This is what I heard/this is what I saw in my head

I watched about the first 15 minutes of Michelle Obama’s speech last night.

She looked beautiful (think she’s had some work done?) and spoke well, but the dichotomy between what she said, and what I knew to be true, kept interfering with the spell she attempted to cast.

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.

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.

You see, even though back then Barack was a senator and a presidential candidate . 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.

Yea, that was a LONG time ago.

Michelle and Obama in 2005:

In 2005, when Obama began serving in the U.S. Senate (and his daughters turned 4 and 7), he and his wife were earning a combined annual income of $479,062. Barack Obama was paid a salary of $162,100 by the U.S. taxpayers, and Michelle Obama was paid $316,962 to handle community affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center.

He may have had a beater when he met Michelle, but then who doesn’t when they are young? The Obama’s have been well off for most of their adult life, and their children have never known deprivation.

So when people ask me whether being in the White House has changed my husband, I can honestly say that when it comes to his character, and his convictions, and his heart, Barack Obama is still the same man I fell in love with all those years ago.

He’s the same man who started his career by turning down high paying jobs and instead working in struggling neighborhoods where a steel plant had shut down, fighting to rebuild those communities and get folks back to work . because for Barack, success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.

And yet … look where he ended up!

The Obama Vacation List

— President’s Day 2012, Michelle and the first daughters in Aspen, Colorado to ski.
— Christmas 2011, the first family in Hawaii for an extended vacation.
— Summer 2011, in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., for the annual beach break.
— June 2011, the first lady, her mother and daughters traveled to South Africa and Botswana.
— President’s Day 2011, the first lady and first daughters travel to Vail to ski.
— Christmas 2010, in Hawaii.
— August 2010, the first family traveled to Panama City Beach, Fla., for some sun and fun at the beach.
— August 2010, Obama spent the weekend alone in Chicago for his 49th birthday bash.
— August 2010, the first lady and daughter Sasha traveled to Spain for a mother-daughter vacation.
— August 2010, summer vacation again at Martha’s Vineyard.
— July 2010, the first family went to Mount Desert Island, Maine.
— May 2010, the first family had a four-day trip to Chicago.
— March 2010, first lady and daughter spend Spring Break in New York City.
— Christmas 2009, Hawaii again for the annual break.
— August 2009, at Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon for a short vacation.
— August 2009, their first summer vacation as first family at Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

You know who’s benefited most from the Obama presidency? The Obama’s.

But today, I have none of those worries from four years ago about whether Barack and I were doing what’s best for our girls.

Duh. No matter how badly Obama fucks it up for all of us, his daughters are going to be fine.

Future digs?

Not bad!

Because today, I know from experience that if I truly want to leave a better world for my daughters, and all our sons and daughters . if we want to give all our children a foundation for their dreams and opportunities worthy of their promise . if we want to give them that sense of limitless possibility — that belief that here in America, there is always something better out there if you’re willing to work for it . then we must work like never before . and we must once again come together and stand together for the man we can trust to keep moving this great country forward .

Moving forward? Well, the debt clock has moved forward to $16 trillion. Hiring isn’t exactly going forward, and median income certainly isn’t either. GM’s still alive, but it’s gasping for breath and looking a tad green in the gills. Our military defense abilities are contracting, and NASA is focusing on global warming instead of manned, space exploration. Social welfare has expanded, but I don’t really see that as a step forward at this point.

In last night’s speech, Michelle celebrating this:

Washington’s principal endeavor is rewarding recipients to shun work. Entitlements and relief exceed seventy percent of expenditures; social services then cushion the fallout. Increasingly generous handouts and steeply progressive taxes make entitlement reform treacherous. Politicians spout lip service to frugality, but are so beholden to continuing this largesse the Senate cannot even pass a budget.

We push almost $1 trillion uphill in means-tested poverty programs, devoid of accountability. Welfare imprisons vulnerable lives to the public dole.

THIS is what she’s heralding. The reality of liberal policies.

Per the Census Bureau, poverty rates for married couples were 6.2 percent, but 27.3 percent for single-parent families.Children reared without fathers are more likely to engage in promiscuity, dabble in drugs, commit crime or quit school. Yet the Safety Net’s overriding purpose is underwriting single-parenthood.

Subsidizing prodigality assists neither those souls mired in dependency; nor the larger community. Government taxes productivity to purchase un-productivity; while economic foolishness, a moral and cultural disaster. Safety nets encourage irresponsibility as others cover the costs. The Nanny State inculcates childlike dependence.

This is Michelle’s way forward.

*cries* Andrew Malcolm did SUCH a better job on a similar essay.

She didn’t have time on national TV to get into the scores of unpaid parking tickets Barack had to settle as the Democratic primary campaign began in 2007. Or how the couple missed all those racist, anti-American sermons while allegedly sitting in the pews of Rev. Wright’s church. Or how Tony Rezko, now a resident of a rent-free federal institution, happened to buy a slice of land to enlarge the Obama’s home lot at a sweet price.

But according to The Barack Obama Story related by Michelle Obama, everything her husband does, like subsidizing student loans at taxpayer expense or creating expensive healthcare that seems free to patients, is always done out of the compassion, caring and sensitivity that Barack learned from his grandma and Michelle learned from her parents.

Which perhaps explains the federal loan guarantees that Obama steered into the now defunct Solyndra company.

Perhaps he cared so much about those thousands of middle-class men and women who could have taken the bus to work every morning to construct their American Dream if that solar-panel company had actually been competitive, which it wasn’t, so it died and will cost American taxpayers (not Obama) $545 million.

Read it all. It’s so good. Pretend I wrote it, that’s what I’m doing.

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2 Comments on “This is what I heard/this is what I saw in my head”

  1. Jay in Ames Says:

    You done good, Car in. Malcolm too.

    There’s such a big difference in between what she said last night, and what we know to be true. I’m really questioning how much debt they could have been in. They took in 4 times the value of my house in the year that you broke down. I can’t see how you could be in debt after that. $100k buys a lot of college.

  2. Car in Says:

    I know they were in debt until his book deal. They were sending their kids to an expensive (exclusive) private school, etc. Townhouse. Cars. Furniture. Arugula. That stuff adds up.

    Also, the fact that the loans weren’t paid off until year X (whenever that was) doesn’t really mean much. They are usually low interest, and no one pays them off early. Or, it’s not as common. You pay until the coupons run out.

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