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BREAKING: Michelle Obama’s Past Comes to Haunt Her
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Barack and Michelle Obama have long forgotten the post-White House custom that says retired First Families should stay out of political events unfolding inside the Beltway. Michelle Obama remains actively outspoken and anti-Trump, even telling Trump supporting women that they voted against their own interests in one appearance, while insisting her husband’s successor is a tyrant in another speech.
Throughout all of this post-presidential campaigning, however, Mrs. Obama cannot be bothered to recant a sickening statement she made of disgraced Hollywood mogul and accused rapist Harvey Weinstein, whom she called “a wonderful human being, a good friend, and just a powerhouse” in 2013.
She can’t just push what she said under the rug.
Weinstein: “wonderful human being”
Since the Oct. 5 exposé by The New York Times revealed that Weinstein had reached legal settlements with at least eight different women over allegations of sexual harassment, a disturbing number of entertainers, models, and journalists have come forward to share their own nauseating tales of forced intimacy from the sexual deviant.
Even the world’s most talented actors have had trouble convincing the world that nobody knew about Weinstein’s sexual misconduct, and a complete cast of Hollywood A-listers jumped to Weinstein’s defense and shut down successive news stories that would have exposed the monster for his crimes. Matt Damon and Russell Crowe personally helped bury one of these stories in 2004, and George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Heidi Klum, and Ryan Gosling also rushed to their benefactor’s defense over charges of financial crimes related to an AIDS charity.
But the swirling rumors did not stop Michelle Obama from lauding Weinstein as some sort of super-liberal. A partial transcript of her speech before a student film symposium in 2013 serves as a record of the high regard Obama had for the sexual predator:
I want to start by thanking Harvey Weinstein for organizing this amazing day. This is possible because of Harvey. He is a wonderful human being, a good friend and just a powerhouse.
That the former first lady would be so complimentary of Weinstein comes as no surprise. Weinstein strongly backed her husband’s 2012 reelection bid, donating in excess of $45,000 to his campaign, and the First Family even sent their eldest daughter Malia to intern at the producer’s film studio this summer.
Weinstein was also a frequent White House guest of the Obama family. Records show that he visited the Oval Office no fewer than 13 times between 2010 and 2014.
As close as the Obama family was to the studio head, many think they must have known that there were accusations of sexual improprieties; Hollywood insiders are referring to his scandalous behavior as an “open secret.”
An episode of the NBC comedy “30 Rock” even included a telling joke from actress Jane Krakowski’s character, who said:
I’m not afraid of anyone in show business. I turned down intercourse with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions … out of five.
Circle of friends
It comes as no surprise that the Obamas would celebrate a man who was openly involved in unrestrained sexual assaults going back three decades. The family has relationships with a variety of class acts.
From drug dealers to Wall Street fraudsters, Team Obama’s circle of friends could be confused with the cast of a Hollywood organized crime thriller — including Jay-Z, who admits he was a crack dealer who shot his own brother and stabbed a record producer in 1999 before ascending to stardom, and longtime Obama friend and fundraiser Tony Rezko, who was convicted and sentenced to 10 and a half years for corruption and attempting to obtain $7 million in donor kickbacks.
Although Weinstein is in such good company, he won’t be RSVPing to any Obama functions in the future. Not only is the longtime Democratic Party donor now reduced to a political deadweight, there’s a possibility he could soon be trading in his award show tuxedos for a bright orange prison jumpsuit.
Whether Weinstein faces justice or not, his victims will have to live with the effects of his crimes for the rest of their lives. Let’s hope Weinstein’s public humiliation forces Hollywood to clean up its act.
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