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Published:June 10th, 2008 18:48 EST
The GOP Attacks Michelle Obama

The GOP Attacks Michelle Obama

By Robert Paul Reyes

Pundits, reporters and especially die-hard Clinton supporters are pressuring Sen. Barack Obama to choose Hillary as his running-mate. They argue that without this strong lady by his side, many disaffected and disappointed women will vote for Sen. John McCain or sit out the general election.

Obama doesn`t need to choose Hillary or any other woman as his Veep to bolster his feminist credentials, he is on the right side of all the issues that are important to women. Obama has been a long-time crusader for national health care, a woman`s right to choose and equal pay for equal work.

Anyway, Obama already has a strong and remarkable woman by his side; I`m referring to his beautiful and stylish wife. But Michelle Obama is far more than just aesthetically pleasing to the eye, she`s a successful career woman and a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Barack Obama is lavishly praised for his rhetorical skills, but Michelle is no slouch, she`s a terrific and inspirational speaker. If more of her speeches were broadcast on the cable TV news outlets, Obama`s ratings would improve.

Michelle is no Nancy Reagan who is content to stand by her man and gaze upon him with worshipful eyes. She is a tremendous asset to her husband, and that is why the Republicans haven`t wasted any time criticizing her.

in February when Michelle said that she was proud of America "for the first time" because of the success of her husband`s presidential campaign, the critics were on Michelle like white on rice. Haven`t these clowns heard of hyperbole, she was talking about her hubby, so she got a little bit carried away.

Michelle later clarified her remarks, insisting that she has always been proud of her country.

Now that Obama is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee the Republican dirty tricks machine is in full gear churning out anti-Michelle propaganda.

"On the website of the Tennessee Republican Party is a short video in which residents of Nashville talk about the pride they feel for their country. One man, for example, mentions his esteem for the First and Second Amendments. A Vanderbilt graduate student says he was proud when Ronald Reagan told Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall - `and I was prouder when it came down.` A young professional woman extols the `academic and job opportunities that women have in this country.` A police officer named Juan says he is proud of having immigrated to the United States, learned English, and become a citizen of this "land of opportunity and the best country in the world.

The video makes its point by alternating these upbeat comments with clips of Michelle Obama telling two different audiences in February: "For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country." In an understated press release announcing the video, the state GOP welcomed Mrs. Obama to Nashville and remarked: "The Tennessee Republican Party has always been proud of America."

Quotation from Boston.Com

"Introducing Cindy McCain at a fundraising luncheon earlier today, former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger compared her to Michelle Obama.

`Cindy has always been a proud person and proud of her country, not just once, but always,` Eagleburger said in Richmond, Va."

Quotation from Jonathan Martin/

Eagleburger made this reference to Michelle`s infamous comment yesterday, the Republicans are unwilling to let go of this trivial gaffe.

Imagine if the Republicans had some real dirt on Michelle, they would be running anti-Michelle commercials around the clock.