Michelle does New Hampshire

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HAT TIP: Washington Post By Politics
Tuesday, May 8, 2007; A03

WINDHAM, N.H., May 7 Michelle Obama, making an early campaign foray for her husband in the state with the nation’s first presidential primary, praised her husband Monday for having a “moral compass” and contended that quality counts more than the “experience” on which many of his Democratic rivals are basing their campaigns.

Challengers have pointed to the relative inexperience of the senator from Illinois in national politics as a liability in his bid for the White House, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has attempted to undercut her main opponent by stressing her years in Washington. But Michelle Obama, a Harvard-educated lawyer who works in a management position at the University of Chicago Hospitals, said her husband has a more rounded résumé.

“I know that experience is important, right? But experience without the sort of moral compass is not enough,” she said at a house party not far from Manchester, where she also appeared on Monday. “And it’s not just enough to check off a bunch of boxes and say, ‘I’ve spent so many years in Washington,’ because Barack has those experiences. He doesn’t have the checked-box experiences, but he has experience that makes a difference.”

Michelle Obama used a similar line — a variation on one popularized by Obama aides in recent months — at a stop in Bedford, where she told several dozen voters that she and her husband had tried to be transparent because it is important for the public to see every aspect of a candidate.

“If we don’t know who people are inside, if we don’t trust their instincts and understand where they’re coming from, then we can’t follow them, which is why we’ve tried to be so open and clear about who we are and how we think,” she said.

Despite heightened security for the Obamas — the Secret Service assigned them a detail last week, the earliest a presidential candidate has been given added security — Michelle Obama promised that voters will see their two young daughters on the campaign trail.

She also said she campaigns “not just as a surrogate messenger but also as a surrogate ear.”

“I view these trips as an opportunity for me to get a better sense of what’s happening on the ground,” she said. She took no questions during the day, instead circulating in the crowd and talking to voters one by one.

33 thoughts on “Michelle does New Hampshire

  1. rikyrah

    Well, she’s gotten good marks in Iowa. Now, they’re easing her into New Hampshire. I think her Midwestern Sensibilities will do her well in a state with a motto of ‘ Live Free or Die’.

  2. rikyrah

    oooh oooh…

    SB’s got a little crush😉

    LOL

    PS- received my first Michelle mailing yesterday.

  3. NMP

    SB,

    If you can listen to her all day, you would have heard her loud and clear: Stop holding her husband to a higher standard than the White folks running for office…He’s only human and will make mistakes. The question is will Black folks, who are normally and justifiable skeptical of the White press, going to stop eatin’ the BS negative stories the press is force feedin’ us about Obama? 🙂

  4. NMP

    Case in point (published less than an hour ago by AP)….

    “Obama visits former confederate capital.” Not Obama visits VA capital or city with the largest Black population in the state of VA.

    I’m sure the headline will have its intended effect: further convincing Black folks that Obama is a sell out. Lord have mercy!

  5. rikyrah

    “Obama visits former confederate capital.” Not Obama visits VA capital or city with the largest Black population in the state of VA.

    let me extend your opening statement, NMP…

    With another trailblazer, L.Douglas Wilder, the 1st Black Governor now its present Mayor………

    Of course they COULD have led with that.

    But, did they?

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Of course not.

  6. dblhelix

    TPJ: I wish this sista was running instead of hubby.

    Agree. She’s got a convincing style about her.

  7. rikyrah

    OUCH, girl. You and sistah rikyrah ganging up on a brotha?

    Can’t speak for NMP, SB, but I’m not ganging up on you.

    It’s ‘the Man’s press’ we’re ganging up on….LOL😉

    You know we have nothing but love for you, SB.

    After all, you’re our kind and giving host. And, even when the trolls come, you’re still chill with us. On a serious tip, thank you very much for that.

  8. Cliff

    What a gorgeous example of how black women should support their worthy men.
    “He doesn’t have the checked-box experiences, but he has experience that makes a difference.” Like “SB” said you know a man by his woman, and I will support a man who has a woman who is very intellegent and very profound of the political system, I know him through his woman.

  9. “I wish this sista was running instead of hubby. She wouldn’t have made 1/10th of the mistakes he’s made in this campaign…”

    Never fear. If you know anything about a good Black woman, you know that Michelle is running just as much as Barak. We’ll get the best of both of them when Barak wins. Which of course he must, now that I have endorsed him.

  10. I know what I’m getting ready to suggest is a bit controversial, but I’m just going to go ahead and throw it out there.

    Many people believe that the truth is that most wives wouldn’t make the mistakes that their men make. Some gender theorists believe that women have a tendency to be more thoughtful, concerned about details, and able to look at the larger picture. The same is said about women who are mothers.

    In many of the churches I’ve attended, the wife was the one really holding down that church. The pastor’s wife and other women were holding down the fort, while the pastor was able to appear to be the one doing all the work. The wives often come behind and connect all the big ideas, as wellas clean up all the messes.

    So, I think what you all see in Michelle is common in most good wives.

