Are any of you old enough to remember the show Queen for a Day? Basically in my opinion it was a contest for the best sob story to be picked “Queen for a Day” receiving gifts and such along with walking down a ramp with a fur cloak and Tiara and then sitting on a Throne. Wow, it was so … actually disgusting…. If you read Atlas Shrugged the scene where all the workers at the Motor Company had to stand in front of everyone and beg for money or things is a good example of my take of this show and exactly what I am comparing this speech to!
Over the past few years as First Lady, I have had the extraordinary privilege of traveling all across this country.
Of course it is about her – how about ‘Thank you America for allowing me this privilege and also let’s not forget about traveling around the world also.’
I’ve seen it in teachers in a near-bankrupt school district who vowed to keep teaching without pay.
Well this one took a lot of research but a district in PA was going bankrupt in January 2012 (although with research you find it has had serious financial problems since before 2005 – as that is when the state stepped in for the first time) and the teachers/staff said they would work as long as they could for free (or until they were hired on somewhere else). Now there are a ton of stories in Jan and Feb 2012 of this story but up until then the teachers apparently had been paid and there are no other stories I could find that stated that they were not paid. I did find this update story in June and I would assume from reading it that they all received their pay – Oh by the way they all sued the State in 2 different suits.
I’ve seen it in people who become heroes at a moment’s notice, diving into harm’s way to save others…flying across the country to put out a fire…driving for hours to bail out a flooded town.
And I’ve seen it in our men and women in uniform and our proud military families…in wounded warriors who tell me they’re not just going to walk again, they’re going to run, and they’re going to run marathons…in the young man blinded by a bomb in Afghanistan who said, simply, “…I’d give my eyes 100 times again to have the chance to do what I have done and what I can still do.” Every day, the people I meet inspire me…every day, they make me proud…every day they remind me how blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on earth.
Well I am glad that from Miss “I have never been proud of my country before” she has come to realize how wonderful the American people are.
Our life before moving to Washington was filled with simple joys…Saturdays at soccer games, Sundays at grandma’s house…and a date night for Barack and me was either dinner or a movie, because as an exhausted mom, I couldn’t stay awake for both.
There is a whole world of mothers who work outside and inside the home and I can assure you that 1 day a week they are not so tired that they can not do dinner and a movie because they were going to eat anyway – Is there anyone that can relate to this statement, because I seriously can’t.
And the truth is, I loved the life we had built for our girls…I deeply loved the man I had built that life with…and I didn’t want that to change if he became President.
I loved Barack just the way he was.
Was there no discussion previously about life as President and how the family would be affected?
And then this one…
…to me, he was still the guy who’d picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out, I could actually see the pavement going by through a hole in the passenger side door…he was the guy whose proudest possession was a coffee table he’d found in a dumpster, and whose only pair of decent shoes was half a size too small.
They met in 1989 (a period of good financial economics for America) and he was employed as a Summer Associate at the corporate law firm she was working at. I am not an attorney but it seems to me that it would not make a good impression if you showed up for work in a car with rust holes in it – although as an associate you would not be expected to own a Mercedes, I think you must make a decent impression so the shoes ½ a size too small?? And by the way when you start dating someone do you discuss his or her shoe sizes?
But when Barack started telling me about his family – that’s when I knew I had found a kindred spirit, someone whose values and upbringing were so much like mine.
Now are those the stories that he made up for books and publicity or his real life? Why not tell us exactly what those values are specifically because examples given are in opposition to actual actions.
You see, Barack and I were both raised by families who didn’t have much in the way of money or material possessions but who had given us something far more valuable
Grandparents had a home with a little bungalow on the back of the property. Again does not sound poor to me. His first home with his mother was another 4-bedroom home with a bungalow in the back. Obama went to a prestigious private school not the public schools in Hawaii.
She was raised on the top floor of a 2 story home (Parents rented small apartment from Great Aunt who lived downstairs) in South Shore Chicago known as an upper middle class area. Vacationed in a cabin in White Cloud Michigan annually. Went to High School with Jesse Jackson’s daughter.
Basically they might not have been the 1% but they both were raised in solid middle class families, not any major struggles, basically what many of us encountered (maybe better). So why would you want to make people think you were “poor” when you were fairly normal with fairly normal issues/problems?
My father was a pump operator at the city water plant, and he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when my brother and I were young.
And even as a kid, I knew there were plenty of days when he was in pain…I knew there were plenty of mornings when it was a struggle for him to simply get out of bed.
