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Words not found in Michelle Obama’s Speech




You can grep it yourself here: Text of Michelle Obama’s Speech at the DNC 2012.

People all over the country send her mail about the bills they can’t pay and their problems and she has no idea how those people got that way.  But if they just keep working hard, they’ll dig themselves out of the mess they’re in.  Whoo-hoo! Obama 2012!

By the way, the unemployment rate in NJ in August 2012 was 9.8%.  I’m guessing that included many, many overeducated professional college graduates with STEM degrees because that’s what I’m seeing, including some former colleagues of mine who are newly unemployed with the upcoming closure of the Roche research facility in Nutley, NJ.  My friends worked on cancer drugs.  Cancer.  We are closing cancer research labs all over NJ.

Here’s a snippet of Michelle’s speech:

And everywhere I’ve gone, in the people I’ve met, and the stories I’ve heard, I have seen the very best of the American spirit.

I have seen it in the incredible kindness and warmth that people have shown me and my family, especially our girls.

I’ve seen it in teachers in a near-bankrupt school district who vowed to keep teaching without pay.

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.”

Thank you, Effie Trinket.

Yes, we love to work without pay and it looks like we’re expected to do so indefinitely.  With more cuts in the Grand Bargain, more people will have an opportunity to work without pay for bankrupt school districts.  The only thing that could top that is having the bankers work without bonuses but I couldn’t find it in her speech.   And until Obama actually ends the wars he said he was ending, more soldiers will have the opportunity to lose limbs and eyes 100 times over.

That man is never going to see again.  He’s not going to see a Van Gogh blue sky on a summer day.  He’s not going to see his kids’ faces.  He’s not going to know how much money he has in his wallet without help.  He’s going to wake up in the dark for the rest of his life. That man is trying to give meaning to a loss from a now meaningless war while government contractors lobby Congress to keep the damn thing going.

I think your broccoli needs weeding. You may leave now.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

In case the youtube embed doesn’t work for you, here’s the link.  Great movie, made just in time for the 2012 elections. Spells it out for even the dimmest wit.


More Michelle moments, this time on equality for women:

Barack’s grandmother started out as a secretary at a community bank…and she moved quickly up the ranks…but like so many women, she hit a glass ceiling.

And for years, men no more qualified than she was – men she had actually trained – were promoted up the ladder ahead of her, earning more and more money while Barack’s family continued to scrape by.

But day after day, she kept on waking up at dawn to catch the bus…arriving at work before anyone else…giving her best without complaint or regret.

And she would often tell Barack, “So long as you kids do well, Bar, that’s all that really matters.”


Stop complaining, Ladies.  Your careers are just not that important.  We insist on making you choose between your family and your job.  Is my husband great or what!?

37 Responses

  1. Well, it’s just a speech after all. And by a nominee’s wife. Here’s the sort of trade off she’s happy — thrilled — to make:

    Congress Approves Child Nutrition Bill:

    Michelle Obama lobbied for the bill as a way to combat obesity and hunger. About half of the $4.5 billion cost is financed by a cut in food stamps starting in several years.

    Mrs. Obama said she was thrilled by passage of what she described as a groundbreaking piece of legislation.

    By a vote of 264 to 157, the House on Thursday passed the bill, which was approved in the Senate by unanimous consent in August. It goes now to President Obama, who intends to sign it.

    On the final roll call, 247 Democrats and 17 Republicans voted for the bill. Four Democrats and 153 Republicans voted no.

    Some liberal House Democrats and advocates for the poor railed against the bill in September, saying it was wrong to pay for the expansion of child nutrition programs by cutting money for food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

    • It’s definitely not SCHIP.

    • Well, cutting poor peoples’ food ration in half will cut their obesity, eh? It all makes perfect sense I suppose. At least to the writers and signer of the bill.

  2. Somebody had to say it. Hugs RD.

    • Yep, that’s what I’m here for, apparently. Uncomfortable truths, highlighted inartfully.
      BTW, I also do this without pay.

      • You should get paid. Have you ever considered collecting your best writing from this blog, reformatting them as a series of essays, and publishing it?

        • Yes

          • And?

          • If I write an e-book and publish it on Amazon and put a lot of effort into editing, which I hate to do, it would be very discouraging if no one read it. Ideally, I would like to pay for a year or two of my daughter’s tuition and that means selling a lot of books for $4.99. I’m not convinced there is a market.

          • I understand.

            I’d buy it, though. At $4.99, it’s a steal.

          • do an ebook anyway and let it surprise you. It’s a history that needs telling and it might help you out with $ along the way …publish the posts you like the best…otherwise it could get overwhelming cause there are so many worthy ones

          • Been there with a novel. Lotsa of work, little return. The worst hosing I’ve ever received on a similar project was a textbook that a publisher asked me to write. After two years of back and forth, revisions, etc. –all on my time & dime– they pronounced it ready for the fall catalog, then the senior editor “left” and all of his projects were summarily cancelled, including mine. It’s cold, cold world.

