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Poll: Insulted That Michelle Obama Is Proud of America For First Time?

If you didn't get a chance to read the Red State piece included in Link Time, here's the gist. Yesterday at a rally, Michelle Obama said: "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country."

Well, that statement upset the people at Red State. Go check out what they had to say, and tell me what you think!

Do you agree with the Red State sentiment? Are you insulted that someone who has yet to be proud of her country wants voters to make them their First Lady? Or, do you feel the same way as Michelle Obama?

For Michelle's full quote,


Here's the full thing.

What we have learned over this year is that hope is making a comeback. It is making a comeback. And let me tell you something — for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment. I've seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues, and it's made me proud.


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karmasabitch karmasabitch 9 years
Wow there are way too many comments on this thread to read through! I think all points about how Obama is a Christian, the core of the Korans teachings, etc. have already been made in response to Trixie. But in case it hasn't been said, lets remember how our current President, a 'devout Catholic' lead the United States into this false war we are still entangled in. As for the the comment Michelle Obama made.. I mostly have to agree with Jen76. It was poorly worded and I don't love the meaning behind it. I understand where she's coming from and am personally ashamed of many things that this country has done, but there are also many good things and that should be recognized. That said, she is an articulate, intelligent woman and she did voice a lot of frustrations that many of us have been feeling for a long time now. 'Either way - she's the candidates' wife. Let's reserve the criticism/snap judgments for when Michelle Obama decides to run for President!' Amen, sista!
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
i know, i heart monster. i was being sarcastic. ;) but since apparently some people really do have incorrect info on the candidates, i should be clearer!
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
Not potentially half white bethany - he is half white, and half Kenyan - his mom was white. That's why all of the stuff went around about "Is Obama black enough?"...
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
What? Irish grandparents? So...he's potentially only half black and maybe experienced more of a Catholic influence growing up than a Muslim one?!? Scandalous. Wait 'til Red State and Fox News get ahold of that info! lol ;)
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
Jennifer76- I actually saw Michelle Obama on tv yesterday evening explaining herself and clarifying this statement. So, it's been addressed! And it was pretty much the expected response, that she meant the first interpretation you offered, which is she is "proudest" in the American people for the first time as an adult woman since they've become so incredibly involved in the election process this year.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
:irk: Ignore this one too...
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
:rotfl: I heart monster! Obama went to the same school I did in Hawaii and I can attest to the fact that it was no madrassa. :true:
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
Pssst.... from the time he was 10, Obama was raised by his white, Irish-immigrant maternal granparents in Honolulu. Not in Indonesia or by his mother. He was in Indonesia from age six to ten - four whole years!
RUaRealist RUaRealist 9 years
All: What would all of you women think about this: After 30 years of marriage a man walks up to his wife after she has done something and says "honey I'm finally proud of you!" From what I understand on this board all of you women would be happy with that? I HIGHLY doubt it.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Forgot to subscribe to the comments, ignore this comment please...
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Wow, I forgot about this thread and a lot has happened in here - too much to respond to it all. But, I do just want to say this...I never said I thought her statement was unpatriotic. I don't think it's unpatriotic, I think it's elitist and snobby. And all the discussion about whether or not you've ever been proud of the American government isn't relevant to her statement. She very clearly is referring to the American people not the American government. There is a big difference between "This is the proudest I've ever felt of my fellow Americans" and "This is the first time I've ever felt real pride in the American people". Her statement sounds like the latter to me. She's an incredibly intelligent woman. If she wanted to say "this is the proudest I've felt" she would have said that. Not "this is the first time". This:
for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country...because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment.
Sounds like this to me:
This is the first time I've ever felt real pride in the American people. Finally, everyone has woken up and figured out what I've known all along.
And this is why it has really bothered me. I wonder why the campaign hasn't responded to any of this...? Is it because they think the reaction is silly because she never meant what some people think they heard? Or is it because they're elitist snobs who don't feel the need to acknowledge the concerns of the people? :rotfl: Ha ha ha, I appear to be reaching that point in the campaign where they all start to bug me.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
