Some people need to learn how to be AmericansPoor Mitt Romney. The day of his big speech to the Republican National Convention, and he learns that he’s got supporters like this: at Romney’s speech to the American Legion national convention yesterday, NPR reporter Ari Shapiro spoke to a nice retired lady from Manassas, VA, who shared her observations on the First Family:

“I just don’t like him. Can’t stand to look at him. I don’t like his wife — she’s far from the First Lady. It’s about time we get a First Lady in there who acts like a First Lady and looks like a First Lady.”

The relevant quote is at about 1 minute in:

Yes, yes, these are not Mitt Romney’s views, and the person speaking them is merely an ignorant old racist lady who does not hold any official position in his campaign. She just really wants her country back, is all.

Now, let’s look to the comments for the real scandal: NPR is using only the worst possible comment from a Romney supporter because they are in the tank for Obama. And old racist people can’t help it if they grew up that way, cut them some slack, willya?

When will NPR stop being racist against horrible old white ladies?

Update: Ari Shapiro tweetosphered a brief follow-up on why he didn’t follow up on the woman’s comment:


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  • IncenseDebate

    Sorry all old white people, but this is the best looking family in the White House since the Kennedys.

    • emmelemm

      I terrorist fist jab this comment. Truth!

      • IncenseDebate

        Will you do that fluttery thing with your fingers after?

        • emmelemm

          For you, yes.

    • I dunno. I would have done the Nixon girls.

      Yea, toss Pat in. She'd get a pity fuck.

      • viennawoods13

        But Dick vs Barack? Come on.

        • Well, yea, you have a point, but then Sasha and Malia, you know, underage and all…

      • Negropolis

        Barbara & Jenna or GTFO.

    • gigihopes

      Hey, I'm an old white person who happens to agree with you wholeheartedly.

      • IncenseDebate

        Yeah, I should have said old racist white people.

    • Geminisunmars

      Hey, I'm an old white person who happens to agree with you except for the "all" part of your statement.

    • nickinsea

      Agreed. Michelle Obama is the most regal First Lady since Jacquelyn Kennedy. Sorry Hillary, it was the 90's, though. Not your fault.

      • I kind of have a soft spot for Laura Bush, tho. In the back of my mind, I'm thinking she watched this abortion of an administration evolve and said "For this I gave up teaching?"

        There were times, like that infamous upside down flag photo (used earlier today, even) when I think she showed enormous dignity in not scratching W's eyes out.

        • Crank_Tango

          Little Barbara is pretty hot I don't care what anyone says, and God knows Jenna is all girls gone wild.

          • Charlie_Foxtrot

            I agree Baby Babs is hot, and she's actually showing some noblesse oblige, unlike the typical 1%er. She publicly endorsed same-sex marriage, and she's worked in Africa with AIDS patients.

            Like some other kids of GOP politicians, she is using her dad's connections to bankroll a company she founded. Except hers is a non-profit called Global Health Corps.

            I don't get it. Where did she learn any idealism? If from her dad, why did he never demonstrate any compassion or values as president?

            Why do the Repukes let the cynical self-servers rise through nepotism instead of those who care about service and making the world a little better? Barbara Bush can't be the only one.

            I just don't get it.

          • Swampgas_Man

            Where did she learn any idealism? If from her dad, why did he never demonstrate any compassion or values as president?

            Maybe she got it from Grampa.

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            And Granny Bush was no slouch either.

            I swear, I'm going to start missing Nixon if the current crop of GOPtards gets any more retarded than they already are.

      • Estproph

        Michelle is about as close to a black Mary Tyler Moore at her prime as is possible.

    • Toomush_Infer

      Hey, I'm an old white people, and all I feel when I look at Mrs. President Obama and girls is intense, wholesome joy….it's awful, how proud I feel…

      • qwerty42


    • Dr_Zoidberg

      Hell to the yes!!

  • YasserArraFeck

    Yep – a FL who sucks like Nancy and drives like Laura (and eats live babies like Barbara). USA!! USA!! USA!!

    • alzronnie

      And drinks like Betty Ford.

  • BloviateMe

    Some folks just aren't down with the negroidals I guess.

  • SexySmurf

    If Barack is reelected President, but Michelle loses and Anne is elected First Lady, does that mean Barack has to have sex with Anne?

    • YasserArraFeck


      • emmelemm


        • Misty Malarky

          In Anne's fevered dreams!

        • BoatOfVelociraptors

          Suddenly, the prancing horse makes so much more sense.

    • I thought, by Mormon tradition, he gets both wives.

    • vtxmcrider

      Poor Ann would be confused, thinking she's with Rafalca.

    • The phrase, a fate worse than death, comes to mind if I try to picture having sex with either of the Romneys.

  • Fucking NPR, always willing to give the mic to any random wingnut fucktard for the sake of looking at "both sides of the issue." To be fair, though, that's exactly the same way I feel about the Romneys.

    • For once I agree with this editorial decision. There is the one side of the issue, that Michelle Obama is a fine first lady, and the Republican side of the issue, that she is black.

    • Gleem McShineys

      Obviously, NPR are the real racists, for doing that.

    • CommieLibunatic

      I guess that's where all of us in the peanut gallery come in.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        You mean it's our job to pelt this nasty woman with peanuts?

  • mustangsavvy

    She just doesn't like them or think they look like what a first family should look like because…black people….you know? That's all. I mean, sweet old racist granny is racist. How is this news??!

    • CommieLibunatic

      I remember seeing something on TV about the Civil Rights Movement, which featured some old white lady saying, straight faced and straight into the news camera, about how she won't service niggers.

      The thought that some people from those days could still be alive gives me chills, and not the good kind.

