Maya Angelou, counter to her good friend Oprah, did not endorse President Barack Obama during the presidential primaries. She instead chose to ride for now Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. She, like Bobby Brown 20 years prior said, "It's my prerogative." (I don't know if she really said that. lol)
So now Obama is the President and America, Africa and the world are in jubilation. What does Ms. Angelou have to say about it? Well she doesn't really discuss Pres. Obama in the January 18, Washington Post opinion piece. She discusses Michelle Obama.
I telephoned Oprah Winfrey, aware that she knew the Obamas, and asked, "What is your take on Michelle Obama?" Oprah answered promptly and with conviction, "She is the real deal."
I waited backstage in the Carolina Theatre wings. Mrs. Obama arrived, and we sat and talked for 45 minutes. We spoke about family, the economy, youth obesity, television, music, cooking and men. I was completely won over. She neither postured nor preened. I sensed no subterfuge in her conversation. She said what she thought and said it clearly, without bombast. When I was cued to go onto the stage, I shook hands with her warmly and went to the microphone. The theater was packed, and there was no standing room. I told the audience of some of Mrs. Obama's accomplishments, and then I told them of the conversation that I had had with Oprah. I ended my introduction by saying, "Now ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the 'real deal.' "
Now any of my readers know, I STANS for Michelle Obama. I do, however find it curious Angelou's praise for her NOW. Is this her meager mea culpa? I am also curious about the absence of her praise for President Obama.
I am no feminist scholar, so much of what I say is based on my own perception. I perceive that many of these so-called feminist activists hate men. So much so, that the election of our first black president **see post below** gets bypassed for belated praise of his wife, however deserving.
I mean no disrespect to Maya Angelou. I know she knows why the caged bird sings, she is a phenomenal woman, and just like the moon still she rises.
When will it be time for her to rise and Hail to the Chief?
I think she should face the grim fact that she was a witness to history in the making and sat on the wrong side of it.