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She Said What?

3:28 PM, Feb 20, 2008 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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Okay, I'm stealing the headline from John Podhoretz's post earlier this week. Way back on Monday, Michelle Obama revealed that she felt no pride in her country prior to her husband becoming the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. Today she's gone and done it again. Dean just posted the quote:

"Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed."

Back up. Didn't Barack, just today, thusly explain why Michelle never liked America:

What she meant was, this is the first time that she's been proud of the politics of America. Because she's pretty cynical about the political process, and with good reason, and she's not alone.

So for more than two decades, Michelle's been cynical. But when her husband is president, he will "demand" that we shed our cynicism. No. I will remain cynical. But then again, I hold my commander in chief to a higher standard. I expect him to at least suppress his cynicism while in public, which Michelle is apparently unable to do, even if her husband can. And it strikes me that no candidate in history has benefited more from this country's "uninvolved, uninformed" electorate than Barack Obama. Even his own supporters can't name a single legislative achievement in the man's record. If the American people had any idea how little Obama has done for his state and his country, they might have second thoughts. But they like his speeches, so they've gotten involved. They remain uninformed, and Michelle had better hope they stay that way.