I admit my bias, I'm from the U.S. and it is tough for people from a country that revolted against the British monarch not to find the monarchy, when you really look at, revolting. I wouldn't swivel in my chair to see the Queen. This is a person whose sole qualification for her job is getting born. Now maybe she is a fine lady and many people care about her, that is fine. What I find a bit less than fine is when a person who has actually worked hard for her position, who has faced and faces racism, sexism and brutual scrutiny for her actions causes a bit of an uproar because she touches the Queen. Touches her!
I'm talking of course about U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama. You might have heard of her. Besides being married to the President she is a graduate of Princeton University, has a law degree from Harvard, has worked in the non-profit sector and as a community organizer. And she is a mom. On the downside she gave the Queen a mini-hug the other day.
What steams my republic brain is that the monarchy is literally about inherited privelege (the DNA path to power and crown) in a world where people that care about social justice are working to fight against unjust privelege and the press has a snitty fit when the born-to-power Queen is touched.
To her credit the Queen seemed to just roll with it and the press now seems charmed by Ms. Obama but really from the silly scale for things to get upset about having the queen get a little hug is something that you can't touch.
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