Sean Hannity pounced on Michelle Obama’s recent remarks in which she said people have tried to paint her as “some kind of angry black woman.” First, he and guest Kimberly Guilfoyle developed a serious case of amnesia as they declared they couldn’t think of anyone of significance who had done such a thing – thereby forgetting their own attacks on her in just that way. The other guest, newly minted Fox News contributor Ed Rollins agreed. Then Hannity used that “proof” that Michelle Obama was making it up as an excuse to paint her as an angry black woman!
On Friday night (1/13/12), Hannity played a clip of Michelle Obama saying, "That's been an image people have tried to paint of me since the day Barack announced, that I'm some kind of angry black woman."
His voice dripping with innocence and puzzlement, Hannity asked his guests, “Do you know anybody that tried to paint that image of her?”
The fact of the matter is that’s exactly the image Hannity has repeatedly painted of Michelle Obama.
He has fixated on - and used as evidence of a grudge - her 2008 comment, "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction."
As Media Matters reported, Hannity repeatedly distorted a quote from Mrs. Obama’s senior thesis about other blacks feeling the need to “join in solidarity to combat a White oppressor.” Citing that quote as representative of her own feelings, Hannity asked, "Do the Obamas have a race problem of their own?"
Hannity has also attacked Michelle Obama for having said in 2008 that life in America is “just downright mean.” In April, 2009, Hannity said he thinks Barack Obama “harbors deep resentment that he just hides,” partly based on the fact that he’s married to Michelle Obama.
As for Guilfoyle, she helped him heap the scorn on Michelle Obama for that comment just a few months later.
But now, Guilfoyle agreed with Hannity that it was impossible to think of anyone prominent who had ever “tried to paint that image of her.”
But if Guilfoyle and Rollins couldn’t think of anyone before, they certainly should have noticed that just a few moments later, Hannity was using Obama’s latest comments as an excuse to – you guessed it – portray her as an angry black woman.
“When she said this back in February, 2008,” Hannity began. “Not once but she said it twice on two separate occasions.” He played a clip of her saying “People in this country are ready for change… and let me tell you something. For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.”
Neither Guilfoyle nor Rollins bit the newly dangling bait. But it was clear what Hannity was trying to do. "Is Barack Obama running a different kind of politics?" Hannity asked after playing the old clip. "What about that line?" he later pushed, after Rollins didn't bite. Hannity reiterated, with emphasis, "For the first time in my adult life I'm proud of my country?" Hannity has always used that clip with a racial dig at Obama. There's little doubt he was attempting to do it again here.
Personally, I think all this jumped the shark when they started trying to say that not one Democrat was involved with the civil rights acts of the 1960s. Every RW name has tried to spout this somewhere, from Rush Limbaugh to the lowly likes of Blackflon, Bob and Ralph.
Seriously? It stopped being funny after that.