  3. Speaking of being “out of touch”, how about “….success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” ) Really Michelle? Goldman Sach’s and GM get bail-outs and we get 26 weeks of unemployment–then nothing. But the “high point” was not Mrs. Obama who, like Mrs. Romney did her “job”, but Deval Patrick who had the “audacity” to decry “bullying”! Really? Obama’s crew bullied the caucuses, the rules committees over the Florida/Michigan delegates, Hillary Clinton out of the race and delegates who foolishly expected to have a real convention. Sexism, racism, ageism and brute political force, they used it all in 2008.

    Here is the clincher, though. We all know Obama was not who most of us were “waiting for”. He had the black vote (except me), the progressives (except me ) and voters who were freaked out by the “economic crisis”, who felt they had no choice. If banks were being held accountable for raping this country and jobs were plentiful, it would be a different story. But we are in crisis and people are keenly aware that we are being played. Ironically, the bullying and economic crisis installed him and will usher him out. Sorry Kal Penn and David Axelrod, no “West Wing” ending. This is the real deal. If people would vote their conscience, we could overthrow the Uniparty (DEM+REP) and install one of the alternatives that the media and the two parties suppress. I urge us all to start voting our conscience. Change begins with us, not them.

    • Score!

    • Excellent comment.

      If Barack Obama went all FDR on the banks, and he gave a proper boost to the macroeconomy, we wouldn’t be here right now. Nobody would care if he was a line jumper. People would be grateful to him for improving their lives.

      But now we know that improving people’s lives is not why he’s in this. He’s punching a ticket, because he plans to get very rich after he leaves office. Sure, he’d prefer to win re-election, but he WILL NOT upset his money backers to do it.

      He deserves an early send-off. He may still make his millions, but it will be harder with a poor presidential record and only one term complete. I’ll continue to support GOOD Democrats for Congress, but I’ll vote Green on the presidential ballot.

    • GM didn’t get a bailout, though. They got a cramdown rescue. Many plants and dealerships were closed, bondholders lost money, every GM shareholder had their shares go down to zero. No bailout there.
      Obama will get many gratitude votes in the GM-Chrysler-Ford footprint zone. His cramdown-rescue prevented further disemployment which the Republican Senators (except for Voinovich of Ohio who “put Ohio first”) wanted to create.
      The GM cramdown rescue was nothing like the Scot Free Bailout for Goldman Sachs, not least because GM made/makes things for people, whereas Goldman Sachs only makes money for itself.
      The “GM bailout” meme was launched too successfully to be shot down, but it can always be replied to.

  4. And just in time this morning, the NYTimes rolls out another hit piece on Clinton as SOS. This time, it’s about China. She’s there to get China to stop supporting Syria because it’s threatening to destabilize the middle east. There is also some problem with maritime trade in the South China Seas. Then there’s something about a dude there who is implicated in a murder. Not sure what that has to do with Hillary. In fact, there’s no relationship to Hillary so wtf??
    But the pic of her in the article? She looks great! Not that it matters.

    • China and Russia are supporting Syria because they know after we take out Syria,(in order to take on Iran,) then we will take on Iran ….and then China and Russia. So yeah they aren’t jumping on our war with Iran bandwagon. They would rather it bogged down in Syria . Also they are tired of us insisting and berating them for not helping us destroy the huge investments they have made into these countries and help us sewing up the world’s oil . Naughty China and Russia! Selfishly looking out for yourselves!

      • Um, children are being slaughtered. It’s time to put self interest aside.

        • It’s the Middle East. Do you think the Islamist fanatic rebels–our “friends”, just like al-Qaida and their Afghan allies were our “friends” before they turned on us–on the other side aren’t killing children? Do you think our plutocratic empire isn’t killing children?

          I said “plutocratic empire” rather than “American Empire” because, like everything else in the modern USA, it exists to serve the interests of the transnational plutocracy, not the interests of ordinary USAmericans.

        • Um and we are slaughtering them…that is our proxies are., to create wide spread violence so of course then we MUST intervene and take out this ally of Iran.

          It’s not an uprising of the Syrian people, if it was, we would be angist it. We would be sending the Syrian government arms and “advisers” instead of sending in our Al Qaeda mercenaries,( fresh from Libya) to create the sectarian violence. In the West we just see the government’s reaction to our proxies.

          Syria must be taken out before our war with Iran can heat up…that’s why this is happening. Like we give a hang about children? Many die daily thanks to our drones. I don’t see crocodile tears in the media for them

  5. Thank you, Effie Trinket.

    Great job you did getting Tribute Wasserman-Schultz prepped for the Reaping / Victory Tour!

