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Gina
09-05-2012, 01:14 PM
Link (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/05/Fact-Check-Michelle-Obama-s-False-Fairy-Tale-of-Struggle)

First Lady Michelle Obama’s pitch to voters last night relied on the premise that she and her husband understand what it is to struggle to make ends meet. She spoke movingly about their early years--about how a young Barack Obama drove a car that was “rusted out" and found his furniture “in a dumpster,” how they both came from families that had to “scrape by.” Her fairy tale--however well-delivered--was one great, big, colorful lie.

Both Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama began their adult lives with a leg up on the rest of America. They attended elite schools: Michelle went to Whitney Young, the public magnet school for Chicago’s upper class, while Barack attended Punahou, the private prep school for the top stratum of Hawaiian society. They were accepted to Ivy League schools despite undistinguished credentials, and both attended Harvard Law School.

“[B]elieve it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage,” Michelle said. That sounds like a raw deal--but in fact reflects their fortunate circumstances. They had both just graduated from a very expensive law school, and their combined income from cushy law firm jobs dwarfed the repayments. Barack also soon enjoyed a second salary from the University of Chicago.

They had expensive tastes, reflected in the $277,500 two-bedroom condo they bought in 1993--a high price even by today’s standards. Several years later, they moved into their $1.65 million mansion in Hyde Park--with the help of fraudster Tony Rezko. Barack often told a story of hardship on the campaign trail in 2008 about having his credit card declined--once. The fact that he thought this counted as real hardship speaks volumes.

As her husband moved onto the national political stage, Michelle Obama began to enjoy a lavish lifestyle at taxpayer expense, directly and indirectly. When Barack Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate, he obtained a $1 million earmark for the University of Chicago Hospital--and his wife’s salary as Vice President for Community Affairs jumped from $121,910 to $316,962. Her job: pushing poor, uninsured patients to other hospitals.

As First Lady, Michelle Obama has lived high on the hog while the rest of the country has suffered through an extraordinary recession. In 2010, she and her entourage decamped to Spain for a lavish vacation. That summer, the Obamas encouraged Americans to visit the Gulf coast after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which threatened tourism in the region. They promptly jetted off to Maine for their own summer holiday.

This summer, the Obamas skipped their usual summer trip to the wealthy playground of Martha’s Vineyard--months after Michelle and her daughters had enjoyed an expensive winter skiing trip in Aspen. And, of course, there are the frequent pilgrimages to Hawaii, Some of their family’s comfort, of course, comes from private income, principally Barack Obama’s book sales--yet even that wealth is a spin-off of Obama’s political career.

If, as the Democrats eagerly pointing out, Mitt Romney enjoyed the privilege of private wealth, the Obamas have enjoyed privilege funded by public money and public life. And until entering the national spotlight, they gave little to charity, contributing instead to a church that preached racial grievance. “[T]ruth matters,” Michelle Obama told the nation last night. That, too, is a lie--because so far, she has evaded it without consequence.
More pants on fire.

NJCardFan
09-05-2012, 01:46 PM
And watching the mindless and brainless sheep take it all in, some weeping, was mind numbing to say the least. Even my own MIL bought into her bullshit.

FlaGator
09-05-2012, 01:47 PM
Link (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/05/Fact-Check-Michelle-Obama-s-False-Fairy-Tale-of-Struggle)

More pants on fire.

And what is sad is that a lot of liberals buy in to the lie with out asking any questions. When Anne Romney started talking about her and Mitt's start I did question the truth of her statements. Libs, however, never question anything a liberal political figure says until he or she gets caught in a lie and then they make excuses... pathetic.

Starbuck
09-05-2012, 02:22 PM
He graduated from Harvard in 1991, married Michelle in 1992, and in 1993 bought the condo in Chicago for $277,500.
I have no doubt that their student loans were higher than their mortgage. That's not very important. They both had great (expensive) educations and great incomes. It was not a hardship.

