Michelle, Ma Belle

No one “gaffe” has stuck to an individual in this election more than Michelle Obama’s now infamous statement that the excitement surrounding her husband’s campaign had made her proud of her country “for the first time” in her adult life. Since then, her critics have (rather successfully) painted her as unpatriotic, or worse yet, as a “militant black woman.”

But those criticisms have fallen on deaf ears for those who, like myself, have consistently seen a completely different version of Michelle on the campaign trail than how she’s been portrayed by some in the media.

So I’m curious. For those who tuned in last night, what did you think? What were your impressions of her going in? If you were unsure about her, did her performance sway you one way or the other? Did she reinforce any presuppositions that you may have had? If this was your introduction to Michelle Obama, what kind of first impression did she make on you?

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3 thoughts on “Michelle, Ma Belle

  1. She gave a good speech. They made a good effort to make sure she didnt say anything that could get her into trouble again and tried to make it so she was a nice daughter mother wife etc. They overstressed the how she met her husband a bit for my taste cause that is nothing of substance but in trying to humanize her they kinda needed to.
    I also found it funny how much they stressed Under God in all the speeches last night.

    Overall I think white america will sleep much better now cause she is all the sudden proud of america for the second time in her adult life.

  2. I still tend to think that she falls under the militant side of things. My guess is that she attendend thier church more than her husband and is probably more comfortable with thier pastor than he is.

  3. i say who cares if she didn’t feel proud of being an american until then. i think it’s very insulting for a “white” person (i hate the whole “race based on color” blumenbachian idea that is incredibly outdated and, well, stupid) to tell a “black” person how to feel about being american, or to say “you shouldn’t feel that way”. the legacy of a people being enslaved for 4 centuries and then following that suffering incredible injustices at every corner until the very recent future should make a person coming from that background not only suspicious but perhaps not all that warm & fuzzy about the land they call home. you don’t know what it’s like to be black, so don’t judge her experience.

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