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Michelle and daughters discovered at Beyonce concert

Keith Koffler is reporting that Michelle Obama and her daughters got photographed by this girl in the foreground, who caught them in a selfie.

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Michelle was in Chicago Thursday for a DNC fundraiser, and she took her girls afterward to the Beyonce and Jay-Z show.

Want to have some fun? Fine. But this is rank hypocrisy.

Michelle styles herself as someone who cares deeply about kids. But Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z rake in millions peddling overt sexuality and other forms of vile entertainment to children.

Not to mention the $50 million Beyonce is making selling Pepsi to kids, a campaign that will stuff so much sugar into their veins that one might suggest Michelle’s "Let’s Move" initiative include a program for rescuing children from diabetic comas.

Beyonce is one of the pioneers in the move to finish long, slow process of achieving the final putrefaction of American culture. No American first lady should stand with someone like Beyonce. But this one does.

In the larger image, you can clearly see a large cloud of smoke over Michelle's right shoulder.

That ain't tobacco smoke!



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A lesson in speaking out of both sides of one's mouth

Ben Wolfgang is reporting that Michelle Obama on Thursday night urged Democrats to "dig deep" into their pockets and "write a big fat check" before the midterm elections, but minutes later complained of too much money in politics.

Speaking at a party fundraiser in Chicago, Mrs. Obama said Democrats must triumph in the November contests if Barack Obama is to make progress on his agenda during the final two years of his term.

She also blasted special interest groups that funnel money to Republicans.

"So, yeah, there’s too much money in politics. There’s special interests that have too much influence. But they had all that money and all that influence back in 2008 and 2012 and we still won those elections," she said.

Mrs. Obama then urged fellow Democrats to add even more money to the political system.

"There is something you can do right now today to make a difference, and that is to write a big, fat check. I kid you not," she said. "I’m going to be honest with you. That’s what we need you to do right now. We need you to write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write."

Michelle’s 20-minute speech also made reference to her food-NAZI project, saying:

"It's gotten so bad, they’re even trying to block the work that I do on childhood obesity, and that’s really saying something. I mean, for most folks in this country, making sure our kids get decent nutrition shouldn’t be that controversial."

Have a french fry, Michelle!


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Thanks to food-NAZI, Michelle Obama, Chick-fil-A is banned from school

Jennifer Burke is reporting that Socastee High School is saying goodbye to Chick-fil-A thanks to the nutritional guidelines for all schools as determined by Michelle Obama, who incidentally does not have a degree or even a certificate in nutrition. As a result of this change, not only will students not experience the tasty goodness that is Chick-fil-A, students in the Department of Special Education will be made to suffer the loss of their main fundraiser for field trips.

EAGNews reports that Socastee Principal Paul Browning said that the school will come into compliance with Michelle Obama's guidelines, but it will amount to being able to sell pine bark and flavored water with extremely limited options for what students can purchase during the school day.

The director of food services for Horry County Schools, Laura Farmer, said, "We're feeding the trash cans." Unsatisfied with the new lunch offerings, students are throwing away the food and many have opted not to buy lunch at school, period. Both have resulted in a financial loss for the school district.

One former school board member, Wendy Day, told EAGNews, "I would tell her, mom to mom, to stay out of my child's lunch box. She can feed her kids whatever she wants, but if I want to feed my kids a cupcake and a peanut butter sandwich, it isn't her business. Here in fly over country, we like cupcakes."


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Michelle Obama -- "has been elected by no one"

Kyle Olson is reporting that there's growing heartburn over federal school lunch regulations and now school board members are lashing out at Michelle Obama, the champion of the program overhaul.

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

"We believe that proper food nutrition and meal portion guidelines are best decided at a local level," said Rick Petfalski, School Board president for the Muskego-Norway School District.

Opting out of the program means Muskego-Norway will no longer receive federal money for its meals, but it also means the district is free to serve whatever it wants.

Already losing money because fewer kids were buying the meals, the district will now have to cover the cost of free and reduced lunches on its own. It will do this partly by spending less on foods that students don't eat and -- they believe -- increasing the number of kids buying lunches by providing tastier meals.

Under the school lunch program regulations, Petfalski said, the district's food service was projected to be headed toward a $54,000 deficit. By opting out -- and presumably selling more food -- he expects about a $7,100 surplus.

