Michelle Obama and modern American identity

Last night, Michelle Obama delivered what by many accounts was the best speech not just of the opening night of the Democratic Convention but of either convention to date. As David Gergen put it on CNN, “If they have two more nights like this, they can probably break this race open.”

(Text available here.)

Gergen’s enthusiasm aside, statements by spouses do not swing elections. (The exception may have been Hillary Clinton’s 1992 rescue operation on “60 Minutes,” in which she stalwartly defended her husband against philandering charges.) But in her well-written, well-delivered speech, the current First Lady nonetheless accomplished something important, reminding a rapt audience in Charlotte and tens of millions watching at home that she and her husband are very much in the modern American mainstream, drawing upon this nation’s traditional values to guide both their private lives as well as their political sentiments.

Even those who disagree strongly with those political sentiments should be able to acknowledge that Obama and his wife are quintessentially, honestly American, and that Obama’s story reflects much of what is best about this nation. Whatever their final verdict of his presidency, for example, historians will marvel that the first black person elected to the White House was elected just seven years after the attacks of 2001, and that he was named Barack Hussein Obama. They will attribute that success, quite accurately, to an American generosity of spirit, a true example of American exceptionalism, even as they are also forced to note the sour paranoia that it inspired in some quarters.

As Obama himself put it in a 2004 speech to the Democratic National Convention, “I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that in no other country on earth is my story even possible.”

That’s the part that some conservatives cannot accept. To acknowledge that Barack Obama is just as American as they are is to acknowledge the ways in which their America has changed, and they cannot bring themselves to embrace those changes. In their minds, to do so would be to lose an America that has already gone, transformed into something still true to its roots but recognizably different, as it has always been different.

Instead, they flock in large numbers to the demogogic “2016: Obama’s America,” seeking reassurance — no matter how absurd — that this Obama is indeed something different, something unAmerican and even anti-American, and that their own deep-set suspicions are valid.

That is not the Obama that most of their fellow citizens see. It was certainly not the person whom his wife described to them last night. And it’s sad. Those who instinctively reject not just Obama’s policies — which are of course subject to fierce and honest debate — but Obama as an American are in fact alienating themselves from their own country. They are defining themselves out of its mainstream, and by doing so they lose what they are trying so passionately to retain.

– Jay Bookman

876 comments Add your comment

Geo

September 5th, 2012
8:52 am

I don’t know: Angela Davis comes to mind.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

September 5th, 2012
8:54 am

She was simply inspiring.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

September 5th, 2012
8:54 am

Ok to start the beat down on the panicky Conservatives?

Jay

September 5th, 2012
8:54 am

No, Finn.

It is not.

HDB

September 5th, 2012
8:55 am

If you compare the view from both conventions, one could see that the Democrats look like America’s FUTURE….a mosiac of different cultures blending into one fabric, whereas the Republicans looked like a monochromatic background with looks like America’s PAST!!

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

September 5th, 2012
8:55 am

the sour paranoia that it inspired in some quarters.

Don’t sugar coat it, Jay!

Cosby

September 5th, 2012
8:56 am

Seemed to copy Mrs. Romney pitch..but that is politics..the choice is a line in the sand…do we, the USA want a Marxist country dictated by a strong central government or do we want to have a chance at returning to individual responsibility,limited government intervention with our lives..yes the choice is obvious..never before have I seen an election where the choice is so clear….a last point, The Dems last night talked about the USA coming together as one…but I guess we do not need to include the rich. God have mercy on the USA

Jay

September 5th, 2012
8:56 am

And Geo, most Americans will see a comment like yours, weigh it against the speech they saw last night, and conclude that you, not she, is well outside the American mainstream.

You confirm and in fact exemplify my thesis.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

September 5th, 2012
8:58 am

And to think, it took a Socialist Muslim from Kenya to bring this country back from the brink of destruction where that drunk cowboy from Texas left us.

St Simons - he-ne-ha

September 5th, 2012
9:00 am

they have established their own alternate universe habitat, and have
just crawled in the bubble and now live in it, consciously ignoring
the outside world and all that goes on in it – a common practice
among species who sense their own extinction in a new age.

hey, i keep waiting – when are W, Cheney, Rush, & Hannity speaking?
Maybe they’ll let em speak at THIS convention.
They wouldn’t let em near a camera at the other one.
Why would a party trying to get elected hide all the leaders of their
own pahhtay?

