Michelle Obama calls black voters ‘our folks’ and rebukes them for their ‘slap in the face’

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In the latest example clarifying that Michelle Obama sees the world through the lens of color was seen in the former first lady’s new Netflix documentary, “Becoming.”

Revisiting a sore subject, Mrs. Obama talks about the pain she feels over black voters not turning out to vote for Hillary Clinton in the same numbers they did for husband Barack Obama, according to The Daily Beast.

Touting all the hard work “we” put in to build a winning coalition, Obama called it a “slap in the face.”

“It takes some energy to go high, and we were exhausted from it. Because when you are the first black anything…” she said. “So the day I left the White House and I write about how painful it was to sit on that [inauguration] stage. A lot of our folks didn’t vote. It was almost like a slap in the face.”

The use of the phrase “our folks” suggesting that for Michelle Obama, race comes first.

“I understand the people who voted for [Donald] Trump,” Obama added, offering no further clarification.

And her angst extended to the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections, as Obama blamed minority voters for Democrats losing the House (2010) and Senate (2014), instead of her husband’s failed policies.

“The people who didn’t vote at all, the young people, the women, that’s when you think, man, people think this is a game,” she declared. “It wasn’t just in this election. Every midterm. Every time Barack didn’t get the Congress he needed, that was because our folks didn’t show up. After all that work, they just couldn’t be bothered to vote at all. That’s my trauma.”

In the film, Obama is still complaining about her life being taken from her for eight years.

“Every gesture you make, every blink of an eye is analyzed,” she said of being first lady. “You have the world watching every move you make. Your life isn’t yours anymore.”

She also shares an anecdote about her last day in the White House.

All about her, she talks about her daughters Sasha and Malia having one last sleepover with their friends and the stress she had clearing the house the next day.

“I was like, ‘Wake up! The Trumps are coming. You gotta get up. Get out!’” she said.

Obama then explains how she broke down crying after boarding Air Force One for the final time.

“I’m trying not to cry because if I walk out of there crying, they’re going to say I’m crying for a different reason,” she said, before adding that when she got onboard, she sobbed for 30 minutes.

“The release of eight years of trying to do everything perfectly,” Obama observed.

The statement ignores two simple facts of the Obama administration, the first being that the media treated the former first lady as if she was a goddess, fawning over her every move. The second being criticism of Mrs. Obama, any criticism, was verboten.

Tom Tillison

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The longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review, Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.
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