Michelle Obama plays race card again


"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." 

This is the 2008 version of racial code.

"hope is making a comeback" = Barack is winning.

She mistakenly spoke the truth by saying "not just" because Barack is winning.

This message is code to blacks to say, if they don't nominate Barack, its' the same old Democratic Party taking blacks for granted.  

The message to whites is that "for the first time", I don't think you're a racist nation.  It's clear this is contigent on Barack winning.

For those out there who doubt that this is racial code, give an alternative explanation.  

I'm in the black community. I know the racial games that are played each election cycle.   This is shameful in 2008, that such a powerful group would emotionally blackmail voters and politicians into accepting someone so unqualified.

I want any Obama supporter to name a white person who has a chance to do what Obama's has done.  Go throughout history, use a current example, whatever.  Find someone who has a similar story and has the chance to become president.  

The closest example I can give is: John Edwards.
He never had a chance.

Also it is offensive that she has not been proud of this country in her adult lifetime.  That is unpatriotric to say the least.  As an African American I will give a list of things any African American or American in general could have been proud of  in the last 40 years: 1968 - 2008.

(no order)

M.l.K. national holiday
put a man on the Moon/space program
defeated communism
number of elected women/minorities in government
advances in medicine/medical technology
great wealth created in U.S. overall
advance of technology in general
rise of people like Oprah, Michael Jordan, Colin Powell,etc.
title IX for women
rise of EPA and other environmental policies

I could go on.  This is the greatest country in the world,ever created.  

That's was true before Obama ran, and it will be true whether he wins or loses in whatever way it happens.

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Re: Michelle Obama plays race card again

Maybe I'm ignorant.. but I didn't see it there. I do think African Americans will be very discouraged if Obama isn't the nominee. Enough that a huge chunk that would've voted for Obama for sure would sit out entirely. Maybe it's a "the man kept our guy down" type thing. But as for this comment, I just don't see the racial code.

by falcon4e 2008-02-19 03:28AM | 0 recs
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Nor do i.  Grasping at straws.

by Socks The Cat 2008-02-19 03:31AM | 0 recs
one example from

a white candidates campaign who has a chance to win, that this is the first time they've been proud of their country?

by yellowdem1129 2008-02-19 03:34AM | 0 recs
Re: one example from

You're not a very strong reader eh? 1) She said REALLY. So clearly she's been proud of her country. 2) She said as an ADULT. Intelligent adults aren't blind patriots and they understand our country is a work in progress. Personally I've never been REALLY proud of our country. So she's got me there. 3) She said she's really proud because it's clear America want's CHANGE. That's something to be really proud of I guess but I'll believe when I see it.

Now drug dealing, shucking and jiving, lazy muslim. That's racist. This isn't even close.

by illlaw1 2008-02-19 04:04AM | 0 recs
Re: one example from

Obama's speeches in SC:

Hoodwinked and Bamboozled straigh from Malcom X as for Spike Lee. Phrase used to describe white politicians.He is very slick and a first rate demogauge.

by indydem99 2008-02-19 04:10AM | 0 recs
maybe it's a black thing

"for the first time in my life, I'm proud of my country"

first of all, I will bet anything, you will never hear a white candidate, spouse or anyone associated with their campaign, make such a ridiculous statement.

Only blacks get to say it (i'm black) because of racism and slavey.

but this is 2008, and there is so much right about this country.

Yet, there is a victimology in the black community where that statement will bring the room to full applause.

Do you think she would say that in Iowa 2 months ago? Before all of the race stuff?

Why do you think Oprah and Obama talked differently in South Carolina than in other states?

This is code.

by yellowdem1129 2008-02-19 03:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Michelle Obama plays race card again

It is a ridiculous statement to make, but as you said, a black person can say it. A black person could've said Obama was a fairy tale. Problem is, a white guy said it and helped make the fairy tale quite real.

by falcon4e 2008-02-19 03:46AM | 0 recs
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No one ever said that "Obama was a fairy tale." There was nothing racist about Bill Clinton's "fairytale" comment. I'm sick of this bullshit and frankly disgusted will Governor Wilder for perpetuating it.

And let me tell you, these kinds of tactics are going to backfire in the GE.

by Inky 2008-02-19 04:27AM | 0 recs
Re: Michelle Obama plays race card again

Could be the race card, not sure.  Was this a black audience?  Seems strange to try this in Wisconsin though.  

by bigdcdem 2008-02-19 03:48AM | 0 recs
well according to the feedback here

it is working.

I can't believe it.

by yellowdem1129 2008-02-19 03:56AM | 0 recs
You're in the black community?

what's that mean?

by illlaw1 2008-02-19 03:59AM | 0 recs
Re: You're in the black community?

We may be able to pick up the code words more easily because we're used to hearing them.

by bigdcdem 2008-02-19 04:15AM | 0 recs
It's Hyperbole.

And this isn't the first time she's said something that was a bit... blunt.  

by Brillobreaks 2008-02-19 04:00AM | 0 recs
Re: It's Hyperbole.

Michelle is definitely "real" and blunt, but this kind of thing would be really damaging if it was said in the heat of the General Election campaign.

by bigdcdem 2008-02-19 04:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Michelle Obama plays race card again

they do that all the time: SC, AL, GA, LA, MI. So much for UNITER

by WeNeed3rdParty 2008-02-19 04:24AM | 0 recs

but she's not the candidate (though admittedly she reflects on him) and while they may try to make hay about it a few months from now, it won't be easy because these stories only have but so much shelf life.  I'm sure if asked, Obama would disavow those comments quickly.  The biggest problem with her comments is that they are making the rounds in conservative cyberspace/Fox News and will be ammunition to rally the conservative base and demonize the "Obama couple."

by bigdcdem 2008-02-19 04:38AM | 0 recs
I'm old enough and remember it well

but it is a mistake to compare the two situations because of the unique role Hillary played in 1992.  Remember two for the price of one?  They essentially ran as a couple.  I do not believe you can say the same thing about Barack and Michelle Obama.

by bigdcdem 2008-02-19 05:38AM | 0 recs
You misunderstand my point

I'm not saying they won't attack Michelle.  I'm saying the attacks were more damaging in the Clinton situation because they were essentially running as a couple. That, in the eyes of the public, made her more fair game and legitimate to be attacked.

by bigdcdem 2008-02-19 09:06AM | 0 recs
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Great diary. It's sad listening to her in 2008. You think she would've been proud of her country at some stage in her life of enormous educational and professional opportunity, but I guess not.

So what is she calling those of us who refuse to jump on the substance-free Obama bandwagon?

by fairleft 2008-02-19 04:39AM | 0 recs
She will be a liability in the general

She has those bug eyes and is shrill.  She acts as arrogant as her husband to boot.  I don't think she will wear well.

by dpANDREWS 2008-02-19 05:08AM | 0 recs
Re: She will be a liability in the general

Hey, I agree with you that she's arrogant; and I have not cared for her or her comments for quite some time.  Especially the one about not being sure she would support Hillary if Barack did not get the nomination.

I even watched her interview with Larry King to see if my impression of her could be changed.  It didn't change much - and I was disappointed Larry did not ask her about some of her comments.

However, regarding "bug eyes" and "shrill", would you ever say this about a man?

by cameoanne 2008-02-19 07:19AM | 0 recs


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