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

September 5th, 2012
9:00 am

Cosby

She does.

Have mercy on America, or haven’t you noticed?

Jm

September 5th, 2012
9:02 am

Obama is a 1%’er American

Quagmire

September 5th, 2012
9:02 am

Beautiful Woman and a Great Speech. Now if you turn a deaf ear to both conventions and just look at the crowds, one is growing and the other is dying. Funny to hear cons say limited government but they want government to make choices for women. Damn fools.

President Barak, I support you 200% but if you mess up with Michelle. I will be the first one to ask her for a date…………….:-)). Cons that hate on Michelle, the probably come up short below the belt.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

September 5th, 2012
9:02 am

CBS says she wrote the speech herself.

Jm

September 5th, 2012
9:04 am

Real Americans vacation at the local lake, beach, or these days just at home.

Not at 5 star hotels in Spain with their entourage on the taxpayer dime.

Jay

September 5th, 2012
9:04 am

b-man, Bill Clinton tonight and Obama tomorrow night.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

September 5th, 2012
9:07 am

Even those who disagree strongly with those political sentiments should be able to acknowledge that Obama and his wife are quintessentially, honestly American, and that Obama’s story reflects much of what is best about this nation.

Jay, have you not been reading the articles and posts of the conned extreme?

Lord Help Us

September 5th, 2012
9:07 am

Michelle is an amazing woman. Beautiful, smart, strong and most importantly a good person and awesome parent.

When I hear the unhinged rantings against her from the likes of a Palin, Hannity, Limbaugh, etc., it truly reflects weak, fragile minds that are wrapped up in an ideology in which their only defense is to try and dehumanize its opponents…

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

September 5th, 2012
9:08 am

According to the folks at Twitter, Michelle Obama’s speech garnered 28,000 tweets a minute — double what Mitt Romney got during the Republican convention last week.

~ThinkProgress

St Simons - he-ne-ha

September 5th, 2012
9:09 am

ABC – “The Democratic bench of female stars is very broad and deep”

I’m gonna make a call here.
That young cub beat writer is NOT married.

Wally

September 5th, 2012
9:09 am

Conservatives are really gonna keep harping on the vacation bit, huh? Really? After Bush the Lesser’s visits to the ranch?

And, please, bring up the $16 trillion debt. Obama’s built on either saving capitalism or as a helping hand to Americans. The majority, from Ronaldus Maximus and Shrub, going to either pay for MX missiles or wars in Iraq. Please, let’s have that talk.

F. Sinkwich

September 5th, 2012
9:09 am

I didn’t see the speech but I read that Castro gave the warm-up.

I guess Chavez wasn’t available.

Also, I have it on good authority that Jay wrote this blog last June.

MiltonMan

September 5th, 2012
9:10 am

No mention of Castro & his lame attempt to relate his experience (an illegitimate kid who only got into Stanford because of Affirmative Action after testing at a crappy 1200 on the SAT) as being the “American Dream”???

I guess Michelle finally likes America now that her husband has been nominated and elected POTUS.

barking frog

September 5th, 2012
9:11 am

Michelle Obama is a big
part of why the President
was elected. So are the
children.

Georgia on my mind...

September 5th, 2012
9:12 am

Kudos to Michelle as well as Lilly Ledbetter!!

Aquagirl

September 5th, 2012
9:13 am

Conservatives are really gonna keep harping on the vacation bit, huh?

It’s not like they have anything else. Besides insulting the keynote speaker for his last name.

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

September 5th, 2012
9:13 am

Nice to see Dems fighting back and not playing nice. Bullies hate to be bullied themselves and the Republican whining about it is really funny.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

September 5th, 2012
9:13 am

MiltonMan

September 5th, 2012
9:13 am

“they have established their own alternate universe habitat, and have
just crawled in the bubble and now live in it, consciously ignoring
the outside world and all that goes on in it – a common practice
among species who sense their own extinction in a new age.”

Please do remind us how this “party of extinction” is doing in Georgia???

Grasshopper

September 5th, 2012
9:14 am

Identity politics. What fun.

ByteMe - Political thug

September 5th, 2012
9:14 am

To acknowledge that Barack Obama is just as American as they are is to acknowledge the ways in which their America has changed, and they cannot bring themselves to embrace those changes.

