Our mission statement is “to educate, entertain and inform”. We’re not a scandal sheet or purveyors of tittle tattle and unsubstantiated rumour. But there does come a time when some things do cross the line between mere gossip and an understanding of the politics of our time. So with this cautionary note, there is this story that comes from Japan via the Daily Mail Online.
The chap who brought this up is obviously a loose cannon and not to be trusted, but these are the headings that come before the story. The fact that this is even being discussed is the very essence of a political issue.
Kazuyuki Hamada, a member of the upper house of Japan’s parliament, is miffed that Michelle Obama is staying home as her husband tours Japan
He claimed on his blog that a marital rift is responsible for the president’s stag trip to Tokyo
Mrs. and Mrs. Obama, he wrote, have already decided to divorce after he leaves office – a claim mirroring one in the National Enquirer
Hamada claims Michelle Obama knows her husband is cheating on her and using the Secret Service to hide the evidence
He wrote a 2009 ‘birther’ book titled ‘Who is Obama?’ that argued the president likely wasn’t born in the United States
And there is this as an inset piece: So, Michelle and Barack Obama: What IS the state of your union? Rumours their 21-year marriage has been racked by screaming rows, allegations of infidelity and a string of jealous fights
The American economy is going to the dogs and there are international tensions growing across the world, all of which require the undivided attention of a president. Such distractions, if they are real, are one more problem to add to all of the others that this presidency has brought with it. This is a truly depressing story.