Michelle Obama; A New Breed of First Lady, by ChefSheila

It is impossible not to be at least a little awed by Michelle Obama. It’s not just her visually surprising height of 5’11”, her pleasingly off-the-rack style, and her natural air of confidence.

Of course, there is also her up-by-the-bootstraps story in Southside Chicago, who worked her way into a double Ivy League education.  This beginning, followed by her years spent juggling a successful legal career while raising two daughters has given her a distinctly un-Stepford Wife stump style that Republican Candidates wives are known for. The Perfect First Lady Mold, Broken by Hillary Clinton has opened a way for Michelle Obama to open up our view of intelligent wives who have opinions. Her candor and compulsion to ignore the cardinal rule of political wifedom by portraying her husband as something less than a God-made-flesh thrills us with her familiarity, even as it unnerves us with the intimacy.   Even her husband jokes that Michelle is tougher, smarter and “a little meaner” than he is.

A charmed and even intimidated press has embraced her Tough Broad narrative, proclaiming Michelle a gutsy, regal, forthright, unscripted, potential first lady. Its “clear that nobody tells her what to say,” notes USA Today. The Wall Street Journal recently recounting Michelle’s dressing-down of a TV cameraman who dared “place [his] hand” on her press secretary, while the March 10 New Yorker tells how Michelle once confronted a mob questioning her husband’s “loyalty to the community” at a Chicago campaign event during his Senate run.  Actually folks, she reminds me of Barbara Bush. Barack Obama is lucky to have such a woman as his partner.

Despite her obvious talents, Michelle Obama has been the one to adjust her personal ambitions to accommodate the needs of her family. The family’s “rock”, she has provided the emotional, practical, and even financial stability enabling her husband to go out and achieve his dream of presidential run. The poise that you see is genuine,” says her older brother Craig Robinson. “She is quite comfortable in all situations.” David Mosena, who hired her to be his deputy chief of staff when he worked for Mayor Richard Daley in the early ’90s, says, “She has her feet solidly on the ground, both of them. There’s not a bone of superficiality in her. She is the real deal. … She is very comfortable with herself.” That comes across to me, and in turn inspires my confidence in her and her husband.

Michelle Obama may be tougher, smarter, and more accomplished than most occupants of the East Wing, but she isn’t a mold-shattering new breed of First Lady, or even the fierce symbol of feminism that was Hillary Rodham Clinton was in 1992. She is, rather, the next model of the modern first lady.  A fresh, modern exterior wrapped around a fundamentally traditional core–which, for the purposes of her husband’s campaign, seems to me the best of all possibilities.

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145 responses to “Michelle Obama; A New Breed of First Lady, by ChefSheila

  1. horsedooty

    nice job Chef Sheila

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  2. Nice piece Sheila,

    I don’t think it’s any secret that I love Michelle and think she’s make a terrific first lady, but I was taken aback at what a target she has become for the right. I think sexism is surely part of the issue but more than that I find the heavy had of racism at work here. For many people Michelle is the “real black” and feel she is a “safer” target than her husband, sad.

  3. dog's eye view

    Great column Sheila!! Well done.

  4. chefsheila

    Brian the quiet racism exagerated by the Philis Schlafly version of what a first lady should be.

    Perfectly visual, quiet and as she so lovingly pointed out, every wife should be happy to stay home chained between the kitchen and the bed.

    Michelle Obama, Hillary CLinton, Theresa Heniz Kerry….not so much and we are so much the better for it.

  5. chefsheila

    Thanks Dog. wish i could write something with pith, but can’t lol

  6. musesofamom

    Michelle Obama is an accomplished woman who has seen hardship in her life and through hard work has managed to triumph. She is different from the other first ladies because she is black. Some things that have been said have been taken out of context and used against the candidate. She is the real deal and hopefully the country will get to know her and stop judging her. I invite you to read my blog:
    http://www.ebonymompolitics.wordpress.com

  7. chefsheila

    Thanks musesofmom,

    Come back the have a conversation. We enjoy new voices.

