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Friday, May 15, 2015

Obama, Unfiltered - by Margaret Talev

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"First Lady Michelle Obama, in turn, gave one of her most personal and pointed speeches on her experience as a black woman, at her May 9 commencement address to Tuskegee University in Alabama. She recalled how during her husband's 2008 campaign she faced questions she saw connected to her race and "the fears and misperceptions of others: Was I too loud, or too angry, or too emasculating?" The satirical New Yorker magazine cover with her wearing an afro and machine gun "knocked me back a bit" as did the description of the Obamas' fist bump as a terrorist fist-jab and descriptions of her as "uppity" or "Obama's Baby Mama." She said he had to "block everything out and focus on my truth."

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