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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Michelle Obama -- the gift that keeps on giving

Back on 16 February, Marcie transcribed snippets of a speech Michelle Obama gave at UCLA which was simply dripping in fascist-like boasts and promises. Literally, the only things missing at the event were the smart uniforms and snappy salutes. Michelle Obama followed that up by declaring that she wasn't proud of this nation until this year (seemingly that she wasn't proud until her husband was on his way to the Democrat nomination). Over at NRO's Campaign Spot Jim Geraghty has picked up a few paragraphs from a New Yorker profile of Barack's wife. Needless to say this isn't going to help her husband much when people read this, and see what she has to say. Here are a couple of paragraphs:

Obama begins with a broad assessment of life in America in 2008, and life is not good: we’re a divided country, we’re a country that is “just downright mean,” we are “guided by fear,” we’re a nation of cynics, sloths, and complacents. “We have become a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day,” she said, as heads bobbed in the pews. “Folks are just jammed up, and it’s gotten worse over my lifetime. And, doggone it, I’m young. Forty-four!” ...

From these bleak generalities, Obama moves into specific complaints. Used to be, she will say, that you could count on a decent education in the neighborhood. But now there are all these charter schools and magnet schools that you have to “finagle” to get into. (Obama herself attended a magnet school, but never mind.) Health care is out of reach (“Let me tell you, don’t get sick in America”), pensions are disappearing, college is too expensive, and even if you can figure out a way to go to college you won’t be able to recoup the cost of the degree in many of the professions for which you needed it in the first place. “You’re looking at a young couple that’s just a few years out of debt,” Obama said. “See, because, we went to those good schools, and we didn’t have trust funds. I’m still waiting for Barack’s trust fund. Especially after I heard that Dick Cheney was s’posed to be a relative or something. Give us something here!”

In Cheraw, Obama belittled the idea that the Clinton years were ones of opportunity and prosperity: “The life that I’m talking about that most people are living has gotten progressively worse since I was a little girl. . . . So if you want to pretend like there was some point over the last couple of decades when your lives were easy, I want to meet you!” ...

Altogether now -- B-O-O H-O-O. Life is never easy, honey. Life is hard. You have to work for what you want in this world. It's not going to be handed to you on a silver platter. (It should be noted that she did attend Princeton and Harvard, so maybe for her things were easier.) That just makes the comments even more ridiculous that all of a sudden she seems to "care" about the plight of regular folk. But the gist is clear: Things are tough all over, and we should turn to the government to help us.

Michelle and Barack met at Sidley & Austin, when she was assigned to advise him during a summer job. Michelle’s co-workers warned her that the summer associate was cute. “I figured that they were just impressed with any black man with a suit and a job,” she later told Barack.

A rather low blow to her co-workers, and it sounds vaguely like she's accusing them of bigotry. Geraghty calls it the "soft bigotry of low expectations." Whatever, but it does sound like she believes her co-workers were bigoted. And if that is the meaning she's trying to convey, then we wonder what her opinion is of businesses that hire blacks. Does she think that they only hire blacks to "show diversity," or do businesses hire minorities based on their merits and credentials? We'd like to think and believe it has more to do with the latter points rather than the former, veiled swipe she makes.

When I asked if there was an issue she has worked particularly hard to bring to her husband’s attention, she replied, “The attention that he’s focused on work-family balance. . . . That is our life. To the extent that we have challenges, and struggles, headaches that everybody else is going through . . . those are our conversations.”

What headaches do the Obamas have? They are living a life far above the average America. Most Americans are being affected by the economic hiccup this nation is going through. (And no, I'm not talking about the fools that bought houses they knew they couldn't afford.) I'm talking about the average American that is simply trying to make ends meet. They can't relate to the Obamas. Now, if she meant that it's tough to balance work and family, sure it is. So many of us across this country have been forced to work longer and harder to deal with the confiscatory taxes created by the government. Here's an idea for her. Instead of complaining about how hard it is to balance both work and family, how about she rail against the government to lower the tax burden so that both parents don't have to work? Seems pretty sensible to us.

Then, having given thoughtful but boilerplate responses most of the morning, Obama suddenly departed from her script. It was the most animated I saw her on the campaign trail. “You know,” she said, “in my household, over the last year we have just shifted to organic for this very reason. I mean, I saw just a moment in my nine-year-old’s life—we have a good pediatrician, who is very focussed on childhood obesity, and there was a period where he was, like, ‘Mmm, she’s tipping the scale.’ So we started looking through our cabinets. . . . You know, you’ve got fast food on Saturday, a couple days a week you don’t get home. The leftovers, good, not the third day! . . . So that whole notion of cooking on Sunday is out. . . . And the notion of trying to think about a lunch every day! . . . So you grab the Lunchables, right? And the fruit-juice-box thing, and we think—we think—that’s juice. And you start reading the labels and you realize there’s high-fructose corn syrup in everything we’re eating. Every jelly, every juice. Everything that’s in a bottle or a package is like poison in a way that most people don’t even know. . . . Now we’re keeping, like, a bowl of fresh fruit in the house. But you have to go to the fruit stand a couple of times a week to keep that fruit fresh enough that a six-year-old—she’s not gonna eat the pruney grape, you know. At that point it’s, like, ‘Eww!’ She’s not gonna eat the brown banana or the shrivelledy-up things. It’s got to be fresh for them to want it. Who’s got time to go to the fruit stand? Who can afford it, first of all?”

OK, I'm lost. What was the point of this? Was it to tell the interviewer that her one daughter is getting a little pudgy? Was it to illustrate that they've turned to organic food? Was it to rail on the food industry, and proclaim they're trying to "poison" us? Or is it her railing on the high cost of groceries? We're not sure, but if it's barking about the cost of groceries, then I have bad news for her. Organic food IS more expensive than regular food. Marcie and I have been eating the same things for years, and we're both fairly on par with our weight. We exercise regularly, and don't sit around all day watching TV. This literally sounds like some sort of unhinged rant.

Let this woman speak. She's going to do a lot of damage to her husband's campaign. After stating she wasn't proud of America, she disappeared for awhile. Many believed that Barack had muzzled her, but apparently not. So please, let her speak more. When she diverts from her script, she sounds nutty and unhinged. She lacks the polish Hillary had as First Lady. In the long run, people will be turned off by her rhetoric while they might like his. (By the way, any Obama supporters come up with his accomplishments yet?)

No, she will be a gift that keeps on giving this election. Tony Rezko will be one of those, too. Barack enjoyed smooth sailing thus far, and now people are starting to smell blood in the water over him. Barack is about to have one helluva bumpy ride over the next few months.

Publius II


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