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Michelle Obama: ‘For the First Time in My Adult Lifetime, I Am Really Proud of My Country’

Original post made by Gary, Downtown North, on Feb 18, 2008

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Really, now. No credit for defeating the nazis and Japan? No credit fo winning the Cold War? No credit for spreading freedom and capitalism around the world? No credit for reducing malaria and HIV in Africa? No credit for spreading democracy?

Now, of course, Michelle may not have been an adult for very long, but she, surely, as a newly minted adult, could read a little history. One might think that her husband would put a zipper in her lips, before she destroys him. However, he is so full of hope, that he cannot think about tough things, like standing up to his wife.

10 seconds of waterboarding might help. At a minimum it would cause change.

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Posted by Gene
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 18, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Michelle Obama is a graduate of the Harvard Law School. It figures. What did you expect?

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Posted by A Boomer
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 18, 2008 at 7:52 pm

Gary and I agree again! Michele Obama has plenty of time as an adult, long enough to be proud of certain other things that have happened in her lifetime. Confine it to the current period, no need to invoke things from history of which we all should be proud. I did not read the entire quote, but I will assume that the context had something to do with events of which she and her cohort have been a part. There is plenty to be proud of, and there have been some shameful things in her lifetime as well.

Gary, you already seem to have annointed yourself as the counterpoint to the so called Bush haters. You already are excoriating Barack and Hillary, haven't even given one of them a chance to get elected, take some action that you don't like, and then jump on your soap box. I count myself among those who witheld judgment for a period of time before I concluded Shrub was a disaster as President. I guess you don't really want to wait, which is your prerogative, but it does make you come across as knee-jerk in your opining.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 18, 2008 at 8:06 pm


As long as Obama or Clinton continue the attack on the jihadists, I will be OK. I may not agree with the vairous other policies, but the big one is the war on jihadism.

Michelle is in over her head. Her husband needs to tone her down, if he wants to win. Hope is not enough. She might want to take lessons from Nancy Reagan, who actually defended her husband, if not always effectively so. Even Bill is not so foolish as to make such an assinine statement in a campaign, in support of his wife (and he has made some doozies).

A little waterboarding is in order... Is Obama up to it?

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Posted by news
a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 18, 2008 at 9:47 pm

This only confirms to me that Obama (and his inner circle) are self-centered and full of hot air, not much more.

Every day I hear things that tend to confirm my worst suspicions about him...

One more example: since 2006 he's been chair of the European Affairs sub-committee in the Senate. Well, as such, he has not traveled to Europe once or achieved anything of significance.

All words, no substance.

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 18, 2008 at 10:17 pm

WWII was a little before her time, so she probably does not have many memories of it. Besides, we had help, and compared to our allies we barely got scratched. England, France, and Russia suffered far more harm than we did. I won't accept that it was an American victory.

Winning the Cold War is perhaps something to be proud of,but I don't think gloating over it is a good idea, it is not going to play well in diplomatic circles.

How can she be proud of the way we have spread freedom and democracy recently in Iraq and Afganistan. We can discuss whether or not we were right to enter those wars, but you will never convince me that we performed the task well.

Africa is, for the most part, a total mess and in dire need of help in more than a medical way. It's okay to save children from the ravages of Malaria and HIV, but can we save them from being child soldiers?

Americans need to learn to play in the sandbox without bullying others. We have some attitudes that need shifting. We have ceded too much moral ground to the enemy in the mid-east. How can we chide others for human rights abuses when we export people to be tortured, subvert our own hard-won and highly touted civil rights because we need to chase nebulous "bad guys", and imprison criminals outside national boarders so that we don't need to worry about their right to a fair trial? I love America, but I wish America would make it a little easier for me to love her.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 19, 2008 at 7:31 am

My concern is that if Obama were elected she would be First Lady! I like Obama, but would not want her in that position. She is clearly a loose cannon and as First Lady would be unpredictable and therefore dangerous to American interests.

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 19, 2008 at 12:58 pm

I think that the choice is narrowing for either her or Bill as First Lady, and I shudder to think of him dressing the part.

(Little girl coming out of the ladies room at the White House: Mommy, why are there cigars in there instead of what the vending machines normally sell?)

Either alternative leads me to think some form of containment will be required. But it is either that or we are telling the Republicans that they did a wonderful job.

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Posted by alternate media
a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm

how come some media sources have one version of her spech and other another? some other media watcher have noted the Fox version is edited to remove adjectives and change the tone and inplications of her statement.

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Posted by Proud to be an American
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 22, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Amazing, as usual, the "Just me" appalled at Iraq/Afghanistan and how we are spreading democracy, making it clear the writer thinks that our "interference" there has been wrong, and then goes on to say that we need to intervene in Africa and stop child soldiers. Sort of like Obama saying we should never have gone into Iraq and should get out now, oh, but we SHOULD bomb Pakistan..huh??

As far as "exporting" for torture. No, in fact, think about it. When we turned over Abu Graib to Iraq for their administration, remember the prisoners begging the Americans to stay? Do you think it was because they wanted more of our horrible treatment? Or, think about the constant bleating of the Left to close Guantanomo..what do you think will happen to the people there when we sent them to other countries after the big G closes? There has yet to be any conviction of the USA anywhere that we have "exported" for torture. We HAVE sent criminals back to their countries of origin. I have no problem with that at all. In fact, I wish we would send every illegal alien convict here back to their home country.

I am VERY proud of Iraq and Afghanistan..because of us, all people, especially the most powerless, the women and children, in both countries are much better off. Granted, much better off from appalling is still pretty bad, but they are still, nonetheless, much better off. Hindsight may see that we should have done some things better, but so what? That doesn't negate the pride I have in the great accomplisments.

As far as "bullying" attitudes..huh? I have yet to see ANYTHING resembling bullying. Refusing to sign absurd treaties that we are being bullied into signing is not bullying. Determining to fight back terrorism is not bullying. Is it bullying if you punch back the bully? Is it bullying if in punching back the bully you save not only yourself but many others? I think not. For the constant harping on "bullying" America, I have yet to see one example of us being bullies.

Instead, we are always the ones on the side of freedom, on the side of saving people from genocide. Anyone remember Kosovo? Anyone remember which nationality AND RELIGION the Kosovoans are? Anyone remember who saved their hides when Europe was saying they couldn't do anything? Oh, and who is on their side right now as they declare independence?

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Posted by grateful I am an American
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 22, 2008 at 5:32 pm

Oh, one last thing..Somehow I am very grateful to my country for all the opportunities I have had in this country that I WOULD NOT HAVE HAD IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD..please explain to me why Michelle Obama has not noticed how much better of a life she has had here than she would have had IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD and been proud that her country is the kind of country that made her life possible?

made me sick

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Posted by R Wray
a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 23, 2008 at 11:11 am

JustMe spits on the memories of the US causalities of WW II. America was victorious. Our defeat and pacification of Japan is a textbook example of the way to win a war. JustMe has a perverted sense of "love" to continually trash the object of her so-called love.

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