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Michelle Obama Owned Her Moment

I confess that when Michelle Obama was speaking last night, I wasn’t thinking about the political impact her words might have on white, left-handed working-class registered independents in the lower Rust Belt (or was it the upper Rust Belt I was supposed to be worrying about?) who voted for Hillary Clinton and say they’ll vote for Barack Obama but first want to see some specific display of body language from his spouse.

I thought about my wife, and my mother, and my sister -- and I tried to appreciate what a moment that was for black women in this country.

The image issue for African American women is different from that faced by African American men, but no less complicated. Early in the primary season, I asked a white acquaintance whom she liked on the Democratic side. “I like Obama, but not his wife,” she said. “She looks mean.” I didn’t know what to make of that, because I don’t see “mean” when I look at Michelle Obama. I see confidence, accomplishment and, yes, strength -- but, somehow, “strong” gets turned into a pejorative when applied to black women. The word is used to imply “intimidating.”

I don’t get it. Look At Cindy McCain. She’s the one who brought the money to the marriage. She’s the one who seems to make the financial decisions for the couple -- to the extent that John McCain can’t even be sure how many homes he owns. She’s smart and opinionated. But nobody’s clamoring for her to give a performance at the Republican convention next week that makes her seem softer and more approachable. Is it that she more closely fits some agreed-upon notion of what a political spouse should look like?

I suspect that’s the case, and I suspect there’s a generational issue in addition to a racial issue. No matter: Michelle Obama owned her moment Monday night. She owned the Democratic National Convention with a performance that was poised, purposeful and proud. She is imposingly tall, but no one could make her stoop.

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Eugene Robinson was live online today to answer questions about the convention. Here's the transcript.

By Eugene Robinson  | August 26, 2008; 12:35 PM ET
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I had the same feeling. While I focused on whether she was accomplishing the goal political pundits set for her, I too thought about my mother and the women in my family, and the struggles we went through. Then I realized that if most Americans reacted in similar fashion, she accomplished the goal. She was wonderful!

Posted by: LAB | August 26, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

i find it interesting that Mr. Robinson is pointing out how soem people veiwed Michelle Obama as mean. I agree Michelle Obama is not mean and is even likable. The same is true of Hillary Clinton. The press and other pundants made Hillary out to be mean. Where were you then Mr. Robinson? Why were you not saying that Hillary Clinton isn't mean. Don't tell me the answer becasue I already know why you didn't defend Hillary and are defending Michelle. Was an African American male more intin=midated by a strong white women then a strong black women? Only you know the answer or maybe you don't even see what is in your own heart. What ever happened to fair and balanced?

Posted by: Political Observer | August 26, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

John can always say the Cindy has done a heckuva job keeping him in beer money.

Posted by: SOB | August 26, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Brava, Michelle Obama. I think she'll be a poised and purposeful first lady who will make America proud.

Posted by: GaryL1 | August 26, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm a white guy raised in WV coal fields. I was a child when the schools were intergrated. Someone blew up our school because of whites and blacks in the same school. I'm blue collar and strong for the Democratic party and I do not not understand my fellow blue collar baby boomer white voters who are undecided about voting for Obama. I'm proud I will be casting my vote for the future of this country. The vote will put many Chistians to the test. Do they belive what we preach. I was proud of Michele last night and proud of my country.

Posted by: Fred | August 26, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson,what did you mean by "...white, left handed working class...?

Posted by: Confused | August 26, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Most of Michelle Obama's speech resonated with me, also. But then, she and her brother spoke yet again about how dribbling a basketball across a court is somehow the measure of person, and gives one insight into a person's character. I can't tell you how much this saddens and infuriates me. For ten years, I have worked with children who are severely disabled -- none of the kids I have taught will ever be able to play basketball. Neither, I suspect, will a lot of the vets who are returning from Iraq with severe and chronic injuries. I'm sick of this "ubermenschen" crap, and I certainly didn't expect to hear it from the family of the Democratic nominee.

Posted by: Special Ed Teacher | August 26, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

For a woman living in a $l.6 million mansion,with a taxpayer funded Harvard education,guarded by taxpayer funded secret-service agents,befriended by the Ted Kennedys (who have 8 houses)to be lauded as a poor-little-minority-girl-who-made-good is a bunch of crap. The tear running down Robinson's face is more of the same.

Posted by: Zaney8 | August 26, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't think that race has been the issue with Michele Obama's "likeability" factor. I think there is still a big issue with women having strong professional roles and opinions distinct from their husbands. The last time we had a first lady who was strong and independent she was crucified. Of course you know who I am speaking of, Hillary Clinton. People Older Americans seem to like the Barbara and Laura Bush types who stand in the shadows of their husband. I think the clock is going to turn that around as the millenial generation begins to vote. At least I hope so and I am 50.

Posted by: LON | August 26, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Eugene,
I definately don't see what you see. I wouldn't say Michelle looks intimidating, not at all. I guess most of us don't see color first -- a black woman -- as it seems you do. You can't compare Michelle to Cindy. They're totally different people -- I'm not talking about the color of their skin. I too was looking at her body language. Listening to her I noticed that Michelle said, "... you see..." a lot and thought she used those words as much as McCain uses "my friend." I didn't hear anything I didn't expect to hear. Michelle's speech didn't change my opinion of her or Obama.

Posted by: 4shelby2 | August 26, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

As a liberal, ivy-educated older white woman, I guess I'd be pegged as both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton supporters, and I do admire both of them. But Michelle Obama is -- at least so far -- the best of the three.

She was extraordinary last night, as warm and wonderful and open and expressive as I had hoped she would be. I cried when she spoke of her father, because she sounded like me missing my father. I cried when the camera focused on her mother, because the pride, love and accomplishment radiating from her reminded me of my late mother. I chuckled at the little girls, especially when Sasha showed off a little once she got hold of the mike. And I grinned when the candidate's face lit up as he saw his lovely family.

The only thing that bothered me is something that's not the Obamas' fault: they have obviously been counseled to downplay their sterling academic credentials, because of the Republicans' attacks on them as elitist. Why should this family have to be apologetic about going to Princeton and Harvard? No one "accused" the Clintons of going to Georgetown, Wellesley and Yale - they were proud of it. How can their opponents get away with casting this family as "too smart" or "too educated"? Is there an intended undertone of "too big for their britches" here? Shame.

Posted by: judym | August 26, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Political Observer:

My recollection of Mr. Robsinson's coverage of Senator Clinton is that he was very positive and stressed the fact that people should appreciate here talents and accomplishments.

Confused:

The reference to "white, left handed working class" was a bit of a satire to highlight how we overanalyse who is supposed to be impacted by things like Mrs. Obama's speech.

Lets skip the red-herrings kids...

Posted by: scott032 | August 26, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama was magnificent. It is now second nature to her to speak well and exude that confidence - all of these are due to her parents who raised her and her brother in old-fashioned American values, her schooling (she obviously applied herself to her studies) and just practicing kindness to people. Michelle is a natural and I hope she is not attacked or maligned personally. The girls are adorable and they adore their daddy & mommy back. This is what America is about: ordinary people achieving good things. The Obamas show courage, fearlessness and empathy.

Posted by: M. Stratas | August 26, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I was told by a Methodist in Savannah that Obama is the anti-Christ. He didn't say who Michelle was.

Posted by: norman ravitch | August 26, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I thought Michelle did a fantastic job with her speech. I too was thinking of my Great Great Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Grandmother and Mother. She was so poised and at the end you could see the emotion in her face. Great job First Lady Obama

Posted by: Kevin | August 26, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Robinson like, the Obamas are phony hacks.

Left to her own devices, Michelle would have thrown this country under the bus, as she has in the past.

If you think for one minute, Axelrod or Barack did not proof read and alter her speech, then your nuts.

There is a reason Mrs.Obama has not been on the campaign trail, Barack sent her off to get coached, prior to her putting her foot in her mouth again.

Sorry Eugene, a 20 minute speech, won't clean up, the 3 minutes Michelle used to piss all over our country.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

SOME MICHELLE OBAMA QUOTES

Michelle Obama spent the Democratic Primary season stumping around calling Americans slobs and cynics. As described in the New Yorker:

"... [Michelle] Obama begins [her stump speech] with a broad assessment of life in America in 2008, and life is not good: we're a divided country, we're a country that is "just downright mean," we are "guided by fear," we're a nation of cynics, sloths, and complacents. "We have become a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day," she said, as heads bobbed in the pews."

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/03/10/080310fa_fact_collins?currentPage=3

She also said her husband doesn't need a lot of experience to become President because, according to her, "it's not rocket science."

Michelle Obama absolutely meant what she said about not being proud of America. It was part of a composed speech: she said it not once (spontaneously) but she said it TWICE on that day. The first time she said it, she said that it was the first time she was proud of her country. It was during the second time, that she added the word "really" to the phrase.

These attitudes of disrespect for white America aren't fleeting. You can see earlier versions of them in Michelle Obama's senior thesis. in it, she asks whether or not educated blacks who succeed and integrate with white people and become "integrationists/assimilationists" lose their identity and thereby become ignorant. It's true, read her thesis online at politico.com.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Didn't see that coming, Mr Robinson writing about race again. One trick pony.

Posted by: Eugene | August 26, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

zaney8: you poor thing, you sound full of envy and venom. You must be a failure in life, I don't mean money-wise. McCain was lucky to be born into a prestigious family (father & grandfather were admirals) and yet McCain throughout his youth & 20's was a pitiful underarchiever (#895 out of 895 naval graduating cadets). AS a privileged man, McCain was handed things he was not qualified for i.e. despite poor grades, he got into the Naval Academy, got into flight school (again despite failing grades). McCain crashed 5 fighter planes and still got away with it. McCain's connections gave him all the advantages he squandered. He dumped a first wife & 3 children in exchange for a multi-million heiress who has since funded McCain's campaigns. there is nothing remarkable about McCain, nothing noble. He has milked his POW too many times, he should thank the North Vietnamese for giving him a prop: POW.

Posted by: M. Stratas | August 26, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Zaney8, she IS a poor minority girl who made good. You sound jealous. What's the matter, couldn't do the same with your own life?

Posted by: Rose | August 26, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

When I listened to Michelle's speech I responded to her as a human being - not as a black person, not as a woman but as someone who had overcome great obstacles and worked hard to achieve success; someone who chose to serve her community rather than big bucks; someone who still dreams and has shown that it is possible to achieve those dreams.

Posted by: Linda P | August 26, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Right On Zaney8! You Rock!
Ted Kennedy has 8 houses and is Obama's friend. John McCain only has 7 houses. Ergo, the Obama's are Elitists! And they should pay for their own security detail!!

I am certainly jealous that I did not grow up in a 2 BR apartment on Chicago's Southside sharing a room with my sister.

Posted by: Crabby Appleton | August 26, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow what a total racist. Amazing how its all about black. How about it just about an amazing person.

Posted by: whatever | August 26, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

My spouse got a high salary job then start having an emotional feelings toward someone else.:(
When I watched Michelle Obama last night ..I saw honor,hard work and honesty.
Hope I'm right.

Posted by: Frank | August 26, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow, it is amazing how low the press sets the bar when it comes to the Obamas.

Granted, if the Obamas get into the white house, that would be quite different than what we had in the past. Got it. That message has been pounded into us from the get-go.

But how does this change the lives of the average voter. Answer: it doesn't. Enough already.

Posted by: Obamas typical white grandmother | August 26, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

lol

Posted by: vjay | August 26, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

SO SHE CAN READ THE TEL PROMPTER. OO, BUT SHE DOES SHE MEAN A THING THEY WROTE FOR HER TO SELL TO YOU THE PUBLIC..WAKE UP AND DONT BE FOOLED BY THIS CRAP...VOTE REPUBLICAN THIS YEAR AS THE DEMOCRAS HAVE GONE TO HELL....JERRY AYNE

Posted by: JERRY WAYNE | August 26, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

If you want to judge a person do so from their out of stage comments and speeches. As somebody above said, if you think what she is from her prepared speech to DNC ... then you are novice than me :)

Posted by: Yeah Right!! | August 26, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Her speech was flat. It was not inspiring. It seemed more like a movie that could not cut it in the box office so it became the movie of the week on TV.
When someone has to make the moment bigger than it really is, there are problems.
She made a tribute to HRC and that was the biggest line of the evening. Teddy got the tribute that he deserved from his party.
Michelle, I would have loved to hear her say Whitey. It would roll right off her lips if she was given the opportunity.
When Michelle wants to talk about how she has been inspired by Rev Wright and how he has helped form the impressions of those cute kids, then maybe I can give her a real chance at singing another song.
Obama spat at HRC supporters and now he will have to wipe back the tears as he gives his concession speech.

Posted by: hcallaway | August 26, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I like this article., Dude!! LOL. I thought it was an Ok speech, It didnt move me or anything. But I thought It was a postive speech that wouldnt hurt Obama's Chances. New Poll numbers came out in Ohio today that show McCain and Obama Tied. So what can McCain do to change these Poll numbers to his favor?. Probably the right VP. If I am not wrong Huckabee got 26% of the vote here in Ohio., A strong second. Even though he wasnt running any longer. Wonder If McCain remembers that little fact.
http://www.mccanes.com/newparty.html
I guess McCain does have alot in common with Bush, it seems he might have an old DUI too. You can see bushes Dui record and a possible McCane Dui at the following website.
http://www.duihelpguide.com

Posted by: Peter Meek | August 26, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Michelle was a knockout. Did she have handlers? Of course. Was she scripted? Of course. (You think any campaign would put up a spouse in prime time, at this juncture, without (um) "helping" a lot with the speech??) But she delivered an admirable message so convincingly, so warmly, so lovably that I, for one, was completely won over -- and I'm a 60-something (former) Hillary supporter!

Posted by: Sylvia A | August 26, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I had two strong reactions to last night's speech.

First, it's about time the spouse of a black candidate for president-- male or female -- was called upon to make such a speech. In our country's two centuries we have had one Catholic president and no women, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Jews, or persons of the many other minorities that have helped to build this country and will help to build our future. I hope that this campaign signals a lasting shift in the "agreed-upon notion of what a political spouse should look like," and what a candidate should look like as well.

Second, Michelle Obama did a terrific job.

Posted by: FGNY | August 26, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I did not watch the show. Did not feel the need to when I believe you have to evaluate what politicians do rather than what they say. I know Obama and his wife are going to put their best foot forward and should. When I compare the personal voyage of Obama and his family and McCain and his families, it is Obama and his family that has demonstrated the qualities that will serve this country best.

Posted by: msgijoe | August 26, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The racists are out from under their rocks again today, folks.

Beware.

Posted by: RealCalGal | August 26, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I just wish people would be themselves. Her "I am just a poor chick from the south side" rap is pretty old considering her checking account in the millions and her Harvard ring. I realize presidents and their wives are not one of "us" so quit pretending you know what it is like to be one of "us." Both McCain and Obama are millionaires, either due to themselves, their books or their wives. Just admit the truth and move on. You don't know what a loaf of bread costs Mrs. Obama because you don't go to Aldi like we do and compare the dates to see which loaf will last longer. You don't buy gas, you don't buy clothes for your pretty girls and you don't buy food for your pretty tummy.

So just tell the truth.

Posted by: Jim | August 26, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Uh he should thank who for makeing him a POW you should not comment on other people's post for thinking getting tortured and abused is a good thing that happened to McCain you wouldn't last a day as a POW.

Posted by: Pat33 | August 26, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Special Ed Teacher, you are special and should be on that bus with your kids if that is all you got from everything that was said. This is more proof why our education system needs to be fixed!!!

Posted by: laj82 | August 26, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, I admit that the beginning of your article"...white, left handed working class...? Definitely caught my attention - however my focus is on how america needs to collectively come together as one to support Obama for a change.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I have very, very high hopes that white Americans (like myself) will not degrade themselves by slipping into the racism that is, quite frankly buried deeply in the minds of almost anyone 40-50 & older. Mr. Obama offers an opportunity to accept an individual for who & what he is. Please white America don't set our country up for another four years of failed policies by not voting or voting for John McCain. This is our future we are talking about........not America's racist past.

Posted by: Bill McIntire | August 26, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are in so much trouble they are tyring to make a movie about Obama's teen years. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Kanye | August 26, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

If Obama is the anti-Christ, then McCain is Lucifer himself.

Posted by: Bruno in TX | August 26, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what her views on copyrights are, because Obama took $4mil from the entertainment industry and picked Biden the copyright nazi for a running mate. Do you think Michelle is concerned that her kids might get her sued because she let them on the internet where they might download a song or two? Nah, I suspect she has people to raise the kids for her.

Posted by: RIAA | August 26, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

She is definitely not a mean person. If anything I think that, in the spotlight of national attention, she came off a bit defensive early on in the campaign. This speech was heartfelt and real, you could tell that she meant it. Is Robinson using the word 'own' so many times on purpose?

Posted by: grenny | August 26, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

She definitely was coached over and over for her performance. Who really knows what she's like inside. Anyone can get up and give a speech and tell and show people what they want to see and hear. I think if obama gets in there with her, we as middle class will be supporting every illegal and 2nd and 3rd welfare person for eternity. I am particularly sickened by democrats passive way to take care of the economy. This is not disney land and it's obvious none of you really have a plan, just a dream and I'm sick of dreams, we need to take action and quit babying everyone around. Where are all the good men in this world, there has to be some. Wish they'd quit hiding and take control of our government again. We really don't have much to pick from this pres. election, how sad we have become. God have mercy on us.

Posted by: c. conserv | August 26, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Right On Zaney8! You Rock!
Ted Kennedy has 8 houses and is Obama's friend. John McCain only has 7 houses. Ergo, the Obama's are Elitists! And they should pay for their own security detail!!

I am certainly jealous that I did not grow up in a 2 BR apartment on Chicago's Southside sharing a room with my sister.

Posted by: Crabby Appleton
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Another person who missed the point. The point Crabby is that McCain was tring to paint Obama as an elitist. McCain, who hasn't really had to work for much in his life, is calling someone else an elitist. Yet, he's walking around in $500 dollar shoes and he can't remember how many homes he and his wife has. That's why this is an issue. People are struggling to pay for the ONE home that they reside in, but McCain and his wife has so many that he can't remember them all! To make things worse, McCain's campaign comes back with "Well, Barack lives in a (sigular) $1.6 mill mansion." Please. And somehow, the couple who came from humble beginings and WORKED their way to success is villified? Incredible.

Posted by: Rahwaj | August 26, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl, you are the racist and a idiot to boot... Go do something already and vote for John McBush, people like you make me sick and you should be ashamed of yourself...

Posted by: laj82 | August 26, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm an independent who voted for McCain in 2000 and Clinton during the primary this year. The intelligence and competence that both of the Obamas convey will make it easy for me to vote for Barack in November. I am hopeful that both of them have enough common sense to avoid falling prey to the poisonous atmosphere of most Washington insiders!

Posted by: gregg in NH | August 26, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm an independent who voted for McCain in 2000 and Clinton during the primary this year. The intelligence and competence that both of the Obamas convey will make it easy for me to vote for Barack in November. I am hopeful that both of them have enough common sense to avoid falling prey to the poisonous atmosphere of most Washington insiders!

Posted by: gregg in NH | August 26, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

And some you wonder why the world looks at America negatively. It appears white Americans see what they want to see. Do you forget what America done to black people? These words will help: SLAVERY, DISCRIMINATION, and INSTITUTIONAL RACISM. Deprive Blacks of basic rights for hundreds of years.

This is what causes so many of you to hate Obama. If you listen to the example of why people hate obama it is mind-boggling.

Did anyone thought about McCain and the S&L SCANDAL?

Posted by: mecko | August 26, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Empty words and glittering generalities. It was a truly worthless speech. I'm sick of the recounting of selective biographies. I'm sick of politicians talking up the American Dream, ultimately blaming all failure on personal lack of effort. Let's hear about the issues and the candidates' philosophies.

Posted by: Andrew Austin | August 26, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Empty words and glittering generalities. It was a truly worthless speech. I'm sick of the recounting of selective biographies. I'm sick of politicians talking up the American Dream, ultimately blaming all failure on personal lack of effort. Let's hear about the issues and the candidates' philosophies.

Posted by: Andrew Austin | August 26, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what her views on copyrights are, because Obama took $4mil from the entertainment industry and picked Biden the copyright nazi for a running mate. Do you think Michelle is concerned that her kids might get her sued because she let them on the internet where they might download a song or two? Nah, I suspect she has people to raise the kids for her.

You folks need to understand, Obama's, Clintons, McCains, they are all fakes. it's not about serving, it's about power. That's what is important to them all. Remember that when you hear these phoney "it's about making the world right" lines. They are not there for you, they are there for power.

Posted by: RIAA | August 26, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Special Ed Teacher, you've got to be kidding me! Must you be so blunt, literal, and PC to boot. Basketball was simply a metaphor. If you can't understand the metaphorical use of language than you shouldn't be teaching anyone, especially Special Ed students.

People throughout these comment boards, across the internet seem to be straining to find ways to bifurcate, divid, splinter, and destroy this nation with inconsequential trash-talking. You all just think coming on here and finding new angle to tear down people other than yourself is just a casual sport. It is childish and juvenile. So grow up!

It is time to throw out the old deadwood politics of the past, foster hope and American prosperity and reclaim the future.

Posted by: Richard | August 26, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I am so pleased with and proud of Michelle Obama. And for the record, she had to work hard to be admitted to Princeton and Harvard. She also had to work hard to pay back her LOANS that paid for that education (NOT tax-payer handouts). The comments about her home are not worthy of a rebuttal. I simply don't understand this insidious Obama backlash. In this country of all countries, where we laud accomplishment and working to reach your full potential - the reality that Sen. and Mrs. Obama face criticism and resistance because they have done just that is a testament to something that is fundamentally un-American and shameful. My hat is off to Senator Barack Obama and his beautiful wife.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

All I heard last night were faked emotions. She and her husband come across more and more being about ithe deology of ambition more than anything else.

And what's all the day after talk about her dress? She has the pick of any designer with all the cash their campaign raised and the help of an army of Hollywood celebrities. Besides... All the side & rear shots of her were less than flattering. Yet the entire media was abuzz today with how great her dress was and the bold decision of a lack of neck accessories. Just shows the shallowness and skewed bias of the liberal media.

Posted by: Dr. Dave | August 26, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

And some you wonder why the world looks at America negatively. It appears white Americans see what they want to see. Do you forget what America done to black people? These words will help: SLAVERY, DISCRIMINATION, and INSTITUTIONAL RACISM. Deprive Blacks of basic rights for hundreds of years.

This is what causes so many of you to hate Obama. If you listen to the example of why people hate obama it is mind-boggling.

Did anyone thought about McCain and the S&L SCANDAL?

Posted by: mecko | August 26, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

What is Obama going to change again?
And just because you don't like Obama doesn't mean your racist there's a think called being blind by white guilt.

Posted by: JFK | August 26, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I am so tired of people who were against Obama from the beginning and jumping all over comments that get twisted around claiming Michelle is Anti-American. Is it Anti-American to want us to have better relations with other countries? Is it Anti-American to disagree with the way the government is being run? If so then we have a lot of Anti-American's running around.

Posted by: Tired | August 26, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

And some you wonder why the world looks at America negatively. It appears white Americans see what they want to see. Do you forget what America done to black people? These words will help: SLAVERY, DISCRIMINATION, and INSTITUTIONAL RACISM. Deprive Blacks of basic rights for hundreds of years.

This is what causes so many of you to hate Obama. If you listen to the example of why people hate obama it is mind-boggling.

Did anyone thought about McCain and the S&L SCANDAL?

Posted by: mecko | August 26, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Zaney8:

Just FYI, tax payers don't pay for Harvard Law School scholarships, Harvard alumni do because they believe the school should have the best and the brightest students regardless of wealth. It was McCain who had his education funded by the taxpayers.

Posted by: Jeff | August 26, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

And some you wonder why the world looks at America negatively. It appears white Americans see what they want to see. Do you forget what America done to black people? These words will help: SLAVERY, DISCRIMINATION, and INSTITUTIONAL RACISM. Deprive Blacks of basic rights for hundreds of years.

This is what causes so many of you to hate Obama. If you listen to the example of why people hate obama it is mind-boggling.

Did anyone thought about McCain and the S&L SCANDAL?

Posted by: mecko | August 26, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

And some you wonder why the world looks at America negatively. It appears white Americans see what they want to see. Do you forget what America done to black people? These words will help: SLAVERY, DISCRIMINATION, and INSTITUTIONAL RACISM. Deprive Blacks of basic rights for hundreds of years.

This is what causes so many of you to hate Obama. If you listen to the example of why people hate obama it is mind-boggling.

Did anyone thought about McCain and the S&L SCANDAL?

Posted by: mecko | August 26, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Why do we care about about Michelle Obama? Last i checked she was not nominated to be President nor is First Lady an official position in our government.

Posted by: whichever | August 26, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

All I heard last night were faked emotions. She and her husband come across more and more being about ithe deology of ambition more than anything else.

And what's all the day after talk about her dress? She has the pick of any designer with all the cash their campaign raised and the help of an army of Hollywood celebrities. Besides... All the side & rear shots of her were less than flattering. Yet the entire media was abuzz today with how great her dress was and the bold decision of a lack of neck accessories. Just shows the shallowness and skewed bias of the liberal media.

Posted by: Dr. Dave | August 26, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

"For a woman living in a $l.6 million mansion,with a taxpayer funded Harvard education,guarded by taxpayer funded secret-service agents,befriended by the Ted Kennedys (who have 8 houses)to be lauded as a poor-little-minority-girl-who-made-good is a bunch of crap. The tear running down Robinson's face is more of the same."

Posted by: Zaney8

If you're a white person and haven't accomplished as much in the U.S. as she has, you should be ashamed of yourself. You had a 400-year head start, in 250 of which her ancestors were enslaved by the corporatocracy of the day, and 150 years of which her ancestors were constrained by state-sanctioned violence. Your petty snipes show you to be a small-minded loser.

Posted by: edwcorey | August 26, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Did Obama's brother see his brothers wife give the speech on his Dish Network flat screen sitting in his $1.00 per month hut over in Africa? Michelle should have donated him what her dress must have cost last night. That would have paid the rent in advance for the next 50 years based on at least $600 she must have spent. I know last night was about family. I don't think we want family values that don't include all your family. It was kind of Barack to give the kid a photo opportunity a number of years ago and talk about him in his book. Maybe Barack and Michelle can send him a signed copy. I think he speaks English so he might be able to read.

Posted by: hcallaway | August 26, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Empty words and glittering generalities. It was a truly worthless speech. I'm sick of the recounting of selective biographies. I'm sick of politicians talking up the American Dream, ultimately blaming all failure on personal lack of effort. Let's hear about the issues and the candidates' philosophies.

Posted by: Andrew Austin | August 26, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Zaney8 and AsperGirl,

You both sound hateful and mean. Way meaner than the right-wing media machine has tried to define Michelle.

The attacks on Michelle Obama have been, as it typical, an attempt to take the strength of someone and make it a weakness. This is an attempt to define someone negatively.

Michelle was warm and compassionate, charming and inclusive, and knocked holes in those negative characterizations. Go Michelle. She is clearly awesome.

I thought Barack was the masterful public speaker, but she may have tought him a few things! Nice that it was genuine and clearly heartfelt to all but the most biased and right-wing conspiracists.

Rock ON!

Posted by: Mike in Sac | August 26, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl wrote: ... These attitudes of disrespect for white America aren't fleeting. You can see earlier versions of them in Michelle Obama's senior thesis. in it, she asks whether or not educated blacks who succeed and integrate with white people and become "integrationists/
assimilationists" lose their identity and thereby become ignorant.

Your overt racism is showing and it is ugly. The fact that you cannot or will not relate to the experience of being black in America shows your utter lack of humanity. Of course, you will argue, as you did in your post, that it is Michelle Obama's viewpoints in her college thesis and her statements regarding her pride in country that show true racism. The simple fact that you disregard Mrs. Obama's intellect and warm heartedness indicate the depths of your own intolerance. Also showing is your right wing that keeps popping out from under your strictures. There are so many posts that spout overt racism and disrespect that apparently the systematic divisive destruction of the Constitution and this country's vision of tolerance by the Bush administration is nearly complete. Welcome to subversion in the name of compassion. Sad, really.

Posted by: jimimosey | August 26, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I find all she talk about was her family.Nice family but what has that got to do with the biggest job in the world.He has been in office how long and how many ear marks. She makes 300 Plus at the U. I. He never held a Job for any length of time.I hope we wake up before that "change" to socialism happens.Keep out of my wallet

Posted by: L W | August 26, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

It was a well-written speech and well rehearsed(I mean that in a good way - she performed well ). But despite her personal talents and her Harvard Law School training, she could not pull off the sincerity thing when she announced Hillary Clinton's name. There was a sudden spike of tension over the TV airwaves when she said it.( even as people applauded).It was one of those captured moments that immediately redefined the whole tone and inner meaning of her entire speech.

In other words, she gave the performance of her life for the glory of being in that White House, and she;ll say anything to get there, even Hillary Clinton's name ( who she hates with a passion)

Posted by: mediahack | August 26, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

All Mrs. Obama accomplished was a stirring rendition of a speech writer's creation. All responsible parents love their children, all people in this country have faced challenges.
When it comes to the election in November, Mrs. Obama will not factor in my decision. Mr. Obama's lack of concern for the rights of the unborn, his lust for increased taxes, and his over rated ability to lead are all I need to know.

Posted by: Tim | August 26, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

i wonder how Anita Hill feels.

Posted by: Dexter | August 26, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I find all she talk about was her family.Nice family but what has that got to do with the biggest job in the world.He has been in office how long and how many ear marks. She makes 300 Plus at the U. I. He never held a Job for any length of time.I hope we wake up before that "change" to socialism happens.Keep out of my wallet

Posted by: L W | August 26, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

The "anti-Christ"? And people thought that Madonna's attention whoring montage about McCain was bad.

Anyhow, you might want to read Snopes. I had the idiotic email about that forwarded to me that claims that the anti-Christ will be a Muslim, etc. It's completely and provably wrong. The Bible does NOT mention Muslims at all, for starters (Muhammad came several hundreds of years later).

I would go into more detail, but the claims that have been made are vague and ridiculous. I am a Christian and I had some of the highest scores my teacher had ever given in my religion classes. I have read and studied Revelation.

There is absolutely no merit whatsoever to the notion that the anti-Christ is here. None. There's no one leading the whole world astray with false signs and miracles.

However, there are many who are 'anti-christ' (note the lower case) in the sense that they do not do what Christ taught. Especially that "speak evil of no one" verse. I'd probably have to find a mute to find someone who has obeyed that command...

Posted by: Joe | August 26, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this is so exciting. A strong intelligent black woman is going to be the first lady. I know this is hard for alot of people to accept. It is sad that after so many years that some people have never grown up.
There is no one stronger than a strong black woman. They have been the backbone of the whole effort to achieve. We all should be deeply greatful that the time has come.

