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Michelle Obama's Message: We're Just Like You



Michelle Obama's speech had a clear goal -- to show voters that she and her husband are regular people and push back against the 'celebrity' label. (Photo: Susan Biddle/Post)

DENVER -- The first night of the Democratic National Convention ended with a speech by Michelle Obama designed to cast her -- and her husband's -- life as the prototypical American story.

Throughout her speech, Obama sought to weave her middle class roots and her understanding of the value of hard work.

She noted that her father was a "blue collar city worker" and that her mother stayed home to take care of her and her brother. Describing her husband's family, she said: "They scrimped and saved so that he could have opportunities they never had themselves." She pointed out that Barack Obama had taken a pass on Wall Street and instead went to work as a community organizer; "Isn't that a great American story?" she asked.

The aim of the speech was clear. To show that Barack and Michelle Obama aren't all that different from the average voter. That they know the struggles and hopes of middle class families. That they understand the sacrifices made by military men and women and their families.

The address was a direct response to the efforts by the campaign of John McCain to cast Obama as a celebrity candidate who understands little about the plight of average Americans.

As we have written before, the battle over which candidate is actually more in touch with the average voter is the central front in the race between Obama and McCain. It's the frame through which the "celebrity" attack should be viewed as well as the aggressive attempts by the Obama campaign to highlight McCain's inability to recall how many houses he owns.

Michelle Obama's speech tonight is a recognition by her husband's campaign that one of the key messages that voters must take from these four days in Denver is that Barack Obama is the definition of the American Dream. That in voting for him, they are voting for their belief that anyone from any background with any first or last name can be elected president.

Watch how in the next four days the campaign makes that case -- through speeches, surrogates and stops along the campaign trail.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 25, 2008; 11:15 PM ET
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Blogs have become useless...the terriroty
of the lowest class, nastiest dregs of
society. No sense whatsoever of
civil discourse.

Congratulations to the Washington post for attracting and
letting these posters dominate discourse.

Freedom of speech is an elegant idea, but WHAT is the use of this?

Posted by: tired ofit | August 28, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

To Emma,
It is people like you that try to tear down something positive. You say Michelle Obama used the American Education system. Do you think they just gave her a diploma...she has worked for everything she has accomplished. Evidently you don't have any problems, paying for gas, paying your rent/mortgage, surviving. I don't too many people who like Americas as it is now. Where have you been under a rock!!! Vote for John McCain please you deserve him

Posted by: Barbara | August 28, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP.

Immediately after Michelle Obama spoke to the Convention, there was an immediate change in the polls. The Obama numbers went down, and the approval numbers for John McCain went up.

I repeat that please: The Obama numbers went down, and the approval numbers for John McCain went up right after Mrs. Obama spoke at the convention.

I don’t think that was the intended direction.

Today’s Gallup Tracking number for McCain over Obama is now +2. One to two days ago, it was tied even.

Continuing with the “you can’t make this up” news, Rasmussen Tracking is now showing a Tie, and CNN is also showing a Tie. This just happened.

My advice to Mr. and Mrs. Obama …… It is too early for measuring drapes for the White House.

From the way I see things right now, it could be John and Cindy McCain doing the measuring for drapes on January 20, 2009, the date of the Inauguration.

Reference: Go to RealClearPolitics.com, and punch in Polls. For further analysis, hit GallupTracking, and it will take you to the fine poll analysis pages of Gallup.com.

Attention: All great PUMA people (People United Mobilize Action)..... Get the word out please, and that includes the fine folks there at the temporary PUMA Hq. now in Denver.

Thank you.

CommonSense12 or Common Sense Bruce

Posted by: Common Sense12 | August 27, 2008 3:26 AM | Report abuse

To those who complain that Michelle was "playing a part:"

Well, of COURSE. And this is bad--or surprising--how? She has to spend all her time reassuring guilty and anxious white people with no useful knowledge of history that she really isn't going to hurt them and actually eats and sleeps and loves and dreams just like them. Who knew??

If you're Af-Am in a white country, you spend every second of your life "playing a part." You have no choice. You have no luxury to say things that come from your unguarded self, because you might make white folks feel silly or guilty or nervous, and (since your primary job is to reassure them that they don't owe you anything or that you're not going to take what they've got), that wouldn't be very nice, now would it?

Posted by: JP | August 26, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

To those who complain that Michelle was "playing a part:"

Well, of COURSE. And this is bad--or surprising--how? She has to spend all her time reassuring guilty and anxious white people with no useful knowledge of history that she really isn't going to hurt them and actually eats and sleeps and loves and dreams just like them. Who knew??

If you're Af-Am in a white country, you spend every second of your life "playing a part." You have no choice. You have no luxury to say things that come from your unguarded self, because you might make white folks feel silly or guilty or nervous, and (since your primary job is to reassure them that they don't owe you anything or that you're not going to take what they've got), that wouldn't be very nice, now would it?

Posted by: JP | August 26, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

To those who complain that Michelle was "playing a part:"

Well, of COURSE. And this is bad--or surprising--how? She has to spend all her time reassuring guilty and anxious white people with no useful knowledge of history that she really isn't going to hurt them and actually eats and sleeps and loves and dreams just like them. Who knew??

If you're Af-Am in a white country, you spend every second of your life "playing a part." You have no choice. You have no luxury to say things that come from your unguarded self, because you might make white folks feel silly or guilty or nervous, and (since your primary job is to reassure them that they don't owe you anything or that you're not going to take what they've got), that wouldn't be very nice, now would it?

Posted by: JP | August 26, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I finally get it--I finally get it!

Aspergirl is an invention, an over-the-top parody of a bile-spewing, delusional, paranoid, historically mystified, cluelessly race-baiting, reactionary, informationally- and imaginatively-impaired, psycho- and sociopathic right wing hysteric.

And here I thought she (he?) was for real. D'oh! Took me long enough.

But you must admit, it's pretty convincing.
Brilliant creation of a viable persona from the dregs of the most outrageous of right-wing "talking points." So much more persuasive, in fact, to undecideds thinking about supporting Obama than *anything* his supporters could earnestly say in his favor.

Posted by: indyperson | August 26, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I think the following comment could be a bit disingenuous.

"As we have written before, the battle over which candidate is actually more in touch with the average voter is the central front in the race between Obama and McCain. It's the frame through which the "celebrity" attack should be viewed as well as the aggressive attempts by the Obama campaign to highlight McCain's inability to recall how many houses he owns. "

Let us not forgot that Barack Obama said Pennsylvania small town people “cling to guns or religion” showing a sense of snobbery or a perceived sense of this, whether or not he meant it this way. I think rather than try and say which party has the candidate that is more in touch or less in touch with the people, it would be more productive to look at the issues facing our nation and in true non-partisan spirit, work as a nation to solve these problems. John McCain said it “should remain an argument among friends”. He said that he will “listen to any idea offered in good faith”. McCain said that “we belong to different parties not different countries”. We should stick together as a nation. I fear that both our parties are splintering and that would potentially fracture us as a nation.

Matthew

Posted by: Matthew E. | August 26, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I think the following comment could be a bit disingenuous.

"As we have written before, the battle over which candidate is actually more in touch with the average voter is the central front in the race between Obama and McCain. It's the frame through which the "celebrity" attack should be viewed as well as the aggressive attempts by the Obama campaign to highlight McCain's inability to recall how many houses he owns. "

Let us not forgot that Barack Obama said Pennsylvania small town people “cling to guns or religion” showing a sense of snobbery or a perceived sense of this, whether or not he meant it this way. I think rather than try and say which party has the candidate that is more in touch or less in touch with the people, it would be more productive to look at the issues facing our nation and in true non-partisan spirit, work as a nation to solve these problems. John McCain said it “should remain an argument among friends”. He said that he will “listen to any idea offered in good faith”. McCain said that “we belong to different parties not different countries”. We should stick together as a nation. I fear that both our parties are splintering and that would potentially fracture us as a nation.

Matthew

Posted by: Matthew E. | August 26, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I think the following comment could be a bit disingenuous.

