February 20, 2008

Mrs. Obama's "proud" remark: It's the GOP's fault

According to Time's Mark Halperin, it is:

So far, Obama campaign officials have smoothly explained away Michelle Obama's statement Monday when she told a Wisconsin audience, "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country." The campaign has clarified her comment thusly: Of course she is proud of America and loves her country, but she recognizes its political system has not always been perfect.

Huh? How does Halperin know? (Bill O'Reilly asked him just this, by the way, last night on his show.) Well, he claims "he knows her." Oh. Gee, thanks.

I'm not buying it. Halperin sounds like an Obama campaign spokesman (which too many in the MSM already do). How can one say "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country" not once, but TWICE (the first time she omitted the "really" before the "proud") and simply mean that "its political system hasn't always been perfect"? By "adult life," this means Mrs. Obama is referring to roughly 1984 to the present. I can understand her wanting to take a swipe at the Reagan, Bush 1 and Bush 2 administrations, but what about the eight years of Democrat rule under Clinton? And even so, there is absolutely not ONE thing that Mrs. Obama can be proud of in the last 24 years? What about the state of race relations, for heaven's sake? Helping to end the Cold War? Freedom for Eastern Europe? Democracy spreading throughout Latin America? Massive aid to Africa?

A cynic might claim that Mrs. Obama is herself playing the race card, to which her husband's campaign was so quick to complain about the Clinton campaign. In other words, "we can only be proud" of America now ... because we've finally accepted an African-American as a major presidential candidate.

Possibly related: Michelle Obama's thesis, "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community," will not be available to the general public until -- ready? -- November 5, 2008.

Guess which important date is the day before?

UPDATE: Apparently an entity called Newhouse News dug up a bit of Mrs. Obama's college thesis:

In her 1985 Princeton senior thesis, “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community,” Michelle LaVaughn Robinson lamented that white professors and classmates always saw her as “Black first and a student second.”

I'm surprised that Ms. Robinson was surprised by this. It's an American Ivy League university! That's what they do -- classify people by their ethnic and racial group. That's what liberals do.

She had surveyed alumni to see whether they sacrificed their commitment to other blacks on the altar of success, and foresaw for herself an uneasy future: “further integration and/or assimilation into a White cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant.”…

On the cusp of becoming First Lady. Some "periphery," eh?

As Michelle Obama wrote in her thesis introduction, “My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my ‘Blackness’ than ever before. I have found that at Princeton no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my White professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong.”…

Again, this "surprise" comes off as completely non-genuine. That's what colleges do, after all. (Remember what my local University of Delaware was doing recently.) They make one "aware" of their "cultural identity" whether one really wants to or not. And, again, this is part of liberalism -- color-blindness is disdained, and color-consciousness is lauded.

Michelle Obama was guided in her choice of thesis topic by a consuming concern that her success might compromise her black identity. As she wrote in her conclusion:

“I wondered whether or not my education at Princeton would affect my identification with the Black community. I hoped that these findings would help me conclude that despite the high degree of identification with Whites as a result of the educational and occupational path that Black Princeton alumni follow, the alumni would still maintain a certain level of identification with the black community. However, these findings do not support this possibility.”…

Michelle Obama’s fears of losing touch with her roots without ever being embraced into the mainstream led her to promise, in her thesis introduction, “to actively utilize my resources to benefit the Black community.”

I've noticed over my years that it's usually only liberals that worry so about such aspects of "ethnic identity." Why does success and successfully interacting with the majority population have to make one "less black"? Or "less Hispanic"? Or "less Asian"? The very concept is absurd on its face. Liberals have created their own Catch-22: Clamor for race/ethnic consciousness beyond measure, then suffer [their own created] uncertainties as a result -- the very ones that Mrs. Obama pontificates about.

The concept of color-blindness doesn't sound all that bad, does it?

Posted by Hube at February 20, 2008 03:43 PM | TrackBack

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Any idea what her undergrad major was?

Posted by: AJ Lynch at February 22, 2008 04:06 PM

AJ: It was sociology.

Posted by: Hube at February 22, 2008 05:19 PM

After having scanned this woman's thesis subject and intro, the evidence suggests that she is obsessed with race; that she has snobbish proclivities, and that she is furious that she is a member of the "lower"black race."
If the intro to her "thesis" is any measure of her ability to think, she would be, in my estimation, a poor candidate in any discipline and only because of AFFIRMATIVE ACTION did this chronic complainer manage to get into Princeton. If she is the measure of what this country can expect from black leadership, I sincerely hope that she and her ilk will go down in defeat in the coming election. Instead of thanking the government for educating her in one of the most prestigious schools
in the country, she continually scorns and debases by speaking with disdain re her perceived place in the scheme of things. Face it: you're black and shall always be. TS, Michelle. Live w/it!

Posted by: ariel frost at April 24, 2008 09:27 AM