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Michelle Obama ashamed of America her entire adult life

Looks like Barack Obama's wife may be turning into this election's Teresa Heinz Kerry -- it's Teresa Heinz Obama! Barack may need to sit Michelle Obama down and tell her to keep her damn mouth shut. Every now and then, the Dems make the mistake of saying what they really think, which is exactly what Michelle Obama just did:

Note the applause after her statement -- not shocked silence or gasps. Applause.

Here's the statement:

What we have learned over this year is that hope is making a comeback. It is making a comeback. And let me tell you something -- for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment. I've seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues, and it's made me proud.

Michelle Obama was born on January 17, 1964, making her 44 years old. She's legally been an adult for 26 years, and in 26 years there hasn't been one single event to make her feel proud to be an American? There hasn't been anything to make her proud of the strongest, freest, most generous and democratic country in the entire world? Not one single thing? We've made mistakes, to be sure, but the United States is a country to be proud of -- a country that most Americans love and cherish, are proud to call home, and see as worth fighting for. And of course, Dems like Teresa Heinz Michelle Obama don't see any of that. Without their magnificent selves to lead us, this country is nothing but a jungle full of backwards, stupid hicks desperate for someone to take care of us and tell us what to do, what is right or wrong.

One of the things that stood out most to me was the overwhelming egotism of that statement. Her husband is finally doing well, and now she's finally proud of her country. God forbid Barack Obama never launched a political career, because obviously had he not she would've spent her entire life hating America! But then again, she'd feel right at home in the Democratic party.

But remember, we're never, ever supposed to question their patriotism.


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Comments (81)

funny how her being prod fo... (Below threshold)
Dave W:

funny how her being prod for the first time actually coincides with her husband almost being the presidential nominee.

If people are going to crit... (Below threshold)
Tom Krajewski:

If people are going to criticize the lady at least get the quote right: "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country."
Focus on the words: adult lifetime, really, my country. Really! Did the lady say she has never been proud of her country in the last 25 years? NO, she said she was now she was REALLY proud of her country. She was proud before but now she was really proud to see the positive response to a call for a better America.
I was in the service of my country 40 years ago in Louisiana. I saw the white only drinking fountains. I saw white servicemen arrested for disturbing the peace because they entered black bars. I saw Jim Crow in all his ugliness. Ten days ago a Michelle's husband got nearly as many white votes in that state as McCain and Huckabee did. That made me REALLY proud of my country. I was in the audience yesterday when Michelle spoke. This 60 yr white male veteran cried tears of joy as I realized America could reach its full potential.

Just keep yapping ya big mo... (Below threshold)
914:

Just keep yapping ya big mouth Obamoron.

Hi Tom -- That was... (Below threshold)

Hi Tom --

That was exactly what is written in the quote above. I didn't leave out the "really", and I don't think the "really" changes the context of the quote anyways.

Yeah, she did try to cover ... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Yeah, she did try to cover her a$$ there, by saying not just because of what "Barack has done..." She's trying out her chops as First Lady, and failing badly.

Has anyone had a more cushy... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

Has anyone had a more cushy upbringing than these two? I don't buy a word of it and the fact that people in my home state were swooning over her words makes me ashamed.

Has anyone had a more cu... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Has anyone had a more cushy upbringing than these two?

You are apparently completely unfamiliar with their upbringing, and are just talking out of your ass. No surprise there.

This is so scary - I read T... (Below threshold)
MoMo:

This is so scary - I read Tom's comment and realize that this Obama thing is feeding a real need within a large part of American society, the trouble is that it has nothing to do with politics. It's all about emotional need - feelings of 'hope' and 'change'. Maybe he's going to fulfill his promise by recruiting thousands of analysts to minister to the poor saps who are so clearly in need of emotional support. Michelle Obama speaks the truth - she is 'really proud of America' for the first time in her adult life because she and her husband are about to pull off the biggest heist in American history and it's been sanctioned by the emotionally bereft American people. It is unbelievable, and would be funny if it was a movie. Who said you can't fool all the people?

As used in her phrasing whe... (Below threshold)
civildisobedience Author Profile Page:

As used in her phrasing when she spoke, I took the "really" similar to an "actually".

It's too bad that nothing in the last 25 years has made her really proud of her country. Nope, only that some people are hungry for change makes her really proud. No accomplishments, no sacrifices, just that she believes more people are hungry for change and moving in her direction and unifying around some of her common issues.