      • Willardbot9000_V2.5

        What do you think 60% of Limbaugh's and 90% of Boortz's audience is composed of? Oh sure, they are diverse in their hatreds: poors, gheys, browns, muslims, muslims, muslims, non-WASPy non-right wing Catholic Christians, womenz, womenz, womenz, and blacks (all contained under the same banner of libruls). The point is, they are like a revolver of stupid, idiotic hatred and it's just which bullet is loaded in the chamber…Obama has engendered the most crazy white hatred of black people since the Civil Rights Movement.

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          If merely sharing a lunch counter or classroom with blahs drove these people to homicidal rage, you have to expect that they're going to totally lose their shit when Obama is the fucking President of the United States, and it's their patriotic duty to respect his authority. Just try to imagine you're one of those bat-wielding fucknuts from Selma, and the damned librul Yankees have made a black man your president!

          That's why they're so willing seize on any lunatic theory (everything from his birth in Kenya to the alien lizard implanted in his head) that promises he's not "really" their President.

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          If merely sharing a lunch counter or classroom with blahs drove these people to homicidal rage, you have to expect that they're going to totally lose their shit when Obama is the fucking President of the United States, and it's their patriotic duty to respect his authority. Just try to imagine you're one of those flag-waving, bat-wielding fucknuts from Selma, and the damned librul Yankees have made a black man your president!

          That's why they're so willing seize on any lunatic theory (everything from his birth in Kenya to the alien lizard implanted in his head) that promises he's not "really" their President.

          • Willardbot9000_V2.5

            That's pretty close to what I've read previously. Essentially, authoritarians have a pathological need to follow authority so what this whole "he's not really president" thing does is allow them to follow the accepted authority (wingnut Republicans) and vociferously despise the illegitimate authority…racism, bigotry, homophobia, etc. amount to psychological manifestations of extreme authoritarianism. What's funny is people pretend teabaggers are new…any anti-war, anti-Bush leftie has felt this kind of ridiculous anger for years..the tea baggers were just Bushie authoritarians looking for a new legitimate leader…that's when they can become dangerous. But, they aren't unique, you see this same phenomena in any major authoritarian movement. That's why they decided on Mittens, as a symbol of everything they accept: rich, white, male, heterosexual, conservative. The problem is Mittens isn't the RIGHT religion so unlike with Dubya, they aren't really that excited about him…but as a symbol, he's just what the doctor ordered for upset wingnuts…

  • deleted4877492

    There are few politicians that can do the job as well as Obama, him and the first family are tops.

    • Now you're being confusing.

      • not that Dewey

        Who's the ↑ deleted dude?

        • viennawoods13

          Polnick or whatever, I think.

          • not that Dewey

            Thanks. Was it because he was defending Condoleeza Rice? That would certainly be sufficient grounds for removal.

        • A troll named polnick. It kept bouncing between wingnuttery, paultardian and pointless non-sequiturs. The last post I saw was something reasonable and nice, so I had to quit kicking it. I couldn't tell if it was lonely and trying to fit in, or just off its meds.

          • not that Dewey

            Thanks. I caught some of that, but by the time I saw it it was all "deleted4877492". I haven't been to a good troll-bashing in years, it seems.

          • This convention bullshit has reduced my pity and tolerance reserves to dangerously low levels, so I was probably a bit more dickish than I should have been to this one. Considering the posts it made, I wasn't sure if it was supposed to be a poorly conceived joke or if it was serious.

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            Poe's Law strikes again. Is this the clown who gave his game away with "Democrat party" a few days back?

          • Probably. He was also comparing the unemployed to parasites. Good to know that those who cannot actually find work, are taking time off, haven't yet entered the workforce, are independently wealthy, are retired, are stay at home parents, or are disabled are parasites. And no fucking Oxford comma for me today, damn it! Harumph!

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            The intertubes are desperately in need of more harumphing. Keep up the good fight, sir! (I say "sir" because only men harumph.)

  • Jus_Wonderin

    I heard this on Morning Edition. I just wanted to be sick. I was screamin' "Bitch" at the radio.

    • I'm glad I missed it. Otherwise I would've finished the stereo beating job I started the other day when I listened to story about Wisconsin wingnuts bitching about handouts.

      • anniegetyerfun

        Yeah, I'm already stabby enough on my morning drive. This would have made me run over the first old white person I came across (this would have taken a while, because I work in Redmond and all the old people here are adorable old Indian ladies who go for morning walks in their saris and Nikes).

        • BoatOfVelociraptors

          Well, Redmond has the old olds, and the new olds. Not everything is owned by Archstone.

    • Callyson

      I've been doing that a lot lately. And tonight I'll be doing a lot more of that if I watch the GOP freak show…

      • Jus_Wonderin

        I can't watch any of it. And I am not sure why I didn't realize that I'd still be subject to it in the morning as I listen to NPR all day and…well, let me take my BP and I will get back to ya. grin.

    • so was mr fuflans. yelled so loud i heard him upstairs in the shower and the cats fled to the basement.

    • HarryButtle

      You and me, both, man.

  • CrunchyKnee

    Hey GOP, your base is showing (and dying off rapidly).

    • bibliotequetress

      But not rapidly enough.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      You mean their roots are showing? Time for another trip to the GOP beauty parlor.

  • Clearly Michelle doesn't look like a first lady, given that she is constantly showing her thong and tramp stamp in public.

    Oh, and she is black.

    • LibertyLover

      Clearly she doesn't wear dresses from Costco like Egg does.

      • sullivanst

        Hey, those ghastly fashion faux-pas are absurdly expensive designer label abominations, she'll have you know!

        • Cost more than everything I own (about $4000) combined, I'll wager.

