|Barack Obama, interviewed on WOAI radio in San Antonio, Texas, expressed frustration that his wife’s comments became political fodder.|
“Statements like this are made and people try to take it out of context and make a great big deal out of it, and that isn’t at all what she meant,” Obama said.
“What she meant was, this is the first time that she’s been proud of the politics of America,” he said. “Because she’s pretty cynical about the political process, and with good reason, and she’s not alone. But she has seen large numbers of people get involved in the process, and she’s encouraged.”
Problem is that is not what she said and Captain Ed points out even if she does mean it would discount a lot of political accomplishments here and internationally due to American politics.
She "clarifies" her statement here via video but it still doesn't make any sense until you realize she is playing the race card that Obama won in states he shouldn't have as a black man. Now that fits into the first comment perfectly.
This plays into Kaus's theory she has this chip on her shoulder which leads to her now restricted thesis at Princeton that she was aware of her 'blackness.'
|"But Michelle's senior thesis reveals the sociology major was acutely aware of being among the few blacks then at Princeton.|
"My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my 'Blackness' than ever before,'' Michelle wrote in a 1985 thesis entitled "Princeton Educated Blacks and the Black Community.''
"I have found that at Princeton, no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my White professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus, as if I really don't belong.
"Regardless of the circumstances under which I interact with Whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be Black first and a student second.''
Early on at Princeton, Michelle wrote, she was determined to "utilize all of my present and future resources to benefit [the black] community first and foremost.'' Yet she now realized attending a launching pad like Princeton would "likely lead to my further integration and/or assimilation into a White cultural and social structure . . .
"As I enter my final year at Princeton, I find myself striving for many of the same goals as my White classmates -- acceptance to a prestigious graduate or professional school or a high-paying position in a successful corporation. Thus, my goals are not as clear as before.''
I can see if she is that myopic and distrustful of American society that this run of victories by her husband would stun someone who said “as a Black man, he could get shot at a gas station.” Then it all makes sense. The problem is that may work with the latte sipping upper income white liberal or people like Tavis Smiley/Tom Joyner. But for the rest of the nation she could turn into the Teresa Heinz of 2008.