GOP Wants to Keep Tabs on Michelle Obama

Published by Pamela Gentry on Friday, March 27, 2009 at 4:35 am.

By Pamela Gentry, Senior Political Analystmichelle-obama_ap090320011811

March 27, 2009 – Black lawmakers are skeptical of GOP efforts to draft legislation that could force Michelle Obama and future first ladies to do more of their policy work publicly and with congressional oversight.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has proposed an amendment that would create a  policy requiring Mrs. Obama to disclose any government policy group she were to meet with – and to provide public and media access.

It would also require the First Lady and any that follow to announce in advance any meeting or gatherings when governmental policy would be discussed.

Issa contends this is all about recording history. 

“We are trying actually to protect the historic role of the first lady,” Issa said, adding that this would repeatedly invoke the “transparency” mantra of the Obama administration.

But Rep. William Clay (D-Mo.) disagrees.  “President Obama might see the legislation as a personal provocation that could trigger a fight. Let me… caution my friend from California that, as you’re probably aware, this president is very guarded about his family,” Clay said.

Clay isn’t alone in his calling for caution.  Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings  (D) said, “What is protection to one person may be just the opposite to another.”

Clay agrees, “I think that, no matter what you’re intending with this amendment, that the president may view this as an attack on his wife.”

If Issa is successful in getting his amendment passed, it would overturn a 1993 decision, which ruled that First Lady Hillary Clinton could be considered the equivalent of a federal employee.  In other words, Clinton’s involvement in the presidential Health Care Task Force did require that she report every meeting with outside advisory panels and that she release notes from the meetings.

Issa isn’t giving up. “We should have a set of rules that future presidents, vice presidents, first ladies and spouses of vice presidents, understand what their do’s and don’ts are. Can they have an open meeting? Can they have a closed meeting?” Issa asked. 

I guess that will be another question that may be answered in the courts. Do you think the actions of the First Lady should be monitored by Congress?

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EVIL said on March 27th, 2009

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Alex said on March 27th, 2009

I don’t care too much about her husband but I love Michelle! That’s all I have to say…and another thing. Michelle. If you’re reading this, I would bathe you with my finest soap and use premium Dasani water to fill the tube.

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Gabrielle said on March 27th, 2009

No I don’t think congress should keep an eye on Michelle Obama and whatever ventures she decides to take on. That’s only allowing more drama to the plot of the fact that they are black. There is a job that needs to be done and the more congress decides to change and re-arrange things for the benefit of their personal opinions and thoughts what message is that sending to the American people. Let her be and continue showing the world what America is really about and letting her know that black woman can stand on their own.

Carlos Slim Helu said on March 27th, 2009

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ASS KISSING ALEX said on March 27th, 2009

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Andrea said on March 27th, 2009

Will the GOP stop at nothing to distract this President? All of a sudden, they want to start this with Michelle Obama? Oh Please! Everything the GOP does reeks of desparation. They so need to get a life.

Monique said on March 27th, 2009

I think the Government should continue monitoring what ever they monitored before. Why didn’t they bring this law up when the Bush family was in the White House. They should’ve been the ones getting monitored with all the meeting they attended to. They were there for 2 terms, 9/11 happened ,the “Bush” war started,and a recession ended it all and you never thought about monitoring them?..PLEASE…leave the President and his family ALONE,work WITH him and HELP MAKE THE “CHANGE”…..

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Julius Weeks said on March 27th, 2009

Why now? Because she is black and they want to control us even after we’ve achieved this level of equality. Some folks will just never stop.

Veronica said on March 27th, 2009

I agree with Monique……….and it seems that when ever Black people break into any arena that had previously been closed to them………..someone holler…………..”CHANGE THE RULE”………You can check out the history of EDUCATION………baseball……….and Jackie Robinson caught hell, of which the cancer causing stress of it all killed him opening that door………………Basketball………….they even moved the basket changed the plays etc……………Govenment employment………..YOU name it…..