    • I'm fine with those, its when she keeps adjusting her tube top with one hand cuz she's smoking a cigar that gets under my skin

      • BoatOfVelociraptors

        One would think that those attributes would demonstrate sexual dominance.

    • bibliotequetress

      Like Hillary, she is also smart, an increasingly unpopular attribute to the righty-whitey olds.

      • SorosBot

        But she's a woman, the menfolk are supposed to do all the thinking!

        • bibliotequetress

          Truth. I don't think that broad from Manassas has been doing much of her own thinking.

        • sullivanst

          Yes, she needs to know her limits.

          • bibliotequetress

            Hah! I am a venomous harridan.

        • Yeah, what's she doing out of the kitchen?!

  • My old white lady (93) grandmother thinks Obama is the most wonderful president we've had in decades and would probably pop old racist whitey in the mouth for disrespecting him.

    • Jus_Wonderin

      I love your grandmother!!

    • Yay adorable Granny!

    • HarryButtle

      Give her a hug from teh Wonkettz!

      • I will. She puts up with me, so she has to be good. And I guess I've had it easy compared to some of you — I come from a long line of "fuckin' libruls" and union members, so I have to use in-laws when I want to complain about wingnutty relatives.

    • I so want to give your grandmother one of those terrorist fist bumps. And a big hug.

      • Just don't ask her to make you cookies. She was a dietician for a while, back in the 70's or so, and learned how to make things healthy. And dry. Toasted oats, with toasted nuts, with a little toasted coconut, in a fat-free baked cookie, baked a little extra long. Requires 12 oz. of milk just to keep your mouth from getting sucked dry, and even then, the humidity in the room drops by 12%.

        • Charlie_Foxtrot

          No worries, my grandmother made really dry cookies, too. Not remotely healthy, though, she didn't know anything about healthy through her entire 96 years. Just dry.

          I have no idea who, if anyone, she ever voted for.

          Still brings a smile every time I think about her.

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            There's a whole generation of grannys who baked cookies designed to last for three months without refrigeration.

    • AnAmericanInTO

      That reminds me of my aunt's 90-odd year old mother who goes to hear Obama whenever he's in New Hampshire. He was just there earlier this month and she gave him a big old hug (scaring the Secret Service) and he signed her hat, to boot!

      • janicket

        I am so wicked jealous of your aunt's mom!

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Your move, Eleanor Roosevelt.

    • Doktor Zoom

      Eleanor Roosevelt not only looked like a First Lady, she also looked like a future President

  • Isyaignert

    Soon the racist olds will acheive their highest and best use – which is worm food.

    • YasserArraFeck

      "I ain't gonna be eaten by no dang brown worm!!"
      Sorry Grammie, that only leaves maggots in the open air

    • sullivanst

      Soylent Green libel!

    • Calaveras and Corazones

      It's a mistake to think that only "the olds" are this racist. Racism won't die when they do… not by a long shot.

  • SorosBot

    Is telling everyone that "you people" don't deserve any more information about the presidential candidate's taxes acting like a first lady?

    • sullivanst

      Is anything that entitled sheltered vindictive snobby humaniform turd says or does acting like a first lady?

      • wolvenwood13

        I think you think too highly of her.

    • Doktor Zoom


    • Isyaignert

      I've taken to calling Mrs. Mittens "Ayn Rmoney" since that comment.

    • BerkeleyBear

      Or claiming that Latinos should vote GOP if they can just get past "their biases" (which they got from the Dem machine, not the shitty actions of the GOP) and ad-libbing in the middle of it about how awesome partying in Peurto Rico was (which is really hard to reconcile with what we know about Mormon parties and the lack of rum normally at same).

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        When drinking is not OK, but polygamy is, you have to admit that the parties could be awesome.

    • Mahousu

      Well, it's not acting like a second lady.

    • she's blond, duh.

    • Biff

      That sure drew the battle line, didn't it? Us against them…

  • SigDeFlyinMonky

    You know something people, I'm not black but there's a whole lotsa times I wish I could say I'm not white.

    • CrunchyKnee

      Mothers, for the win.

    • IncenseDebate

      I'm going to do that DNA test where they trace your genetic ancestry. I'm hoping that at least some Kunta Kinte is in here somewhere.

      • anniegetyerfun

        Just a quick hint: Due to all of humanity coming from Africa originally, you're pretty much guaranteed to have a family map that starts on the Dark Continent. I was pretty excited to see mine until I realized that the centuries of bleaching in the cold Scottish and Ukrainian hinterlands ruined anything we originally got from Africa.

      • ChuckieJesus

        There's a saying in my family: Shake ANYONE's family tree, and a black person will fall out.

    • CarnyTrash

      Trouble everyday

    • JGambolputty

      I love you for this. I love Frank and that is a fantastic song

    • SigDeFlyinMonky

      I've heard it argued that this is the proto rap song.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Not to go all pedo here, but the older daughter there is starting to shape quite nicely!

    • Let us know how the visit from the Secret Service goes. (Good news, they know how to party).

      • sullivanst

        Although apparently keeping track of where they put their gun down isn't a strength.

    • Doktor Zoom

      No sentence that begins "Not to go all pedo here" can end well…

      • anniegetyerfun

        It's bad enough that Wonket gets kicked out of political parties for being mean. Now we're going to have to stay hundred feet away from schools.

      • Mahousu

        Lemme try: Not to go all pedo here, but your lawn could use a lime treatment. (There's another, rarely used prefix pedo- which means "relating to soil." Excellent alibi when the FBI shows up.)

        • BaldarTFlagass

          And to cement the alibi, my transcript lists the B I got in undergraduate pedology! (geology major, you see)

        • You mean excellent alkalai?

    • cromiller

      I think you meant manicure. you can't see her toes in that photo (and for future reference, its pedi not pedo).