LOL, the only direction and issues they have is large intrusive government dictating to you what you can and can not do. They will push many more people in my direction than they force into theirs.

Yes, we need both of them talking a whole lot more in the weeks and months ahead.

"Note the applause after he... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

"Note the applause after her statement -- not shocked silence or gasps. Applause."

They audience applauded because they weren't playing the stupid game of pretending to not understand what she was saying.

Gee, I know how we can stra... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Gee, I know how we can straighten Ms. Obama-ding-dong out: Let's create a list of all things America can be "really" proud about since 1982 when her adult life started.

I'll start the list (in no particular order):

-How we ALL came together after 9/11
-The liberation of Kuwait
-The liberation of Iraq
-The liberation of Afghanistan
-Defeating the Soviet Union, peacefully
-Ending partial birth abortion
-Getting Libya to end its WMD program
-The massive aid delivered to the 2004 Tsunami victims
-The untold billions sent to the African AIDS crisis
-The courage of our men during the "Black Hawk Down' incident in Somalia
-The capturing of Saddam Hussein
-The killing Abu Musad al Zarqawi
-The unending and unwavering generosity of millions of Americans who quietly volunteer their time and money to those in need
-Despite all of its many flaws and shortcomings, the tremendous strides made by researchers through our medical system

That's just the start. Now, you add to it.

Maybe if it gets big enough we can ship it off to Ms. Obama and have her read it during her next revival speech.

NO, she said she was now... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

NO, she said she was now she was REALLY proud of her country.

Oh well, hell's bells, that makes all the difference in the world! Why, whatever were the rest of sane folks thinking!? Our bad! All is forgiven, Ms. Obama!

/sarcasm tag off

Btw let me point out the gl... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Btw let me point out the glaring stupidity of the conclusions Cassy and the rest of the rightosphere are making now that they've re-focused their ragegasms to the Obama campaign.

I'm really proud of my son for winning the science fair, therefore before now I have been ashamed of him and hated him. I didn't wish he would apply himself more and do better in school, I hated him.

Such is the mindset of the fevered egos on the right (or, they just always need to find a new outlet for their backed up rage).

Peter, for the most part, t... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Peter, for the most part, that is an impressive list (more for some than others) but you can not deny if an African American is elected as our next President that will transcend your list of important events in this country's history.

What is wrong with Michelle being proud of her husband and the way he has gathered support from all groups of Americans? I think most blacks feel the same way, and as far as the Obamas were raised in a privilege environment, that just shows a lack of common knowledge on the subject.

i am 21 years old and i hav... (Below threshold)
amber:

i am 21 years old and i have nothing to be proud of about the us. i love my country and always will, that does not mean i have to like it or be proud of it. with the injustices african american face on a daily basis, no one has the right to say i should proudly hold the flag. No matter how cushy your lifestyle, i lived in the suburbs in a two family home, it does not mean you are any less subjected to the racism and ignorance all african americans face at some point in their lives. I speak from personal experience. So in my 21 years, i hope i can really be proud of my country. But its lame comments like the ones i read that cause me to believe it'll be a long wait...

So she was proud now she is... (Below threshold)
Michael:

So she was proud now she is really proud.....So whats the big deal?

I'm really proud of my s... (Below threshold)
Jody:

I'm really proud of my son for winning the science fair, therefore before now I have been ashamed of him and hated him. I didn't wish he would apply himself more and do better in school, I hated him.

But was it the *first* time you were proud of him? It wouldn't mean that you hated him, just that you didn't think he had done anything worth taking pride in before then.

The key here is it's the *first* that has conservatives flabbergasted. By her sentence construction she's saying she wasn't proud of America before now.

"you can not deny if an ... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

"you can not deny if an African American is elected as our next President that will transcend your list of important events in this country's history."

Indeed I can, and I do!

Perhaps Senator Obama would make a good President. Perhaps, once in office, he will decide to set aside the vague banter he has used to gain approval, and turn his mind to the weighty responsibilities, all of them specific in their needs and concerns, of leading this great nation. But even if Mr. Obama should win the office, and prove to be a great leader, we should in no way - indeed, never - diminish the nation or its ideals by praising the election of someone merely because of their race. That, by definition, is racism, sir, and is nothing of which to be proud.

Vote for the candidate you support, not because of or in spite of their race or gender. That is the American ideal.


