I hate to sound disrespectful to any woman, particularly to the 1st Lady, but I have to wonder “how soon they forget?” I can’t see Mrs. Obama on television without seeing her say, rather vindictively I thought, “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country.” It’s just a little amazing to me, that while attending one of the finest universities in the country, she wasn’t proud of her country for the opportunity to be there? Had she lived in almost any other country in the world, she would not have had that very, very rare chance. But then, this is America!
I don’t know that I, being Caucasian, can ever truly understand the black experience in the United States, however, I was raised in county housing, my father was an alcoholic, my mother worked hard and long so I was a latch-key kid. I remember always being embarrassed because I had holes in my underwear, pant knees, socks…. I could never attend father-son banquets as my father was visiting John Barleycorn, or God knows where. I put myself through school. I’ve worked since I was 16 and could get a work permit.
And all that time, I’ve been fiercely proud of my country. But maybe that’s just me.
In the following article, the red or italics (depending upon your program) are by me:
From The Daily Beast (Nov. 1)
By Dayo Olopade
With approval ratings at 70 percent, the first lady is the Democrats’ most popular pol. Pity she wasn’t out louder and longer rallying the women’s vote.
At rallies today in Pennsylvania and Nevada, First Lady Michelle Obama—known as “The Closer” on the 2008 campaign trail—is making a last-ditch closing argument for the Democrats.
She’s hit eight cities in the last two weeks, emerging from months of political hibernation—OK, speaking out for healthy food and better schools—in an 11th-hour push aimed at staving off a scheduled landslide. Making whistle stops in New York, California, Illinois, Colorado, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Washington State, she’s determined to rally the base. “We can’t stop now; we’ve come too far,” she told a dinner crowd in Seattle—adding a “Yes we can!” fist pump as an afterthought.
If anybody can, Michelle can—at least on paper. At a time when her husband’s approval rating has plummeted, hers stand strong at 70 percent—making her one of the most popular figures in Washington. Of course, it wasn’t Mrs. Obama who lead the way toward the bankruptcy of the United States, and maybe she shouldn’t be painted with that same broad brush…but I bet she’d have done much the same. She’s not exactly a tight budget wife, having just taken a two million dollar trip with the girls to Paris and getting ready to go to Mumbai, where her bunch has rented 800 luxury rooms, on your dollar and mine. And she appeals to a crucial constituency—female voters, a decisive bloc this fall. “She’s a terrific asset to Democrats this cycle,” says Jen Bluestein, communications director at Emily’s List. It helps that Mrs. Obama projects that purple glow her husband used to talk about. “She’s very popular with Democrats but she’s also increasingly popular with Republicans and Independents,” adds Hari Sevugan, a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee.
But at a time when a bumper crop of women candidates are on the ballot—10 for governor, six for the Senate, and 138 for the House—a disturbing number of women voters are either checked out of the election or forsaking the Democratic Party, according to recent polling by Gallup, CBS, and The New York Times.
Now, it appears that a “disturbing number of women” are not as easily fooled as many of the rest of the country, and that they, too, remember Mrs. Obama’s words, and her support of an administration which has put us $5,000,000,000,000.00 more in debt in only two years. Ladies, you “disturbing number,” I salute you for your astuteness, and your love of, and respect for, your country.
For the balance of this article go to The Daily Beast ( www.thedailybeast.com )