John Podhoretz on Michelle Obama.
Michelle Obama today said that â€œfor the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction.â€
Really proud of her country for the first time? Michelle Obama is 44 years old. She has been an adult since 1982. Can it really be there has not been a moment during that time when she felt proud of her country? Forget matters like the victory in the Cold War; how about only things that have made liberals proud â€” all the accomplishments of inclusion? How about the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1991? Or Ruth Bader Ginsburgâ€™s elevation to the Supreme Court? Or Carol Moseley Braunâ€™s election to the Senate in 1998? How about the merely humanitarian, like this countryâ€™s startling generosity to the victims of the tsunami? Iâ€™m sure commenters can think of hundreds more landmarks of this sort. Didnâ€™t she even get a twinge from, say, the Olympics?
Mrs. Obama was speaking at a campaign rally, so it is easy to assume she was merely indulging in hyperbole. Even so, it is very revealing. …
Michelle Obama â€” from the middle-class South Shore neighborhood of Chicago, Princeton 85, Harvard Law 88, associate at Sidley and Austin, and eventually a high-ranking official at the University of Chicago â€” may not be proud of her country, but her life, like her husbandâ€™s gives me every reason to be even prouder of the United States.