Skip to comments.Michelle Obama - We have to fix our souls - our souls are broken [AUDIO & TRANSCRIPT]
Posted on 02/17/2008 7:45:14 PM PST by KayEyeDoubleDee
Hugh Hewitt: ...got Fred and Mort next hour, got Larry Kudlow next hour, but I want to start with presidential politics - actually first lady politics - to get you in the mood for this.
You know, Michelle Obama is really kinduva remarkable woman. She's very, very forceful on the stump. She is a, ah, extraordinarily charismatic bundle of energy and intellect.
And, ah, she says interesting things.
Things that make you say, "Huh?"
She talks a lot about change.
But there's a lotta change agents of the twentieth century, like, ya know, Che, Mao, Fidel, Pol Pot - ya know, all sorts of change you don't want.
So where is she on the "change" spectrum - from the people who just want to, ya know, change your shirt to those who want to change natural law?
Well we got a speech from Michelle, ah, Barack from two weeks ago at UCLA - I've been waiting for a time to deconstruct it with you.
And, ah, Michelle Obama - did I say Michelle Barack? - Michelle Obama, and, ah, let's just take a few listens here.
Cut Number One, Michelle from two weeks ago:
MICHELLE OBAMA, CUT #1:
In 2008, we are still a nation that is too divided. We live in isolation, and because of that isolation, we fear one another.
We don't know our neighbors. We don't talk. We believe that our pain is our own - we don't realize that the struggles and challenges of all of us are the same.
We are too isolated. And we are still a nation that is still too cynical.
We look at it as them and they as opposed to us - we don't engage because we are still too cynical.
Hugh Hewitt: This is the two Americas stuff. Look, I know my neighbors, and I like 'em.
And, and, ah, there've been times when they've needed help, and, ya know, we don't socialize, but they give a call, or we give a call to them - I know my neighbors.
I have a big church community of which I'm a part. I went out with some great church friends last night - people who have known my wife, the fetching Mrs. Hewitt, for 40 years. We went to, ah, down to, Orange County, to the, ah, performing arts center, to hear a great Broadway singer, Faith - I can't remember her last name now - she was great - from Guys and Dolls. We had a great time. Ya know, I know my neighbors, we have community. I don't know what she's talking about.
It gets worse - you know, this whole divided, us/them, two countries, marxist stuff.
Here's Cut Number Two.
MICHELLE OBAMA, CUT #2:
Don't get sick in this country - not here. Americans are in debt not because they live frivolously but because someone got sick. And even with insurance, the deductibles and premiums are so high that people are still putting medication [and ?] treatments on credit cards.
And they can't get out from under.
I could go on and on and on, but his is how we're living, people, in 2008.
And things have gotten progressively worse throughout my lifetime - through Democratic and Republican administrations - it hasn't gotten better for regular folks.
Hugh Hewitt: You know - things have gotten progressively worse, during the greatest economic expansion in history, during the greatest explosion in the availability of technology and education.
What is she talking about? I mean, this is radical stuff.
And it gets worse - Cut Number Three.
MICHELLE OBAMA, CUT #3:
We have lost the understanding that in a democracy, we have a mutual obligation to one another - that we cannot measure our greatness in the 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.
Hugh Hewitt: Lemme tell ya', whenever someone from the government comes to you and says, "We have to fix your soul," be VERY afraid.
Governments cannot fix souls.
In my world view, Christ fixed souls. Other people have different world views, I understand, but no one believes - outside of the hardcore left - that government can fix your soul.
I mean, a higher power, I guess - if you want to be non-denominational about this - might fix your soul. The Father of the universe might fix your soul.
But not government.
Not Barack Obama. Not Michelle Obama. None of it.
Not George Bush, not John McCain, not Mitt Romney - no one can fix your soul.
That's scary stuff.
And it gets worse - Cut Number Four.
MICHELLE OBAMA, CUT #4:
If we can't see ourselves in one another, we will never make those sacrifices.
So I am here right now because I am married to the only person in this race who has a chance at healing this nation.
Hugh Hewitt: Wow. The only person in this race who can heal the nation.
I am - I, I'm a little bit stunned.
Modesty is not, ah, not in, ah, large supply over at Team Obama.
Cut Number Five.
MICHELLE OBAMA, CUT #5:
The first major decision he had to make in his life, after college - "Do I go to Wall Street and make money, or do I work for the people?" - Barack worked as a community organizer in some of the toughest neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago.
Helping young mothers find their voice and their power - folks who had a reason to be cynical because government had forgotten them long ago.
There is no one else in this race who can claim that kind of commitment to people on the ground. No one.
And I would think in a nation like ours, -
Hugh Hewitt: Stop, stop, stop. I'm sorry.
John McCain spent six years in a North Vietnamese prison camp. That's commitment.
