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Michelle Obama Searches for an Identity in Senegal

michelle-obama-senegal-600x361Originally posted at American Thinker

Michelle Obama is first lady of the United States of America and yet it seems that she’s searching high and low for an identity – desperate for a place to fit in.

It started after 15-year-old schoolgirl Hadiya Pendleton of Chicago was shot dead standing in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park talking with friends. Michelle Obama rushed to Chicago to attend the girl’s funeral, had her parents Cleo and Nate sitting in the Special People Sky Box with her at the State of the Union, and then told Hadiya’s story when pushing gun control at a conference on youth violence hosted by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

It was there that Mrs. Obama said, “Hadiya’s family was just like my family. Hadiya Pendleton was me. And I was her.”

Just recently, on a trip to the Emerald Isle, while attending a special Riverdance performance at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, Michelle Obama again told an audience full of students, this time from Moneygall, that “It’s good to be home.”  Then she identified with schoolchildren, some of whom had been practically scolded a day earlier by the President for going to Catholic school, saying, “We are you. We are just like you.”

We already know that it’s a long way from Piccadilly to Tipperary, but come on people, it’s even further from Chicago to Dublin, and so what was Michelle Obama talking about?  Either the woman is in a perpetual identity crisis, or she is majorly confused.  We’re talking about Irish schoolchildren here.  We’ll give her a pass on Hadiya in Chicago, but Ireland?

Now she’s in sub-Saharan Africa.  Speaking in Dakar, Senegal at the Martin Luther King Middle School, again to schoolchildren, frustrated, lost without a true home and identity, Michelle Obama compared her background to that of poverty-stricken Senegalese children.

Mrs. Obama began by telling youngsters who live in a country where 56% of the population lives in destitution that she knows “a little bit about [poverty] from [her] own experience.”  “See, like many of you,” Michelle confided, “I didn’t grow up in a family with a lot of money.”

Mrs. Obama shared that her father, who had MS, “Sacrificed and saved so that he could pay my university tuition.”

Tuition?  Clearly, Princeton and Harvard alumnus Michelle Obama didn’t do her homework before arriving in Senegal in her Zero + Maria Cornejo dress from the Pre-Fall 2013 collection.  The average yearly salary in American dollars in Senegal is $1,070, and Michelle is telling the children that she knows “a little bit about this from [her] own experience?”

In Senegal, 52% of the little money they have goes to buying food. Some of the children Michelle was attempting to identify with probably live in squatters’ shantytowns, of the same style that Obama’s brother George occupies in Kenya.  Although Michelle was sharing inspiring stories of hard work and determination to get an education, for Senegalese children saving up for Harvard is not an option, because any money they have covers the most basic of needs.  We’re talking survival here.

Much like in Obama’s America, in Senegal the standard of living for the poor has declined while the wealthy continue to prosper.

Nonetheless, Mrs. Obama apparently didn’t put off the children, ergo the applause.  In fact, they could have mistaken her for being part of the small group of Senegalese elite, which is made up of businessmen, influential politicians, government ministers, university professors, and members of the (ahem) Socialist Party.

In his book Senegal: An African Nation Between Islam and the West, Sheldon Gellar contends that “the elite group is predominantly male, urban, highly educated, politically connected, and able to afford European-style living standards.” And have wives who wear from Zero + Maria Cornejo’s Pre-Fall 2013 collection.

Yet Michelle Obama, on a $100 million African adventure, rejected Hadiya Pendleton, the deceased victim of Chicago gun violence, elected to leave the “We are just like you” Moneygall schoolchildren in the sub-Saharan dust, and on this trip, chose to see herself in the eyes of children whose parents earn what amounts to $20.57 per week.

Barack Obama Peddles Adam and Steve in Senegal

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The $100-million Obama Traveling Show touched down in Senegal.  All heady from news of the activist side of the Supreme Court further weakening the U.S. Constitution, Barack Obama could not contain his exuberance over Adam and Steve getting closer to being able to book their wedding reception immediately following the more traditional nuptials of Adam and Eve.

Not happy with “fundamentally transforming” the once-great nation called the United States of America, in Senegal, where homosexuality is outlawed, Barack Obama felt compelled to talk down the established laws and leadership of the African nations hosting him.  He called for homosexuals to have equal rights in countries where gays are usually imprisoned or, worse yet, decapitated.

The stunning thing about Barack Obama’s gall is that his tolerance for anyone disagreeing with him is less than zero.  Yet he’s arrogant enough to disrespect Senegalese President Macky Sall and challenge Senegal’s stand on social issues.

