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The Morning Conversations of Barack & Michelle Obama #13

Updated on October 23, 2011

April 20, 2011 - Hatred

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

Barack: Michelle, why are you crying?

Michelle: (crying)

Barack: Talk to me. What's wrong?

Michelle: I am just so tired of all the hatred. It is just so difficult being strong.

Barack: I know.

Michelle: I can't help reading the ugly things that "so-called Americans" say about me and you and us.

Barack: The plane incident, huh? The media makes it seem as though you were in danger. The planes were 3 miles apart. The FAA is investigating.

Michelle: Yes. I was with Jill Biden and several members of our staffs. We were doing an appearance in New York in support of military families.

Barack: Yes, I know.

Michelle: Why are these people saying we were out shopping? Why are they saying I was upset about being late? Why are they saying I was out campaigning for you? Why are they questioning my official duties as First Lady?

Barack: There will always be evil, nasty people that don't like us.

Michelle: I can understand that some Americans don't like the policies or direction you have for the country. But a lot of this is pure prejudice, Barack. A dog can shit in a bed of roses, but the stench will still come through.

Barack: Yes.

Michelle: I know you tell me not to, but I can't help reading some of the nasty comments after the articles about you or me or both of us. And that woman from California that sent that awful picture around comparing you to a monkey. Barack, this is so hard to deal with.

Barack: Yes. This does transcend politics. It still amazes me how after all the blood and death, we as Americans are still fighting with other Americans for the simple human right to be treated respectfully as...humans.

Michelle: We have young girls, Barack. Beautiful, innocent young girls. Remarks like 'niglets' are made about them. I still just don't see how people can be so hateful. I mean the remarks about you being a Muslim and the 'birther' stuff, I chalk that up to politics. But hating me because I am black...

Barack: One thing we have to remember is that there are so many more people that do respect us. They may not agree with me. But they don't hate our skin color.

Michelle: Some people are just so blinded and in denial about their prejudicy, Barack.

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Barack: When I was growing up, I had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and from different cultures. I had to deal with having a black father and white mother - during a time when it was still somewhat socially unacceptable, especially in America. It was extremely difficult, especially when my parents split and my father died.

Michelle: I am sure.

Barack: I don't have any solutions to stop people from hating the way they do. As a black man, if I do something right - I didn't do it well enough. If I make a mistake - my intelligence is compared to that of an ape. I try and keep the faith.

Michelle: Yes.

Barack: Michelle, we have to keep our heads up and keep representing this nation as best we can during it's difficult times.

Michelle: OK.

Barack: And remember the lesson from your favorite TV show, 'All in the Family.'

Michelle: I was watching it just before you came in. Archie Bunker was discussing race relations with Lionel Jefferson.

Barack: Even though he was a character and that character started out as a foul-mouthed racist, at the end of that show, he had a Jewish niece, a black lady friend that helped him in his home after Edith died and he had his family, neighbors and experiences to help him change his thoughts and behavior. Archie Bunker came a long way and I can only hope that those like him will be changed by others and through some life-altering experience.

Michelle: (wiping tears away)

Barack: I love you and know that we will get through this - you and I. And this nation.

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

Copyright 2011 - Dexter Yarbrough

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    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hi Lisa. It really makes my day(s) to know that you are enjoying this series. Thank you so much!

    • Lisas-thoughts101 profile image

      Lisas-thoughts101 

      6 years ago from Northeast Texas

      Dex, this was the most awesome hub so far. So human. And it gave me a whole new insight into Archie. I guess I missed those episodes. Thanks for these hubs. They are great!

      Lisa

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      6 years ago from United States

      Yeah. The media can be nasty!

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      Lesleysherwood 

      6 years ago

      This one was powerfully moving as I feel they have really spoken this way. I hope she doesn't read in the press, even more so the children!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Yes, they do Ashantina! Thanks so much!

    • Ashantina profile image

      Ashantina 

      7 years ago

      As strong as we are, words still hurt sometimes.

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      Ashantina 

      7 years ago

      As strong as we are, words still hurt sometimes.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks for reading Jo!

    • Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image

      Jo_Goldsmith11 

      7 years ago

      really good. I like the way you feel like you are in the room while they talk about stuff. I think they both are great!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Ghost, I can't wait to read that hub! Thanks so much!

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      Ghost32 

      7 years ago

      There's one thing about the hatred: It's color blind. Which probably sounds like an idiotic statement, but what I'm getting at is that it seems to be blind FORCE that--oh, man. There's my Hub for tonight.

      See what you done went and did there, Dexter? (Oops. Slipped me right into Archie Bunker-speak....)

      Up and awesome.

    • N.E. Wright profile image

      N.E. Wright 

      7 years ago from Bronx, NY

      Dexter, I respect your work. I will always share it as long as I can. LOL.

      Keep it coming. LOL.

      Take Care,

      N.E.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi N.E.! I appreciate your comments. We have come far but still have a long way to go as a nation. Thanks for sharing!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Powerpoe1! I appreciate you reading it!

    • Powerpoe1 profile image

      Powerpoe1 

      7 years ago

      Nice hub~great idea~keep spreading the truth~negativity will soon f a d e away!

    • N.E. Wright profile image

      N.E. Wright 

      7 years ago from Bronx, NY

      Dexter I saw them on the View. I really did not know there was any negative talk about them shopping and not promoting Americans helping our Soldiers.

      This one left me speechless and sad to be honest.

      Your fictional Michelle has the same concern I and most moms of children of color have; how do we explain some human's hatred of us because of our color to our children? I do not want to do it.

      My son did not know what race we were until this year when I had to explain the birthers as much as I could. LOL. I mean who can explain those crazies. LOL.

      Please keep this work coming. I will always share it with my other followers, and on my Face-Book page.

      Take Care,

      N.E.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thank you so much Cloverleaf! I will!

    • Cloverleaf profile image

      Cloverleaf 

      7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      I just love reading your hubs! Keep them coming!

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