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Clinton Cites Husband's Record, 'Heart' on Race

By Perry Bacon Jr.
NEW ORLEANS -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton acknowledged Saturday night that her husband may have offended some African Americans with his comments last month about Sen. Barack Obama's candidacy, but she said that Bill Clinton's record on race relations and "his heart" attest to his good intentions.

Clinton was asked about her husband's comments by broadcaster Tavis Smiley at the annual "State of the Black Union" conference, which drew thousands to the Morial Convention Center.

"If anyone was offended by anything that was said, whether it was meant or not, whether it was misinterpreted or not, then obviously I regret that," Clinton responded.

But she added, "My husband apologized for slavery. My husband mended, so as to avoid ending, affirmative action. My husband had in his White House, his Cabinet, his administration, many of you who I see here in either full-time or advisory positions."

"There are a number of people who here today who know him personally and know his heart," Clinton said.

Bill Clinton drew sharp criticism last month from African Americans both before and after the South Carolina primary. He said in New Hampshire, "This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen," in referring to Obama's antiwar bona fides, but the remark was heard by many to be a broader slap at Obama's chances. And after Hillary Clinton lost in South Carolina, some thought her husband dismissed the result in racial terms when he said, "Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in '84 and '88. Jackson ran a good campaign. And Obama ran a good campaign here."

Clinton aides said Smiley had invited her several weeks ago to the forum, and she came despite a hectic schedule where she is competing in Ohio and Texas.

Obama did not attend, citing campaign events in primary states. That earned him a scolding from Smiley earlier this week.

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Posted by: zxevil193 | April 9, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

""This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen," in referring to Obama's antiwar bona fides, but the remark was heard by many to be a broader slap at Obama's chances."

How in the world does that happen?

Posted by: zukermand | February 25, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Just tell me this: why is Hillary Clinton being burned at the stake because Bill Clinton said the obvious: That the African American voting block is a powerful and unified one that historically has supported black candidates. If anything, Bill was testifying to the power of the black vote! That's not an insult - that is a statement of how much solidarity black voters have!

When women support one of their own in the same way that black folks do, female candidates prevail.

So come on ladies: vote the way you really want to. Beyond all the crap the world feeds to you about this brave and stong woman, you know the truth. She's going to make a fine, fine President. There's always going to be a million excuses floating around out there that you could make to cut her down and doubt her. All of us women deal with that nonsense all the time. But when you see someone fighting and standing firm like she is, don't you just want to throw off all that nonsense and go with your heart AND your mind, just once, based on YOUR dreams, not the crap everyone else tries to feed you?

NOW is the time:
Hillary Clinton for PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Ah, the beauty and power of those words......

Posted by: syoung1 | February 24, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

What about the $1300 bill for Dunkin Donuts.

Her consultants and Advisors should all be fired. No wonder she had to borrow money from her pwn pocket.

please don't leave out the large bills for flying her camera people on one plan and her fan club on another plan.

HER SPENDING IS OUT OF CONTROL. THE BUDGET IS ALREADY WACKED OUT OF SHAPE AND SHE WILL CONTRIBUTE A BIGGER DEFICIT.

NO TO HILLARY AND BILLARY.

Posted by: MONET768 | February 24, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

HILLARY'S RESPONSE TO TRAVIS SMILEY'S QUESTION WAS UNEXCEPTABLE.
DO HILLARY AND BILLARY REALLY FEEL BECAUSE THEY EMPLOYED AFRICAN AMERICAN'S DURNING HIS PRESIDENCY THAT IT'S OK TO MAKE OFFENSIVE COMMENTS ON T.V. IF WALL'S COULD TALK WHAT DO THEY SAY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. IT'S NOT ABOUT MEETING YOUR HIRING QUOTE FOR MINORITIES.

HOW OFTEN DO PEOPLE OF WHITE AMERICA MAKE RACIAL COMMENTS AND THEN JUSTIFY THE NASTY COMMENTS BY SAYING, I'M NOT RACIST "MY ROOMMATE IN COLLEGE WAS BLACK" TRUE SIGN OF RACISM OR JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE
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Posted by: MONET768 | February 24, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

who xeroxes in this century beside Hillary's overpriced speechwriters?


LMAO that was straight from the 80's when Xerox was the only company that made copiers.

She has paid her speach writer 100 million dollar so far. I think she is being ripped off. What do you think. She cant control her money so why should we trust her to balance the budget.

Posted by: MsRita | February 24, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton can't win the Presidency against McCain. Many of her positions over the past 20 years have resulted in her being called "bush lite". She was pro NAFTA, WTO and CAFTA until she started running for President, and she voted for Iraq and the surge and don't think McCain won't point those things out.

