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Michelle Obama’s Story of Racism at Target is a TALL TALE

The conservative twittersphere blew up when Michelle Obama gave an account of the racism she faced when shopping at Target and a shorter woman asked her for help reaching something on a top shelf. From the interview with People Magazine:

“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. 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.”

But, back in 2012 in an interview with David Letterman, she talked about the incident and didn’t ascribe any racism to the interaction:

At another point, Letterman held up a photo of Mrs. Obama shopping at Target in low-key garb.

“That’s my Target run. I went to Target,” she said. “I thought I was undercover. I have to tell you something about this trip though. No one knew that was me because a woman actually walked up to me, right? I was in the detergent aisle, and she said — I kid you not — she said, ‘Excuse me, I just have to ask you something,’ and I thought, ‘Oh, cover’s blown.’ She said, ‘Can you reach on that shelf and hand me the detergent?’ I kid you not.”

As the audience laughed, she went on, “And the only thing she said — I reached up, ’cause she was short, and I reached up, pulled it down — she said, ‘Well, you didn’t have to make it look so easy.’ That was my interaction. I felt so good. … She had no idea who I was. I thought, as soon as she walked up — I was with my assistant, and I said, ‘This is it, it’s over. We’re going to have to leave.’ She just needed the detergent.”

Here’s the video:

How awful is that? She turned a funny story that made her feel good at the time into an ugly story of racism just to fit a narrative that America is chock full of white racists. That’s kinda pathetic.

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  • mackykam

    Well, for the first time in her life Michelle was actually helpful. Call it “giving back” for all the affirmative action she enjoyed getting into Princeton.

  • Cyborg3K

    Yeah sure. Except for the photographers and film crew and Secret Service agents, there was no way anyone could tell that Michelle wasn’t just ‘regular folks’. What a load of staged photo-op BS.

  • Andre

    She is only qualified to pack shelves.The course she has to attend to be able to unpack shelves she has failed until now.

  • factsobill

    Just goes to show you c-n’t make a silk purse of a sow’s ear! :~)

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  • Rudy

    Michelle Obama 2011: “That was my interaction. I felt so good. … She had no idea who I was.”

    Michelle Obama 2014: “Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new.”

  • glassa

    So the moral of the story is this: If you’re short, first stop at Walmart/Target, should be the hardware department to get a step-stool. This way, you don’t have to run the risk of asking the taller black person for help & being called a racist. And you don’t have to AVOID asking the black person for help & being called a racist for that either.

    Because avoiding the black person is racist. And treating them normally & asking for help is racist too. So just go get the step-stool. And Michelle can avoid pesky things like common courtesy…because it’s above her pay grade.

  • gastorgrab

    I’m sure that Target customer would have asked the same question to any circus freak who happened to be in the store. It’s just that Michelle Obama was there at the time.

    And why shouldn’t she offer her ‘sky hook’ as a common courtesy to anyone? Wouldn’t that be the polite thing to do?

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  • Deapster

    As big a fraud as her husband Barry Soetoro, who never grew up as a poor black child either. What tools. They single handedly made the case affirmative action needs to go into the scrap heap ASAP.

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