Kansas Lawmaker “Sorry” He Called Michelle Obama “Mrs. YoMama”

Kansas Speaker of the House Mike O’Neal says it was an honest mistake that he forwarded on an email that referred to the First Lady as “Mrs. YoMama.”  The email also included a picture of Michelle Obama and Dr. Seuss’s “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” with the phrase “separated at birth?”

According to O’Neal, he didn’t fully read the text of the email itself, only the picture.  The full text read “I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Mrs. YoMama a wonderful, long Hawaii Christmas vacation — at our expense, of course.”

“Cartoons are intended to be humorous. This one made me laugh — I’ve had bad hair days too,” O’Neal said in a statement, according to The Kansas City Star. “I forwarded it too quickly, missing the text included in the body of the mail. To those I have offended, I am sorry. That was not at all my intent.”

O’Neal’s half-hearted apology was still more contrite than the statement from his communications director, who said,”Political cartoons are a part of American culture. It’s hard to see how Mike O’Neal poking fun at himself and forwarding a lighthearted political cartoon about the first lady’s extravagant spending of taxpayer funds during a time when many Americans are financially struggling is newsworthy.”

Was the email a simple “political cartoon” as the Kansas Republicans state?  Or was the “Mrs. YoMama” taunt a thinly veiled racist remark?  If nothing else, that explains why O’Neal is so quick to defend the sending of the cartoon, but clarify that he didn’t read the full text closely.


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Lori E.
Lori E6 years ago


SeattleAnn S.
Ann S6 years ago

Stupid and unfunny racist actions and remarks like these certainly do not put his state in better light. Who can forget the jaw-dropping lack of sense and intelligence amongst the Kansas state legislators who decided to ban evolution from their textbooks?

Nneka Edwards
Nneka Edwards6 years ago

I am appalled at the way that the First family is perceived. I have never heard such disrespect of past presidents as I have for PRESIDENT Obama. The media refers to him as Obama... all other presidents have always had their title preceding his name. But all I hear is Obama this and Obama that... where's the respect?

Now I hear the comments made about our First Lady and I realize that racism and stereotypes are still very present in today's society. Perhaps in my children's time things will change. I doubt if I will ever see a change.

They entered the White House with the heavy load that his predecessor left for him to take care of. It took 8 years for our former president to get us into this mess... yet, in addition to his current day to day business he has had to figure out how to fix the mess that Bush Jr. left us in. All he has received is negative remarks...

I live in MA. Romney left us in the same condition that Bush left the United States... yet everyone is looking at him as if he will be the solution to the problems of the US. Yeah Right!!! Look at MA before you cast your votes.

Carole T.
Carole Torres6 years ago

To bad "yo momma" never taught you respect for others even when you disagree.If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all. You really showed how really stupid and crass you are. Thanks for the tip.

Leah H.
Leah H6 years ago

A "thinly veiled" racist remark? If that qualifies as thinly veiled, what would blatant be? More bad taste from the dead center of bad taste: Kansas. You know, home of the Koch boys.

Lee Witton
6 years ago

....can and should take a vacation whenever he deems necessary, and that should be frequently based on how much he's had to deal with since his inauguration so get over it.

Lee Witton
6 years ago

It's really pathetic when the same blatant spewers of hate for the Obamas, show how phony they are by then apologizing (which is never sincere). This has been going on for 4 years (1 year while Obama campaigned and 3 years he's served as president). Yet, the Obama family is always classy. They never whine about the racism that oozes out of every pour of the majority of Republicans, instead they act as though the vile words have never been spoken.

Something I find astonishing is how the Republicans are always complaining about how Obama vacations at the taxpayers' expense. You don't think Bush, the most vacationed president in American history didn't vacation at the taxpayers' expense. I use the word president lightly since it is a well-known fact that Bush was indeed not the winner of either the 2000 or 2004 election. Yet, not only was he always on vacation, he enjoyed games of golf while victims of Katrina were dying, beaten, raped, killed by cops, suffering from dehydration, babies and children suffering, etc. Everything Obama has done has been a direct result from the dire consequences on an appointed leader leaving this country in a horrific mess, and his actions have been to try and get this country on the right track after Bush derailed the train from the moment he took office.

Those of you who continue to attack Obama need to get over yourselves. Thank God we have a President that is capable of articulating and who does care about his countrymen. He can

Elvina Andersson
Elvina A6 years ago

William B: But you are also prejudiced cause you think that about everyone that does not agree with you?! (remember me? you didnt post an answer to my message, I got sad.).

J.C. H.
Jc Honeycutt6 years ago

Well, at least this provides an answer to the question asked by Thomas Frank's book "What's the Matter with Kansas?". Kansans elect prejudiced simpletons like O'Neal to positions of power in their state.

William Baylor
William Baylor6 years ago

Don’t waste your time talking to a republican conservative ‘jesus freaks’. These people have very narrow tunnel vision, they cannot see past there nose and Rush Limbaugh and Fox News! These Republicans are racist, black bashing, Mexican bashing, gay bashing, bullies, give more rights to the rapist than the victim, try to put their religion in our government and public life, won’t to get rid of government regulations that protect us and allow the rich scum companies to cheat, steal, rob and even kill us without even blinking. Remember , these our morons in our society and can’t be helped! It’s a dna thing! A brought up in family taught thing and they are very sick prejudice bigoted people!