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Privilege

by @Lib_Librarian – Cross posted on The People’s View

I did not grow up in an atmosphere of privilege. My dad owned his own barbershop, and my mom was a seamstress in New York’s garment district. I wanted for nothing, but I knew we were solidly working class. If I and my brothers wanted to go to university—and with our parents, it was expected—we would have to work for it. There were no college funds, and no rich uncle was going to swoop in and save us. All we had were each other, our willingness to work, and our native intelligences.

Not coming from a place of privilege, I know instinctively that most things in this life for most people come at a price, the price usually being hard struggle. The world gives up very little for free. Short cuts, when they do exist, are far and few between. As I said in my post yesterday, at first that made me a practiced cynic. Fortunately I grew out of it, and embraced the rewards that come with struggle; the struggle makes the reward all that much sweeter.

But just as cynicism infects our modern politics, so does a culture of privilege.

As it has made it all over the media, last night at a Democratic fundraiser Michelle Obama was heckled by an activist from Get Equal, a gay-rights group. Ellen Sturtz interrupted Mrs. Obama’s speech, demanding that her husband sign an executive order guaranteeing non-discrimination in employment. Forget the fact that any executive order could be overturned by the next GOP president; and forget the fact that Obama has done more to advance gay rights in this country than all other presidents put together. Also forget the fact that rights which are enshrined by law—such as the lifting of DADT—are the rights which will last, not those done away with by executive fiat. No. To Ellen Sturtz, all of the President’s achievements are nothing, because he has made the strategic and democratic decision to work through courts and Congress to solidify gay rights. When George W. Bush signed executive orders, the likes of Ellen Sturtz would have called him a dictator. Now they want President Obama to be a dictator from the left.

But something strange happened. Mrs. Obama didn’t stand there and take her guff. She very politely offered those gathered a choice: they could listen to her, or they could listen to Sturtz. Suddenly, her bubble of privilege was punctured. She didn’t, in her wildest imaginings, think that Michelle Obama would actually stand up to her. She thought that because she had bought a $500 ticket she had the right to be rude to the First Lady, and to the other attendees who had bought their tickets to hear her speak. She was “taken aback” as she whined later at Mrs. Obama’s polite but forceful confrontation. She was quite ready to talk at Mrs. Obama; she was completely unprepared to be talked back to, as if she were the teacher and Mrs. Obama some unruly child.

Obviously, those on the Right who back the GOP, like the Koch Brothers, come from a place of ultimate privilege as scions of wealth. But a large segment of the Left also operates from that place. Ellen Sturtz is emblematic of that privilege: she thought that, simply because of who she was, she had the right to speak disrespectfully to Mrs. Obama. Forget that she is the First Lady; first and foremost she is a human being, with strengths and failings. The Right feasts on dehumanizing its opponents, painting them as Others; some on the Left fall into the same sin, believing that their worldview is the only correct one, and anyone who doesn’t agree with it is “uninformed” and must be taken by the hand and shown the truth. What Ellen Sturtz did last night is not see Michelle Obama as a woman, a mother, a wife, a strong supporter of equal rights for all; to Sturtz, Mrs. Obama was a cypher upon which she could load all her anger and ideology. She wasn’t a person, but a wall upon which she could post her theses. No wonder she was “taken aback” when the wall turned out to be a strong human being who had had enough of the disrespect shown to her, her husband, and her family for six years, much of that disrespect coming from people who were supposed to be allies.

The megaphone Left swims in cynicism and privilege. With every stunt, they prove the stereotype most American have of them, a stereotype shared by the President’s real base. The vast majority of people who voted for Obama have no time for the antics of Get Equal or Code Pink. The concerns of those groups are not the concerns of Obama’s base. But, it gets them on television, gets them a few more meager clicks on their websites, keeps the donations flowing in, and makes them feel as if they’re fighting giants.

