Politics

Michelle Obama Cashes in on Bitterness

She'll "never forgive" Trump for birther nonsense, but she has $65 million reasons to thank him.

Nate Jackson · Nov. 12, 2018

“For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country.”

“When they go low, we go high.”

“The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks. I feared the reaction. What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him.”

All of the above quotes were Michelle Obama, who has a history of such comments. The third quote is from her new book, Becoming, and it had the Leftmedia abuzz over the weekend.

In the first quote, Michelle admitted that her national pride was tied to the political fortunes of her husband. In the second, she just flat out lied — primarily her husband but also his party always go low. Look no further than Brett Kavanaugh. Democrats habitually and strategically demonize their conservative opponents rather than debate the merits of policy or nominations.

And in the third quote, Michelle Obama revealed the understandable if petty emotions of a spouse whose husband was attacked with false charges. It is true that Trump made a lot of hay about the whole “birther” idea that Barack Obama wasn’t actually born in the U.S. But Trump didn’t start that false report; Barack Obama did — or at least his literary agent did in 1991. “Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii,” read the brief Obama bio by Acton & Dystel. Where did they get that idea? No doubt from Obama himself, who likely said so to advance his “diversity” credentials in much the same way Elizabeth Warren was touting her supposed Native American heritage.

Then, in 2008, Hillary Clinton’s supporters spread the rumor of Obama’s birth. Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal (of Benghazi talking-points infamy) helped spread the birther rumors, as did a Clinton campaign volunteer in Iowa. It’s unfortunate that so many of Obama’s opponents on the Right then became almost religiously convinced of this bogus story, losing political capital chasing phantoms instead of truly dealing with Obama’s terrible policy prescriptions or actual heritage of hate.

But in any case, Michelle and Barack received a joint book deal worth $65 million, so it seems that her bitterness paid off rather handsomely. Seems she’d do well to send Trump a thank-you card.

Exit quote: In response, Trump said of Barack Obama: “I’ll never forgive him for what he did to our United States military by not funding it properly. It was depleted; everything was old and tired. And I came in, and I had to fix it, and I’m in the process of spending tremendous amounts of money. … What he did to our military made this country very unsafe.” That’s far more consequential than misplaced blame for a silly rumor.

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