I try to keep things very local on this Blog, but the possibility of Barack Obama being the Democratic nominee for president obviously has a profound impact on our local issues, not only as he is a favored Illinois son, but because of Dan Seals' blatant attempts to ride Obama's coattails at every opportunity.
Today, Michelle Obama really showed her intellectual left-wing roots and her (and we assume her husband's) firm grounding in the "hate America" school of liberalism. Mrs. Obama stated:
“For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country … not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change,” she said. “I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment.”
Can you believe it? Now that her husband is running for president, this is the first ray of light that this country has seen for her entire life???
One might put this down to hubris (of which we have seen some other examples along the way), but I think it is more a symptom of people of the Obamas' political persuasion, in that such folks truly believe that this country fundamentally is evil and twisted. It also feeds directly into the whole messianic flavor of Obama's campaign. But what really troubles me is that the entire 'hate America' zeitgeist that is at the core of the uber-liberals is something that our local pals EBG and Dan Seals appear to be big disciples of.
UPDATED x1: ARE WORDS REALLY IMPORTANT AFTER ALL???: Michelle Obama's gaff has really lit up the blogosphere. Do a Google search for Michelle Obama and "proud" and prepare to have your computer freeze up with the search result. Just for a sample, check out the over 800 comments on this topic at Little Green Footballs.
I think the interesting thing is that while this comment is something non-liberals can really seize on as a very clear, simple insight into the scary mindset of the Obamas (both of them), and can use it as a rallying tool, it won't help Hillary because while her base may not be fake intelligensia of the Democratic party, many of them might not see the real import of Mrs. Obama's comment.
Mrs. McCain came out pretty quickly and stated emphatically that she is proud of America. Since we seem to be taking a poll of the spouses, I wonder what Mrs. Seals thinks?
UPDATED x2: OBAMA'S A GHOST PAYROLLER BUT MARK KIRK IS STILL AT WORK: While Barack Obama continues to collect a ghost paycheck for his position as an Illinois senator while he's been out on the campaign trail for the last eight months, Congressman Mark Kirk continues to work tirelessly to represent the Tenth District. Mark often cites the fact that there are 3,000 gang members in Lake County (if I recall that correctly). Today, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Kirk assisted in obtaining a federal grant of $846,000 for the City of Waukegan to fight gangs in the city and surrounding area. Nice work, Mr. Kirk!