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Michelle Allows Press Coverage, Touts Free Speech

Faced with charges that she was making a relatively content-free trip to China and stiffing the press while she’s there, First Lady Michelle Obama appears to have made some adjustments, allowing normal press coverage and extolling free speech.

We’ve pointed out all the deficiencies of the trip here. So let’s give credit where credit is due.

Michelle, who began her trip Thursday, has been followed around by a regular press pool of reporters since Friday. And today during remarks at Peking University, she touted free speech in a country where speech is curbed:

And that’s why it’s so important for information and ideas to flow freely over the Internet and through the media, because that’s how we discover the truth. That’s how we learn what’s really happening in our communities and our country and our world. And that’s how we decide which values and ideas we think are best –- by questioning and debating them vigorously, by listening to all sides of an argument, and by judging for ourselves.

And believe me, I know how this can be a messy and frustrating process. My husband and I are on the receiving end of plenty of questioning and criticism from our media and our fellow citizens. And it’s not always easy, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Because time and again, we have seen that countries are stronger and more prosperous when the voices of and opinions of all their citizens can be heard.

And as my husband has said, we respect the uniqueness of other cultures and societies, but when it comes to expressing yourself freely and worshipping as you choose and having open access to information, we believe those universal rights — they are universal rights that are the birthright of every person on this planet. We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to fulfill their highest potential as I was able to do in the United States.

So kudos, Mrs. Obama. Now meet with some Tibetan dissidents while you’re at the Tibetan restaurant in Chengdu next week and I’ll feel better about paying for this trip.

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47 Responses to Michelle Allows Press Coverage, Touts Free Speech

  1. Yes credit where credit is due. However she does not state that the better percentage of the U.S. Media does not discuss everything that is to the best interest of the U.S. citizens.
    I pulled up Tibetan dissidents on the internet just now. There was an article on theTelegraph that was printed 8-13-13, if anyone is interested in reading it.
    My question is: Who are the people that listened to those comments, about information and ideas to flow freely. Was it a hundred? People who were told she is not telling the truth, or is she speaking to ALL the citizens of China?
    This is being catty, Did she also mentioned anyone at all can get elected in a free Country, and spend Billions of dollars on vacations?

  2. BS! The US press is still not on the trip. All of Obama’s personal records are still sealed by the courts. The WH vlsitors’ log is not available. Secret meetings between Obama and business and Obama and Congressional members are Members of this administration have refused to answer questions (Holder) or have take the Fifth (Lerner). The list goes on and on.

    Merely nice words from the first lady for show.

  3. I’m sorry but I disagree that credit is due. If Michelle is allowing media it’s only because of criticism. She didn’t open up to the media out of the goodness of her cold little heart.

  4. What? credit due ..kudos? Are you kidding here.
    Her “husband”s flunkies in DC have done everything they can think of this side of criminal law to silence anyone who objects to, complains about, or speaks their minds about his agenda.

    They’ve isolated FOX news from certain briefings after a failed attempt to keep them from regular WH press briefings. They sicced the IRS on anyone who dared question their agenda, from tea party groups to people expressing their views on religious beliefs.
    The FBI, the ATF, the DEA and every other major agency has been chasing after anyone that this administration doesn’t like.
    A prominent Dem Senator is threatening to pass laws that would silence free-thinkers from the internet and non-mainstream press.

    Freedom of Speech isn’t just for speaking your mind, it’s for acting on those beliefs without fear of government reprisal.

    As for MrsObama’s speech to the Chinese:
    She’s the guest in a prominent communist country that imprisions their citizens if they dare speak out against the government. All she’s done there is to incite trouble and insult her guests in a way that will cause us trouble.

        • oops, should read …insults her hosts…

          @Julie, I know. I know.
          I started to reply to everyone’s comment, then, well, we’re kinda all in agreement that this speech is poppycock meant to reduce the bad PR she’s getting on this trip.

          BTW, I’d love to be a little mouse in the Vatican when the O’s meet the Pope. He might have something to say about MrO asking God to bless the abortionists. Or more.

          • The Pope has probably been warned that she will try to patronize him by giving him a big hug so he’d better preempt her and do it first.

            BTW, at the height of the Lewinsky scandal John Paul II was making one of his visits to the US. He hadn’t included meeting the Clintons in his itinerary, but they flew to St. Louis to intercept him, and Shrillary gave him an unwanted hug. So Francis, I hope, will learn from past history and be prepared.