Posted by: Barbara | August 26, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I suspect the reason "she looks mean" is that the only frame of reference many people have is Condoleeza Rice.

Posted by: NR | August 26, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Face value, canidates are canidates. I am tired of hearing the "lesser of two evils". These are two individuals, whom along with their families have put their lives on the line, their characters up public examination and are doing something 99% of us would never attempt. If you can't say something nice, shut the "F" up. If your Christian, then act like one is suppose to act, not like one from the 1800's in Salem, Mass.
I voted for McCain more than most republicans, but I like Obama more. If I am wrong, it won't be the first time, but I can't vote for 4 more years of the current regime. Sorry John you sold out after all this time. I understand.

Posted by: Republican-4-Obama | August 26, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

In response to Jim's comments: Michelle is telling the truth, she came from a family that did check the date on the loaf of bread, but through personal achievement and hard work she can now afford not to. Cindy inherited her wealth, McCain married his wealth, Michelle and Barack earned theirs and that is why theirs is an American story. That was the point of her speech last night.

Posted by: Marilyn | August 26, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand some of these posts. Michelle Obama is an intelligent, strong, warm woman and made a splendid speech last night. She typifies what most Americans call the "American dream". Her personal success story points to determination and a lot of hard work. She wasn't born to privilege like George Bush or McCain. Why should people diss her for exactly the qualities that are supposed to be quintessentially American?

And I don't understand this "patriotism" thing. After a shameful history of centuries of slavery the fact that an African-American can reach the status of presidential candidate makes me, too think this is one thing to make me proud of being an American. If we could just put racism behind us we would find great advantage to our status in the current multi-polar world. Why do black politicians have to tread a delicate line and not seem "overly angry". Heck, they have enough cause to be angry and it isn't threatening to the rest of us white folks who still pull all the strings in our so-called "melting pot" society. Why don't people react the same way when white folks get angry?

ncm (65 year old white woman)

Posted by: ncm | August 26, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Jim, The Obama's did not become rich until Barrack book took off, he just paid off his student loans with the proceeds from his book which is also how he brought his home. They very much do know what it is like to stuggle and to watch your parents struggle, they never lied and don't hate because they did make it. If you shop at aldi's then considering anything other than voting for the Obama's would be suicide for you and you might as well get use to standing in a soup line under McBush...

Posted by: laj82 | August 26, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I met Michelle Obama in Nevada during the primaries. She was charming, funny and fabulous, and i've never understood the pigeon hole that conservatives have tried to squeeze her into. She really doesn't fit the image they try to push of her.

After her speech in Nevada, I got to go backstage and meet her, (i was volunteering) and she even stopped to pose with me in one of those photos where you hold the camera yourself and get big cheesy grins close-up. I have a really fun photo of us, and She was great!

Posted by: julie. | August 26, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

!!!!!!This makes me laugh!!!!!!!!!
Quote:
" Michelle's speech didn't change my opinion of her or Obama."

Right. Because your mind was closed and you had already made up your mind what you liked and what you thought before her speech.

You lie to yourself that you're objective, and your pretense of objectivity is what makes me laugh. Are you doing it because you think it works on others....

...or because if you didn't, you'd have to face truths about yourself?

Posted by: Jose In AZ | August 26, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Is Michelle the new Hillary? She is a Harvard trained lawyer (Princeton undergraduate) who worked for Mayor Dailey (sp?) and currently works as VP of Community Outreach for a Hospital at $300K+. Nice work if you can get it. I particularly like the fact that her salary escalated x3 when hubbie became Senator... I'm sure the raise was just for her hard work.

I guess we could call this speech Michelle's "baking cookies" moment. However, in light of her history, doesn't the whole speech seem a little contrived. At least Heinz was honest about who she was... I don't think any of Michelle's speech was genuine. Shame on the MSM for playing along and fooling the American people.

Posted by: jkstewart2 | August 26, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I never owned a slave she's never been a slave why would white people have to but ourselves in black peoples shoes let's all be PC and not thing for ourself 500 years blah blah blah this country came along way since slavery and it's survival of the fittest all races have an the same change when they are born as everyone else.

Posted by: Yuck | August 26, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I thought Michelle Obama did a great job. I don't see how she could possibly be "mean" at heart, with all of the work she's done in the community and being with Barack Obama. Just don't see it. I think she's very attractive and obviously very smart. Gee, what a bummer...
Really, the Obamas are the only chance right now to get the country moving in the right direction again. It's not just McCain, but the interests and party he represents, that he simply cannot separate himself from. Don't get fooled by him and the republican machine. Don't forget what's been going on for the past 8 years. And to Clinton supporters, I would've loved a woman in office. BUt she has soooo much baggage. I want to move on, move forward. Don't let McCain win by voting for him or by NOT voting for Obama-- not unless you want more of the same for the next 4 years or more.

Posted by: Eleanor Gorman | August 26, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

We heard Michelle Obama speak at a rally in San Jose more than a year ago and were very impressed by her. We remember thinking at the time what an intelligent and effective speaker she was. Critics will see what they want to see, but the open-minded are rightly impressed by her. By the way, in most of California a 1.4 million dollar house is no mansion.

Posted by: pds | August 26, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't know her but I heard what she said before and that is what sticks in my mind. She was not proud of America until she had the chance to become first lady. That is an event which I hope never occurs. I don't give a flip about the first lady.; I want to know the President will not say stupid things. I don't care about the stupid slapstick that occurs when the president mispronounces things or when he trips on the stairs of Air Force one. I am talking about the stupid things that are an insult to our brains.

If you think you want to listen to her fine, I can turn her off. You just can not turn off the President because our country is more important than how the first lady supports "reading" or "decorating the White House."

Posted by: Jenni | August 26, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

What has her race got to do with people expectations from her last night...The write is obviously biased..because of his own color

Hillary is a strong woman as well and has to deal with a lot of expectations.. much more than Michelle ever will...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

what a load of bs, weve been hearing her for a year and last nights was not in with everything else shes been saying, hopefully most see thru the show she put on.

Posted by: dan | August 26, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I watched Michelle's mother. The pride and joy that she must have felt watching her daughter and son. Michelle never has played a role of a "poor little black girl"! She has just been what she was raised to be not only an intelligent women, but a woman with pride, who is respected for the fabric of her characterand yes as a black women I am so proud. We are not a color blind society and that's o.k.!!!! When you see me before knowing me you see a Black woman LOL ! It's just when we "judge" each other wrongfully because of our race(s), nationalities and so on. This is where racism comes in.

As for a 1+ million dollar home. That amount of money for a home comes out to be more morgage than mansion in some communities. Therefore that's not an issue. Nothing has been handed to her but she has worked for it and whoever (Black, white, asian, hispanic, woman or man, democrat or republican) that works for what they get, I will never begrudge that. Many people (not everyone) don't have because they have not set goals and just freakin' gone for it. Some case many haven't had the support (family or financially). Michele had hard working parents who instilled education in both children and both are successful AMERICANS who contribute to this society. She should no longer have to "introduce" herself to anyone. So in this election we should all consider where WE are indiviually and collectively and let that be the determining factor of our vote. The hatred has to stop ALL of our futures are at stake. EVERY presidential election is a gamble - unfortunately we played roulette in the last two elections and have gotten shot in head (head = economy & war not to mention everything else) So where do we go from here? Each of us should ask ourselves. I am totally an Obama supporter, that's where my heart is -had Senator Clinton been the nominee she would have my support - I can't risk my future, the future of my 87 year old mother, neices and nephews futures on another administration that equals the beliefs of the current roulette wheel. Our babies (sons and daughters) 18, 19 20 years old are being killed and mamed everyday. Many went into the United States Armed Forces to better themselves and the lives of their families and return without limbs to the red tape of the same people who signed them up. In our adult lives and I'm 45 on tomorrow - we have lived in a country whose greatness is being chipped away at with poverty, devastation, high crime, unemployment etc. Can we afford to repeat the last 8 years Bush II and 4 years of Bush I. Although not consecutive, that's 12 years of my adult life - It is time for a change!

Posted by: vjay | August 26, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

The Obama's seem bent on lecturing the rest of us about a broken American system, the very same one that has allowed them to live the dream. Aren't the Obama's a case in point for the power of individual effort and family support. Government, as described by most Democrats, will not fix our problems.

Posted by: Mark | August 26, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

The vitriol of some of these comments is severe. Two words: try therapy. Your anger issues are far deeper than the loss of HRC. Electing a Republican again in November will rob future generations of opportunity and further the severe corporatism of America. That is the bottom line. Michelle did a great job and it was a proud moment for many people. As for some of these sad angry souls: Get help. Call your local mental health office. You have an illness.

Posted by: JiminSF | August 26, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting to hear this from a man. You are incorrect about the point that black women only have to deal with this. Actually ALL women have to deal with the mean or "B**ch" label when we express assertiveness. Not just opinion, and not just black women. Cindy McCain does not come off as assertive, she puts on the nice smile and head tilt, and that's what people want from women. When we have a straight stance, an assertive tone, and use our hands and facial muscles to express ourselves, we become "mean". Regardless of the level of compassion we may possess. It is THE major issue we have to deal with in business that most people don't openly acknowledge and unfairly use to label/dismiss us. Hillary had to deal with it too.

Posted by: Jenny | August 26, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Ignore the all-caps, the misspelled words, the bad grammer...This guy can't even spell his OWN NAME right!!!

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SO SHE CAN READ THE TEL PROMPTER. OO, BUT SHE DOES SHE MEAN A THING THEY WROTE FOR HER TO SELL TO YOU THE PUBLIC..WAKE UP AND DONT BE FOOLED BY THIS CRAP...VOTE REPUBLICAN THIS YEAR AS THE DEMOCRAS HAVE GONE TO HELL....JERRY AYNE

Posted by: JERRY WAYNE | August 26, 2008 1:39 PM

Posted by: Bill | August 26, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

great article. Michelle is awesome! Take the poll about her at 23/6.com, its almost as good as her speech. http://www.236.com/news/2008/08/25/michelle_to_cindy_follow_that_1_8483.php

Posted by: M-Fan! | August 26, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

How can you tell from Cindi McCain's expression [frozen like a Barbie Doll's] what is behind that mask? She's very plastic and robot-like, more like Stepford Wife than the accomplished, educated, intelligent and well spoken woman that is Michelle Obama.

There is NO COMPARISON between the two. Michelle wins hands down.

Posted by: Mariana | August 26, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

When Michelle Obama spoke, what I saw was the transparent -- and transcendent -- very obviously heartfelt patriotism of an honestly uncorrupted middle class American woman. It was not the ringing but somehow hollow rhetoric of an heiress to the political upper-class, or the calculated boardroom choice of words of a princess to the wealthy manor born -- in other words, NOT the words of someone to whom words like love and concern and service are touchstones of a speech crafted for delivery to the unsophisticated masses. What Michelle Obama spoke was real straight-from-heartland plain talk. Educated, yes. Poised, hell yes. But a woman truly of the people. ANd I am the white suburban Southern son of a Telfair County, Georgia sawmill hand who fought in WW2 and Korea, and the daughter of a Pittsboro, North Carolina car salesman and part-time sheriff. I can smell fake proletarian political "concern" a block off and Michelle Obama is the real damn deal. IF we're looking for honest folks with a real earned sense of debt and duty, we just cannot do any better than these two. Period.

Posted by: Keith | August 26, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama is ten times the role model that Hillary ever was and will be 10 times the First Lady she ever was as well. I'm a white guy from Arkansas BTW.

Posted by: Jeff | August 26, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Why you should vote for Obama

1. Young highly educated man wisdom and charater. ( I doubt Mccain Charater when he left his 1st wife and cheated her)
2. Family Man ( they looks good and that goes with image)
3. Inspirational leader. He inspires you to do something. ( Question: What has Bush and Mccain inspired for?)
4. He is American story that all of us can relate to ( Mccain story has a flow - he was almost last in his acadamic and become POW - there are 100's of POW will you make all of them president - when we say he is brave, being a POW is not brave? I am confused)
5. Obama has plans to Economic- He would try to get jobs back to US, remember he has more expereicen with working class people than Mccain and he understands these issue better at grassroot level ( Mccain does not have any economic plans or how he is going to get jobs back to US)
6. A graduate from Harward is a better choice of being judgemental. I can tell you one thing for sure, Obama if he was not a politician he could have become a judge of some court in America.
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Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I don't see this as a racial response, though I wouldn't be surprised to see expressions of racial bias as this week progresses both within and without the Democratic party. I am a 53 YO independant professional white (and perhaps I should add Jewish) woman who contributed early (last summer) to Senator Obama's campaign with no thought about his spouse positive or negative. I have made 2 more contributions since. This is the first time I have ever contributed to a political campaign. I only bring this up in the spirit of full disclosure.

I disagree with Mr Robinson's assessment because when Bill Clinton was running and Hillary was on stage as a 'contender' for the roll of first lady, she too suffered from similar biases though the republican 'condenders' received hardly a notice. I think it is amazingly slick spinning by the republican machine (and their news outlets) that allows Cindy McCain ( or any republican spouse) to look good whether she is doing something smart or stupid, but finds a negative angle in everything and anything Michelle undertakes. We knew this would happen before this campaign started. Those who believe all's fair in war (and there is a huge body of folk who seem to believe that in our country these days) will stoop to very low depths to damage Obama's or Michelle's image....to them it's 'just good business'.

Posted by: judy | August 26, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl writes:
"These attitudes of disrespect for white America aren't fleeting."

This really rubs me the wrong way. Nowhere does Michelle "disrespect" white America in any of the links you posted or anywhere else that I have seen, for that matter. If you want to misconstrue her quote about her lack of pride in America during her adult life and call her unpatriotic, that is one thing. I can understand all the jingoists in this country taking that ball and running with it. If you take it as a shot to Americans then black Americans should be just as outraged so I don't understand the disctinction of her disrespecting WHITE america here. Further, to insinuate that white America is OWED her respect by sheer virtue of our whiteness seems to embrace a very "massa/slave" dynamic that, frankly, shocks me in this millenium. It smacks of the 50's when black americans were warned not to disrespect "their betters" or "not to act uppity" or above their station right before they were taught a lesson by these people so deserving of their respect and were beaten to death or strung up like young Emmett Till. I believe respect is earned, in my view it is not something that your or my whiteness entitles you to. And to be honest, if you have never been ashamed of the actions of our country then you are either living under a rock or have been bamboozled by some diluted, deluded, revisionist history.
We, like EVERY country, have committed heinous crimes against humanity, failed to stand up for our fellow mankind when we should have, and used brute force to colonize where we wished. If we do not feel shame for that, accept our mistakes, apologize for them and strive to do better in the future then I ask you, what great country is this???

Posted by: Christine in PA | August 26, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Is Michelle the new Hillary? She is a Harvard trained lawyer (Princeton undergraduate) who worked for Mayor Dailey (sp?) and currently works as VP of Community Outreach for a Hospital at $300K+. Nice work if you can get it. I particularly like the fact that her salary escalated x3 when hubbie became Senator... I'm sure the raise was just for her hard work.

I guess we could call this speech Michelle's "baking cookies" moment. However, in light of her history, doesn't the whole speech seem a contrived. At least Heinz was honest about who she was... I don't think any of Michelle's speech was genuine. Shame on the MSM for playing along and fooling the American people.

Posted by: jkstewart2 | August 26, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Why you should vote for Obama

1. Young highly educated man wisdom and charater. ( I doubt Mccain Charater when he left his 1st wife and cheated her)
2. Family Man ( they looks good and that goes with image)
3. Inspirational leader. He inspires you to do something. ( Question: What has Bush and Mccain inspired for?)
4. He is American story that all of us can relate to ( Mccain story has a flow - he was almost last in his acadamic and become POW - there are 100's of POW will you make all of them president - when we say he is brave, being a POW is not brave? I am confused)
5. Obama has plans to Economic- He would try to get jobs back to US, remember he has more expereicen with working class people than Mccain and he understands these issue better at grassroot level ( Mccain does not have any economic plans or how he is going to get jobs back to US)
6. A graduate from Harward is a better choice of being judgemental. I can tell you one thing for sure, Obama if he was not a politician he could have become a judge of some court in America.

Posted by: saur08 | August 26, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

People need to take a look at political stance and not the color of skin or who they decide to marry. Once people actually start reading about Obama and the crap he stands for, then America will be in a much better place (a place where Obama is not charge).

Posted by: Arg | August 26, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

[ disclaimer - I'm a white (Caucasian doesn't seem to fit the bill these days) male ]

She does not look 'mean' - she looks confident.

However, white folks of the male denomination have been accustomed to conflate "confident woman" with "shrill woman".

That's where you get the "mean" from.

[ For your comfort: I'm European, so I won't
disturb your friendly elections ... ]

Posted by: Toon Moene | August 26, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

with the shoulders of a linebacker

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Why can't the author of this aritcle just look at her as a human instead of a "black woman"?

He is the one making an issue of it, not the republicans! I am not a republican, just a clear thinking person who doesn't need to dwell on her race.

Posted by: Zane Waltz | August 26, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"America as it SHOULD be"? How arrogant and presumptuous can these people be? Perhaps we could aspire to live in an America as it could be, with all of us working towards attainable goals rather than having some nebulous, non-specific change and hope forced down our throats.

Posted by: greg in hawaii | August 26, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Johnny M in a landslide for obvious and numerous reasons. Trust me.

Posted by: John Messina | August 26, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Funny he should say that. 75% of people I have asked think Michelle Obama is "mean" and "unlikable" also. One person told me she looked like she would walk around the West wing "decking people" who did not agree with her or Barack. Perhaps it's something in her facial features, but she does sometimes look angry when not smiling. This is going to be an issue. I know ALOT of people who are not racist but do not like the Obama's and will not vote for them in November. The Clintons in saying Obama could not be elected may turn out right. That is scary!

Posted by: Ryan Healey | August 26, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't until Michelle moved toward the end of her speech that I suddenly realized that as a white woman I wasn't listening to her as a black woman but as an impassioned wife of a presidential candidate. The fact that her race was not on my mind throughout most of her speech, tells me how powerful she and her husband can be as an agent for changing racial attitudes in this country. GO MICHELLE!

Posted by: Judy | August 26, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Hes another black guy begging us for change in America

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see all the McCain concern trolls out in force pretending to be "Democrats" yet using Republican frames given to them by Rush Limbaugh. Keep it up, guys and dolls! Please waste your time with this.

http://phoenixwoman.wordpress.com

Posted by: Phoenix Woman | August 26, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Even when I don't agree with you, Mr. Robinson, I appreciate your personal take on the news and your clarity and eloquence in expressing it. Not so with those who comment on your remarks. Please, would you just ban the word "crap"? If a person can't find a better way to express their displeasure and a more specific vocabulary to use, then his or her response does not deserve to be posted. Thank you.

Posted by: Christina | August 26, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Just who do you think is the real Michelle Obama?

Is it the woman painted as the happy, supportive, supermom smiling through the pre-fabricated speech read off the teleprompter in the pretty blue dress or is it the woman who spewed about a hopeless and bitter America during the North Carolina primary?

Many people seem to be falling for the banana in the tailpipe.


Posted by: Clandestinetomcat | August 26, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

JiminSF

What is your problem? You looked at teh comments because you wanted to add to the conflict. You made no peace.

As for this article, how can a black person even point out their color. I have more self respect. I don't go into a room and tell people I am black look at me. I don't cry race to get that negative attention. This guy is part of the problem in America and it is caused by well meaning puppets. Just stop pushing the rest of us--we are not interested in using our color to get ahead.

Posted by: Mary | August 26, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

LOL It's extremely entertaining to read the comments here on the nation's leading newspaper. Let me just start off by saying this...

People in this country are schzio and dont know what they want. All I keep reading are people who have a severe hatred for the Obama's. Regardless of if Michelle had given a speech or not she would be damned if she didnt and damned if she did. No matter what these people do THERE WILL BE NO PLEASING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE! As far as her speech being scripted..umm duh lets be for real could any of you get up infront of 1.5 million people and give a speech without assistance? Lets be realistic. Secondly how do you know she hates Hillary? Has she ever said that? The last time I heard the democratic party was screaming for Obama to run a campaign as venomous as HRC to combat her hideous tirades against Obama or did you guys suffer from sudden amnesia. As I see it regardless of what this family does they will always be under public scruitiny. People in this country are showing their fear of being run by a black president. The fact of the matter is..so what she's rich! She had to work for it..oh so if she was poor you all would let him or her run for president? Then you all would be screaming about them being poor black people with no education. Im sick and tired of the riducle, you dont see McCain under this much pressure! It just goes to show you that the fear amongst you all is brewing and you dont want to be overtly racist but the undertones are showing! Get over it..we need to move past 1960 into 2008! Obama/Biden 08!

Posted by: Nakia johnson | August 26, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

This goes to the person who thinks that Michelle Obama should not be telling her story. Jerk off - SHE WAS A POOR LITTLE GIRL fromt he shouth side, are you saying she wasn't???? And why CAN'T they tell their true story? They WERE poor, they DO KNOW what it's like to count your money for the week. And her education? SHE EARNED IT, that's why America is great, if you work hard you can have opportunities, including scholarships to go to Ivy League school, and she is a taxpayer so she paid for it too. They didn't have a rich family to get it done for them and thanks to their hard work, their kids will have a family who will get it done for them. THAT IS THE AMERICAN DREAM ISN'T IT?

Posted by: Jenny | August 26, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I should add that Mr. Robinson has displayed a dislike for Hillary Clinton since the beginning of the primaries. While he is better mannered about how he expresses it than someone like Chris Matthews, Mr. Robinson has been very clear about not caring for Hillary Clinton's campaign, not feeling there was nothing wrong with Obama passing her over for VP, etc. His writing continues to belittle Hillary Clinton, he just does it with a touch of honey insead of a knife like other pundits

Posted by: Ryan Healey | August 26, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama:

"We're just like you... except in those ways in which you are obviously inferior to people like us."

Michelle Obama confuses the racial preferences and affirmative action she and her husband benefitted from with inherent superiority over others.

If she and her husband had advanced on merit and substantial works instead of affirmative action and racial preference, he would have a substantial record of action, a body of professional works to point to instead of two self-reverential autobiographies, and a solid base of experience. Instead, he's running for president on the "movement" to elect First Black President.

The Obamas are repulsive to blue collar whites and those who work for a living and advance on merit, because they are clearly a affirmative action, racial preference blessed couple, who sneers down at the implied inferiority of those who don't make it and the corrupt, "old" racism of those who don't embrace their shallow and self-referential "movement".

After all these months of telling us how and why they are special and better than us, and how we need them to lift us out of some partisan ignorance they imagine we live our ignorant, low-information lives in, they are now insisting that they are "just like us".

Michelle Obama's memorized, choreographed speech punctuated by practiced smiles was a halfway decent effort, but it was clearly an acted production.

The girls are adorable. The children seem to be the only tangible thing the adult Obamas have ever produced in their careers peculiarly lacking in any professional bodies of work to show for their meteoric rise. The kids are the best argument the Obamas have.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I share the same color as Michelle but was put off by her facial expression teh first couple times I saw her speak. You see I don't think it has anything to do with her color or the fact that she is black there is something in the way she frowns that makes her look like she has a chip on her shoulder. And yes most of my friends both white and black think she needs to soften up. OF COURSE I WILL VOTE FOR HIM AS I DON'T BASE MY VOTE ON POTENTIAL FIRST LADIES.

Posted by: Somali woman | August 26, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Poised, beautiful, articulate and SMART. I want to be Michelle Obama when I grow up :) Oh, Also --Rasmussen Daily Poll for 08/18/08: Obama up 1%. Rasmussen Daily Poll for 08/25/08: Obama up 4%.

Be afraid hatemongers! Be VERY Afraid!

Posted by: Voter | August 26, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I see the thugs are out in force again, just as they were four years ago when they whined that Teresa Heinz Kerry couldn't possibly be considered an African American (which she technically is) because she grew up with wealthy parents and servants - because, as we all know, *real* African Americans are all poor, right?

I just love all the complaining about the fact that the Obamas are wealthy now (mostly thanks to hard work and book sales) and that they went to Ivy League schools. The fact that neither of them grew up rich - that they both worked *hard* to get into those Ivy League schools in the first place, unlike McCain and the current resident of the White House - seems to be completely lost on these morons.

Aren't these Republicans the ones who claim that anyone can make it if they just work hard enough? So why, when they see perfect examples of the concept, do they attack it as "elitist", while consistently supporting silver-spoon candidates like Bush and McCain? The cognitive dissonance on display here is unbelievable.

Posted by: SandraL | August 26, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

It always saddens me to read these blogs. I am amazed how shallow people are as to what they see and read. If anyone thinks the past 8 years with a mediocre president who ran every business he managed into the ground, including our country is good, had better wake up and smell the coffee. McCain coming in the bottom of his class in school and getting into the military on his families laurels is not a change. That is not the kind of leadership we want. I sometimes feel they run for office because they are trying to please their family. i.e. Bushes. The Obamas got to where they are by hard work. And I don't care what color they are. If a white person had worked hard I would applaude that also. Not someone coming in on their families coat tails.

Posted by: phc | August 26, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I was impressed by Ms. Obama's speech she was very poised, polished and moving. I was also moved by the historical implication and our evolution of having a black woman as first lady, a role I think she will fit perfectly black or white. My only comment is that while her Harvard education was well earned, my 17 year old daughter will not have the same opportunity for that education because she is white.

Posted by: SBaltimore | August 26, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it sad that the GOP hate machine, has brainwashed so many, that they were unable to watch history, last night, and only came away from it with more hate... rather than pride in America. Where else could Michelle, or Barack, be in the position they're in?
Both worked themselves through college (they recently paid off their college loans), both chose to forgo high-salaries, to work in their community.
Only in America!
And only in America, are there so many silly, naive people, who are so blinded by hate, that they continually vote against their own best interests.
The tale of Two Americas.

Posted by: baz | August 26, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I am a white male, 50 years old.

Yes, Michelle is a great speaker and very compelling. She is an incredible woman. And yes, women that are assertive are seen as bi-ches.

that being said, Black women are different, for the most part than white women, in terms of what most of them have to go through to hold a family together. More Black families are missing the male and the role of the Black woman is different. With racism and low self-esteem the American black woman has always had a different type of image they feel they have to adhere to. They tend to be more aggressive and "mean" because their role demands it.

Posted by: NoName | August 26, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow! What a country! The so called most civilized nation of the world. Full of internalized hatred. Whatever happened to the human capacity to reason? Many people can't think for themselves anymore. They have become so programmed -- like computers. It's really a shame.

Posted by: Adisa | August 26, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Just drop the black bit. When I go into a store the person behind the counter talks gibberish even though I know they speak perfect English. Here is the video store clerk"WHam jiss dis jatt ew fer you sir?"

I am sorry talk right or I will get you fired. You talk to me that way because I am white and your preacher told you to undermind white people. I am not afraid to say it; you all think you are a seperate clan. This clan mentality is alive and well and you all want another free peace of the Pie...free healthcare, more programs more more more.. Obama says 401k and IRA's are just a part of the problem. He doesn't think black people can save any money. Duh, maybe if he was honest he would see that is because they have this sense of being owed a free ride because that is what they heard from their parents.

Break the chains your still wearing them

Posted by: Ryan | August 26, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl -- No offense, but seriously...you need to get over the fact that you had to work through spring break while the rich kids got to got to the Islands. Find a professional who will listen.

Posted by: Voter | August 26, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"Michelle, I would have loved to hear her say Whitey. It would roll right off her lips if she was given the opportunity."
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It's amazing just how many ignorant people live in America and are, apparently, proud of their ignorance.

Any luck finding proof of Michelle ever saying what you insinuated you said?

Didn't think so...

Posted by: Gary | August 26, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I thought Michelle gave a great speech last night, which isn't all that surprising given how accomplished she is. But I disagree with the comment that she had to give this speech to make herself more likeable because she's black. I think she had to give it because she's a smart, accomplished woman who has had a career besides being a political spouse.

Consider our nation's treatment of other bright, opinionated and confident first ladies and candidates to be first lady. Do you think that the press and America in general were any less suspicious of Hillary Clinton, Rosalyn Carter and Teresa Heinz Kerry? Seems like any political wife with a mind of her own who exercises the poor judgement of actually speaking her mind in public gets scrutinized as being "overbearing, nosy, a henpeckers, etc."

No, Michelle had to give this speech to offset those criticisms. She had to reset the tone of discussion and make sure Americans realize that she's not just smart, she's also a great mother, wife and daughter.

Sad that she had to do it, but kudos for her for nailing it and walking away with her dignity intact. I personally think she'd make a fine first lady. I just hope she gets included in cabinet meetings (ala Ms. Carter).

Posted by: Amy in the ATL | August 26, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

You're still wearing them!

Posted by: Ryan | August 26, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

As sorry as I am to say this- our society struggles with the image of strong, assertive and intelligent women. Our unease with that "type" of woman is apparent with our ease with the "model" first lady. We like with our first ladies to be soft, quiet and (dare I say it?)docile. Sad to say but true...

Posted by: Janet | August 26, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

This country scares me. Opinions are good; they're healthy, but you critics frighten me. When you stand up on that stage with such poise then, and only then, might I listen to you. Until then go cuddle with your guns, Busch Light and WWE sleepbags far far away from here.

Posted by: LFR | August 26, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Ryan -- Don't you have a Klan meeting to go to?

Posted by: Voter | August 26, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Poopheads unite, cast your worthless opinions on this website. It's amazing how 100 people can watch a single event and come up with 10,000 versions of what they saw. Shut-up all of you. Quit wasting your time trying to convince the unconvinceable on this site. Go accomplish something yourselves. I'm out of here.........

Posted by: Ihavealife | August 26, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

She was like Paula Prentiss in The Stepford Wives. Acting up? Disappear for a while, come back and act like a good wife and no complaining. She owned it? No. She's owned.

Posted by: Stepford | August 26, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

That's interesting that the white woman Eugene talked to thought Michelle Obama looks mean. I wonder if there's also a gender issue overlaid over racial and generational issues. I'm a white man who's going to vote for Barack Obama, and I think Michelle Obama seems like a nice person, from what I can see in the news. It's Cindy McCain who comes across as witchy to me (although I have to remind myself that that could possibly be a false impression from the media, many members of which I assume are going to vote for Obama, as I am). The media tries to stay objective, but biases can leak out here and there.

Posted by: Gil | August 26, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

What will change in an Obama administration? Loss of easy wealth and influence to Republican cronies for one. Considering what these people stand to lose, I expect this to be one of the most vile and putrid campaigns, even by Republican standards. Truth, integrity, or even common sense will be nowhere to be found. Issues, we don't need no stinkin' issues, all we have to do is wave any number of bloody shirts at the intellectually challenged. Worked before, will it work again? Is America too stoopid to survive? I guess we'll find out in November.

