Michelle Keeps it Real with Reverend Al
After heading up a 'poor me' sob-story session with mothers in the Oval Office, packing for the nine-hour flight to Oahu, and wrapping up a 16-day Obamacare public relations blitz, 'Mom-to-Mom' Michelle found time to take to the airwaves and dial in to the "Keeping it Real with Reverend Al Sharpton" radio show.
If I might digress for moment, Al Sharpton is a man who, judging from his hairdo and his manner, is neither 'real' nor 'reverend.'
Nonetheless, apart from making some inane arguments as to why everyone should sign up for Obamacare, true to form the first lady began by dragging out the heart-wrenching stories. The first one was about daughter Sasha being stricken with illness as an infant. Like most liberals who have limited experience with anything, Sasha's bout with meningitis instantly transformed Mrs. Obama into an authority on the need for health insurance.
While talking to the right reverend, who mostly listened, the first lady ramped up the fear factor when she cited studies that show that the primary reason Americans are forced into bankruptcy in the U.S. is being buried in medical bills because they were unable to afford health insurance in the first place. What she didn't mention is that people in countries with single-payer healthcare systems also go bankrupt. Why? Because despite having socialized medicine, in countries like Canada and Great Britain while waiting for months to receive medical care, many desperately ill people are unable to work.
In Sweden, the bastion of socialism, the Association of Insolvency states that "the four most common reasons for indebtedness [are]... illness, unemployment, divorce, or bankruptcy," all of which, thanks to Barack Obama, America is currently experiencing. At present, the only thing missing here is the shoddy healthcare system that's set to crash and burn come January when tens of millions of Americans wake up with no insurance.
The most striking part of the Al and Shelley show was when Mrs. Obama homed in on the "young invincibles" who she says wrongly perceive themselves as indestructible. Michelle stressed that "it's not just about moms and babies, it's about young people who feel invincible... we need young people signed up too for this."
It seems that after voting for Barack Obama, the 18-29 year-olds are, for maybe the first time ever, discerning correctly and rejecting Obamacare. Now the big push is on to lie, frighten, manipulate and exploit the emotions of those finally thinking rationally for themselves.
In an effort to convince resistant Millennials to submit, over and over again Mrs. Obama cited "curveballs."
The first lady talked about life's curveballs -- the ones that land people in the hospital and cause them to go bankrupt and the curveballs that could cause young people working part-time to stumble and do a face-plant while walking and texting without health insurance.
Michelle related a story to Al about one woman at her meeting in the Oval Office who hoped to be saved by socialized medicine whose "son was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer." The first lady shared that this concerned mother prayed every night that the Act wouldn't be repealed and then cried herself to sleep.
Quick! Someone tell Ted Cruz that if Obamacare is repealed, all across America children with cancer won't have insurance and every night their praying mothers will cry themselves to sleep.
Throughout the interview the reverend spent most of the time responding to every word Michelle said with a, "Yep, yep, yep... Right, that's right." Then, after discussing people who can't afford health insurance finally getting affordable insurance they still won't be able to afford, things spiraled from the annoying into the ridiculous.
Issuing words of caution, Michelle Obama warned that like a sword of Damocles, tragedy looms, waiting to strike the twenty-something set who believe they'll never get sick because they're young and "healthy now."
The first lady gave examples as to why invincibles should stop being blasé.
First she brought up how "young people are the ones who are driving around late at night... [and]... can get into a car accident." Without pointing out to Michelle that anyone of any age is capable of getting into a car accident, Sharpton responded, "Yep."
Then Michelle turned her attention toward club kids who typically like to spin around on the dance floor splashing adult beverages all over the place. Beware, partiers! You can "slip at a club."
For the athletic types who aren't into drinking and dancing, Michelle reminded Al that kids who "play pick-up games [can] get a black eye, you know" -- or elbowed in the face, resulting in a split lip that requires 12 stitches!
Mrs. Obama warned that homebodies who don't like to venture out to nightclubs or outdoors for athletic events shouldn't be complacent either. Michelle rightly forewarned aspiring Bobby Flays not to play with knives without health insurance because "Cooking for the first time [one can] cut a finger...[or]... bust an artery."
A question for Michelle: Why stop there -- don't you know that a girl can slip on the ice on the way into a clinic to get a fully-funded abortion? During Obama speeches haven't youthful devotees been known to collapse in a swooning faint? What about the very real possibility of an energetic soup kitchen volunteer, while hurrying to buy $540 Lanvin foot gear, suffocating while trapped inside the revolving door of a high-end boutique?
How about the danger of choking on a wayward tongue piercing? And let's not overlook the millions seeking treatment for Obamacare website-induced Carpel Tunnel Syndrome and Obamaphone-caused brain tumors.
And if all these cautionary tales fail to convince the cocky, after January 1st Michelle Obama can always come back and 'Keep it Real' with Reverend Al Sharpton again. During that appearance, the first lady will be fully loaded with bloodcurdling anecdotes about people injured while running from IRS agents and left to die simply because they refused to heed her warning.
Jeannie hosts a blog at http://www.jeannie-ology.com/