Thursday, September 16, 2010

I think we can help Michelle Obama out

According to Carla Bruni's new book, when she asked Michelle Obama how she liked being First Lady, the reply was quite definitive.
Miss Bruni reveals that Mrs Obama replied when asked about her position as the U.S. president’s wife: ‘Don’t ask! It’s hell. I can’t stand it!’
We'll see how the Obama White House spins that remark. Perhaps she'll say she was joking or taken out or context or has since completely changed her mind.

I can well understand why she wouldn't like being First Lady. It's a peculiar environment to raise children in. I can well understand having every one of my comments and clothing ensemble critiqued would be pretty aggravating. On the other hand, she does get to live in luxurious surroundings paid for by the taxpayer. She can have her own personal chef to take on her many luxurious vacations. She can have every utterance she makes echoed by a fawning media. She can influence the country and government on issues that she cares deeply about.

And let us not forget. She and Barack Obama made the choice to run for president. They knew what that would involve, but they jumped into the race just a few moments after he get elected senator. Perhaps they never expected that they would defeat Hillary Clinton and just thought they were getting their name out there for the future. But he sure pursued the position he now holds with fervor and determination. They knew that his choice to run for the presidency would mean at least two years when he'd be traveling all over the country and missing time with his children. They knew the sort of attention that they would be courting when he jumped into the race. Perhaps Michelle was never fully on board, but she got the opportunity to be proud of her country for the first time when it selected her husband. And now she's First Lady. And she hates her job. Tough. They didn't have to run for the job.

As Hyman Roth might tell the Obamas "This is the business we have chosen." If the job is truly hell for her, there are alternatives.

We can help her out with that. If we're lucky, she won't have to be First Lady for only about two years and four months more. Then she can retire from that hellish job and spend her time writing her memoirs and earning millions giving speeches. I'm happy to do whatever necessary to help her leave a position that she hates.