Carol Platt Liebau: Foot in Mouth Disease?

Monday, February 18, 2008

Foot in Mouth Disease?

Silly charges of plagiarism aren't going to damage the Obama campaign, but incidents like this just might.

Michelle Obama said the following:

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.

In other words, Michelle Obama seems to be saying that she has been ashamed of being an American for about twenty years or so. Really? When she saw Americans rally around in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, she was ashamed? When she saw them send billions of dollars for tsunami relief, she was ashamed? Even the day that the Iraqi people realized they were free, and pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein, she was ashamed?

Maybe she didn't really mean it. Either Mrs. Obama got carried away in the heat of the moment, or she is a serious radical. The problem is that -- when people think about it -- one knows so little, really, of what the Obamas' concrete plans are and what makes them tick, that what might otherwise be seen as small, insignficant incidents become windows into the wannabe President and First Lady. Does Barack agree with her?

And if one really dissected the remarks with an unfriendly eye, they could be construed as signalling an arrogance that is extraordinary. Surely she didn't mean that she's now proud of America because finally, America agrees with her and Barack. There is so much to love and admire in America's grand and glorious heritage that it should be impossible not to be proud of it every day -- whether or not voters at one point or another agree (or disagree) with one's own policy preferences.

3 Comments:

Blogger Cliff said...

For a while, I thought she wanted to be the first, "black" hillary, but now I realize that she'll be more like a Teresa Heinz Kerry, hanging like an albatross around Obama's neck!

11:53 PM  
Blogger rplat said...

Obama, Hillary and their hard core followings are all Marxists . . . all you need to do is pick you poison. "Radical" states it mildly.

5:45 AM  
Blogger JohnnyT. said...

I guess Mrs. Obama wasn't even proud of her country when the Democrat Party controlled everything in the early 1990's? And she isn't proud that her country can be very evenly divided philosophically and not resort to violence? I will give her the benefit of the doubt here, as it is possible being around Barack all the time makes her lightheaded and feeling a little faint.

6:58 AM  

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