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Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Defending Michelle Obama, Badly

Over at the Moderate Voice, Angela Winters attempts to defuse the time bomb:

They are questioning her patriotism and saying that her statement means she has never been proud or very proud of anything about America before.

Well, pardon me for taking her at her word, which was as follows:

....for the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country.

Their accusations are without merit for many reasons. One reasons is because anyone who is even mildly objective knows that she was speaking in the moment to a crowd.

Not sure what "speaking in the moment" means; from the context I'd guess it's a euphemism for "bs"-ing? Then comes the inevitable hyperbole:

Michelle remembers all the good things about the 50s, but she also knows that black men were being lynched every weekend as a picnic theme among other things.

I doubt very much that Michelle remembers anything about the 1950s, considering she was born in 1963.

Other Reactions: Mary Katherine Ham notes this episode and that Hillary has appointed the Mayor of Toledo (last heard telling the Marines to get out of town) to her Ohio victory team, and comments:

I know we're not allowed to question their patriotism, but really, guys?

John Cole at Balloon Juice sees it as a big nothingbar:

The way these guys on the right manage to gin up controversies over NOTHING and then have it widely repeated and circulated is simply amazing.

As you can probably tell, John's on the Obama Kool-Aid bandwagon. Taylor Marsh, who's a huge Hillary fan sees it a little more sensibly:

My uncle Dick certainly didn't serve his country and get battle fatigue in WWII so people could pick and choose pride in this nation based on personal association to some politician, forgetting the greater glory we all serve through our country's ideals.
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