It sounds like you have edi... (Below threshold)
THI:

It sounds like you have edited out the "really". Why? It is rare that I am *really* proud of America too. We have a prison in Cuba where God know what happens and we have become an international bully. There is little to be proud of.

Barney,Yes, if eit... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Barney,

Yes, if either Obama or Clinton were elected to be our next President, it would be tremendous and very proud moment to have either a black man or a woman as President.

At least until they financially gut the country should their proposed medical coverage programs be implemented. Then they just become lousy leaders, regardless of race or gender.

i am 21 years old and i have nothing to be proud of about the us.

I was exactly like you at that age. Then along the way, I grew up.

But was it the *first* t... (Below threshold)
mantis:

But was it the *first* time you were proud of him? It wouldn't mean that you hated him, just that you didn't think he had done anything worth taking pride in before then.

Either way, does it mean I hated him before I was proud of him? That's what Cassy (and many others) says:

God forbid Barack Obama never launched a political career, because obviously had he not she would've spent her entire life hating America!

The key here is it's the *first* that has conservatives flabbergasted. By her sentence construction she's saying she wasn't proud of America before now.

Conservatives aren't flabbergasted, they've just found a new outrage focus, for today. Tomorrow there will be something new to be outraged about. It has little to do with Michelle Obama and what she said and more to do with the psychosis of righty bloggers.

For years I've listened to conservatives lament the direction our country has taken over the past few decades, saying in different words how they are not proud of where the US is and where it is headed. How is that different?

Has anyone had a more cushy... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

Has anyone had a more cushy upbringing than these two?

You are apparently completely unfamiliar with their upbringing, and are just talking out of your ass. No surprise there.

Posted by mantis
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This is what I am referring to:

B. Obama-Columbia University,
Harvard Law School

M. Obama-A.B. in sociology (Princeton University) cum laude
JD (Harvard Law School)

Not exactly getting dogs and firehoses turned on them or doing time for drinking out of the wrong fountain. The point is lots have come before them to pave the way for their successes. For Mrs. Obama to say that NOTHING good has happened since 1964 is truly astonishing.


B. Obama-Columbia Univer... (Below threshold)
mantis:

B. Obama-Columbia University,
Harvard Law School

M. Obama-A.B. in sociology (Princeton University) cum laude
JD (Harvard Law School)

They are smart and got into good schools (with academic scholarships) and that means they had a "cushy" upbringing? Please.

Not exactly getting dogs and firehoses turned on them or doing time for drinking out of the wrong fountain.

I see, so unless you had dogs or firehoses turned on you, you had a "cushy" upbringing? Gee, I guess most people have had a cushy upbringing.

The point is lots have come before them to pave the way for their successes.

That was your point? Then why didn't you say that instead of "Has anyone had a more cushy upbringing than these two?"?

For Mrs. Obama to say that NOTHING good has happened since 1964 is truly astonishing.

That's not what she said, dipshit.

Such is the mindse... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Such is the mindset of the fevered egos on the right (or, they just always need to find a new outlet for their backed up rage).

Sorry but we're using the liberal's standard formulated over the last seven years to judge liberals by. If you didn't decry that standard when it was applied to Republicans then you have no standing to decry it when its applied to liberals. Here are a few precepts in the liberal standard:

1) Stand in front of a banner and that's the message regardless of the opposite statements made in the speech.

2) State something that turns out to be wrong in the future and it's a lie, not a mistake.

3) Make statements that can have more than one meaning and the most negative meaning is assumed.

4) Don't get unanimous opinions from policy experts and you're cherry picking.

Using precept 3 I find that the word "really" can also mean "actually" as in telling the truth. Thus, when she said "And let me tell you something -- for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country." It means that the other times when she expressed pride in her country it was a lie. So there we have it, the only Democratic candidate for first lady still in the race is a liar.

I am not surprised that she... (Below threshold)
David:

I am not surprised that she is proud to be an American only just now. After all, her husband's full name is Barrack Hussein Obama. We are just about to vote a Hussein into the White House. Bravo to all those leading him on.

Most of us have Mantis, mos... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

Most of us have Mantis, most of us have. That's the point! Most of us do not disrespect a 44 year old history of this nation like she did. If she (and you) are that unhappy, please, please leave our shores immediately.