  8. Yes muse come back, who are you btw? Sheila did you mean racism or sexism in your post regarding Phyllis Schlafly?

  9. dnd

    Great piece Shelia. What’s not to like about Michelle? Though, for some reason, some try.

    I like Cindy McCain too. She does a lot of charitable work, but prefers to keep it quiet.

  10. Cindy McCain’s wardrobe scares me!

  11. chefsheila

    Brian,

    Both. I implied the sexism on Schlafly.

    dnd, Cindy McCain is a nice person and classic in the republican sense. Barbara Bush was taken to task by the RNC when they squelched her pro-abortion stance. but otherwise she broke Philis’ mold. The only one though.

    The First lady is Donna Reid revisited in the Republican’s way of thinking. I prefer a real person.

  12. dog's eye view

    Brian: Blonde Wino had good suggestion for the title — it should be changed to New Brand of First Lady.

    Drop Breed post haste.

    Or even a New Model, to get away from the Brand Obama denigrating going on over at Trail Mix.

  13. dog's eye view

    I say that Betty Ford broke Phyllis Schlafly’s mold, at the time the mold/modern whalebone corset was being constructed.

    Props to Mrs. Ford!

  14. That’s up to Sheila regarding the title to of her thread.

  15. chefsheila

    Mrs Ford was before Schlafly’s enforsement of what she thought proper ladies acted like. But kuddos for her Mamba!

    Horsedooty. tha’s my title and I believe it stands.

    She is a different breed of woman and I don’t agree with the parsing of politically correct words.

    just my opinion.

  16. horsedooty

    whoa little Wrangler, Horsedooty did not have any thing to say one way or the other about your title.

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  17. chefsheila

    LOL I wasn’t mad or anything. I hope you realize that by now.

  18. dnd

    Well I say that Lady Bird Johnson broke the mold!

  19. chefsheila

    oh sorry doots! i didn’t read that, it was dog

  20. horsedooty

    just setting the record straight.

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  21. chefsheila

    LOL Ladybird broke something!

  22. horsedooty

    Ladybird’s legacy is that she started a roadside seeding of the highways in Texas with the state flower “The Bluebonnet”. Every spring millions of flowers bloom and we all get to think of Ladybird Johnson. She will remain the First Lady of Texas.

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  23. chefsheila

    Whenever I think of ladybird, I always think of wildflowers. I think that was the most important contribution any of them have made

  24. And money, Lady Bird had a lot of it!

  25. horsedooty

    The Bluebonnets sometimes create a road hazard as parents and grandparents jump out of the car and plop Junior or Missy down in the middle of the flowers for a portrait session. You have to have what pilots call “situational awareness” during the spring around here.

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  26. chefsheila

    Before I get to far away from it. Too sensitive on the Breed and Brand in the title.

    If we all keep looking for racist slights, we will never achieve a degree of normality.

    My entire commentary is about just how special she is.

  27. chefsheila

    LOL Funny. In North Carolina, they also just spread the joy from Ladybird too. A wonderful drive.

  28. Chef Shelia,
    I am such a Michelle Obama fan, and I know so little about her. Loved your post! Michelle being grounded, that’s what I see in her and why I think I appreciate her- not to mention what she accomplished on her own.
    Way to go!
    ____
    Horse,
    About the Bluebonnet’s, I never understood, how people could pull to the side of the freeway, get the little children out of the car, go up a hill and trample all over them for a family photo….I bet the photos were awesome, but the poor flowers ended up all flattened and smashed.

  29. now I see you post Horse,…lol…my thoughts exactly

  30. dog's eye view

    Good to hear about Lady Bird and NC — have always wanted to see those Texas bluebonnets.

    What’s the drive in NC, Sheila?

  31. do you go by Horse or Dooty….or does it depend?

  32. No kidding, breed is fine…nothing negative was intended, only the bitter people see every single thing as something evil…..their glass of life must be half empty.

  33. chefsheila

    Dog,

    In the early to late spring I95 is littered with millions of colorfull wildflowers that were planted about 20 years ago. They let them go wild and its a beautiful site for the whole length of the state. All Ladybird’s fault.

