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Michelle Obama with "The View" guest Matthew Broderick makes clear his son's Clinton slap is not hers.

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Though Michelle Obama was billed as the guest co-host on ABC's "The View," almost half the show was about her. Finally, guest Matthew Broderick, the actor and husband of "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker gets on the couch. He said he was a "little nervous."

The conversation strayed to who James Wilkie, the five-year-old son of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick thinks should be the next president.

The answer will not be "as sophisticated" as you would like, said Broderick.

"He likes the man to beat the lady."

Yikes! Visons of being unfairly accused a Clinton basher seemed to have danced inside Michelle Obama's head. To be silent, to not rebut a cut aimed at Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) after all, could be used against her.

Obama made clear--that reference to James Wilkie--"That's him, not me."

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The lack of respect for Hillary oozes out of Michelle's pores. For her to say Laura Bush (who t-boned an ex boy friend in Texas high school time) is her role model--and not Hillary--and to 'humorously' say she had not dissed hillary--this is no what we're needing.
The Obamas need to apologize for their behavior toward Clinton and feminists of the era which preceded Michelle.
There's time.
We'll come together in August unless the Obama supporters and the Obamas themselves keep antagonizing the women who supported Hillary and watched Obama gain in the polls by tapping into America's latent misogyny--and the viral kind reserved for middle-aged women.
Shameful.

Hillary lost - end of story. Grow a set of balls and stop crying.

Lynn, I think you really need to get over yourself and stop stretching things beyond what it really is. If the same comments were made by Michelle were made by Hillary or a Hillary supporter, you would not have an issue. I think you're being a bit hypocrital here....Let's accept the fact that Obama has won the Democratic nomination and move along to the White House already....Jump on the bandwagon or don't. Either way, Obama's still winning the presidential nomination in November for the Democratic party...

Permalink,

The Obama's did not do any thing to Hillary. Why does Hillary have to be Michelle Obama's First Lady role model. Every potential first lady has spoke about previous first ladies. If Michelle chooses Laura Bush, Jackie Kennedy or Lady Bird Johnson as her first lady role model that is her right and it is no slap to Hillary Clinton. When Bill was running she said she admired Barbara Bush as a first lady, so what? It didn't mean she hated the other first ladies.

This is so crazy. If I like a red dress it doesn't mean I hate green dresses. What difference does it make,which first lady you admire. Michelle's personal role models are her parents. Does that bother you too. Or should she pick Hillary over the people that raised her too.

I am truly confused but "Geraldinetoo's" comment. I for one loved virtually the entire field the democrats put forth this primary. I think Hillary Clinton has done some wonderful things for women and young girls - but I think that Michelle is a very powerful role model for this same audience for many of the same reasons! I can understand the disappointment and frustration that many women felt at the coverage of Senator Clinton. The comments made about her by the press WERE down right sexist comments BUT I did not hear either of the Obamas making these comments!! Senator Obama was and is nothing but cordial and respectful of her. The only comment that I can think of Michelle making that was remotely disapproving of Senator Clinton was that she would "have to think" about her as a vice presidential running mate. Doesn't this seem reasonable, though? Don't we WANT those choosing the vice president to put lots of thought into their choice?! There better be lots of good thinking by everyone involved in the Obama campaign before any man or woman is named to the ticket. This should be a very important election for any Democrat and we should be focusing on big issues for women - health care, child care, not imagined slights made by the Obamas.

Are women really going to be more benefited by putting John McCain and his embarrassingly disgraceful stands on important women's issues into office? Which first lady would embrace more of feminists' ideals - a Anheizer Bush, drug addicted, home wrecking beauty queen who publishes cookbooks of stolen recipes or a Princeton and Harvard educated women who has dedicated her life to working in the non-profit, public sector, fighting for families and children. I for one hope my daughter pursues a path more along the lines of the second choice.

Michelle does not need to apologize for anything. And further, if she does not see Hillary as her role model for first lady, that is her right! Just like it was Hillary's right to be a more non-traditional 1st lady. Get a clue. That is what democracy is all about - being able to choose your side. Michelle is a feminist in her own right and once more she did it being African American, from a poorer family, and on far less chances than was afforded Hillary.

WOW, I am reminded of my 7- and 9-year-old daughters. I constantly have to remind them that just because I compliment one does not mean I am slighting the other. The fact is, Laura Bush showed grace and style. There is no implied cut to Hillary in acknowledging that. Nor did I see Hillary defend Michelle. Don’t forget, Michelle labors under the dual evils of sexism and racism present in our country.

Clearly, there is no need for the Obama’s to apologize about any gender bias in the press any more than there is a need for Clinton to apologize for race bias in the press. And certainly, Clinton’s campaign tactics were at times vicious, yet I don’t see Obama supports twisting her arm to apologize for her racism strategies.

Get over it. Not everything is about Hillary.

I think Michelle Obama was wonderful. Intelligent, funny, down-to-earth. Everthing I would want in a first lady.

SHE SAID THIS BECAUSE LAURA BUSH GAVE HER SOME ADVICE ABOUT
BEING IN THE PUBLIC EYE!
THIS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HILLARY CLINTON!
STOP TRYING TO START TROUBLE!

Michelle Obama has never practiced misogyny and to imply that she has is ridiculous. The above comment seems to be saying that neither Michelle, nor anyone else who supports Obama, is allowed to admire any woman other than Senator Clinton and if they should be so bold, then that is a reason for Mrs. Clinton's supporters to not vote for the democratic nominee. These attitudes come across as threats and they sound, at the very least, unreasonable. Such statements have done much to advance unfavorable thoughts regarding feminism during these last months. We women have so many issues of pressing concern to deal with. We shouldn't use up our entire supply of political clout in demanding obeisance for one woman. It was a primary. Someone had to win and someone had to lose. Now, let's get on with the business of making sure the country survives the next ten or twenty years.

Permalink, you have too much time on your hands & reading too much into Michelle Obama's rhetorical comment! You might feel better if you lighten up because you're wound-up way too tight..

To attack people with whom you disagree on this blog--I was merely saying I believe that she's not doing what she should be doing to bring some of the indie women back to the party. And yes, I DO believe the Obamas profited from the society's misogyny.
And we need to make nice with those women.
I don't see Michelle doing it.
I don't see the people on this blog doing it.
I'm trying to help get people to see that before it's too darned late and we LOSE in the Fall.
Attack attack attack is allthe Obama supporters need to know how to do!
and shouting phil--I"m not trying to start trouble as you say--I'm trying to get people to get a clue as is my right.
y'all send us fliers and ask for our time and money--can't take it--get out of the kitchen!

YOUR EXPLANATION IS VERY LAME, AND YOUR COMMENTS ARE MORE LAME,
STOP BLOGGING YOU'RE IN WAY OVER YOUR HEAD!
OBAMA IS GOING TO MEET WITH HILLARY NEXT WEEK TO HELP HER WITH
HER CAMPAIGN DEBTS!
MCCAIN IS IN WAY OVER HIS HEAD AS WELL!
I HAVEN'T SENT YOU ANY FLYERS!
RELAX AND ENJOY OBAMA'S VICTORY!

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