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Michelle Obama lavishly celebrates 50 while Americans languish

Written By | Jan 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES, January 17, 2014—First Lady Michelle Obama turns 50 today. Fresh off her extended Hawaii vacation, Michelle posted a photo on her @FLOTUS official Twitter account brandishing her newly-minted AARP card with the tweet: “Excited to join Barack in the 50+ club today… check out my @AARP card!”

ABC News offered up a celebratory article, 50 Ways to Celebrate First Lady Michelle Obama’s Birthday, that is as divorced from reality as President Barack Obama and the First Lady.  Not to be outdone, CNN tried to strike a more measured tone.

In Michelle Obama ‘fabulous’ at 50: Has the big birthday changed? the writer attempts to discuss the experience of other women celebrities approaching 50 in the light of Michelle Obama’s commentary on her turning the page on a new decade. Then there is the huge blow-out party scheduled for tomorrow at the White House, but the invites have instructed guests to “eat before you come.”

Can you say tacky? All-in-all, it’s pretty nauseating. This writer is all for celebrating life, and giving acknowledgement to leaders for birth milestones. But America was formed to get rid of monarchy rule, and this whole fawning display smacks of it.

With the strained climate of our country and anemic economic growth, this comes off as extremely self-serving and aggrandizing. The unemployment numbers are abysmal. While the December 2013 numbers show the rate of unemployed has dropped to 6.7 percent, this is only because many have simply chosen to stop looking for work.

Job creation was a meager 74,000, and we continue to remain at the lowest labor participation rate since 1979. The Washington Post reported that the number of people using food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) increased by an average of 13 percent a year from 2008 to 2012.

Four of those years are fully within President Obama’s first term. We now have a record number of 46,670,373 on food stamps. How many of these people are unemployed or underemployed, and wished they had the means to fend for themselves rather than rely on the government? Obamacare continues to wreak havoc in the lives of average Americans, hurting more people than it may—or may not be—helping.

The UK Guardian reported this week on people who did their due diligence to sign up for Obamacare, but may still be uninsured because of the faulty payment system on the website. ‘White Hat Hacker’ David Kennedy testified Thursday on Capitol Hill that the Obamacare website’s security has deteriorated since last November, with one of the scarier flaws identified as hackers potentially being able to upload a malicious code and commandeer other users’ computers.

In the midst of obvious mismanagement and chaos, President Obama did his usual blame and posture act.

The President proclaimed last week that “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating.”

How exactly is your use of executive privilege going to change the affect of your poor policies? Six years into this administration and there is still no accountability or correction of the very acts that keep the country from recovering.

Obamacare is killing job growth, and many companies are cutting their employees to part-time, or not hiring at all, in order to manage the draconian changes brought on by the law. Yet, Michelle and Barack will party on with Oprah, Valerie Jarrett, and other celebrity friends, as though all is right with the world. Living proof that they do not live on the same plane of average Americans, nor do they care to.

Make no mistake; everyone should celebrate the years of life–they are hard earned. But all of this preening, posturing, and pontificating while Americans struggle to figure out how to make ends meet and how they will cover their health concerns is the equivalent to Marie Antoinette saying of the starving French peasants, “Let them eat cake!” I don’t believe the First Lady will be sharing that either

Jennifer Oliver OConnell

Jennifer Oliver OConnell offers witty, insightful, and direct opinion, analysis and musings on local and national politics and popular culture, with occasional detours into reinvention, food, and Yoga. Jennifer also teaches Yoga, and coaches clients on careers and reinvention. You can keep up with what's in Jennifer's orbit through her As the Girl Turns website.