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Michelle's Speech? In Europe It Registered As a Curiosity

I confess: I cheated. Instead of waiting for the foreign coverage, I woke up at 4 a.m. last night to watch Michelle Obama speak live, then stumbled back to bed, woke up in the morning and wasn't sure if I'd dreamed it or not. (No, I will not do this for Joe Biden.) Personally, I thought the speech, judged as a piece of staged political theater, was superb: It hit all the right notes without being at all pushy, arrogant or grating, as Hillary would have been. Perhaps I have a weird soft spot for Michelle because she's my age and reminds me of people I knew in college; still, I'm impressed by the way she managed to mix the maternal and the political in one piece of rhetoric. It's not easy to do.

Over here (returning to what I promised would be the main theme of my posts) the echoes were muted. Too late to make the morning papers, Michelle's speech didn't register at all in Europe until this evening's news programs, where it was treated as a kind of curiosity (so odd, these American politicians, making their wives give speeches!) with lots of cuts back to that moment when Obama says, "Now you know why I asked her out so many times." One British commentator found the speech insufficiently "schmaltzy," which I take it means insufficiently anti-McCain; a lot of other papers took a pass on the whole thing, apparently preferring to focus on Hillary, who is after all a better known quantity, internationally.

One Polish news program did do a cursory few bits of the speech -- but then cut to a commentator who explained why one of the potential contenders in the next Polish presidential election (two years from now) is going to try to fashion himself as Poland"s "McCain," as opposed to his potential opponent's "Obama." The metaphor got very complicated, but more or less the idea is that McCain is a tough guy and Obama, while superficially more appealing, is at base nothing more than a media creation. This political plan won't work, of course, if Obama wins. So many more things ride on American elections than Americans themselves even realize!

By Anne Applebaum  | August 26, 2008; 3:48 PM ET
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Yes, I have to admit I'm a little confused too. Why do politicians make their wives give speeches? Can someone explain that? Your article takes for granted that this sort of thing is normal, when in my opinion the European reaction you quoted is far more normal.

Posted by: Michael | August 26, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

It's part of Obama's lameness, having little of substance to offer.

It's part of Obama's convention being one of defensiveness against his weaknesses rather than leading a dialog.

With his convention, particularly with headlining with his wife to launch it, Obama is leading with arguments 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 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, after a primary season that was (1) battled through each state, (2) $300 million was spent on his part to help the electorate get to know him and (3) miles of column space were 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 the Democrats heading into a train wreck this fall.

What we are witnessing is a relentless post primary march into a humiliating defeat for Democrats this year, led by a shallow, callow elitist candidate who simply doesn't have what it takes to be president yet.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

That was a terrible speech by Shelly Obama last night.

Posted by: gary | August 26, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Anne wrote:

"thought the speech, judged as a piece of staged political theater, was superb: It hit all the right notes without being at all pushy, arrogant or grating, as Hillary would have been."

Anne-what in god's name, what the f--k is a reporter for the Washington Post writing in such an ugly, outrageously biased way?Oh I know, you're Sally Quinn's BFF, and you're on an Obama campaign, right? Pity though, that you and Sally and the rest of your not very insightful colleagues inside the Beltway are not going to get what you want-that notwithstanding however, what about journalistic integrity?-does not have any meaning to you or your editors at all!

God, what I am doing, mouthing such useless rhetoric like JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY TO AN EXCEEDINGLY MEDIOCRE, SLOPPY WRITER LIKE ANNE APPLEBAUM, HUH? SLOPPINESS, AS WE KNOW, IS A POST CULTURAL TRAIT IN THE NEWSROOM.

Go to the devil, Anne-you're nothing but a stupid silly BEATCH. Someone with HRC's class, strength and integrity is not someone or something, you could EVER comprehend, that's patently obvious.

But as for being a BEATCH, I do really think you know yourself well enough to know that already, n'est ce-pas?

Posted by: Arrabbiato | August 26, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Anne wrote:

"thought the speech, judged as a piece of staged political theater, was superb: It hit all the right notes without being at all pushy, arrogant or grating, as Hillary would have been."

as Hillary would have been."

Anne, at risk of stating the obvious, how the eff do you KNOW how "Hillary would have been" huh? That's probably one of the most dumb-ass, idiotic statements that even YOU could make, Anne! And that's saying a whole lot, given your usual MO of sloppy, superficial writing!


Oh I know, you're Sally Quinn's BFF, and you're on an Obama campaign with her, right? Pity though, that you and Sally and the rest of your not very insightful colleagues inside the Beltway are not going to get what you want-that notwithstanding however, what about journalistic integrity?-does that not have any meaning to you or your editors at all? I mean even, a little bit?

God, what I am doing, mouthing such useless rhetoric like JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY TO AN EXCEEDINGLY MEDIOCRE, WRITER LIKE ANNE APPLEBAUM, HUH? SLOPPINESS, AS WE KNOW, IS A POST CULTURAL TRAIT IN THE NEWSROOM-AND LOOKING AT WHO HAS TAKEN OVER THE POST-A MOM WHO DOESN'T EVEN READ THE NEWSPAPER FOR GOD'S SAKES, IT'S NO WONDER THAT THE POST'S JOURNALISTIC STANDARDS ARE PRACTICALLY NON-EXISTENT.

Sorry Anne, but someone with HRC's class, strength, integrity AND DEPTH is not someone or something, you could EVER comprehend, that's patently obvious.

But as for being a straight-up silly little BEATCH, as you most assuredly are, one who writes imminently forgettable columns, I even think you've figured that out about yourself, n'est ce-pas?

Posted by: Arrabbiato | August 26, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I gotta say, I don't get the whole wives speaking thing, either. That said, I think that given the negative perceptions of Michelle Obama, it was probably important for her to get up and show all those older white women who instinctively distrust her that she's not Angela Davis redux.

And Arrabbiato, take a chill pill, dude. Your candidate lost; get over yourself.

