Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Michelle Obama visits Harrisburg

Pennsylvania is a crucial state. Remember last week when Obama bowled a horrible game. The Bench covered that story, it happened in Pennsylvania. He's trying to cut down this lead Hillary is supposed to have there although even if she does win up there she's not likely to make a dent in Obama's overall lead in the Democratic race. I should mention this piece that discusses the issue of race in Pennsylvania.

Anyway an article I found via InstaPundit about Mrs. Obama's visit to the "Keystone State"...
This was Michelle Obama's "mom time" in her husband's campaign for president.

She'd come Tuesday to meet with 50 working women who filled a room at a Harrisburg preschool, anxious to talk to Barack Obama's wife.

But they'd have to wait.

Instead, Michelle Obama swept into a classroom of children, ages 2 to 6, to read to them.

She asked for their names, and what they liked most about school. After reading "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" she shouted "potty request!" for one child, and then declared hug time.

The children stormed her in a group hug.

Then it was on to hear concerns of the big people, before heading off to campaign events in Winston-Salem and Raleigh as part of a daylong tour of North Carolina.

It was Obama's first time ever in the state. She said she and her husband would be back many times before the May 6 primary.

"Every state is critical now," she told the Observer. "We want to win North Carolina."

As she's done elsewhere, Obama meets in roundtable discussions with working mothers, because she's a lawyer and mother of two daughters, ages 9 and 6.

"What this allows me to do is make sure that the policies that come out of the campaign, are fueled by people like you," she told her audience.
Here's more from Michelle talking about her life with the Senator...
Most Americans, she said, don't want much.

"They don't want the whole pie," she told the women. "There are some who do, but most Americans feel blessed just being able to thrive a little bit. But that is becoming even more out of reach."

After law school, she and Barack were beset by loans they'd still be paying had her husband not written two best-sellers, "The Audacity of Hope" and "Dreams From My Father."

Those debts early in their marriage, she said, equips her husband to better understand the problems many Americans face.

Should she become first lady, she said she'd focus on family issues.

"If we don't wake up as a nation with a new kind of leadership...for how we want this country to work, then we won't get universal health care," she said.

"The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more."
You know I've been to a Obama rally and I felt the electricity. I've always thought Obama was a little vague on some of what he would seek as a President. At that stage it wasn't important although it's probably more critical now that he's certainly close to garnering the Democratic nomination. Of course one this is for certain in what he seeks, to me it's the same old solution that Americans have heard for years. Some want to hear it, I would dare say most. It's just that it's still nothing new especially if he proposes a new style of politics.

A new style of politics is what I'll give him. I think Hillary is willing to do whatever it takes to win. His middle name wasn't said to be brought up by conservatives, but by Democrats. Of course we know that horse was beaten to death by conservatives. If someone opposed Obama, I would expect that he isn't likely to respond with a personal attack.

I would say like I had about McCain on Monday, civility needs to be brought back to American politics. Cut down on this divisiveness that has marked public life in this country that past decade.

At the same time I wonder if with the economy the way it is or the way it could be, going down the road of recession, if Obama's ideas for redistribution is good for this country. Yeah he wants to take care of poverty, health care, education, and a few other things, but I'd be concerned about where is this money coming from. I hope Americans are concerned about that as well.

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