And it shows up in so many little ways… like attacking women who want birth control prescriptions covered by their insurance as “sluts”.

Butch Cassidy (I)

September 5th, 2012
9:14 am

Wally – “going to either pay for MX missiles ”

My dad was one of the engineers that worked on the design of the MX Missle system when Thiokol was awarded the contract. I remember him saying, “this has to be one of the most expensive paper projects we’ve ever worked on” Basically, that there would be millions spent on a defense system that had no chance of ever becoming a reality. That from a guy who worked on both the M.I.R.V. and Minuteman I and II. LOL

Lord Help Us

September 5th, 2012
9:15 am

I figured the combination of Carter’s endorsement, the Ted Kennedy speech and Michelle’s speech would place the cons in full unhinged mode.

Looking at comments at RedState and Breitbart shows a depravity that is juvenile, unbelievable and unAmerican…

ByteMe - Political thug

September 5th, 2012
9:15 am

Please do remind us how this “party of extinction” is doing in Georgia???

small enough to only fit into the bedrooms of radicals and rednecks.

Peter

September 5th, 2012
9:15 am

Wow the cross section of folks shown on TV was amazing……..The GOP had white folks and …….

MiltonMan

September 5th, 2012
9:15 am

It’s not like they have anything else. Besides insulting the keynote speaker for his last name.

Well unlike the libs, we only have 50 states to work with & not 57.

Jm

September 5th, 2012
9:15 am

The debt, over $150,000 per household.

How do you plan to repay yours?

If you’re one of the 50% of Americans that don’t pay income taxes, I guess you don’t plan to pay yours.

So I guess that’s $300k per taxpaying household.

We Love Our First Lady - The FLOTUS with the Mostest

September 5th, 2012
9:16 am

@Finn McCool (The System isn’t Broken; It’s Fixed)

September 5th, 2012
8:58 am
And to think, it took a Socialist Muslim from Kenya to bring this country back from the brink of destruction where that drunk cowboy from Texas left us.

*********************************************************************************************

Its people like you who are going to put Obama back into the White House.

People are tired of HATE.

AIN’T YOU TIRED FINN?

Hate has had its day but love will pave the way for Obama.

TaxPayer

September 5th, 2012
9:16 am

You just can’t get any more United States of “Americans” than the Obamas.

new guy

September 5th, 2012
9:16 am

Jay, this won’t get much attention. Attention will focus instead on the contrast between the life experiences of the Obamas, on the one hand, and the Romneys, on the other. But there was a powerful message in this speech about selflessness, captured in the image of Michelle Obama’s father coming home from another day at work, struggling to climb the stairs because of his MS. The anecdote about his determination to pay his portion of her tuition on the first day it was due — I won’t soon forget that. In one sense, therefore, the speech was an indictment of the “What about me? When do I get mine? What’s he done for me?” sentiment that the Romney/Ryan ticket is setting out to encourage and promising to gratify. Michelle Obama was saying: let’s be patient, let’s work hard, and let’s think first and foremost about making things better for our kids and grandkids. Brilliant speech.

Bloomberg Troll

September 5th, 2012
9:16 am

Grasshopper

September 5th, 2012
9:16 am

Democrats just keep on pretending that the elections of 2010 didn’t happen.

The fact that D’s got ’shellacked’ that year…just ignore that.

ByteMe - Political thug

September 5th, 2012
9:16 am

Gov Patrick telling Democrats that they can win if they grow a backbone was awesome.

ByteMe - Political thug

September 5th, 2012
9:17 am

Democrats just keep on pretending that the elections of 2010 didn’t happen.

And Republicans pretend that that was the only election that happened.

ByteMe - Political thug

September 5th, 2012
9:19 am

And while Mom was off kicking ass, Dad was sitting at home with the kids, watching TV:

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/barack-obama-first-daughters-watch-michelle-obamas-dnc

Paul

September 5th, 2012
9:19 am

Many immigrant groups came here, settled in neighborhoods where they were comfortable settling into their new country, then they and their descendants moved out, singly, into the larger population. There they mixed and mingled and shared and understood and understood what it means to be an American.

Seems some have created an identity in their minds that takes them back to the time of ‘us’ banded together against all of ‘them.’

Maybe that’s why the opposite of progressive is regressive.

