Headlines and Commentary

This, That & The Other Thing
July 13, 2009




1) The Washington Times Excerpt: First lady Michelle Obama took some criticism for clutching a $5,950 luxury Italian leather alligator purse while meeting last week with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his wife, Svetlana.

But according to the White House, the initial reports on the purse's price were wrong because it was a cheaper knockoff of the high-end version. Her aides said Mrs. Obama's patent purse was a more affordable $875 - though in a down economy, that price still produces a decent dose of sticker shock.

Mrs. Obama is often credited for her frugality because she mixes her designer duds with clothing from the mass-retailer J.Crew, although those items are still pricey by many standards. When she volunteered at a D.C. food bank earlier this year she donned a J. Crew cardigan that retailed for $188 with designer Lanvin sneakers priced at $540.

DJMS - Commentary: And here, I thought she found all that crud at a garage sale! --So, umm, where are those animal rights people, about her alligator purse? --Jeepers, can we get some help over here?



2) The Washington Post Excerpt: Michelle Obama's ancestry can be traced back to slaves, many of whom were launched into subjugation from this West African nation. It doesn't matter that the specifics of that part of her family lineage are uncertain or that Ghana may not actually figure in it. Such fine details don't matter to the people here. "Michelle is from Ghana because her ancestors were from Ghana" -- of this Helena Botchey, owner of Helen Herbal and Family Planning Shop, is convinced. Barack Obama may have a Kenyan father, but the first lady's roots bear the scars, stresses and emotional weight of Ghana, which became the first sub-Saharan African nation to gain independence in 1957.

DJMS - Commentary: Well, considering that B.H. Obama's ancestry goes back to being slave owners, I guess Mr. and Mrs. Obama, have a lot to talk about. --Obama's father's father, was Arab and was in Africa, for one reason only.



3) Bob Parks (Black and Right) Excerpt: "A typical street whore." "A bunch of ghetto thugs." "Ghetto street trash." "Wonder when she will get her first abortion." --These are a small selection of some of the racially-charged comments posted to the conservative 'Free Republic' blog Thursday, aimed at U.S. President Barack Obama's 11-year-old daughter Malia after she was photographed wearing a t-shirt with a peace sign on the front.

DJMS - Commentary: I believe that ALL children of those holding office should be unofficially off limits. We cannot make it law, but it should go without saying; leave the kids alone, ALL of them!

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 Debra J.M. Smith