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Attack on Michelle Obama shows Palin's ignorance of history
The Washington Post ^ | 23 Nov 2010 | Richard Cohen

Posted on 11/23/2010 10:52:03 AM PST by mandaladon

When I was 11, my father thought it was time to show my sister and me the nation's capital. I have only vague memories of that trip - the heat, the expanse of the White House's grounds, the Jefferson Memorial. I do remember we took Route 1 through Baltimore (no I-95 yet) and it was there that I saw my first sign with the word "colored" on it - a rooming house, I think. This was 1952, and the United States was an apartheid nation. It is Sarah Palin who brings back these memories. In her new book, she reportedly takes Michelle Obama to task for her supposedly infamous remark from the 2008 campaign: "For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback." Instantly, Republicans pounced. Among the first to do so was Cindy McCain, who said, "I have and always will be proud of my country." It was a cheap shot, but her husband's selection of Palin for the ticket and plenty of cheap shots from Palin("death panels," etc.) were yet to come.

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KEYWORDS: attack; michelle; michelleobama; obama; palin; palins; sarahpalin
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Well OK then, I feel all better now. We just misunderstood her. What she said and what she meant were two different things.Thank goodness for the Washington Post's insightful analysis.
1 posted on 11/23/2010 10:52:10 AM PST by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Can you tell us why should we feel better? I can’t get myself to read any more of this dumb article.


2 posted on 11/23/2010 10:54:31 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Cicero

“Sarah Palin teases that she might run for president. But she is unqualified - not just in the (let me count the) usual ways, but because she does not know the country. She could not be the president of black America nor of Hispanic America.” The president of black America nor Hispanic America ?? I thought there was only one America.


3 posted on 11/23/2010 10:57:30 AM PST by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon
Attack on Michelle Obama shows Palin's ignorance of history
The Washington Post ^ | 23 Nov 2010 | Richard Cohen

What a load of crap!!!

0bama and his regime, including the wookie, have been hiding their hatred for this Country behind the race card for far too long! Time to call his bluff!

4 posted on 11/23/2010 10:58:08 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: mandaladon

We have come a long way, now not only can a black man be President, but if you criticize him or his self indulgent wife it’s because you’re racist or ignorant of history.


5 posted on 11/23/2010 10:58:49 AM PST by jpf (me in 2012.)
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To: Cicero
Don't click the link; it just encourages them.

Executive summary: because of 500 years of oppression the usual people are always right, no matter how stoopid what they've actually said may be, and the usual people are always wrong, no matter how much sense it might make.

6 posted on 11/23/2010 10:58:56 AM PST by FredZarguna ("I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.")
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To: mandaladon

Mr. Cohen seems unaware that in the world he desires, one ruled by Michelle’s ethos, he would be on the receiving end of her whip.


7 posted on 11/23/2010 10:59:46 AM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Cicero
Don't click the link; it just encourages them.

Executive summary: because of 500 years of oppression the usual people are always right, no matter how st00pid what they've actually said may be, and the usual people are always wrong, no matter how much sense it might make.

8 posted on 11/23/2010 10:59:48 AM PST by FredZarguna ("I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.")
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To: mandaladon
In her new book, she reportedly takes Michelle Obama to task for her supposedly infamous remark from the 2008 campaign: "For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback."

What's the matter Richard Cohen? No time to actually read the book yourself? Have to rely on the fax "report" eminating from Axelrod's War Room? No time to verify the quote yourself?

Sheesh! This guy calls himself a journalist?

9 posted on 11/23/2010 11:01:38 AM PST by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: mandaladon

No, there are 2. I know this because John Edwards told me so.


10 posted on 11/23/2010 11:01:38 AM PST by definitelynotaliberal
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To: FredZarguna

Probably no mention of how blacks sold each other into slavery.


11 posted on 11/23/2010 11:01:48 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: mandaladon

This from Richard Cohen, who has loads of character. Just ask Devon Spurgeon? http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/733615/posts


12 posted on 11/23/2010 11:03:04 AM PST by Rational Thought
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To: mandaladon

It’s official! Stupidity is NOT typical nor reserved for blondes like Cindy and Meghan McCain. Richard Cohen is not a blonde, but he would make a good one!!


