Here’s an old issue that has never been walked back.
First, a quote from Michelle Malkin’s website: ‘Democratic Sen. Barack Obama sought Tuesday to clarify his wife’s statement that she is proud of the U.S. “for the first time in my adult life.” He said her newfound pride is about the political system and was not meant to disparage her country…”Statements like this are made and people try to take it out of context and make a great big deal out of it, and that isn’t at all what she meant,” Obama said. “What she meant was, this is the first time that she’s been proud of the politics of America,” he said. “Because she’s pretty cynical about the political process, and with good reason, and she’s not alone. But she has seen large numbers of people get involved in the process, and she’s encouraged.” ‘
Here’re my comments, tempered by time and based on her words which neither she nor Barack have repudiated. These are two smart, highly educated people. College and Harvard Law. When they hold a microphone they speak with intelligence and education. If they say something but never take it back, we should believe they meant what they said. Her remarks and the explanation by the President mean what they say. The context for her remark is her words in that sentence. Her senior thesis from Princeton also speaks for her.
“My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my ‘blackness’ than ever before,” the future Mrs. Obama wrote in her thesis introduction. “I have found that at Princeton, no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my white professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong. Regardless of the circumstances under which I interact with whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be black first and a student second.”
The thesis, titled “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community” and written under her maiden name, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, in 1985, has been the subject of much conjecture on the blogosphere
My take is Michelle meant every word about “for the first time”. Her attitudes towards black and white people changed. Her pride in America went from negative to positive, a metamorphosis. I’d like to leave this with the feeling that Michelle really is proud of America. So am I, but I’ve been proud of America my entire life. It took a long time and a lot of really good things that happened to her before she could change her mind. She should have understood that before she wrote her senior thesis. She should have understood that her attitude towards white people propelled her idea’s towards white people. Michelle saw people in terms of their skin color. Then she reacted as though she was a victim.The reality is white people cannot help their skin color. She should have analysed her starting point but instead she presumed the attitudes of white people as her starting point. She started to change her mind after her husband was running for office. Frankly, – even though it’s a good thing for Michelle to be proud of America now that her husband is President and their bank accounts are stuffed with cash, – her husband should never have been elected President.