“Hope is making a comeback and, let me tell you, for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country. Not just because Barack is doing well, but I think people are hungry for change,” Michelle Obama delcared during a Milwaukee rally, according to the Boston Herald. “I have seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues and it has made me proud.”
For the first time in her adult life? Michelle Obama was born in 1964, meaning that she turned 18 in 1982. So for 26 years, she hasn’t been proud of the United States of America? Not when the Soviet Union collapsed and the Berlin Wall came tumbling down? Not when thousands of young people joined the armed services and scores of volunteers gave of themselves to rescue the wounded, recover the dead, and comfort the bereaved in the wake of the worst terrorist attack in history?
She’s gone through adulthood never feeling proud on the Fourth of July, singing “The Star-Spangled Banner”, listening to the Overture of 1812, watching the fireworks, and seeing herself and her contemporaries linked through two centuries to America’s birth? Never feeling pride in America’s heritage, in the first modern nation founded on republican ideals? Never feeling pride in the Declaration of Independence, in the Constitution, in its Bill of Rights?
Maybe she’s the one who should be plagiarizing her speeches.