The Noble “Sacrifice” of Michelle Obama – Michelle Malkin


It’s hard out there for a first lady of the United States. Take it from travel-weary Michelle Obama. On Tuesday night, she boarded a luxury 757 for Copenhagen. Think of the stairs she had to climb. Oh, the agony of the feet!

Upon arrival, Mrs. O, her “chit-chat buddy,” Chicago-based talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey, and Chicago powerbroker/interest-conflicted real estate mogul/senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett immediately embarked on a grueling, grip-and-grin campaign to secure the Olympics for their hometown. Our smile muscles ache in sympathy.

You will be comforted to know that the gracious FLOTUS feels your pain for her pain. “As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or Oprah or the president to come for these few days,” the first lady told a group of fellow Chicago 2016 boosters, “so many of you in this room have been working for years to bring this bid home.” Translation: Thank me, thank you, for all we do.

Never has self-congratulatory gratitude been raised to such an art form, but there was no time for loyal subjects to dwell. The selflessly indefatigable Michelle Obama had to rush off for an 800-meter wine-and-cheese dash with International Olympic Committee members, followed by a rigorous aerobic Heads of State luncheon hosted by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and another high-heeled trek to the IOC Opening Ceremony at the Copenhagen Opera House.

Of course, it’s not entirely clear which “people” out there are saying that the Obamas’ jaunt to Denmark is a “sacrifice.”

Certainly not the families of the 43 American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who have died in Afghanistan since Gen. Stanley McChrystal called for more reinforcements.

Certainly not the families of the nearly 40 children and teens in Chicago who lost their lives on the out-of-control streets of the Windy City so far this year.

The first lady’s slip of self-absorption reminds me of a useful passage in Washington Post writer Liza Mundy’s biography of Mrs.

Obama. After graduating from Princeton University and Harvard Law School, the bitterly oppressed Michelle Obama headed back to her native Chicago to join the high-powered law firm of Sidley Austin — the ninth largest in the world. There, Mundy’s book reported, the future first lady griped about having to do the duties of a second-year associate while she was a second-year associate — demonstrating the trademark attitude of entitlement and inflated ego that led the law partner who recruited her to later describe her as “perennially dissatisfied.”

Doing her first job was a burden then. Enjoying the perks of her current job is a “sacrifice” now.

Michelle Obama has a gift for selling special-interest business-as-usual as public-interest charity. Thus, the insatiable appetite of Chicago’s polite elite for a massive Olympics windfall to crony developers is redefined as a do-good campaign for the children. Said Mrs. Obama:

“We need all of our children to be exposed to the Olympic ideals that athletes from around the world represent, particularly this time in our nation’s history, where athletics is becoming more of a fleeting opportunity. … When we’re seeing rates of childhood obesity increase, it is so important for us to raise up the platform of fitness and competition and fair play; to teach kids to cheer on the victors and empathize with those in defeat, but most importantly, to recognize that all the hard work that is required to do something special.”

“Hard work,” you know, like jetting off with your gal pals to schmooze other world leaders, famous athletes and celebrities for a few days on the taxpayers’ dime.

In the Olympics of the aggrieved, Mrs. Obama gets a gold medal.

  • Alex Kovnat

    Having grown up in Chicago, I'm glad the Olympics won't be held there. The Olympics remind me of how the King of Siam (Thailand) would give a white elephant as a gift to those he wished to destroy, because a white elephant was considered too sacred to kill or give away to someone else. That's what the Olympics would be if brought to Chicago (or for that matter my current home town): an expensive white elephant that would tie up traffic and create all kinds of other expenses.

  • Steven Laib

    Not to mention that the speech she made was totally self-centered, rather than centered on selling Chicago. Witness George Will's word count analysis of her speech and her husband's.

    Not to mention the fact that she told the audience that she was sitting on her father's lap, at age 20-21 watching Carl Lewis run sprints. I guess she forgot how old she was when Lewis was running in his first games.

  • brenanc

    Maybe her father had a Roman Polanski-like gift with young girls and Michelle kept coming back for more?

  • ostap_bulba

    “Michelle Obama has a gift for selling special-interest business-as-usual as public-interest charity.”

    She has a gift for nothing. That her speeches have ever persuaded anybody over 13 of anything, is frankly inconceivable.

  • thinker1

    every word had been designed as a final touch for “after” their “victory” on Olympics….
    Then came a thunderous smack on their arrogant faces!!!
    Children as a ruling class….scarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry.

  • 2maxpower

    Love your writting Michelle Malkin. Keep up the heat.

    …the flotus is just an example of victim mentality.

  • brenanc

    Actually, a speech she gave during the '08 campaign was rather telling. She spoke of the coming Obama-led “transformation” to our country. She spoke of the demands Obama would put on us to participate in the transformation.

    She persuaded me to be very concerned for our country's future.

  • Name

    And people wonder why the libs are so disrespectful to Sarah Palin. I think y'all are just envious of Michelle Obama. It's easy for some vindictive, disgruntled coworker to sit there and feed drivel to Michelle Malkin for whatEVER reason twenty years after the fact. I'm sure that person is pushing paperclips in some ignominious office while Michelle Obama travels on Air Force One.

  • CowboyUp

    I remember that, it sounded like a threat, one of those chicago wiseguy offers you can't refuse.

  • gstasse

    It's about time someone went after her. She got a free ride on her hate-filled, KKK-like senior thesis calling for racial segregation at Princeton. No one called her out when she griped that her $600 stimulus check “barely paid for a pair of earrings,” if I remember the quote. She's an affirmative action baby who, like her husband, is an unrepentant narcissist who is dishonest, classless, arrogant and entitled to everything and anytime they want. “Boorish” doesn't begin to describe them. “Golden-tongued street trash” is a lot closer.

  • mcnorman

    And when they were told “NO” by the IOC, her bad attitude was nothing less than good sportsmanship, right? Was she proud of her country then?

  • Jim_SE_Texas

    Why is she getting off my aircraft wearing a bathrobe?

  • bubba4

    Oh Michelle…you're such a wretched creature.