Friday, July 04, 2008

First Lady of Angrytown

I don't know much about Barack Obama, and less about his wife. But this pretty well condenses what I have heard:

Consider the case of Michelle Obama. She was raised in a two-parent, middle-class family. She applied to one of America's top universities, Princeton, and was admitted. Of this experience, Michelle says on the stump, "All my life I have confronted people who had a certain expectation of me. Every step of the way, there has been people telling me what I couldn't do. When I applied to Princeton, they said: you can't go there, your test scores aren't high enough."

Which is all very moving, except that her test scores weren't high enough. Michelle Obama is part of the affirmative action generation of above-average but far-from-stellar performers who were granted preferential admission to America's most elite institutions.

Michelle notes that she graduated with honors in her major. Again, the problem is that her undergraduate thesis is on the web. You might expect that she wrote about Shakespeare's sonnets or the political evolution of W.E.B. Du Bois. Well, no. Essentially Michelle Obama wrote about the problems of being a black woman at an Ivy League university.

Here is a typical passage: "By actually working with the Black lower class or within their communities as a result of their ideologies, a separationist may better understand the desparation of their situation and feel more hopeless about a resolution as opposed to an integrationist who is ignorant to their plight."

Alas, the grammar is all wrong here. More than once, the tenses are garbled. People are ignorant "of" the plight of the lower class, not ignorant "to" their plight. And"desparation" should be spelled "desperation." To wreak so much havoc on the English language in one sentence, without conveying anything of substance, is perhaps deserving of a prize. Is this what her professors were thinking when they granted her honors?

I think Laura Bush may well be right when she defends Mrs. Obama's statement that she's only recently proud of her country (Mrs. Bush says she misspoke, and meant "more proud"), but the tone of her speeches is a bitter one. I don't understand that, considering her own fairly privileged life. D'Souza's best paragraph is this one:
One might expect that the reaction of someone who gets so many privileges to be grateful to a society that makes them possible. But no. Michelle Obama thinks that her very success is an example of white oppression. By a bizarre twist of logic, she converts "you're not good enough, but we'll take you anyway" into a message of "they said I wasn't good enough, but I proved them wrong."

Maybe it's a case of identifying with her husband's base, I don't know. I just know it comes across pretty nasty and ungrateful considering how well she's made out.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a great read, especially the affirmative action reference but nothing new except that this continues to factualize she, Michelle Obama, is the wrong person to be First Lady and will be the skeleton in Obama's closet if he allows her into the spotlight. I love Barbara Bush and she fully represents a First Lady's duties. I think McCain's wife may have some issues at first assuming the role of First Lady but she would also uphold the duties with respect and honor and has the upbringing to easily navigate the world's differences and yet M.O. cannot even effectively navigate the greatest country in the world and it's differences but only spew forth a venomous attitude how she has been wronged. The decisions she made yesterday are being reaped today as Hillary found out during her run of death. If you are going for the political life you better watch every breath you take for it will be scrutinized under the microscope. Yes, we are all impressionable in our youth but it takes strength and resolve to sift out the crap and Michelle fell right into it and is still living this way. This is just the start and more to come since she does not have the favorable protection as Hillary does. I can handle a minority president with no issues but the package better be complete and Michelle does not add up to be this person along with Barrack's pathetic pandering and inexperience, he too is also wrong for the position.