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Daily Blog Buzz: Obama's Family and Friends

1:03 PM, May 6, 2008 • By SAMANTHA SAULT
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Yesterday, ahead of crucial primaries in North Carolina and Indiana, two people caused trouble for Obama: his wife Michelle, and his first fundraiser Bill Ayers. Will he disown them if he loses today?

Michelle Obama has been projecting anger and bitterness on the campaign trail. First, bloggers are catching on to Michelle's bitter stump speeches. Hugh Hewitt says that in her typical speech, "Michelle Obama discounts all the good that is going on in the country, skips over the deep generosity of Americans, and ignores the astonishing economic and social progress made in the U.S. since the close of W.W.II as she indicts aspect after aspect of American life." Power Line's Scott Johnson adds, "Michelle Obama seethes with bitterness. While she preaches the gospel according to Barack, she wears resentment and bitterness on her sleeve. It is therefore painful to listen to her. She's apparently even still angry about her SAT scores." And at NRO, Yuval Levin calls her simply "America's unhappiest millionaire." Where's the hope and change?

Second, as Brian Faughnan noted here, Michelle said at a weekend fundraiser that Obama has had to hold back "anger" and "frustration" over the campaign. Don Surber explains why this is a problem for Mr. Obama: "If Obama is as his wife says he is--impatient and angry--then he is far younger than his 46 years would indicate...Youth has many things to offer. Sound judgment and patience are not among them."

And then there's Bill Ayers, the radical criminal/terrorist/Weatherman whose recent America-hating words made blogosphere headlines not long ago. Obama has claimed that he was just a child when Ayers was most radical.

But Marathon Pundit posted a photo of Ayers stomping on the American flag in 2001. Radio Patriot posted another version. Power Line's John Hinderaker notes, "This would be after Ayers and Dohrn launched Obama's career with a fundraiser at their home, and in a year when Ayers donated to Obama's State Senate campaign fund and served with Obama on the board of the Woods Fund." As Ace says, "Obama was but a sprightly lad of eight forty one years old." Hot Air's Ed Morrissey says these photos "will again raise questions about Obama's judgment in working with America-hating radicals and lunatics. At some point, one has to wonder whether this shows bad judgment or reveals something about Obama's real views on America and politics."