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October 4, 2009

Rio Ugly: Targeting the First Lady

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Apparently, it only took one day for the Olympic “fail” meme to rock the wingnut world.

I wanted to note this photo Drudge used Saturday with the headline “Blame the Committee” (linking to a NYT story finding fault with the American IOC.) It’s one thing for the Brazilians to have their fun — the picture taken of an Obama impersonator and a cardboard cut-out of Michelle O. in Rio upon the announcement of the Olympics selection. In Drudge’s hands, however, as paired with the right wing barrage, there are a couples elements at play. Foremost is the right wing taking aim at Michelle Obama (with Michelle Malkin leading the charge – 1, 2, etc.) to make her especially look like a fool.

As it’s setting up, I expect this will open the floodgates to a lot more vociferous attacks on the First Lady.

The other element of Drudge’s interest, I believe, are the two black security guys. Combined with and framing the “first couple,” these gentlemen — as highlighted by the haters — can’t help but emphasize the Obama’s race. Given the “enforcer cool,” the photo also resonates with the rising digs at “shady” Chicago.

Malkin, by the way, is working overtime to tie the two things together — a corrupt Chicago with Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett’s civic history there (in what she terms various local “rackets”) — to set up Michelle as the right’s new cardboard dummy.

(revised 1pm PST)

(image: Sergio Moraes/Reuters. caption: An impersonator of U.S. President Barack Obama poses next to a cardboard cutout image of first lady Michelle Obama after Rio de Janeiro won the bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games, on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro October 2, 2009)

  • jtfromBC

    Hi, Tommie and John, thanks for the memories. Hi, Drudge and Malkin, here’s wishing ya’ll have a better day now, you hear.

  • Tena

    All I can say is that the Brazilians are poor winners.
    Drudge, Malkin, Rush, the whole horrible crew who are in ecstasy over Obama failing to get the Olympics for Chicago look as small minded as the Brazilians who set up this photo look.
    It’s the Olympics, guys – get over it. It’s not the Treaty of Versailles!

  • Serr8d

    First and foremost is the right wing taking aim at Michelle Obama (with Michelle Malkin leading the charge – 1, 2, etc.) to make her, especially, look like a fool. I expect this will open the door to a lot more and vociferous attacks on the First Lady.

    Come on, man. You don’t think this was an ego trip? Did you not read the First Lady’s speech? (excerpted from here)…

    *I was born and raised on Chicago’s South Side
    *I played games with the kids in my neighborhood
    *Sports taught me
    *Sports were a gift I shared with my dad
    *Some of my best memories are sitting on my dad’s lap
    *I was inspired
    *I found myself dreaming
    *I never dreamed that the Olympic flame might one day light up lives in my neighborhood
    *But today, I can dream, and I am dreaming of an Olympic and Paralympic Games in Chicago
    *I’m asking you to choose Chicago. I’m asking you to choose America
    *I’m not asking just as the First Lady of the United States — not just as a Chicagoan — Not just as a mother raising two beautiful young women
    *I’m also asking as a daughter
    *my dad would have been
    *He believed that his little girl
    *he taught me how
    *My dad was my hero.
    *I think about people like my dad.
    *I’ve brought somebody with me today who knows a little something about change. My husband

    I, me, my. Oh my. Oh me oh my, I just don’t think the IOC was swayed by the huge display of ego.
    This U.S. presentation wasn’t supposed to be a regurgitation about the Obamas; it was supposed to be about making the members of the IOC feel special. And a one-day rush by our President to hard-sell the deal annoyed all but 16 of them.
    Remember, these IOC members aren’t as susceptible to whiny phonyisms as are American Democrats.

  • g

    It’s hard to believe anyone would find a heartfelt speech like that with a tribute to her father objectionable, but Serr8d rose to the challenge.

  • jtfromBC

    ‘All I can say is that the Brazilians are poor winners’.
    Do you mean a few, lots, many, most Brazilians ?
    This 20 second video from the beach location was reminiscent of Brazilians celebrating their fifth World Cup Soccer victory in 2002.
    It would take someone with Serr*8d inclination to find the pic featured on the BAG, amongst this joyous throng.

  • crabby

    Umm, Serr8d didn’t have to “find” it – she exposed it over and over and over. Speechifying isn’t easy, and if you are on a world stage it is even more difficult, but in 8th grade english they tell you to NOT be self centered.
    Talk about them NOT you. She barfed on stage and you want – no need – to ignore it and gloss it over. Every bone head speech chimpy mcstagger made was played over ad nausem.

  • bernini

    “…I just don’t think the IOC was swayed by the huge display of ego…”
    er….I believe the IOC is always persuaded by the sack of ducats handed to them under the table by successful bidder. Damn Obama administration probably forgot the bribe. You would think all that CHI street they bring would’ve covered that aspect of the process.

  • george

    We call her Jack-Jaw in Chicago. Her lower jaw extends beyond her upper, hideous! She is so ugly, and if that’s not bad enough, she’s a racist too. She looks like a bag of sh!t in a dress, with or without the sleeves,

      she’s just ugly.

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