  6. “And for years, men no more qualified than she was – men she had actually trained – were promoted up the ladder ahead of her, earning more and more money”

    That took balls.
    Also, wasn’t there something about not taking short cuts and paying your dues? Ha, ha, this said by the wife of the most notorious line jumper in modern history.
    Mrs. Obama looked great and, like her husband, she’s a very good actor and that’s not an insult. Politicians have to be good actors but there can’t be an ocean of dissonance between their words and the facts on the ground.
    I’m tired of beautiful speeches.

    • You know what bothers me most about this speech? It’s like a little lecture to those of us who HAVEN’T taken any short cuts and who HAVE paid our dues. It buys into the David Brooksian notion that most people who are on the losing end of this economy did something to deserve it. They didn’t work hard or they want shortcuts. It’s very offensive to millions of working people who have lost their livelihoods through no fault of their own. But we were not the ones who Obama protected when he had two years of a filibuster proof majority. So, essentially she is saying, “Work really, really hard, maybe *some* day it will pay off but in the event that it doesn’t, well, you have our sympathy”. In other words, she has given us absolutely no reason to vote for Obama because he has no intention of putting government to work for us. The more the party rolls out speeches like this one, the less likely I am to vote for Obama. It’s inversely proportional. If I were the Democrats, and even slightly aware of all the unemployed people out here, I would stop doing that.
      In fact, it doesn’t even recognize the legacy of the Democratic party. The last time the country was in this kind of a mess in the 1930’s, Roosevelt didn’t just sympathize. He put people back to work and changed government in a profound way. Obama didn’t even TRY to do that for ordinary people. We weren’t on his radar at all unless we owned a bank.

      • A table was posted on the Angry Bear blog the other day which listed the number of employed people (non-farm) at the beginning and the end of each administration since Eisenhower. Under Bill Clinton, 22,561,000 jobs were added in eight years. Under W and Obama 716,000 jobs were added in twelve years. Tell me again that it makes no difference who is President? Tell me again that the Clintons sucked? What world were you living in??

        The much maligned Jimmy Carter created 10,111,000 jobs in four years. The highest growth rate in the period (and another 16 million jobs) came under Kennedy-Johnson. A real Democrat and not the “Eisenhower” Republican in the White House would have done much better, thank you. Eisenhower, btw, was not so good at creating jobs with 3.2 million over eight years. Obama, of course, is worse.

        And, as Ian Welch points out, the jobs created are mainly (58%) low wage (retail sales, food preparation). The NY Times article does suggest that “surgeon” is a;so a growing occupation and pays well. Duh.

        Two conventions and the only one to mention unemployment was Clint Eastwood. .

        • I have heard Simpson-Bowles mentioned twice since the start of the Democratic Convention. How many times does it take to make a trend?

        • Obama is not even an Eisenhower Republican. Eisenhower took-for-granted the mainainance of Social Security. Obama wants to destroy Social Security. Obama conspires with the Axis of Boehner-McConnell to maintain the Bush tax cuts in order to bankrupt the government into a Disaster Capitalism crisis. Eisenhower wouldn’t have done that. The proof is that Eisenhower never did.

          Obama is a Norquist Democrat, just like quite a few Simpson-Bowles Catfood Democrats today. Naked Capitalism once ran an interesting little guest-post by Marshall Auerback called Obama: Tea Party President, or something like that.

      • It has always made my skin crawl to listen to the Obamas lecture us. I’m older than either of them and feel as though I can see through them – a couple of careerist opportunists interested only in themselves.

        I actually think it might be better if Romney won. I don’t think he could get away with cutting Social Security or Medicare but Obama will – make no mistake. It would also be another opportunity for the Thuglicans to destroy their brand once and for all.

      • Excellent comment and excellent post. Thank you!

  7. Clinton had such bragging rights going into ‘ninety six.
    More jobs (good ones), less crime and an exploding economy in which both Wall and Main Streets were prospering.
    Obama’s got a beautiful, emotive wife. Good for him, what about us?

  8. Thanks to all of you for watching the convention– I just can’t take it anymore. The bitter bile of ’08 is too strong in the Force.

  9. Where IS that bankrupt school district with the unpaid teachers? And why isn’t the Obama Administration doing something to fix that?

  10. “I think your broccoli needs weeding. You may leave now.”

    Thanks for the laugh. Honestly, everytime I see Michelle, I think of Marie Antoinette.

    • Really? Everytime I see Michelle, I see an overachieving professional woman intentionally sidelining her personality so as to not look like an uppity woman to the menfolk.
      She’s gotta be a team player.
      She musn’t raise her voice.
      She, more than her husband, has set women back by decades.

      • Well, despite being an overachiever, her ambition was to be a Marie Antoinette.

        I find it laughable that Hillary has always been called an ambitous shrew. Of all first ladies and aspiring first ladies, Hillary was the one who had very little stomach for playing the quiet Stepford wife. In that way, Hillary is really like the competent women you see everywhere in all walks of life: she just rolls up her sleeves and gets working, no matter where she is.

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