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.
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..
I’m hoping her big mouth will have a Teresa Heinz-like effect on his campaign.
Not sure what your point is?
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.
I know..I hear it also... he has “IT”.
Yes- I’ve said this before- Obama is frightening for what he’s showing US about OURSELVES..
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.
And just what does that mean?
Spell it out
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.
And by the length of his yacking I think he is the NEW FIDEL CASTRO.
Fidel Castro CHANGEd Cuba.
Some floks would rather stop McCain? They should worry about this fella.
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.
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.....
“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.
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.
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).
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.
Hey, I’d gladly offer him his own kingdom of Massachusetts in return for his leaving the rest of the country alone.
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?
And those 10’s of thousands all have their hand out to receive that which he has promised. We are in deep doo-doo.
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.
Germany in the 30’s got caught up in their version of this....if you get my drift.
Bingo. That’s exactly what I’m getting...