    • janicket

      Yeh, Malia's shaping up to be a stunner, all right, and she's got her dad's facial structure. Sasha's a lot closer to her mom's. Beautiful family; and as an aging white woman I say that nice old lady at the RNC needs a clue-by-four upside the head.

      • A gorgeous family to be sure.

        The girls are going to be beautiful women. A far cry from the Carter child.

        • Nebraska

          HUH? Amy Carter is a beautiful woman- looks a lot like MOM.

  • OneYieldRegular

    I don't want to believe people are this awful, so I'm going to go with the generous interpretation that what this nice retired lady really means is that she wants to gorge herself on Dolly Madison brand cakes like the nice Australian lady in the previous post.

    • IonaTrailer

      I think it says something very chilling about how comfortable this bitch felt in expressing her racist views on national public radio. I thought it was truly shocking.
      (Apologies for lack of snark).

    • Dumbedup

      my first reaction was that she thought the FL too muscular in the arms, then I thought, nawww, racist.

  • Damn NPR, showing the media's normal liberal bias by reporting the truth. Why don't they get with the program and just repeat the Romney camp's talking points or make stuff up that is beneficial to the Republicans like FOX News does?

    • kittensdontlie

      Granny is right! The constant marital equality Michelle demands, is not ladylike. Be subserviant and stop wearing those pants for once!!

    • cromiller

      Here's a bit o' crazy for you, but actually called out Paul Ryan's lying lies from his speech! Not that the average knuckledragging mouthbreather gets on proper rather than fox nation, but still!

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Somebody's freshly out of a job at Faux. I wonder what tortured soul could no longer take the horrors of the place, and decided to go out in a blaze of glory?

  • Zepster

    What does a First Lady look like?

    • Like Eve. You know, white, naked, big boobs, subservient to her man.

      Kinda like Ann Romney without the MS

      • ph7

        Or Laura Bush without the Paxil.

        • annettaj

          Or valium.

    • LastGasp

      Like a crusty, old Stepford wife?

    • tihond

      Like a fresh fetus stomping on the face of humanity for eternity… In other words, Reince Preibus in drag.

      • cromiller

        [insert old and tired Pulp Fiction quip here]

    • Toomush_Infer

      Golf ball woman?…

    • Fred Astaire in drag? I miss the '80s!

    • blond.

    • Doktor Zoom

      Like Abby Bartlett, duh.

  • EatsBabyDingos

    I have an old catcher's mitt and a white fright wig. If Michelle wore that on her head for Halloween, she could be Barbara Bush. Would that be better?

    • Isyaignert

      Babs was the model for the Quaker Oats box, you know!

      • EatsBabyDingos

        She does look like a cylinder with no boobs.

    • vtxmcrider

      To complement the Barbara Bush costume, she could walk around with a fetus in a jar.

  • Baconzgood

    I think she's a great first lady. She has grace, poise, seems concerned about children….and she's not to shabby to look at also too.

    • Isyaignert

      Plus Mrs. O has excellent taste in clothes, unlike Laura Bush who always looked like she shopped out of the sale bin at Chinamart.

    • YouBetcha

      Not shabby at all. I'd hit that.

      • RavenRant

        Apparently you didn't get a good enough look at Barack's death stare on OBL killing watch.

  • IncenseDebate

    Soon, with the death panels, this criticism will be eliminated.

    • FNMA

      Fucking death panels are taking forever.

      • bibliotequetress

        I'm forming a death panel in my living room right now. Grab a bottle of wine and come over.

  • bikerlaureate

    This is the same liberal media that lured a nice lady into throwing peanuts at a CNN "animal."
    Every time they cover anything even remotely negative about the President's adversaries it just shows how awful their bias is.

  • Gleem McShineys

    I heard this wonderful old consumer of salted rat manhood this morning on my commute. I thought "I am so glad Racism is Dead."

    Or maybe it was "I will be so glad when this old shitsack is dead."

    • Hmm…
      "Salted Rat Manhood"
      Punk band name?
      Goes with my brother's old band, "Snatch Factory."
      (Supposedly named for his female drummer.)

  • Trannysurprise

    She has a point.

    Bloated old blue hair Barbara Bush does look more like the women of Manassas.

    • FakaktaSouth

      Barbara looks like Don Rickles had a baby with a surprised frog. Oh, but in pearls.

      • elviouslyqueer

        "Don Rickles and the Surprised Frog Baby" is now my favorite band name ever.

    • tessiee

      "Barbara Bush does look more like the women of Manassas"

      It figures that she would; she's their contemporary in age.
      You did mean the *battle* of Manassas, right?

  • I wish the reporter has asked the obvious follow up question:

    "Well, then, what does Michelle Obama look like?" and hope for an answer like "slave" or "hooker"

    • T3rbo

      oh my god, you can't say that…bahhahahahaha

    • VinnieSaltine

      a wookie

  • TootsStansbury

    Thank you Wonkette for the lovely photo to cleanse the image of that last thing from my eyes. However, stupid racist bitch is stupid.

  • Goonemeritus

    I think NPR is probably editing this crowd with a chainsaw, unedited they would make David Duke sound like John Lennon.

    Edit: Our FLOTUS is the very image of elegance and grace and I have not seen her equal during my lifetime.

  • sbj1964

    Now Laura Bush looked like a first lady all pale with that constipated smile like she really needed to rip one.

    • no_gravity

      She was just suffering from the vapors.

      • elviouslyqueer

        Yup. That heady combination of formaldehyde, gin, and abject failure will do you in every time.

        • tessiee

          Hosing George down in the driveway to get the puke and stripper glitter off of him probably didn't improve her mood much, either.

