Tuesday, February 19, 2008


The only good the Obamas ever saw in this country was themselves. Well, congratulations.

Michelle Obama today said that “for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction.”

Really proud of her country for the first time? Michelle Obama is 44 years old. She has been an adult since 1982. Can it really be there has not been a moment during that time when she felt proud of her country? Forget matters like the victory in the Cold War; how about only things that have made liberals proud — all the accomplishments of inclusion? How about the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1991? Or Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s elevation to the Supreme Court? Or Carol Moseley Braun’s election to the Senate in 1998? How about the merely humanitarian, like this country’s startling generosity to the victims of the tsunami? I’m sure commenters can think of hundreds more landmarks of this sort. Didn’t she even get a twinge from, say, the Olympics?

Mrs. Obama was speaking at a campaign rally, so it is easy to assume she was merely indulging in hyperbole. Even so, it is very revealing.
It suggests, first, that the pseudo-messianic nature of the Obama candidacy is very much a part of the way the Obamas themselves are feeling about it these days. If they don’t get a hold of themselves, the family vanity is going to swell up to the size of Phileas Fogg’s hot-air balloon and send the two of them soaring to heights of self-congratulatory solipsism that we’ve never seen before.

Second, it suggests the Obama campaign really does have its roots in New Class leftism, according to which patriotism is not only the last refuge of a scoundrel, but the first refuge as well — that America is not fundamentally good but flawed, but rather fundamentally flawed and only occasionally good. There’s something for John McCain to work with here.

And third, that Michelle Obama — from the middle-class South Shore neighborhood of Chicago, Princeton 85, Harvard Law 88, associate at Sidley and Austin, and eventually a high-ranking official at the University of Chicago — may not be proud of her country, but her life, like her husband’s, gives me every reason to be even prouder of the United States.

Obama's hate-America disclosure is classic leftthink, rarely spoken aloud. I know you have to have massive ego drive to seek the White House, but you're supposed to appear at least a little self-effacing, aren't you? It's Plato's Republic: because I've given it so much thought, and because I'm clearly so very competent, the best person to rule over you is me, so hand over the keys, you ignorant rubes.

1 comment:

Tom said...

It's a funny thing to spend your life not liking your country and then having your country give you the highest office.

In my lifetime people were hungry for change in 1976, 1980, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2006 and now 2008. People are hungry for change more often than not it seems.

If Barak Obama wins, he'll be the first Post-Vietnam Democrat to take office. He seems to be carrying forward the Vietnam luggage and if he does carry it then nothing will have changed much at all.

Since Barak speaks in generalities and won't come right out and speak to policy specifics how does Michelle know that the people want the same change that he does?

She may not realize it, but she's saying that she is proud that the country is willing to project all of their hopes and dreams on a blank slate. All 20th Century revolutions share this trait. I would like ask Michelle Obama is she is proud of those situations and results.

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