Tough neighborhood in [the] south side of Chicago? I'm sure it was. It's not as tough as the Hanoi Hilton.
Mitt Romney spent two and a half years, in France, going door-to-door for his religion. That, that is a tough series of neighborhoods, to go to France, and knock on doors, and say, "I'm a Mormon, I'd like to talk to you." In 1968. Lovely place to be in France.
Don't give me - you know, you go to [the] south side of Chicago and you're a community organizer because you intend to go into politics. And you're building a resume.
Don't give me this stuff. I'm, I mean, this's starting to - time to strip the bark off of this rhetoric.
Cut Number Six.
MICHELLE OBAMA, CUT #6:
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, butcha 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 don't get better schools because somebody else is 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...
Hugh Hewitt: Wow!
As, as Dwayne just said, it's beginning to sound like General Zod, ya know, "Bow down before Barack."
One more cut - Cut Number Seven.
MICHELLE OBAMA, CUT #7:
We have young kids all over the world who are looking to this nation, and they are trying to figure out who we are, and what we wanna become.
We have a chance, not just to make history, but we can change the world.
We can change the world - yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can...
Hugh Hewitt: Wow, wow, wow.
So that was your first, ah, taste, of, ah, Michelle Obama rhetoric.
You probably haven't heard that, have you? You probably haven't seen that, did you? You probably didn't know that, could you?
Because the Media hasn't been tellin' ya.
What an all-encompassing, government-expanding, pervasive and soul-changing theory of people.
Coming right back, don't go anywhere...
Ok,I see your point.So my question becomes:Was or was not this country operating under the rules of free market capitalism back in say,1930,when there were all sorts of barriers,both from unions and businesses,that excluded blacks from certain types of jobs?
I would say,”no”,under the defintion you give.
When you used the word 'mindless' in describing what I have called 'arbitrary discrimination' (and appropriately so) it made me think about motivation. Most businessmen are motivated by production, profits and quality service. The businessman who is mindful of that will discriminate in hiring on substantive issues like education, experience and talent. The businessman who allows personal prejudices to affect his decisions will not be competitive. Thus racism, sexism and the like become self-limiting practices.
That kind of philosophy is progressive in practice not in name unlike the regressiveness of Progessive (communist) philosophy which promotes reverse racism as a remedy.
Well stated and I concur wholeheartedly.
Freedom works, government doesn't.
I agree. I have my disagreements with McCain as I do with Bush, but compared to the democrat alternative they are great choices.
She & her hubby go to a crazy church. My soul is just fine & I will thank the Obama's & their crazy cult church to at the very least leave my soul ALONE. Is nothing sacred to these people? I don't like them & I don't like that church of theirs & I am really starting to actually hate that Oprah. Even if she doesn't mean my soul the way I am taking it , she can just stfu IMHO. Already I don't like this big mouth & I really don't see her as a First Lady.
I don’t know where to start. People cynical because ‘government’ forgot them? Huh? Our souls need fixed? Really? Wow, I’ve been walking around all this time, not even knowing. How, oh how, will Obama fix my soul? Is he Oprah-fying himself, with his fixing our souls and fainting audiences? Pronounced ‘brilliant’ by Oprah? Well! - that settles it. Yikes. I thought presidents ran our country, I didn’t realize they were supposed to save us from ourselves, save our souls, and be our nannies.
I’m a soulllll man... ~8^O
Amen angcat. We have approx 250 days left for everyone to sober up and follow your lead.
Pandy! Sounds like you are not a happy camper. (Me, neither.) :-)
I change my mind everyday.
I will vote, I will not vote. I will have a final decision in November.
It’s going to be a longggggggggggg summer!
No I sure am not a happy camper. This woman goes too far. Perhaps she will open her big mouth some more & make Hillary look even better. I truly can not think of Obama & Momma Obama in the White House. She also has a mean & angry look to her too.
You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body
Mebbe your soul be broken, Michelle, but not mine.
I have NO doubt of that if you’re frequenting a “church” with a hate-filled “minister” that promotes the beliefs of Nation of Islam’s Calypso Louie Farrakhan, Michelle!
But you speak for yourself, NOT Americans!
Exactly so, I don’t even use the word abortion anymore. I use infanticide.
Yep. He certainly didn’t get there on his own or just by being endorsed by the Kennedy family. Valid questions and interesting info, imo.
I firmly believe he’s going to be the dem nom and win. Anyone who opposes him will be called racist or some other nasty name regardless of his lack of experience and solutions to the problems. He’s a leftist socialist/marxist, more extreme than hillary if possible, and the masses are too stupid to understand what our country will become under him, far worse than what we’ve ever seen to this point. And we’re screwed, imo.
Can’t wait to find out who funded his candidacy and urged it along.