How To Say What You Really Mean (Without Saying What You Really Mean)

Everyone knew this political race was going to get slimy and gross and increasingly disgusting as it progressed. So many of you, and of my real life friends and peers said — watch — they’ll go after Michelle Obama next. And I believed that. Michelle Obama is an opinionated and outspoken woman, her senior college thesis caused controversy, and she’s made some statements that have called her (and consequently. her husband’s) patriotism into question. Twisted or not, statements like that are fair game when you’re speaking out on the campaign trail. What I have a real, serious problem with, is the tone that is emerging here.

First, Fox News ACTUALLY RAN WITH the “terrorist fist jab” “terrorist fist jab” non-story that I was giggling about about here just recently.

Then this morning I got an e mail from an astute reader, pointing me to this article on Salon, about a recent interview segment on Fox News. Yes, y’all, Fox News is referring to Michelle Obama as “Obama’s Baby Mama.”

Hold UP. Wait a minute.

I find it impossible to believe that nobody at Fox News knows what a baby mama is. They know exactly the message they’re trying to not-so-subtly send, by using urban slang that their viewers are most likely unfamiliar with. By definition, a baby mama is an unwed mother, often used as a dismissive reference. For example, “Oh, she’s just his baby mama.” It’s inaccurate, completely inappropriate, and sadly unsurprising from the channel that describes itself as “fair and balanced.” In fact, if Fox wanted to accurately describe Michelle Obama while using the Urban Dictionary, they could have called her his “wifey.” But why would they do that — “wifey” doesn’t rhyme like Obama and mama does, and more importantly, it doesn’t have that insinuation of illegitimacy.

You all know that I’m not a Fox News viewer, so please correct me if I’m wrong, or ignorant, or reacting out of turn. Let me know if they’ve gone after Cindy McCain with the same kind of venom, if they’ve reported anything about that recent, heartbreaking interview with John McCain’s first wife Carol featured in Britain’s Daily Mail, or slapped any kind of dismissive label on her, or disparaged her character. Just guessing — I don’t think they have. The whole thing makes me wonder, isn’t this campaign supposed to be about the candidates? And y’know, the issues that are affecting America? Are wives and families fair play on the campaign trail? I don’t think it’s right, and I’d love to hear your opinion on that.

Sometimes I really question why I wade into these treacherous political waters. The more I write about the Obamas, the more nasty comments I start getting… just today, someone posted a negative comment on my Michelle Obama Afrobella of the Week post (written in August of last year, mind you). I don’t believe in censuring dissenting opinions, so feel free to tell me why my blog is “inane,” or to criticize my views because they don’t jibe with yours in whatever way you see fit. But when I see something that pisses me off, I’m gonna shout about it. And if Fox News referring to Michelle Obama as a “baby mama” bothers you and you want to shout about it, shout over here — yourcomments@foxnews.com. Or you can call and leave a comment: 1-888-369-4762. Or you can click here for Fox News questions or comments.

In the meantime, I’m going back to what this blog’s s’posed to be about — beauty and music and positive vibrations. My blog heroine Gina of What About Our Daughters just started the Michelle Obama Watch, so give her a visit and send her your tips. AND Gina’s covering the Democratic National Convention! Big things a gwan for WAOD, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

If you have honest questions about anything regarding Barack or Michelle Obama, click here to visit their new Fight the Smears website.

What are your views on this baby mama drama, bellas and fellas? Does it make you angry, or are you numb to this kind of thing by now?

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Comments

  1. unknowndiva says:

    totally disrespectful for a large news channel like that to say such a thing but what do you expect at this point. these white folk don’t want no black family in the white house and they are not ashamed at letting it be known. besides all of that, we all know how low down and dirty politics is so it should not be much of a surprise. i don’t watch fox news but thank you for bringing this to my attention because i will make it my bidness not to watch it now.

  2. It’s disrespectful and an attempt to polarize them to chip away at Obama’s almost across-the-board appeal.

  3. Okay Bella you’ve floored me both with the FOX bit (but who could put it past them?) and DEFINITELY with the just-plain-sad story of Carol McCain. Dag on.

    Those so-called journalists need to get their acts together. And, yes, I went to journalism school myself.