  34. okay running out to walk to the store…actually walking out to walk to the store……gee, I didn’t mean it literally….

    peace cupcakes ~

  35. chefsheila

    LOL Burrito….I want one….but not good for the lifestyle change

  36. Sheila, time check, and I know it’s hard to believe, but all because of Lady Bird should be 40 years ago, not 20!

  37. chefsheila

    but North Carolina and any other state can plany wildflowers any time they want.

    I’m not talking about the movement. Heck Washington state never picked up on it. But they could tomorrow.

  38. horsedooty

    UB,

    Doots or Dooty or Sr Horsedooty HD I answer to most of that..Thanks for asking though.

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  39. dog's eye view

    You have to be careful what you plant on the highway medians, though.

    Richmond VA area had a sad episode with some pretty plant that was appealing to cedar waxwing birds, many of which were killed by cars as they flew in to visit the plantings.

    But agree that NC has a very pretty I-95 corridor, between the pines at roadside and pretty flowers along the way.

    It’s quite laughable to hit South Carolina or Virginia at either end, where the road is not as well kept!

  40. dnd

    Happy birthday Ringo.

  41. Good afternoon- havent read the thread (yet) so forgive me if this info has been out any where…

    Obama in Charlotte, NC today, his plane had to land in St Louis for some sort of emergency stop. He’s fine. He will be down here in my own beloved Georgia tomorrow. The chances I will be there are low, since its my son’s 17th birthday. I doubt he will want to go though he is an Obama guy.

    McCain is in Denver and tomorrow in Washington, DC.

    Yet another day of the whole campaign being fought in the red states, and hence another day closer to a young and fresh face in the WH.

    Rasmussen has Obama up 5, as does Gallup. There doesn’t appear to be any movement based on the phony Wesley Clark row. See what happens when you say something and stand your grand? I kinda like this General Clark guy!

    I will be here from 2 to 3 chatting.

    I’m watching the market, it was down earlier about 60 points.

    Steve

  42. yes Happy birthday Ringo, after John Ringo was my favorite of the fab four.

  43. horsedooty

    today 32 years ago Sra y yo got married in the backyard of her older sister. Who would have thought it would come to this.

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  44. dog's eye view

    Happy Anniversay Doots!! Best to you and Carol.

    Please let her have taken off an evening from work!

  45. horsedooty

    thanks dog yep she is off this evening.

    Brian, Sra = Mrs in spanglish

    Abbreviation for Senora.

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  46. chefsheila

    Well! Happy Day to you Doots and Carol!

    ….Happy birthday Ringo?

  47. dnd

    Congrats to Sr Doots and Sra Doots!

  48. dnd

    Shelia,
    Ringo is 68 today.

  49. dnd

    McCain to speak in Denver at noon MDT. Probably be on the cable news.

    http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/jul/07/mccain-tout-jobs-plan-denver-today/

    ps. He’s not speaking at Mile High Stadium 😉

  50. chefsheila

    SHoot! Obama has to find a venue to speak. Too bad about the plane problem

  51. chefsheila

    I love Andrea Mitchell as a person. She’s a great investigative reporter. But she is not anchor material. I ended up wincing every time I watch her at 1pm on MSNBC

  52. chefsheila

    Horsey, where you guys going and whatcha doing for your anniversary?

  53. horsedooty

    we are going to a restaurant called Olenjack’s Grille in Arlington TX. here is the front page. http://www.olenjacksgrille.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  54. chefsheila

    Yummy! Well with your excellent taste in restauran fair, I’m sure you will enjoy.

    Now get ready and have a conversation. ;0) Women love that kind of attention. especially after all this time.

    I could be speaking out of my butt, but then I hope I am right.

  55. horsedooty

    Now get ready and have a conversation. ;0) Women love that kind of attention. especially after all this time.

    We eat nearly every meal away from the house unless one of goes and gets something and brings it back.

    One of the pet jokes is generally speaking there is a newspaper dispenser outside most of the places where we eat. If the paper is not there or we have already read it, the joke is: ” Dang, now we gotta talk to each other.”