"As we have written before, the battle over which candidate is actually more in touch with the average voter is the central front in the race between Obama and McCain. It's the frame through which the "celebrity" attack should be viewed as well as the aggressive attempts by the Obama campaign to highlight McCain's inability to recall how many houses he owns. "

Let us not forgot that Barack Obama said Pennsylvania small town people “cling to guns or religion” showing a sense of snobbery or a perceived sense of this, whether or not he meant it this way. I think rather than try and say which party has the candidate that is more in touch or less in touch with the people, it would be more productive to look at the issues facing our nation and in true non-partisan spirit, work as a nation to solve these problems. John McCain said it “should remain an argument among friends”. He said that he will “listen to any idea offered in good faith”. McCain said that “we belong to different parties not different countries”. We should stick together as a nation. I fear that both our parties are splintering and that would potentially fracture us as a nation.

Matthew

Posted by: Matthew E. | August 26, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I am a veteran of WWII having served in ETO. When training in the states, we were billeted in barracks. A Quartermaster outfit, whose members were all black, were billeted in tents. Having been born and raised in a small, far north Minnesta town, I had no contact with African Americans, and thus thought nothing of the disparity in our housing facilities. While on the dock awaiting boarding a ship for transport to Europe, one of our officers, who was from a southern state, pulled his pistol and threatened to kill a black truck driver because he had committed a minor driving mistake.
Having lived a long time and I hope learned much along the way, I am now ashamed of the way we treated black people in the past and I am also ashamed of the way we treat many black people today. Am I proud of the advances we have made in assisting minorities in their efforts for equality? Yes. Will I be proud of my country if the Obama family gains the White HOuse? A resounding YES!

Posted by: Bob | August 26, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

People who were think Michelle Obama's speech was fantastic are just plain ignorant about how the whole public relations/media thing is set up.You are being treated like lemmings and your intelligence is being insulted. Speech writers could make Hitler appear to be a tolerant man. It is all show. Michelle Obama is a woman who used the American System to get an education. She does not like America as it is. You are all fooling yourselves if you feel that Michelle is Betty Crocker or Martha Stewart. It is all set up to make it appear that way. Become an educated consumer. Look beneath the surface of the hype . Don't buy all the BS in the news and in the candidates. Obama has no business running for president.

Posted by: Emma | August 26, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

People who were think Michelle Obama's speech was fantastic are just plain ignorant about how the whole public relations/media thing is set up.You are being treated like lemmings and your intelligence is being insulted. Speech writers could make Hitler appear to be a tolerant man. It is all show. Michelle Obama is a woman who used the American System to get an education. She does not like America as it is. You are all fooling yourselves if you feel that Michelle is Betty Crocker or Martha Stewart. It is all set up to make it appear that way. Become an educated consumer. Look beneath the surface of the hype . Don't buy all the BS in the news and in the candidates. Obama has no business running for president.

Posted by: Emma | August 26, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

That was an awesome speech by a wonderfully intelligent woman estolling the virtues, the challenges and the attributes of her husband. I don't understand how anyone could see the response of those precious little girls to their father and be cynical enough to say, they were coached, they were acting. I have been deployed overseas with only a webcam as access to my family. I've seen my wife whisper in my kid's ears to say, I Love you Daddy. I felt like a million bucks and understood why I was deployed. What is wrong with that? What I heard and saw last night is the family I came from and the family I am trying replicate. Thank you Barak, Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama...!!!! A REAL American Family.

Posted by: ray.alls | August 26, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I am not like Michel and Barack:

1) I DON'T USE DRUGS.

2) I DO NOT DO IMMORIAL REZKO LAND DEAL.

3) I WOULD NOT BUY MILLION DOLLAR HOME WHEN MY STEP BROTHER AND HIS FAMILY IN AFRICA ARE LIVING ON 1$ A DAY.

Posted by: JANICE | August 26, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

No Michelle,you are nothing at all like me.So how did the makeover work out????

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

The Rep. convention will happen in a little over a week. You will have to wait a bit because Rep. coordinators possible have not made up mind yet.

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Hi Everyone,

CAN YOU TELL ME WHICH NIGHT CINDY MCCAIN WILL MAKE HER SPEECH IN THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION?

Posted by: Janice | August 26, 2008 12:23 PM


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

Heehee! Next week we get to watch the Repubs open with the two most popular leaders of the world.....W and Dick!!

Sounds like the making of a great beer party!! McSame gonna come out and hug 'um?

Just think....The Repubs picked W as their 2000 standard bearer over McSame.

Now they want us to take their sloppy seconds reject.

Not this time. Not this year.

:-)

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

"Should have picked Hillary."

Posted by: daman1 | August 26, 2008 12:15 AM
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In America candidates are elected, not picked. Obama won the most delegates. It's a delegate race, pure and simple.

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

I would bet that anyone here who is disparaging Michelle Obama did NOT see that speech last night. I am so tired of all this BS. People are invisible here - they can be as vile as they want. These are the "bitter" people - oh yes. But what are you so bitter about? All the years that Bush and Cheney have been misleading you and lying to you? The fact that our political process is a joke around the world?
The Obamas bring strength and humility, wisdom and charm, hard work and real ethics back to the political process - but then, most of you wouldn't understand that.

Posted by: sheridan1 | August 26, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters are all racist white-haters and America-haters and that's why they just love Barack Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

That will have to be perfectly timed just as her drugs are kicking to get the most out of her. Right now Mccain despatched Cindy to Georgia to advise them on what to wear to a war. They want to be sure they are color coordinated.

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Hi Everyone,

CAN YOU TELL ME WHICH NIGHT CINDY MCCAIN WILL MAKE HER SPEECH IN THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION?

Posted by: Janice | August 26, 2008 12:23 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Hi Everyone,

CAN YOU TELL ME WHICH NIGHT CINDY MCCAIN WILL MAKE HER SPEECH IN THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION?

Posted by: Janice | August 26, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama's story is not your tyrpical middle-class American story. Her story is an amazing, pick-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps, American-Dream-come-true story. Most Americans lack the drive and persistence necessary to pull off what she did.

I come from Chicago. Born and raised. The area Michelle Obama came from is one of the roughest areas in the city. To graduate high school in that area is a major achievment. Most kids don't make it that far. Michelle not only graduated high school -- SHE WENT TO HARVARD. If you saw the neighborhood she came from you would understand what anachievment this is...

The truth is that her story is even more amazing than Barak's.

But the Repubs are still going to try to slam her. And they will have a receptive audience. There are millions of males out there who are very threatened by a strong, smart woman. Watch for -- a be aware -- the attempted "Hillary-ization" of Michelle Obama this fall. And don't fall for it

Posted by: AdrickHenry | August 26, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Actually - based on the comments from these readers - you guys deserve a bunch of losers like Bush and Cheney. You deserve it that America is in the big hole that it is in - owing billions to China and Russia. You deserve it that billions have been stolen from our treasury by Bush-Cheney and their cronies.
This is what you guys did to Bill Clinton - oh never mind - you do not deserve a President like John F Kennedy or Barack Obama.
Let's just keep carrying our guns, being bitter and going to refuge in GOD...
I hope He answers your prayers

Posted by: wendynyc | August 26, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

"Hell, I am not proud of this country all the time either but I still love my country. Pride and love does not always go hand and hand. Was I proud of this country when they enslaved blacks while toting a bible, um, no! Was I proud of this country when they let "American tax paying citizens drown like rats, for seven days before sending aid, um No!"

Everyone knows damn well what Obama meant when she made that comment. You've just got this nonsense being pushed by frothing racists like Aspergirl and 37+O and hundreds of others on this board and thousands of people nationally.

