Hal’s Reply to Vivian’s Comment below:

Vivian – I have been thinking a lot about the show today, your post, and some of the other criticisms leveled at me. I regret that I was not more skeptical from the get-go of the NY Times article which after a close reading has left me convinced that it was written to convey a negative and incomplete impression of Mrs. Obama. I also am concerned that I may be holding the Obamas to a higher standard than I would another first family, in part, because they are African-American. Perhaps, I expected (I certainly hoped) that as blacks, they would express solidarity with poor, working, and middle-class Americans. I am disappointed that this expectation has been only partially fulfilled. Regardless, I will continue to strive to be the best and fairest host I can be.

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