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Thursday Stitch N’ Bitch: “$5,950 Clutch” Time For Blacks During Economic Downturn July 9, 2009

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his wife Svetlana walking in Russia with Pres. Barack Obama and First lady  Michelle (VLADIMIR RODIONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his wife Svetlana walking in Russia with Pres. Barack Obama and First lady Michelle (VLADIMIR RODIONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Supposedly, the great achievement of the past election was that for the first time African Americans could feel as though they finally “made it”.  A black family is now in the White House.  We see our president dining on Kobe beef and jet setting to New York, Paris, and Italy. First Lady Michelle Obama is on the cover of high fashion magazines such as Vogue. Malia and Sasha are hanging out with the cast of the Harry Potter films in London.

Then we have Michael Jackson’s recent funeral in Los Angeles. That was not to shabby, a gold casket all star guest list. The event cost the ailing city of Los Angeles millions of dollars they did not have.  Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant just picked up another NBA Championship.  Looks like it is a pretty damn good year to be an African American.  If you take a look at mainstream media, the racial  distribution of wealth and power, seems to be pretty even or getting close.  The day that an African American  First Lady who hails  from a down to earth “keeping it real” family on Chicago’s South Side can carry a $5,950 bag, is the day that I would say “Hello Black People!  You’ve arrived!”

Remember how Sarah Palin was derided during the presidential campaign when the RNC bought her a nice wardrobe to borrow for her campaign speeches and debate? This was when the Democrats boasted about Michelle Obama and her J. Crew wardrobe. Funny, I didn’t know that J. Crew sold $5,950 purses.  Funny, that the RNC actually has a surplus in their budget while the DNC is in debt.

White House denies manufacturer’s boast that First Lady carried their $5,950 bag


Thursday, July 9th 2009, 8:35 AM

Is First Lady Michelle Obama sporting a taste for ultra-expensive fashion pieces, or is she cementing her status as a savvy shopper?

Back in April she wore a pair of $540 Lanvin sneakers at a Washington food bank. Earlier this week (while strolling the wooded landscape outside of Moscow), she carried a sexy black clutch, which Italian luxury house VBH boasts is their shiny black alligator manila bag – with a retail sticker price of $5,950.

The White House flatly denies that Obama bought such a high-priced accessory, and says that she was carrying a patent clutch that retails for $875.

The First Lady, who has impressed with her chic, affordable style sense, embracing Everywoman brands like Gap and J.Crew, flashed the shiny handheld while walking with her husband, President Barack Obama, during their Monday meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his wife Svetlana.

Told that Obama’s office denied the bag was the high-end VBH clutch, Kelly Vitko, a rep for the company replied, “It’s definitely ours.

Hmmm, a retail sticker price of $5,950. That could get a few homes out of foreclosure.

Hmmm, a retail sticker price of $5,950. That could get a few homes out of foreclosure.

My what pretty playthings come with being the first black President of the United States.  I like this “post-racial” America but if the fairy tale is true, that African Americans can now live happily ever after, why the fear of losing affirmative action? And why the sudden need to claim that comments which bring to light Michael Jackson’s strange behavior are racists. Is it me or the black seem more insecure since Obama has taken the White House?

limousine_liberalThe pragmatists say that Obama’s presidency has advanced African Americans. You can say that if you take a look at black celebrities however one could get a better sense of the breadth and diversity among African Americans if you look at class rather than race. Obama, Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Tiger Woods are all of color. They are also wealthy and in a different economic class than the majority of African Americans.

The attacks on Gov. Sarah Palin are about gender and class. The elite bureaucracy in Washington, DC includes Republicans and Democrats, blacks and whites, women and men.  Over the last 48 hours, I have seen Sarah Palin called stupid, hick, uneducated, inexperienced, and “retarded”.  Palin possesses a college degree, yes it is not from an Ivy League university but it is still a college degree. Yet she is deemed “uneducated”. It is about class.

There is one critical mistake President Barack Obama is making that I believe will land him as a one term president. In allowing the left wing nut jobs in his administration to run the show; in allowing a liberal congress to pass and spend too much, too fast- Obama is headed for disaster.

