*STATEMENT REGARDING RECENT REMARKS BY NPR CORRESPONDENT JUAN WILLIAMS ABOUT
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA*
E. Faye Williams, Esq. and Stephanie E. Myers,
Black Women for Obama for Change
WASHINGTON, D.C. Recently, we watched the Bill O'Reilly Show on Fox TV and
were very disappointed to hear an extremely negative message from National
Public Radio Correspondent Juan Williams regarding a woman we love and
respect—our new First Lady Michelle Obama. In the past, it has been the
practice of national journalists to give in-coming Presidents and their
families a "honeymoon" period. We are, therefore, troubled that Juan
Williams would disregard this practice by maligning Mrs. Obama with pointed
and disrespectful remarks saying she was like "Stokely Carmichael in a
First, Stokely Carmichael (aka Kwame Ture') is a deceased African American
male figure of the 1960's who made many contributions to America during the
SNCC sit-ins of the Civil Rights era. It is inappropriate to use his memory
as a weapon to try to smear the beautiful image of our new First Lady.
Second, we resent the sexist and bizarre attempt to compare the nation's
elegant and graceful First Lady to a man in a dress. Third, Mr. Williams'
suggestion on Fox News that Mrs. Obama could potentially be an "albatross
around the President's neck" is an outrage!
Within just a week Michelle Obama has helped her husband to establish a
wholesome positive image of a husband and wife who love each other and who
care deeply for their children. For Mr. Williams to make such negative
comments about Mrs. Obama within the first 7 days of the new Obama
Administration suggests that he is trying to position himself as a critic
who plans to engage in highly personal and insulting comments about the
First Family. This behavior is below the standards of *even* the Bill
O'Reilly Show and certainly below the standards of a National Public Radio
In the midst of one of the worst financial situations in our national
history, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are working
hard to bring unity to a deeply divided nation and to build bi-partisanship.
It is unfortunate that Mr. Williams has chosen to take such a negative
approach during this traumatic time. We need journalists of high character
who will help the American people understand the complex policy issues that
we face -- not to engage in petty and personal remarks. We hope that Juan
Williams' display of negative journalism and character assassination will
cease immediately and that he will issue a public apology to Mrs. Obama.
Juan this is from me Kid, OK. This is also for the RNC's new head Michael Steele.KISS MY MOTHER FUCKING ASS YOU TWO SORRY PIECES OF SHIT.You are quislings,toms, punks,Minstrels and cowards.