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June 3, 2012 / dcwisdom

A Re-Posting To Make a Point

This picture was posted by Andrea Ryan found at this address:

I am re-posting this picture (without the smart-alack commentary as with the previously deleted post) to make a point, and as someone made the comment about it being “obviously photo-shopped,” it is not.  It is an actual photo.

My 56th birthday was two days ago.  I can remember as far back as the Kennedy Administration.  In November 1963, I sat in my second grade classroom and listened as the school principal tearfully announced that President Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas.  School was dismissed for the day, and I walked home to find my red-faced mother crying in the living room, glued to the black and white television set with every channel covering the events of the day.

For the next few days, the television stayed on during waking hours, catching every bit of commentary, mood, and sway of the nation.  Dozens of clips showed Jacqueline Kennedy, her grace and elegance, as she held her composure and class closely.

In thinking about the many photos and film shots of Jacqueline Kennedy that I have seen through the years, she was never unaware of how she portrayed herself to the nation and how she always held and guarded herself, knowing that the world was a camera click away.  She was the epitome of class and dignity to her public, and I’m almost certain she was the same in private.

The unfortunate reality of being a First Lady is that she is forever on world display.

Granted, times have changed.  The new world order culture of “anything goes” filtered, even, into the White House.  However, is it acceptable?  Have the positions of the Presidency of the United States and First Lady lost positional respect?

Up until the Clinton era, personal problems were only known within the politico circles, and only Billy Carter and Betty Ford were lucky enough to have their flaws exposed by the media and flaunted in the faces of the American public.  But mostly, the news media was respectful enough to leave Administration, First Family, and Cabinet’s personal problems behind closed doors, out of the political arena, and out of the national news.

Then came the Clintons, and we observed the blatant behaviors, moral gaffes, and indiscretions of Clinton and his administration.  That was embarrassing enough.  Never mind that Clinton did anything good to overshadow the controversy he brought to the Presidency.  I sure can’t think of anything.

W, with Laura’s help, bandaged the moral and cultural wounds left by liberal policy and previously ill Clinton comportment.  The nation made a paradigm shift, because, you see, it’s all in the leadership.  Laura Bush displayed much of the same qualities of Jacqueline Kennedy – kindness, benevolence, style, and grace – and the nation responded in like manner.  The world appreciated the Bush style and class.  Yes, class.

And, for the past three plus years, our nation has in the White House a couple who wants to be fly (that means cool), who wants to be insiders, who are trying their hardest to be accepted – all to the wrong crowd.  Their flagrant disrespect to our country and to their positions shun those who once opted to give the Obamas a chance.  (I didn’t vote for him.)  Now, formerly staunch supporters are turning their backs on him.  Obama has proven they are not right for the jobs as President and First Lady.

And America has been hurled into another dimension, away from our super power status, away from the world’s respect, away from democracy.  Will she recover?  Can she recover?  Can she be saved?

Vote for recovery if you care anything about her, and send the Obamas back to Illinois.  Or Kenya.




  1. Cheryl / Jun 3 2012 6:53 PM

    Wholeheartedly agree!! I never stopped to think about it, but you are so right. The nation seems to take on either “class” or “class-less-ness” depending on the behavior and demeanor of the leader. W and Laura displayed class and the nation was respected elsewhere in the world. Now Obama and Michelle display no class and we have a nation following suit. Take a look at our world standing now. It’s embarrassing. I wish it ONLY had to do with the poor wardrobe choices of the First lady…..(can we really even call her a lady? Hmmmmmm……)

    • dcwisdom / Jun 4 2012 12:11 AM

      US world standing is one rung from the bottom. That’s why people who care about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness better get our heads out of the sand and demand our country back.

  2. debsladybugtexas / Jun 3 2012 4:20 PM

    You said it girl!!! Wake up Americans

    • dcwisdom / Jun 4 2012 12:08 AM

      We’d better wake up and smell the corruption.

  3. Debbie / Jun 3 2012 1:55 PM

    I would beg you not to send them back here to Illinois regardless of what they’re wearing! But in retrospect, things couldn’t possibly get worse here. He is a product of the mentality that got this state in the sorry state it’s in anyway;part of the Chicago politico which seems like it belongs in another nation to the rest of Illinoisans. Our last two governors are in prison, we pay high state and city taxes, and the state is becoming covered with wind farms which are now blamed for more global warming. Farmers are selling their corn for ethanol before someone figures out there ain’t enough corn out there to provide enough ethanol to fuel cars for any length of time. Last time I heard, Illinois was among the largest welfare states and when we moved here from Texas several years back, this county led the country in out of wedlock births. Someone else currently holds that record. So please, we have enough liberal leftists running this state; please send him elsewhere! But then I am a minority among the democrats here who for some reason want more of the same!

    • dcwisdom / Jun 4 2012 12:08 AM

      Sorry, Deb. No offense intended. Actually, Hawaii might welcome him.

  4. Susan / Jun 3 2012 1:37 PM

    Just because someone else posted this photo, doesn’t mean it hasn’t been photo-shopped!!!

    • dcwisdom / Jun 4 2012 12:02 AM

      The lady’s reputation would be tarnished otherwise.

  5. LexoKat / Jun 3 2012 7:26 AM

    The picture is truly inappropriate. She’s meant to be the First Lady and she dresses worse than I do. The world is going down..

    • dcwisdom / Jun 4 2012 12:06 AM

      Lex, I’m sorry you had to see that. You deserve better.

      • LexoKat / Jun 4 2012 4:28 AM

        Thank you! So do you!

  6. jmgoyder / Jun 3 2012 2:45 AM

    This is rather scarily thought-provoking and I live downunder!
    Bravo for being out there with what you think.

    • dcwisdom / Jun 4 2012 12:05 AM

      Julie, think about it. It’s the moral gauge.

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