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  56. chefsheila

    LOL You really are best friends then. That is great! I really wish I had been so lucky. ;0)

  57. chefsheila

    LOL OMG McCain is so lame….listening to his speech

  58. dog's eye view

    Doots: that’s funny about the newspaper subbing for dinner conversation.

    I hostessed in a restaurant years ago and we had (I presume) a long-married couple who came in, ordered the same cocktail every visit, and ate with no conversation I ever saw. Although they’d be very pleasant to me on the way in and out and when I stopped by to chat; neither was deaf, dumb or shy. They just never talked and did not make that much eye contact with each other.

    It always amazes me to find couples who have been married or together for years and still listen fully to each other. They tend to stand out.

  59. dnd

    Hummmm, McCain seems to be running to the center in his economy speech in Denver. Who’d a thunk it.

    He really needs to get another speech coach. He’s coming across as inauthentic, and authenticity is his trump card.

  60. We missed naming Eleanor Roosevelt as one of the great ones.

  61. Dnd-

    Can you give us a local run down on the goings on in Denver. AH says

    Watch where they go. the more they go to red states, the better things look for Obama, and the opposite is also true.

  62. chefsheila

    You right Steve. She really was and in some ways better than all of the greatest first ladies rolled into one.

    But I think most of her greatness occured after her husband’s Death right?

  63. Chef, she was pretty active during the new deal phase. I think she had a very big role in bringing the shadow African-American cabinet into FDR’s 1st and 2nd term as well as making numerous trips to the CCC camps and also was deeply involved in the labor movement.

    The GOPers of her day (Pre Wendell Wilkie and Tom Dewey, both of whom brought the Republicans out of the stone age) really ragged on her for being too out front.

  64. chefsheila

    Thanks for the refresher. I needed that…..wow, I am forgetting a lot of stuff lately….you think its because I’m old? lol

  65. Also, they pay me money to know all this stuff at my real job.

  66. chefsheila

    LOL That’s Nice for old. ;0) Your mother sure raised you right. I hope my son is as good at being charming.

  67. dog's eye view

    Vanity Fair: Gail Sheehey on the Hillary Clinton campaign. (Found this on Andrew Sullivan’s site.)

    http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2008/08/clinton200808?printable=true&currentPage=all

  68. dog's eye view

    Also swiped from ASullivan’s site — and you must check this one out, including comments — US map on relative obesity rates. Colorado is the leanest state in the nation, with only (only!) 18.4% of its population obese. SW and NE are slimmer; the Bible and Rust Belt have been eating too many cheetos. Or hush puppies, fried bologna sandwiches, Moon Pies and Mountain Dew, name your poison.

    http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2008/07/05/297-the-south-shall-snack-again/

    Maybe we can have a Fantasy Anti-Obesity czar?

  69. dnd

    Hip,
    It’s cloudy in Denver. So McCain’s speech reminded me of the Joe Btfsplk character in Al Capp’s Li’l Abner.

    But you’re probably too young to remember Li’l Abner 😉

  70. chefsheila

    chuckling @ dnd

  71. dnd

    Oh, and Dolly Madison really broke the mold…

  72. chefsheila

    WHo’s? Abigails? I don’t think so! Maybe in cupcakes….. ;p)

  73. chefsheila

    Webb has adamently pulled himself out of the VEEP Race.

  74. dog's eye view

    Webb? Really? Link please.

    Bad news for Tom Davis, who might have hoped to run for the Senate seat…

  75. dnd

    I think Webb would’ve been a good veep candidate, but he’s got baggage, and probably thought bringing it to the surface wouldn’t be good for either himself or Obama.

  76. dog's eye view

    Washington Post might get new editor; former WSJ editor Marcus Brauchli.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/08/business/media/08-cndbrauchli.html?hp

    As long as he sends the neo-con enablers packing! They’re bad for business on too many fronts (save Hailliburton, Exxon…)

  77. chefsheila

    Your right dnd,

    It would have ravaged both candidates. I actually believe someone has had a talk with Webb about making an announcement like that to get the sniffing dogs off.

