Barack Obamaâ€™s GOP opponents capitalized on a comment that his wife made this week — though in doing so they may have reinforced Obamaâ€™s message about needing to rise above divide-and-conquer politics. Michelle Obama said during a campaign rally that â€œfor the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country, and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.â€
John McCainâ€™s campaign dispatched his wife, Cindy, to declare that â€œI have, and always will be, proud of my country.â€ Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin accused Mrs. Obama of being self-absorbed. â€œWhat planet is she living on? Since when was now the only time the American people have ever been â€˜hungry for changeâ€™?â€ Malkin wrote.
Barack Obama responded that people were taking the statement out of context and trying to make a big deal out it. â€œWhat she meant was, this is the first time that sheâ€™s been proud of the politics of America,â€ he said. â€œBecause sheâ€™s pretty cynical about the political process, and with good reason, and sheâ€™s not alone. But she has seen large numbers of people get involved in the process, and sheâ€™s encouraged.â€