WHAT DO YOU NOW FEAR………….?????

Veronica said on March 27th, 2009

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Terry said on March 27th, 2009

Leave the President and his family alone. I am thinking because she is black this is the reason why you want to monitor her every movement and every word. The First Lady is not one of the traditional first ladies the kind that wear white gloves, hats, long sleeves, eat bread with the crust cut off, have grown children and have afternoon tea parties. She is a well-educated woman she knows not to embarrass her husband the First Black Man we call President. Come on GOP leave them alone.

virginia bossett said on March 27th, 2009

It just goes to show America how inept the repugs are when it comes to helping the country get back on track. They are dogging the first Lady when they should be looking back to the times that their leader messed up the whole of America. They truly are wondering in the wilderness.

Rush said on March 27th, 2009

I think we should monitor her because she is black and black people should all be monitored in Amerika!

StellaZ said on March 27th, 2009

RE: Do you think the actions of the First Lady should be monitored by Congress?

I think Dem’s and Repubs. are threatened by the First Lady, Michelle Obama’s popularity with the American People. I think this is an attempt to single her out in a way that they would never even consider singling Laura Bush out. I think it is less about transparency and more about simple harrassment. Because they can use their office to harrass her in this way. And they want the President to know that.

I have a theory that there are democrats in congress who never wanted Obama as President or Michelle as First Lady. That they will want history to reflect John Kennedy and Bill Clinton as the foremost successfull Democratic presidents. They will co-operate with the Rublicans in an effort to thwart President Obama and marginalize his success regardless as to the damage done to the American people. I believe that Bill Clinton himself has a vested interest in tamping down President Obama’s polularity and effectiveness and this is the suble thread that is woven through out Washington. Why else would a democrat suggest such a thing? It’s ridiculous. One would expect this and anything else from Republicans, the self-proclaimed loyal Opposition. Why from democrats enjoying success as a direct result of President Obama’s polularity and election.

RosemaryHall said on March 27th, 2009

As always they want to make up rules or change the rules when people of color are involved. Anytime you were going to let a Sarah Phalin become Vice who seem slow . It was Clear to most American that this Woman was not Presidential material and the frighten thought if something would have happen to the President this women could have been President. I feel that the GOP should introduce a law that said you must be mild intelligent to be the Vice President. Leave the first lady along we are tried of you people

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Smooth thug said on March 27th, 2009

Alex, I really don’t think that Michelle Obama would want anything to do with you until you learn to spell.
“Rush”, I see you don’t know how to spell either. It’s AmeriKKKa, not “Amerika.

smooth butt thug said on March 27th, 2009

You forgot to add your middle name.

WARREN said on March 27th, 2009

C’MON! PLEASE! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

GAM said on March 28th, 2009

Why don’t they just leave the First Lady alone?

We have more larger issues in the country, which she is addressing, homeless, children’s education, reading, gardening.

Enough!

Sandra said on March 28th, 2009

Ok..I’m trying to get this bullcrap that the GOP is trying to pass now..How about if they start with their own party first to see how it going to work?? Keep tabs on their wives and see how they like it..or they can ask Rep Whip Eric Cantor to watch over her since he likes watching the Britney Spears concert without his daughter!!!!!! The Republicans are trying there best at any little piece of crumb information they can gather or try to make new laws starting with our First African American Presidential Family..Did they not listen to how President Obama responded to the reporters question after his speech last week…”

ME said on March 28th, 2009

Nice Censor, Pamela. Coward!

me said on March 28th, 2009

on second thought…I am sorry for my comment. it is your blog and I guess you have the right to censor. I just think that after someone who disagrees with you get censored they get angry, anger turns to frustration and then to apathy…then they just leave which is probably what you wanted in the first place… the problem is that then everyone on your blog thinks that the whole world agrees with them. Which isn’t true…it just adds to the cycle that you are perpetuating. if you can’t disagree with someone, why blog?

