First Ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama. (Mediaite)
Speaking at the African First Ladies Summit in Tanzania last Tuesday (July 2nd, 2013), FLOTUS Michelle Obama while at an interview with former First Lady Laura Bush and NPR’s Cokie Roberts said that because it can sometimes be a little confining, living in the White House is sometimes like living in a “really nice prison”…
Yes you heard that right, as most Americans were beginning their 4th of July weekend, the highlight of the American Patriotic Season, America’s First Lady told Cookie Roberts during the event in Tanzania on empowering women that living in the White House was sometimes like living in a prison, albeit a really nice prison. She said “there are prison elements to it, but it’s a really nice prison.”
“She was joking about life in the White House” is now the official spin, of course. And the U.S. mainstream media, aided by a long holiday weekend, certainly buried the comments and made it a non-story.
As laughter erupted, former First Lady Laura Bush pointed out that this particular prison has a chef. Former First Lady Laura Bush appeared to get into the act to graciously try to help Michelle out.
From Vogue Photo Shoot
But whether this was meant to be funny or not, it came across as another one of the “This is the first time I have ever been proud of America” comments and moments for Mrs. Obama. She has had many wellspring statement moments, when her underlying feelings about America, middle America, White America, and now the White House bubble up to the surface, when she is unscripted.
My first reaction to the comment when I heard it was that I bet the Reagans never felt that way and I bet the Romneys and the Palins would not have felt that way either, and definitely would not have said it.
It is true that “Martha Washington, our first First Lady, once wrote to her niece in the first year that she was First Lady, that she felt like a ‘Chief State Prisoner’, but those were very different times and conditions and there was no White House… so there really is no comparison. Let us not forget that the first two presidents did not live in the White House. Third U.S. President John Adams and his First lady Abigail Adams were the first to occupy the White House.
When I grew up there was an amusement park in Santa Monica, CA called POP… Pacific Ocean Park, of which I have great memories, but from here on forward POP will conjure up thoughts of ‘Prisoner on Pennsylvania’ Ave, complete with fun house antics and amusement at the taxpayers expense.
Let us not forget the “Let Them Eat Cake” Adventure
As well as some of POP’s favorites like: Who’s Really In-Charge, Where Are the Documents Mystery Theatre, Connect the Dots Maze, Sequestration Blues Show, Coincidence Ally, Golf-O-Rama and the Obamaland Roller Coaster
One can certainly see how living in the White House can somehow feel like they are in a prison… can’t we?!?
Must be why they cancelled those White House tours…
By Marion Algier – AskMarion – h/t to TLA