Michelle Obama Clarifies `proud' Remark

Michelle Obama Clarifies `proud' Remark

There are 1115 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Feb 20, 2008, titled Michelle Obama Clarifies `proud' Remark. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

The wife of Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama sought Wednesday to clarify her comment that for the first time she's really proud of her country.

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“Make America Great Again”

Since: Jun 07

Bring Obama Back!

#1 Feb 20, 2008
Well well well. Another Republican hypocrite that had a whole lot to say about Bill Clinton back during the Monica Lewinsky affair.
The New York Times is reporting that John McCain has been having a romantic relationship with a lobbyist then doing favors for her clients. Mr. Clean, Mr. Finance reform is in the middle of a scandal that will dwarf anything you right-wing nuts made up about Bill Clinton.
Cindy McCain has bigger fish to fry. Maybe she should worry about her husband and not Michelle. Are you as proud of John as you say you are of this country.
Mo Lubee

Orlando, FL

#2 Feb 20, 2008
I understand Michelle's thinking quite well. I'm a former Marine, 66 years old, a white middle class American and have always had great pride in my Country.

But the situation of racism has also always bothered me, the unfairness of it, the inequities of it, the silent existance of ill will.

So I too will say that although this isn't the first time I have felt proud of my Country, the votes that are coming in for Obama have given me a little more edge and satisfaction to my pride.

It's one thing to revere a historical paper declaring that all men are created equal, it's quite another to see millions of white voters going to the ballot box and anonymously proving it's true in America today by casting their votes for a Black candidate.

Yes, I'm very proud of my Country, and I'm very glad that I lived long enough to see this happen in the Country I love. Now together, we can move forward.

Since: Feb 08

Central FL & Wash DC

#3 Feb 20, 2008
Marine Corp Pat wrote:
Well well well. Another Republican hypocrite that had a whole lot to say about Bill Clinton back during the Monica Lewinsky affair.
The New York Times is reporting that John McCain has been having a romantic relationship with a lobbyist then doing favors for her clients. Mr. Clean, Mr. Finance reform is in the middle of a scandal that will dwarf anything you right-wing nuts made up about Bill Clinton.
Cindy McCain has bigger fish to fry. Maybe she should worry about her husband and not Michelle. Are you as proud of John as you say you are of this country.
Wow..that canned comment shows up everywhere
Luna

Geneva, FL

#4 Feb 20, 2008
Very interesting comments Mo Lubee - I agree with you...

"Not many people thought that this soon, if ever, the day would come when a black man would be able to garner enough support from this nations white citizens to gain the presidency. The country has come a long ways regarding race relations, and it still has quite a ways to go, but how many people thought it had come this far?

For the first time in the history of American politics and American culture, race is not the predominant, determining, or divisive issue in the battle for the direction this country heads. The is the country that not long ago saw a political party run a racist ad (Willie Horton) to conjure up fear with voters that the other party's candidate was soft on crime. This is also a culture that is still racially divided over a not guilty verdict from a murder trial where the crime was not racially motivated but the defendant happened to be black and the victims happened to be his white wife and her white friend. Not subject gets white folks blood pressure up more than OJ Simpson.

If anyone had suggested that even a year ago when Obama announced his candidacy, the skeptics, myself and virtually all others included, would have expressed that the Obama candidacy was biting off more than it could chew.

However, this does not mean that racism is disappearing, or has disappeared. Black folks will still be racially profiled. Black folks will still be the cultural scapegoats for the degeneracies of American culture (rap music, anyone?). Black folks will still be subjected to overtly racist, subliminally racist, and culturally ingrained racist propoganda, media, and attitudes."

This probably very much along the same lines as the point that Mrs. Obama was trying to make.
Gabe

Raynham, MA

#5 Feb 20, 2008
The thing you have to realize is that white Americans are only voting for Obama because they don't consider him to be black. He is of course by the color of his skin, but he is not dark. He doesn't come from a lower class family and is well spoken. This is not to be racist, but I think that is most people's perceptions of him.

I also think that it was a stupid thing to say by his wife, no matter the context.
Mo Lubee

Orlando, FL

#8 Feb 21, 2008
Gabe wrote:
The thing you have to realize is that white Americans are only voting for Obama because they don't consider him to be black. He is of course by the color of his skin, but he is not dark. He doesn't come from a lower class family and is well spoken. This is not to be racist, but I think that is most people's perceptions of him.
I also think that it was a stupid thing to say by his wife, no matter the context.
You sound like a racist readying his fallback position for when Obama wins the nomination and Presidency. You'll tell yourself you "don't consider him to be Black". You may believe, but most of us realize Obama is Black and we don't care.

Obama is a candidate who happens to be Black, and I'm voting for him because of his class, his beliefs, his enthusiasm and his ability; color doesn't enter into the picture.