Posted by: joebewildered | August 26, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I think M. Obama did a great job last night. I really don't understand why people feel threatened by educated, confident women. It seems this combination automatically makes a woman a "B" in most peoples eyes. I think M.O. is awesome. She may look mean due to her eyebrows, they have a sharpness about them. I can't believe there are still people on here talking about slavery and how awful it is for "them" because of it. It is a tired argument. I think it was an awful thing, but so was interning thousands of Japanese who were American Citizens during WWII. In case you did not notice-the candidate for the most powerful office in the world is not white--the guy for number 2--he's as white as they come. That says it all.

Posted by: Whiteguy | August 26, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

With all the fiery rhetoric of change and hope that is swirling around in the Presidential campaign this year, let us not forget that some things, like political favors, still remain the same.

Take for example the spectacular raise in pay that Michelle Obama received in January of 2005 from the University of Chicago hospitals, just two months after her husband was sworn into office as the U.S. Senator from Illinois when her salary went from $122,000 to $317,000 a year. That is a handsome increase even if it does include a one-time pension payout and a bonus.

That following year, Senator Obama gave the same hospital a one million dollar earmark thereby basically giving taxpayer money to the hospital to cover Michelle's raise for years to come. Is this really how you want your tax dollars spent?

Oh, by the way, Senator John McCain has a long held commitment to the elimination of unauthorized and unrequested locality-specific or facility-specific earmarks listed right on his website as one of his important issues.

Now that is change I can believe in.


Posted by: Janice | August 26, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama will make a first class first lady. Yes, she wrote the speech herself and delivered it magnificently.


Michelle Obama back in Iowa before the first primary. Note no teleprompter.

YouTube - Michelle Obama: Be not afraid
Michelle Obama introduces her husband, Illinois Sen. Barack ...
7 min -

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqCYFpUAJ2Q


Michelle Obama in Madison Wisconsin
Proud of American voter participation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh1TddL9YvQ

Note the audience reacation and the fact the Obama won "white working class" Wisconsin by nearly 200,000 votes 58% to 42%.

Last night millions of Americans like those who heard her speak in Iowa and Wisconsin, got a chance to see and hear the real Michelle Obama.

Far different from the caricature spun
right wing cult figures.

Posted by: Mr. Unite Us | August 26, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

THis country scares me! LFR, behonest that is just a nonsense statement.

Janet about what you said, I am not uncomfortable with strong assertive woman just unbending people that forcefully follow rules because of their fear to step away from the podium. That speech tells us nothing of the truth about Mrs. Obama. She stood behing the podium under control concerned about every nuance. It is nice to hear a good speech but it is more difficult to deliver the truth. She doesn't give me confidence in her words.

Now, Kennedy was a delite and it was odd to hear him and feel that way. I don't agree with the social programs he was pushing but I liked his speech.

Posted by: Ryan | August 26, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I am an old white woman from Texas. I remember when Lyndon Johnson ran and I was so proud to be voting for a "Texan"(I had already voted for a Texan and I try not to quantify Bush as one) . Then Jimmy Carter and I was prouod to be voting for a "southerner". I watched in awe the entire proceeding last evening and was so proud to be a "yellow dog democrat". At the risk of being classified as a racist, I cannot imagine a black person not voting for Obama. But then I can't imagine anyone voting for a republican, especially given what we have lived with, or tried to live with for 8 years. You go Michelle, and Teddy and Joe and Carolyn and all you democrats out there. I have always loved Joe Biden and what he stands for and I could not think of a better choice by a to me young man who will lead us out of the wilderness into the promised land (well maybe thats going a bit far) Lets never give up and lets take back this country.

Posted by: Beverly Marshall | August 26, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Agree - well done by Michelle O.

btw - I don't get why "working class" peeps are supposedly for Clinton? (Obama should own this voting block)

Senator Obama is the candidate talking about middle-class jobs & a middle-class tax cut. (Is he not believed?)

On the other hand . . . . President Clinton did more DAMAGE to the "American worker" than anyone in history . . . . pushing through PNTR, NAFTA, etc.

Treason, really . . . .

imo

Posted by: Frosty | August 26, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Michelle said she and her husband believe that "you should work hard for what you want." Sure, so long as you are careful not to want more than the $250,000 they decided was too much. If you happen to want more than that, it no longer belongs to you, it belongs everyone else who was not so "fortunate".

Posted by: dpv | August 26, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Why Bush Attach Iraq?
====================

1. Saddam abused Sr. Bush and he decided to attach Iraq.
2. 3 trillion dollars have gone in Irag war meaning 45% of tax payer money goes in WAR related stuff.
3. result in no job for citizen
4.Still - Iraq war have seen poor infrstucture to soilders
5. where idd the money go?

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Bottomline

1. Bush is expereinced business man.
2. He played games in whitehouse and made sure that we go to Iraq and have another war. OIL and getting ridof saddam was the reason
3. Not all 45% of the money that reaches the soilders where does that go?
4. Remember - he is expereiced Business Man and that money is with him somewhere.

So if he made even 5% of the mondy that is funded in Iraq war he is haveing 5% of 3 trilliuon dollars. Wow - what a money his next 5 generation will not have to worry at all.

Posted by: Experince | August 26, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I am an African American woman and I had mixed emotions viewing Michelle Obama's speech. Initially, I was nervous because I realized how important her address to the convention is. I sat in the den away from my husband of three weeks. Midway, I felt a sense of pride. I value hard work also.
When she spoke about her husband, I jumped into my husband arms. I wanted to feel what she felt. However, toward the end, I was in tears because I feel that we (Americans) are going to prevail as a whole.

Posted by: Michelle Anderson | August 26, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

WOW!!There is still plenty of RACISM out there!!!!2008 and after reading a lot of these messages I truly realize that.

Posted by: zgirl | August 26, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Lets see who would you want on your side in a fight a mean black woman or a recovering drug addict white woman? The speech was awesome. Sorry for being crude.

Posted by: freash brains | August 26, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The press just can't seem to shut up about how everything Obama does, has, or touches is perfect. Now just because his wife managed to not spout anything angry or hateful for ten straight minutes on stage, we will now hear from every mainstream news source in the country for about the next week how perfect she is. Hillary should be on that stage as the candidate. She deserves it, she worked for it, she can handle it. The DNC simply got too exited about their new toy and cast her aside in a heartbeat to make room for him. Obama stole that nomination from Hillary Clinton and many of use are not willing to just 'forget about it' and vote for Obama. I am voting for McCain or Nader.

Posted by: Elllen | August 26, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Need I remind all that Mrs Obama is not running for office. If her husband is elected to office she seemed to present herself as someone who would be a fine fist lady. This of course would be no reason to vote for Obama. There is no requirement that a male must have a wife to be elected. Her strengths or weaknesses have little to do with what we are voting for.

Posted by: Garry | August 26, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Simply put, this is not an issue of race. This concerns how society percieves these traits in one gender over another.

Strong, confident women (black, white or blue) are a threat and perceived negatively. While men with these same traits are lauded.

Women of all colors are just as guilty as men for perpetuating this.

Posted by: Caroline | August 26, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

The racist, hate-mongers on the right will see what they want to see regarding Mrs. Obama...an evil, unpatriotic "angry" black woman.

The rest of the intelligent and sensible folks will see her for what she TRULY is...an intelligent, strong, attractive, athletic, LOVING mother and wife who epitomizes all that this country claims to be about. As she said and has been said by others..the story of the Obamas is an AMERICAN story! One of two people who studied, worked hard and showed themselves approved by pursuing and acheiving an education at one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world.

For those who continue to spew the lies about she and Sen. Obama, I say...don't hate her....try to be more LIKE her! She and her family are certainly the type of example anyone with a grain of personal integrity should want to follow.

Posted by: Rob in Alabama | August 26, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I am a 50 year old white male commenting again:

I agree with this:

"That's interesting that the white woman Eugene talked to thought Michelle Obama looks mean. I wonder if there's also a gender issue overlaid over racial and generational issues. I'm a white man who's going to vote for Barack Obama, and I think Michelle Obama seems like a nice person, from what I can see in the news. It's Cindy McCain who comes across as witchy to me (although I have to remind myself that that could possibly be a false impression from the media, many members of which I assume are going to vote for Obama, as I am). The media tries to stay objective, but biases can leak out here and there."

Yes - Cindy seems weird and mean and John is getting weirder by the day. Michelle was taken out of context a couple of times, but as I said, because of absent Black males, racism and low self-esteem, Black women do feel they have to be meaner or tougher. There is a certain vibe. They are different than white women in most cases, even in the most "well-rounded" or "diverse" cases. They can't help it. The racism, low self-esteem, and general defensiveness makes it almost impossible not to have your personality altered a bit. This is the same with almost any American Black or anybody that has been repeatedly been a target of discrimination or racism.

This is no excuse and i am opposed to affirmative action or feeling sorry. I am just saying that is the reality.

Posted by: NoName | August 26, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Do I want to hear "Michell and Barrack" Love story? The convention is a political event, not a love story. Something is wrong here.

Posted by: Peter Truong | August 26, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

You column states "but, somehow, 'strong' gets turned into a pejorative when applied to black women. The word is used to imply 'intimidating.'”

Please stop the incessant reference to race! Michelle's problem isn't her "strength" -- it's her lack of humility. We liked Laura Bush and Barbara Bush because of their humility and dignity. We didn't like Nancy Reagan and Hillary because of their lack thereof.

Character trumps skin color every time.

Posted by: B | August 26, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't even want to go there again: There is absolutely nothing that the Obamas could do wrong in the eye of - the beholder - Mr. Robinson. However, for those who listen, read and - epsecially - watched Michelle Obama's speeched during primaries, there was nothing gracious about the America she now is so in love with. It was unfair, mean, constantly moving a bar for minorities, hopeless country she grew up in and continied to live in, according to her life recounts and tons of complains including student loans for her two most prestiougious in the world college degrees. So what gave in the course of 3 months? I guess the polls are not as good as the Obamas want them to be, so there is now a teleprompter so she won't get off the message and revert to the old angry Michelle. Yeah, a change we can believe in?

Posted by: Indyfan | August 26, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Somali woman, for mentioning the chip that seemed to be on Michelle's shoulder. It's Michelle's never-been-proud-of-her-country-before resentment that Obama's political enemies have exploited. It's easy for a white person also to be cynical about this democracy that has elected such horrible leaders in so many elections. But I hope her husband's rise, and the rhetoric of this convention, are reminding Michelle that a lot of good people of all colors are on her side. And most of the people on the other side aren't evil, just ignorant, and she can win a lot of them over if she reaches out to them.

Posted by: Richard | August 26, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Michelle really hit the ball out of the park and if she feels particularly proud of America now for getting Obama this far SHE IS NOT ALONE!

It is amazing to watch as America grapples with its better judgement of optimism and hope over its poorer judgment to give in to Bush/McCain massaged fears and trepidation.

Such a promising, young and adolescent country coming into adulthood... it is with the audacity of hope and optimism that America will make the right decision on Nov. 4th. After two strikes voting Bush in, 9 Trillion in debt, gas gone from $28 to over $130/gal., could this be the proverbial third time lucky?

Nothing is lost by changing with the times. Be smart voters, be very smart.

Posted by: Artist3d | August 26, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Can we afford to have Cindy McCain in the Whitehouse? She has a KNOWN history of drug abuse. Pills? What else? Drug abuse by any name is drug abuse and addicts are addicts. This hasn’t been talked about enough. Drugs and seven houses… with seven homes it’s no doubt easy for her to hide her past and this very questionable behavior.

Posted by: Dale Hoffman | August 26, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

When I think about it, Michelle's "American story" is far more compelling than McCain's for what it says about America.

A descendant of slaves is on the threshold of occupying the White House.

That says so much for America, doesn't it?

Posted by: kirkc | August 26, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Beverly Marshall

I have to say I am surprised anyone would admit they voted for Carter but if they are going to give a reason for their admission it would have to be "[he is a] Southerner."

Did you not notice all these problems started because of that particular President? He was brilliant in business and took peanuts , bought cotton sold it high and the bought rentals (we all know his business earnings were a million at a very young age). BUT he was a very poor President that underminded the leader we set up in Iran. Next thing you know we have a crazy world full of radicals and it all lays on the shoulders of that particular President as the initiator.

Posted by: RYan | August 26, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Peter Truong: Where have you been ? Every person running for President totes their love story at the Convention. Remember Gore giving his wife Tipper a long kiss on the stage ?

Please go do your homework.

Posted by: Sally | August 26, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The only thing better would have been if she had actually written the speach herself.

Posted by: MKCB | August 26, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

As I observed the audience I noticed that many people as myself seemed disconnected from Miss Obama being I think that the whole speach was so orchestrated that it bored them to death. She did nothing to sell me on her husband and less on herself. She was phony, pretensous, and had no direction or lets say plan to attack the problems of this country. She is just another politician trying to get into office to stroke there own ego and to fatten there wallets.

Posted by: Steve | August 26, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

So Michelle & Barack have taxpayer funded educations? (Which probably included loans)

Bush's parents paid for his.

Who doesn't think the taxpayers got a better return on the Obamas' education?

Posted by: Bridget | August 26, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson: why are you prejudiced towards the Non-Right-handed community?

Posted by: LEFT HANDED | August 26, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

A reasonably good delivery of a carefully crafted speech. I bet at least 6 speechwriters plus Obama and his top staffers had to sign off on this thing. Too many cooks to make this a good stew. But they accomplished what they wanted, a warm and fuzzy few minutes for the faithful.

Posted by: special88 | August 26, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I saw the reflection of myself and my family in Michelle and I thought of the women in my family who worked so hard to get us here and I could not stop crying.

Posted by: mary | August 26, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Eugene, I think you're missing the boat on the mean issue, I love Michelle Obama and think she'll make a great first lady, but she plucks her eyebrows into the meanest arch this side of Cruella Deville and instead of saying you don't know why people think she looks mean and put it into a racial context, you should try to pass the word through some back channels to get her to soften those lines, there's a reason Cindy McCain wears pink- it makes her look nice.

Posted by: Mark | August 26, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I love it. Just because there was slavery back in the day, we should elect this guy president. It only seems fair and just.

Oh my, how far have we come that a poor non white couple could make it this far in their lives. After all, white people are the reason more non-whites aren't as successful.

By the way, I am being sarcastic.

Posted by: HAHAHA | August 26, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"So Michelle & Barack have taxpayer funded educations?"

Where in God's name did you get this? From reading another idiot's comments? Check your facts, dear. They got where they are now through hard work.

Posted by: Jake | August 26, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Response to Zaney 8:

How mean-spirited you are and how jealous. As a woman of color who also attended an ivy-league college, before you make accusations, please get your facts straight. Ms. Obama might have had loans to pay back but they were not necessarily federal loans. I paid back loans for part of my education, the part that I did not receive as an academic grant, but my loans were financed by the college I attended. Many ivy league colleges use their huge endowment funds to finance the educations of smart,gifted students who otherwise would not be able to attend their
schools. Our loans were paid back to the college and not to the federal government.

I am very proud of both the Obamas, they are living embodiments of the American dream. Although they are both from working class families, they were taught the meaning of hard work and the value of an education. Something that we all need to teach our children, regardless of class, race, or creed.

Posted by: Ethical 1 | August 26, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I didn't find the speech all that original or compelling. Although Mr.s Obama certainly came across warmly. Like the Clintons, the Obamas are the epitome of ambition. Of course M.O. has tension towards Hillary - she's another woman looking to share her husband's power on a gut level. It's natural to not want to (and to not let Bill wedge his way back in, either).

To the poster who complained about the Obama's taxpayer paid education - the Obamas recognized an opportunity when presented and turned it into the maximum they could. There is nothing wrong with that. Regardless of whether the opportunity was biased towards a specific demographic is irrelevant. Both of them clearly repaid their opportunity back in shovelfuls.

I don't agree with their ideology or their associations and think there is nothing particularly unique about the campaign except for skin color. I'm voting for what the man is, not the quantity of melanin in his skin.

Posted by: c staples | August 26, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I read some of these posts and can't help but think "Boy I hate stupid people" and "Why are Republicans so stupid?"

Name one advance in American society that has been spearheaded by Republicans? The only thing that comes to mind was the Progressive Teddy Roosevelt who established the National Parks System. The National Parks that modern Republicans want to spill oil on.

Republicans stood in the way of: Women's Suffrage, The New Deal, Social Security, Civil Rights, Health Care, etc.

Republicans are ANTI-Choice

Republicans beleave that b/c there weren't any police forces in until the 1830s, that means when the founding fathers wrote the Second Amendment in 1791, they therefore have the right to own and assault weapons.

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

For starters the 3rd word is RUGULATED, the fourth word is MILITIA. And in modern days they are no longer "necesarry to the security of a free State"

They read the latter and nothing else.

Republicans want to cut taxes and spend deficits.

Paying your taxes is patriotic.

Republican Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization."

So its safe to say Republicans are idiots and hopefully the Democrats will control 60 seats in the Senate giving them a Filibuster-proof magarity for President Obama to usher in another New Deal/Great Society.

_________________

By the way
Michelle Nailed It!
She is almost as talented a public speaker as Barack. How's Hillary follow Michelle, tonight? She is an awful speaker: so monatone and boring.

We will have a Liberal Era in Amercia!

Barack Obama will be the 44th President of these United States.

Posted by: Yonkers Rob | August 26, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

For one moment, if you could substitute "Democrat" for "Republican" and pretend that the past 8 years we have been under a Democratic administration (Iraq, failing economy, mortgage disaster, widespread mistrust of government, failure to address global warming and other important issues, and the rest of the world disliking us), who in their right mind would vote for more of the same? Quite simply, the Republican administration has been nothing less than a disaster for this country so we have an obligation as citizens to turn the ship around. Obama brings optimism, energy, intelligence, awareness and the opportunity for a different approach. Common sense tells us that it's time for a change. I have yet to hear one argument that more of the same is a sound plan.

Posted by: oceanic | August 26, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

That speech was awesome.....my wife cried....it was emotional and REAL....that was probably the best speech I have heard in a long time, even better than her husband.....

She just proved what an awesome first lady she would be......

Posted by: Oregon4Obama | August 26, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

As of last week, I started predicting that the Democrats were walking into an "ugly, bloody and humiliating train wreck" this November, and that they were doing it "eyes wide open".

Obama's pick of Biden only affirms that projection, as does Obama's convention. This is an update of my prognostication.

NATIONAL TRACKING POLLS, POST-VP-PICK 08/26/08:

Rasmussen: Obama 46, McCain 46, TIE
Gallup: Obama 44, McCain 46, McCain +2

Obama's not getting a VP naming "bump", he's getting a VP naming "dump"!


OBAMA'S FIRST EXECUTIVE STAFFING DECISION: HIS VP PICK

Biden is bad enough that it's worth voting against Obama just to make sure that bizarre blowhard guy can't become president by some misfortune befalling Obama that elevates Biden. Biden has seniority, not gravitas, just as Obama has personality and charisma, not depth. Plus, Biden has some career-ending things in his past:

What Kind of Plagiarist Is Joe Biden?
(THE UNUSUALLY CREEPY KIND)
Slate Article By Jack Shafer
more at: http://www.slate.com/id/2198597/


2008 CONVENTION MESSAGING

The convention messaging is one of failure thus far. It's unquestionably the wrong thing to do to be trying to familiarize the electorate with your candidate still. While Bill Clinton got a huge bump out of his convention, this is not the same problem Obama is having. Obama's spent months in a primary/caucus contest that ran through each state, and he's spent $300 million thus far to help the electorate get to know him better. The electorate at this point is not getting too little information about Obama. Obama's maxed out on the number of people in the electorate who think he should be elected president this year, and that's his problem.

The fact that, (1) after a primary season that was battled through each state, $300 million spent on his part and miles of column space devoted to him by an infatuated press who blanketed their forums with praise and pro-Obama memes, Obama has to devote his convention to an attempt to let the public get to know him better, speaks of disaster.


HEADLINING HIS WIFE?

Again, Obama is leading with fights against his weaknesses and not defining the election year issues and a platform and agenda. Headlining with his wife, in attempts to try to defuse America's dislike of her and humanize him, is a convention message that is defensive against his weaknesses instead of a leadership theme. And during his convention, Obama's falling in national tracking polls. He has little of substance to offer as compelling arguments for his leadership, even for his own convention.

The media and the netroots, propaganda artists all, have led the Democratic party to this situation.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

This lady tells the American Dream. The American Dream my parents realized after WWII. The dream that for some people in our nation had to wait until the roadblocks to the African American community fell in the late sixties. Congratulations to the Obamas!

Posted by: bradcpa | August 26, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

There were many comments about the Obamas being "coached" in their speeches, and that anyone can be coached to make a great speech. I have two words for you....George Bush. In every speeck I've seen him make, he comes across as stupid, weak, and lost. And he has made the U.S. look like idiots to the rest of the world. If Barack Obama does NOTHING else but speak extraordinarily well in front of the world and motivate people to act for something positive (two things which have already been shown) we will be improving 1000 fold over the current administration.

Posted by: So Cal | August 26, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Its amazing how we move around the world accusing other governments of not allowing its people to speak their minds. We want to lecture China about human rigts. America does not have a monopoly on morality or values. The Bible speaks of man's heart being "deceitful and desperately wicked." I guess that does not apply to American. America should be ashamed of itself. What's America afraid of. Are most Americans so dumb that they are unable to distinguish between fact from lies. What are we afraid of? Obama and his wife! Is America really interest in freedom around the world or just white freedom. This country, along with Britain and the other european country do not like anyone who does not look like them. Obama did everything America said to do. Work hard and fulfill the American dream. Yet when he accomplishes it, he is ridiculed as elitist. As a black man There is no hope in this country. If Obama was a drug dealer, he would be less threatening because you could incarcerate him, thus controlling him. However, as an educated person of high moral standards, white America knows that they cannot control or intimidate him. And there lies the problem--two different America and neither includes black people. What a sad commentary on a group of people who go around the world questioning other countries' values? America the beautiful has now become America the hyprocrite.

Posted by: Mad | August 26, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

These people have no concern for the Military. What a bunch of crap. If they were so concerned why didn,t they join? I also get tired of politicans taking credit for changes they said they made during there time in office when in fact they were forced to do it to be politcally correct such as Welfare reform, and money for vets. This people are so full_________

Posted by: Bruce | August 26, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Re: Michelle's Previous Quotes, I agree with everything she has said. I have not been proud of this country lately. A lot of people are struggling in ways they shouldn't have to. And the current administration has been all about instilling fear. What's your point?

Posted by: Tonic_Writes | August 26, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Do you Obama fans think that the Obamas will throw their own children out and tell them to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, or do you think these children will inherit their parents' wealth, just as the McCains, especially Cindy, inherited theirs? Should the Obama children be held up for derision in the future if they accept said wealth? The double standards, not to mention the lack of logical thinking and the envy that motivates it, is laughable coming from the Obama audience. The accusations of racism are not laughable, though, and we are growing increasingly tired of them. I understand that when you can't defend Obama's lack of accomplishments, you need to go on the offensive, but the race card is effective only when it is truthfully played. You need to come up with something better.

Posted by: Judy Kilgore | August 26, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Someday, people in this country will understand that when they are taking about America, they are talking about themselves.

We are America.

Posted by: US | August 26, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Dale Hoffman

You guys are everywhere with your conspiracy theories.

Now, 7 houses is nothing. If you want 7 houses you buy and leverage. A person earning 80k a year can buy 7 houses. When I lost my job (which payed 64k at the time) I still was able to stay in my house on a golf course and feed my family. I have no payments. I stayed away from credit card debt. I stayed away from monthlys like cable TV (just don't like that poor programming to fill my kid's heads with garbage--Disney is all inappropriate for little kids nowadays).

Just make a priority to save and keep your credit good. There are lots of excuses to not own 7 homes. I think it is just so easy to say things like I don't go to Church who needs organized religion (too lazy to get up on Sunday--don't like being told what to think etc.) I don't vote Republican (they are mean people), and I don't want to own 7 houses (that is greedy and those weathy people are out of touch with the real Man.)

Posted by: NO shortange of conspire | August 26, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Nothing can be more outstanding than her speech performance yesterday..........
OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

Posted by: LAWAL | August 26, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Ok, Ok, Ok... So what happened to her 'Fro and the AK47? hahahahahahahaha

Posted by: DB | August 26, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

To Anonymous

When your dumb you know what learns the difference between you're and your, then and only then you deserve the right to criticize Michelle Obama. You are as uneducated as so many of the idiots who respond to these columns.

Posted by: jt | August 26, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I watched Michelle Obama's speech in total awe. I was so proud of her, her brother, and her mother. Our Seattle Times headlines stated "The American Dream Endures". Michelle skillfully weaved a story of a "girl from the South Side (of Chicago), who was loved, nurtured, and supported by her family. A girl who is rooted in The American Dream - a shared vision of a better future, where all americans walk together into that bright future.

For an accomplished woman to speak on the national stage of the democratic convention, and bring people to their feet in celebration of The American Dream is very inspiring.

Anyone with ears to hear, and a heart to understand this remarkable speech knows that history was made on Aug 25, 2008. Obama recalled women's suffrage (19th constitutional amendment signed on Aug 26, 1920) and Martin Luther King Jr's leadership resulting in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. These landmark legislative actions also energize The American Dream: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Posted by: Richard | August 26, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

M.O. was great last night. she was confident, natural and smart.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

The whole issue of Barack & Michelle Obama's image and Mr. Obama's "experience" boils down to race. Despite decades of integration and civil rights struggle, race is still the issue that the media is politely tap-dancing around. Michelle and Barack are black, and "white America" is not used to thinking of African-American men and women as people of substance and ability. After voting for Hillary, and watching Barack and Michelle trounce her, I can only conclude that the Obama's are just the intelligent, capable, disciplined, and thoughtful people we need in the White House. Furthermore, electing Barack would perhaps finally deal a mortal blow to 300+ years of racist thought and perception, and show the world that the US can rise above slavery and strive to attain the loft ideals of our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Posted by: Tom | August 26, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

"She definitely was coached over and over for her performance. Who really knows what she's like inside. Anyone can get up and give a speech and tell and show people what they want to see and hear. I think if obama gets in there with her, we as middle class will be supporting every illegal and 2nd and 3rd welfare person for eternity. I am particularly sickened by democrats passive way to take care of the economy. This is not disney land and it's obvious none of you really have a plan, just a dream and I'm sick of dreams, we need to take action and quit babying everyone around. Where are all the good men in this world, there has to be some. Wish they'd quit hiding and take control of our government again. We really don't have much to pick from this pres. election, how sad we have become. God have mercy on us.

Posted by: c. conserv | August 26, 2008 1:46 PM "

I’m sure that you’re right that Michelle had some coaching prior to her speech at the Democratic National Convention. Anyone with the courage to speak at such a huge and important event would seek coaching. They would practice over and over again and seek the advice of others so that they can be the best they can be. But coaching won’t change the fact that Michelle Obama worked tremendously hard to accomplish all that she has. It won't change the fact that she came from meager beginnings and with nothing but the love and support of her family and hard work, made a success of herself and gave back to her community through years of community service. Coaching won’t change the fact that she loves her children and her husband with all of her heart.
While you claim that anyone can give such a moving speech, you are wrong. It takes hard work, determination, courage, authenticity, and intelligence to give a speech like Michelle Obama gave.

As far as your comments claiming that Obama’s administration will be a welfare administration, you obviously haven’t been listening. If you had watched the Saddleback forum, you would have learned that Obama believes in welfare reform. If you had bothered to look into Obama’s record with the Illinois legislature, you would have noticed that Obama was instrumental in passing welfare reform. Your baseless speculation that an Obama administration would be a welfare administration simply don’t hold any merit.

Finally, your resentment of Democrats’ “passive way to take care of the economy” is alarmingly misplaced. Unmitigated laissez faire is a Republican tenant, not a Democrat one. It yields the very plagues on the economy that you appear to resent. Savings and Loan. Enron. Tyco. Subprime mortgage collapse. It appears that you really haven’t thought things out. I would hope that you would assess your values, and with an open mind, compare them to the positions of our candidates. You might just be surprised to learn that you are more of a Democrat than you thought.

Posted by: hesingswithfrogs | August 26, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Michelle's speech was utterly wonderful, uplifting, and inspirational. The emotion and narrative were just great. Anyone who can't connect or relate to this speech could not be living on the planet Earth. Her performance truly reveals how the mainstream media and the McCain campaign have falsely and unfairly demonized her.

Posted by: Greg | August 26, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

As a white women what I see when I look at Michelle is a woman with grace who is strong and smart and who is a role model for all women irrespective of race. You do not graduate from the colleges she has attended or succeed at the job that she has without hard work and intelligence. But I think that Mr. Robinson raises a valid issue about how we judge women, and I am guilty of it myself. I expect far more from women that I do men, and they have to be ethical above anything else, no whinning is a close second. We are evolving folks, much has changed in the fifty years I have been alive, and we have still have a long way go, but I am certainly proud of the progress we have made so far.

Posted by: marys | August 26, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Mr Robinson, you are biaised, you have Michelle's name :-)

I am a white woman in French Caribean, and I was very touched by Michelle 's symbolic presence, and even more with her genuine and good personnality...She is the kind of woman I can take as a role model, and this is America's victory.

Posted by: Cecile | August 26, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Special Ed Teacher misses the point when s/he writes, "Most of Michelle Obama's speech resonated with me, also. But then, she and her brother spoke yet again about how dribbling a basketball across a court is somehow the measure of person, and gives one insight into a person's character. I can't tell you how much this saddens and infuriates me. For ten years, I have worked with children who are severely disabled -- none of the kids I have taught will ever be able to play basketball. Neither, I suspect, will a lot of the vets who are returning from Iraq with severe and chronic injuries. I'm sick of this 'ubermenschen' crap, and I certainly didn't expect to hear it from the family of the Democratic nominee" (August 26, 2008 1:11 PM). Their point wasn't about the physical ability to dribble a basketball. It was about how any challenging endeavor reveals a person's character. Playing basketball involves choices, judgment. Someone else might say, "I don't feel I know a person until I've played poker with them," or "Until you've been out shopping with a guy, you don't know what he's really like." Special Ed Teacher is getting so caught up in his/her own work that he/she is blind to meanings produced in other contexts.

Posted by: jchaney | August 26, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

FYI: The Obamas only paid just under $400,000 for their large yes, mansion, no--home in Hyde Park. It has an appraisal value at $1.6 million.

Posted by: ObamaBiden08 | August 26, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Please-- to all of you who mistakenly write (and perpetuate falsehoods), that if someone gets a scholarship to Harvard, the taxpayers are paying for it. Private colleges and universities have endowments, scholarship funds, etc. that cover these costs. It is pathetic that people keep spreading falsehoods just because it's convenient. There seems to be tremendous envy expressed just beneath the surface of many of these comments. Just because the Obamas have "made it" in the traditional sense of being successful doesn't make them evil or simply lucky. It's about hard work, people.

