Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Is Michelle Obama a Princess? (Part 1)

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The irony of Michelle Obama's water campaign
Michelle Obama's crusade to get Americans to drink more water coincides with data showing that they're doing that already
By Jonah Goldberg
October 1, 2013
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Actress Eva Longoria teams with Brita to join First Lady Michelle Obama and Watertown High School principal Scott Mantei in support of "Drink Up," a new effort launched by the Partnership for a Healthier America in Watertown, Wis. (Jonathan Kirn / FPS for Brita / September 12, 2013

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Michelle Obama wants you to drink more water, at least one more glass a day. Frankly, I think it's great. Sure, the science behind some of her claims is somewhere between iffy and debatable. If you're not dehydrated, drinking more water won't give you more energy or cure your headaches, as her office vaguely claims. But it might take up belly space that otherwise would have gone to grape soda, Red Bull or some other sugary concoction.

Team Michelle won't admit this is the real agenda, insisting this is just a healthy, helpful reminder from the first lady. "Water is so basic," she explained from Watertown, Wisc., "and because it is so plentiful, sometimes we just forget about it amid all the ads we watch on television and all the messages we receive every day about what to eat and drink," she said. "The truth is, water just gets drowned out."
Except that's not really true. According to Beverage Tracker (you don't subscribe?), in 1998, soda was our No. 1 drink of choice, with Americans consuming 54 gallons of the stuff every year. Today, it's down to 44 gallons, while water consumption has hit 58 gallons and rising.
Although on one level it may seem as if Obama is breaking the corporate grip on our drinking habits by celebrating the original no-frills beverage, it's more like she's pulling a Ferris Bueller: jumping in front of a parade in progress and acting as if it were for her all along. There's nothing more mainstream than going with the flow.
We tend to talk about culture as if it's something produced solely by obvious outlets like Hollywood or publishing. But the trend toward bottled water (which accounts for 21 of those 58 gallons a year Americans consume) is every bit as real a cultural phenomenon as Miley Cyrus' twerking — even more so. Whenever we talk about ancient Greek or Egyptian culture we spend an awful lot of time talking about what they drank and ate, we study their pots and pans and we even write the occasional ode to their urns. There was no popular demand to see Cyrus behave like a bonobo in heat. There's a very real demand to drink pure water instead of other beverages.
We crossed a milestone in 2006 when, according to the U.S. Census, Americans started drinking more water than beer. Susan McWilliams, a brilliant (liberal) political scientist, lamented this turning point in American culture. "There's a reason that beer commercials tend to include lots of people hanging out in a room together," she writes, "and bottled water commercials tend to include lone individuals climbing things and running around by themselves, usually on a beach at sunrise — even though they are not being chased."
Bottled water is the beverage for an atomized generation that listens to music in a private headphone world. Beer is social. "Most people drink beer to lower social inhibitions," McWilliams notes, "to make it easier to have conversations with other people, to assuage loneliness, to grease the wheels for engaging in what my students euphemistically call 'relationships' — in other words, to give a form and excuse for social life. You don't drink beer to improve your private, individual health."
This last point is one I can confirm after years of empirical testing.
Indeed, while every brand of bottled water has its own unique sales pitch, they all share one appeal: It's not common water.
Which raises one irony. Lots of socially engaged young people have started to rebel against bottled water on the grounds that all of that plastic is allegedly wasteful and deleterious to the environment. Some will even note that bottled water is an indictment of the public water system, the same way FedEx and UPS reflect poorly on the Post Office. In other words, drinking Fiji water is a kind of lifestyle luxury most associated with elite culture — like eating kale salads and having a home gym. It is of a piece with Michael Bloomberg's notorious efforts to make poor people live the way rich people think they should.
That doesn't make Obama's efforts misguided, but it's worth pointing out that even — or perhaps especially — liberals have a noblesse oblige all their own.

