Only Hillary Clinton inspired more conspiracy theories as First Lady than Michelle Obama, so just for kicks here are the top 5 Michelle Obama conspiracy theories.
5). Michelle Obama was disbarred/forced to give up her license to practice law in 1993
The short form of this conspiracy is that Michelle Obama either was disbarred by the Illinois Supreme Court in 1993, or that she voluntarily gave up her license to practice law before she could be disbarred for an ethics violation.
This is not true. According to snopes.com, Michelle Obama did not voluntarily surrender her law license. The First Lady requested that her law license be placed on inactive status. At the time of her request, she had no disciplinary action pending or otherwise against her.
4). As First Lady Michelle Obama Has Hired a Record Number of Assistants
This one comes from an email that was making the rounds, “Michele Obama does not get paid to serve as the First Lady and she doesn’t perform any official duties. But this hasn’t deterred her from hiring an unprecedented number of staffers to cater to her every whim and to satisfy her every request in the midst of the Great Recession.”
Bill O’Reilly debunked this one and a bunch of other Obama conspiracy theories on his Fox News show a couple of weeks ago:
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According to Bill-O, “She has about the same number Laura Bush had, approximately 20.”
3). The Government Is Taking Away Your Food Through Michelle Obama’s anti-Obesity Campaign
This is one of the new entrants on our list. The right wing media has tried to portray First Lady Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity as a vast government conspiracy to tell Americans what to eat, and at worst take away our fast food.
This one has been pushed all across right wing media, but Sarah Palin has especially taken this one to heart. While on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, Palin said, “Take her anti-obesity thing that she is on. She is on this kick, right. What she is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat. And I know I’m going to be again criticized for bringing this up, but instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician’s wife priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track.”
According the Let’s Move fact sheet, the campaign is really about fighting childhood obesity through diet and exercise, “Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity in a generation so that kids born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. This is an ambitious goal. But it can be done. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future starting with their earliest months and years and continuing throughout their lives. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every community has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping kids become more physically active.”
2). The White House Vegetable Garden Is Fake
This is a modern favorite of Obama conspiracy theorists. The claim is that the White House vegetable garden is a fake. It has been planted with mature vegetables in order to fool the public. ( This one is the forerunner to Michelle Obama’s secret plot to take away their junk and fast food). Drudge went as far as to post “Before and After” pictures of the garden.
Susan Reimer of The Baltimore Sun visited the garden and reported that, “Indeed, the garden did look very mature on my visit there Tuesday. But not that mature. The snap peas and the greens were ready to harvest – but that’s no surprise for Washington, D.C., and a spring as rainy as ours has been. And the soil was amended with compost before it was planted. When I did that in a new bed I installed, the plants went crazy. The kale, chard and lettuces look exactly as they do at the Farmers’ Market in Annapolis that I visit each Saturday.
1). Michelle Obama’s Anti-Whitey Rant at At Trinity United Church of Christ
According to the website fight the smears,
On May 30th, Rush Limbaugh gave specific details about a video tape supposedly showing Michelle Obama using a tasteless racial slur, something an accomplished professional and loving mother like Michelle would never say. Proven sleazemeister Roger Stone went on Fox News two days later to make a similar claim.
What did Michelle actually say on that video? Nothing — there is no video. The entire thing was completely fabricated by people like Limbaugh and Stone who want to take Michelle and Barack down. In fact, neither Michelle nor Barack has ever said anything remotely like the stuff Limbaugh, Stone, and the rest made up for their fantasy tape.
All of these conspiracy theories offer some variation of an African-American stereotype. The disbarred theory hinges on the idea that Michelle Obama is a criminal. Michelle Obama needs more assistants than Laura Bush because she is lazy. The First Lady is being uppity when she dares to tell white people what to eat. The vegetable garden is a fake because she is untrustworthy. The whitey remarks conspiracy is because she hates white people.
These five theories range from odd (the White House vegetable garden is fake) to fear mongering (Michelle Obama is taking away our junk food) to race baiting (Michelle Obama hates white people), but the one characteristic that they each share is that they aren’t true.