You would think then that she would have a little empathy for Ann Romney.
And when he returned home after a long day’s work, my brother and I would stand at the top of the stairs to our little apartment, patiently waiting to greet him…watching as he reached down to lift one leg, and then the other, to slowly climb his way into our arms.
Really – would you not go and assist your poor father? How on earth did he maintain a job? I’m still stuck on the fact that they both just stood at the top of the stairs and watched him and waited for him to come to them – WOW. Those are values I wish I had passed on to my children – NOT!
But my dad still had to pay a tiny portion of that tuition himself.
And every semester, he was determined to pay that bill right on time, even taking out loans when he fell short.
Again, could they not work to help pay this small tuition amount – great values again.
And as I got to know Barack, I realized that even though he’d grown up all the way across the country, he’d been brought up just like me.
Did he also learn how to use people and expect that someone else should sacrifice for your benefit?
Barack was raised by a single mother who struggled to pay the bills, and by grandparents who stepped in when she needed help.
I do not see how this is possible with her jobs and assistance from Grandparents, her second husband had a good job with an oil company (one of the reasons she chose to leave him) so when they separated he would have paid child support for their child and probably alimony so I do not see where the issues would have been. Of course we never know when we are not personally involved but why would you make an issue of it? I do not see that it would have exceeded anyone else’s normal daily struggles. Maybe I am cold…. But he seemed to have a better childhood than most of us.
Like so many American families, our families weren’t asking for much.
They didn’t begrudge anyone else’s success or care that others had much more than they did…in fact, they admired it.
I have not noticed that value in either Michelle’s or Obama’s attitude on our policies. They are very envious of the so-called 1% although they seem to like to live that lifestyle – are willing to destroy our culture to hurt those 1 percenters. Nothing in anything they have said or done previously demonstrates the above statement.
They simply believed in that fundamental American promise that, even if you don’t start out with much, if you work hard and do what you’re supposed to do, then you should be able to build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids and grandkids.
Until Obama became President as his policies are definitely hurting that theme.
We learned about dignity and decency – that how hard you work matters more than how much you make…that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.
Now we see it coming through – “hard work matters more then what you make “– what does what you make have to do with anything? I was taught that hard work was rewarded (and I believe it is) but no one mentioned what people make. Although I was taught that those that earned more than I probably risked more and worked even harder. “helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.”
Again what does one have to do with the other. You should always try to get ahead (meaning reaching your potential – be good at whatever you try, etc.) but you should also help others when it is meaningful to you. There is a misconception out there that Christianity means you MUST help others – you need to reread your bible – you should help when it pleases you and when someone is deserving of help but if you do it as a requirement then you are missing the point altogether (another discussion altogether).
Well this speech is tedious so I am skipping so much now unless I really feel strongly about it.
– that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean…and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.
It is the odd combination of values that I find strange/amusing/distressing – What does the fact that most of us have parents, go to clean schools have to do with our own personal success? By the way I was taught/learned that there is no such thing as a bad job just bad workers.
That’s who we are.
Again leaves me concerned in many many ways….
And I’ve seen how the issues that come across a President’s desk are always the hard ones – the problems where no amount of data or numbers will get you to the right answer…the judgment calls where the stakes are so high, and there is no margin for error.
And as President, you can get all kinds of advice from all kinds of people.
But at the end of the day, when it comes time to make that decision, as President, all you have to guide you are your values, and your vision, and the life experiences that make you who you are.
This paragraph also reveals to me that neither one of them ever held a real job and are very naïve – how could you not know the above information – maybe not the experience of it to the degree a President does but my gosh doesn’t every President age 10 years or more in 4 years – how much of a shock could it have been. Had they never been responsible for a decision previously in life? It is these types of statements that worry me and have from the beginning.
That’s why he cut taxes for working families and small businesses and fought to get the auto industry back on its feet.
Seriously? All he did was continue the previous tax cuts/same current rates (but did not support making it permanent), which he now wants to remove for at least some of us. He added to our debt at a higher percentage, which will affect us all as the years roll by. He has destroyed the energy industry (coal), a basic of all business and everything we do (electricity) and if you don’t think that will affect us all very personally you don’t contemplate much. The auto industry would have survived on it’s own it just would have been different companies but how many stockholders lost money (that’s now is in the courts), how many non union employees lost out, how many dealerships were closed and the tax payer cost for the lost value that we covered – yes I think the only winners were the unions. And only Democrats believe that the auto industry is back on top and achieving – read some business reports and future revenue reviews.
