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Switched-on Obamatons

February 27, 2008

Michelle Obama has departed from her former ways.   Having told us that her husband misses the laundry basket and leaves his socks on the floor, and that he’s just such a regular guy that this whole charisma thing just mystifies her, she now claims he can heal this nation’s broken soul.

This clip is from a speech Michelle Obama gave at a Women for Obama rally at UCLA, Feb. 3, 2008. If you aren’t an Obamaton, the substance will be pretty routine: our souls are broken, Obama can heal them. Your pain is not your own. Michelle Obama is married to the only person in this race who can heal this nation. We can change the world, yes we can. Then the chant gets going: Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can! It’s pretty scary, but I highly recommend listening to it, unless you are very secure that your Obamaton Susceptibility Index is at a safe level.

Some sparkling outtakes:

“Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.”  Source: National Review


The following are transcribed at Protein Wisdom:

“We are so close in this country to being a united states…”  (Yes, so close to picking up where Lincoln left off destroying the Constitutional role of states…)

“Don’t see me as an Ivy-League-trained lawyer and Senator’s wife, I’m just regular folk; a soccer mom, a PTA mom.”

“In 2008 we should be in a place where children can dream any kind of life for themselves regardless of their race, their gender their socio-economic status. They should be able to dream big dreams and know they are going to have the love and resources of this entire nation behind them. That is the least we can do for our children. But the truth is we are not there yet.” 

Who can dream without the love of the entire nation behind them?  We’re all in this together, so of course we all need to underwrite one another’s college tuition, don’t we? After all, Michelle Obama says, “the cost of the degree is not covered by the salary you’ll earn.” As one with nine years of higher education, all self-paid, I can attest to the veracity of her statement. I just don’t happen to agree with her presumption that now it’s my turn to pay someone else’s tab.

Meanwhile, the Candidate of Unity thrives because his Party considers rigorous campaigning on the part of his opposition “destructive to the Party.”

It’s a bore, but that’s what politics is in this country: adversarial. It’s a good thing, ultimately. What would be destructive to a political party is obsequious unity without opposition.  I’m not a Democrat, or particularly partisan, but I believe that it is in the best interest of the Republic that a two-party system prevail, and that adversarial campaigning prevail within both parties. If Bill Clinton is being destructive to the Democratic Party to campaign rigorously, well, that’s a little more pressure for unity than I think is healthy.

National polls right now are showing that Obama is ahead of Clinton for the Democratic nomination and ahead of McCain for the general election. We could be on target for life under a President that will yank us out of our isolation, out of our comfort zones, out of our cynicism (cynicism can be a sign of a healthy citizenry, to a point). What we have called our own lives may be on their way to scheduled obsolescence. As Michelle bellowed to her UCLA crowd,

“You have to stay at the seat at the table of democracy with a man like Barack Obama not just on Tuesday but in a year from now, in four years from now, in eight years from now, you will have to be engaged.”

She has his re-election in the bag.  So, will he make the lame walk, the blind see, and the kids call home?

  1. February 27, 2008 10:55 am

    “Barack Obama will require you to work. . . . that you move out of your comfort zones. . . . Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.”

    I sort of like life as usual, comfort zones and all.

    I wonder if she is speaking ejusdem generis or expressio unis. On one hand, a usual life would be an uninformed life, which I suppose is bad enough. But on the other, if we are unusual, informed, and involved (with whatever??), does that mean we can rest easy and not be required to work? I hope so. Maybe that is how we can be left alone in this new Zarathustrian New World.

    The Obamatons love the Übermensch. I wonder if Michelle has thought this through.

  2. February 27, 2008 11:46 am

    The Ubermensch has a hole in his Ubersohl; I suspect that’s what they target for repair. Just keep it in the etherzone where there is no information available and we’ll be ok.

  3. Jane permalink
    February 28, 2008 8:22 am

    Heady stuff, she claims, referring to a man who is but dust. The pride of life is deception itself.

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