First Lady Rejects “Angry” Stererotype–From ‘Tell All’ Book.
In an interview with NBC, First Lady Michelle Obama said she has grown tired of being labled with the “angry black woman” stereotype.
Fresh attention is being focused on her role in the White House after a tell-all book written by NY Times writer Jodi Kantor has exploded onto bookshelves. “The Obama’s” is an insider’s look at the dynamics, personalities and power struggles inside the Obama White House. In the book, Kantor often characterizes Ms. Obama as a significant force in the Administration, and has pointed out numerous clashes with staff and other cabinet members. In what critics are calling a “softball” NBC interview, Ms. Obama refutes the book (she and the President declined to be interviewed for it’s writing) and says she is tired of the stereotype.
However, the past 2 1/2 years are filled with numerous examples of Ms. Obama either showing a lack of, or ignoring, the normal grace and diplomacy of a First Lady. It began in 2008 with her infamous quote, upon the ‘pending’ election of her husband, that for the first time in her life she was proud of her country. Much of her “angry” persona has come from her insistance on pushing her Food Education programs; periodically insinuating that American children are lazy and out of shape (maybe many are, but people don’t like the First Lady shoving it in their faces); her lack of decorum and charm when meeting with world leaders (remember the British royalty fiasco with the DVD’s and Obama speeches for the Queen), and finally, the Obama’s continually trying to portray themselves as ‘middle class’ Americans-just like us. From the UK Daily Mail Paper, who detected this as far back as 2008:
“”For the past year (she and Barack) have jetted around the country with Oprah Winfrey and Robert De Niro, enjoying penthouse parties and living the high life.”
The paper also seized on early examples of an apprent ruthless personality.
“More contentious still was Michelle’s appointment as the £150,000-a-year vice-president of external affairs at the University of Chicago hospital in 2005. Michelle’s image was further tarnished in May 2006, when it was revealed that the centre – despite earning some £50million a year – had refused to treat a man who could not afford to pay his bill. He died.”
When the First Lady says she is tired of the “angry” stereotype, she needs to examine her life and it’s body of work, and then realize perhaps she needs to look in the mirror. If you google search ‘angry Michelle Obama, you will find story after story spoon-feeding off of the NBC interview; instead of asking the tough questions; perhaps why do people perceive her as such?