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The Obamas Speak About Their Experiences With Racism: “I Think People Forget We’ve Lived In The White House For Six Years”
In the latest issue of People magazine, Barack and Michelle Obama open up about their personal experiences with racism. According to Michelle, many people are under the impression that the two have somehow been shielded from dealing with prejudice in their everyday life—something that the first lady says is definitely not true. Check out a few highlights from their interview below
On people thinking they haven’t experienced racism,
Michelle: “I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years. Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs.”
On their experiences with racism,
Michelle: “I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new.”
Barack: “There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys.”
Michelle: “[One time] he was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee.”
On why we shouldn’t compare current racism to what was experienced during the civil rights era,
Barack: “The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced. It’s one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It’s another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress.”
For the first couple’s full interview, pick up the latest issue of People.
Tika Sumpter has landed the role of Michelle Obama in the romance film “Southside With You.” The film will focus on the early romance stages of The Obamas. According to Indiewire,
The project is being pitched as a “Before Sunset”-style type of movie (in short, man, woman, lots of mostly profound conversation over a period of time), which will take place entirely in one day during the summer of 1989, when one Barack Obama (then a first-year Harvard Law student) took his future wife, Michelle (an associate at a Chicago law firm), out on a first date, which included a tour of Chicago’s South Side.
The film will be directed by Richard Tanne and produced by Stephanie Allain. Reportedly Richard Tanne and Tika Sumpter worked on the script together. Sumpter will serve as an executive producer on the project.
Young Obama has not been cast just yet. Therefore this gives us time to voice our opinion! Who would you like to see on screen as our president?
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If you’re on a Democratic mailing list, chances are you’ve received some pretty frantic emails the past few days. Tuesday night was a fundraising deadline and the party wanted to make sure to get every cent it could. That includes Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and President Obama himself. Or at least their party reps.
Make no mistake; Republicans are doing it too. But Dems are in danger of losing much-needed seats come the midterm elections. So there’s some urgency there. Most importantly, fundraisers in the party say the deluge of emails work. Researchers The Washington Post spoke with say that telling people a negative event will happen if they don’t act is more likely to spur people to action that telling people about a positive outcome of their actions. And emails that “come from” President Obama will get the biggest response.
And by big response, we’re talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars. Analysis from the National Journal finds that Democrats are out-raising Republicans, on average, by more than $100,000 in small donations in political races around the country. The average Democrat raises $179,300 in donations of less than $200. The average Republican, just $78,535. In total, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has raised $41 million more than the National Republican Congressional Committee during this election cycle. Some experts on the Republican side say it’s harder to raise money for new candidates, others say it’s a failure on the digital side of things.
The Democrats also have a powerful weapon on their side: women. The aforementioned Rep. Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, and the woman herself, First Lady Michelle Obama are among the people in high demand for fundraising events. In fact, FLOTUS and the Clintons are the people that one Democratic committee member said would be his dream fundraising event.
“With her 61 percent approval rating and a talent for connecting with women and minority audiences in particular, she is uniquely able to go into states where even the president and vice president struggle to motivate voters and donors,” The Daily Beast said of Michelle Obama.
On the Republican side, women are generally not faring as well, in part experts say because there’s no high-profile woman to generate excitement. Republicans need women leaders that will get people to pull out their wallets if they’re going to try and match this Democratic female firepower.
Are you a political giver?
We can always count on Fox News’s resident medical expert, Dr. Keith Ablow, to provide sound and sensitive judgments about today’s hot-button health issues.
Hahahahahahahahaha sorry what we meant was the exact opposite of that.
Take Tuesday, for instance, when Ablow tackled a topic nobody was discussing: Michelle Obama’s weight as it pertains to her healthy eating campaigns.
Read more on Dr. Keith Ablow’s commentary at BlackVoices.com
Ever wonder how each president has changed your life, whether for the better or worse? In honor of the question: “Do politicians really do anything besides steal money and sleep with interns?” MN decided to look at the highlights of President Barack Obama’s career, with a little First Lady Michelle Obama thrown in for good measure. For example, did you know that only days after taking office, Obama nullified Bush-era rulings that allowed detainees in U.S. custody to undergo certain “enhanced” interrogation techniques, which were considered inhumane under the Geneva Conventions? From killing Osama Bin Laden to helping America loose weight, POTUS and FLOTUS prove that it is possible to work in politics and make a real difference.
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) July 30, 2014
Many Democrats have been seeking the voice of First Lady Michelle Obama, hoping she’ll use her platform and influence to speak out against the various changes, reforms and positions taken by the GOP, including their push to sue the President.
