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Emotional blackmail, how the kleptocracy does it

Text of Michelle Obama's speech

I’ve seen it in teachers in a near-bankrupt school district who vowed to keep teaching without pay.

Now she didn't say that teachers should work without pay, merely held it up as an ideal. I mean, you wouldn't like to be like those teachers in Chicago threatening to strike now would you? It is not as if a society that valued its children would arrange that the people who taught children would be adequately paid like they do in those Scandinavian schools we pretend to admire. Read more about Emotional blackmail, how the kleptocracy does it

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Who's that lady?

Thanks to Amberglow, for the once-missing link to the New Yorker story about Michelle Obama.

It's an interesting character sketch, well worth reading if you want to learn about the prospective First Lady.

A few observations...

She comes across as smart, focused, and aloof.

At 5' 11", she'd be in the ballpark of Eleanor Roosevelt as tallest presidential spouse, though Bill Clinton would dwarf either of them. Read more about Who's that lady?

Michelle Obama: "I'd have to think" about campaigning for Hillary

Way to party build there, Michelle. Sheesh, you want a Republican to win? As part of the Unity schtick? Why are you putting your feelings first, instead of doing what's right?

Neither camp wants to suggest any lapses of confidence. During an appearance on ABC news this morning, Obama's wife hedged when asked whether she would campaign for Clinton if the former first lady wins the nomination.

Michelle Obama: Barack "will deign to enter" politics

I hate to quote Modo (ick) but she's got a good quote* in her column today:

[Michelle Obama] told a group gathered at a nursing home in Grinnell on Monday that “Barack is one of the smartest people you will ever encounter who will deign to enter this messy thing called politics.”

Come on. "Deign"?

Politics is how citizens make decisions in a democracy. "Deign" to enter that process? WTF? Read more about Michelle Obama: Barack "will deign to enter" politics

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