First Lady in Memphis

Local TV anchors were giddy about Michelle Obama’s visit to St. Jude yesterday. No bias showing there, eh?

The CA this morning plastered her on the front page (can she do something about that hair?). “She declared she didn’t like to do selfies,” according to reporter Tom Charlier. Pardon my skepticism. The Obamas are all about selfies, face time, photo ops and hash tags. Otherwise, why was she here? She wasn’t there to announce grants or to share her findings on oncology.

It seemed to escape the media, too, that there is a giant contrast between St. Jude, founded by Danny Thomas with charitable donations, and Obamacare. The latter is all about government interference in medicine; about who gets care and who doesn’t; about making rules; about extorting payment from others. There couldn’t be a more obvious contrast than these two.

Being an Obama, the First Lady was predictably late, like her husband who seems to enjoy making people wait for his appearance. Also, like her spouse, her visit caused delays and problems for others. Michelle also managed to work in her pet project. She showed her appreciation to the one child who mentioned he liked strawberries; her push for nutritious snacks is always at the forefront of her visits.

Pardon my skepticism, too, when she said she tried to talk Barack out of running for office. This from the woman who came up with and pushed his “Yes We Can Slogan.”

The CA reporter didn’t mention, as the Weekly Standard did, her reflexive victimization act. Even though she lives a pampered, privileged life at the White House and whenever she travels, the First Lady said, “sometimes living in the White House and being married to the President and trying to live a life like that, it can be hard. But when I meet you guys, I am so inspired, which is one of the reasons why I like to come and spend time with you guys. You all are smart, and you’re focused, and you’re just so courageous. And it’s just fun to be able — I could be here all day with you, if you haven’t noticed.”

And with that, I imagine, she left.

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