  78. I for one am glad webb has taken himself out, we need him in the Senate and he’s too much of a lose canon for my tastes in the VP slot.

  79. chefsheila

    Heres a rumor….Kerry as VEEP? Reporting this next hour with Shuster……….

    hmmm….not sure, but have grown to respect Obama’s judgement. So VEEP away baby!

    Can’t wait to be shocked and then grow into the idea, whoever it is going to be.

  80. dog's eye view

    I truly do not see what Kerry brings to the table. Al Gore, absolutely, although he does not appear to be interested.

    Better for Kerry to remain in the Senate where, sadly, he’ll be senior Senator before too long.

  81. dog's eye view

    One of the Talking Points commenters suggested this would allow Webb to take the gloves off in discussing McCain, etc., so that could be interesting….

  82. chefsheila

    I’m sure its just some spin thats eminating from capital hill gossip…

    I wouldn’t look at it too closely just yet.

    Gore could never be VEEP again. He would personally only want the Presidency and he’s over that too

  83. Sheila Kerry is going to be Sec. of State, geez! And Sebelius as VP! How many times do I have to tell you?

    🙂

  84. colleen

    pulling out all stops

    Liberal Bloggers Accuse Obama of Trying to Win Election

    http://www.borowitzreport.com/

  85. chefsheila

    Gosh Brian,

    Don’t tell me! Tell MSNBC’s David Shuster!

    BTW, this little spin cycle will be on after the commercial, if your interested.

  86. chefsheila

    Colleen the Queen! !!!! Welcome back!

  87. dog's eye view

    I wonder if Al Gore could be lured with the promise that Global Warming — and embracing green technology and building corporate support for it — would be his bailiwick.

    That could be an awesome job — without the distractions of turkey pardonings, bill signings, and SOTU prep.

    It would be some real power.

  88. How about hillary for Veep then?

  89. dog's eye view

    Very honestly, that’s not appealing to me. Mainly because of the advisors she surrounds herself with, and a few of her campaign missteps. (Saying that she and McCain were qualified to be CinC; offering Obama the VP when he was — very slightly — leading her in delegates. Get thee to the back of the bus, young man.)

    I hope HIllary ends up with some position she enjoys and can make a difference in — in the Senate or the Cabinet, but speaking personally, don’t want to see her as VP nominee.

  90. chefsheila

    Never ever bring that subject up again Steve, Dog gets pretty hot about it. make no mistake. ;0)

    When she does, she will give you links and everything.

    I drove her crazy on our trip!

  91. dog's eye view

    It’s a good question, though, because did run into several voters who said they’d be happy with either Dem at the top of the ticket.

    Somehow Hillary was way harsher than the other Presidential aspirants this time. Do not feel the same way about Edwards or Biden or Richardson or Dodd.

    Hillary somehow made it more personal, and would STILL be taking her quest to the convention if she’d been able to do so. (Recall she wanted — it was reported — to take 2 weeks to think about it after the June 3 conclusion of primaries — how out of touch is that? IF the story was reported correctly…)

    And who wants to sit through the rest of the election with Hillshriekers saying — “See, I told you he needed training wheels.”

    Not appealing.

  92. dog's eye view

    Sheila saw that one coming!! Sheila knows!!

  93. If not HRC then whom now that Webb is out? I’m afraid there are two many closet racists to have Richardson and Obama on the same ticket. I hate to write that but I really mean it, even in the 21st century.

  94. I dont see Edwards helping, as he didnt last time. I dont see Biden adding anything to a close race, and he could be better used elsewhere. Clark is probably out. It maky go to Sebelius by default.

  95. Teacher says “every time someone mentions Hillary an angel gets it’s wings clipped”

  96. Gotta run for just a bit. Taking my kid to work then back home, after i pass all the 4 dollar gas signs

  97. chefsheila

    I don’t know, I think Obama is looking for a good VEEP in the best sense. Someone who will enhance his job and not necesarily the ticket.

    He hasn’t taken too many tradition steps yet. Why would he with this one? I really think he is going to run on HIS name the rest of the way and wait for us to come to his way of thinking.

