During an interview with People magazine, Barack and Michelle Obama related some [alleged] personal experiences that are sure to really tug at our heartstrings. According to the Daily Caller:
“There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys,” President Obama told People, in a 30-minute interview conducted Dec. 10.
Hold on, let me just stop right there for a second. I’m still trying to wrap my head around that one. That’s a lot of negatives in there as well as some pronoun-antecedent agreement issues. “There’s no black male…who hasn’t come out of a restaurant…and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys.” Okay, so he’s saying that there are professional black guys his age who do come out of restaurants waiting for the valet, but then someone else will hand the guy his car keys, because this someone else assumes the guy must be a valet, because he’s a well-dressed black guy, and what else would he be. Okay, I think I got it. The Daily Caller continued:
The first lady also shared stories of incidents in which President Obama was profiled because of his race.
“Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs,” said Obama, telling about another time when her husband “was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee.”
Michelle Obama said she’s had her share of racial slights as well.
“I tell this story — I mean, even as the first lady — during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf,” Obama said. “Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new.”
Look, Michelle, there isn’t a person around my age who hasn’t been shopping at a grocery store or a place like Target who hasn’t had some other older customer ask them for help. What I mean is, I’ve been asked by other customers to help them find things or to reach for something off the shelf, and not only am I not a black guy, I’m not even tall. I was just happy to be able to help another person.
This doesn’t mean this customer of Michelle’s was guilty of racism. “Oh, there’s a somewhat well-dressed middle-aged black woman – she must work here; I’ll ask her for help.” The only thing this customer was guilty of was not watching her TV enough to recognize Michelle as the First Lady. The customer probably assumed she was just some other normal person who’d be willing to help her. Boy was she wrong!
Celebrities are funny. They try to disguise themselves so that no one recognizes them in public, but then when people don’t recognize them, they get upset. “Don’t you know who I am?!”