    And Bella, don’t stop voicing your opinions and don’t apologize for feeling the way you do. You’ve remained faithful to the beauty aspect of your blog but when it comes to assaulting the beauty of Black women (inside and out) in general SPEAK OUT! I personally take offense to this particular name-calling b/c as a married woman I am my husband’s WIFE. And once we begin having children, I will NOT be his “BABY MAMA”. Just like any woman of any other color who is married…

  4. That’s just one of the reasons I don’t watch fox news.

  5. I am convinced that Fox News is run by the Klan. I am not joking, I think that they traded in their hoods and crosses for this channel. Sigh, Ah Rebulicans — can’t live with them, end of sentence.

    Peace & Blessings y’all, we’ll get through this.

  6. Anytime I watch Fox News I am Shocked but not surprised at the blatant Racism that spews from every persons mouth on any of it’s shows. Bill O’Rilley, Hannity, and the “others”.

    I did not see this interview or hear this statement of course because I’m not an watcher of these news channel. They spin Spin and Spin Stories till the wheels fall off. Funny enough most of it never catches on . ( In my Opinion)Fox News Appeals to the closet Racist, the Anti-Feminist Male, and the Homophobic men and women in this country.

    And as much as we would love to think our co-worker Judy and Bob(and even some of our own) ” Love black people” They don’t, and Fox News Thrives off of that kind of person Fox is pathetic! I have a million reasons why they are still on the air doing what they do. They have the Shock and Awe thing down packed.

  7. I’m disgusted but not surprised. This is not a political campaign for them it’s war. To demean and belittle a black woman by “any means necessary” (sorry for quoting Malcolm X but you get what I’m trying to say) is nothing new. The word “wife” has certain social ramifications in this society; it’s a social standing with high regard. So to refer to her as “baby momma” is to deny her of this social standing and to belittle the truth of the matter. To insinuate that she is of a lower class (what the baby momma reference is used for in this instance) for comedic foder is juvenile at best, especially for a “news” organization (Fox news should now go on an oxymoron list – stress moron…hahahaha). Are they calling McCain’s first wife a “baby momma”? what about Reagan’s first wife – does she get baby momma status too? Of course not, only the brown wife with the brown husband gets that moniker cause that’s all we brown folks know how to do (insert sarcasm here).

    I also find it interesting that the article about John McCain and his first wife is published in a British newspaper with very few Americans reading it. Some may argue with the Internet, the information is out there. But come on, we barely read our own newspapers and we’re supposed to go fishing in international newspapers for articles that we have no idea are out there???!!! Are they talking about his cruelty to his first wife on Fox News??? Nope.

    And Bella, don’t let these hide behind the internet curtain ignorant mofos deter you from writing what’s in your heart – whether it be politics, popcorn, pop fashion, or pearl jam. We are not a monolithic people. Yes I started reading because I have absofuckinlutely no idea what to do with my natural hair these days but I kept reading because this site has more than one note. So keep doing what you do, Bella! Whenever haters try to invade all in my space and try to make me second guess myself, I pull out Jill Scott’s “Hate on Me” to get me through it. And I have a funny feeling Michelle and Barack probably listen to it daily. LOL

    (ps sorry for the mini-blog…lol)

  8. auragirl says:

    COSIGN with Mina. I REFUSE to watch that network.

  9. Yea they are wrong, and i’m pretty sure there’s more to come from other stations as well. They weren’t gonna let him get in that easy. Also, i do recall that when Obama first won the senator seat, Michelle introduced him and she did refer to him as, “my baby daddy.” My jaw dropped in disbelief, but i’m pretty sure that’s what she said.

  10. I’m not suprised by anything the “media” and so-called “journalists” do nowadays and I’m sure the Obama’s aren’t surprised either. I’m not numb, but this is America and I expected that Obama’s candidacy would expose the best and the ugliest things about this country. We are seeing the ugly and will for quite some time.

    We need to brace ourselves and prepare to act when necessary. Start a letter writing campaign to TV sponsor’s about offensive content and become more active about the total lack of accountability and responsiblity from today’s media.

    Keep telling your truth Bella. It always gets worse before it gets better. If the Obama campaign has done anything, it has exposed America’s hypocrisy and that’s somwthing we all need to be aware of.

