on chirpstory.com. More importantly, my little efforts can help spread positive news about our wonderful President. OBAMA-BIDEN 2012. 😉

    • 107 JoJothecat
      January 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

      I like JA but when I was watching the show when he said she should keep quite, the book was positive, she’s trying to evoke pity…etc., etc., I could not believe it! He does like the president and first lady but that was just shameful for him to defend that kancorous eye sour of a writer. Maybe someone told him you have to be the “bad cop” today on the show, we all can’t attack the writer.

  19. 108 desertflower
    January 13, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    This needs to be sent to every single Hispanic and Latino organization around…is there a list of those somewhere?

  20. 110 vero804
    January 13, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Thank God DWS is in Maher’s show. She’s doing as much as she can to push back against Maher’s emoprog nonsense.

    • 111 jacquelineoboomer
      January 13, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Planned to canx HBO because of Maher a long time ago, but finally did so last week. What happens? DWS goes on his show this week. Darn.

    • January 13, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      And David Frums what ifs, are ridiculous!

      • 114 vero804
        January 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm

        Frum was annoying. Loved how he said the pres is for indef detention and for not closing Gitmo. Funny a conservative FB friend of mine said something similar to me when we were debating the pres this week. They all really do sing from the same hymnal.

  21. 115 vero804
    January 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I wish the media would stop trying to play te Mormon card on Romney. There’s just no proof that Repubs care about his religion enough to justify the mefia’s insistence on bringing up Romneys religion.

  22. January 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Beautiful article by Ms. Parker. Thanks to her for being that part of all of us which shows our “better angel.” These are the moments when we stand up for the goodness and happiness that we are able to find within, when the waves of unkind words try to send us further out into the dangerous and bitter waters of the storms in this life.

    Thank you Ms.Parker. We love, and respect our First Lady, Michelle Obama. Thank you for being our First Lady!!!!HZ

  23. 119 criquet
    January 13, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    My only complaint with Kathleen Parker’s article is that FLOTUS never said what the RW/Teapugs accuse her of saying. kathleen Parker should have put in the proper quote and not that rubbish about badly chosen words. These people van’t help but put in a dig or snide remark and often (as in this case) not based on facts.
    Just my view on it.

  24. January 13, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Thank God for Dennie wasserman Shultz.

  25. January 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Okay, I have to get this off my chest. First of all I am an almost 65 year old white male (perfect tea party demographic but owhere close to being a member). When I hear either the President or the First Lady being insulted or having adjectives applied to them that are just so inappropriate, I also feel insulted.

    Why? Because I am an American who is proud of my country and what it, in theory anyway, stands for. It hasn’t met its ideal yet, but somehow or other, despite set-backs (like the Bush years) it keeps chugging along trying to move in the right direction. ANd when I see two people who have such an obvious love for this country and the people in it (yes people, not corporations), be slandered the way they are, then I also feel that I am being slandered.

    Forget for a moment that they are black, I mean blah, or take gender out of the equation. These are two people that chose to put themselves into a situation in which both are literally at risk of being hurt or killed for no real material gain. FLOTUS could easily make more than POTUS does as a lawyer. Heck, so could POTUS. They don’t need the money, nor are either of them the type to do it because of a need for power. They have done this for love of this country.

    And anybody who truly loves this country should feel insulted when they are. Disagree with policy decisions if you want, but recognize them for what they are, two extremely intelligent, devoted to each other patriotic Americans.

    • 122 LOL
      January 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      As a 27 yr old black female….I couldn’t agree more.

    • 125 Kat 4 Obama
      January 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      Wonderful, japa21! Absolutely right!

    • 126 Betsy
      January 14, 2012 at 2:10 am

      Speaking as an ANGRY white woman, I totally agree with you. Well said. I’m so mad at this disgusting author out for personal gain, trashing Michelle Obama. It makes me want to spit nails at her, but since the FLOTUS would tell me to walk away, I will. Parker was right when she wrote “those who insult her, insult us all”.

    • 127 lovingandlaughing
      January 14, 2012 at 2:51 am

      You are so right japa21! Thank you for saying that!

