Telling a tale of hardship and struggles, Michelle Obama concluded her speech at the Democratic National Convention by looking at the audience and saying “truth matters.” It was a touching moment that would have had more power behind it if virtually all of her “story” was just that, a series of lies aimed at creating a desired image. Let’s take a careful look at what the First Lady said and then contrast that with the actual truth.
Ms. Obama wove a compelling tale of the struggles of two young kids in love that came from families that made the most of what they had through love and companionship. The truth is very different. Ms. Obama attended Whitney Young, the magnet school for Chicago’s upper class. Whitney Young is ranked 4th in Illinois for all high schools and 1st out of 109 public high schools in Chicago. http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/illinois/districts/chicago-public-schools/whitney-m-young-magnet-high-school-6551 Mr. Obama attended the private Punahou Prepatory School, the preeminent high school in the Hawaiian Islands.
Despite Barack Obama’s undistinguished academic performances at a top school, both of the Obama’s were admitted to Ivy League schools before the both attend Harvard Law School. As Breitbart reported today:
“[B]elieve it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage,” Michelle said. That sounds like a raw deal–but in fact reflects their fortunate circumstances. They had both just graduated from a very expensive law school, and their combined income from cushy law firm jobs dwarfed the repayments. Barack also soon enjoyed a second salary from the University of Chicago. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/05/Fact-Check-Michelle-Obama-s-False-Fairy-Tale-of-Struggle
Just two years after graduating from law school and joining the work force, Mr. Obama and Michelle had to struggle as they moved a $275,000 condo and then a few years later into $1,650,000 Hyde Park mansion. During her pitch to voters last night, Michelle talked about the anguish that Barack Obama suffered when his credit card was turned down once – once! While Mr. Obama was in the Senate he was able to help the couple struggle a little less when he sought and obtained a $1,000,000 earmark for the University of Chicago Hospital. Now it just turned out that coincidentally the Senator’s wife Michelle Obama worked at that hospital (go figure) and her salary jumped from $121,910 to $316,962. http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/10089/one-obamas-earmark-requests-was-hospital-employs-michelle-obama
“As First Lady, Michelle Obama has lived high on the hog while the rest of the country has suffered through an extraordinary recession. In 2010, she and her entourage decamped to Spain for a lavish vacation. That summer, the Obamas encouraged Americans to visit the Gulf coast after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which threatened tourism in the region. They promptly jetted off to Maine for their own summer holiday. This summer, the Obamas skipped their usual summer trip to the wealthy playground of Martha’s Vineyard–months after Michelle and her daughters had enjoyed an expensive winter skiing trip in Aspen. And, of course, there are the frequent pilgrimages to Hawaii, Some of their family’s comfort, of course, comes from private income, principally Barack Obama’s book sales–yet even that wealth is a spin-off of Obama’s political career. ‘ http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/05/Fact-Check-Michelle-Obama-s-False-Fairy-Tale-of-Struggle
I have two major problems with this set of lies. First, the entire Obama campaign is focused on the premise that Mitt Romney is a privileged rich guy out of touch with the common man. The truth is that Mr. Romney has had to agonize about the common man as an employer working in private enterprise. Mr. Romeny made his money the old fashioned way – he earned it. The Obama’s try and pretend that they are “average Joe’s” when in fact their advantages and privileges are just as abundant but doled out instead of earned. Finally, civility and honesty are quickly becomming artifacts of the past instead of a moral code to live by. Carefully craft a story to meet a need and hope that the details don’t matter or that you won’t get caught in the lies. I find that truly sad.