  11. NMP

    “NMP,

    OUCH, girl. You and sistah rikyrah ganging up on a brotha?”

    Never! Got nothin’ but love for ya.

  12. NMP

    Angie,

    No controversy in speaking truth! And there is nothing more endearing than seeing a strong sistah arm in arm with a good brotha. I think that will trump whatever artificial kinship some Black women are feeling right now for Hillary.

  13. rikyrah

    Angie,

    No controversy in speaking truth! And there is nothing more endearing than seeing a strong sistah arm in arm with a good brotha. I think that will trump whatever artificial kinship some Black women are feeling right now for Hillary.

    I’ve said from the word GO that Barack and Michelle should do that Megachurch tour deal. And, since it’s summer, bring those cute little girls right along with them.

    I know folks get down on him for not altering his message, but I still think the consistency of message is part of his campaign.

    And then, turn it over to Michelle, let her do her thing….I’ll say it – REEL THEM IN….

    and, then turn it back over to Barack to seal the deal.

  14. rikyrah

    PS – and have all the Women for Obama stuff ready in the back of the church to pass out when it’s all said and done.

  15. dm

    With a 2 millions dollar book deal, it should be time for Ms. Obama to do something about the 1950’s hairdo.

    Get one of those John Edwards $400 haircuts.

  16. rikyrah

    With a 2 millions dollar book deal, it should be time for Ms. Obama to do something about the 1950’s hairdo.

    I keep on telling you folks, leave her hair alone!

    It works for her. It works for her ‘ image’. It’s efficient, not glamorous.

    You folks keep messing with her, and the next thing you know, she’ll have a Beyonce weave.😦

  17. rikyrah

    Slightly OT but relevant:

    Obama and the First Debate by Ron Walters:
    http://www.washingtoninformer.com/OPEDronwalters2007May3.html

    From that piece:

    So, there is a trend that has to be broken if the Black vote difference translates into a policy difference. These debates now use Blacks as a symbolic background, but ignore them when it comes to discussing the vital issues.

    This happened in 2004 in the Detroit debate and the one at Morgan State University in Baltimore. At both venues, Fox News analysts promptly designed their own debate featuring their own concerns. The sponsors of these debates – whoever they are – must demand Black questioners and an agenda that speaks directly to Black issues. But if that does not happen, Obama must raise them himself, or perhaps Clinton or John Edwards will

    Point 1 – THIS is why having the CBC sponsor anything with the White Citizens Council Network is a losing proposition

    Point 2 – If they aren’t asked by Tavis in June and September, then they won’t be asked. So, let’s get to Tavis’ site and submit those questions.

  18. dblhelix

    OT: Here’s a bit of news that ties together quite a few topics we’ve discussing as of late.

    O’Malley LIkely to Veto Drug Bill.

    The legislation is a top priority of the Legislative Black Caucus, whose members are concerned that African Americans comprise the majority of defendants jailed in Maryland drug charges. Despite his support among black voters, O’Malley said his two terms as mayor of Baltimore made him sensitive to drug-related violence that merits stern penalites.

    While there was some discussion on the previous thread on agenda isues in the context of presidential politics, I remained mostly quiet because the only credible efforts I see (whether positive or negative) have been at the state level. This includes universal health insurance (MA & other states), ex-felon voting rights, drug sentencing, and very close to home, the crisis in public health faciities operations.

    Like Dr. Walters, I was left with a miserable feeling after the debate. At present, my feeling is that the presidential race is largely a beauty pageant, but instead of ‘world peace,’ the contestants are vying for role of most competent military administrator, with mediation of defense spending vs social spending a secondary consideration, at best.

    With respect to this specific action by the gov, I have the following comments:

    I’ve always been a bit skeptical about MOM.

    Fears are being realized re: Anthony Brown, mixed-race PG’er put on the ticket in part to appease Black voters. The Lt Gov has a ceremonial position with duties defined at the pleasure of the Gov. He was also dispatched to PG on behalf of the state in the local hospital crisis.

  19. dblhelix

    rikyrah: Now, what are the Black legislators going to do?

    Look at MD. (D) executive, (D) super-majorities.

    The national party strives for this type of majority. We hear a lot about being part of a “progressive coalition” and “50-state strategies.”

    As I’ve mentioned, MD Dems employed an all-jurisdiction strategy to boost margins. SImilar to the national strategy.

    If you want to talk about alliances that aren’t working out, well — it is clear that the influence of the CBC on the national level, or the state legislative caucus is diminished in this broader coalition that is crafted on bringing more conservative whites in.

    So now I will say something controversial. I’m not so sure that events like the CBC-Fox debates are a bad thing. Yes, I know Fox has gone on the record with many hostile comments. But … if Democrats are unwilling to bring our issues to the forefront but benefit from passive Black existence via the vote, then who?

    I’m not advocating rushing to vote in the Steeles or anything like that, but I’m thinking about the beginning the process of standing face-to-face with the enemy to break down barriers. Communication. Broader exposure.

    It is the first step in maturing to swing status and enabling a stronger influence.

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