There are still more than 200 Nigerian girls that al Qaeda-linked Boko Haram has in their custody. (This is the same Boko Haram that the State Department, under Sec. Hillary Clinton’s direction, fought hard against inclusion on their official terrorist-organization list.)
The kidnapping is sad enough on its own, but it’s made worse by the fact that it has provided leftists with the material to fashion yet another romantic movement to get behind. They love feeling important, consequential, a part of history.
Nigerian bloggers created a Facebook group and the Twitter hashtag “#BringBackOurGirls,” thus providing young leftists with a virtual bumper-sticker to slap onto the ends of their tweets to showcase to the world, “I’m a good person, and if those girls are ever rescued, it’s in part due to my efforts to raise awareness of the ordeal.”
Oh, how I hate hashtags and the self-important!
Well, as Michelle Obama has become such an expert at doing, she has inserted herself into the middle of it all by engaging in the #BringBackOurGirls pop-culture movement. It doesn’t matter that it makes no sense for an American to refer to Nigerians as “ours” when attention is to be sought and had. (Or maybe she and Barack really did have 234 other daughters along with the two “beautiful”–in the loosest sense–ones to whom we were all introduced in 2008.)
Michelle has certainly gotten the attention she so desperately sought. Being a leftist, it makes her feel important to be a part of a movement that really has nothing to do with her. It has nothing to do with Americans at all, in fact, but Mrs. Obama is black, so how can she ignore that 234 of her “daughters” are missing? And how can she pass up this perfect opportunity to be in front of the camera again?
Michelle gathered some professional lighting and photography people into a random room in the White House to have them take pictures of her holding a sign with that stupid hashtag on it. One look at her face in the photo and you know she’s acting. She has the most insincere face of concern and grief I have ever seen, complete with an idiotic, cartoonish frown and big, phony dough eyes. You just know she tried two dozen slight variants of that expression until the director of the photoshoot said, “Okay, freeze that right there.”
Indeed it was a photoshoot, plain and simple, which means a bunch of photos were taken under those professional lights, each with a slightly different expression and angle, until Michelle and her team had a sizable number to choose from. “Hmm, yes, that one looks good, let’s post that one on Twitter.”
So congratulations to you, Michelle, for finding yet another way to get in front of the cameras and make the story about you and your Nigerian “daughters.” We see your sad face and we sympathize with your despair, your plight, and we pray that, for your sake, those girls are rescued.