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Some 11th-Hour Advice to the Harvard Power Couple (Victor Davis Hanson on the Obamas)
The Corner at NRO ^ | 19 February 2008 | Victor Davis Hanson

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


TOPICS: Editorial; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barackhusseinobama; chebama; nobama; obama; vdh
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These two have a lot to learn about America.
1 posted on 02/19/2008 6:54:47 PM PST by SE Mom
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To: SE Mom

She’ll still think it. She just won’t be dumb enough to say it out loud again.


2 posted on 02/19/2008 6:57:00 PM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: SE Mom

Very well said, its true PC disallows the hard questions of the sainted lib faithful.


3 posted on 02/19/2008 6:57:10 PM PST by junta (It's Poltical Correctness stupid! Hold liberals accountable for their actions, a new idea.)
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To: SE Mom

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..


4 posted on 02/19/2008 6:57:38 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: mewzilla

Apparently- she repeated it two days in a row at two different speeches..


5 posted on 02/19/2008 7:00:58 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom
“The question I have for you tonight, Houston, are you really ready for change”??

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...

6 posted on 02/19/2008 7:01:10 PM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla

Every day that goes by- the more this man worries me..


7 posted on 02/19/2008 7:02:00 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

A lot of Obama’s voters agree with her. I’m not so sure the Obamas think her saying it aloud was a mistake.


8 posted on 02/19/2008 7:02:21 PM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: SE Mom

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.


9 posted on 02/19/2008 7:02:41 PM PST by manapua
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To: SE Mom
Every day that goes by- the more this man worries me..

That goes double for his voters. Good gravy.

10 posted on 02/19/2008 7:03:19 PM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: SE Mom

The mob wants a fuhrer..


11 posted on 02/19/2008 7:03:46 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: SE Mom

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.


12 posted on 02/19/2008 7:04:35 PM PST by ryan71
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To: SE Mom

“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!


13 posted on 02/19/2008 7:06:39 PM PST by 2nd Amendment
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To: manapua

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.


14 posted on 02/19/2008 7:06:54 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: manapua

“Don’t Stop Thinkin’ About Tomorrow”


15 posted on 02/19/2008 7:07:43 PM PST by onedoug
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To: SE Mom
Boom! This is a freaking grand slam!

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!

16 posted on 02/19/2008 7:07:49 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (unavailable for comment)
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To: 2nd Amendment

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.


17 posted on 02/19/2008 7:08:59 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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Something else is at work here: she’s dumb as rocks!
18 posted on 02/19/2008 7:10:28 PM PST by Godwin1 (merican restaurant.)
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To: SE Mom
Did anyone faint?

:-)

19 posted on 02/19/2008 7:11:32 PM PST by Dog
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To: SE Mom
The more I watch, the more it becomes clear that Obama is an empty suit sound bite nobody. But, he’s tapped into an audience with his well-honed message delivered as some kind of preacher. His cheerleaders are those who have decided the best way forward is to become wards of the state by buying into this BS message. How pathetic. And, right now I hear him talking about caring for the “the troops” what a crock of crap. But, his message sells with the not so brights and low achievers God help us if this is what this county will follow.
20 posted on 02/19/2008 7:12:16 PM PST by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: SE Mom
They certainly have led a priveleged life. Michelle has lately been complaining about having to pay back her college loans.This, of course, plays into Barack’s newest campaign promise to offer a college education to everyone. I WISH some one would ask him at one of his speeches how he expects to pay for all this! I heard a guy on Medved’s show today saying he thought his health care costs would go down under a Universal Health Care plan. Medved asked him if he wanted to pay for his neighbor’s health care. The guys said no and Medved went on to explain to him that he would be paying for the health care of the now uninsured. I really don’t think the guy understood the reality of the situation. Sadly, I think that’s what the Obamas are depending on....people won’t understand the reality of the new taxes required to implement all his propositions. Otherwise the Obamas would never even get near the oval office.
21 posted on 02/19/2008 7:13:18 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: SE Mom

bttt


22 posted on 02/19/2008 7:13:43 PM PST by dennisw (Never bet on a false prophet! <<<<<||||>>>>> Never bet on Islam!)
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To: Dog

I’m telling you Dog- listening to this man gives me a fear like none I’ve ever felt listening to an American politician speak..


23 posted on 02/19/2008 7:15:37 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom
the Obamas have been very privileged and done quite well-

Her job at the University of Chicago Hospitals was to be a liaison between the University Hospitals and "the community" to help it become aware of the various programs the U of C hospitals made available.
24 posted on 02/19/2008 7:16:19 PM PST by aruanan
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To: mewzilla

I’m hoping her big mouth will have a Teresa Heinz-like effect on his campaign.


25 posted on 02/19/2008 7:16:45 PM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: aruanan

Not sure what your point is?


26 posted on 02/19/2008 7:18:31 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

His supporters are idiots. Hugh Hewitt had several on the radio. They are morons. He was being rather pleasant and asked they why they liked Obama. Here were a couple gems I heard:

“Global warming will get better because he’ll promote recycling.” Even if you believe the CO2 nonesense, the two don’t correlate.

“Obama will help pay his school loan.” Give me handout.


27 posted on 02/19/2008 7:19:07 PM PST by Barney Gumble (A liberal is someone too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel - Robert Frost)
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To: SE Mom

I know..I hear it also... he has “IT”.