    • FNMA

      I don't know. I kind of give her the benefit of the doubt and believe that expression said, "Jesus Fucking Christ, I need a drink. A lot of drinks."

      • Yeah.
        Maybe she misses that "laughing on the outside, crying on the inside" look of desperation she's used to.

    • I like to think Laura Bush's look is comes from saying, "why did I marry this buffoon?" about a hundred times a day.

  • Of course NPR edited out the bit where she said she is against Barack because he has such a large penis.

    • Nostrildamus

      A lot on Wonketteers would like to be against that, too.

    • Graham Cracker

      She wishes she was against Barak's penis.

    • Isyaignert

      Well, Barry was spotted wearing size 13.5 bowling shoes.

  • BigSkullF*ckingDog

    How about the nice lady on NPR last week who voted for Clinton twice, but just doesn't trust that Obama fella? She's totally not racist. How dare you!

    • savethispatient

      She probably just doesn't agree with the one policy that separated the two candidates: Hillary wanted an individual mandate. Wait, what? Oh.

      • savethispatient

        Oh, she was talking about Bill. Never mind, my point still stands.

    • I love me some Bill…but trust? Nu-uh!

  • FakaktaSouth

    She prefers her first ladies have the xanax-glazed stare of Laura Bush, teenaged murderer, marry-er of a moron.

    MichelleO, forever. No first lady has ever been so fabulous.

  • bumfug

    True theme of RNC 2012 is "Old And In The Way".

  • elviouslyqueer

    "NPR obviously edited this quote and took it completely out of context to make her sound like a total batshit racist" in 3…2…1…

  • pdiddycornchips

    “I just don’t like him. Can’t stand to look at him."

    There's serious ugly goin' down but it ain't the Obama's. This bitch is probably finding out right about now what going viral means. She's not going to like it.

    • Toomush_Infer

      pretty sure she doesn't own a computer, smart phone or any of them dang things…

      • Even better.
        She can hear it straight from her precious children and grandchildren.

  • DrunkIrishman

    Ann Romney looks like a wax figure of what we'd think a first lady should look like.

    • sullivanst

      Who is "we"?

      • DrunkIrishman


        • sullivanst

          Speak for yourself, paleface.

  • EatsBabyDingos

    Women of Manassas usually look like man asses. I work with two.

  • LibertyLover

    All Stepford Corporate Wives on deck for inspection! Must be blonde and can serve tea without spilling on Nancy Reagan's Red China.

  • PeaceWithHonor

    Wonkette: Please cue up the appropriate "Scanners" clip for November 7.

  • bibliotequetress

    Let's all take a minute and compare the last president's wife who was an old white lady with Michelle Obama. That would be Nancy Reagan. Done. I take Michelle.

    • sullivanst

      Barbara Bush will so crush you for forgetting about her. I mean that literally.

      • bibliotequetress

        Oh, I don't think she'll trouble her beautiful mind about the likes of me.

        • sullivanst

          I didn't realize Babs was schizophrenic.

          • bibliotequetress

            She may well be. However, I was actually thinking about this:

          • sullivanst

            Wow. Cunty.

          • bibliotequetress

            Isn't it? Like someone flipped off the "edit" switch between her brain and her mouth.

          • sullivanst

            Also, the self-awareness switch that would've told her that nobody with a "beautiful mind" would have been so cruelly indifferent to the needless death and suffering her son was unleashing on the world.

          • bibliotequetress

            "Cruel indifference to needless death and suffering" seems to be a Bush family trait. And a lack of self awareness, too, now that I think of it. It was such a baffling comment, given that, frankly, at one time Barbara seemed like the only half decent, thinking member of that clan. No prize, but she looked good by comparison.

    • Geminisunmars

      Are you really Rip Van Winkle?

  • anniegetyerfun

    When will NPR simply start punching ladies like that right in the fucking mouth? I want Ari Shapiro to just cold lose his shit and start beating old racists over the head with his mic.

    • orygoon

      I think broadcasting that to the world was actually the most effective thing he could have done. Mr. Goon, who tunes out a lot of political stuff, told me about that Manassas woman just a little while ago.

    • Doktor Zoom

      I wish he'd taken the approach recently used by another NPR reporter:

      John Gentile of Crossville, Tenn., still doesn't believe Obama is allowed to be president because his father was born in Kenya.

      "I just don't like the directions that he's headed in, and personally I don't think he qualifies to be president under the 'natural born citizen.' In the Constitution it states that you have to have two parents that were born in the United States, so that there's no alternative allegiance by any member of the family," Gentile said.

      The Constitution actually doesn't say that.

      • Well, here, there's an actual fact to correct. How do you correct an opinion?

      • anniegetyerfun

        I engaged in a debate with someone on this topic where I pointed out that the Constitution did not say that.”But it says it in the US Code.””No, it doesn't. Please show me where it does.” “Jerome Corsi said it.”Well, there you go.

    • Jus_Wonderin

      I would pay to see that. But, it is radio, so they'd have to have one of the special audio postcards. I'd pay to hear that.

  • poorgradstudent

    When it's that obvious, can you even call it a dog whistle?

    • UnholyMoses

      Dog tornado siren … ?

      • bibliotequetress

        Nah, just "Here boy! Here! Who's a good boy? You! You, Grand Dragon! Less rub Gwand Dwagon's tummy now!"

  • barto

    But surely BOTH SIDES ARE DOIN' IT, amirite?

    • Crank_Tango

      We were totes racist to shrub.

      • emmelemm

        Stupid-ass cracker that he was.

        • MosesInvests

          Please-the Emperor Dubious Maximus is no more a cracker than Rmoney. He's a frackin' Connecticut preppie who puts on that good ol' boy act.