Between Hillary support and the stupid NY Times article, I, an Independent white woman who would vote for Obama if you were only smart enough to make him the candidate, see this as the Democrats shooting themselves in the foot once again, and I am beginning to believe the Democratic party really does have a death wish.

I won't vote for Hillary, I will vote for McCain over her, as will a majority of Independents. Her attacks on Obama helped me to remember the 90s and just how much I don't like her or think she has changed at all. She is not qualified to be President because her husband was, do people get to be CEO because their husband was?

She does not have a lot of "real" experience, and what she does have "health care" is a failure, she has little actual relevant experience to produce positive results to run on. But, she has a lot McCain can attack her on, it will be so easy to show she changed her positions right when she started running for President.

I also do not respect that she stood by her philandering husband in order to further her ambitions.

Most Republicans I know want Hillary to be the candidate because they know they can beat her.

The more things change, the more they stay the same, don't you Democrats ever learn?

Do you really think you can win the election if the Independents vote against you? Look at the polls, the Independents like McCain over Hillary, but they like Obama over McCain.

Furthermore, Obama was never pro NAFTA, his wife didn't push NAFTA through, he didn't push through CAFTA and the WTO formation and he voted against the Iraq War and the surge, so there is nothing there to be used against him, when it can all be used against Hillary.

Hillary is up to her same old attack dog tactics that are a part of the reason I don't like her, the other being that she is a phoney and will say anything to get what she wants.

I guess you Democrats will get what you deserve if you make Hillary the candidate, namely, President McCain.

Posted by: ctdally | February 24, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse


Their is no reason to apologize, the African American Community is finding a reason to stab the Clintons in the back. The reality and the truth lies in the numbers, I can't remember of any nominee getting 85% of any vote. So what is going is simple, African Americans are voting according to skin color. Not politically correct to have the media report on something like this. So here's the question that no one is asking:

African Americans were never offended by Bill Clinton's comments; this is an excuse for switching sides? Agree or Disagree

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=1774

.

Posted by: jeffboste | February 24, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Got to Politico and view the full text of Michele Obama's racist Princeton thesis. It explains why she's finally proud of America. She's so close to getting the power over whites that she's been seeking for years.

Posted by: brigittepj | February 24, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Talk about words being cheap, none are cheaper than the so called apologies from the Clintons.

The Billary's had a deliberate strategy of trying to marginalize Obama as a "Black" candidate to spread fear in white America so unless she fully acknowledges and assumes personal responsibility for this egregious lapse in moral judgement, she's still full of it.

Posted by: Jeanne1 | February 24, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

We need universal health care in this country.

Millions of Americans lives are at stake.

Its literally a matter of life and death for the uninsured.

We need to make sure every American gets health care when they need it, and preventative care costs less than having people clog emergency rooms.

Pre-natal care has even been shown to reduce crime, because many criminals actually suffer from developmental brain damage.

Hillary Clinton is our one and only path to univeral health care.

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Posted by: svreader | February 24, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Hillary im sorry you are losing. I have to say you are really a class act.

When the officer died escorting you to a Rally you went to the Rally and then went to meet his family. Then left his family to go to your next Rally.

YOU HAVE AN IRON HEART!

When dont want you and Bill the Cheater in the White House. Maybe we will hear about your affair with your Assistant when you get their and with that said you sould just drop out.


This should not have been this hard with all your experience and everything.

If you run the White House like you ran you campain we will all be dead. America will no longer exist.

Posted by: MsRita | February 24, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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WHY ISN'T CHELSEA FIGHTING IN IRAQ ??


Hillary voted for the WAR !

Why isn't Chelsea fighting in Iraq?

The Clintons (like Bush) seem to think it's OK to vote for wars
(as long as other parents' children die in them!)

I VOTE OBAMA ! !
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Posted by: campaigndiaries | February 24, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

By your invective, your inside gets exposed. Once exposed, you are identified forever. Minds are razor sharp and can see through the smoke and dust before they clear out. The problem with senility is - it is very much like night-walking or driving in zero-visibility. You don't realize what you bump into next. Your reflexes are low.

Can't imagine, I was a speechless admirer for years of the ex-President for his razor-sharp mind and succinct tongue-in-cheeks. Gone with the wind.

Mother Nature is a great equalizer and operates in perfect equity, freedom and justice.

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Posted by: steveboyington | February 24, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

apparently hillary still don't get it there are a new breed of black voters in the age range of twenties and thirties.they are not listening to the older generation black politician who in the past can declare his support for a white candidate and all his constituents fell in line and cast their votes accordingly.these old heads that served in the clinton administration,the only weight they carry is that's lined in their pockets.they benefitted and failed to spread the wealth among their constituents/supporters.

