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AoSHQ Podcast: Guest, @TheRickWilson | Main | Fewer US-Born People Working in American Now Than in 2007; Foreign-Born Migrant Workers Account for the Increase in Employment
December 19, 2014

In 2012, Michelle Obama Told David Letterman About Her Target Victimization, Only She Claimed She "Felt so Good" to Not Be Recognized

But of course in 2012, her immediate political need was putting a warm, fuzzy gauze on the Obama reelection campaign, so her anecdote was related as a Just One of the Common Folks at Heart aesop.

"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."

But in 2014, her political need is to show that she's Down with the Struggle, so the same incident becomes a searing racial humiliation.

I imagine The Usual Suspects will just make the usual arguments: "Oh, she was so traumatized by this experience of course she remembers it differently each time she talks about it. You're just re-victimizing her by pointing out that this is also a classic sign of deception."



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