The Washington Examiner’s Byron York brings to light this incredibly vapid, self-serving comment from Michelle “I’m finally proud of my country” Obama, as she “sacrifices” with her buddy Oprah in CopenhagenDenamrk, lobbying for the Olympics:
In her speech in Copenhagen today, First Lady Michelle Obama said her trip to Denmark, along with the travel of her “dear friend” and “chit-chat buddy” Oprah Winfrey, as well as tomorrow’s visit by President Obama, is a “sacrifice” on behalf of the children of Chicago and the United States.
“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 crowd of people involved in the Chicago project, “so many of you in this room have been working for years to bring this bid home.”
I’m not quite sure how to respond to this. What, precisely, are Michelle and Barry and Oprah “sacrificing” to come to Copenhagen for a “few days”? Soldiers “sacrifice” to spend years away from home fighting for their countries — sometimes even sacrifice their lives. In fact, soldiers are fighting and dying in Afghanistan right now while the Plan for Afghanistan sits unttended on the President’s desk.
While he’s wining and dining with Michelle and Oprah in Copenhagen. Odd definition of “sacrifice.”
“As first lady, as many of you know, I’ve made it a priority to bridge the gap between the White House and communities across D.C. and across the country,” Mrs. Obama continued. “I’ve spent much of my first nine months trying to open the doors to the White House to kids who might not otherwise see themselves having access to these institutions, because that’s where I came from – communities like that where kids never dreamed that they could set foot in the White House, let alone live there…And Barack and I made a point of doing the same thing when we lived in Chicago – making the concerns of kids in all sorts of communities our own.”
Memo for record, Michelle: The White House has tours five days a week. ANYONE can “set foot in the White House” any time they want. Just a few bucks for the tour, too. Got a Gift Shop and everything.
Mrs. Obama said bringing the Olympics to Chicago is especially important right now because “athletics is becoming more of a fleeting opportunity.” “Funds dry up so it becomes harder for kids to engage in sports, to learn how to swim, to even ride a bike,” she said. In addition, with childhood obesity on the rise, “it is so important for us to raise up the platform of fitness and competition and fair play,” the first lady said.
“Funds dry up so it becomes harder for kids to engage in sports, to learn how to swim, to even ride a bike.” Again, Michelle, I grew up less than 50 miles away from you in Chicago. I learned to ride a bike and to swim without government funds. My family taught me — not some government program.
Why in the world would you think it takes money to teach a kid to ride a bike? Does money play that big a part in your world?
Finally, having the Olympics in Chicago would be important to “let people know that we understand that sports saves lives, that it makes dreams come true, that it creates visions in kids’ heads to make them think they can be the next David Robinson, the next Barack Obama, the next Nadia Comaneci, the next Oprah Winfrey,” Mrs. Obama said.
And, again, we’re back to the military angle. David Robinson was the productof a Naval Academy education – he joined the Navy and became a military officer to make his dreams come true. (His greatest sports fame came after he completed his military service.)
Nadia Comaneci was the product of a repressive governmental program that took her away from her parents and rigorously trained her for years. Sort of like Obamacare, I guess.
Oprah was the product of long-term sexual abuse and years of hard, hard work to rise above her circumstances.
And Barry appears to be a product of ACORN. None of the above have anything to do with the Olympic Games; although the Olympic Games would be a nice payback to the Chicago Machine for it’s support of Barry in the election, wouldn’t it?
Meanwhile, soldiers die in Afghanistan while Barry politics in Copenhagen. Tell me about that “sacrifice” again, Michelle?