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Michelle Obama: I'm Gonna Be on 'Extreme Makeover!'

7/19/2011 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michelle Obama is all set to become the next big reality TV star -- the First Lady has announced she'll be appearing on an upcoming episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

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Obama is slated to help build a new greenhouse and a children's play area for a community resource center for homeless female military vets in Fayetteville, N.C.

The White House says FLOTUS is scheduled to travel to N.C. on Thursday -- the episode is scheduled to air in October.


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91.

DC    

And right afterward go do some high-end shopping and be picked up by her old man on Air Force One.

1088 days ago
92.

shagrath    

it figures
not surprised

1088 days ago
93.

aura    

Don't call her 'Obama'. Please call her Mrs. Obama or Flotus. To call her simply Obama sounds disrespectful. It should be a good show and it sounds like someone is in for a wonderful surprise.

1088 days ago
94.

cz    

Good for the First Lady, the female vets need as much help as the male vets do.

1088 days ago
95.

The Neko Nation    

The first lady could easily do this without going on a reality television show. Why whore yourself out for some exposure. The first lady of the United States of America should not have to do that. The first lady should have class and not be seeking celebrity attention.

1088 days ago
96.

Frank    

This is NOT the thing for a First Lady to do. Ummm social issues !!!

1088 days ago
97.

HumanNature    

PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THEMSELVES IN THE MIRROR!!!

HURLING RACIST COMMENTS ONLY SHOWCASE "YOUR" LIMITED ABILITY OF THE WORLD!!!

The confidence of ignorance will always overcome the indecision of knowledge. - Author Unknown

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
- Benjamin Franklin

1088 days ago
98.

Gabby    

Goodie. Maybe Ty can make over those eyebrows while she's at it; what is up with them??

1088 days ago
99.

The Neko Nation    

@ HumanNature, Not everyone on here is a racist. Playing the race card is for the weak minded and uneducated.

1088 days ago
100.

HumanNature    

The Neko Nation 20 minutes ago

The first lady could easily do this without going on a reality television show. Why whore yourself out for some exposure. The first lady of the United States of America should not have to do that. The first lady should have class and not be seeking celebrity attention.

THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BUT THE PLIGHT OF HOMELESS WOMEN VETS!!!

MRS. OBAMA AND MRS. BIDEN IS BRINGING AWARENESS OF MILITARY FAMILIES!!!

DON'T YOU READ THE NEWS????

1088 days ago
101.

HumanNature    

The Neko Nation

IF, YOU WEREN'T HURLING RACIST COMMENTS TOWARD THE FIRST LADY THEN YOU DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WHAT I POSTED!!!

1088 days ago
102.

HumanNature    

Who gets welfare? Despite prevailing stereotype, whites, not blacks, collect greatest share of public aid dollars

Despite prevailing stereotype, Whites, not Blacks, collect greatest share of public aid dollars

SAY the word "welfare" and immediately the image of the lazy Black wellare queen who breeds for profit surfaces in the minds of those who have come to believe the hideous stereotype. It is a myth that persists despite government figures and authoritative studies showing that Whites overwhelmingly reap the lion's share of the dole.

The image of the Black "welfare cheat," public aid advocates say, is based on misconceptions about poor minorities. The notion, they say, comes from society's resentment of seemingly ablebodied people getting paid for doing nothing.

"For some people, there is a need to believe that there are professional welfare recipients who are deliberately trying to get not only what they need to survive, but more," says Anne D. Hill, director of programs for the National Urban League. "People say to themselves: 'I work. How come this person who appears to be healthy isn't working?' We tend to equate our condition with others without fully knowing their cir****tances."

Hill and other welfare supporters argue that numbers, and not erroneous stereotypes, tell the real story about public assistance clients: Some 61 percent of welfare recipients are White, while 33 percent are Black, according to 1990 Census Bureau statistics, the latest figures available.

The federal government defines welfare as all entitlement programs funded through taxes. These programs, listed as "direct benefit payments for individuals" by the Office of Management and Budget, make up $730 billion or 43 percent of the $1.47 trillion the government will spend this fiscal year.

Social Security is the nation's largest welfare program, although many Whites prefer to call it a retirement plan. The government writes retirement and disability benefit checks to 35.4 million recipients of whom 88.7 percent are White and 9.6 percent are Black. The reason behind this shocking disparity is perhaps the most lamentable of all: The life expectancy rate for Blacks is six years shorter than that of Whites, meaning Black workers spend years paying into a retirement system only to have White retirees reap the benefits for a longer time.

Welfare critics rarely search the Social Security rolls for "welfare cheats," but train their sights on people getting Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), Medicaid and food stamps, the relief programs with the most Black clients. Yet government figures show that Whites not Blacks make up the bulk of clients on these public aid programs; a fact that dispels the notion that Blacks are scheming for a free lunch courtesy of the American taxpayer.

Among the poorest of the poor--single mothers, living below the poverty line with minor children to support 39.7 percent of AFDC clients are Black single mothers and 38.1 percent are White women with children. Food stamp recipients are 37.2 percent Black and 46.2 percent White. Medicaid benefits are paid to 27.5 percent Black recipients compared to 48.5 percent White clients.

