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THE MUSINGS OF A TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN DEMOCRAT

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Sid in his law office where he sits when meeting with clients. Observant eyes will notice the statuette of one of Sid's favorite Democrats.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Suck it up Obama. And by the way, here's to looking for good results for you today.

In a 2-19-08 post entitled "Michelle Obama: Get a script and stick to it or zip it. This was not your best day, and for the record, you owe your country an apology," I wrote:

Michelle Obama to a Milwaukee audience yesterday while stumping for Obama said: "And let me tell you something -- for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country."

We will be exposed to this statement by Michelle Obama as much as we were to Kerry's "I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it."

I have been hoping Obama would not screw up; I never thought it would be his wife who would make a big mistake.

Will it rise to the level of Kerry's statement at the Grand Canyon where, in this one appearance, he uttered words that may have cost him the presidency? Here you recall Kerry said that, in hindsight, he still would have voted to authorize the war in Iraq, even if he had known then that the U.S. and allied forces would not find weapons of mass destruction.

I don't think so, but it was a major mistake, and she needs to apologize to her country or otherwise clarify what in the world she could have meant and get it behind her.


Now, three months later, Obama, responding to an ad from the Tennessee Republican Party that reruns the "proud of my country" line, Barack Obama warns that his opponents should "lay off my wife."

Has Obama laid off of Bill Clinton. Clinton, like Michelle, joined the fray, her remark having been made in a political speech Although viewed as a gaffe, earlier on the same day she had said almost the same thing word for word, namely, "[f]or the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country . . . ."

Continuing in his response, Obama said:

"But I do want to say this to the GOP. If they think that they're going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful. Because that I find unacceptable."

Michelle continues to interview with Obama and truly being his surrogate. If he does not want her to be fair game and otherwise off-limits from campaign attacks, he needs to readjust his campaign strategy and her schedule.

Toughen up Obama. This may get you some sympathy -- I too feel that if someone takes on one of my staff or my family they take me on -- but this posture in the context of your running for president with Michelle at your side is silly.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's always been my problem with Obama. Always too little, always too late... I don't want a potential leader who has problems getting down and dirty with people. The issues we face and this time does not require a completely "nice" guy.

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