Michelle Obama’s ‘House Built by Slaves’
Latest comments on White House are part of long line of unpatriotic sentiments
First lady Michelle Obama has done it again, adding another quote to the growing list of unpatriotic sentiments she has uttered since she first began campaigning for her husband during the 2008 presidential election.
In her latest questionable remarks, uttered during a commencement speech at City College in New York Friday, FLOTUS applauded the Class of 2016 for their exhibition of diversity and dedication to hard work. But in her attempts to praise the college and its students, Michelle Obama ended up communicating her disdain for the White House — literally.
“It’s the story that I witness every single day, when I wake up in a house that was built by slaves.”
“It’s the story that I witness every single day, when I wake up in a house that was built by slaves,” Michelle Obama said during the commencement speech. “And I watch my daughters — two beautiful, black young women — head off to school — waving goodbye to their father, the president of the United States, the son of a man from Kenya who came here … to America for the same reasons as many of you: to get an education and improve his prospects in life.”
Although Obama’s comments may have been meant as a tribute to her country’s diversity and ability to overcome racial obstacles, her racially charged, negative emphasis on the White House as a “house that was built by slaves” comes on the heels of other charged — and even derogatory — comments she has made about her country and her service as first lady.
“For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country, because it feels like hope is making a comeback … not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change,” Obama said in 2007 while on the campaign trail for her husband.
This comment did not sit well with many Americans, including Cindy McCain, the wife of then-presidential rival Sen. John McCain.
“I am proud of my country. I don’t know about you, if you heard those words earlier — I am very proud of my country,” Cindy McCain said.
Comments Michelle Obama made on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” in 2015 also showcased the first lady’s jovial disregard for the honor of serving the nation as FLOTUS.
“The one thing people don’t realize is, we can’t do little things like open windows … I haven’t been in a car with the window open for about seven years,” the first lady said as she detailed what she missed most about “normal” life. “There are prison-like elements — but it’s a really nice prison.”
Even President Obama added his voice to the FLOTUS discussion when he complained in 2012 that his wife was not being paid for her role — never mind the perks of having a personal chef at her service.
“I want to make sure that when she’s working she’s getting paid the same as men,” President Obama had said. “I gotta say that first ladies right now don’t [get paid], even though that’s a tough job.”
Michelle Obama also raised eyebrows during a 2008 address to students at the University of South Carolina, where she insinuated that the idea of holding “onto your own stereotypes and misconceptions” was a fundamental part of the country’s social fabric.
“We don’t like being pushed outside of our comfort zones. You know it right here on this campus,” Michelle Obama had said. “You know people sitting at different tables, y’all living in different dorms. I was there. Y’all not talking to each another, taking advantage of the fact that you’re in this diverse community because sometimes it’s easier to hold onto your own stereotypes and misconceptions. It makes you feel justified in your ignorance. That’s America. So the challenge for us is, are we ready for change?”
The lack of enthusiasm for the role of first lady and condescension for the nation stands in stark contrast to the efforts by previous first ladies to always showcase immense pride when speaking of their position and the country that afforded them the privilege.