Interesting to note that while O’Reilly yammers on and on regarding Michelle Obama, the angry black woman, there is video playing with Obama flashing smiles, connecting with her audience, listening carefully and looking thoughtful, and yes, looking serious. The editors might have found more… angry looking footage if they were trying to make a point, no?
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Which is not to say that Michelle Obama, or any black woman, or any woman, or any person does not have the right to be angry. Listen in the interview as O’Reilly badgers Vogue editor Rebecca Johnson and columnist Michelle Oddis to give him some angry Michelle:
O’REILLY: How did you find her in person? Was she engaging?
JOHNSON: I found her lovely, actually, very bright, very thoughtful and, you know, an impressive person, intelligent. She was great. I was impressed.
O’REILLY: Now, I have a lot of people who call me on the radio and say she looks angry. And I have to say there’s some validity to that. She looks like an angry woman. Did you ask her about that?
JOHNSON: Don’t they say that about you, too?
O’REILLY: Yeah, but I’m not running for — I’m not going to be the first lady.
JOHNSON: But she’s —
O’REILLY: I hope not, anyway. The perception is that she’s angry in some quarters. Valid?
JOHNSON: Well — they say she looks angry because of maybe of the cast of her eyebrows or something like that. But, no, I don’t find her to be angry. I think what happens is that we expect women to be cheerful and happy all the time in that kind of television personality kind of way. And she’s not like that. She’s a thoughtful person. She’s not going to —
O’REILLY: Warm and fuzzy?
O’REILLY: Not warm and fuzzy?
O’REILLY: Even to you, who she’s trying to win over as an author of the piece?
JOHNSON: You know, she was not trying to win me over in any way.
Note: People call O’Reilly on the phone and say Michelle Obama “looks” angry; this notion is refuted by someone who actually sat down and spent time with her.
Note: Michelle Obama is not “warm and fuzzy.”
Note: Michelle Obama does not put on a fake persona in order to “win people over.”
Note: None of these things equals “angry.”
However. Angry – all right with me. I want people to be angry about inequality, inaccessible health care and housing, an economy that is falling in the toilet as we speak….yeah, a little anger would be nice right about now.