Disrespect Shown for First Lady Michelle Obama by GOP in Florida

There is just no way this would happen to Laura Bush or Hillary Clinton.

First Lady Michelle Obama is not welcome at a local high school in Miami by its Republican school board members.

The campaign stop went on as planned at Barbara Goleman Senior High in Miami Lakes despite “Miami-Dade School Board member Renier Diaz de la Portilla has called for the event to be cancelled and board member Carlos Curbelo has asked the board attorney to reconsider his opinion that the event meets legal muster.”

As it so happens, REPUBLICAN Diaz de la Portilla is running for state House and Curbelo has worked as a political strategist for the REPUBLICANS. Shocking, I know.

Curbelo wrote in a letter to the school board attorney:

“Allowing the first lady of the United States to use one of our schools explicitly to benefit the president’s reelection campaign is inappropriate and sends the wrong message to our students, employees, and to taxpayers – even if the president’s campaign is willing to pay for all costs resulting from the event.”

I’m wondering what wrong message that is, exactly…considering Republican candidate Mitt Romney held a town hall meeting right around the same time at Central High School in Grand Junction, Colorado. Apparently their school board members didn’t freak out that his campaign rented the school for the event.

That’s how these things work…the campaigns rent out the schools or halls or wherever for their speeches (the kids are on summer break) and it is all paid for by the campaigns, NOT taxpayers or the schools.

Funny how this never seemed to be an issue before if then First Lady Laura Bush attended a rally for her husband. Or if then First Lady and now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fired up a crowd to re-elect her husband.

Dare we even ask why First Lady Michelle Obama is met with such disrespect when doing something other First Ladies and surrogates have done for campaigns for decades?

I want badly to play the race card here. But it’s almost too easy. And over done. At this point it’s so obvious it almost no longer needs to be brought up. What is equally as important, I’m afraid, is the total lack of respect shown to this Administration – be it East or West Wing – from the other side of the aisle on inauguration day and the meeting and handshakes held binding the GOP to make sure the black man does not get another term and leaves their White House.

Disrespect. A party that tolerates outbursts of ‘YOU LIE’ during our country’s most honored traditions. A party that tolerates actual questioning of just how ‘American’ this sitting President really is…and if he truly loves his country. A party that encourages the First Lady not be allowed to speak on behalf of her husband…as EVERY FIRST LADY HAS DONE, simply because the other side…well, why is it then…because the other side didn’t want her to speak? Because they were afraid of what a strong, black woman would have to say to hundreds of supporters?

Or because they couldn’t stand the thought of this happening in ‘their’ school? In ‘their’ district? Heaven forbid the Obamas campaign, legally, on ‘their’ turf?

This is the woman who intimidates them simply by eating right and wearing a sleeveless shirt, obviously they can’t handle her on stage in their territory.

I guess we should expect nothing less from the party that wants women back in the kitchen and out of the board room. Who wants to legislate us from controlling our own reproductive fate. Who have spent the past several years waging war against our gender on everything from equal pay to access to health care.

They certainly can not handle this First Lady, who stands for everything they can not comprehend and wish to destroy- an educated, accomplished, strong, mother who can kick ass and take names while she and her husband proudly call themselves feminists.

Add in that she is a woman of color and most of the old guard faints…and hits the floor for lack of their ‘man’ being their to catch them. You see this President, and his amazing First Lady, have provided programs and opportunities for that ‘man’ so he no longer need wait on Mr. GOP Greed White Male.

So go ahead and continue these weak attempts to block our First Lady from speaking across this great nation of ours, and you, sad, sad Republicans, will continue to fail. And our First Lady will continue to bring the roof down as she gets people FIRED UP and READY TO GO for FOUR MORE YEARS.

And if you must, continue to show your true colors by disrespecting our President and First Lady. We have watched it go well beyond politics and we all now know what this is about, and it’s time for the old guard to change. As we know, change is hard. Change takes hard work. But change is here.

Get used to it. 


  1. That’s just outrageous. and stupid. Mrs. Obama has always been the epitome of class and I’m very proud that she’s our First Lady. What a bunch of dumbasses.

  2. Unbelievable. I am 56 years old and cannot recall a time when a First Lady would not be welcomed with open arms by any school in the country (you would probably have to go back to Eleanor Roosevelt — which actually IS before MY time). No matter how much my Democratic friends despised George W. Bush, we were EXCITED when Laura came to visit one of our LAUSD schools. I cannot tell you how disgusted I am with Florida (but then again, that’s a feeling that has just grown since 2000).

  3. … You know, all the idiotic right-wing conspiracy theories aside, if Obama *isn’t* making a careful list of all these slights and blatant slaps in the face he’s getting, he’s a frickin’ *saint*.

  4. Maybe it’s because the Obama campaign machine has ALREADY refused to pay what they own during his NC campaign stops

  5. Bob first of all this is Florida…second of all NC officials don’t seem to be blocking future campaign stops there for the Obama Camp, so they obviously aren’t upset if true ….got any back up to your allegations?

  6. As you said, it’s almost too easy to play the race card, but I am convinced that that plays into a lot of the hostility towards Obama. I don’t care if you don’t like his politics – hell, I’M not happy with everything he’s done even though overall I am a supporter. But some of the stuff I hear coming out of people’s mouths is so blatantly idiotic that it’s obvious they are just looking for SOMETHING to pick on in order to cover the real problem they have with him. Birth certificate drama – remember that? Never in all my years, and I’ve been alive since Nixon was President, have I heard any President being asked, over and over and OVER, to prove that he was born here. It’s so ridiculous and it frightens me that there is a huge population in this country whose thinking runs along those lines. People say that Obama being President proves racism is dead, but unfortunately I think it’s shown us quite the opposite.


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