The star of today’s episode of “Why won’t these wretched people go away?” is former First Shrew Michelle Obama.
Michelle appeared on stage at the Obama Foundation Summit (there’s an Obama Foundation) where she waxed nonsensically about raising children.
And much like everything Michelle says, it sounds like it’s meaningful, but in reality it’s nothing but word salad.
I went to the Hill to read what she said.
And the thing about reading Michelle’s words instead of just listening to them is the word salad aspect is hard to miss.
Let me show you what I mean:
“It’s like the problem in the world today is we love our boys and we raise our girls. We raise them to be shtrong, and sometimes we take care not to hurt men. And I think we pay for that a little bit. And that’s a ‘we’ thing because we raisin’ ‘em.”
If you read that and thought to yourself, “WHAT?!” You’re not alone.
It’s nothing but word salad.
“It’s like the problem in the world today is we love our boys and raise our girls.”
What does that mean?
Is Michelle claiming that parents only “raise” their daughters, but not their sons?
Isn’t loving your child a part of raising them?
Leave aside the fact that a fifty-three-year-old woman uses the phrase “it’s like.”
That above quote is all over the map and, when you get right down to it, says nothing of value.
“We raise them to be shtrong, and sometimes we take care not to hurt men?”
What the hell is she talking about?
“It’s powerful to have shtrong men. But what does that shtrength mean? You know. Does it mean respect? Does it mean responsibility?”
I don’t know, Michelle. Personally, I think the better question is what the hell do you mean?!
“It’s powerful to have strong men?”
Ironic, isn’t it? Everyone loves to criticize the way Donald Trump speaks. But when he says something – even when it’s clunky – his meaning is crystal clear.
But when Michelle Obama says something, it the meaning is as clear as mud — mostly because it means absolutely nothing.
She went on.
Does it mean compassion? Or are we protecting our men too much so they feel a little entitled and a little, you know, … uh … a little self-righteous sometimes?
Says the most entitled and self-righteous women on earth.
I’m telling you, this is nothing but word salad.
But that’s kinda on us, too, as …. as …. as women and mothers … you know … as we nurture men and push girls to be perfect.”
Keep in mind, Michelle Obama has raised not one son. And yet here she is acting as if she knows what it’s like to raise sons.
And who on God’s furtive earth believes that all mothers “nurture men and push girls to be perfect?”
Michelle does finally admit that she doesn’t have any sons.
Then she says:
“So a lot of my focus as a mother — I’m thinking about how do I make sure these girls are sturdy and able to exist in this world?
I’m trying to imagine a young mother holding her newborn baby daughter and thinking to herself, “How do I make sure you are sturdy and able to exist in the world?” And it just isn’t coming.
Because people don’t think like that.
Okay, maybe the people who actually read the articles with headlines like, “How to talk to your kids about Trump’s travel ban” think that way.
But normal people? Not so much.
And it is a world that is dangerous for women.”
Says the mother who let her teenage daughter intern for Harvey Weinstein. Yeah. I’d want to get child-rearing advice from her.
But this last bit actually made me laugh out loud:
“We have to raise our children to be people.”
We have to raise them to be PEOPLE?! Really?!
That’s going to be a real shock to those of you who raise your children to be kumquats.
”Whether they have had shtruggles — or whatever the world has for them — we have to raise them to be ready to be independent, well-meaning, kind, compassionate people.
Read that again slowly. Does one single word of that mean anything?
And I don’t know if that’s different for boys and girls — regardless of what they’re confronting in the world.
Okay, after prattling on about how the problem is that “we” aren’t raising boys the way we raise girls, Michelle just said, “I don’t know if that’s different for boys and girls.”
See what I mean?
It’s word salad.
It means nothing.
This is the problem when you try to make everything you say sound like it comes from an “Inspiration-a-Day” calendar.
But it’s hardly surprising.
Michelle Obama really doesn’t have any deeply held beliefs or ideals.
Instead of speaking from the heart, Michelle assumes that everyone who is listening thinks she’s brilliant.
So why put in the effort to actually say something of substance when you can just burp out words in no particular order and your audience will applaud?
She is, to put it bluntly, another empty barrel.
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