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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Michelle Obama Proud To Be American

From Real Clear Politics, Michelle Obama says that for the first time in her adult life, she's proud of her country.

Too bad it's taken her so long to feel that way.

You think her hubby being in the lead may have something, just a little something to do with this?

I think she's plain selfish. But that's just this conservative hack thinking out loud.


Blogger Henry Gomez said...

Yeah liberating Europe, twice, putting a man on the moon, fighting a civil war to free the slaves, inventing almost every modern cure to diseases, manned flight...

Nothing to be proud of there.

God help us.

9:40 PM, February 19, 2008  
Blogger Rick said...

It's probably the first time in history that a politician's wife said something stupid, right? Okay, maybe the 2nd.

When you don't have anything to hold on to you grasp at straws, gentlemen.

Waiting for the hair jokes and the photoshops. I know you got 'em in you.


10:13 PM, February 19, 2008  
Blogger Jonathan said...

She didn't say something stupid, she told the truth. That's the problem. She and her husband are fundamentally ambivalent about the USA. Her statement fits with her husband's refusal to wear an American flag pin. If you don't give a damn you wear a flag pin because everyone else does. But if you do what Obama did, make a point of not wearing a flag pin, you are telling everyone that you have issues with the USA. A guy with an anti-American streak is the favorite to be our next President? God help us is right.

1:52 AM, February 20, 2008  
Blogger Robert said...


As sure as the sun rises in the east every morning, I figured you would respond to this post.

It's not that she's the first politician's wife to say anything even remotely controversial. That's far from the point. It's about what's behind her statement. Jonathan pretty much nailed it, so I don't have to elaborate any further.

8:53 AM, February 20, 2008  
Blogger Ms Calabaza said...

She's had it rough. After all, she grew up in a middle class Chicago home, went to Princeton and later Harvard (btw, she has stated that had she been white with her grade point average she might not have been accepted and gave credit to affirmative action)and then practiced law in a major law firm you would be bitter also. Then, to make things worse she married another attorney has two children in exclusive private schools and lives in a 1.3 million dollar home. I know I would be a little angry with this crappy country too.

10:18 AM, February 20, 2008  
Blogger Robert said...

Ms. Calabaza,

I know. I know. Tough life.

But hey what do I know? I'm just one of the PWVFB crowd.

12:21 PM, February 20, 2008  
Blogger Val Prieto said...


hahahahahahaha. Dude, you let yourself be spanked by these conservative repugnants?

For shame...

You working on havingto start a 4th blog?

8:01 PM, February 20, 2008  
Blogger Rick said...

Hey Val: Listen, just wanted to say I loved the piece on your Dad. No, really, it was good.

But for a guy who spent the better part of last fall crying wolf on Fidel's death, you damn well were totally out of the loop on his resignation. I know, I know...neither was Perez. Thems the breaks, I guess.

Robert/Jonathan: So when she explains her remarks today, she's also telling the truth? Or is she lying?

Or do you only believe, want to hear, and post on only one side of the story?

I'm betting on the latter.


8:29 PM, February 20, 2008  
Blogger Robert said...

OK Rick, I'll bite. I read the article you linked as well as all the other stuff that came out today.

I don't buy it. The spin the Obama campaign and their friends in the MSM have given Michelle's statement is so transparent even my 6-year-old daughter could figure it out. Let's face it, there's no way she can "spin" out of a comment like that. She meant exactly what she said the first time she said it, which is usually the case when people say something stupid. She stepped in it big time, and if Barack Obama is smart (and he is), Michelle's stage time will be drastically reduced from here on out.

9:34 PM, February 20, 2008  
Blogger Freiheit said...

Hey Robert,
I think the only reason you don't believe Michelle was being honest the first time is because you have chosen not to believe in her nor democrats for that matter. And the reason why your daughter can 'seemingly' see right through it is because she is after all a product of your environment. Let me know how she feels when she gets to her teens...

Regardless, sometimes I think we have to take a step back and admit that politicians are human too and maybe she slipted up in the excitement and meant to say she was proud of the active participation she is seeing but she ended up putting her foot in her mouth...it happens... Can you remember the last time you said something you should not have? How difficult is it when people have a hard time believing you?

4:18 AM, February 21, 2008  
Blogger Robert said...


