Michelle Obama: "Don't Ever Make Decisions Out of Fear"

There's a great article on Huffington Post by an author talking about her experiences attending a fundraiser for Obama where Michelle was the featured speaker.  The fundraiser took place in Phoenix, Arizona, and was attended mostly by women.  

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dawn-teo/m ichelle-obama-in-phoenix_b_103924.html

The author, Dawn Teo, gives a very moving account of Michelle's speech and her interaction with the audience.  Below I've posted a portion of the article, where the author describes what happened when an emotionally distraught audience member asked Michelle a very sensitive question.  

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This Week With Barack Obama, May 18-24, 2008

reposted with diarist permission, icebergslim

cross-posted @ This Week With Barack Obama


the obama family returns to des moines, iowa on may 20, 2008

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"G-d Damn Michelle Obama?"


That's the front page title today on Hillaryis44. The question mark & change in spelling of God was added by me.  

Senator Clinton, please, for the sake of decency, finally, tell that site to change it's name, or, at least, modify the message.

A site caryying your name, claiming to raise money for you, claiming to blog for you, and even calling out for diaries on this site to be recommended by it's members, should not be damning our (hopefully) future First Lady.

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A Dozen Reasons Why Obama will win in November, for Obama and Clinton Supporters

On this day, May 20th, in which Obama will win a majority of pledged elected delegates, I would like to offer a dozen reasons, a baker's dozen, for why Barack Obama will be the next president. I know that this is a difficult time for Clinton supporters, but we have a candidate who can win in November.  Let's do it!  (I will post this on The Daily Kos also.)  

1. The Change Factor: Yes, you have heard it before, but it is for real. People are hungry for it, especially after the worst presidency in living memory. A key point here is that Obama has been on message about change from DAY ONE. He is the Change candidate.

2. The Organization Factor: Obama has built a remarkable organization. Nothing quite like it has been seen before in its capacity to raise money, generate enthusiasm, and get out the vote. For more on the uniqueness of Obama's organization, see Joshua Green's piece, "The Amazing Money Machine"http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200806/ob ama-finance and Marc Ambinder's "His Space" in The Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200806/am binder-obama

3.The Charisma Factor: Hard to explain. Hard to quantify. But you know it when you see it. (Obama's recent Portland crowd, 75,000 in a primary election, was no accident.)

4. The Republican Factor: They are in disarray and have money problems. This will have an impact on the Presidential race. How much? Good question. But no doubt it will have some.

5. The Money Factor: A corollary to the Organization Factor. Obama will have lots of it and will be able to raise more and more of it. To those who say that money can't buy love or office, agreed, at least in terms of the former. But money can certainly help win office. It is especially helpful if you have a good candidate, a good brand as they say, to sell. Obama is such a brand.

6. The Even Keel Factor: In this case, the young man, Obama, seems to have a more even temperament than the older candidate. This undermines a potential advantage for McCain and also defies expectations, namely, that age should bring a more even temper. (McCain's anger problem is for real.) Americans believe that we need a steady hand on the rudder in these difficult times.

7. The Intellectual and Expert Factor: There are those who have claimed that Obama is an elitist, a pointy head, etc., and that too many in his campaign fit this bill. But the bottom line is that candidates who can comfortably make use of experts and genuine intellectuals-not faux intellectuals, for example, the neo-conservative ideologues-are in stronger position than those who cannot. Knowledge may not be power, but it sure can help keep power from making foolish mistakes, like Iraq. It can also help win elections. (It was the "nerds," after all, who really understood how the delegate process worked in the Democratic race. And guess who had them on staff and who listened to them.)

