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Monday
Jun222009

No One's Elite Enough For "Our Kind of People"

First Lady Michelle Obama with the wife of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.Snob reader Fanita was nice enough to point out to me this little bon mot I missed in the Martha's Vineyard story from the New York. How did I miss this money quote?

Many blacks from Oak Bluffs are elated that the Only One–in–Chief may be joining them. “People are going to lose their minds!” Tonya Lewis Lee says. At the same time, there’s also a bit of wariness among the wealthiest ones, an uncertainty whether Obama will affirm them. “Obama is more a man of the people,” says a Vineyarder who’s part of black high society. “He doesn’t seem to identify with affluent black people. His wife definitely doesn’t; she is basically a ghetto girl. That’s what she says—I’m just being sociological. She grew up in the same place Jennifer Hudson did. She hasn’t reached out to the social community of Washington, and people are waiting to see what they’ll do about that.”

Um ... what the?!?!

Rant after the jump!

All she is is the First Lady of the United States. NOT ELITE ENOUGH! You know? Just in case you didn't know. Is this a paper bag test issue? New money issue? Not enough ass kissing to snooty patooties? Rolling eyes now. Rolling them right out of my head and onto the floor. For real.

Also ... um, he's the president and she's the First Lady. Shouldn't you be kissing their asses and begging to be in THEIR inner circle? Who the EFF are you people? Are YOU leader of the free world? Why do the Obamas have to reach out to you? You should be working the phones, harassing Desiree Rogers to get your name on the damn list, not bitching about how Michelle won't show up at Cavalcade. Jack & Jill of America should be sending letters and gift baskets BEGGING for Sasha and Malia to join. You should be the one inviting him to organizations and events, like when the Alpha Kappa Alphas made Michelle an honorary member. You know? Because they're not INSANE and they wanted to be down with the most famous black woman in America.

THE NERVE of some people. Again. Who the hell are you? What military do YOU command? Remove the stick from your ass and your mind will follow.

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Reader Comments (106)

Black America is too complex for an Island girl like me.
Laughing my head off how people build up their own importance and look down on their "own" colour or what ever it is.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAls SImmons

LOL.

Oh honey you didn't know.

A blog that shall remain nameless often talks about how Michelle and Obama are not the best and the brightest the black community has to offer (I'm not saying they are either, but her reasons for saying it is what gets me) especially since they weren't born into affluence.

She regularly has something to say against Michelle's "behaviour" and when she does offer praise it is often back-handed. She's one of "Our Kind of People."

So I'm not surprised at the comments...Not. At. All.

Another chick who has a blog who is from that set said during the election essentially the same thing...that the black glitterati were not impressed with him and there was no guarantee that Obama would get their votes.

*shrugs*

Oh the humor

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

The first black FLOTUS described as a "ghetto girl"...wow...that's just shameful. I hate to say it but I think it comes down to color...they are mad that this dark skin black woman with kinky (but relaxed) hair is sitting in the White House. The probably feel like it should have been one of their light skin curly haired daughters.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarah

Hilarious Quote.. It's amazing how people create stories to make them feel more important than they really are. The neighborhood Michelle grew up in could hardly be called a ghetto now, let alone 40 years ago when she was growing up. Solidly middle class, followed by her magnet school, then Ivy education. Gimme a break.

"She hasn't reached out..." She IS the social community of Washington LOL by default!

Also, Michelle is not an AKA. They invited her... she wrote them a nice note. She hasn't been initiated.

God forbid I ever meander into Oak Bluffs, I'd be run out like the plague.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterspiderlgs

......they are mad that this dark skin black woman with kinky (but relaxed) hair is sitting in the White House. The probably feel like it should have been one of their light skin curly haired daughters.

And there u have it...

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

this is making my head hurt. "Obama is more a man of the people." So what, is he like Tupac now or something? GTFOH.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermiss kate

@ spiderlgs

I wrote: ... like when the Alpha Kappa Alphas made Michelle an honorary member.

Michelle accepted the honorary membership. Honorary. She also said she would accept an honorary membership from any other Greek organization. So she accepted it, but I never wrote she was a traditional member of the group. Just honorary, like an honorary degree.

June 22, 2009 | Registered CommenterDanielle Belton

I understand that. She sent a note to their Centennial celebration, but has yet to complete the ceremony that will make her a member, honorary or otherwise.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterspiderlgs

@Sarah
I highly doubt they said it b/c of color. i think it's more about her background. If the black elite wanted one of their own as the president and first lady. Trust me, they would've ran him or her by now. But they haven't. The black elite have had PLENTY of time/opportunities to run one of their own. But they didn't, and I suspect part of that is b/c they didn't want the news dissecting everything about "their kind" and putting it out for all of America to see. B/c if all of America knew about the black elite and how they roll they wouldn't be so exclusive anymore...