Posted by: Snarky Squirrel | August 26, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

If having wives speak wasn't perceived as helping the candidates, they wouldn't do it.

Having the wives speak designed either to advance a narrative or, as was the case here, to counter the narrative being pushed by the opponent.

One of Barry Dunham-Soetoro's biggest problems is that he can't make a personal connection with any white people over 40. (That and the mole on his face, which he really should get checked out). If you're not looking for a Messiah, Dunham-Soetoro is not your guy. Michelle is trying to make him appear approachable.

Posted by: AK | August 26, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Angela Davis is actually a very good analogy, SS-given her husband's ties to William Ayers, an unrepentent terrorist who bombed the Capitol-just goes to show you that birds of a feather do flock together!

From US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT:

Obama Needs to Explain His Ties to William Ayers
August 22, 2008 05:56 PM ET | Michael Barone | Permanent Link


In my U.S. News column this week, I make a brief reference to the unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist bomber William Ayers and his connections to Barack Obama. They were closer than Obama implied when George Stephanopoulos asked him about Ayers in the April 16 debate—the last debate Obama allowed during the primary season. To get an idea of how close they were, check out Tom Maguire's Just One Minute blog and Steve Diamond's Global Labor and Politics. The Obama-Ayers relationship is also mentioned in David Freddoso's The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media's Favorite Candidate.

Ayers was one of the original grantees of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a school reform organization in the 1990s, and was cochairman of the Chicago School Reform Collaborative, one the two operational arms of the CAC. Obama, then not yet a state senator, became chairman of the CAC in 1995. Later in that year, the first organizing meeting for Obama's state Senate campaign was held in Ayers's apartment. Ayers later wrote a memoir, and an article about him appeared in the New York Times on Sept. 11, 2001. "I don't regret setting bombs," Ayers is quoted as saying. "I feel we didn't do enough."

Ayers was a terrorist in the late 1960s and 1970s whose radical group set bombs at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol.

For Obama, the outsider who gained the trust of the insiders, the position is different. He was willing to use Ayers and ally with him despite his terrorist past and lack of repentance. An unrepentant terrorist, who bragged of bombing the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon, was a fit associate. Ayers evidently helped Obama gain insider status in Chicago civic life and politics—how much, we can't be sure unless the Richard J. Daley Library opens the CAC archive. But most American politicians would not have chosen to associate with a man with Ayers's past or of Ayers's beliefs. It's something voters might reasonably want to take into account."

Tags: presidential election 2008 | terrorism | Barack Obama


ABSOLUTELY. AND THEY WON'T BE CHOOSING OBAMA, FOR THAT AND A MYRIAD OF OTHER REASONS! SORRY, OBAMA IS DOWN THE TUBES-BUT WAIT-I'LL BE BACK IN NOV. TO REMIND YOU OF THAT FACT!

Posted by: Arrabbiato | August 26, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

P.S. As far as Obama winning-the new Gallup Poll results are out, UNPRECEDENTED-JOE BIDEN HAS HAD NO BOUNCE EFFECT WHATSOEVER ON OBAMA'S LEAD:

August 26, 2008
Gallup Daily: No Bounce for Obama in Post-Biden TrackingMcCain creeps ahead, 46% to 44%USA Election 2008 Gallup Daily Americas Northern America PRINCETON, NJ -- It's official: Barack Obama has received no bounce in voter support out of his selection of Sen. Joe Biden to be his vice presidential running mate.

Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Aug. 23-25, the first three-day period falling entirely after Obama's Saturday morning vice presidential announcement, shows 46% of national registered voters backing John McCain and 44% supporting Obama, not appreciably different from the previous week's standing for both candidates. This is the first time since Obama clinched the nomination in early June, though, that McCain has held any kind of advantage over Obama in Gallup Poll Daily tracking.


Ha ha ha! Anne-run ride and watch! IT WILL BE A LANDSLIDE FOR MCCAIN/ROMNEY-AND JUSTIFIABLY SO!

Posted by: ARRABBIATO | August 26, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Arrabiato wrote:

Anne-what in god's name, what is a reporter for the Washington Post writing in such an ugly, outrageously biased way?
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Here's a news flash, in case you missed it. Anne Applebaum writes an opinion column for the Post. She isn't a reporter. Her writing is biased by definition.

Posted by: SMC | August 26, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Bush and Cheney never worried about Europe.

Posted by: Jim | August 26, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Swedish television aired her entire speech the next afternoon, and the Swedish women I watched it with were moved to tears. The Stockholm tabloid Expressen had a huge double-layout devoted to her. Michelle is getting huge play over here.

Posted by: Ursula | August 26, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Were we suppose to be impressed by Michelle Obama's speech? I feel she is a good mother and wife and Mr. Obama is a good husband and father. The question, is being a good father and husband make you qualified to be President?
You must ask yourself these questions?
1. Why won't Mr. Obama go one on one with Senator McCain in town hall meetings?
2. Why won't Mr. Obama go on a one and one interview with Sean Hannity, who has a lot of controversal questions for him?
3. Why did Mr. Obama pick Senator Biden to be his V.P. and attack dog?
4. Why did Mr. Obama denounce his associations with Rev.Wright, Bill Ayes, Rezko only after having his back put to the wall and was forced to in order to be politically correct?

The answers to all these questions is he cannot stand up to tough issues. How can you expect him to handle all the severe problems he will encounter on the first day if he is elected President?

Voters need to stop being played by him and his wife. The false hope of change is too big a gamble for our country.

Posted by: Pee Vee | August 26, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I guess politicians' wives give speeches in the US because your elections are so person-oriented. It makes it all about "character" and values and such. In a parliamentary, representative democracy chances are you are voting more for a party and a political program than a person, which puts less emphasis on individual politicians and their families.

Posted by: Henning | August 26, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

What an idiot that guy with the terrible language is. Have you never heard of an opp/ed? What planet or place (Hell Incarnate) are you from.

I feel sorry for any woman in your life, and I also feel sorry for you if you speak like that about a woman who has someone like me around to shut you up...