While she’s been silent about many of the current issues and debates happening on the Hill, earlier Wednesday FLOTUS addressed those at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness, calling the estimated 58,000 homeless veterans in America “ a stain on the soul of this nation.”
Her words come in light of Congress’ plans to drastically reform the Veterans Administration. As Congress debates a long-term plan to reform the Veterans Administration, the House GOP has been vocal about their concern over the cost of government funding into the VA program. The bill has since been passed in both the Senate and the House.
The GOP has also shown disinterest and lack of approval for many bills and reforms not only being made by President Obama, but FLOTUS as well. From her husband’s immigration reform proposals to her anti-obesity campaign, it seems as though the GOP has it out for the Obamas.
With that, the Democratic party hopes that Michelle will use her platform and power to raise awareness (and funds) to Democrats who will be voting in the November elections. With the GOP resistance being so strongly voiced, Dems hope Mrs. Obama will be able to represent the Obamas and their political platform to spaces that are reluctant to welcome the president.
Specifically, Dems are hoping FLOTUS can go and encourage voters to head to the polls in governor elections ( in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida, Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin), and also to spark a national interest into the House races.
Casey Mann, the Democratic Party executive director in North Carolina, says, FLOTUS has “ the opportunity to maintain the hope and the idealism that so many of us had during the 2008 and 2012 elections. She provides an opportunity for regular folks to connect outside of that gridlock, to be able to connect to the message without having the same institutional opposition so to speak.”
Though in the same way she’s known for voicing her passion about particular matters, her dislike of the politics and fundraising is just as known.
While it’s not clear the role Mrs. Obama plans to play in Novembers midterms, many Dems hope (and political observers suspect) that she will take the approach of being an advocate for voter registration and encouraging citizens to vote rather than hardcore campaigning for a particular platform. Her very direct way of pushing voter participation has the Democrats hoping it will indirectly align those influenced by FLOTUS to vote for the Democratic agenda.
I guess Chelly-O has no issues with Beyonce pulling up the partition. When the “On The Run” tour hit Chicago on July 24, The First Lady was there front and center with daughters, Malia, 16 and Sasha, 13.
The FLOTUS was in Chicago to host a Democrat fundraiser. The 50-year-old First Lady is a proud Bey stan having attended the Queen B’s last two concerts. They also worked on Mrs. Obama’s anti-obesity campaign in which you may remember Bey bouncing to her “Get Me Bodied” beat with a lunchroom full of school kids.
A Chicago-area model caught the family getting their groove on to Jay and Bey in VIP and decided to take a selfie.
It may be much to Michelle Obama’s dismay, as it’s no secret The White House works overtime to keep public pictures of the girls to a minimum. According to TMZ, Mrs. Obama called a paparazzi agency earlier this month to take down shots of Malia walking into a restaurant.
We respect the family trying to keep the girls lives as normal as possible, but it’s still nice to see them out having some fun.
We reported a few weeks ago that First Daughter Malia Obama was interning on the set of Halle Berry’s new movie Extant and since she’s been spending so much time in L.A., it’s not all too surprising the the paparazzi is on the prowl.
Monday night Malia and a few of her friends were spotted at Gjelina, famous restaurant in Venice, California. It’s often frequented by celebrities so the paparazzi were on site, snapping pictures of the 16 year old. A photographer captured a picture of Malia as she walked out of the restaurant and he sold the image to AKM-GSI for them to distribute to other sites. The agency posted the picture on their website for other media outlets to purchase. But within a few hours the First Lady’s office called AKM-GSI and asked them to please remove the photo.
According to TMZ, Mrs. Obama’s staff told the agency that they’d secured promises from several media outlets not to photograph either Sasha or Malia when they weren’t with their father, President Obama.
AKM-GSI agreed and then sent an e-mail to other media outlets issuing a “URGENT SET KILL NOTICE.”
It read: “Please delete the set of Malia Obama from your archive. The set was sent around earlier today. We cannot distribute this set.”
When TMZ posted the story, they asked if this was a case of Mrs. Obama and the White House abusing their power when Malia made a decision to one intern in L.A. and then go to a very popular restaurant. There’s a poll and a majority of the people believe it’s an abuse. But if you ask me, this is just what parents do. Parents are supposed to do everything in their power to protect their children. And as it stands now, the more power you have the better you’re able to protect your children. That’s the way of the world. Plus, if the Obamas were really to abuse their power, I can imagine a few things far worse than asking a photo agency to delete a photo of their teenage daughter.
What do you think, were the Obamas wrong to flex this much muscle or is this just yet another example of people being mad at everything the first family does, whether it’s right or wrong?