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Editorial: Michelle Obama A Budding Eleanor Roosevelt?

Right wing critics are fastening onto Michelle Obama and in order to transform her into some wild eyed un-American woman who doesn’t belong in the White House. I have been fascinated how attacks on her resemble those made about Eleanor Roosevelt. Mrs. Roosevelt was always much more liberal than her husband and openly sided with oppressed people and those facing discrimination. Her famous fight to get Marion Anderson to sing in Washington D.C. aroused the fury of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Who can forget, Franklin Roosevelt’s famous remarks to that group which began, “fellow immigrants?Michelle Obama can look forward to one smear after another in the coming years but I have a hunch she will become the symbol of the Obama presidency as the one who identifies with poor people in this nation.

If is is any consolation to Mrs.Obama, the attacks on Eleanor Roosevelt were ongoing and she was charged with having romances, of being a lesbian, and even having an affair with a Negro man– in those days, that was a serious charge. They will dig up anything and everything about Michelle Obama because she is very bright, a fighter, and a person concerned with issues of social justice. They have already distorted her speech about being proud of her husband and America and transforming it into a plug for Barack while leaving out the rest of the sentence.

So, Michelle, read up on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt and learn what she experienced. I was raised in a working class Jewish family and she, much more than her husband, was the one we thought would help us to deal with discrimination. She was always there as a rock of support for the working class even when her husband had to make compromises. So, Mrs. Obama, become the modern Eleanor Roosevelt and never shut up, never cease fighting for human rights, and just ignore the slanders of hate.

P.S. As a teenager, I saw Eleanor Roosevelt when she came to our high school. She told us to fight for human rights and never give up. The audience of about a thousand teenagers were crying when she finished. As she walked down the aisle I reached out and touched her. I hope some day children will want to touch you for a fleeting moment.

Swiftboating Michelle Obama Won’t Work!

During the past two presidential elections, the Republican party and right wing conservatives have been remarkably successful at tarnishing the reputation of Democratic opponents. In 2004, a Democratic senator who lost both arms and legs fighting in Vietnam was transformed into a disloyal American while draft dodgers like Dick Cheney came across as paragons of patriotism. Michelle Obama is the latest target of the smear artists who want to create an image of an angry black woman who hates America. A Hillary Clinton supporter last month claimed that Mrs. Obama had preached hate of white people and she allegedly referred to them as “whitey.” As Mrs. Obama recently told a reporter: “You can be amazed sometimes at how deep the lies can be, I mean, ‘whitey?’ That’s something George Jefferson would say. Anyone who says that doesn’t know me. They don’t know anything about me.”

It is interesting the white Clinton blogger used a term that was common on a TV program that aired years ago in which a black working man verbally fights with a white racist bigot and both employ hateful slang expressions. Mrs. Obama is an Ivy League graduate and it is highly unlikely she spent her years in graduate school talking in such a manner. The swiftboaters are out in force and so far have been rather successful misquoting her comments. The expression, “for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country” is widely circulated on the Internet although the remaining part of the sentence is conveniently left out–“and not just because Barack has done well but because I think people are hungry for change.”

Ironically, Michelle Obama represents what right wing critics have been urging she be the model for black Americans. She comes from a hard working black working class family which spent energy urging their children to obtain an education. They were successful and now the critics are condemning the children for having obtained education. It is amazing that a black woman could emerge from a working class background and now be accused of being an “elitist!!” Hopefully, Americans will not be swayed by the distorting words of swiftboaters.

What Did Michelle Obama Really Say!

The Republican smear artists are back at work trying to replicate their success in 2000 and 2004. The latest object of the campaign of distortion and lies is Michelle Obama. Reports are circulating across the Internet and MySpace about the remarks made by the senator’s wife in which she supposedly said she was not proud of America until it got around to nominating her husband. We print the actual words spoken by Michelle Obama and leave it to readers if her remarks are accurately being presented.

“What we have learned over this year is that hope of making a comeback. It is making a comeback and let me tell you something. For the first time in my adult life I’m proud of my country, and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment. I’ve seen people who are hungry to be unified around some common issues and it’s made me proud.

And I feel privileged to be part of even witnessing this traveling around states all over this country and being reminded that there is more that unites us than divides us, that the struggles of a farmer in Iowa are no different than what’s happening on the south side of Chicago, that people are feeling the same pain and w anting the same things for their families.”

This is what this courageous woman said, not what you have seen or heard on the media. Don’t allow Republicans to swift boat another candidate with their lies.