Michelle Obama Called 'Trash in the White House'

We've got trash in the White House.
-Radio host Tammy Bruce on Michelle Obama

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Be careful what you say Mrs. Obama. Some radio hosts will attack you for anything. You know, like telling kids that it's cool to get good grades.

While filling in for Laura Meghan-McCain-is-fat Ingraham, radio personality Tammy Bruce quipped "We've got trash in the White House," after playing a clip of Michelle Obama explaining to visiting school children why they should work for good grades.

Here's a transript of the conversation (audio below), which aired March 23, 2009:
Bruce: But here's Michelle Obama explaining to some kids what it was like for her growing up because she sounded like a white person, whatever that means.

Obama [audio clip]: I did do my best, getting good grades was always important to me, and it wasn't because my parents were hounding me or that they had the expectation, it was just something that I wanted for myself. I wanted an A. And I didn't care whether it was cool, ‘cause I remember there were kids around my neighborhood who would say, "Ooh, you talk funny, you talk like a white girl." I heard that growing up my whole life, and I was like I don't even know what that means, but you know what? I'm still getting my A.

Bruce: What? What? What -- what is that? And then she devolves into that weird fake accent, like Hillary did when talking to black people. What? What is that? That's, that -- you know what that is.

[Audio clip of David After Dentist]: Is this going to be forever?

Bruce: Yeah, that - remember nitrous oxide kid, on You Tube. No it's not going to be forever, nitrous oxide kid. It's not. Can you -- can you believe that?

Obama: [audio clip]: So do I need to introduce myself?

Bruce: What a shame. That must've just ruined her damn day. "I wanted the A for myself, and I wanted to do it, and ooh, they said you sounded like a white person, I don't know what that means, but uhh." Huh?

Man, oh, man. That's who he's married to, what does that tell you? This is what we've got -- you know what we've got? We've got trash in the White House. Trash is a, is a thing that is color blind, it can cross all eco -- ecosocionomic kind of categories, you can work on Wall Street or work at the Wal-Mart. Trash are people who use other people to get things, who patronize others, who consider you bitter and clingy.
It's the most petty, incoherent, rambling rant against the Obamas yet. Based on the audio clip and transcript, I'm not even sure what Bruce is angry about. Does she think Michelle is trash because she got good grades? Or because she's telling a story about her own childhood which obviously means she's self-centered? Or because she's black, but was told she "sounded white," which means she's insincere?

I dare you to make sense of it.

Here's the audio. Listen and vote in our poll to let us know if you agree with... whatever point Bruce was trying to make.

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