The Obamas Need to Learn to Take the HeatBarack and Michelle Obama apparently don't like it that the Tennessee Republican Party has continued to take Michelle Obama to task for her infamous remark "for the first time in my adult life I am really proud of my country." Apparently, they think we ought to lay off Ms. Michelle:
"The GOP, should I be the nominee, can say whatever they want to say about me,
my track record," Obama said. "If they think that they're going to try to make
Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful because that I find
unacceptable, the notion that you start attacking my wife or my family."
There is one problem with Mr. Barack's analysis, and it is that his wife volunteered to go out and campaign for her husband, and it is in the context of a campaign appearance that she made the remarks in question. If Michelle Obama is going to campaign for her husband, she has to be prepared to take the heat for any remarks that she might make on the campaign trail-that is part of politics. If Michelle Obama didn't campaign for her husband, then Barack Obama would be correct-she would not be fair game. She is a part of this race, however-she's chosen to join the national discussion, and so she and her words are very much available for political fodder.
Mr. Obama, you are a candidate for President of the United States, and this is a part of political reality. If your wife is going to campaign for you, both you and she must be prepared to take the political heat. If you can't do that, perhaps you aren't capable of the pressures inherent in the presidency.