    • 128 JoJothecat
      January 14, 2012 at 10:53 am

      from a 55yr old blah female..thank you. I agree completely. We should feel proud of what these two human beings have done with so many odds against them. They studied hard, worked hard, were raised to respect other people, they come from good decent hard working families just like 99% of americans. They give back every chance they get to show how blessed they are to be able to help someone else in need. Yet there is a small percentage of americans who would rather have a “rich” person who got by not entirely by working hard but by privilege. I don’t get it.

  26. January 13, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Happy Martin Luther King Weekend Everyone 🙂

    The Dream continues…………. with our great Leader President Barack Hussein Obama 🙂

  27. 131 LDS
    January 13, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    “those who insult her insults us all”
    Those words express just about everything that I have been feeling since the book was first introduced here. I do. Of know KP, but she really said what needed to be said.

    Michelle said it all, “how can someone else write about you?” And as the book reveals, she did not. She did not know the two people that we have come to love, respect and will protect. I am angry………because she failed to be impartial, fair and get her facts straight from the source themselves. She violated their trust by allowing her to come through the WH gates forgett about the East wing. By trying to depict this fun loving wife and mother as a depressed, power control First Lady. She instead, let a one lifetime opportunity slip by with lies, innuendos, speculation, greed………most important the $$$$$$. What a waste. She should be angry at herself for KP peaking my interest in her article instead of her book.

    • 132 vero804
      January 13, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      I wonder why Valerie J and others made themselves available…

      • 133 LOL
        January 13, 2012 at 11:18 pm

        Vero…I got this from Politico. I believe Jodi Kantor sold this book to the Obamas’ friends as something it wasn’t.

        “Thomas Reed, an old friend of the Obamas from their days at a Chicago law firm, is quoted describing how Barack Obama, as a young lawyer, would prod his fellow associates to think about more than just making money with their law degrees. “It’s got to be about what you can give back,” Reed quoted Obama as saying.

        When a fact-checker sent the whole paragraph to Reed, he didn’t quibble with the quote, but he did dispute its context, which he said was “totally shaded in a negative way.” He sent an email to the fact-checker asking that the paragraph either be changed or deleted, but never heard back.

        Allison Davis, another old friend of the Obamas’ from Chicago, was even more upset with Kantor’s treatment of his interview in which he described sitting with the first family on a beach and Obama telling him: “When I leave office there are only two things I want,” the president is quoted in the book as saying in the anecdote. “I want a plane and I want a valet.”

        Davis understood this part of his interview with Kantor to be off the record — and told her so during the fact-checking process.

        “She’s a bitch,” Davis told POLITICO. “You can print that. She tells you it’s off the record, and it turns out it’s on the record. I sent her emails saying, ‘Do you think I’m a kamikaze pilot? Why would I say this on the record?”

        If you wanna read the whole thing it is on Politico’s website..

        • 134 vero804
          January 13, 2012 at 11:34 pm

          I’m all set with politico. Thanks for some clarification, though.

        • 135 vero804
          January 13, 2012 at 11:38 pm

          Quite frankly, why even give her such a quote off the record? Davis can call Kantor a bitch all she wants but, damn…telling a NY times reporter that the pres said he wants a plane and valet when it’s all over?? Dumb move. I’m sure there’s context to the president’s comment.

          • 136 LOL
            January 13, 2012 at 11:40 pm

            Agree. That’s why I’m hoping none of my friends/family go into politics. It’s more or less a given everything you say about them will be analyzed with a tweezer.

          • January 13, 2012 at 11:42 pm

            I agree 100% – There is never off-the-record with anybody let alone journalists. Especially ones who don’t care about burning you as a source because they’ll never have to worry about contact with your again for another story/info.

            • 138 JoJothecat
              January 14, 2012 at 11:11 am

              “off the record” meant something back in the 50’s, 60’s and maybe the 70’s but with today’s journalist it means nothing. It barely means anything to someone you know personally these days. No sooner do you tell someone a secret there is someone who will repeat it.

        • 139 dotster3
          January 13, 2012 at 11:43 pm

          I agree that they all thought this book was going to be presented in a more positive light. Those closest to the Obamas cooperated—Valerie Jarrett is as close as close can be, and I don’t think she ever thought that the anecdotes she told would be framed in a negative light. Same with Gibbs—-he and Obama were best friends—-think of all the dozens of photos of them together, obviously a close relationship—-really enjoy each other—-same thing. And the 2 Chgo friends who go on all their vacations and play golf—-same thing. And I see that the book has been fact checked and fact checked the fact checked—–and only some dress that Michelle wore was wrong and a couple other piddly things. So Kantor took what they all told her in a sincere, forthcoming manner, never intending to harm either Obama obviously, probably trying to be truthful about a family adjusting to the harshest spotlight in the world, to give a realistic view of WH daily life, and she took those tidbits and framed them in a gossipy, nasty light, introduced false impressions, in order to sell a book. I am betting that no writer, even if it’s someone’s mama, will ever have access to anyone in or near the WH again.

