But Michelle Obama’s the one with the anger management issues.

So apparently Ann Romney, wanna-be First Lady, said this about the media:

[It’s] getting harder and harder to be cheerful…. I am so mad at the press [that] I could just strangle them! And, you know, I think I’ve decided there are going to be some people invited on the bus and some people just aren’t going to be invited on the bus.

As Mother Jones’s Adam Serwer rightly pointed out on Twitter yesterday: Imagine what would happen if Michelle Obama had said anything even remotely similar, adding:

You know, for such an angry black woman, I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard Michelle Obama talk about strangling anyone.

But she does like to encourage kids to exercise, and we all know that’s straight-up Kenyan Communism, mirite?!!1!?



  1. You know what disturbs me most about this utterance?

    And, you know, I think I’ve decided there are going to be some people invited on the bus and some people just aren’t going to be invited on the bus.

    That’s what the whole Romney campaign is about — just who isn’t invited on the bus. Let’s put aside the 60’s civil rights aspect of the statement for the moment and concentrate on what that statement says. It says that anyone who does not agree with them is not invited to the table. You’re for same-sex marriage and gay rights? No room for you. You’re for the equitable distribution of the tax burden? No room for you. You want to protect the right of a woman to make choices in her life? No room for you.

    This one statement, irrespective of its validity or overtones in the arena of a potential First Lady, states quite clearly what we all knew: Mitt Romney is not for inclusiveness. He’s not interested in governing everyone equally, treating everyone equally, or building consensus. His mantra is: I know what’s best, sit down, and let me handle it. THAT is what makes him unqualified to be President.

    • Ash Can

       /  February 29, 2012

      And not only that, but the whole inviting-and-disinviting deal is bound to have repercussions that would simply aggravate the situation she’s complaining about. You think the press people are being obnoxious now? Go ahead and diss some of them, and see how they react. A bunch of overgrown Heathers are not going to just quietly stew in their own juice and take their punishment. It’s like expecting all the wasps in a nest to just harmlessly fly away if you start poking and digging at it with a stick.

  2. helensprogeny

     /  February 29, 2012

    I have absolutely nothing substantive to contribute here. I just want to say I love this post. And yes, imagine the uproar if Michelle Obama said something like this. Or had said it at any time before she was FLOTUS.

  3. efgoldman

     /  February 29, 2012

    Remember, the “whitey” tape is still out there, ready to drop at the time it will do the most damage.

  4. Elizabeth

     /  February 29, 2012

    Invite. She thinks she gets to control the press’, and therefore’s the public’s, access to a campaign for President.

    Um, no. You run for president in public, you conduct your campaign in public, everyone gets to watch, and you don’t get to restrict access.

  5. Dana Sterling

     /  March 1, 2012

    Thank you for the sanity.