#DearMe! Michelle Obama in Japan Strikes Again

It’s official! Mrs. Obama has gone #hashtag crazy. Remember when she pleaded with Boko Haram to release the 276 kidnapped girls using the hashtag “#Bringbackourgirls?” Well, that didn’t work! The girls were either sold into slavery, murdered, or married off to terrorists, and despite Michelle Obama’s solemn effort haven’t been seen or heard from since.

Moving right along, using the excuse that she’s promoting a #letgirlslearn education initiative, FLOTUS has taken a break from dancing the “Uptown Funk” with Ellen and sponsoring her #givemefive campaign. 

Instead, as part of her usual spring fling, Mrs. Obama decided to take Asia by storm. 

Stopping in Japan before heading toward Cambodia, Michelle gleefully ran up exorbitant bills on travel and car service, tripped over her own feet, and scared the hell out of a few small-statured Asian people.

In addition to revealing her clumsiness on the world stage, while in Japan Mrs. Obama worked out her biceps on a Taiko drum, counted red gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, had tea at the Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, and ate raw fish out of a dainty Bento box. Then Mrs. Obama, who refuses to let the failure of #Bringbackourgirls stop her from dreaming up yet another girl-power #hashtag campaign, took time to record a note-to-self /#DearMe video message.

Michelle broke from lecturing Japanese schoolchildren  -- who run rings around American students in cognitive learning skills -- to deliver a cheerful video message of personal pain transformed into future empowerment.

The first lady, who got things wrong when she stumbled in her shiny silver kitten heels while approaching to shake hands with 81-year-old Emperor Akihito and improperly hugged and nearly crushed to death the wife of the current Japanese prime minister, began the video message by reminding herself: “Dear Michelle, stop worrying so much about getting things wrong,”

Then, sounding like she was writing a #DearMe letter to her husband dear Barack, Michelle said “Success has nothing to do with perfection. Stop being nervous. Raise your hand. Use your voice. Get it wrong. Learn from your mistakes and keep moving on.”

Besides lecturing people about education in a country whose people excel in education; ignoring the millions of women worldwide who suffer from things far worse than lack of schooling; and spending nearly $80,000 for car service to shuttle her and her elitist entourage around Kyoto and Osaka, there were a few problematic messages transmitted home during Michelle’s latest trip. 

For starters, in Japan the first lady made a ‘girls should feel good about themselves’ #hashtag video. Meanwhile, in conjunction with the USDA the first lady has mandated children be weighed at U.S. daycare facilities that receive government funding. According to the feds, the justification for placing children on scales is in the “context of heightened concern about adequate nutrition, diet quality and obesity in young children.”

Question for Michelle: Are chunky little girl babies, getting weighed starting in daycare, going to be made to feel bad about their tummy rolls? And then are they going to be encouraged by you to participate in a future #hashtag campaign where they recite the words “Success has nothing to do with perfection?”

Another glaring problem that Michelle obviously didn’t foresee occurred when she posted pictures of her sumptuous Japanese lunch on Instagram. Why? Because back home in America, while she indulges lavishly in whatever food she wants, a school lunch revolution is brewing where, thanks to her, in addition to being weighed like cattle children are eating moldy, skimpy lunches that leave them both hungry and disgusted.

So here we are again, getting more of the same from our #hashtag/travel log ambassador Michelle Obama. It’s spring 2015, and both she and her husband are still focusing on trivial things. They continue to use shallow slogans to advance superficial ideas that accomplish absolutely nothing, spend our hard-earned money on personal indulgences, and assume the American people don’t recognize flagrant hypocrisy when we see it.

Jeannie also hosts a blog at www.jeannie-ology.com

It’s official! Mrs. Obama has gone #hashtag crazy. Remember when she pleaded with Boko Haram to release the 276 kidnapped girls using the hashtag “#Bringbackourgirls?” Well, that didn’t work! The girls were either sold into slavery, murdered, or married off to terrorists, and despite Michelle Obama’s solemn effort haven’t been seen or heard from since.

Moving right along, using the excuse that she’s promoting a #letgirlslearn education initiative, FLOTUS has taken a break from dancing the “Uptown Funk” with Ellen and sponsoring her #givemefive campaign. 

Instead, as part of her usual spring fling, Mrs. Obama decided to take Asia by storm. 

Stopping in Japan before heading toward Cambodia, Michelle gleefully ran up exorbitant bills on travel and car service, tripped over her own feet, and scared the hell out of a few small-statured Asian people.

In addition to revealing her clumsiness on the world stage, while in Japan Mrs. Obama worked out her biceps on a Taiko drum, counted red gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, had tea at the Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple, and ate raw fish out of a dainty Bento box. Then Mrs. Obama, who refuses to let the failure of #Bringbackourgirls stop her from dreaming up yet another girl-power #hashtag campaign, took time to record a note-to-self /#DearMe video message.

Michelle broke from lecturing Japanese schoolchildren  -- who run rings around American students in cognitive learning skills -- to deliver a cheerful video message of personal pain transformed into future empowerment.

The first lady, who got things wrong when she stumbled in her shiny silver kitten heels while approaching to shake hands with 81-year-old Emperor Akihito and improperly hugged and nearly crushed to death the wife of the current Japanese prime minister, began the video message by reminding herself: “Dear Michelle, stop worrying so much about getting things wrong,”

Then, sounding like she was writing a #DearMe letter to her husband dear Barack, Michelle said “Success has nothing to do with perfection. Stop being nervous. Raise your hand. Use your voice. Get it wrong. Learn from your mistakes and keep moving on.”

Besides lecturing people about education in a country whose people excel in education; ignoring the millions of women worldwide who suffer from things far worse than lack of schooling; and spending nearly $80,000 for car service to shuttle her and her elitist entourage around Kyoto and Osaka, there were a few problematic messages transmitted home during Michelle’s latest trip. 

For starters, in Japan the first lady made a ‘girls should feel good about themselves’ #hashtag video. Meanwhile, in conjunction with the USDA the first lady has mandated children be weighed at U.S. daycare facilities that receive government funding. According to the feds, the justification for placing children on scales is in the “context of heightened concern about adequate nutrition, diet quality and obesity in young children.”

Question for Michelle: Are chunky little girl babies, getting weighed starting in daycare, going to be made to feel bad about their tummy rolls? And then are they going to be encouraged by you to participate in a future #hashtag campaign where they recite the words “Success has nothing to do with perfection?”

Another glaring problem that Michelle obviously didn’t foresee occurred when she posted pictures of her sumptuous Japanese lunch on Instagram. Why? Because back home in America, while she indulges lavishly in whatever food she wants, a school lunch revolution is brewing where, thanks to her, in addition to being weighed like cattle children are eating moldy, skimpy lunches that leave them both hungry and disgusted.

So here we are again, getting more of the same from our #hashtag/travel log ambassador Michelle Obama. It’s spring 2015, and both she and her husband are still focusing on trivial things. They continue to use shallow slogans to advance superficial ideas that accomplish absolutely nothing, spend our hard-earned money on personal indulgences, and assume the American people don’t recognize flagrant hypocrisy when we see it.

Jeannie also hosts a blog at www.jeannie-ology.com