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But certain Americans want a President whose wife (or husband) is patriotically proud of her country . These sections of the American voters are working themselves into an apoplectic tizzy over this statement by Michelle Obama, wife of Presendential contender, Barack:

“For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country … not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change,” she said. “I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment.” (link)

Apparently the problem with the statement – as it being interpreted – is that she is proud of USA only now and because of her husband while she should have had much to be proud about in the last 20-30 years.

(Btw, how fast can you say political suicide ? or irrelevant issues ?)

No awards for guessing which section of the population is upset. Suffice to mention that they are having a field day with this to the extent of pointing out how another potential first lady responded (doesn’t matter that Obama is yet to scure to Democratic nomination).

“I am proud of my country,” John McCain’s wife, Cindy, said at a campaign stop in Brookfield, Wis., Tuesday. “I don’t know if you heard those words earlier… but I am very proud of my country.”

During a follow up press conference, the Arizona senator was asked if they were responding to Michelle Obama and he deferred to his wife.

She responded: “I just wanted to make the statement that I have and always will be proud of my country.”

Also see this for a better roundup !

Previous absurdities: 1, 2, and 3.

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Written by BongoP'o'ndit

February 20, 2008 at 12:06 am

Posted in Politics, Rants

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  1. Michelle Obama said, “……For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country………”.

    No-one seems to have read this statement attentively.

    The operative word is “really”.

    Thus there’s no reason to believe that she wasn’t proud of her country, just that she wasn’t REALLY proud of her country.

    Christopher

    February 20, 2008 at 12:18 am

  2. @Christopher: IMHO, weather she said ‘really’ or not, should not really matter. But sadly, this is what political campaigning (and ‘patriotism’) has been reduced to.
    Apparently there is also some conspiracy underfoot, whereby MSNBC deleted the word ‘really’ from the statement . Go figure !

    BongoP'o'ndit

    February 20, 2008 at 12:25 am

  3. Pretty strange, indeed. Politics is the same everywhere, huh.

    I don’t think that saying “really” makes much of a difference, but her reason for feeling that way surely does. Her statement is pretty clear about why she is feeling proud (really or not) now for the first time. If she had said that she is feeling proud now because USA was a disgusting country till her husband decided to save it, then I would understand all the hulla.

    For an English-speaking country (well, mostly), they are displaying a remarkable lack of basic understanding of that language.

    Is India Uncut still voting for Obama?

    Vivek

    February 20, 2008 at 12:38 am

  4. Vivek: As I mentioned, its only a section of the Americans that are really worked up over this, and the reasons are very political rather than rational. Hence the absurdity.

    Not sure which way India Uncut is going, but it wont affect the elections 🙂

    BongoP'o'ndit

    February 20, 2008 at 12:45 am

  5. You don’t say! India Uncut has some readership among Indian-Americans, I am sure.

    In fact, given his passionate posts, I am ready to believe that he has a vote too.

    If he doesn’t, surely he has been paid by the probama (that’s pro-obama, of course) crowed to influence the highly hillarious Indian-American populace.

    Vivek

    February 20, 2008 at 1:24 am

  6. Vivek: As some people say, Heh ! Now if you really want to follow the Ind-Am reaction, go over to sepia mutiny or ultrabrown (manish’s stuff). they talk about some politics once they are done feeling offended.

    BongoP'o'ndit

    February 20, 2008 at 1:36 am

  7. I am following SM, though not UB.

    they talk about some politics once they are done feeling offended.

    LOL to that!

    Vivek

    February 20, 2008 at 5:54 am


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