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Saturday, August 7, 2010
Michelle Obama to Take a Vacation as a Form of Reparations for "our slave past."
Rush Limbaugh said Friday that the media is allowing Michelle Obama to take a vacation as a form of reparations for "our slave past."
In discussing the lack of media outrage over the First Lady's trip to Spain, Limbaugh said that it stems from her race.
Limbaugh compared the First Lady's vacation to Nancy Reagan changing the china in the White House.
This is not really news or worth reporting - EXCEPT - it shows how the politics of fear, hate and divisiveness play into our everyday lives. Rush is using such explosive charges to inflame his rabid base - which we can all understand he just wants to make money. BUT in doing so he is creating hate and divisiveness. Check out the picture Rush has posted on his web-site of Michelle Obama as Marie Antoinette and President Obama as King Louie.
The irony is that it is his base, the rabid tea-partiers, who want to cut off governmental programs and through the poor onto the streets.
Remember these words - HATE - FEAR - DIVISIVENESS. They do so much harm and create controversy where there should be none.
Limbaugh began his career in radio as a teenager in 1967 in his hometown of Cape Girardeau, using the name Rusty Sharpe. He graduated from Cape Central High School, in 1969. Because of his parents' desire to see him attend college, he enrolled in Southeast Missouri State University but left the school after two semesters and one summer. According to his mother, "he flunked everything", and "he just didn't seem interested in anything except radio."
Michelle attended Whitney Young High School, Chicago's first magnet high school, where she was on the honor roll for four years, took advanced placement classes, was a member of the National Honor Society and served as student council treasurer. The round trip commute from her South Side home to the Near West Side took three hours. She graduated from high school in 1981 as salutatorian.
Michelle was inspired to follow her brother to Princeton University; she graduated in 1983. At Princeton, she challenged the teaching methodology for French because she felt that it should be more conversational. As part of her requirements for graduation, she wrote a thesis entitled, "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community." "I remember being shocked," she says, "by college students who drove BMWs. I didn't even know parents who drove BMWs." Robinson majored in sociology and minored in African American studies and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1985. She earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. While at Harvard, she participated in political demonstrations advocating the hiring of professors who were members of minorities. She is the third First Lady with a postgraduate degree, following Hillary Rodham Clinton and Laura Bush.