Posted by: James | August 26, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama's speech last night at DNC in denver was absolutely awesome. She said everything about her husband Sen. Barack Obama and her her family.

The American Dream is the promise that if you study hard, work hard, play by rules, and dedicate yourself, you can be whatever you want to be.

Justice requires us to remember that when any citizen denies his fellow, saying his color is not mine, or his beliefs are strange and different, in that moment he betrays America, though his forbears created this nation.!!!

Posted by: Akber A. Kassam. | August 26, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Political spouses, I'm sure, aren't "made" to talk; the political climate for decades, since at least the early 20th century, has made a place for political spouses. I'd rather hear one give a speech rather than sit idly by staring into space with vacant adoration. Especially if they are smart like Mrs Obama.

Posted by: MLO | August 26, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Political spouses, I'm sure, aren't "made" to talk; the political climate for decades, since at least the early 20th century, has had a place for political spouses. A spouse's presence, to many members of the electorate, makes the candidate seem like "one of us." And frankly I don't mind hearing a political spouse give a speech rather than sit idly by staring into space with vacant adoration. Especially if they are smart like Mrs Obama.

Posted by: MLO | August 26, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama will be the biggest train wreck in the oval office since Billy Carter.

And if you don't understand that, then you have no business even voting (regardless of your political affiliation) in November or indeed, in any election.

I think Michelle Obama will go one of two ways, either Obama will send her overseas to a country with no electricity or press (China?) or she will be perhaps the most distracting thing in the White House since Monica Lewinski.

What I mean is, she's one of those people who is average in all things but thinks of themself as really smart, primarily because she's been treated like a veal her entire life.

Here's some ironic things to chew on:

1) The Obamas while chiding opponents about being elitist and out of touch are pretty elitist and out of touch. The true irony of this is that they don't understand how elitist they are, which makes them remarkably entertaining.

2) People (particularly Democrats) have been complaining for 8 years that Bush got into office despite losing the popular vote. And then they proceed to nominate a candidate who lost the popular vote.

As for Obama himself, I might vote for him if he could ever tell us what exactly he's for. I wish *he* would be bold enough to define when someone is wealthy. In fact, I'd settle for anything outside of his stump speech which goes like this:

"We need change. I represent change. We need to work together. Vote for me".

Great. I'm all for you....I think???? Seriously dude, tell us what you're for. Explain why you vote for things that you say you're against (and stop blaming Bush... that doesn't work once you get elected president).

The fact that he's even competitive with McCain at this point tells us all some very uncomfortable things about what it takes to get elected president. What should worry us is that this will not make America great; it will reinforce what is wrong with the federal government.

Posted by: TheManKeepingYouDown | August 26, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

According to Wikipedia, "in American English, schmaltz (adj. schmaltzy) has also an informal meaning of excessively sentimental or florid music or art or maudlin sentimentality." So, nothing to do with not being sufficiently anti-McCain. The commentator thought the speech wasn't saccharine enough to please an American audience.

Posted by: Vince | August 26, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama's speech last night at DNC in denver was absolutely awesome. She said everything about her husband Sen. Barack Obama and her her family.

The American Dream is the promise that if you study hard, work hard, play by rules, and dedicate yourself, you can be whatever you want to be.

Justice requires us to remember that when any citizen denies his fellow, saying his color is not mine, or his beliefs are strange and different, in that moment he betrays America, though his forbears created this nation.!!!

Posted by: Akber A. Kassam. | August 26, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

The "Man Keeping You Down" and that "Arrabiato" fellow should explore some medical options in dealing with their conditions. Thank God I don't come near these boards often, if at all. I just had a peek into a locker room for angry psychopaths. You do realize, you are posting your venom on a board for an Op/Ed piece right? F-ing creepy.

Posted by: CREEPY | August 26, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Women are part of this world more now than ever before. Every marriage for the most part works on communication and cooperation. Knowing that your spouse is behind you 110% is important to all of us. Michelle was doing her job. She was supporting her party, her husband and the beliefs she feels strong about. Bottom line, every wife would PROBABLY do the same thing in her position.

Posted by: Dad of 6 | August 26, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I swear, Michelle Obama could fly down from heaven and cure cancer, and people would still find a reason to hate her.

She worked hard... got into good schools... helped her community... has kids. If my daughter grew up to be like her I would be PROUD AS HELL. And for whatever it's worth, I am a Southern white lady.

Posted by: TarHeel | August 26, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I swear, Michelle Obama could fly down from heaven and cure cancer, and people would still find a reason to hate her.

She worked hard... got into good schools... helped her community... has kids. If my daughter grew up to be like her I would be PROUD AS HELL. And for whatever it's worth, I am a Southern white lady.

Posted by: TarHeel | August 26, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

She was obviously advised to tone down her everyday personality and come across as Miss Middle America...aurea mediocritas! Very over-rehearsed and unspontaneous!

Posted by: YAWN | August 26, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

What's with all the caps being used here? Is that the only way you think people will notice your rants/posts?

So Michelle Obama gave a speech at the convention. Oooh, but wives/spouses aren't supposed to do that!!

I seem to remember Marilyn Quayle gave a speech at Poppy's second convention. I don't recall anything memorable other than she well, spoke at the convention. I don't recall people all hysterical over this. She, too, is a pretty intelligent persons, trained as a lawyer, and obviously had something to say.

But then there was no internet to smear her with back then.

Posted by: ItshotinPHX | August 26, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow! this board brings out the knuckle draggers doesn't it?! I am not an Anne Applebaum fan, so I do not know much about her. Apparently, she spends time in Europe, but she does not seem to be conversant with different European attitudes. Michelle did a very good job last night, which was necessary because there are still many white Americans who do not have a positive view of black Americans, especially black women who are in positions of influence. Oprah may be the only black female American they view positively (until she endorsed Obama). When minority politicians in Europe someday, if ever, contend for high national office, we shall see how broadminded they are. Not!

