ROB MEAT HEAD REINER TOOK TIME AWAY FROM PLAYING GAMES WITH YOUNG BOYS TO DECLARE NANCY PELOSI A "STRATEGIC THINKER" AND DEMAND THAT SHE BE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE BECAUSE . . . WELL . . . HE'S JUST THAT PATHETIC.
GO BACK TO PLAYING WITH LITTLE BOYS, ROB, IT WORKED OUT SO WELL WITH COREY HAIM. MAYBE YOU CAN DO A MOVIE OR TWO ABOUT JIGSAW JONES? RICHARD GERE COULD DO A CAMEO IN 'THE CASE OF THE MISSING HAMSTER.'
For some reason, Michelle Obama's put her name to one. I was surprised when I read BECOMING that she'd put her name to it -- surprised anyone would. It's one plodding sentence after another. I asked a friend at Crown why they couldn't hire her a ghost writer with a gift for prose and was informed that what was supposed to be an inspiring and light read morphed quickly into something else because Michelle had "issues." Most of the ghost writer's work involved asking her for happy moments and spending forever trying to unearth a few. Michelle is not happy with her life now or in looking back.
The book that they spent forever watering down might have made for an interesting read -- whether she named names and dished or not -- but I do understand their fear because, even watered down, this is not a book for a former First Lady of the United States to put her name to.
Let's talk about First Lady, as a role, first. The current one is more or less doing a fine job. It's a ceremonial role, it's pure decoration. There are women who have held the role who've striven for more. Certainly, Eleanor Roosevelt expanded the role and the notion of what it could be. Rosalynn Carter deserves high praise for her term as First Lady in terms of expanding public notions of the role and pulling it into the 20th century. Hillary Diane Clinton showed up on the stage (Hillary Rodham Clinton was buried mid 1992 by the campaign) and was determined to reject the outdated notions for new ones and deserves praise for shattering so many expectations and stereotypes.
But if someone wants to carry out the ceremonial role today, that's fine. Melanie Trump is carrying out that role in the same manner that Nancy Reagan did before her. If that's what they want, fine.
I do think we need to expect equality, though. Meaning for all of Hillary's self-made claims of feminism, it was appalling (and we called her out in real time) that in her 2016 campaign (not in her 2008 campaign, which was a better campaign) she felt the need to repeatedly tell the public that, if elected, she would be president but her spouse (Bill) would not be First Lady under any name (First Dude, whatever). No, he would not be planning social dinners or . . . Who was going to do that? President Hillary Clinton. She can bomb Libya and select the food and the china it will be served on at a formal dinner all at the same time!
First Lady is a ceremonial role. It's all opticals, visuals. Unless, according to Hillary, a man occupies the role, at which point, we have to rethink everything because, heaven forbid, a man is expected to do the work that a woman has had to do over and over for centuries in this country.
That's sexist and it was sexist when Hillary was pimping it. It's appalling that the role that so many women have had to hold -- whether they wanted it or not -- would be changed, according to Hillary -- the minute a man held the role.
And the other issue there is the reality that, no, she cannot plan formal dinners and social engagements while carrying out the duties of president. And it's vile of her to suggest she can. Most women in the US already work endlessly -- many work a paid job outside the home and then turn around and do a shift in the home (caring for children or relatives, cleaning their homes, making meals, etc). For her to try to normalize those extra hours is appalling. She can go 'super woman' it if she wants but that's not helping any woman -- including herself.
What was Michelle like as a First Lady.
This might be why she is so hostile and touchy. She's a smart woman. She is someone with real skills and, yes, intelligence.
But the 2008 campaign remade her. She writes of a meeting with David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett where they explain to her that she's not winning voters. She easily accepts their suggestion that she comes off too smart and works to publicly cut down her own smarts and independence. (To see what that led to, refer to Ava and my "TV: The endless non-news.")
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