"By leaving the program we will not be required to follow these onerous guidelines, pushed by and large by Michelle Obama, who last I checked has been elected by no one," Petfalski said. (emphasis added)

The great irony is that Petfalski's district will actually net more money by turning down the federal reimbursements.

Meanwhile, Waterford Graded superintendent Christopher Joch told the paper, "There was a lot of waste."

He added, "The food ended up in the garbage instead of the kids' mouths."

The chorus of complaints is only likely to increase as the feds up their regulations by cutting sugary and fatty snacks, effective July 1.



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Whoops! Joan Rivers says Obama is gay and Michelle is a tranny

I don't expect Joan Rivers will be invited to the White House anytime soon.

I didn't run the following video when I first ran across it, but Rivers isn't the first to make such an allegation:

But in fairness, Michelle (Robinson) Obama's life as a female is well documented.

You can't believe everything you read or see on the Internet.


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Washington school district complies with Michelle O's lunch rules and bans birthday cupcakes

Victor Skinner says Michelle Obama's national school lunch overhaul is getting a little ridiculous.

She worked with federal bureaucrats to strictly limit what types of foods can be served in school cafeterias across the country in an effort to fight childhood obesity. The federal regulations on meat, vegetables, salt, and other aspects of the school lunch has been met with staunch indignation from students who have either trashed their mandatory fruit and vegetables or opted not to eat lunch at all.

Now, the Edmonds School District in Washington state and others are cracking down on birthday cupcakes and other sugary snacks students bring from home under a directive from the federal lunch police, according to news reports.

"Birthday parties in classrooms may be celebrated with non-food treats and favors for students. No food is allowed as part of a birthday celebration," according to a new Edmonds School District policy tied to the federal lunch rules, according to The Herald.

"Appropriate alternatives to food that may be shared on special occasions can be within the procedures," the district's website states.

Instead of tasty cupcakes, students can now celebrate their birthdays with gift pencils, origami frogs and extra recess time. Yay.

"The change in procedure was inspired by a new federal Wellness Policy, which requires superintendents to monitor nutritional standards for unregulated items such as food prepared by parent groups, vending-machine fare, student store offerings and classroom parties," The Herald reports.

"The federal rule applies only to food sold to students, not given away. The Edmonds School District (Wellness Committee) took it a step further by banning food at birthday celebrations."

Nationally, about 7.3 percent of schools ban sugary treats for classroom birthday parties, while 6.4 percent do the same for holiday parties, according to a Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior study cited by The Herald.
 
In the Edmond district, the Wellness Committee's decision to ban cupcakes and other celebratory treats was also reportedly based on the fact that not all students can afford the expense.

The Hearld's editorial board pointed out how silly the new policy really is.

"It's important for young people to embrace good nutrition and develop healthy lifestyles. But bureaucratic edicts, especially ironclad rules that exceed the standards held by many responsible parents, are bound to cause backlash," according to the news site's op-ed.

"A cupcake a week or two will not make an active, healthy kid obese; nor will denial of cupcakes make an obese kid healthy. In fact, learning how to celebrate with food may be an antidote to compulsive eating habits."

The concerns about the affordability of birthday treats could be resolved by simply suggesting a modest dollar limit on the snacks, The Herald opined.

Parents contacted by The Herald, and those who posted comments on the news site, seem to agree that the new policy is an unnecessary bureaucratic boondoggle.

"Ridiculous. This is a poor interpretation of the law. Bring on the cupcakes or healthier treats once a year for each child and forget this nonsense," Judi Caudle wrote in the comments on Heraldnet.com. "This policy is over-reaching and punishes students on a day that should be celebrated as they choose."

Local resident Richard Martinson, whose children attended Edmonds schools, said school officials seem determined to suck the fun out of the only celebration with friends some students might have.

"It's a little bit of fun that makes school more bearable, and now it's gone," he said.

Everything the Obama's do chips away at American's freedoms.


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Hey! Michelle! Do you know what your husband is eating?

Not even MSNBC's Chrs Hayes was willing to cover for Obama on this one.

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FLOTUS issues brain warning

Twitchy has a collection of tweets that show Michelle is not only a "nutritionist," but now has assumed the role of "educator" by issuing a warning to those who "goof off all summer."

Here are the first three:

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Read the rest here -- they're great!

I guess all those Vineyard summer vacations don't count as "goofing off."



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Michelle is angry!