13 posted on 11/23/2010 11:03:10 AM PST by SlightOfTongue
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To: mandaladon
In her new book, she reportedly takes Michelle Obama to task for her supposedly infamous remark from the 2008 campaign:

--------------------- Read the g*d d*mm book if you want to report about it.

Otherwise , you're just gossip mongering

14 posted on 11/23/2010 11:03:29 AM PST by maine yankee
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To: NativeNewYorker

Or, he’s well aware of it and believes he either deserves it (or really wants it). I can’t see any of these three options indicating a healthy mind.


15 posted on 11/23/2010 11:04:23 AM PST by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: Tallguy

I read this under Eugene Robinson’s byline last night. Who actually wrote the first sentences.


16 posted on 11/23/2010 11:05:20 AM PST by pacpam (action=consequence and applies in all cases - friend of victory)
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To: mandaladon
"..."For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback..."

Wanna piss off a liberal? Repeat back to them exactly the crap that comes out of their mouths. It makes their eyes bulge and hair stand on end.

"How DARE you take what I say literally!"

17 posted on 11/23/2010 11:06:31 AM PST by rlmorel (TSA's new motto: "You don't get on, Until we get off.")
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To: Cicero
Can you tell us why should we feel better? I can’t get myself to read any more of this dumb article.

Well as near as I can, I'll try to sift through this steaming pile from the WaPoo. Seems like Sarah Palin isn't qualified to be President because unlike Barry and Moochelle she doesn't have sufficient appreciation of victimology. She has this backwards notion that this is a great country. See even though Hussein and the Wookie are "better educated" than 99.9% of all Americans, having gone through all the elite schools, and they're in the top 1% when it comes to net worth, they're still victims. As victims, they're more fit to govern us, the ignoramuses, who inhabit this country.

Anyway, that's as near as I can translate this mass of scribbling.
After the first couple of paragraphs my eyes glazed over.

18 posted on 11/23/2010 11:07:12 AM PST by YankeeReb
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To: mandaladon
she reportedly takes Michelle Obama to task for her supposedly infamous remark from the 2008 campaign...

Supposedly infamous remark? Nobody has challenged that report so far. You breaking some news here Dick? Or just breaking wind.

19 posted on 11/23/2010 11:08:15 AM PST by McGruff
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To: mandaladon
Let's take a peek at Cohen's daily to do list. “Find ways to hate Sarah Palin even more than I already do and to find ways to get it into print.”
20 posted on 11/23/2010 11:09:10 AM PST by JPG (The GOP leadership is on probation. No second chances. Don't blow it.)
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To: mandaladon

Wait, didn’t Michelle grow up in Chicago? I thought only the South was guilty of prejudice and racism...?


21 posted on 11/23/2010 11:09:31 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA ("The View" is the new Maury Povich inspired "Fight Club in Heels")
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To: mandaladon

Come on...just think...all of our presidents have been (gasp!) WHITE until now.

In the name of fairness, diversity and political correctness, we should take turns electing our leaders based entirely on their skin color until far into the future when the balance (or blend so to speak) of color can be mixed into a wonderful rainbow of gray color.

Wouldn’t that make us all feel better about ourselves and we can all get along and sing kumbaya while celebrating Festivis and kwanzaa. (/S)


22 posted on 11/23/2010 11:11:06 AM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything, it begins to rot.)
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To: pacpam

Eugene Robinson is the one righting about the trip as an 11 yo going to DC? That would actually make sense since I doubt that Richard Cohen was 11 in 1952. Don’t think he’s that old.


23 posted on 11/23/2010 11:12:22 AM PST by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: mandaladon
I saw my first sign with the word "colored" on it - a rooming house, I think. This was 1952

We all know what she meant and it wasn't voter turnout. That sign stood out in his memory because he hadn't seen one before so it was unusual for him, yet he's ranting about poor MO being put down by da man. MO wouldn't be born for another dozen years. In fact, MO wouldn't grow into her un-proud adulthood until the 80s. She probably never saw a colored sign in her whole life but she certainly has carried that perceived chip on her shoulder.

