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First Lady Obama

Friday, March 20, 2009

The scrutiny over Michelle Obama's every move has revealed a lot about her and about the American people. Jennifer Senior, senior editor of New York Magazine, wrote about the many meanings of a new American icon as part of a series on Mrs. Obama in this week's issue.

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Comments [10]

Dag Sheepshanx from Brooklyn

I agree with Joeele and YN, Eddings comments really seem to specify thatr ALL black households are in perilous conditions. ALL black fathers are in jail and ALL black mothers are in the drug treatment clinic. At this point I dont want an apoology from her, I want her to do some other show, preferably one I dont listen to, like Block and Bird or Speaking of Voices.
I hope the moderator reads this so she can be called to task for her comments.

Mar. 21 2009 09:31 PM
Dag Sheepshanx from Brooklyn

Does anyone else catch some closeted racism here? Ettings and Senior refer to Mrs. Obama's body as "so sexual and powerful" as though there is something wrong with her body. If you pay attention it sounds as though these two WHITE women are introducing a Sir Mix-a-lot video. Think of it, 2 white women objectifying the aesthetic appearance of a black woman? And somehow she maybe, could be, possibly measures up to someone else's standard of beauty? People do it the same way when referring to the Williams sisters. They are never given the accolades of being the best athletes in their sport. It is always how they are more "powerful" or "aggressive" than their competitors. Like you re describing an animal or something. You can replace the comments about Mrs. Obama as being "so curvy, so sexual" with someone describing a tiger or a draft horse. What man wouldnt want a "curvy, sexual" woman? Isnt that the norm? Who wants a skinny tiny troglodite built like a 14 year old boy but with a Masters degree?

Mar. 21 2009 09:29 PM
mc from Brooklyn

hjs,
I heard about the garden too. I hope we get more on that.

I am a big Michelle fan.

Mar. 20 2009 12:42 PM
YN from NY from Boston

Eddings' comment about Michelle Obama's mother living in the White House and its possible significance in African American culture: was anyone else caught off guard by Eddings' remarks? A father in jail, a mother's substance abuse, therefore grandmother living in home as caretaker: a common occurrence in African American families.

If I heard correctly, this was really a major misstep on Eddings' part.

Mar. 20 2009 12:19 PM
Joelle from NYC

Please tell me that someone will explain to Amy Eddings that most black grandparents who help with child rearing are doing so because their grand children's parents are working and not in jail or addicted to drugs!!!

Mar. 20 2009 12:09 PM
thomas evans from massapequa ny

While its great to see such an intelligent thinking role model in the first lady, a big difference from the last few - It worries me that we're so enamored by things about her that are not really important to her and her role.

really, are her arms important? this country is so lost in this culture of hair, clothes and six-pack abs being a measure of a man/woman, that its no wonder we cant, or won't - pay attention to our political, financial and cultural demise.
that the rest of the world looks at us like a bunch of children posing as adults.

its scary the things we place value on these days.

Mar. 20 2009 12:02 PM
Jay from Norwalk, CT

She's the real Clare Huxtable!

Mar. 20 2009 11:58 AM
Herman from New York

Michelle Obama is a woman of stature but can
also exude grace and strength.

Mar. 20 2009 11:58 AM
John from brooklyn

amy,
you're really great! Can you assume the position from 10-12? Seriously Brian and especially Lopate need to go.
Let's switch it up. You're really engaging and you ask probing questions. You seem to have a soul as opposed to the other drones on here

Mar. 20 2009 11:54 AM
hjs from 11211

i understand the first family is planning a white house garden. any info?

also what role does the first grandmother fill

Mar. 20 2009 11:06 AM

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