Michelle Obama And The Rage Of A Privileged Class


For a year now, I`ve been
pointing out that, while Sen.
Barack Obama
`s brain may be in the center, his
heart is on the far left. So it might be of some
interest to find out more about whether his head or his
heart is likely to prevail if he becomes President.

Curiously, the Main Stream
Media has shown little appetite for this task.

Obama himself may not know
the answer. As he has

bragged
(or warned, depending upon your point of
view): “What I am constantly trying to do … is
balance a hard head with a big heart.”

We`re not accustomed to
politicians as smart as Obama. White voters would likely
find his supple intelligence too elitist in a

white candidate.
But they are so

desperate for a positive role model for blacks
that
many of them have embraced Obama without knowing much
about what he wants to do with all that brainpower.

Two weeks ago, I

noted
:

“Now,
Obama is a smooth operator. But the two people who have
had the greatest influence on his adult life—his

wife Michelle
and his spiritual advisor,

Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.
—are not. They feel
a deep racial anger and are not terribly good at hiding
it.”

Right on cue, Michelle
Obama has now begun attracting skeptical attention for
the first time after making hundreds of speeches on her
husband`s behalf. In Milwaukee last week, she

proclaimed
:

“Hope
is making a comeback, and let me tell you, for the first
time in my adult life, I am proud of my country.”

It`s not so much that
Michelle has a tin ear for rhetoric as that her

husband`s
ear could be made out of the same

mimetic poly-alloy
as the liquid metal
shape-shifting cyborg from the future in

Terminator 2
. Like most human beings, however,
Michelle is prone to the occasional gaffe in which she
lets us know what`s really on her mind.

For example, in an early
February speech she let herself sound like the

Khmer Rouge
Minister of Propaganda. While this
excerpt may resemble an old Dead Kennedys punk rock
parody of leftist authoritarianism, such as

Holiday in Cambodia
or

California Uber Alles
, she was

serious
:

“And
Barack Obama will require you to work.

He is
going to demand
that you shed your cynicism, that you put down your
division, that you come out of your isolation, that you
move out of your comfort zones, that you push yourselves
to be better, and that you engage.

Barack
will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual –
uninvolved, uninformed…”

More people are beginning
to notice that the candidate`s superbly crafted image as
the

postracial uniter
doesn`t quite add up. He is
supposed to bring us together to overcome our

tragic history
of racial enmity, etc. Yet his
role-model magic doesn`t seem to have worked on his own
wife, who continues to vent her

anger over the racial indignities she feels she endured

more than two decades ago at ultra-liberal

Princeton
and

Harvard Law School.
She remains

perennially peeved
by her relatively poor
performance on standardized tests.

Or, perhaps, what he tells
her in private isn`t what he tells us in public?

It`s not VDARE.com`s job
to endorse political candidates. And I certainly don`t
have a dog in what`s left of this fight.

But it is our job to help
educate the public on crucial topics where the
MainStream Media won`t. I have little to add to the
discussion of such shopworn old pols as Hillary Clinton
and John McCain.

In contrast, I believe I
understand Obama better than most pundits because the
mixed-race candidate has been brooding for 35 years
about race
and inheritance
,”
to quote the subtitle of his
autobiography.

Mrs. Obama`s attitudes
about race are significant for multiple reasons.

  • First, Mr. Obama says
    she`s important to him. Newsweek`s gushing 2/25/08
    cover story on Michelle,

    Barack`s Rock
    by Richard Wolffe, reports:

“Onstage, Obama has
introduced Michelle as `my rock`—the person who keeps
him focused and grounded. In her words, she is just
making sure he is `keeping it real.`”

  • Second, because
    Michelle Obama lacks her husband`s remarkable verbal
    facility, she provides a keyhole into how the
    stealth candidate actually thinks and feels on those
    rare occasions when he can be himself. She`s more of
    a regular person with a normal human desire to be
    understood.
  • Third, she`s a classic
    example of what affirmative action, which her
    husband promises to give us

    more of
    , does both for and to
    blacks.

She is a hard worker and
is of above-average intelligence, but racial preferences
have repeatedly lifted her out of her intellectual
league, with traumatic psychological consequences. All
the breaks she received from white people merely stoked
what

Ellis Cose
of Time calls The Rage of a Privileged Class.

Early in the New
Journalism classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,
Dr. Gonzo,

Hunter S. Thompson
`s “300-pound Samoan attorney,”
questions whether Sports Illustrated would
actually be so trusting as to provide them with
“unlimited credit”
for a trip to

Sin City
, which they will obviously squander in a
drug debauch. Thompson answers:

“`You
Samoans are all the same,` I told him. `You have no
faith in the essential decency of the white man`s
culture.`”

Few individuals have
enjoyed more palpable and repeated evidence of the
essential decency of the white man`s culture than
Michelle Obama.

