Michelle Obama tired of ‘angry black woman’ stereotype

CBS News is reporting:

First lady Michelle Obama is challenging assertions she’s forcefully imposed her will on White House aides, saying she’s tired of people portraying her as “some kind of angry black woman.”

Mrs. Obama tells CBS News she hasn’t read New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor’s new book that characterizes her as a behind-the-scenes force in the Executive Mansion, whose strong views often draw her into conflict with President Barack Obama’s top advisers.

… The Kantor book portrays a White House where tensions developed between Mrs. Obama and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and former press secretary and presidential adviser Robert Gibbs. The book, titled “The Obamas,” describes Mrs. Obama as having gone through an evolution from struggle to fulfillment in her role at the White House, while labeling her an “unrecognized force” in pursuing the president’s goals. Neither the president nor his wife agreed to be interviewed for the book.

“I do care deeply about my husband,” Mrs. Obama said in the CBS appearance. “I am one of his biggest allies. I am one of his biggest confidants.” But she sought to put aside “this notion that I sit in meetings.”

“I guess it’s just more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation here,” she said. “That’s been an image people have tried to paint of me since the day Barack announced, that I’m some kind of angry black woman.”

“There will always be people who don’t like me,” Mrs. Obama added, and said she could live with that.

Really Michelle?  Really?  You don’t understand how wearing a $500 pair of designer sneakers to a charity event, or telling an audience, “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country” after her husband surged to the front-runner spot during the 2008 campaign, or occupying a pew for nearly 20 years in a church whose pastor regularly preached hatred for “white America, the US of KKK-A”, or enjoying lavish vacation after lavish vacation in some of the world’s most exclusive getaways, or joking with a television audience that she liked being called “your excellency,” might give people the impression that you are an ungrateful, angry elitist?

The sooner we get these people out of the White House, the better.

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  • Hank_M

    Is there a sarcasm or humor tag missing from this article?

    Nevertheless, I’m reminded of that picture taken in 2009 when the Obama’s traveled to France and met with Sarkosy and his wife Carla Bruni, the picture accompanying this article.

    Most men know about “the look” from their wives and girlfriends.
    This one is deadly.

  • Jay

    And yet, she was the only one facing down Rohm Emanuel who was the worst thing for the president ever.  Love how the priorities here aren’t noticed.

    • What about Obama’s judgement in choosing Rohm in the first place?

      • Jay

        That’s why they went head to head.  Obama made some really bad decisions in the last 3 years and his wife is the only one that’s a true progressive in the process.

  • GarandFan

    It’s good to be the Queen!

  • Gmacr1

    I suppose it would help if she wasn’t such a bitch.

  • Michell Obama: I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!

  • 914

    Not as tired as we are of her and her husband..

  • PBunyan

    “she’s tired of people portraying her as ‘some kind of angry black woman.'”

    She can’t help being black and she can’t help being ugly, but she doesn’t have to appear so angry all the time.  Maybe she should start there. 

    Of course considering the only things that would make her happy are anathema to most Americans and it is an election year, I suppose I’d be angry all the time if I were her too.

    • Dodo David

      “. . . she can’t help being ugly . . .”


      Michelle Obama is easy on the eyes. It is her attitude that is ugly.

      • PBunyan

        Easy on your eyes maybe, but to my eyes she is one hard and painful scene.

      • easy on your eyes if you are a Wookie maybe …

      • I wouldn’t exactly call her beautiful but it is going way overboard to refer to MIchelle O as ugly.   Why do people who got so riled when they heard Laura Bush insulted think it is alright to be insulting and some times racist towards the current first lady.
           You can dislike her without being personal

  • W

    I known a few blacks that when anything bad or negative happen to them, it was because they are black. They can’t comprehend that it may be their actions that are the issue and that those actions would be frown upon even if they were white. Kind of like when you see a thug who happens to be black get arrested then claims he being arrested for being black and not thinking it has anything with him driving like a madman in a stolen car.
    Everyone has their personal taste but I wouldn’t consider Michelle an attractive woman even without the attitude. I thought the same thing with Hillary and the elder Barbara Bush. Fancy cloths and style don’t impress me.

    • Brian_The_Adequate

      I volunteer for recess duty at a school that is about 20% black 80% white and hispanic.  It is interesting to me that race is not an issue when the kids are playing together, but if a black student is busted for anything by the regular recess staff (100% white) the first words out of the kids mouth are usually that they are only being punished because of their race.

      • You’ve got to be taught
        To hate and fear,
        You’ve got to be taught
        From year to year,
        It’s got to be drummed
        In your dear little ear

        You’ve got to be carefully taught.
        You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
        Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
        And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade,
        You’ve got to be carefully taught.

        You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
        Before you are six or seven or eight,
        To hate all the people your relatives hate,
        You’ve got to be carefully taught!


        Kids don’t care.  It’s the adults that care, and infect the kids.

      • Hank_M

        Not surprising. The race card can be used almost everywhere.
        Hell, Holder himself used it recently.

        The sooner that card expires, the better.

    • Jay

      Kind of like when you see a thug who happens to be black get arrested then claims he being arrested for being black and not thinking it has anything with him driving like a madman in a stolen car. 

      This seems rather bigoted in the extreme.  The statistics indicate that black people are more likely to be arrested, have less chances at pardons, and suffer more instances of police brutality, other than those of Latino descent.

      • jim_m

        None of that is because they are Black.