28 posted on 02/19/2008 7:19:23 PM PST by Dog
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To: AlphaOneAlpha

Yes- I’ve said this before- Obama is frightening for what he’s showing US about OURSELVES..


29 posted on 02/19/2008 7:20:40 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Godwin1

She may not be “dumb as rocks.” She may just be a typical liberal. My stepdaughter’s boy friend is a son of a Code Pinker who did not fall very far from the tree. He professes to be a patriot because he loves his country. I asked him once if he was proud of his country. He couldn’t answer the question in more than a very qualified way.


30 posted on 02/19/2008 7:21:27 PM PST by p. henry
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To: Dog

Yes. Exactly.


31 posted on 02/19/2008 7:22:59 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

And just what does that mean?
Spell it out


32 posted on 02/19/2008 7:23:20 PM PST by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: SE Mom

Michelle Obama has a cushy job the salary of which skyrocketed after her husband became a senator. They truly are living high on the hog and really do not have any reason to be complaining about the brokenness of the American soul.


33 posted on 02/19/2008 7:24:50 PM PST by aruanan
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To: SE Mom

And by the length of his yacking I think he is the NEW FIDEL CASTRO.


34 posted on 02/19/2008 7:26:32 PM PST by therut
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To: mewzilla

Fidel Castro CHANGEd Cuba.


35 posted on 02/19/2008 7:27:12 PM PST by arthurus
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To: 2nd Amendment

Some floks would rather stop McCain? They should worry about this fella.


36 posted on 02/19/2008 7:28:47 PM PST by WHBates
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To: Dog

No one had fainted by the time we finally switched off his long-winded speech. I’m no fan of McCain, but he said more in his short speech than did Obama.


37 posted on 02/19/2008 7:28:47 PM PST by skr (How majestic is Thy Name, O Lord, and how mighty are Thy Works!)
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To: SE Mom

In Houston they would say

“The man’s all hat, no cattle” (poser)

AZ “He wears cowboy boots” (Coke-cola cowboy)

AK “Obama who? Is he that that there A-rab guy?”

NV “12 to 1 on Hillary - by six”

have fun, add your own State.....


38 posted on 02/19/2008 7:28:59 PM PST by ASOC (Tagline free for months and still going (Oh, wait........))
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To: originalbuckeye

“I WISH some one would ask him at one of his speeches how he expects to pay for all this!”

Why, white Christian males and the evil, greedy corporate entities they work for, of course.


39 posted on 02/19/2008 7:29:13 PM PST by EyeGuy
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To: sheik yerbouty

The Democrat mob wants a Wise King with total power so that he can implement the fruits of His Wisdom quickly and usher in Utopia and blue skies for all the survivors.


40 posted on 02/19/2008 7:29:26 PM PST by arthurus
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To: sheik yerbouty

The mob wants a fuhrer........

Head like a lightbulb,
Ears like Dumbo,
When he speaks..........
It’s mumbo jumbo.(help, I’m gonna pass out).


41 posted on 02/19/2008 7:31:55 PM PST by Maumee (wt)
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To: AlphaOneAlpha

He is (as you pointed out) striking a chord with millions of Americans. He is the result of the Oprah-ization of America.

He is tapping the restless, confused and ignorant. Whenever we see him speak we don’t see hundreds, we see thousands and 10’s of thousands standing in line to hear him speak. They are exemplary of the mob mentality- which we humans can get caught up in.


42 posted on 02/19/2008 7:31:56 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: 2nd Amendment

Hey, I’d gladly offer him his own kingdom of Massachusetts in return for his leaving the rest of the country alone.


43 posted on 02/19/2008 7:32:31 PM PST by Melinda
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To: 2nd Amendment
We have to hope for there to remain enough loyal American Senators to block treaties. If the Democrats get 2/3 of the Senate in 2010 (I don't think they can get it this year) then they will have a golden opportunity to rule by Treaty and the Constitution will become quite irrelevant.
44 posted on 02/19/2008 7:32:44 PM PST by arthurus
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To: aruanan

I’m assuming you mean she was one of those well educated, well spoken black people hired to fulfill the requirement that every major public institution in this country provide well paid sinecures for upper-middle black tokens to lecture the rest of the society about racism?


45 posted on 02/19/2008 7:33:14 PM PST by pierrem15 (Charles Martel: past and future of France)
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To: SE Mom

And those 10’s of thousands all have their hand out to receive that which he has promised. We are in deep doo-doo.


46 posted on 02/19/2008 7:33:52 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: originalbuckeye
I WISH some one would ask him at one of his speeches how he expects to pay for all this!

Nobody asks him because we all know the answer already: he is going to tax you to death to pay for all this.

God forbid that Mrs. Obama, who makes well into six figures, should have to pay back her college loans! Better that I, who make less than a third of what she probably does, should pay for them through my taxes. I'm white, you see, so I deserve to be taxed.

47 posted on 02/19/2008 7:33:57 PM PST by ottbmare
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To: SE Mom

Germany in the 30’s got caught up in their version of this....if you get my drift.


48 posted on 02/19/2008 7:35:34 PM PST by Dog
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To: Dog

Bingo. That’s exactly what I’m getting...


49 posted on 02/19/2008 7:37:26 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom
Again we see what a wonderful idea is affirmative action and how well it worked out here. Without it, these two clowns might be doing something useful with their lives. But no. Now they feel entitled to inflict themselves and their ignorant "plans for hope and change" upon us.

jeez

50 posted on 02/19/2008 7:37:55 PM PST by Octar
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