    • Key ‘Michelle allows’ well if we had a competent media it would be
      we the people demand the truth from all involved with both Obama’s and those who do their dirty work.

  5. And it’s not always easy, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

    Then why do your operatives threaten reporters, curse at them, make them walk back truth telling?

  6. Kudos indeed! Moochie our first Entitlement Queen is just doing obligatory damage control on all of the outrage being voiced by we, te people, over her most recent lavish vacation junket, this time to China. No doubt deep down she is burning with rage that we, the peasants are daring to question her right to such extravagance. This is nothing more than Moochelle singing for her proverbial supper. She and her Dictator Husband are hard core communists just like Chinese she is wining and dining with on this tour. She is probably trying to pick up pointers on how to suppress free speech in this country from her communist hosts in China.

    Now that she has delivered this sham speech she figures she can put on the booze and feed bag again and continue livin’ large at our expense now that she has done her “duty”.

    By the way let us not forget that in the last couple of years of the Billy Goat Clinton regime, our bestest First Lady and Secretary of State evah, Shrillary, was also jetting around the globe with Chelsea touring the world at our expense. These communist democrats are straight out of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

  7. Barack lies. Mooch lies. She was getting heat for no press and she was at the Stanford Center — pretty sure this was not an off the cuff comment. No credit here.

    If anything it’s a pitch for the US turning over the internet control. Not a good idea for the US. And the entire world knows that Barack Obama is incredibly thin skinned — from responding to a Mom’s jeans comments of the past to the IRS going after the conservatives– he brooks no criticism. The East Wing is notorious for guarding any information.

    Additionally here is a partial comment I borrowed from someone else about this trip.

    After discussing Mooch (the salt creature), in China and the media blackout here is the heart of it:
    *********
    What concerns me is who else is on that plane that we don’t know about, and what part of our sovereignty and security are they surrendering to the Chinese?
    **********
    And in light of the recent internet decision and in light of this Administrations disregard for our sovereignty and security it has merit to me.

    A little save my ass comment by Michelle Obama while she is on is on a personal international junket is meaningless.

  8. Frankly, I don’t understand why the Mooch would want to incur the wrath of the American public with this monstrous show of self-indulgence and bad taste. Obviously, the Nov. election must not be of any concern to them anymore. As Obama so eloquently said to his Fla donors on Thursday night – “….We’re gonna get clobbered” (in Nov.). Is that the same as ‘shellacked’?

    Congress could put a lid on all of this profligate spending, but they won’t. I don’t get it. Well yes, I do get it. That’s the problem.

    • In addition to my reply I would say that there is a possibility that the fix is already in for the election.
      It is either arrogance and blustering, or the results have already been counted.
      Nevertheless, we need to keep a sharp eye out.

      • I think that you are correct Lizzy.
        They don’t like this Country.
        All they like is what it can do for them and their ability to bilk the taxpayer for as much as they can for as long as they can.
        Remember the statement from Michelle,….”all this for a damn flag”.
        She is at the very least a contentious woman.
        Someone who doesn’t deserve to represent the USA.

  9. You are more forgiving than I she’s just part of a dog and pony show.
    This is for the tourist and all those who worship the Obama’s. Yes this
    coming from ‘all this for a flag’ and ‘for the first time in my adult life I’m proud of my country’ so I give no high marks for her free speech. She
    doesn’t seem to apply it in her own country nor does her husband.

  10. Meanwhile, back at home, the Obama administration inflicts cursing, screaming rants on reporters who challenge them; uses friends in the media to suppress reportage that doesn’t flatter them; characterizes critical media as “biased” and not “legitimate”; tells Americans not to listen to talk radio or read blogs that go against his agenda; schemes to control media content under the guise of equity for minorities; uses the IRS and other federal agencies to harass and muzzle his critics; and hands over control of the Internet to a body that has a demonstrated hostility to freedom of speech.

    In that light, Michelle’s lip-service to freedom of speech is worse than meaningless. It’s offensive.

  11. Credit for what?

    Michelle Antoinette pulled a typical Obama trick — she tried to silence the press, then when that failed she suddenly became all bold and supportive of a free press.

    She and her husband sicken me.