Posted by: ronaldtennillegeorgia1 | February 24, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

I find the superficial approach to the election of a President to be astounding. (As I did in the last two elections, too.)
1. Hillary Clinton understands that we are a global community and we were before NAFTA. She understands that we can not stop that. She also understands that the full NAFTA plan was not implemented, once Bill left the White House. And she knows Al was going to finish the implementation of that plan -- share our policies or we can't work with you;
2. Hillary Clinton did not vote to go to war in Iraq. She gave a President the power to decide that as a last resort and she made her intention. There was no reason for an honest President not to have that power. Bush misused it and the blam lies with him, not her.
But, as we have seen before, for way too many, the facts will not get in the way.
So much of America has lost its ability to read and to make intelligent, informed decisions -- it's frightening.
The good news is that this time -- at least it is a Democrat most voters want to have a beer with. And of course, Obama is a good man with good intentions and if he does win -- which has not been decided, yet, we will be better off than we have been with Bush. We just won't be as better off as we will be in the smartest and toughest candidate wins. Having said all of that, it will be what it will be. It's just a shame that it will be based on charisma and not competence.

Posted by: gkmtn | February 24, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

OBAMAS RECORD OF SUCCESS! He voted against requiring medical care for aborted fetuses who survive. Abortion opponents see Obama's vote on medical care for aborted fetuses as a refusal to protect the helpless. Some have even accused him of supporting infanticide. He supported allowing retired police officers to carry concealed weapons, but opposed allowing people to use banned handguns to defend against intruders in their homes. And the list of sensitive topics goes on. With only a slim, two-year record in the U.S. Senate, Obama doesn't have many controversial congressional votes which political opponents can frame into attack ads. But his eight years as an Illinois state senator are sprinkled with potentially explosive land mines, such as his abortion and gun control votes. recent land purchase from a political supporter who is facing charges in an unrelated kickback scheme involving investment firms seeking state business. Obama has no substance. He has provided no solutions.
Obama voted for one of Bush's top priorities - expanding Nafta to South America - even as President Bush obstructed all the top Democratic priorities. Obama voted with Bush to make it harder for ordinary people to hold big corporations accountable when they do things like sell toxic toys, poisonous pet food, human food or just plain rip you off. ( See why China likes Obama) Obama also the Senate's biggest Democratic advocate of subsidies for liquid coal, even though liquid coal produces twice the global warming pollution of the crude oil it's meant to replace and voted for increased subsidiesObama said he goofed on votes angered fellow Democrats in the Senate when he voted to strip millions of dollars from a child welfare office on Chicago's West Side. But Obama had a ready explanation: He goofed!
Also announced he had fumbled an election-reform vote the day before, on a measure that passed 51 to 6. The next day, he acknowledged voting "present" on a key telecommunications vote. He stood on March 11, 1999, to take back his vote against legislation to end good-behavior credits for certain felons in county jails. "I pressed the wrong button on that," he said. Obama was the lone dissenter on Feb. 24, 2000, against 57 yeas for a ban on human cloning. "I pressed the wrong button by accident," he said.

But two of Obama's bumbles came on more-sensitive topics, he backed legislation to permit riverboat casinos to operate even when the boats were dockside.

The measure, pushed by the gambling industry and fought by church groups whose support Obama was seeking, passed with two "yeas" to spare -- including Obama's. Moments after its passage he rose to say, explaining that he had mistakenly voted for it.

Obama would later develop a reputation as a critic of the gambling industry, and he voted against a similar measure two years later. But he was clearly confused about how to handle the issue at the time of his first vote, telling a church group that he was "undecided" about whether he backed an expansion of riverboat gambling. And, months earlier, he had voted in favor of a version of the bill.

Obama's vote sparked a confrontation after he joined Republicans to block Democrats trying to override a veto by GOP Gov. George Ryan of a $2-million allotment for the west Chicago child welfare office. being responsible," said Sen. Rickey Hendon, accusing Obama of voting to close the child welfare office.Obama replied "I understand Sen. Hendon's anger, I was not aware that I had voted no on that piece of legislation.

He voted against requiring medical care for aborted fetuses who survive. Abortion opponents see Obama's vote on medical care for aborted fetuses as a refusal to protect the helpless. Some have even accused him of supporting infanticide.
Striking similarities between Barack Obama's words and those of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick during his 2006 election campaign have raised eyebrows and attracted traffic on YouTube. The stump speech Barack Obama has been giving aimed at convincing voters that his campaign is not just about lofty rhetoric -- is from Patrick, Obama's campaign acknowledged over the weekend.