It is obvious that the stimulus package is being misused and is a bust. The Democrats won’t admit this however there are signs that they are beginning to see this. Obama’s foreign apology tours are also backfiring among those who do care about our nation’s security. There are lots of people like me who would prefer for Obama to use his world renowned rhetorical skills to actually cause some good in the world rather than apologizing for past sins of the United States.

Obama blew it with the situation in Iran. Obama is blowing it with the economy. Obama and his friends see that four years can go by pretty fast,  especially when two of the years have to focus on a re-election campaign which is why he is already holding fundraisers.  He was wrong on the stimulus and now according to pollsters, Americans see Obama as the sole owner of this economic downturn.

So what do you do if you are David Axelrod, the supreme architect of Obama’s winning 2008 campaign? How do you get a president re-elected if his administration has done a poor job concerning domestic and foreign issues? What do you do when the Republicans save for several RINOs refuse to cast one vote for your liberal captain trade bills…The elephant has no part in this remember?  What do you do? You lie and you use the race card again.  What began as a historic moment for African Americans is now turning into racism still exists, affirmative action is in jeopardy, Michael Jackson is being treated unfairly by the media plus throw in abortion and gay marriage and boom Obama gets re-elected on liberal identity politics again.

The CNN network has decided to run a second part to its Black in America Documentary.  RINO Colin Powell is still saying we have a problem in the GOP with racism. You see where this narrative is going. Obama will win in 2012 with a shotty  presidential record and on the race card if we allow this continue. There are some, or many that will vote for Obama no matter what abysmal job he is doing in office.

Powell said he explained his logic in choosing Obama.  Which was what? That the GOP should go more moderate and yet you chose vote for Obama, a liberal in favor of your friend and moderate Republican John McCain. There is no logic in that.

As my friend from Little Green Footballs “Deseeded” once said “There are two kinds of voters. Smart ones and stupid ones.”

African Americans can continue to vote for these limousine liberals black or white, who do nothing for them while they are dying in Chicago by the dozens. They should still feel good about the race afterall Michelle Obama is carrying a $5,950 clutch purse.

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Limo Lib


31 Responses to “Thursday Stitch N’ Bitch: “$5,950 Clutch” Time For Blacks During Economic Downturn”

  1. bluelyon Says:

    says that she was carrying a patent clutch that retails for $875

    Well, heck, that makes it okay then. Except that $875 would pay my mortgage for one month.


    • afrocity Says:

      They are lying.

    • kywrite Says:

      I don’t get the whole ‘spensive purse thing at all. I balk at spending $50 on a purse unless it has every single pocket, gadget, protective computer sleeve, removable keychain, wallet included, reversible, waterproof/stainproof bell and whistle there is. I was thrilled with my last purse — a Buddha bag from Wal-mart, $10, tough enough and big enough to haul my lightweight computer while still having a button/velcro pocket on the outside to keep my phone and keys from sinking to the bottom.

      There are two kinds of rich people. There are the ones who worked their butts off, scrimped and saved, and drive 5-year-old cars so they can keep their money in the bank. Then there are the ones who go out and buy Gucci shoes for their babies and Prada bags for their shoulders. We’d be a better country if more of us emulated the former type, no matter what color their skin, what sound their accent, or what legal method they used to make their money.

      Then again, nothing says “elitist tool” like Prada.

      • Marcy Says:

        I got to go look for that bag you got at Wal-mart. I spend half my life searching for keys that are at the bottom of my present tote bag.

        We are nowhere close to being rich, but we definitely fall into the work and save category, and I must admit to being a tightwad who despises paying interest, so we do okay. But it makes me crazy to see the waste of our tax money. I read today that $18 million is being spent to redesign a website about how the stimulus money is being spent. Does anyone in Washington understand that American citizens worked hard to earn that money they’re frittering away? Or maybe it would be more accurate to say that future grandchildren will work hard to earn money to pay back the money Obama is borrowing from China and frittering away.

        I keep reading posts on websites lately saying how stupid we former Democratic women are to support Sarah Palin. I’m so disillusioned with politicians that about all I ask anymore is for a little fiscal responsibility, and judging from her past, I think Palin will provide that. Obama doesn’t even understand the concept.

