Michelle In Charge

Trump has become such an easy target that even a First Lady can join the fray without any fear of significant fallout. But Michelle Obama’s heartfelt shredding of the GOP nominee in a New Hampshire campaign speech on Thursday rose above politics, while well serving her party’s political aims.

Still, I wonder if the obsessive focus on loser Trump by Democratic leaders and supporters is distracting their attention and energy from the next job: regaining control of the House and Senate.

michelle101416Michelle Obama

  • “I can’t stop thinking about this. It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted.”
  • “This was not just lewd conversation. This wasn’t just locker room banter. This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior, and actually bragging about kissing and groping women.”
  • “The shameful comments about our bodies, the disrespect of our ambitions and intellect, the belief that you can do anything you want to a woman — it is cruel, it’s frightening, and the truth is — it hurts.”
  • “So many have worked for so many years to end this kind of violence and abuse and disrespect but here we are in 2016 and we’re hearing these exact same things every day on the campaign trail. We are drowning in it.”
  • “Too many are treating this as just another day’s headline. As if our outrage is overblown or unwarranted. As if this is normal. Just politics as usual … This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. It is intolerable.”
  • “This isn’t about politics. It’s about basic human decency. It’s about right and wrong … Now is the time for all of us to stand up and say ‘enough is enough.’ This has got to stop right now.”
  • “To dismiss this as everyday locker room talk is an insult to decent men everywhere.”
  • “Strong men, men who are truly role models, don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful.”
  • “We’re telling our sons that it’s OK to humiliate women. We’re telling our daughters that this is how they deserve to be treated. We’re telling all our kids that bigotry and bullying are perfectly acceptable in the leader of their country.”
  • “If we have a president who routinely degrades women, who brags about sexually assaulting women, then how can we maintain our moral authority in the world?”

Author: craigcrawford

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56 thoughts on “Michelle In Charge”

  1. Before we leave Bob Dylan behind, he used to insist Joan Baez couldn’t write poetry.  When she was left behind, she did.

  2. Jamie- gulp, thanks, so love that song.

    Cuomo just reminded us that Michelle said “If you can’t manage your house, you can’t manage the White HOuse”  Why did he choose to reopen that would after yesterday’s profoundly healing moment?

  3. Craig

    You are right that the punch back should be for the Senate and House.  What better way than to vote for every single Democratic woman running?  Let’s clear out Congress until it reflects American society as a whole.


  4. sea, I fear that the drumpf will now be rerunning what he hinted at during the debate about michelle saying mean things about Hillary back in 2008.  that’s his usual m.o.

  5. I’ve put up Kermit as my avatar in protest against all the Pepe The Frogs I’ve been receiving on Twitter.  He can hold that position in space until the annual Blog Blast For Peace on November 4 this year.

    If you have a blog or Facebook account, you might want to join all the people from around the world who keep throwing Dona Nobis Pacem at the globe.


  6. craig, thanks for the thread on a speech that spoke in many ways for most women, even those who don’t like or support hillary. however, it shouldn’t be swept under the table what she said about Hillary. for what has happened to Hillary in the past has happened to a lot of hard-working and over-qualified women who’ve always wound up in second place, playing second banana, being only the helpmate nothing more or worse – pilloried or scorned.

    michelle said so much that should get notice, be pondered and talked about (over and beyond the salacious drumpf scandals) when she said:

    We tell our young people “Work hard in school, get a good education.” We encourage them to use that education to help others — which is exactly what Hillary did with her college and law degrees, advocating for kids with disabilities, fighting for children’s health care as First Lady, affordable child care in the Senate.

    We teach our kids the value of being a team player, which is what Hillary exemplified when she lost the 2008 election and actually agreed to work for her opponent as our Secretary of State — earning sky-high approval ratings serving her country once again.

    We also teach our kids that you don’t take shortcuts in life, and you strive for meaningful success in whatever job you do. Well, Hillary has been a lawyer, a law professor, First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the United States, a U.S. senator, Secretary of State. And she has been successful in every role, gaining more experience and exposure to the presidency than any candidate in our lifetime — more than Barack, more than Bill. And, yes, she happens to be a woman.