Also, Snob made a comment about them inviting Sasha and Malia to join Jack and Jill, i wouldn't be surprised if they already have. But then I wouldn't be surprised if they decide not to invite the girls. I mean imagine if the media were to get a hold of the fact that the girls are involved in that type of organization. Every black parent would be trying to get their child in, some way somehow. And that is exactly what the jack and jill set DOESN'T want...Plus one of my friends who is in the D.C. jack and jill chapter says that it is the second most exclusive/snobby/cut throat chapter in the country next to the founding chapter(in Philly).So i could see why the Obamas wouldn't want their daughters to join that set. what kind of message would it send out to normal middle class black folk or your average poor or working class black people? "oh, the obamas are too bougie..."

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkeke123

Stay classy black elite. Stay classy

Is there any question why we sometimes embrace the likes of Tyler Perry and hold on certain working class values? Look at the alternative.

I'm not even an Obama fan and I have to say Negroes please. Even I take pleasure in the fact that Obama is not a peer of the Larry Otis Grahams of the world. No Boule for Barry (Thank God).

(Oh and I hate the pretentiousness of the Black Socialite. I wish she would fall into the Grand Canyon.)

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

Honestly I'm not surprised by what's being said only that it's being said publicly. These people are usually allergic to media attention. Didn't they put a hit out on Lawrence Otis Graham? Lol

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonie

Like I said in the other post, these people aren't relevant. Many new money folks have surpassed them in like one or two generations. Poor ghetto Michelle, son of an African Barack, field hand Oprah, Lil Billy from Philly, Condoleeza don't even want to be seen with negros.
And why are black colleges struggling if these folks are so important. Oh yeah they don't have the big bucks they have to go and beg Coke and Pepsi for donations.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpolticallyincorrect

@Monie

I think they did but the thought of having to deal with the unwashed/unmixed Negro was too much for them to handle. They decided to give old larry and his nose a pass.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

Is there any question why we sometimes embrace the likes of Tyler Perry and hold on certain working class values? Look at the alternative.

Good point, Monica, I can't stand the chitlin circuit to but I get your point

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpolticallyincorrect

I know there was something about the Obamas that I didn't like. They're way too ghetto for me. They're straight out of Compton, from the projects--with those two crumb-snatchers of theirs, Sasha and Malia.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdukedraven

LOl @ monica

i didn't mention any names.

Seriously, it's not an issue that folk want to be exclusive and have their organizations or whatever...I grew up around the set...I come form a part of the semi-deep south where there is a lot of old black money...the issue is that you would get into a national magazine and say such things about the Pres and First Lady.

Keep your snobbishness to yourself.

Contrary to popular belief everyone doesn't want to be you...

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

Why would Sasha and Malia want to be a part of their group when they grow up, where by being the presidents children they will be hanging out with the real deal big honchos like the Kennedy's, not the wanna bee's.
They are gonna hang out with the real movers and shakers, and not he decendants of their slave mistresses.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpolticallyincorrect

Black people, from the glitterrati to the ghettorati, are their own WORSE enemy.
DIssapointing, yet not surprising.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSaida Latigue

Girl, you hit that one right out of the park. Sweet Jesus wept! These people are beyond ... never mind.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthepoliticalcat

Obviously I know nothing about elite people, except that they usually abhor media attention. It's simply 'not done.' I would also think that if the Obamas were actually so 'beyond the pale' and too, 'of the people' for their taste, why do they keep talking about them? Isn't that the point of designating people as 'beneath you?' It seems odd to me that so many of these elite people feel compelled to talk about them. Aren't they irrelevant?

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRoslyn Holcomb

I just realized I fell off your blogroll. Was it the long time away getting a new knee? I'll make it up to you! Damn!

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthepoliticalcat

Lawdhammerdcy.

Bless you, Snob.

Cause you know I GOTZ to bring this to JJP..I missed this one too.

LMAO

Oh, I can't wait for this debate.

I am LMAO....this is SOOO ' Our Kind of People'

BWA HA HA HA HA HA

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrikyrah

A blog that shall remain nameless often talks about how Michelle and Obama are not the best and the brightest the black community has to offer (I'm not saying they are either, but her reasons for saying it is what gets me) especially since they weren't born into affluence.

JJ,

come on...name the blog...I totally want to kinow...I know about the second blog, but don't know the first one.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrikyrah

@Rikyrah,

Didn't you and the Black Socialite have a tiny blog war last year?

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

Wow. Actually, the article wasn't that bad - just had one offensive quote from some knucklehead that the Snob excerpted. Why all the hate on rich Black folks in general? The ones I know all are pro-Obama & Michelle: whether Girlfriends, Links, Boule, J&J, etc. Of course there are haters here and there, but they come both rich & poor. There is so much wrong with that quote above that I can't imagine the person who gave it (to the press nonetheless) is tethered to sanity and must be known to spout ridiculousness regularly.
And as for LOG and 'certain other blog writers', their insecurities are what make them obnoxious, not their alleged wealth or lineage.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen
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