24 posted on 11/23/2010 11:12:47 AM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: BelegStrongbow

Richard Cohen is a guilt filled liberal!


25 posted on 11/23/2010 11:12:58 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Cicero

The article is rooted in the author’s racism. Palin can’t be president of black or hispanic America? Obama has proven he can’t be president of any part of America.

I’ve seen presidents since Eisenhower. In my lifetime the only president I’ve seen who could be reasonably characterized as racist is Obama.


26 posted on 11/23/2010 11:13:25 AM PST by skookum55 ("We can give up on America or we can give up on this president ...." D. D'Souza)
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To: mandaladon
This was 1952, and the United States was an apartheid nation.

Cohen displays an amazing ignorance of apartheid.

27 posted on 11/23/2010 11:16:48 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: mandaladon

Somebody forgot the BARF alert.


28 posted on 11/23/2010 11:17:36 AM PST by Jean2
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To: mandaladon
It was a cheap shot, but her husband's selection of Palin for the ticket and plenty of cheap shots from Palin("death panels," etc.) were yet to come.

Yeah, Sarah was really way off on those death panels. Maybe you should tell your fellow clymer Krugman to dummy up about them, eh Cohen?

29 posted on 11/23/2010 11:22:30 AM PST by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: mandaladon

Cohen knows full well that Palin understands the history of black people in this country. We all do. So his basic premise is a lie.

What really upsets him is that Palin — and most of middle America — rejects the liberal dogma that America is morally stained by its history and can only be redeemed by jettisoning its traditional of itself as exceptional and good, and by taking up redistributive liberal social policies.

In other words, Cohen cheaply frames his point as though it’s about Palin’s “ignorance”, but in fact it’s an attack on the notion of American exceptionalism. And actually he’s trying to tie the two together — i.e. that if you believe in American expceptionalism or the basic goodness of American, then you are ignorant.


30 posted on 11/23/2010 11:24:17 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: ladyjane

Nor is it mention that: “In Charleston, South Carolina in 1860 125 free Negroes owned slaves; six of them owning 10 or more. Of the $1.5 million in taxable property owned by free Negroes in Charleston, more than $300,000 represented slave holdings. In North Carolina 69 free Negroes were slave owners.”


31 posted on 11/23/2010 11:32:45 AM PST by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: mandaladon

Anyone who is not ignorant about history knows that virtually every ethnic group on earth can trace its ancestry back to slavery at some point in time.


32 posted on 11/23/2010 11:33:14 AM PST by Spok ( "Woe to them who call the day, night and the night, day." -Isaiah)
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To: mandaladon

Uh, old liberal writer guy, it’s 2010 and the President is a black/white mix raised in Indonesia. It’s not 1860 or 1954. Michelle said it was the first time she was ever proud of her country in 2008 . . . and she’s an unAmerican liberal jerk with no understanind of our nation or its people to have said that.


33 posted on 11/23/2010 11:36:16 AM PST by November 2010
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To: mandaladon

Turn that headline around there and you might have something.


34 posted on 11/23/2010 11:37:10 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: NativeNewYorker
Of course to a certain extent he already is under the lash, as he would quickly discover if he deviated in the least from the party line.

Cohen fancies himself useful to the ruling class (he may even be under the mistaken belief he belongs to it.) I pray we never reach the point where he discovers exactly how useless they would find him once they achieve their objectives, for the sake of myself and my own -- not his.

35 posted on 11/23/2010 11:38:36 AM PST by FredZarguna ("I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.")
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To: Red_Devil 232

What we need are certificates conservatives can issue to liberals so they can feel free to give over their guilt and thus stop being liberals. Something like the White-Guilt Certificates Ken Hamblin used to give out.

Really, it would be a social gain and think of how many fewer guilt-ridden liberals there would be. Maybe few enough that NBC/CBS/ABC could safely go out of business and be replaced with adults.