Posted by: getwiththeprogram | August 26, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

You should have a license to vote. It seems I am still in a grade school class president election. NOthing is based on ability but basically over lets say one little trivial thing they said to you or did for you. Bobby gave me a cookie so I think I will vote for him. If the Democrats run this country like they are running there convention then we are going to have a serious problem. Its totally embarrasing as a American

Posted by: Harold | August 26, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

White male again...

But more importantly - why even mention her race and the possibility that she had to tone down her image because of it?

even if Black women are perceived as meaner (which, as I said, they correctly are because they have to be because of racism, absent Black males, and low self-esteem), why go there?

How about NOT bringing up race again and again in every third article Eugene? You are a great writer and I have grown to respect you, but I wish you would just leave race alone for a while , even if it IS an issue.

Hillary was also told, I am sure, to "humanize" herself, many, many times.

Anyway, how about one month with no race issue mentioned Eugene? Can you do it?

i will bet you cannot.. :)

Posted by: No | August 26, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Living as a privileged white female through desegregation in the Deep South and meeting my first black person as a freshman in high school, I watched Michelle Obama last night with an incredible appreciation for her - and for our country's - achievement.

Michelle, for the sake of that lone black female back in the 60's, struggling so hard to rise above her upbringing in the mean streets of New Orleans' projects and make her family proud of her (which she did spectacularly), I thank you.

WITH ALL MY HEART, I THANK YOU, MICHELLE!

And PLEASE don't let the mean-spirited racists still left among us get you down - you did GREAT last night. (The sour grapes dispensers flowing today are, in truth, the PROOF that you did extraordinarily well).

Posted by: Carmen Cameron | August 26, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Mad

God needs hypocrates. We all fall short. But hey, listen you are wrong to think we are threatened by the power of Obama and his "blackness" just because we want to keep America as a Republic. The Obama America would be a socialistic free for all. How is not wanting that the same as being afraid of the powerful wifey. God bless her achievements and long life. I just think you are trying to intimidate us by the standard Demo method:

Lets see you are a bigot, now say sorry and let Obama have his due. And leave his wifey alone you are so mean to her and it is most likely because you are envious of her say sorry for having any opinon Mr. anti Obama because if you don't think the way we do you are evil--hey, evil that is great; I think I will use that more often. Yes, Mr Republican you are evil now say sorry. Mean people; not like us nice people. We just want to help.

Posted by: TO Mad | August 26, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I would be proud to have Michelle Obama as our First Lady. She did great last night, women today can be like her; student,sister, daughter, leader, mother and wife. Cindy McCain has her good side, but we can not forget that she was the other woman for McCain. He left his first wife because she was no longer pretty,and sick. Left her for his lover and her money.

Posted by: Bev | August 26, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I am voting third party because I do not like McCain nor Obama. McCain is too old. I think we need someone in their 50s or 60s and Obama has been friends with terrorist Bill Ayers (who admitted he had no regrets about setting bombs), had help buying his house from a convicted felon and in face to face interviews stumbles...ahhh....um...well...personally I have nothing against him at all. He and Michelle have done well.

Posted by: Neil | August 26, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Carmen Cameron

That is right we a racial but not racists. We don't have to do as you say to be normal citizens like you. Oh, to struggle, I guess my working my way through college was not a struggle because I was white all those years. Give me a break.

Posted by: What? | August 26, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I was surely impressed with Michelle Obama. And the more I see this couple the more I am completely comfortable with them in the white house. McCain and Cindy are a good deal of concern to me. When will he have a senior moment comes to mind and Cindy looks and acts like a leading candidate for a vampire movie. McCain is like, "bomb, bomb, bomb" anybody. Foreign policy experience indeed.

Posted by: Mahan | August 26, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

The more I read this comments, the more I ask myself if we are truly ready for change, the venom many of you are spewing, makes me believe that we have not matured as a nation, I do not expect to change anyone, however if we do not start to work together, we will continue to decline and keep our future generations from having the opportunities that our parents worked hard to provide us.......

Posted by: uglywart | August 26, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I am an Ivy-League educated, Balck, child of twop immigrants and Michelle's speech was mediocre at best. Her words lacked any sort of substnaces and was largely emotional. The whole "Black girl rags to riches" story is played out and is not what the American people need right now. This is all a sham, folks.

I proudly choose to continue to support Clinton. Yes, this Black woman from Chicago.

I am more interested in Obama's mentor referring to a Clinton supporter as an "Uncle Tom." I think that comment is far more telling than of Obam's "You're either with us or dead" approach to politics.

Posted by: Black Ivy | August 26, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Michelle's role was to share those things we all have in common.Every person White, Black, Asian, Native American, Hispanic etc... wants a job, a decent place to live, an education and healthcare. We all want to make a decent pay, be able to feed our children and enjoy the fruits of our labor. PLEASE, just for once realize she was talking to each and every one of us and did so in an honorable manner. I LOVE MY COUNTRY---BUT I AM NOT PROUD OF HOW WE MAKE EXCUSES FOR PAST GENERATIONS BELIEFS AND RACISM. We are not them!!! When you are on the USA olympic team you cheer for the USA, it doesn't matter what color your team mates are, we want the GOLD; when you are in war it doesn't matter what color your buddy is; it's does this PERSON have my back. Open your eyes and see the possibilities. I don't care what color or ethnicity the person is who will find a cure for Cancer, AIDS, MS, MD or any other devastating disease...I WILL SIMPLY PRAISE THEM AND BE THANKFUL FOR THE CURE.
MICHELLE DID AN EXCELLENT JOB.

Posted by: Bonnie | August 26, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Well said!!

As a liberal, ivy-educated older white woman, I guess I'd be pegged as both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton supporters, and I do admire both of them. But Michelle Obama is -- at least so far -- the best of the three.

She was extraordinary last night, as warm and wonderful and open and expressive as I had hoped she would be. I cried when she spoke of her father, because she sounded like me missing my father. I cried when the camera focused on her mother, because the pride, love and accomplishment radiating from her reminded me of my late mother. I chuckled at the little girls, especially when Sasha showed off a little once she got hold of the mike. And I grinned when the candidate's face lit up as he saw his lovely family.

The only thing that bothered me is something that's not the Obamas' fault: they have obviously been counseled to downplay their sterling academic credentials, because of the Republicans' attacks on them as elitist. Why should this family have to be apologetic about going to Princeton and Harvard? No one "accused" the Clintons of going to Georgetown, Wellesley and Yale - they were proud of it. How can their opponents get away with casting this family as "too smart" or "too educated"? Is there an intended undertone of "too big for their britches" here? Shame.

Posted by: Philip | August 26, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

My family came to this land before it was a country. They came from humble beginnings, as did everyone's if we look back far enough. My family fought on both sides of the Revolution and the Civil war and we've fought in most of this country's conflicts since then.
I'm proud of the fact that both Michelle and Barack are American; that they came from humble origins and bootstrapped themselves within this culture of ours to the places they are in now, without injury to anyone else. I'm proud of any American who can do that. It speaks of integrity, a well-founded upbringing and True Grit.
Our Founding Fathers were educated, forward-thinking, wealthy and risk-taking men who were from the culture of their time. We would call them elitist today.
I don't understand why those qualities are deemed poison?
I earned a great education at Rice University (mostly scholarship), but I also roofed apartments and welded at refineries. I respected the people I worked with who didn't have the option of a good education and I think they respected me for my hard work and willing attitude to learn from them.
If the Obamas didn't have strong opinions about this country when they were young and allowed to express them - that's when I'd be worried. If they still have strong opinions, yet temper their speech to appeal to the vast majority - that's to be expected. Yes, they have handlers.
I'm just one guy, but I believe that Obama, with a willing Congress, can make a dent in quite a lot of what's wrong with our nation right now. He's intelligent, educated, lived in different parts of the world, from humble origins and obviously a hard-worker and achiever, articulate and hopefully has the integrity I believe he has. And I hope he follows through with his idea of surrounding himself with a cabinet of likewise intelligent people who may disagree with him (but don't dominate him.)
That's a tall order, but I think he can do it. And he has my vote.

Posted by: Malcolm MacDonald | August 26, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

This is very well stated!

As a liberal, ivy-educated older white woman, I guess I'd be pegged as both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton supporters, and I do admire both of them. But Michelle Obama is -- at least so far -- the best of the three.

She was extraordinary last night, as warm and wonderful and open and expressive as I had hoped she would be. I cried when she spoke of her father, because she sounded like me missing my father. I cried when the camera focused on her mother, because the pride, love and accomplishment radiating from her reminded me of my late mother. I chuckled at the little girls, especially when Sasha showed off a little once she got hold of the mike. And I grinned when the candidate's face lit up as he saw his lovely family.

The only thing that bothered me is something that's not the Obamas' fault: they have obviously been counseled to downplay their sterling academic credentials, because of the Republicans' attacks on them as elitist. Why should this family have to be apologetic about going to Princeton and Harvard? No one "accused" the Clintons of going to Georgetown, Wellesley and Yale - they were proud of it. How can their opponents get away with casting this family as "too smart" or "too educated"? Is there an intended undertone of "too big for their britches" here? Shame.

Posted by: Truman | August 26, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: AsperGirl Wrote many offensive statements, including: Michelle Obama confuses the racial preferences and affirmative action she and her husband benefitted from with inherent superiority over others....The Obamas are repulsive to blue collar whites and those who work for a living and advance on merit, because they are clearly a affirmative action, racial preference blessed couple, who sneers down at the implied inferiority of those who don't make it and the corrupt, "old" racism of those who don't embrace their shallow and self-referential "movement".

I will try to only pity AsperGirl, because clearly you blame others (blacks,...) for your own failure to achieve great academic accomplishments.

Barack Obama was not an affirmative action law student. On his law school admission form he did not check the race box, he left all options blank.

However, even if both Obama's got into college as a result of affirmative action, despite no evidence to support that claim, they still had to graduate, and they still had to pass the bar. I'm a white women, I didn't get into University of Iowa Law school, I have no doubt that there were minorities with lower GPA's and LSAT scores than mine, that were accepted over me. So what, I went to my second choice, graduated passed the bar, and enjoy practicing law. I haven't experienced discrimination due to my race, and very little due to my gender. I support affirmative action.

What AsperGirl apparently doesn't realize is affirmative action helps provide someone with the opportunity to succeed, they still must then succeed on their own merits. Once in law school (or med school, etc.)students are treated the same, whether they got in the school, because their family has given money over the years (i.e. W with Yale), or because the school recognizes that all students, and society benefit from diversity, once that student is in there they must succeed on their merits. In law school students are assigned test numbers, we use the number,not our names, on tests. The professor aren't provided with the students numbers. There's no opportunity to cut a minority, or favored student, a break on test grades(nor would that help them in the long run when it came time to take the bar exam)

The bar exam is the same, there is not a white bar, and minority bar. Many privileged white students have failed the bar exam, even when they come from Ivy league law schools (Hillary Clinton failed the DC bar, and JFK Jr. failed the NY bar twice)Both Obama's took and passed the Illinois bar, Michelle was an associate at one of the nations most elite law firms, Sidley Austin doesn't hire "token" lawyers as associates. And the summer interns hired have wonderful academic credentials. Barack was a summer intern at Sidley Austin. Both Obama's are the american story, and even if you would never vote for Obama, the failure to have pride in their accomplishments is sad.

Whether either Obama received preferential treatment due to affirmative action I have no clue, but AsperGirl's assumption that they did, and the vitriol in her post is a very sad pathetic reflection of the type of person she is. How anyone could watch Michelle last night, and not be moved reflects poorly on them.

When people like Pat Buchanan give it good marks, or when a very conservative secretary in my office, whose one of the few people who still thinks Bush has done a great job, said Michelle was impressive, and the girls adorable (she'll still reluctantly vote McCain, the reluctance is due to her negative view of McCain)you know the speech was a hit. Those who hated Michelle before Monday night, and saw what AsperGirl saw, are impossible to reach. And sadly for them have hearts of stone.

Posted by: Iowan | August 26, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

As a black late-forties female, I am so proud of the Obamas and their accomplishments. It gives me much pride and hope for my children and for this country.

Michelle Obama's speech was a very poignant one, filled with a great deal of sentimentality. BUT WHAT WILL THAT DO FOR THE COUNTRY?

I, too am sick to death of this country only have white males as Presidents.

But with this said, I still don't feel as though Sen. Obama is ready for the task of President. I would not hire a 3-year experienced architect to design my house OR a 3-year experienced surgeon to perform surgery on me. And at least a year of this time he has been on the campaign trial.

I do believe that soon he will be ready and able to lead effectively. I just wish he had a trial of political positions/senate votes that could be looked at as insight into what he will do in the future. The fact is Mr. Obama no-voted more often then he voted in the senate.

Further, as a Christian I just can not reconcile the Democratic stance on abortion, same-sex marriage and stem cell research on aborted fetuses with my faith.

What are we thinking about when we dismiss these core sanctity of life issues.

I don't much care for the Republicans either, but I do respect their views on at these issues.

I know what many of you will say, war takes lives as do back-alley abortions; but at the end of the day we have an volunteer military and those that fail to take precautions, get pregnant and make a CHOICE to go to these seedy places instead of taking responsbility have more CHOICEs and rights then the millions of aborted children each year.

The answer evades me!

Posted by: sick to death of politics | August 26, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes, Michelle is a wife who is, shall I say, attractive enough so Barack does not go wandering off. God help him if he does.

Posted by: Mahan | August 26, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Ryan, you could use a little familiarity with the English language yourself. While I would not ordinarily be one to point out stupid spelling mistakes, you did not recognize the difference between "undermine" and "undermind" or the difference between "piece" and "peace."
You don't know know to spell "separate." So, explain again your problem with immigrants and the English language?


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Posted by: Sharon | August 26, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I am so sad to read such hateful negative comments on the Obamas and I wonder if we turned off the fox limbaugh o'reilly hanity pulpits and their negative press machines, would all these people still have the same opinions or use the same buzzwords they have been preached to over and over and over.....

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Michelle did a great job. It doesn't influence me one way or the other because I am voting for Barack Obama, not his wife. Only people who actually vote have the right to say anything in my opinion. So, I hope you all have the fortitude to vote. If not, then just shut up!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Let's be brutally honest, people. If it wasn't for the color of his skin, Barack Obama would be twenty points ahead in the polls and a shoe-in for the presidency. We "talk" about his "inexperience" to lead the country, but that's not what it's about at all.
As an "adoptive" parent of four children (three of them persons of color), I can tell you from experience that this is a very conservative, racist country. Unfortunately, we are still judging people by the color of their skin, rather than the quality of their character.

Posted by: Tom | August 26, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight. ONE white acquaintance told you that she thought Michelle Obama "looks mean,” and from this single offhand comment you have to write a whole article about white perceptions of black women?
I'm white, and I've never thought Michelle Obama "looks mean;" I've never heard anybody I know say that she "looks mean;" and in fact, until you brought it up, it never would have crossed my mind. You're debunking a viewpoint that, except in your imagining, doesn't even seem to exist.

Posted by: Geoffrey A Landis | August 26, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama did a great job executing the speech. However all these speeches represent are soundbite moments---kinda like a "KODAK MOMENT" with words---What will be of interest will be how the candidates!!! present THEIR DIFFERENT approach to the same problems.This is NOT GIRL FIGHT between Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain its not about clothes, hair and how they got together--vote on substance NOT looks and Hype whoever it is you vote for-- HAVE A-BRAIN NOT A MIRROR

Posted by: john | August 26, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

If nothing else, maybe electing Obama will help our pitiful educational system. Judging by the lack of spelling and grammatical care found in many of these postings, our country has an abundance of illiterates. That does not bode well for the 21st century.

Posted by: English teacher | August 26, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Great lady and great speech. Michelle and Obama "earned" everything that they have. Nothing was given to them. I applaud and respect them for that.

Posted by: MJC | August 26, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Proudly supporting Clinton is sort of pointless now isn't it?

The choice will be Obama (smart, gifted leader) or McCain (four more years of war and economic degradation, etc.).

Posted by: Bud | August 26, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

sick to death of politics

You should know that the money for Obama came from Silicon Valley efforts. It is no secret that this group targets Democratic candidates to support and they have been very good at it. As you can see Obama got a significant amount of money for this race.

People get together in rooms and talk about who to support. They can garner lots of help. I guess the Republicans need to use the same model the Democrats are using in Silicon Valley. They found a way to take the internet fund raising to a new level.

Posted by: why sick? | August 26, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

(White, 78) I like Michelle Obama.
Funny, after eight years of duplicity,I was getting to the stage where I didn't believe anybody. I was so relieved to find I was wrong.

All my life, I heard about "black lies" and "white lies." Thanks to Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, Mr. Rumsfeld and their clan, I discovered the meaning of "white lies" and thanks to Michelle Obama, I had the opportunity to find the meaning of their antidote.

Posted by: dick brandlon | August 26, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Sharon

I don't care about spelling; you got my point. I have 10 years of college--I guess the system failed me. It was the systems fault. I can not take any responbility for spellin.

So, Sharon, look into my eyes, do you see that log in ures

Posted by: Ryan | August 26, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

What black journalist can not use the word "white"? We have been hearing this term all election season and no one says anything when white pundits say it. Look the truth is they can slice and dice us up into all types of groups but we all boil down to one thing, Americans.

What Michelle did yesterday was make me proud to be a woman, a mom and a wife. I saw for the first time in my adult life a woman who can make me stand up and cheer for hope that was not belting out a tune but using words. And just for a single moment I felt united with the rest of America just like I did after 9/11. I was so proud to be witnessing this, this is what my grandmother felt seeing JFK, Bobby and King speak, just happy to be alive and seeing it the first time. This story when it is done with will be something the world will recognize as a great American story. I just hope all of you no matter who you are for and take a minute and say This is freaking incredible, out of this world, insane and it is happening here in America...with her pretty self.

Posted by: Nacola | August 26, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Americans are holding the opportunity of a lifetime to save yourselves and the rest of us who are impacted by the actions of your current regime. Unfortunately, there is something in us that cannot allow ourselves to LIKE achievement and talent, such as we saw in Michelle Obama last evening. We just don't WANT to like her. Sad, and our own loss at a time when humanity needs to be inspired more than anything, to save ourselves.

Posted by: Amazed White Woman | August 26, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I am SO tired of race being the main topic when Americans who are not white write any sort of opinion article. It is always the main theme. Do white writers use race as a crutch or a stepladder depending on the situation. Do they whine about affirmative action and how wrong it is to select someone for a job or acceptance into college based more on race than qualifications. NO! Why is it that Americans or color always bring race into the equation and then call white people racists???

Posted by: Sick of it | August 26, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

This from a white aging rural woman: I think Michelle Obama is the closest human version I have ever witnessed of a Greek Goddess - smart, gorgeous sensitive, and wise - she has it all. I can't wait for her to be First Lady - she will upgrade the archetype of what it means to be a woman - not just for America but for the world.

Posted by: Patricia | August 26, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I am one of the voters who has remained undecided throughout this campaign. So weeks its for the republicans some weeks its for the democrats. I was always likes Michelle and thinks she will make a awesome 1st Lady! She is well spoken and down to earth, unlike the trophy wife of John McCain. Because of her speech last night I again am thinking Obama for my vote.

Posted by: ajh | August 26, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

(White, 78) I like Michelle Obama.
Funny, after eight years of duplicity,I was getting to the stage where I didn't believe anybody. I was so relieved to find I was wrong.

All my life, I heard about "black lies" and "white lies." Thanks to Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, Mr. Rumsfeld and their clan, I discovered the meaning of "white lies" and thanks to Michelle Obama, I had the opportunity to find the meaning of their antidote.

Posted by: dick brandlon | August 26, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Michelle was certainly in her element. She won me over! She's a strong lady, articulate and beautiful. She should run for president next. I'd skip Hillary any day for Michelle. My bet's on Barack this season. Go Obamas! Visit WHYOBAMA08.ORG!!!

Posted by: G Green | August 26, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama gave a good speech - she spoke her truth and that's o.k. Was it the speech to change the order of the universe - no, but it was solid nonetheless.

The point of this was to show who she is to the idiot brigade (Senator McCain and his people); to show that she is more than a weapon to use to hurt Barack Obama and manipulate the public.
I too come from a family where my parents work very hard and have sacrificed a lot for my siblings and myself. We have been afforded the opportunity of tertiary education - things that my parents have missed out on and strive everyday to make them proud and to make the next generation more comfortable and have to stuggle that much less. Am I going to apologise for my accomplishments? Not on your life. Should Michelle and Barack - not to anyone for any reason.
People complain everyday that there are some people on welfare taking advantage of the others who get up and work hard everyday. Figure out what you want America - a nation of mediocrity or one of achievement; a nation of workers or a nation of sloths; a country where people can get ahead not just because of who they married but by the sweat of their own brow.
The level of stupidity that would seek to sanction people for working damn hard (Harvard is not a vacation)and enjoying the fruits of their labor is astounding. After all, Cindy McCain isn't apologising for inheriting the money generations before her worked to get or the houses she's bought for John McCain that he can't seem to remember.

Posted by: RealityChick | August 26, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't care about your level of wealth, your sex, or skin color. All I care about is how much 'good' you are going to do with my money.

If I earn it, I can give it to the charities that I choose. If you take it because you outnumber me in some political contest, that doesn't stop it from being theft.

We don't allow thieves to get away with theft just because the person being stolen from is wealthy. Nor do we ask what the thief is doing with the money. All that matters is that the thief is taking money from someone without permission.

Obama and his/her ilk just want to do 'good' with money that never belonged to them. It is theft.

One can reply to such argument by asking how streets can be built, but that is not where I am. We can talk about the infrastructure of our civilization at some point, but the issue between the GOP and the Dems is one of how socialized the economy is going to be, and how much of the property of those who make their money will be taken to be given to those who don't make money.

It is simple. And if you want to reply that it is inhumane, then I ask how theft is humane, or why slavery should be considered wrong when the majority supported it, or considered right when the majority oppose it. The wrongness of a government action is often not connected to whether the majority of voters are supportive.

Obama, his wife, and his party, are all thieves. There are plenty of Republicans who are also thieves. I'm not sure why a 20-minute speech is supposed to make anyone think something different from what their life choices over the last twenty years have shown us. The fact that it is important to too many people illustrates the shallowness of the media and electorate.

I stopped listening to campaign speeches long ago, but I am happy to look at the actual voting history and real actions one has taken. From that vantage point, it is clear that Michelle and Barack Obama are collectivists, socialists, communists...whatever word you want to use, BUT they have no real use for liberty, which is what made this country a great place to live long before social (in)security or any government welfare existed.

Posted by: Warren Norred | August 26, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

That's funny... all I could think of was how much botox they used on her eyebrow frown lines and forehead to get it to freeze the way it did.

Oh, that and how she had the gall to talk about Hillary making 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling when she and her husband took Big Oil money and millions from "anonymous" GOP and foreign donors on the internet to build a 100 mile thick steel ceiling to put right on top of Hillary's glass ceiling.

And were those Oprah's false eyelashes? Enquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: xbjllb | August 26, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Being a woman, and previous supporter of Hillary, it took me a while to come around to Barack, but, I immediately liked Michelle. Her strength and intelligence is what impresses me most about her. Those are positives - not the negatives that are being said about her. Mean, come on, what is mean about being a strong, supportive wife and loving mother?

Posted by: Melba | August 26, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I cannot afford to go negative. I must join the Obamas and fellow Democrats and believe again. The stakes are just too high. Thanks Michelle, Ted, Nancy, Pres. Carter, etc., Leaders like you help us to remain focused and see the silver lining in the storm clouds. Job well done!

Posted by: Jinney | August 26, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I am not a democrat.. I do admit she did a grat job last night introducing her family to americans. But isn't it a little to late for that. I know in politics hours before election day anyone can change their mind.
But my problem is that this is the same person that the night before the North Carolina primaries, she talked about an "America was a dark and ugly place, where people who work hard are knocked down by sinister forces" then just like that, last night she described America as "a place of hope, a place where people find success during the course of “improbable journeys.”

Posted by: Freedom | August 26, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

She is absolutely gorgeous in every way. I just love her.

Posted by: cryomom | August 26, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

dick brandlon

I don't believe there is any one side to things. If you looked at the media coverage you would see that there is this Black problem. I would have to say it is a problem period. If you watch the media spin things you do get confused. We all need to admit there is a problem. The problem is there is no glass ceiling anymore. We desperately wished for a black Republican Candidate but Powell did not want to run. He would easily beat Obama and I would vote for him in a heartbeat; likewise the STRONG RICE. So give it a rest.

Posted by: Ryan | August 26, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

""somehow, “strong” gets turned into a pejorative when applied to black women. The word is used to imply "intimidating""
This again is living proof that YOU folks use the race card to trump every action or word that does not go your way ...
You sound like an intelligent man (?!) Can't you use that to analyse the real context of the word "mean", other than using the race card as the catchall? driven?

Posted by: Susan | August 26, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I am a white 53 year old female. It saddens me to see the ignorance of some Americans, who see a beautiful, strong well-spoken woman, Michelle Obama, and they think she's mean. It's the same people who thought Hillary was mean and scary. The bigotry that so many ignorant people portray when they are threatened by a strong female and feel intimidated by the reference to a strong black female is really sad. It's that same ignorance that put George W. Bush in the White House twice and look at our country now. The unscrupulous nature of his entire administration and a war that should have never taken place is the result of such ignorance. I pray that all American people will open their minds and hearts to the possibility of hope with Barack Obama. He is a Christian human being with the will and perseverence to maybe lead us down a better journey. Remember he is only human, just like you and me. He will not be flawless.

Posted by: Joy Lawson | August 26, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Shame on you racists. You'd rather have four more years of Bush-like politics than to have a black man as President of the U.S. I call that cutting off your nose to spite your face. What is it going to take to make you see pass Obama's skin color? The nation's economy is in shambles and our National Debt is horrendous. The price of gas has skyrocketed. People are losing their homes left and right. What will it take to make you see that change is necessary and Barrack Obama is just the Change these United States need.

Posted by: Betty in Philly | August 26, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl, very well said; definitely much better said than stump speech by MO - who in the heck was she addressing? Oh, yea the same ol' DNC.

I am so disappointed and sickened with the DNC - keeps getting worse and worse - must be runned by those that don't want the DP to achieve. Also, disheartened with BHO; another GWB - cool smooth talking inexperience w/o the cowboy hat. He had a perfect opportunity to make a historical move by embracing HRC; woman who the RP is afraid of/dislikes and so loved/voted by millions of voters - a woman symbolically represents guts and intelligence. He/We would not be tied but winning by such a large landslide - the Repblicans would be squirming and the media silenced!

Zaney8 - I totally agree with your comment:
"For a woman living in a $l.6 million mansion,with a taxpayer funded Harvard education,guarded by taxpayer funded secret-service agents,befriended by the Ted Kennedys (who have 8 houses)to be lauded as a poor-little-minority-girl-who-made-good is a bunch of crap."

We all struggle daily in our lives; rich or poor. It's what you do when you get there - splurge or give. Why luxurios homes, cars, schools - elitistism which leads you to misjudgements, associations? If it was truly good enough for MO's mom/dad, why don't they live a life as they did - it wasn't so bad (middle class). Why doesn't she stay home with their young children instead of leaving them with her mother (surrogate/nanny) like the rich people to campaign - she could do just as much online. You can't have both! If BHO thinks so highly of MO, then perhaps he should have let her run for President, instead - why not?

I have to say that Americans is the best. To make it better, each individual must start and brach out to their family. It is not anyone else's job! It's that easy; yet so hard. It's a matter of 'Yes, you can!' Then, the world can become better, too.

Posted by: NotMyDNC | August 26, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Michelle nailed it!

And speaking of nailing things...
soon to be Sexiest FLOTUS since Jacqueline -- I wonder if there are any photos of her sunbathing in Greece :)

Posted by: New York for Obama | August 26, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Michelle was fabulous. I cried like a baby during most of her speech (silently, though, so I heard every word). Anyone who heard that speech and still doesn't get that Michelle is a wonderfully warm, caring, eloquent, intelligent woman doesn't want to get it.

Posted by: DoTheMath | August 26, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Zaney8 your point doesn't even make sense. Michelle Obama is the poor girl made good, as proven by your ridicule of her education, home, and accomplishments. She did not start out with all of that -- she earned it. And with regard to her government funded education, what exactly are you referring to? I'd assume that she paid for school like everyone else, with grants and loans. Why is it wrong for her but not for others? And by the way, did John McCain pay for his US Naval Academy education any different? Oh, maybe he did since he only got in to the Naval Academy because his father and grandfather were Admirals. Michelle Obama worked hard for what she has. Accept it.

Posted by: zaney8 is bitter | August 26, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

eugene.. if michelle came on stage and shot the audience , you'd say she did great.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

dan @ 2:04, what is it exactly that Mrs. Obama has been saying the past year that you object to? Do you know or are you just repeating what your friends tell you? Give us some examples please. My guess is that you can't.

Posted by: anonymous | August 26, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama was fantastic!!!

Posted by: oaklynne | August 26, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

go Joebama

Posted by: willy | August 26, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I absolutely agree. Michelle Obama gave the speech of her life last night. She is just an amazing person all around. I believe that it's because of her, that Barack is where he is today. She's strong, confident, intelligent and charismatic. What else can you possibly ask for?

Posted by: Sarah in VA | August 26, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama was simply wonderful. Only for a short moment did she sound like she was reciting something that Barack's PR folk wrote. For the majority of the time she reflected the values that can make America great again - acceptance, diversity, family, giving back to the community vs gouche profiteering. She comes from parents that gave all they possibly could to their children and she continues the family tradition and works to help others take on similar traditions. I love her and would vote for her if she were running - even if it were against Barack!

Posted by: Keith Evans | August 26, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

JamesT @ 2:55, why is it ok for you to prove you are a racist by calling Mrs. Obama "Shaniqua" and then criticizing her for associating with Reverend Wright, whom you judge to be a racist? Sounds to me like you'd get along just great with the Reverend. My friend, take a long hard look in the mirror.

Posted by: anonymous | August 26, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Great job of repackaging. If the Obama's don't get elected they would do great in the adverstising world or at least their speech writers and handlers would. Great job at making a huge lack of substance into a marketable product.

Posted by: Rich | August 26, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Great lady, great speech, and for those of you talking about she was "coached" you obviously haven't seen her speak before at other events. She will make an exceptional first lady.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Ryan @ 2:23, what is your point? Are you saying that Michelle Obama was speaking gibberish? I watched the speech and understood her just fine.

Posted by: anonymous | August 26, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone think Michaelle looks like a young Mary Tyler Moore?

Posted by: Cross | August 26, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Steve @ 2:40, I suppose you missed all the shots of people in tears listening to Mrs. Obama's speech? I suspect you are projecting your own preconceived attitudes onto others. Never a wise decision.

