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Clash Daily Recap: Michelle Obama’s ‘Excellent Chinese Adventure’

Obama-400x315Originally posted at The Clash Daily

The first lady, Grandma Marian, a 70-person entourage, and two hormonal teenagers who’d rather have spent their spring break anywhere else but participating in Great Wall photo ops with Mom, spent approximately $3 million just to fly to Beijing China for a non-political visit with a distinctly political undercurrent.

Despite 24-hour butler service and seven days in the $8,400-a-night, 3,445 square foot, Jinmao Presidential Suite in the Bejing Westin, the Asian getaway got off to a rocky start when Grandma Marian began “barking” orders at the hotel staff.

After calming Granny down, Mrs. Obama took time to meet with China’s fetching steel drum-playing first lady Peng Liyuan and her husband Xi Jinping who, when not showering Michelle Obama with compliments, is busy amassing a huge army and aligning himself with Barack’s arch-nemesis Vladimir Putin.

The Obama contingent visited and brought their unique brand of abnormal to Beijing’s Normal School, toured the Forbidden City, took in a performance, and dined with Peng Liyun.

The first lady went all the way to China to participate in a virtual discussion with American youth about connecting with students around the world – except students in China, where Internet access and social media sites are censored.

Michelle got to visit Beijing’s Summer Place. Not her annual Martha’s Vineyard “summer place”, but Yuan Ming Yuan (the Gardens of Perfect Brightness). Then she met with American staff and family and kissed drooling babies at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the United States Consulate in Chengdu.

Reigning as supreme first lady of a nation that ranks #36 in academic achievement, Michelle felt qualified to participate in an educational roundtable where she lectured Chinese school children, who are #1 in the world in reading, math, and science, about the importance of getting a good education.

Michelle, first lady of a nation whose husband, the president, flouts the Constitution and crushes the First Amendment, also felt qualified to lecture an audience at Peking University. Those students would be thrown in prison or shot if they took Michelle’s message to heart and protested for the “universal right” to freedom of speech, religion, and access to the Internet, all of which are gradually fading away in the U.S.

Michelle also found time to complain about her tough childhood to children who often have only rice to eat and whose parents are lucky to be earning $10,000 in American dollars per year.

Then Mrs. Obama attempted to convince No. 7 High School children who live under Communist oppression that if they excel in their studies, which they already do, they could grow up to be another Lebron James, Janelle Monáe Robinson (no relation to Michelle LaVaughn Robinson), or President of the United States!

Taxpayers should be glad to spend millions of dollars for Mrs. Obama to jump rope, play Ping-Pong, practice tai chi in a dress and kitten heels, and wave red ribbons around. Not to mention footing the bill for the girls to visit ancient tourist sites like the Xi’an City Wall and the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses.

At the museum Sasha Obama looked bored to death and Michelle grimaced a lot too, probably because the first lady was disappointed to learn that terra cotta is not some kind of exotic Chinese dessert.

On her last day in China, Mrs. Obama, Grandma, Sasha, and Malia stood up for Tibetan minorities by watching pandas eat bamboo at the Chengdu Panda Base and by drinking yak butter tea and eating boiled yak ribs in Zangxiang Teahouse in Chengdu, China. For that event, there were no close-up pictures of Sasha’s expression or reports that anyone yakked during the yak luncheon.

After lunch, Mrs. Obama, her entourage, Grandma, Malia, and a very relieved Sasha went straight to the airport, climbed aboard the same plane that ferried them to China, and blew another $3 million flying home.

Michelle Obama to China for a Boondoggle

michelle-obama-china-tripOriginally posted at The Blacksphere

Itinerant world traveler Michelle Obama is in China for another one of her very private mother/daughter trips.

This time the jaunt includes her mother Marion and her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, who may one day be mothers themselves. Excluded from the trip are reporters who may or may not be mothers.

Mrs. Obama’s chief of staff, first-generation Chinese-American Tina Tchen, justified the female Obama entourage descending on Beijing this way: “a multigenerational visit would be appreciated by the Chinese, who value tradition.”

Come on Tina, a traditional “multigenerational visit?”

You can do better than that.

If not Tina, isn’t there at least one person in the White House who’ll ’fess up that this is just another Costa del Sol-style “private mother and daughter” excuse to indulge in a lavish spring vacation? Of course not. That’s why the White House claims the reason for this multi-million dollar taxpayer-funded excursion is for world ambassador Michelle Obama  to initiate a nonpolitical “people-to-people exchange.”

