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Fact Checking the First Lady

One of the unique features of this campaign has been “fact checking” by supposedly neutral mainstream media and other “fact checkers.”

Unfortunately, amidst the media euphoria surrounding First Lady Michelle Obama’s convention speech, I haven’t really seen much in the way of fact inspection regarding her remarks.

So White House Dossier has run its own fact check on the speech.

And what do you know? While the first lady sounded and looked very sincere, some of her comments and insinuations actually had a questionable basis in fact.

Below are several of statements she made, followed by “the facts.”

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MICHELLE : So today, when the challenges we face start to seem overwhelming — or even impossible — let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation.  It is who we are as Americans.  It is how this country was built.

Michelle in February 2008: “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country.”

MICHELLE: Like so many American families, our families weren’t asking for much.  They didn’t begrudge anyone else’s success or care that others had much more than they did — in fact, they admired it . . . we learned from their example.

President Obama in October 2008: “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

MICHELLE: And he believes that when you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you.  No, you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.

Average Obama charitable giving from 2000 to 2004, when the Obamas were making $200,000+ annually but before his presidential ambitions had cemented: About one percent of income.

MICHELLE: I love that for Barack, there is no such thing as “us” and “them” — he doesn’t care whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or none of the above; he knows that we all love our country.

President Obama, October 25, 2010: “If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.” 

MICHELLE: And I’ve seen how the issues that come across a President’s desk are always the hard ones — the problems where no amount of data or numbers will get you to the right answer; the judgment calls where the stakes are so high, and there is no margin for error. 

President Obama in this month’s Vanity Fair: “Any given decision you make you’ll wind up with a 30 to 40 percent chance that it isn’t going to work.” 

MICHELLE: When it comes to giving our kids the education they deserve, Barack knows that, like me and like so many of you, he never could have attended college without financial aid.

Unlikely. He may not have been able to attend the college he wanted, but with some work by him on the side and some modest saving during his childhood by his relatives, he surely could have gone to some type of public college or university.

MICHELLE: He’s the same man who started his career by turning down high-paying jobs and instead working in struggling neighborhoods where a steel plant had shut down, fighting to rebuild those communities and get folks back to work.

This is not technically correct. Obama started his career after college working for Business International Corp. in New York. Later, he went to law school and became a community organizer in Chicago.

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41 Responses to Fact Checking the First Lady

  1. I’ve realized it’s not unknowing hypocrisy to state what is obviously untrue – it is there intent to state what is the opposite of the truth. Stating that Ubama believes in helping others (opening the door of opportunity), that Ubama doesn’t care if you’re an D or an R, that Ubama actually admires successful people is pure, 180 degrees opposite from the truth (as evidenced by his actions and words). For thinking Americans or voters who pay attention, the Ubama’s always have been, and forever will be, perpendicular to the truth – unfortunately, a growing percentage of our population believes what they hear from these people & what is regurgitated by the main stream media.

  2. Obama was also one of the lawyers in the class action suit that forced banks to make subprime mortgagaes, out of 186 clients @19 are all that are left that stull have their hoem and clean credit. More than half of the rest went through foreclosures.
    She also mooched an idea from Condi Rice who said so eloquently that America is often (paraphrasing here) making the impossible the inevitable.
    MO adapted Ann Romney’s speech while only specifying government and union jobs.

  3. Adding to your good point and expanding on this one. Michelle: “there is no such thing as “us” and “them” — he doesn’t care whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or none of the above; he knows that we all love our country”

    Obama: (October 25 – 2010) “we can’t have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”.

    This was a clear dividing and racist statement, referring to the segregation times.

  4. Obama’s grandmother was not a bank secretary when Obama lived with them. Madelyn Dunham was in a bank vice president when Obama’s mother abandoned him with her.

  5. According to The Amateur, once elected Senator, Baraack Obama refused to come back to Chicago to speak to students at a charter school on the west side of Chicago, as requrested by a supporter Steven Rogers. Obama had previously promised to do so.

    Michelle Obama’s job at the University of Chicago Hospital involved reducing access to the hospital by getting local clinices started.

    Guess that was giving back to their community, giving opportunities, and not closing doors. Fooled me!

  6. I got a letter from Medicare telling me that I can have no more physical therapy. The fact that I need it is not pertinent because although my therapist can appeal (and word is it can take months to get an answer) and that appeal may be approved, AT ANY TIME IN THE FUTURE Medicare minions can decide in retrospect that not enough proof was supplied and I will then have to pay the entire cost of any “extra” therapy received.

