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Barack’s Secret Weapon!

Posted in Playthell on politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 5, 2012 by playthell
          
Michelle brings a Message of Faith, hope and Charity

 The Democrats Show True Diversity

IfAnn Romney is Mitt’s Secret Weapon, Michelle is Barack’s most powerful comrade in arms.  And if placed in head to head combat Miss Ann would be like a lone knight with bad eyesight, armed with a dull sword, riding a lame horse attacking a motorized regiment equipped with rifled cannon!   This is because Michelle is the real deal, a brilliant daughter of the working class up from the masses; Miss Ann is a privileged plutocrat whose feigned concern for the poor and working class is as fake as her bleached blond hair.

It was altogether fitting that the First Lady should be introduced by a middle class mom who has four children serving in the military. Politically it served two purposes. First it reminded people that our First Lady is a tireless worker on behalf of military families.  I can think of no first Lady who has so committed herself to this vital constituency.

The second message, and by far the most powerful, was what it tells us about who is actually fighting the wars that tough talking Republican chicken hawks start – while pulling every string to get deferments for themselves!  Dirty Dick Cheyney, the ultimate chicken hawk, who never saw a war he couldn’t profiteer off, got five deferments during the Vietnam war.

Tall, teasing brown, beautiful beyond the language of Chaucer, Shakespeare and the King James Bible to describe – even when employed by a seasoned wordsmith like me – Michelle Obama told some indisputable truths. The most important of which is that service to the people is the highest function of citizenship and is a far better qualification for a President than the ability to make money.

It is a tribute to her intelligence and diplomatic acumen that she never said this literally.  She demonstrated it by offering the example of her husband.  And in so doing she gave us a glimpse of her own sterling character, because it is obvious that she had her choice of men, rich or poor, wise man of fool.  There are men all over the world who look at this earth goddess and pine: “Would that the God’s had made me such a woman!”

Following a magnificent lineup of Americans who hail from modest circumstances – Including Lilly Ledbetter and San Antonio Mayor Castro – all of whom gave wonderful speeches, the First Lady’s speech went straight to the heart of the matter before the American people. By reminding the nation that Barack turned down high paying jobs with powerful law firms after he graduated from Harvard Law, in order to work with structurally employed people dealing with the fact that their jobs have disappeared.

Then she summed it up with the comment: “Barack does not measure success by how much money he makes…but how many people he can help!”  This underlined her central message: Service to the least of us, not the accumulation of personal wealth, is the mark of a great leader.  Indeed it is the standard set by Jesus Christ; who’s hallowed name the Republicans never cease to invoke – even as they repudiate his teachings by their deeds!  Shameless idolaters and blasphemers taking the Lord’s name in vain.

Last week the Republicans put up a fake show of diversity that was really a carefully orchestrated televised production designed to deceive the public, an optical illusion. And they were getting away with it so long as the camera’s stayed focused on the stage, where they paraded a multi-cultural, multi-racial, gender diverse succession of speakers.

But once the camera’s panned the audience, we saw the truth of the matter: the delegates were mostly old, white men – the most racist, sexist, culturally backward segment of the electorate.  And the Republican Party Platform reflects it.  The Democrat’s audience reflected the speakers – a true portrait of the gorgeous human mosaic that is the American people.

It was the real deal, no bait and switch or false advertising here, and their platform reflects it.  And there was no better choice to carry that message to the world than our marvelous First Lady – who along with the dynamic Massachusettes Governor Duval Patrick, who gave a real barn burner of a speech that put the Republicans on trial – is  the ultimate representative of the wisdom of investing in the public sector.

Governor Deval Patrick

He put the Republican Party on Trial

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 Playthell G. Benjamin

Harlem, New York

September 5, 2012

Michelle…Oh, Well!

Posted in Cultural Matters, Photo-Essays with tags , on June 4, 2010 by playthell

 The Knight Troubadour and The First Lady

 

Sir Paul McCartney Serenades America’s First Lady

It was the stuff fairy tales are made of, and little girls dream about: to be publicly serenaded by a world renowned crooner.  And it is a measure of the extraordinary character of our times that the object of this British knight and world renowned song poet is a beautiful dusky daughter of the South Side of Chi town.  The elegance, intelligence and charm she exudes does not come from nowhere.  She is an exquisite black pearl formed in the crucible of Black America from whence she inheriets her style and beauty and draws her strength.