Color may be important when you buy a car, but it shouldn't be when judging people.
WTH

New Smyrna Beach, FL

#10 Feb 21, 2008
So? Another democrat has joined the communist party. No big shock. But do we really want her as first lady?? I mean - why would you if your ashamed?
Basic Instinct

Montgomery, AL

#13 Feb 21, 2008
Gabe wrote:
The thing you have to realize is that white Americans are only voting for Obama because they don't consider him to be black. He is of course by the color of his skin, but he is not dark. He doesn't come from a lower class family and is well spoken. This is not to be racist, but I think that is most people's perceptions of him.
I also think that it was a stupid thing to say by his wife, no matter the context.
Whaattt?
Obamaisamuslim

Hollywood, FL

#16 Feb 21, 2008
She needs to be flogged

“Obamunism - Political Failure”

Since: Feb 08

Out here in the country

#17 Feb 21, 2008
Kill Whitey wrote:
Whats there to clarify? She said she hates her country like all good Democrats do.
Well.... ckarify in the political world means "I just put my foot in my mouth by saying what I really think and now I need to do a 180 back to the party line"
AAAARRRRGGHH

Orlando, FL

#18 Feb 21, 2008
Mo Lubee wrote:
<quoted text>
You sound like a racist readying his fallback position for when Obama wins the nomination and Presidency. You'll tell yourself you "don't consider him to be Black". You may believe, but most of us realize Obama is Black and we don't care.
Obama is a candidate who happens to be Black, and I'm voting for him because of his class, his beliefs, his enthusiasm and his ability; color doesn't enter into the picture.
Color may be important when you buy a car, but it shouldn't be when judging people.
Obama's mother IS a caucasian... it's not just that he's a light-skinned black. He is half-white. I don't care either way, but it seems a lot of people don't know. I'm not directing this at you specifically.
Margo

Sanford, FL

#19 Feb 21, 2008
Frankly such a sentiment doesn't surprise me in the least. As a black woman Mrs. Obama would naturally have been taught to consider herself wronged and oppressed by this 'White' nation. Victimhood is power you know. But Liberals of ALL colors are normally and naturally ashamed of the being citizens of the USA, though oddly enough they very seldom chose to immigrate elsewhere - I wonder why?
Congo Tom

Peterborough, NH

#20 Feb 21, 2008
Marine Corp Pat wrote:
Well well well. Another Republican hypocrite that had a whole lot to say about Bill Clinton back during the Monica Lewinsky affair.
The New York Times is reporting that John McCain has been having a romantic relationship with a lobbyist then doing favors for her clients. Mr. Clean, Mr. Finance reform is in the middle of a scandal that will dwarf anything you right-wing nuts made up about Bill Clinton.
Cindy McCain has bigger fish to fry. Maybe she should worry about her husband and not Michelle. Are you as proud of John as you say you are of this country.
Hey, if it's the New York Times then it must be true, right?

Gimme a break. How much credibility does the Times have these days? This was a first-class hatchet job, reporting rumors and innuendo in order to destroy a man and his family. Not a single source willing to go on record. Not one. Not a single document evidencing and affair. And still they go ahead an print. Shame on the Times and shame on anyone who would use this standard of "evidence" in order to destroy a man's reputation.

Since: Aug 07

Orlando, FL

#21 Feb 21, 2008
WTH wrote:
So? Another democrat has joined the communist party. No big shock. But do we really want her as first lady?? I mean - why would you if your ashamed?
Yep... we certainly do want her as first lady. Thanks for asking!
woody hayes

San Antonio, TX

#22 Feb 21, 2008
Margo wrote:
Frankly such a sentiment doesn't surprise me in the least. As a black woman Mrs. Obama would naturally have been taught to consider herself wronged and oppressed by this 'White' nation. Victimhood is power you know. But Liberals of ALL colors are normally and naturally ashamed of the being citizens of the USA, though oddly enough they very seldom chose to immigrate elsewhere - I wonder why?
Because they know if they whined as much as they do here, they'd probably be beheaded.
CONservative GovernMENt

United States

#24 Feb 21, 2008
Kill Whitey wrote:
Whats there to clarify? She said she hates her country like all good Democrats do.
Of course if you don't go along with the company line you obviously hate your country. Did you hate America during the Clinton years or just his policies? Love and respect your country, but dont think the people who run have done and can do no wrong.
HT Springer

Williston, ND

#25 Feb 21, 2008
Democrats hate America. They hate the Constitution, they hate capitalism,... they hate Christianity. The love pornography, abortion, homosexuality, and drugs. Anything that is good they despise. Anything that is evil they embrace.
proudredneck

Mesa, AZ

#26 Feb 21, 2008
WHICH IS WHICH ??? OBAMA or OSAMA

One is a crafty charasmatic manipulative person of questionable pedigree who uses coercive psychology to induce people to obey him and the other is a Muslim Jihadist.
HT Springer

Williston, ND

#27 Feb 21, 2008
AAAARRRRGGHH wrote:
<quoted text>
Obama's mother IS a caucasian... it's not just that he's a light-skinned black. He is half-white. I don't care either way, but it seems a lot of people don't know. I'm not directing this at you specifically.
What is Obama "black"? He's apparently just as "white" as he is "black".

“Did U plug the damn hole yet?”

Since: Jan 08

Dallas, TX

#28 Feb 21, 2008
Mo Lubee wrote:
<quoted text>

Obama is a candidate who happens to be Black, and I'm voting for him because of his class, his beliefs, his enthusiasm and his ability; color doesn't enter into the picture.
Color may be important when you buy a car, but it shouldn't be when judging people.
Mo,

Does that mean you think it would be wrong to not vote for Obama because he is black?

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