They’re not fighting giants. They’re fighting the dwarfs within themselves. In six years of yelling at Obama, they’ve accomplished nothing. And every time Obama achieves another progressive milestone, the common reaction from them is “Yes, but what about this? Why didn’t you fix it already?” The Left has been so used to “confronting power” that it doesn’t know how to take advantage of having the most liberal American president since FDR in power by aligning itself with him. Of course, there will be disagreements; for all the prattle of the Right, Barack Obama is not a socialist. He is a realistic progressive. And it’s that realism which incenses those quarters of the Left most opposed to him. He doesn’t take on every pet cause. He chooses his battles, the ones which he knows if he wins will affect the most people for the better. He believes in the Constitution and the separation of powers; he’s not going to do Congress’ job for it and act like a liberal autocrat, thus fulfilling all of the Right’s worst fears. For this he’s called “spineless” and “weak”; but those are adjectives best reserved for the ankle biters on the Left.

A progressive President needs a progressive Congress. Instead, he has a legislature mired in dysfunction. All of those attacking him from the Left would put their energies to better use if they organized to put forth candidates for Congress who had a chance of winning. They might not be as liberal as desired; but politics is a game of the possible. And that’s where the Left fails. It wants the impossible, wants it now, and brooks no excuses. And it will “educate” anyone who doesn’t toe the line.

People don’t like to be talked down to. The Obamas are no different. Which is why they and their real allies have all but tuned out the screechers on the Left. Obama knows he can’t rely on them; he also knows he doesn’t need to, as they’re probably the people who sat on their hands and didn’t go to the voting booths in 2008, 2010, and 2012. They won’t vote in 2014 either. Expending energy on them is a waste; he will continue to do what he does, building a common-sense coalition which will hopefully propel Democrats to take the House in 2014. And the Left will again be left wailing incoherently, declaring that they’re “the base”, and wondering why they affect nothing. They will wallow in their privilege, watching the world move around them and past them. It’s a fitting end.


110 Responses to “Privilege”


  1. 1 4morefor44
    June 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    agreed.

  2. 3 Proud Former White House Intern
    June 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Brilliant thanks for sharing

  3. June 5, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    “The megaphone Left swims in cynicism and privilege …. They’re not fighting giants. They’re fighting the dwarfs within themselves. In six years of yelling at Obama, they’ve accomplished nothing.”

    LL? I love you.

    • June 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      I was SO pissed off last night. I had no intention of getting on Twitter, as my writing needs attending to. But there I was on Twitter, mocking the clueless blowhard Left. They owe me for the time I lost.

      Love you too, lady.

  4. June 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Like I said previously…….”like getting free issues of the New Yorker” Thanks LL, and good mid-afternoon Chips,TOD….

  5. June 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    That’s some “awesome sauce” writing, Mr. LL. Thank you!

  6. June 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm
    • 14 yardarm756
      June 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      That Lynn Sweet is a real piece of……………..(work)!

      • 15 Nena20409
        June 6, 2013 at 11:11 am

        A perfect example of the LL’s post.

        Lynn Sweet of the world……Typifies Those who believe that they, Only they, Know best. Not.

    • 16 anniebella
      June 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Jay Carney is a bright man, he was right on when he said FLOTUS handle that rude heckler “BRILLIANTLY’. President Obama, thank you for having the smarts to marry Michelle Obama. Thank You.

  7. June 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Started from the bottom…. NOW WE’RE HERE!!!! Terrell Suggs B’mores best player….
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    Working on getting the NFL Live interview Coach Harbaugh did w/ Chris Berman…

  8. 19 Roberta in MN
    June 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    That another great post LL. Is there someplace we can see or hear FLOTUS’ speech from last night. It would be great to actually see it. She is one helluva woman. Woot :) :)

  9. June 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Interesting read….scribes now coming to the realization (what we at TOD already knew) PBO doesn’t care what they or the GOP thinks.

  10. June 5, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    LL, I humbly suggest this is the best piece you have ever written.

  11. 25 Roberta in MN
    June 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    On the Mediate video, Lynn Sweet wasn’t so generous to the First Lady. I thought she did great. Thanks for finding the video and posting it.