Just incredibly pathetic. I'm just glad these people are dropping dead with more and more frequency.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 26, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Hell, I am not proud of this country all the time either but I still love my country. Pride and love does not always go hand and hand. Was I proud of this country when they enslaved blacks while toting a bible, um, no! Was I proud of this country when they let "American tax paying citizens drown like rats, for seven days before sending aid, um No! Was I proud of this country when they sent our young men to Vietnam and Iraq to be slaughtered without just cause and then brought them back and did not help get them the what they needed? Um, no! All of you holier than thou posters who are proud of this country ALL of the time are lying and full of fraggenaggle bull! Lay off Michelle and Barack! You just hate anything that isn't like you. White!

Posted by: No, I am not black | August 26, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Your headline is exactly right. And her message hit home!

Posted by: Bernie in VA | August 26, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

If you are easily swayed by words and believe everything you hear, then, indeed, Michelle did her job well. Heartfelt? Impassioned? Um, no. Two weeks of preparing the exact words in a speech and practicing the delivery of the message you want to portray is a talent she shares with her husband. However, I'm of the opinion that your true feelings and beliefs are displayed not in speeches, but in unguarded moments when you say and do things that reveal your true character. And trotting out those two little girls every chance they get is fast approaching 'exploitation'. What I witnessed was a calculated, choreographed, practiced performance.

Posted by: RUBY2 | August 26, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama was incredibly impressive - a dynamic, intelligent, and compassionate woman. She will bring something entirely new to the role of First Lady - a unique blend of intelligence and class. I can't wait to see this remarkable couple in the White House.

Posted by: CarolBG | August 26, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Best line on this whole blog?

"Once again, the hate-spewing posters on this board reveal the broken soul of conservatism."

Can't be said much more simply... and so true, it should embarrass anyone who calls themselves a Republican.

Here, folks, we see the REAL trolls abound. I come here just for that purpose, to see where the wingnuts will be going for the day.

Chris, I know you can't moderate them off of here, but it is sad your blog has been infested with cockroaches like this, between gasolina and aspergirl, you're blog's been hijacked.

Their sense of impending loss and the breakdown of everything noble the Republican Party ever stood for is more than palpable, it is substantial.

Quite a study in the anatomy of party degradation.

Posted by: JEP | August 26, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I am shocked!!!

This marks a true turning point -

This is the first time that a Fix Post comment section seems to be dominated by comments that are critical of the Obama machine.

Is something happening here? Are the people finally coming to see the light? is buyer's remorse finally taking hold? We have lost this cycle by nominating the wrong candidate - and i guess that people are finally starting to come to this troubling realization. . .

Hillary should be the winner.

Personally, I blame the tingle in Chris Matthews' leg. . .

Posted by: Ike Barnes | August 26, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama presented herself as a nice mother, sister, daughter, wife. She was so sweet. She seemed just like any american woman. She expressed her love for the america. Everyone cried. It was all so moving. I just have one question. What was a nice girl like her doing in Jeremiah's church all those 20 years?

Posted by: riverofpearls | August 26, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Yup, tonight is can't miss TV for every lezbo and man hater in the country. I like Hillary's new butch hair cut. I guess she is half way out of the closet anyway.

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The real speech will be tonight. The woman who should be president will be speaking.

The speeches that went before were the affected chatterings and media production of Northeastern liberal elites who never win elections and who don't accomplish much on those rare occasions when a win has been lucked into.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 9:01 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Let He,Without sin,cast the first stone.

Posted by: Ray68 | August 26, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

She was a warm and persuasive speaker. I thought she gave a terrific and heartfelt performance and gave Obama every reason to say "now you can see why I kept asking her out." It speaks volumes about Barack Obama that he would choose to marry such an accomplished and powerful woman. And it speaks volumes that he obviously has such a loving family. People who want to keep hating Michelle and Barack Obama just look foolish to me. It doesn't seem to be based upon anything other than prejudice.

Posted by: Chuck | August 26, 2008 9:17 AM | 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 9:12 AM | 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 toward 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".

Michelle Obama's practiced, memorized speech was good, but a production.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Too memorized, obviously choreographed to be punctured with practiced gestures and "smile now" programming.

Great makeover.

Phony, manufactured performance and choreographed speech.

Good luck pushing the reformulation of these two as genuine people of the people instead of affectations of wannabe political elite Northeast Democrats.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

The real speech will be tonight. The woman who should be president will be speaking.

The speeches that went before were the affected chatterings and media production of Northeastern liberal elites who never win elections and who don't accomplish much on those rare occasions when a win has been lucked into.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

What, she loves her country? What a fraud. Hey, why during her speech was there no mention of the church , she and Obama has been apart of for 20 years? Why no mention of Rev. Wright, Obamas mentor? Hmm. I mean if your going to talk about your life and where you came from shouldn't you include the church and preacher man that has shaped your TRUE values? I especially love how she pimped out her daughters at the end to wave hi to daddy on the big screen. What a show. I can't wait for McCain to win in November so the Obama show can end. I for the first time will vote Republican, because, unlike the Obamabots, I can think and I refuse to support my party when all they have to offer is a socialist, America hating idiot as the Dem. candidate. Country first, which means, McCain in 2008.

Posted by: 4real | August 26, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

>>Anonymous wrote: "Let's see, what is wrong with you people?? Why is it that when blacks,hispanics and other minorities, work like a dog to get anywhere in life, they are considered phonies? "

When someone does "get [somehwere] in life", they're not supposed to turn around and start dumping on lower class or blue collar people who don't make it as being lazy, mean and stupid while criticizing white people for oppressing and conspiring against minorities.

Michelle Obama lives in a universe where she's and her husband are the only real people, the people who follow them are redeemed and uplifted, and everyone else is defective or corrupt.

Her performance was obviously memorized with practiced gestures. Not impressed.

Her helmet head hair is in a more attractive shape now. She should keep that when her husband loses this fall.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Glad to hear her say that she loves America-though I still believe that she spoke her mind earlier when she said she was never proud of this great country and is now forced to change it just to win this election.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

What the He###??

Let's see, what is wrong with you people?? Why is it that when blacks,hispanics and other minorities, work like a dog to get anywhere in life, they are considered phonies? So, only "white" people are supposed to be the only ones to have any sort of intellect or have families that work hard to provide for their children. I am really saddened by a lot of these comments. America had better wake up! Unless we come together as one America,(all races), we are doomed. The evidence is staring us right in our faces. What really puzzles me is the fact that some white people would rather be without then to vote for a person of color. Any person of color, not just Barack. The more things change, it seems the more things stay the same. I believe her story, because her story is mine. Not all blacks in America are from broken homes or grew up in the projects. I grew up in a neighborhood of hardworking two parent households who like Michelle's parents wanted the best for us. And I am not racist, I love everyone, I was taught that color doesn't matter, even when I was being targeted because of mine. This is really sad that people would continue to question her motives. Really sad.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Excellent speech last night by Michelle (and Kennedy too). Finally they were able to break through all the mainstream media bs and just tell their story. I'll take someone who worked her way up from the Southside of Chicago over a beer heiress any day!

Posted by: Seanm | August 26, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Alex | August 26, 2008 7:27 AM | Report abuse

The show goes on! A speech is only a speech no matter how good it is. No one except the speech giver knows what's truly in the heart and mind of the speech giver.

The political conventions might get the rank and file party members all fired up but when push comes to shove they don't do much for us independents. There is no substance that comes out of these speeches. Plain and simple it s all political rhetoric.

If you have become as fed up with the two major political parties as I have check out www.modernwhig.org. It is a grass roots movement that is picking up momentum by going back to the principle of "government of the people, by the people, and for the people." You might want to get involved and build something for yourselves and your children; a future that you help shape.

Posted by: Capt. Howard | August 26, 2008 6:59 AM | Report abuse

"Did you see her directing her children when Barrack came on - tell Daddy you love him, ask daddy where he is"

Yeah, my mom used to tell me the same thing.

This guy had a lousy upbringing and yeah, it shows.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 26, 2008 4:26 AM | Report abuse

"Sorry, Michelle was playing a part tonight. Her toned down rhetoric doesn't fool me. Those of us who have been paying attention are well aware of "Angry Michelle," and the acting tonight can't erase that image. Do they honestly think we are that stupid? I am sure she is a fine mother, and her children are adorable. But BHO is still not qualified to be POTUS, despite his charming family. So no matter how well-behaved she is, it doesn't change his qualifications (or lack thereof)."


