The Fiction Factor
Vol: 93 Issue: 19 Friday, June 19, 2009
According to the Microsoft National Barack Corporation (MSNBC) the last “true cultural antecedent” for Michelle Obama was Claire Huxtable on the Cosby Show.
Claire Huxtable is a fictional television character who was played by actress Felicia Rashad.
So far, the first lady has chosen to be a food bank volunteer with an outsize entourage and an education activist with the largest soapbox imaginable. But Michelle Obama also fills a role that is not of her choosing but that may, in fact, be the most influential: She serves as a symbol of middle-class progress, feminist achievement, affirmative-action success and individual style.
And she has done all this on the world stage . . . while being black. . .
So much for the Obama election moving America into some post-racial era where skin color is irrelevant. Actually, she is able to ‘do all this on the world stage’– by being the President’s wife. She could have done it while being green.
Time and again, observers grasp for adjectives to describe Obama’s combination of professional accomplishment and soccer-mom maternalism.
(I dunno. Has anybody tried “Mrs. Messiah”?)
It’s no wonder so many eye her with awe and disbelief. Or why a minority still view her with suspicion. There have been few broad cultural precedents for what she represents.
Thus, the closest that Microsoft National Barack Corporation can come to a cultural precedent for what she represents is a fictional black character. (Given all the secrecy that surrounds the Obamas’ personal histories, one finds the fictional Huxtable comparison somewhat ironic.)
According to the Microsoft National Barack Corporation;
The last similarly accomplished and wholesome black woman to enter the homes of TV audiences — both black and white, in small towns and big cities — was Clair Huxtable, the matriarch of “The Cosby Show.” It is a cultural comparison more apt than the one made to Jackie Kennedy, which is rooted in little more than the two first ladies being mothers of young children and their affection for sleeveless dresses.
You see, that is the thing about the Obamas. No real person could ever hope to achieve their status among us mortals — even the Kennedys of Camelot fall short.
The rest of the piece goes on to explain how; only Audra McDonald’s character on ABC’s “Private Practice” — a divorced, stylish doctor with a young daughter, a vibrant social life and a healthy relationship with her ex-husband — really reflects a generation of black women with advanced degrees, solid self-esteem and no anger issues.
No anger issues? (I suppose it all depends on the meaning of the word, ‘anger’.)
During the campaign, Michelle Obama made headlines when she said that the very first time she was ever proud of her country was when her husband was running for president. (That’s a long time to be ashamed of one’s country).
As part of her requirements for graduation, she wrote a thesis entitled, “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community.” Back then, she was both ashamed of her country and angry. (And a wee bit dishonest?)
“I remember being shocked,” she says, “by college students who drove BMWs. I didn’t even know parents who drove BMWs.”
Really? She attended the exclusive Bryn Mawr School, later renamed the Bouchet Academy before going on to attend another exclusive public school, Whitney Young High School.
(More than 9,000 students applied for the 450 spots in the 2007-2008 freshman class.)
She grew up in the richest part of Chicago, attended exclusive private elementary and high schools before going on to attend Princeton and Harvard and she didn’t know any adults who drove BMWs?
(I know several — one is a plumber.)
Despite the assertions of the fawning Microsoft National Barack Corporation to the contrary, Michelle Obama not only has anger issues, they are a lot bigger than Clair Huxtable’s.
She’s publicly criticized the US as “guided by fear” and “just downright mean.” One wonders, given all that her country has offered her; a Harvard degree, a six-figure income, now the most famous woman in the world, what does she have to be angry about?
Perhaps that is why MSNBC claims she has ‘no anger issues’. They can’t figure out what she could possibly be angry about, either.
It isn’t really about Michelle Obama. It is about MSNBC and its sister organization, NBCNews. And ABCNews. And perhaps later, CBSNews. But mostly, it is about propaganda and how open the public is to accepting it as the clock continues to count down toward the conclusion of the Church Age.
‘Propaganda’ is defined as the “dissemination of biased and misleading information as a political strategy.” The purpose of propaganda is not to inform, but rather, to influence its audience.
MSNBC and NBC are officially “in the tank” for Obama and are therefore rendered useless as reliable sources of information. Michelle Obama is merely the example the proves the point. Claire Huxtable . . . No anger issues. . . somebody who beat the odds and made it “the hard way.” Pul-eeze!
Claire Huxtable is a fictional character invented by imaginative writers. And by any possible measure, Michelle Obama is the angriest First Lady in US history. And for Mrs. Obama, the “hard way” was private schools, Princeton and Harvard.
NBC, MSNBC and CNBC have two things in common. The first is that all three are in competition for the most Obama-friendly news coverage. (CNBC’s anchors were actually TOLD not to do stories critical of the Obamas.)
The second thing they have in common is that they are all owned by General Electric Corporation. GE is heavily invested in green technology, and if the carbon tax is passed GE will get billions of dollars in contracts from Obama’s cap and trade scheme.
Noted Bill O’Reilly recently, GE is also counting on government-ordered computerized health records. If that passes, GE’s technology could be used, earning the company billions. To make that happen, GE has appointed former Senator Tom Daschle to its health advisory board.
Daschle was President Obama’s choice as secretary of Health and Human Services until a tax scandal derailed him.
Now, ABCNews has also decided to surrender its news credentials in exchange for a seal of approval from the Obama White House. Next week, ABC’s Good Morning America will broadcast from the White House.
Charlie Gibson will also anchor a live broadcast of World News from the Blue Room and a primetime special titled “Questions for the President: Prescription for America” moderated by Gibson and ABC’s Diane Sawyer.
However, the questions and questioners will be selected by ABC. ABC turned down a request by the GOP for equal time, showing the Left’s contempt for the “Fairness Doctrine” except as it can be used to stifle the Right.
Deception is an important element of the last days. Jesus warned against it. Paul warned against it. Deception is the stock and trade of the coming antichrist. Until this generation, America was probably the least likely nation on earth to buy into the antichrist’s lies.
That was then. This is now. The conditioning process is completed. Not nearly completed. It IS completed. We’re ready.
To this generation, deception is part of politics as usual. A majority of Americans agree with the poll question, “All politicians lie.” What does that mean? It means we know we are being deceived, but don’t care, provided we like the lie being told. It’s the smoothest liar that gets the job, not the most honest politician, since there’s no such thing.
“Fair and Balanced” is a slogan, not reality. Liberals think CNN is fair and balanced. The truth is, there is nobody reporting from the center. There’s no market for the raw truth. News consumers prefer to choose the outlet whose lies most closely mirror their own worldview.
When He was asked, “What will be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the age?” the first thing that Jesus told His disciples was, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”
The Apostle Paul wrote in 2nd Thessalonians 2:3: “Let no man deceive you by any means.” Speaking of the coming antichrist, Paul writes:
“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
It’s all about deception. And the public willingness to embrace it.
“And for THIS cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:9-12)