36 posted on 11/23/2010 11:41:24 AM PST by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: mandaladon
I saw my first sign with the word "colored" on it - a rooming house, I think. This was 1952

I am confused here. Are they saying MO saw this in 1952? That would be a little difficult, since she was born in 1964.

37 posted on 11/23/2010 11:42:04 AM PST by Mark17
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To: mandaladon

I’m Hispanic she could be my president any day of the week.


38 posted on 11/23/2010 11:43:30 AM PST by erod
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To: mandaladon

Both Obama and his wife have shown through their comments and actions that they have nothing but disdain for the U.S.A..
The “Crotch Salute “ comes to mind.
Also apending 200 million a day on his trip is disgusting , when many people are suffering and starving.


39 posted on 11/23/2010 11:44:03 AM PST by chatham (g)
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To: mandaladon

Both Obama and his wife have shown through their comments and actions that they have nothing but disdain for the U.S.A..
The “Crotch Salute “ comes to mind.
Also apending 200 million a day on his trip is disgusting , when many people are suffering and starving.


40 posted on 11/23/2010 11:44:16 AM PST by chatham (g)
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To: ladyjane
Probably no mention of how blacks sold each other into slavery.

We cannot live in the past. Of more pressing concern is how 21st century Blacks continue to sell themselves into slavery over an ideology that has neither the intention nor capability of advancing them; and how race pimps like Richard Cohen continue to protect this "peculiar institution."

41 posted on 11/23/2010 11:44:53 AM PST by FredZarguna ("I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.")
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To: mandaladon
Hey Richard Cohen, hey Washington Post - there really are death panels in Obamacare. Really. You didn't have to put the term in quotes.

If you don't believe Sarah Palin, check with Paul Krugman. You know him. He's the Nobel Prize winner for Economics. He "knows everything."

42 posted on 11/23/2010 11:46:15 AM PST by eCSMaster
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To: NativeNewYorker
If this JINO (Jewish in name only) would get his head out of his ignorant tone deaf butt, he would see that he should be worried about how hated that Jews are in the Democrat voting Black Community.

Because my Husband is Jewish and I am not, Black friends that vote Democrat have been slamming Jews in front of me for decades.

It is really a visceral hatred, and no amount of my telling them that judging all Jews by a few Shyster Lawyers is as bad as judging all Black People by the thugs that Rob and steal for a living.

Mr. Cohen lives in the "Yenom Velt" world, not the real world and until he lives with the real people, not the Snobs, and stops thinking for others, he will be mostly ignored.

As usual he does not know what he is talking about, but since when did that ever keep him from writing TRASH like this.

43 posted on 11/23/2010 11:46:53 AM PST by samantha (God and Country. Thank a Soldier for your freedoms.)
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To: mandaladon

I think Michelle was “victimized” by affirmative action—and BO could have been.


44 posted on 11/23/2010 11:48:30 AM PST by lonestar
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To: mandaladon

Is it a typo? Shouldn’t the names be reversed?


45 posted on 11/23/2010 11:48:55 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (The candidate they smear and ridicule the most is the one they fear the most.)
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To: BelegStrongbow

Walter Williams actually used to give them away on his web page.


46 posted on 11/23/2010 11:49:44 AM PST by FredZarguna ("I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.")
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To: skookum55

Apparently Mr. Cohen is under the odd impression that she only governed white people.


47 posted on 11/23/2010 11:50:34 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Jean2
"Somebody forgot the BARF alert."

Actually, there are two.
"The Washington Post"
and "Richard Cohen"
;)
48 posted on 11/23/2010 11:50:52 AM PST by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: mandaladon

The more they try to drag the Governor down, the more powerful and relevant she becomes. For someone supposedly irrelevant, much ink (metaphor)is spilled in protesting her relevance. This becomes more fun to watch every day.


49 posted on 11/23/2010 11:50:56 AM PST by OriginalChristian (Sarah Palin, America's Governor...)
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To: mandaladon
But she is unqualified - not just in the (let me count the) usual ways, but because she does not know the country.

This????

From an OBAMA SUPPORTER????

50 posted on 11/23/2010 11:51:07 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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