How well-behaved she is???

Ok, still on the search for an Obama critic who isn't a staunch racist. Anyone up to the challenge? Jesus.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 26, 2008 4:23 AM | Report abuse

McCain message: We Aren't Just Like You


At home with John and Cindy
A tour of McCain's many properties.

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/usa/2008/08/at_home_with_john_and_cindy.html
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Posted by: Catherine | August 26, 2008 4:03 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama is the embodiment of the American Dream -- her working class roots, strong educational accomplishments and wonderful family can stand up mightily against her Republican rival. She never stole drugs from her own charity; she never stole a husband from a disfigured ex-wife and her 2 sons; she never stole an inheritance from 2 half-siblings, failing to share any part of her $100 Million inheritance and describing herself as an only child. But Cindy is the admirable one? Why, because she's blonde? Check out this video parody ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT4tbdoZMmc

Posted by: straight talk my a** | August 26, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse

Caroline, Teddy and Michelle gave inspirational, very good speeches. Michelle effectively presented herself and Barack as being "typical" American during their youth.

Certainly they are not like ordinary Americans today, but McCain is even less so, with his family's huge wealth and who knows how many homes. Unlike McCain and Republicans, though Michelle, Barack, as well as most Democrats, sincerely care about ordinary people, by expanding health care coverage, improving schools, a middle class tax cut, etc. McCain follows the GOP mantra of seeking above all to promote corporate interest, maintain big unnecessary tax cuts for the rich and new military adventures.

Posted by: Independent | August 26, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Bravo Michele!!! Excellent speech!!! Perfect. Kennedy and Obama made this a great first night

Posted by: Peninsula Matt | August 26, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

God protect, in this "Christian nation", the life of John McCain from the assassins. I, for one, fear for his life.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

I hope the hate and ignorance that THE OBAMAS have spewed here keeps them warm at night, cause I imagine that's just about all they have to hang on to.

Choose hope. Choose McCain/Romney 08.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

God protect, in this "Christian nation", the life of Barack Obama from the assassins. I, for one, fear for his life.

Posted by: Shelama | August 26, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

AMERICANS ARE DUMB AS ROCKS-YEAH, YOU'D HAVE TO BE TO VOTE FOR THE REV. WRIGHT LOVING OBAMAS-BUH-BYE! WE WON'T BE SEEING YOU AGAIN, AFTER 11/5! BUH-BYE!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous (Aug. 26, '08; 12:20 AM):
Please, read my post once again and don't miss any lines, especially the fourth from the bottom regarding McCain. My emphasis is on those precious young men and women dying in Iraq for a bunch of lies we were told while some of our politicians were asleep, or too busy plagiarizing their next speech! Biden could have been one of those! I know it's not about me. It wasn't about me when I volunteered into military service for four years in 1963; I did it because I cared for the future of this country. If I struggle with this it's because I care. I keep hearing that it doesn't matter who the Vice-President is. Those who think so should wake up and review the past eight years and then tell others to just vote without taking seriously who the Vice-Presidential candidate is. Let's learn from our past mistakes instead!

Posted by: Joe | August 26, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

I hope the hate and ignorance that so many have spewed on here keeps them warm at night, cause I imagine that's just about all they have to hang on to.

Choose hope.

Posted by: DC | August 26, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

The dems love of teddy just goes to show you how stupid people are

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

BALL PRAISE THE OBAMA, THE GREAT MESSIAH, FOLLOWER OF THE REV. WRIGHT, AND THE MESSIAH'S WIFE, MICHELLE-WHO LED HER HUSBAND TO THE TEACHINGS OF REV. WRIGHT-GOD DAMN AMERICA! THE MESSIAH'S WIFE IS NOW PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN, BECAUSE THE MESSIAH HAS BEEN ANOINTED AS THE CHOSEN ONE, AND WE CAN BE PROUD NOW AFTER SHE HAS TOLD US HOW TO FEEL!

Posted by: GASOLINA | August 26, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Dog and pony show nonsense to lure voters. I'm not rich or black, so I'm screwed. I don't fit into one of the special interest groups they pander to, I'm just the average guy on the street. I have no representation, and I'm not likely to get any soon.
Posted by: Plain 'Ole | August 26, 2008 1:20 AM

Yeah, white people sure get kicked around in this country. Why can't we have the privileges and opportunities blacks have had? Sure, they might kill us, but those of us who survived would finally have something to complain about. Now we just look like spoiled whiners when we kvetch about the white man's heavy burden.

Posted by: Aleks | August 26, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

WELCOME TO AMERICA BUDDY>>> DUMB AS ROCKS

Posted by: JUST GETTING HERE | August 26, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

this board used to be thoughtful and full of insight. i am saddened by the recent decline of meaningful and interesting posts.

Posted by: concerned | August 26, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

AND REMEMBER, LIKE THE MESSIAH'S WIFE, WE MUST NOT BE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN, WE MUST STRIVE TO FOLLOW THE TEACHINGS OF OUR MOST REV. WRIGHT-WHO TELLS US THAT OUR GOVT. IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SPREADING AIDS IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY, TO GOD DAMN AMERICA-THESE ARE THE TEACHINGS THAT THE MESSIAH AND HIS WIFE HAVE LISTENED TO THEIR ENTIRE LIVES, SO WE MUST FOLLOW IN OUR MESSIAH'S FOOTSTEPS!

Posted by: GASOLINA'S MOM | August 26, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

PLUS COCAINE IS A WHITE DRUG STUPID

Posted by: GASOLINAS MOM | August 26, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Dog and pony show nonsense to lure voters. I'm not rich or black, so I'm screwed. I don't fit into one of the special interest groups they pander to, I'm just the average guy on the street. I have no representation, and I'm not likely to get any soon.

Posted by: Plain 'Ole | August 26, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

NCERTAINLY DEAR-WE HAVE BEEN SHOWN THE WAY, THE LIGHT, THE SHINING PATH (OOPS! SORRY, NO THAT'S THE NAME OF A TERRORIST GROUP IN PERU) THE MESSIAH OBAMA HAS SPOKEN-IT'S OKAY TO SMOKE DOPE AND ESPECIALLY TO DO TWO LINES OF COKE A DAY-IF YOU CAN'T DO THAT, THEN SMOKE A PACK OF CANCER STICKS UNTIL YOU CAN "SCORE IT WHENEVER I CAN" JUST LIKE OUR MESSIAH SAYS IN HIS HOLY BOOK!

Posted by: GASOLINA'S MOM | August 26, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

I WISH MCCAIN HAD CLOAKING TECHNOLOGY>>> THEN THOSE YELLOWS WOULDNT HAVE GOTTEN TO HIM

Posted by: GASOLINA | August 26, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

A trust fund Heiress that caused a man to leave his partially crippled, disfigured wife? Was it for the campaign funding?
You can decide the "Familiy values" aspect yourself.
Posted by: Republican VN Era Vet | August 26, 2008 1:04 AM

Cindy didn't make John McCain do anything, he chose to abandon his disfigured wife to marry money half his age himself.

That said, I would dearly love to see a First Ladies Debate.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

COCAINE!!! EVERYBODY< THIS CAPS THING IS CATCHING LIKE WILDFIRE

Posted by: GASOLINA | August 26, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

a thought on ufo's - if they really are ufo's and they are so advanced, why wouldn't they use a cloaking technology so we couldn't see them?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:17 AM | Report abuse

MOMMY-CAN I SNORT COCAINE LIKE OBAMA, IS THAT THE WAY YOU BECOME PRESIDENT?

Posted by: GASOLINA | August 26, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

GOD HAS TOLD ME WHAT TO DO GOD BLESS AMERICA

Posted by: SPRING RAIN | August 26, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

OH MOMMY LET ME STAY UP TO WATCH OBAMA! OBAMA! I WANT TO GROW UP AND BE JUST LIKE HIM-WITH FELONS AND TERRORISTS FOR MY BEST FRIENDS-AND SNORT COCAINE TOO-YEAAAAY!