        Factor in the fact that blacks are more frequently from single parent homes, with lower economic status, lower education and (especially in the cites) live in closer proximity to crime and violence, and it isn’t surprising that they are more often involved in crime and violence. 

        The statement you allude to is not bigoted either.  It is merely pointing out the irony that blacks will claim racism even when (or perhaps particularly when) they really are guilty of what they are accused of.

        One need look no further than Eric Holder to see examples of how blacks feel that when they are justifiably accused of wrong doing they resort to charges of racism to try to get themselves of the hook.

        • Jay

          I don’t believe you quite comprehend the statement.  I’m to impress from your words that you know nothing of the persecutions that do occur because one is specifically a minority.  More black people are locked up because of our failing drug war and bad incentives more than anything else.  This is not to sit here and justify the actions of Holder or anyone playing the “That’s racist” card but to show that those who are black usually have less access to better education, better healthcare, or ways to advance out of their situations due to laws disproportionately targeted towards them and other minorities.

  • davidt

    You could paint a lipstick smile on a pig, but it would still be a pig.

  • UOG

    Whenever I look at that picture I think Michelle was sitting there looking at Carla and suddenly she realized Carla and Michele Bachmann look kind of similar. And then the First Lady thought about how much she hates Michele Bachmann and (click) … that damn cameraman took the picture.

    Seriously, as Hank M said,that’s “the look” and it only means one thing.

    • janamerican

      Any woman will tell you that look is pure unadulterated jealousy. 

       Let’s face it, there are lots of beautiful black women, Michelle is not one of them. It took over a year and some cosmetic surgery for them to make Michelle into a stylish, presentable woman.  And no one, absolutely no one has mentioned that she had cosmetic surgery.  The Drs. broke her jaws and pushed them back to do away with her jutting bulldog look chin.  Just go back and look at earlier photos.  Remember when she disappeared for almost two months?  If her husband was a Republican…they would have had the before and after pics on the front page of the NY Times, etc.When Michelle visited my state…her complete entourage, some 6-7 people were all black.  The message was clear…she can’t stand having white people around…Who’s the angry bigot here?

  • jim_m

    She could shake the “angry black woman” tag really easy by changing the angry, always looking for a reason to be offended due to her race, attitude.  Then again she could change her sex to shake that tag too.

    She might find the latter more easily accomplished given the decades spent learning racial hatred in Chicago.

  • herddog505

    Perhaps she should speak with Hillary and read up on the Reagan years to find out the sorts of things said about Nancy.

    I suggest that the “office” of First Lady is a difficult one for a couple of reasons.  First, while there are no official duties, the demands of the role are pretty heavy.  The First Lady is expected to be a lady: gracious, stylish, dignified, but not lacking in the common touch.  She is supposed to be equally at home hosting White House functions from state dinners to the Easter Egg Roll; playing the dutiful, supportive wife at campaign events (what Tom Wolfe referred to as “Solid Backing on the Home Front” in The Right Stuff); and being the kind, compassionate Mommy with regard to social issues and charities.  She must be elegant and a fashion trend-setter but not flashy or a spendthrift.

    Second, the First Lady is not an elected official and there’s a fine line between offering advice to her husband or championing some cause and being a pushy, interfering, power-hungry b*tch.  It must be hard for a woman with strong political views to keep them to herself and not meddle – or APPEAR to meddle – in the running of the government especially when, in her role as the First Campaign Prop, she’s expected to support her husband’s policies and speak knowledgably of how good they will be for the country.

    Because the role is demanding and because of the political component of it, a First Lady gets a great deal of scrutiny and criticism, much of it not at all warranted or fair.  In Moochelle’s case, she came in amidst a veritable chorus of approbation.  Remember all the fawning articles about her style, her intelligence, and even her biceps?  The bloom is off the rose and she’s getting criticism that she has never had to deal with and doesn’t know how to handle.

    Except, apparently, by playing the race card.

    How (un)surprising.

    • Brucehenry

      “Moochelle”, Herddog? 


      That’s beneath you, dude.

      • herddog505

        Given her propensity for taking lavish, expensive vacations, I think it spot-on.

        Now that we have the presidency, let us enjoy it.

  • My first thought when Michelle is mentioned is her insisting on taking separate jets to vacation spots because she couldn’t wait for her husband to wrap up the country’s business.  FOUR HOURS were too much for her to wait to get to Martha’s Vineyard.

    Second thought is the person who lectures us on healthy eating and then grabs a 3000 calorie lunch.

    I love the whining about her “giving up her career as a highly-paid hospital manager” – she got the no-show job after Barack won the Senate seat and sent a multi-million $$ earmark to the hospital.  It’s the Chicago Way.

    But forgive her the luxury vacations, gourmet meals, personal trainer flown in weekly from Chicago, and lavish parties.  Commissars always live higher than mere citizens, you know, because some are more equal than others.

    • herddog505

      Socialism is never for the socialist.

  • Grace_ia

    There are body language tells that reveal her anger too often.  The tightness around her mouth, as if she just tasted something bitter, is apparent even in some of the smiling pictures.

    She just can’t hide her anger when it is caught so beautifully in so many photographs.

  • Olsoljer

    “…… since the day Barrak announced, that I’m some kind of angry black woman.”
    So who are we to argue with Barrak?

    (out of context, I know.  Just borrowing from the democratic playbook)

  • Diana Martinez

    Hillary Clinton went through the same thing and yet never once did she call herself an “angry white woman”. I am sick and tired of the Obama’s injecting racial divide into everything. Look at what they’ve done with our country… more divided than ever!