    Biden and Sebelious are both on the short short list. We shall see

  98. dog's eye view

    great discussion, but I’ve got to leave for a little while too. Maybe we can chat more later!

  99. chefsheila

    Sure! I am leaving another hour to visit Harborwoman anyway.

  100. When do they usually announce VP ? As I remember in 2004 we went to Kerry Edwards rallies in the summer.

  101. dog's eye view

    Sheila and Harbor: have a great visit/walk! Wish we could all be hiking around with you! Enjoy.

  102. chefsheila

    Thanks Dog!

    Burrito, Veep anouncement doesn’t have a hardcore time frame, but traditionally its been near the end of the convention for dramatic nail biting appeal

  103. dog's eye view

    Hey, where is everybody? Am out on deck again; dinner in a few, but plz come out to play. Somebody.

    PS: Not YOU Doots. You have an ironclad excuse. Enjoy dinner at the Grille and hope you do some anniversary Texas Two Steppin’ too.

  104. I was out for dinner, just got back

  105. Sheila…

    Michelle is a first class Lady and she’ll also be a First Class First Lady.

    Good post. Take care and…

    God Bless.

  106. Horsedooty

    I am back. The Grille was excellent but I am way too stuffed to two step.

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  107. you mean you didn’t twirl your bride on the dance floor on your anniversary? Shame on you!

  108. Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki demands US withdrawal timetable

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article4288108.ece

    Well this certainly isn’t going to help McCain in his Iraq War plans.

  109. “Bob Barr Reality Check” discounts any effect Bob Barr’s candidacy may have on the election. Comes complete with crazed Right Wing commentary!

    http://www.observer.com/2008/politics/time-bob-barr-reality-check

  110. I’ll see you guys later this morning, though i have to run in to work for a bit.

  111. chefsheila

    Morning Colleen! And a fine morning it is too!

  112. colleen

    good morning Sheila, you’re up early, as usual! That was a wonderful piece you posted yesterday!

  113. dog's eye view

    Hi Colleen and Sheila and Steve and lurkers: Good morning. Well, the McCains do have a lot of pets — good for them.

    Yesterday’s WaPost story on how well most of Michael Vick’s dogs have done. Only 2 had to be euthanized — one for temper; one for illness. Others are flourishing under better care. Leo visits cancer wards and hospital patients.

    Hope pictures show up in this link, because it was great to see them sprawled out with other pets on beds and sofas.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/06/AR2008070602351.html

    If there’s hope for them fightin’ pitbulls, maybe we can hope to turn a few more diehard Hillariacs to our side too. Kindness and a gentle but firm approach.

  114. chefsheila

    Why thank you Colleen. I’m so glad to see the limbs and trunk becoming more supple. ;0)

  115. chefsheila

    Here we go. The 527 crap is gearing up now….

    The Struggle To Define Barack Obama

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/07/08/the-struggle-to-define-ba_n_111334.html

    Opposition researchers . . . hope they have found a weapon to wound Obama in his own voice as recorded for the Grammy-Award winning audio version of his 1995 memoir, Dreams from my Father. . . . In a passage describing his high school experience in Hawaii, for example, Obama explains the allure of drugs. “I kept playing basketball, attended classes sparingly, drank beer heavily, and tried drugs enthusiastically.”
    Floyd Brown told Mark and Vogel “My copy of [Dreams] is dog-eared and covered with yellow marker. . . . I expect to use his words a lot in the ads that I do. . . . and I would highly encourage other independent efforts – or the [McCain] campaign itself – to do the same thing.”

    Two of Obama’s own first post-primary ads are designed to counter attempts to frame him with discredited negative stereotypes of black Americans.

    In a commercial titled “Dignity” the announcer declares that Obama “passed a law to move people from welfare to work, slashed the rolls by eighty percent….And never forget the dignity that comes from work.”

  116. dog's eye view

    FWIW, George Allen’s campaign tried to use Jim Webb’s literary work against him, taking scenes out of context, ignoring the point Webb was trying to make — and it did not work for Allen at all. Seems to have backfired. Roundly criticized by editors and bloggers, but who knows what the targeted voter thought. Maybe it worked with some who prefer not to read for themselves and don’t get their news from several sources and fact-check it.