Katie Moisse is reporting that Michelle Obama said she'll fight to prevent Congress from rolling back changes to school lunch standards across the country, telling a small group of reporters that folding now is "unacceptable."

"Of course it's hard. That we expected," the first lady said of getting school cafeterias and students on board with healthier fare.

"We expected those challenges, particularly among our oldest kids who've grown up eating junk food," she added. "But what we did not expect was for the grownups to go along with it and say, 'Well, this is too hard and it costs too much money so let's stop even though we have 90 percent compliance.'"

Obama's Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act drew overwhelming support when it was introduced in 2010. But some schools said they were struggling to implement the new dietary requirements, claiming menu items rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables were more expensive and less appetizing to students.

The House Appropriations Committee voted in May to allow schools to temporarily opt out of the school dietary requirements -- a move interpreted by some as the first step toward an overhaul of the standards.

"Would you ever say, 'Let's just stop now and start over because we have 10 percent left to do?" Obama told reporters, including ABC News' chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser. "That's where we are right now and that's just unacceptable."

But some critics say the first lady's stats are inaccurate.

"The government continues to perpetuate the fiction that 90 percent of school cafeterias are successfully meeting the federal nutrition standards being debated by Congress. This is unfortunate and irresponsible," Patti Montague, chief executive officer of the School Nutrition Association, said in a statement.

"Because while it's true that the vast majority of schools are in compliance with the 2012 standards, few schools are prepared to successfully meet the standards that take effect on July 1," Montague said.

"School Nutrition Association does not want to gut the current standards. Our members simply want relief from some of the onerous regulations slated to take effect this summer, which will lead to fewer students receiving healthy school meals, more food being thrown away and many school meal programs in financial straits," Montague added.

The first lady acknowledged that most schools want help implementing the new standards, not an overhaul. She also said that she thinks members of the SNA "are surprised that it has gotten to that point where their small complaints have turned into a discussion about completely overhauling standards that they had fought for in the he first place."

Obama said the standards are "critical to the ultimate success of a generation of young people.

"We just want to make sure that decisions about our kids school lunches, where taxpayers spend billions of dollars a year, that it's based on science and not on politics," she said.

Fat-assed Michelle has to be on a rabbit diet because if she eats "real food" she'll blow up like a balloon. So if she can't eat "real food," the kids can't either.

AS far as kids being too fat -- get them away from the video games and TeeVee.


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Jihadists mock Michelle

Keith Koffler is reporting that this is reportedly the creation of Jihadist Tweeters. Who knows. Anyway, it's kind of funny.

As you are probably aware, the Islamist rebels in Iraq have taken all kinds of American equipment, some of it sophisticated and deadly, from the Iraqi army.

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Ah, yes! The mocking and disgrace of America under the Obamas continues.



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Speculation builds on Michelle Obama senate run

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NBC/Chicago is reporting that it wasn't that long ago that such a slogan would seem absurd, but political wags are beginning to wonder whether Michelle Obama is mulling a run for Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk's seat in 2016.

A Thursday column in Reuters suggests that Obama would be the only candidate with a large enough profile to unseat the Republican.

The column also points to Obama's recent willingness to debate the merits of her school lunch program with Republicans, a trip to China, fundraising and her stance on the kidnapped Nigerian school girls as other signs that her tone is turning more political.

It's not the first time Obama has been mentioned as a potential senatorial candidate, but that speculation has always focused beyond 2016. And Michelle has never publicly indicated any interest in seeking political office.

But just like a senator named Barack Obama who decided to run for president in 2008 when many thought he should wait his turn, politics are often about timing.

She would quickly become the most recognizable face in the Senate. Her fame and fundraising ability would command deference in a body that normally operates on seniority. Whether the recent elevation of her profile suggests a plan to run is unclear, but she will be well positioned should she jump in. -- Reuters

There's also that 2012 Public Polling Policy survey showing the first lady picking up 51 percent of the vote against Kirk's 40 percent if they were to run.

Your move, FLOTUS.



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60,000 Low-income students in Washington, DC, refuse to eat Michelle's crap sandwich

Blake Neff is reporting that a local Washington D.C. news station NBC4 reports that over 60,000 low-income students in the metro area are skipping lunch, dissatisfied with the food offered to them by their schools.

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In Fairfax County, Virginia, which contains much of D.C.'s Virginia suburbs, 16 percent of students eligible for free lunch don't eat on a typical day. In Washington itself, the figure is 24 percent. In Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland, over a quarter of low-income students don't eat lunch per day.

