“John Edwards was right! says Michelle Malkin. “There are two Americas.”
Last night in Denver, Michelle Obama decribed America as a place of hope, a place where people come together during the course of “improbable journeys…where the current of history meets this new tide of hope. That is why I love this country.”
Last February Michelle Obama told us of the “other” America, an America where,
“life is not good: we’re a divided country, we’re a country that is “just downright mean,” we are guided by fear, we’re a nation of cynics, sloths, and complacents. “We have become a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day,”
It was an America that only when Barack Obama became a candidate for president did Mrs. Obama say she, “was proud of her country for the first time in her adult life.”
Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker last night because she had a job to do. She spoke not to explain Barack Obama, but to persuade Democrats that she was not the radical feminist her words of last winter portrayed her to be. She looked attractive and spoke well. It was a good speech – but not a great speech. Its ideas were a laundry list of liberal doctrines. There was little substance and little of what Obama would do if elected president aside from, “to end the war in Iraq responsibly, to build an economy that lifts every family, to make health care available for every American, and to make sure every child in this nation gets a world class education all the way from preschool to college.”
Upon clinching the Democratic nomination Barack Obama said,
“This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. We are the hope of those boys who have little; who’ve been told that they cannot have what they dream; that they cannot be what they imagine.
Last night Michelle Obama followed up with,
“how this time, we listened to our hopes, instead of our fears. How this time, we decided to stop doubting and to start dreaming. How this time, in this great country — where a girl from the South Side of Chicago can go to college and law school, and the son of a single mother from Hawaii can go all the way to the White House.”
Not quite as audacious as Barack and she left out the part about when the rise of the oceans begin to slow and our planet begins to heal. I think maybe those two promises have been dropped from the Democratic Party platform.
If last night was the first time one had heard Michelle Obama speak, one would most likely have come away impressed. On the other hand, if one was familiar with some of Mrs. Obama’s prior speeches, one would be sorely pressed to ask, “Will the real Michelle Obama please stand up.”