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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Obama: "Lay Off My Wife"

If you are on the center-right, and you are a political junkie, then you have seen this already today. Barack and Michelle Obama went on "Good Morning America" today, and he demanded that people leave his wife alone:

Sen. Barack Obama ripped into a Republican ad today that targets comments made by his wife, Michelle, and called the GOP tactic "low class" and "detestable."

The Illinois senator told "Good Morning America" that he expects hardball tactics from the Republicans if he becomes the Democratic presidential nominee.

"But I also think these folks should lay off my wife," he told "GMA" as his wife chuckled beside him. ...

The Republicans seem to have come to the same conclusion and a GOP Internet campaign in Tennessee has an ad featuring Michelle Obama's comments during the long Democratic campaign that "for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country."

Michelle Obama was asked about the ad on "GMA," but her husband said, "Let me just interject on this."

"The GOP, should I be the nominee, I think can say whatever they want to say about me, my track record," Obama said. "I've been in public life for 20 years. I expect them to pore through everything that I've said, every utterance, every statement. And to paint it in the most undesirable light possible. That's what they do."

"But I do want to say this to the GOP. If they think that they're going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful. Because that I find unacceptable," he said.

We do dislike having to remind the senator from Illinois that if his wife is out on the stump with him, or holds a rally for him, she is fair game. That goes for any candidates spouse who would join them on the stump. She has made some extraordinary remarks that go beyond just the quote that the Tennessee Republicans are picking up on. We have recorded three specific instances where her mouth has gotten her in some hot water. In each instance she has sounded condescending, whiny, and bitter. In her UCLA speech (last link) she let the mask fall away. Here is an excerpt from that speech:

"We have lost the understanding that in a democracy we have a mutual obligation to one another. That we cannot measure our greatness in this society by the strongest and richest of us. But we have to measure our greatness by the least of these. That we have to compromise and sacrifice for one another in order to get things done. That is why I am here. Because Barack Obama is the only person in this race who understands that. That before we can work on the problems we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation. ...

"Barack, as Oprah said, is one of the most brilliant men you will meet in our lifetime. Barack is more than ready. He'll be ready today. He'll be ready on day one. He'll be ready in a year from now. Five years from now. He is ready. That is not the question. The question is what are we ready for? Wait, wait, wait. Because we say we're ready for change, we say we're ready for change but see change is hard. Change will always be hard. And it doesn't happen from the top down. We do not get universal health care, we do not get better schools, because somebody else in the White House. We get change because folks from the grass roots up decide they are sick and tired of other people telling them how their lives will be. When they decide to roll up their sleeves and work. And Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your division. That you come out of your isolation. That you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual; uninvolved, uninformed.

He will "fix our souls." The last politicians who tried to fix souls were men who were responsible for sending millions to their deaths in gulags and gas chambers. I am not equating Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler or Josef Stalin, but the point is we get leery of people who promise things they know -- for sure -- they cannot deliver. As for her point about what he will demand? The President Bush could knock on our door today, and if he demands anything, the door is going to be slammed in his face.

People demand NOTHING from us. You may ask, politely, or be on your way.

But this is the sort of critical thinking that Senator Obama does not wish to see with regard to his wife. Hugh Hewitt said a couple of weeks ago that Senator Obama's life is framed by four corners: his wife, Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, and Tony Rezko. He has done his best to take each one off the table for discussion, except int he case of Jeremiah Wright. In that case, he threw him under the bus, but a willing, enabled media has also done him a favor by dropping the Wright issue altogether. Now he is sending a message that his wife is also off limits.

On the contrary, Senator. As long as she is out there on the stump, then she is fair game. You can take this promise to heart, and it is the only one you will get from either of us. The only people in your family that we will not target, nor will we tolerate anyone targeting are your children. They have no concept of politics beyond the fact they know you are running for president. Kids have always been deemed as off limits. So you may take that to the bank. But your wife has a target on her, and rightly so given her more outlandish statements. I find it rather ironic that he wants people to leave his wife alone, but his people can go after Cindy McCain because she refuses to release her personal tax records. Frankly speaking, it is not anyones business with regard to her tax records. She is not the candidate. But she is also not out on the stump with her husband, which is why no one has drawn a bead on her.

Michelle Obama is. She does do rallies for him. She speaks on his behalf. She grants interviews to reporters. Why is it that she may do all that, and face no criticism? We are beginning to tire of the man who keeps telling us what we can and cannot talk about. I am sorry senator, but if this is the way you are going to act, you do not deserve to be president. You do not represent hope or change. You represent this sort of elitist air that no one may question you on anything you deem off limits. Sorry to say you are wrong, and the gloves come off of us today.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

BRAVO! I see a lot of Hitler and Karl Marx in Obama. Rawriter

May 20, 2008 at 2:41 AM  

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