That’s how he brought our economy from the brink of collapse to creating jobs again – jobs you can raise a family on, good jobs right here in the United States of America.
This one really irritates me. Recession inherited by Ronald Regan
I am using a left leaning site to show that although the Democrats don’t want to admit it the policies of the Obama Administration have caused the extent of this recession. Actually the beginning numbers were pretty close and I submit it is how they were handled that make the difference – there never is a non debatable way to prove something that did not occur but if you look at other recessions then you should be able to with common sense realize that government intervention and the FED that causes these issues to increase and last longer.
Recession in early 1900’s. (this was the last time that the government was not involved in the economy and remember that we were lead into the Roaring 20’s)
And of course there have been recessions in Democratic Administrations – amazingly the economy (like everything else in life) goes up and goes down.
The debate is and always will be in how it is handled – I think the recession of the early 1900’s with no government intervention shows that it is normal cycles and everyone should stay out of them. Lowering of taxes has always brought everyone out of recessions and increase in government spending has always increased the depth and length of each.
“…our grandparents should be able to afford their medicine…our kids should be able to see a doctor when they’re sick…and no one in this country should ever go broke because of an accident or illness.
And he believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care…that’s what my husband stands for.”
Another debate that only the future will reveal but look fairly at what occurred when HMO’s came in to being and if you don’t believe this will be worse then you live in a fantasy land with the Obama’s.
I will tell you that many doctors will retire/change occupations, many people will end up not being treated in time, and most people will not be able to have access to the “Best Medical Care” anymore. The only reason you will no longer go broke is you will not be allowed to have that care unless you have cash up front! If I were actually able to make my own medical choices I would not involve government at all!
I love that for Barack, there is no such thing as “us” and “them” – he doesn’t care whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or none of the above…he knows that we all love our country…and he’s always ready to listen to good ideas…he’s always looking for the very best in everyone he meets.
I am at a loss – he is the one that has set Americans against each other whether it is gender, sexual orientation, income levels, race or political party. Democrats lead (I use the word loosely) by Obama saying the most vicious of things and no apology from Obama or direction as to proper speech except again to Republicans. He has never listened to anyone else’s ideas – I know he is the decision maker but he is making decision in areas where constitutionally he is not allowed or Presidents have never ventured previously. He was not elected dictator so he should listen to the people to some degree and if he disagrees then his job is to explain why and why he is doing what he is doing but most of it is not discovered untill Friday dumps.
And he reminds me that we are playing a long game here…and that change is hard, and change is slow, and it never happens all at once.
I always thought of it as LIFE not a game and although we all have told jokes to that degree I don’t appreciate our President looking at his job, our country and our future as a “game”. If he has a long range vision, why doesn’t he tell us what the end results look like exactly and then we can debate the road in-between if everyone is in agreement of the end goal and if not we can debate that end goal and then debate the road there.
And if our parents and grandparents could toil and struggle for us…if they could raise beams of steel to the sky, send a man to the moon, and connect the world with the touch of a button…then surely we can keep on sacrificing and building for our own kids and grandkids.
I think again they are missing the point – sacrifice for someone else is a choice not a mandate.
And if so many brave men and women could wear our country’s uniform and sacrifice their lives for our most fundamental rights…then surely we can do our part as citizens of this great democracy to exercise those rights…surely, we can get to the polls and make our voices heard on Election Day.
What about ensuring that those same soldiers are given every chance to have their vote count!
If farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire…if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores.
Did she forget about those 1% who were actually the founding fathers? They just dragged everyone else along with them but it was those educated thinkers who really started it.
…then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.
I thought that’s what we did here in America until Democrats wanted to bring benefits and special rights to chosen groups and no longer allow people to stand or fall on their own merits.
I will end this with the fact that I trust Obama to further destroy our country, do his best to make us a third world nation, do anything that makes unions happy, destroy medical care in America and continue with his wife to be the most self centered people I have ever seen in politics and in my life. I am so tired of seeing pictures, statues, dedications, etc. to a man who has accomplished nothing in his life except maybe 2 great girls (time will tell) and blaming others for all problems and taking credit for everything that he did not do.
If these people really believe the rhetoric they would use the term “I” less often and use “we”, “us” “Americans” more often but it always seems to be all about them!