Tell me Mantis, if you had ... (Below threshold)

Tell me Mantis, if you had said to your son, "For the first time in your life I am really proud of you," do you think he would be happy to hear that? How do you think he would take it once the words sank in?

No. It's not what you really meant, but it's the words you chose to use and they've already bitten him. You could be excused because they weren't part of a speech you wrote and rehearsed to make sure that your meaning was clear. He'd likely forgive your choice of words because he knows you love him anyway.

Maybe Mrs. Obama's meaning was clear, maybe not. I'd give her the benefit of the doubt myself even though it was a poor choice of words.

Most of us have Mantis, ... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Most of us have Mantis, most of us have.

Ah, I see. So when you said this,

Has anyone had a more cushy upbringing than these two?

You really meant "has anyone had a more cushy upbringing than pretty much everyone?" Kinda loses some zing, doncha think?

Despite your wishes, however, I doubt Mrs. Obama or I will be leaving the US anytime soon. So sorry.

Mantis talks of conservativ... (Below threshold)
John:

Mantis talks of conservative rage, yet I see no rage greater than Mantis' on this page. Mantis spews rage. I am a liberal and have voted for many, many years in that direction, never differently. Yet I find M. Obama's comment extremely offensive and egocentric.

No dipshit. When she phrase... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

No dipshit. When she phrased this as "my country" she put her perspective on the world stage. Would she and/or her husband been given the same opportunities in another country like South Africa, Brazil, Iran, Cuba....??? That's what I mean. big picture stuff Sam, but your pea brain is so full of hate (like every other Liberal) everything needs to be spelled out to you like a 6th grader.

I'll add that I would like ... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

I'll add that I would like nothing more than a black president to be elected. I think it would go a long way, not eliminate, but go a long way in quelling some of our race issues. Unfortunately-this guy ain't it.

David is right.It wa... (Below threshold)
Rosa Cabrera:

David is right.
It was a very clear comment!
Barrack Hussein Obama the new President of USA? I hope no!
Hillary, is your turn!!NOW!!!!!! You can do it!!!!!!

Tell me Mantis, if you h... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Tell me Mantis, if you had said to your son, "For the first time in your life I am really proud of you," do you think he would be happy to hear that?

No, I don't think he would, and I of course wouldn't say that. My point was that it wouldn't mean I hated him, or was ashamed of him, prior to that.

You may think that Michelle Obama has plenty of reasons to be "really proud of [her] country" during her adult life, and that her "frustration and disappointment" with how things have gone here are misplaced, but that doesn't mean she said or implied that she has hated her country, or has been ashamed of her country. That's a bullshit inference specifically concocted to perpetuate the ragegasm.

If you try to look at it from the perspective of a black woman from the south side of Chicago who was a child during the civil rights movement, you might see that there is a lot in the past couple of decades to feel "frustration and disappointment" about. You may disagree on the causes, or the right way to deal with the challenges that blacks, especially in the inner city, face, but the idea that they're not there or that someone hates the US because she is not "really proud" of how things have gone in recent history, is rather stupid.

It 's a good thing Obama an... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

It 's a good thing Obama and Hillary both want to withdraw troops from Iraq as neither has any moral authority to put anyone in harms way. Like Bill, Hillary's policy is to treat any attack on U.S. soil as a law enforcement problem rather than a military problem. Obama just hopes it won't happen. That's just as well because they both plan to gut the military budget to pay off their campaign bribes.

Amazing. The people listeni... (Below threshold)
Yadda-Yadda:

Amazing. The people listening to her speech applauded her. That means they heard the entire speech, not just the excerpts that were printed in this blog. But, since the excerpt was printed with the blog, let's look at it again. What is Mrs. Obama "really proud" of? The fact that people are coming together, and are finally becoming UNITED in pursuit of the "basic common issues". When did she say she was "ashamed" of our country? I didn't read that in the excerpt. "Frustrated" and "Disapointed" are not translated into "ashamed" either as far as I'm concerned.

Would she and/or her hus... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Would she and/or her husband been given the same opportunities in another country like South Africa, Brazil, Iran, Cuba....???

Ah, I see. So since we're better than those countries and more opportunities are available here, that means we're the perfect country where nothing is wrong and it's impossible for us to improve and anyone who says different is a no-good ingrate. Got it. I'll remember that next time a conservative complains about the state of our nation. Hey, no one's had a cushier upbringing than you, America-hater!

