Observations on Obama: Dreams, reality, and pride

A few excerpts from postings back in the spring that are very relevant to the upcoming November election.

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Hugh Hewitt refers to Barack Obama as an “inexperienced Chicago pol” who “isn’t remotely ready for prime time if the questions are at all pointed.” Here are a couple excerpts from Hewitt’s column “The Least Unpredictable Campaign Ever?

The campaign ahead has to be about the realities of the world we live in, not the one we wish we had. Senator Obama’s minions can continue to treat him as the Dalai Obama, but like other other-worldly prophets of peace, Obama’s dreams have left him extremely ill-prepared for the way the world is.

What, Senator John McCain will be asking every day, all day, has Barack Obama ever commanded? What has he ever run? What has he ever done? …

It may be the enemies of the West who decide who wins this argument. If they stay in the shadows for the rest of the year, the complacency falling over a great deal of America may continue to spread. If they show themselves, Obama will be revealed in an instant as exactly the wrong choice for the times in which we live.

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From “The General Begins

By Michael Barone

…Michelle Obama, who has spoken frequently in the campaign, said: “Hope is making a comeback, and let me tell you, for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country. Not just because Barack is doing well, but I think people are hungry for change.”

For the first time in her life? Coming from the realm in which Michelle Obama has lived her adult life – Princeton, Harvard Law, a top law firm, a $342,000-a year job doing community relations for the University of Chicago hospital system — this may not sound out of the ordinary. As Samuel Huntington has pointed out, people in this stratum tend to have transnational attitudes – all nations are morally equal, except maybe for ours, which is worse.

This is not, to say the least, the view of most Americans, including very many who regularly vote Democratic. And it undercuts Barack Obama’s most appealing rhetoric, which emphasizes what Americans have in common…

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From “Michelle Obama’s America — and Mine

By Michelle Malkin

Like Michelle Obama, I am a ‘woman of color.’ Like Michelle Obama, I am a working mother of two young children. Like Michelle Obama, I am a member of the 13th generation of Americans born since the founding of our great nation.

Unlike Michelle Obama, I can’t keep track of the number of times I’ve been proud — really proud — of my country since I was born and privileged to live in it…

I’m just seven years younger than Mrs. Obama. We’ve grown up and lived in the same era. And yet, her self-absorbed attitude is completely foreign to me. What planet is she living on? Since when was now the only time the American people have ever been ‘hungry for change’? Michelle, ma belle, Barack is not the center of the universe…

We were both adults when the Berlin Wall fell, Michelle. That was earth-shattering change. We’ve lived through two decades’ worth of peaceful, if contentious election cycles under the rule of law, which have brought about ‘change’ and upheaval, both good and bad…

If American ingenuity, a robust constitutional republic and the fall of communism don’t do it for you, hon, then how about American heroism and sacrifice? …

I believe it was Michael Kinsley who quipped that a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth. In this case, it’s what happens when an elite Democratic politician’s wife says what a significant portion of the party’s base really believes to be the truth: America is more a source of shame than pride.