BTW, in the spirit of openness in this particular “people-to-people exchange,” if the people wanting to do the exchanging are the American press, that exchange is officially cancelled.

Spokespersons for the first lady maintain that the context of Mrs. Obama’s nonpolitical visit is quite different this time, because – are you ready?

“Throughout her time in the White House, she has been decidedly nonpolitical.”

Nonpolitical!?  This woman’s politics have touched upon everything from breastfeeding to pie-sharing, and  don’t try to find a Tater Tots in a school cafeteria.

Moreover, is the first lady aware that the United States is currently wrangling with China over trade, cyber weapons and, as always, human rights? U158P5029T2D595593F24DT20130602101251

In keeping things light, perhaps Michelle Obama can exchange high-end fashion tips and Michelle can get Peng Liyuan, China’s first lady to allow Michelle a workout of her famous biceps on the steel drums.

Next, America’s first lady can dine in the Forbidden City, visit the Great Wall, view the terracotta warriors, and take in the Walled City in Xi’an all in an effort to update the White House blog.

There. That should prevent an audit of this “official state visit.”

Because reporters are banned from relaying the real details of the China expedition, Mrs. Obama can do what she wants, promote the trip as something it is not, treat the American press the same way the press is treated in communist China, and be protected by publicly-funded government educational programs who’ll cooperate with her ruse that this is all about cultural exchange and virtual discussions.

Even though China is number one in academic achievement and America currently ranks #36 in reading, science, and math, Michelle’s hocus-focus will supposedly underscore the value of education to Chinese schoolchildren who, quite frankly, have done just fine without her advice.

FLOTUS will also be shilling for youth empowerment in communist China – a country whose apartheid-style household registration system classifies citizens according to place of residence and socioeconomic status, censors the Internet, officiates over forced abortions, seizes private property, suppresses religion, and sells prisoners’ organs.

Memo to Barack: Investigate selling prisoners organs, so we can plan that trip to New Zealand!

Are Americans really supposed to believe that Michelle Obama flew nearly 7,000 miles and will probably spend $7 million to spend seven days in China initiating ‘people-to-people exchanges?’  What does that even mean?  Or is Mrs. Obama, shameless elitist that she is, again exchanging the American people’s hard-earned money for her own extravagant amusement?

There is no need for the press to inform the public of what is so blatantly obvious:  Despite an extended 27 day-vacation in Hawaii in January, a ski trip to Aspen in February, and recent family-time weekend in Key Largo, Michelle Obama is now under the impression that she is entitled to an exotic trip to China at taxpayer expense.

Meanwhile, as the FLOTUS is on a “people-to-people exchange” in China, the money she continues to fritter away would be better spent by Americans struggling to survive and trying to figure out how to pay for the healthcare burden her husband has placed upon our shoulders.

 

Michelle Obama’s Plans to Reorient the Orient

Michelle Obama

Originally posted at American Thinker

After being holed up for at least two weeks in the White House, Michelle Obama must be itching for another exotic getaway.  With superpower tensions at an all-time high, now is as good a time as any to take a multi-generational mother-daughter vacation to China.  Never mind that Michelle’s vacation destination is busy amassing the fiercest military force on the planet and partnering with Vladimir Putin, who just tested an ICBM.

Rising above silly little squabbles, Michelle is packing up mom Marion and daughters Malia and Sasha.  The traveling quartet and a huge entourage will board Air Force Two in mid-March at God knows what flight cost per hour – courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer – and wing westward for 13 hours toward China, which, quite frankly, is quite a ways to travel for authentic Kung Pao chicken.

Upon arrival, Michelle plans to visit with China’s foxy steel drum-playing first lady Peng Liyuan.  But before she does, the FLOTUS has “some ‘splainin’ to do! 

Last year, when Chinese president Xi Jinping and his wife were in California for a “trust-binding” summit with Barack the Golfer at Rancho Mirage, Michelle chose to forego the formalities and instead sent a note inviting herself to China. 

And although diplomacy is paramount, the real reason Mrs. Obama is venturing forth is to try to credibly represent a country that continues to lag in educational achievement.  Apparently, the first lady feels that in addition to minimum daily requirements and human hydration needs, she is also qualified to educate Chinese students.

Whoever agreed to allow Michelle to come to China and talk about education has to know that she is the wife of an allegedly learned man who never read the health care bill, relentlessly pushes junk science, and, considering the sad state of the U.S. economy, clearly lacks basic math skills.