Posted by: dyck21005 | February 24, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA LOOSES JOBS FOR MINORITIES
Ms. Obama, VP Chicago Hosp, that charges minorities 6 times as much, isn't cold hearted enough; she also caused hundreds to loose their 11.hr jobs, to be more efficient she said! In 05, elected to the BOD Westchester-based TreeHouse Foods, she received $12,000 and $33,000 from a subsidiaries, in Nov announced closing its La Junta, plant, that claimed the jobs of 153 workers, most of them Hispanic! Huge blow to a rural town jobs paid a starting wage of $11hr, Company pays top execs like MICHELLE OBAMA tens of millions a year while destroying middle-class America. Raises the question not only about corporate values but about Barrack Obama's own values. Specifically, while he bashes Wal-Mart, why does his wife, make $45,000 and up a year serving on the board of Chicago comp that pays her a very hefty amount of money while laying off mostly minority workers in economically deprived areas? No. 1 customer is Wal-Mart???
Obamas attack on middle class and minorities- The Crowns and employees of their family-run holding company have given at least $195,000 to Obama's presidential campaign. Maytag shut the Galesburg plant after Labor Day 2004 Union member say senator did little to save jobs in the blue-collar town of 37,000. Obama connection to Maytag: Lester Crown, company's director's records show, has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Obama's campaigns. Maytag shut the Galesburg plant after Labor Day 2004.
Black voters are choosing black candidate based on skin color not merit and not what he can do to help our failing country. What a serious shame...we are giving away another election. Thank the media! Obamas speeches address just black voters. The same person who claims he is not running on race? It sure isn't experience or who is best to run this country. Don't believe it will work in the general election He truly had divided voters since SC win. No one is so naive as not to think that black resentment towards whites could render Senator Obama unelectable. NOW IT'S TIME FOR THE MEDIA TO SCRUTINIZE OBAMA LIKE THEY HAVE DONE TO EVERYOTHER NON-BLACK CANDIDATE. MEDIA HAS FAILED AMERICAN VOTERS

Posted by: dyck21005 | February 24, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

The Home Stretch- Hillary's Personal Alamo:
http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=53

Clinton has a lot of work to do.

Posted by: davidmwe | February 24, 2008 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Copy Cat Clinton

For a woman who has never been accused of creativity or possessed an original thought this statement is truly ludicrous. Not only has she 'cut and pasted'* dialogue and ideas she has based her political life and campaign on the experience of another. No candidate for president has ever entered the race with more advantages and taken less advantage of them. The mistakes made under her command has morphed the Clinton machine into the Keystone Kops. yet in spite of all this duplicity, indecisiveness, and disingeniousness she would still be the nominee if she were running against anyone but Barack Obama.


* who xeroxes in this century beside Hillary's overpriced speechwriters?

Posted by: jganymede | February 24, 2008 6:46 AM | Report abuse

You are half right: She will say and do anything, but she will not win the nomination. Nevermind the election. How it must eat at her that it's not the R's putting a stop to her!

Posted by: gmundenat | February 24, 2008 6:32 AM | Report abuse

"Everybody in politics lies, but the Clintons do it with such ease" -- David Geffen

Posted by: zb95 | February 24, 2008 6:28 AM | Report abuse

This woman will say and do anything to win this election. Utterly pathetic.

Posted by: zb95 | February 24, 2008 6:25 AM | Report abuse

ttmjcij: Yes! And your job will soon be sold out overseas like our jobs.My wife,right after she witnessed the signing of NAFTA at the White House,her job was sold to China,after working for that company for 18 years. And last year January my job was exported to Canada after working for that company for 19 years. Thanks to the Clintons.

Posted by: ds_cenpak | February 24, 2008 3:19 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone see the last debate? I used to be an Obama supporter until I "saw" President Hillary Clinton speak so perfectly clear, truthful and heartfelt. Hillary, you have my vote. You made me so proud the other night I nearly cried. I was raised in a house and a time when women were expected to cook, clean and raise the children. Now I am beyond thrilled to see a country where a WOMAN will lead not only America, but the planet earth. It is so crystal clear to me now that what this country needs more than ever is a "woman's touch". Give her a chance. She will pave the way for humanity far into the future for our only home, earth. I believe that Hillary Clinton will go down in history as America's greatest leader, ever!

Posted by: ttmjcij | February 24, 2008 2:33 AM | Report abuse

Oh yes, Michelle Malkin, the darling of FOX News and substitute host for Bill O'Reilly.

Michelle Malkin, who defends the Japanese internment camps of WWII.

Bronwyn Lance Chester, an editorial writer at The Virginian-Pilot, stated in November 2004 when the newspaper dropped Malkin's column that Malkin "habitually mistakes shrill for thought-provoking and substitutes screaming for discussion. She's an Asian Ann Coulter. ... She's the worst of what's wrong with punditry today. She adds absolutely nothing to genuine political discourse."

Another class act.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 24, 2008 2:12 AM | Report abuse

This is unbelievable?! The point is: Mrs. Clinton took the time and kept her promise to attend one of the most important (if not the most important) events for African American while Mr. Obama allocated his time more strategically since he is confident that he already pocketed the black votes.

