Yesha Callahan

Michelle Obama Feeds The Homeless And The Right Wing Loons Hate Poor People

This post comes courtesy of: The Intersection of Madness & Reality!



First Lady Michelle Obama visited a soup kitchen that feeds the homeless not too far from the White House a few days ago. The place is called Miriam’s Kitchen, and its known to serve 300 people everyday, mostly men. The center also has a volunteer staff of 1,200 people.

Upon her visit, Mrs. Obama presented a donation of food collected by White House Staff employees. Given our failing economy, with people losing homes and struggling to put food on the table, one has to conclude this as a very nice and welcomed gesture. But not so fast, not everyone sees it this way.

As usual, right wing conservatives are using the pic above as an opportunity to bash president Obama’s economic policy, and liberalism in general. Instead of their focus being on the obvious need for community activism, volunteerism, and service, they’re concerned about the gentleman in the pic above possessing a cell phone. That’s right folks, forget about the 300 people this center feeds per day being only blocks away from The White House. Or the fact that people are struggling to maintain; never mind that. Instead, the question from them is: How can a person be homeless and have a cell phone?

Here’s an example from the blog of the great oxygen thief known as Michelle Malkin:


“In D.C., the homeless are just like you and me, and they have cell phones, they have cell phones.
Via Andrew Malcolm, here is one of the homeless cell phone owners snapping a pic of First Lady Michelle Obama — ruining what was supposed to be a sob story photo op of the compassionate Mrs. O catering to the downtrodden.
Say cheese!
Some folks are wondering where the cell phone bills get sent.
The answer is obvious: ACORN headquarters.”


That’s right folks, and the insanity doesn’t just stop there. Here is what was said in an article in the LATimes by writer Andrew Malcolm. This is actually the piece that sparked this whole thing:

“these news photos were widely distributed across the country and even around the world.
It doesn’t detract from the first lady’s generous gesture or the real needs she seeks to highlight to ask two bothersome journalistic questions about these news photos:
If this unidentified meal recipient is too poor to buy his own food, how does he afford a cellphone?
And if he is homeless, where do they send the cellphone bills?”

But, but, but, wait…it gets worse! Here’s another exceprt from another right wing nutjob Kathy Shaidle of the blog “Five Feet of Fury“:

“Today’s “poor” are the rich Jesus warned you about: fat, slovenly, wasteful of their money and other people’s.
I prefer to call them “the broke.”
A lot of (really naive) people are wondering (or pretending to wonder, when they’re in public) how this “homeless” guy could “afford” a cellphone:
It would be better phrased: why is a guy with a cellphone homeless? Because then the question answers itself.
He spends all his (our) money on cellphones and, most likely, tattoos and drugs and booze and other crap, and has no money left for a home and food. And why should he bother? We pay for his shelter and food anyhow.”

And yet people wonder why the republican party is out of touch. It’s this very mindset which is responsible for the virtual ass whoopin they received at the polls last November. But I guess they’ve got their heads so far up their asses to see what’s really happening in this country. Somebody needs to tell the small minded midget who wrote that last bit above what’s really going on.

These are the same people who criticize president Obama’s Rescue & Recovery Program for the economy, and applaud republican governors for refusing to accept any federal funds from said program. That’s right, the same funds which could provide much needed extensions on unemployment assistance and food stamps for citizens who are trying to stay alive without having to stand in line at a soup kitchen.

Yup, these same assholes were quick to support the give away of $750 billion without question to banks upon the urgency of Bush & Company, but are questioning poor people having cell phones? Hell, who’s to say this guy in the pic above was in fact a homeless person. And even if he was, what the hell is wrong with him having a cell phone. Must the poor lose all sense of dignity before a hand is outreached to them? And hell, I thought this was about community service and volunteerism. How the hell did it become about them spending tax payer dollars?

What I find rather ironic, is that this criticism is coming from these fear mongering, war loving ass clowns on the right, when there are approximately 250,000 homeless veterans who sleep on the streets and shelters every damn night. Hell, I don’t know the guy in the pic, but chances are he just might be a veteran. Now wouldn’t that be a bitch if he was?

And even if he was, and was actually homeless, wouldn’t it be a good idea that he had a cell phone if not anything else in trying to find a job? Apparently that’s not a good idea either to Michelle Malkin and her com padres. According to Ms. Malkin, “slum dwellers” like the lady she wrote about in this piece right here, should not have 60 inch television sets in their homes. That said, how dare they have cell phones?!! Oh well, if today’s “poor” are the rich Jesus warned us about, I wonder who were the rich people he was talking about back then. Surely they couldn’t have been republicans.

  1. March 9, 2009 - Reply

    The Republican’s are idiots! They have no idea what’s going on in America. All they know how to do is bash and criticize ever Obama initiative without offer any viable alternatives. I especially can’t stand how the party is using Bobby Jindal and Michael Steele as its new poster boys. Ridiculous!!

    • March 9, 2009 - Reply


      I’m so tired of Jindal & Steele! Neither one of them realize they’re being used b/c of their abundance of melanin!

