How affirmative action played out for Michelle Obama

h/t Herodotus on the open thread. A piece about the substandard work that Michelle Obama presented to get a higher degree at Princeton where she was clearly out of her depth. As she admitted “I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as I really don’t belong.”

Her thesis reads like a cry for help.  “I have found that at Princeton no matter how matter how liberal and open-minded some of my white professors and classmates try to be toward me,” she writes, “I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as I really don’t belong.”

She didn’t.  Michelle should never have been admitted to Princeton.  Thanks to the “numerous opportunities” presented by affirmative action, however, Princeton is where she found herself.  “Told by counselors that her SAT scores and her grades weren’t good enough for an Ivy League school,” writes biographer Christopher Andersen, “Michelle applied to Princeton and Harvard anyway.”  Sympathetic biographer Liza Mundy writes, “Michelle frequently deplores the modern reliance on test scores, describing herself as a person who did not test well.”

She did not write well, either.  She even typed badly.  Mundy charitably describes the thesis as “dense and turgid.”  

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12 Responses to How affirmative action played out for Michelle Obama

  1. Karabar

    Was that when she was still Michael Robinson?

  2. Chris M

    Academics are not so much a problem as the constant sour attitude and despising her country. Quite an unpleasant person.

    And I’m told this is the thing they want to replace doddery Joe with.

  3. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    describes the thesis as “dense and turgid.”

    As well as 100% plagiarised and/or ghost written.

  4. mareeS

    Soon to be Dem deputy president nominee, ticking all the BLM and diversity boxes before creepy uncle Joe goes quietly to the dementia ward.

  5. John Dee

    “dense and turgid”
    “Dense” is a word for everyone /anyone.
    My grandmother highly educated in home economics and behavioural sciences ( not to mention crowd control as our family picnics generally passed a body count of 50 ) used it like a death ray.
    “He/she is pretty dense….”
    That’s it – like the siren at the end of the footy – game over.
    Mick Obummer’s biographer could have saved a couple of trees.

  6. Mother Lode

    It truly was a captivating display, the two of them in the White House.

    Him the privately malign snake, cynically playing his audience with exaggerated postures, prose and principles – the altruist, the man of vision, the messiah. I doubt he originated his policies, but he had precisely the foul appetite to implement them at the behest of bad men, and all for his own ego.

    Then there is the great revolving mass of his wife. Bitter, small minded, and petty. Trying to stopper some inner emptiness with food, despising her compatriots so much that she was happy to take enormous salaries while offering nothing in return – a double justice: She deserves to have more, and others deserve to have less.

    And that scowl, so habitually worn that it refashioned her skull to accommodate it so it could be worn with least effort.

    Awful, awful people.

    I am sure some stoic wrote that people of bad character daily also suffer for it.

    But unlike a stoic I rather enjoy reflecting on her suffering like that.

  7. Mother Lode

    As well as 100% plagiarised and/or ghost written.

    Ghosts are pale – that makes them racist.

    Ah, but what the heck. She has had no trouble living off the gifts of whitey such as their contributing most of the taxes she sponges off, the affirmative action (gifted by well-meaning if naive predominately white folk), the freedoms the US offers (formulated by more white folk), the sciences and medicine…and so on.

    And she despises it all for its origin.

  8. stackja

    The Obamas as medical doctors? Performing surgery?

  9. Mother Lode

    The Obamas as medical doctors? Performing surgery?

    She did try her hand at nutrition with that school lunches program of hers. Resulted in listless tired students, binging outside school hours, and black markets in the school yard.

    She had a weight problem, so naturally other people had to go on diets.

  10. Colonel Bunty Golightly

    Many years ago I was told at admission to university that ticking the “Aboriginal Torres Straight Islander “ box Would benefit both myself and the University. Back in those days you were taken at face value and I often think that I would be in a much better financial position today if I had followed that advice.

  11. mh

    Former First Lady Michelle Obama, a prominent Princeton University graduate, praised her alma mater for deciding to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from a residential college and the university’s school of public and international affairs.

    “Heartened to see my alma mater make this change, and even prouder of the students who’ve been advocating for this kind of change on campus for years,“ Obama wrote. “Let’s keep finding ways to be more inclusive to all students — at Princeton and at every school across the country.“…

  12. Colonel

    It profits a man nothing to sell his soul for the world. But for an affirmative action scholarship?

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