Saturday, December 1, 2018

A moment with former First Lady Michelle Obama on 7th Street

[Video screengrab]

Earlier today, former White House chef Sam Kass was thought to be the main event in a talk on healthy eating over at the Lower Eastside Girls Club on Avenue D and Seventh Street.


[A]s Kass detailed the former first family's nightly dinners, Michelle Obama entered, and the girls screamed, cheered and embraced in excitement.

Obama and Kass then served food to each individual girl before the group sat down for lunch and conversation.

That passage was from ABC 7. (This Vanity Fair piece has more details on the event.)

Yesterday, the Crown Publishing Group announced that Obama's memoir, "Becoming," has sold more than 2 million copies after 15 days, reportedly making it the year's best-selling book.

Also yesterday, Obama signed copies of the book at the Barnes & Noble on Union Square.

Meanwhile, around the Girls Club, word spread about the special guest (Obama, not Kass) ... and a crowd gathered outside. East Village resident Angeline Rodriguez shared this video clip...

"It was a really nice community moment, with everyone meeting or recognizing neighbors and talking about how much they admired Mrs. Obama's work," Rodriguez told me.


JQ LLC said...

To liberally quote the lady profiled here, I am gonna go low...

Wow what a community moment, a phalanx of cops, secret service and menacing black suvs escorting an overrated neoliberal celebrity. This woman is not your hero and she actually contributed to our nation's standing and morale as much as her husband did when he was president, zero.

Here she is with a war criminal. Remember him?


Joy said...

She's dynamite ❤️����������️����

Anonymous said... her.

Shazziz said...

JQ LLC Please stop it with the insanity and negativity. She and Barack are the LAST HUMANS you should be talking crap about. THE LAST. This was a gorgeous moment that was important to these girls and the community. If you want to take a steaming poo on it I suggest you do so in your own home where you're the only one who can smell it.

Anonymous said...

"Haters gonna hate because it's correct"?

This dated word salad ranting is better suited to one of the myriad wingnut-friendly comment sections that find former President Bush's death to be another perfect opportunity to barf up predictable um yes hatred for the GOAT FLOTUS.

Anonymous said...

I'm baffled that JQ's fanatical right wing hate speech made it past the mod.

GWB is not a war criminal. He's a former president of the United States of America and deserves our respect and our most sincere thanks, an appreciation that we as faithful patriots should always and gratefully extend to all civil servants who bravely carry that mantle.

You have to understand that all of the Obamas' rhetoric about GWB being a war criminal and a danger to society was just that -- a friendly little linguistic game to provide the people with some entertainment and a channel for blowing off steam. Every Federal case brought against the Bush administration was handily quashed by the Obama Justice Department and thrown out. Every. Single. One.

United We Stand

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Giovanni said...

Michelle Obama was one of the best First Ladies ever, especially when you look at what we have now. The problem at work here is the double standard the right wing media has had for our last two First Ladies, anf how their propaganda has infected people’s minds. For example: Michelle Obama was so good with words that that Melania (who supposedly speaks five languages) stole Michelle’s speech almost word for word and then delivered it at the Republican Convention. Michelle wore a sleeveless dress and was criticized for showing too much skin, but Melania wore a camouflage jacket bearing the words “I don’t care, do u?” to visit immigrant children being held in detention centers, and the Fox News crowd was silent. Michelle was even criticized on Fox News for planting vegetables in the White House garden and encouraging children to eat healthy foods. All you need to know is to look at the reaction on the faces of those young girls when Michelle walks into the room — they were overjoyed, and in tears. It will be a long time before we have another First Lady who was that beloved.

Anonymous said...

Now Michelle needs to reach out to the press and to get Barack's butt down to the Boys Club to say a few words on why it desperately needs to remain open.

Anonymous said...

How True!

Anonymous said...

@JQ: You are almost certainly a male, who doesn't "get" Michelle Obama's importance to women in this country, and esp. to minority women and girls.

Secondly, you are free to say "she is not your hero" and *I* am free to say: Speak for yourself, buddy. She certainly is a hero to plenty of us! And I doubt you could comport yourself as well as she did during EIGHT years in the White House. (BTW, what have YOU done for the country lately, since you are so judgmental?)

JQ, you know who's overrated in their own mind? YOU ARE.

Anonymous said...

Amen! The video of her walking in made me cry. What an inspiration to so many people she is! Listen to her interview on Oprah’s podcast if you haven’t already. Michelle is a LEGEND!

Gojira said...

Michelle Obama - graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, law degree 1988. Worked in non-profits and as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago and the Vice President for Community and External Affairs of the University of Chicago Medical Center. As FLOTUS, worked as an advocate for poverty awareness, children's education, nutrition, physical activity and healthy eating. That's the short list.

Melania Trump - came to the US in 1996 (although her English is still all but incomprehensible) to pursue a "modeling career", during which she posed for a series of lesbian photos. Started QVC skincare and jewelry lines to enrich herself. Married a "billionaire" 26 years her senior. Got her parents into America using chain migration. Refused to move to DC for the first 5 months of her husband's "presidency," thus costing the city millions in additional security at Trump Tower. Has done almost nothing as FLOTUS except support her misogynist, racist, homophobic, thuggish, corrupt, lying, venal husband.

If I had daughters, I certainly know which one of these two women I would want them to emulate. As for you, JQ, you really showed your hand with that rant of yours. Didn't you mean to post it on 4chan?

~evilsugar25 said...

YES Gojira! ALL of that.