What is it exactly that Mrs. Obama will be sharing?  According to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey, Shanghai, China tops the world in math, reading, and science.

The US is ranked 36th

That’s why Meddling Michelle talking education to children who run rings academically around most Americans, including her, is not very different from her brilliant suggestion that U.S. housewives need government help deciphering product labels. 

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s deputy director of education, Andreas Schleicher, claims that part of the reason Shanghai pupils do so well is determination and the self-confidence to fulfill their potential.

Jiang Xueqin, deputy principal at the Tsinghua University High School in Beijing, stressed that “Shanghai’s success is a product of a culture that prioritizes academic achievements over other pursuits.”

Does Jiang mean “other pursuits” such as foam-finger twerking, doing the Dougie, and memorizing lyrics to songs by Sasha and Malia’s role model, Beyoncé?

Shanghai students’ self-motivation and desire to succeed won’t stop “Race to 36th Place” Michelle from imposing her expertise.  After all, their top ranking in academic superiority shouldn’t derail FLOTUS’s plans to lecture the academically diligent and determined about the importance of diligence and determination.
The first lady will most assuredly expound on how, despite seemingly insurmountable odds, a lanky black girl managed to attend an Ivy League college, graduate Harvard Law School, marry a community organizer/future president, acquire a closet full of $12K party dresses, and vacation at Oprah’s place.

In a White House blog post, Michelle pointed out that she’s going to China because “countries today are no longer isolated and face many of the same challenges, whether it is to provide students with a good education, combat hunger, poverty and disease or address threats like climate change.” 

What Mrs. Obama didn’t mention to her low-information blog followers is that while America is being sucked down a rabbit hole of debt, danger, and despair, the fact that she even mentions “climate change” sheds light on why the USA is in 36th place.

In her pre-trip post, Mrs. Obama also wrote: “I’ll be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in my own life and in the lives of young people in both of our countries.”

FLOTUS insists that the “China visit is important because it is the most populous country in the world, with more than 1.3 billion people, and is an important world actor.”  Wait – more important than Congo expert Ben Affleck?

While reorienting the Orient, maybe Michelle can help level the educational playing field by suggesting that the Chinese, whose mathematical proficiency results from old-school rote memorization, adopt Common Core math.

But if Common Core subtraction is too confusing for the children, Mrs. Obama can always switch over to basic addition. 

For fun, she can calculate the cost of a few of her recent taxpayer-funded excursions: $11 million for a 13-hour trip to and from Nelson Mandela’s funeral + $5 million to fly to Ireland + almost $8 million in family vacation flight expenses + $2 million flying alone from parts unknown + approximately $100 grand flying back and forth to Aspen. 

Then Michelle can explain to the youngsters why it is humanly impossible to pay back the $1.2 trillion America owes China.

Meanwhile, in addition to learning to handle chopsticks, picking up pointers on how to institute an American version of China’s one-child policy, and trying to cajole her hosts into tacking the cost of her luxury hotel accommodations onto America’s running tab, Michelle the raconteur can share with the Chinese pupils inspirational tales of how to “fundamentally transform” oneself from a low-level social climber into a high-level government parasite.

No doubt Chinese youngsters living in a country where the average salary is $656 per month in U.S. dollars will be riveted to Mrs. Obama’s triumphant hard-luck “working-class kid from the South Side of Chicago” story. 

After inspiring Chinese schoolchildren to new educational heights, the FLOTUS can then remind them that if she could do it, so can they!  Because even in communist China Michelle Obama’s mantra is: “My story can be your story!”

Michelle Obama’s Plans to Reorient the Orient

MICHELLEOBAMA_2582673bOriginally posted at American Thinker

After being holed up for at least two weeks in the White House, Michelle Obama must be itching for another exotic getaway.  With superpower tensions at an all-time high, now is as good a time as any to take a multi-generational mother-daughter vacation to China.  Never mind that Michelle’s vacation destination is busy amassing the fiercest military force on the planet and partnering with Vladimir Putin, who just tested an ICBM.

Rising above silly little squabbles, Michelle is packing up mom Marion and daughters Malia and Sasha.  The traveling quartet and a huge entourage will board Air Force Two in mid-March at God knows what flight cost per hour – courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer – and wing westward for 13 hours toward China, which, quite frankly, is quite a ways to travel for authentic Kung Pao chicken.

