Michelle Obama

In defense of Michelle Obama

Featured image I like Michelle Obama. Unlike her husband, I believe the first lady has grown in office, rarely (though occasionally) putting a foot wrong in the past six years. For example, unlike the president, she couldn’t have been more gracious during a picture-unveiling ceremony with the George W. and Laura Bush. This spring, in her seventh year as first lady, Michelle Obama has delivered several commencement speeches, two of them to »

Michelle Obama: “The first thing we have to do”

Featured image One might think Michelle Obama has led a charmed life. She grew up with two parents who loved and supported her. Her academic achievements took her to Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Her education paved the road for a successful career back home. Her marriage has made her First Lady of the United States, an office that has provided her with almost unbelievable perquisites and privileges. Yet Mrs. Obama »

“Bruce Bailey” for “governor of Iowa”

Featured image With control of the Senate at stake, Barack Obama can’t quite stand the thought of remaining on the sidelines. This, perhaps, is why he keeps injecting himself into the race by telling people that his policies are on the ballot and that endangered Democratic incumbents are “folks who vote with me.” Obama’s desire to participate may also explain why Michelle Obama went to Iowa not long ago to campaign for »

Michelle Obama event “creeps out” veteran reporter

Featured image Meg Kissinger, a veteran reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, was assigned to cover Michelle Obama’s speech in Milwaukee on behalf of Mary Burke, the Democratic candidate for governor of Wisconsin. As she has done for the past 35 years, Kissinger tried to talk to people in the crowd. She was not allowed to do so. Kissinger stated on her Facebook page: Assigned to cover Michelle Obama’s speech today and »

Evict Obama’s mother-in-law from the White House?

Featured image The idea sounds harsh to me. But, as Michael Rubin notes: The news is full of stories of private residences on public land being shut down because of the government shutdown. Here, for example, is a story regarding an elderly couple temporarily evicted form a cabin they own on federal land. And [the federal government] is also turning people away from privately-run inns on federal land. Why then, Rubin asks, »

What Is It With Liberals and Food?

Featured image Scott beat me to the story (yes, we often scoop each other here on Power Line) about how the conventional wisdom about salt has been turned on its head.  Memo to Mayor Bloomberg: Can we have our salt shakers back now, please?  Will overturning the conventional wisdom on soda be far behind? One thing we do know: Like Nurse Bloomberg’s dietary dictates, Michelle Obama’s school lunch fatwa is a dismal failure. »

Michelle Obama’s “Shhhh” Moment, and her husband’s plans to spread the wealth

Featured image In his book The Promise, left-wing writer Jonathan Alter recounts the following incident from President Obama’s first year in office: A congressman approached the first lady at a White House reception after the [stimulus] bill’s passage and told her the stimulus was the best anti-poverty bill in a generation. Her reaction was “Shhhh!” The White House didn’t want the public thinking that Obama had achieved long-sought public policy objectives under »

Bush portraits unveiled at White House; Obama is “congenial”

Featured image Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura returned to the White House today for the unveiling of their portraits. The former President’s parents – themselves a former President and a former First Lady – were also in attendance. They received the longest ovation of the day. President and Ms. Obama both spoke. Peter Wehner, who was present as a former member of the Bush staff, got it exactly »