FYI – Flopping Aces has some Michelle O. photos you gotta see. She’s not a happy camper, at all.
Why didn’t Michelle go to the Islamic nations with her hubby. Feminists like Naomi Wolfe think it would not have been a good idea for Michelle to go along. Why? Well, Obama is not trying to enforce Western ideals on Islamic worlds, therefore it would be in bad taste to mention that women are second class citizens in the world where Obama is pandering! NOW thinks it was great that Michelle stayed home to look after the kids. Evidently now that Sarah Palin is off and running (we hope) and is not a stay at home mom, and Michelle is busy spending taxpayer dollars to be glam, NOW thinks it is important for women to stay at home.
Laura Bush, on the other hand, has spent the past 8 years of her life helping oppressed women the world over.
“…And in Saudi Arabia, women can’t drive cars, appear in public unless covered by the hijab and abaya, and conduct business or even move about without the say-so of a male guardian.
Mrs. Obama could have done a lot of good by supporting women working to secure some of these basic rights. First ladies carry a powerful cachet — something her predecessors understood. Hillary Clinton traveled widely to promote women’s rights — including in Muslim countries — and launched a global women’s democracy initiative.
And Laura Bush was a huge champion of women in the Muslim world — whether devoting herself to helping Afghan women recover from the Taliban or urging women to run for office in Kuwait. Bush also fought against breast cancer in a region where the taboo surrounding women’s bodies means women don’t get screened for the disease — and thus die at needlessly high rates.
On a trip meant to highlight the issue, I was fortunate to see the effects of a first lady’s diplomacy first-hand. During a meeting with survivors in Saudi Arabia, Bush listened to women speak of their efforts to get the Saudi government to focus on women’s health. A young computer-science student shared her plans to start an online support network for fellow survivors. Beneath her abaya, another woman said proudly: “Saudi women are like women everywhere — really strong.” Perhaps most touching, the women brought their little girls along to listen and to learn….”