Tell me Mantis, if you had ... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

Tell me Mantis, if you had said to your son, "For the first time in your life I am really proud of you," do you think he would be happy to hear that?

No, I don't think he would, and I of course wouldn't say that. My point was that it wouldn't mean I hated him, or was ashamed of him, prior to that.
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No, but bet your bottom dollar, that's exactly what he would derive from that statement. You're reading into her meaning much more than we are.

HAAAAAA.okay, I'm ... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

HAAAAAA.

okay, I'm out. You're an idiot and you win.

Maybe this is her Harvard t... (Below threshold)
crazy:

Maybe this is her Harvard trained lawyerly way of saying this is the first time since 1984 there won't be a Bush or a Clinton in the White House. As with Professor Henry Hill in "The Music Man" you don't have to know how to play your instrument, you just have to believe...believe in Barack and believe in HOPE.

Every once in awhile (even ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Every once in awhile (even without prodding) a liberal opens their mouths and reveals their true colors about their feelings for America.

Thank you Michelle for ending your husband's chances to ever be in the White House.

McCain here is your ammo, run with it, because this from Michelle speaks VOLUMES.

"No, I don't think he wo... (Below threshold)

"No, I don't think he would, and I of course wouldn't say that. My point was that it wouldn't mean I hated him, or was ashamed of him, prior to that."

I think you only got part of what I was saying. To put this on the right track though, I agree that her choice of words doesn't mean she's hated America until now - but it does clearly imply that she's never been proud. Just like similar words to your son would imply you'd never been proud of him before. I think that's bad enough to warrant some fair criticism that has been leveled here.

Ah, I see. So sinc... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Ah, I see. So since we're better than those countries and more opportunities are available here, that means we're the perfect country where nothing is wrong and it's impossible for us to improve and anyone who says different is a no-good ingrate.

Ah, I see. To be proud of something it has to be perfect, not just better. So M. Obama now thinks her county is perfect, right? Maybe you should swap monikers with Pretzel_Logic.

Looks like the Obamas have ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Looks like the Obamas have had their "macaca" moment. Love it.

Ms. Obama was a year old wh... (Below threshold)

Ms. Obama was a year old when John McCain was shot down and imprisoned in Hanoi......Hmmmm, I
wonder what Barack was doing then? McCain's been proud of his country and his family for all of his adult life....I hope MR. and Mrs. Obama get to be adults someday.

Anyone trying to twist Mich... (Below threshold)
annevilla:

Anyone trying to twist Michelle's SENTENCE about being proud of her country for the first time in her adult life is merely an indication of how wildly successful Michelle has been: despite never even using a note card during her countless fantastic speeches, they never had a chance to lay a finger on her before, so now they pounce, or at least try to pounce, on the fact that Michelle said she never had a chance in her adult life to be proud of her country's participation in the political process; THAT SHE ACTUALLY SAID SHE IS NOW PROUD TO FINALLY SEE "...people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues..."
The fact that this was what Michelle meant AND ACTUALLY SAID could possibly be what accounts for the lack of gasps from the audience, and makes perfect sense of the applause.
But please don't let clearly audible TRUTH shut your damn mouth, Cassy - do feel free to continue to SIT AND SPIN.


Scrapiron,Blacks u... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Scrapiron,

Blacks use the one drop of blood standard, which was the standard used to enslave mixed offspring in the old south. So at 6.25% black, Obama is black as far as the folks in the U.S. are concerned.

Regardless of racial mix, I support candidates who live by honorable principles, have good ideas, understand the issues, and can lead. Unfortunately, given the current candidates, the next president of the U.S. is going to be lacking in some of these areas.

Scrapiron,Sorry, w... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Scrapiron,

Sorry, wrong thread!

The people who are reading ... (Below threshold)
AJ Newsome:

The people who are reading anything into this other than the fact that this AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN is especially, particularly, really proud at this moment in time because of the possibility that her AFRICAN AMERICAN husband can possibly be nominated as the first AFRICAN AMERICAN candidate for the PRESIDENCY of the United States and that he is doing it by building a diverse coalition of AMERICANS who are absolutely sick of the politics that PARSES every single word that is said, then hopefully you are in the minority, Good Grief!

Annevilla, the only one try... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Annevilla, the only one trying to spin is you. She said what she said, and it was pretty clear. And people clapped because liberals all feel this way. Sorry, you lose on this one. Nice try though.

