The New Yorker profiles Michelle Obama, and quotes an oft-repeated speech:
The four times I heard her give the speechâ€”in a ballroom at the University of South Carolina, from the pulpit of Pee Dee Union, at an art gallery in Charleston, and in the auditorium of St. Norbert College, in De Pere, Wisconsinâ€”its content was admirably consistent, with few of the politicianâ€™s customary tweaks and nods to the demographic predilections, or prejudices, of a particular audience.
Obama begins with a broad assessment of life in America in 2008, and life is not good: weâ€™re a divided country, weâ€™re a country that is â€œjust downright mean,â€ we are â€œguided by fear,â€ weâ€™re a nation of cynics, sloths, and complacents. â€œWe have become a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day,â€ she said, as heads bobbed in the pews. â€œFolks are just jammed up, and itâ€™s gotten worse over my lifetime. And, doggone it, Iâ€™m young. Forty-four!â€