    • 26 57andfemale
      June 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Lynn Sweet is a tiny-minded jealous little Chicago wannabe, who will never forgive PBO for giving his first big interview as a candidate to the Tribune instead of to her. She’s been sniping at him ever since.

      Let’s be clear about one thing: if FLOTUS had said she would discuss the possibility of an Executive Order to right all of the ills delineated in the heckler’s list of theses, Lynn Sweet would have said FLOTUS was an over-reaching little nobody, and who the hell is Barack Obama to act like a dictator?

      No winning with that tiny-minded little troll. Wanna know what I really think of Lynn Sweet?

  12. 28 carolyn
    June 5, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Must bring my comment from bottom of last post over here. Excellent! Clear, coherent and TRUE! So glad you wrote this. This really needed to be said. Let’s hope that some of the people of concern will read this and look in the mirror and begin to see themselves for what they are. Why they think they are President Obama’s base, I’ll never know. It’s people like those on this blog …..who telephone, walk neighborhoods, enter data, give…..who are his base. Thanks for being our voice.
    These people are those whom my parents used to call with great contempt dripping from their voices: Limousine Liberals.

  13. June 5, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Hey Chips, I have a couple of mistakes to correct in the piece, but you have it locked. Mind if I take it over?

  14. 32 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Preach!!!!

  15. 33 57andfemale
    June 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    What an excellent piece, as always. My favorite line:

    “She wasn’t a person, but a wall upon which she could post her theses.”

    I would add, as I did in a number of tweets to Code Pink today, that if they engaged in respectful dialog they might actually achieve some of the progress they purport to desire. Instead, they choose disruption over change. Only in this poisonous, ‘privileged’ political climate would we see the likes of Jonathan Capehart griping the night DADT was passed that it didn’t happen soon enough, wasn’t good enough. At no other point in American history would Americans belittle major progress as they do now.

    Let me tell you something, Jonathan Capehart and Medea Benjamin: as a young, liberal Jewish high school (and later college) student, I protested in the streets for your rights, for equality for all, for the end of the Vietnam War and the right of those being sent there to actually be able to vote. We knew progress when we saw it and we embraced it, supported it and continued to seek more and better progress. You spit on our legacy and you are a disgrace.

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      June 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      I’m cheering, 57. Great statement.

    • 35 57andfemale
      June 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      oops — “the night DADT REPEAL was passed” but you guys are used to my dyslexic ramblings.

    • 36 MightyPamela
      June 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      I Stand with You on this 57. We worked hard to make a difference.

      • 37 MightyPamela
        June 5, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        One of the moratoriums I participated in as a college student in DC, a nighttime, silent walk, 40K + people, carrying candles, past the LBJ White House. Someone in the lead decided to set their candle on the wrought iron rails of the White House fence. Hundreds of us did the same. The silence, the numbers, the illuminates fence, very very powerful symbol of people speaking for democracy. Next day, headlines showed the remains of the wax, complaining of vandalism and how much it would cost to clean it up. But, to those of us who were there, it was an event that still lives on in our Heart, we were one with our purpose. We shall never forget.

  16. June 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I’m sorry Chips, I had to take over editing. There was a spelling error which WAS.DRIVING.ME.INSANE. Carry on.

  17. 40 dotster3
    June 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Some great points here, LL. I always remind myself when some heckler or protester rudely interrupts President Obama and now the First Lady that for every one of these rude interrupters, there are multi millions who object to that behavior and support the Obamas—-58 million to be exact. So these misguided, bully lefties, or whomever they are, including those who are always grumbling in their writings, are a teeny, tiny minority. And we have to be careful to not label a whole group because of one person——Michelle’s protester was one person from one organization. I notice many others from the LGBT community objected to the incident. And the Obamas have plenty of people “of privilege” who support them—-including those who applauded the First Lady’s reaction last night——and many who have worked hard on the campaigns, who show up for every fundraiser and have donated millions from the get-go—–die hard supporters.

    • June 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Oh, I said that PBO’s real base has no time for these minority leftists.

      The problem is that the media latches on to any dissent from “the left” as “See, Obama is losing his base!@1!1111!!!” It’s a distraction that isn’t helpful. And they do it all the damned time.

