The Unforgiven: Michelle Obama and Donald J. Trump


There is a cultural disconnect when talking about the current president

John Tetpon

It is a good thing for former First Lady of America Michelle Obama to tell President Donald Trump she will never forgive him for pushing the “birther” movement, one of Trump’s first big lies that shocked most people in America and earned him a semi-permanent following.

Trump’s strongest supporters are predominantly white, Southern and older than 60. Many are also well educated (57 percent attended at least some college) and financially well off (43 percent reported a household income of at least $75,000).

Recall that citizen Trump, before he was a candidate for president, told the whole world that President Barack Hussein Obama was not born in America and was an illegal immigrant and unqualified to serve. He also stated this week that African American candidate for governor of Georgia Stacey Abrams is “unqualified.” Both comments are, in my book, racist.

Today, Trump is still on his sophomoric soapbox signaling to his followers that former president Barack Obama has a middle name that starts with the letter “H,” for Hussein. The guy has a strange hell bent for hate kind of mind.

Michelle Obama is on nearly every news show these days promoting her book, “Becoming Michelle Obama.” And she’s sharing some private thoughts and conclusions about her experiences at the White House and about politics in general.

She writes that Trump played a key role in pushing the lie that put her family at risk. "What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls?" she wrote in her book, according to The Washington Post. "Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family's safety at risk. And for this I'd never forgive him."

Also recall that some mental health experts in America have concluded President Trump “has the mind of a 5th and 6th grader.” He likes an audience wherever he can get it. Every time he gets a chance, Trump calls people names – like when he told African American reporter April Ryan she asked a lot of “stupid” questions and was a “loser” to boot.

"She got paid a lot of money to write a book and they always expect a little controversy," Trump said about Michelle Obama. "I'll give you a little controversy back, I'll never forgive (President Barack Obama) for what he did to our US military. It was depleted, and I had to fix it," Trump said. "What he did to our military made this country very unsafe for you and you and you."

That is another lie. We have always had a strong military and could hold our own anywhere in the world. The world’s best American generals said so.

Obama also wrote in her book that the "birther" movement was "crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks."

Trump has always stirred up the wrath of the mentally unstable. His favorite “news” organization is the National Enquirer. Other news organizations are creators of “fake news,” he says.

Obama also recalls how her "body buzzed with fury" after hearing Trump's lewd comments on videotape about grabbing women. "It was an expression of hatred that had generally been kept out of polite company, but still lived in the marrow of our supposedly enlightened society — alive and accepted enough that someone like Donald Trump could afford to be cavalier about it," she writes, according to the Washington Post.

As we get closer to 2020 and Trump starts his run for another term, we will hear more outlandish lies and bizarre proclamations. And his followers will eat it up. We’ll hear about voter fraud, more voter fraud, and more and more voter fraud. That’s the GOP’s routine lie. There is no truth to it at all. Voter fraud is fake news from the far right.

What is even more troubling to me is that mainstream television media experts and hosts regularly laugh about Trump’s lies, not realizing that they give Trump permission to lie some more – like bystanders that see something funny about a school yard bully – which is exactly what Trump is. He gets encouragement to act like an arrogant high school football hero when folks find something hilarious about his lies and his belligerent behavior.

There’s a cultural disconnect for me there.

Trump really thinks all Americans should find him glorious, omnipotent, a genius, and more popular than every president who ever held office. That’s what he expects from you and me. But his approval rating has been the lowest in all of history.

I have always been a supporter and admirer of the Obamas. To the surprise of all of America, an African American man was voted in twice as president of these United States – for the first time in history. To my way of thinking Trump hasn’t done anything significant for anyone but himself. President Barack Obama gave us the economy we now enjoy, and the new Congress, with 100 women, (40 of whom are women of color) will give us a lot more once they’re sworn in. And no, Michelle Obama doesn’t have to forgive Trump for his dangerous claim that her husband Barack Obama wasn’t born here.

John Tetpon, Inupiaq, is a longtime Alaska journalist, musician and artist. Email:

Comments (12)
No. 1-6

"....supporter and admirer...." not shockingly surprising! The FAKE news of the article is "what is left off", i.e. that doesn't get reported! Approval ratings are very close to EQUIVALENT with Barry O's approval ratings considering too all the 90% in NEGATIVE COVERAGE of POTUS Trump's 2-years. That is quite an accomplishment when you consider MSM's love affair with Obamas and his "approval ratings".


Obama 2 percent GDP compared with the 4 percent GDP that American economy is now experiencing. Obama 0-percent interest rates......versus the now current higher increase in interest rates with the Barry Obama US Federal Deficit? Yes.....Barry left quite a staggering damper on the federal deficit.


Independent Study Report on US military just came out that states consistently (2010, 2012, 2014, 2018) that the United States military is in DANGER of losing a war conflict against REGIONAL Russia or China because of the LACK of investments in US military and defense....considering that US is a major international POLICE-MAN. Doesn't appear that Barry O carried really if much for the future of US the opinion of "strong" will is false..... Michelle and Barry are very much no different than any "other" political family.....THEY GET PAID $$$$ for mouthpieces for Wordly/International Special Interests, therefore, they are indebted to "their" sponsors. Cult of Personality was not just a chapter in Communist countries,, but rather, evident in witnessing in this sad, sorry chapter (2008-2016) of Democrat Party of divisive politics and racial exploitation.....

David Hollenshead
David Hollenshead

John Tetpon left out one major piece about Donald Trump's Birth BS. When Trump or his supporters mention this, it is usually pure dog whistling. "Kenyan, Marxist, Muslim" == The N-word. Most of Trump's supporters know that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, and is a Christian who supports our "Free Market System". They just repeat Trump's words because they don't want to be called a Racist Pig when they are being a Racist Pig. And yes, John McCain corrected a few ignorant Republicans who actually believed that Obama was some form of a Kenyan, Marxist, Muslim. I have noticed additional Hate since Trump was nominated, for my appearance, and it is not all from Republicans. My mom brought up the increased hostility she has experienced again today. But then we have a First Nations bone structure and a Europeans complexion. So my shoulders take up half bus seats next to me, and it is obvious I am mixed. But in my 51 years, I have never experienced​ as much hatred as I have over the two last years...

David Hollenshead
David Hollenshead

"MSM's love affair with Obamas and his "approval ratings"" WTF ??? Obama was criticized by the major newspapers, tv & radio stations, etc. Trump has been criticized more by the media, because he is an Idiot, who keeps making major policy mistakes while alienating our allies, and praising our adversaries. In short,​ he is an Idiot, Racist, Sociopath, Tax Evader, Money Launder, and probably a Traitor.


Government to Media Complex.....when their were actually husband/wife teams of working with White House while other was working with Corporate TV Newspapers.....those journalists who actually followed or even challenged Obo White House were usually called "racists" or pressured to leave, CBS Atkinson....who coincidentially was monitored or spied on. But corporate news refused to investigate this! Quite obvious and mistaken on Corporate media on how critical they've gotten when POTUS Trump speaks to the media they are talking of results 4 weeks later: trump forest mgmt. _ Jerry brown acknowledges Calif implemented recent plans. ILLEGAL migrants at border and US troops what happened? Now caravans are at border 10,000 estimates. NATO $$$ defense, NATO agrees to increase $$$. China will have to negotiate their high tariffs on US goods in order to minimize their BUBBLE burst in their economy.. Pakistan was covering for OBL where both CLINTOn and OBO could have taken OBL sooner...