Michelle Obama’s Burden and the Obamas’ Hard Hearts

It's tough being the wife of the most powerful man in the world, just ask Michelle Obama. Carla Bruni, who seemed to reveal her distaste for the First Lady in previous pictures, reveals Michelle's whiny comments in her recent book [Aside: why is a sitting world leader's spouse writing a tell-all? What tawdriness.]

Anyway, here's what was allegedly said:

Michelle Obama thinks being America's First Lady is ‘hell', Carla Bruni reveals today in a wildly indiscreet book.

Miss Bruni divulges that Mrs Obama replied when asked about her position as the U.S. president's wife: ‘Don't ask! It's hell. I can't stand it!'

Details of the private conversation, which took place at the White House during an official visit by Nicolas Sarkozy last March, emerged in Carla And The Ambitious, a book written in collaboration with Miss Bruni.

Well, of course the job is difficult-prepared meals, jet-setting, specially designed clothes, lecturing the American people on eating apples is exhausting work.

Also, it's awful. Not out-of-a-job awful. Not repo awful. Not foreclosure awful. Not hungry awful. But, yeah, being First Lady is awful.

Michelle Obama and that husband of her's just don't quite cast an empathetic image, do they?

NPR kvetches about this problem:

Is President Obama too rational to be likable?

Obama comes across as so self-contained that his personality almost seems like a bubble around him - perhaps even more so than the bubble that surrounds any president, thanks to the Secret Service and all the trappings of the White House.

"Obama's analytic style of decision-making and his unwillingness to show emotion makes it hard for people to relate to him," says Stephen J. Wayne, a government professor at Georgetown University.

If a president is in power during hard times, his relative likability won't matter so much as his overall job performance. But every president gets judged to a greater or lesser degree according to his personality.

Perhaps no president would be doing well in the polls with unemployment near double digits throughout his term. But Obama's inability to connect on an emotional level with many people has been an additional drag on his approval ratings.

Oh yes. It's the President's cerebral nonchalance that's making connection so difficult. How about this idea: Michelle and Barack Obama just don't care.

When an entitled person feels perpetually ripped off, they tend to feel less empathy for those they perceive as ripping them off. So, that lack of empathy; that attitude of being put-upon? That's genuine no matter how the lib press wants to rationalize it away.

Stories like these, from the Politico help nothing:

The White House is fighting back against claims its offshore drilling moratorium will cause dramatic job loses along the Gulf Coast with a new report that says most jobs aren't gone forever.

Only 8,000 to 12,000 jobs will be lost along the Gulf Coast, and most will return once deepwater drilling resumes, says the report to be presented to a Senate panel Thursday.

That's right. ONLY 12,000 families will face the desperation of a lost livelihood and face the stress and strain of keeping their homes during this economic crisis. ONLY.

Do the Obamas not grasp the gravity of the economic situation in America today? Do they not grasp their enormous educational, cultural and social privilege long before they ever lucked into the presidency? Or, are they so brainwashed by their own imagined persecution complex that they simply cannot see their remarkable lives for what they are: lucky and fortunate.

Michelle Obama is not burdened. The woman doesn't know from burden. And Barack Obama is not mis-perceived by the American people. They are seeing his cold nature for what it is: hard hearted. No amount of fawning press can obscure what is becoming more obvious.

UPDATED:

Michelle Obama's office denies Carla Bruni's revelation.