Posted by: Anne G | August 26, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I want to hear both McCain's wife and ex-wife speak at the Repub convention. And it would be interesting to hear him explain why he thought it was OK to leave his ex-wife when she became severely disabled in a car crash, and then marry a rich blonde heiress 15 years younger.

Posted by: voter | August 26, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

How ironic that someone like ARRABIATO who appears to worship Hillary Clinton spews this much hate towards another woman... I must admit not too many women are equals of Hillary -- in both good and bad accomplishments. ARRABIATO sounds educated but ghettoish at the same time. For everyone who will continue to despise Obama, I think they are the one who "drank the Koolaid." Obvisouly, it wasn't Hillary's policy positions that led them to support her. It was her personality, her womanhood, and other personal traits. After all, both Obama's and Clinton's ideologies are almost alike.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

How ironic that someone like ARRABIATO who appears to worship Hillary Clinton spews this much hate towards another woman... I must admit not too many women are equals of Hillary -- in both good and bad accomplishments. ARRABIATO sounds educated but ghettoish at the same time. For everyone who will continue to despise Obama, I think they are the one who "drank the Koolaid." Obvisouly, it wasn't Hillary's policy positions that led them to support her. It was her personality, her womanhood, and other personal traits. After all, both Obama's and Clinton's ideologies are almost alike.

Posted by: sauconyfeet | August 26, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

*"It hit all the right notes without being at all pushy, arrogant or grating, as Hillary would have been."

This statement is completely offensive. As a young female Hillary-turned-Obama voter, I am continuously shocked by the level of sexist comments like this leveled against Senator Clinton--and by a woman, no less.

This type of seemingly offhand statement can only serve to propagate the sexism permeating today's political culture. A columnist of such stature should be ashamed of yourself for bowing down to the misogynistic stereotypes dominating today's media. I'm extremely disappointed.

Posted by: Jackie | August 26, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

*"It hit all the right notes without being at all pushy, arrogant or grating, as Hillary would have been."

This statement is completely offensive. As a young female Hillary-turned-Obama voter, I am continuously shocked by the level of sexist comments like this leveled against Senator Clinton--and by a woman, no less.

This type of seemingly offhand statement can only serve to propagate the sexism permeating today's political culture. A columnist of such stature should be ashamed of yourself for bowing down to the misogynistic stereotypes dominating today's media. I'm extremely disappointed.

Posted by: Jackie | August 26, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Ah, there's the comment from the vinegar-drinking, sour-faced, crabbed Aspergirl, who hates absolutely everything Mr. Obama ever thought, did, said, or hoped for. Sigh.

Right on schedule, as always.

Posted by: Stmain | August 26, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

This remark was highly offensive to me: "without being at all pushy, arrogant or grating, as Hillary would have been." So Ms. Applebaum believes it is okay for a woman to be a man's cheerleader as long as she does not presume to become a leader.

I beg Ms. Applebaum to stay in Europe for the good of all American women! Then I beg the Post to stop publishing her meaningless commentary - or propaganda.

Posted by: Please Stay Away | August 26, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

We've had almost eight years of ignorance and arrogance in the White House; we need to try intelligence for a change. If the American people have the brains I think they do, Obama will win in a landslide.

Posted by: Tennessee Grandy | August 26, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I think the main reason that candidates' wives make a speech is so we know that they're not wackos like Teresa Heinz Kerry, talking about her little "pinkies".

Posted by: WashingtonDame | August 26, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

"It hit all the right notes without being at all pushy, arrogant or grating, as Hillary would have been."
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What a cheap shot. Why does Washington Post keep publishing this garbage?

Posted by: Annoyed | August 26, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

"It hit all the right notes without being at all pushy, arrogant or grating, as Hillary would have been."
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It is interesting to note that Al Sharpton and other Obama backers are upset about Clinton's supporters not falling in line behind Obama. Then you see comments like this from Obama apologists. Don't these people realize that the primary campaign has ended and Obama needs all of Hillary's supporters?

I am leaning more and more towards supporting McCain, rather than Obama. If Obama loses in November, you all can look in the mirror for the reason...

Posted by: Upset With All Anti-Hillary Campaign | August 26, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

"It hit all the right notes without being at all pushy, arrogant or grating, as Hillary would have been."
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It is interesting to note that Al Sharpton and other Obama backers are upset about Clinton's supporters not falling in line behind Obama. Then you see comments like this from Obama apologists. Don't these people realize that the primary campaign has ended and Obama needs all of Hillary's supporters?

I am leaning more and more towards supporting McCain, rather than Obama. If Obama loses in November, you all can look in the mirror for the reason...

Posted by: Upset With All Anti-Hillary Campaign | August 26, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I know one thing..she tried to pretend she didn't do all the stuff she has done. Like written a thesis showing she is a racist against whites. Like calling this country something she is proud of. And goodness knows what else. It didn't work...she just look like what she was a smirking liar.

Posted by: Margee | August 26, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

In 1992, Mr Buckley hired a woman to go after the Clintons, especially Hillary. The woman, Florence King, claimed to be a "Southern Lady" with perhaps a qualifier like disgraced, or something, but she looked more like the mythical Hillbilly, badly inbred with a simpering, please like me smile.

She wrote one article that her fans loved:


http://www.nationalreview.com/king/king200401230926.asp

"January 23, 2004, 9:26 a.m.
Fridays with Florence
The Great Girl.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Herewith a classic from the bulging files of "The Misanthrope's Corner." In this May 11, 1992 dandy, the incomparable Florence King takes a special look at the "Great Girl" prototype, as played by Hillary Clinton.

Of course, this column, and all of Miss King's curmudgeonly oeuvre for National Review, can be found, and enjoyed, in STET, Damnit, The Misanthrope's Corner, 1991 to 2002, which is available only from NR. Order it securely here.

The more things change the more they remain the same. Hillary Clinton, that little female gnome standing next to Skeezix, that wolfish dominatrix of the Dem's den, that smiling barracuda waving her arms off, is none other than an updated version of my old college nemesis from the Fifties, the "great girl."

