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The Morning Conversations of Barack & Michelle Obama #8

Updated on October 24, 2011

March 14, 2011 - Bullying

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

Barack: I have been catching up on the last few seasons of 'Desperate Housewives' in my spare time. That one character, 'Bree' was a sex animal.

Michelle: Yeah. That bimbo has seen more ceilings than Michelangelo! Ha ha ha!

Barack: Ha ha ha!!!

Michelle: What's on your mind?

Barack: So, what did you think about the White House summit on bullying?

Michelle: I thought it was funny that you were teased about your big ears! Ha ha ha!!

Barack: This topic is serious. Kids are getting bullied everyday.

Michelle: Listen to me. There is a difference in being teased and being bullied. I may be liberal, but some of this is BS, white suburban folks' melodrama. A little kid laughing about another kid's ear size is different than some oversized 13 year old threatening to beat up a smaller kid for his money. And by the way, you do have big ears! Ha ha ha!!

Barack: Yeah, but...

Michelle: Have you noticed that this isn't an issue in urban neighborhoods? Black and Latino kids are brought up tough in order to face a cruel, tough world. White, liberal, upper and middle class kids are brought up overly sensitive. This is why eventually black and Latino employees have problems with white bosses. They were brought up as kids to react to the most minor of things. So when a black employee upbraides an insensitive white colleague, the white colleague goes running to complain. Of course, the black employee gets disciplined.

Barack: But we are talking about kids.

Michelle: No. We are taking about bullying. In more integrated schools, research has been done that shows that black and Latino kids get disciplined for minor things as opposed to white kids. If a white kid calls a black kid 'nigger,' the school wants to have a mediation session. If a black kid threatens to kick the ass of the white kid calling him 'nigger,' he is hauled off in handcuffs.

Barack: I understand your points, but...

Michelle: There is no 'but.' I am supportive of efforts to deal with bullying. But calling someone 'big-head' is not bullying. My brother teased me all the time.

Barack: Yes. But words have an effect...

Michelle: Who are the kids learning this stuff from? Adults. C'mon, Barack! There is bullying in the workplace everyday. Bosses continuously threaten employees, especially in this economy. That crap goes on here in the White House and all over Washington. That is one reason why union employees are so upset in Wisconsin. If government employers take away their collective bargaining rights, then their right to file grievances against bullying bosses is next.

Barack: Well...

Michelle: And what about politicians? They are bullying people everyday within their own political parties. What about the media? They bully people with the fabrications in articles they write and in news reports.

Barack: Hmmm.

Michelle: If anything, we need to have a White House Summit on Adult Bullying. If adults would stop the BS, kids wouldn't learn how to do it.

Barack: I agree.

Michelle: You better! Or, I will kick your ass!

Barack: Now that's bullying!

Michelle: You bet, big ears!

Barack: Off to the Cabinet Meeting. I love you!

Michelle: I love you too!

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

      Sure. Some are meant to be thought-provoking!

    • Lisas-thoughts101 profile image


      6 years ago from Northeast Texas

      I have some real thinking to do on this one. Thanks for that.


    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Yeah, they are kind of large!

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      7 years ago

      I have never noticed his ears before !

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much, NotWiredThatWay!

    • NotWiredThatWay profile image


      7 years ago from New York

      Good writing, great point!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi, Ashantina! Yes, indeed!

    • Ashantina profile image


      7 years ago

      ...although humourous, you raise some very poignant points here Dexter.


    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Ghost! Glad you checked this one out!

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      7 years ago

      Great Hub--and no surprise that the Obama administration's tendency to try adult-bullying any who oppose his policies (such as the state of Arizona) went unmentioned in the Morning Conversation. If it's US doing it, hey, it's not bullying!

      Voted up and across.

    • N.E. Wright profile image

      N E Wright 

      7 years ago from Dover, Delaware

      No problem.


    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much, N.E.!!

    • N.E. Wright profile image

      N E Wright 

      7 years ago from Dover, Delaware

      Very very thought provoking.

      Oh, and still funny. LOL.

      Loving your work.

      Face booking all I read.


    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thank You, Thank You!!!

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      8 years ago

      Great writing.


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