          • 140 vero804
            January 13, 2012 at 11:50 pm

            I hadn’t heard that Gibs cooperated…Valerie is the highest profile person I’ve heard about.

            Oh well, what’s done is done. No doubt Kantor is thrilled with all the attention. Wish the WH would have played this differently, but once again they were trying to be up front and got burned.

      • January 13, 2012 at 11:20 pm

        Basically they made themselves available until the Suskind hatchetjob came out. The Administration and First Family granted access thinking they’d be given a fair shake for historical purposes to give a look inside. Since the Suskind book they’ve blocked/scaled back access because they realize folks are out just to make a buck for themselves. Most of this book was written before the Suskind book came out.

  28. January 13, 2012 at 11:11 pm

  29. January 13, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    David Frum- what if Europe fails? What if Iran blah blah? What if the economy blah? What if blah blah.

    Well, Mr Frum, what if an asteroid hits the Earth? All that ain’t going to matter.

    What if, my ass!

    • January 13, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      so what if all those things do happen ? does frum think that the rethugs will handle it better despite their track-record ?

      • 147 vero804
        January 13, 2012 at 11:53 pm

        He was saying that to show that Mitt could win. He then made the point that given how easily Mitt could win, in his mind, would Maher want someone like Mitt rather than one of the other Repubs. It was nonsense.

    • January 13, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      I wanted to call Frum an idiot on Twitter today but I held back. He tweeted an article that asked, ‘how does attacking Bain help the middle class?’ and to come up with a plan to help the middle class instead of attacking Bain. Uhm, Pres.Obama and the Democrats can do both. Why are these Repubs protecting Bain/vulture capitalism as if its some newborn child?

      • January 14, 2012 at 12:10 am

        If Frum has to ask a question as stupid as that, he is delusional. IMO, it helps the middle class by not electing a flipflopping, cold hearted liar like Romney for president.

        • 150 Betsy
          January 14, 2012 at 2:14 am

          Frum is just jealous that PBO is not a Republican! He knows that they have NOTHING on President Obama, NOTHING.

  30. January 13, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    The EU’s top economic official has criticised a decision by Standard and Poor’s to downgrade the credit ratings of nine eurozone countries.

    Economic affairs commissioner Olli Rehn said the move was “inconsistent” as the eurozone was taking “decisive action” to end the debt crisis.

    Other senior European officials have also hit out the move.

    The downgrade – which included stripping France of its top AAA rating – was announced on Friday.

    Italy, Spain, Cyprus and Portugal were cut two notches, with the latter two given “junk” ratings. Germany kept its AAA rating.

    Standard and Poor’s criticised the bloc’s response to the crisis, saying austerity and budget discipline alone were not sufficient to fight it, and risked becoming self-defeating.


    • 152 JoJothecat
      January 14, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Someone needs to downgrad S&P they stood by while they knew these banks were bundling and selling bad mortgages as investments and rated them AAA. They need to be marginalized as a rating firm.

    • January 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      I DO NOT TRUST S & P…


  31. 154 eveingeorgia
    January 13, 2012 at 11:29 pm


    I was about to shut down for the night when I read your comment, I/m an already 65 African-American female, and I could not agree more.

    You and I come from a time when a PBO&MO would not have been possible.

    Your comment gives me hope for the future of our children and grandchildren. Thanks, I needed your words.

    Now, I can go to sleep!

  32. 155 carolyn
    January 13, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Good for Kathleen Parker. This needed to be said, and said by a Republican leaning white woman of the establishment. If it were said by a “left” leaning woman, it would flow off backs like water, but KP has rightwing cred and can state what needs to be said. Yes, we are all insulted by what is said. I am a 72 year old white woman, whose ancestors in Texas had slaves, and every time I think about that I get sick to my stomach. Frankly, I am amazed, looking at the treatment of African people by European whites for HUNDREDS of years, that they all don’t rise up against us.
    Michelle Obama is the best first lady in my long life. No one compares to what she is and to what she has accomplished, and to what she has stood up for. I keep hoping and praying that this horrible hatred and racism, as it is revealed more and more in the open, will lose its potency.

