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Barack Obama's Bitter Half

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Are you ready for hope and change? Barack Obama better hope his bitter half has a change of attitude if she expects to assume the title of first lady in November. She's been likened to John F. Kennedy's wife, what with her chic suits and pearls and perfectly coiffed helmet hair. But when she opens her mouth, Michelle O is less Jackie O and more Wendy W — as in Wendy Whiner, the constantly kvetching "Saturday Night Live" character from the early 1980s.

When last our worldviews collided, back in February, the other Michelle was expounding on her lack of pride in America. I gave her myriad reasons to cheer up — from America's role in the fall of communism to our unparalleled generosity to our nation's superior economic system, cultural resilience, entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity. But since then, Mrs. Obama has dug in her $500 Jimmy Choo heels and solidified her role in the 2008 presidential campaign as Queen of the Grievance-Mongers.

In one of her few (unintentionally) funny moments during a recent sit-down with comedian Stephen Colbert, Mrs. Obama claimed, "Barack and I tend to look at the positives." That's a side-splitter. As National Review's Yuval Levin put it, Michelle Obama is "America's unhappiest millionaire." And she has the audacity to extrapolate her misery and her husband's alleged victimization to the "vast majority of Americans."

In South Carolina, she called America "just downright mean" and bemoaned "a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day." And in case you hadn't heard enough of her carping about how hard it is for a seven-figure-earning family to pay for ballet lessons and piano lessons and pay off college loans, Mrs. Oh-Woe-Is-Me was at it again on the campaign trail in Indiana and North Carolina before Tuesday's primary.

On the stump, she warmed up (or rather, berated) supporters by complaining about how her husband is an underdog even after he keeps winning primary and caucus after primary and caucus. With a scowl etched on her face, she bellyached that "the bar is constantly changing for this man." Call the waambulance, stat.

Barack Obama, the missus explains, is Everyman who has ever been put down by The Man.

And "understand this" (a condescending verbal tic shared by both Obamas): Mrs. Obama is here to make sure you feel their pain. Which is really your pain. Because the hardships of a privileged Ivy League couple are "exactly" the same as the travails of miners or service workers or small-business owners: "So the bar has been shifting and moving in this race," she grumbles, "but the irony is, the sad irony is, that's exactly what is happening to most Americans in this country."

Don't tell Miss Michelle about the Great Depression or the Carter Malaise. "Folks are struggling like never before," she seethes.

Well, yes, gas prices are up. Some food prices are rising. And borrowers who bought more housing than they could afford are underwater. But "struggling like never before"? Didn't they teach her about Hoovervilles and stagflation?

In Mrs. Obama, the fear-mongering pot meets the angst-stirring kettle: "Fear," she froths, "creates this veil of impossibility and it is hanging over all of our heads."

But what Mrs. Obama lacks in pride for her country and its promise she more than makes up for with bottomless pride for her husband. Her standard campaign speeches include at least a dozen references to how "proud" she is of him. And of herself. And of everyone who has overcome The Man and pierced the "veil of impossibility" to get to the polls and vote Obama. An online MSNBC report on a joint appearance by the Obamas on the "Today" show in the wake of the Jeremiah Wright debacle included this tellingly narcissistic passage:

[Mrs. Obama]: "'I'm so proud of how he has maintained his dignity, his cool, his honor.'

"Obama gently tried to interrupt, admitting to being embarrassed by the praise.

"'But I am proud of you,' she said.

"'I know,' he replied."

We all know. So get over yourself already, haughty spirit. Pride doesn't photograph well. And bitterness leaves frown lines. Which means Botox bills. Which "struggling folks" like you and your husband simply cannot afford.

Try smiling for once. It's cheaper.

Michelle Malkin is author of "Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild." Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.

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Have you seen Michele Obama's Senior thesis at Princeton? It shows and states: Michele Obama's Militant Racism Revealed.
When I heard the Television compare her to Jackie O, I wanted to call the station or email them and ask them if they had totally lost their minds?
I wish America would wake UP! I am all for a Black man as President but not Barack Obama, and I can not see Michele Obama as First Lady by any means. Absolutely makes me very distrurbed that they are winning this race. I was also amazed beyond belief that Caroline Kennedy stated that he was a cross between Martin Luther and her Dad!
Thanks for you time,
Mary
Comment: #1
Posted by: Mary
Thu May 8, 2008 1:53 AM
One of these days folks like you who are out of fresh ideas are going to wake up and realize that the "don't worry be happy" party is over. You know, the one that Ronald Reagan started and many of you in the washed up right can't bring yourself to abandon. Nay, perhaps we go back even further. Wasn't it good old Spiro who wagged his disapproving finger at the “nattering nabobs of negativism?” Yup, he was after those ungrateful snivelers who had the gall to call his boss a crook. You write on in a fine tradition of gathering up the rotting fruit on the ground and looking for suckers to buy it.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Sorry, Babe, the party's over, the hangover's looming, and boy, what a whopper it's going to be. The nice thing about Barack is that once you have dried yourself out and decide you want to roll up your sleeves, he's willing to include even you on the team. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - It is my sober duty to inform you that there is a large body of people out there who actually DO feel bitter. Personally, I find friends of yours like Rush a lot more objectionable than critics of the status quo like Michelle or even the terrible, terrible Reverend Wright. But the point is that we're out of the game of cooties now. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Those of us who want to graduate to adulthood need to leave behind the old playground behavior of name calling and classifying and bullying people who look or sound different, and understand that people have many different points of view that are just as valid as yours. Dare I say it, maybe even more so than yours. Certainly better educated. These points of view all have a right to be expressed, acknowledged, heard out, and respected. The non-negotiable bottom line is willingness to engage in peaceful action, not agreement to mouth phrases that pass muster in your provincial little world. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
We have work to do. Thanks to your president's war (you know, the one you thought was a great idea) we've just flushed a good portion of our national treasury down the toilet. That, sad to say, has made the situation in the middle east a thousand times worse than it was when we started. The national infrastructure is crumbling, our standard of living is falling decisively behind that of the rest of the western world (yes, we have the biggest. most powerful battle ships, but personally I would prefer a bullet train), our populace is growing less educated by the minute, and cheerleading parrots like you can't see the difference between journalism and the stuff you've learned to excrete onto the pages of the media. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Wake up, wake up, time to shake off the buzz and take a good, hard look at your life. As every reformed drug addict knows, you can't begin to fix your problems until you admit they exist. What is it your hero Mr. Bush said, we are addicted to oil? Yup, when we talk about denial we don't mean that river in Egypt. It's way more than oil, though. It's the easy game of say whatever sounds good and call it the truth as long as it sells. Many people just aren't buying it anymore. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Barack will accept you and still give you respect if you are willing to work. Just make a commitment to working peacefully and respecting other people's points of view. Even, God forbid, if you don't agree. It's a formula for making America great again.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Masako
Sun May 11, 2008 11:49 AM
What a very sad smear you've got going here. I feel sorry for the future of the country when I read
the utter character assasination your site indulges in.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Vanessa
Tue May 13, 2008 1:54 PM
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