    • this was exactly what i said to mr fuflans when we heard this this morning: think anything like this will happen next week?

      doubt it.

  • x111e7thst

    Sometimes Blah people are not my favorite people…

  • bibliotequetress

    Michelle has beautiful eyes, hasn't she? I hadn't noticed just how much before.

  • Blunderthing

    Oh hohoho. White lady says: "I hate niggers" in AvoidanceSpeak. What a shock.

  • Exhausted66

    "The day of his big speech to the Republican National Convention, and he learns that he’s got supporters like this"

    Oh, dear. Is there any way we can sheild him from this? I'd hate for him to know that he has racists supporters.

    • Toomush_Infer

      But they're the right height…..

    • No one asked to see their birth certificates?

  • no_gravity

    Madame Mao?

  • BaldarTFlagass

    This is the kind of shit that made me switch over to listening to the college jazz station during my morning commute.

    • IonaTrailer

      No kidding. I grew up in Hyde Park, and when Obama was elected I wept I was so proud.
      Now this shit makes me ill.

  • If it's any consolation, the Obamas probably don't like this lady either.

    • dennis1943

      That the bad part……..they feel no animosity nor exhibit any…….

    • ttommyunger

      But they would be gracious to her. That is what class does.

    • Negropolis

      If it's any consolation, one would hope that they never have to even know this "lady" exists, 'cause, you know, it's already hard enough being black without having to meet every overt racist alive.

  • Mittens Howell, III

    Smithers, release the whites!

  • No, I don't cut ANY slack for any "old racist white person" born after 1945!! Baby Boomers are the biggest fucking frauds, as a cohort. Their only accomplishment as a group is that men no longer have to wear hats in public.

    • FakaktaSouth

      Fuck Baby Boomers like this for real. And I really really like men in hats. Especially cool hats, like a fucking grown man would wear.

      • I'm a (black) Boomer, but I was born in '60, and when I was in college and my early '20s, we definitely thought of the "Core Boomers" as a different group that we were not a part of. When I was a kid, they were always the cool older brothers and sisters taking the credit for all the social change, the ones face-palming at Archie Bunker when he called them meatheads.

        Now, it feels like most of the white ones ARE Archie Bunker, and a lot of 'em didn't raise their kids to be any different. (And to be fair, a lot of people my age had already sold out to Reaganism by the time they hit the job market in the '80s.)

        I guess this is not "new news", and the generational stereotype for Boomers never took into account class and region and ethnicity. But the small number of them who were "Hair" in the '60s, "Meathead" in the '70s and "Thirty-Something" in the '80s are too fucking proud of themselves.

        • IonaTrailer

          I was born in '49, and I went down south with the Unitarian Church in Hyde Park to protest apartheid. I remember the whites only water fountains and shit. When Obama got elected I fucking cried like a baby.
          It makes me furious to hear this bullshit now. No slack for this – you're right. This woman needs to be called out, big time.

        • I was born in '63, which I've read puts me right on the line between boomer and gen x. I haz an identity confuze.

        • bibliotequetress

          Chet, thanks for saying this, and if I might write the following without any offense against any Wonketteers and present companies excepted etc etc, but for many years those of us in Gen X have watched the majority of Boomers take credit for the moral courage of a few of their fellows. And using that to excuse their own greedhead tendencies– "Because I marched on Washington I do not need to worry about displacing the poor from my neighborhood or buying child labor made t-shirts."
          I suppose I've noticed it particularly in this election cycle because the racist scum have been bubbling to the surface and the Boomer bigot pols, who would have been less vocal out of self-preservation in the past, have been dogwhistling like they were running a kennel. There's a Nixonian, Southern strategy feeling in the air.

        • Take heart, Chet.
          My Grandparents were born in 1906, and were open about their ignorance.
          My mom and dad were born in 1933, kinda knew racism was wrong, and tried their best to be progressive, (but in a self-conscious way).
          I was born in 1959, (never have really considered myself a boomer, more of an "Earth, Wind and Fire" disco girl). We have seen a lot of things change for the better, but there is still so much to do.
          My girls were born in 1986 and 1990. A lot of this stuff doesn't even make sense to them, and doesn't square with their own real-life experiences. They just figure it's generational and irrational (of course, it is).

      • vodkamuppet

        I wont leave the house without wearing my quiet man hat, I dont care if it's 110 degrees outside. I also refuse to wear shorts.

    • Beowoof

      I couldn't agree more about my generation. Carlin described the group best saying their only knowledge is to say, "It's mine gimme that".

    • anniegetyerfun

      Really? I'd like hats to make a comeback.

    • pdiddycornchips

      "Their only accomplishment as a group is that men no longer have to wear hats in public."

      You haven't been to a nascar race lately have you?

      • Well I know they weren't fedoras.

        • pdiddycornchips

          Kangol wearers are just asking for trouble,

      • BaldarTFlagass

        I visited a friend in Danbury CT (formerly "Hat City") a couple weeks ago, he told me how the folks there still hate JFK and RFK for destroying the hat industry by the simple expedient of not wearing one.

    • ttommyunger

      But they do wear them. They just aren't smart enough to know the visor goes in front.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    "But Michelle does look like the First Lady… of Uganda, under Idi Amin!"

  • Pat_Pending

    That's right, Michelle should put on her mammy dress and get those damn pickaninnies of hers back in the scullery, washing the dishes…

    • YasserArraFeck

      Ah don' know nuthin' 'bout birthin' no babies!!"

  • UnholyMoses

    Obama family to America: Good morning, USA. And ain't it a lovely morning?

    American conservatives: Up yours, nigger!

  • She puts the "ass" in Manassas.

