In the 8 years that Barack Obama has been on the public stage, he has only shown the utmost respect for his wife Michelle. According to some of the press from Politico , Buzzfeed and Business Insider that has somehow changed.
Take a look at the official White House transcript what President Obama had to say to supporters at an LGBT Leadership Council event hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
I want to thank my wonderful friend who accepts a little bit of teasing about Michelle beating her in pushups — (laughter) — but I think she claims Michelle didn’t go all the way down. (Laughter.) That’s what I heard. I just want to set the record straight — Michelle outdoes me in pushups as well. (Laughter.) So she shouldn’t feel bad. She’s an extraordinary talent and she’s just a dear, dear friend — Ellen DeGeneres. Give Ellen a big round of applause. (Applause.)
Huffington Post reported that the White House pool reporter perceived sexual undertones:
He warmed up with some jokes about the first lady’s appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show. “Michelle outdoes me in pushups as well,” he said, after saying that she’s taken some criticism on her technique “because she doesn’t go all the way down” -– a line that he let hang, naughtily, provoking laughter from the crowd.
Salon blogger Alex Pareene had this to say about the reporting :
“It’s stupid, and most of the people with jobs as political reporters are at least literate, and understand that this thing did not happen,” he wrote. “So don’t repeat it, or even write that “some say” they thought it maybe happened.”
Is Salon blogger Alex Pareene correct? Is this a case of the age old myth of the inappropriate over sexed black male?Sound off in the comments!