Elspeth
09-05-2012, 02:38 PM
Can we just admit that we have two wealthy, privileged people running for office and that neither one of them has known what it's like to be down to your last dime and having to choose between food for the kids and medicine for dad? Neither one of these jokers (or their wives) has known real want.

You vote for the platform, not for the lying politicians that represent it.

/cynical

Starbuck
09-05-2012, 03:11 PM
Can we just admit that we have two wealthy, privileged people running for office and that neither one of them has known what it's like to be down to your last dime and having to choose between food for the kids and medicine for dad? Neither one of these jokers (or their wives) has known real want.

You vote for the platform, not for the lying politicians that represent it.

/cynical

Yeah. Here in the South we try to "out poor (or pore)" each other all the time, so we're all kind of used to it. But there was nothing poor about any of these people. Still, they all want to attract the misguided souls who believe there is something noble about being poor. Need their vote, too, I guess.

LukeEDay
09-05-2012, 04:12 PM
That speech she gave was the same speech that Ann Romney gave. The only difference was that they moved some words around ...

Elspeth
09-05-2012, 04:17 PM
That speech she gave was the same speech that Ann Romney gave. The only difference was that they moved some words around ...

And it wasn't true for either one of them.

LukeEDay
09-05-2012, 04:18 PM
And it wasn't true for either one of them.

Show me proof that what Ann said was a lie.

RobJohnson
09-05-2012, 06:50 PM
Show me proof that what Ann said was a lie.


I don't think that Ann or Mitt have told many lies in life. They had no reason to.

The Obama's on the other hand....

Hawkgirl
09-05-2012, 06:50 PM
I watched almost all of her speech last night. The sheeple were lapping it all up,, buttons on their hats, tears in their eyes, it was pretty nauseating.

Elspeth
09-05-2012, 06:54 PM
Show me proof that what Ann said was a lie.

They were never poor people. Mitt's father was wealthy, a governor, and had run for President.

I don't have a problem with wealth. I'll take Mitt over Oblahblah any day. But don't let's fool ourselves. Ann Romney is a lovely person but she will never know how close to the edge many people--like myself--have come. To me, it would be far better if Ann Romney said, "We are well off and we'd like you to be too." instead of pretending that when she married Mitt that he didn't have a wealthy family and an Ivy league education. I speak as someone who has had to decide whether to put dinner on the table or gas in my car.

Rockntractor
09-05-2012, 07:57 PM
Does Michelle have a bigger ass than she did 4 years ago?http://smileys.emoticonsonly.com/emoticons/h/hmm-1367.gif

Elspeth
09-05-2012, 08:11 PM
Does Michelle have a bigger ass than she did 4 years ago?http://smileys.emoticonsonly.com/emoticons/h/hmm-1367.gif

OK, now THAT was funny.

And Ann Romney definitely wins that fight. :)

I do like Ann Romney very much and she did humanize her husband.

LukeEDay
09-05-2012, 09:08 PM
I don't think that Ann or Mitt have told many lies in life. They had no reason to.

The Obama's on the other hand....

All obama does is lie. His whole life is nothing but a lie.



They were never poor people. Mitt's father was wealthy, a governor, and had run for President.

I don't have a problem with wealth. I'll take Mitt over Oblahblah any day. But don't let's fool ourselves. Ann Romney is a lovely person but she will never know how close to the edge many people--like myself--have come. To me, it would be far better if Ann Romney said, "We are well off and we'd like you to be too." instead of pretending that when she married Mitt that he didn't have a wealthy family and an Ivy league education. I speak as someone who has had to decide whether to put dinner on the table or gas in my car.

Mitt Romney "gave away his father's inheritance."

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/aug/27/reince-priebus/republican-national-committee-chair-reince-priebus/

Romney gave his inheritance from his father away, and started over again. So I believe Ann when she says they started at the bottom.

Elspeth
09-05-2012, 09:15 PM
Look we're on the same side here. I just think we need to keep our heads, that's all.

noonwitch
09-06-2012, 09:54 AM
They were never poor people. Mitt's father was wealthy, a governor, and had run for President.