  11. Thats really nasty, I just hope that other news channels and stations won’t use that phrase as a regular catch phrase to refer to Michelle Obama. Its not professional and its disrepectful on their part, they need to stop giving people within this nation the ‘okay pass’ to refer to black people or any other ethnic groups with such phrases as ‘baby mama’ or ‘baby daddy’. FOX clearly know what they are doing and its not cool. I wonder if Oprah has anything to say about that. Anyway, FOX is wrong for that and its not funny at all.

  12. When I type ‘their part’ I’m refering to FOX.

  13. Disrespectful indeed. But what do you expect? I don’t expect anything less from the culture of power. It’s up to us women; particularly sisters to stick together and defend Michelle Obama.

    Every lament prejudiced and racist principle is going rise from the ashes and rear its ugly head the next couple of months. It’s gonna take a lot a positive thinking, strength from the ancestors and spiritual fortitude for the Obama’s to remain resilient.

  14. Disgusting. And no, it will not be ok even if Fox News trys to call Bill Hillary’s “Baby Daddy”…because you know someone in the press room is thinking of that….

    This just goes to show the levels that people will stoop down to in order to push away any spark of a possibility of real change. This cannot be tolerated in any way shape or form.

    Bella, please don’t censure yourself…life is too short and you’re too cute for that. I love this blog because of the variety of information you give. While its rare that I will use a product you review(only because of my hair texture!) I still love it because it speaks to me in more ways than that. Keep fighting the good fight!

  15. notjustfoxybrown says:

    Bellas, just because we expect this from Fox doesn’t mean we should tolerate it. I am beyond angry at their blatantly racist and divise tactics. Please email your friends and tell them to flood Fox’s inbox with comments about their broadcast.
    It may not make a difference but I am praying for a change in America … because I love this country. And thank you Afrobella for callin this to my attention.

  16. Fox is a b.s. network that is wears it’s racist badge on it’s sleeve for all the world to see. I’m am going to e-mail them. That is such crap!!

  17. First, the Obamas were elitists. Then they were terrorists. Now they are hoodrats? Can the media make up their mind?

    Fox News is the reason that Americans look like assholes.

  18. I personally can’t stand to watch Fox News. It’s totally racist and prejudiced, and when they interview black folks they hardly let them get a word in! What they said about Michelle Obama was just plain wrong. I’m so disgusted right now it’s not even funny. But I am not suprised one bit. It’s been going on like this for a LONG time. Remember when Imus made his ‘nappy-headed-hoes’ statement? Then they went and attacked Snoop Dogg tryin to put the blame off on him??!!! I was like, wait wait wait HOLD UP!! Okay, I’m getting a little off topic, but ya get my drift. As a black woman I am really getting tired of hearing this crap, and just having to deal with some people on a day-to-day basis. But we are a strong people so we’ll get through our hardships.:)

  19. I believe the best word for it is OUTRAGED. Emailing Fox News as we speak. I will be forwarded this article to all of my friends and encourage them to do the same. Wow.

  20. *forwarding. I guess I’ll use spell/grammer check prior to sending my email to Fox. ;-)

  21. Mrs.Mckinzie says:

    Did you all see the photo shopped pictures of Michelle being whipped by the kkk while hanging from a tree by her wrist.I was in shock when I saw these pictures,but not surprised.They are going to try to make The Obamas into everything that our people have put out there in the videos,movies,and in every day life.They have watched us for so long,and now they are using it against The Obamas.We can’t get mad making our pressure go up,because they are not going to do anything about it.Writing,and calling the station will only let them know that we are paying attention to what they are trying to do to us,and it’s not worth giving them the ammunition that they need to keep doing this stuff.I’m mad as hell ,but they don’t need to know this.We need to get every registered voter to the polls in November even if we have to car pool as high as gas is.They have to see us turn out in unimaginable numbers that they have never seen before.If we don’t vote for change this November just think how much they are going to disrespect us all when McCain gets into office cutting more jobs,drafting men and women to Iraq,schools will suffer,welfare will be gone for good,and crime will be at an all time high.We all must vote.