Although the numbers show that Whites get the biggest chunk of public aid dollars, welfare critics still charge that Blacks shouldn't collect 33 percent of welfare benefits when they only make up 12 percent of the general population. They say the imbalance proves their case that Blacks are too busy complaining and blaming racism for their plight to look for a job.

But racism is at the heart of the standard-of-living gap between Blacks and Whites, welfare advocates argue. Unlawful race-based hiring practices, they contend, keep Blacks from getting jobs that pay enough to lift them out of poverty. Until more blue-collar jobs open up to Black workers, Blacks will continue to battle poverty and the freeloader misconception.

"Public and congressional deliberations over... welfare reform in the last few years have been fueled by distortions and outright falsehoods about poverty," the National Urban League asserted in its 1988 report, Black Americans and Public Policy. "Welfare reform is not solely a Black issue, but one in need of immediate attention."

Turning welfare reform into a "Black issue" makes racial scapegoating easy and allows stereotypes, like the Reaganera "welfare queen," to go unchallenged, public aid supporters say. Rightwing reformers cast Whites as "deserving" clients who are legitimately unable to pay their own way through no fault of their own. Blacks are labeled "undeserving" recipients who are looking for the feds to subsidize their slothfulness.

Attaching a moral value to work is not a new convention; it is a philosophy deeply rooted in the religious beliefs and social welfare laws that Anglo-Saxon settlers brought to the New World. These values were imposed upon poor immigrants from other European countries who later perpetuated them after moving into mainstream society.

The Puritanical work ethic faced its greatest challenge following the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression of the 1930s. The nation was forced to re-think its social welfare conventions when it realized that economic forces--not misplaced values--could lead to financial disaster. President Franklin D. Roosevelts New Deal programs and the adoption of the Social Security Act of 1935 symbolized the country's commitment to protecting family and personal incomes. President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society anti-poverty programs of the 1960......s ushered in some of the programs of today's welfare system.

Ironically, the social welfare policies of three decades ago are under attack today by political conservatives who have placed the blame for the recent Los Angeles riots on the "failed social programs of the 1960......s," That characterization has drawn fire from welfare advocates and sociologists as well as ordinary citizens,

"I think that the problems of South Central Los Angeles and other urban communities are far more complex than the simple kinds of characterizations we are getting from elected officials," says Evelyn K. Moore, executive director of the National Black Child Development Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based public policy center. "We cannot criticize family values unless we are willing to support families."

Dr. Marcus Alexis, a Northwestern University economist and former acting chairman of the federal Interstate Commerce Commission agrees. "'Welfare' is the new code word thats being substituted for Willie Horton," Dr. Alexis points out. "It means that inner-city Blacks are viewed as chronically poor, heavily subsidized, irresponsible, highcost individuals. That's where the administration is coming from."

As a lingering recession and high unemployment drive more Whites onto relief rolls, welfare reformers are going to have to pin the blame on the economy and not "immoral" poor people in the nation's inner cities. They only need to look at the White families streaming into welfare offices in rural New Hampshire for proof that poverty has more to do with economics than race. The oncethriving state has seen an 88 percent jump in welfare cases since 1989, yet the states Black population is a meager 0.6 percent.

The economic slump has created a social welfare crisis: Some 13.5 million Americans are on welfare, 2.2 million more than two years ago. That means that one in seven American children is on relief with about 2,000 more joining their ranks every day.

Congress could not have anticipated a surge in welfare clients when it drafted The Family Support Act of 1988, hoping to end welfare dependency by providing educational programs and jobs for ablebodied people. These clients would eventually move into the work force and stave off the labor crunch. With flourishing local economies, states could afford to pick up part of the tab for participants' education, child care and Medicaid benefits with the balance paid by federal matching funds.

It didn't work that way. The economy ground to a near-halt in the late 1980s and many blue- and white-collar workers found themselves seeking public aid. Welfare clients took the biggest hit when state welfare officials upended their pencils and erased names from public aid mils.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1077/is_n2_v48/ai_12970819/

1088 days ago
103.

The Neko Nation    

@ HumanNature, Again you may need to learn how to read my race card and baiting slow witted friend. I never made any racist statements about the first lady. You show your lack of intelligence by continuing to play the race card without being able to follow up with anything that resembles an educated response.

1088 days ago
104.

The Neko Nation    

@ HumanNature, By the comments you have posted it is obvious who the racist is. I have never used a racist comment on the first lady or anyone else. You on the other hand......Pot meet kettle. Guess what you sorry racist and race card playing piece of sh*t, Racism comes in ALL COLORS and you are the perfect example of what they call reverse racism. Did your parents have any children that lived? Don't strain yourself trying to answer. Save the few brain cells you have left to throw another race baiting comment.

1088 days ago
105.

Monica    

It's a shame how much ignorance and misspelling is on this page. I will not stoop to your level but some of these comments show the intelligent level on this page. FYI----They wouldn't be homeless if it was not for George Bush and all the Republicans before him. It's so funny how people can't support President Obama or First Lady Obama but could support everything that George Bush did~~I guess something’s never change! Great job First Lady Obama you are such a beautiful person inside and out and it’s not our fault that we are born curvy and not boney!!!

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