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Michelle Obama has officially bought into the idea that things are terrible in this nation and that The Man is keeping her down.
This is from a profile of Michelle Obama from the far-left, New Yorker Magazine. Apparently, this is the way she sees us.
"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!”
When she said that she had never been proud of America until recently, Mrs. Obama wasn't talking about her pride in young people coming out and voting. That was the damage control excuse that her husband's campaign used. This woman REALLY doesn't like the country that her husband is asking the voters to put him in charge of.
This type of thinking. This idea that the government and the powers that be are keeping people down and that getting ahead in the world is simply too difficult for the average American, is common in some of our nation's poorest, most Democratic areas, but it doesn't jibe with American reality over the last 25 years.
Barack Obama transcends racial lines. This fact has lead many to mistakenly conclude that he would automatically transcend party lines as well. It appears that his wife's beliefs lean more towards those of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Cynthia McKinney and others who use perpetual victimhood in order to justify their political exsistance and rally others behind them.
Her husband uses optimistic uplifting rhetoric such as "yes we can" and repeats the word "hope" ad-nauseum.
The gloomy Mrs. Obama tells me that I'm "mean".
Mrs. Obama is her husband’s closest adviser. Perhaps his proclivity to listen to her is partially responsible for his recent primary losses.
If elected, Mrs. Obama automatically becomes one of America's top diplomats to the world and while the French are going to love how awful she thinks America is, it's not exactly the type of representation that we want from a First Lady.
In order to avoid another Theresa Heinz Kerry situation, Mr. Obama would be wise to secrete his wife away for the remainder of the campaign. Being annoying is one thing, delusional pessimism and overstated class warfare concerning ones own country is a horse of a different color.
Friday, March 07, 2008
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