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Michelle Obama takes centre stage
The Financial Express ^ | June 22, 2008 | Marianne Means

Posted on 06/21/2008 6:41:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Barack Obama’s decision to move his campaign headquarters to Chicago suggests a redesigned, tightened-up election effort aimed at Grand Old Party (GOP) nominee John McCain, with no bitter aftertaste from the Democratic primaries.

It will be quite a change, for better or worse.There was a major television roll-out of a supposed new image for Michelle Obama, who shapes up as a controversial, hot GOP target for her goofy remarks about America’s presumed shortcomings. The public relations stunt didn’t work very well: Michelle Obama seemingly called her husband “pathetic” on The View on ABC, not exactly the adoring wife model voters prefer. She quickly insisted that she had called him “empathetic”. To her credit she is, pardon the comparison, a little too independent and outspoken in the mould of Hillary Clinton to be palmed off as another Laura Bush. The current first lady is popular mostly because she’s just a ghostly presence who stands by the president’s side and shows up in pretty clothes. She has kept her thoughts to herself and her mouth shut during most of the White House years.

Only recently has she discovered trouble spots in the world, such as Burma, but all she provides is soothing words that international power brokers can feel free to ignore. By contrast, Michelle Obama is adroit at displays of outrage. But campaigning for her husband makes Michelle Obama fair game.

Ironically, he expects to get some of that financial help from Hillary Clinton’s supporters, whom he thinks will be more generous in spirit to him than he has lately been to her.

One of his direct-mail appeals cites Clinton’s approval and support. But Obama has shown Clinton little respect. There was the deliberate slap in Clinton’s face with the ostentatious hiring of Clinton’s fired former chief of staff, Patti Solis Doyle, as the new Obama head honcho of whomever Obama’s running mate might turn out to be. Clearly now it won’t be Clinton. Doyle is just another good ole Chicago girl, the Obama crowd snickered. Her selection had nothing to do with Obama’s mean streak, which drives him to punish Clinton by making her squirm. The memories of the 1968 Democratic national convention linger on, featuring riots in the streets and Hubert Humphrey enduring tear gas that wafted in through the open windows of his hotel room as Democrats nominated him for the presidency.

Party officials refused to return the convention to the city for a quarter century. But if Obama is elected president, all will be forgiven, and the current Mayor Dick Daley, son of the late, original Mayor Richard Daley — chief villain of the 1968 convention — will return the family name to its old power-soaked glory.

It will all get rougher if Michelle Obama doesn’t get in line with the candidate’s public service message. Politics, as the late Speaker Tip O’Neill used to say, ain’t bean bag. During the primaries, Michelle Obama told an Ohio audience: “We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do. Don’t go into corporate America.” What is she talking about? She is clearly not someone who believes the business of America is business. Her husband says he doesn't directly take lobbyist contributions, but he is happy to take them when they come to him through third parties. Money, after all, is necessary in Politics, as in the rest of life. All of us, including the Obamas, are part of the same democratic, money-fuelled system.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; bush; democrats; election; elections; mccain; michelleobama; obama; theblackhillary
She will be his downfall, IMO, especially if any kind of "whitey" video surfaces.
1 posted on 06/21/2008 6:41:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She aint neva believed that he cood run...


2 posted on 06/21/2008 6:45:57 PM PDT by allmost
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What is wrong with corporate America? a lot of people would not be employed if not for corporations..but then I guess the democrats are against any one who makes a profit..unless it is them..


3 posted on 06/21/2008 7:16:39 PM PDT by JoanneSD (illegals represented without taxation.. Americans taxed without representation)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I just can’t imagine here, as first lady, greeting the leader of Israel at a White House state dinner. ;-)


4 posted on 06/21/2008 7:22:44 PM PDT by doc1019 (I was taught to respect my elders, but it's getting harder to find one.)
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I just can’t imagine her, as first lady, greeting the leader of Israel at a White House state dinner.

"I like White Castle dinner, yo."


5 posted on 06/21/2008 7:27:41 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They are both their own downfalls.

G D America
Chickens coming home to roost
Terrorist buddies
Talking to Iran
Won’t talk to American Generals about the war though

He’s a bum among bums.


6 posted on 06/21/2008 7:29:23 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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BO says to leave his woman alone!

Good advice—too late for him,but good advice anyway.


7 posted on 06/21/2008 7:38:00 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Misera contribuens plebs!")
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8 posted on 06/21/2008 7:53:36 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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“She will be his downfall, IMO, especially if any kind of “whitey” video surfaces.”

I believe this video will be Obama’s downfall if it is actually investigated!
http://larrysinclair.org/press.html


9 posted on 06/21/2008 7:54:33 PM PDT by seekthetruth
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Cheers for a righteously cynical article.

