Are the Obamas Too “Hood” for the Vineyard’s?


An excerpt of this piece has been making its way round the net and stirring controversy due to some inflammatory statements made about the First Lady and the President. Here is the piece in its entirety, written by Toure.

via NY Mag

The rumors that the Obamas will be vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard this summer have been spreading since April. Locals are famously ho-hum about these kinds of things, but even they admit that this could be an unusually crowded August on the island, with three sets of Democratic Party royalty descending at once.

The Clintons are expected to return to Edgartown, where they have often stayed at the home of Richard Friedman, a Boston real-estate developer. Caroline Kennedy will be at her mother’s former estate in Aquinnah. And while the Obamas’ plans are still unannounced, most people expect the First Family to settle on Oak Bluffs, at the northeast end of Martha’s Vineyard.

A few Vineyarders say they know whose home it’ll be. “The rumor is that it’s Wayne Budd,” says one, referring to the prominent Boston lawyer who was associate U.S. attorney general under the first President Bush. “He has a very large house with guesthouses that would be perfect for the Secret Service and his staff.” Budd has denied this, and a wealthy friend of the Obamas who claims to have been provided a photo of the chosen house says that the Oak Bluffs rumor is wrong. “The picture I received looks like it could be West Chop,” this friend says, referring to a neighborhood across the harbor. “But West Chop is totally white—so totally white that it would be a surprise.” Continue reading

WTF! South Carolina Politician Says Michelle Obama Is Related To Escaped Gorilla

via Thisis50

A prominent South Carolina Republican killed his Facebook page Sunday after being caught likening the First Lady to an escaped gorilla.
Commenting on a report posted to Facebook about a gorilla escape at a zoo in Columbia, S.C., Friday, longtime GOP activist Rusty DePass wrote, “I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.”

Busted by South Carolina political blogger Will Folks, DePass told WIS-TV in Columbia, “I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest.”

Then he added, “The comment was hers, not mine,” claiming Michelle Obama made a recent remark about humans descending from apes. The Daily News could find no such comment.

“‘Humor’ like this is nothing new for South Carolina Republicans – even as the party claims to be focusing on ‘outreach’ efforts to minorities,” said Folks, a former gubernatorial spokesman and widely read blogger. “The fact that Palmetto [State] Republicans don’t get that this is a serious problem for them baffles us.” Continue reading

Michelle Obama Says South Side is ‘Real Chicago’


via AOL

Traveling with the president in Europe, First Lady Michelle Obama caused a stir with remarks she made about her upbringing on Chicago’s south side. Mrs. Obama, who was virtually removed from the public spotlight during the presidential campaign after making several comments that got then Senator Obama into hot water, was speaking to an all-girls school in London last week about her current position. In the course of her speech, the First Lady made remarks that are reminiscent of comments that President Obama lambasted Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin for during the campaign.

“For nothing in my life ever would have predicted that I would be standing here as the first African-American First Lady. I was not raised with wealth or resources or any social standing to speak of. I was raised on the South Side of Chicago – that’s the real part of Chicago.”

Gov. Palin was forced to clarify similar remarks she made during the campaign, telling an audience that the rural parts of the country comprise the “real America.” Vice President Joe Biden responded to Palin’s remarks, saying in part, “It doesn’t matter where you live, we all love this country.” Senator George Allen was also taken to task by Democrats during the 2006 campaign for remarks he made that echoed the First Lady’s sentiment. Allen directed his comments toward a campaign worker for his Democratic opponent, Jim Webb, saying, “Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia!” Allen went on to lose his Senate seat. The White House has not seen fit to clarify the First Lady’s remarks, yet.

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