Posted by: anonymous | August 26, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I am not convinced. Change would be nice, but not the kind of change the Obama's offer. Any supporter of abortion, gay marrige, gun control, or person trying to move the United States in that direction offers no change that I am interested in. What happened to Old America? A land with values and morals. I feel some what cheated this election. As I don't feel McCain is the best choice either. I hope the U.S. can survive the next 4 years. God have mercy on us all.

Posted by: Andrew | August 26, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I thought Michelle was THRILLING to watch. She's so modern! Truly. She's brilliant and successful and articulate, without the shrill notes of certain women just a tad bit older who have had to fight a little harder for their success. She's the heir apparent to the civil rights movement and to second-wave feminism, and while she's certainly had to work hard to get where she is, wears her success with ease. We should all aspire to be like her.

Posted by: Fruitfly | August 26, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

What's your problem special ed teacher?
What's wrong with Michelle and her brother dribbling basketballs as kids? It's not their fault that some kids can't; neither is it their fault that some vets return home disabled! You are way off base.
Michelle was amazing last night. She is a classy lady that I would be proud of as a first lady.

Posted by: alleycat | August 26, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

American's are cowards. They choose presidents that are plain speakin folks. They don't care if they are non-thinkin folks. How could you want a leader that is just plain dumb. How can you choose a first lady with a drug problem. Once an addict always an addict. Who does not know how many houses they own. Who does not know what kind of car they drive. I mean really who does not know basic foreign policy answers after this many years in politics. I would expect my pediatrician to be able to diagnose an ear infection simply by looking in my childs ear. I would not expect her to need to consult with an expert. McCain needed Joe L. to tell him who we were fighting in Iraq. That is not a simple oops. That is a major problem. How can he be expected to keep the facts straight. Who will be our president when he is elected. Hey lets just use Cheney again. McCain said that he is okay with that.

Posted by: Belinda | August 26, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama's speech was WONDERFUL. It show her heart and good sentiments and what kind of compasionate and HARD WORKING First Lady she'll be.
Bravo Michelle Obama... Last night you inspired thousands and thousands of your American fellows... Bravo, Barack Obama, even the choice of a wife like that of yours you made perfect! Bravo, Obama girls, be good, and you both always'll be worthy of that pair of parents you got!! Love, Z.

Posted by: Zelmy | August 26, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Haters! haters!! haters!!! When you see a black man or woman on the street, white people says it's because they are lazy. When you see a black man or woman on the top beacuse they work hard for what they get, they call them arrogant. I wonder when American will open their eyes and see hating Obama now will put all of us in misery for another four years of McCain/Bush economy disaster. One thing I want you to remember when playing a football game or basketball game is for one team to win. Obama and Clinton started their games with 0 and Obama was the first to reach the finish line. Why can't we all just accept that? I'm sure if Clinton won, Obama would have supported her 100%. I am reaching out to Clinton supporters to just get over it, even the person you support said it's over and let it be over. I am sure most of Clinton supporters are not doing it for Clinton, they cannot just come out and tell their fellow democrats that they cannot vote for a black man. Clinton is their excuse. You know what? I believe in Almighty God. If God says Obama will be our next president, no matter what! so shall it be whether some haters like it or not. It's about time we stop all these hatred, bickering and focus on the positive thing. Obama is half white and half black. He is part of white people and black people. I wish Obama's mom is alive today to see all these hatred towards her child just because he is half black. Wake up America and see the good in Obama other than his skin color, look deep and see that you can trust Obama as your president. He is not scary, he is just someone like you and me. Republicans wants you and me to believe their dirty tactics, think America, think. They are playing too many games and you guys are falling for it. Make a 72 year old man your president and you will get what you ask for. Four more years of suffering. Wake up America!!!

Posted by: Tori | August 26, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

don't forget, come of the racist lowbrows in here are posting to qualify for a keychain from the Mad Mac campaign. what is hilarious is that some of them have 10 aliases EACH and the nastier they are, they go from a keychain to a stadium blanket! there is no question Michelle hit it hard and the (R)'s are duly frightened of the big, bad black woman. luckily, those of us who comment here without the promise of a keychain (unless there's a McSame house key on it, of course), will always do so just to balance things out a little here at Repug Central.

Posted by: preAmerikkkan | August 26, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

And what has Cindy McCain accomplished except spending the family's money, buying a husband and stealing narcotics. Let's be fair here, Michelle Obama is a success story and if she lives in a mansion and has millions, she earned it. All this racism might lead to electing a president with the same agenda as the last eight years. Let's unite, please!

Posted by: Barbara Smith | August 26, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

special ed teacher, they were referring to "sportsmanship" as a measure of character, not specifically dribbling a basketball up and down the court... that's a flat mischaracterization

Posted by: Herbert_Hoover | August 26, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

For those complaining that Michelle did not write her own speech, I would first ask, do you know this to be true? Secondly, even if she didn't, so what? Do you really think that John McCain writes his speeches? I'll expect the same people to criticize him when he flubs his way through the telepromted speech at the GOP convention.

Posted by: anonymous | August 26, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

You are the most worthless shill around Eugene. Michelle could have farted into the microphone and your article would praise her mighty wind. It's ridiculous that you wear the mantle of a journalist. Shill.

Posted by: Eugene is a shill | August 26, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't take a genius to know that Michelle Obama's speech had to have been researched and picked apart to make sure she didn't go over the line - that she is known to do. Of course all of these speeches are critiqued by the candidate's people...Who would be so stupid to think what she presented last night was actually her doing? Another fake over! So, Barrack put 18 holes in the glass celing for his children and children of tomorrow, but why did he plug up the hole when Hillary was supposed to get equal press and equal treatment by the democrats. Don't recall him doing any reclama and asking for fair treatment for Hillary. This shoes me he is all for himself and people of his choosing.....

Posted by: rebecca | August 26, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm in here reading the comments being posted, scratching my head. I seriously do NOT understand how some adults (and I use that term loosely) are using racial slurs/hate language about 2 prominent citizens of our country. Sure you can disagree with the Obamas but disagree in a way that makes sense! Why use all that hate and speak nonesense about something that's not even relevant to the conversation.

Finally my opinion:
I believe Michelle Obama should run for President lol.

Posted by: Young Voter | August 26, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I think she did a good job. At the beginning of the primaries she did indeed look mean, probably because well she looked really well angry. I don't think she likes being out of her element and therefore out of control of situations and she was definitley a fish out of water back then.

She looks alot more comfortable now, and it shows, because she now looks joyous and not angry.

Posted by: DCDave | August 26, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I think your comparison to Cindy McCain is off the mark. You state that there is no clamor to have her appear softer and more approachable. But, from what I can tell, that is precisely the criticism that most media pundits are making of her. As with all gender, race and sexuality issues, where there are intersections on traditional inequality, the issues are compounded. Perhaps the lesson to be learned from the media's treatment of women in this Presidential election (yours included, sir) is that this country as a whole is not ready to change its paradigm when engaging women in power. Remember, there were black men with power in this country long before women could vote...

Posted by: Will | August 26, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what Michelle Obama or Hillary Clinton have to say? It's all contrived, empty rhetoric no matter how you look at it. They speak what their handlers and Barack's high priced advisers tell them to speak. Kind of reminded me of Cirque Du Soleil with all the lights an meek looking liberals lining up to pet the donkey.

Posted by: williepete1 | August 26, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I just don't see how last night's speech - one speech - is supposed to suddenly make everyone forget a bunch of primary stump speeches that seemed much more sincere and much more negative about the American experience - Also, how is this speech really supposed to make anyone forget about the nearly 20 years she and her spouse spent lapping up a hate spewing ministry ? There are well-documented words (in context) and actions over the course of her lifetime that speak louder than this one speech. The kids were cute and I'm sure Michelle Obama was very sincere about the love she and her husband share for their family, but are we that stupid to buy her phony jingoism? "You see", I just don't buy it.

Posted by: Rox | August 26, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed at the cultural insensitivity of the comments I have read. I am a white women, age 63, who has been involved professionally working with people from every ethnicity. I agree with every word you wrote. I was so touched by the truthfulness and personal speech that Michelle Obama presented. I was a Hillary supporter. However, when she was no longer our candidate, I wholeheartedly supported Obama. I felt pride that Michelle Obama will be our first lady.
I am an Obama supporter and we need to rally around this wonderful opportunity to see the first president to step over the color barriers.
By the way, my favorite columnist is Eugene Robinson.

Posted by: Carla Tanner | August 26, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I am not a democrat.. I do admit she did a grat job last night introducing her family to americans. But isn't it a little too late for that. I know in politics hours before election day anyone can change their mind.
But my problem is that this is the same person that the night before the North Carolina primaries, she said "America was a dark and ugly place, where people who work hard are knocked down by sinister forces" then just like that, last night she described America as "a place of hope, a place where people find success during the course of “improbable journeys.”

Posted by: Freedom | August 26, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Please, can anyone tell me exactly what Obama (or McCain, for that matter) is actually going to do about our very real problems?

Obama wants universal health care. While wanting everyone to receive good health care is a good and noble sentiment, it will bankrupt our country. We already owe 4 trillion in debt plus 5 trillion that has been "borrowed" from our social security account. Right now, the bulk of the ~45 million uninsured are comprised of young people, self-employed people and small business owners. People who prefer, and for whom it makes more sense, to pay per doctor's visit. All universal health coverage accomplishes is moving the burden of cost from corporations to the taxpayer and creating yet another government entitlement.

Obama wants to "get us out of iraq." So do I. Yet it is quite clear we are winning right now, and just yanking combat troops out isn't a solution. Obama has mentioned putting more troops in Afghanistan, but he hasn't given any kind of vision of how we will fight back against growing Islamic violence, apart from the general impression that he won't use force. The world is turbulent, composed of many different nations and cultures that are often at odds. How are we going to deal with Islamic violence in the face of European countries who prefer doing very little? Of containing Iranian power and preventing them from getting nuclear weapons? How do we deal with Pakistan?

Obama wants to "unite" America. But America is divided over very different worldviews and issues. Our traditional Christian past is in conflict with a growing secular, quasi-pagan attitude and morality. No politician will realistically unite America.

Obama wants to conserve energy, but doesn't enthusiastically support any realistic sources of energy, such as coal, nuclear, or domestic drilling. Wind and solar are far too inefficient to support our energy needs, and any effort in that direction will only worsen our energy crisis and drive prices up more. Mandating more fuel-efficient cars and urging us to conserve won't solve anything. Building scores of new nuclear and clean coal plants, and granting incentives toward domestic production of oil and natural gas as well as tariffs against foreign oil would be a reasonable solution for dependence on foreign oil.

We are losing our manufacturing base and importing most of our goods, sending wealth overseas. Protectionism may bring back some jobs, but it will only do so by raising prices and putting a further squeeze on the middle class, lowering the standard of living for everyone. What is the solution?

The debt is skyrocketing, lowering the value of the dollar and weakening the economy. How are we going to cut spending? Spending in Iraq pales in comparison to our spending on medicare, social security, and entitlement programs, which are going to be unsustainable in 10-20 years. How do we lower spending on a scale that matters? Obama has promised to raise taxes on people who earn more than ~150,000 and cut spending with electronic medical records and by ending the Iraq war. But these meager efforts will not, I repeat, WILL NOT be nearly enough to match our exponential spending on medicare, medicaid, and social security. How are we realistically going to cut spending? By raising the age of social security benefits? By rationing medicare?

Please, please vote according to the real issues and not because of matters of race, or empty words like "hope" or "change" that make us feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. We have very real problems and we should be demanding real, if difficult, answers and proposals.

Posted by: ehw | August 26, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

preAmerikkkan

I think you are the one who is racist. More power to you; you sure show your true stripes. Obama is just like you ; you should get along fine--he needa a nice friend who understands he and his wife's anger toward America. Give him a call; I bet he is waiting to hear all about your version of America. You are still wearing chains and you never even knew it.

You are chained by your own anger toward others who are not like you. I have no anger toward you. Have your free speech. Just remember I never put anyone in chains and I am certainly not going to feel sorry for someone who is is in chains they made themselves chewing on their so called plight.

Posted by: Ryan | August 26, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Uh he should thank who for makeing him a POW you should not comment on other people's post for thinking getting tortured and abused is a good thing that happened to McCain you wouldn't last a day as a POW. (pat33)
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Why don't you ask McCain why he voted to keep Nelson Mandela in prison for 30 years , if he thought prsion was such a bad thing! You people make me sick!

Posted by: Fay M | August 26, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Dave you said: "All the side and rear shots were less than flattering"

... You must be a white man, as Mrs. Obama's body is that of the majority of of what black women posess. It is not "less than flattering", however a body of strength and stability. This is the type of shape that many other races of women go to see Dr. 90210 to achieve. Mrs. Obama: all natural inside and out. Her sense of style, good looks and eloquent speech, and shared views of Sen. Obama supporting the Democratic party make her right on target to be First Lady Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama's speach last night was more about black success stories and less about America as a whole, integrated and homegenous despite its faults. It was scripted and choreographed. The real Michelle Obama came out already on the campaign trail -- on numerous occasions, and by design. What we saw last night was simply make believe. What we saw before was real.

Posted by: Richard Sharpe | August 26, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I am a 34 yo married white female, college educated and raised to ignore gender roles. From the first I saw Michelle, I liked her. On the other hand, to me, Hillary comes off as a theatric fake. Can't put my finger on it, I just get a bad, bad feeling every time I hear/ see her.

Posted by: warhorse | August 26, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Barrak Obama seems to be a good family man at heart, has a brilliant legal mind and is unchallengable as one of the most talented orators of our time. Now it's time to decide if he or John McCain would make the better president for our country. Race has no dog in that fight. Nor does religion. Nor does the candidate's wealth or number of houses, or position on abortion, or what their spouses look or act like. Those are things we Americans can enjoy arguing over, but they should not intrude on this huge decision we have to make in November. Eugene Robinson is one of my favorite pundits, but it's time for him to forget race and personality issues now. Let's focus on reforming our economic policies, restoring Constitutional authority to our government, getting it right on foreign policy, and revising the tax code for fairness to the great majority of working class people. Save the silly arguments for cocktail hour. This is important stuff, and we need to get to work now. Stop screwing around, journalists. Help us.

Posted by: Craig C. | August 26, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Bigot America is thrashing about, like Linda Blair in The Exorcist when splashed with holy water. It's as fascinating as it is sad.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Michelle was great!

All you McSame-bots out there trying to get your keychains, better get your sons and daughters prepared for the next draft if McSame gets in. He is a neocon now. He will have his war. Do you all really like the way things are going now? Really?? Maybe there is another reason why you dislike the Obamas......wonder what that could be.

Anyway, the hate spewed by some of you is shameful and not Christian. Just this one time can we be less cynical, just this one time can we try to adhere to the ideals of the Founding Fathers for this country?

Anyone voting for McSame will regret it, if he is successful. They will only have themselves to blame.

Obama '08

Posted by: takeourcountryback | August 26, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Did I just read "white, left-handed working class"? I'm not sure what that is supposed to mean. Since I'm pretty sure that's not an actual voting bloc, I can assume that you are saying that elections pay too close attention to white voters. If I were white, I might be turned off. But what does turn me off is the fact that this article is still posted front and center on the main page of this website, while Krauthammer's has magically disappeared. What is up with WaPo pretending to be fair and unbiased if only for a whole hour?

Posted by: dcp | August 26, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

IT'S SO SAD AND SHAMEFUL WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY IGNORANT, ARROGANT PEOPLE WHO HAVE SO MUCH HATRED IN THEIR HEARTS. ANYONE WHO TAKES CREDIT FOR THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN IS MORE THAN IGNORANT, THEY'RE STUPID.

OF COURSE, HELL IS FILLED WITH THEIR KIND, BECAUSE APPARENTLY THEY TOO DIDN'T KNOW THAT THEY NEEDED TO GENUINELY REPENT BEFORE THEY DIED OR THEY WERE IN SERIOUS TROUBLE (however, I guess they think they'll choose the date of their departure from Planet Earth also). BOY THAT'S REAL IGNORANCE!!! GUESS WHAT, MANY OF THESE IGNORANT PEOPLE PROFESS TO BE CHRISTIANS. OBVIOUSLY THEY HAVE NO CLUE WHAT A CHRISTIAN IS. MANY OF THEIR NATIONALITY ARE REALLY ASHAMED OF THEM.

IT'S OBVIOUS THAT THESE PEOPLE WOULD RATHER HAVE THE COUNTRY GO DOWN THE TOILET THAN TO HAVE A BLACK MAN AS PRESIDENT. NOW THAT IS REAL, REAL, REAL SICK!!!

SO AMERICA LET'S PRAY FOR ALL THESE SICK PEOPLE WHO HAVE SO MUCH HATRED AND EVIL IN THEIR HEARTS TOWARD THESE WONDERFUL, SMART PEOPLE: THE OBAMAS AND OTHERS WHO ARE NOT THE SAME SKIN TONE AS THEM. POOR PAT BUCHANAN CALLS US "EXOTIC." I WONDER WHAT HE IS????

Posted by: Dr. Swift | August 26, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

dcp, I'm fine with it anytime Krauthammer's face magically disappears from this fine publication, it's not very easy on the eyes

Posted by: Herbert_Hoover | August 26, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

If you think a Priceton and Harvard educated lawyer can't write her own speeches, you might want to rethink your own education.

Blacks have long been stereotyped as seeking hand-outs and looking to live off welfare. White people should love what the Obamas represent because it is 180 degrees from what you have preached you've hated about Blacks for decades.

Now, the excuse to dislike them is scholarships, as if Whites don't get academic and athletic scholarships all the time.

Please stop making up transparent reasons not to like them. No one cares if you don't like them because they are Black. It's the lying about it that bothers people!

We see through the petty lies!

Posted by: S. Williams | August 26, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama showed she is "two-faced" and does not mean what she says, she is just trying to change her image from her past gaffe to the media.

Posted by: Greg | August 26, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

It was a tremendous speech. Well written, yes, but more importantly, superbly delivered. She was always "there" when giving it. She gave no sense of reading from a teleprompter. She seemed to connect with the stadium audience and the television audience simultaneously. It may not have been the best speech I ever heard (though it was darned good), but it may have been the best delivery of a speech I've ever heard.

I'd vote for her for President in a heartbeat.

Posted by: Max Sewell | August 26, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

EXCUSE ME, I REALLY WANTED YOU TO HEAR WHAT I HAD TO SAY!!! LISTEN TO ME. HEY, LISTEN TO ME!!

ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME GIVE ME AFRO AMERICA.

WAIT STOP, LISTEN TO MY FRIEND BELOW:

I don't need to shout--there is no glass ceiling; race is a non issue and you all are going on and on. If we don't want Obama we must not like his color and therefore we must be haters. Please, I am done with you . Signing out Obama = Farrakan=radical and angry the most obvious best choice for a candidate for President. I would rather have Hillary!! Or a Black Hillary. And if Rice ran she would be my top pick.

Ryan

Posted by: Dr. Swift | August 26, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama was inspiring. I'm glad that she will be the next First Lady.

Aspergirl must have Asperger's syndrome. Don't try to convince her of anything, as she is so "focused," her mind cannot be changed. Even if she wanted to.

The Naval Acadamy IS a completely free education for those who are accepted. McCain's education was definitely paid for by the taxpayers. And he was at the bottom of his class.

There is no comparison.

Posted by: J | August 26, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

What is the big deal if it is not race? The Obama's have smarts, class and are going to the White House, end of story.

Posted by: LINDA C | August 26, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Michelle did a wonderful job and I identified with her even though I am of a different race.

I find it personally insulting how some (including columnists in my hometown paper) call Democrats and anyone supporting the Obamas anti-American. I don't think there is a worse insult to an American, and we who are called this horrific insult stand tall and show what Democrats stand for: the best education for all children, the best health care for all Americans, food on everyone's table, and shelter over their heads. None of that is anti-American, and I plead with those who use this term to stop.

Posted by: Jen | August 26, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

What I continue to see from the Obama camp is the undercurrent of a racial bias, Yes, I mean racial snobbery. I witnessed early in Obama's campaign where his aids "pushed" a white man aside, who only wanted to have a photo with him. It was the "rock star" attitude that was chiding the man,"with you'll probably sell this on e-bay" crack that gave me the glimpse of "mean arrogance". Even Rev. Jesse Jackson understands this step backwards in the distortion of Dr. Martin Luther Kings dream to unite our nation.

Michelle gave a lovely speech, equal to her academic achievements. She loves her husband and children. Good! Most of us relate to those feelings. Most Americans have a story of "struggle", if we chose to wave that banner, as why we should receive special treatment. It's time we elect someone who knows the dangers of this world first hand. We cannot afford to be guilted into voting for someone based on a nice speech from a nice lady. The "Putins" of the world don't give a rip about this pabulum. As a nation, we cannot afford to risk our future based on "left white" guilt votes.

Vote as if your life depended on it facing the evil of this world at your doorstep. Take off your "color" and Vote based on content and achievement.
Struggles? Ask any of our Vietnamese citizens about their struggles... Ask any of our troops who are putting their lives on the line to keep the Islamic terror machine in check about struggle, ask their families who have buried their sons and daughters in Arlington about struggle. Ask the free people of Georgia who had tanks roll across their border about what it means to not have the strength to defend themselves against aggression. Then ask yourself if a man who does not have the experience to manage a Community College, be in charge of our future and the future of our nation's existence. (150 + days on the job as a freshman senator)

Nice speeches won't solve what we have on our plate as a nation. "Change" is a two edged. sword.

Posted by: Lefty | August 26, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

If she stayed on the South Side mired in poverty and despair she would be a no good ghetto welfare queen

Instead she rises above her circumstances with the help and support of a loving family and is portrayed as a false, emotionless elitist

PULLEEZ! (you do look so dumb right now...)

Michelle Obama is a real woman that we all can be proud of. Grace, intelligence, strength beauty & patriotism.

Would anyone calling her unpatriotic agree to allow their family to face assasination plots and death threats from losers like those Bubbas just arrested for the opportunity to contribute to the greater good of our country?

yeah, didn't think so.

Posted by: rock or hard place? | August 26, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Oh, by the way the Republicans were responsible for all the changes that made Obama possible. It is sad people forget this.

Posted by: S. Williams | August 26, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness for the Hillary Clintons, the Geraldine Ferraros, the Pat Schroeders, the Shirley Chisholms, the Margaret Chase-Smiths, who truly championed the cause of women seeking national office. Like most men who pretty much hold all political power in this country, I'm sure Mr. Robinson would find these strong, powerful women 'mean' too. Let's not forget, that before Michelle Obama approached the DNC podium and gave a wonderful speech as First Lady-Elect, these remarkable women leaders paved the way by 'owning' their moments on our national political scene.

Posted by: mpwynn | August 26, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

She is in the best tradition of Democratic first ladies. Jackie Kennedy comes to mind, but so do Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton. Whatever she does, she will do well and beautifully. What a template for American womanhood. She makes me proud to be a citizen of this country.

Posted by: Kelly | August 26, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I sincerely believe that This is not the time for Americans to be unduely emotional. This is a time for us to be united, face facts and jointly vote for change if only to see the other side of governance in contrast to what Bush and his Republican family has offered us in the last 8 years.

Posted by: Innocent | August 26, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

>>Iowan wrote: "I will try to only pity AsperGirl, because clearly you blame others (blacks,...) for your own failure to achieve great academic accomplishments. Barack Obama was not an affirmative action law student. On his law school admission form he did not check the race box, he left all options blank."

He may not have been an affirmative action law student, but according to himself, he says he definitely benefited from affirmative action in his life.

You argue for affirmative action, later down in your post. My criticism isn't against affirmative action. My criticism is for those people who benefit from it, who then engage in a pattern of elitist comments about "lazy, cynical, slobs" and "bitter" whites. My point is that these affirmative action, racial preference people are easy to spot because they have paper accomplishments and a great narrative, but no body of professional works, no record of action and no substantial contributions to which to point apart from their own advancement.

As my post said, "If she and her husband had advanced on merit and substantial works instead of affirmative action and racial preference, he would have a substantial record of action, a body of professional works to point to instead of two self-reverential autobiographies, and a solid base of experience. Instead, he's running for president on the "movement" to elect First Black President."

The Obamas are obnoxious elitists who have an overweening sense of their own superiority and the entitlement mentality of people used to racial preferences. Their condescending comments about white America will not be warm-fuzzied over by their high-gloss convention production.

Look at his falling numbers.

The only reason he was rangebound was that many people who supported Clinton who were planning to move to McCain, were waiting to see who he would pick for VP. Now that he picked Biden, and once the convention confirms the nominations, that's the all clear for those who were waiting to move over to McCain.

Your candidate isn't ready to be president, on any level.

Bill Clinton was right. It's all a media-induced fairy tale.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Bigot America needs a "time out."

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I never thought Michelle was mean. I liked her from the beginning. That doesn't mean I'm voting for her husband. Her sophistication doesn't make him any more qualified. I think she came off as mean because she didn't understand her "role" so-to-speak in this campaign. The wives don't become attack dogs or debate the issues as if they were running themselves. That is a job for the candidate and the vp. That may sound sexist, but it is the truth. The wives are supposed to talk about family values and education and health care and the children of world and the rainbows in the sky. That's just the reality. She didn't know better before, but now she does.

Posted by: dcp | August 26, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

LOVED it! She was wonderful. They are a terrific family, who love each other and help each other and are dedicated to making this a better country.

Anyone who doesn't see the simple truth of this campaign is just not listening.

Obviously there are quite a few "commentators" who only like to parrot Fox News Bush/McCain talking points aimed at dividing this country into nasty little cliques, thinking it is just "fun."

Posted by: RadioMom | August 26, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I say this as someone who has a great deal of respect for both Sen. McCain and for the many charitable works Cindy McCain has been involved in - if there's a spouse between Obama and McCain who seems mean, I think it's McCain, hands down. Michelle Obama comes across to me as warm; Cindy McCain seems like cold and mean.

Posted by: Rick | August 26, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I still hear and see the classic sense of "entitlement" expressed by the majority of the black women I know. OBAMA HAS NO EXPERIENCE. He hasn't even been an effective senator from the state of Illinois that chose to elect him...why, because he has been to busy campaigning for the presidency. Obama has now decided to promote a national health care plan, isn't that what Hillary has been about since the very beginning. Obama has flip flopped on more issues, maybe the real truth is that he thinks all he needs to run this country is a smooth B.S. line, I think they call it being a "player". Its the only thing I have heard come out of his mouth or Michelle's. As a life long Democrat this year I will vote Republican. At least McCain served in the military and didn't have to think about wearing an American flag pin on his label.

Posted by: anomynous | August 26, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Political Observer - DAMN is EVERYTHING about HILLARY! Can't the woman have just her night? You have seen Hillary a million times on TV, you know what the pundits are saying about her. You haven't seen Michelle Obama and so she spoke and the only thing you can come up with is why isn't anyone defending hillary from the mean description? Dude, GET A LIFE!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Lefty w/o a clue,

that was a stalker white guy who had been following the campaign around to various events collecting Obama's signature

and "take off your color"!!!!!

Oh, duh! why didn't blacks think of that long ago. So glad you showed up to help.

JUST HANG THAT BLACK SKIN IN THE CLOSET WITH LAST YEARS FASHIONS AND MOVE ON WITH YOUR LIFE.

wow. sheer ignorance...

and the man who can't manage a comm college wouldn't that be Cindy Hilton-uh- McCain's flyboytoy?

Posted by: Is someone helping you type this? | August 26, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl: can you please give some supporting evidence, i.e., specific quotes, for this statement?

"He may not have been an affirmative action law student, but according to himself, he says he definitely benefited from affirmative action in his life."

I've read both his books, and I don't recall this in either. I'll be interested to know where you read or heard this. Thank you.

Posted by: J | August 26, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

To Nakia Johnson: EXCELLENT post, you took the words right out of my mouth.

I'm just sick to death of right wing nutjobs like many posting here, who are somehow appointing themselves as the exemplars of patriotism in this country. Even if Michelle Obama did criticize certain aspects of America (not sure if her comments even quality as 'criticism'), SO WHAT??? According to these people pointing out problems and trying to improve America is tantamount to treason! We should all shut up and follow the lead of brilliant people like Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Limbaugh...

Posted by: Dara | August 26, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

You Dems are really something. You listen to a woman for months who is spouting angry rhetoric regarding our wonderful country. Then on a night during which her sole purpose is to make you forget those things she said before, you fall for it. She is an attorney with an Ivy League education for Pete's sake. Of course she can give a speech saying anything she thinks you want to hear and make it sound sincere...and you really fall for it. How can you just discount all the mean things she has said in the past? As for her children's interaction with their father...that was cute, and it is obvious that they love those little girls and that she loves her mother and brother. However, there are millions of people in this country who love their children and other family members. That doesn't mean that they are qualified to be president and first lady of this great nation!

You need to look at qualifications, not cuteness when picking the leader of the free world. This is important life or death work being done here. Smoke and mirrors to distract us from the fact that he is not qualified is actually working on you people. WAKE UP BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!!

Posted by: Eleta | August 26, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Michelle has arched eyebrows. I guess maybe that looks intimidating to insecure people. I think if she just got some good meds and some Botox, she could dumb-up her affect so she looks zoned out instead of engaged. She could accompany Barack everywhere and just mutely smile and nod. And then the people would be happy.

Posted by: Kathleen Hussein in Maine | August 26, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Did not watch it, I heard the only good thing was that it was kind of short

What really gets me is the media indicating if we don't vote for Obama we are racists. So the people that did not vote for Kerry hate the Irish? This attitude is incredible.

I don't want to be taxed anymore, I don't want to elect someone with 3 years experience in the Senate. end of story

Why do people have to vote for him?? Because he is black and he deserves it because of this fact alone. What affirmative action for presidents?

Posted by: dem52 | August 26, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to break the news to you white females who would like to believe that you are perceived in the same way as black women, but nope. I certainly agree that there are specific obstacles faced by all women and a particular perception of being the b-word if you are a forceful no-nonsense type, which I find ridiculous. However Mr Robinson's point about Mrs Obama having to somehow "prove" to America that she was nice enough or not "mean" is specific to black women and doubly ridiculous. What is she gonna jump through the tv screen and say boo? As a black son, i can't begin to count the specific reference to my own Mom as gruff or too direct due mostly to the fact that she ie likely to say what she means rather than what you would like to hear. She is the single most giving and nicest person I know but that "perception" is real.

Posted by: robsmarq | August 26, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

When people on here say that the Obama's are elitists, what they are really saying is that they have gotten "uppity." This attitude is shameful and has no place in the modern world. For those making these comments, nothing the Obama's could have done with their lives would have been acceptable. If they didn't work hard and succeed and ended up poor they would be called lazy. If they work hard and succeed then it surely must be as a result of a hand out that they later didn't appreciate when they started to put on airs. In the end, I bet neither of would them waste their time posting to news articles like we're all doing. They are too busy being productive.

Posted by: anonymous | August 26, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

The feeling I had is, I was wondering how the country went to hell in such a short time.