Here in the US, the NitWit Media so often celebrate politicians "reinventing themselves". Al Gore with his brown and tan "Alpha Male", Hillary! with her "Girly-Girl" tone of voice......

Middle-aged people who don't know who the hell they are, or how to act, should not be celebrated. They shouldn't even be acknowledged, if they run for high office. They scream "I Am a Phony, a Chameleon, I am Easy to See Through."

10 posted on 06/21/2008 8:01:08 PM PDT by FlyVet
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“The public relations stunt didn’t work very well: Michelle Obama seemingly called her husband “pathetic” on The View on ABC, not exactly the adoring wife model voters prefer.”

She’s just being honest.


11 posted on 06/21/2008 8:02:22 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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she's beyond "loose cannon."

And I just know she beats him.

12 posted on 06/21/2008 8:05:22 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (the media vs. the people.)
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The current first lady is popular mostly because she’s just a ghostly presence who stands by the president’s side and shows up in pretty clothes. She has kept her thoughts to herself and her mouth shut during most of the White House years.

Yeah, it would be so much better if she was an arrogant loudmouth, and argued with her husband in public all the time.

It amazes me how little controversy Laura Bush has caused in the last decade. In spite of that veiled "opinion" in her eyes, she has chosen the better option. I would not want to be married to her. I would not want to mess with her. But, she has......

Class. Dignity.

13 posted on 06/21/2008 8:14:07 PM PDT by FlyVet
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how to win friends and influence people by Ester Obama...
14 posted on 06/21/2008 8:39:06 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©® - CTHULHU/SHOGGOTH '08 = Nothing LESS!!!)
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To: FlyVet
Here in the US, the NitWit Media so often celebrate politicians "reinventing themselves". Al Gore with his brown and tan "Alpha Male", Hillary! with her "Girly-Girl" tone of voice......

Only Democrat politicians.

If a Republican were to try this, the media talking heads would be smirking as they pointed out how lame the attempt was and how not even the village idiot would buy it.

15 posted on 06/21/2008 8:44:26 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Without the second, the rest are just politicians' BS.)
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To: Steely Tom
Exactly.

Re-Inventing Myself = I Am a Phony.

Mediots Celebrating = We Are Phonies, and We Love Phonies.

Pretty simple stuff.

16 posted on 06/21/2008 8:48:45 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: Lancey Howard

What? You put turkey necks in the greens?

I’m expecting Robert Mugabe and you put turkey necks in the greens, turkey necks come from Turkey, now, give me some skin.


17 posted on 06/21/2008 8:50:27 PM PDT by Hilltop (Control the high ground. Control the battlefield.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The current first lady is popular mostly because she’s just a ghostly presence who stands by the president’s side and shows up in pretty clothes.

Oh, go bake a cookie. Laura Bush doesn't look ghostly, she looks just fine.

No public good is served by a presidential spouse aspiring to be a co-president.

18 posted on 06/21/2008 8:59:02 PM PDT by TChad
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To: Happy Rain
BO says to leave his woman alone!

For heaven's sake, don't do that! Put a microphone in front of her every chance we can get and ask her tough policy questions. Her mouth will do massive damage to Hussein Obama.

19 posted on 06/21/2008 9:28:03 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: FlyVet
> It amazes me how little controversy Laura Bush has caused in the last decade. In spite of that veiled "opinion" in her eyes, she has chosen the better option. I would not want to be married to her. I would not want to mess with her. But, she has...... Class. Dignity.

In general I completely agree with you.

But I'll bet you missed (or have forgotten) the annual press dinner/roast a few years ago where Laura took over for GWB at the podium and told off-color, bawdy stories about him. It was outrageous, but also fantastically funny and well-received, in part because Laura is, as you say, classy.

But it did set some records -- I don't think any other First Lady has ever told a story about going to a male strip club, or about a President masturbating a horse. Made the old story about Bess Truman (when Harry used the word "manure" and the press was scandalized, and her response was "You have no idea how long it took me to get him to say 'manure'!") seem mighty tame by comparison.

If you haven't seen the video, do so -- it's a hoot.

20 posted on 06/21/2008 11:09:04 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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You’re probably talking about the “I am a desperate housewife” thing. I thought that was stupid. Aside from that, and “I think *woman* to the Supreme Court”, (Sorry Laura, but *woman* is not a good-enough reason), she has made very few mistakes.


21 posted on 06/22/2008 1:39:54 AM PDT by FlyVet
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> You’re probably talking about the “I am a desperate housewife” thing.

Yep. that's the one.

> I thought that was stupid. Aside from that, and “I think *woman* to the Supreme Court”, (Sorry Laura, but *woman* is not a good-enough reason), she has made very few mistakes.

True. She's set a very high standard, and none of the upcoming ladies can meet it, IMO.

We can be thankful that Bill Clinton is no longer in the running for First Lady, at least we hope not...

22 posted on 06/22/2008 7:37:01 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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