  22. Mrs. Mckinzie, that image was created by an Obama supporter:

    http://whataboutourdaughters.blogspot.com/2008/05/michelle-obama-depicted-being.html

    Ugh. This is going to be a trying summer. Is it November yet?

  23. BlackHoney says:

    This is political landscape of the USA. If the right would attack Max Cleland, a man who lost 3 limbs in ‘Nam and Swift Boat John Kerry, did we really think they would be above kicking Obama in the cojones.

    What can he do? Not debate on Fox? Not grant interviews to the network? He’s in the bind that a lot of people of color find themselves in everyday. He’s just going to have to suck it up and keep keeping on like the rest of us. He needs votes from Fox viewers just like he needs votes from folk who only watch TVOne.

  24. It is sad that not one person on here is surprised by the mess that is journalism – we are numb. The blatant disrespect and racism just gets old. I sit in our breakroom at work, day after day, and listen to edumacated people talk about a terrorist fist pound, about how shady Obama looks, how they will not vote for Obama because his name sounds too much like Osama. God almighty! If I was that silly and ignit, I think I’d keep my mouth shut and not let anyone know. It’s one thing to say I won’t vote for a candidate because I disagree with his/her foreign policy. But to actually open my mouth and say I won’t vote for someone because their name is too close to Osama? Come on people. A Muslim name does not make you Muslim any more than a Christian name makes you a Christian any more than a Hispanic name makes you Hispanic. And FOX News just helps keep this mess rolling. Truth be told – I don’t watch any news any longer. I don’t know if I’m hurting or helping myself, but between the racist mess on the national news, the crime reports on the local news, and the high gas prices (enough already!) on all the news, I just can’t take it anymore. Okay, I’m off my soapbox . . .

  25. I’m not surprised by ANYTHING that comes from FAUX NEWS!!!! Everybody knows they have absolutely NO credibility and they are DESPERATE for something to rattle the Obama’s. They can’t touch them! They don’t know what to do with Barack Obama. He’s clean!!! He’s the real deal. I watched an episode of that idiot Sean Hannity recently where he asked the panel to answer why nothing seems to stick to Barack and why he is still in the race. WHY???? Because people are tired of gutter politics. We are tired of smoke and mirrors!! We have REAL issues to address and FAUX NEWS is trying to throw up smoke screens!! With the price of gas, the mortgage mess, unemployment and the war Americans are hurting. There is a movement for change in this country and FAUX NEWS is doing everything they can to STOP IT because they want to status quo. The status quo doesn’t work anymore. Republicans got us in to this mess and John McCain will only be more of the same. We have a choice in November, to either continue on this downward spiral or elect something better. I have a feeling people will choose something better. I’m not going to make any calls or send any emails to FAUX because they’ll probably just have a whole show about it and sit back and laugh. Why give them the ammunition? I will let my vote speak for me.

  26. blackhoney said it best…this is politics! if yall think this is bad, wait til sept,oct. karl rove is probably in his bat cave cooking up some big scandal for the obamas, just wait and see..so im not even gonna sweat off this crap.
    ..and who watches fox news anyway??!! any educated person be it a black, brown or white person knows fox news is trash. the best thing u can do for this issue is stop watching if u already do. its like watching flavor of love in my eyes.lol

  27. Bella, I posted about this on my blog and was going to see if you had heard about this.

    This is below the belt even for FAUX news. Did they used this phrase when talking about John Edwards wife when he asked them back off his wife.

    Don’t give me the excuse that it’s part of the pop culture because it was the title of a Tina Fey movie. That is not the intent Faux News had. Michelle is married to Barack therefore by freaking definition, she is NOT a Baby Mama. ugh!

    P.S. Bella it’s your blog, post what you want to.

  28. I don’t know what to be more disgusted by: the fact they put that caption up or the fact that it probably gets them better ratings from their audience. This is just another reason that I don’t watch television and read my news instead so I can avoid the sound bites and meant-to-shock graphics and commentary. I wish I could say I was surprised that they are resorting this low.

    Keep writing what you want to write! If people don’t like it, they can move on.

  29. Mrs.Mckinzie says:

    Carla,whom ever made this picture is a racist,and they are wrong as two left shoes.I would’nt call someone who does this an Obama supporter.

