It’s time to Break It Down!
Yes, we have had nearly a month to become accustomed to the First Lady’s new Birthday-do hair style. While at least one style maven, Karl Lagerfeld, panned FLOTUS’ forehead covering locks, the simple truth is, POTUS deemed the coiffure a critical success; enough said!
Moreover, now that the Obama Administration has released an official photograph of the President “wielding his weapon,” the tenor of that conversation has shifted from one of disbelief that POTUS had ever touched a firearm to one of; his actions are just pandering to the gun lobby. Of course, the accompanying footnote is, the Rightwill simply never support, what in their view is, his devious plan to separate law abiding American citizens from their Constitutionally given right to possess any gun that is not officially classified as an automatic weapon. Whatever; like I said, old news!
The next gem of mindless pablum to masquerade as a rant against the First Family has been directed atFLOTUS. It’s not new, but has resurfaced in the last couple of days. Most Americans know Mrs. Obama has driven an initiative to promote low-calorie school lunches; it’s known as the “Let’s Move”Campaign. There is a segment of the populace that resisted Mrs. Obama’sefforts from the outset. Those folks routinely accused Michelle of trying to foster a Nanny State. Coincidentally, the same crowd consistently also regularly affixes the Nanny State label to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his efforts to ban the sale, in New York City, of sugary drinks larger than 16ounces.
Bob Grisham, an Alabama high school football coach, made disparaging remarks about the First Lady in a January 27th class. He referred to “her big butt,” while also flaying “queers” in the same rant. Coach Grisham’s comments were recorded by a student in the class. On Monday, he was suspended without pay for10 days for his rant; roughly 90 seconds of which were caught on tape:(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24p88MkcaQQ). The coach has also been required to attend sensitivity training, and cannot teach his psychology class for the remainder of the semester.
As noted earlier, this tack has been employed before. Shock jock, Rush Limbaughrepeatedly referred to FLOTUS as Michelle “My Butt”Obama (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WLKYkKqeYE);Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican, issued an apology after having been overhead loudly referring to Mrs. Obama’s “large posterior:” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCDJVNJDJ4s). It should be noted, Coach Grisham has also said he misspoke; although he did so in an odd way. He defended his remarks, telling the TimesDaily that he “Misspoke in a debate-style discussion about the state of the country.“ He added, “I have no hatred toward anyone or any group.People that know my heart, they know that.”
Without getting too far down in the weeds concerning this matter, it is worth mentioning that, despite his censure, the reaction to Coach Grisham and his comments have been mixed. The LGBT community has sounded a tone of outrage, with advocacy groups calling for his firing. But he also has defenders.
A student in the high school said the matter had been blown out of proportion, and that the coach was joking.One school board member voted against the suspension, which was proposed by the Superintendent. Upon follow-up, the board member indicated that he supported 5 days, but thought10 days was too severe.
For the purposes of this post, the reference to Mrs. Obama’s derriere is the focus. However, left to my own devices, I surmise that Coach Grisham’s suspension, and sensitivity training, for the most part, were applied as an official organization response to the coach’s derogatory comments about gays. For the record, I am fine with that.
However, as for the apparent fixation with Mrs. Obama’s ample curves, evidenced by, Coach Grisham, Representative Sensenbrenner, Mr. Limbaugh, and a varied assortment of other Right Wingers, I am reminded of one of my favorite and most compelling Natural Laws: Haters gotta hate; it’s what they do. “Butt,Seriously!”
I’m done; holla back!
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