The First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, and the wife of the Vice-President, Dr. Jill Biden, attended the NASCAR Sprint Cup Finale yesterday as co-Grand marshalls for the purpose of honor America’s veterans and military heroes..
Judging from the reaction of the NASCAR fans in attendance when FLOTUS was introduced as Grand Marshall for the race, one might have thought they were ringside at Monday Night Raw when “heel” wrestler “The Miz” was being introduced.
Earlier that day, they attended a private barbeque given in honor of the heroes and their families. Sgt. Andrew Barry was actually sent out on stage with the ladies, possibly to act as a boo-deflector.
The Obamas have an image problem. They are seen by Mr. and Mrs. Average American as not only the figureheads atop a failed administration, but also as jet-settin, limousine-ridin’, tax-dollar spendin’, anti-American snobs.
With good reason.
On January 23rd, 2008, during a speech given in Columbia, South Carolina, Michelle Obama said:
We don’t like being pushed outside of our comfort zones. You know it right here on this campus. You know people sitting at different tables, y’all living in different dorms. I was there. Y’all not talking to each another, taking advantage of the fact that you’re in this diverse community because sometimes it’s easier to hold onto your own stereotypes and misconceptions, it makes you feel justified in your ignorance. That’s America. So the challenge for us is, are we ready for change?
The, in February of 2008, while campaigning for her husband in Wisconsin, Mrs. Obama said:
Let me tell you something. For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country, because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.
And let me tell you something. I need to believe that we live in that kind of nation, where hope and possibility and unity is still what drives us.
She made the “proud” comment twice in 2 different speeches. David Axlerod, Obama’s Chief Strategist, tried to explain it away at the time, saying:
She gives this talk all the time, and I don’t think she formulates the words quite that way generally. But if you look at the whole quote and read beyond it, she was plainly talking about this burst of participation, this sense of hope, the sense of possibility and so on. And she was talking about the politics of our country.
In an article titled “The Other Obama”, published on March 10, 2008, in The New Yorker Magazine, writer Lauren Collins gives us the following insights into the Future First Lady’s true feelings about America:
The four times I heard her give the speech—in a ballroom at the University of South Carolina, from the pulpit of Pee Dee Union, at an art gallery in Charleston, and in the auditorium of St. Norbert College, in De Pere, Wisconsin—its content was admirably consistent, with few of the politician’s customary tweaks and nods to the demographic predilections, or prejudices, of a particular audience.
Obama begins with a broad assessment of life in America in 2008, and life is not good: we’re a divided country, we’re a country that is “just downright mean,” we are “guided by fear,” we’re a nation of cynics, sloths, and complacents. “We have become a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day,” she said, as heads bobbed in the pews. “Folks are just jammed up, and it’s gotten worse over my lifetime. And, doggone it, I’m young. Forty-four!”
From these bleak generalities, Obama moves into specific complaints. Used to be, she will say, that you could count on a decent education in the neighborhood. But now there are all these charter schools and magnet schools that you have to “finagle” to get into. (Obama herself attended a magnet school, but never mind.) Health care is out of reach (“Let me tell you, don’t get sick in America”), pensions are disappearing, college is too expensive, and even if you can figure out a way to go to college you won’t be able to recoup the cost of the degree in many of the professions for which you needed it in the first place. “You’re looking at a young couple that’s just a few years out of debt,” Obama said. “See, because, we went to those good schools, and we didn’t have trust funds. I’m still waiting for Barack’s trust fund. Especially after I heard that Dick Cheney was s’posed to be a relative or something. Give us something here!”
During a private fund-raiser in San Francisco in April of 2008, Candidate Barack Hussein Obama said:
You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them.
And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
And today, the pundits in the Main Stream Media are probably scratching their heads, wondering why Michelle Obama got booed yesterday.
In the next few months, look for the Obamas’ handlers to try to make them appear as normal, everyday Americans, as they did with Michelle’s staged shopping trip to Target, and her appearance last summer at a professional baseball game.
After all, November 6, 2012 is less than a year away.