Posted by: GASOLINA | August 26, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Curious,

It is obvious this message board is deteriorating but its unfortunate you can't see that it is both sides of the aisle responsible

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

OK IM TIRED OF ALL OF THIS.. PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP ME MY KEYBOARD IS NOW TELLING ME WHAT TO DO... ITS SAYING IT WANTS MORE GASOLINA

Posted by: SPRING RAIN | August 26, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

begala bugs me

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

MICHELLE TONIGHT DEMONSTRATED ONCE AGAIN BY HER WORDS AND ACTIONS, THAT SHE HAS BEEN TIGHTLTY REINED IN BY THE OBAMABOT CAMPAIGN STAFF-THAT'S OKAY MICHELLE-EVERYONE SEES AND REMEMBERS WHAT YOU'VE SAID AND KNOWS THAT YOU'VE BEEN A FOLLOWER OF THE RACIST HATEMONGER REV. WRIGHT YOU'RE ENTIRE LIFE-YOU'RE A NOT-SO-CLOSET RACIST, BAR NONE!

Posted by: SPRING RAIN | August 26, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

It appears most of the negative Obama comments here are being posted by the same person ad nauseum. The anger, the hyperbole, the lies...

How much is McCain paying in his point system for all of these negative comments? Don't you have a job? A life?

Posted by: curious | August 26, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse


When I was watching Michelle tonight I wondered since she was from Chicago, what church did she attend before she met Barak. Was it her that brought Barack to trinity? Is she and her family followers of Black Liberation Theology. That would tell us a lot about her.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

I would say more than half of these comments are spammers... Thanks information super highway...

Posted by: truth | August 26, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama did what any candidate's wife does at a convention ... she tried to promote her husband. The only problem is she proclaimed him to be like the average citizen in this country striving to make a living and trying to get ahead, and Obama is anything but that. The average citizen does not live in a 2 million dollar home which his "slum lord, convicted felon buddy" helped him to purchase. His association with Tony Rezko speaks volumes about who Obama is. While the poor people (mostly black people)in Chicago were living in substandard housing in badly need of repair owned by Rezko, Obama was living in a mansion which Rezko helped him to buy. The main stream media has made Obama out to be some kind of a Messiah who has arrived to save the country and unite the world, but he is simply an eloquent speaker ... a snake oil salesman with little concern for the average person in this country.

Posted by: mythoughts08 | August 26, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Once again, the hate-spewing posters on this board reveal the broken soul of conservatism. Just read a few of the comments and it's easy to see how this philosophy seeks to tap into the worst in all of us.

As for this "elitist nonsense," here we have a pro-corporate, inequality-increasing Republican party arguing that you should vote for them because they’re regular guys you’d like to have a beer with, while Democrats who want to raise taxes on top earners, expand health care and raise the minimum wage are snooty elitists.

And Republican lemmings can't wait to lap it up.

They are so hypocritical that they can't even see that everything Rush Limbaugh said about John Kerry applies equally to Mr. McCain, that Mr. McCain lives in a material world few Americans can imagine.

Back in 2004 Fox News described John Kerry as “one of the haves” with a “billionaire wife”; now it asks whether raising the issue of Mr. McCain’s houses is “bashing the American dream.”

You might think that a party committed to tax cuts for the rich, a party that routinely criticizes those who engage in “class warfare,” would shy away from attacking a Democrat for his wealth.

You might think that it would see the irony in Limbaugh's having called Kerry a “gigolo” with a “sugar daddy wife,” when you see Cindy, the zillionaire drug addict heiress who McCain tossed his invalid wife under the bus for.

No, all you hear is their hysterical, nonsensical hatred.

Then again, they also thought George Bush, the worst president in history, was just terrific.

Guess they can't wait for four more years of malaise.

Posted by: Monk | August 26, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse


When I was watching Michelle tonight I wondered since she was from Chicago, what church did she attend before she met Barak. Was it her that brought Barack to trinity? Is she and her family followers of Black Liberation Theology. That would tell us a lot about her.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

What a contrast.

Maybe the spouse will help decide the election.

An articulate Ivy League graduate that worked hard, was given very little overcame poverty?

-or-

A trust fund Heiress that caused a man to leave his partially crippled, disfigured wife? Was it for the campaign funding?

You can decide the "Familiy values" aspect yourself.

Posted by: Republican VN Era Vet | August 26, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

I DONT KNOW WHY BUT MY KEYBOARD ONLY SCREAMS WITH CAPITAL LETTERS OF STUPIDITY>>> PLEASE SOMEBODY STOP ME>>> MCCAIN 2008.. GO GASOLINA

OOOOOH! I GUESS ONE LITTLE OBAMABOT IS DISTURBED...THAT'S GOOOOD!

Posted by: SPRING RAIN | August 26, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

who said anything about Obama?... I'm was talking about peanut butter??? what are you senile or something?

Posted by: madhatter | August 26, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse


When I was watching Michelle tonight I wondered since she was from Chicago, what church did she attend before she met Barak. Was it her that brought Barack to trinity? Is she and her family followers of Black Liberation Theology. That would tell us a lot about her.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse


When I was watching Michelle tonight I wondered since she was from Chicago, what church did she attend before she met Barak. Was it her that brought Barack to trinity? Is she and her family followers of Black Liberation Theology. That would tell us a lot about her.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

It's truly sad to see some Obama supporters posing as McCain fanatics and trying inject hate and racism into a debate that (God forbid) ought to be about issues.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

I DONT KNOW WHY BUT MY KEYBOARD ONLY SCREAMS WITH CAPITAL LETTERS OF STUPIDITY>>> PLEASE SOMEBODY STOP ME>>> MCCAIN 2008.. GO GASOLINA

Posted by: SPRING RAIN | August 26, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

I also like Daddy Yankee so I was really happy to see that endorsement today. Hes only a darker shade of white in my opinion. I stand by my peanut butter comment by the way

Posted by: madhatter | August 26, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

OH SHUT UP CURIOUS! IF YOU CAN'T SEE THAT WE ARE IN FACT DISSECTING THE FAKENESS THAT IS MICHELLE OBAMA-REMEMBER SOMETHING-DOPES! IT WAS MICHELLE WHO WAS A LIFE LONG MEMBER OF TRINITY AND INTRODUCED OBAMA TO THE RACIST HATEMONGER REV. WRIGHT-AND OBAMA HAS BEEN INFLUENCED HIS ENTIRE ADULT LIFE BY THAT MAN-AND FIRST LIED TO THE PUBLIC ABOUT HIS ASSOCIATION WITH HIM, AND THEN WAS FORCED TO RENOUNCE HIM ONLY, ONLY AFTER IT LOOKED TO HIM AS IF HE WERE GOING TO LOSE THE NOMINATION AND VOTES! OTHERWISE, HE'D STILL BE GOING THERE! HIS LOYALTIES TO THAT NUTCASE (AND CERTAINLY NOT MICHELLE-WHO TOOK HER CHILDREN TO BE BAPTIZED BY THAT MAN AND TO HEAR HIS RACIST SERMONS)ARE STILL THERE-NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT!

Posted by: SPRING RAIN | August 26, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

No hits on McCain?

Tonite was about defining Obama...personification of the American Dream...humble background...but worked hard to be successful and give back to the community.

The next 3 nights will be about defining McCain - Seven homes and Four more years of Bush/Cheney.

Posted by: Truesdell | August 26, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

"For the First Time in My Adult Lifetime, I'm Really Proud of My Country" -Michelle Obama

That could have easily been a quote right out of her pastor reverend Wright's phrase book.

Her and her husband live the ideology of ambition... Which translates to "Country Last".

Posted by: Dr. Dave | August 26, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

I thought Michelle Obama's talk was quite compelling and she did a great job. I can clearly envisage Michelle as the first lady, unlike Cindy McCain.