me.me.me.me.me. said on March 28th, 2009

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seschris said on March 28th, 2009

me,

the bloggers on this site are intelligent enough to know that the whole world does not agree with the general consensus on this blog. there are differing opinions on this blog every day and plenty of arguing. this is but one small blog on the whole intenet and we all get censored on here at one time or another. black and white.democrat and republican.

mildred said on March 28th, 2009

why now! they didnot worry about the bushes. maybe because they were not black. i am sick and tired of the republicans trying to findm trouble all the time. why we cant pull together for america. BLESS THE OBAMAS.

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alex said on March 28th, 2009

What’s the purpose of monitoring the first lady, the first lady has no power to either inact or enforce legislation or policy her power comes through her husband the President who is under oversight. This is just another example of Republican, ie white, fear of a black president and his very African American wife. For all the talk about problems between black men and women we should never forget that no one hates black women more or has treated them worse over history than white men. And no one is more jealous or has more contempt for black women than white women. There fear and loathing is the reason why just 2 months into this presidents administration and before his first hundred days we are hearing all these vitriolic comments and questions about the presidents agenda and motivation, questions which have never been asked of any previous president at this early stage of his administration.

lilly said on March 28th, 2009

Alex you are so full of crap!

rosie said on March 29th, 2009

alex,

I totally agree with you! Keep the truth coming!

mattie said on March 29th, 2009

ISSA is a REPUBLICAN! not a DEMOCRAT, and the thing about it is he seem’s to be a person of color! it’s sad to say but, the PRESIDENT is going to have to get extra SECURITY for his family! and GOD know’s they have all type’s of SECURITY already! LORD continue to keep the OBAMA ‘S covered in your BLOOD! if you are an AFRICAN AMERICAN, we need to understand that these REPUBLICAN’S are not going to stop! they want the PRESIDENT! this is all to get back at him! so from day to day their is no telling, what we will here over the new’s when it come’s to the OBAMA’S, the truth is this is a BLACK FAMILY in the WHITE HOUSE, and the RACIST want them OUT!!!!! the WHITE HOUSE was built for WHITE FOLK’S, but, the rule’s have changed, GOD has taken over, and passed the key’s to the BLACK FAMILY!!!!

Brenda said on March 29th, 2009

Is it because she’s the 1st BLACK 1ST LADY? I hope she brings this to there attention. There is always something when it comes to us trying to do the right thing. President Obama should speak on this. Or has he?

Bama said on March 29th, 2009

Black people this is nothng but misdirection, smoke and mirrors. It makes so sense, all it does is takes your attention from what Obama is doing. Obama is pushing a 3.6 tillion dollar budget that will put not just our grandkids in debt but their children in debt also,do you not care?

This is tipical Pamerla in politics crap, to get blacks talking about something that does not make sense or matter. If the first lady does nothing wrong what can they do? Black people do not waste your energy on this crap. Obama is trying to make blacks permament slaves to government, standing in line for a slice of bread or waiting for a rebate check. While the rest of the world in up in arms about the spending that Obama is doing, doubling the debt in five years tripling it in ten, Pamela does not even bring the question to our forum, maybe she thinks we are just too dumb to care.
Stop thinking everything that happens to you is because your are black it makes us look weak and unorganized, wait that may be true. As for the comment from Evil, this is a good site for you because black people love to emblace crap that is bad for black people. I do not judge Obama off of emotion or what he says, but what he does.

