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Questions about Michelle Obama
Summary of the eRumor: Michelle Obama, the wife of presidential
candidate Barack Obama, has popped up in eRumors in 2008 about two issues.
One is that she is alleged to have said during the campaign that for the
first time in her adult lifetime she is proud of her country. There
are also questions about why her graduate thesis from Princeton University
has been classed as restricted until after November 5th, 2008, which is
one day after the general election.
Did Michelle Obama say "For the first time in my
adult lifetime I am proud of my country?"-Truth! It was during speeches in Milwaukee and
Madison, Wisconsin on February 18, 2008.
In Milwaukee she said, "People
in this country are ready for change and hungry for a different kind of
politics and … for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my
country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.”
In Madison, she said, "“For
the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country … not
just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry
for change. I have been desperate to see our country moving in that
direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and
A spokesperson for the Obama Campaign,
Jan Psake, said Michelle Obama was not trying to knock her country but
rather to "underscore the meaning behind her husband's campaign."
She added, "The
point is that of course Michelle is proud of her country, which is why she
and Barack talk constantly about how their story wouldn’t be possible in
any other nation on Earth. What she meant is that she’s really proud
at this moment because for the first time in a long time, thousands of
Americans who’ve never participated in politics before are coming out in
record numbers to build a grassroots movement for change.”
Critics, however, seized upon her
statement and wondered aloud why there would not be any other times in her
adult life when she felt proud of her country.
Has Michelle Obama's Princeton thesis
been restricted for any public release until after November 5?-Previously
Truth! But it has now been
released from restriction!
Princeton University released the
thesis to the public on March 25, 2008, after criticism of the fact that
it was being held for release until the day after the general election.
The thesis was written under her maiden name, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson.
At Princeton, Michelle Obama focused on sociology and earned a certificate
in African-American studies.
The title of the thesis was
"Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community."
An article in the Daily Princetonian from March 26, 2008, quoted the
thesis as examining "...how the attitudes of black alumni have changed
over the course of their time at the University" and "...whether they will
become more or less motivated to benefit the black community."
She surveyed 89 black graduates of Princeton and concluded from her
research that "attending the University as an undergraduate decreased the
extent to which black alumni identified with the black community as a
No explanation has been given for why
the thesis was restricted for public access, although that can be
requested by an alumnus.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Read past all the rhetoric to the part about Michelle Obama's Princeton
thesis. I find this alarming.
Michelle Obama, wife of Democrat frontrunner Barack Obama,
shocked a lot of people recently when she said this: "For the first time
in my adult lifetime I am proud of my country." Wow! That takes my breath
Mrs. Obama is 44 years old, so for over roughly 24 years of "adulthood,"
taking her at her word, she has never been proud of our nation.
Is there a theme here? You may remember that last year Senator Obama said
he refused to wear a flag lapel pin because it represented a "substitute
for true patriotism." And what precisely is true patriotism? According to
Senator Barack Hussein Obama, it is opposing the war in Iraq.
Apparently nothing America did from 1982 to 2008 caused her heart to swell
with pride. Not our successful effort to defeat Soviet communism and
liberate millions of people in Eastern Europe? Not our relief efforts
around the world, through which we spent billions to help the downtrodden?
Not anything? When she learned with all the rest of us how her fellow
citizens on United Flight 93 bravely fought back against jihadist
hijackers and prevented another disaster on September 11th, did she not
fill up with pride?
As Americans of all races and classes rallied together in defense of our
nation in the aftermath of September 11th, did her spirit not jump with
love for her homeland? Apparently not.
The Obamas are living examples of the American Dream. Both Michelle Obama
and her husband have Ivy League degrees. They make a joint income of over
One Million Dollars a year. They live lives that most ordinary Americans
can only dream of.
Yet, Mrs. Obama, who wants to be First Lady, has been unable to find the
pride in America that millions of ordinary Americans feel every day.
Sadly, her attitude is not rare among leftwing American elites. We are
"educating" millions of Americans to be Globalists first and foremost, and
we are doing precious little about educating our children to be Proud and
**The Obamas are flying high politically right now, but I don't believe
many Americans will want to cast their votes this November for a couple so
out of touch with traditional American values.**
"For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country," Michelle
Obama....."What she meant was, this is the first time that she's been
proud of the politics of America," Barack Obama
HOWEVER, nowhere in there does she leave space for, allude to, or specify
a reference to American politics.
She's a Princeton and Harvard educated lawyer, and she can't specify
between her country and its politics???
Princeton University Senior Theses Full Record
TITLE: Princeton Educated Blacks and the Black Community [Restricted until
November 5, 2008] (96 pages).
AUTHOR: Michelle LaVaughn Robinson (1985), Sociology Department ADVISOR:
LOCATED AT: Mudd Library.
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama lamented that white professors and
classmates always saw her as "Black first and a student second." She had
surveyed alumni to see whether they sacrificed their commitment to other
blacks on the altar of success, and foresaw for herself an uneasy future:
"further integration and/or assimilation into a White cultural and social
structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society;
never becoming a full participant."...
As Michelle Obama wrote in her thesis introduction, "My experiences at
Princeton have made me far more aware of my 'Blackness' than ever before.
I have found that at Princeton no matter how liberal and open-minded some
of my White professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes
feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don't belong."...
Michelle Obama was guided in her choice of thesis topic by a consuming
concern that her success might compromise her black identity.
As she wrote in her conclusion: "I wondered whether or not my education at
Princeton would affect my identification with the Black community. I hoped
that these findings would help me conclude that despite the high degree
of identification with Whites as a result of the educational and
occupational path that Black Princeton alumni follow, the alumni would
still maintain a certain level of identification with the black community.
However, these findings do not support this possibility."...
Michelle Obama's fears of losing touch with her roots without ever being
embraced into the mainstream led her to promise, in her thesis
introduction, "to actively utilize my resources to benefit the Black
Her thesis is the ONLY one on the 449-result long list *restricted until a
specific date: November 5th*.
What's the significance of November 5th? Well, it's a Wednesday. Oh, and
it's the day after the General Election... !!!!!!
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