From a giddy Forbes magazine, declaring longtime affirmative action beneficiary, second generation Chicago patronage worker, and self-appointed food and fitness czarina Michelle “Mean Country” Obama the world’s most powerful woman:
She has made the office of First Lady her own. A forceful advocate of school nutrition standards and military families’ affairs, she’s more involved in policy than Laura Bush was. But unlike Hillary Clinton, who championed a secretive (and ultimately unsuccessful) health care reform, Obama has stayed away from hard policy. A fashion icon and an athletic mother of two, she’s Jackie Kennedy with a law degree from Harvard and street sense from Chicago’s South Side. She’s also effective: In response to her Let’s Move! campaign against childhood obesity, companies like Coca-Cola, Kellogg and General Mills have pledged to reduce the calorie content of their foods by 2012. The first lady remains popular: 54% of Americans view her favorably.
I know how these two fist-bumping phonies like to take things that belong to the rest of us, but I defy anyone to tell me what in the heck “[s]he has made the office of First Lady her own” is supposed to mean. That she’s able to commandeer a fleet of government SUVs for a photo op to some federally-subsidized co-op, designed to combat alleged “food deserts?” That she’s able to blow $375,000 living large at a Spanish resort while the little people suffer 10% unemployment? That she’s able to get Castro-loving fossil Barbara Walters to proclaim her “the Most Fascinating Person of 2009” and gush over her supposedly amazing arms? Up until this head scratcher, that award was the silliest, most pointless display of the Lame Stream Media’s irrelevance to come down the pike since Eric Zorn, or Christiane Amanpour (Number 73). I hope that Christiane will forgive me. I am, after all, one of the two or three dozen people who actually watch her show.
You can read the whole list here. Katie Couric ranks Number 22, one place higher than Kathleen Sebelius (23). So, the woman who, thanks to Obama’s health care scheme, effectively has the power and life and death over every single American, is less powerful than a woman who reads from a TelePrompTer in between ads for denture cream and Depends? Remind me why I’m supposed to take this foolish list seriously.
As far as Michelle Antoinette, she clearly has enormous influence over the current occupant of the Oval Office, by which I mean that it’s pretty clear who wears the pants in that family, and it’s not the jug-eared pencil neck supposed running the show. Given that, I guess I can understand why some might believe that getting her behind, and no conversation about Michelle would be complete without using the word “behind,” a policy is sure to lead to its success. And yet, that pesky reality lurks around every corner, and it suggests otherwise.
Like everything else about this disingenuous grifter, her “forceful” advocacy for school nutrition is less “for the children,” and more for the democrat party and its union cronies. In a rare demonstration of union members actually working, the SEIU, whose former head Andy Stern was the most frequent visitor to the White House from January to July 2009, has been trying to unionize the Lunch Lady. Michelle no doubt sees another benefit, irresistible to liberals: enlarging the scope power of the metastasizing federal government, particularly over the public education sacred cow.
Recently, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (applaud my restraint for not starting this sentence “Speaking of cows”), Number 11 on this unintentionally hilarious list, adjourned the House without passing Mouchelle’s $8 billion nutrition bill. Apparently, members of Congress, which, I note, is controlled by democrats, are too dense to understand the benefits of looting the food stamp program to fund Michelle’s pet project, which made that vote too hard for them to take right before an election. So wasn’t that “hard policy?” Score one point for the supposedly much less powerful Speaker.
It’s probably best that we not mention that Olympic bid debacle, in which Michelle made the cringe-inducing speech about sitting on her father’s lap circa 1984 watching Carl Lewis when she was 21. Suffice it to say that was another failure for the “effective” First Lady.
Lady Gaga, Number 7, may show up in a dress made out of meat, but, unlike the Wagyu beef at the celebrity soirées and cocktail parties Queen Michelle hosts at the White House, at least she pays for it herself.
The woman doesn’t even know how to walk her dog.
Like her unaccomplished empty suit husband, inexplicably Michelle Obama finds herself showered with praise, awards and fawning compliments about her amazing physical allure that defy the plain evidence we can see with our own eyes. Still more evidence that those who masquerade as “serious journalists” are nothing more than PR flacks for this destructive couple of frauds and their band of merry Marxist mobsters.
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