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June 12, 2008

Future Attacks on Michelle Obama Planned

I truly believe that the family of the President or candidate running for President should be respected and left alone.  Whether it is Laura, Jenna or Barbara Bush; whether it is Chelsea Clinton; whether it is Cindy, Douglas, Andrew, Sidney, Meghan, John, James or Bridget McCain; whether it is Michelle, Malia or Sasha Obama – the families should be left alone, they are not fair game.

When I go to business functions and have to take my significant other it is ALWAYS painful for him.  My significant other doesn’t want to be there, but he loves me so he grins and bears it, and smiles, and makes small talk and shakes hands – for me.  When it’s my turn to reciprocate, I grin and bear it, and smile, and make small talk and shake hands – for him.  We’re there in a supporting role because we love each other, we’re committed to each other and because we are dependable people.  Can you imagine someone attacking your significant other because of a decision you made at work?  How crazy would that be?

The person elected or running for office made a decision to do so; it’s their professional path not their families.  The families of course are proud of the candidate and stand behind him but make no mistake it is the candidate’s career, not theirs.  They are only in the public eye to support the candidate not to promote them self. 

If the candidate’s spouse decided not to campaign then there would be questions like, “If she doesn’t support him, why should anyone else?”  “What does she know about him that makes her not want to campaign for him?”  Questions galore would abound if the spouse or family were not standing behind and doing somersaults in support of the candidate.

So the candidate’s spouse and family, does the right thing and steps up to the plate and faces the world and the cameras and they are attacked for being loyal to their spouse or parent. 

How is this fair to them? 

Maureen Dowd wrote a column that details future attacks planned against Michelle Obama and I read it in disbelief.

When and why have Americans become so mean-spirited and ungracious? 

Don’t we live in the greatest country in the world? 

Why are we so angry?

Why do we feel compelled to rudeness?

I often hear people say things like, “John Smith is so talented, he’s smart and he’s tough.  He should run for office.” 

Why should “John Smith” and people like him run for any public office when they and their families are treated like the enemy when they are simply dedicated American citizens who are devoted to make America better for all of us? 

Why should our best and brightest citizens run for office when this is the way we thank them?

They might as well think only about themselves, stay in corporate America, make big bucks, live a charmed life and leave dim-witted, badly informed, ill-mannered Americans to fend for themselves!

These seriously obtuse individuals should get their own enclave and be banished where only people just like them live, run for office and are their leaders.

SMDH in disgust!



Link to Maureen Dowd’s column “Mincing up Michelle” below.





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    Pingback by Barack Obama News » Blog Archive » Future Attacks on Michelle Obama Planned — June 12, 2008 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

  2. I partially agree with you. I don’t think that anyone, especially Michelle Obama, should be demonized by the Republicans or their punditocracy class. But she’s fair game if she’s out there campaigning for him, the same way Cindy McCain would be, or Bill Clinton for Hillary. I think it’s fair to attack Michelle (and Barack) on policy issues, but playing dirty to cast more racial doubt on Obama’s campaign isn’t fair or right at all. It’s also fair to attack Barack on personal, judgement issues, same as he will be asking those questions of McCain.

    It’s obviously a fine line, but from Dowd’s op-ed, it sounds like the Republicans are crossing it. That’s not right, in my opinion.

    Comment by deannaizme — June 12, 2008 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

  3. Deanna, I don’t see why Cindy or Michelle should be attacked on policy issues, they are not policy makers — they’re supporting their husbands, they are not civil servants. Bill Clinton was different because he was a former President and policies he created could be questioned and he would have to defend them.

    Comment by Paulette — June 12, 2008 @ 5:19 pm | Reply

  4. That’s what I mean, Paulette. Michelle shouldn’t be attacked personally. But she is fair game for some criticism if she’s out there campaigning for Barack. It’s a fine line that shouldn’t be crossed, personal vs. fair attacks.

    Comment by deannaizme — June 12, 2008 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

  5. I should have added that I think what the Republicans are doing to both Barack and Michelle is over the top. Publishing outright lies and misleading headlines (see Fox News) is wrong and shouldn’t happen.

    Comment by deannaizme — June 12, 2008 @ 6:15 pm | Reply

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