8. The African-American Vote. Obama will draw the greatest number of African-American voters in American history. It will make a difference. As Poblano's analysis shows, just a 10% to 20% increase can make a significant difference in who wins in the fall. (Poblano suggests 13 electoral votes for each 10%.) See Josh Kalven's "Obama Over the Top: How New Voters Could Redraw the Electoral Map"http://progressillinois.com/2008/05/11/f eatures/obama-over-the-top

9. The Youth Vote and Support: Typically the youth vote is viewed as an unreliable voting block. But Obama has shown that he can increase the youth vote. In addition, youth represents `boots on the ground.' They do much of the door to door and office work that campaigns require. On how the youth vote could assist Obama, once again, see Josh Kalven's "Obama Over the Top: How New Voters Could Redraw the Electoral Map"http://progressillinois.com/2008/05/11/f eatures/obama-over-the-top

10. A Motivated Democratic Party: Yes, there is the issue of whether most of Hillary's supporters will come around. And there are unknowns in terms of whether Obama will be able to bring more working class folks into his corner. But the Democrats are hungry and they have resources. There will be some synergy between Presidential, Congressional, and local races.

11. The Oratory Factor. We know what the man can do. He is pretty much in a class by himself. Speeches matter. Words delivered well matter. McCain, on the other hand, is not a strong public speaker. (The "My friends" thing just isn't going to cut it.) In addition, Obama will best him in the debates.

12. The Bush factor: Obama is the anti-Bush. He listens to those outside an inner circle. He is anti-Iraq war, exceptionally intelligent, reasonably hip, etc. McCain, on the other hand, appears to be running for Bush's third term. The McBush notion will stick with a significant number of voters.

13. Michelle Obama: Michelle has made some gaffes. Some view her as coming on too strong. But her story will get out: poor kid from the South Side of Chicago, who through her own hard work and intelligence made it to Princeton and Harvard. She is now the mother of two young daughters, juggling family and career. Women, many of Hillary's supporters, will relate. Further, Michelle is a powerful speaker. The Republicans would be foolish to underestimate her.

For a baker's dozen of reasons for why McCain will NOT win, I shamelessly offer you a link to my blog  http://msa4.wordpress.com/

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Memo To Michelle Obama: Toughen Up Sweetie

http://www.chron.com/commons/persona.htm l?newspaperUserId=desperado&plckCont roller=PersonaBlog&plckScript=person aScript&plckElementId=personaDest&am p;plckPersonaPage=BlogViewPost&plckP ostId=Blog%3AdesperadoPost%3A906b728c-aa 1c-49f1-a40a-292f5e3d8c37

Memo To Michelle Obama: Toughen Up Sweetie
Posted 5/20/2008 6:09 AM CDT

In an interview with Good Morning America, during which Barack Obama called the so-called attacks on his wife Michelle "low class" and "detestable" and warned the Republicans to "lay off my wife" he seems to ignore a basic reality of politics-when someone chooses to enter the political arena, whatever they say becomes fair game for the other side.

Responding to an ad by Tennessee Republicans in which they used Mrs. Obama's remarks about being proud of her country for the first time in her adult life, Obama said this: "The GOP, should I be the nominee, I think can say whatever they want to say about me, my track record... I've been in public life for 20 years. I expect them to pore through everything that I've said, every utterance, every statement. And to paint it in the most undesirable light possible. That's what they do. But I do want to say this to the GOP. If they think that they're going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful. Because that I find unacceptable," he said."

The Obamas seem to have forgotten how those in their campaign "attacked" Bill Clinton for statements he has made while campaigning for Hillary. Lord knows I'm not one to defend the Clintons, but fair is fair. Bill was criticized sharply for calling Obama's lack of experience "a roll of the dice", for calling Obama's opposition to the war a "fairy tale", and for his comparison of Obama to Jesse Jackson after South Carolina. Retired Gen. McPeak, an Obama co-chair, even compared Bill to Joe McCarthy at one point. Cindy McCain's lack of disclosure of her tax returns has been in the news as well. In fact the DNC has promised that it will continue to be an issue during the general election campaign.

When the Obamas complain about what they perceive as unfair tactics it comes across as whining, just as it does when Hillary laments about the alleged media bias against her. Again, if a spouse injects themselves into the campaign process, like it or not, their words and their actions are going to be fodder for the opposition. My advice to Mrs. Obama is this; you're in the big leagues now, sweetie (sorry ladies I couldn't resist the temptation) either get a thicker skin or get off the stage.

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