I gasped. I wasn't offended. I just have never, ever heard my mother curse. My dad? Anytime he's working on the car -- as he will tell you -- he will manage to hurt at least one thumb and offer a string of curses in the process. So I wouldn't have been as surprised from him.
After I got over my surprise, I said, "Mom, who are we talking about?" I was thinking, "It's that neighbor who will not take a hint and has started coming over every day wanting to talk in the morning before my mother leaves for work and after she gets home."
But, no, Moms was talking Michelle Obama.
Michelle published a letter on the White House blog. Where can you read it? I'm linking to it at Politico. Why there? When the Obamas took over, they trashed the White House website. All of those speeches and lies Bush told about Iraq? Gone. So the next occupant may do the same. Hopefully, Politico will be around for a bit.
What had Moms so upset?
Michelle using the tragedy to tell Americans how to address their children.
"No one," my mother said firmly, "voted Michelle Obama into any office. And when she has a grown up daughter to point to and demonstrate that she knew something about raising a child or when she gets a degree in child psych, I'll be more inclined to listen to her. She really needs to grasp that she is not Oprah, Americans do not want to be told how to talk to their children especially by a woman who dropped hers off for two years and then insisted that her mother move in with them [to the White House] so she [her mother] could take care of the kids."
My mother has no child but me. There are no young children at home. But after I got off the phone with my mother, I mentioned what she'd said at work and got a repeated chorus of "Well actually . . ." All the women singing in agreement with my mother (whom they don't know).
I'm not a mother. And I would have just read Michelle's inane rambles with rolled eyes. But the women who were mothers felt Michelle came off with a bit too much "Here is what to do because I do it." As my boss wondered, "Does Michelle have any female friends? I can't imagine she's gotten away with speaking like that to them all these years."
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"