Posted by: Mooky1234 | August 26, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Reading some of the comments here make me ashamed. Ashamed of the attitudes that apparently still abound in this country.

It would be nice if those of you who are spouting hateful comments and absured lies (that I suspect that you know are not true but are doing your part in perpetuating them just to smear Sen Obama) about Mrs. Obama would stop a minute and think. Many of the hateful claims you are making here have been proven over and over to be false. It makes me heartsick that people even now, repeat them. You are talking about human beings. If you don't agree with them politically - I mean legitimately disagree, that is absolutely your right. But to perpetuate character assasination based on lies and rumours is despicable.

I have no stars in my eyes when it comes to Sen and Mrs. Obama. I think they are flawed human beings - just like the rest of us. But I also think they are intelligent, hard working, loving people who honestly love this country and have dedicated their lives to improve the lives of others in this country.

Yes, I support Sen Obama - and I think Mrs. Obama was great last night. Pitch perfect. They will make a great First Couple.

Posted by: Liz | August 26, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

it is amazing to me that people have forgotten that our President for the last 8 years, has speech writers and advisers and still can't give a speech...much less a moving one. It takes more than practice and writers to captivate an audience and share emotion.

For those of us that got it, be proud that you are pure at heart. For those of you that didn't I hope one day you will realize the world isn't out to get you!

Posted by: s&t | August 26, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Some of you are either very crafty or completely stupid. Or you have copied and pasted today's talking points from the McCain site to get your McCain points.

What does her current state have to do with her coming up poor. She WAS relatively poor PERIOD. She overcame that and now she is succesful. Isn't this what the racist sector of the white community wants to see? Don't they want to see Black people becoming successful rather than riding on welfare as they claim blacks do? The answer is no. As soon as a black person becomes successful the game changes and their despised for it.

Get it together and decide what you want to see. For the rest of us she is a great American story just as Obama is. If anything you'd think conservatives would be happy to say "see, anyone can make it". But instead they are showing their true "colors".

And lastly please quit with the experience argument. If poor flying of a fighter jet and getting shot down qualifies you for president then sign me up. I've done plenty of it on simulators. It doesn't appear McCain has ever been qualified for anything he has done. He's rode white privilege and his parents to where he is.

Posted by: Phil | August 26, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

dem52, who in the media is saying that if you don't vote for Obama you are racist? I am a news junkie and haven't heard this theory.

Posted by: anonymous | August 26, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm white and I have no white guilt. I just want to see this country turned around economically, psychologically, and financially, so that I can, along with Michelle Obama, be proud that I'm an American.

I don't apologize for releasing my Inner Elitist. I have a Master's degree and speak four languages, and I simply know better.

I am originally from the Great Swing State of Tennessee. I was appalled and embarrassed to watch my fellow Tennesseans vote in 2000 for the human equivalent of a potted plant, in the face of their own stellar Al Gore.

I am a transplant who lives in Los Angeles and is amazed when I hear Rabid Republicans in Orange County talk about why they're voting for another Republican: so that they can hang on to their guns, tell their promiscuous daughters what to do with their bodies when they're knocked up, and because they still think those A-rabs need some more whuppin'.

I am also amazed that those same right-wing Christians who outed themselves in the 2000 election continued the tradition of idiocy by voting to keep the same Presidential Potted Plant in office another 4 years in 2004. Inauguration Day 2009 cannot come soon enough.

To quote a remarkable bumper sticker I once saw:

While it is not true that all conservative people are stupid, it IS true that all stupid people are conservative.

I am 100%, down the line, all for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Education has its merits, and we all win when the American President knows how to pronounce the word "nuclear."

Posted by: Caroline | August 26, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The anit-Obama expressed here does seem to be rooted in racism. To consider Mr. Obama anything other than bi-racial would indicate that you feel that whatever race you consider him has superior genes to the race that you consider him not to be. Since his mother was white and his father black, he is as much white as he is black. Having been raised by a white woman, he must have been instilled with her values, American values.

One writer mentioned the right to life issue. As a Christian I feel that the most important choice one can make is to choose to accept Christ as their personal saviour. God created humans as free willed creatures with the ability to make choices. If He would give you a choice in the most important decision that one can make, would He not give you a choice in everything. Doesn't He want us to serve Him out of love rather than for any other reason. Children are a gift from God and I believe that one should gladly receive that gift and bear the child, but they should not be forced to do so.

When each of us votes in November consider the consequences of our choices. Also consider the aging process that the president of the United States goes through. Let's take personalities out of the equation, look at the stance of the candidates and determine who better represents your views.

Posted by: FMG | August 26, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Phil! I've wondered why Republicans aren't clamoring to support a great success story of people pulling themselves up by their own boot straps. They preach it all the time -- you'd think they would appreciate seeing it in action.

Posted by: #### | August 26, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson:

I share your sense of pride in Michelle Obama -- and I'm a white guy!! I'm proud of her because of what she represents for America, and for all Americans.

Michelle Obama's appearance on Monday night was the first time that I -- and probably many Americans -- got a good look at the woman who stands behind her man. I, at least, was impressed. Whether spoken or unspoken, race is an issue in this presidential campaign, and that's a good thing, because race has long been, and still is, an issue in America. People who are determined to ridicule the Obamas are beyond persuasion -- let them go their own ways. But for intellectually honest Americans, it was a thrill to see an accomplished, poised, intelligent, articulate and very beautiful American woman essentially standing up in front of the whole country -- if not the whole world -- and introducing herself. If nothing else, Americans can not honestly deny that she has the grace to entertain visiting dignitaries and heads of state, the poise to represent our nation as its First Lady, the brains and accomplishment based on her own effort to deserve our respect, and the commitment to be her husband's closest confidant when it comes to helping stay on the course that he has charted for himself, and hopes to chart for our nation. America is a stronger place because of the contributions of African-Americans, and the Obamas are living proof of that. Whether the current of history is sufficient to carry Barack Obama to victory in November remains to be seen, but there can be no denying that the tides of equality and justice in America are rising. God Bless America!

Posted by: Richard C. | August 26, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

What I really find offensive about the spouses speaking at the convention is the sexism. We will hound you to death if you try to run for president, we will act as sexist as possible as you don't deserve to be in power.

But you know what, we will let the little lady speak at the convention, we are not sexists, we let you get up on that big podium and talk for 15 minutes! At this is the democrat party who supposedly believes in women's rights

Women that fall for that deserve to be barefoot in the kitchen

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

That was a terrible speech by Shelly Obama last night

Democrats for John McCain 2008

Posted by: gary | August 26, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"Michelle has arched eyebrows. I guess maybe that looks intimidating to insecure people."

Speaking from personal experience, such eyebrows make a person look angry, and this can be intimidating to someone who grew up with abusive parents and thus learned to equate anger with imminent violence. It's not a racial thing - Kirstie Alley and Roma Downey have the same eyebrows.

Posted by: Tonio | August 26, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cabesa: too busy to watch the speech. Plenty of time to hate-troll.

Posted by: Kathleen Hussein in Maine | August 26, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I was listening to the radio on the way home from work and they were talking about a newsweek article that said if
elect Obama we (the country) have gotten past racism, if not we are still a racist nation. Also they mentioned another article in a New York paper, cannot recall if it was the times or not.

Posted by: dem52 | August 26, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Tonio, I never said arched eyebrows are a racial trait, I'm observing that they may be seen as intimidating. I'm favorably disposed to Michelle Obama, so her face doesn't read "mean" to me.

Posted by: Kathleen Hussein in Maine | August 26, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Will everyone give it up about the African American thing. If you've got a US citizenship, you're definitely American. No more and no less.

Posted by: cajun | August 26, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Michele Obama did an outstanding job. What a courageous remarkable woman. I was so nervous for her. All you need to do is compare the biographies of the Obamas against the McCains. Both of the Obamas came from middle/working class stock, and both worked hard for what they've attained, particularly their education. They've devoted their lives to helping the less fortunate members of society, when either could have had far more lucrative careers in the corporate world. It's a pretty sad statement that the GOP has turned valuing a good education into something to be ashamed of. Then there's John McSame, a privileged son of an admiral, underachiever who used his influence to just get by, rather than seizing the opportunity to excel. Yes, he was a POW, but that was not by personal choice. It was a horrible situation that he had no choice but to endure. And what does he do when he gets back? He's a philandering playboy who cheats on his wife. He latches on to someone else of wealth and privilege to pave the way for him. And then John McCain spends his political career courting lobbiest, aiding the already rich and powerful, big business. Wow, what a noble guy. And what do we know about Cindy McCain's bio?? I know she's a rich heiress who apparently likes to buy lots of homes. She was a former drug addict who stole drugs from one of her charities. She bought a plane to help her husband with his political career. Seriously folks. Think about this. Which of these two couples do you think actually has empathy for the struggles of average middle class American??

Posted by: spicegal | August 26, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I am white, left-handed, and a working class tax payer. You are a racist, and an idiot. I think you should lose your job because I feel offended... isn't that what would happen if the roles were reversed? Double standards in this country for black and white journalists crack me up. You are pathetic... you are a punk... you disgust me and leave a foul stench on society just by your existance alone.

You are a racist pig.

McCain 08.

Posted by: Patrick | August 26, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I am so tired of seeing attacks aimed at the Obama's for their education, their earned wealth, and their ethnicity.

I am frustrated by my country. Why?

I want Americans to accept and embrace diversity as something that is good; I want them to think beyond themselves and think a bit more about what is good for their neighbor in America, and abroad. The war in Iraq was not good for anyone. Locally, being annoyed that someone worked many years to better themselves and has the 'audacity' to enjoy some of that is not being concerned about your neighbor. It is being petty and jealous.

My family is still lower middle class/just above the poverty line. Taxpayers such as yourself gave me a good elementary education, a good middle school, a good high school. This let me go to a great college. And you, the taxpayer, were their for me again. Every single day of my career so far, my fellow Americans have supported me, knowingly and unknowingly, and I have done my best every single day to get the most out of my education. Why are you so angry that the Obamas did the same? Because Michele expressed frustration with her country.. well geez.. We re-elected George W. Bush who has made so many bad decisions this last term and in his first term that we are in a precarious position economically and globally. Any person in their right mind should be upset. So what if she admitted she wasn't proud of her country at a moment like we're in???? Part of caring about your country is telling the truth, however painful. Honestly, no one should be proud of the direction the country has taken under Bush. Are you proud if your kid accidentally soils their pants? No. It doesn't mean you don't love your kid, or that you aren't proud other times. Same thing for stupid actions by our fellow Americans.

I am sad that you cannot see that it is wrong to be jealous of the Obama's for their education. You should be proud of them. You should be proud that they care enough about the US, after benefiting from living in the US and US taxpayers, to tolerate a bunch of people who want to spew attacks at them rather than discuss the real issues and solving them. These issues include: Poverty. Health care. Intolerance. Global Warming. National Security.

Oh yeah, they are supposedly inexperienced. At least they know better than to support a war that has not brought any good to their country or their military.

Posted by: Sandra | August 26, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I am white, left-handed, and a working class tax payer. You are a racist, and an idiot. I think you should lose your job because I feel offended... isn't that what would happen if the roles were reversed? Double standards in this country for black and white journalists crack me up. You are pathetic... you are a punk... you disgust me and leave a foul stench on society just by your existance alone.

You are a racist pig.

McCain 08.

Posted by: Patrick | August 26, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I am so tired of seeing attacks aimed at the Obama's for their education, their earned wealth, and their ethnicity.

I am frustrated by my country. Why?

I want Americans to accept and embrace diversity as something that is good; I want them to think beyond themselves and think a bit more about what is good for their neighbor in America, and abroad. The war in Iraq was not good for anyone. Locally, being annoyed that someone worked many years to better themselves and has the 'audacity' to enjoy some of that is not being concerned about your neighbor. It is being petty and jealous.

My family is still lower middle class/just above the poverty line. Taxpayers such as yourself gave me a good elementary education, a good middle school, a good high school. This let me go to a great college. And you, the taxpayer, were their for me again. Every single day of my career so far, my fellow Americans have supported me, knowingly and unknowingly, and I have done my best every single day to get the most out of my education. Why are you so angry that the Obamas did the same? Because Michele expressed frustration with her country.. well geez.. We re-elected George W. Bush who has made so many bad decisions this last term and in his first term that we are in a precarious position economically and globally. Any person in their right mind should be upset. So what if she admitted she wasn't proud of her country at a moment like we're in???? Part of caring about your country is telling the truth, however painful. Honestly, no one should be proud of the direction the country has taken under Bush. Are you proud if your kid accidentally soils their pants? No. It doesn't mean you don't love your kid, or that you aren't proud other times. Same thing for stupid actions by our fellow Americans.

I am sad that you cannot see that it is wrong to be jealous of the Obama's for their education. You should be proud of them. You should be proud that they care enough about the US, after benefiting from living in the US and US taxpayers, to tolerate a bunch of people who want to spew attacks at them rather than discuss the real issues and solving them. These issues include: Poverty. Health care. Intolerance. Global Warming. National Security.

Oh yeah, they are supposedly inexperienced. At least they know better than to support a war that has not brought any good to their country or their military.

Posted by: Sandra | August 26, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

But isn't this a fake Ms. Obama? I've read one editorial that talked about how she whined and complained in her early speaches, until giving the imfamous line about not being proud of her country.

So maybe the handlers are trying to remake her image. From one complaining about how unfair life is, to one more positive.

Posted by: ch | August 26, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

It's sad that these "haters" have to resort to pathetic name-calling and statements,like , she doesn't shop for her own kids or even buy her own gas. LOL !
She shops at target and has raised her kid's herself,along with Barrack. Do you losers get off on trying to belittle someone who has accomplished more than you will in a lifetime. The jealousy is oozing from these posts. When I found out that Obama started working in the civil sector(after graduating Havard with honors,not the bottom of his class)for pennies instead of going to Wall Street for millions,not handed everything from a rich father(or father in-law),that got my vote. Why is it the Republicans hate the United States ? You'll never see one of them lift a finger to help anyone,you can tell by their voting records,unless it's for a LOT of money. Sad. Why is it, it took more than 10 years to raise minimum wage ? Oh yeah,the repubs were in charge. Keep your hate speeches to yourselves,there something amazing happening in this country and you can't stop it.
What exactly are McCains ideas for a better tomorrow? All we get are childish attack ads. Say's alot about the man.

Posted by: jime | August 26, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Obama did a great job telling America about the family values and American values that she and Sen. Obama are rooted in. It was a magnificent speech. And I found touches of Sen. Obama's speaking style which causes me to wonder who influences whom. I would guess that the senator takes lessons from his wife, which is good. Now let us see if Mrs. McCain talks about her family values. Like did she know John was married when she started seeing him? If so did it matter?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I happen to adore Michelle. She reminds me a lot of the women in my acquaintance, black or white, whom I admire the most--smart, strong, willing to speak the truth as she sees it, even if it's not always comfortable for others to hear.

Aren't we in an enlightened age? That's what we like to think. And if so, then a woman with the above qualities, whether black or white or whatever, should be respected for having those qualities, not thought of as "mean" or "intimidating" or what have you. Just who, after all, is such a woman intimidating?

Posted by: M | August 26, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey, she may have a degree from Harvard and be a successful business person and all that, but let's talk about the real issues: can she cook, clean, and iron a shirt?

Posted by: mlincoln | August 26, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Sandra

I appreciate your wanting to talk about the issues. Unfortunately you are on the wrong topic. The discussion here is not about Bush but about Race because that is what the author of this article has made it out to be. He is the subject and his comments that insult a white and a black equally. I am insulted because he makes me out in a particluar way because I am white and blacks are insulted because using race to advance is intolerable . A person black or white who has become a member of the Senate would not want to become President just because he is black. A black person should feel insulted because the author doesn't speak for anyone--he is just venting his own issues.

So Sandra if you want to talk issues stay on topic.

Posted by: TO Sandra | August 26, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Up here in Maine, it looks good to me to have this state caucus for Obama, and still better to have his wife be a strong, inspiring example to others who said Hils was their hero. Hey, switch over, swallow hard, Hils is. Here in Maine at the very cold caucus day, ONLY the old ladies were for Hillary, sorry. Fircrows

Posted by: fircrows | August 26, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Kathleen, thanks for the reply. I was contesting your point about insecurity, suggesting that the cause was instead post-traumatic stress disorder. I knew you weren't trying to connect the eyebrows to race.

Posted by: Tonio | August 26, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, she (MFO) is ugly. That is why she looks so mean. Admit it America!

Re: 'freash brains'. Really, I'd rather have the hot rich chick (CM) on my side of the fight anyday than the fiesty rich one -CM could hire thugs to win the fight!

BTW, I think it's only perfectly fair to leave CM out of the punches. She's kept her place leaving her husband to his job; while MO has to dicate his every move! She created this vision and seeking to get it, great ambition - which they have the courage and integrity to admit it (setting a goal) and not take us for fools. No need to sweeten the resume.

Wake-up and smell the coffee! Democrats have screwed it up, again! If only they would listen to the Clintons who know the Republicans and Politics so well - I hate to say "I told you so!"

Thanks to the O media - we aren't doing any better, either!

Posted by: I'mScared | August 26, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

What a proud moment in history but also a sad moment for me when I contemplate on the fact that these highly educated intelligent hard working AMERICANS have to put on a minstral show for the "folks" who do not read and who depend on visuals to help them make up their minds.

Posted by: lg | August 26, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

While watching Michelle Obama speak last evening, I was consistently reminded of how rare it is, that I have felt hope and inspiration while listening to a politician speak. I have lived long enough now, that I can with some authority tell you all exactly when that last occurred: it was during the presidency of John F. Kennedy. So all the naysayers and the mean spirited jabs in the world, won't do squat to diminish the spirit and the pride, which the Obama's wear so comfortably, or dilute their great gift to bring forth the same uplifting spirit from good people. Good patriotic American people, who for far too long these past terrible 8 years, been been thirsting for something of substance to believe in. Sorry John and Mitt - you're not it. And much like your ringleader Mr. Bush, you have already blown whatever chance once existed to claim any moral high ground. So go ahead, attack away, spread your distortions of the truth, tell some more bald faced lies. Your desperation and shallowness are becoming clearer each day, to those who are paying attention ... as they have been for some time, to those who have been keeping score.

OBAMA-BIDEN in 08'

Posted by: James Acuna | August 26, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

It is sooo sad to see the Dems spilt. Hilary was the best hope of getting a women in the Presidential hot seat and the fact she missed it is still playing on the minds of women. They think that the a women should have got the nod before a black man and it not just white women who feel this way black women do too.

Hilary shares the blame here the race was OVER and she carried on!!!! She had an all or nothing approach - If I cant have it all then nobody can. It does not matter now what she says at the DNC because everybody know how upset she is and how she started the dirty tricks on Obama making sure they knew she stood for working class whites. She should be ashamed of herself. She had the black vote in her pocket until those remarks but she showed her true colors. –

'She would do ANYTHING to get in te white house including discarding the trust of black voters that she had earned through hard work over a long period of time. It is unspeakable for her to insist on anything but forgiveness the people have spoken and will speak again. Peace..

Posted by: Joe L | August 26, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

>>J wrote: "Aspergirl: can you please give some supporting evidence, i.e., specific quotes, for this statement?"

I don't have time to research all the sources, but here are some cut and pastes that you can start with:

Michelle Obama has said, “If my future were determined by my performance on a standardized test I wouldn’t be here.”

In David Mendell's 2007 biography, Obama, it was reported that Obama was a B student whose grades slipped so far below a B at High School that in his final year his grandmother feared he would not get into a university. The chapter ends with him being accepted into Occidental on a full scholarship.

The NYT has published a letter written by Obama in 1990, that discusses his own experiences with affirmative action.

(http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/us/politics/03affirmative.html?_r=2&em=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin)

Mr. Obama said he had “undoubtedly benefited from affirmative action” in his own academic career.


--- Again, my problem with the Obamas isn't that they advanced and benefitted from affirmative action, but that they clearly have an elitist and entitlement mentality consistent with those used to racial preferences. They have slim substantial body of professional works to point to, little or no record of action, and no real accomplishments except for their own stellar advancements with which they can claim to have done anything real. ON top of that, the condescending remarks about "bitter" poor white people, "lazy, cynical slobs" in America and other elitist ignorance, they are just overweening and unattractive personally. Their outer affectations of sophistication and elitism are belied by their actual words and behavior, which is less than classy.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

You would have to be a sadly narrow minded individual to have not had some appreciation of the life journey so eloquently and brilliantly portrayed in Michelle Obama speech last night.

The reactions from the critics are ridiculous. She didnt need to make up anything to reach out to blue collar voters or display her pride in her country...she just spoke from her heart.

The bar of scrutiny has been lifted for the Obamas candidacy in a way that makes me wonder how we ever managed as a country to elect a known adulterer and a known failure to the white house for the past 16 years. Give somebody a different name and a different color and out comes the magnifying glass.

We really need to get smarter America. The guy you think is weak on foreign policy is the same one whose suggestions on Iraq and Afghanistan are being employed by the current administration as we speak. So remind me why he is unqualified again?

Posted by: CVL | August 26, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The reason Michelle Obama gave her speech was to try to improve her approval ratings! The democrats were the ones "clamoring" for her to change her image from her previous poor speeches! I think it's sad how when you say the term racist, it's always a white person...I'd say blacks are racists when you consider 95% are voting for a black person without even knowing what his plan is. I want to hear about the issues, skin color does not matter!

Posted by: sick of the color issue | August 26, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Michelle's speech was polished, inclusive and strong. Those who don't like the liberal stance, won't like Michelle or Barack, nor would they have liked Hillary or anyone else with that label.

I understand some people have their knickers in a knot, still, over her previous speech where she claimed she had lost pride in our country. I applaud her for her honesty. I haven't exactly been proud of our administration, or the general direction of our country for some time. Many people believe, know, we can do better as a nation. She referred in this speech many times to how hard they have both worked to get where they are, and they have worked hard. The Obamas believe we should all work hard, and that the government should help those truly in need, but not act as a dispensary to those who aren't doing all they can to help themselves. Make no mistake, conservatives have profited well from the government trough, its not just 'welfare parents'. How do you think old George got his education? As a barely "C" level student, he would never have gotten in, or out, of an Ivy league college without the welfare of legacy. A bit more good old fashioned hard work on his part might have made him a much better president.

I think Michelle was brilliant, whether or not she wrote every word of her speech. She delivered a hopeful and unifying message to the party. She is polished, educated, and warm. The previous attacks on her appearing 'mean' came from her working to protect her children and her family during the early days of the campaign. That makes her a good mother and a strong spouse, not an angry bit_h, as some in the media have attempted to portray her. Kudos to Michelle. Well done. I would be proud to have the Obamas represent our country.

Posted by: Iris | August 26, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

It's also a party thing. She's the most intelligent, articulate candidate's wife since, well, Hillary Clinton. I doubt Cindy McCain (or Laura Bush) could touch her. Maybe we'll see next week.

Posted by: Frank S | August 26, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Her performance seemed over-acted and over-dramatized; almost talking down to (and lecturing) the audience...again.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Michelle on a wonderful speech. She really hit a home run.

If people would spend less time having their hateful (and yes, often racist) attitudes reinforced for them on the blogosphere and on partisan (so-called) news channels, our country wouldn't be in the mess we're in now.

Thank you, Michelle, of reminding us of the fearless and hopeful America we should strive to be, rather than the bitter and petty America we are today.

Posted by: meggers | August 26, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

What I see when I read all of these posts is something that I saw as a little white girl growing up in the south- Acceptance of others was lost from generation to generation, pulling for your fellow american has remained a division of color, no matter the education or financial outcome. That a woman cannot be smart, educated and a good loving mother and wife and that people no matter what the facts may or may not be are a product of their raising and their beliefs are what they were taught-As a 41 year one white single mother of 4 with a good job who went against the grain of what my family tried to teach me and instead learned to accept people for who they were and not judge people for who they weren't- I am proud of what the Obama's are trying to do-something that should have been done right after slavery ended-bring people together, provide hope to all walks of life genuinely care about the human race even though they remain under extreme scrutiny for basically every thing they have ever done in their lives. All that is happening, is that every negative thing that is being said is based on fear-Frankly, what should scare you the most, is not finally having a president that could potentially exite long wanted change but where our economy is headed if we don't. In this case, ignorance is not bliss, just plain ignorance-

Posted by: abellini | August 26, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

As my post said, "If she and her husband had advanced on merit and substantial works instead of affirmative action and racial preference, he would have a substantial record of action, a body of professional works to point to instead of two self-reverential autobiographies, and a solid base of experience. Instead, he's running for president on the "movement" to elect First Black President."
The Obamas are obnoxious elitists who have an overweening sense of their own superiority and the entitlement mentality of people used to racial preferences. Their condescending comments about white America will not be warm-fuzzied over by their high-gloss convention production.
Look at his falling numbers.
Your candidate isn't ready to be president, on any level.
Bill Clinton was right. It's all a media-induced fairy tale.
Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 4:17 PM
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AsperGirl, back when Hillary was still viable, you were entertaining; wrong, but readable. Your bitterness has now turned to bile. Look at the irrational, faulty logic of your first paragraph quoted above: you posit that, because they are successful but have “no works” (your conclusion, supported by nothing), ergo they must have benefited from racial preference and affirmative action.

If you don’t recognize the error in your formulation, you are more foolish than others have deemed you in the past.

Think of it this way: one of the most significant problems American universities have grappled with over the years since the 60’s has been how to help “preferenced” admissions complete school. Historically, minority students have a far, far higher dropout rate for reasons many have speculated but none have proven. The point? Even if one were to grant your unsupported assertion that the Obamas benefited from racial preference (proven incorrect by the facts, but for the sake of argument, let’s examine it), you’re still left with the incontrovertible fact that they excelled. Immensely.

Look at his falling numbers??? Last week or next?

Posted by: abqcleve | August 26, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

What I see when I read all of these posts is something that I saw as a little white girl growing up in the south- Acceptance of others was lost from generation to generation, pulling for your fellow american has remained a division of color, no matter the education or financial outcome. That a woman cannot be smart, educated and a good loving mother and wife and that people no matter what the facts may or may not be are a product of their raising and their beliefs are what they were taught-As a 41 year one white single mother of 4 with a good job who went against the grain of what my family tried to teach me and instead learned to accept people for who they were and not judge people for who they weren't- I am proud of what the Obama's are trying to do-something that should have been done right after slavery ended-bring people together, provide hope to all walks of life genuinely care about the human race even though they remain under extreme scrutiny for basically every thing they have ever done in their lives. All that is happening, is that every negative thing that is being said is based on fear-Frankly, what should scare you the most, is not finally having a president that could potentially exite long wanted change but where our economy is headed if we don't. In this case, ignorance is not bliss, just plain ignorance-

Posted by: abellini | August 26, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Why on earth would anyone want to be president of this country? It would be the most god awful job on the face of this earth. Every where you turn somone hates you, or worse, wants to kill you. So whoever does get in office, good luck.

To say that racism does not exsist anymore in this country is just plain naive. It's only been fifty years since the civil rights movement. With that being said I feel like Obama is up against a bigger challenge to get into office than McCain. That's just common sense, and to deny it makes you just look plain dumb, dumb, dumb. What's also dumb is the fact that racism does still exist and that race seems to pop up so darn much during this election time. Merely people talking about it, no matter what the context tells me it still exists.

Who most often shows up at the polls? Older white people. Young people, minorities, I urge you to get out there and get your voice heard no matter which side you are for or against. Don't let the generation that will soon be gone determine the future we will have to live. Your vote DOES count, so vote! I'm 20 and I can assure you I'll be one of the first in line to vote. I can honestly say I'm excited to vote! It is the easiest way for any one of us as citizens to have a voice in the way our country is run.

Don't put Obama and his family down for working hard. Don't put McCain down for being a POW. McCain should be commended for fighting, and Obama should be commeneded for being a perfect example of the original "American Dream". And, he did it with the challenges of racism. John McCain or Barack Obama... who will better keep their promises?

And for all you hardcore republicans that are so "married" to marriage and it being religious and sacred-- why oh why would you be in love with McCain who cheated on his first wife and divorced her?? You can make excuses for him all day but he did what he did. Just something to think about.


And Hillary supporters supporting McCain just because they are pouting about Obama winning out over her?!? Please!? Are you in kindergarten or what!? Go ahead and throw your tantrums, stomp your feet and pout... then you can kick yourself in the arse for voting republican and being disappointed at McCain's non-democratic policies when he gets elected because of your votes!

Elections are, after all, completely about how well each candidate can sell themselves and their bull-ish. So ultimatley you have to decide, which crap they're feeding you sounds better?

Posted by: Examinethefacts | August 26, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

What I see when I read all of these posts is something that I saw as a little white girl growing up in the south- Acceptance of others was lost from generation to generation, pulling for your fellow american has remained a division of color, no matter the education or financial outcome. That a woman cannot be smart, educated and a good loving mother and wife and that people no matter what the facts may or may not be are a product of their raising and their beliefs are what they were taught-As a 41 year one white single mother of 4 with a good job who went against the grain of what my family tried to teach me and instead learned to accept people for who they were and not judge people for who they weren't- I am proud of what the Obama's are trying to do-something that should have been done right after slavery ended-bring people together, provide hope to all walks of life genuinely care about the human race even though they remain under extreme scrutiny for basically every thing they have ever done in their lives. All that is happening, is that every negative thing that is being said is based on fear-Frankly, what should scare you the most, is not finally having a president that could potentially exite long wanted change but where our economy is headed if we don't. In this case, ignorance is not bliss, just plain ignorance-

Posted by: abellini | August 26, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

What I see when I read all of these posts is something that I saw as a little white girl growing up in the south- Acceptance of others was lost from generation to generation, pulling for your fellow american has remained a division of color, no matter the education or financial outcome. That a woman cannot be smart, educated and a good loving mother and wife and that people no matter what the facts may or may not be are a product of their raising and their beliefs are what they were taught-As a 41 year one white single mother of 4 with a good job who went against the grain of what my family tried to teach me and instead learned to accept people for who they were and not judge people for who they weren't- I am proud of what the Obama's are trying to do-something that should have been done right after slavery ended-bring people together, provide hope to all walks of life genuinely care about the human race even though they remain under extreme scrutiny for basically every thing they have ever done in their lives. All that is happening, is that every negative thing that is being said is based on fear-Frankly, what should scare you the most, is not finally having a president that could potentially exite long wanted change but where our economy is headed if we don't. In this case, ignorance is not bliss, just plain ignorance-

Posted by: angela4love | August 26, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Michelle might be living in a big mansion and guided by secret service security only as a result of the present situation, and be friends to the kennedys, get a public funded education at havard, the truth remains she worked hard to achieve all that dream to become a reality. there are many other americans who couldn't make use of the same opportunity that she had. OBAMA for PRESIDENT

Posted by: elvis | August 26, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I find it amazing that a country that's always ready to fix the rest of the world you spend so much time attacking yourselves.