Although white Americans look at every outstanding Afro-American as a singular phenomenon, an curious orchid among weeds, anybody who has spent any time among the Chicago black bourgeoisie knows that Michelle is the exemplar of a grand tradition.  Every time I visited Chicago over the years I was smitten by some black, brown or beige Chi town beauty.  They are, with no qualification, among the most cultivated and stylish women in the world.  Hence the high style of our first lady is characteristic of the splendid taste and daring attitude of her class.

It seemed altogether fitting that a Knight should sing her praises before the world.  No matter how he came to write “Michelle” it will forever belong to the First Lady.  Alas, like so many popular songs, once the music is removed the lyrics lose much of its power when forced to stand alone.  The lyrics of Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn, or James Weldon Johnson are often exceptions to this general trend and retain their poetic power after the melody is silenced.

However Sir Paul’s song does not begin to offer images of sufficient power and poetry to describe the beauty and depth of our first lady.  The emotional power of the song is in its hauntingly beautiful melody, and Sir Paul’s soulful heartfelt performance.  It was a magic moment in a night on which Mr. McCartney was honored with the George Gershwin award for his contribution to popular music.

Whether one is a Beatles fan or not, their music was the background sound to which many of the best and brightest souls of a generation acted out their lives and loves. And thus to have this song that bears her name dedicated to the first lady by the song poet who penned it will surely add to her immortality.  It was a magic and unforgettable moment when Sir Paul confessed that it was his dream to sing his song to our Black  first Lady in the White House, and he begged the President’s indulgence.

Then the haunting melody began softly as a summer morning.   Now  little black girls who witness the musical panegyric to this elegant ebony satin doll will no longer question their beauty, because all previous first ladies literally pale in comparison to Michelle!

 MICHELLE, MA BELLE,
THESE ARE WORDS THAT GO TOGETHER WELL,
MY MICHELLE.

MICHELLE, MA BELLE,
SONT DES MOTS QUI VONT TRES BIEN ENSEMBLE,
TRES BIEN ENSEMBLE.

WELL, I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU,
THAT’S ALL I WANNA SAY.
UNTIL I FIND A WAY,
I WILL SAY THE ONLY WORDS I KNOW
THAT YOU’LL UNDERSTAND.

MICHELLE, MA BELLE,
SONT DES MOTS QUI VONT TRES BIEN ENSEMBLE,
TRES BIEN ENSEMBLE.

I NEED TO, I NEED TO, I NEED TO,
I NEED TO MAKE YOU SEE.
WHAT YOU MEAN TO ME.
AND UNTIL I DO, I’M HOPING YOU
WILL KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

I LOVE YOU-OO-OO.

WELL, I WANT YOU, I WANT YOU, I WANT YOU,
I THINK YOU KNOW BY NOW.
I´LL GET TO YOU SOMEHOW.
AND UNTIL I DO, I’M TELLING YOU,
SO YOU’LL UNDERSTAND.

MICHELLE, MA BELLE,
SONT DES MOTS QUI VONT TRES BIEN ENSEMBLE,
TRES BIEN ENSEMBLE.

AND I WILL SAY THE ONLY WORDS I KNOW
THAT YOU’LL UNDERSTAND,
MY MICHELLE.

AH-HA-HA-HA-HA!

YES, I WILL SAY THE ONLY WORDS I KNOW
THAT YOU’LL UNDERSTAND,
MY MICHELLE.

Sunshine Smiles

 We Love Your

 

 Grace and Charm

 

 We Admire Your

 Elegance Of Style and Manners

We Need Your

Wisdom and Strength

Michelle!

Towering Over Madame Sarkozy: A Supermodel!

You Represent Our Nation So Swell!

My Dear Michelle

No First Lady Ever Wore The Title So Well!

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Playthell Benjamin

Harlem, New York

June 4, 2010