    Without the Macaca video, who can say what would have happened in that race.

    Brown and his ilk will have a hard time because most Americans will realize Obama gave up illicit drugs and worked hard to get where he is. Most, not all, but who can account for the fringe elements.

  117. chefsheila

    Good point Dog,

    Except the national press corps for presidential politics is a whole new animal. They want to dust it up and so its not just McCain’s campaign and his 527’s……do you hear the drops of drool plopping on the floor? Just be ready and hope that Obama’s campaign keeps reacting like yesterday when his plane went down.

    Great counter strategy yesterday.

  118. chefsheila

    SORRY….This one blows my mind….I just would have expected more from Wolfson.

    Clinton aide Wolfson joins Fox News pack

    http://in.reuters.com/article/industryNews/idINN0745170920080707

  119. dog's eye view

    Patsi encapsulates a major difference between Hillary and Obama supporters:

    “I don’t want to play nice. I don’t want bipartisanship. I want a fighter who will cram these last eight years down somebody’s throat.”

    I have thought that motivated many Hillary supporters for months.

    Whereas the prospect leaves Obama supporters cold, as they realize (1) the GOP fucked up bigtime in running the country and (2) you have to get past that to work with ALL Americans, red and blue, to bring America back on track. Investigate the abuses and make sure they don’t happen again, but if there was EVER a need for a big tent!

    Thank you Patsi, for that moment of clarity.

  120. dog's eye view

    Patsi made her comment at 10:46 last night, and I stand by using the f-bomb here for emphasis (and humor) — and apologies to anyone it offended! — but will clean it up when I post identical comment on Craig’s blog.

  121. chefsheila

    I would just say please don’t use it. Even though none of us take exception in the use anymore, we just need to separate ourselves again. So try not to and that goes for me too.

    And excuse my Hall Monitor ways. ;0)

  122. colleen

    Sheila, sorry to say I’m not surprised about Wolfson, he’s always had a little slime going on there…

  123. chefsheila

    Colleen,

    I know this campaign is separating the wheat from the chaffe, but its painful.

  124. dog's eye view

    Nah, I think that’s fine, Sheila, and won’t use it again.

    Howard Wolfson and Lanny Davis have been reunited with their fellow hacks.

    Hillary’s employing and retaining Wolfson and Penn was a red light to me.

  125. chefsheila

    I guess I don’t remember both gentlemen prefering the other side of the fence?

  126. dog's eye view

    I think that Davis sincerely believes in Bill and Hillary Clinton, and that Wolfson will follow a buck wherever it goes.

  127. dnd

    I wonder if Wolfson going to Fox will impact Hillary’s fund raising efforts.

  128. dog's eye view

    Hey, maybe it will help them. Daryl and others already watch that channel anyway.

    The cool morning is disappearing, and the grass ain’t getting any shorter.

    Later, baiters.

  129. The Bible, Mrs. Obama and Racism???
    The Bible?
    1. War
    2. Racism
    3. Antisemitism
    4. Separatism
    5. Patriarchat
    6. Monotheism
    7. Theoism
    9. Phallopism
    10. Intoleranc
    11. Genocid
    12. Militarism 100%
    13. Hate
    14. Military Bible and Mrs. Obama
    15. Soldiers Bible and Mrs. Obama
    16. Adolf Hitlers Bible and Mrs. Obama???
    17. Nazi`s Bible and Mrs. Obama
    18. Slavery in the Bible and Mrs. Obama???
    19. Cannibalism in the Bible?
    20. Slaughters in the Bible and Mrs. Obama?
    21. Vioelence in the Bible
    22. Terrorism in the Bible???

    23. Harvardsuniversitystudium and Mrs. Obama?
    24. Jura and the Slavery in the Bible???
    25. Racism in the Bible and Jurastudium of Mrs.
    Obama???
    26. Mrs. Michelle Obama is a Jurist, and she akcept
    Racism and the Slavery in the Bible???

    Atheist

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