  30. k - a - double r - a says:

    I just read this on Yahoo news and I knew Afrobella would have a view of it. Personally, I find it racist, disrespectful and tacky. There is no way that there isn’t a single person involved with Fox News that doesn’t know what “baby momma” means and there is no way that it was a mistake that it was flashed across the screen. It’s an attempt to undermine the Obama campaign with ‘oops-I-didn’t-know’ racism that Fox News does all so well.

  31. Carla & Mrs. Mckinzie !! OMG I just went to the website that has the photo of Michelle * dare I say* being lynched ! NO Comment … When will this madness stop!!! I won’t not even if Barrack makes it to the white house. But we going to hold him down and keep his head up and watch his back. This is Ri-cocok-ulious!

  32. edessedesigns says:

    Interesting.

    However, we should be equally upset with Michelle Obama for introducing her husband as her “baby daddy”. Sure, you can argue that it was a term of endearment and that baby momma and baby daddy have two different connotations but the fact of the matter is that Michelle should have started off on the high road and not introduced the word at all while trying to pander to the predominately black audience she was speaking to.

    I always like to think rationally before throwing out the race card. I do believe that there were some racial undertones with the caption–after all, we are dealing with an intelligent black woman who can’t be simply “put in her place.” I do, however, think that there is a bigger picture here– white people are tired of the double standards and hypocritical views that we have. It is okay for Michelle to essentially call herself a baby mama but when the word gets thrown in her face, she can’t take the heat. I’m not saying that I agree with that rational but it is one that we as african americans need to really think about. Why is it acceptable for rappers to call us bitches and hoes but Don Imus can’t?

    The argument “we can do it because we know where it is coming from” is not going to work anymore–especially given that the nation is rallying behind her husband who is a symbol of hope and change. It’s suppose to be about “us”–not “we” and “them”. We need to go back to the drawing board and rework the argument because clearly, it is not going to work anymore. Disrespectful words of any kind should be eliminated from our vocabulary.

  33. When I heard about this, I thought about writing to “Faux” News myself, but I know it wouldn’t do any good. It’s so insulting, and they would NEVER do that to a white candidate’s wife.

  34. This kind of reminds me of last year when all those Republican men kept getting caught up in sex scandals. During their reporting on “Faux” News, they would put Democrat under their names instead of Republican to confuse viewers. I saw it with my own eyes and knew what they were doing immediately. It was mentioned on a couple of the more reputable networks. Everybody knows Fox, or “Faux” News is biased, and I refuse to give them any energy by allowing them to upset me.

  35. I agree with edessedesigns in her earlier comment. While not defending Fox’s racist appellation, unfortunately Michelle Obama “opened the door” on the use of “baby mama” when she referred to Barack Obama as her “baby daddy” in an earlier introductory speech. When you’re in the public eye as the Obamas are and you know the lions are walking to and fro seeking whom they may devour, you can’t afford to give them anything to use against you.

  36. There is so much more to come and come it will. Let’s save our outrage and make sure we all “rock the vote”. Michelle’s got it going on. Period. There are some folks who are always going to be haters, racists, jealous, ignorant, greedy, illogical, spiteful…did I say ig’nant? Let the culture vultures continue to flap their rabid, rotten feathers while the rest of us do the right thing and continue to celebrate and support the arrival of change.

  37. Very inappropriate… I had to blink twice to make sure I was reading the correct thing. I’m reallly disappointed in FOX, very disgraceful and tactless on their part….

  38. Michelle says:

    Brace yourselves, because it’s gonna get uglier. America is on the cusp of a change that is going to redefine the entire nation in myriad ways…and that scares people to the core. Ive gotten to the point where I just tune it out.

    Here’s the shocker for me: that Carol McCain interview. WOW! What a slime ball! I agree with *some* of the issues McCain stands on, but now I’m questioning how much of his candidacy is just about self-serving ambition.

  39. This is some racist bullshit. I don’t give a damn about speaking eloquently today. This is supposed to be a legitimate news agency using urban slang (incorrect, on purpose) to identify a black woman. They are saying that she is illegitimate, not because of her views or patriotism… but because of her race. Plain and simple. That, my friends, is good old-fashioned RACISM.

