No matter what Michelle said, it’s Obama’s reaction that’s wrong

A video is making the rounds.  Taking during the flag folding portion of the 9/11 ceremonies, it shows Michelle Obama whispering in Barack’s ear.  He responds with a nod and a suppressed grin.  Here, see for yourself:

I dislike Michelle Obama every bit as much as the next person, but absent a credible lip reader, I’m not quite ready to dive into this one.  It’s entirely possible that she said something innocuous, although it was inappropriate and ill-mannered to give voice to it at precisely that moment.

It was Obama’s nod and grin that I found more upsetting.  No matter what Michelle said, good, bad or ugly, that he should be smiling when the flag is being folded is so disrespectful, it’s actually hard to comprehend.  Having a little joke with his wife at that moment flies into the face of his role as the leader of our country presiding over a moment of deep grief and solemnity.  He should have been stone faced, not taking time out for a pleasant little kaffee klatch with the missus.

How did the American people invite these crass, self-centered egotists into the White House?

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  • MacG

    Hard to know but her look after the comment, the microexpression with a wag of the head connotates disapproval and therefore Obama’s could be read as: “Yes, Dear.”

  • http://furtheradventuresofindigored.blogspot.com/ Indigo Red

    Having just seen this at American Thinker and now here, I’m struggling to make out what Mickey O said; I’m fairly certain the last word was ‘flag.’ Now, though I don’t like BHObama any more than you, Book, I can’t honestly say, as a man, that Barry actually heard or understood what his wife said. His expression looks just like thousands of other boys and men who’ve been told something by a girl or woman near them and react somewhat positively because they have absolutely no idea what she said but knowing a near positive response will allow the moment to just go away.

    Her expression of apparent disgust coupled with her past sentiments regarding pride of country leads me to believe her comment was something disparaging of the flag, the ceremony, and the people involved until I hear a definitive explanation to the contrary. 

  • jj

    You’re absolutely wrong about one thing, my dear – there’s no chance you can dislike her as much as I do, it isn’t possible.  Her entire life has been one long affirmative action skate, which she has not remotely merited, and I am unspeakably sick of her.

  • Lauren K.

    I’m always surprised at the un-statesmanlike behavior of Obama.  
     
    I was reading about this at the American Thinker and a commenter made the observation that Obama is a foreign president.  I agree with that.  Obama has no respect for the traditions of this country.  Both of them should have known that speaking during a ceremony is inappropriate and disrespectful to those being honored. 
     
    It’s almost as if he was raised in a foreign country – oh wait – he was.    

  • SADIE

    Ask a loaded question … get a loaded answer.

    Click on link for the question. 
    http://www.barackobama.com/obama-for-america-2012-campaign-flotus?source=OM2012_LB_M_flotus-search_mo-broad
     
    If you heard the joke, you’ll recognize the punchline. Sorry, can’t tell the joke here ;)
     

     
     

  • Libby

    What JJ said.
    Can’t make out what she said, but the expression is classic Michelle O – and terribly inappropriate at that particular moment.

  • Mike Devx

    I *definitely* want a lip reader to tell me, please please please, exactly what she said.

    Her last two seconds in that clip – with tight lips and the shake of her head – that *expression* – if I had to put a word to it, I would put the word “disdain”.
     
    Is she commenting on the uniforms?  On the flag?  I *really* want to know!  There’s a good chance we have another of those “the mask has dropped” moments.  This time, it is Michelle Obama’s moment.  We have strong suspicions about this woman, and what she said in this clip could confirm it.

    It’s hard to interpret Obama’s smile-nod without knowing what she said.  He could be giving her a perfunctory response with no meaning; he could be agreeing.  Depends on what she said.

    I hope we find out what she said.  Tempest in a teapot of no import; or a highly important, insightful moment into Michelle Obama’s human nature.
     

  • bizcor

    I was just searching my file trying to find an e-mail I received a while ago.  I couldn’t find so I will describe. The photo was split in half. On the left of the photo descending the stairs from Air Force One is the elegant and dignified Laura Bush. The photo on the left is Mochell, as Rush likes to call her, coming down the same stairs wearing cut-off dungaree shorts, a tank top with her magillas bouncing, and flip flops. Not sandals…. flip- freaking- flops. If his policies weren’t bad enough we also have to endure these two who have the elegance of swine. Do you think Oprah Winfrey would have exited that aircraft that way? Condoleezza Rice? Oh please God in heaven, please, don’t let it just be us few but the whole country who is fed up with this.

  • Michael Adams

    Better lip readers than I am, and I’m pretty good, say she was saying,   “All this, just for the flag!” He nodded and smiled, and not in an absent-minded “Yes, dear” sort of way. I’ve been married more than thirty nine years, and I know “Yes, dear” when I see it.
     