The kids' failure to eat is costing the schools big money, as they lose $3 in federal subsidies every time a student on free lunch forgoes taking a meal. That's $180,000 a day, adding up to over $32 million in a school year lasting approximately 180 days. School officials say the lost subsidies are straining their budgets, as they need the money to pay for healthier food options mandated by Congress.

It isn't new information that many children are rejecting the food offered them. A January report from the Government Accountability Office suggested that many students were rejecting healthier lunches because they did not enjoy the food offered.

First lady Michelle Obama has been aggressively promoting healthier lunches in the nation's schools in an attempt to lower childhood obesity. At a roundtable discussion Tuesday at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, she decried efforts to roll back the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 as "unacceptable."

"The last thing we can afford right now is to play politics with our kids' health," Michelle said.

Her efforts are starting to run afoul of the nation's school boards. A letter sent to Congress Tuesday by the National School Boards Association, which represents over 14,000 school districts nationwide, begs Congress to grant schools more leeway to receive waivers from federal nutrition standards.

Congress may attempt to reduce pressure on schools as part of the process of marking up the 2015 budget for the Department of Agriculture, which administers school lunch programs.

Related:  1 Million school kids refuse to eat Michelle Obama's crap sandwiches

And here's the kicker! The Education Action Group Foundation estimates that it will cost $3.2 billion for schools to implement Michelle's federal regulations.


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Everyone hates Michelle Obama’s school lunches

Mary Katherine Ham is reporting that there’s a hashtag filled with colorful commentary and color pictures of the devastation Michelle Obama’s healthy school lunch initiative has wrought on the plastic platters of America’s school children.

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There’s a GAO report showing participation in the school lunch program down more than 1 million students -- the first such decline in years -- while costs are up and the actual nutritional value of these allegedly improved meals remains in question. But none of this requires reevaluation.

The real problem with Michelle Obama’s crusade and a top-down, inflexible federal mandate for students of varying sizes and tastes is that Republicans are pointing out that it’s not as great as the First Lady claims:

If Michelle Obama had it her way, House Republicans would currently be in detention.

In one of the most overtly political speeches during her tenure as First Lady, Obama slammed Republicans on Tuesday for trying to weaken school nutritional standards, one of her key policy achievements.

“This is unacceptable,” Michelle Obama said at a White House meeting with school leaders and experts. “It’s unacceptable to me not just as First Lady but also as a mother.

“The stakes couldn’t be higher on this issue,” she said, pointing to obesity statistics in both children and adults. “The last thing we can afford to so right now is play politics with our kids health.”

I, unlike many others, don’t have a huge problem with the First Lady pushing for healthier eating. It’s a fine message, we do have a childhood obesity problem, and I’d rather meddlesome liberals be in the business of encouraging such things socially than mandating them. But this school lunch overhaul seems to be a perfect example of how a basically unobjectionable encouragement to eat healthier can become a disaster when the government attempts to implement it in a one-size-fits-all program.

By what measure is this program a “policy achievement?” Did the First Lady envision fewer students on the school lunch she wanted retooled to micromanage their health? Surely not. Did she want large numbers of students boycotting school lunch? Although it’s a decent lesson in activism, that probably wasn’t the goal. Did she want districts taking money from teaching budgets to pay higher prices for lunches that were being thrown away? I’m guessing no. Are bland, carb-filled substitutes for fatty offerings making anyone healthier? But admitting that tweaks in the program could allow districts more flexibility and possibly more success, even success as Michelle Obama defines it, would mean a minor political concession to Republicans. Better to pretend your “policy achievement” is going swimmingly and attack anyone who might want to change anything about the program the GAO found “challenging” and in need of “clarification.”

The Heritage Foundation explains the move Republicans are trying to make, which regrettably doesn’t change the underlying nutrition requirements (even the forthcoming anti-science War on Salt):

There’s a provision in the House agriculture appropriations bill that would grant waivers to school food authorities who are suffering financial losses due to operating food service programs. The waivers would give those SFAs an exemption from complying with the requirements for the 2014-15 school year. This might help some schools temporarily, including those who have reportedly taken money out of their teaching budgets to cover the additional program costs.