    And finally, we teach our kids that when you hit challenges in life, you don’t give up, you stick with it. Well, during her four years as Secretary of State alone, Hillary has faced her share of challenges. She’s traveled to 112 countries, negotiated a ceasefire, a peace agreement, a release of dissidents. She spent 11 hours testifying before a congressional committee. We know that when things get tough, Hillary doesn’t complain. She doesn’t blame others. She doesn’t abandon ship for something easier. No, Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life.

    So in Hillary, we have a candidate who has dedicated her life to public service, someone who has waited her turn and helped out while waiting. She is an outstanding mother. She has raised a phenomenal young woman. She is a loving, loyal wife. She’s a devoted daughter who cared for her mother until her final days. And if any of us had raised a daughter like Hillary Clinton, we would be so proud. We would be proud.

    And regardless of who her opponent might be, no one could be more qualified for this job than Hillary — no one. And in this election, if we turn away from her, if we just stand by and allow her opponent to be elected, then what are we teaching our children about the values they should hold, about the kind of life they should lead? What are we saying?



    It was like 2 different speeches

    The first half talking about Trump  seemed to be intensely personal as if there was some painful experience that his word brought back to life. There were times when she seemed to choke up and  I felt like she had trouble going forward. It seemed to be difficult for her.

    It was such a contrast when she started praising HRC and started delivering a standard campaign speech.



  8. “as if there was some painful experience that his word brought back to life”

    jack, as if?  hard not to have had such experiences for those of us lacking a y chromosome.  I disagree that it was 2 different topics/speeches. the obvious discrepancy in our culture of what we appear to value and reward is the lesson she was trying to teach.

  9. and, jack, I see michelle speaking also of herself in these words about a woman who

    ….dedicated her life to public service, someone who has waited her turn and helped out while waiting. She is an outstanding mother. She has raised a phenomenal young woman. She is a loving, loyal wife. She’s a devoted daughter who cared for her mother….

    very personal vibe came across to me. these things she values in her own life.

  10. Pat

    IMO, that is a bit dismissive as I didn’t see a standard reaction, she was very emotional.

    And I said it was really obvious, to me, as she moved into the campaign part of the speech.



  11. jack, didn’t mean to dismiss your observation. yes, she (and some in the camera scanned audience) did look close to tears… as was i.

    sorry I offended you.

  12. Michelle has been a powerful first lady for many years.  But, I always remember what she gave up to be the FLOTUS, her career.  Very few people can even say what she used to be.  She was an attorney.  Try to imagine her walking into a court room today.

    I consider her speeches of late, especially yesterday’s, as a reason I want her to be president.  She could run in four years, Kaine not withstanding.

    As for the constant attack on the floater, it has to be continued.  Given a moment of open time he will take over and shed off all that farm detritus.  HRC should be supporting her down ballot people, while all the rest attack the floater day and night.  And, there needs another stream attacking Pence the newest Village Idiot (VI).  He wants to pretend the bloater is a fine and upstanding person, he should float around the toilet bowl with the floater.

  13. blueb, you don’t mean this “Village Idiot”?… naaahhh. that gives VIs a bad name. 

    Pence, the conservative Indiana governor, said Trump had assured him personally the allegations were false.

    “Before the day is out, there’ll be more evidence publicly that calls into question these latest allegations,” Pence said in an interview with CBS “This Morning.”

    “Stay tuned. I know there’s more information that’s going to be coming out that will back his claim that this is all categorically false.”

    Pence told NBC’s “Today” show that the evidence was just “hours” away from being made public.

  14. the speech by Michele was riveting…I felt it physically, emotionally.  I am glad she was able to reach that depth at a campaign event. Can you imagine how the speech will work when it is plagiarized and read by melania?