In pre-feminist times the Great Girl was the female equivalent of the Big Man on Campus. She got her sobriquet because everybody kept saying what a great girl she was; a really great girl, with a great sense of humor, meaning she was good at knock-knock jokes.

Striving for healthy averageness, good adjustment, and earnest purpose, the Great Girl made a point of being "well-rounded." She majored in Soc or Psych because "All you have to do is read," and chose classes with professors who gave nothing but multiple-choice exams. She was a whiz at them; if a homicidal maniac had jumped out of a dark alley yelling "Sartre!" she would have replied "Umm, existentialism" without turning a hair."

I seem to recall something in the original article about Ms. King following the "Great Girl" into the locker room to expand her observations, but don't find it in the above.

How about it, Annie, would like to catch Michelle in the showers?

Sorry, Applebaum, your stuff may be good enough for the Post, but would never do for Mr Buckley.

Monte Haun mchaun@hotmail.com

Posted by: Monte Haun | August 26, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm enjoying all the Obama worshipers who take every criticism as proof that you (a) are racist (b) you aren't smart enough to see that he would make a very good president.

It is this particular attitude that will send middle America away in droves and could make Obama into the Walter Mondale of this generation.

I think the guy needs to stop sending his wife out and talk about what he's for. Enough of the vague platitudes. It won't work for the general election. People in Florida want to know that he'll look after their social security. Middle America needs to know that he won't raise their taxes. People who are living in many areas need to know what he'll do about illegal immigration. People want to know how he'll realistically end the war (we know it's not feasible to just pack up and leave, so tell us what your plan is already!).

Barrack may be more affable than Hillary, but he's not nearly as smart or have the appeal of Bill Clinton. And McCain is a much more savvy politician than Bush Sr.

His personality alone will not get the job done. And the charm of Michelle Obama plays well to people who are already inclined to vote for Obama, but no one else.

Posted by: The Truf | August 26, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Truf, what kind of politics is constantly calling someone a "celebrity".

Posted by: Jim | August 26, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

I always find it funny when a columnist does her best to push a neutral agenda and gets lambasted by the left for being right-winged. If you read the article as a whole, I think it is pretty obvious that it has little to do with the fight between Obama and McCain and more to do with European observations of our political process, but to the Huffington Post crew, articles that fall short of outright praise from anything associated with Obama is unfair and obscene. Welcome to the age of computer journalism, Applebaum, I hope you get your updated version of Moveon.org’s Newspeak 2009.

Posted by: Matthew Rathel | August 26, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: anita | August 26, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Applebaum, I realize this is your "opinion" piece, but how about a modicum of professionalism! Your snarky comment regarding Hillary is quite off-putting -- I would think a professional could make her case without sinking to the level you did.

Michelle Obama was prepped, coached, coiffed, clothed, marketed, tested for her one-night stand at the Democratic National Convention.

However, for discerning viewers/listeners there is nothing that she could say that would negate her previous derogatory comments about her country.

She is not fit to be First Lady of the United States.

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

It's articles like this that turns me off on Obama... and I'm a democrat. For me, he comes off as arrogant (Bush is arrogant), and I don't want another arrogant a9s4s5h1o%l#e in the Whitehouse.

Too bad the media is arrogant also.

Posted by: Lill | August 26, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

@micheline - perhaps you will be pleased to know that Americans do not (nor does anyone else) vote for First Lady of the United States. Perhaps not.

It is a 4 day convention with vast (if seemingly endless) hours to fill with pomp/interest/content (to say nothing of the accompanying news cycle). The important bit is not her, but him, and the other candidate for President.

Posted by: ian | August 26, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

It's disgusting how the Obama's used their children for political gain. It only shows how weak his experience is.

Posted by: Zane Waltz | August 26, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

What Obama fans continue to fail to understand is that although Obama seems to have the same stances as Clinton on the issues --- and perhaps even does --- it is his hidden agenda that has many of us worried. Also, his character leads much to be desired, even for a politician. There is no need to repeat all the objections we have to Obama and a potential Obama presidency; it's all been said, before. Somehow, though, his fans keep missing the point.

Posted by: Judy Kilgore | August 26, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm Republican but I actually have come to like Michelle. I liked the interview with her and the kids on Access Hollywood. I don't really believe she doesn't like her country. I think the bigger problem is Barack. He is in WAY over his head. So that is why Michelle might look schmaltzy. You don't get elected because your wife is nice and your kids are cute. Barack going from the state senate to facing off against Putin, is like going straight from high school football to the NFL. He is just not ready. And he is not going to win. It is glaringly obvious. And now tonight Hillary gives a great speech which will make her supporters even angrier they cannot put her in the White House (or in the 2 spot). Barry didn't even vet her or ask her advice. If Barack squares off against Putin, he's not going to have Super Delagates to save his ass.

Posted by: Jay | August 26, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Why is the general consensus "Why do politicians MAKE their wives give speeches?"

When you get married you commit to work together as a unit. Whoever the spouse of the president is, that person will be at the president's side consistently and will be another pair of eyes and ears and give counsel to the president. I don't see how anyone can think such a person's speech would uninteresting or irrelevant to a campaign.

As far as being MADE to give a speech... I think Michelle was happy to have that opportunity, I don't think she was forced. And if you actually listened to the speech, you can judge from the content of everything she said that she is proud to do whatever she can to support her husband's campaign.

Posted by: TMS | August 26, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Change:
Nationalised health care
Nationalised oil
Nationalised employment
Nationalised religion
Nationalised immorality
Disarm and scale down military

What other major world powers have this kind of government.Minus the weak military.


Posted by: hmmm | August 26, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

She quotes communists in her speeches. People and press too dumb to notice deserve her and her husband.

Posted by: Ivan Ivanovich | August 26, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

WHAT A SPEECH ... GOD BLESS YOU, HILLARY ... !!! ... I am so sorry we failed you. We should had worked harder for you - we should had worked smarter for you. Now we must accept Obama (the modern JFK) as our Commander-In-Chief, tutored by Biden (his personal Dick Cheney) ... then again, perhaps not ...

