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Why I love Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama to Tom Brokaw on stage at the end of the second Presidential debate, after the McCains had abandoned the venue:

What are the rules?  Can I just hang around and talk to these people?

A first lady who wants to just “hang around and talk to” the audience is my kind of first lady.  And a President, her husband, who wants to do the same?  Yeah, I like him, too.

*Note:  This pic is not of Michelle at the debate last night.  Those aren’t available yet, as far as I can tell, unless I wanted to pay $49, which I didn’t.  Sorry, y’all.

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The Clintons need to go away

I’m gonna get into hot water for this post.  But it’s 5 am, CST, I’ve been up for hours, I’m living in a hotel with a four year old and a seven year old, and maybe I’ve lost enough of my mind not to care.  If you see me on the floor in Denver and I try to discuss something with you and you’re an HRC supporter, please talk to me anyway.  I’m really a nice person.  But I’ve just had it with the Clintons.

Let me say that when Bill did his thing (you know what I mean), I defended him.  I loved Bill Clinton.  I loved his Presidency.  My thinking then was that I didn’t give a rat’s ass what he did in his personal life.  That was between him and his wife.  When he lied about it, though, I cared, because that reflected his ethics and I do think those are important for a President.  But I do think that he’s one of the smartest men on the planet (intellectually) and was a fantastic President.

I’ve never been able to stand Hillary, not as a First Lady, not as a Senator.  Why?  Who knows.  I have friends in New York who love her because she’s been a great Senator for them and I have to respect that.  I do think that she is extraordinarily smart and extremely capable.  Were she our party’s nominee, I would have supported her whole heartedly.  I do think she would have made, and maybe someday will make, an excellent President.

But right now, Bill and Hill need to go away.  I am so tired of all of the negotiations, the tip toeing, the figuring out of how to make them happy at the Convention.  I’m tired of the two-step the Obama campaign is having to do to make Bill and Hill satisfied with their roles.  This is his time.  They need to get over it.

I read this morning that Bill is getting speaking time on Wednesday before the Veep speaks.  I’m sure the party faithful will love to hear Bill, but Obama should not have *had* to concede this time to Bill, giving the Clintons more face time at the Convention.  I’m positive that I heard a week or so ago that HRC was not going to submit her name for nomination at the Convention.  Yesterday, however, I read that she’s still not sure and her supporters are still demanding that she does so they can be heard.  Chicks, you’ve been heard loud and clear.  You all need to get over it, too.  If you’re desperate to hear her and spend time with her, there’s an EMILY’s List fundraiser on Tuesday, 8/24 at the Sheraton in Denver and for as little as $50 you can have HRC, Pelosi and Michelle. 

Getting back to Hillary, herself, I’m tired of her non-committal crap.  On a discussion on her website yesterday, she danced around the nomination issue and the VP issue.  Just commit to bowing out, please.  You know that it’s the right thing to do for the party.  You know that the party, for the sake of unity, needs you to simply say that you won’t submit your name.  Then the media can get over this “subterranean grumbling” line (I swear I just heard this on CNN).  Yes, your die hard supporters will be pissed, but, honestly, nothing will ever help them see the light.  As Obama said, “”We’re not talking to those people ….”

This is Obama’s time.  Had Hillary won the nomination, it would be her time and I know that Obama would have had the grace to step aside and let her have it.  Now she needs to do the same.  She gets her night at the Convention to speak and be front and center.  That needs to be the end of it.

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I can’t resist

Ok, this is, like, three weeks old and we’ve covered this ground, but The Angry Black Woman pointed me today (no, not personally) to this fantastic post over at the blog, Whatever.  Read Fox News Would Like To Take a Moment To Remind You That the Obamas Are As Black As Satan’s Festering, Baby-Eating Soul.  Again, I know we’ve already talked about the baby-mama drama tossed at Michelle Obama from Fox Noise, but this post will have you rolling.  John Scalzi from Whatever is damn hillarious.  Enjoy.

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It’s time for another petition

As I’ve said before, I’m not normally a, “Let’s all go sign a petition!” kind of girl, but I’m making (another) exception.  Thanks to the the folks at Michelle Obama Watch for pointing me over to ThinkGirl.net for this one.  The petition is not sponsored by ThinkGirl.net, but is described on their site this way:

We refuse a feminism that assumes that “women” are a homogeneous group. We recognize that women identify along a spectrum of identities, and that gender is not always the mostprominent one. Gender is a significant structure, to be sure, but it is not the only structure shaping women’s lives. Multiple systems of oppression and privilege, including racism, white supremacy, class hierarchy, religious intolerance, xenophobia, anti-immigrant policies, heterosexism, ableism and ageism shape women’s lives, identities, and experiences. We need movements that recognize these multiplicities.

Along these lines, Melissa Spatz and Ann Russo have put together a statement of Refusals and Commitments that they hope white feminists might use in creating conversations and mobilizing around commitments to coalitional antiracist feminist analysis, practice, and pedagogy.

They’re also hoping that folks will sign on to the statement to reflect these commitments.

URL
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-the-false-race-gender-divide

NOTE: THIS IS NOT A THINKGIRL PETITION. IT WAS CREATED BY MELISSA SPATZ AND ANN RUSSO, WHO ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH TG.

Please click the link and sign.

This is what I do.  I’m a white feminist.  I blog on race and politics.  I believe that we have to look beyond gender and race and understand that everyone’s experience is multi-layered.  At the same time, we have to look into gender and race, working within those constructs to find the commonalities that will open conversations without which we cannot hope to bring about change. 

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I’m dizzy ….

Just as I was reviewing some data on my last post about the US confronting it’s issues with racism, I get notice of this post from last night over at DailyKos:

Fox Smears Michelle Obama with Sexist/Racist Slur

Please go over there and read the post and look at the screen shot.  In order to respect the fact that they have the story, I won’t republish it.  But I will tell you that, with Michelle Malkin hosting, the caption under the picture of Michelle Obama reads this:

“Outraged Liberals:  Stop Picking On Obama’s Baby Mama!”

What?!?!  Are you kidding me?  Is it possible that a mainstream media outlet, even one as crazy as FOX Noise, really just went that far into the racist barrel?  The room is spinning ….

 

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