The Obamas’ personal chef has something to say about it, too:

Sam Kass, who is the administration’s Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy, framed this minor reprieve for some schools as an absolute catastrophe. According to Obama Foodorama, a blog covering White House food policy, “’What the House Republicans have proposed will be absolutely devastating,’ Kass said, and painted a grim picture of the junk food free-for-all that could go on, saying schools will be filled with ‘chips and candy bars, and all kinds of unhealthy foods.’”

You’ll eat your flaccid, watery broccoli and cold chicken cutlets and you’ll like it, hoi polloi!

Child obesity isn't the result of what kids are eating.

Modern kids, when at their desks at school, are either watching TV or playing video games -- they don't get any exercise -- they're sitting on their asses all day.



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Michelle wants students to police grandpa's speech

Keith Koffler is reporting that Michelle Obama Saturday counseled graduating seniors in Topeka, Kansas to tell their closest relatives to put a sock in it if they hear something they don't like.

And so, graduates, it's up to all of you to lead the way, to drag my generation and your grandparents' generation along with you.

And that's really my challenge to all of you today.  As you go forth, when you encounter folks who still hold the old prejudices because they've only been around folks like themselves, when you meet folks who think they know all the answers because they've never heard any other viewpoints, it's up to you to help them see things differently.

Maybe that starts simply in your own family, when grandpa tells that off-colored joke at Thanksgiving, or you've got an aunt talks about "those people."  Well, you can politely inform them that they're talking about your friends (Applause)

That's the problem with big government liberals like Michelle. Ultimately, they think your business is their business.

And so they make policies that reflect this. They want to run your healthcare, decide what type of moral principles you must support, and so forth. And it won't be long before they'll tell you what grandpa can say to you over checkers.

If my grandpa is a foaming at the mouth racist -- he wasn't, but if he were -- it's a problem for me, but it's actually none of Michelle's damn business.

But no matter what you do, the point is to never be afraid to talk about these issues, particularly the issue of race.  Because even today, we still struggle to do that.  Because this issue is so sensitive, is so complicated, so bound up with a painful history.

And we need your generation to help us break through.  We need all of you to ask the hard questions and have the honest conversations, because that is the only way we will heal the wounds of the past and move forward to a better future. (Applause.)

Sounds more like Michelle is intent on keeping the wounds of the past open.

There is racism today. There is much less racism than there used to be. This country has come a long way.

What's holding African Americans down today is not racism. It is the dysfunction in the black community created by years of programs designed by elitist liberals like Mrs. Obama

Almost three quarters of all black children are born out of wedlock. Half of all blacks live in households receiving means-tested benefits. Those are tragedies. And they have nothing to do with racism, and everything to do with the replacement of the family by the government.

What minority communities need is conservative policies that open up opportunities for everyone, and a rollback of government programs that keep people tethered to the nanny state.

And what we need less of is heightened scrutiny of fading racism, which only serves to divide us. Oh, and to get the Democratic base to the polls on Election Day.


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Michelle Obama says "politically savvy" Hanoi Jane Fonda is my role model

No surprise there.


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#BringBackOurGirls

Watch the whole thing!

All the usual Left-wing whackjobs are congregating at #BringBackOurGirls -- an absolutely useless exercise -- but they all feel good about themselves -- and that's what liberalism is all about -- feeling good about one's self.


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Michelle wrings her hands about the Boko Haram kidnappings

Notice that Michelle did not include the words: Boko Haram, Islam, Islamists, or Muslims in her talk. She points the finger at "terrorists" and "men." 

She doesn't address Islam and slavery.

She doesn't address the Muslim denial of female education.

And she drones on far too long -- saying very little.

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Related:  The violent oppression of women in Islam (pdf).


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Michelle Obama joins who’s who of fashion world in NYC

First Fashion Fan Michelle Obama joined a who’s who of top designers Monday morning to cut the ribbon at the Metropolitan Museum’s new Anna Wintour Costume Center.

Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Donatella Versace, Carolina Herrera, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Victoria Beckham, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, and Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen were among the fashion luminaries at the $40 million center, named for the famed Vogue editrix.

“It was lovely, it was remarkable actually,” cooed Grace Coddington, Vogue’s creative director, after leaving the event, which shut down Fifth Avenue in front of the museum.

Wintour -- the inspiration for the novel and film “The Devil Wears Prada” -- raised more than $500,000 for the president’s 2012 re-election, putting her among the top tier of his supporters.

Wintour was also instrumental in promoting “Runway to Win,” in which she enlisted top designers like Jacobs and Alexandra Wang to make swag to raise funds for the campaign.