Posted by: Alexa | August 26, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

I also dont like black people did I mention that part. But I like Peanut Butter. Oh and that energizer bunny.. How does he keep going and going? amazing things these days

Posted by: madhatter | August 26, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand where the anger comes from, or what its purpose is? Can we get back to the issues, and away from the character assasination? That's not a way to decide who should be our president.

Posted by: Curious | August 26, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

to adam habib. the reason we are lagging behind in science and engineering is not because we don't appreciate knowledge and wisdom, it's because we have a failed school system that promotes all kids to go to college and study law, communications, and anthropology on the same level as engineering, chemistry, and physics. you see adam, in india and china, if a student doesn't pass his 6th year exams at a certain level, then they go on an alternative route. here, if a student can't spell or add and subtract in their 6th year they get to all go to the same place - high school. we teach them there that they should feel good about themselves and everyone else, and that food will always be abundant and water resources have been dug for our enjoyment for all time. reality. we fall behind daily in skilled craftsmen, artisans, and engineers.

Posted by: fred | August 26, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

The Obamas are a lot more like me than the McCains. I'm voting for the guy who can relate to my economic interests.
Posted by: MS | August 26, 2008 12:51 AM

Of course John McCain can't relate to your stupid little problems, do you know what he went through in Vietnam? So sorry if your economic interests don't compare to being tortured every day for five years by the VC and NVA!

Posted by: BBQ | August 26, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

...I especially enjoyed the subtle exploitation of her children and now deceased father.

HA HA HA! I DIDN'T WATCH HER LYNN, BUT I'LL TAKE YOUR WORD FOR IT! I DON'T HAVE TO WATCH PEOPLE'S FAKE SPEECHES TO TELL ME ANYTHING-IT'S THEIR UNSCRIPTED COMMENTS THAT REVEAL THE TRUE SELF-AND WE'VE SEEN THAT TOO MANY TIMES WHEN MICHELLE ASSUMES HER BLACK PANTHER-LIKE REAL SELF TO KNOW WHEN SHE'S TRYING TO FAKE IT UP THERE ON THE PODIUM WITH THE "COSBY FAMILY" BIT!! GAG! BARF!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Why is there a comment section here? It'd be better without one so all the pimple-dicked kids in McMansions wouldn't pollute this site with their paranoid rants.

Posted by: Elrod | August 26, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

HA! Worked his way up from poverty! PLEASE...too bad Obama LIED about his mother having received food stamps and attended a $12000/year prep school.

WAKE UP!

Posted by: Nolan | August 26, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

re. "Michelle Obama's Message: We're just like you".
No, Michelle Obama, Barack and you ARE NOT LIKE ME. *Unlike you and Barack I have ALWAYS been proud of my country and not just that one time Barack was nominated. *Unlike you and Barack I would never become a member and supporter of a racist white-hating and America--hating church like Trinity UFC. *Unlike you and Barack I would never stay in a church(?) or any hate-group like TUFC Church for 20 years listening to all that hatred and even taking my two daughters there to be indoctrinated. *Unlike you and Barack I would never have a friend, mentor and Pastor of the likes of that racist white--hating and America--hating Jerimiah Wright Jr. that you had for 20 years.* Unlike you and Barack I would not have been part of giving honors to the likes of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. *Unlike you and Barack I would not have been a business associate of a America--hating Weather Underground terrorist like Bill Ayres nor taken his campaign contributions or used his help. *Unlike you and Barack I would never assocciate with a sleezebag slumlord swindler like Tony Rezko nor take payoffs from him in the form of favorable mortgage rates and then steer a $14 million dollar Illinois taxpayer contract his way as payback.

Posted by: madhatter | August 26, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

The Obamas are a lot more like me than the McCain's are. When Barack Obama went to the 2000 Democratic Convention, he found out his credit card was maxed out when he tried to pay for his room. It was only about 5 years ago that he actually started making a lot of money due to book sales. Until then, he and his family lived in a small condo.

The McCain's have a one million dollar limit on just one of their credit cards. I can't even imagine that.

The Obamas are a lot more like me than the McCains. I'm voting for the guy who can relate to my economic interests.

Posted by: MS | August 26, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

We love USA and this is our country too. Black, white, asian we all contribute to this society. Please do not vote someone because you like to party with him ( even if that person is Baralk Obama). Vote for a reason, vote for a cause.

Posted by: Adam Habib Dallas, TX | August 26, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

even if your not into politics this is just awesome seeing retards bicker like this. Few having no clue what so ever. I'm glued to the screen reading this. Its better than a sitcom. Tell me more stories

Posted by: erik | August 26, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Anyone with half a wit about them could have practically choked on Mrs. Obama's overwrought insincerity...I especially enjoyed the subtle exploitation of her children and now deceased father.

Posted by: Lynn | August 26, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

The fact that they're spending all of their time convincing us that the Obamas are just like you and me tells you everything you need to know.
Posted by: buzzkill_phil | August 26, 2008 12:40 AM

Yes, it tells us that McCain knows he is doomed on the issues and on competence, and that he's running his whole campaign on trying to convince people that the Obama's are weird.

Posted by: Aleks | August 26, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

I think I know poster Adam Habib from Dallas. He sells wireless phones in some podunk Texas town. I had to take mine back 3 times because he couldn't fix it right. Though I'd never get out of there.

Posted by: Morey | August 26, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Michelle - beam me up Scotty, whitie angers me

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

"the battle over which candidate is actually more in touch with the average voter is the central front in the race between Obama and McCain."

Well put, and Ia gree. If we are correct, then Michelle hit it out of the park tonight.

On top of that, Kennedy did more to unite the party than anyone has done for a long time.

More evidence that McCain is the next Bob Dole. Right down to his little blue pills.

...think Cindy will appreciate the vi*%ra endorsements as much as Libby did?

Posted by: JEP | August 26, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

You mean the "celebrity" worked his way up from poverty and when he reached success he didn't trade in his wife for someone younger and richer? Gosh, if all of these supposed Hillary supporters weren't around to tell me that feminist hero John McCain is the champion of women and families, I'd never have realized it.

Posted by: Aleks | August 26, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

YEAH, THEY'RE REGULAR PEOPLE ALL RIGHT, WHO HAVE CLOSE FRIENDS LIKE THE FELON REZKO, WHO GOT THEM THEIR "FRICKIN MANSION" WITH 4 FIREPLACES AND A MUSIC ROOM FOR A FRACTION OF WHAT IT REALLY COSTS, AND OF COURSE, THEIR FRIEND BILL AYERS, THE TERRORIST-YEAH, I DON'T THINK YOU'RE LIKE REGULAR FOLK MICHELLE-WELL OVER HALF OF THE COUNTRY CAN'T STAND YOU PERSONALLY FOR YOUR REMARK ABOUT NOT BEING PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN-PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH, MICHELLE, WILL NOT FORGET THAT-NO MATTER HOW YOU AND AXELROD TRY TO SPIN IT-YOU KNOW THAT-THEY WON'T. SO ENJOY YOUR TIME IN THE LIMELIGHT WITH YOUR LOSER HUSBAND AND HIS HAIRPLUGGED SUPERIORITY COMPLEX SIDEKICK, WHO HIMSELF SAID THAT YOUR HUSBAND SHOULD NOT BE PRESIDENT BECAUSE "THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT IS NO PLACE FOR ON THE JOB TRAINING"-GET USED TO BE A REAL FAMILY AGAIN MICHELLE-IT WILL BE HARD-BUT YOU'RE GOING NOWHERE EXCEPT THE TRASH HEAP OF POLITICAL HISTORY AFTER 11/5.

Posted by: SPRING RAIN | August 26, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

do americans really want a black first lady

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Ever wonder why we are lagging behind India and China when it comes to science and technology ( I am a Test Engineer for Wireless Network and I know it)? It is because people here do not appreciate knowledge and wisdom? It is all about war, Rhetoric and muchism. It is terribly sad that's education is not seen as an advantage. That is why we gog Bush ( 2.3 GPA) and getting McCain ( another 2.3 GPA). People who failed as students, surely not smart. How can they run a country like Unted States?