Conscious CHANGE 2010 said on March 29th, 2009

It seems as if some would have us believe that their intent is for historical reason, obviously they have no problem with history when they write the story. The GOP is just as racist as the Dems from the south was in 1960’s and Clinton in 2008. Yes, I agree the President have to watch his back from every angle, both the GOP and the DINO’s (Blue, Moderate Democrats who are Republican lite!). Michelle like herhusband in two months have show the blood and sweat of Black and Hispanic Americans and other minorities who labor day and night for this nation and union that is not yet perfect. The GOP, is worried about spending, when they created this mess, 9-11, two WARS and an Economic crisis that was created by Bush and his following of globalist cabal. Cheney pushed the ISRAELIS to start the WAR against Palestine in January and had the gauls to say “Obama would not make it in the major leagues”, Cheney, Bush and all the others talk about patriotism, but they are evil men who roam the world for more land and treasures. Until the “AMERIKAN CONFEDERACY” is once and forever distroy, we will forever call out the WHITE HOODED men and women within our goverment. Yes, these “AMERIKANS” need to know that like the “AFRIKANERS”, in South Africa, their time is about up. America will not have another “white” Administration for awhile. The Hispanic, Black, Indian, Asian majority is about to transform America, next up TEXAS. Texas is going BLUE in 2010 and 2012 OBAMA all the WAY….YES WE CAN and we will “BE THE CHANGE”. GOP is so over, and we will ensure that Michelle and Barack is NOT HARRASS, we will not stand idle by and let these BS continue!

ray said on March 29th, 2009

That’s the problem we live in a world of hippocrites , racism , people have no tolerance for others , there’s no perfect people.
we should try and respect Mrs Obama as first lady , as we have all of the other First ladies . Why should we put censorship on her agendas , yes she is black , but slavery was abolished , this republican proposal is just an act of out right racism , has anyone invaded his privacy or his wife privacy , and why does the laws need to be changed now . The reaity of that situation she is black , and he wants , to be her slavemaster who she reports to .
This is so disrespectful to the president , for such a suggestion.

Dawn said on March 29th, 2009

Leave the 1st Lady alone. I have not heard such a policy, when Clinton and
Bush Jr. was in office. Mrs. Obama is a strong, smart, beautiful black women and unfortunately, “certain people” are threatened by that!!!

Bama said on March 29th, 2009

Hey Pam, how about some discussions about politics, we can handle it. This is Pamela on Politics blog correct? Or is it just a name only to feed black people none sense and call it politics?

brittany said on March 29th, 2009

WHY DONT THEY JUST LET THE FIRST LADY BE???? IT SEEM LIKE SOMEONE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY EVERYDAY ABOUT PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY OBAMA

tbonex said on March 30th, 2009

The reality is many Americans feel violated because Obama is in the Top positon.The never dreamed a Black would be in.
I am Black but never realy happy with Obama because of his Pro zionist views ,just like all of our past leaders,who are afraid to even disagree with Israell on any issue.
This move is nothing but to try and intimidate Michelle Obama ,as is the larger societies practice throughout our history in this USA .It is nothing new really,
In fact we should expect more scrutiny darts arrows aimed at him the more succesfull Obama gets.
iyyrw ht ds their practice

most wont be happy until he fails,or if he is dead.
So If he lives through this first term,no matter how succesfull he is,he will be constantly be villfied for one thing or another.
The disease of White Supremacy runs deep,and is very hard to cure
Obama has to stay focused in trying to undo the damage and dissater,that King George W Bush ,and the Evil, D Cheney and their Republican Cabal has done to America and the world,including trying to restrict our rights and freedoms to turn the US in A fascist state,under the guise of keeping us Safe

ezran merritt said on March 30th, 2009

the privacy is needed for accurracy and the other fruits of the soclusion task the public and the other would be too much distraction and they may not perform as they would and should pertaining if they were let alone to do the job if hc had privacy and report well then mechelle should have her choice as well until rules are broken and not just concerns being met of those who wander about the capability ,…of,.

William Gates III said on March 30th, 2009

Good Morning! Mrs Obama

Socia said on March 30th, 2009

This is just plain harassment. GOP get over it. This is not a old white male country anymore. Adapt or perish.

Alex said on March 31st, 2009

Hey Smooth Thug – it was a typo…sue me!

p.s.
Alex and alex are different people.

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