Michelle Obama was later expected at a pair of Democratic fundraisers in the city.

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Michelle's motto: "Sometimes the best time is to do nothing at all"

Jeannie DeAngelis says there is a part of me that thought I was beyond being shocked by anything the high-living Obamas do.  Somewhere deep down I believed that these people had to have a modicum of conscience at their core. To be honest, I secretly felt that at some point the gross excess would become a bit embarrassing and the Obamas' orgy of self-indulgence would ease up a bit.

Boy, was I wrong.

Much to my astonishment, after chronicling all the travels and the affluent way of life enjoyed by the spoiled first lady, it turns out that while her husband was in Asia screwing up and eating $300 endangered blue fin tuna sushi, Michelle actually indulged in a secret spa weekend in Middleburg, Virginia.

If the second leg of her Hawaii vacation is counted as a separate trip, there would be Hawaii I and Hawaii II, Aspen, Key Largo, and China, with the Middleburg spa weekend being Michelle's sixth getaway since the first of the year.

After 27 days in Hawaii (17 with family and an additional 10 at Oprah's Maui Estate), a star-studded birthday bash, a State Dinner in a heated tent on the South lawn dressed in a $12K Carolina Herrera gown, skiing in Aspen for President's Day weekend, bunking in an $8,400 per-night Presidential Suite in China for eight days, and Key Largo lodging at the Ocean Reef Resort ($35 million net-worth members only), Michelle apparently felt entitled to sneak away for some well-earned downtime at Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Virginia.

The resort's website reminds guests: "Sometimes the best time is to do nothing at all," a motto both Michelle and her do nothing husband have apparently taken to heart.

Meanwhile, the American people continue to languish.  Millions are unemployed and on food stamps.  Thanks to Mr. Obama's grand social experiment, affordability and access to healthcare has been severely impacted and many gravely ill people are in life-threatening straits.  Our nation's economy is faltering, between January and March the GDP grew at .01%, war is on the horizon, and our military is being gutted, possibly undermining our ability to defend our nation against multiple aggressors.

Despite all these dire circumstances, it seems as if bi-weekly America's first lady and her subjects…er, I mean entourage of toadies, indulge in one taxpayer-funded excursion after another.

This time it was at the Salamander, where "All deluxe rooms have either an expansive walkout terrace or stone balcony, ideal for a country breakfast, evening cocktail or just relaxing," spacious bathrooms with pedestal tubs, showers with body jets and LCD televisions, and "spectacular views of the beautiful Virginia countryside."

While Barack Obama was busy pushing immigration reform in South Korea, Michelle, Sasha, and Malia were spotted in the lobby of the tony resort owned by multimillionaire team president/managing partner/governor of the WNBA's Washington Mystics and original founder of the Black Entertainment Network (BET), Sheila Crump Johnson.

Giving new meaning to "some enchanted evening," Foxcroft all-girls boarding school was at the resort making merry for its centennial when alumni and admitted big fan of Mrs. Obama Leigh Edgerton "locked eyes with the first lady on Friday evening."

Edgerton said that "[Michelle] was walking through the lobby and everyone stood up and started clapping. She looked right at me and said, 'Hi, everybody, I hope you're having fun,' and I raised my arms in the air and said with a big smile 'I am!'"

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Having fun? Fun isn't something most Americans are having right now!  Stood up and started clapping?  For what? Michelle's talent for cultivating hostility and rage in a large portion of the American public?  How about the first lady's complete disregard for a nation of desperate people barely managing to survive?

After the resort lobby walk-through Michelle was not spotted again until she was seen enjoying the Virginia countryside while lunching on a private terrace with a group of twenty grovelers…er, I mean people.

Thanks to Leigh Edgerton we know where Michelle was on Friday night, and we also know where she was on Sunday around lunchtime, but where was the first lady all day Saturday while war was percolating in the Ukraine?

Why, Michelle was wine-tasting.

Seems John Kent Cooke (son of former Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke) closed the Boxwood Winery for a "private event." On Saturday, posted on the Boxwood Winery Facebook page appeared a picture of an informally dressed first lady clad in khaki slacks, a patterned blouse, and a head scarf. The caption under the post read:  "Thank you Michelle Obama for visiting us today! We enjoyed hosting you and your wonderful friends!"