Posted by: Adam Habib, dallas,TX | August 26, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Michelle captivated us
with star power and intellectual finesse.
Her accessory free neck a plus.
Kudos 4hairdresser.

Posted by: bobcat | August 26, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

one other part that is striking about the speech is the contrast between her upbringing and barry's. i can identify with her nuclear family of a mom and dad and brother that watched the brady bunch. now i wish that it was michelle obama and biden. i think that i would vote for that... but barry is a different story, that is never told. it was the 60's and his mother found a revolution afoot. she rejected her mother and father's ways as backward. pushed out on her own, and married, had child, divorced, married, had child, divorced. divorced herself from the monogamy of western civilization as she discovered, through her own studies of anthropology, other civilizations a different belief system. i think it is great, but BE HONEST ABOUT THE HISTORY. that is what we are lacking in change policy - honesty

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

I will miss the whole convention cause my satellite went out.

But I would vote for Obama anyway, because the republicans are obviously insane.

Posted by: Walter Johnston | August 26, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but I have to go with the earlier "Klingon" comment. Michelle definately could have been on starship Enterprise tonight. Very Trekie indeed.
Beyond that, she failed to convince me of anything in particular, especially that spiel about being "like everyone else."
I'm leaning toward changing my Party affiliation to Republican or INDEPENDENT. I've had with these morons!

Posted by: Susan | August 26, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

The fact that they're spending all of their time convincing us that the Obamas are just like you and me tells you everything you need to know.

Posted by: buzzkill_phil | August 26, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

I have spoken in front of groups hundreds of times and been paid very well to do so.. my opinion is Michelle was not sincere, it was an act. Did you see her directing her children when Barrack came on - tell Daddy you love him, ask daddy where he is... no surprises everything is bs and hype, politicians, tv commentators... it's all "spin" commonly know as bs.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Supporter,

What is exactly a qualification? Barak knows more about world and politics, that any senator will ever know. He is a very knowledgble man. Listen to him speak( Try CNN GPS last Sunday).If somone speaks in 2/3 words sentence and thats sounds great to you, obviously you and I have difference of opinion. Education makes a man better. Flying a plane, getting shot down by guys with small arms might sound lucrative to you, but it is truly not. I will only say this to you, "IGNORANCE IS BLESSING"

Posted by: Adam Habib, dallas,TX | August 26, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

"That in voting for him, they are voting for their belief that anyone from any background with any first or last name can be elected president."

Chris did you author that????? That is some touching-incredible stuff. I think the Obama Campaign should use it. Another reason I read your stuff.

Posted by: GC4Life | August 26, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Matt....the hits on McShame is coming. Tonight its about family values.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

I think Michele Obama spoke from the heart. It was the first time I'd heard her speak, and believe she speaks for the American dream. We need this. We need to believe in good things again. We've lived through a horrible, horrible period of death, hatred, bigotry and economic collapse. The middle class is fed up. I believe Barack Obama and the Democratic Party should be given a chance. The Republicans have proved to the world over the last eight years what they believe - and what did we get? 100,000 dead iraqis and 4,300 dead Americans for NOTHING. Throw the Republicans out and vote for goodness again. Vote for Barack Obama.

Posted by: Dan Rains | August 26, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Mrs. Obama was stunning. She gave me Hope again. It's the 21st century, people. Let's start living in it. Bravo Michelle... Bravo...

Posted by: Brad | August 26, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Michelle is not a good speaker and didn't convince anyone of anything. The media and the Obamites are going to see disention in the troops this week.
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Posted by: Mary | August 26, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else think she looked a little Star Trekky tonight? That teal blue v-neck and her taunt face made me think of a Klingon or something. Maybe it's just me.

Posted by: daman1 | August 26, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, Michelle was playing a part tonight. Her toned down rhetoric doesn't fool me. Those of us who have been paying attention are well aware of "Angry Michelle," and the acting tonight can't erase that image. Do they honestly think we are that stupid? I am sure she is a fine mother, and her children are adorable. But BHO is still not qualified to be POTUS, despite his charming family. So no matter how well-behaved she is, it doesn't change his qualifications (or lack thereof). And can someone clue this guy in that it is sexist to remark how "cute" she looked? In front of all of the world? No wonder he was so obtuse about his disrespect of Hillary; his sexism is second-nature.

Posted by: Hillary Supporter | August 26, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

DENVER - Two prominent Roman Catholic archbishops say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic Democrat, misstated church teachings about abortion in a recent television appearance, the latest sign that the U.S. Catholic hierarchy will not stay silent about politics this election year.


In an appearance Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Pelosi said "doctors of the church" have not been able to define when life begins and that "over the history of the church, this is an issue of controversy."

Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl, citing the teaching responsibility entrusted to bishops, issued a statement late Monday that read, in part: "Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable."

Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput and his auxiliary bishop, James Conley, said in a statement posted on the archdiocesan Web site: "Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is a gifted public servant of strong convictions and many professional skills. Regrettably, knowledge of Catholic history and teaching does not seem to be one of them."

Abortion "is always gravely evil, and so are the evasions employed to justify it," the statement continued.

Over the weekend, Chaput said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that Democratic vice presidential nominee-in-waiting Sen. Joseph Biden should refrain from receiving Communion because of his abortion stance.

A Pelosi spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

That was all fine and dandy. A very touching Hallmark moment, but it will not resonate or sit well will the american people because the american people are hurting... then they see very, very rich (now) democrats having a giant party without very much enthusiasm. This party doesn't express the 30 years on the assembly line union worker. That guy is scrappy and mean and just a tad pis$%d off. brady bunch and all, it was just fluff. american men and women need tough times. i still don't see working men and women at this convention. not 9 to 5

Posted by: fred | August 26, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

did someone drop a bag of cheetos? b/c all the mouthbreathers and knuckledraggers appear to have been drawn by the scent.

Posted by: john mccain's 10th home | August 26, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Michelle delivered a moving speech. It amazes me how members on the other side try to tear everything down. Why can't we just listen to the wonderful message she put forth?

Well, that's why Dems are winning this year. That is why Barack Obama will be the next President.

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Posted by: Chris Stewart | August 26, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

She did us proud tonight as an African American woman. Her speech was flawless. No one can now say they do not know who Michelle Obama is, and it definitely is not the woman they talk about on Fox.

Posted by: jal | August 26, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Oh yes we are just like you except we are Marxists.

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Posted by: Mike | August 26, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

I intended to watch this Donkey show but it really was too boring. If anyone believes that Michelle thinks she is "just like you," well... you'd be wrong.
Now they turn it over to the Clintons.... Can't wait. This is better than watching any sitcom. Soon, they'll be calling one another by the N word and throwin' down.
This is comedy central 2.

Posted by: Larry | August 26, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Obama,
WHO IS UNWILLING TO SAVE HIS OWN BROTHER WHO IS LIVING ON $1 A DAY, is willing to save the whole of America.

Posted by: Tom J. | August 26, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

daman1, who cares what james carville thinks?

but thanks for the concern-trolling.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Joe--

While you might not like Biden as Veep, this election is not about just you. Read that again. This election is not about just you.

This election is about the future of the country. If you are satisfied with the past eight years and the direction the country is going in, then vote for John McCain. If you are tired of failed policies which have bankrupted our economy and spoiled America's reputation, then vote for Barack Obama.

It's that simple.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Did I miss the part where they mentioned Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright? I may have been getting popcorn then.

Posted by: daman1 | August 26, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Carville said the Dems blew it tonight over on CNN. Latest polls show tie at 45%. I thin the Dems are going to blow another one. Should have picked Hillary.

Posted by: daman1 | August 26, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse


Deeply wrote @ 00:05:

"Our nation is fortunate, lucky, I would say blessed if I were religious, to have these two at this time to counter the despair and misery of the Republicans who have been dragging our nation down ever since Ronald 'the rat Reagan. George Bush and Laura, there is no comparison. Nasty-Nancy Regan,with her just say no. This speech was all about just say yes. And John McCain and the Budweiser Queen, only poor and shabby after thoughts.
Hear, Hear for Michelle Obama."


