When Kerry was running for president in 2004 and I first saw his wife, Theresa Heinz, on TV, I had a failure of imagination. As I watched her and her children, radiating privilege, I couldn’t image her as first lady. Despite that I held my nose and voted for Kerry but I was not surprised when the election was stolen and he did nothing to try to fight that theft.
Watching Michelle Obama I have a similar failure. I find her to be a very cold and bitter person - like Hillary Clinton’s opponents say they find her. Now I think Hillary is fine, a nice enough person, nice enough for me to vote for anyway. Whatever her opponents see in her, I don’t see. But I do see it in Michelle. She seems a nasty person. She is supposed to be intelligent, though not that intelligent if she allowed herself to say in public, during an election campaign with cameras running, that until now she had never before been proud of America. (Does your husband have to be almost nominated for president for you to be proud? Nothing else does it? Just massive validation?) Then I think of Rev. Wright and wonder if the choice of church and minister was not Barack’s but Michelle’s. Rev Wright seems to be the same kind of person as she is.
When I see Michelle’s thin, pinched and bitter face, I have a failure of imagination. I cannot imagine her as first lady. Most professional politicians have something lovable about them. Generally their wives do too. Obama is clearly able to make a lot of people love him but I think the lovable gene skipped Michelle. If Barak is elected he will be well advised to try to keep her in the background, away from TV cameras and microphones. But I cannot imagine Michelle will allow that. I see a strain of Rev. Wright’s narcissism in her.
Michelle is also openly racist, thinking the black community is unique and special (the essence of racism), swearing her allegiance to them, first and foremost, and not to the American people. She is even troubled by integration. I think of all the people, black and white, who fought and suffered to unite our nation and end segregation. Michelle seems to reject it and them. She said, in her thesis:
Earlier in my college career, there was no doubt in my mind that as a member of the Black community I was somehow obligated to this community and would use all of my present and future resources to benefit this community first and foremost.
Elements of Black culture which make it unique from White culture such as its music, its language, the struggles and a “consciousness” shared by its people may be attributed to the injustices and oppression suffered by this race of people which are not comparable to the experiences of any other race of people through this country’s history. However, with the increasing integration of Blacks into the mainstream society, many “integrated Blacks” have lost touch with the Black culture in their attempts to become adjusted and comfortable in their new culture–the White culture. Some of these Blacks are no longer able to enjoy the qualities which make Black culture so unique or are unable to share their culture openly with other Blacks because they have become so far removed from these experiences and, in some instances, ashamed of them because of their integration. http://www.israpundit.com/2008/?p=1057
The plutocracy has told us the primary is OVER. They have forced Obama down our throats leaving us two very bad choices. Let’s see which part of the plutocracy gets its way: The fossil fuel kings represented by McCain or the Trilateral Commission/Globalists represented by Obama. Too bad the American people don’t have a horse in this race.
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