      • kywrite Says:

        Marcy: Yeah, I just saw that. I’m a web designer and writer. I’ll do it and maintain it for about 5% of that, and I’ll do a better job, and give jobs to a couple programmers, a graphic designer, a librarian, and a database guy. The way our frickin’ money is being wasted just blows my mind.

        Meanwhile, the military was told in January to cut 10% across the board of their already-approved and allocated budget — no matter what. I can tell you, as a Navy wife, that hurt.

        Oh, and the Buddha bag looks a lot like the old hobo bags, but it’s made of cloth — microfiber, I think.

    • ghostofsparta Says:

      I bought a cheap-ass house, so that $875 would cover me for 2 months with some pocket change left over.

  2. manbearpig68 Says:

    As far as Michelle, she is on her way to being a great limousine liberal! Even if she only paid $900 for the bag like they claim that is still ridiculous! For a person claiming to relate to the commoners, wearing J. Crew etc., then to go out and show her true colors a little at a time.. setting a great example for her kids. Little down to earth Malia is so cute with her three different peace t-shirts in one day at $50 a pop, supporting her Daddy with a great cause, meanwhile some little girls her same age are getting whacked in the head by getting sent back to public schools because their vouchers are gone.. You could go on all day about what was represented in campaign times vs. now..
    I would have much more respect if she and her family would have just been up front when they came on the scene and said they really like spending money on nice things that they never had a chance to have when they were young.. But that’s not the liberal way because it’s always a complete front with them. It’s always “We care and understand and we’re like you” until they get elected.. Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, Kennedy Crew, countless representatives and public officials, etc…

    I’d much rather somebody come at me and say “I’m rich as hell, and I want you to be successful too. Here’s how I intend to help as many people as possible to get there, no matter who you are”

    Colin Powell there a lot of people, actually about 5 times as many more caucasians that don’t have boot straps compared to African Americans.. Should it be about race or class now?

    I think we will see race pop up more and more when Obama starts tanking further into his term…

  3. Cecily Says:

    I love how it’s somehow way more reasonable to spend over $800 on a patent-leather clutch than five grand. Oh, well, less than a thousand must be chump change.
    I can find something small and patent at Salvation Army for a buck. The presidency must pay well.

  4. boldandbald Says:

    I will be very interested to see what the voting percentages are for African Americans, both in 2010 and in 2012. There was a rather big deal made of the fact that so many black people felt a part of the system for the first time. They came out in droves to vote for Obama for one reason, and one reason only; because he was black. Will this new found interest carry over into the midterm elections? And what about the 2012 elections? The chance to vote for a viable African American candidate for President for the first time in their lives was a very special opportunity. Will that same feeling exist the next time? Or will they revert back to old habits and stay home, just as so many people of all races do, because they just can’t be bothered?

    As for Michelle, no one was supposed to say anything about that purse. What is wrong with the media? I thought the Obama’s had them in line. Clearly she picked that purse up at T.J. Maxx. This is all typical Washington politics. Say one thing, do something different. Then cry about unfair treatment when someone points out the hypocrisy. There is only one answer. Vote the bums out!!

  5. sstorm0730 Says:

    Wasn’t Sarah Palin criticized for going on a shopping spree in WalMart? They accused her of using some of the money from the campaign to buy diapers for her son…Seems like a small sin compared to $875 (or $5K plus, if truth be told) for a clutch!!!!

  6. kywrite Says:

    Nancy Pelosi made a correct choice today, though probably for the wrong reason — she more or less condemned a senate resolution to honor Michael Jackson. What a waste of legislative time, to have to fight over something like that.

    I’m tinyurling the ridiculous long link:

  7. Cecily Says:

    And you know, I’ve been thinking on this, and on the one hand, the Republican in me is thinking it’s her money, and if she wants to drop five grand on a purse, she can. If I had that kind of money and found something I really, really liked (it would have to be a good bit more distinctive than just a black clutch) I probably would.
    On the other hand, I would be far more willing to shake my head and say, “Hey, it’s her money” if they WERE up front about this. It’s the fact that they tried to be every American family during the campaign (obviously they’ve always been well-off, this isn’t new money) and are patently (pun intended) NOT.
    And the fact that the media went nuts over Palin’s clothes (if she’d bought them at Walmart, they’d have been making fun of it) but is very protective of the Obamas and wouldn’t dream of mentioning how much their clothes cost now that they’re the First Family.
    Yes, vote the bums out.

