Michelle Obama acknowledged that slaves built the White House and Fox News had a meltdown

Bethan McKernan@mck_beth
Wednesday 27 July 2016 14:00
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Michelle Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in a powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday.

I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters — two beautiful intelligent black young women — play with the dog on the White House lawn.

And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all of our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.

As has been pointed out, there have been plenty of first ladies in the White House - but none has ever been the descendent of slaves, like Obama, or spoken about it so movingly.

But who wasn't impressed? Fox News, that's who.

One producer, John Gibson, said in his take on the speech:

I’ll admit I find the line aggravating... Why am I annoyed? Not because the statement doesn’t have some element of truth. Was the White House was built by slaves? Sort of. Yes.

The producer's beef is that Obama's statement wasn't the whole truth. She didn't mention the "local white labourers" and "immigrants from Scotland, Ireland and other European nations” who contributed.

Pffft. Those white people hardly did anything. Slaves built the White House. At least, that’s the view of the First Lady.

Which is quite the way to prove that you missed the point that those white people had a choice about building the White House, and got paid for their work.

Resident on-screen bigot Bill O'Reilly had to get his two cents in as well. Actually, the slaves that quarried stone for the White House had pretty good conditions, he told viewers on Tuesday.

Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802...

I just can’t get rid of that history teacher thing. You know what I’m talking about?


Not really, O'Reilly. Not really.

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