      • 42 dotster3
        June 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm

        Oh, I know. The media thrives on controversy, will take any tidbit and run with it. And they will even create it—imagine!—lots of hours to fill on those cable shows. And they tried that “Obama’s losing his base!!! Sirens!!!” during both campaigns. That they’re always proven wrong doesn’t seem to discourage them. They deserve ridicule. I did notice kind of a soft reaction to this FLOTUS incident tho—–story kind of limp—-couldn’t get much traction—–and I’m guessing that was because it was someone from the left involved and not some “patriotic” tea party darlin’.

    • 43 Layla
      June 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Well it depends what king of “privilege” you are talking about. This is a person who apparently thought she had the privilege to interrupt someone’s speech in a private home because she paid for her seat, even more infuriating she thought she could talk down to the First Lady of the US of A.

  18. 44 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    LL, bravo! bravo! bravo! This is one of the BEST commentaries you have ever written. “Privilege” — it says it all. The privilege of a white woman who thought because she paid $500 for a plate she could get to yell at the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Privilege of someone who doesn’t seem to understand that Michelle Obama is not on her level and is not a punching bag one throws the problems of the world at. Privilege of a woman who never thought that in 2013, a black woman would step down from the podium and confront her BS straight to her face. This is 2013 not the 1950s.

    Code Pink merely tweeted what Ellen Sturtz (the heckler) meant. Code Pink and Sturtz thought it was their right to rudely yell and lecture a Princeton and Harvard graduate and she should stand back quietly and take it because they are masters of all they survey and she is the help?!

    They messed with the wrong person and I am happy at the backlash they have received. You do not heckle the First Lady of the United States then claim victimization. Sturtz is not a victim. She is an arrogant jerk.

    • 45 utaustinliberal
      June 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      p.s. when I saw my tweet, I was like whoa…when did I tell LL “Screw You” Hahahaha. Thanks for the inclusion. Once again, brilliant piece!

    • June 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      When the Bush Admin and Republicans in Congress were waging their jihad on, well, anyone not like them, did people chain themselves to the WH fence? Did they swarm town halls? Did they break out of the “free speech zones” and go to jail for the principle of free protest and free assembly? Did they organize to WIN ELECTIONS, which is the only thing which moves anything in this country?

      (These are, of course, rhetorical questions.)

      • 47 57andfemale
        June 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm

        As Barney Frank once said (I paraphrase): Once you have the right to vote, protest for protest’s sake is nothing but theater and — shall we say — self-manipulation.

        They don’t work for institutional change. They don’t realize that it takes more than a few minutes to undo decades of damage, partially brought on by these very same whiners who chose to whine instead of vote and organize.

        Infuriating.

  19. 48 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Having watched the video, the protester is lucky Secret Service didn’t knock her ass into the middle of next week. I love FLOTUS. She handled it perfectly. The smile she gave is everything.

  20. 49 itgurl_29
    June 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

  21. 50 57andfemale
    June 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm
  22. June 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Stunning essay, LL!!! Thank you!!!

    #FORWARD Together

    • 53 nathkatun7
      June 5, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Bob, I hope FLOTUS gets a copy of LL’s marvelous essay! LL really poured his heart in it. He said so well everything buzzing in my head and more.

  23. 54 HZ
    June 5, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Bravo, LL!!! Brilliant. Thank you so much.HZ

  24. 55 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Shorter Jay Carney: I wish I could do that too” :D

    • 57 dotster3
      June 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      Overwhelmingly grateful watching this——that we have these intelligent, dedicated people willing to give up a big chunk of their private lives to serve our country. And that we have a brilliant, insightful president determined to continue to surround himself with the very best, the cream of the crop.

      • June 5, 2013 at 6:22 pm

        That always strikes me too Dotster, these people could earn 10 times more in the private sector where they wouldn’t be subjected to the kind of personal abuse they get from the media and assorted nutjobs. They really are inspirational.

        • June 5, 2013 at 7:23 pm

          I think a very, very big part of it is they would do anything for PBO. Listening to Donilon speak of POTUS as a man, as a friend, as our President, just made my heart beat with pure joy.

