Michelle Obama

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/wo rld/us_and_americas/us_elections/article 3511860.ece

Lauren Collins has an 8.500 word profile of Michelle Obama in The New Yorker this week
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/ 03/10/080310fa_fact_collins

. [Michelle] Obama begins with a broad assessment of life in America in 2008, and life is not good: we're a divided country, we're a country that is "just downright mean," we are "guided by fear," we're a nation of cynics, sloths, and complacents. "We have become a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day," she said, as heads bobbed in the pews. "Folks are just jammed up, and it's gotten worse over my lifetime. And, doggone it, I'm young. Forty-four!"

She attracted controversy when it was revealed that after her husband was elected a US senator in 2004, her salary as a Chicago hospital administrator shot up. Soon afterwards the Chicago media reported that someone might have stolen a mink coat she wore to a party.

She shrugged off complaints that she was being overpaid because of her husband's success and has since become an eye-catching fixture at the senator's side

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a mink coat reportedly belonging to Michelle Obama, wife of Sen. Barack Obama, may have gone missing following the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Saturday birthday bash at the South Shore Cultural Center

http://thecapitolfaxblog.com/wp-mobile.p hp?p=2645&more=1

The Obamas are certainly starting to look a lot like Illinois Democatic establishment hacks. The support for Todd Stroger, the ultimate unqualified hack. Funky real estate dealings with Tony Rezko, the ultimate squiffy dealmeister. And the mink coat. What modern woman wears mink. This is the 21st Century. It's not the cost I'm objecting to, it's the dead minks. Tacky, tacky. Cruel, cruel.

Comment by Cassandra Wednesday, Nov 1, 06 @ 8:47 am

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A 1.65 million dollar Georgian home with four fireplaces, glass-door bookcases fashioned from Honduran mahogany, and a 1,000-bottle wine cellar? And who "misplaces" a mink coat? I don't begrudge anyone success or how they spend their money, but if I didn't know better, Obama sounds more like a Republican than the "working class representative" Democrat he claims to be.

Comment by Walking Wounded Wednesday, Nov 1, 06

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WW, thanks for the reminder that only republicans are rich and only democrats work for a living. First I find out that Obama is a chain smoker, now his sife wears mink, sound like typical democrat politicians to me, WW. Perhaps he can go eat Foie Gras with Kerry and Kenendy.

Comment by Wumpus the Free Wednesday, Nov 1, 06 @ 9:17 am

Wumpus the Free...I hadn't been thinking so much about Kerry and Kennedy, more of Thurston Howell the Third and Lovey. But then again, they were just fictional characters. Seems we have enough of those in elected office.

Comment by Walking Wounded Wednesday, Nov 1, 06


    If we're gonna over-analyze these first superficial impressions of Mrs. Obama, what kind of socialist presidential candidate's wife makes an entrance at "The Reverand" Jesse Jackson's birthday party wearing a disgusting mink coat? What kind of young woman of any stripe in the 21st century prances around in mink? Sorry, Michelle Obama ruined her first impression with me.

   Even Richard Nixon knew that mink isn't cool for political wives: "Well, that's about it. That's what we have. And that's what we owe. It isn't very much. But Pat and I have the satisfaction that every dime that we've got is honestly ours. I should say this, that Pat doesn't have a mink coat. But she does have a respectable Republican cloth coat, and I always tell her she'd look good in anything."
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