  15. So the Trump campaign is bringing upTed Kennedy and Mary Jo Kopechne to attack Clinton?  I guess that means all the serial philanderers in the goopers are subject to discussion  Let’s talk about Republican and Trump supporter Joe Scarborough’s dead intern  I read somewhere that he is thinking of running for the gov of conn,

    trump is having a little bump in the polls  until he is completely dead you have to keep attacking him especially because of the outrageous things he is saying

  16. today look to harder, the crackerjack attorney of peter thiel, trump supporter, gawker slayer, women and lesser than hater.  harder had sent many letters on behalf of the trumps…his hair, melania’s escorts and now the chance meeting on the street with the People reporter.   This must be the proof that all accusers are liars…perhaps, melania never went out with baby barron.   Now if only they can get me to ‘unhear’ the trump bus tape.  Job creator?  billy bush has lost his job.

  17. patd, I read and laughed my ass off at Petri’s column today.  Thanks for the link.

    Blue B, god you are funny today.  What do you really think. 😉 BTW, I will start referring to Pence as VI.  I love it.

    Jack, I think you misread patd’s response about Michelle’s address. Nothing dismissive in what I read.

  18. Michelle’s speech was, once again, powerful and compelling. She’s shown that she is a great speaker but I don’t think she has any aspirations to be President. As a spokesperson, and campaigner, she is a tremendous asset. I hope she’ll always be someone that good candidates can engage to speak on their behalf. I don’t think she has the dermal fortitude (thick skin) to withstand the kind of scrutiny and personal attacks she would receive if she ran for President.

    As for our current candidates, I think the biggest difference in this election is motivation.

    Trump is motivated by self-aggrandizement. He’s proven over and over again that he doesn’t care about anything but himself and his own glory road!

    Hillary has shown throughout her many years of service that she is motivated by love. Love of country. Love of doing good works. Love of family, including love of the larger family of humanity. Combined with the fact that she’s tough as nails and has weathered every storm that comes her way, that makes her a great choice to lead us out of the darkness of this horrible Presidential campaign season and into the light of a government that has a chance to work for all of the people.

    This will only happen if the poisonous system that gave rise to someone like Donald Trump is completely exposed and defeated. His party made all this hatred possible. Unless the republican party is put down, like the diseased dog it has become, we’ll continue to have a do nothing government overseeing a sick country that only cares about some of the people. I’d like to see the pressure and focus kept on showing what a vile human being Trump is, and more encouragement to vote for new voices in the Senate & Congressional races. I, for one have had enough of hate. I don’t understand how anyone who is gay, black, or a woman can possibly support a man or a party that so obviously hates them!

  19. granny, well said, but do not forget our solid men who also were offended.  I have a hubby who is hurt by trump’s words.  My brother is sickened by trump.  they are part of the decency offensive against trump, too.

  20. IMO, Michelle Obama is the greatest First Lady I have seen in my lifetime.  Can’t wait to see what she does once Barak leaves office.

    This will only happen if the poisonous system that gave rise to someone like Donald Trump is completely exposed and defeated. His party made all this hatred possible. 

    GrannyM….   AMEN!

  21. BW: Thanks for pointing that out 🙂 I have sons and grandsons who also find Trumps words and actions to be repugnant and offensive.

  22. I agree that the pressure has to keep up.  Calling a couple of ties and one of the 2 polls that has consistently shown a skew for trump a bump is generous.  It has stopped the fall he was seeing for now. Like the following from today’s WaPo:

    The Daily 202

    The Daily 202: Trump really is in danger of losing Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY—The revelations of recent days about Donald Trump’s lascivious and predatory attitudes toward women have hurt him in Utah perhaps more than any other state.

    The influential Deseret News, which is owned by the Mormon Church, has stayed out of presidential politics for 80 years. But the editorial board urged all of its readers over the weekend not to vote for Trump. (For context, more than six in 10 voters in next month’s election will be members of the flock.)

    “What oozes from this audio is evil,” the editorial said. “Trump’s banter belies a willingness to use and discard other human beings at will. That characteristic is the essence of a despot.”

    If he loses Utah, he’s royally screwed.

