Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Mrs. Obama Invites Herself, Gives Women 7 Minutes Of Her Time

Quick Question: According to Emily Post, what's the one thing that's ruder than yakking on a cell phone in a restaurant? (Answer below*)

As for Michelle Obama...

Who raised this woman to behave this way?

First of all, who raised her to believe she could invite herself (86ing the originally brokered speaker, Gov. Deval Patrick), fly from Washington DC to Chicago, eat lunch, and pander to the prez of Emily's List and a Clinton women's outreach guru during a 7 minute speech?

Wow! 7 whole Michelle Obama minutes! (Plus travel time, Secret Service planning, logistics, and wrangling that invite!)

The intended main speaker, booked months ago, was Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, the South Side Chicago native who early on endorsed Barack Obama.

I am writing about this through a political lens because every place Michelle Obama goes at this stage of the campaign represents some sort of strategic judgment. And this decision for her to invite herself to drop by this group at this time was politically smart.

Probably the four most important words in Obama's speech were the names of two women she paid tribute to: Ellen Malcolm, the chairwoman of the partnership, and Judith Lichtman, a board member.

Malcolm is also the president of Emily's List -- one of the nation's largest Democratic political networks, which endorsed and campaigned very hard for Clinton. Lichtman goes back years with Clinton and was a senior adviser on the Clinton campaign in charge of women's outreach.

Another board member, Cheryl Mills, was general counsel of the Clinton campaign, which made women's concerns a centerpiece of Clinton's bid.

Sorry, Gov. Patrick. But Mrs. Obama really, really needs to bamboozle these women to benefit her husband, and you're just Candidate Hope & Change (version 1.0). Mrs. Obama's husband is the upgraded 2.0 version. Suck it, Deval.

*Quick Question Answer: An Uninvited Guest.

By the way, my friend Sugar calls Mrs. Obama "Scoop Mouth." The above photo should serve as a good reason why.

Number of days since Donna Brazile promised to leave the party if superdelegates decided the Dem nominee:

Donna has known for a long time now that superdelegates would be necessary for any Dem candidate to win the nomination this year. Ask Donna when she intends to keep her promise.
Don't hold your breath awaiting a reply.

"For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are."
-Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19-- and and


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