Rockerbabe

September 5th, 2012
9:19 am

Mrs. Obama was absolutley fabulour last night! Her speech was engaging, heartfelt and very informative. Mrs. Obama has been a wonderful, engaging and beautiful First Lady and I am very happy to be in the same political party as she and her husband. Good gooding Michelle!

Butch Cassidy (I)

September 5th, 2012
9:19 am

Grasshopper – “Democrats just keep on pretending that the elections of 2010 didn’t happen. ”

Actually, I think they’re actually counting on people remembering 2010 and the GOP rallying cry of JOBS,JOBS, JOBS!! Pretend it didn’t happen? no, I think they fully embrace it and see it as yet another reason why Obama will be re-elected.

Peter

September 5th, 2012
9:20 am

Jm .. Bush made vacations an art form.. and did it with such regularity……. heck a vacation was taken instead of seeing Katrina victims, a fly by was all he could muster.

Please America would be on track if the congress and senate went to work instead of on vacation.

Matti

September 5th, 2012
9:20 am

Please do remind us how this “party of extinction” is doing in Georgia???

You mean the Dixiecrats who currently call themselves Georgia Republicans? Why, they’re running this state right into the friggin ground by every meaningful measure. Or did you mean personally? Well, Governor Shady has almost completely wiped out $4 mil in personal debt in less than one term… on $135K/salary per year! Not that he’s offering personal money management seminars to the good folks who voted him in, though. I’m sure it starts with Ramen noodles for dinner every night, and has nothing to do with being as crooked as 30-yr-old dogwood tree buried in kudzu. I think jobs will be created, though, when y’all pay your illegal landscapers four bucks an hour to build that wall around Milton so you can secede. Enjoy that!

Aquagirl

September 5th, 2012
9:20 am

Well unlike the libs, we only have 50 states to work with & not 57

Too bad, maybe with a few extra states Mitt could have found American banks to hold his excess moneybags.

USinUK - thug with a uterus ... and former Girl Scout

September 5th, 2012
9:21 am

“And Republicans pretend that that was the only election that happened.”
:lol:

well said

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

September 5th, 2012
9:21 am

JAY,

I agree with your assessment but after the rhetoric of both conventions fades into memory (most have attention span of a gnat when it comes to politics) we will go back to whether the individual is better off today and who competes more favorably in a Jerry Springer stage.

Yes, the idea that we have, and have shown the world that we have made historic favorable movement with our diversity and war on racism…I’m very concerned however that the DEMS spent most of their pre-convention rhetoric on how bad things are and will be for the middle class and minorities and the race card is beginning to be more common place..

Peter

September 5th, 2012
9:22 am

Well no matter what you think about back bone… AMERICA has been SAFE under the Democrats, but not our enemies, Bin Laden is your example……a simple Job the GOP wouldn’t do, because of the family connections.

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

September 5th, 2012
9:22 am

Good morning all y’all!

JAY,
Well written and to the point. I think some Conservative heads are spinning around and spewing split pea soup… :D

As to the First lady…a Lady, indeed….I wonder if she would consider running for President in 2016?

That would be something to see, you betcha…

USinUK - thug with a uterus ... and former Girl Scout

September 5th, 2012
9:23 am

“we will go back to whether the individual is better off today ”

anyone who doesn’t think that we’re better off today than in 2008 when the economy was hemorrhaging -800,000+ jobs a month is on CRACK

MiltonMan

September 5th, 2012
9:24 am

“small enough to only fit into the bedrooms of radicals and rednecks.”

Move aside juvenile. I will make it easy for you:

Control all levels of state government – check
US House seats 8-5 (will be 9-5 with the new district; Barrow in trouble; Bishop barely won re-election)
US Senate Seats – Both controlled by (R)s

Keep Up the Good Fight!

September 5th, 2012
9:25 am

Well the GOP only pretends that part of 2010 happened…. delivering on their promises of Jobs, Jobs, Jobs is pretend for Abort, Abort, Abort

USMC

September 5th, 2012
9:25 am

“As David Gergen put it on CNN, “If they have two more nights like this, they can probably break this race open.””–JAY BOOKMAN

Beat the drum all you want Jay, but if you are basing your victory on David Gergen I feel pretty confident for Romney. :-)

What you saw last night was a gathering of Racial and Identity groups that ignorantly pray to the Government for the cure to all of their problems and insecurities.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

September 5th, 2012
9:25 am

Elizabeth Warren speaks tonight

She will be President in 2016.