    The O’Bama’s are younger than I am, so I was not in school with them, but I knew so many who were just like them, not just the vaguely Leftward leaning, as most of us were in those days, but the ones who would not vote, because the only thing that mattered was “building a mass movement.” These serious Lefties  opposed anything ameliorative, because it would  slow  progress toward the inevitable revolution. I’m no longer the only one screaming that people don’t understand what a Community Organizer is. Alas, there may still not be enough who know. 
     
    Obama delenda est.
     
    Communism delenda est

  • Aye

    Here’s my translation:

    “Are we leaving after they fold that flag?”

    That phrase fits the movement of MeChelle’s mouth perfectly and Obie’s reaction fits that phrase as well.

    She was tired. And those feet of hers were probably hurting. No doubt not used to standing for such long periods of time.

  • stanley

    I think you all may be under scrutiny by attackwatch.com. This website is going to be very busy indeed.

  • Oldflyer

    There was a picture posted a few days ago at Gateway Pundit, I think, that showed Obama yukking it up with a group of his adoring posse.  The narrative stated that immediately after laying the wreath at Flt 93, he stepped back and went to this adoring group for a squeeze and grin.
    I have watched in vain for some follow-up to that in the MSM, or on the blogs.  It is fairly clear that the photo of him laughing with an adoring group was taken in front of the Flt 93 plaques, but no amplification that I have found.
    Both of them have proven to my satisfaction that they have no class.  I doubt that they will surprise me during their remaining time in the spot light.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    How did the American people invite these crass, self-centered egotists into the White House?

    Because propaganda is often more effective than nuclear missiles, precisely because one doesn’t need to have much guts to use them. 

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    M Adams, they may be surprised by how many dead bodies of theirs will be stacked up to the moon, in that revolution of theirs, when the end comes.

  • Charles Martel

    stanley, after having thoroughly eviscerated leftist dimwits like Zachriel and abc, I think this site is the last place the Obamaists would want to send whatever best and brightest they have left.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Evisceration requires guts.

  • bizcor

    Don’t know how many of you folks use twitter but the #attackwatch site is going crazy. I was reading a list of very funny tweets and when I looked up there were over 400 waiting to come in.

  • SADIE

    bizcor
     
    The CinC (Captain in Chutzpah) is not beyond making two lists and both of them serve his interests.
     
     
    Ymarsakar
    Evisceration requires guts.


    Was that a pun? Evisceration expose guts.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    It’s a double meaning: ambiguous. Evisceration requires guts because nothing happens in the absence of the target having guts to spill. Also nothing happens in the absence of guts on the part of the doer.

     Thus it is anatomically impossible for ABC and Z to be eviscerated if they lack guts.

  • Charles Martel

    Ymar, abc, God bless his clueless, elitist white soul, was gutsy enough. Not the sharpest knife in the gang rumble, but willing to mix it up.

    Zachriel was a classic modern coward, the passive-aggressive who sits down, in Book’s spot-on description of him, as a supposedly pacifistic protestor who coyly asks, “Who, me?” when his action disrupts the lives of the normal adult people around him. No guts there. Thus, never any glory.

  • Mike Devx

    Michael Adams 10: Better lip readers than I am, and I’m pretty good, say she was saying,   “All this, just for the flag!” He nodded and smiled, and not in an absent-minded “Yes, dear” sort of way. 

    Thank you, Michael.  I’ll add that we already know what Obama thought about wearing a flag pin on his lapel.  He has deep disdain for such “crass symbolisms” of patriotism.  It also perfectly fits in Michelle’s complete disdain, as you can see in her expression.

    Oldflyer 13:  The narrative stated that immediately after laying the wreath at Flt 93, he stepped back and went to this adoring group for a squeeze and grin.
     
    Bizcor 9: Mochell, as Rush likes to call her, coming down the same stairs wearing cut-off dungaree shorts, a tank top with her magillas bouncing, and flip flops. Not sandals…. flip- freaking- flops. 

    Barack and Michelle have shown repeatedly they have no respect for the office of the President itself.  They are above and superior to all that… to expressions of national pride and national respect.  It is all about THEM.  For the first time, they have pride in this country… because it elected Obama.  They truly have no class.
     

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The flag is the reason Michelle can live in luxury and buy stuff using our money. Yet she has no idea of the level of gratitude her PC affirmatve life owes to the United States.

  • Locutisprime

    i have seen this video reported at at least three sources this morning, yours being one. I tend to agree with you. What was said is unintelligible, but that anything was said at that moment and their body language and the smirking is what really tells the tale. I have no respect for either of them as they have no respect for this country, the office of the presidency or this nation’s history and traditions.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    It’s clear she asked a question about the flag, Obama looked over and was in agreement sentiment with her, and Michelle’s face looked like it was wondering, non-plussed. All in all, lip reading is a skillset part of interrogation and body language observation. It’s a “people watching” skill. And Democrats, more than any other Leftist, need to be watched very carefully.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    God bless his clueless, elitist white soul, was gutsy enough.

    Famously paraphrasing Obama’s “she’s likeable enough”, heh.