The Morning Conversations of Barack & Michelle Obama #16

May 11, 2011 - Approval Ratings - Case Closed

A fictional account of the private morning conversations of Barack & Michelle Obama by Dexter Yarbrough. Sixteenth in a series.

Barack: Have you seen my latest approval ratings? Looking good!

Michelle: Yes. I saw them today. 60 percent is your highest point in 2 years. You get a fist bump!

Barack: Yes, yes! Looks like the independents are coming back. Catching Osama sure has helped!

Michelle: The Republicans are looking bad, huh?

Barack: Yeah and the Tea Party folks are mixing Jack Daniels in their tea! Ha ha ha!

Michelle: (hesitant laughter)


Barack: How are you feeling today?

Michelle: I am well. But we need to talk. I haven't mentioned these issues because I know you need to remain focused.

Barack: What is it now, Michelle? I haven't been smoking! And I haven't been farting on our girls!

Michelle: Don't be presumptive or crude, Barack. I have told you to watch what you say in public appearances.

Barack: Yeah, and...?

Michelle: Don't forget the goal, Barack. Re-election is the goal. Let's talk about that "moat" comment in El Paso the other day. Remember a few weeks ago when I told you to stick to the script?

Barack: I remember Michelle, but are you going to critique every comment I make?

Michelle: (hands on her hips, neck and head swaying) Damn right, I am! You are not alone in this. A lot of people are depending upon your re-election. Now, you promised to make immigration legislation a priority during your first year in office. You didn't and you should have! Latino voters are not dumb. The Democrats were in control of both houses your first couple of years in office. Case closed!

Barack: Yeah, but...

Michelle: But my ass! While I know that your supporters in the House and Senate plan to reintroduce the DREAM act, it is a political move. That's the nature of politics, I know. My concern is the silly jokes and off-the-cuff remarks. The US/Mexican border needs a solid plan not a "moat" with "alligators." Case closed!

Barack: Alright, I hear you. But I was making a case that the people needed to hear. The Republicans need to be called on their inability to humanize issues.

Michelle: True. But use your Harvard educated words and arguments to combat them. Case closed!

Barack: Yeah, but I...

Michelle: (hands on hips, neck and head swaying) How often do I have to keep closing this case?

Barack: What else?

Michelle: I think you could have handled the Deborah Burlingame situation differently. I do understand why you won't talk to Eric about ceasing the probe on CIA interrogation methods, however, you could have afforded Deborah a modicum of respect. Turning your back on her while meeting with the 9/11 victims families the other day and walking away was disrespectful. The woman lost her brother during 9/11.

Barack: OK. Good point. I could have answered her differently and provided a better physical response. I was caught off guard by the question.

Michelle: You wanted to be President. Man up! You were trained at Harvard. You worked in Chicago, Barack. You should never be caught off guard.

Barack: Wow. I was feeling good about my approval ratings. Now I feel like sh...

Michelle: A wife supports her husband. She also privately gets in his butt when he screws up. For better or for worse, remember?

Barack: I remember.

Michelle: Yes. And while you are celebrating your approval ratings, which you should be proud of - but I might add, are only temporary - you need to keep your eye on possible Republican competition.

Barack: Who? Sarah Palin? Does she even know where Washington DC is on a map? (laughing) Or Newt "the Toot" Gingrich? I know you aren't talking about Donald "the Dump" Trump. (laughing)

Michelle: Mike Huckabee is likable in the black community and appeals to many segments of the country.

Barack: No worries!

Michelle: And you need to watch for Herman Cain.

Barack: Herman who?

Michelle: My point exactly. I have to go meet with my staff. Try and be more 'Presidential.' Case closed!

Stay Tuned for More 'Morning Conversations...' with Barack & Michelle Obama, next time!

Copyright 2011 - Dexter Yarbrough

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Another great one, Dexter! LOL!


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

This is great! It goes to show that behind the scenes the woman wears the pants!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Will! Thanks so much for reading!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Cardisa! Great observation. Michelle is not to be messed with - but she has a softer side as well :-)


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

This one is great, you have such a creative imagination! Love the pics in this one too, especially the first one. Voted up!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, Cloverleaf! I appreciate you so much!


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cherrycrime26 5 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

Lol very funny, good Job :)


Ghost32 5 years ago

This is terrible, Dexter. Through you, I'm actually starting to really like Michelle!

She's watching the wrong polls, though, or she'd have "been in his butt" about that 60% hoorah. Rasmussen's daily tracking (which seems a bit more credible, at least to me) did show a much smaller bump for Obama from the bin Laden killing, but only to 51%--and already trailing back off to 48% as of today.

Or maybe she DID check out Rasmussen but figured she'd hammered her man as much as she dared without doing actual damage to his husbandly psyche....


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I love this brilliant idea for a hub. You make your point and I'm laughing all the way. Up useful, funny and definitely awesome!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for checking it out Cherrycrime26!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Ghost32! My fictional Michelle is not to be played with (I do suspect the real one is just as tough)! I am glad you like HER!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Pop! Thanks for checking out the new one and your kind, kind comments and support.


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caltex 5 years ago

You continue to amaze me by the way you spin the series off current events. You have great talent. Thanks for sharing it!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Caltex, your compliments make me blush! Thanks and know that I am reading you as well.


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iZeko 5 years ago

Woohoo!!! I've been waiting for this one :)Great job...again!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, IZeko! Glad you enjoyed it!


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rkhyclak 5 years ago from Ohio

Up and funny :) I'm with Ghost on this one...I'm actually starting to like Michelle (at least your portrayal)! Keep up the great work!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, Rkhyclak! Glad you enjoyed it!


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StayPos 5 years ago from Florida, USA

Nice work Dexter!

It should be one heck of a ride to re-election in 2012, as I'm sure the First Family fictional conversation will continue to reveal!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi, StayPos! Yes it will!! Thanks for checking it out.


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PK2010 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Dex Michelle tells it like it is, she doesn't cut BO any slack! Woman after my own heart. Great hub. Look forward to reading the next one.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

She sure does! It will be out soon! Thanks!


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BooksGalore 5 years ago from Hawaii

You're a genius Dexter.


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BooksGalore 5 years ago from Hawaii

You're a genius Dexter.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi BooksGalore! Thanks for the compliment. However, I am just a simple man that likes to tell a story.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

where is the very first one?


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epigramman 5 years ago

....this series is your masterpiece Dexter - I will post it once again to my Facebook page with a direct link back here and I have a homework assignment for you:

THE MAN WITHOUT NO PANTS, he is my buddy so check this dude out, he's a busy guy , so if you like his hubs leave a comment, tell him I sent you and please tell him to check out your Barrack and Michelle series (nothing wrong with self-promotion -lol) because I am sure he will love this .....


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Epi! I really do appreciate your support! I have been in touch with THE MAN WITHOUT NO PANTS! We are now following each other. He mentioned that he really liked the series so far. Thanks again, Epi! I really appreciate it!


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epigramman 5 years ago

..my pleasure Dexter ..... you really deserve all of this respect and attention - this is your masterpiece - but your other writing and forays into photographed are appreciated by yours truly as well ......Sunday 10:04am by Lake Erie in Ontario, Canada


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Ashantina 4 years ago

Soo lovin Michelle! Nice one Dex ):

Stay Blessed.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you Ashantina! You have been missed!


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Amors Potpourri 4 years ago from Victoria, BC, Canada

Dexter this is quite believable. I believe this is the exact role Michelle is playing!


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Amors Potpourri! Thanks! So do I! And most likely even a more powerful role!

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