ByteMe - Political thug

September 5th, 2012
9:26 am

Move aside juvenile.

Figure you’d resort to name-calling. Borrrring!!! :lol:

And you certainly confirmed my point.

MiltonMan

September 5th, 2012
9:26 am

“Too bad, maybe with a few extra states Mitt could have found American banks to hold his excess moneybags.”

Libs & their hate for the rich seem to have forgotten that JFK was a monied man.

Matti

September 5th, 2012
9:26 am

Thank you, MiltonMan, for pointing out that the shizzzy state of this state is not the fault of progressive thinkers! God bless you.

Mr. Snarky

September 5th, 2012
9:27 am

She hit it out of the park, plain and simple. Nobody else has done that so far this year.

Butch Cassidy (I)

September 5th, 2012
9:27 am

MiltonMan -”Control all levels of state government – check
US House seats 8-5 (will be 9-5 with the new district; Barrow in trouble; Bishop barely won re-election)
US Senate Seats – Both controlled by (R)s”

Oh, that’s why your states unemployment rate keeps going up. They’re doing a heck of a job Brownie!! Thanks for the clarification.

ByteMe - Political thug

September 5th, 2012
9:27 am

but if you are basing your victory on David Gergen I feel pretty confident for Romney

The “if” part of your clause was unnecessary. We already know you’re a homer for Multiple-Choice Romney.

Peter

September 5th, 2012
9:28 am

If you’re one of the 50% of Americans that don’t pay income taxes, I guess you don’t plan to pay yours.

You must be talking about those millionaires who don’t pay taxes correct ? I have been reading allot about those folks !

Jm would you rather have some debt…or nothing at all, which is exactly what it was looking like at the end of the Bush 8 years ? By the Way how mush of that was brought on by Bush ?

Jm

September 5th, 2012
9:28 am

Usmc

Not necessarily disagreeing with your statement

Buy Gergen used to be a Republican (and probably still is)

Michelle is a good actress

Butch Cassidy (I)

September 5th, 2012
9:28 am

USMC – “What you saw last night was a gathering of Racial and Identity groups that ignorantly pray to the Government for the cure to all of their problems and insecurities.”

Perhaps, but there are more of them than there are Romneybots. How do you think that bodes for a GOP POTUS?

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

September 5th, 2012
9:28 am

USNUK,

Can you explain to me exactly how the INDIVIDUAL average middle classer is better off? Some of the national metrics are better to be sure but the contibution of the current regime’s policies are debatable…these same DEMS where previously victimizing the middle class joe and predicting further gloom, doom and despair if he were to loose office…

ByteMe - Political thug

September 5th, 2012
9:29 am

She will be President in 2016.

Nope. Not gonna happen. She speaks like a professor, not someone who can get the crowd on its feet. She’s having trouble winning in one of the most liberal states in the nation.

TaxPayer

September 5th, 2012
9:29 am

MiltonMan is bragging about GOP ownership of the loser state of Georgia. :lol:

Keep Up the Good Fight!

September 5th, 2012
9:29 am

Time to play: Where in the world is Mitt’s money today?

Here’s your clues: It has mountains, often used for tax evasion, and they invented those little marshmellows that go in hot chocolate.

Peter

September 5th, 2012
9:29 am

MiltonMan. did you see the diversity of folks at the convention, heck there were colored folks there. amazing isn’t it ?

Butch Cassidy (I)

September 5th, 2012
9:30 am

MIltonMan – “Libs & their hate for the rich seem to have forgotten that JFK was a monied man.”

So am I, but I don’t dislike Mitt for his money, I simply can’t bring myself to vote for a guy that has been running for 6 years and still can’t seem to close the deal. But if you want to root for the third string player, by all means, be my guest.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

September 5th, 2012
9:30 am

Move aside juvenile.

now that’s ironic

Brosephus™

September 5th, 2012
9:31 am

do we, the USA want a Marxist country dictated by a strong central government or do we want to have a chance at returning to individual responsibility,limited government intervention with our lives..yes the choice is obvious..never before have I seen an election where the choice is so clear

Well, given that some on the far right want to return us to the limited government of the Articles of Confederation, you’re right, the choice is very clear. History told us how the Articles of Confederation turned out, and it wasn’t pretty. We don’t want that again. The Constitution suits us quite nicely. No need to water it down any more than has already been done under the guise of limited government.

