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‘No show’ Sasha and Malia teach America a valued lesson

imagesOriginally posted at American Thinker

The highly controversial Valentine’s Day ski trip with Mama Obama to Aspen must have been a real doozy, because Sasha and Malia, who were slated to travel to Japan with the FLOTUS for Spring Break, decided to stay home.

Last year Michelle justified another high-priced spring junket to the Far East by announcing that it was “very rare” that she and her daughters had the “opportunity to travel outside of the United States.” At the time, Shelley said, “It is no accident that one of our first trips as a family is here to China,” whatever that means.

Anyway, with Granny Marian Shields Robinson in tow, the girl-power travelers graced China with their presence. They gawked at panda bears, visited the Peking opera, and somehow managed to run up an impressive $222K hotel tab for a two-day stay.

Then, back in February, Japanese news organization Asahi Shimbun reported that Michelle, Malia, and Sasha would be traveling to Asia again in March, this time for sushi and stuff.

The girls were to accompany Mom to Japan, but instead of her two daughters, the people in Michelle’s entourage included a seemingly anorexic ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, Caroline’s 22-year-old Kennedyesque son “Jack” Schlossberg, and the fetching YouTube makeup artist Michelle Phan.

Couple Sasha’s and Malia’s absence with the media’s deafening silence surrounding the girls’ decision to be no-shows, and one can’t help but wonder what can be gleaned from the first daughters’ decision to decline Mom’s Asian Spring Fling proposition.

For starters, based on the contemptuous body language and obvious eye-rolls unique to teenagers, it was clear that when Obama pardoned “Cheese” the National Thanksgiving turkey, Sasha and Malia had clearly been coerced into a perfunctory photo op and would rather have been anywhere else.

Judging by their disdainful facial expressions, it may have been that the girls realized, among other things, that having one national turkey pardoning another national turkey was pretty ironic, to say the least. In fact, that paradoxical scene might explain the first daughters’ refusal to smile for the camera and say “cheese.”

All turkeys aside, what transpired between February and March is anyone’s guess, but at this juncture what we do know is that those youthful sneers were nowhere to be seen when Mom tripped and almost fell, nearly crushing the diminutive Japanese Emperor Akihito. Thanks to their decision to sit this one out, Sasha and Malia also spared themselves the humiliation of having to smile while Mom played a Japanese version of “Babalu” on the traditional Taiko drums.

For lack of a better explanation, what Sasha’s and Malia’s absence may indicate is that Barry and Michelle cannot get their own children to obey, which may be why the FL/POTUS spend most of their time bossing Americans around and treating grown adults like adolescents.

No, I mean really. From the looks of things, unlike Caroline Kennedy, it appears that Michelle can’t get her children to do what she wants them to do, which may explain why she takes out her frustration on 300 million strangers by issuing unreasonable decrees ranging from what we should eat to how much our children should weigh.

Sasha and Malia refuse to go to Asia, and the next thing you know, Michelle endeavors to re-establish a sense of authority by mandating that American children who aren’t hers be weighed like piglets at government-funded daycare centers.

Question for Michelle: if government provision dictates weighing those being sustained with tax dollars, then on behalf of the common good, shouldn’t certain occupants of the White House also be regularly hoisted onto an adult-sized scale for public weigh-ins?

Either way, sometime between February and March, Mom must have reminded Sasha and Malia about the Asia trip, to which the girls rolled their eyes and said, “Forget it. We’re not going.” Mamma’s reply: “You’re going! End of discussion.”

Following that pronouncement, there must have been a lot of sulking, stomping around the executive quarters, multitudinous angry tweets to their Sidwell Friends friends, and, to drown out all the ranting and raving about disobedience and public duty, loud anti-cop Pro Era gangsta rap music blaring away on iPhone ear buds.

For lack of a better explanation, Sasha and Malia must have told Ma and Pa to stick it, and, in this particular case, the Obama-girl-power that Mom’s always cheering about actually won the day.

And although it’s purely speculation, could it be that because the first daughters cross their arms and insolently roll their eyes, Barry and Michelle, having lost all control at home, have turned their attention to bossing around the rest of America?

That may be. But in the end, although Sasha and Malia may very well be unruly teens, Americans could learn a thing or two from these kids about how to respond when Barry and Michelle insist on taking America on yet another costly trip we’d rather not take.

Pearl Harbor/Asian Food and Fairness Day

Campaigning on behalf of his brand of economic fairness and how he intends to extend equity to the middle class, President Obama’s recent speech in Osawatomie, Kansas was liberally sprinkled with the words “fair” and “fairness.”  However, of late, in order to extend fairness in other areas it seems as if truth is perverted and history mocked.

One such example took place in what is almost certainly a politically correct academic institution where the school lunch menu hinted that the ‘fairness’ fad has worked its way down to the cafeteria.

At Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC, seems being ‘fair’ may have taken precedence over respect toward “a date which will live in infamy.” By featuring Asian food on the school lunch menu, it appears as if the private school Barack and Michelle Obama’s daughters attend felt that commemorating the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor presented an opportunity to extend fairness toward our former adversary, Japan.

Awkwardness aside, if culturally diverse lunch menus are not the Sidwell objective, in the future maybe someone in the history department should check the scheduled set of food choices against American days of remembrance.

In all fairness, serving Asian food on Pearl Harbor Day may have been an honest mistake, or it could be that making Japan’s sneak attack the focus of the day just didn’t seem “fair” to the Fairness Police.

Perhaps school officials were concerned that unabridged American history would be offensive to those the school’s website calls “academically talented students of diverse cultural, racial, religious and economic backgrounds” and consequently looked for a way to introduce impartiality into the day.

This is the likely scenario, because Lord knows a tony institution touting a prestigious $30,000+ -a-year education with historically-challenged cafeteria workers on staff would not fare well among the upper end of the 1%.

According to the Sidwell Friends on-line employment application, the ladies in the hair nets should at least have a high school education and be aware that 70 years ago in Hawaii a US naval base was attacked by Japan. Battle ships were sunk, aircraft were damaged, and thousands of Americans were killed and wounded.

Therefore, it’s likely cafeteria workers know all about Pearl Harbor. Which means lunch ladies may have been the ones to set in motion the precedent to serve the cultural cuisine of our enemies, past and present, on days that mark our entry into world wars or events that recount untold horrors directed at American citizens.

Think about it; what could be fairer or more culturally sensitive than to serve noodle salad and edamame on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day?

Moreover, if its true that on the anniversary of the bloodiest attack ever on US soil before September 11 th, Sidwell Friends chose as a primary goal to use the occasion to make friends and foster fairness, then it’s highly possible the Obama girls can anticipate schnitzel and spätzle on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Better yet, on the next 9-11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, to prove impartiality and in fairness to Arabs the world over, the Sidwell lunch menu should be careful to follow that promoter of fairness Barack Obama’s advice and ‘negotiate without preconditions’ a menu that includes chickpea balls and fried bread.

In the end, it’s all good. Because regardless of whether fried tofu showed up on the menu on purpose or by mistake on Pearl Harbor/Asian Food Day, students at Sidwell Friends School were certainly academically enriched by learning about and partaking of the same kinds of tasty morsels that would have been pleasing to the admirals who worked up quite an appetite executing the assault on Pearl Harbor.

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