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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Cindy McCain As First Lady (Same Power as Hillary Had) Refuses To Release Taxes

Senator John McCain's wife refuses to release her tax returns and now says she will not do so even if she becomes America's First Lady.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cindy McCain says she will never make her tax returns public even if her husband wins the White House and she becomes the first lady.

"You know, my husband and I have been married 28 years and we have filed separate tax returns for 28 years. This is a privacy issue.  My husband is the candidate,"

Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting John McCain said in an interview aired on NBC's "Today" on Thursday.

Asked if she would release her tax returns if she was first lady, Cindy McCain said: "No." ...

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Cindy McCain's refusal to release her tax returns gives the appearance of a double standard on the part of her husband.

"What is John McCain trying to hide?" Dean said in a statement. "Throughout this campaign, he has acted like his own calls for openness and accountability apply to everyone but himself. Now he thinks he can bring that same double standard to the White House."

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Michelle Obama's College Roommate Wanted Segregated Dorm

Cross-posted at DailyKos under my real name.

There has been much ado about Michelle Obama's college thesis in which she described feeling like an outsider at Princeton -- a black person first, a student second. I understand how she could have felt that way, especially twenty five years ago. After reading a poignant article about Michelle Obama's first college roommate, I have new insight into the environment that made her feel like a second class student during her college years.

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Clinton vs. Obama: Credibility, Exaggerations, and Lies

With all the media hubbub surrounding Senator Clinton's 1996 Bosnia trip, you'd think the woman had never been to Bosnia, or that she just took a trip to the beach and worked on her tan with her daughter.

There have been accusations that she has lied about her trip. Some pundits are claiming it calls her credibility into question.

Let's just get one thing straight, right here, and now - there is a huge difference between lying and misspeaking.  I'll even go further, because there are some who hear everything Senator Clinton says under the veil of suspicion and believe her capable of calculating every single word she ever utters and incapable of "misspeaking," and I will call her misspeak an exaggeration.  I chose to call it an exaggeration, because similar to a lie, they both require a purposeful action - they are not accidents. But that is where the similarity ends.

An exaggeration, has a foundation of truth. To exaggerate means to represent as greater than is actually the case, or to overstate. A lie on the other hand, has absolutely no ounce of truth. A lie is a false statement deliberately presented as being true. To lie means to present false information with the intent of deceiving.
One can say she exaggerated the dangerousness of the trip, but one cannot say she lied and said the trip was dangerous. There were snipers. It was a potential war zone. It was dangerous. It was not a lie, it was an exaggeration.

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The United States Mint Expects Hillary to Win

As the U.S. Mint continues to roll out various gold coins to scattered fanfare, something interesting has developed on its website.

A number of coins are being released under its "First Spouse" program. All of the spouses in history have been women. Yet, rarely do we hear Laura Bush being referred to as First Spouse, nor was Hillary Clinton called First Spouse. So why the change in terminology? Could it be that they expect that sometime in the near future there might be a First Spouse that isn't a woman?

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