Adios Obamas, it was fun (not) while it lasted.

Look how worried the Obama ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Look how worried the Obama people are. The comments are testy and plenty. I'd be worried too, because Michelle just blew it for you guys. (Thank you Jesus)

Words mean nothing and the ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Words mean nothing and the scrutiny is unfair, right George "macaca" Allen? Right George "Mission Accomplished" W. Bush?

Nice try lefties!!! lol.

Shame on all of you who bel... (Below threshold)
AJ Newsome:

Shame on all of you who believe somehow this proud, intelligent, woman is unpatriotic or ashamed of her country. That is not what she said! This crap pisses me off! And, shame on Cindy McCain for feeding in to it earlier today. Who the hell is advising her!

I blame the MSM for people ... (Below threshold)
BluesHarper:

I blame the MSM for people having the feelings that Michelle Obama is expressing. For 30 plus years the MSM has told people what to think. The late night TV shows, like the Tonight Show, do it as well - or Comedy Central and the like. Day after day. Week after week. Month after month. Year after year. No surprise that people are disgruntled with their perception of how things are going. Epecially young people who have only been adults for the last seven years or so.

"And let me tell you someth... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

"And let me tell you something -- for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country."
I do so hope she is made ashamed for making such an ignorant, biased statement. She was around for the fall of the Soviet Union, the reunification of East and West Belin, the many advancements in medice and technology as well as the space program that has delivered so many of them.

She's a vapid liberal socialist, much like her husband who mouths platitudes but no ideas.

Running against him is going to be a walk in the park for McCain.

Michelle didn't you know th... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Michelle didn't you know that even though you liberals don't like your country, you're not supposed to actually say it out loud!
Shhhhh....it's supposed to be a secret. ;-)

Hey people, how can you be ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Hey people, how can you be "really" proud of your country? For the last 7 years we have a government of lairs who led us into an unnecessary, illegal war, squandering almost 500 billion dollars, that are not available for health care and schools and that generations to come have to pay back. Abu Ghraib, illegal wire tapping ... And what happened before in Michele's lifetime: Vietnam, Cambodia, Grenada, Panama, 1st Iraq war... The big talk about bringing democracy to the world is just smoke and mirrors too. The US was just very helpful in ousting a perfectly democratically elected president in Haiti. Remember what happened to Allende in Chile? Do some reading before you repeat the "I am so proud to be an American" nonsense. I am sure Michele did. There are a lot of things to be proud of too, not to be misunderstood. Just differentiate a bit and listen to what people are trying to say instead of jumping on an opportunity to destroy the biggest hope for America in my life time. Listen to Democracy Now if you don't know where to get some information that is not brought to you by big corporations.

I'll tell you what. The win... (Below threshold)
JFO:

I'll tell you what. The wingnuts are angry and scared. You're the 27%ers. You have nothing to offer in the way of ideas except to maintain the runaway disaster of a freight train Bush is at the controls of.

So all you're left with is mockery. But that's about all you're good for these days. Get ready to get out of the way and get ready to whine for a long time.

Obama is our Savior. Please... (Below threshold)
Obama guy:

Obama is our Savior. Please everyone, you must realize that Michelle as a African American has been wronged by america. Obama will treaty with our Muslim brothers. Barak and Michelle need to have the opportunity to create change by teaching americans on the errors of their ways!

Posted by Tom Krajewski ... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Posted by Tom Krajewski

Sorry, Tom. Originally she did NOT use the word "really."

That came in Michelle V.2.

But I wonder why a Harvard-educated person whose husband was making $13,000 in 1995 and now is worth $1.7 Million via elected offices cannot find something in this country about which to be proud.

OMG, How in the world could... (Below threshold)
Trudy:

OMG, How in the world could she dare to make that statement? I listened to her words and heard the questioning-ly quiet applause. ??

I was in high school in 1973. There was a riot between the blacks and whites. The black students were upset there were no black bulbs on the school's Christmas tree?? We had police patrol the halls so black "panther" students could not attack white students.

Now, for close to 10 years young white boys want to act Afro-American and fit in with the black culture. She attended Harvard??? Why in the world...has she not been proud of AMERICA her WHOLE ENTIRE "ADULT" life, look how things have changed within our/her ADULT life time?

I am PROUD we are not living the culture of the 60's & 70's. So I HAVE been proud to be an AMERICAN, MY ENTIRE ADULT LIFE!