  23. salon: President Obama lays into the “party of family values”: Republicans, “you don’t get credit” for finally dumping Donald Trump

  24. And I saw this in yesterday’s Post but I think I forgot to link the article announcing it.

    — Trump is pulling out of Virginia. NBC News reports that the news was announced to staff on a Wednesday night conference call and left many operatives on the ground blindsided. The decision came from Trump’s headquarters in New York and means that he is running essentially a four state campaign in the final three weeks, focusing on Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.

    And he ain’t pulling out because he’s so far ahead there that he doesn’t need to waste further resources there.

  25. pogo…withdrawing from Kaine territory, many believe trump is broke…Hillary ought to use that line at the debate…show us your taxes to prove otherwise.  He needs the rnc cash.  So much for self-funding, money is used for tv, no boots on the ground.

  26. 8 years later, Michele Obama is still a jewel. Whatsoever she finds to do in the new year, I’ll support her decision even if she only desires to lie on the sofa and watch reruns of Beulah.

    As a FLOTUS she is in the class with Dolly Madison and Abigail Adams.

  27. pence response to Michelle’s speech —

    “I have a lot of respect for the first lady and the job she has done for the American people over the last seven and a half years. But I don’t understand the basis of her claim,” Mike Pence said on CBS.

  28. my hope is that michelle continues to be a model and mentor to our nation’s youth, travelling speaker all around the country. don’t think professional politics is where she would feel comfortable.  see her happily busy as wife to a supreme court justice, mother to professionally successful daughters and head of her own foundation.

    according to wiki, after college she worked for a law firm for awhile then:

    In 1991, she held public sector positions in the Chicago city government as an Assistant to the Mayor, and as Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development. In 1993, she became Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public Allies, a non-profit organization encouraging young people to work on social issues in nonprofit groups and government agencies. She worked there nearly four years and set fundraising records for the organization that still stood 12 years after she left.

    In 1996, Obama served as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago, where she developed the University’s Community Service Center. In 2002, she began working for the University of Chicago Hospitals, first as executive director for community affairs and, beginning May 2005, as Vice President for Community and External Affairs. She continued to hold the University of Chicago Hospitals position during the primary campaign, but cut back to part-time in order to spend time with her daughters as well as work for her husband’s election; she subsequently took a leave of absence from her job.

  29. ibtimes:
    Could the US election polls be wrong?
    The LA Times runs a different kind of poll – and it shows Trump winning.
    “A lot of readers have noticed that our USC/Los Angeles Times Daybreak tracking poll is different from other polls,” explained David Lauter, LA Times/Chicago Tribune Washington Bureau chief last weekend as he answered questions in a story about why their poll is an outlier.

    The poll tracks 3,000 voters each day until election day. The other difference is in the questions it asks.

    “The Daybreak poll asks people to estimate, on a scale of 0 to 100, how likely they are to vote for each of the two major candidates,” wrote Lauter. The estimates are then combined to make the daily forecast.

    This approach aims to measure how certain voters are in their commitment to one of the candidates rather than most polls that ask whether they will vote for Trump or Clinton ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.

    Other polls, like the New York Times’ national polling average, pull together the numbers from 10 polls over the previous week.

    Others couldn’t paint a more different picture. One from Five Thirty Eight measures voting intention state by state and currently shows Clinton’s chances of winning at 85.6%, and Trump’s chances at 14.4%.

    Just a month ago those numbers stood at 61.1% for Clinton and 38.9% for Trump.

  30. cnn: Hillary Clinton shimmied her way through an interview on “Ellen” Thursday, breaking out her signature move from the first presidential debate and recounting how it played out during that contest.
    “Does everyone do that to you now?” asked host Ellen DeGeneres.

    “Yeah, I like it. I didn’t even know I was doing it,” Clinton said in an interview scheduled to air Friday. “I knew that I said, ‘Woo!’ I knew that, but I didn’t know that I did the little shimmy to go along with it. And then afterwards I saw it and now people are always saying, ‘do the shimmy, do the shimmy,’ you know?”

    Clinton also revealed what it was like sharing the stage with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the more recent debate last Sunday, joking that Trump would “literally stalk me around the stage.”

