Michelle Obama’s Moment to Shine

A lot has been written about Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle, and most of it hasn’t been very nice. Furthermore, the photographers who seemed determined to make Hillary Clinton look pear-shaped like to catch Michelle Obama in a pout or a scowl.

Well, tonight I think she’s going to positively shine at the Democratic National Convention. There will be no stopping the Democratic candidate’s wife, as transiting Venus and Mercury in Virgo trine her Capricorn Sun. With the Virgo emphasis, I think Michelle will make inroads with female working-class voters who supported Hillary but haven’t yet jumped on board the Obama bandwagon.

Here’s Michelle’s natal chart (no time of birth), courtesy of Astrodienst, with transits for today.

Transiting Neptune is on her natal Saturn tonight so I think she’ll be able to soften her hard-nosed image, and it’s traveling with the North Node and Chiron, so I think she’ll strike a chord with the public.

There might be some technical disruption as transiting Saturn is sitting between her natal Uranus/Pluto. Will she face a TelePrompTer malfunction the way her husband did in Bristol, Va. on June 5? I wouldn’t be surprised. But I predict whatever happens, she’s going to come out smelling like a rose.

Rush Limbaugh (my birthday twin but not the same year) is speculating that Michelle is pregnant and that she’ll mention it tonight in her speech. Interesting that both Limbaugh and Michelle are Capricorns. If Michelle is indeed expecting, it would be a good reflection of the Moon/Mars on the Ascendant opposing Uranus on the Descendant in her husband’s solar return.

In my post on Obama’s solar return, I noted that Reinhold Ebertin’s The Combination of Stellar Influences says Moon/Mars equals Uranus can be a “sudden experience in a woman’s life.” That prompted commenter Mandelay to predict that Michelle would have a baby in the White House the way that Jacqueline Kennedy did.

Maybe an Obama pregnancy is what the Democratic candidate needs to show voters that he’s got cojones.

Obama: The Net Giveth and the Net Taketh Away

The Internet has been very kind to Barack Obama. Over the past few days his groovy “Barack Roll” video to the sounds of Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up has been making the rounds, thanks to YouTube.

But another, not-so-hip, video of Obama has suddenly surfaced on the Web. I’ve just caught up with the video of what happened to the Democratic Presidential hopeful in Bristol, Va., when his TelePrompTer malfunctioned. (I hate it when that happens!)

At first, I wondered whether this didn’t happen in Bristol, Pa., since the video is up on phillyburbs.com, the Web site for the Calkins Media chain of suburban Philadelphia newspapers, which serves Bristol. However, a Google search confirms that Obama held a “Town Hall” event in Bristol, Va. on June 5, 2008.

Here’s the link to an Obama at a loss for words.

With his angry outbursts at the audience and his malaprops (he confuses “breathalyzer” with “inhaler” in a vignette about a child with asthma), the Democratic hopeful sounds a bit like President George W. Bush. If Obama makes it to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., it could be more of the same at those White House press conferences should the TelePrompTer ever go on the fritz.

Beth Turnage over at Astrology Explored has compared the charts of Obama and W., both of which are chock full of planets in Leo. It’s an interesting post.

Like the pictures of President Bush looking a little out of it at the Olympics, the Obama Town Hall video is yet another example of the transiting Neptune/Node/Chiron in Aquarius, I believe. Neptune is film, the Node is public dissemination, and Chiron is the wound (Bush being propped up by a team of Secret Service agents, Obama stumbling for words).

I’m also reminded me of Jude Threshold’s post on the Aug. 16 eclipse where she talks about “unmasking.” Interesting that a video from a June 5 event is suddenly getting buzz on the Web on Aug. 13.

Will “TelePrompTer malfunction” join the national lexicon along with “wardrobe malfunction”?