Barack and Michelle Obama may soon become Kennedy adjacent because we’ve learned they’re in escrow for a remarkable, mega-expensive, Martha’s Vineyard estate.
Multiple island sources tell us the Obamas are in escrow for the estate owned by Boston Celtics owner, Wyc Grousbeck. The former Prez and First Lady have been renting the house this summer and loved it so much, we’ve learned they made an offer. The property is listed at $14,850,000. Our sources say they’re paying less, but we don’t know how much.
The estate — incredible. It’s 29 beachfront acres. The main residence is just shy of 6,900 square feet. It has 7 bedrooms, so Sasha and Malia have a place to crash, along with several of their friends. It has the obligatory pool, an outdoor fireplace, a chef’s kitchen, vaulted ceilings and 2 guest wings. It has incredible views, especially while soaking in the second-floor balcony Jacuzzi.
As Barack Obama once said, “at a certain point, you’ve made enough money.”
The Trump administration is rolling back Michelle Obama-driven school lunch rules that were designed to give kids healthier meals but were in fact filling garbage pails with school lunches.
“If kids are not eating what is being served, they are not benefiting, and food is being wasted,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement last week. “We all have the same goals in mind — the health and development of our young people. USDA trusts our local operators to serve healthy meals that meet local preferences and build bright futures with good nutrition.”
Which means, less whole grains and more chocolate milk.
I don’t like kids drinking chocolate milk. Kids are too fat, frankly, and Michelle was onto something. But if they’re not eating their school lunches, their health is going to suffer too.
The book has sold more than 2 million copies, and it’s still ranked #1 on Amazon.
The Obamas are of course doing much more than selling books, making appearances and signing a multimillion-dollar deal with Netflix. They are competing with the Clintons to see who can make the most money off of being president. And they might win.
Michelle Obama writes in her new book, “becoming,” that she will never forgive President Trump for promoting the “birther” theory that suggested Barack Obama was born in Kenya and therefore not able to be president.
“The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks,” she writes, according to a quote from the Washington Post. “What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him.”
Mrs. Obama also reveals that she had a miscarriage, that she had troulbe getting pregnant, and that her daughters were conceived through in vitro fertilization.
There’s a lot of chatter right now about how former Attorney General Eric Holder, who may be running for president, broke Michelle Obama’s “rule,” that, “When they go low, we go high.”
That’s “our motto,” she proclaimed during her 2012 DNC convention speech. Holder invoked it the other day, riffing, “When they go low, we kick them.”
Of course, in the current context of Democrats physically confronting Republicans and their elected officials, that’s pretty irresponsible.
Michelle kinda, sorta criticized Holder during an appearance Thursday on “Today,” saying she stood by her supposed maxim. “Fear is not a proper motivator,” she said, which sounds more like a dig at President Trump than Holder, but, whatever.
The fact is, Barack Obama frequently went low, repeatedly demonizing the opposition, and Michelle Obama did too, she was just subtle about it. I was frequently disgusted by her other 2012 campaign mantra, “Who are we?” in which she suggested that Republicans were morally contemptible.
From a speech she gave at a fundraiser on September 30, 2011:
Will we be a country that tells folks who’ve done everything right but are still struggling, “tough luck, you’re on your own”? Who are we?
Or will we honor that fundamental American belief that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper, and if one of us is hurting, then all of us are hurting? Who are we as a nation? (Applause.)
Will we be a country where opportunity is limited to the few at the top? Or will we give every child a chance to succeed, no matter where she’s from, what she looks like, or how much money her parents have? Who do we want to be as a nation?
Will we lose sight of those basic values that made our country great and built our thriving middle class? Or can we rebuild our economy for the long term so that work pays, and responsibility is rewarded, and everyone — everyone — gets a fair shake and does their fair share?
That is the choice we face. Those are the stakes.
Seriously? Conservatives lack “basic values”? They just want opportunity for those at the top? They don’t care about people who are hurting? Please find me a conservative who ever told someone, “Tough luck, you’re on your own”?
It’s never enough for liberals, including Michelle, to disagree with conservatives. Conservatives have to be dumb, evil, or both.
Barack Obama, the Alinskyite, was much worse, of course. Famously there’s this one from 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.
Here is Obama in 2015 talking about Republicans who wanted to put a temporary hold on taking Syrian refugees following terror attacks in Europe, sentiments he dismissed as “political posturing”:
Apparently, they are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America. At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of three-year-old orphans.
Obama January 2013 suggesting Republicans don’t care about kids getting enough to eat and have “suspicions” about Social Security:
So they are suspicious about government’s commitments, for example, to make sure that seniors have decent health care as they get older. They have suspicions about Social Security. They have suspicions about whether government should make sure that kids in poverty are getting enough to eat or whether we should be spending money on medical research. So they — they got a particular view of what government should do and — and should be.
Very suspicious characters, those Republicans.
There are many more examples. Obama specifically demonized Republicans in ways George W. Bush never did Democrats. I covered both administrations, and in fact, Bush rarely if ever even used the word “Democrat,” not wanting to sound too divisive and believing the presidency was above such partisanship.
The Obamas didn’t just question Republican policy choices. They questioned their motives and their character. And that’s going pretty low.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s message to her fans is Love me, do! – and show the love with greenbacks that will pad her earnings from her book “Becoming,” which won’t be released until November but which is already at #8 on Amazon.
