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Monday, June 16, 2008

So now the right can STFU about Michelle Obama
Posted by Jill | 6:20 AM
Let's not hear any more bashing Michelle Obama about whether she's "proud of" her country, shall we?

So a man finally got a question into McCain and he had a very different sort of question.

The questioner noted that he had been educated at Princeton and Harvard and made more than $300,000 a year.

"How can I be proud of my country?" he asked.

Get it — he was mocking Michelle Obama and her statement earlier this year that her husband had for the first time in her life made her proud of her country.

Well, McCain either missed the joke or decided to ignore it and answer the question literally. I think it was the former because the individual asking the question had a thick accent that sounded to be either Indian or Pakistani, perhaps suggesting to McCain a recent immigrant grappling with America's image abroad.

"I’ll admit to you that it’s tough, it’s tough in some respects," McCain said, seeming to lend credence to Michelle Obama's observation.

McCain said America needed to be "more humble, more inclusive."

For once in his flip-floppin', lying-ass life, John McCain is right. It IS tough in some aspects to be proud when your country sits by and allows the Supreme Court to install an idiot like George W. Bush as president -- and then elects him to a second term. It's hard to be proud when your fellow citizens succumb time after time to fear and loathing -- whether it's falling for lies about war, falling for lies about a presidential candidate, or believing that we are somehow entitled to go into any country and take its national resources by force. McCain is right, that we DO need to be more humble and more inclusive. Of course this is exactly what Michelle Obama was referring to in her "infamous" remarks now being made into so much hay by wingnut groups. Now if we lived in a country with a media that does its job and populated by people who are willing to do the work of putting two coherent thoughts together, this would give us two candidates both of whom recognize that things have to change. But the reality is that while McCain slipped here, his stated purpose is to continue all of the bellicose policies of George W. Bush, including bombing the bejeezus out of Iran if Bush hasn't already done so. Perhaps McCain's better nature -- the one he's sacrificed in his lust for the presidency -- believes what he said here. But as we've seen, his better nature is not the one that wins out when the goal of his life is at stake.


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