They claim this isn’t political. Just everything else she does is political, including counting your calories while she shovels whatever she pleases into her piehole. Oh, and you’re paying for this vacation, but not allowed to ask any questions. They’re probably afraid pf photos showing the hulking Tower of Glower dwarfing her Chinese hosts.
Michelle Obama’s trip to China starting on Wednesday will be nonpolitical, the White House says, a “people-to-people exchange” emphasizing the importance that both nations place on education. As if to underscore the point, no reporters are traveling with the first lady, and she does not plan to give interviews while there.
But with the United States and China locked in disagreements over trade, cyberweapons, territorial claims and, as always, human rights — and with President Obama preparing to meet with President Xi Jinping next week at a nuclear summit meeting — political overtones will be almost impossible to avoid.
“Politics can be imposed,” said Melanne Verveer, who accompanied Hillary Rodham Clinton to China in 1995 as the first lady’s chief of staff. “People will want to put a political spin on the trip.”
Because, goodness knows, the Obamas never put a political spin on anything. Oh, wait…
Some conservative commentators are calling the China trip a junket. The White House will not say how much it will cost.
Yes, it’s only conservatives who question this stuff.
Experts on the office of the first lady say the context of Mrs. Obama’s visit is quite different. Throughout her time in the White House, she has been decidedly nonpolitical, they say, and her focus on education and young people in China fits neatly with the causes she champions at home and on other trips abroad.
Decidedly nonpolitical? Really?