"For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country. Not just because Barack is doing well, but I think people are hungry for change."
When I first heard that Ms. Obama said this, I wasn't too upset about it. Yes, it looks pretty ridiculous on the surface, but I realize that sometimes people misspeak, try to say one thing while the words come out sounding completely different. Surely Michelle Obama has been proud of her country before now. Again, the quote itself is ghastly, but I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. Until today, when she attempted to clarify her comment.
"What I was clearly talking about was that I'm proud in how Americans are engaging in the political process. For the first time in my lifetime, I'm seeing people rolling up their sleeves in a way that I haven't seen and really trying to figure this out — and that's the source of pride that I was talking about."
Well, forgive me for being a stickler but that didn't exactly make things better, did it? What she basically says is that the source of her pride is the people engaging in the political process. Is that it? Is there nothing else about America that makes her proud? Well, she didn't say. She finally admitted that she was proud of her country as a whole, but only after being asked specifically.
I have been a bit disappointed in the Obamas lately. First the plagiarism thing. Now this. It's not the actual occurrence that disappoints me as much as the response. Barack brushed off the plagiarism thing as a non-issue as though it is silly to even bring it up. Well, in fact, it is a big issue. Obama is known for his speeches and if he is ripping off from someone else I think that's significant, and so do a lot of other folks. An apology and some remorse would be nice to see. Yet, Obama doesn't seem to think it's a problem. The same can be said about Michelle's comment. They basically brushed it aside as a non-issue when she should have apologized and then mentioned any number of things about America that make her proud. It seems lately that the Obamas are beginning to come across a bit arrogant and elitist. Not good for his image.
Ms Obama mishandled the entire situation and it's going to haunt her husband's campaign. John McCain won't let this one go. Conservatives and Moderates don't appreciate the blame-America-first mentality of the far Left, and her comment falls in line with just that kind of mentality. First Ted Kennedy endorses him, now this. Not good for someone who's trying to court the middle and a few disgruntled Republicans.