    • IonaTrailer

      In related news, today it was announced that the Virgina towns of Manassas and Dumfries have decided to merge townships. The new township will be called Dumasses.

  • johnnymeatworth

    Fat, bitchy, and complaining abut how minimum wage makes people poor, you mean?

  • Eve8Apples

    I'm sure that white woman from Manassas, VA would have no problem with First Lady Obama if she would just stay in the kitchen or the garden. The white woman from Manassas, VA saw that movie called "The Help" and thought to herself "I'm not a racist. If that Michelle Obama would just act more like Viola Davis, I may actually like her. "

    • IonaTrailer

      Until she got the pie.

    • bobbert

      But she still couldn't stand to look at the President. White racist lady is racist.

  • ChernobylSoup

    I heard that on my commute this morning. It made me so mad I drove straight to a nursing home, hoping to run some racist geezers over, but I guess they were still in bed.

    Okay, I didn't really drive to a nursing home after hearing that on NPR. But I did become very, very angry and want to spit on the American Legion. They do not represent honorable veterans anymore.

    • MoeDeLawn

      Looked into them in early 70s (when I became a vet (you're welcome for my service)) and found that Am Leg is a bunch of old farts, no matter what their ages.

    • bobbert

      I joined the American Legion for a year in 1989, because my dad was elected District Commander, and he wanted to be able to show off his only grandbaby at his installation. Now, this was in Rohnert Park CA, so in point of fact a lot of the members weren't entirely awful, and there hadn't been a lot of favors I could do for my dad, so I did it and I'm glad (because he died about two years later).

      I already detested the Legion as a national organization, because it had been taken over by Republicans back during Vietnam, and was being used as a political PR tool, while for the local post members, it was really just something to do.

      What was most striking to me was how old they all were. I mean, I was 42, and I don't think there was a member of that post that was younger.

      The national organization hasn't really represented veterans for at least forty years

    • ttommyunger

      Racist, ignorant old cheapskates looking for a pair of ears and a buzz to kill the pain of life's bitter end. I speak as a former member.

  • belmontreport

    I had a migraine this morning and heard this on the way to work. Then I dropped an entire mug of tea on my lap. Let's just say that I want this day to be over and that lady to shut up.

    • YasserArraFeck

      not the sort of lap dance one wants to start one's day with

  • Estproph

    There's a reason these people are called "base".

  • Beowoof

    The follow up question should have been, well what does the current first lady look like to you? And we know the answer would be The Help.

  • whiskeybaby

    Damn, that is one fine looking family.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Manassas's first album was pretty good, though. Stephen Stills is a pretty good guitar player.

    • FNMA

      Agreed, and Chris Hillman doesn't get nearly the respect he deserves.

  • Zepster

    Is it just me or is the name of that town some sort of double entendre – Man-Ass-As? What's the answer?

    • elviouslyqueer


  • bibliotequetress

    I realize Manassas played an important part in the Unpleasantries Between The States, but will someone tell the old coots living there the North won? Thank you.

    • FNMA

      You've never been to the South, have you?

  • Just think, at the debates Ann Romney will have to touch Michelle Obama.

    • MacRaith

      She'll be wearing gloves. White gloves, of course.

      And Michelle will be secretly relieved about that, because she doesn't particularly want Ann's skin coming in contact with hers either.

  • No_Wire_Hangers

    Michelle should start wearing her hair natural, just for shits and giggles. I can already see the headlines on Fox News…

    • Isyaignert

      Hahaha – and Barack should grow his 'fro too and start wearing colorful African robes over his suits.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        dashiki for the win!

    • BlueStateLibel

      And so should Mittens and Ann.

  • JGambolputty

    NPR really sucks at troll control. Their paranoid adherence to "fairness" in the eyes of those that will never like them has led to an apparent inability to ban the most obvious numskulls and TeaParty/FreedomWirks morons from their boards. Really sad. I used to read the comments for intelligent discussion and comments. Now it's just like HuffingtonPost

    • anniegetyerfun

      I honestly don't read comments on any site other than Wonkette anymore. I mean, other than occasionally at LGF, when I am incredibly drunk and on a dare.

  • mr bojangles

    take that hate back to chicago beyotch!!

  • Guppy

    I'm pretty sure it's possible to be old and racist and yet still think Michelle Obama is dignified and ladylike, all clean and articulate and such.

  • MissTaken

    Poor old racist hag, bless her heart.

  • Poindexter718

    Straight up, lady.
    And why can't Sasha and Malia be more like those adorable, huggie girls (sisters??) in the Choice Hotel ads?

  • Doktor Zoom

    Probably worth noting that I've just added an update to the story re this twitter thing from reporter Ari Shapiro. Now that the lady's name is up, in the NPR transcript, we will probably be hearing more from her, unfortunately. Possible cabinet post?


  • T3rbo

    I get the 'doesn't look like a first lady' part (I think it's because Michelle may be black?), but doesn't act like a first lady? What does that even mean?
    Michelle is always doing black people things, I presume, and not white people things?

    "Yesterday, she invented TEN MORE USES FOR THE PEANUT! Eleanor Roosevelt would NEVER have done this in the white house!"

    I feel like I am missing something here?

    • It was the time she jumped double-dutch that really set off the old bat. That is for picaninnies!!

    • bikerlaureate

      Exercising in view of cameras.
      That's just cheap attention-whoring.


  • vodkamuppet

    Manassas? I thought it was called Bull Run.

    • ChapterUndVerse

      Depends on whether the textbook is from new Texas, or old Texas.

  • BlueStateLibel

    As if this mean old hag knows the meaning of what it is to be a lady.

  • they are an absolutely delightful family and do the white house proud. and (forgetting about politics), they have represented america very well on the world stage.

    mitt romney and the blond entitled one generated screaming negative press from our closest ally.

    if the obamas weren't black, you'd be singing his praises you old racist bat.