While I'm not an American what happens in th USA affects the rest of the world and so I would like to remind you (as I am sure such political stalwarts, as yourselves, are very aware of it)of something Robert Kennedy said - "Only those who dare to fail can achieve greatly."

Instead of taking so much time to berate and muddy Michelle and Barak, go and dare to do something great with your life even if there is a possibility you will fail. You'll find that it's much more satisfactory that you current negative preoccupation with the OBAMAS. The OBAMAS are here and very present, daring to acheiving greatness and as long as we live they will be remmebered (win or not), will you, Dear Critics?


Posted by: Charmaine, South America | August 26, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse


Michelle is on the ticket?

Posted by: WylieD | August 26, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Political Observer, funny your name does not fit you, because if you observed you would know that lying to win political office is does not make someone strong. You saw lies Hillary told and you accepted it, because she is a white woman. Michelle Obama simply told the story of the American dream. Learn to flip the coin over.

Posted by: ATL | August 26, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Tonio, if you're still reading--I've been away. I chose "insecurity" as snark against people who I feel are just...haters. I didn't think about what an angry face, whatever features compose it, could mean to someone who went through what you did. I hope you're living strong.

Posted by: Kathleen Hussein in Maine | August 26, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

"America as it SHOULD be"? How arrogant and presumptuous can these people be? Perhaps we could aspire to live in an America as it could be, with all of us working towards attainable goals rather than having some nebulous, non-specific change and hope forced down our throats.

Posted by: greg in hawaii
_____________
And you would have us working to our attainable goals in what, a McSame administration? The Bush/McCain/Gramm economics has ruined this country. What a load of ______!

Posted by: jimimosey | August 26, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I see why this country is in dissarray, U have to "perform" for white folks like they set the standard. I can hear China's army marching. These bigots can outright be ignorant while they figure we at all cost remind them that they were once slaves. Let me reimind you; Most of YOU bigots in this country are rich and wealthy because YOUR parents, yes YOUR parents were raised and reared by African- American mothers while THEIR own went hungry and uncared for because YOU needed a helping hand and a back to stand on; Meanwhile YOUR siblings on every level became superficially rich. Give any FOOL a 400 YEAR headstart, if u can't make then it's something wrong. Give the Blackman 40 years and you'll never catch him. White folks you have lost your grip on the minds and backs of the Afro-American, China and Brazil those are NON-white countries and they are on the march. "What's done to the Blacks, will surely come to Whites"(fjv). "Ready are not,hear I come, you can't hide"! YOU can hide a little longer behind that fake grin and pointed chin as the day progresses we'll see who has to run for shade.

Posted by: sUburbanBIGidiOTS | August 26, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I did not particularly care for Michele's speech. But no matter. I don't particularly care for Obama either.

But I am going to vote for him. McCain is so out of touch, and well, elderly, that he should absolutely NOT be elected president.

We don't even let people over 67 be on our church council!

Posted by: Kansas Kate | August 26, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

i admit i may be angry, but you have to have NO heart at all to not see what our world has become since bushco came into power. i am not racist but yes, i am angry. my true color is red, white and blue, but to say that a lot of the comments here and elsewhere is NOT racist is plain untrue. in years past, we could just read a post like Ryan's and just ignore, let racists be racists. no longer, we need to call them out, let them know that they have nothing to fear but their own fear. the only thing i have to worry about it my own anger but i'm working on it, until then, if you see a post of mine, pass it by. i'll do the same with yours ryan.

Posted by: preAmerikkkan | August 26, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

i admit i may be angry, but you have to have NO heart at all to not see what our world has become since bushco came into power. i am not racist but yes, i am angry. my true color is red, white and blue, but to say that a lot of the comments here and elsewhere is NOT racist is plain untrue. in years past, we could just read a post like Ryan's and just ignore, let racists be racists. no longer, we need to call them out, let them know that they have nothing to fear but their own fear. the only thing i have to worry about it my own anger but i'm working on it, until then, if you see a post of mine, pass it by. i'll do the same with yours ryan.

Posted by: preAmerikkkan | August 26, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

was told by a Methodist in Savannah that Obama is the anti-Christ. He didn't say who Michelle was.

Posted by: norman ravitch |

I was told by a baptist you're an Idiot and I don't even know you. This is how stupid you sound.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Michele is as eloquent as Barack Obama. So.....? It is too bad that the conventions are as real as Realty TV programs and that is all they have to be. It is not what you have done and you will do again, but how you look on TV as a marketing product. The vast majority of American voters decide nothing by these kind of presentations other than can the person project well on TV. Form over Substance.

Posted by: rljm | August 26, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

i admit i may be angry, but you have to have NO heart at all to not see what our world has become since bushco came into power. i am not racist but yes, i am angry. my true color is red, white and blue, but to say that a lot of the comments here and elsewhere is NOT racist is plain untrue. in years past, we could just read a post like Ryan's and just ignore, let racists be racists. no longer, we need to call them out, let them know that they have nothing to fear but their own fear. the only thing i have to worry about it my own anger but i'm working on it, until then, if you see a post of mine, pass it by. i'll do the same with yours, ryan.

Posted by: preAmerikkkan | August 26, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Michele Obama is like many kind, educated, hard-working and lovely women of color in America. And yes, Mr. Robinson, we are told in our offices and classrooms and court rooms and operating rooms and dorm rooms..."you're sort of mean...you seem aloof"...It is sometimes distracting, often exhausting; but mostly just boring.
Michele Obama will be the best First Lady since Jackie!

Posted by: Wendy | August 26, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Let's remember to vote OBAMA in January. Be at the polls early!! Don't be a "typical white person" vote for Obama. I am so proud to be American, "proud for the very first time!"

Posted by: Whitey | August 26, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

aspergirl is a man, can't you see? It's all a ruse, pretending to be a female, using overt racist slurs and innuendo, making statements that cannot be proved, spouting right wing hate and divisiveness. There is a common thread that runs through his posts. Fear.

Posted by: jimimosey | August 26, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Taking a hit job for the Chicago hospital to kick the maximum number of poor people out while retaining the non-profit status. By doing so Obama's whife got >300,000/yr + bonus....If this is not mean, what do you call it, dear Mrs Robinson?

Posted by: God Father | August 26, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Re: Beverly marshall's comments -

"At the risk of being classified as a racist, I cannot imagine a black person not voting for Obama."

Why is that? Are you insinuating that black people cannot see beyond race in making decisions about who the leadership of the country will be? Are you implying that blacks cannot critically examine the candidate, his strengths and his shortcomings, and decide whether to support him based on those criteria, instead of his skin color?

Many can, and should, engage in just that sort of critical analysis. Do they? I don't know. I'm black, and I'm not supporting Obama, because I don't agree with his "big government is the answer" philosophy. I admire his story, but I don't support his philosophy. And I'm not a pissed-off HRC supporter, nor am I a disgruntled 'crab-in-the-bucket' supporter of Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton or other 'civil rights' leaders who fear obama's election because it means they'll have to get real jobs. But according to you, I should be fervently cheering on second coming of the colored messiah. After all the years blacks have been in this country, how is it that blacks are still viewed as being so simple? Shame, really.

Posted by: NoName | August 26, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting how people think the Obamas are being sincere only when they're saying bad things about America. When they say good things, they're pandering.

Posted by: The worst | August 26, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Michelle reminded us how financially poor she and Barack were as children. Here's a fact about 'Grandmother' that may challenge MO's implication that Barack saw much in the way of hard times: Mrs. Dunham [Grandmother] was one of two women in the whole bank system that were officers of any sort,'' said Jackie Berry, who began working at Bank of Hawaii under Obama's maternal grandmother more than 40 years ago. ... Dunham, raised in a strict Methodist home in Kansas, became one of Bank of Hawaii's first female vice presidents....
http://news.yahoo.com/s/bloomberg/20080808/pl_bloomberg/ahv9buqlp6si

Posted by: PamelaofthePoconos | August 26, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Do any media reporters/writers realize that the convention formats sell no one on anything anymore? Because they have been transformed into the Reality TV Shows script, there is almost no real world information transmitted to a not-already committed voter. While Michele and Barack Obama are a pleasure to watch, one learns nothing about what they really believe or would do in the White House. One then looks at their real world experience and what difference they have made and you end out seeing a past Chicago Community Activist and very liberal State and a US Senator and and two attorneys. If one looks at who they have hung out with for the past 25 years you have a Weatherman Underground terrorist, a racist self-proclaimed minister, the hate speech Move-On.org, Madonna and Hollywood celebrities. How does someone figure out how to vote for Barack with this information?

Posted by: rljmsilver | August 26, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

To Aspergirl: White America? There is one America. When Michelle spoke during the primaries, she spoke to all of America. I'm glad to see that you read all of the potential First ladies college thesis. Your obsession with Michelle and every word spoken and truly taken out of context is outrageous. I am ashamed to call you an American. Your racism is clearly showing. Vote for whoever you want, but you and others like you don't have to justify it with your racist schemes. Recognize them for what they are and the rest of us will continue to pray for you. Thanks for showing who you really are. I'm just glad you're not leading this country.

Posted by: JacquelineGIL | August 26, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Well, we know who has not gone beyond race. Mr Robinson sees the world as black and white. I watched her speech and was not thinking about race at all, but rather whether she would help her husband win over votes of the undecided. Get some therapy Robinson.

Posted by: onemangrouphug | August 26, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

>>abqcleve wrote: "Look at the irrational, faulty logic of your first paragraph quoted above: you posit that, because they are successful but have “no works” (your conclusion, supported by nothing), ergo they must have benefited from racial preference and affirmative action."

I didn't "posit" that the Obamas benefitted from affirmative action because they didn't have any substantial body of professional works to justify their advancements. I stated so because they have said so, and their own quotes are included in my posts above. What I did say is their lack of substance and individual works supporting their advancements is consistent with affirmative action. It is evidence that their advancements were not due to their professional performance and merit. Evidence on top of their statements that they received racial preferences. And none of my statements were to the effect of saying that affirmative action was bad, just that they were elitist obnoxious snobs to have enjoyed their support and advantages and then condescendingly talk about "bitter" poor whites and how America is a nation of "lazy, cynical slobs" as if they are superior to those who have fewer advancements than they.

Please don't use your pseudo-intellectual, faux portrayals of my posts as a sophist's argument.

I'm not the only one to note the hypocrisy of Michelle Obama's speech last night:

"In Denver, Mrs. Obama said, “My piece of the American Dream is a blessing hard won by those who came before me.” Those forebears, she explained, were “driven by the same conviction that drove my dad to get up an hour early each day to painstakingly dress himself for work — the same conviction that drives the men and women I’ve met all across this country…That’s why I love this country.”

"In Charlotte, Mrs. Obama said, “We’re still living in a time and in a nation where the bar is set, right?…You start working hard and sacrificing and you think you’re getting close to that bar, you’re working and you’re struggling, and then what happens? They raise the bar…keep it just out of reach.”

"Had something changed in the last few months? In the early primaries, Mrs. Obama often gave complaining speeches. It was in late February that she said the now-famous words, “For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country, because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.” In other speeches, she grumbled — sometimes at length — about having to pay back her college loans. And she, as much as her husband, was associated with the anti-American rants of Rev. Jeremiah Wright."

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MWI2MDM1OGUxZDZjYWQyODhmYTIzZTE2NGRkYWQ3MzM=

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama is from my family's neighborhood in Chicago, so I'm totally in the tank for her. I'm hoping SHE will be the first woman President: she could totally pull it off.

And as for her look, here's one word you'll never see used in describing her: "intimidated." She's clearly not a woman who will wait her turn (which will never come). And not to bash Mrs. McCain, but Michelle Obama didn't steal drugs from a charity to feed her addiction.

Let's face it: a lot of people look at her and see, not Princeton and Harvard Law, but a black woman.

Posted by: gbooksdc | August 26, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Eugene,

I know you are still on “Cloud Nine” and filled with pride because of what you say is a fine speech by Michelle Obama, but let me report there are “gaps” in her story.

First, let us take the topic of their first date. How many variations of this story are she and Barack going to tell? I read only credible information and I have read her reports that:
1) on their first date he took her to his church. (The Rev. Wright’s congregation).
2) Then I read they were at a company dinner at the law firm, and he pinched her leg under the table. Later they talked and went out.
3) Last night, it was supposedly a picnic and went for ice cream. Which is the truth of the first date?

Second, she said last night that she was so impressed with Barack because right after college he started the voter’s registration drive. Yet, she did not know him out of college in 1985. She did not meet him until he interned while in law school in 1988. What is the truth?

Third, Michelle said she worked for the law firm right after she finished Law school then went on to work for the hospital. Yet, Michelle after the law firm worked as an assistant to Chicago’s Mayor Daley, then she worked at the University of Chicago.

Therefore, can the gaps be resolved in these matters first before we keep applauding her speech. If she and Barack cannot get the story straight on how they first dated, then how can we believe him as President and her as First Lady?

I hope the possible Grammy Award is not handed down to her or the possible Presidency in 2012 until she can tell a true story.

Posted by: anotherperspective1 | August 26, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl:

Anybody (except McCain) can cut and paste. You have provided no sources, and yourself are not a credible "source." Try again.

Perhaps you are used to be treated "special" as a result of your developmental disability. Sorry.

Posted by: J | August 26, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Ever think about what kind of parents bring their kids on stage to exploit them?

The Obama's went one step further than having happy kids waving at the crowd, the whole staged call in from Dad was pure exploitation.

Credit to the Clinton's and Bush's for not running their kids out just to get votes.

Posted by: Wonder | August 26, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Michelle:
I'm with you. There are some moments where I'm not particularly proud of the USofA. (Especially when I read some of these comments.) Like you, I grew up in a blue collar family on Chicago's South side, worked my way through college, have a family who I think is more precious than gold, and live in a "nearly" million dollar house. I applaud you and your family's accomplishments and hope to call you our First Lady soon. Well done.
A middle-aged, suburban, intelligent white woman who will cast her vote for Obama/Biden this November.

Posted by: Sout'side Girl | August 26, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm a white Barack supporter, but I have to tell you, if Michele were running against him, I'd vote for Michele.

Posted by: bill | August 26, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

ONE thing is very certain, Mayor Daley number one was a pig and Mayor Daley number two is a pig. Anyone associated with these two scumbags is either stupid or a crook just like the pigs that made them.

Posted by: Certain | August 26, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I thought the story of Mechelle Obama was both moving and convincing.

It filled a gap in the story line.

Why this gap needed to be filled is beyond me. I guess it was to counter all the MSM mud being slung at Mechelle.

Meanwhile, nobody holds the mob-heiress bootlegger, er, beer distributor, Cindy McCain to the same standard.

I would guess it's because Magoo was an adulteror and a POW - so they don't have to answer questions about Cindy running the show.

Did Magoo mention that he was a POW?

Posted by: Vote Magoo he's an adulteror too! | August 26, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: AsperGirl, well asper girl do you not find people complacent in this country, do you not see evil grow everyday, child molestation in church, a tv program called to catch a predator, human sex trade trafficking 34 billion dollar a year and alot of it is American money. Two little girls gunned down in the mid west, still no suspects. American men flying halfway around the world to have sex with 4 and 5 year old kids. Funny no one wants to hear the truth. Keep living a lie like America is this great Country. Only god is great.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

let's face the truth, THIS WAS NOT HER SPEACH,IT WAS WRITTEN FOR HER BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Look at her past, she has a real distaste for the white race.
She is for the blacks and that makes her a racist.

Posted by: ??? | August 26, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Vote Magoo He's 72!

Posted by: Vote Magoo he's an adulteror too! | August 26, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

She went to a top college, makes tons of money and lives in a mansion. Yet she says that we need to change the US in order for people to be able to succeed. What, is she saying that she's a failure?

Posted by: ArlingtonHokie | August 26, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I am white, 57. And I found Michelle's story is OUR story a HUMAN story. Her's is the story of all who know both joy and sorrow, of all who strive to give their lives meaning, who live by their strength, their faith, their hope and their compassion.

Everyone has bias. Everyone on the planet has fear and learned cues for those fears. Today, we have an opportunity to embrace our humanity, and let our separations, our differences matter less than that which we have in common.

Those critical of Robinson's concern over a double standard some measure by, might look to themselves and not to Robinson. What is it you find unfair? What do you fear? And what positive counter do you have for that? All we can do is start change inside our own hearts lest we be like those who would imagine us less than we know we can be, less than we are.

IMAGINE.

Michelle was magnificent, and her love, her strength makes me smile. I want her on my team.

Nina

Posted by: Nina | August 26, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

>>J wrote: "Anybody (except McCain) can cut and paste. You have provided no sources, and yourself are not a credible "source." Try again."

J, if you don't think a letter to the editor written by Obama himself and other info related to the Obamas is a "source" then you are clueless. Perhaps by "source" you mean someone with some authority to state an opinion is stating it and I quote that opinion.

Your earlier, posturing posts full of absurd judgments in pseudo-intellectual language more or less tell the tale: you don't know how to form opinions or arrive at conclusions, and only challenge people to come up with some preformed opinions from an authority you deem credible.

This marks you as a DailyKos or other netroot cult member. You swap around memes and memorize the articles of others, in your dim-bulb, thought-policed world delimited by the boundaries of talking points. To you, the ultimate "source" would be the memo with the daily talking points that outline the bounds of your thought.

You don't know anything but derivative knowledge.

End of discussion.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Great job, the teacher critical of her is way out of line, Great job Michelle! Nothing wrong with loving basketball!

Posted by: Jonathan | August 26, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

>>Anonymous wrote: "eugene.. if michelle came on stage and shot the audience , you'd say she did great."

LOL. He's a diligent propagandist.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous

Do you want to show us all what a worthless world it is? Are you one that calls us dung? America is a thriving home. Purhaps you should stay away from all things political--you are lost otherwise. You should be cloistered.

Posted by: To Anonymous | August 26, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I saw Michelle Obama's speech- I have heard her husband's speeches- and I still have NO IDEA what the guy's plan really is for America, other than to spend a LOT of taxpayer money on subsidizing government plans. Our taxes will go up- he is promising to do NOTHING for the high gas prices, we are supposed to inflate our tires. He is promising all KINDS of money in stimulus packages- where, exactly, is $150 billion worth of milk and honey to the masses going to come from? And Mr. Robinsin- since when is it fodder for the masses, a bad thing, to be successful enough to own seven houses? My mother does- she is a landlord. Why is this silly little point, something to make fun of? Check your fairness meter, as a liberal journalist. As far as Michelle, YOU are the one calling attention to her race-- why is it okay for the Dems to play the RACE card, but not the Repubs?

Posted by: NOT an Obama Supporter | August 26, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE MICHELLE OBAMA !! She's one classy, beautiful, smart and articulate woman. What a great couple to have in the White House !! I really want to see Michelle Obama as First Lady !!!

Posted by: Roberta | August 26, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

yeah, she did you black guys proud; slide over on the bench jackie robinson, you've got company.

Posted by: ithejury | August 26, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Barack and Michelle Obama are racists- they have come out, in more than one instance, as Black Supremacists- check SNOPES.com. He has been aligned with Dr. Jeremy Wright, who never disguises his HATE of White America.

Posted by: McCain in 2008 | August 26, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

MICHELLE OBAMA IS SMART, GREAT-LOOKING, ARTICULATE, AND CLASSY. Who wouldn't want her to represent our country as First Lady !! I will be thrilled to see her in the White House !!

Posted by: Roberta | August 26, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I was rather inspired by this educated, strong willed, obviously talented and loving mother who learned her lessons well while being reared in white America. She has worked hard for everything she has accomplished as her husband has. The competition however has been handed everything on a silver platter. It makes me want to puke. I am a single mother working my way through college who has always voted republican until this year. I am going with someone who does what he says not what he claims he's going to do. Posted by A White Woman from Alabama

Posted by: sam in alabama | August 26, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I am a 60 year old white woman, and have to say that I am impressed with Michelle Obama. She appears to really have it together, and she handled herself very well. I think she's an asset to Barack, and their kids are beautiful !!

Posted by: Bobbi Gordon | August 26, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Michelle did a great job. She was very real, smart, and down to earth. She'll make an excellent first lady; hands on, hard working, and caring.

Posted by: C.R., Tech Recruiter | August 26, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm a 60-year old white woman, and I am disgusted with the women who are trying to undercut Barack Obama's candidacy for the presidency. Obama won the nomination fair and square. Hillary lost the nomination. Hillary supporters: GET OVER IT AND GROW UP !!! STOP WHINING !!

As for Michelle Obama, I'm impressed. I think she's an asset to her husband, and will make a great First Lady.

Posted by: Bobbi | August 26, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I never owned a slave she's never been a slave why would white people have to but ourselves in black peoples shoes let's all be PC and not thing for ourself 500 years blah blah blah this country came along way since slavery and it's survival of the fittest all races have an the same change when they are born as everyone else.
Posted by: Yuck

Well if you were a Christian, you would understand the sins of a father goes to the son, secondly it's funny how you racist forget about the terror and mental slavery of the fifties and the sixties, hell I could even venture to Forsyth County GA in the eighties. Funny you never owned a slave, but you probably hate a Muslim that had nothing to do with 9/11, you probably hate a black who never did a thing to you. You bought a slave, you just don't realize how.

Posted by: atl | August 26, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I think that if John Edwards was honest and told the truth about his affair, then we wouldn't have to listen to Michelle Obamas rehearsed fairy tale speech.
HILLARY SHOULD BE THE ONE ON THE TICKET NOT OBAMA.
HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT

Posted by: hillary for president | August 26, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Black Ivy, you're suffering from the same fate that faces so many black people today----------SELF-HATE.You're no better than the many racist whites that are on this blog.It just goes to show you-only God can eradicate the hate and racism that has been passed down from generation to generation,not man.

Posted by: satch6840 | August 26, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

To zaney8 - how do you have any idea how Michelle Obama's education was funded? Harvard is not a land grant college or state college or university. Where she is today in her life is due to her own MERIT as it is for many young people who, indeed work hard in college so they can receive funds to continue to grad school, law school etc. Most government funds for grad school go to students who are in the sciences and math - not the social sciences. If you are going to criticize someone - you should truly know your facts.

Please also note that many young people are also in debt for many, many years because they did not get funds to cover all of their grad school expenses. My own son is currently paying $800.00/month for school loans from his undergraduate education. He currently has a great job, but he definitely yearns for grad school to pursue his MA and PhD, but he knows he needs to get funding, but it will have to be based on his own MERIT as we cannot fund his grad school.

Posted by: Judy | August 26, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

To zaney8 - how do you have any idea how Michelle Obama's education was funded? Harvard is not a land grant college or state college or university. Where she is today in her life is due to her own MERIT as it is for many young people who, indeed work hard in college so they can receive funds to continue to grad school, law school etc. Most government funds for grad school go to students who are in the sciences and math - not the social sciences. If you are going to criticize someone - you should truly know your facts.

Please also note that many young people are also in debt for many, many years because they did not get funds to cover all of their grad school expenses. My own son is currently paying $800.00/month for school loans from his undergraduate education. He currently has a great job, but he definitely yearns for grad school to pursue his MA and PhD, but he knows he needs to get funding, but it will have to be based on his own MERIT as we cannot fund his grad school.

Posted by: Judy | August 26, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Cindy McCain has a responsibility to show who she is too, I mean really. If she doesn't speak everyone will know it is because she knows she can't match Michelle.

Posted by: Jim | August 26, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Jene is being generous to Michelle. I have always thought Michelle does not fit the first lady role as it was defined by past past presidents and first ladies. Dolly was known as a take charge type. Elenore Roosevelt was like Michelle wants to be, without the sophistocation. It is obvious she does not take direction by the president or his staff. He has said he does not want to push the kids forward and she props them up as no other candidate has ever done. The pants worn by Clinton and Bush are hard to take at times. To make this short. If Obama loses it should not be because his wife is too loud; voice and dress. Slacks the dignity required for the job. She reminds me of my sister-in-law. She has to her her voice and raises her daughters the same. Pretentious first ladies who smoke, but not on camera are OK with me in this centry. Girls need a model. Michelle wears nice cloths, but is not finished.

Posted by: spartan | August 26, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Michelle is unfinished, like finishing school.

Posted by: cousin | August 26, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

"For the first time in my adult life, I was proud to be an American''

Michelle-Where were you the rest of your adult life?? AND what were you proud of then.

Posted by: Gaffer | August 26, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Michelle, was Great! -- warm, genuine and from the heart what could be better and those girls are beautiful -- it would be nice to see children in the white house again.
You are correct that no one is asking Cindy McCain, but look what she has to put up with -- she looks like a stepford wife and her husband offers her up for a topless beauty contest. All the money in the world cannot buy class.

Posted by: Paulet | August 26, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

"The image issue for African American women"

Don't try setting her up as a victim, she has already made her impression as a bitter woman

Posted by: volunteer | August 26, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Great poise, appeal and sincerity, way to go. WIll be a great help in the WH.

THis blog site: Too much opinion, too much talk, blah, blah, blah. It's quite simple!! I am having a hard time with the present situation!! It's about time, CHANGE!! RENEWAL!!

Posted by: r3rythm | August 26, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Great poise, appeal and sincerity, way to go. WIll be a great help in the WH.

THis blog site: Too much opinion, too much talk, blah, blah, blah. It's quite simple!! I am having a hard time with the present situation!! It's about time, CHANGE!! RENEWAL!!

Posted by: r3rythm | August 26, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm a married, white, female Republican who's nearing 50. I believe in God, the Trinity, and that by Grace we are offered salvation. I am wary of those who profess Christianity in order to gain political office (power). How can I know whether this is sincere? I simply cannot; nor can you. So I am wary of "Christion" rhetoric poured on by political parties and candidates. I am deeply saddened by good-hearted Christian people who follow the rhetoric above all else, thinking that by doing so, they are being true to their faith. In fact, the more blatant the rhetoric and focus on religious/moral issues, the more I suspect the intent and sincerity behind it. Read on.

I am disappointed by the unwillingness of sincere Christian folks to recognize the fallacy and futility in attempting to elect a national leader based solely on professed religion. The "good" purpose of government is merely for people to attempt to provide some rules, structure and infracture to facilitate us all living in proximity with each other. Outwardly, and amongst each other, it's best if we can agree to physical boundaries, access to resources and opportunities, protection from violence and injustice, and rights of ownership. However, to think that the scope of government should extend further into the religious aspects of our lives, even though it may be well-intentioned, sets us all up for religious persecution and for government controlling the "religious path" of our yonng. Similarly, to follow a leader simply for his "outward religion", causes us to let down our guard and more readily "accept" whatever the leader tells us, no matter the deceipt behind it.

I will vote for Senator Obama because of the path of his life and the decisions he has made. This, I believe, is the best predictor of his path and decisions as President. He chose to better himself with high levels of education. He chose a quality woman with whom to share a life and have a family. He appears to have worked hard to get where he is. He has extended compassion and given service to his community. He appears to think carefully about his decisions and his words. He is both intelligent and highly educated, thereby capable of understamding complex matters. He appears to have a heart bent on justice, true feet on the ground justice. He, his wife and children demonstate respect toward others. Furthermore, Senator Obama offers encouragement towards personal and national betterment and, I believe, would like to set our national sights on a brigher and more just future for all. Finally, he is not attempting to distract us by waving a religious flag that has no bearing in an election for a government leader. I will vote and I will pray, while I strive to live as a Christian.

Posted by: mwfr | August 26, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Yes Eugene, keep smoking the good stuff. Mrs. Obama is just another angry liberal trying to pretend she is enjoyable to be around. YOU and Mrs. Obama do have one thing in common, if it wasn't for affirmative-action, you both wouldn't have a job!

Posted by: Toxic Avenger | August 26, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I think you should delete this whole column. People are projecting themselves here. Some are troubled persons. The others are sincere optimists. I am with the optimists.

Michelle, you are wonderful. Keep going straight ahead. I love you.

Posted by: guinevere | August 26, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I just wish people would be themselves. Her "I am just a poor chick from the south side" rap is pretty old considering her checking account in the millions and her Harvard ring. I realize presidents and their wives are not one of "us" so quit pretending you know what it is like to be one of "us." Both McCain and Obama are millionaires, either due to themselves, their books or their wives. Just admit the truth and move on. You don't know what a loaf of bread costs Mrs. Obama because you don't go to Aldi like we do and compare the dates to see which loaf will last longer. You don't buy gas, you don't buy clothes for your pretty girls and you don't buy food for your pretty tummy.

So just tell the truth.

Posted by: Jim
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Jim, why so harsh on Micelle Obama? She spoke the TRUTH. Both Barack and Michelle come from middleclass families. Barack grew up without a Dad because Dad left his family when Barack was two. His mom had to go on food stamps a few times to help provide food for Barack. At age 10 Barack went to live with his grandparents in Hawaii where he was born and had lived the first five years of his life. Michelle's family was middleclass, her dad had multiple schleroses (sp) and still got up to go to work each and every day. Do YOU realize how painful and delibating this can be?? Both Michell and Barack were exceptional students and received scholarships to go to school. They took out loans which they just paid off AFTER the sales of his books. Michelle and Barack know what it is like to skimp on somethings in order to afford something else, like food! They have both been there, they hav both done that and THAT is what Michelle was talking about. Yes, they have worked very hard, they have sacrificed a whole lot, and they had perseverence, dedication, and the desire to "LIFT THEMSELVES UP". They have done so. This is exactly WHAT Barack wants for our country and for us!! HE WANTS TO LIFT THIS COUNTRY UP from the quagmire in which the Repubs have thrown us; he WANTS TO "LIFT US UP" where ALL of us have the same opportunities to grow, to do well, to be able to do what we want to do and to achieve our hopes and our dreams. Really, too many people have forgotten that it is, indeed, our hopes and our dreams which keep us going forward. Without hopes and dreams we fall into "ruts" and don't accomplish much of anything. I am so sorry you are so bitter the Obamas were able to lift themselves up and to achieve their hopes an dreams. Sounds like you really hate them for doing well in their lives. Start hoping and dreaming, maybe you, too, will achieve your dreams....but remember, YOU have to work at it if you want to suceed. Sitting back and envying, begrudging, and resenting others' succes is not going to get you anywhere except make you a very bitter person. Please think about it. I try to be happy with other people's achievements as well as my own...no matter how large or how small. And it is very true, that some white folks deplore a person of color becoming successful. I think that this is shameful and bigotted.

Posted by: NinaK | August 26, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I never owned a slave she's never been a slave why would white people have to but ourselves in black peoples shoes let's all be PC and not thing for ourself 500 years blah blah blah this country came along way since slavery and it's survival of the fittest all races have an the same change when they are born as everyone else.

Posted by: Yuck | August 26, 2008 2:02 PM

And I bet you've never been called "ni**er", either.

