The Many Faces of Michelle

Remember when Michelle Obama stood before a crowd in Milwaukee and said, "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country"? The date was February 18, 2008, and the moment her quote reached my ears I knew she and I would not get along. In one fell swoop she had dismissed the inherent greatness of this nation, our brave military personnel, and the accomplishments of prominent black public figures like Associate Justice Clarence Thomas and then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Ultimately, her words betrayed a sense of entitlement. As an aspiring member of the upper echelon of the ruling class she could not be "really proud" of her country until the spotlight shone on her; until journalists and television personalities praised her "style," and fawning crowds applauded her elocution. Therefore, the truth is that Renee Martin of Globalcomment.com was on to something when she worried that people were going to see Mrs. Obama as an "angry black woman." Mrs. Obama came across as both angry and haughty.

In addition to just now becoming proud of her country, which is also my country, Mrs. Obama stands side by side with her husband in criticizing corporate America although they "are [both] products of corporate America," according to Paul Ibrahim. "Both launched their careers in corporate law," and Michelle went "on to serve on the board of TreeHouse Foods, Inc., which supplied most of its pickle and pepper products to Wal-Mart."

Isn't it just like a liberal to make their fortune in a given economic sphere, corporate America in this case, before coming out against the very avenue they used to make their fortune, as if to ensure that their esoteric surrounding doesn't become overcrowded with commoners? And that's just what Mrs. Obama is doing when she calls on women to turn away from lucrative careers and serve others instead (as if those who have a lucrative career won't also be able to serve others).