    So, in five years when the second Obama term is tanking, Obots can find my “extra” therapy and apply retroactive denial to it and I will then be stuck for the hospital charges.

    That’s how The One is cutting out “waste.”

  7. Rather than the term “fact checking”, I much prefer the term “fraud checking”. That seems a more truthful term because we all know liberal politics and the head libertard, Obamao, are frauds from from the second they open their cake hole.

  8. Like most of us, I don’t listen to or read what MrO says about anything anymore, but I do visit sites that follow MrsO’s travels and words that are quoted to her in the fawning magazines.

    She lies. She is incapable of telling the truth about their lives;
    they don’t buy birthday or Christmas presents for the children…lie. Just last Christmas, as MrO was planning to leave for Hawaii, he stopped in a store to buy the children a gift.
    They don’t allow the children to watch TV…lie She boasts about the favorite TV shows her children watch..from Glee to Nick’,
    Neither one will ever mention why they gave up their law licenses, but allow others to insist they are only held in limbo…lie.
    She claims MrO ‘tucks’ her into bed each night…lie.

    There are many, many, more instances of her saying one thing during an interview, then saying just the opposite the next. Last night was the worst set of lies yet. No one believes that MrO went dumpster diving for his furniture, or had to wear charity shoes that were too small for his feet or any of the blather the she thinks connects them to the 24million people who actually do dumpster dive, wear charity garments, and are really struggling in this economy.

      • And Mom in chief–wiping an imaginary tear–we hardly see her with those young ladies–Grandma babysits, I guess, someone does. They go to teacher meetings…Yes, I am bitter. We drag on–forward, if you will–while they make meretricious little speeches.

        • Ah yes but THEY can relate to the middle class, Star. People like you and I can’t. How would you like to be the teacher at a parent/teacher conference with 4 Secret Service agents smiling at you with their hands on bulges in their jackets? All Ann Romney did was raise a nice family (They weren’t always wealthy either) and deal with MS. Its not you, my friend. These people just give me such a bloody headache………………

  9. I am a watcher of THE FIVE on Fox and they were sort of simpery about her speech, how beautiful she looked, how great the writing was, the delivery–and then Dana Perino said they have a great love story–I almost gagged. There is no way to comment on this show except FB and I quit Facebook months ago. Frustrated!

    • Dana Perino is a very nice lady, but she is an establishment Republican. Take her praise of fellow statists with a grain of salt. She and Karl Rove are cut from the same cloth.

  10. “…he never could have attended college without financial aid.” When is someone in the media, RNC, dog catcher, whatever going to call them on this and ask who paid his college expenses? I believe, as I’m sure many of you people here do, that he received aid as a foreign exchange student. But they/Moo still have the audacity to mention the issue as part of his humble beginnings.

      • I am worried about them making ends meet on the $400K we pay–Sidwell costs a ton, they have to pay part of their food in the residence, all those parties, I guess they get the peanuts on AF-1 free…I am being sarcastic. But less than half a million? He would have to peck into his obscene book profits for those stilted tomes.

        • Heck yes, Star, they get free peanuts on AF-1. A while back I posted a link to the grocery list of items that were purchased for one of MO’s trip overseas and it had lots of freebies for her and her family and friends. Snacks of all kinds, pancake mix and numerous bottles of maple syrup (from Costco), breath mints, chewing gum and magazines, etc. Seems the bill to the taxpayers was thousands of dollars.

  11. Well done, Keith. It looks like you are the only journalist checking the facts on Mooch’s speech. MSM harped on Ryan for getting his time wrong in a marathon he ran 20 years ago, but nothing but crickets when it comes to statements made by these two grifters.

  12. “MICHELLE: I love that for Barack, there is no such thing as ‘us’ and ‘them’ ”

    Don’t forget Obama’s amazingly bi-partisan statement regarding whether to listen to Republican concerns:

    “I won.”

    • Ding! Ding! We have a winner! If I remember correctly, they were at a joint conference for something, healthcare bill? At that point, all of the Republicans should have gotten up and walked out.

  13. Michelle Antonette lie? What are you, some kind of woman hating racist? (sarc off)

    Isn’t it a little like when Inspector Ugarte was “shocked” that gambling was going on at Rick’s casino in “Casablanca”?

    Really, saying a democrat lies is non-news. It’s like saying the sky is blue, water is wet, or dogs fear Obama; its really not a story.

  14. Michelle Obama, when she was talking about” voter suppression and spending unprecedented amounts of money”, was right EXCEPT that she was talking about the wrong party. She, herself and her party, the Democrats were and still are “spending unprecedented amounts of money and committing voter suppression.” Please tell the truth and don’t lie. JO