JamVet

September 5th, 2012
9:31 am

A knockout performance!

Slobbering, enraged Republican bloggers notwithstanding.

And her brother and mom were both great!

The woman and her family are American gems…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fPQC4eRJuk

Peter

September 5th, 2012
9:32 am

What you saw last night was a gathering of Racial and Identity groups that ignorantly pray to the Government for the cure to all of their problems and insecurities.

Everyone has an opinion.. too bad yours isn’t true except in your own mind….. You must be a legend ?

Jay

September 5th, 2012
9:32 am

“No mention of Castro & his lame attempt to relate his experience (an illegitimate kid who only got into Stanford because of Affirmative Action after testing at a crappy 1200 on the SAT) as being the “American Dream”???

I appreciate MiltonMan bringing this up, because it illustrates an important point. Julian Castro does freely acknowledge that he was admitted to Stanford despite having received just a 1210 on the SAT, but as he also points out, he also made the most of that opportunity, going on to Harvard Law and now a very promising political career. This is supposed to be “unfair” or something in the mind of MiltonMan.

Of course, George W. Bush also scored just 1206 on his SAT yet was somehow admitted into Yale. In his case, it wasn’t through Affirmative Action, but because his daddy and grand-daddy had gone to Yale, and because grand-dad was a senator, and because, well, George W. was a Bush.

In MiltonMan’s America, this is all well and good. That is how things “ought” to be.

Affirmative action, on the other hand, is deeply unfair and discriminatory because it allows “an illegitimate kid” by the name of Castro or Obama at least a shot at the success all but guaranteed to someone named Bush.

Proud American

September 5th, 2012
9:32 am

When do you know when Paul Ryan is lying. Answer: Every time he opens his mouth.

From what I hear and see, Romney’s platform is to beat President Obama. It is sad that Romney doesn’t have a clue about this country and he thought that he would get Ryan to cover this fact up. All he got was a liar in Paul Ryan who also doesn’t have a clue. Doesn’t Ryan know he has been fact checked so many times and he has lied 98% of the time that we can’t believe anything he says.

Brosephus™

September 5th, 2012
9:33 am

Move aside juvenile. I will make it easy for you:

Control all levels of state government – check
US House seats 8-5 (will be 9-5 with the new district; Barrow in trouble; Bishop barely won re-election)
US Senate Seats – Both controlled by (R)s

And where are the jobs that trickle down should be raining on Georgia? Seems that the GOP has control of the wheel but ain’t producing much at all. So, if they can’t effectively run Georgia, why should we give them control of the entire country?

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

September 5th, 2012
9:33 am

PETER,

To be fair, the intelligence infrastucture was devastated by Clinton years so it had to be rebuilt during 8 years of Bush’s crappy term before Obama could take advantage…I sure can claim any of us were in danger by this irrelevant man hiding in Pakistan with rheems of porn..glad we got him but some persective is fair…

Also, why does it matter who is to blame? What matters is who can best guide us thru the not to be seen yet recovery. Raising taxes on the rich is only 16% or the puzzle and simply divisive campaign rhetoric…IMO

ByteMe - Political thug

September 5th, 2012
9:34 am

Can you explain to me exactly how the INDIVIDUAL average middle classer is better off?

4 million more jobs instead of hemorraging jobs.

Important changes to health care coverage to make it easier to get and keep your policy.

Wider availability of gay marriage. Gays can serve openly in the military and fight for this country because of their love of this country instead of being sidelined because of their love of someone else (I love that line :) ).

All without any real help from Republicans who sat and whined. What did Romney do? Complain about anything that would tear down the President. Oh, and hide his money off-shore like a real American.

USinUK - thug with a uterus ... and former Girl Scout

September 5th, 2012
9:34 am

“Beat the drum all you want Jay, but if you are basing your victory on David Gergen I feel pretty confident for Romney”

just a reminder, jay is talking about DAVID gergen. who worked for nixon, ford and reagan.

you want to rethink your statement???

curious

September 5th, 2012
9:35 am

Today’s Luckovich cartoon pretty well sums it up.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

September 5th, 2012
9:35 am

BRO,

I don’t see solid evidence that either economic strategy is more successful than the other…I think we need a touch of both plus some creative thought…

cloudodust

September 5th, 2012
9:35 am

Yes Virginia, Camelot is dead… Ted Kennedy, the Democrat icon praised in memorial last night, the very same Ted Kennedy that saw women as an object to satisfy his lust for power over them, a murderer of one woman we know of, is put on a remembrance pedistal last night. They ought to be ashamed. What a party…

Brosephus™

September 5th, 2012
9:35 am

Jay @ 9:32

I didn’t want to touch that one and risk wearing out my welcome here. You stated that far more diplomatically than I could have ever done.