Upon arrival, Michelle plans to visit with China’s foxy steel drum-playing first lady Peng Liyuan.  But before she does, the FLOTUS has “some ‘splainin’ to do!

Last year, when Chinese president Xi Jinping and his wife were in California for a “trust-binding” summit with Barack the Golfer at Rancho Mirage, Michelle chose to forego the formalities and instead sent a note inviting herself to China.

And although diplomacy is paramount, the real reason Mrs. Obama is venturing forth is to try to credibly represent a country that continues to lag in educational achievement.  Apparently, the first lady feels that in addition to minimum daily requirements and human hydration needs, she is also qualified to educate Chinese students.

Whoever agreed to allow Michelle to come to China and talk about education has to know that she is the wife of an allegedly learned man who never read the health care bill, relentlessly pushes junk science, and, considering the sad state of the U.S. economy, clearly lacks basic math skills.

What is it exactly that Mrs. Obama will be sharing?  According to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey, Shanghai, China tops the world in math, reading, and science.

The US is ranked 36th.

That’s why Meddling Michelle talking education to children who run rings academically around most Americans, including her, is not very different from her brilliant suggestion that U.S. housewives need government help deciphering product labels.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s deputy director of education, Andreas Schleicher, claims that part of the reason Shanghai pupils do so well is determination and the self-confidence to fulfill their potential.

Jiang Xueqin, deputy principal at the Tsinghua University High School in Beijing, stressed that “Shanghai’s success is a product of a culture that prioritizes academic achievements over other pursuits.”

Does Jiang mean “other pursuits” such as foam-finger twerking, doing the Dougie, and memorizing lyrics to songs by Sasha and Malia’s role model, Beyoncé?

Shanghai students’ self-motivation and desire to succeed won’t stop “Race to 36th Place” Michelle from imposing her expertise.  After all, their top ranking in academic superiority shouldn’t derail FLOTUS’s plans to lecture the academically diligent and determined about the importance of diligence and determination.

The first lady will most assuredly expound on how, despite seemingly insurmountable odds, a lanky black girl managed to attend an Ivy League college, graduate Harvard Law School, marry a community organizer/future president, acquire a closet full of $12K party dresses, and vacation at Oprah’s place.

In a White House blog post, Michelle pointed out that she’s going to China because “countries today are no longer isolated and face many of the same challenges, whether it is to provide students with a good education, combat hunger, poverty and disease or address threats like climate change.”

What Mrs. Obama didn’t mention to her low-information blog followers is that while America is being sucked down a rabbit hole of debt, danger, and despair, the fact that she even mentions “climate change” sheds light on why the USA is in 36th place.

In her pre-trip post, Mrs. Obama also wrote: “I’ll be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in my own life and in the lives of young people in both of our countries.”

FLOTUS insists that the “China visit is important because it is the most populous country in the world, with more than 1.3 billion people, and is an important world actor.”  Wait – more important than Congo expert Ben Affleck?

While reorienting the Orient, maybe Michelle can help level the educational playing field by suggesting that the Chinese, whose mathematical proficiency results from old-school rote memorization, adopt Common Core math.

But if Common Core subtraction is too confusing for the children, Mrs. Obama can always switch over to basic addition.

For fun, she can calculate the cost of a few of her recent taxpayer-funded excursions: $11 million for a 13-hour trip to and from Nelson Mandela’s funeral + $5 million to fly to Ireland + almost $8 million in family vacation flight expenses + $2 million flying alone from parts unknown + approximately $100 grand flying back and forth to Aspen.

Then Michelle can explain to the youngsters why it is humanly impossible to pay back the $1.2 trillion America owes China.

Meanwhile, in addition to learning to handle chopsticks, picking up pointers on how to institute an American version of China’s one-child policy, and trying to cajole her hosts into tacking the cost of her luxury hotel accommodations onto America’s running tab, Michelle the raconteur can share with the Chinese pupils inspirational tales of how to “fundamentally transform” oneself from a low-level social climber into a high-level government parasite.

No doubt Chinese youngsters living in a country where the average salary is $656 per month in U.S. dollars will be riveted to Mrs. Obama’s triumphant hard-luck “working-class kid from the South Side of Chicago” story.

After inspiring Chinese schoolchildren to new educational heights, the FLOTUS can then remind them that if she could do it, so can they! Because even in communist China Michelle Obama’s mantra is: “My story can be your story!”

 

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