So there you have it; although not literally, I have been figuratively rendered speechless by Mrs. Obama's continued insensitivity and cold indifference toward the hardships faced by millions of Americans who have been wronged by her husband's ineptitude.

Whether Michelle, the haute couture-wearing woman who flaunts the extravagance she enjoys with regularity, is clueless, malicious, entitled, or just plain mean matters little. What matters is that America has two more years of enduring the callous spectacle of a self-interested first lady who, despite what she says, cares about no one and nothing but herself.



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Michelle Obama 2-Day Hotel Stay in China Costs $222K -- her entourage group used 144 rooms at Shangri-La Hotel

Jeryl Bier is reporting that Michelle Obama wrapped up her March visit to China with a stop in Chengdu, arriving on March 25 and departing for the United States on the following day. But that one leg of the trip alone required about 900 room nights, ranging from 21 rooms beginning on March 13 for the advance team to a peak of 144 rooms when the first lady herself was at the hotel.

The documents prepared in support of the stay estimated the cost at around 1,393,500 yuan (RMB), or $222,000 at current exchange rates:

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According to the documents, one of the factors in choosing the Shangri-La Hotel was a security consideration that "will allow party to occupy the entire top two floors for the visit."

The documents also state that the local Ritz-Carlton had expressed interest in hosting the first lady, but:

in preliminary price comparisons, the cost was sufficiently more than the Shangri-La. We requested a price reduction but a great cost difference remained for the both the Executive Junior Suites, that will serve as control rooms, and the Presidential Suite.
The cost of the first lady's hotel room for the Beijing portion of her trip, reportedly $8,400/night, raised some eyebrows at the time. As THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported, the prices of the Westin Chaoyang Hotel where Mrs. Obama and her group stayed had been deemed "prohibitive" for Vice President Biden's trip to China in December 2013.
So far, the documents for the Chengdu portion of Mrs. Obama's trip are the only ones that have been posted online by the State Department. Mrs. Obama was in China March 19-26.

The cost of the first lady's hotel room for the Beijing portion of her trip, reportedly $8,400/night, raised some eyebrows at the time. As THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported, the prices of the Westin Chaoyang Hotel where Mrs. Obama and her group stayed had been deemed "prohibitive" for Vice President Biden's trip to China in December 2013.

So far, the documents for the Chengdu portion of Mrs. Obama's trip are the only ones that have been posted online by the State Department. Mrs. Obama was in China March 19-26. 

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Michelle Obama on why they don't attend church: "We could be loungin' and nappin'"

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek is reporting that Michelle Obama took time out from Monday's Easter Egg Roll to talk about the first family's Easter and why they don't usually attend church.

The segment with "Live with Kelly and Michael" co-host Michael Strahan got off to an awkward start as the first lady joined in the audience applause after she was introduced.

"You don't have to clap for yourself," Strahan said, then asked about the first family's holiday.

The healthy eating proponent, who was pushing her "Let's Move" campaign at the egg roll, described what they did after church on Easter.

"We sat around really full because we ate too much," Michelle said. "It was successful. We were full."

They try to go to church every Easter, the first lady said, but most Sundays there are other things to do.

"We really try to use Sunday as a family downtime where we can kind of breathe, and catch up, and maybe take a little nap every now and then, if we're not working," she said. "We could be loungin' and nappin'."

That appears to contradict the theme of the Easter Egg Roll, which was "Hop into Health, Swing into shape."

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Michelle's absence causing uproar in Japan

Keith Koffler is reporting that Michelle Obama's decision to sit out Barack Obama's four-nation Asia tour is spurring widespread consternation in Japan, fueling questions about America's commitment to the country during a trip that was meant to reassure America's Asian allies.

According to a report in the Christian Science Monitor, the Japanese are particularly unnerved because Michelle just spent a celebratory week touring China, Japan's ancient enemy whose aggressive tactics helped prompt President Obama's Asia trip in the first place.

Japan is the first stop on the trip. Obama landed there this evening - Japan time -- and had dinner with the Japanese prime minister.

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Japan is back to openly fretting about its place on America's priority list -- particularly in comparison to rising rival China.

The reason? When Obama arrives Wednesday evening, he'll disembark Air Force One solo -- without first lady Michelle Obama. Obama will be the first US president to come to Japan on a state visit in 18 years, but never mind: Michelle's absence has thrown Tokyo into a tizzy.

