Never a dull moment in the world of politics.
Obama is mad at the media. Aww.
He is retorting to a recent Tennessee GOP ad that bashed his wife’s statement: “for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am proud of America.” Sick. Obama said that Michelle should not be a factor in the 2008 campaign.
First of all, there is the possibility (unfortunately, a pretty big one) that Michelle will be the next First Lady of the United States. That automatically makes her a factor in the presidential campaign – to me, anyway. Personally, I don’t want a First Lady who hasn’t been proud of her country for 20-some years. If you don’t love America, leave.
Secondly, she has been campaigning hard-core for her husband, which she should be, of course. Any candidate’s spouse would. (Refer to Mrs. Clinton, Bill.) But by putting herself out there through campaigning, she is also allowing herself to be vulnerable to scrutiny from not only the media, but American voters, in general.
But it gets better.
On a Fox News debate (get over it – I still watch Fox), a Democratic analyst (I forget his name) said the reason her statement has received so much criticism is a result of racism. Yeah, RACISM. Give me a bloody break. It’s not because the woman is black, are you kidding me? It’s because she implied that she had not been proud of her country for decades. Period. If the woman was white, red, purple or green, it would still be a big deal.
Here’s a good example of racism, however. Barack and Michelle’s ridiculous pastor Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago called our beloved country the United States of White America and USofKKKA. I mean, really?
He also said the reason why people are “hating on Barack Obama” is because he doesn’t fit the mold: he’s not white, he’s not rich and he’s not privileged.
First – he’s not white. His mother is a white American from Kansas, so if you want to get technical, he’s just as much white as he is black.
Secondly – the Obama’s 2008 tax return will show that they were about $9,000 short of $1 million gross income for the year. That’s not well off? Give me a break. That’s much more than the average American.(For Obama’s home state of Illinois, the median income for federal fiscal year 2008 for a 4-person family was around $72,000)I think they’re doing okay for themselves.
As for privileged, I guess that’s up to personal interpretation of the term. I’m going to go with yes.
In conclusion, I say don’t lay off his wife, as he has requested, unless by some chance she agrees to keep herself out of the campaign limelight. And as for racism, give me a break. You want equality, you can have it. Stop using the color of your skin to get what you want. We had a movement in the sixties that stopped whites from doing it – I figure it’s about time for blacks and every other color to stop doing it, as well.