Michelle Obama For First Lady 2008!

I'm really looking forward to Michelle Obama's speech tonight.

I'll admit, I was annoyed by Joe Biden's crack about his wife Jill being "drop dead gorgeous" and his stupid frat-boy-humor joke about her PhD intelligence being "a problem". That's the best he can do when introducing (for the first time on the national stage) his highly educated, highly accomplished, life partner and mother/step mother to his children? This Dem ticket and Obama's official VP announcement represents the absolute end of the dream of millions of women that we would finally see the first woman President... and we're talking about how hot Jill Biden is?

Can we please, as Democrats, make a pact to celebrate the fact the this ticket contains 2 highly intelligent, educated and accomplished women instead of reducing them to their physical appearance? Yes, they are both quite beautiful, but there is so much more to these 2 incredible women.

To be honest, I am finding it easier to get myself excited about Michelle Obama right now than Barack Obama, so I am going with that for now. Hey, it all leads to the same place! I'd be thrilled to see her and her daughters (and perhaps her own mother?) take up residence in the White House in 2009.


Here's to supporting a strong, confident woman, lawyer, mother who (like the majority of Democrat women in this country) knows the difficulty of juggling a family and her professional life (as well as her husband's career). Michelle Obama is the intellectual equal of her husband, a woman with her own fulfilling career, her own aspirations. She is putting all of that aside to support Barack Obama's run for President. We should all be grateful and show our respect and support by keeping her resume and accomplishments front and center. She is not merely an attractive accessory to her husband, if we let her be she can be so much more than that.

She's drop dead inspiring. Let your strong voice ring out loud and clear tonight Michelle!


Tags: first lady, Michelle Obama (all tags)



Tips for Unity?

However you need to get there.

Do it for your children, your grandchildren... whether you have them now or plan to in the future!

by twinmom 2008-08-25 06:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Tips for Unity?

Hey, I never knew she had a lazy eye!


by switching sides2 2008-08-25 09:35AM | 0 recs

Joe was just complimenting his wife.  Listen to his voice, it changed slightly because I think he was flirting.

Good stuff.  It shows he is in love.

As for Jill being crazy smart, she is.  Woot.

by CAchemist 2008-08-25 06:32AM | 0 recs

That seriously is like saying that it would be OK to stand up and introduce Obama by saying that he plays a mean game of hoops instead of talking about his true accomplishments, intelligence and depth. It is irrelevant and condescending. Think about it.

If Biden had dwelled on his wife's appearance at a family party celebrating his marriage (like an anniversary party), terrific. If it had been a small part of an introduction of her which also mentioned some of her professional accomplishments, or even talked about what an incredible mother she is... that would have been slightly better. He didn't. It was the first thing out of his mouth and he didn't mention her career at all. His main comment about her was that she is gorgeous. Who cares?

I'm just saying... Democrats should be reflecting the reality of the lives of their constituents. I don't know any stepford wives who vote Democrat. Do you? Leave that stereotype to the the GOP and let the Democrat First Ladies be 3 dimensional, complex, accomplished women... not pretty accessories who are supposed to be dumber than their husbands.

by twinmom 2008-08-25 06:43AM | 0 recs

I think, depending on context, Obama would be mighty pleased if someone introduced him as "plays a mean game of hoops."  Dude is proud of his athletic ability.

What's with using "Democrat" as an adjective all the time?  

by Dracomicron 2008-08-25 06:47AM | 0 recs
Is it supposed to be

Democratic? Instead of Democrat?

by twinmom 2008-08-25 07:54AM | 0 recs

Calling it the "Democrat Party" is a thing that the wingnuts started to try and divorce "democracy" from "The Democratic Party," from what I can gather.

It's a particularly immature yet insidious form of wordplay.

by Dracomicron 2008-08-25 08:25AM | 0 recs
Re: No

I am just going to agree to disagree.

On a policy note, I hope Jill gets a role in the admin related to education.  My wife is a teacher and seems to really like her.  Besides being crazy hot*, my wife is also smarter than me so Jill is good in my book.  The education system is way screwed up (especially here in CA, thanks Arnie) and we really need an educator to write some policy.

*I am trying to be cute here, not offensive.  We'll see how it plays out.

by CAchemist 2008-08-25 06:58AM | 0 recs
Re: No

I think what Biden said is mostly a generational thing.

These days we hopefully teach our little boys not to be so insecure at the thought of being outshined by a woman.

by Steve M 2008-08-25 07:25AM | 0 recs
Re: I don't know

I'm prepared for all kinds of "ugh" moments from  Biden. But somehow I find his 'gaffes' endearing.

by mikeinsf 2008-08-25 10:01AM | 0 recs
I thought it was cute

By "a problem," Biden meant that she was smarter than him, and that he's constantly in trouble with her in the way that husbands and wives that keep things fresh are in trouble with each other.  Which is a cute thing for one of the country's elder statesmen to say about his awesome wife.

Maybe it's a "guy code" thing, but I understood it immediately and see very little sexism involved.

As for Michelle, I have a huge crush on her for everything I know about her: great mom, super smart, very practical, strong career ability, and, yes, drop dead gorgeous.  Who wouldn't want a partner like that?

by Dracomicron 2008-08-25 06:45AM | 0 recs

It was a guy code thing... a frat boy thing... which left many women I know cringing.

I didn't say sexist though... but it was disappointing. Of all the praise he could have heaped upon his wife in presenting her to our nation, the only thing he can think to say is that she is physically attractive?

I actually found his use of the term "my Jill" to be endearing in the way you describe. If he had talked briefly about what an incredible, smart educator she is... what a fantastic mother she is and then said that she is the love of his life he would have won me over.

