Sounds like Michelle Obama is finding out what conservatives have been living with for the past eight years.
In her final White House interview with Oprah Winfrey, the soon-to-be former first lady sounded a downbeat note about the end of her husband’s presidency – and the ascension of Donald Trump to the White House.
And in typical Michelle O. form, she managed to insult most of America would she was at it — even her own husband’s voters.
In excerpts CBS released in advance of the interview’s Dec. 19 broadcast, Obama said Trump’s election had taken “hope” away from the American outlook – and likened the country to toddlers in need of reassurance from the parents in the White House when times are tough.
“We feel the difference now. See, now, we are feeling what not having hope feels like,” she told Winfrey. “Hope is necessary. It’s a necessary concept and Barack didn’t just talk about hope because he thought it was just a nice slogan to get votes.”
Then she really got down to cases.
“Our children respond to crises the way they see us respond,” she said. “It’s like the toddler that bumps his head on the table, and they look up at you to figure out whether it hurts. And if you’re like, ‘Oh, my God,’ they’re crying. But if you’re like, ‘you know what, babe? it’s OK.’ … I feel that way about the nation. I feel Barack has been that for the nation in ways that people will come to appreciate.
“Having a grown-up in the White House who can say to you in times of crisis and turmoil, ‘hey, it’s going to be OK. Let’s remember the good things that we have. Let’s look at the future. Let’s look at all the things that we’re building.’ All of this is important for our kids to stay focused, and to feel like their work isn’t in vain, that their lives aren’t in vain.
“What do we do if we don’t have hope?”
Well, conservatives have been complaining about the “nanny state” since long before Barack Obama and his wife were ever part of national politics, but having a first lady explicitly compare a nation of adults to sobbing, helpless children is a new one. Not since former Attorney General Eric Holder slammed Americans as a “nation of cowards” has a national figure been so insulting, or so wrong, on so large a scale.
(The real irony here is that Barack Obama’s time in the White House has been marked by a childishness few of his predecessors ever showed. Obama’s not a toddler banging into tables, though. He’s more like the petulant teenager, thin-skinned, vain, and utterly convinced that the world revolves around him.)
Now, Michelle might be forgiven for thinking at least part of the nation’s adults are actually children in gown-up bodies – considering the temper tantrums her party’s supporters threw after Trump won. But the rest of America, the part that pays its bills and taxes, didn’t take the comparison kindly.
Michelle Obama says that Americans will miss her husbands calming effect of “having a grown up in the White House”
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) December 16, 2016
@charliespiering this fantasy have about Obama being a master stateman & example to us all is so bizarre. The world thinks he’s a punk
— Jason Hornbuckle (@JasonHornbuckle) December 16, 2016
@charliespiering No Americans will be celebrating getting rid off moochers and losers.
— Becky Lannon (@beckylannon) December 16, 2016
@charliespiering ‘Calming’? Tell that to the working middle-class trying to give their kids a decent Christmas & keep food on the table.
— Normi Shamblin (@RtisticOne) December 16, 2016
@charliespiering Pathetic beltway blind comment
— Lisa Henneke (@Lisahenneke) December 16, 2016
@charliespiering can not stop laughing.when did BHO ever calm/address Americans when riots,terrorist attacks,cops murdered, floods happened
— Angela DeAngelo (@AngelaDeAngelo) December 16, 2016
The point here isn’t Barack Obama’s speechmaking prowess, though, or even how “beltway blind” the Michelle Obama might have become after living high on the taxpayer hog in the White House compound.
The point is that Democrats like Michelle Obama truly believe at their core in a paternalistic government, with an all-wise national leader guiding a frightened, childish people through the problems of the world.
That’s the kind of government dictators love. It’s the kind of “pen and phone” Obama tried to implement. And it was the kind of government envisioned by Hillary “It Takes a Village” Clinton – and the fact that most reject it is one of the main reasons Clinton lost.
The adults are going to be back in charge come Jan. 20, though. And after eight years of a stultifying Democrat in the White House, and an economy that never seemed to get out of first gear, there is hope again in the country.
And all the insults in the world from Michelle Obama aren’t going to change that.
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