So Michelle, tell Barrack things have changed!!... and no one needs to be shouting or preaching in their speeches "we shall overcome"... you're there Michelle!

What good is this doing? W... (Below threshold)
Katie:

What good is this doing? What good is any of this doing?

Here are a few precepts ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Here are a few precepts in the liberal standard:

LOL! So then you must support the opposite of those "precepts":

1) That it's reasonable for someone who is supposed to communicate honestly with you to stand in front of a banner that says one thing and give a speech that says the opposite.

2) That it's reasonable to continue to support someone who makes mistake after mistake after mistake, as long as they didn't lie.

3) That it's reasonable for someone who is supposed to communicate honestly with you to make ambiguous and non-definitive statements.

4) That it's reasonable for the chief decider to ignore the majority opinion of policy experts and embrace the minority opinion instead.

Is that the "conservative standard"?

Well now, we have come a lo... (Below threshold)
thecomputerguy:

Well now, we have come a long way, haven't we? After all, the party of assassinating Lincoln, the KKK, Robert Byrd, Racial Quotas, affirmative action, illegal immigrant slave labor, welfare, Ted Kennedy and crooked politics looks like it actually may manage to nominate a black canidate for president. Is this some guilt-laden half-assed apology after the last two centuries plus of being pathetic douchebags?

You all need lives. I think... (Below threshold)
Deidra Jones:

You all need lives. I think that the entire problem is the fact that HILLARY CLINTON IS NOT GOING TO BE THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE!!! GET OVER IT!! You Simpletons!!! You wish you had the brains of Michelle Obama!

And remember, Michelle didn... (Below threshold)
Deidra Jones:

And remember, Michelle didnt blow anything for Barack. He won tonight with flying colors. Too bad we couldnt say the same for Hillary with big mouth Bill on her side. Keep yapping, we love it. While you yap, WE WIN!!!

I am not surprised that ... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

I am not surprised that she is proud to be an American only just now. After all, her husband's full name is Barrack Hussein Obama. We are just about to vote a Hussein into the White House. Bravo to all those leading him on.

One Hussein out, one Hussein in.

Ah, the irony.

Saying you are proud of som... (Below threshold)
Jerome:

Saying you are proud of something now, is not the same thing as saying you were "ashamed" of it before. I'm not surprised by this subtle distortion of what she said, this is exactly the kind of politics that people are tired of, and is the reason Obama is surging. Seems as though no matter what kind of incidious way Hillary and MaCain try and paint Obama, the public is not going to buy it anymore. Everyday, Hillary and McCain come out with another "gotcha" moment, and the voters keep saying...we're not going to be swayed by your BS politics.

Let's repeat it for those o... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Let's repeat it for those of you clearly NOT GETTING IT:

And let me tell you something -- for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country.

The "first" time means there NEVER was a time before when she was "really proud" of her country. Ever. No proud moments ever existed in her "adult life" (meaning after the age of 18) until this very moment. Period. And no, the word "really" doesn't make an iota of difference; it's a throwaway adverb. The meaning doesn't change no matter how much you want it to.

It may be a slip of the tongue by Ms. Obama. But it is not a misread by we evil neocons. And it's not spin. It is what it is: The continued mantra of liberals who secretly and subtly, and sometimes blatantly, despise and can find little joy living in this wonderful albeit imperfect country. And that is the most thoughtless, the most ungrateful (pardon the pun) Obami-nation some one in her position could say.

Is it forgivable? Absolutely! But at least be woman enough to admit what you said was grossly stupid and insulting a lot of people and apologize.

Hey Mantis and the rest of ... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

Hey Mantis and the rest of you liberals. Read Michelle Malkin this morning. Read it slowly and carefully. This isn't going to get brushed under the rug anytime soon. The McCain folks haven't started addressing it yet. By the way, I learned she said it on two separate occasions. These two have no business anywhere near 1600 Pennsylvania Av.

You're right, it won't get ... (Below threshold)
mantis:

You're right, it won't get brushed under the rug. It will be forgotten soon enough because it's much ado about nothing. Don't stop believing though, pretzel man.

Wasn't Mrs. Obama only spea... (Below threshold)

Wasn't Mrs. Obama only speaking about the personal growth of America where an African American can now be considered to have a equal opportunity to be considered for the nation's highest office?

