Thursday, June 12, 2008

Blog Alert: Michelle Obama Watch

Gina M of What About Our Daughters is at it again - thank goodness.

When discussing the infamous Michelle tape at WAOD, Gina had the following observation:

Volunteer Michelle Media Monitors

This whole infamous tape stuff is just a sliver of what Michelle Obama is going to face in the media. So because I predict getting a flurry of emails from now until November, I am going to be proactive and start a separate Michelle Obama blog to track every article, blog post, youtube clip that pops up and provide you an opportunity to respond. Because if the past is any indicator, the campaign has no problem with her being turned into a verbal punching bag, I DO! IF you want to volunteer and want to post updates on the blog, send an email to the gmail account in the right sidebar. Its going to be a LONG hot SUMMER!

Whether you support her husband or not. Let's be clear, any and every Black woman that walks in her footsteps can expect the same treatment so we might as well pull a Gandolf, draw a line in the stand and yell "THOU SHALL NOT PASS!" This ain't about Barack, its about every professional Black woman that has had to smile on the days she didn't want to for fear of being labeled ANGRY.

Gina kept her word, and has now created Michelle Obama Watch.

I know there are many here at Mirror On America who form that protective circle around Michelle, so I thought I would spread the word.


Brian said...

I love it...

I will definitely keep watch, although I don't have time to watch the various news programs as faithfully as I used to.

Many of us knew that it was going to be a rough ride for Obama and Family... the media has been aiming for Obama for much of the past 6 months. If Republicans & their Conservative media puppets behave as predicted (and they have already started)... be prepared for an ugly General election campaign.

This is an excellent idea because there are just certain things that seem to only be picked up/detected by us... There is a lot that will go right over the heads of the General media, but that we will pick up on right away. It was the same thing with the Clinton's and their subtle jabs & race baiting.

So this will be a good role for bloggers to play.

Andre said...

I hope this campaign to 'protect' Michelle will be successful. Lord knows, she will need it.

In an interest of "keepin' it real", we live in a pretty shallow and vacuous society that does indeed call for its leaders (including spouses and children) to fit a certain model in order to gain acceptance and validation. In that respect, Michelle's tough, no nonsense, and forced smile approach might just be an Achilles' heel to Sen. Obama's campaign when it's deemed to be the antithesis of what folks would consider socially graceful. That's not a diss on Michelle from my end. But to expect the hick in W. Virginia or the bigoted old white man in the deep south to see Michelle's strength and NOT interpret that as a negative attribute is a stretch.

I mean, even Laura Bush smiled while she delivered a pretty icy reply to Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondents Dinner (I admit, I'm not sure if she said what everybody thinks she said, but the rumors have gone uncontroverted...)

I guess my ultimate point is: sometimes our identities need to be compromised...nay...softened if we want to successfully enter arenas predominately populated by superficiality. Essentially we have to "fit in to get in." This is especially true for the person who stands to be the country's first lady.