I voted for Barack Obama, but…

February 20th, 2008

…I probably would not have if I had heard Michelle Obama say:

“And let me tell you something — for the first time in my adult lifetime, viagra usa thumb I am really proud of my country.”

In her lifetime, cialis usa the United States has put a man on the moon, won the Cold War, created the Internet, gave her the opportunity to graduate from Harvard and made her husband a U.S. Senator, but she found nothing to be proud of until now?

Quite honestly, I understand this was a slip of the tongue. But I think it was a Freudian slip. And it’s the sort of slip that reveals an attitude of resentment, negativity, and ingratitude that dismays me.

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  • 1. still Unreal...  |  February 20th, 2008 at 7:36 am

    finding out there’s no santa is a tough thing, aint it?
    you forgot “entitled” to your descriptions, i think…

  • 2. Debunked  |  February 25th, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Reading comprehension is a great asset, especially for a journalist. Try re-reading her statement there, Elliot.

    “And let me tell you something — for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country.”

    Let’s see. She was born in 1964. That sort of disqualifies the whole moon landing scenario as adulthood, unless you consider a person an adult by the age of 5.

    Graduating from Harvard isn’t something she should be proud of her country for. It’s something she’s proud of herself for. We shouldn’t be proud that our country restricted blacks from education and then suddenly allowed them to pursue it. You don’t take away an inalienable right of human kind to live in a peaceful manner with society then be proud when you grant those rights to people. We should be proud of the people who put forth the effort to pursue it in the first place.

    As far as the Cold War is concerned, she was still young at that time too. That would’ve happened shortly after she graduated from Harvard (mid 20s). That said, I still don’t credit the US solely for “winning the Cold War.” Just more rhetoric to rationalize Reagan’s bloated and wasteful fiscal policies. The USSR collapsed because of horrible management of a Communist Society and would have collapsed on it’s own, regardless of our actions.

    Furthermore, the United States did not solely create the internet. While the US did pave the way toward a lot of the funding necessary for the infrastructure, several of the most fundamental technologies that drive the internet are not US creations at all. Do some research on the history of the internet, until you actually have some form of computer background to pull from.

    With all that said, I wouldn’t be proud of our country for voting for Barack Obama either, for the same reason I wouldn’t be proud of our country for her graduated from Harvard. Because it was something that shouldn’t have to be idealized or unique. It’s something that should merely be in a properly functioning and enlightened society of humans.

  • 3. elliot  |  February 25th, 2008 at 11:44 am

    All good points, Debunked.

    I knew I was pushing my luck with the moon landing, but I’m around her age and I’m proud of it, so I decided to stick it in any way. (And I did say it happened during her lifetime, not her adulthood.)

    And she certainly should be proud of herself for going to Harvard, but it’s America’s world-class system of higher education that created the Harvard she went to in the first place. (It’s just too bad that America’s primary schools aren’t as good as its universities.)

    And I think there is plenty of evidence that Reagan’s ridiculously high defense spending and the Russian’s disastrous attempts to keep up helped push the Soviet Union over the edge. They might have collapsed eventually under their own weight, but I think it’s disingenuous to act as if 30 years of committed resistance from the U.S. had nothing to do with their actual collapse.

    And, I think you’re being unnecessarily picky when it comes to the internet. Without ARPANET there would be no Internet. And while Tim Berners-Lee did create HTML, I said the “internet” not the “world wide web.” You can’t be seriously disputing that the net was primarily a creation of the U.S.?

    And, in a meta sense, you’re basically saying she’s right not to be proud of her country. I find that a little odd, since Michelle herself has since explained that that is not how she feels or what she meant.

  • 4. Debunked  |  February 25th, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Yes, the moon landing occurred during her lifetime. But not in her adult lifetime, which was her statement you were picking apart.

    I do agree with America having a university program that is second to none. But many Americans take it more for granted than actively being really proud of it due to it always having been there in our lifespan. Therefore, I still don’t think I would consider her graduating from Harvard as fair to judge her comment against.

    We can disagree on Reagan’s military policies pushing the Soviet Union over the edge, and likewise there is evidence to suggest that, while it might have sped up the process, it is uncertain if it sped it up by any meaningful span of time.

    As far as the Internet is concerned, I did state that the United States paved the way through funding, it was and still is an international creation.

    Last, I never stated she should not be proud of her country. I merely think if you are going to pick apart her comment as a psychological examination of her feelings toward the country, you should be more fair in your examples on what she should have been likewise been proud on in her adult life.

  • 5. elliot  |  February 25th, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    “I merely think if you are going to pick apart her comment as a psychological examination of her feelings toward the country, you should be more fair in your examples on what she should have been likewise been proud on in her adult life.”

    Fair enough, although I felt like my examples were all reasonable.

    Maybe a different list?

    For example: We created The Simpsons, World of Warcraft, GPS systems, and the Honeycrisp apple. ;)

  • 6. Debunked  |  February 25th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Well, I was thinking more along the lines of research and development, education (which we both appear to agree on, though your original statement could have been construed as “allowing her to go” rather than “her being ambitious enough to go”), and being one of the world leaders in reducing emissions.

    But I do like The Simpsons and I suppose I’ll have to try a Honeycrisp apple.

  • 7. elliot  |  February 25th, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    If you’ve never had a Honeycrisp, you are in for a very, very big treat. They’re out of season, but start looking for them next fall!

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