  2. March 9, 2009 - Reply

    What the heck! That is so ridiculous, the Republican Party need to be working on their divided party instead of criticizing the work of the Philanthropic Democrats. It is so WEAK that they see the picture and focus on the cell phone! Any person can get a cell phone and as you stated, shouldn’t he have a cell phone for safety and job searching? Also, homelessness affects people of a wide variety they do not know the circumstance of the man and his struggle. Anyways… Yay for Michelle for giving back to the community.

    • March 9, 2009 - Reply

      @Certified Diva

      I applaud her for giving back as well!

  3. March 9, 2009 - Reply

    I guess it doesn’t occur to the writers you quoted above that homeless people have jobs, families and other commitments that warrant someone getting in touch with them. I guess it doesn’t occur to them that they can have pay-as-you-go and not need bills. Or, the possibility that takes more imagination, that homeless people are just like everyone else in America, except they don’t have a permanent residence.
    I used to work at New Endeavors on 6th & N NW, and that job taught me so much about hope, determination and the resiliency of the human spirit. And to not jump to conclusions about someone’s situation until I’ve walked a mile in their shoes….

    • March 9, 2009 - Reply


      Of course they don’t realize any of that b/c they spend the majority of their time nit-picking at what’s not important!
      Also, how about, maybe, just maybe..the phone wasn’t even activated or working, b/c in all probability he’s probably unemployed and cant’ afford to pay the bill yet??

  4. March 9, 2009 - Reply

    Thanks for the love. If you only knew just how pissed I was yesterday when I wrote that piece. It just goes to show just how ignorant and out of touch these fools really are.

    • March 9, 2009 - Reply


      I could read it in your typing! LOL!

  5. March 9, 2009 - Reply

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  6. March 9, 2009 - Reply

    I take great comfert in knowing that these negative folks will one day be consumed by thier negativity and hatred..

  7. March 9, 2009 - Reply

    Republicans represent the wealthiest 2% of the nation — and that’s all. It’s surprising that the GOP still has a 26% approval rating. Who are those other 24%? They must be the “Misguided Minority”, “The Suckers Who Are Born Every Minute”, the Rush Limbaugh “Dittoheads”, etc. They are supporting a party which has no interest at all in them whatsoever. Republicans only care about the rich. They are frank and open about their contempt for the poor. Just look at their jackal-pack ridicule of a homeless man who took Michelle Obama’s picture because he owns a cell phone. Homeless people should not own cell phones. They should have absolutely nothing. Only the rich are entitled to have things. Who are these poor fools — these 24% of Americans — who are not rich and yet continue to support the Republican Party? They are like condemned men pulling the switch on their own electric chairs.
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  8. March 9, 2009 - Reply

    If I became homelss today I’d still have a cellphone…because I bought 1000 minutes for 100 bucks and use them until it’s time to reload, so if I do become homeless I’ll still have minutes left to call my Mommy and ask for money 😉

  9. March 9, 2009 - Reply

    […] Lady with a camera phone.  There are excellent writeups of the situation at Womanist Musings and[fung’ke] [blak] [chik], to which I’d like to add the […]

  10. March 9, 2009 - Reply

    You just gotta love her, right?

  11. March 10, 2009 - Reply

    Very nice stuff DudeThanks for writing in the blog 😀

  12. March 10, 2009 - Reply

    I find this really interesting. Here is Michelle Obama doing a good deed, and people just have to go criticize it. Then again, even “bad” publicity is still publicity nonetheless. However people take it, see it or judge it, it’s still Michelle Obama feeding the homeless, period. I think it’s a good gesture.

  13. March 10, 2009 - Reply

    A person’s home can burn down. Perhaps their cell phone was in their pocket at the time. A person can become homeless and still have a job. I don’t think a person working minimum wage can afford to maintain a 1 bedroom in New York City.
    Divas feed the homeless. Thank you Mrs. Obama. We appreciate you diva.

  14. March 10, 2009 - Reply

    Michelle Obama scored two major political points when she helped feed people at a homeless shelter. She showed that the Obama family cares about real people, and that they are still “community organizers” even though they live in the White House. More important, she drew the Republican Loons – like Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin — out of their caves to rant and scream about homeless people owning cellphones. These Right-Wing Retards really hate poor people. They think of Capitalism as a Big Casino where there are several Huge Winners and lots of Losers. They believe in a Diseased form of Capitalism and, in their sick delusions, they accuse anyone who is trying to save Capitalism, and help the majority of our citizens, of being guilty of Socialism or Communism.
    Their Diseased form of Capitalism has once again nearly destroyed our economy. It’s time to replace their rigid Ayn Rand Reaganomics with a Healthy Capitalism that works for everyone, not just the Bush Leaguers.
    Please visit my Blog:
    “Conservatives Are America’s Real Terrorists”

  15. March 10, 2009 - Reply

    I guess none of them fucka’s ever heard of Pay-As-You-Go, huh? *SMDH*.

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