I think it is sad that when someone, like Mr. and Mrs. Clinton who work so hard and care so much for racial justice, are shut out and put down simply because they are not black. Come on! Bill Clinton issued the first executive order to mandate environmental hazard analysis (i.e., garbage dumps in neighborhood) must be done in connection with racial background to mainly protect low-income black communities from being disadvantaged.

Please stop this nonsense! Hillary Clinton will make a fabulous president for all Americans!

Posted by: lochness119 | February 24, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Sorry alyceclover, was history irrelevant to the Japanese internees who fought for 50 years to get an apology for that injustice? Do things become irrelevant just because the principals die off when the living have to make their way in world that was left to them by the precdeing generations? Chase Manhattan is still getting rich off the capital they raised from investing in the slave traders and plantation owners, while generations of African Americans were locked in the poverty they inherited after slavery and Jim Crow is a part of this. Not something separate. America's riches were built on the slave system in the south and the investment and textile industries in the north which supported it. It's not a southern issue; it's a national issue. We have never made a significant extent to address or redress this. It's an uncomfortable issue but not a dead one. It's always easy for the winner to say "can't we just get past this?" It's not so easy for those who suffer under the repurcussions for generations. BTW, real apologies must include some effort at redress.

cfc

Posted by: carlsonchaf | February 24, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse


Michelle Obama's America -- And Mine
By Michelle Malkin
February 20, 2008
Like Michelle Obama, I am a "woman of color." Like Michelle Obama, I am a working mother of two young children. Like Michelle Obama, I am a member of the 13th generation of Americans born since the founding of our great nation.
Unlike Michelle Obama, I can't keep track of the number of times I've been proud -- really proud -- of my country since I was born and privileged to live in it.
At a speech in Milwaukee this week on behalf of her husband's Democratic presidential campaign, Mrs. Obama remarked, "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."
Mrs. Obama's statement was met with warm applause from other Barack supporters who have apparently also been devoid of pride in their country for their adult lifetimes. Or maybe it was just a Pavlovian response to the word "change." What a sad, empty, narcissistic, ungrateful, unthinking lot.
I'm just seven years younger than Mrs. Obama. We've grown up and lived in the same era. And yet, her self-absorbed attitude is completely foreign to me. What planet is she living on? Since when was now the only time the American people have ever been "hungry for change"? Michelle, ma belle, Barack is not the center of the universe. Newsflash: The Obamas did not invent "change" any more than Hillary invented "leadership" or John McCain invented "straight talk."
We were both adults when the Berlin Wall fell, Michelle. That was earth-shattering change.
We've lived through two decades' worth of peaceful, if contentious election cycles under the rule of law, which have brought about "change" and upheaval, both good and bad.
We were adults through several launches of the space shuttle, in case you were snoozing. And as adults, we've witnessed and benefited from dizzyingly rapid advances in technology, communications, science and medicine pioneered by American entrepreneurs who yearned to change the world and succeeded. You want "change"? Go ask the patients whose lives have been improved and extended by American pharmaceutical companies that have flourished under the best economic system in the world.
If American ingenuity, a robust constitutional republic and the fall of communism don't do it for you, hon, then how about American heroism and sacrifice?
How about every Memorial Day? Every Veterans Day? Every Independence Day? Every Medal of Honor ceremony? Has she never attended a welcome home ceremony for the troops?
For me, there's the thrill of the Blue Angels roaring over cloudless skies. And the somber awe felt amid the hallowed waters that surround the sunken U.S.S. Arizona at the Pearl Harbor memorial.
Every naturalization ceremony I've attended, where hundreds of new Americans raised their hands to swear an oath of allegiance to this land of liberty, has been a moment of pride for me. So have the awesome displays of American compassion at home and around the world. When millions of Americans rallied to help victims of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia -- including members of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group that sped from Hong Kong to assist survivors -- my heart filled with pride. It did again when the citizens of Houston opened their arms to Hurricane Katrina victims and folks across the country rushed to their churches, and Salvation Army and Red Cross offices to volunteer.

