From: O'Donovan, PJ, Himself on
Michelle Obama: “Private” citizen with piles of public perks all
funded by taxpayers

Posted elsewhere August 9, 2010 07:13 PM

"Team Obama is playing the “private citizen” card again to create a
bubble of political protection around the profligate, policy activist
First Lady.

We’ve seen it before.

When conservatives challenged Mrs. O’s caustic 2008 campaign trail
statements disparaging America and fear-mongering for votes, her hubby
invoked the “civilian” shield. He threatened Republicans to “lay off
his wife”, arguing that political spouses should not be subject to
public scrutiny because they didn’t choose public life.


Obama’s outspoken bitter half conscientiously and deliberately
inserted herself into the public square long before the family moved
to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — whether it was organizing a Woods Fund
panel with her husband and Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers,
taking a publicly-subsidized government job with Chicago Mayor Richard
Daley, parlaying her relationship with political mentor Valerie
Jarrett into a cushy public job at the University of Chicago Medical
Center, where she oversaw a patient-dumping scheme that benefited her
political cronies, leveraging her hubby’s Senate victory to snag a
lucrative seat on the corporate Board of Directors of TreeHouse Foods,
Inc. despite having zero experience in the industry, publicly
begrudging other Americans’ choices in how they earn their money,
using her East Wing power to push Obamacare, or exploiting the bully
pulpit to restrict food advertisers’ speech and serve the SEIU’s
legislative agenda under the guise of fighting child obesity (more on
this in the paperback version of Culture of Corruption).

She wants all of the cake of public and political life — and all the
unfettered entitlement to stuff her face in front of us while we sit
silently, respecting her “rights” as a “private citizen” to immunity
from criticism.

When Michelle Obama stops using her public office to push new Big
Government power grabs and redistribute wealth to her cronies
(flashback: Chicago Obama-lympics), stoke racial grievances, and
meddle in Obama administration personnel decisions that lead to
whistleblower firings, I’ll leave her alone.

Until then, if she can’t stand the heat, perhaps the globe-trotting,
paparazzi-magnet doyenne should avoid luxury foreign beach resorts in
the dog days of August and cool her haute couture heels closer to