What if Vladimir Putin swam over from Russia to the U.S. to appeal to evangelicals by insisting that Christians should not be forced to finance insurance policies that cover birth control and abortion?  Obama would blow a gasket.  But when it comes to his right to infringe on the leadership of others, Barack Obama has no respect for diplomatic boundaries.

President Macky Sall quickly rejected Obama’s inappropriate call for Africans to give gays equal rights under the law.  Why Sall would even host Barack Obama is curious indeed.  After all, Sall overthrew an incumbent who tried to change Senegal’s constitution and establish a familial dynasty of succession.

Sall responded to the U.S. president’s effrontery on the homosexual issue by politely saying, “We are still not ready to decriminalize homosexuality. This does not mean we are homophobic.”  Even if Senegal is homophobic, quite frankly, it’s none of Barack Obama’s business.

Senegalese law says that “an improper or unnatural act with a person of the same sex” can be punished by up to five years in prison, which is sort of the direction America is moving — but with Tea Party types being portrayed as more unnatural than gays.  Nonetheless, Sall reassured Obama that in Senegal, gays, unlike Christians and conservatives, and especially Christian conservatives in the U.S., are not mistreated.

After a meeting in the presidential palace, Obama brushed aside Sall’s comments and reiterated that his goal is to send a message to Africans that his opinion should hold more weight than African law and leadership decrees.

Then, although many had already surmised it, the world officially found out that Barack Obama is planning on transforming the universe.  Circumventing Sall’s correction, Obama stressed: “People should be treated equally, and that’s a principle that I think applies universally.” And if Macky Sall doesn’t want Chicago to visit Senegal, he’d best submit.

As for the African people, just like in America, what they want, think, or believe doesn’t matter much to Obama.  Amnesty International released a report that said that 38 African countries consider homosexuality wrong, and according to Pew, nine out of 10 respondents — 90 percent — of Senegalese, Kenyans, Ghanaians, Ugandans, and Nigerians reject homosexuality.

That means that if Barack Obama were in charge, Christians and Muslims in these African nations would be forced to submit and accept what they consider reprehensible.

Which raises the question: how can a president who claims to support Islam also support homosexuality, premarital sex, and abortion?  Is the plan, when Obama ups the ante and goes universal, to inflict his social views on Muslims, too?

Nonetheless, after calling 83-year-old lesbian Edie Windsor from Air Force One on his way to Africa to congratulate her on the SCOTUS voting down DOMA 5-4, the president said his administration would begin to closely examine every federal statute to quickly level the playing field between Billy and Lily and Billy and Willy.

That plan raises yet another question: the Obama administration has the resources to comb through every federal statute to pick out every benefit for which married same-sex couples will be eligible, but didn’t have the manpower all these years to canvas American cities and locate renegade illegal aliens?

Either way, while in Africa, Barack Obama reiterated his personal conviction that gay rights are at the “root of who we are as … American[s].”  Because after all, Obama, who now speaks for the people who disagree with him, says, “We believe in basic fairness.”  The problem is that in Obama’s world, the type of fairness he’s referring to is social and economic equity, which is unattainable without inflicting the sort of totalitarian groundwork he’s presently laying.

Segueing from promoting homosexuality in a Muslim nation to designer religiosity, Obama then prayed for ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela, whose impending funeral might take the attention off the extended Obama family’s $100-million African getaway.

When he finished pushing homosexuality to Macky Sall, Obama toured Goree Island, the place where (although he won’t admit it) signares — wealthy women of color — sold their own people into slavery through the “Door of No Return” (which is a lot like what liberals do to black people in America).

As for the African people, someone should inform them that Barack Obama is a son of Hawaii — I repeat: H-A-W-A-I-I — not Africa, because for some reason the signs outside his hotel, possibly borrowed from Ireland, read, “Welcome home, President Obama.”

Along with those signs, gay (but not in a gay way) village people greeted him with music, dancing, and song, which sounds a lot like what’s going on in San Francisco.

So, on the first day of his African adventure, Barack Obama, oftentimes misidentified as a long-lost son of Kenya, is busily attending to the people’s business.  As America grapples with the inexplicable damage he’s causing here at home, he’s making his way through sub-Saharan Africa hawking homosexuality, insulting African leaders, defying Islam, and making sure the wife, kids, mother-in-law, and niece are having a great time running up the taxpayers’ tab.

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