Posted by: sunrise41510 | February 24, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse


Michelle Obama's America -- And Mine
By Michelle Malkin
February 20, 2008
Like Michelle Obama, I am a "woman of color." Like Michelle Obama, I am a working mother of two young children. Like Michelle Obama, I am a member of the 13th generation of Americans born since the founding of our great nation.
Unlike Michelle Obama, I can't keep track of the number of times I've been proud -- really proud -- of my country since I was born and privileged to live in it.
At a speech in Milwaukee this week on behalf of her husband's Democratic presidential campaign, Mrs. Obama remarked, "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."
Mrs. Obama's statement was met with warm applause from other Barack supporters who have apparently also been devoid of pride in their country for their adult lifetimes. Or maybe it was just a Pavlovian response to the word "change." What a sad, empty, narcissistic, ungrateful, unthinking lot.
I'm just seven years younger than Mrs. Obama. We've grown up and lived in the same era. And yet, her self-absorbed attitude is completely foreign to me. What planet is she living on? Since when was now the only time the American people have ever been "hungry for change"? Michelle, ma belle, Barack is not the center of the universe. Newsflash: The Obamas did not invent "change" any more than Hillary invented "leadership" or John McCain invented "straight talk."
We were both adults when the Berlin Wall fell, Michelle. That was earth-shattering change.
We've lived through two decades' worth of peaceful, if contentious election cycles under the rule of law, which have brought about "change" and upheaval, both good and bad.
We were adults through several launches of the space shuttle, in case you were snoozing. And as adults, we've witnessed and benefited from dizzyingly rapid advances in technology, communications, science and medicine pioneered by American entrepreneurs who yearned to change the world and succeeded. You want "change"? Go ask the patients whose lives have been improved and extended by American pharmaceutical companies that have flourished under the best economic system in the world.
If American ingenuity, a robust constitutional republic and the fall of communism don't do it for you, hon, then how about American heroism and sacrifice?
How about every Memorial Day? Every Veterans Day? Every Independence Day? Every Medal of Honor ceremony? Has she never attended a welcome home ceremony for the troops?
For me, there's the thrill of the Blue Angels roaring over cloudless skies. And the somber awe felt amid the hallowed waters that surround the sunken U.S.S. Arizona at the Pearl Harbor memorial.
Every naturalization ceremony I've attended, where hundreds of new Americans raised their hands to swear an oath of allegiance to this land of liberty, has been a moment of pride for me. So have the awesome displays of American compassion at home and around the world. When millions of Americans rallied to help victims of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia -- including members of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group that sped from Hong Kong to assist survivors -- my heart filled with pride. It did again when the citizens of Houston opened their arms to Hurricane Katrina victims and folks across the country rushed to their churches, and Salvation Army and Red Cross offices to volunteer.

Posted by: sunrise41510 | February 24, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse


Michelle Obama's America -- And Mine
By Michelle Malkin
February 20, 2008
Like Michelle Obama, I am a "woman of color." Like Michelle Obama, I am a working mother of two young children. Like Michelle Obama, I am a member of the 13th generation of Americans born since the founding of our great nation.
Unlike Michelle Obama, I can't keep track of the number of times I've been proud -- really proud -- of my country since I was born and privileged to live in it.
At a speech in Milwaukee this week on behalf of her husband's Democratic presidential campaign, Mrs. Obama remarked, "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."
Mrs. Obama's statement was met with warm applause from other Barack supporters who have apparently also been devoid of pride in their country for their adult lifetimes. Or maybe it was just a Pavlovian response to the word "change." What a sad, empty, narcissistic, ungrateful, unthinking lot.
I'm just seven years younger than Mrs. Obama. We've grown up and lived in the same era. And yet, her self-absorbed attitude is completely foreign to me. What planet is she living on? Since when was now the only time the American people have ever been "hungry for change"? Michelle, ma belle, Barack is not the center of the universe. Newsflash: The Obamas did not invent "change" any more than Hillary invented "leadership" or John McCain invented "straight talk."
We were both adults when the Berlin Wall fell, Michelle. That was earth-shattering change.
We've lived through two decades' worth of peaceful, if contentious election cycles under the rule of law, which have brought about "change" and upheaval, both good and bad.
We were adults through several launches of the space shuttle, in case you were snoozing. And as adults, we've witnessed and benefited from dizzyingly rapid advances in technology, communications, science and medicine pioneered by American entrepreneurs who yearned to change the world and succeeded. You want "change"? Go ask the patients whose lives have been improved and extended by American pharmaceutical companies that have flourished under the best economic system in the world.
If American ingenuity, a robust constitutional republic and the fall of communism don't do it for you, hon, then how about American heroism and sacrifice?
How about every Memorial Day? Every Veterans Day? Every Independence Day? Every Medal of Honor ceremony? Has she never attended a welcome home ceremony for the troops?
For me, there's the thrill of the Blue Angels roaring over cloudless skies. And the somber awe felt amid the hallowed waters that surround the sunken U.S.S. Arizona at the Pearl Harbor memorial.
Every naturalization ceremony I've attended, where hundreds of new Americans raised their hands to swear an oath of allegiance to this land of liberty, has been a moment of pride for me. So have the awesome displays of American compassion at home and around the world. When millions of Americans rallied to help victims of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia -- including members of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group that sped from Hong Kong to assist survivors -- my heart filled with pride. It did again when the citizens of Houston opened their arms to Hurricane Katrina victims and folks across the country rushed to their churches, and Salvation Army and Red Cross offices to volunteer.

