On Feb 19, CNN posted an article that pits Cindy McCain against Michelle Obama. Ms Obama had on the previous day (President’s Day) said says that not until this election did she feel pride in the USA.
She really did! Here’s the actual video.
CNN’s political blog picked up the story of Cindy McCain responding that she’s been proud of her country for a long time.
On one level, it’s two wives supporting their husbands in a future tough political race. But I have to agree with Ms McCain. It’s hard to believe that Ms Obama doesn’t have faith in the American people.
Our government liberated the nation of Panama. Our government has been the first on the scene to show up to countless disasters, from mudslides to hurricanes to wildfires to tsunamis.
It was not the US government that failed in New Orleans during Katrina. FEMA and the various sanctioned relief agencies were prepositioned at the storm’s edge and on-site within a day. Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and other parts of Louisiana are well on their way to recovery. But the inept management of local New Orleans politicians made sure the losses (both property and human life) were larger than need be. It was not the fault of the government, but rather those who failed to exercise personal responsibility.
Do I agree with everything my government does? Of course not. Am I proud of it? Most of the time. It is still the number one immigration destination in the world.
For Michelle Obama to be ashamed of her country means her husband has not been leading her sufficiently to value the nation he stands a chance of running.
And that scares me.
(for the record, CNN’s blog stopped accepting comments when the total reached 371.)