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Michelle Obama Can’t Tweet after Government Shutdown of her 16 Assistants
October 1, 2013


The Government Shutdown isn’t just hard for ordinary people. It’s also tough for the folks on top. A contingency plan has been developed to allow Obama to go on functioning with only 1/4 of his 1,701 person staff.

And the effect is being felt even by Michelle Obama’s Twitter account.

Sure Michelle Obama could take time out from her busy schedule to Tweet once every two days (that’s her average) but due to the Government Shutdown somehow impacting some of her 16 assistants, her Twitter account will now be “limited”.

Maybe now she’ll only post once every four days.
The horror. The humanity.
Which of Michelle Obama’s 16 assistants were hit by the Government Shutdown?
Was it Chief of Staff for the First Lady Susan Sher ($172,200 a year) or Camille Y. Johnston, Director of Communications for the First Lady ($140,000 a year) or Melissa E. Winter, Deputy Chief of Staff to the First Lady ($102,000 a year).
Maybe it was Catherine M. Lelyveld, the First Lady’s Press Secretary or Erinn J Burnough, Deputy Social Secretary to the First Lady or Dana Lewis, Special Assistant to the First Lady.
Could it be Semonti M. Mustaphi, the First Lady’s Deputy Press Secretary, Tyler A Lechtenberg, Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady or maybe it was Deilia A. Jackson, Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady
There’s no way to know. This list is from 2009. It’s entirely possible that Michelle Obama’s staff may have ballooned from 16 to 1600.
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There may be Deputy Assistant Directors of Social Media Correspondence and Deputy Associate Chiefs of Staff for Social Media Updating with six figure salaries.
All we know is that someone in Marie Antoinette’s retinue was responsible for Tweeting links to press releases every two days and is no longer able to do that because of the government shutdown.
Of course since Michelle Obama’s Twitter account tweeted today to announce that it couldn’t Tweet, the situation probably won’t become urgent until Thursday.
But we finally have an answer to the question: How many assistants does it take to Tweet a link for Michelle Obama.
The answer: 16
You filthy Republicans. I hope you’re ashamed of yourselves.

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Michelle Obama has nearly 2 million fake Twitter followers
Josh Peterson
24 September 2013
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Nearly 2 million of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Twitter followers are not real.

According to the Twitter analytics application Status People, 37 percent of Michelle Obama’s 5,290, 506 Twitter followers — or approximately 1,957,487 followers — are considered fake. Thirty-five percent of her followers are inactive, and 28 percent are considered “good,” or real.

Michelle Obama’s account is run by Organizing for Action, and sent its last Tweet on March 4. It was a retweet of a message sent by the Twitter account of the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative.

The official Twitter account for the Office of the First Lady is @FLOTUS. Only 25 percent of the account’s 513,026 followers are considered fake. 38 percent are inactive, and 37 percent are considered “good.”
Percentage-wise, she still fared better than President Barack Obama. Over half of Obama’s Twitter followers, according to a Sept. 20 Daily Caller report, are fake – 55 percent, or 20.2 million out of 36.8 million followers, to be more exact.

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First Lady requires more than twenty attendants
Recession, Depression, What Michelle Worry?
By Dr. Paul L. Williams
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/12652#at_pco=tcb-1.0&at_tot=5&at_ab=-&at_pos=1
By the staff of thelastcrusade
Update: First Lady Now Requires 26 Servants
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it”
—Albert Einstein

"In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much," she said. "See, that’s why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service,"  - Michelle Obama
No, Michele Obama does not get paid to serve as the First Lady and she doesn’t perform any official duties. But this hasn’t deterred her from hiring an unprecedented number of staffers to cater to her every whim and to satisfy her every request in the midst of the Great Recession. Just think Mary Lincoln was taken to task for purchasing china for the White House during the Civil War. And Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salary for her personal secretary.
How things have changed! If you’re one of the tens of millions of Americans facing certain destitution, earning less than subsistence wages stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart or serving up McDonald cheeseburgers, prepare to scream and then come to realize that the benefit package for these servants of Miz Michele are the same as members of the national security and defense departments and the bill for these assorted lackeys is paid by John Q. Public:

