Skip to comments.Some 11th-Hour Advice to the Harvard Power Couple (Victor Davis Hanson on the Obamas)
Posted on 02/19/2008 6:54:45 PM PST by SE Mom
Re: Michelle Obama's astounding admission that she hitherto had no reason to feel pride in the U.S., and Obama's supposed Biden-like lifting of a campaign refrain from someone else.
The problem is deeper than occasional slips. For most of the last 25 years the Obamas' contacts have been largely confined to universities (Occidental, Columbia, Princeton, Harvard, Chicago) as both students and employees, or to government-sponsored social agencies, or to the incestuous world of Chicago minority politics. These landscapes have proven liberal, sympathetic, and non-confrontational. I doubt very seriously in those environments that the Obamas have had any of their sometimes bewildering statements seriously cross-examined or questioned.
Michelle Obama, true, recites a litany of slights and grievances, but more likely she encountered highly educated white liberal audiences that were not about to cross her or challenge her assertions-a world away from steelworkers in Ohio, the Nascar crowd, the Mexican Americans in LA, the hungry wolves of the D.C. press corps for whom controversy trumps even shared liberal ideology or Clinton, Inc. for whom power, status, and adulation outweigh everything, including liberal head-nodding, white guilt, and identity politics.
The result is that finally out on the campaign trail both are beginning to enter an arena where most of America does not faint at an Obama rally, but resents deeply a candidate's spouse suggesting that she previously had no pride in her own country, and would think that generous college admission practices, scholarships, and loans were cause more for gratitude rather than resentment.
Some old cynical campaign veteran, cigar in mouth-a Tip O'Neill-type, with the more scars the better-should sit the two kids down, explain the no-holds-barred rules of the arena outside the university and liberal government agency, remind them that African Americans and elite white liberals probably make up about at most a fourth of the electorate, and emphasize to them that by the public's own standard of living, the Obamas have been very privileged and done quite well-and that Michelle and Barack should start to say something uplifting other than the current mantra that the U.S. is a depressing and unfair place and has only one chance of 'hope" and "change" and "redemption" by allowing Barack and Michelle to lead us out of our collective ignorance.
02/19 08:59 PM
She’ll still think it. She just won’t be dumb enough to say it out loud again.
Very well said, its true PC disallows the hard questions of the sainted lib faithful.
He’s speaking now -after his win in Wisconsin..
“The question I have for you tonight, Houston, are you really ready for change”??
Predictably, the crowd goes wild..
Apparently- she repeated it two days in a row at two different speeches..
Predictably, the crowd goes wild.
Good gad, Houston, don't you think you should have him define what he means by change first?
Jeez, be careful what you wish for...
Every day that goes by- the more this man worries me..
A lot of Obama’s voters agree with her. I’m not so sure the Obamas think her saying it aloud was a mistake.
Setting aside Obama’s disturbing persona and politics for a second, I have to admit that it is funny to see the Clinton machine taken out by a replay of its cheap and vacuous “Change” mantra.
That goes double for his voters. Good gravy.
The mob wants a fuhrer..
Did he mention the “church” these two dummies attend.
Just one more reason they both hate America.
To them everything in America needs to change.
“Houston we have a problem!” This demagogue does more than scare me. He’s setting up a socialist revolution with his impossible promises. Right-thinking Americans need to stop this man politically right now!
It’s a pickle, isn’t it? I wish to never again hear the voices of Bill and Hillary. I’m thrilled to see them getting KICKED. In the long run though- Obama may do more damage than Hillary would.
“Don’t Stop Thinkin’ About Tomorrow”
Remember the Rush interview with Clarence Thomas? How utterly unlike msobama.
Yeah, she kinda makes me sick, now that you mention it.
"The Harvard Power Couple!" What a hoot!
You said it. I keep thinking I’m wrong- no one running for president in our country could be THIS radical.
But...he IS. He is a DANGER- not simply a political opponent.
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