This is in reference to a comment posted awhile ago, but I take offense to the comment that Republicans take a candidate's best qualities and turn them against him. (I know that's not verbatim.) I'm not offended because Republicans don't do this. (I'll admit that they do.) However, I am offended that this comment makes it seem like Republicans are the only ones who do this. That's what POLITICIANS do, not just what REPUBLICANS do. I have witnessed many a Democrat use this EXACT same tactic in politics, both candidates and their parties (and news outlets that lean more Democratic, as Red State is clearly more Republican). Unfortunately, politicians often use tactics rather than ideas (or some mix of both) to get elected, but that's the world we live in, and I find it offensive when someone on either side blames the other side of using these tactics because both sides use them.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
I don't know Trixie clearly WASPs have failed to run America in the last decade
indielove indielove 9 years
It's amazing how crazy this blog has gotten since I last read a day ago. Words and thoughts are powerful and from the things some people have said here has definitely had me wondering who they are. It's true, you cannot judge a book by it's cover, not at all. It's really a dangerous thing to do. I don't know how it got to Obama being Muslim, I though this was about his wife and the OVERREACTION(to say the least) to her innocent comments. People are acting like she criticized someone or the American public. She said NOTHING wrong, it was her feelings, her opinion. Just like all of you, myself included, are stating your opinion...she has the right to do so too. It's utter bull when someone's words are dissected beyond the point where you can't even remember what you were even debating about. This woman has a great amount of integrity, she's a brilliant woman and can hold her own. I'm sure she's not even thinking about the select few, some even here on this site, who cannot stand her and her husband and believe me, it's only a handful of 'em. They're just threatened, like the Republican party right now, that's why they're comparing Barack to Hitler, spouting crap of him being a Muslim in secret, and John McCain bringing out his BIG guns by saying that he won't let the American public be deceived by a talker with empty promises. SERIOUSLY? That's all they've got....McCain and Clinton, that's all they can say about Obama but it's not working. Most are undaunted by these attacks, the only ones buying into it are the opponents' blind followers, who are really trickling out, one by one, to Team Obama. So sad,'s pathetic. I say BRING IT ON, McCain and Clinton...Barack can take your best shot. Like tres jolie, I'm always gonna stay behind my man. It's also true what she said, that Obama has never presented himself to be perfect. He's has lead a clean and true campaign all the while, not compromising who he is because what he shows us is the real deal. What you see is what you get and if some of you can't see it, then it's too can get to steppin' because he will prove you all wrong. Oh yeah, and hit the nail on the head with your post. KUDOS.
Trixie6 Trixie6 9 years
Also, just so you know, the media has not influenced my opinion on the Muslim religion. My opinion comes from reading the Koran & doing research on the religion.
Trixie6 Trixie6 9 years
Nya - I don't disagree with you and, believe me, I'm not happy with the decisions George Bush has made. I hope I didn't offend you or anyone else because that wasn't my intention. My whole point is that we are in a war against (predominately) Muslims. Why would we want to elect ANYONE to the presidency if they have the Islamic religion in their background. Isn't that just opening the door for to serious problems.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
I am sorry but a bible bashing Christian is as dangerous as a Muslim. It's really sad that because of a what people have seen in the media they assume a religion is all messed up. I know a lot of amazing, intelligent, peace loving Muslims and Osama's actiions haven't changed my mind about them. What makes a muslim man worse than a christian man who will take away the rights of women and send his troops off togo slaughter people in the name of national security?
Jillness Jillness 9 years
" I just don't feel that ignoring the (possible) Muslim influence is smart." But he was around Muslim influences for a very brief period of time. He is 46 years old, and has 43 solid years of non-muslim influences. I respect your opinion, but I just don't see the validity of such a tiny aspect of a very full life. I am currently and athiest, but went to Bible school for the majority of my childhood. And we aren't even talking about the majority of his childhood, in regards to Obama. His international policies do not seem to be at slanted towards Muslim interests. In order for me to give the suggestion that he has Muslim interests at the core of his intentions, I would think that his policy ideas (past and present) would reflect that.
MoonBGold MoonBGold 9 years
Well, this was fun everybody! Talk to you later! :WAVE:
MoonBGold MoonBGold 9 years
:ROTFL: Trixie6!
Trixie6 Trixie6 9 years
MoonBGold - You're welcome! :-) :bananana:
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Trixie6; ;)
Trixie6 Trixie6 9 years
tresjolie - And that's what I love about this site. Everyone is kind and polite even though we think differently. :-) Bethany - I don't find the idea of a Muslim president offensive. I find it frightening. Especially living in the times that we do.
MoonBGold MoonBGold 9 years
Is Islam very popular in Indonesia? I thought Buddhism was the main religion there!
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
This has become such a random string of comments considering the topic of the post! It is nice to see so many people feeling so passionately about our political process! Tresjolie- I had a class in college where I had to read the Koran and the Bhagavad Gita. The OT definitely is one of the crazier reads of all religious texts!
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