Of course, this begs the obvious joke about whether the book should have been named “Becoming Rich,” but the Obamas are already wealthy based on her husband’s two autobiographies. Not to mention $3.2 million in presidential salary. But that’s peanuts.
Well, you know, the left is all about poor people. But that doesn’t mean they have to be coming to your book tour and everything. I mean, come on!
Tickets to hear Obama and as-yet-unnamed moderators discuss her upcoming memoir “Becoming” ranged from $29.50 for perches in the nosebleeds to $3,000 for front-row seats and a package that includes a “pre-show photo opportunity,” meet-and-greet reception with Obama, a signed book and other perks, including an “exclusive VIP gift item.”
Honestly, I spent eight years as a White House reporter listening to the Obamas’ platitudes. I would spend $3,000 NOT to meet with Michelle and to be permitted to sit as far away as possible.
Some members of the proletariat are wondering just what’s going on here, according to the Post:
With many fans snapping up cheap seats first, the big-ticket packages were some of the only seats left soon after the presale started. That didn’t sit well with some would-be attendees who complained about getting priced out. “I love Michelle Obama, I do,” a fan wrote on Twitter. “She is everything. But I am sorely disappointed in how expensive these book tour tickets are.”
“Michelle Obama is out here selling Beyoncé priced tickets and I was not prepared,” another wrote.
Yeah, well, tough, pay up.
Truly humbled by the response to my upcoming book tour. I can’t wait to share BECOMING with all of you & hope to see you somewhere along the way! pic.twitter.com/uT7im9hnFk
I am also truly humbled by the response, by which I mean, I didn’t even get a book tour for my book. Hmmph.
Don’t worry, ten percent of the proceeds will go to local charities. Michelle is willing to put down a little CYA cash to preserve her left-wing bonafides.
How about 50 percent? Yeah, now we’re talking.
I don’t know. I guess this is a lot better than the money and influence funneling foundation the Clintons set up for themselves. There’s nothing corrupt about Michelle making a buck. I just want to remind her as she rakes in the cash: “You didn’t build that!”
I mean, there are roads to the arenas that she and her audience must take. Okay? Asphalt roads.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama will take a high-profile role in the 2018 campaign, but in order to keep herself from getting to deep in the muck she’ll seek to elect Democrats under the guise of an ostensibly nonpartisan group which launches Thursday and that is being called “When We All Vote.”
According to Politico report about the $8 million effort:
The initiative, scheduled to be launched Thursday, is the result of months of quiet conversations and planning full of false starts and uncertainty about whether to go forward. It will have the former first lady appear in public service announcements and at live events throughout the country into the fall, according to multiple people informed of the plans.
She’ll be joined by several A-list celebrities, including actor Tom Hanks, country stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Houston Rockets star Chris Paul, singer Janelle Monae and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The first PSA will go out Thursday, with more in the process of being lined up, featuring other prominent activists and players. The group will be incorporated as a nonprofit, separate from the Obama Foundation, the personal offices of Barack and Michelle Obama, and Citizen 44, the LLC that the former president himself pays for to handle his own political involvement.
Named “When We All Vote,” it will be stocked with prominent Obama alumni, including Valerie Jarrett as president of the board and former first lady chief of staff Tina Tchen as treasurer. Pete Rouse, an Obama senior adviser who served as interim White House chief of staff, will also be on the board . . .
Organizers intend to send personal messages to people urging them to register. According to one document describing the group’s plans, it will partner with “outlets that young Americans use most.”
So its nonpartisan, right? And the Obamas don’t deceive people, right? I mean, look at the roster of participants. And they’ll be trying to get young people off their video games and to stop texting for a few minutes to vote. Of course, they all vote Democratic.
Here’s the video, which has just been released and has not yet been widely seen or even published, far as I can tell.
I mean, honestly, have a look that people featured in this video. Young African Americans. An effusive young pajama-boy style white guy with a goatie. Um, Tom Hanks. Unfortunately, they are not likely conservative Republicans, as the makers of this video fully understand. And they are there to appeal to Democrats.
This will be a tax-free effort to register Democrats. Thank you for contributing to Michelle’s new project.
Netflix is belatedly concerned about losing conservative viewers with it’s multiyear, multi-project deal with Barack and Michelle Obamas to produce content. According to the Hollywood Reporter: At an industry event Tuesday, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said the network’s production deal with Barack and Michelle Obama, announced last week, does not represent an organizational shift to… Continue Reading
She looks pretty good! A lot better than the painting of her in the National Gallery. “Becoming.” Suitably pretentious. Whatever. The book will be out November 13. From Mrs. Obama’s press office. “I’m thrilled to share with all of you the cover for BECOMING. The process of writing this book has been so personally meaningful… Continue Reading
Netflix is entering into a multi-year deal with the Obamas to create all kinds of content, effectively making the company a propaganda organ for the Obamas left-wing political agenda. Netflix described the deal on Twitter, suggesting the alliance will be wide-ranging and deep. From the tweet: President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into… Continue Reading
According to CNN: The Obamas said Monday that they want to harness “the power of storytelling” to promote common values. “We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world,” Barack Obama said… Continue Reading