Posted by: Louie | August 26, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Voter, you are right on...you forgot to add how Cindy Mccain was hooked on prescription drugs and STOLE and FORGED prescriptions in other peoples names to support her habit. She also stole drugs from her own charitable foundation. This is public record people and I being petty and mean would have used this in an ad campaign like yesterday. Michelle Obama makes me proud...law school from a one income family?..can't do that today! And don't get me started on all the pro life people who voted for Bush and he never spent one second to overturn that ruling..You all have been DUPED! I think pro life also means the TROOPS!!! Voting republican is not like carrying a designer handbag. Maybe if I vote like the rich I could actually pretend I am one..duh. Mccain reminds me of Reagan..an idiot puppet that the real GOP can tell what to say. Maverick my a@@. More like the old gray mare...or gelding.

Posted by: demordie | August 26, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

No matter whether Europe registered Michelle's botoxed frownlines or false eyelashes or not; either tomorrow or in November, the Obamas will be slinking off to much-deserved and well- earned oblivion.

Europeans know baloney when they see it, and they can smell the Obamas' from all across the ocean.

Just WATCH how Hillary's speech is received over there; and Bill's.

No wonder the Obama Campaign is doing everything they can do to derail and stop a complete floor rollcall vote tomorrow night. They know they can't win in a fair vote.

BIG upset surprises tomorrow, I'm betting.

Posted by: xbjllb | August 26, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama's speech was what it was.

Reading the analyses and interpretations by anti-Obama voters here is like listening to a full r*tard channeling a simpering 18th C. dandy twittering over a Robert Mapplethorpe photograph, the one with the bullwhip. Please, conservative dudes, stick to supporting torture and school prayer.

Posted by: Markie | August 27, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

AsperGirl, your writting is long winded and hollow.

Posted by: Rusty Shackleford | August 27, 2008 12:03 AM | Report abuse

What many people fail to realise, is how the Obama campaign works. You might have seen how he let Hillary give all the hard blows and taking them up until election time, which he then destroyed her politically and pulled ahead to win. You have to see it this way, the politics of Obama are seeing that he has very few things which people can critique, and those few things are already being critiqued, all he has to do is let them get old, then drop fresh material to smear McCain, and he's won. Its a genius political idea, and McCain is dropping all his good stuff early, meaning by election day, Obama will have thrown down all McCain's corrupt political doings into the frontline, and his "unfit to lead" and whatnot will be old news.

Posted by: CodyMac | August 27, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Oh come on,the only "accomplishments" of
both Messiah Barack Hussein Obama and his
hateful racist phony wife Michelle Obama can be best summed up by their sleazy dirty
Chicago Politics,questional judgemen,total
corrupt criminal act of fraud,obstruction
of justice,misuse of taxpayer money in the
form of Multi-Million Dollar Conflict of
Interest Ridden Earmark for Michelle Obama's Hospital Employer that then got
Michelle Obama a raise in salary to over
$347.000 dollars a year to "Throw poor sick
people under the bush and deny them needed
medical care. So Democrats are you proud
of Messiah Barack Hussein and Michelle Obama and their crimes now? Do I even need
mention Convicted Chicago Slumlord and
Crook and Corrupt Democrat Fixer Tony Rezko
buying Barack and Michelle Obama their !.5
Million Dollar McMansion or any more here?
NOBAMA 2008!

Posted by: Claudine 1000 | August 27, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

It's obvious that all of you who have previously responded to this article are slaves to the media. I don't care who is arrogant, cheesy, pushy, lame, whatever other negatives you have for the Obamas. Either way, it all comes down to whether or not you feel this man can help our country repair and restore itself to the powerfull nation it use to be. I don't have to be the Obamas friends, I'm not planning to go out to dinner with them. I just want to not have to spend my paycheck on gas and can I please have some help to not work 72 hours a week to keep from starving to death. Oh yeah, I also cant't afford to pay for health insurance and I have severe asthma. So their personalities don't mean a d@mn thing to me. Just fix this mess, you all must have it real good to sit up here and break down every single niche about their personality. Shut up! I don't see what you are doing to make your communities better, probably nothing, as if you really know what it takes to be a "great leader" or a "strong president." Stop being judgemental snobs and get up and out and make your country better yourselves. No one cares about the opinions of those who sit on their butts and complain.

Have a great week.

Posted by: Kinlee | August 27, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

OHHH Pleeeze...I'll see you one Rezko and raise you a Charles Keating

Posted by: demordie | August 27, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

It's true that the Washington Post could be expected to support the democratic candidates. Applebaum could be expected to do nothing else. But cheer up as the big journalism layoffs and buyouts will come soon even to the Washington Post and with good luck Applebaum can judge for herself how "change" feels.

Posted by: Frank | August 27, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Whether it makes sense or not, wives of presidential candidates giving speeches have become a part of the American political scene. Somehow they crept into the process and, given prominence by the media, they are not going to disappear. Think of cheerleaders before games. Same thing in a different setting.

Just like the lapel pin and expression of religiosity, American politicians do what resonates with voters.

Now, what do such campaign practices say about America and the voters who seem to be clueless about real issues -- voters who, even after details of the Bush administration's cooked up reports of Iraq's non-existent WMD were exposed, still fall for scare tactics ?

Posted by: musafir | August 27, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

and this is the best, you people, have to offer? Remove that he's half black - same resume - and tell me how he outflanks Hillary. If you mention race, you must be a racist, unless it'll prop a hollow shell.

Posted by: NoMatter | August 27, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Face it: foreigners care as much about our candidates spouses' speeches as our politicians care about the rest of the world. If anything, it's reciprocal.