I really don't see how pretending not to understand this personal struggle of African Americans is going to be politically helpful to a few. With a weak record on civil rights legislation, McCain is risking a great deal to start knocking on this door instead of talking about real issues.

Relax repubs, Obama's gonna... (Below threshold)
Vinny:

Relax repubs, Obama's gonna be your president!

IT is sad but predictable t... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

IT is sad but predictable that liberals are not proud of their country. Obama & Michelle simply voiced the common anti-American liberal mindset. Again, this confirms that liberals cannot be honest about who they are and their extremist liberal agenda. Otherwise, they don't have to hide behind "hope" and "change". Even a state senator from Texas, an Obama supporter, couldn't name one major accomplishment of Obama.

Stop crying just stop cryin... (Below threshold)
Leogoddess:

Stop crying just stop crying!!

I truly enjoy it. Finally t... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

I truly enjoy it. Finally the liberals now admitted how corrupt and slimy the Clintons are. We can thank Obama for that. Long live liberal hypocrisy! And now they can be honest about their extremist anti-American liberal agenda.

The spin machine runs at fu... (Below threshold)
Troy:

The spin machine runs at full speed here.

I, personally, am embarrassed to be an American because our government, which was elected by the MINORITY of the country, continues its hypocritical crusade against any and all people who do not wish to live our way of life.

The USA is not the most democratic and free nation on earth. It's actually becoming less and less free because small minorities of people continue to make unconstitutional laws against everything they deem to be incorrect in their eyes, without consulting the majority of the people.

Anyone who says ignorant things like "America is the most free" is seriously blind and misguided, and usually is found to be gullible enough to believe everything they hear in the mainstream media.

How pathetic it is to watch the American people blindly follow a lost sheep off a cliff.

Hillary would have made it ... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

Hillary would have made it close. McCain beats BHO in a landslide.

Greetings,Michelle... (Below threshold)
Obama2008:

Greetings,

Michelle Obama has clarified her remarks. The Associated Press provided her comments. I hope this will settle everyone's heart and mind.

Michelle Obama Clarifies `proud' Remark

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The wife of Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama sought Wednesday to clarify her comment that for the first time she's really proud of her country.

On Monday, Michelle Obama told an audience in Milwaukee that "For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country. Not just because Barack is doing well, but I think people are hungry for change." Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential contender John McCain, later sought to capitalize on the remark, saying "I have, and always will be, proud of my country."

Asked by WJAR-TV if she would like to clarify her comment, Obama replied that she has been struck by the number of people going to rallies and watching debates, as well as record voter turnouts.

"What I was clearly talking about was that I'm proud in how Americans are engaging in the political process," she said.

"For the first time in my lifetime, I'm seeing people rolling up their sleeves in a way that I haven't seen and really trying to figure this out -- and that's the source of pride that I was talking about," she added.

When asked if she had always been proud of her country, she replied "absolutely" and said she and her husband would not be where they are now if not for the opportunities of America.

Obama himself gave a similar explanation during an interview Tuesday with WOAI radio in San Antonio, Texas. Expressing frustration that his wife's remarks had been taken out of context and turned into political fodder, the Illinois senator said, "What she meant was, this is the first time that she's been proud of the politics of America, because she's pretty cynical about the political process, and with good reason, and she's not alone. But she has seen large numbers of people get involved in the process, and she's encouraged."


Michelle Obama was campaigning in Rhode Island two weeks before the state's March 4 primary. She planned a rally later with her brother, Craig Robinson, the coach of the Brown University men's basketball team.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gF6i4iEHstfMbiVDziPEgI7m6pFAD8UUAQJG1

Give this amazing woman a b... (Below threshold)

Give this amazing woman a break. She never asked to be in the limelight...and yet she is doing an amazing job. She is a great speaker, a fabulous role model, and a great wife and mother.
I became a citizen in 1978 and i am still embarassed that people go to bed hungry in this country.
I am hopeful that this might change under President Obama and his amazing wife Michelle Obama

And please don't but Cindy ... (Below threshold)

And please don't but Cindy McCain up against Michelle Obama...because one was a drug addict that stole drugs for 3 years from her charity and married her husband a month after his divorce was final...and the other is Michelle Obama.

That's quite a comment comi... (Below threshold)
Leannabelle:

That's quite a comment coming from a woman who has been so privileged. As one who donated to the Obama campaign, I'm not pleased.




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