She Can Dish It Out, But She Can’t Take It!
Senator Barack Obama called Republican tactics of criticising his wife’s political comments as “low class” and “detestable.” On “Good Morning America” the senator and his wife Michelle were discussing his (their) race for the White House, when the Illinois senator told the television audience that the hardball political tactics that are acceptable when aimed for the gander, are unacceptable when targeted at the goose. “… I also think these folks should lay off my wife,” he told “Good Morning America,” as his wife Michelle chuckled.
“The GOP, should I be the nominee, I think can say whatever they want to say about me, my track record,” Obama said. “I’ve been in public life for 20 years. I expect them to pore through everything that I’ve said, every utterance, every statement. And to paint it in the most undesirable light possible. That’s what they do. But I do want to say this to the GOP. If they think that they’re going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful. Because that I find unacceptable,” he said.”
While the GOP is forbidden by the Obamas from attacking Michelle Obama’s political statments, the Obama campaign is well within the bounds of “decency and class” to attack the spouse of Hillary Clinton for statements that he has made while campaigning for his wife. Obama’s campaign roundly condemned spouse Bill Clinton for calling Obama’s lack of experience “a roll of the dice“, for describing Obama’s opposition to the war as a “fairy tale“, and for his comparison of Obama to Jesse Jackson after South Carolina’s primary. General McPeak, of the Obama campaign, proclaimed that Bill Clinton was just another Joe McCarthy. At the same time that the GOP must “lay off” the wife of Obama, the DNC has promised that the tax returns of the wife of Senator John McCain will be an issue during the general election. (“DNC Targets Cindy McCain“)
When Michelle Obama makes campaign speeches about being proud of her country for the first time in her adult life, no one on the other side of the political spectrum may criticise those remarks lest the Obamas label them as “low class” and “detestable.” No one may point out that while Obama was NOT listening to Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s preachings from the pulpit, his wife Michelle was. How else to explain that her attitude is so similar to that of their Pastor and spiritual mentor? Obviously Michelle WAS listening when the Reverend Wright preached racism and hatred against White America.
However, to make that point is not acceptable to the elitist Obamas, for to their minds, when spouse Michelle injects her words into national politics, the Hoi Polloi is expected to listen, not criticise, lest they pierce the delicate thin skin of Mrs. Obama. Or as the Illinois Senator himself says: “Because that I find unacceptable.”