$172,2000 - Sher, Susan (CHIEF OF STAFF)
$140,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C. (DEPUTY ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND PROJECTS FOR THE FIRST LADY)
$113,000 - Rogers, Desiree G. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND WHITE HOUSE SOCIAL SECRETARY)
$102,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE FIRST LADY)
Winter, Melissa E. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE FIRST LADY)
$90,000 - Medina, David S. (DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE FIRST LADY)
$84,000 - Lelyveld, Catherine M. (DIRECTOR AND PRESS SECRETARY TO THE FIRST LADY)
$75,000 - Starkey, Frances M. (DIRECTOR OF SCHEDULING AND ADVANCE FOR THE FIRST LADY)
$70,000 - Sanders, Trooper (DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND PROJECTS FOR THE FIRST LADY)
$65,000 - Burnough, Erinn J. (DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY SOCIAL SECRETARY)
Reinstein, Joseph B. (DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY SOCIAL SECRETARY)
$62,000 - Goodman, Jennifer R. (DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SCHEDULING AND EVENTS COORDINATOR FOR THE FIRST LADY)
$60,000 - Fitts, Alan O. (DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ADVANCE AND TRIP DIRECTOR FOR THE FIRST LADY)
Lewis, Dana M. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT AND PERSONAL AIDE TO THE FIRST LADY)
$52,500 - Mustaphi, Semonti M. (ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY TO THE FIRST LADY)
$50,000 - Jarvis, Kristen E. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT FOR SCHEDULING AND TRAVELING AIDE TO THE FIRST LADY)
$45,000 - Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CORRESPONDENCE FOR THE FIRST LADY)
Tubman, Samantha (DEPUTY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR,SOCIAL OFFICE)
$40,000 - Boswell, Joseph J. (EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE FIRST LADY)
$36,000 - Armbruster, Sally M. (STAFF ASSISTANT TO THE SOCIAL SECRETARY)
Bookey, Natalie (STAFF ASSISTANT)
Jackson, Deilia A. (DEPUTY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CORRESPONDENCE FOR THE FIRST LADY)
Paul L. Williams, Ph.D., is the author of such best-selling books as The Day of Islam, The Al Qaeda Connection, Osama’s Revenge: The Next 9/11, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Crusades and The Vatican Exposed. An award-winning journalist, he is a frequent guest on such national news networks as ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR.
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Also See:
Who is This Guy in the Oval Office?
(Part 1)
16 February2009)
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2009/02/who-is-this-guy-in-oval-office.html
and
(Part 2)
22 April 2009
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2009/04/who-is-this-guy-in-oval-office-part-2.html
and
(Part 5)
03 January 2010
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2010/01/who-is-this-guy-in-oval-office-part-6.html
and
(Part 6)
20 May 2010
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2010/05/who-is-this-guy-in-oval-office-part-6.html
and
(Part 7)
21 November 2010
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2010/11/who-is-that-guy-in-oval-office-part-7.html
and
(Part 8)
14 February 2011
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2011/02/who-is-that-guy-in-oval-office-part-8.html
and
(Part 10)
10 October 2011
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2011/10/who-is-that-guy-in-oval-office-part-10.html
and
(Part 11)
11 December 2011
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2011/12/who-is-that-guy-in-oval-office-part-11.html
and
(Part 12)
18 April 2012
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2012/04/who-is-this-guy-in-oval-office-part-12.html
and
(Part 15)
14 December 2012
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2012/12/taxpayers-spent-1.html
and
(Part 16)
22 May 2013
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2013/05/who-is-this-guy-in-oval-office-part-16.html
and
Who will be the Next First Lady?
01 July 2008
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