Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza claims that Michelle Obama’s college thesis at Princeton University was “illiterate and incoherent.”
The critique comes as the former First Lady recently took aim at nearly every world leader and politician the Obama’s had ever met, asserting they aren’t all that bright. At least not as bright as she and her husband, of course.
During a stop on her book tour for the memoir “Becoming,” Obama offered a ‘secret’ to young women looking to make their way in the world:
“I have been at probably every powerful table that you can think of, I have worked at nonprofits, I have been at foundations, I have worked in corporations, served on corporate boards, I have been at G-summits, I have sat in at the U.N.: They are not that smart.”
We shouldn’t be surprised that Michelle actually thinks that highly of herself. But D’Souza countered that by saying maybe it’s not everybody else that isn’t smart.
Anyone who has read Michelle’s college thesis—a document so illiterate and incoherent that it was written, as Christopher Hitchens put it, in “no known language”—will chuckle heartily at this one https://t.co/6VSdDsSuMu
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) December 16, 2018
Michelle Obama’s college thesis
Is D’Souza onto something?
During Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, Princeton University placed a restriction on access to his wife’s senior thesis, though Politico was granted access earlier on.
The topic of the paper was “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community,” and, unsurprisingly, centered on racism caused by ‘conservative values’ at the university.
“I have found that at Princeton, no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my white professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong,” Obama wrote.
“Regardless of the circumstances under which I interact with whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be black first and a student second.”
This is, without a doubt, the same attitude the former First Lady carried with her towards her fellow Americans decades later, when her husband became the first black President. Even after leaving the White House, Michelle lamented the toughest thing about her time there was enduring the racism.
‘No known language’
D’Souza based his comments on an analysis by the late author Christopher Hitchens, who was highly critical of Mrs. Obama’s thesis.
“The only thing you can definitely tell from the attempt to read it, because I maintain it cannot actually be read, it’s a degradation of the act of reading,” Hitchens said, “is that she favors, or views with favor, black separatism, or as she calls it, separationism.”
— Western Journal (@WestJournalism) December 17, 2018
“You should be able to be fluent, witty, self-deprecating, insightful, amusing, personal,” Hitchens maintained. “Not a bit of it. It’s a trudge. It’s a hateful, lugubrious, boring, resentment-filled screed written in some very bad form of sociologies.”
Obama counterpunched Hitchens in her memoir, saying he tried to make her seem “so foreign that even my language couldn’t be recognized.”
The former First Lady meanwhile, despite expressing no desire to run in 2020, consistently polls high amongst Democrats, many of whom have never read her thesis and wouldn’t care if it was ‘illiterate and incoherent.’