Michael Knowles reacts to Michelle Obama dubbing herself the “Forever First Lady.”
Michelle Obama doesn’t want to run for president — she’s more interested in helping the next generation of leaders.
By Lydia Ramsey
Michelle Obama is hopeful about the next generation of leaders in the US.
The former first lady has been meeting many younger leaders through her work with the Obama Foundation. She says it has given her a lot of optimism about their approach to leading the country.
“They’re tired of watching us do the same old thing and expect different results,” Obama, 54, said at Klick Health’s Muse event in New York on Tuesday. “So I’m optimistic about the future. There are some bright young people out there doing some amazing things.”
Those interactions have helped to solidify her plans, which aren’t likely to involve running for office.
“This is why I’m not going to run for president,” she said. “Because I think it’s a better investment to invest in creating thousands of mes.”
Rather than having one “Michelle Obama” vying for the presidency, she hopes to help more people get into leadership positions.
“We don’t need just one — we need thousands and thousands,” Obama said.
Obama spent eight years in the White House as the first lady. The idea of swapping spots with her husband, former President Barack Obama, doesn’t appeal to her.
“As an older leader, I think an important part of leadership is stepping out of the way and making room,” Michelle Obama said.
If she were to decide to run for office, it would limit the country, she said.
“We’re not finding that new energy out there,” she said.
The artist who supposedly created the former president’s image is one Kehinde Wiley. He is best known for creating giant paintings of black women holding the decapitated heads of white girls. “It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing,” Wiley said. He is also a radical gay activist and is known for pushing that issue into every painting by including small depictions of squiggly sperm cells in every painting.
Some are even claiming that Wiley snuck a few gay allusions into his painting of Obama.
But by some accounts, there is a growing suspicion that the artist didn’t even do the painting on his own but instead hired cheap Chinese labor to create the thing.
Some are questioning the leaves in the background, for instance. A close review of the portrait shows that large blocks of the leaves are exactly the same in section after section making critics wonder if the leaves are just digital clones, and not an actual painting.
Indeed, in a recent interview, Wiley even admitted that he has used Chinese studios in the past.
In an interview with New York magazine back in 2012, Wiley said using Chinese studios is common practice for New York artists.
There’s nothing new about artists using assistants—everyone from Michelangelo to Jeff Koons has employed teams of helpers, with varying degrees of irony and pride—but Wiley gets uncomfortable discussing the subject. “I’m sensitive to it,” he says. When I first arrived at his Beijing studio, the assistants had left, and he made me delete the iPhone snapshots I’d taken of the empty space. […] “I don’t want you to know every aspect of where my hand starts and ends” […]
Producing work in China cuts costs, but not as much as it used to, Wiley says. These days in Beijing he employs anywhere from four to ten workers, depending on the urgency, plus a studio manager, the American artist Ain Cocke.
Is it any surprise that Obama’s artist is a fraud who farms his work to the Chinese as he traipses about New York City pushing the radical gay agenda? Probably not.
It is just as bad with the hideous portrait of former First lady Michelle Obama.
The woman hired to create that monstrous piece of “art” is a social justice activist named Michelle Smith. This artist has a long history of using her art to support the gay agenda, Black Lives Matter, abortion and other left-wing issues and even put Obama in a dress that is filled with gay symbolism.
Sadly, we can’t even get normal portraits from these two. Instead we have to get social activism. We can’t just have pantings without having underhanded, secret, left-wing agendas hidden in them.
Musician Moby © Bob Strong / Reuters
Multi-award winning recording artist and activist Moby gave an interview to WFPK on Thursday to promote his new album, “Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt,” but somehow ended up spending the last half of the interview talking about Trump and Russia.
Moby said he had made friends with a few “active and former CIA agents” over the years, who told him they were “really concerned” that Trump was “essentially being run as a Russian agent.”
“This is the Manchurian Candidate, like [Russian President Vladimir Putin] has a Russian agent as the president of the United States,” Moby recalled his friends telling him.
The full interview was posted on Twitter by WFPK’s Kyle Meredith. The discussion about Trump begins at 8:10.
Last February, Moby said he was having dinner with his friends when they asked him to post several anti-Trump theories on social media, where he has a large number of followers.
“They said like, look you have more of a social media following than any of us do, can you please post some of these things, just in a way to sort of put it out there,” Moby said.
Moby said his friends based their information, in part, on the Fusion GPS report that was published by BuzzFeed last January.
The musician said he did not know for sure whether there was collusion between Trump and Russia, but added “where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”
Moby went on to make some ominous predictions about Trump, saying things are “going to get quite a lot darker.”
“Like the depth of the Trump family and business, their involvement with organized crime sponsors of terrorism, Russian oligarchs – like it’s really, really dark.”
However, Moby said he is hopeful that his “friend and neighbor,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California), will win in 2018 and take over as head of the House Judiciary Committee.
“That is when things start to get really serious,” Moby said, referring to the Russia probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Moby also said he is grateful for Trump’s incompetence.
“Like, just imagine how much more dangerous he’d be if he was intelligent and had emotional impulse control,” Moby said. “I’m really grateful that if we’re going to have a tyrant at least let him be stupid and incompetent.”
Moby said his “dream” president would be former First Lady Michelle Obama, but accepted it’s “never going to happen.” In lieu of another Obama, Moby said he would like to see either Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) or Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) as the next commander in chief.
“I just really want to hopefully see a female president sooner rather than later,” Moby said.
Last February, Moby wrote a lengthy post on Instagram detailing what his “friends who work in DC” told him about Trump.
The post said the infamous Russian dossier was “100 percent real,” adding that Trump was “being blackmailed by the Russian government, not just for being peed on by Russian hookers, but for much more nefarious things.”
after spending the weekend talking to friends who work in dc i can safely(well, 'accurately'…) post the following things: 1-the russian dossier on trump is real. 100% real. he's being blackmailed by the russian government, not just for being peed on by russian hookers, but for much more nefarious things. 2-the trump administration is in collusion with the russian government, and has been since day one. 3-the trump administration needs a war, most likely with iran. at present they are putting u.s warships off the coast of iran in the hope that iran will attack one of the ships and give the u.s a pretense for invasion. 4-there are right wing plans to get rid of trump. he's a drain on their fundraising and their approval ratings, and the gop and koch brothers and other u.s right wing groups are planning to get rid of trump. 5-intelligence agencies around the world, and here in the u.s, are horrified by the incompetence of the trump administration, and are working to present information that will lead to high level firings and, ultimately, impeachment. i'm writing these things so that when/if these things happen there will be a public record beforehand. these are truly baffling and horrifying times, as we have an incompetent president who is essentially owned by a foreign power. -moby
The post added that the Trump administration has been colluding with the Russian government “since day one,” and Trump was putting warships off the coast of Iran “in the hope that Iran will attack one of the ships and give the US a pretense for invasion.”
“I’m writing these things so that when/if these things happen there will be a public record beforehand,” Moby tweeted. “These are truly baffling and horrifying times, as we have an incompetent president who is essentially owned by a foreign power.”
The post received just over 5,000 likes in the last year.