  33. January 13, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Judge rules against Rick Perry’s Virginia ballot suit

    Following a hearing in Richmond today, U.S. district judge John Gibney ruled against Rick Perry’s challenge to the Virginia ballot rules.

    In his opinion, Gibney says Perry, and the other candidates who joined the challenge, waited too long to bring the suit.

    “They knew the rules in Virginia many months ago; the limitations on circulators affected them as soon as they began to circulate petitions,” he writes. “The plaintiffs could have challenged the Virginia law at that time. Instead, they waited until after the time to gather petitions had ended and they had lost the political battle to be on the ballot; then, on the eve of the printing of absentee ballots, they decided to challenge Virginia’s laws. In essence, they played the game, lost, and then complained that the rules were unfair.”

    The decision means Perry, as well as Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman, will not appear on the ballot in the state’s March 6 primary.


    Typical rethug ineptitude.

  34. January 13, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Does anyone know how many people are following FLOTUS on twitter now? Just curious. :)I wa listening to one of the progrssive radio shows this morning and they announced that she had 235k at that time.

  35. January 13, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Michelle Obama has 275,002 followers

  36. 170 carolyn
    January 13, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    This is repeating what I said on another thread…..I’m always late, it seems….but I think Jodi Kantor picked the wrong time and place to publicize this book. What it has done is bring out the people who admire FLOTUS and made us more vocal and brought more to see what a spectacular person she is. FLOTUS will be in the history books, Kantor will be in the trash bin of history…..if even there.

    • 171 DreamChaser57
      January 14, 2012 at 1:07 am


    • 172 anniebella
      January 14, 2012 at 8:58 am

      It used to be were you left the President family alone, he was fair game because he ran for President, he was elected, but things have changed, specially with Michelle Obama, and Hillary too. Kantor got paid big money and she couldn’t right anything positive, she figure that wouldn’t sell, so she decided to to tabloid style, trashy, gossipy, crap. What she is beginning to realize is we love our First Lady Obama and we will not put up with her being disrespected like that.

  37. January 14, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I just sent Jodi Kantor the link of Kathleen Parker piece:-) She may block me…lol

  38. 175 dotster3
    January 14, 2012 at 12:11 am

    On Bill Maher—-Alexandra Pelosi—-hmmmm—-not sure about her—–something’s amiss.

  39. January 14, 2012 at 12:19 am

    “Road to Nowhere” David Brooks

    His triumph this month would mean a Democratic victory in November.

    The leaders of the Republican coalition know Romney will lose. But some would rather remain in control of a party that loses than lose control of a party that wins. Others haven’t yet suffered the agony of defeat, and so are not yet emotionally ready for the trauma of transformation. Others still simply don’t know which way to turn.

  40. January 14, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Poll: Republicans Could Be Heading For A Devastating 2012 Defeat

    Why have the Democrats surged? The answer is that the behavior of Republicans in Congress has turned off voters. By a margin of 53%-39% respondents said the more they watched the Republicans in Congress, the less they like what they are offering. Approval of Republicans in Congress has dropped to a new low of 28%, and 8% strongly approve of the Republican caucus.


  41. 182 Pamela
    January 14, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Off to the Land of Nod! I missed so much today, see you tomorrow! Thanks everyone … Obama ~ Biden 2012.. Yes, We Must! (thx bobfr)

  42. 183 LDS
    January 14, 2012 at 12:32 am

    @carolyn: It has to come out and in the open so that we can all heal. I am an AA 59 year old woman who grew up in the south. And let me tell you, I am so glad to be alive at this time. I have evolved from a being a bitter not hateful little girl to a loving forgiving mother, grandmother. You have to want to have the desire to open your heart to change and hope. You can chant it all you want to, but until you believe it and willing to do whatever you can to help bring it about, it means nothing.

    I know that this President is what this country needs to help take us there. There are no words that I can convey to express how I wished that some of my family members and teachers could have lived to experience this. I had the pleasure of attending the Inauguaration and it was so worth it standing in the cold frigid weather. I was standing in the gap for all of those who has gone on and experienced the hurt, pain, demoralization of racisim.