  • ShuCityRefugee

    Would this dear old thing have preferred a pill-poppin' homewrecker, who defrauded a charity to support her drug habit? That was, after all, the alternative four years ago.

  • Nasty old racist lady says what?

  • SpeedoFart

    Old, white Republicans are openly racist? You don't say!

    In other news, was anyone else shocked that Ari Shapiro (who, let's face it, sounds like he's 12) is teh hawt?

  • Gleem McShineys

    She doesn't actually believe what she was saying, you see.

    She was just presenting the Fair And Balanced view, because you know, NPR is a bunch of ni**erlovers.

  • ingloriousbytch

    Who is Ari kidding? He let that old lady's comment through because he's spent the last couple of days surrounded by people want to ban gay marriage and he just felt like cold fucking up some crackers.

    • Doktor Zoom

      Good call.

  • glamourdammerung

    What does one do to "look like a First Lady" exactly?

    • bobbert

      1. Be white
      2. Be quiet
      3. ???
      4. FIRST LADY!!!!!

    • SpeedoFart

      Xanax. Lots of Xanax.

  • Limeylizzie

    I cannot imagine a more beautiful family than this one, seriously, there's Daddy POTUS , who is supremely handsome, funny, smart and sexy, Mummy Flotus, come on, when did you see last see a more regal woman, plus also very, very sexy and dresses amazingly, Malia is getting to be so beautiful and that Sasha character will be a real piece of work when she is older. This post-menopausal old shrew would rather have Mittens? Racist old crone!

    • sullivanst

      Somebody obviously assumed she wasn't one of "you people".

  • IonaTrailer

    I totally hope someone outs this bitch. She deserves national scorn for this.

  • Nibbler of Niblonia

    Ari Shapiro hasn't asked a conservative a follow-up since 2003

  • hunnybee

    i love Wonketteers! your comments lift me up and keep me sweet. thank you all.

  • Schmegeg

    Move to Mississippi, you old bat. Northern Virginia is Obama Country.

  • Fox n Fiends

    All the Soros-PAC has to do is run that Audio over a sweet montage of lovely Michelle and run it in every red state over and over again.

  • owhatever

    Did my crazy great-grandma walk out of the home again and get interviewed? She also thinks God looks like a turtle.

    • bobbert

      Is that the turtle on top of the Cayman Islands insignia?

  • I heard this this morning, soon after getting to work. I guess I wasn't the only one who thought it was completely awful.

  • Xan

    The Obamas look like the people in all the car commercials. The Romneys look like the people in the bad cable movie about the royal family. nuff said. And no one has looked like a First Lady since Dolley s̶t̶o̶l̶e̶ saved the White House China.

  • JackObin

    Dreary, fat, boring and old. That's the ideal Republican First Sperm Bank. Little Annie Romney will fit the bill.

  • zumpie

    Wow, I have to do TWO shallow posts in one day of my continuing fashion police series? Geez-louise. Okay, here goes:

    THIS is precisely what an appropriately dressed political family looks like. My only critique is that Malia's dress is a bit on the teenagerish side, but she IS a teen, so I'll let it slide. Sahsa and Michelle's dressed are absolutely exquisite, I'm particularly taken by the lace detailing in Michelle's skirt.

    Nothing cheap or shiny here (I'm looking at YOU, Ryans and Palins), no vulgar hideousness of bleach blondes in Merry Christmas red and/or green (in freakin' August, no less). Upthread someone pointed out they're the most stylin' White House family since the Kennedys. I agree—and clothes were definitely one of Jackie's strong suits.

  • valmach

    no no. this old white lady was exactly right – and reflects the opinion of most white folks.. They committed genocide, on the natives, stole their shit and enslaved Africans to build it… All fair and square like.. So they want it back… I say Give It To them .. They Fucked it up .. let them finish..

  • My 92 year old mother voted for Obama in 2008 SPECIFICALLY because she really liked Michelle's clothes.

  • CanadianInUSA

    What, she's too young?

  • ttommyunger

    I haven't been so proud of a POTUS and his family since JFK-and this one seems to have some control over his penis. Added bonus.

  • randcoolcatdaddy

    I'm sure she thinks Lindsey Graham would make a FABULOUS First Lady.

  • Troubledog

    I guess you have to keep a fetus in a jar to be a real first lady

  • tessiee

    “I just don’t like him. Can’t stand to look at him."

    I would be hard pressed to think of a better example of karmic punishment.

    The only reason this old shitbird has a problem in the first place is because there's something drastically wrong with her. A random voter might not *like* President Obama, or might not *agree* with him, but the only people who can't stand to so much as *look* at him are vicious, racist cranks.

    I hope every time she turns on her floor model television and sees the black face of our black President, it's like a knife twisting in her bitter, shriveled old heart.

  • mosjef

    In an embarrassing moment of nervousness, Mittens mistakenly accepted the party's "Romination": only to correct himself by calling it the "Abomination" and then finally accepted his party's "fetus termination". If only his parents had,

  • Negropolis

    I know, you guys, right? I mean, why can't she just be…white?

  • DahBoner

    100 pounds of stupid in a 50 pound sack…

  • There's one in every crowd!

    What's amazing is how often that rare one in the crowd gets interviewed.

  • TakomaDC

    ManASSas says it ALL. Has nothing to do with her age. Racists all over Washington, DC (the Obama & Michelle haters reside, for the most part, west of Connecticut Ave) and in huge numbers in VA suburbs INCLUDING (gasp) northern VA. In fact, northern VA is the ONLY area I see cars with Romney bumper stickers and lawn signs. They are the fucking worst drivers.

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