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A great moment in history to see a black man and his family reaching for the highest job in the world.
Progress can happen. Hate can lessen. People can learn.
No matter how you are planning to vote in November, you should be happy that we are at a time when these events can occur.
Posted by Peg on Monday, August 25, 2008 at 10:04 PM | Permalink
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I am not looking to create a debate, but I have one quick question.
What exactly did you expect coming from her? What exactly did she say that you found so striking?
I know that those whom listen to nothing but the Right Wing and Rush Limbaugh their expectations might be different, but she and Barack are not any different than anyone else. They believe in hard work, and want the best for their beautiful children. So after hearing speeches such as this, and viewing how they got to where they have in life, does the 'elitist' and 'aloof' label still apply?
Perhaps after watching her speech, and perhaps clips of Barack's speech in 2004
Highlights from 2004
you might get a clue as to why people found that cartoon in the New Yorker not funny.
Again I am not looking for a debate, I am just wondering what you expected her to say that you found so wonderful? It sounded pretty much as the story of real Americans living in America, just with black faces.
PS~ Even Fox News lawn jockey Juan William's was brought close to tears after her speech.
Juan Williams tears up after Michelle Obama speech: 'It's unbelievable'
I am wondering what he expected also? Yet have no fear, after being taken to the wood shed by Fox News, Williams came back the next night to criticize her. Guess we know where his bread is buttered at.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 01:51 PM
Greg - what is your problem?
I wrote not a word of criticism of Michelle Obama. I didn't give her a word of praise, either. I wasn't commenting on her delivery, her content, or the like.
I was only commenting that it is a great day in America when racism and hate has diminished enough that we have a black person running for the highest office in our nation - and really, the world.
How on earth are you able to twist this into anything else?
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 02:18 PM
First of all I have no problems. If you read what I wrote, you would see that I did not accuse you of any criticism what so ever. The fact that I stated I was not looking to create a debate should of drawn that point home, I guess you did not comprehend that. All I was trying to find out was:
What kind of speech and story did you expect from Michelle Obama?
Is that to hard to comprehend?? The woman is smart, and has achieved a great deal. I was curious to know did she live up to all the hype garbage the right wing has been spinning about her. Or did she seem like an "Average Jane" who got to where she got through smarts and hard work? You have in the past labeled her and Barack as 'elitist' and 'aloof', did her speech drives those thoughts home for you, or did her humble beginnings, and success story kind of put that notion to rest? Seemed to me like a fairly simple question.
Friday, August 29, 2008 at 11:34 AM
Michelle Obama isn't running for office. I don't know that much about her - and frankly, her actions and beliefs and abilities and liabilities are dramatically less important to me than those of Senator Obama - for the obvious reasons.
I don't think that I have ever labeled either Obama as "aloof." Don't pin statements of others on me, Greg.
Probably my biggest beef with Mrs. Obama (since you asked) is what I perceive to be the chip on her shoulder and her negative attitude towards many others. She has achieved a lot in her lifetime - as have her family members. On the stump, however, you heard a lot of complaining; complaining about our country, about what it has to offer, about what our nation has accomplished.
At the convention, you heard almost none of that from her - wisely, I might add.
But, I no matter how warm and lovely the speech she gave there was, I still believe that what you saw earlier was the "real" Michelle Obama.
That being said - she is smart, beautiful, seems to be a warm and loving mom to her two wonderful daughters....
But - Michelle Obama is not running for office. Barack Obama is.
My bottom line is, barring some strong reasons to think that an individual would be a very poor leader, I vote for the guy who shares more of my vision of what government and our nation should be.
John McCain comes much closer to that, for me, than does Barack Obama.
Politicians have their failures, their connections, their strong desire for power - be they Democrats or Republicans, male or female, young or old. From a character and ability standpoint, I don't have an issue with either man.
From a philosophical standpoint, I definitely do.
Friday, August 29, 2008 at 11:44 AM
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