Anyway, it is not a huge deal... but it is subtle stuff like that which undercuts the role of First Lady. Democrats should be pushing that position front-and-center... not even in terms of policy and politics... but it has got to be modified to keep up with the times!

by twinmom 2008-08-25 06:51AM | 0 recs
Now now

Don't go conflating "guy code" with "frat boy."  

There are a lot of guys out there that know instantly what another guy is talking about with regards to women or sports or whatnot that don't wear beer helmets or keep tallies of the babes they've scored with on a communal dry erase board.

I'm sure there are some highly respectable frat guys out there who are now offended at my broad generalization mostly gleaned from a couple college parties and repeated viewings of Animal House, but the fact remains that "guy code" and "frat" are different things.

Just goes to show that there's a lot of levels of understanding out there, and you have to allow for things like this.  Hillary Clinton spoke very differently to steel plant workers in Scranton than she did with GLBT constituents in the primary, and I see no problem with that, despite the fact that she left me cringing more than once.

by Dracomicron 2008-08-25 07:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Bingo

Huh.  I'm a woman and I found it to be cute.  That's just the kind of thing my husband would say about me, and he says it with a great deal of sweetness.  He's just frustrated because I tend to win all the arguments we have that are centered of facts.

I guess this is open to interpretation.

by GreenHills 2008-08-25 10:34AM | 0 recs
Re: Michelle Obama For First Lady 2008!

I find the lack of respect for women, especially Black women in todays politics upsetting too. Biden is from a generation and cultural backround that is more provincial than many of us would like. He appeals to americans who consider what is in his heart when he says these things. They would perceive your protest as condescending and Political correctness. I don't think there is a person here who thinks Biden was actually out to belittle his wife. I know too many people who express themselves this way. I believe it was a deliberate way of relating, or being folksie if you will. He wants to be perceived as just one of the "regular" folks. He probably could hold is own in any Harvard Debate but as a politician he has learned to cloake his intelligence in the verbage and manner of his constituants.

by eddieb 2008-08-25 07:06AM | 0 recs
I don't have a problem with Obama

I was one of those Clinton supporters who wanted:

Clinton/Obama 2008 and 2012
Obama in 2016 and 2020

That was the dream I had to let die. My one gripe with Obama is that he is inexperienced and undefined and we're seeing the pitfalls of that now in my opinion. I think we're going to have to concede to the center in order to win much moreso than with a more tested and experienced candidate.

But I'm 100% on board... just like I always am with the Democratic nominee. I don't "believe" in Obama, I dislike the hype which surrounds him and I disagree with him quite a bit. But he's a Democrat and will bring in a Democratic administration. I refuse to be part of the problem. We have to win this thing.

In my opinion attacks on Michelle Obama are an ugly blend of racism and sexism. She'd be the target of more grossness, I am sure. I'll be fighting it, promise.

by twinmom 2008-08-25 07:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Michelle Obama For First Lady 2008!

UGH! Such oversensitivity. Have we come so far that a man cannot compliment his wife without someone taking offense?

By this time next year I'm going to tell my wife, "That dress looks nice on you" and she's going to yell at me. "Why can't you appreciate me for my mind!"

by USArmyParatrooper 2008-08-25 07:17AM | 0 recs
Re: No joke

I've met many women who complain that "women's lib" has removed the traditional, gentlemanly ways from men.

Of course I'm for equal treatment on a professional level. But there are customs, traditions and courtesies of how men and women interact. As such might be a man holding the door open for a woman. One woman might get offended, another might get offended if you don't.

by USArmyParatrooper 2008-08-25 07:25AM | 0 recs
Good point

Those of us who are naturally inclined to be gentlemen do sweat bullets now and then on the issue.  I reconcile it by being nice to, you know, everybody.

by Dracomicron 2008-08-25 07:38AM | 0 recs
I think the Biden comment was OK

But not (just) because it was "cute". I think it was more politically savvy than we give it credit for.

Women of a certain age, I believe, will look favorably on an older gent who still thinks his wife is gorgeous. Her PHD may be important to you, but his fidelity may be AS important to the millions of women who are less secure in their relationships than they were 20 years ago. If you asked these older woment to rank the following statements:

My husband still respects my accomplishments
My husband still thinks I am gorgeous

I'm not sure the order would be what you expect. You have to remember that the vast majority of these women may not even have gone to college (none of my aunts did), but their marriages were very real to them.

As far as first ladies, they are the great humanizing influence on our politics. When I find myself demonizing even GWB, I look at Laura and realize the guy can't be all bad.

REC'd for Michelle!

by Neef 2008-08-25 07:37AM | 0 recs
Laura Bush

I didn't know much about her until earlier this year, when she started speaking up in defense of Michelle from the super specious patriotism attacks.  From what I've read since, she seems like a class act.  How she wound up with that shmuck, I'll never know.

by Dracomicron 2008-08-25 07:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Michelle Obama For First Lady 2008!

I think you're missing Michelle's role and her uniqueness.  She is incredibly grounded.  Remarkably so.  She keeps Barack not just down to earth but down to the neighborhood so to speak.  Down to the everyday world that most of us live in.  Yes she is brilliant, yes she is accomplished, but she will also tell you she is nothing special and it is that realization that we need so deeply in our First Family.  

by Piuma 2008-08-25 10:04AM | 0 recs

should spend some time with Hillary. If anyone knows how the GOP slime machine hits, its Hillary.  She was hit as a mother, as a wife, as a person, as a senator, as a potential president by the GOP.

by sepulvedaj3 2008-08-25 10:15AM | 0 recs


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