Another MichelleObamaism: "I want to rip Bill Clinton's eyes out" may/04/barackobama

On the campaign trail with Michelle Obama
Lauren Collins  
The Observer, Sunday May 4 2008

... It's not that Obama doesn't know the anodyne, wifely things to say (essentially, nothing). She is, after all, a 'community and external affairs' professional. But her pride visibly chafes at being asked to subsume her personality, to make herself seem duller and less independent than she is, even in the service of getting her husband elected President of the United States. In Wisconsin, I asked her if she was offended by Bill Clinton's use of the phrase 'fairytale' to describe her husband's characterisation of his position on the Iraq war. At first, Obama responded with a curt 'No'. But, after a few seconds, she affected a funny voice. 'I want to rip his eyes out!' she said, clawing at the air with her fingernails. One of her advisers gave her a nervous look. 'Kidding!' Obama said. 'See, this is what gets me into trouble.'

.... Consider the moment leading up to Barack's career-making speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. The story the Obamas like to tell is that Michelle pulled Barack aside just before he took to the stage, warning him, 'Just don't screw it up, buddy!'

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What is she going to say next?

Tags: Michelle Obama Bill Clinton (all tags)




Both Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama have said some pretty stupid things on the trail. I don't hold it against them, though; they're both obviously passionate supporters of their spouses.

by VAAlex 2008-05-06 05:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Well

Yeah, but there are lines you can cross and she crossed a line.  Rip his eyes out?  If anyone from the Clinton had said that? OMG.

by Sensible 2008-05-06 06:04AM | 0 recs
Attacking Michelle Obama

is low.  She was joking.  You know and I know it.

It is similar to Republicans who attacked Hillary Clinton to get at Bill Clinton.

Barack Obama is running, not his spouse.  She's a fine person and undeserving of this diary.  

by TomP 2008-05-06 06:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Attacking Michelle Obama
i agree!
Attacking her for ......
come on this is crap. She was joking!
because her face isn't all frozen?
So she waved her hand and made clawing motion?
Huh?  This is her "badness"?
by TexMex 2008-05-06 06:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Well

"Yeah, but there are lines you can cross and she crossed a line.  Rip his eyes out?  If anyone from the Clinton had said that? OMG."

As I vaguely recall the previous Clinton version goes something along the lines of "get an axe and chop their hand off".

by My Ob 2008-05-06 06:49AM | 0 recs

Do you realize how foolish you sound? Obviously, the lady was joking but it really seems pathetic that hrc followers are so eager to jump on whatever negative and shameful bandwagon is available to smear Barack and/or Michelle.

But, if it'll make you feel better- than yeah, I'm sure Michelle will go to the nearest salon in Indiana, get her fingernails sharpened and hunt down Bubba like a tigress and scratch out the former president's eyes...

rolls eyes:)

by april34fff 2008-05-06 08:08AM | 0 recs

This is 1) an old story, diaried many times and 2) a transparent lie, repeated many times, even at that.

'I want to rip his eyes out!' she said, clawing at the air with her fingernails. One of her advisers gave her a nervous look. 'Kidding!' Obama said. 'See, this is what gets me into trouble.'

Clinton supporters whine about a one-day smear of Mickey Kantor and then repost smears like this for months.  No integrity.

by Drew 2008-05-06 07:03AM | 0 recs
Re: Another MichelleObamaism

This is a pretty old story.  And it's very, very clear from the context that she was making a joke, imitating the sort of provocative comment that the press "wants" her to offer.

by Steve M 2008-05-06 05:55AM | 0 recs
It's pretty clear if ...

the listener is predisposed to voting for Obama.  Or at least to voting Democratic.  If not, it's one more thing that gets us closer to a McCain presidency.

by Thirsty Gator 2008-05-06 06:11AM | 0 recs
Re: It's pretty clear if ...

Yeah, I guess.  Or we could stop acting like every offhanded remark is a huge deal.

by Steve M 2008-05-06 07:13AM | 0 recs
Old news!

Thanks for playing!

I wonder if Bill Clinton ever cusseed about Obama? Hmmm....

by Democratic Unity 2008-05-06 05:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Old news!

She will make a wonderful addition to the White

by gunner 2008-05-06 06:08AM | 0 recs
I think the give away here was

"affected a funny voice" and "...kidding"

Now I am waiting for someone to spin this into some sort of death threat.

by Sychotic1 2008-05-06 06:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Another MichelleObamaism

Michelle is a real person, and doesn't pander like Hillary.

by Spanky 2008-05-06 06:11AM | 0 recs
They all "pander."

It's democracy.  Get used to it.

by TomP 2008-05-06 06:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Another MichelleObamaism

I'm a black woman and I can assure you, Michelle Obama is not a real person.  She's only real bourgeois.

Hillary '08- The Real Choice for Real Change.

by stefystef 2008-05-06 07:12AM | 0 recs
Not a real person?

She's a muppet?

Man, Henson studios just rocks these days...

by Dracomicron 2008-05-06 08:26AM | 0 recs
Um, your inner fool is showing.

by Lieber 2008-05-06 06:21AM | 0 recs
Not someone I want in the WH

Scratching eyes out?  Is that how she will treat foreign visitors who may not like her?

by 4justice 2008-05-06 06:22AM | 0 recs
Insincere much?

It was a joke.

by Lieber 2008-05-06 06:25AM | 0 recs
Insincere much?

It was a joke.

by Lieber 2008-05-06 06:25AM | 0 recs

You beat me to it.

by UrbanRedneck 2008-05-06 06:27AM | 0 recs

Another day, another Obama (this time Michelle) hit piece.
 zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

What?  Couldn't bring yourself to write about Hillary's pandering "gas tax cut"?

by chewie5656 2008-05-06 06:24AM | 0 recs
Lighten up, really

by UrbanRedneck 2008-05-06 06:25AM | 0 recs
You've gotta be kidding me

Are you serious? is this what your writing about? This old news dredged up to take a swipe at Michelle Obama? Petttty, petty. At least try and and make your point with something has relevance, if not substance.

by LFL 2008-05-06 06:31AM | 0 recs
Not only that,

it was diaried to death here at MyDD when it first came up.

by you like it 2008-05-06 06:56AM | 0 recs
Re: You've gotta be kidding me

No they're not serious. It's election day .... and the standard Hillary Campaign tactic for election day is to flood the media/blogs with Obama Hate Messages.

Republicans Hillary always uses this tactics. She is a 'real fighter' don't you know.  

by JoeCoaster 2008-05-06 06:58AM | 0 recs
God she's cute

I often think of her similarly to Hillary Clinton in 1992, but her sense of humor is way better, and she seems somewhat more down-to-earth.

I get a Jackie O impression from her, actually.

by Dracomicron 2008-05-06 06:46AM | 0 recs
Re: God she's cute

Jackie O????  Are you being funny or insulting or both?

Michelle isn't worthy to fill Jackie's Olga Cassini's PillBox hats.  Michelle Obama reminds me alot of Lady Macbeth.  And that's NOT a compliment (although I always admired her strength, even though it was misdirected).

by stefystef 2008-05-06 07:10AM | 0 recs

I'm giving my impression of a good, solid American who is a good mother, a fine person, and may be the next First Lady of our great nation.

You don't have to share my opinion; I would kindly ask that you respect it, however.

by Dracomicron 2008-05-06 08:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Another MichelleObamaism

She should have said "I want to rip his arm off and hit him with the soggy end".

by My Ob 2008-05-06 06:52AM | 0 recs

I advise you to look for a new home and get out from underneath the rock in which you live.

by hootie4170 2008-05-06 07:29AM | 0 recs


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