Posted by: sunrise41510 | February 24, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse


Michelle Obama's America -- And Mine
By Michelle Malkin
February 20, 2008
Like Michelle Obama, I am a "woman of color." Like Michelle Obama, I am a working mother of two young children. Like Michelle Obama, I am a member of the 13th generation of Americans born since the founding of our great nation.
Unlike Michelle Obama, I can't keep track of the number of times I've been proud -- really proud -- of my country since I was born and privileged to live in it.
At a speech in Milwaukee this week on behalf of her husband's Democratic presidential campaign, Mrs. Obama remarked, "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."
Mrs. Obama's statement was met with warm applause from other Barack supporters who have apparently also been devoid of pride in their country for their adult lifetimes. Or maybe it was just a Pavlovian response to the word "change." What a sad, empty, narcissistic, ungrateful, unthinking lot.
I'm just seven years younger than Mrs. Obama. We've grown up and lived in the same era. And yet, her self-absorbed attitude is completely foreign to me. What planet is she living on? Since when was now the only time the American people have ever been "hungry for change"? Michelle, ma belle, Barack is not the center of the universe. Newsflash: The Obamas did not invent "change" any more than Hillary invented "leadership" or John McCain invented "straight talk."
We were both adults when the Berlin Wall fell, Michelle. That was earth-shattering change.
We've lived through two decades' worth of peaceful, if contentious election cycles under the rule of law, which have brought about "change" and upheaval, both good and bad.
We were adults through several launches of the space shuttle, in case you were snoozing. And as adults, we've witnessed and benefited from dizzyingly rapid advances in technology, communications, science and medicine pioneered by American entrepreneurs who yearned to change the world and succeeded. You want "change"? Go ask the patients whose lives have been improved and extended by American pharmaceutical companies that have flourished under the best economic system in the world.
If American ingenuity, a robust constitutional republic and the fall of communism don't do it for you, hon, then how about American heroism and sacrifice?
How about every Memorial Day? Every Veterans Day? Every Independence Day? Every Medal of Honor ceremony? Has she never attended a welcome home ceremony for the troops?
For me, there's the thrill of the Blue Angels roaring over cloudless skies. And the somber awe felt amid the hallowed waters that surround the sunken U.S.S. Arizona at the Pearl Harbor memorial.
Every naturalization ceremony I've attended, where hundreds of new Americans raised their hands to swear an oath of allegiance to this land of liberty, has been a moment of pride for me. So have the awesome displays of American compassion at home and around the world. When millions of Americans rallied to help victims of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia -- including members of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group that sped from Hong Kong to assist survivors -- my heart filled with pride. It did again when the citizens of Houston opened their arms to Hurricane Katrina victims and folks across the country rushed to their churches, and Salvation Army and Red Cross offices to volunteer.

Posted by: sunrise41510 | February 24, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse


Michelle Obama's America -- And Mine
By Michelle Malkin
February 20, 2008
Like Michelle Obama, I am a "woman of color." Like Michelle Obama, I am a working mother of two young children. Like Michelle Obama, I am a member of the 13th generation of Americans born since the founding of our great nation.
Unlike Michelle Obama, I can't keep track of the number of times I've been proud -- really proud -- of my country since I was born and privileged to live in it.
At a speech in Milwaukee this week on behalf of her husband's Democratic presidential campaign, Mrs. Obama remarked, "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."
Mrs. Obama's statement was met with warm applause from other Barack supporters who have apparently also been devoid of pride in their country for their adult lifetimes. Or maybe it was just a Pavlovian response to the word "change." What a sad, empty, narcissistic, ungrateful, unthinking lot.
I'm just seven years younger than Mrs. Obama. We've grown up and lived in the same era. And yet, her self-absorbed attitude is completely foreign to me. What planet is she living on? Since when was now the only time the American people have ever been "hungry for change"? Michelle, ma belle, Barack is not the center of the universe. Newsflash: The Obamas did not invent "change" any more than Hillary invented "leadership" or John McCain invented "straight talk."
We were both adults when the Berlin Wall fell, Michelle. That was earth-shattering change.
We've lived through two decades' worth of peaceful, if contentious election cycles under the rule of law, which have brought about "change" and upheaval, both good and bad.
We were adults through several launches of the space shuttle, in case you were snoozing. And as adults, we've witnessed and benefited from dizzyingly rapid advances in technology, communications, science and medicine pioneered by American entrepreneurs who yearned to change the world and succeeded. You want "change"? Go ask the patients whose lives have been improved and extended by American pharmaceutical companies that have flourished under the best economic system in the world.
If American ingenuity, a robust constitutional republic and the fall of communism don't do it for you, hon, then how about American heroism and sacrifice?
How about every Memorial Day? Every Veterans Day? Every Independence Day? Every Medal of Honor ceremony? Has she never attended a welcome home ceremony for the troops?
For me, there's the thrill of the Blue Angels roaring over cloudless skies. And the somber awe felt amid the hallowed waters that surround the sunken U.S.S. Arizona at the Pearl Harbor memorial.
Every naturalization ceremony I've attended, where hundreds of new Americans raised their hands to swear an oath of allegiance to this land of liberty, has been a moment of pride for me. So have the awesome displays of American compassion at home and around the world. When millions of Americans rallied to help victims of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia -- including members of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group that sped from Hong Kong to assist survivors -- my heart filled with pride. It did again when the citizens of Houston opened their arms to Hurricane Katrina victims and folks across the country rushed to their churches, and Salvation Army and Red Cross offices to volunteer.