Posted by: mike l | August 26, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Well , as a independent conservative, and i have not read all the comments, i believe if OBAMA loses it will be because of his own party not voting for him, as the last 2 elections were close, and with the Republican President supposedly hated, the Democrat nominee should win easily, but i would bet that white democrats will abandon OBAMA, cuz the white republicans where not going to vote for Hillary or Obama. Just my opinion.

Posted by: North Dakota Male | August 26, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

>>Gaffer wrote: ""For the first time in my adult life, I was proud to be an American'' --Michelle-Where were you the rest of your adult life?? AND what were you proud of then.

She spent 20 years sitting in Trinity Church listening to white-people-belittling, conspiracy-theorist, grievance-minded hyperbolic rhetoric preached by Rev. Wright's. Her head and world view is full of that junk.

They probably didn't even realize it was inappropriate so long as they were wrapped in the bubble world of black liberation theology and William Ayers' academic circles in Chicago.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a fan of Michelle Obama. I don't understand why she is garnering headline news...isn't her husband running for president?

Posted by: Cathy | August 26, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. Michelle Obama is as arrogant and brash as her husband.

Posted by: ZAP | August 26, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

As a black man, I disagree with you. Why do we have to make everything into a racial issue. The image in which other people view us, is our own doing. The reason people perceive Michelle as they do, is because, like Hillary, people can instinctively sniff out a conniving weasel when they see one.

Posted by: William | August 26, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

More ghosts appearing in Mr. Robinson's neighborhood. Must be a scary place for him.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

You know, I have read most of the comments and find it disgusting!!!! I am a white person and have no racial issues towards anyone. My political concern is: I don't care who gets voted for president, but I would like one of them to keep there word and not blow smoke up our rearends to win.

We never had a black president and maybe it is time. It can't hurt to have one and see what he is made of. I wish you people would leave the racial comments out. Whether you are black or white or hispanic for that fact, we still need to live on this earth. As for you people commenting on the slavery thing, again, whether it is a black person or a white, that was a long time ago and we all need to move on.

Barrack, if you are reading all these comments, I hope you are the president for the right reasons and not the wrong. this country needs alot of help!!!!

Posted by: Cat | August 26, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

You know, I have read most of the comments and find it disgusting!!!! I am a white person and have no racial issues towards anyone. My political concern is: I don't care who gets voted for president, but I would like one of them to keep there word and not blow smoke up our rearends to win.

We never had a black president and maybe it is time. It can't hurt to have one and see what he is made of. I wish you people would leave the racial comments out. Whether you are black or white or hispanic for that fact, we still need to live on this earth. As for you people commenting on the slavery thing, again, whether it is a black person or a white, that was a long time ago and we all need to move on.

Barrack, if you are reading all these comments, I hope you are the president for the right reasons and not the wrong. This country needs alot of help!!!!

Posted by: Cat | August 26, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm 20 yrs old and terrified, absolutely stricken with fear of Sen. Obama becoming president.
I could care less what color he is, who his grandfather was, or how hard his wife had to work to become a millionare.
I look at what Sen. Obama stands for. I will analyze 2 topics:
-Universal healthcare
Right. There is no such thing and there will NEVER be anything close to "free" healthcare. It doesn't exist and it's impossible...."but Canada and Europe does it..."...just who do you think would pay for it? Just the rich people, right? No, average middle class ppl working their butts off will be taxed not only for healthcare but everything else Obama wants for people too lazy or illegal. The help is there for those who NEED it. Not those who would rather collect welfare money and continuously file for unemployment because we're stupid enough to pay into the system.
Issue 2:
It seems this particular issue is not well-known. Probably because it's so horrific you will never hear about it in the Washington Post or on CNN. Here is a quote:

“He is so pro-abortion he refused as an Illinois state senator to support legislation to protect babies who survived late-term abortions because he did not want to concede — as he explained in a cold-blooded speech on the Illinois Senate floor — that these babies, fully outside their mothers’ wombs, with their hearts beating and lungs heaving, were in fact ‘persons.’

This man you people love would rather see a baby (the most innocent and vulnerable person that Sen. Obama claims to represent)alive, having survived an abortion, die in a trash can than try and save it. I sobbed when I heard this on the radio.

You want that beast as your president? You want to pay the INSANE taxes that will be upon us if he puts into action everything he wants to do? You would see Iraq completely stranded? Go ahead. I'm moving to Greenland if he gets in.

Posted by: Laura | August 26, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

When the election is over and John McCain is elected for President of the United States of America, historians will look back and recognize the weakness both democratic candidates Hillary and Barack have for their spouses......
Hillary was not able to control Bill Clinton's mouth and his wagering finger and Barack was not able to control Michelle's bitterness and hate for Hillary.

Hillary could had won the nomination if she had been strong enough to control Bill by keeping him on a short leash.....Barack could had won the general election if he had overruled Michelle's hate for Hilary and accepted the fact that Hillary would had made the strongest VP and would had united the democratic party.

The sad reality is that Hillary Clinton's supporters will be either staying home or voting for John McCain, and there is only one person to blame: Barack Hussein Nobama

Shame on you Nobama!

Posted by: Manolete | August 26, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm 20 yrs old and terrified, absolutely stricken with fear of Sen. Obama becoming president.
I could care less what color he is, who his grandfather was, or how hard his wife had to work to become a millionare.
I look at what Sen. Obama stands for. I will analyze 2 topics:
-Universal healthcare
Right. There is no such thing and there will NEVER be anything close to "free" healthcare. It doesn't exist and it's impossible...."but Canada and Europe does it..."...just who do you think would pay for it? Just the rich people, right? No, average middle class ppl working their butts off will be taxed not only for healthcare but everything else Obama wants for people too lazy or illegal. The help is there for those who NEED it. Not those who would rather collect welfare money and continuously file for unemployment because we're stupid enough to pay into the system.
Issue 2:
It seems this particular issue is not well-known. Probably because it's so horrific you will never hear about it in the Washington Post or on CNN. Here is a quote:

“He is so pro-abortion he refused as an Illinois state senator to support legislation to protect babies who survived late-term abortions because he did not want to concede — as he explained in a cold-blooded speech on the Illinois Senate floor — that these babies, fully outside their mothers’ wombs, with their hearts beating and lungs heaving, were in fact ‘persons.’

This man you people love would rather see a baby (the most innocent and vulnerable person that Sen. Obama claims to represent)alive, having survived an abortion, die in a trash can than try and save it. I sobbed when I heard this on the radio.

You want that beast as your president? You want to pay the INSANE taxes that will be upon us if he puts into action everything he wants to do? You would see Iraq completely stranded? Go ahead. I'm moving to Greenland if he gets in.

Posted by: Laura | August 26, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. Michelle Obama is as arrogant and brash as her husband.

Posted by: ZAP | August 26, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I realize that for Robinson blacks can do no wrong and that, judging by his journalistic conviction of three innocent white students of raping a black stripper some time ago, that he is only too eager to convict white males without the necessity of proof. But frankly who gives a bucket of spit what a candidate's wife has to say about what a great president she thinks her hubby will be? I remember when politics had to do with policy and not Oprah-driven nonsense.

Posted by: mhr | August 26, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

To the extent that Michelle Obama’s speech was intended to convey the impression that the Obamas are “just like the rest of us,” it was as dismal failure. I, for one, have nothing in common with the Obamas. To wit,

-The Obamas are pleasant people, while I am nasty, hateful and vindictive.

-The Obamas are well-educated, while I am ignorant.

-The Obamas are obviously Muslims, while I am a Kristian.

-The Obamas are terrorists, while I go out every Saturday night with my 12-gauge and check-up on a local swarthy family that I know to be Middle-Eastern, and thus Muslim, and thus terrorists.

-The Obamas are raising children for the sole purpose of sacrificing them and eating them as a ritual of the satanic cult to which they belong (a particularly virulent form of Islam, I hear), while I believe in the sanctity of life. (*Some restrictions apply.)

-The Obamas are opposed to incessant war, while I believe that America needs to attack any country that is “evil,” has an “evil” leader, or is filled with “evil” people. (*“Evil” is defined for me by America’s theologian-in-chief, the ranking politician that I like.)

-The Obamas believe in civil liberties, while I believe that only terrorists need to talk about “rights.”

-The Obamas believe in the importance of heath insurance coverage, while I believe that health insurance is a form of Communism and that sickness and injury is Jesus’ way to thinning the herd.

-The Obamas are thoughtful and knowledgeable about public policy issues, while I believe whatever myths and lies are currently being propagated by Rush Limbaugh, Fox News or the “Swift Boat” crowd.

-The Obamas are successful, while I have nothing but resentment for successful people -- particularly if they are minorities, since I am racist and I assume that the only way that minorities can succeed is to cheat me out of the success that I deserve by virtue of being white.

Finally, the Obamas are normal people, and I am a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal (a/k/a, a “Republican”).

Posted by: Tom | August 26, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Even the whites in America concede that race is the major issue between Obama and McCain. Conventionally, politics is more about party interests, not individual interests. And so if race was not the issue, the Republicans would have long realised that they are fighting a lost battle considering the state of the American economy under Bush.

If it were possible, I would have loved a situation where we could simulate replacing Obama with a white American candidate, then check the results of the polls after just 3 days.

I am sure the results would be stunnig. Even the so-called HRC's supporters would not be so grudged if she had lost to a fellow white in the primary contests.

My advice: let the blacks wait until such a time that racism would be completely buried in America before they can eye the Whitehouse.

Posted by: Enenem | August 26, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

As a black man, I disagree with you. Why do we have to make everything into a racial issue. The image in which other people view us, is our own doing. The reason people perceive Michelle as they do, is because, like Hillary, people can instinctively sniff out a conniving weasel when they see one.

Posted by: William | August 26, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 7:32 PM
They probably didn't even realize it was inappropriate so long as they were wrapped in the bubble world of black liberation theology and William Ayers' academic circles in Chicago.
___________________________________________

Aspergirl you are a cynical, hateful human being. Your spirit is full of evil. As long as I have been on the blogs, I have never once seen you write anything of substance.

How often do you analyze your self or better yet, how often do you look in the mirror and don't like who you see? Your heart and soul are as dark as coal.

I honestly feel sorry for you, because you are a sick person.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Enenem | August 26, 2008 8:04 PM
My advice: let the blacks wait until such a time that racism would be completely buried in America before they can eye the Whitehouse.
___________________________________________
They have already waited for over 400 years and if you had a clue racism will never be completely buried in America with people like you giving advice.


Posted by: Virgina for OBAMA | August 26, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm a married, white, female Republican who's nearing 50. I believe in God, the Trinity, and that by Grace we are offered salvation. I am wary of those who profess Christianity in order to gain political office (power). How can I know whether this is sincere? I simply cannot; nor can you. So I am wary of "Christion" rhetoric poured on by political parties and candidates. I am deeply saddened by good-hearted Christian people who follow the rhetoric above all else, thinking that by doing so, they are being true to their faith. In fact, the more blatant the rhetoric and focus on religious/moral issues, the more I suspect the intent and sincerity behind it. Read on.

I am disappointed by the unwillingness of sincere Christian folks to recognize the fallacy and futility in attempting to elect a national leader based solely on professed religion. The "good" purpose of government is merely for people to attempt to provide some rules, structure and infracture to facilitate us all living in proximity with each other. Outwardly, and amongst each other, it's best if we can agree to physical boundaries, access to resources and opportunities, protection from violence and injustice, and rights of ownership. However, to think that the scope of government should extend further into the religious aspects of our lives, even though it may be well-intentioned, sets us all up for religious persecution and for government controlling the "religious path" of our yonng. Similarly, to follow a leader simply for his "outward religion", causes us to let down our guard and more readily "accept" whatever the leader tells us, no matter the deceipt behind it.

I will vote for Senator Obama because of the path of his life and the decisions he has made. This, I believe, is the best predictor of his path and decisions as President. He chose to better himself with high levels of education. He chose a quality woman with whom to share a life and have a family. He appears to have worked hard to get where he is. He has extended compassion and given service to his community. He appears to think carefully about his decisions and his words. He is both intelligent and highly educated, thereby capable of understamding complex matters. He appears to have a heart bent on justice, true feet on the ground justice. He, his wife and children demonstate respect toward others. Furthermore, Senator Obama offers encouragement towards personal and national betterment and, I believe, would like to set our national sights on a brigher and more just future for all. Finally, he is not attempting to distract us by waving a religious flag that has no bearing in an election for a government leader. I will vote and I will pray, while I strive to live as a Christian.


Posted by: mwfr | August 26, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson--

I enjoy your commentary immensely, and appreciate the need to discuss racial issues and prejudices openly rather than allow them to fester under an atmosphere of ignorance. Thanks for trying to address our common humanity and dignity, instead of using our differences to divide us. The Post is lucky to have you, just like Barack is lucky to have Michelle.

For those of you who dislike Michelle or Barack for how they look or how they sound, try explaining your own special bigotry to any 6 year old. Maybe when you learn that any child can see the foolishness of bias and ignorance, you'll begin to re-learn what you likely knew so many years ago.

And if you're of the belief that the Obamas cannot function in front of an audience without teleprompters and handlers, try sitting in on any law school class, any subject, for 90 minutes.

Barack has led law school discussions at one of the nation's great schools for more than a decade. That's not a task for the glib-tongued fool that you'd like him to be.

But, of course, you likely really know that.

Posted by: jackson25 | August 26, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

I think everybody is missing the point,especially the Racists and White Supremacists(Black man hating lesbians).

Nobody wants to believe that Michelle Obama is sincere(or Barack for that matter).But how can you really fake sincerity and why would she go through her entire life(fourty some odd years)living her life as she and Barack have all to get to where they are going and blow it all up by ruining the Country? If Barack and Michelle really wanted to destroy this Country because they hated it then why not simply allow McCain to be President or Hillary? I'm serious, why fight so hard against Racists and White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians who wish to destroy America only to gain control and then destory America? Does it make any sense? The truth is the Enemies of America are LYING about Barack and Michelle who NEVER hated this Country or weren't proud and apprieciative of America. And now that the Idiots who do hate what America is supposed to stand for are seeing that and as such want to claim she was coached, its lame.That's what's really going on.I admit that it took me awhile to warm up to Obama because I didn't believe it either but after seeing Barack with his family and his Pastor and with Jews and others on the world stage I know he's the real deal and the Idiots who still aren't on board are simply not dealing with their Racial hatred and intolarence and they need to quit.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | August 26, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson--
I enjoy your commentary immensely, and appreciate the need to discuss racial issues and prejudices openly rather than allow them to fester under an atmosphere of ignorance. Thanks for trying to address our common humanity and dignity, instead of using our differences to divide us. The Post is lucky to have you, just like Barack is lucky to have Michelle.
For those of you who dislike Michelle or Barack for how they look or how they sound, try explaining your own special bigotry to any 6 year old. Maybe when you learn that any child can see the foolishness of bias and ignorance, you'll begin to re-learn what you likely knew so many years ago.
And if you're of the belief that the Obamas cannot function in front of an audience without teleprompters and handlers, try sitting in on any law school class, any subject, for 90 minutes.
Barack has led law school discussions at one of the nation's great schools for more than a decade. That's not a task for the glib-tongued fool that you'd like him to be.
But, of course, you likely really know that.

Posted by: jackson25 | August 26, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

It is evident that most of you who are posting were not raised on the south side of Chicago and have no idea how difficult a place it is to rise above. I was. To even begin to believe that a pump operator's daughter who has managed to live the American dream, make the most of her educational opportunities and rise to millionaire status has less understanding of the hopes and dreams of middle America than a woman who was raised in unspeakable wealth is nuts. To believe that a man who grew up fatherless and poor who has lived the American dream, made the most of this educational opportunities and from his own work has become a millionaire would have less understanding of the hopes and dreams of Middle America than the Admiral's son who managed to lollygag through an elite education and became a millionaire by marrying into it is to believe the propaganda machine that keeps middle American voting for the very people who have given us the economic crisis that is hitting us so hard.

Posted by: Becky | August 26, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Poodle dog alert. The media prosttute turned Obama poodle dog Robinson approves of Michelle's address, because surprise, they are both Black.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Aspergirl you hurt the White Supremacist cause by suggesting something so STUPID as Michelle and Barack benefitted from Affirmative Action. Its like saying that John McCain, Hillary and Bill and George Bush benefitted from White Privilege.There is no Affirmative Action for grad school. One can get in on merit or legacy only(Obama's father had and economic scholarship to Harvard but Michelle was on her own).And if you think the democratic nomination uses Affirmative Action then why in the hell isn' Hillary(a White lesbian) the nominee? The truth of the matter is by excluding Blacks like Barack and Michelle you Racists and White Supremacists made them better, more prepared(like Tiger Woods) and we are seeing the results of YOUR exclusion of them. Michelle and Barack had to over come 450 years of Racism,Slavery, Oppression and Discrimination (collectively White Supremacy) to get to where they are now. To suggest that they go favor because they were Black simply shows how damn DUMB the White Supremacist argument is. Again, you hurt your cause with nonsense like that.
TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | August 26, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Aspergirl you hurt the White Supremacist cause by suggesting something so STUPID as Michelle and Barack benefitted from Affirmative Action. Its like saying that John McCain, Hillary and Bill and George Bush benefitted from White Privilege.There is no Affirmative Action for grad school. One can get in on merit or legacy only(Obama's father had and economic scholarship to Harvard but Michelle was on her own).And if you think the democratic nomination uses Affirmative Action then why in the hell isn' Hillary(a White lesbian) the nominee? The truth of the matter is by excluding Blacks like Barack and Michelle you Racists and White Supremacists made them better, more prepared(like Tiger Woods) and we are seeing the results of YOUR exclusion of them. Michelle and Barack had to over come 450 years of Racism,Slavery, Oppression and Discrimination (collectively White Supremacy) to get to where they are now. To suggest that they go favor because they were Black simply shows how damn DUMB the White Supremacist argument is. Again, you hurt your cause with nonsense like that.
TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | August 26, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice if comments on the blog kept to the column at hand, rather than continually spin baseless vitriol. Unfortunately, well-learned parochialism seems to overcome thoughtful discussion.

Ms. Obama's speech was articulate, intelligent and moving. I agree with Mr. Robinson's thoughts and hope people can see past "the end of their noses." The Obama family represents what we all strive to achieve- to work, learn and grow and become the best we can be. Are they perfect? Of course not- none of us are. But they have a vision that has been lost by so many people and they seem to sincerely desire to do what they can to re-establish possibilities for all in this country, whether one is European, Asian, African... whatever- it just doesn't matter to who a person is and what they can accomplish. That is what is at the heart of this. From my own background (white, Evangelical Protestant), this is what it is to be human and to truly be an American- to strive what is beneficial for all and not for one's self only.

I hope and pray that Americans will be able to overcome such tendencies and choose our next president with clarity. Perhaps we lack the wisdom and desire to work for the good of all- an ethic basic to the foundation of this country- that ALL are endowed with those rights articulated by the founding fathers. The words of Michelle Obama clearly redefined that ethic through her own experiences.

Many times, this country has, unfortunately, failed to live up to it's own standard. Last night, seeing a woman of African descent, I was proud of my country, and perhaps even for the first time in my 53 years. Perhaps some truly perceive a different path for this vision through an alternative view of economics or social policy. That is fine and people can have healthy discussions about such things. But to abandon discussions about the issues through petty and inane trivialities is UnAmerican and only hinders true progress to make this country better.

Posted by: DA | August 26, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

The fact that this author reported favorably on Ms. Obama's speech is no surprise - he has been in Obama's front pocket from day one. However, as a white working class woman the Ms. Obama speech was purely staged and completely insincere.

I believe Ms. Obama could have done worse and this author would still be singing her praises and playing the race card. It is really getting old.......and I am not in for this kind of media tripe for four years.

Posted by: McCain Woman Democrat | August 26, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Vote Magoo he's an adulteror too! wrote:

"Vote Magoo He's 72!"

Truly a classic slogan....it is ashame you can only use it another three days as Magoo turns 73 this weekend.

Posted by: Magoo | August 26, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Re Michelle Obama

I'm a white 60 year old female US citizen living in Canada since 1971. No, not married to a draft dodger but to to a UK guy living here at the time.

I thought Michelle was amazing. Classy, tough, sincere and smart.

Please, USA, use your common sense and vote Barak into the White House. Michelle would be such an awesome, inspirational First Lady.

Vote for John (Cindy) McCain and, well, whatever.


Linda

Posted by: Linda Jamieson | August 26, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Its all carefully orchestrated marketing and that shows too much.

Posted by: John | August 26, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes, she was a wow...I found her to be disengenious and machiavellian. She prompted her children on time. Her speech omitted her husbands plans for the country. We really didn't care about all the relatives, etc.

Yes, her dress was appropiate this time instead of black leggings and a maternity type smock....her hair was done nicely for the first time that I noticed instead of clumps hanging in her face and a bit oily.

I did catch a glimpse of the same kind of anger Michele has in the eyes of her youngest daughter as they left the stage..

It would have been nice if she had explained in detail about the abortions and redistribute the wealth.

Well done!

Posted by: WISEOWL 1 | August 26, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Noting an appreciative kinship between Michelle and the women in his family is hardly "playing the care card" on the part of Mr. Robinson. His personal opinion that Michelle gave a positive performance is not even a strongly argued point, though I'm certain he could have made a more compelling argument if he chose to do so. An opinion based entirely on one's status as a working class white woman, on the other hand, is of no persuasive merit whatever. Why not just keep it short, say you don't like Eugene, Barack and Michelle, and hold back your own race, class and gender cards, since you recognize that they are so often played unfairly.

Posted by: jackson25 | August 26, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Any one who claims to see "anger" in the eyes of Sasha Obama really needs to have their own eyes checked. C'mon. Really. She's seven years old and seriously cute. Lighten up Wiseowl!

Posted by: Hawkish | August 26, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Wise up, owlboy. You might have noticed her being disengenuous. But you're not sharp enough to have noticed her being machiavellian.

Posted by: jackson25 | August 26, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I believe Michele Obama is going to be one of the most effective first ladies this country has had, and that she is very much the right person at the right time.

Her background, experience, intelligence, poise, and naturalness give most people something in common with her, and she speaks well for all of us.

And thank heavens. The position has been wasted for the last eight years.

Posted by: student41 | August 26, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Haven't we all heard the Obama family story enough, already??
I keep waiting for more "substance", but I guess its just not there ....

Posted by: paul | August 26, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

i haven't watched the convention, but i think this article is interesting in that you like strong characteristics in Michelle Obama's personality but attacked Hillary Clinton for being strong.
What a double standard.

Posted by: pat | August 26, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

i haven't watched the convention, but i think this article is interesting in that you like strong characteristics in Michelle Obama's personality but attacked Hillary Clinton for being strong.
What a double standard.

Posted by: pat | August 26, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

i haven't watched the convention, but i think this article is interesting in that you like strong characteristics in Michelle Obama's personality but attacked Hillary Clinton for being strong.
What a double standard.

Posted by: pat | August 26, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

i haven't watched the convention, but i think this article is interesting in that you like strong characteristics in Michelle Obama's personality but attacked Hillary Clinton for being strong.
What a double standard.

Posted by: pat | August 26, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I think she was fantastic, warm, inspiring and devoted. Hillary 's (whom I have a deep respect) supporters do not realize that they have to think about the best interst of the whole country first. If they believe in Hillary's messages and plans, then they know that the only one alternative is Obama. They'd rather drive the whole country into the same pithole again, the same failure, the same greed, just for pride and bitterness (and racism for many)...what a shame. To Hillary's stubborn supporters, vote for McCain and don't cry over you children and their children 's future. If Obama is not elected in novemmber, he still has a bright future ahead, How about you guys? 4 more years of this deteriorating economy, can you afford it?

Posted by: gladys | August 26, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson,

I must confess that I believe you are a shameless liberal. With this in mind, it is still disturbing to me how head over heals in love you are with the Obamas. Do you have any sense of objectivity left in your veins? Does the color of their skin blind you from seeing their faults?

You need to confess that you are infatuated with the Obamas and that you have abandoned any hint of objectivity as a journalist.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

To the person who replied, and didn't have the courage to even to post their name, and merely wrote to Sandra:

Talking about Bush is not off topic. People here are critical of the Obama's for their education, for their opposition to Bush's decisions, and they question the Obama's loyalty to the US. I pointed out reasons they have to not what to inherit what Bush created and pointed out their dedication to the country. You have to bring up Bush to show how dedicated they truly are.

I can't even believe people have even complained that they got federal funds for their education. Thank goodness student loans exist!!!

I must say McCain is equally dedicated to want to run for office, especially since he has made so many more mistakes in his life.. taking his education for granted, dumping his wife when she probably needed him most, supporting such a disastrous war. But he had courage to try to do it. I would have voted for him had he lived up to his promise to conduct a clean campaign worthy of the office of president. I thought he could be middle ground, unite both, after all he did stand up to Bush on quite a few issues. But all he's shown is now he is a sell out and a hypocrite. Now please fling another anonymous post to me, because yep, I even talked about McCain. I concur it is off topic on race, but I'm not bothering with that. I'm more concerned about the character of the next couple in the White House.

Posted by: Sandra | August 26, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

All of you people need to stop the madness and know that you are not the judge. Whosoever that was ordained by GOD will be president. There is nothing you or me can do to change. We cannot change what GOD has already put in place. Case closed.

Posted by: Katie Barnes | August 26, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

And Hillary put her to shame tonight. Hillary rules the Democratic Convention and everyone knows it. She ROCKS. The Dems picked the WRONG candidate--too bad for them in November.

Posted by: Veronica | August 26, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Fair and Balanced is a marketing slogan for Fox News. Maybe you should run back home to it.

Posted by: Political Observer | August 26, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

The shame now is on us in front of the whole world with an unpopular and useless war, a super weak dollar and an economy on the verge of collapsing, foreclosure eveywhere and families unable to pay for health care...and some hurting people still willing to give it another 4 years. What a joke!
Thank to Hillary, she nailed it tonight. Go Michelle and Hillary, girl power!!!!

Posted by: Gladys | August 26, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

And again,we now have Idiots claiming that Hillary gave a better speech then Michelle and anyone with two eyes and one ear can tell that that's simply not true.Understand that Hillary is a LOSER and her speech reflected that.I don't blame her or her Black man hating lesbian supporters for being upset at their loss, but America simply rejected both White Supremacy and Black man hating lesbianism and that's that.They are a bunch of fringe kooks that simply have no place in the democratic party.Hillary is not "strong" she's DUMB and she underestimated Barack Obama and that's why she lost.
TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | August 27, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Veronica August 26, 2008 11:19 PM, Hillary gave a gracious, powerful, and compelling speech, and I think she would reject out of hand your insinuation of rivalry or competition.

Her and Michelle's addresses had different purposes.

The ones put to shame are hearers who don't get either.

Posted by: Hneftafl | August 27, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

I sat there with my husband watching, feeling, so proud as an African American woman. I did have a tearful response. I identifed with her courage and strength and love of family, God and humanity. She is already a Lady...well qualified to lead as a role model for women. So why not the First Lady!

Posted by: Respect I | August 27, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Hilary Clinton's speech was a reflection of someone with her wits about her. Her reference to Harriet Tubman was ingenious. It explained her tenacity and intolerence to give up on equal rights. It was enough to help me put on some humility shoes and be forgiving.

Posted by: Respect I | August 27, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama Owned Her Moment

Exactly. Michelle, no doubt owned her moment. It was indeed a phenomenon moment. A moment wherein one may not understand without understanding the change which have manifested in regards to our time now. What a blessing to be able to stand amongst thousands to deliver a speech of unity, change and relay messages to such a diverse and globalize country. I commend Michelle on a job well done. Michelle’s facial features are a unique attribute to her whole entire makeup, which along with her articulate mentality people finds it so hard to accept. No problem Michelle, keep up the good work into the very end. Blessings awaits the obedient , the battle is not yours, it’s the Lords. It’s your moment in time. Everyone shall have a moment, but it will be up to them to run with it. God Bless America!

Posted by: Nisey01 | August 27, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Everyone keeps talking about Race. Get over it. Obama is inexperienced. He is pro-abortion and voted against the rights of children already born. He is completely against anyone owning a gun except his body guards. Hey Obama, see the Supreme Court verdict in Heller vs D.C. His voting record makes it clear that he is not in favor of anything that the majority of Americans are in favor of. Change for the sake at change does not make it right. Besides, there is change with every new President. Change is not always for the better. Change is frequently for the worse. The last time I checked, this was a Capitalist economy. Taxing the oil companies for "excessive" profits is not an option. In a Capitalist society, there is no such thing as excessive profits. Besides, if the oil companies are taxed, they will raise prices to make up for those taxes. That is what retailers do. I work for one. Regardless of the color of his skin, Obama is not ready to be the President of this nation.

Posted by: Rick in PA | August 27, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I thought she was very disingenuous. The Democrats MUST learn that -- you can't fool all the people -- all the time. And besides that -- you can never trust an entitled and elitest woman whose butt bucket is wider than Hillary Clinton's.

Posted by: ctiffan | August 27, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Michelle's speech just proves how deeply she'll be involved in mis-running this country given the opportunity. And, we don't need that. She'll be responsible for "community activism" funds being appropriated to black freedom activists like Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Wright and other weirdos like Father Phleger. No more government funding for these characters from their favorite disciples -- the Obamas.

Posted by: btiffan | August 27, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Eugene,Eugene,Eugene,subconsciously you must not think very much of your boy Barack..............He's lefthanded!

Posted by: code words don't work for anybody | August 27, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm white and I'm proud of Michelle.

Posted by: Pat | August 27, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

In response to Political Observer first post.

Pleaseeee....I am sick of hearing about Hillary..she is not the nominee nor has she or was she ever painted as being mean...unless you call mean trying to sabotage the nomination on the sake of a clear candidate that the PEOPLE chose (Obama), enough already it is a double standard..was,is and will be for anyone of color in obtaining the highest office in this country..male or female. God has allowed Michelle and O to get this far and I look forward to her being an awesome first lady....what did you expect from a Harvard Law grad..... Anything less would be uncivilized!

Posted by: A Lucas | August 27, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

(Response)

The fact that this author reported favorably on Ms. Obama's speech is no surprise - he has been in Obama's front pocket from day one. However, as a white working class woman the Ms. Obama speech was purely staged and completely insincere.

I believe Ms. Obama could have done worse and this author would still be singing her praises and playing the race card. It is really getting old.......and I am not in for this kind of media tripe for four years.

Posted by: stop hating! | August 27, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I was weirded out by how Mrs. Obama did a turn about. I mean really, just let the real Mrs. Obama step up and make the speech. They must have been worried that she might get booed off stage if she was herself.

Posted by: Ryan | August 27, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

What some people call mean is only an alert from the fearful who has not yet understood or accepted the position of a "Black Woman" who possess character, education, and a mind that filters all information on the subject of change. See ignorance will conjure up words to describe their fear of the unknown such as the word "mean" or is it the idea that this 6 ft 6in woman can hold her own conversation without asking for assistants.

Posted by: Jones of Fresno | August 30, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

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