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There's a Washington Memo, posted this morning on the NYTimes. It asks: Man's World at the White House? No Harm, No Foul, Aides Say.
I am now, and will always be a moderate Democrat, with strong liberal tendencies. So my decision to no longer dedicate a separate website to the Obamas in no way reflects an embrace of Republican values.
Watching our First Lady, who I continue to adore, but also studying her against the backdrop of other women like Queen Rania, Carla Bruni, Sarah Brown -- and then considering what remains a pretty darn patriarchal back drop of the American presidency -- I am no longer inspired to maintain a separate website tracking American 'progress' via Michelle-Style.
Laughing this moment, I never recovered from the ultra conservative appearance at the Vatican this summer. Today's Maureen Dowd Op Ed column The Nuns' Story is dedicated to talking about the Vatican. I embrace Marueen's view and have written an extensive comment -- which may or not be published.
It's time to acknowledge that I believe that the only way forward around the globe is one in which feminine values prevail. At the highest levels of think tanks, most conversation is that patriarchal values will finish us off globally, once and for all.
Mind you, my views of the President and his inner team aren't negative about women. I just expected more somehow. And I believe that POTUS is on a colision course with Hillary Clinton, on international women's issues.
Religion is a powerful anti-force in not helping poor women globally. I fear that the Obama administration will side with religion, against the poor and subjugated women. I hope that I am wrong, but I don't believe that POTUS has a problem with women under burqas. I do, except in the case of educated Western women who can remove them as they wish.
POTUS is a charmer and he plays well to Michelle.
While I love the Obamas marriage for all the positive messages that it sends, I do believe that Michelle is "the little lady" of the White House. Moreso than other global women, she's managed in a pretty tight box.
Make no mistake, Michelle is an extraordinary woman and I love her madly.
Yet, I'm not inspired to continue Michelle-Style, with her current 'brand position'.
Anne of Carversville is skyrocketing with traffic and requires too much of my time, as we move to monetize the website into a significant business. You will find Michelle news in Smart Sensuality and perhaps my journal, as I cover other important women in the world.
Come on over! I will post our headlines and most important articles here on Michelle-Style and pay the rent.
I should add that if I'm wrong in what I'm viewing at the WH, I may reignite Michelle-Style again. Today, I've lost my passion. Warm wishes to all. Anne
In complete and total fairness to President Obama, he did not ask to win the Nobel Peace Prize. While the pundits debate whether the prize is a curse or a blessing, most commentators on Friday evening public TV agreed that he frankly didn't need the prize on his plate right now.
The Daily Beast gives us seven white men of various political persuasions, plus The Daily Beast aggregator voice, analyzing the win. Presumably they will cover most aspects of the honor, from an American point of view.
Even I see the award as pressure on POTUS from the Nobel Committee, not only about American military might around the world but also about environmental action in Copenhagen. You know -- Copenhagen in December 2009?
Environmental action means a lot to Europeans and our friends in Sydney and New Zealand, too. Actually, China's on board, with comparatively strong initiatives.
Of all people -- the American big-business community agrees that soon it's "do or die" on the environment. They insist on factoring the risk of inaction into stock prices going forward, if new rules somehow bind them to a longer-term view of business success, rather than a short-term payout.
So the Repubs will focus on Oslo 'neutering' POTUS from using our big guns around the world, but the Norwegians are also very committed to environmental action.
Whoever twittered that announcing President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize award five minutes before NASA bombed the moon yesterday morning, had a great sense of irony in his reasons for not supporting the award.
In a stunningly proactive move in a world that makes progress so slowly, American president Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Everyone is processing! Anne
BREAKING NEWS: BARACK OBAMA WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE!!!
10-9-09 Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize via NYTimes