Jm

September 5th, 2012
9:35 am

Peter 9:28 Please try writing something that isn’t completely nonsensical next time

Thanks

USMC

September 5th, 2012
9:36 am

“Buy Gergen used to be a Republican (and probably still is)”

I am well aware of that JM, but David Gergen has been watered down to the CNN edition of a Conservative, and he always misses the point.
Sure he jumped on the Obama bandwagon last election, but he has pretty much lost relevancy over the last ten years. He does just enough to keep his job at CNN without rocking the boat.

Lord Help Us

September 5th, 2012
9:36 am

‘the very same Ted Kennedy that saw women as an object to satisfy his lust for power over them, a murderer of one woman we know of, is put on a remembrance pedistal last night.’

And the one that beat Mitt like a rented mule…

Mario

September 5th, 2012
9:36 am

Jay,

I try to take my opinions on subjects by looking at it from both sides and am doing the same as i write this comment. I do agree with you when you say some conservatives see Obama as “un-american” but i do sincerely believe that the Republican Convention this year was based on a general disagreement on Obama as a policymaker, not a human being. I’d have to say from a policy-aside perspective that Obama is definetly the more likeable guy. However, i believe that there is nothing wrong with bringing up disagreements on his policies and his motives in where he wants to take this country. You dont have to believe them but thats the beauty of America; you have the freedom to believe what you want. This is the same as people voting for Obama just because he is black and not even looking to his policies.
As for people calling Obama “un-american” and bashing him through the media, can’t the same be said for Romney? The whole Obama campaign this year seems to be attacking and throwing mud on Romney’s name rather than attacking the main issues of the economy. I long for the day that reports both sides objectively rather than just pushing forward a higher agenda. I look forward to what you respond to this if you do have the time to respond.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

September 5th, 2012
9:37 am

Proud,
If the guy will lie about his workouts, I would imagine Ryan would be willing to lie about anything.

Sad, scary but sad.

USinUK - thug with a uterus ... and former Girl Scout

September 5th, 2012
9:38 am

“Can you explain to me exactly how the INDIVIDUAL average middle classer is better off? ”

well, setting aside the fact that the INDIVIDUAL middle classer can no longer be denied health care for a pre-existing condition … and setting aside the fact that the PRIVATE sector is growing … what’s your beef???

if your beef is that jobs aren’t growing fast enough, then bitch to the CEOs who have been paid record salaries while holding their subordinates’ payrolls stagnant

if your beef is property values, then please explain to me EXACTLY how the president should change that

Junior Samples

September 5th, 2012
9:38 am

Four years ago she said that for the first time in her life she was proud of her country. I’m glad she FINALLY came around since her husband is the president and all.

USMC

September 5th, 2012
9:38 am

Faktchek: Obama campaign caught spreading lies again! :-)

Israeli official denies calling GOP ‘dangerous’ as DNC says quote was ‘misrepresented’
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/04/israeli-ambassador-denies-reported-remarks-on-israel-while-dnc-chair-calls/#ixzz25bP4gYRZ

Maximum

September 5th, 2012
9:39 am

Republicans ratcheted up our nation’s debt with two unfunded wars compounded by two massive tax cuts that mostly benefitted the uber-wealthy, but now they pretend to care about the deficit. To these Republicans I say: pay your bills, deadbeats!

USinUK - thug with a uterus ... and former Girl Scout

September 5th, 2012
9:40 am

“David Gergen has been watered down to the CNN edition of a Conservative”

aaaaaaaaaaaaaand THAT’S the problem with the GOP today … purity tests. doesn’t matter that Gergen has the chops and track record, it’s “are you far enough right for me TODAY”

Jm

September 5th, 2012
9:40 am

“The woman and her family are American gems…”

And the idolatry and hero worship hasn’t completely died.

Jamvet, he will walk on water on day, just you wait