I’m sure by now you’ve heard the news that while giving the keynote address at the annual College Signing Day at Temple University, Michelle Obama referred to herself as our Forever First Lady.
Naturally people made hay over the narcissistic audacity of Michelle Obama.
And I get it.
Let’s face it. Michelle Obama has a royalty fetish.
But then I gritted my teeth and watched the clip myself.
Today in Philadelphia, Michelle Obama declared herself America’s “Forever First Lady”…
What are your thoughts?
Is Michelle Obama your “Forever First Lady”? pic.twitter.com/SDw8IFxDvR
— Joey M. (YourVoice™ America) (@JTMYVA) May 2, 2018
“I know you are me, and if I can be standing here, as your … forever … first lady, then you can do anything you put your mind to.”
Notice the moment of confusion?
Michelle is speaking off the cuff, but she isn’t really speaking extemporaneously.
Instead, she seems to be borrowing from previous speeches she’s inflicted on audiences over the years.
In fact, after spending over an hour and a half this morning combing through Michelle’s addresses as First Lady, I found one that has a very similar passage.
When Michelle gave the commencement address at Santa Fe Indian School in May of 2016, she said:
“So, graduates, I wanted to be here with you at your commencement because your values are my values –- the values that carried me all the way from the South Side of Chicago to where I am today, standing before you as the First Lady of the United States.”
Michelle often made hay about how now she’s standing before you as the First Lady of the United States. She loved hitting that “WOW! Look at how far I’ve come! I’m the First Lady!”
It’s a common theme in her addresses.
Trust me. I just spent an hour and a half going through her speeches at the Obama White House archives.
For example, when she went on her tour of Africa in 2013, Michelle told a group of school children at Martin Luther King Middle School in Senegal:
“So over the course of my life, I’ve worked as a lawyer, as the director of a youth organization, and as vice president of a hospital. Because I had a good education, I was able to provide for my family, give back to my community, and now serve my country as First Lady.”
She often acted as if becoming First Lady is something you prepare for or strive for, rather than something that is bestowed on you because of whom you married.
Another common phrase of Michelle’s that appears in this address is “I am you.”
In fact, three years ago at the College Signing Day in Detroit, Michelle said this:
“So here’s my message: If I can do it, man, so can you. You can do this. You can own this. I am like you. There’s no magic here. I got here because I worked hard, not because I was rich or famous or I had important people looking out for me. I got there because I worked hard. And if you got into college, then you have everything you need to get through college.”
She even used that shtick when eulogizing a 15-year old Chicago girl who was murdered in a drive-by. After visiting with Hadiya Pendleton’s family, Michelle said:
“As I visited with the Pendleton family at Hadiya’s funeral, I couldn’t get over how familiar they felt to me, because what I realized was Hadiya’s family was just like my family. Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her.”
So it’s possible Michelle – cribbing from previous speeches — simply got caught up in the moment and forgot that she wasn’t addressing those high school kids as First Lady, but as a private citizen.
It’s quite possible she intended to say “Former First Lady” and misspoke.
Besides, “And I stand before you today as a private citizen who married well” just doesn’t have the same impact.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I understand why most people think it was the typical Obama narcissism and sense of royalty that prompted her Forever First Lady remark.
And that may well be true.
Reading through Michelle’s addresses, it’s clear she hurled the term “First Lady” around as if it was a royal title – instead of just a title of respect given to the current wife of the President.
So I wouldn’t put it past her to dream up a term like Forever First Lady.
After all, her husband is the one who had a seal that said: Office of the President-Elect.
We know how much the Obamas love titles.
I thought I’d close with this segment from Tucker Carlson’s show featuring Mark Steyn. Among other topics, they touch on Michelle’s Forever First Lady gaffe.
And what Steyn has to say is kind of funny.
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