    As far as family being fair game in a campaign… NO! OF COURSE NOT! You want to know what is fair play in a political campaign? POLITICS. That is, who voted for what when, and whether or not they claim to support/disparage the issue in the present.

    Does this have anything to do with a person’s SEX LIFE, FAMILY, RELIGION, PAYCHECK, TAXES, or RACE???? No.

    Anything that is not specifically political discussion or DIRECTLY related is NOT fair game.

  40. adrienne says:

    Given the fact that this came from Faux News, I am not surprised. That fake station makes no bones about its racist views. My first reaction of course was pissed off that they would do something like this. But then my pisstivity turned to amusement because faux news claims to be so in touch, yet they are so out of touch with what the term “baby mama” really means and used it in a completely incorrect context. Then to top it off, they have that Asian beauty pageant contestant regurgitating what faux has told her to say. I wonder if she knows, along with anyone else who is not white and on faux news, that they say all kinds of ish behind her back.

    Yes, old man mccain is an odb and no, faux news is not going to say anything about it. just like they did not cover when he called his wife a c**nt. And yes, he said that to her in public. His response to equal pay for women is that “women just need to get more education.” So, if you are a doctor, lawyer, teacher, whatever, and you hold the same position and have the same education as a man . . . what? Any woman voting for this man is a fool as he obviously hates women.

    Stay strong Bella.

  41. Sumatra77 says:

    A friend of mine and I had a discussion before this baby-mama thing came out on Fox news, and apparently there was a clip that has now being removed from all media where Michelle refered to Barack as her baby daddy. My guess is that Fox News got a hold of that and that’s what, in their snide, malicious, and largely ignorant way, are making a joke of.
    I heard that thing about the terrorist jab as well and had to laugh. Do they even take themselves seriously at that station?

  42. Corrinne says:

    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0411/02/se.06.html

    Before the comments continue, I just want to confirm that in the CNN transcript, she actually referred to Barack Obama as her baby daddy.

    Michelle Obama has used the term “baby daddy” to introduce her husband in the past, so she CLEARLY does not find it offensive.

    It’s funny how we all jump and say racist immediately without having all the facts. :( Afrobella!

  43. Hold up! Hold up!!
    She used the term “baby daddy” to refer to him!! Hahaha
    ..then yea why should we get pissed at Fox?!? Come on now folks, we can use but they can’t ..too funny.
    Thanks you to those who brought that up. I never knew she did say such crap. Thats the thing..its just like the “n” word. We use it but they can’t. Come now, we just make ourselves look more stupid!
    edessedesign said it best, we need to think clearly b4 throwing in the race card!

  44. Corrine, thank you for unearthing this transcript. I’d heard people bring it up, but I had never seen Michelle Obama actually say that — I was worried it was as elusive as the “whitey” video. I think it was in poor taste of Michelle Obama to make that introduction. She should realize the power of her words, even in jest. But I still will call the judgment of Fox News into question here. It’s inappropriate regardless.

  45. Slightly off topic, but Fred Hobbs implied Barack Obama was a terrorist yesterday. Here is my open letter to him:

    Dear Fred Hobbs,

    I would like to applaud your recent statement implying Barack Obama is a terrorist. We here at Bigots United for McCain know that John can not possibly win on the issues. We need fine upstanding Americans like you to muddy the waters and cast doubt on the character and frankly the citizenship of the presumptive Democratic Nominee. We simply do not need a black man in office. Do we want our grade school children pointing to Africa on the map thinking it is where they live? No Sir!

    If Obama gets in we will not be able to privatize Social Security and the country may very well spend a lot of money on health care for its populous instead of fighting wars in far off exotic lands. By the way, did you know Obama is Exotic? He is! And you can call him that on TV and not have to apologize!

    John McCain can’t say so but he appreciates your support so I will say it for him. We love your strong commitment to your race and to the Presidential race being won by a real American who is not black.

    Remember! Race, Party and then Country!

