sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

May 12, 2012

The Obama Family Values

Filed under: politics, society — Tags: , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 4:24 pm

Blogger buddy Conservatives on Fire brought up the subject of the FLOTUS in re ‘Bumster’s not at all clear opinion about men marrying multiple women:

I think he would say he is against polygamy. He wouldn’t stand a chance in a fair fight against Moochelle.

Michelle certainly doesn’t strike me as the type who would allow a second wife on her premises.  But wait!  On her edutainingfamily trip to Africa last June the glowing First Lady paused with her daughters next to Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s polygamous leader.

Michelle Obama Jacob Zuma

3/4 of the First family meets President Zuma.

Judicial Watch criticized the trip which cost the American taxpayer nearly half a mil:

The professed purpose of Michelle Obama’s trip to South Africa and Botswana was to encourage young people living in the two growing democracies to become involved in national affairs; and during her scheduled stops in Pretoria and Cape Town, South Africa and in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, the First Lady used the opportunity to speak on education, health and wellness issues.The trip also included such tourist events as visits to historical landmarks and museums, plus a nonworking chance to send time with Nelson Mandela, a meeting that Mrs. Obama described as “surreal.” The trip ended with a private family safari at a South African game reserve before the group returned to Washington on June 27.“This trip was as much an opportunity for the Obama family to go on a safari as it was a trip to conduct government business,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This junket wasted tax dollars and the resources of our overextended military. No wonder we had to sue to pry loose this information.”

In the course of that wanton trip Michelle introduced her young daughters to a polygamist.  Do we really need to take her historic husband as an historic authority on family in this country?

As a side note, I’m mystified by what Africa means to the Michelle Obama.  On that 2011 trip she was clearly delighted to meet black African leaders.  Before she became the First Lady, she went to Trinity United whose leader Jermiah Wright traveled to an Arab African country, Libya, in 1984 when the US imposed sanctions on that state sponsor of terrorism.  The late flamboyant Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, of course, had quite a harem himself.  Michelle married a man with ties to Africa.  So it looks as if she’s enthralled by the continent.  At the same time, she’s undisturbed by polygamy practiced by Africans, although she probably doesn’t want something like that for herself or her daughters.  What gives?  Are Africans some kind of noble savages in her mind?


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