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The Proud American

I know my co-editor has a bit of an infatuation with Michelle Obama(lol) so his take on this will be interesting. . .

On Tuesday, in Brookfield, WI, Michelle Obama was quoted as saying:
"For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country … not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change,” she said. “I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment. . . and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction."
There it is. I know that you know how and why people might blow up at that. Even John McCain's wife, Cindy, used Obama's words as political fodder and said at one of her husband's events, "I am proud of my country. I don’t know about you? If you heard those words earlier, I am very proud of my country. . ."

I'm not going to play the "race card" and ask you to consider all the reasons an African-American might possibly be have to not be proud in their country, like that whole slavery incident(note sarcasm). I am instead requesting you consider all the reasons an American has to not be proud of their country. Yeah, I'm grateful to here in these United States over any other place on Earth, but the War in Iraq, our economy, and most notably our foreign policies just kinda-sorta rub me the wrong way(note sarcasm again). That said, even though Mrs. Obama is proud at the time, let me be blunt- I am not at all satisfied.

I would say Mrs. Obama need watch her words and their wording, at least until after her husband takes the White House. I would also say that if your satisfied or proud of these United States at the moment, your just settling for mediocrity- but that's just me talking. . .

::UPDATE:: Tuesday February 25, 2008

So I turn on the television tonight and now they are attacking Obama with excerpts from her 1985 Princeton University senior-year thesis. The excerpt is as follows:
"I have found that at Princeton, no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my white professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong. Regardless of the circumstances under which I interact with whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be black first and a student second. . . further integration and/or assimilation into a white cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant."
So now Michelle Obama is being attacked for discussing the society in which we live. It never ends. . .

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  1. The words of Michelle have not hurt Baracks campaign... he is still steamrolling over Hillary...I think it shows truth and honesty for someone to show dissapointment in their homeland...it proves that you are not affraid to admit that there are imperfections that need to be improved..I must admit that Michelle's comments were not politically acute, speeches like the one she made could have potentially hurt Barack's campaign..BUT IT DIDNT...So leave my wifey alone...LOVE YOU MICHELLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. lol @ unhealthy obsession. . .smh

    but yeah, i must agree. i think that for the most part, the only people getting upset are the ones that weren't going to vote for Barack in the first place

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  3. Yeah, I agree that it probably wasn't the best choice of words but since no damage was done, it doesn't really matter anyways.

    Right now, I can't really say that I see a lot of things about this country to be proud of. Let's see: we're stuck in a war we never should have started in the first place, the economy is awful and we're heading toward (if we're not already in one) a recession. The public education system is pretty much a shambles.

    Nope I don't see a whole lot to be proud of. But then the whole reason why I'm pushing for Barack is so he can change all this.

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  4. I see it like this, you are always proud of your family, but you know when they screw up, when what they do is just wrong. So yeah I proud of America, but at the same time I know where she is messing up and I will tell her that she is.

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  5. This is a blatant attempt by McCain or Hilary supporters to smear my baby's good name, and to hurt Barack's campaign.have no fear Michelle, you know I got your back, and your front as well:)

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  6. The problem with this statement isn't the statement itself. The words were def the wrong choice of words and i think as soon as the words came out her mouth she prob knew it. It didn't hurt the campaign, because she quickly explained what she meant the next day. However with the media hanginf on every word and action of each campaign like none other, it is easy to see how this blunder could of snowballed into something more then what it did.

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