    “My opponent, Donald Trump, was going to try to dominate the space almost to the exclusion of the people who were sitting there. I mean, they were sitting there so that we could talk to them,” the former Secretary of State said.

    “And because of the revelation of the public video and everything that came out on ‘Access Hollywood,’ he was really all wrought up and you could just sense how much anger he had. And, so he was really trying to dominate and then literally stalk me around the stage, and I would just feel this presence behind me. And I thought, ‘whoa this is really weird’ — so I was just trying to stay focused.”

    Clinton explained that it was frustrating debating the real estate mogul both because of the distraction from policy issues created by the release of the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape, and because of the difficulty of fact-checking an opponent she said “is consistently spewing falsehoods.”

    “It’s frustrating, I feel such a sense of obligation to people. Everybody makes mistakes, don’t get me wrong, I obviously have made more than my share, but to run against somebody and debate somebody who is consistently just spewing falsehoods,” she said.

  31. BW, VI’s new abbreviated name is apparently apt.

    Wonkblog compared the candidates’ tax plans in today’s Wapo.

    Clinton’s plan soaks the rich, rewards low-income parents and raises a lot of money to fund new social programs such as universal pre-K education.
    Trump’s plan benefits corporations, the rich, upper-middle-class families, the middle class writ large and the poor, in roughly that declining order. It also helps small businesses, though it’s not clear by how much.
    The Trump plan blows a hole in the federal budget that only massive budget cuts and/or rapid economic growth could patch. Clinton’s plan, when coupled with her spending ambitions, would leave the budget deficit about where it is today.

    Hmmm, wonder if drumpf’s kids would benefit from his tax plan?

  32. drumpf now being called and laughed at as a “creepy old man”

    that’s it. game over. that must hurt so bad he’ll either go ballistic or slink off to his golden cave.

    jennifer rubin: “Not only will Trump lose the 2016 election, but also his brand — such as it is now — is that of a creepy old man, a bigot, a misogynist.”

    same pathetic epithet also used in reference to him in this wapo article “Woman says Trump reached under her skirt and groped her in early 1990s”

  33. HOUSEKEEPING: For anyone having trouble with page loading, there’s a server slowdown on network side, they’re working on it, said shouldn’t be much longer for a fix

  34. boss, all the vids i linked probably slowing it down some too… noticed before the difference of loading when there are no vids posted.

    my apologies to the help desk if that’s the case.

  35. so now is it a case of  “my russian putin is bigger than your mexican slim”

    the hill:

    Donald Trump reportedly plans to blame Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim for emerging allegations of sexual assault against the GOP presidential nominee. 

    Trump will say that Slim, as a shareholder of New York Times Co. and a donor to the Clinton Foundation, has an interest in helping Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton

  36. I’ve heard of ‘it’ being called by different names. First time I’ve heard of ‘it’ being called Slim. Okay, Slim made him do it.

  37. 1. Creepy Old Man or Dirty Old Man, that is the question. Abbreviated as either COM or DOM – as in, defense of marriage(s).

    2. The prices of oil, gold, and silver appear to be stabilizing. I guess that means that the bears are less fearful than they were a 10 days ago.


  38. I am so glad that Trump has denied all the allegations against him by all these women. I guess that means we can put that issue to bed since of course we all trust what Trump has to say. Why would he lie? Excuse my French but jesusfuggingchrist.

  39. Pat, sorry if I sounded offended, I came across harsher than I wanted to. No apology necessary. My bad


  40. there is a gorgeous full moon out tonight and that means only one thing for hippie types. Be back later

    Well, it’s a marvelous night for a Moondance

    With the stars up above in your eyes
    A fantabulous night to make romance
    ‘Neath the cover of October skies



  41. Bill Maher lighting it up on Trump. “How dare you claim I do the things I claim I do?” And “one of trump’s problems is there is a corroborating witness. .. Donald Trump.

  42. Jack,  Moondance is Mrs. P’s absolutely favorite Van song. And Van is one of her 2 or 3 favorite artists.

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