Posted by: sunrise41510 | February 24, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Are we all agreed that going into Iran with McCain or Clinton is a great idea? I will not vote for a carbon copy 1990s "co-presidency". Bill hand his two terms and it seems against the law to give him a 3rd one. Lied under oath to the Supreme Court. Shows his integrity and how serious he took the job. Who are these people voting for her? She seems to have lost her mind and them too.

Dubai, Dubai, Dubai. Clinton millions. She cites GWB but forgets to mention her own conflict of interest. Bomb Iran, bring back the draft, garnish wages and do not complain~you all voted for it, if you voted for her.

I do not get this "apologize for slavery". Is anyone alive today that had a hand in that? How can someone apologize for someone else's misdeeds. How about a thank you for all those who lost their lives because the Southerners did not want to let their slaves go. Let the South and their today's Confederate flag apologize for all their sins of last century and today. I do agree Sandra Day O'Connor owes one.

Posted by: alyceclover | February 24, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

There is no "them" on your ballot - only one name appears, and no one can elect "Bill and Hillary".

The idea that having Hillary in the White House is the same as having Bill back is naive.

If you take Bill out of the equation (as any rational person must), just exactly who is Hillary the candidate?

She lived in the White House with her husband.
George II lived in the White House with his father.

She helped her husband the President.
George II helped his father the President.

She wants to be President.
George II wanted to be President.

She thinks she deserves it.
George II thought he deserved it.

I want change in Washington.
Real Change.

Posted by: oregontrail1852 | February 24, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton got very good at apologizing for things while he was in the White House after the fact - Lewinsky, Rwanda, Etc. Should we expect more of the same from Hillary? Actually, I don't think so. What she seemed to learn from Bill was to never admit you made a mistake, which is essentially a Bush/Rove tactic for election/reelection. I don't think we need this again. On the other hand, if she would learn some of Bill's skills in making an apology, maybe she would be the perfect president to finally apologize which I believe must be done some day. I'm voting Obama, though he is probably not the person who will be able to finally make an effective public apology for slavery for obvious reasons. A black man apologizing for the actions of white supremacist government would just be too postmodern. It's a shame, but that may have to wait another eight years unless Congress gets a conscience.

cfc

Posted by: carlsonchaf | February 24, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

There is no "them" on your ballot - only one name appears, and no one can elect "Bill and Hillary".

The idea that having Hillary in the White House is the same as having Bill back is naive. If she were elected, and Bill were to be taken ill with, for example, a heart attack, there would be no "Bill and Hillary" behind the desk in the oval office - just Hillary.

If their marriage underwent another unexpected event, and this time ended in divorce, there would be no Bill in the White House.

If you take Bill out of the equation (as any rational person must), just exactly who is Hillary the candidate?

She lived in the White House.
Dubya said he lived in the White House.

She helped her husband the President.
Dubya helped his father the President.

She wants to be President.
Dubya wanted to be President.

She thinks she deserves it.
Dubya thought he deserved it.

I want change in Washington.
Real Change.

Posted by: oregontrail1852 | February 24, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

One can't fault Bill for defending his life partner during this whole ordeal but neither of those two should expect the country to accept silly statements because he, "apologized for slavery". We are still held accountable when we place our foot in our mouths. That goes for Obama, mcCain or the Clintons. I don't doubt Hillary's passion or love for this great nation, but if she's going to ride Bill's coattails, she's going to suffer the consequences from all of his missteps as well.

Posted by: nurseypie | February 24, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

The Clintons tend to eat their young. They only care about themselves and not the party.

Posted by: mydustymusic | February 24, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight: She wants credit for her husband's administration, but does not agree with NAFTA while she happens to be campaigning in Ohio? Go home Hillary, you are hurting the party. Or do you care?

Posted by: gmundenat | February 24, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

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