Yes, we all slip up. I made that point in the following post. Still, it doesn't excuse Michelle Obama or anyone else for not only making the statement, but then trying to cover it up by stating it wasn't what she meant. If she would have come out by saying that it was a stupid comment and that she should have reflected more before saying it, then she would have won some honesty and credibility points. Otherwise, she sounds just like another politician instead of the "agent of change" persona her husband is running as.

9:18 AM, February 21, 2008  
Blogger Freiheit said...


Well put. I see your point. Then again I don't think any politician in the world at this point would ever do something as remarkable as admitting their error(s) to the world...unless they are caught...then who really cares for their honesty, right?

10:04 AM, February 21, 2008  
Blogger Rick said...

The number of people who actually believe that Michelle Obama has been genuinely ashamed of her country her entire adult life is minuscule and is made up, I can guarantee you, entirely of far right conservatives. There is nothing she could have said or done after saying something like she did to convince them otherwise. These people, after all, are the same people who say that a vote for Obama is a vote for communism or a vote for Fidel.

How do you really reason with people like that? Answer: you don't. You let them say their piece, you nod and go on.

And expecting any one, Republican or Democrat, to take responsibility for their errors in the heat of an election campaign is folly.

I'm going on.


7:28 PM, February 21, 2008  
Blogger TheUrbanRevolution said...

This to all that it applies (which is not everyone on this blog)
Well I for one am very proud to be an American, gosh I don't know what's wrong with that tacky Michelle Obama.
I was proud when my nephew went to Afghanistan and my sister in law had to buy him a Kevlar (sp?) vest out of her own money
I was proud when our president said that they had WMD's then papers came out proving he was planning to go to Iraq at the first opportunity
I was proud when Rumsfeld told the soldiers who were digging up scrap metal to protect their unarmored Humvees that "you go to war with the army you have not the army you want"
I was proud when our president was reading a book (upside down) to kids at the elementary school while terrorist ran OUR airplanes into the WTC
I was proud when our President was impeached and disbarred for lying because he had some woman sucking his #$*(*#&
I was proud when Bush sent our men over to Afghanistan and they came back with weird cancers (my brother did!!!)
I was proud when Reagan started to dismantle the middle class with his trickle down theory voodoo economics
I was proud when jimmy carter allowed our people to become hostages in Iran
I was proud when Nixon was ALSO GOT CAUGHT LYING and was impeached
I was proud as we threw sticks at the poor service men coming home from Vietnam
I was proud when they shot MLK
I was proud when they shot Bobby Kennedy
I was proud when they shot JFK
I was proud when then shot my brothers and sister who marched through the streets of the south for freedom
I was proud for 100 years that we've spent in servitude in the south while our young men were lynched and hung from trees
I was proud for the 300+ years prior to that that my people were enslaved -- that means FREE LABOR that was stolen which made this country able to become so wealthy
I was proud when they separated the children from their parents and severed families
I was proud when they ended slavery and took a people that had no sense of community and dumped by the side of the road and said go figure it out (and still we stand)
I was proud when the ships came into the harbor carrying my brothers and sister in shackles
and I'm still proud when I go in to urban America and see how schools that have children of color have less resources than suburban schools
and I'm proud that my family gets to choose where to live based on how the police treat black people
and I'm proud when members of my VERY WELL EDUCATED family get thrown on the ground and handcuffed because they "look like some one who..."

FORGIVE ME IF I SOUND A LITTLE ANGRY I'm actually very happy and proud to be an AMERICAN!!!!

2:01 AM, February 23, 2008  
Blogger Freiheit said...

Ok, well all I can say (and I'll try to make it short and to the point) is that even though I am VERY proud of being an American, and VERY proud of America I am not proud of our president and his self righteous and defensive way of articulating (hehe) his view points and the way he dodges questions all the time by making it seem that the questions are outrageous. These are just some of the things I AM NOT proud of.

PS. I am NOT proud of how he handled Hurricane Katrina, who would be??? and if you are PROUD of this then something is definitely not right with you.

I believe we can be satisfied and dissatisfied at the same time. There are some facets of the situation that you might not be ok with but in general it is not enough to make you leave your country and change your allegence. But you can nonetheless be disgruntled about them. Of course!

3:15 AM, February 23, 2008  

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