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HOUSTON, TEXAS--This is the video of the Michelle Obama comment about being "really proud" of her country for the "first time."

Michelle Obama said, ""What we have learned over this year is that hope is making a comeback. It is making a comeback. And let me tell you something — for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And 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 basic common issues, and it’s made me proud."

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I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THEIRS NO COMMENTS ON THIS OR MAYBE YOUR JUST NOT ACCEPTING THEM ON HERE,ITS CLEAR THAT SHES A HYPOCRITE AND THE ONLY REASONS SHE SAYS SHES PROUD OF HER COUNTRY IS BECAUSE SHE THINKS HES GETTING CLOSER TO BEING PRESIDENT. THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN GOOD TO THIS FAMILY I HAD MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT BARACK OBAMA BUT BUT NOW WITH THE FLAG PIN,AND THIS COMMENT I'M WONDERING IF THEIR DOING THIS FOR AMERICA OR THEMSELVES. YOU HAVE TO PUT NEGETIVE OPINION SOMETIMES FOR OBAMA

Michelle Obama's comments are not surprising at all if you have read some of the angry, militant comments she has made in the past. Ever since she has been in the spotlight for the last year she has sounded like a female Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. Also, her and her husband are far, far left radical liberals who are part of the "I hate America" crowd that also houses the likes of Michael Moore & Jane Fonda. BTW, I grew up on the southside just like Michelle Obama, so I know exactly what type of attitude and demeanor she has.

Look at reality! Basically all politicians are in it for themselves, no matter what they say. Cut their paychecks and you will see why they are in office. Have you ever heard of them taking a paycut? I think Michelle was expressing what a lot of people in the America are feeling. And yes we need a change,and finally someone is really listening. We have been waiting a long time. And everyone living here should be proud of their country.

What's the problem?

The founding fathers gave us a government intended to be BY the people. We're supposed to get involved and participate in politics and government. That's how it works. That's the point.

For years now, way too many people have been buying into the rightwing talk radio cult of cynicism, "they're all alike" and "you can't do anything about it anyway".

Then Obama shows up and says "yes we can". Yes we can do something about it. There's more that unites us than divides us, and we certainly can get together and change things for the better.

People all over the country have shown up at rallies, gotten involved in Obama's campaign, and most importantly gotten involved with issues in their community, state and country. Politics is no longer seen as the province of crooks, nerds and losers. I think that's a pretty big change.

As Michelle said, this change isn't just about her husband (meaning he started it). It's about all the people who listened to him, decided hope was a pretty good alternative to cynicism after all, and then went out and got involved.

Cheers, Michelle! Well put!

Such sloppy (perhaps biased) "journalism"! Michelle O did not say that for the first time in her adult life she was "really" proud of her country. She didn't use the word "really" -- which implies "very" / "greatly" "more than usual." She said that this was the first time in [25-ish years) that she has felt proud of this country. Period. There is a BIG difference. I can say: I like candidate X but I really like candidate Y -- and most people will understand the distinction. She flat-out said she hasn't been proud of this country for 25 years, until now that her husband is running. What a pathetic, petty, nasty statement from someone who has been the beneficiary of SO many of this country's opportunities, etc. I've liked you (more or less at times) but it is also pathetic that you have engaged in re-writing and mis-reporting what her quote actually was. As the Obama mania continues spinning out of control and reality. You are supposed to be a journalist. SHAME

Too bad she has to back peddle on that one...I mean, what's to be proud of--we haven't been on the moral side of any war since world war 2--with the exception of Clinton sending soldiers to defend Haiti's post Papa Doc existence and to end the genocide in Yugoslavia.
What Michelle has to work on is not being snarky about Clinton. It's like Michelle is scoring anti-feminist points against Hilary--and don't think the women in New Hampshire didn't notice it.
Michelle's flubbed delivery of the "running forever" line in her speech--a dig at the Clintons was perhaps because she was realizing that in our sexist culture--only the leading spouse gets to do that. Hilary has transcended gender roles by being a candidate for president. So Hilary gets to make some harsh points against a man (but not many, if you've been keeping score). But Michelle is now in the position Hilary was in when she RIGHTLY decided to close the doors on a wrong strategy for health care. You can't discuss anything with those insurance and 'HMO' people--you tell them what will happen. But that wasn't Hilary's idea anyway! No. Michelle can gain points with feminists by eliminating the urge to bash Hilary. All that talk about how she raises her girls (at day care) was implying that Hilary hadn't done that. Both corporate lawyer women parent (and parented) their daughters the same way. It's painful watching Michelle Obama, beneficiary of feminism, attack a woman who LIVED it.

There are so many privileged people in this country and they have always been proud, not so much of the country, but what they have taken from this country. Were you proud of this country during the Viet Nam War? Were you proud of this country during Jim Crow? Are you proud of this country because it was conquered and not discovered? Are you proud of this country because of the overwhelming number of people who are homeless? Were you proud of this country during Hurricane Katrina. I am an American but this does not mean that I am proud of all that America does. I am not proud that President Bush used fear and the 911 attacks to go to war with Iraq? I am not proud of this country when double standards are used to justify and qualify subtle racism. I am not proud of this country when it judges other countries but does not take care of its own citizens. I am proud of this country when we cross the color barrier, when we judge people not on the color of their skin, but on the content of their character. I am not proud of this country when it uses religion to demoralize another. So for all of you, like Mrs. Cindy McCain, who have always been proud of this country, I ask: Have you read the entire History of this country or have you only read HIS-Story?

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