    I remember waking up the next morning and I cried knowing that President and First Lady were waking up in the WH. The love in my heart was so overwhelming. Love and faith is what kept us then………it will keep ALL of us even now. There is no greater force on earth but…..LOVE.

    • 184 Tally
      January 14, 2012 at 12:45 am



      ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ x ∞

      I was with you in spirit on that cold frigid day! AND WILL BE AGAIN!!!

    • 185 Pamela
      January 14, 2012 at 12:50 am

      Spoken from your beautiful heart, LDS; the truth of your word rings true for myself and many of us here, I am sure. We are blessed to stand witness to this powerful time in our human evolution. So glad yours are the last thoughts I will read tonight. Blessings to you and yours. Blessings to Barack and Michelle Obama for having the courage to lead us. Goodnight.

    • 186 DreamChaser57
      January 14, 2012 at 1:21 am

      Quite eloquent – forgivness is truly a gift to yourself, it unburdens your heart, elevates the mind, lightens the spirit
      Obama/Biden 2012!

    • 187 Betsy
      January 14, 2012 at 2:19 am

      This is such a wonderfully moving post. I teach American History and when I get to the ugliness of slavery, it just breaks my heart over and over gain. I’m white and although I will never know what it’s like for African Americans today, I get a glimpse when I see pictures and read words such as yours. Thank you for that gift.

  43. 188 Tally
    January 14, 2012 at 12:42 am



    So, I’m watching Hermain Cain on Bill Maher, and I just want to punch a kitten. But I am happy that Bill said, about whatever complete insane nonsense that Cain was blathering on about….. “I’ll feel bad about Romney being taken out of context when he stops calling Obama a communist.” and the crowd CHEERED LOUD.

    The funniest thing was, Cain was appearing, “Via Satelitte from Los Angeles” while Bill Maher is taped in LOS ANGELES at CBS main studio on Fairfax (next to Farmer’s Market & The Grove), so……. WTF? I mean, WHY COULDN’T HERMAN JUST GO TO CBS???? HAAAAAAAAAA!

    Ridiculous. Seriously.

    Now on pause, nice night, going for a walk.

    • 189 MJ
      January 14, 2012 at 3:28 am

      Hey Tally,
      Did you notice that idiot Cain was sitting in front of a banner that said “Runaway Slave”…? #therearenowords
      :/O Dead!

  44. 190 Tulips
    January 14, 2012 at 12:58 am

    No Matter how bad they say the republicans chance are. Let make sure we still get out the vote and make it know that we need every vote for President Obama.

  45. 191 LDS
    January 14, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Tally, enjoy your walk……..too cold to go for a walk in NYC. I did enjoy my weekly Line Dance earlier today.

    It is in deed a pleasure to read your comments here. This time around we will be dancing with The Big Dogs at every freaking ball even if TOD have to have our own. Get ready! Get ready! get ready!

  46. 192 DreamChaser57
    January 14, 2012 at 1:33 am

    FLOTUS Twitter Follower Update: 276, 422
    Jodi Kantor: 8, 401 (Um, yeah, how long has her account been open, funny!)

  47. January 14, 2012 at 7:41 am

    It’s Tebow and Tom Brady tonite. Two evangelical quarterbacks. Brady is married to a super model, his wife is also the U.N. Ambassador for the environment!

  48. January 14, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Chris Hayes feels bad for al qeada in Guantanamo bay.
    He is interviewing somebody that used to be detained there, and he says he was tortured under Obama.
    Oh boy. This is a lie, but is going unchecked.

    Chris Hayes is a bastard!

  49. January 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I honestly don’t care what anybody says, what “he said, she said” gossip or reports of high school cliques and back and forths in the WH. Michelle Obama can never be diminished in my eyes. Such a high, high quality person. The national media have their heads in the clouds, and they really don’t get it, in terms of how average people think and feel. I would never expect for my FLOTUS to be perfect, or her marriage to the POTUS be seamless or perfect. But these are high quality people, and almost everyone can see it (+not just in this country, either). Happy Saturday to the wonderful TOD family from a grateful lurker!

  50. 196 meabloom
    January 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Glad to know there are others out there willing to protect our FLOTUS from all those ugly lies. Thanks for sharing. AND…. That is another absolutely lovely photo of our FLMO.


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