Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Nastiness of the Right Wing - Washington Post Columnist and Romney Attack Dog Slams Michelle Obama for Being on the Oscars

But Unlike Conservatives Don’t Expect Ms. Obama to Whine About It

In their post election disappointment many conservatives have turned on the Obama’s.  Peggy Noonan, once a somewhat rational commentator for the Wall Street Journal has now joined the National Association of Professional Obama Haters.  But Ms. Noonan’s earlier remarks about how mean the President is now look even more foolish, as the critics of the President weigh in full force.

Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama, with service members behind her, announcing the
 winner of the Best Picture Academy Award (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters)

Up to bat recently was Jennifer Rubin  whom the Washington Post appointed last year as the official unofficial conduit for the Romney campaign.  Inexplicably now that Mr. Romney fades into history is that the WaPo kept her on, and without Mr. Romney as her raison d’etre Ms. Rubin launches into the very bitter personal attack mode.  Here she is commenting (about the best word that can be used to describe her writing) on Michele Obama’s appearance on the Oscar telecast.

It is not enough that President Obama pops up at every sporting event in the nation. Now the first lady feels entitled, with military personnel as props, to intrude on other forms of entertaining (this time for the benefit of the Hollywood glitterati who so lavishly paid for her husband’s election). I’m sure the left will holler that once again conservatives are being grouchy and have it in for the Obamas. Seriously, if they really had their president’s interests at heart, they’d steer away from encouraging these celebrity appearances. It makes both the president and the first lady seem small and grasping. In this case, it was just downright weird.

Well that is pretty mean, as is this.

No one, it seems, gets within a mile of the White House with any sense of restraint. No one there would dare suggest nearly half the country didn’t vote for him and doesn’t much like him and might want to be left to their small daily pleasures. (Greta Garbo said it best.) And no one there is apt to explain that the White House, the military and the first lady (not this one in particular) are institutions bigger than the Obamas and their e-mail list.

Notice that there is nothing about policy here, no incisive commentary, just personal venom towards Ms. Obama and her husband.  A fitting example of just how desperate conservative commentators are, and how low the WaPo has sunk to publish such stuff.

The good news, Ms. Obama is such a gracious person, such a towering presence and such a strong and decent and magnetic personality that she doesn’t need this Forum or anyone else to defend her from the likes of people like Ms. Rubin.  And as for Ms. Rubin, our advice is to keep on doing this.  It just exposes you and your cohorts for what you are.  And trust us, you really don’t want that.


  1. Most Americans have a favorable opinion of Ms. Obama. So if she did not make public appearances, could Ms. Rubin proclaim that Ms. Obama is not giving the public what they want?

    Did Ms. Rubin also recycle the cliche of Obama courting favor with the Hollywood elite? I won't subject myself to the rest of her piece to find out.

  2. The right truly has lost it's collective mind. All that remains is bordering on criminal insanity!