Well roared, lion Deeply!

- Keeta
Obama 08

Posted by: Parakeeta Byrd | August 26, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Obama was paying student loans not so long ago. McCain married a beer heiress and hasn't paid a bill ever since.

I like John McCain, but to even suggest there's any contestwho's better connected with the average American economically is ridiculous. Now values are a different thing.

If the selection of Biden and Michelle Obama's speech tell us anything, it's that this will be a populist campaign on the Democrats side. It will be Obama and Biden's Mr. Smith campaign. What remains to be seen is if they're tough enough to win it.

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Posted by: Walkabout Jones | August 26, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

"In Arizona, the only way to get around the state is by small, private plane."
--Cindy McCain

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/07/14/cindy-mccain-in-arizona-t_n_112695.html

Who is the elitist? It amazes me that people with inheritances like the McCain's (currently worth >$100 million) can even try to make the case that two self-made people from middle class backgrounds are the elitists. Is America that gullible?


Posted by: Kev | August 26, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Mrs. Obama did well, and the whole nation, irrespective of personal political persuasions, can be proud of her and her adorable children. Should Sen. Barack Obama become President, Mrs. Obama and her children will represent all of us very well in the White House. However, neither she nor her children are running for President or Vice-President. Although I was ready to vote for Sen. Obama, his choice for Vice-President, Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, made me change my mind. The reasons for this choice do not make any sense: they have to do more with strictly political considerations concerning Biden's attack-dog reputation than with the lofty ideological promises of Sen. Obama. On moral issues, Biden falls quite short; and since his mythical foreign affairs prowess has been touted ad nauseam, where was it when he decided to approve the war in Iraq? If he was chosen because of his tremendous popularity during the primaries, this is also mythical since he only received around 250,000 votes. How does the latter aspect measure up with Sen. Clinton's 18,000.000?
What are the strengths of this Senator? Is he a better shooter than Cheney? Is that a quality we the people want to have in a Vice-President? I think not!
No, I won't vote for John McCain either. I want those wonderful young men who were sent to Iraq on the basis of lies to return home as soon as possible. Will Barack Obama keep that promise? I'm not sure anymore with Biden in the White House. I cannot describe adequately my disappointment.

Posted by: Joe | August 26, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Monday, August 25, 2008
Deeply Rarely Has Tears In His Eyes
But this evening he did. Michelle Obama's Speech, what can one say, magnificent, inspiring, connecting the essence of humanity and hope. This speech which spoke of the dignity of man, the dreams of all Americans, their sorrows, passions, successes, and yes once again hopes, was the best speech he has ever heard by a lady- period. It may well be the best political speech he has every heard including those of her husband, better than her husbands best. One almost wonders if she should not be running for the top job instead of Barrack.

Forget about this worry about Hillary, forget about Hillary supporters drifting away. Because no woman who saw this speech could not, not vote for Barack Obama, unless they are simply lame, or selfish, or mean, or mired in greed.

Our nation is fortunate, lucky, I would say blessed if I were religious, to have these two at this time to counter the despair and misery of the Republicans who have been dragging our nation down ever since Ronald 'the rat Reagan. George Bush and Laura, there is no comparison. Nasty-Nancy Regan,with her just say no. This speech was all about just say yes. And John McCain and the Budweiser Queen, only poor and shabby after thoughts.
Hear, Hear for Michelle Obama.

Posted by: Deeply Imbedded | August 26, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Between Ted Kennedy getting the Michael Phelps Lifetime Achievement Award for swimming (God Bless Mary Jo and her family) and the Oscar winning performance of Michelle ("for the first time in my adult life I'm proud of my country") Obama, a truly proud and stirring moment for the Democrat party. Way to go losers.

Posted by: daman1 | August 26, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Obama was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Pennsylvania Carol | August 26, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!
Only stupid people watch those convention stuff. It's like being voluntarily brainwashed. Believe me after looking at those speakers, you would end up knowing less than when you started looking at them. Why? because they tell you only what they want you to believe.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Dear Clinton Dem,

We are finally getting to the end of this brutal primary season. So many of us have gone from being simply "Democrats" to being political activists. Average american voters all over the country have been working hard to make sure that our voices are heard by a party that has lost it's way.

A new documentary about fraud has been created that is extremely important to the future of our party. We are calling on you to to distribute this video to everyone in your address book, to delegates, and to any members of the media you have access to.

It is time for reform. It is time for party members to take a hard look in the mirror and ask themselves what being a Democrat means to them.

WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED!

http://wewillnotbesilenced2008.com/video/index.htm
The Democratic party has a long history of selecting nominees that do not represent the majority of Americans in this country, despite having core principles that tend to benefit those very Americans. Once again, despite factors swinging to favor Democrats, our party seems destined to choose a losing candidate.

The fatally-flawed caucus system essentially throws the core value of "one person, one vote" under the bus, and it apparently has been manipulated to advantage Obama over Hillary Clinton.

Clinton Democrats have been sounding the alarm since Iowa about the manipulation of the process and where it would lead. The super delegate system was created in order to avert disaster in case the nominating system produced a candidate with no chance of winning. Of course, that system was created with the hope that integrity, principles and backbone would rule the day and delegates might vote their conscience. Fat chance.
We have not given up on Hillary's chances at the convention for a meaningful roll call vote. However, if past actions are an indication of future outcomes, the die may already be cast.

We will not quit fighting. Whatever the outcome in Denver, we will carry on. Our transformation to activist is complete. There are huge challenges ahead and we, the (unpaid) lobbyists for the American people, have an important role in the future of this country.
We may not have the big hairy dollars of corporate America, but we still have our votes. Let's spend them wisely. Stay involved and pledge to only support candidates that represent you...and pledge to toss out the legislators that do not.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

His wife is angry...just not tonight.
This couple is so unfair and do not deserve to be President.

isn’t anyone else embarrassed of Obama and his lies.
That alone should be enough to ask this man to step down.

He has lied about his religon, his relationship with Rezko, his Church being twenty percent black, his reversal of his stands on political issues and his father being a “non practicing” muslim.

Please keep all of this information in the floor front.
No one should hide any thing from the people.
Obama can’t just denounce and reject, throw people under the bus and then believe it’s okay.

The media is making light of all avenues of Obama’s life.

Start reporting and stop with the opinions.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

No, they are not just like US, they believe in a "WEAK AMERICA" one that gives into terrorism, one that believes in "APPEASEMENT", I can go on, and on.

They have gone to the very "BEST" Schools and they have learned the "LIBERAL DOGMA" Yes, they have a loving relationship and two wonderful children. So did Gore & Kerry, but they all were part of the LIBERAL DOGMA" that did not win.

He said "CHANGE" but gave "BIDEN" thats not change thats a "LIE" to his core voters.

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Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | August 25, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

She'll be much prouder after Noon on January 20, 2009.

So will everybody else who takes real pride in what this country is capable of.

Posted by: toc | August 25, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Is this only the second time in Michelle Obama's life that she is proud of being an American?

Posted by: tic | August 25, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Michelle also did a great job in a key area that many reporters seem to be missing...

She gave the women voters (Hillary supporters) an emotional connection with her husband. This is so important for ensuring they vote for Obama. These women voters are currently flirting with the idea of making an emotional decision and voting for McCain out of bitterness... Michelle just gave their emotions another way to turn, and another man to vote for.

Top job, I thought.

Posted by: Boutan | August 25, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Points taken, Fix. And yet the message is not that anyone from any background with any first or last name can be elected president. It's that any male can be elected president. We still have not overcome that barrier in this country, Barack Obama notwithstanding. We have some distance yet to travel.

Posted by: ezr1 | August 25, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

She did her job. But isn't this really a repeat of the dismal Kerry convention? No hits on McCain (outside of Pelosi early)

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | August 25, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

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