I don't have a problem with wealth. I'll take Mitt over Oblahblah any day. But don't let's fool ourselves. Ann Romney is a lovely person but she will never know how close to the edge many people--like myself--have come. To me, it would be far better if Ann Romney said, "We are well off and we'd like you to be too." instead of pretending that when she married Mitt that he didn't have a wealthy family and an Ivy league education. I speak as someone who has had to decide whether to put dinner on the table or gas in my car.


Mitt went to prep school at Cranbrook. Kids from poor families don't go to Cranbrook, it was listed in "The Preppie Handbook" in the 80s as a school for trouble-making rich kids, as it was run by the Quakers, who were notoriously lax in their discipline methods and procedures.

Cranbrook still exists, but I'm not sure whether the Society of Friends still runs it. It's even more expensive now, obviously.

Gina
09-06-2012, 10:42 AM
Romney knows how to make a buck. If he can transfer that to the country I'm all for it.

Obama knows how to spend a buck and that is something we need to do less of until we make some bucks.

See? :smile-new:

Unreconstructed Reb
09-08-2012, 05:11 PM
Mitt went to prep school at Cranbrook. Kids from poor families don't go to Cranbrook, it was listed in "The Preppie Handbook" in the 80s as a school for trouble-making rich kids, as it was run by the Quakers, who were notoriously lax in their discipline methods and procedures.

Cranbrook still exists, but I'm not sure whether the Society of Friends still runs it. It's even more expensive now, obviously.

In other words, we've got all of Mitt's school records................................

SaintLouieWoman
09-08-2012, 07:10 PM
That speech she gave was the same speech that Ann Romney gave. The only difference was that they moved some words around ...
but the difference is that Romney earned it---the Obamas sucked off that government tit. Big difference.

SaintLouieWoman
09-08-2012, 07:13 PM
Mitt went to prep school at Cranbrook. Kids from poor families don't go to Cranbrook, it was listed in "The Preppie Handbook" in the 80s as a school for trouble-making rich kids, as it was run by the Quakers, who were notoriously lax in their discipline methods and procedures.

Cranbrook still exists, but I'm not sure whether the Society of Friends still runs it. It's even more expensive now, obviously.
As I recall, Obama mysteriously attended some pretty expensive schools, too, not just law school. No one has ever explained how he got the money to pay for that. I believe Michele's modest background more than O's.

Novaheart
09-08-2012, 07:19 PM
OK, now THAT was funny.

And Ann Romney definitely wins that fight. :)

I do like Ann Romney very much and she did humanize her husband.

You really think that personal remarks about women's bodies are funny? Ann's 63 years old, shall we make jokes about sagging breasts?

Novaheart
09-08-2012, 07:26 PM
Romney gave his inheritance from his father away, and started over again. So I believe Ann when she says they started at the bottom.

Hardly.

George Romney died in 1995 at age 88. By that time, his son had led Bain Capital, the private equity firm he launched in 1984, for more than a decade.

Rockntractor
09-08-2012, 07:39 PM
You really think that personal remarks about women's bodies are funny? Ann's 63 years old, shall we make jokes about sagging breasts?

Ann isn't telling everyone what to eat while she hypocritically eats everything in sight, a fat ass is a choice whereas breasts sagging from age is a natural process. I don't think you are smart enough to understand the comparison though.

Rockntractor
09-08-2012, 07:59 PM
You really think that personal remarks about women's bodies are funny? Ann's 63 years old, shall we make jokes about sagging breasts?

One other thing you missed you idiot, Ann Romney had breast cancer.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ann-romney-opens-up-about-breast-cancer-miscarriages/2012/08/28/555a8402-f11d-11e1-b74c-84ed55e0300b_video.html

Gina
09-08-2012, 08:53 PM
Does Michelle have a bigger ass than she did 4 years ago?http://smileys.emoticonsonly.com/emoticons/h/hmm-1367.gif

She still has the same ass.