Posted by: EOP | August 27, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Obama, could be the new Chavez for America;
lots of blah blah blah! but without substance. Remember: Germany "Hitler" Italy "Mussolini" Lenin "Russia" Castro "Cuba" Chavez "Venezuela" Libya "Qadhafi" Idi Amin Dada, "Africa" Duvalier and Trujillo; they all were admired by their own peoples in their 15 minutes of being famous or because their charisma, but, watch out dear fellows American, the danger secrets, hidden in Barrack Hussein Obama's mind, are lingering in the air, as same, as in all the sorrowful celebrities mentioned above. Obama, as President, as in my dream, will be the beginning of the deterioration of this grate nation and the victory of the hidden enemies and the advance of the destruction of what start on, in September 11, of 2001. God will be our only savior.

Posted by: Franco Delossantos | August 27, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

At least Obama loves his wife. McCame left his disabled wife when she was a "problem" for his future, had affairs while married and managed to lure a wealthy trophy wife into his trap. ¿Would you do that to your wife or husband? ¿What type of person does such a horrible thing and get away with it? ¿Is this the type of person you want for president? Not me...
But this is not what bothers me more about McCain. I'm afraid because McCain is unpredictable, unstable and irascible. ¿Do you want such a person in charge of the nuclear codes? Not me...

Posted by: Worried | August 27, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Making wives or husbands part of the political process is not the main difference between European and USA politics. The main difference is how often an USA politician would mention god versus an European politician. This is a little strange for a non-confessional country with clear separation between church and state. I could use other words but I'll leave at that: odd!!! When did religion become part of politics? Why? Odd! very odd!!!

Posted by: Foreigner observer | August 27, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

When Michelle said that she loved our country my friend and I started to laugh out loud like we were watching a comedy act. What a farce. People who love our country would never attend a church that preaches hatred for our country for 20 years or befriend and work with domestic terrorists. Yes, Michelle was friends with William Ayers wife - Dohrn who was also involved in bombing the pentagon and capital. Nice friends Barack and Michelle. Between Wright, Phleger, Farrakhan, Ayer, Dorn, Khalidi, Odinga - you have some PRETTY SCARY FRIENDS and obviously SHARE THEIR SCARY RADICAL Anti-American VIEWS! Good luck selling the lie that you love our country! Hahaha - good freaking luck!

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

When Michelle said that she loved our country my friend and I started to laugh out loud like we were watching a comedy act. What a farce. People who love our country would never attend a church that preaches hatred for our country for 20 years or befriend and work with domestic terrorists. Yes, Michelle was friends with William Ayers wife - Dohrn who was also involved in bombing the pentagon and capital. Nice friends Barack and Michelle. Between Wright, Phleger, Farrakhan, Ayer, Dorn, Khalidi, Odinga - you have some PRETTY SCARY FRIENDS and obviously SHARE THEIR SCARY RADICAL Anti-American VIEWS! Good luck selling the lie that you love our country! Hahaha - good freaking luck!

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

When Michelle said that she loved our country my friend and I started to laugh out loud like we were watching a comedy act. What a farce. People who love our country would never attend a church that preaches hatred for our country for 20 years or befriend and work with domestic terrorists. Yes, Michelle was friends with William Ayers wife - Dohrn who was also involved in bombing the pentagon and capital. Nice friends Barack and Michelle. Between Wright, Phleger, Farrakhan, Ayer, Dorn, Khalidi, Odinga - you have some PRETTY SCARY FRIENDS and obviously SHARE THEIR SCARY RADICAL Anti-American VIEWS! Good luck selling the lie that you love our country! Hahaha - good freaking luck!

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

Why did not Mrs. Obama give a speech on her thesis which one cannot now find on the internet or her university will not release to anyone? I read it a few years ago and it plainly shows she dislikes America and she is a revolutionist. Her speech at the convention was WRITTEN FOR HER BY WRITERS; THOSE WERE NOT HER WORDS. She is definitely someone who should NOT be first lady.

Posted by: Millie | August 27, 2008 4:16 AM | Report abuse

How is someone so subjective like this writing for the Washington Post?

Posted by: Luke | August 27, 2008 6:01 AM | Report abuse

obama will win our elections are a scam thats why theres super delegates so they can screw us americans. our media sucks & all these lame people over here keep their blinders on 24/7 enless your cutting down a tree then they worry anit that a laugh!!!

Posted by: worried | August 27, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

What's with the Hillary bashing?

Posted by: anon | August 27, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

It's curious to me why liberal women in the media are the most vitrolic towards Hillary - looks like the old "crabs in a barrel syndrome," pull the other ones down in your climb up. You really need to do some self examination, Anne

Posted by: Linda | August 27, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Michelle's speech of hope broke down means: She hopes Obama and her can continue to con people for 75 more days!

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 27, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Anne See what happens when you don't bow to the Obama image. The Obama cult turns into cyberterrorists and their true vicious and ugly side comes out. They will try to push Godbama on you and if you don't accept hound you with their vile and hate filled message!!

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 27, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

That's Michelle NOT Shelly. *roll eyes*

Actually, Michelle Obama did an EXCELLENT job with her speech. Can you say jealous?

Hillary was great too, but to go on and on and on about "class, integrity AND DEPTH is a little over the top don't you think? I mean, take for example her little "Bosnia story" Yeah, that's some integrity all right! Don't know if I could even trust someone like her in the White House. We need someone who's going to be straight. Someone we can trust to be honest. Hillary ruined that trust as far as I'm concerned. It wasn't just a twist on the story, but a down right, fabricated, shameless lie. The woman would have sold her own soul to have won.

Me thinks, she came pretty darned close.

Posted by: Daily | August 27, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh and, thanks Ms. Applebaum for your story. :-)

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I guess it was a success since she managed to make it through without going off on "whitey." Oh, but I'm sure she's not a racist. . .

Posted by: Bob | August 27, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Michelle did a wonderful job at showing that she is human just like anyone else.

She showed that she has feelings and emotions.

She showed that she doesn't always say the right thing or do the right thing just like everyone else.

She showed that she is not perfect, just like anyone else, but she showed that like so many of us, she wants a better future for her children and grandchildren and she is willing to fight for it.