  8. WMCB Says:

    Meechelle and Obama are loving trotting around Europe and wearing expensive stuff. It is rather telling that Obama says his favorite TV show is “Entourage”. They both want to sit in the lofty heights with the rest of the elitists, and occasionally do something nice for the peasants. And those peasants had better be damn grateful, too.

    In this picture, Obama himself seems to be enjoying the European scenery, but don’t tell Michelle:

    • kywrite Says:

      Actually, looks like Sarkozy just muttered to Obama, “Over there, 9:00, check it ouuuut!” Those naughty French.

  9. Marcy Says:

    Five, actually closer to six, thou for a purse? Yikes! No telling what she paid for that “gardening” outfit she had on the other day. I know I’m going straight to hell, but I had to laugh when I read about the high concentrations of lead in the soil of her pretend garden. I guess Miss Pretend Organic Gardener might not be chowing down on those veggies she didn’t raise after all.

    • kywrite Says:

      You’re only going to liberal hell for that one, Marcy. That means you get to drive around a Hummer, smoke (but only tobacco), eat stuff that’s bad for you, and talk about what a great guy Reagan was.

      Oh, and no foreign-language films or organic anything.

  10. jbjd Says:

    ac, Roland Burris has announced he will not run for his U.S. Senate seat in 2010.

  11. Marcy Says:

    Have you all seen this? It’s a woman calling in to Al Sharpton’s radio show saying she thinks Palin resigned because she did something to Michael Jackson. I hear things like this and think it’s a joke, but then it always turns out that somebody seriously believes it. Probably by tomorrow, instead of Sarah Palin’s a Quitter, the headlines will be Sarah Palin’s a Killer.

    • Marcy, for me, the worst part is Sharpton’s reaction. The guy has a huge national soapbox and instead of shooting the caller down, he treats her deranged conspiracy theory without a hint of incredulity, as if it’s as valid as any other.

      • afrocity Says:


      • Sorry, Afrocity, was the “what?” because we went off topic? I was just responding to Marcy’s comment (#11 above) about the woman who called into Sharpton’s radio show. You can listen to the call on YouTube if you haven’t heard it yet.

      • afrocity Says:

        I had not heard of the Sharpton phone call issue, that is why I said “what”? He is a buffoon and I am tried of him speaking for the black race.

      • Marcy Says:

        Sorry I went off-topic, but I was just so shocked when I saw that item posted on another site. I thought Sarah Palin had been accused of every possible transgression already, but this woman calling in to Sharpton’s radio show actually said she thought Palin resigned because she had done something to Michael Jackson. She sounded perfectly sane up until that point and was talking about what nice memories she had of Jackson and his music, but then she just came up with that crazy theory and said she wanted to get that out there. Sharpton didn’t really say he believed it, but he sure didn’t mind helping broadcast it. Now I’ve summarized, so you won’t have to listen to Sharpton; I feel the same way about links to a lot of websites — I just refuse to go there no matter how interesting the topic seems.

        For the record, though, I never consider Sharpton to be a spokesperson for anybody. He’s just an opportunist and sort of a self-promoting conman.

        But as long as we’re on the subject, do you think she killed Elvis too?

  12. gxm17 Says:

    I just wonder if the folks who hate Palin because she wears fur also hate MO because she carries an alligator purse.

    afrocity, when/where/how can we donate to your campaign?

    • afrocity Says:

      Afrocity-Pac is coming soon. I has to be legal and paperwork, etc.

      A development came up today- Rollin Burris (D-IL) will not run for re-election which means I will get clobbered against the DEMS especially if it is Jesse Jackson Jr..

      I have to rethink and possible go for alderman of my district which there are only a few GOP ones.

      I want to be someplace where I will make a real impact. Illinois is corrupt. Some pay to play has come up and I dont want any part of that garbage.

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