If anyone still clings to some charitable notion that there is more to Michelle Obama than a celebrity wanna-be opportunist, let her 50th birthday celebration be the proof that does away with any remaining delusions.
The FLOTUS??? birthday bash invitees included such moneyed stars as Gladys Knight, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Michael Jordan, Stevie Wonder, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashley Judd, and, of course, power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z (the latter of whom sings a little ditty that says, among many other vile words it???d be indecent to print here: ???Uh, she love different kinds of sex now, Uh, black girl sippin’ white wine, Put my fist in her like a civil rights sign???).
And this is just the stuff we know about.
The event was so top secret, the NSA had to find out about it by reading Sasha and Malia???s text messages. No cell phones were permitted for the 500 people who attended, and those who disobeyed were told to check their devices at the door.
Michelle???s guest list of famous ???friends??? was the tip of the iceberg. The party ???was reportedly everything you???d expect from a glamorous White House party: Glitzy and stocked with powerful celebrities and government officials.??? They danced until 3 a.m., at least, and drank champagne, wine, beer, and hard liquor. All of it. All at once.
When Laura Bush turned 60, she got a modest four paragraph mention in People magazine: Laura ???celebrated her 60th birthday on Saturday at the Bush family’s ranch in Crawford, Tex., where the President gave her a triple-strand amber-colored necklace.
“The Bushes spent the weekend at the ranch, and on Saturday hosted friends???for a dinner of enchiladas, tamales, guacamole, rice and beans and birthday cake.???
Hey, I definitely do not have a problem with rich people enjoying their lives and doing rich people things. (This is why I read/look at pictures on DailyMail.) Were I half as wealthy as any of these celebs, I would be doing the same, except I would be partying with Rick Perry or Prince Harry or anyone but the Obamas.
The problem, though, is the hypocrisy, obviously, (Michelle???s extra long vacation at Oprah???s place cost us an estimated $60-$100 million) and the lavish lifestyles the Commander and his Indulger-in-Chief lead when the nation is suffering and nobody likes you anyway. This, coming from an administration whose most recent political platform focuses on income inequality.
Some Americans are more equal than others, I guess.
Teresa Mull is the managing editor of Human Events.