Media commentators, social media discussions, academics, even some officials, named and unnamed, are wringing their hands over Mrs. Obama's decision to sit out not just Japan but her husband's entire eight-day Asia trip, which will also take in South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

But for most of those doing the chattering, Mrs. Obama's absence is a woeful sign of Japan's retreat from the top tier of America's allies . . .

To the Japanese, the sight of Michelle jumping rope with Chinese kids, feeding pandas, trying out tai-chi, and meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, was more than insult added to injury. It was proof of China's ascendency to the top rung of America's strategic priorities and Japan's fall to second class.

Michelle loves to travel on fun-filled voyages, like her semi-tourist trips to South Africa and China and her lavish vacation in Spain, but she often seems to miss important presidential travel where her absence may be taken as a slight. Her China journey last month was in part a way to make up for her absence when China's first lady visited California last year.

She also skipped her husband's trip to Belgium, Italy, The Vatican, and Saudi Arabia in March.

It's not at all clear to me why Michelle is not on the Asia trip. I don't really remember first ladies in the past being absent very often from such important diplomatic excursions.

What's she doing instead? Well, not completely clear, but of course she's got a DNC fundraiser scheduled for Thursday.

Mrs. Obama enjoys many perks and opportunities associated with her office. Making sure key allies aren't miffed is part of the deal.


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Michelle Obama says high school not good enough, "you have to go to college"

Paul Bedard is reporting that having a high school diploma isn't good enough to make it anymore, first lady Michelle Obama warned high school and college students at Howard University.

"No longer is high school the bar. That is not enough in today's globalizing economy. You have got to go to college, or get some kind of professional training beyond college," she said Thursday.

It was the first of what is likely to be many more speeches on education as the first family readies for retirement and takes up helping younger Americans, especially blacks get a leg up.

"One of the things that Barack and I are focusing on and will be focusing on for the rest of our lives, quite frankly, is making sure that young people understand the importance of an education. And that means education beyond high school," she said.
 
A new Pew Research poll found that there was a big earnings gap between those with a high school degree and those with a college certificate. Pew said that those who only graduated high school earned 62 percent of a college graduate.

At Howard she was promoting the president's goal of getting back to being the nation with the most college graduates in the world. "It's called his North Star Goal," said the first lady. "We were at the top years back, but now we've fallen very far behind the rest of the world."

Michelle Obama revealed that "she got into Princeton … not on the strength of her grades, which she admits were unexceptional, but thanks to her brother Craig, a star athlete and gifted student who preceded her to the school.  As a 'legacy' candidate and a beneficiary of affirmative action, Michelle Obama was granted an opportunity that others more accomplished were denied."

At Princeton, Michelle wrote a senior thesis entitled "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community."

Suzanne Eovaldi gives the paper an "F."

I dare you to try and read it!


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School children fed up with Michelle O's school lunch overhaul

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Related:  Utah school district reports at least 2,000 students have stopped eating school lunch because of nutrition requirements imposed by Michelle Obama



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Divorce.jpg Joanna Sue is reporting that the Obamas could be headed for divorce court, according to reports that indicate their could be more trouble in the White House than anyone really knows.

Speculation from those close to Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have revealed that Obama has "lost control of his wife," and that their relationship is failing at a quick pace.

Sources claim that Obama and his wife had a major marital squabble over Michelle's luxurious vacation in China.

It appears that Obama lost grip when Mi­chelle refused to cancel her vacation despite White House advisers warnings that the couple's six-year string of pricey vacations has already drained the U.S. Treasury of a close to $150 million in tax­payers' money.

"This was a blowout of epic proportions -- probably the nastiest White House fight they've ever had.

"They were both screaming at one another."

The White House source also reveals that these days Barack Obama is unable to control anything Michelle does, mainly because he fears she will file for divorce.

Michelle arrived in Beijing with her mother, Marian Robinson, and the Obama's daughters, 15-year-old Malia and Sasha, 12, on March 20, checking in to their 3,400-square-foot presidential suite, that includes a 24-hour butler service and a steam room, at the Beijing Westin hotel at $8,350 per night.

Today many Americans are sounding off after hearing about Michelle Obama's pricey trip, and furious that they are working their tails off to pay for Barack Obama's family fun.

"First Lady or not, who needs to stay in a hotel that cost over $8K a night. Why should I be flipping part of the bill for this, when a treat for my family is a burger at Mickey D's! claims one angry tax payer.



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