She was educated at the
top public high school in Chicago,

Whitney Young,
which only accepted the highest
scoring applicants on the entrance exam—within each
race
.

Time
reported in 1975:

“… the
$30 million

Whitney M. Young Jr. High School
will open as a
magnet in the fall with—among other things—an
Olympic-sized swimming pool, a special center for the
performing arts and a separate curriculum for medical
studies. Whitney Young also has a strict admissions
quota: 40% white, 40% black, 10% Latin, 5% other
minorities and 5% at the discretion of the principal.”

Michelle was overshadowed
by her smart and athletic older brother Craig Robinson,
who is now the

head basketball coach at Brown University
of the Ivy
League. Newsweek`s

cover story
recounts:

“For
Michelle, Craig`s easy success was intimidating. `She
was disappointed in herself,` her mother tells
NEWSWEEK
. `She used to have a

little bit of trouble with tests
…`”

Her poor performance on
tests remains a

sore point
with Michelle, who brings it up in odd
contexts, such as when discussing her husband`s standing
in the polls last November:

“You
know, [I`ve] always been told by somebody that I`m not
ready, that I can`t do something, my scores weren`t high
enough.”

Newsweek describes
her career at Whitney Young:

“… but
she was not at the top of her class. She didn`t get the
attention of the school`s college counselors, who helped
the brightest students find spots at prestigious
universities. … Some of her teachers told her she didn`t
have the grades or test scores to make it to the Ivies.
But she applied to Princeton and was accepted.”

Not surprisingly, just as

Thomas Sowell
would have

predicted
, four years spent in over her head among
white liberal elitists who

see themselves
as

better than the rest of America
because

(A) they loudly proclaim their belief in equality;
and

(B)
they have above average IQs

left Michelle`s sizable
but fragile self-esteem in tatters. Suffering the
self-consciousness common to the young, she felt that
everybody was secretly putting her down for her
intellectual shortcomings, and focused her anger on
whites. Newsweek says:

“There
weren`t formal racial barriers and black students
weren`t officially excluded. But many of the white
students couldn`t hide that they regarded their African-
American classmates as affirmative-action recipients who
didn`t really deserve to be there.”

Ironically but inevitably,
Princeton`s

diversity sensitivity programs
just exacerbated
Michelle`s racial paranoia:


“Angela Acree, a close friend who attended Princeton
with Michelle, says the university

didn`t help dispel that idea.
Black and Hispanic
students were invited to attend special classes a few
weeks before the beginning of freshman semester, which
the school said were intended to help kids who might
need assistance adjusting to Princeton`s campus. Acree
couldn`t see why. She had come from an East Coast prep
school; Michelle had earned good grades in Chicago. “We
weren`t sure whether they thought we needed an extra
start or they just said, `Let`s bring all the black kids
together`.”

Princeton racialized
Michelle`s consciousness. She majored in Sociology and
minored in African-American Studies. Newsweek
says:


“Michelle felt the [
racial] tension acutely
enough that she made it the subject of her senior
sociology thesis, titled “Princeton-Educated Blacks and
the Black Community.” The paper is now under lock and
key … (Today, Michelle says, not quite convincingly,
that she can`t remember what was in her thesis.)”

Hilariously, the Princeton
website where all her classmates` senior theses are made
freely available for the edification of humanity until
the end of time listed hers as being “Restricted
until November 5, 2008,”
which just happens to be
the day after the election.

Newsweek went on:


“Michelle wrote that Princeton “made me far more aware
of my `blackness` than ever before.” She wrote that she
felt like a visitor on the supposedly open-minded
campus. “Regardless of the circumstances under which I
interact with Whites at Princeton,” she wrote, “it often
seems as if, to them, I will always be Black first and a
student second.””

On Friday, the Obama
campaign released her

thesis
. Here`s a highlight, in which the potential
First Lady explains how much she wants to be, well,
“Black first:”

“These
experiences have made it apparent to me that the path I
have chosen to follow by attending Princeton will likely
lead to my further integration and/or assimilation into
a White cultural and social structure that will only
allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never
becoming a full participant. This realization has
presently, made my goals to actively utilize my
resources to benefit the Black community more
desirable.”

Now, VDARE.com is, for
obvious reasons, not in the business of
criticizing other people`s punctuation. Nor do we think
that anybody`s glorified term paper is all that
important.

Yet, because the candidate
himself has made sure to leave such a minimal

paper trail
from the 1980s and 1990s (one immense
autobiography and a single op-ed, according to
Lexis-Nexis), anything that casts light on the
Democratic frontrunner`s personal views on crucial
issues is needed.