    Michael Meehan

    Executive Director
    Bigots United for McCain

    Bigots United for McCain dot blogspot dot com

  46. Corrinne says:

    Hi Bella,
    I’m a BIG fan!!! Yes, I agree with you. Fox News is inappropriate and disrespectful. They are also overrated and unreliable. I personally do not watch Fox News because that. :)

    Mrs. Obama should learn what to say and what not to say in public. Some things are best said in the company of friends only. She needs to start using vocabulary that will make us proud. Baby Daddy? Embarrassing!

  47. She didn’t say Baby Daddy. She said my Baby’s Daddy.

  48. I feel so sad for the US right now. If Obama does not win, it is going to seem as though American’s are racist. I live in Australia, and we are getting all this negative Obama footage over here! I feel sorry for Mrs. Obama, she is damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t!
    BTW I just love your site, Bella!

  49. I totally agree that, as much as I love Michelle Obama, and as fabulous as I think they both are, they should be very aware of *everything* they say. –They should have been all along, but unfortunately we see how that goes (e.g., the patriotism flap).

    The Baby Daddy thing–anh. I’m not feeling it. And if she said it first even in jest, then again, unfortunately it’s out there and it’s fair game. On the other hand, as you said after having seen her say it, it was still in very poor taste for Fox to “go there.” But, they’re Fox, and we all know they’re an A+ low-class media institution anyway.

    The thing that scares me is that with all of the skeletons in McCain’s closet, I heard recently that he and the media in general have a something of an “understanding” or relationship which he’s meticulously cultivated over the years. This “understanding” is likely to provide much less scrutiny of him this election season whereas everything the Obamas say and do will be watched, commented on, taken out of context and blown out of proportion. Smear site be damned–if people already dislike hem, as illogical as it is they’re not going to care about the facts and whether or not something has been proven true or not in Obama’s favor.

    [I already have strong feelings about the extent to which our news media is bought and biased, so I won't even start here on your blog. Heck, I haven't even gone there on mine--it's just so overwhelming.]

    So, we’ll see. Without Mr. Russert there to take them *all* to task this time around, I am afraid. I am verrrry afraid… This is only the beginning, so get in, buckle up and prep for a bumpy ride.

  50. i feel like we are on the verge of a civil war
    simply because a biracial American is more than qualified to be the next POTUS.

  51. Well…Fox has ALWAYS been a right wing station, no matter how fair and balanced they claim to be. Fox has always been a station that thrived on exploiting minority culture and talent..their hypocracy and prejudices are simply in their track record. Of course nowadays it will all come out ‘subtely’ and you have to know when their being bigots and racist/prejudice…you know read through the lines. So, although I am angry, I am sadly not surprised. Oh, and please don’t think that any of these stations are purely objective..they all (CBS,NBC,etc.) have a history of leaning towards one political view versus another. So, it’s all just tainted….smoke and mirrors.

  52. Wait wait wait…i just read that Mrs. Obama herself said this!!! What was she thinking? I still agree that Fox as a broadcasting company is what I said above. However, Michelle shouldn’t have said that and as the possible future first lady should represent herself and blackwomen better. She opened the door for them to disrespect her…and apparently Fox can’t tell when they are taking it too far or they were probably highlighting that she actually said that with a taste of satire…she let her guard down. She is still okay with me though :)

  53. I’ve been reading both of Baracks books…he is such an excellent author and I’ve listened to or have read the complete speeches he’s made and I’m white and after seeing how he has handled the backlash, of what I’d consider, racial hatred in this country, with a dignified character…all of my senses believe that he is the most qualified to lead this country but…having said that…what I see in my co-workers, friends, ex-boyfriends, and family is a underlying prejudice … and they politely dismiss him as inexperienced but I strongly believe that behind my back they’re talking about me… that I’m naive, that I’m too liberal, that I’m misguided…and I will have to tell you that my strong devotion to get this man elected has put a wedge between me and the people I’ve mentioned.. I’ve questioned my family, my friends…all of the people I thought were open minded, intelligent folks..could I have been so wrong for the past 25 years? Have I been living in the emeral forest? It’s not a good place to be..but it is great to read that others, strangers in my midst, who are like-minded. This presidential election and the past 8 years of tyranny has changed my mind about this country…and this countries value system…not to mention the people I use to feel closest to…I can see how Obama must have felt when the people he felt were like-minded flip-flopped on him. He handled it and so will I. Great site…thanks
    edie

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