  25. 60 Gazelle
    June 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Bravo, UT!

  26. June 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Hi guys! It’s hard to follow what’s going on here today, so I’ve been streaming in and out in frustration. I can’t link to twitter from here, something that was not an issue previously. I can read entries, but I can’t respond in a timely manner so I feel somewhat cut off. I’m also having difficulties following the thread if I go off to follow a link. (Last time I’m going to try to speed up my laptop! At least until I forget this major failure.) ;) Anyway, I stumbled upon this video on twitter which raised my spirits for a bit. I think you will like it.

  27. 62 sabreen60
    June 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Thank you LL for this very good read.

    There has been a twitter skirmish going on since FLOTUS was disrespected. Truth be told it flares up from time to time. My take away is that it is really hard to get many white folks to understand that they are privileged. That doesn’t mean they have wealth or they grew up in wealth. White privilege comes in many forms – not having to worry about “stop and frisk”; not being followed around in stores; not worrying thaat someone will think you stole something because you’re jogging down the street; not worrying that your color will make a difference in that job interview; not worrying about living in a country where a percentage of people honestly believe you are inferior. I could go on. Tim Wise is one of the best writers I’ve read on white privilege.

    • 63 utaustinliberal
      June 5, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! This is exactly what “white privilege” is. It doesn’t mean one is wealthy, but it means exactly what you have outlined and it is real. People need to own up to it, acknowledge it, and stop playing the victim. You are privileged in many ways that minorities are not. This is 2013 and that is a fact of life. You may not like hearing it, but it is the truth.

      I would also encourage others to read Tim Wise’s (a white person) take on white privilege. Ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. It makes it worse.

  28. 64 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    This was the part of the whole ridiculousness that had me thinking WTF?

    LL got it right. Sturtz was yelling at FLOTUS and then told the media she was “taken aback” when FLOTUS stepped down from the podium and responded. The privilege – the disgusting privilege – she carries around made her think she was the victim? The nerve of her to say and think that. She was “taken aback” What the heck did she think was going to happen? She heckled FLOTUS and when shown the spotlight, she played the victim card.

    The privilege that dripped from her pores in expecting FLOTUS to remain silent while she was being insulted in a private home.

    These so called activists need to watch themselves. They are alienating people of color faster than they can say Jack. You do not run up on any of the Obamas as though they’re servants and expect us to keep quiet. You do not run up on the Obamas who have been the most progressive POTUS and FLOTUS for the LGBT community and stay silent in the face of the Clinton’s or give them an award then expect people of color to applaud you.

    They have lost their damned minds.

  29. June 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks again LL, for yet another fantastic, and well-written essay. Beautiful posts and comments all around today on TOD. :)

  30. 67 57andfemale
    June 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm
  31. June 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    LL, I really, really, really like this piece! Thank you! There are so many lines that brought out a ‘yesss!’ but I’m going to highlight only one. ;)

    ‘He chooses his battles, the ones which he knows if he wins will affect the most people for the better. He believes in the Constitution and the separation of powers;’

  32. 69 MightyPamela
    June 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Brilliant, LL, thank you as always for speaking your mind and making your thoughts available to us!

  33. 70 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    LOL! I just learnt today that I’m actually Gary Sebelius – husband of HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius.

  34. June 5, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Wow. Amazing. Liberal Librarian, you are a gifted writer, and this may be your best piece yet. I’ll be tweeting it far and wide and posting to Facebook. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • June 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      Agreed! This is indeed a brilliant piece. Points out the flaws in the “ankle biting” left methodically and logically. A “take no prisoners” approach! Love it. Signed, sealed and delivered!

  35. 79 Jovie
    June 5, 2013 at 6:15 pm
  36. June 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Yeah, and this would’ve happened without Barack Obama’s forceful support of gays as fully human beings:

  37. 81 desertflower
    June 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    This RW outreach is really something! http://bobcesca.thedailybanter.com/blog-archives/2013/06/larry-pratt-welfare-dependent-immigrants-will-californicate-america.html

    LL…absolutely incredible piece of writing:) Thank you for getting angry last night and putting fingers to keyboard…

  38. 84 mtmarilyn
    June 5, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you LL for that beautiful post. You speak for all of us. I am in awe of your writing talent. And I am in awe of our FLOTUS. She is the best. I feel so privileged to have them in the White House.

  39. 85 ber6964
    June 5, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    LL coming out of Lurkdom to Yell………….Bravo Sir Bravo!!!

  40. June 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    LL, it seems with each essay you ramp it up a notch. Again you have brilliantly put your thoughts — and the thoughts of many of us — in written words.

    Kudos to you and thank you for sharing your talent.

  41. 87 sjterrid
    June 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Brilliant piece, LL!

  42. June 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm
  43. 91 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I heart you Chiparoo.

  44. 93 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm
  45. 95 Jovie
    June 5, 2013 at 6:43 pm
    • 96 nathkatun7
      June 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Thank you Jovie for sharing this! I wish I had such food choices when my kids were growing up.

  46. 97 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm
  47. 99 nathkatun7
    June 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Thanks Liberal Librarian for yet another excellent essay.

  48. 102 japa21
    June 5, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    LL, I feel I am getting to be a recording, but once again a brilliant piece of writing. It inspires me to try my hand at it. Not sure if I will though.

    The story of privilege goes beyond privilege due to wealth or privilege due to race. There is the sense that many on the left (and here I speak more of the followers of those such as Markos, Arriana and others), who think that because they voted for PBO he should do what they want. That is also a sense of privilege. It is the privilege of obligation, the sense that I did this for you so now you are obligated to do what I want.

    We are privileged to have a President (and here privilege is used in the appropriate sense) who actual views his role as being a President of the entire countr and sincerely does things that he sees as a benefit to all (well almost all). Additionally, too many on both sides of the political scene actually not only that the President can rule by fiat but that he/she should do so. The right keeps expecting him to, which scares the dickens out of them and the left demands he do so. (Again, speaking of a specific subsection of each.)

    Fortunately, we have a President who not only cares about the entire country, but also believes in the Constitution, something his predecessor did not.

    • 103 japa21
      June 5, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Or more succinctly

  49. 104 desertflower
    June 5, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I feel like this feels a bit like rolling waves, from far off shore, hitting just at the perfect moment…perfectly timed, and moving forward in an unstoppable, steady, powerful way. This President has set the table, with fairness, strength and justice for all….it can’t be stopped. Bit by bit, law by law….month by month and year by year….it’s a sight to behold:)

  50. 105 prettyfoot58
    June 5, 2013 at 7:32 pm
  51. 106 Anna Luc
    June 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    BRAVO!! Everything I was thinking and more, LL. Great post. The only thing I would add is that it is not courageous to blindside an ally of the LBGT community. This woman should take her show to a republican event.

  52. June 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    LL…. one word…WOW!!!
    Thank you so much for putting into words what we wanted to say all day (especially in 140 characters).

    Chips and UT… that picture, with all three hugging, says it all.
    Love our President, Love our FLOTUS, Love this administration….going on with the business.

  53. 108 dee
    June 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    thanks, LL, your post was well said, and true. The level of respect for our first family is pitiful. The media has been complicit (sp?) in their disrespect at times, also. I am grateful I can come to this site and be in a great group of people!

  54. 109 majiir
    June 6, 2013 at 2:11 am

    LL,
    You have an awesome way with words! Thanks for saying what needs to be said about some on the Left. PBO is president of the entire country and is not a puppet they can manipulate to do their special bidding. Those they should be attacking, they fail to do. They should be blowing up the phones and faxes of the obstructionists in Congress and filling their email boxes, but they do the same thing many on the right do–give them a free pass and expect the president to do the jobs of the executive and legislative branches.

  55. 110 Nena20409
    June 6, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Wow…..LL, just Brilliantly written. This is great. ES was taken aback? Would she had dared to have done that to Hillary? Laura? Barbara? Hell No she Could Not.


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