Predictably, the same
feelings of personal and thus racial inadequacy
manifested themselves when she got into
ultra-competitive Harvard Law School on another quota.
The Newsweek reporter explains:

“At
Harvard, she felt the same racial divide. … `She
recognized that she had been privileged by affirmative
action and she was very comfortable with that,` [
friend
Verna] Williams recalls. Michelle recalls things
differently. … Her aides say Michelle earned her way
into Harvard on merit by distinguishing herself at
Princeton.”

When she graduated from
HLS in 1988, she was hired by the high-paying Chicago
corporate law firm Sidley Austin (which, perhaps not
coincidentally, posts a 2,000-word statement describing
their Commitment
to Diversity
on their website).

One problem remained: the
Illinois bar exam. It appears that in 1988 she either
failed it or was unready even to try it. She eventually
passed and was admitted to the bar in May 1989, almost a
year after graduation. (In contrast, her husband was
admitted only a half year after graduating from Harvard
Law School three years later).

There`s nothing shameful
about failing the bar exam. Hillary Clinton, for
example,

failed
the Washington D.C. bar exam. According to
blogger

Half Sigma
, 19 percent of applicants failed the July
1988 Illinois test. But, whiffing even once is not the
kind of thing that is supposed to happen to Harvard Law
School students. (Similarly, Hillary only told her Yale
friends that she passed the Arkansas bar exam; she kept
covered up until 2003 that she had failed the D.C.
exam.)

Being admitted to the bar
is public, so word of Michelle`s no-show on the list of
new lawyers likely spread among her old Harvard
classmates in late 1988, leaving another wound upon her
pride. If, however, she`d gone to the kind of law school
where graduates frequently take a few tries to pass, she
would have felt better about herself and less bitter at
the white race.

After a few years at
Sidley Austin, she let her law license lapse and began
working as go-between for

Mayor Daley`s Machine.
She enjoyed the kind of vague
but well-paid career made possible by

affirmative action.
The description on the
candidate`s

website
of what exactly she`s been doing for the U.
of Chicago Medical Center is eye-glazing but ultimately
revealing: she`s in the diversity racket.

“She
also managed the business diversity program. Michelle
has fostered the University of Chicago`s relationship
with the surrounding community and developed the
diversity program, making them both integral parts of
the Medical Center`s mission.”

With great power comes
great rewards. A couple of months after her husband was
sworn in as U.S. Senator, Michelle`s salary at the
Medical Center was raised from $121,910 to

$316,962
.

A cynic might say that
this rather resembles a $195,000 annual … uh, investment
by a large private medical institution in the good will
of a U.S. Senator and potential President who may well
play the crucial role in deciding whether or not there
will

continue to be
large private medical institutions.

Another way of looking at
is that Michelle`s value on the influence market went up
$200,000 when her husband moved up, so the Medical
Center had to ante up or lose her to somebody else who
would pay the going rate for the wife of a political
superstar.

Still, to say that would
be to suggest that Michelle Obama on her own isn`t worth
$316,962, which, like any and all skepticism about the
Obamas, would be racist. So, almost nobody in America is
saying it.

The

Daily Mail
of London has taken a more jaundiced
view:

“An
acquaintance of Obama`s family compares her with another
political wife, another lawyer as it happens, with a
keen interest in making money. “Michelle is very much
like Cherie Blair [wife of former Prime Minister Tony
Blair]. She is a middle-class girl who has discovered
that money is nice and doesn`t see that as a
contradiction with having radical beliefs,” he said.


Chicago`s veteran political consultant and pundit Joe
Novak agrees, saying: “She [Michelle] is now motivated
more by personal gain than by social consciousness. She
saw

her opportunities, and she took them
.” …

I suspect, on no
particular evidence, that Michelle`s desire for a

stately home
pushed the normally ascetic Barack into
involving in his 2005 purchase of an expensive

mansion
the notorious white collar crook and
slumlord Tony Rezko, a Levantine Christian immigrant who
goes on trial March 3rd.

Obama and Rezko had been
doing each other

Chicago-style favors
for years. Yet, surely by 2005,
Obama must have known that it was time to shed his more
unseemly associates if he wanted to move to the really
big house in Washington.

(By the way, VDARE.com
readers will be interested in one of Rezko`s old
partners` defenses of the man accused of stealing $50
million: “At 19 years old, he came off an airplane
and couldn`t speak English, but over the years he must
have brought a hundred Rezkos over from Syria.”
[Rezko`s
life a story of pizza and politics
, By David
Jackson and John Chase, Chicago Tribune,October
12, 2006]A

hundred more Rezkos!
Swell.)

Let me finish by
speculating even more irresponsibly on what the cautious
Barack might be telling Michelle in private: that he`ll
have to play the moderate during his first term. But
when he`s home free in his second, then he`ll be
keeping it real.

For her.


[Steve Sailer (
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him) is founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute and

movie critic

for

The American Conservative
.
His website


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