She showed that she loves her husband and fully supports and stands by him like any good wife would.

People accuse Michelle of being a racist because she has spoken out against past acts and ideals in America that were horrendous. Unfortunately, too many of those ideals still remain today and too many Americans still share them.

I kept hearing about how awe inspring this nomination is and there was such a big deal placed on the fact that Senator Obama's nomination was history. That just proves that this country still has a long way to go. Make no mistake, the awe doesn't just stem from what people are trying to term as his lack of experience.

This is not solely about politics. For too many people it is about his race and that is a very sad fact in this modern day America.

It should not be such a big deal that Barack Obama is a African-American candidate selected to run for the office of president in the U.S.A., but it is. Why do you think that is? I'll tell you why because this country still has a long way to go to reach the ideal that all men are created equal.

Yes there are those who want to pretend that is already a reality, but we all know that's not true and until it is a reality, people must continue to fight for this ideal.

Like Michelle Obama I love my country, but there have been more than one time that I was not proud of the acts of my country. That doesn't make me unpatriotic, that makes me truthful and human.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Wow!, this is some amazing stuff here...I never knew. People actually believe the hype...Michelle is a revolutionist...as if being like George Washington was a bad thing?

What do you people want from her? Here is a black woman, raised in a two parent home, watching her father and mother struggle with a society that said they were not equal. You don't think that would have a profound affect on how you view your nation?

Please people. Stop acting like she didn't have a reason to write her thesis and believe the way she did.

Face it white people, you haven't always embraced people of color. In fact, historically, you either enslaved them, paid them really low wages for hard labor(Chinese), or tried to eliminate them. (That would be called genocide, or ethnic cleansing, you pick. Either way the Native American are some how missing.)

Even though you...dear reader, didn't do it, that doesn't mean what was going on in this country at the time didn't shape who Michelle is. If you don't know what it is like to be denied something because you are not white, well...you just don't understand.

Stop acting as if some Americans of color, young and old, gay or straight, don't have a reason to have disdain for America.

And yet...after all that has been done and is continuing to be done to Black America, Black Americans still will pick up a gun put their life on the line and defend this nation, when the nation wouldn't defend them. Thanks CP! Where are you any way?

Now about the article, ....

Posted by: Tell the Truth | August 28, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Speeches have little to do with actions. Too bad we have to wait until after an election to see their true colors.

Posted by: James | August 28, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

"Face it white people..."
Ridiculous statement! What about the Hebrews? The Egyptians enslaved them and Africans. Spanish enslaved Africans and Mexican Indians. Africans enslaved Africans.

Posted by: James | August 28, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"Ridiculous statement! What about the Hebrews? The Egyptians enslaved them and Africans. Spanish enslaved Africans and Mexican Indians. Africans enslaved Africans."

For the record...Egypt is in Africa.

Did you notice from your statement that people from the dark land have been enslaved all over the world? Hhmm. However, this was not a doctrine on global slavery, but the treatment of people of color in this nation.

However James, as most White people do when trying to justify past actions, the point was missed. Michelle had good reason to feel as though America was not a fair and just place when she wrote her thesis. You cannot deny that. Part of it was probably from research the other part experience. Heck, I imagine the research just helped her understand her own experience.

What I was trying to say was White people, take the time to understand that there is good reason for people of color...Black Americans...to have some disdain for this country. Stop pretending negative events did not happen to Black people. There are indeed great men and women of color who in spite of the efforts of those who tried to keep dreams from coming true, have been very successful.

Did you notice people are questioning her thesis...most people don't even know what a thesis is.

God Bless America

Obama '08

Posted by: Tell the truth | August 28, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

welcome to the planet, TellTheTruth! You are from some other planet; right?
Slavery has existed since time immemorial on this planet. One of the last countries to end it was Brazil circa 1888. Historically it was always the more god fearing who were the most racist. Modern day blacks continue that tradition as demonstrated by their support of the likes of Jesse Jackson.

Posted by: reality check | August 30, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Reality check...here is a reality check, my comments were not about slavery. I find it very interesting that slave history tidbits are the only retorts to my comments. Please stop trying to quantify slavery throughout the world as some sort of acceptable form of society. What about my comments about the Chinese? Or about the Native Americans? Oh I get it...there is no justification for pseudo slavery for the Chinese that worked on the railroads for very little pay, and there is truly no justification for attempted genocide on the Native Americans. We'll just hit Tell the Truth about slavery through out history to show that Tell the Truth is from another planet.

"Look Tell the Truth, everybody had slaves". And as you type this information, this historically correct information, does it make you feel better about what occurred in that dark part of American history? Does it ease your mind knowing that America was not alone in this slave travesty?

I understand it is very difficult for some White folks to think Black people have any other complaints besides slavery. But again, slavery was not the crux of my statement. I was simply suggesting there could very well have been a good reason why Michelle Obama felt the way she did when she wrote her thesis. What? Do you think everything was fine and dandy once the slaves were set free? Please get a grip. In this context, I really don't care when the last country eliminated slavery...it wasn't right to have slaves...but this was not my point. Please understand Black Americans have a deeper thought process than that. We do not base our sole existence on slavery.

I will spell it out one more time for those who are having difficulty understanding what I am trying to say. White people in this country are notorious for treating people of color in a bad way. People are calling Michelle a racist, no she was probably making an observation of certain White people's behavior.

Now, the next person who reads my comments and think I am talking about slavery and would like to give me another history lesson about slavery, trust me I am fully aware. Deal with your guilty conscious some other way...Slavery happened, it was a dark time in our American history, regardless of what was going on through out the world. But stop calling Michelle Obama a racist because she wrote about the state of race relations, the way she saw it. History shows us, it took until 1964 before the United States of America believed the Black folks had the right to vote...some 101 years after the abolishment of slavery with Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

But the beauty is...less than 50 years later a Black man has a realistic chance at the White House. Now that is progress...

Posted by: Tell the Truth | September 2, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

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