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2009/obama_postcard.jpg

LukeEDay
09-08-2012, 08:57 PM
but the difference is that Romney earned it---the Obamas sucked off that government tit. Big difference.

Good call. That is true ...



As I recall, Obama mysteriously attended some pretty expensive schools, too, not just law school. No one has ever explained how he got the money to pay for that. I believe Michele's modest background more than O's.

Which is another reason obama won't release his records.

NJCardFan
09-09-2012, 12:01 AM
Ann isn't telling everyone what to eat while she hypocritically eats everything in sight, a fat ass is a choice whereas breasts sagging from age is a natural process. I don't think you are smart enough to understand the comparison though.

Agreed. Michelle's policies forced a child to eat school chicken nuggets instead of the lunch packed for her by her mother while Michelle takes vacations to Martha's Vineyard and eats lobster every day. The 'do as I saw not as I do' mentality of the left is sickening.

NJCardFan
09-09-2012, 12:02 AM
One other thing you missed you idiot, Ann Romney had breast cancer.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ann-romney-opens-up-about-breast-cancer-miscarriages/2012/08/28/555a8402-f11d-11e1-b74c-84ed55e0300b_video.html

Nova doesn't care. People like him thinks it's OK to make fun of people they don't agree with no matter what.

Novaheart
09-09-2012, 12:18 AM
One other thing you missed you idiot, Ann Romney had breast cancer.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ann-romney-opens-up-about-breast-cancer-miscarriages/2012/08/28/555a8402-f11d-11e1-b74c-84ed55e0300b_video.html

All the more reason to not make personal remarks about people's bodies. You idiot. And yes, I bitched about this at DU as well (before I was banned of course) because they made personal remarks about Dennis Hastert's (or someone like that) weight.

Novaheart
09-09-2012, 12:21 AM
Nova doesn't care. People like him thinks it's OK to make fun of people they don't agree with no matter what.

You stupid fuck, I wasn't making fun of her. Learn to read. I mock people's irrational beliefs and positions, not the excesses or limitations of their bodies.

Novaheart
09-09-2012, 12:33 AM
Ann isn't telling everyone what to eat while she hypocritically eats everything in sight, a fat ass is a choice whereas breasts sagging from age is a natural process. I don't think you are smart enough to understand the comparison though.

The day you can keep up with Serena Williams send us a picture. Large bottoms are a sub-Saharan trait. Many black women who have "normal" upper bodies have to starve themselves to keep the butt in check.

Grow up.

NJCardFan
09-09-2012, 12:38 AM
You stupid fuck, I wasn't making fun of her. Learn to read. I mock people's irrational beliefs and positions, not the excesses or limitations of their bodies.

http://cdn.smosh.com/sites/default/files/bloguploads/u-mad-1.jpg

Novaheart
09-09-2012, 12:54 AM
http://cdn.smosh.com/sites/default/files/bloguploads/u-mad-1.jpg

No, it's just that every now and then I throw one in so I'm not mistaken for a doormat.

Rockntractor
09-09-2012, 01:06 AM
No, it's just that every now and then I throw one in so I'm not mistaken for a doormat.

More like a coffee table.

Zathras
09-09-2012, 01:18 AM
I mock people's irrational beliefs and positions, not the excesses or limitations of their bodies.

That's a blatant lie. If it was true you'd be mocking yourself at every turn.

Unreconstructed Reb
09-09-2012, 02:18 PM
Large bottoms are a sub-Saharan trait.

Damn! I thought that was ghetto thang.

http://www.indemand.com/shared/indemand/84236_lg.jpg?080430143122858

Gina
09-10-2012, 01:06 AM
If a republican makes a comment about black women's butts is he a racist?

LukeEDay
09-10-2012, 09:04 AM
If a republican makes a comment about black women's butts is he a racist?

If a Republican says hi to a black woman, he is racist.

Gina
09-10-2012, 10:55 AM
If a Republican says hi to a black woman, he is racist.

That made me lol. :rotfl: