Originally posted at The Blacksphere
Talk about an incestuous relationship:Â President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended a cocktail party this evening at the Martha’s Vineyard home of National Public Radio host/serious journalist/dear friend and ally,Â Michele Norris.
After flying into the Vineyard this weekend and patiently awaiting the arrival of dozens of the presidentâ€™s basketballs and Bo the family dog, both of which arrived with a security detail on a Marine chopper the following day, the Obamas got all gussied up and moseyed on over to a cocktail party hosted by friends in the unbiased media.
Norris, her husband Broderick Johnson, and her family have been coming toÂ racially segregatedÂ Marthaâ€™s Vineyard for over 20 years.
To avoid a conflict of interest during the 2012 presidential campaign, ever the unbiased journalist, Norris took a leave of absence from NPR while her husband,Â Broderick Johnson, worked as a key adviser on Obamaâ€™s 2012 reelection campaign.
Commenting on the self-imposed Marthaâ€™s Vineyard racial segregation, black radio executiveÂ Skip Finley, who started vacationing in Oak Bluffs in 1954 and lives there full-time, said, â€œI donâ€™t think anybodyâ€™s insulted by it. Iâ€™m certainly not.â€
According to Mr. Finley, “Itâ€™s an arrangement that springs largely from the self-segregating impulse among black Vineyarders, who have come to the island to connect with each other.”
Finley also claims that â€œWe have people here who are black and upscale and racist. They donâ€™t want to be around white folks, and they donâ€™t have to.â€
In an interview with the Vineyard Gazette in 2011, Michele Norris said, â€œthe family enjoys beach days at Long Point, swims at Seth’s Pond in West Tisbury and biking,â€ and that her memoir,Â The Grace of Silence, was sparked by â€œeavesdropping on conversations about race after the President’s election in 2008.â€
Thatâ€™s precisely why the Obamas and their motorcade, after leaving Bo, Sasha and Malia and their huge entourage behind in the $7.6 million vacation compound, made their way to Natâ€™s Farm Lane to the humble West Tisbury home of yet another minority couple segregating themselves in a nation that deprives blacks advantages all white Americans currently enjoy.
While at Michele and Brodrickâ€™s place, Shelley and Barry likely tossed back a couple of cocktails, discussed unbiased issues like theÂ Trayvon MartinÂ tragedy and Micheleâ€™sÂ Race Card Project, and before heading home, distributed air kisses all around.
So ‘all things considered’ itâ€™s safe to say that when listening to NPR, unlike that dreadful right-wing ideologue-infested Fox News, Americans always get a â€œfair and balancedâ€ version of stories like Benghazi, Obamacare, the IRS, and the NSA from personal friends and cocktail party hostesses to the First Couple.