Michelle Obama has Dragged This USA Elections Out of the Gutter + video

Michelle Obama has Dragged This USA Elections Out of the Gutter

 Anne Perkins – The Guardian UK

Opinion - commentary -analysisMichelle Obama may have done the seemingly impossible. She may just have rescued the USA  elections from the grotesque and demeaning mire into which they have descended. She did something even more remarkable, and just as badly needed. With the touch of a poet, her speech last night, shamed the tat and the tawdry of populism and held out the possibility of something better. She lent her extraordinary ability to say what people are feeling to every English-speaking woman in the world.

Nominally, she spoke for Hillary Clinton at a run-of-the-mill political rally. In fact she made a passionate and clear-eyed appeal for decency and respect in public life. Clinton’s Republican rival Donald Trump did not get a single mention, but he was in every word of every sentence. It was one of the most sustained put-downs in modern democratic politics.  

There have been many protests this week as Trump’s lewd bragging about sexually assaulting women finally registered in the Republican scale of shame. His campaign is floundering, at last. Obama’s contribution was not to add to the direct attacks on him. Instead, on behalf of American voters – women and girls, of course, but men and boys too – she gave a victim’s statement.

The Trump tape, she said, had shaken her to her core.

“I feel it so personally – and I’m sure you do too – particularly the women. (I love that “particularly”).

“The shameful comments about our bodies.

“The disrespect of our ambitions and our intellect.

“The belief that you can do anything you want to a woman.

“It’s cruel – it’s frightening – and the truth is it hurts.”

This hits home in a way that a direct attack on the insolent, impervious figure of Trump himself does not. It appeals to people of every political persuasion. She pitches this attack as defence – A defence of humanity. She brings to it her extraordinary mix of talents. She can find words that make pictures. She brings passion and intellectual clarity. She has an actor’s sense of timing. This morning she seems the world’s most complete leader.

On Monday, in the second debate between the presidential candidates, Clinton quoted Obama: “When they go low, we go high.” Great advice – a nightmare to follow. The first lady has found a way of doing it that avoids the elephant traps and the little snares.

She has a graceful humanity. She looks normal. Glamorous, but in a normal kind of way. She sounds like a normal person, she uses the language of normal people and she expresses normal hopes and fears. As a wife and a mother, an American, a black woman – all these parts that make her who she is – she has a fine capacity to say what millions of women and men have been thinking since the Trump tape first came to light last weekend.

It was hardly a surprise to hear her speak so well. Her speech introducing Clinton as the Democrat nominee to the party’s convention in July revealed the exceptional talent that she has been nurturing over these past eight years. That was the speech where she reminded her listeners what could be done by collective effort. She talked of the “lash of bondage” and the “sting of servitude” and then described waking up every morning in the White House, “a house built by slaves” and watching her daughters, “two beautiful intelligent young black women” playing with their dogs: “and because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all our sons and daughters, take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States”.

Last night she talked of women doing what women have always done “just trying to get through it … trying to pretend this doesn’t really bother us”. She ended: “This is not normal, this is not politics as usual … this has got to stop right now.”

When she speaks, Michelle Obama doesn’t stop being the wife of the president, but she transcends it. She becomes the personification of the best of her country. Perhaps there is something in the first lady status, in politics but not of it, that uniquely privileges the holder of the office. Who in Britain can make that nonpartisan appeal to ordinary human decency? Last night she spoke for everyone who thinks politics can be better than this.

Michelle Obama’s EPIC Speech On Trump’s Sexual Behavior

Published on Oct 13, 2016

Things just got real for Donald Trump. After recordings surfaced of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women, and numerous women have come forth describing past encounters where Trump groped them, Michelle Obama took to the campaign trail to call out the Republican nominee for President of the United States on his disgusting behavior.

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  • Deen  On October 16, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Michelle Obama is an inimitable class act, worthy to be plagiarized, too imposing to surpass.
    Definitely, she’s a respectable champion among women and women’s rights. And a promising leade for more future greatness.
    She has been an outstanding First Lady.

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 17, 2016 at 3:08 am

    Sarah Hurwitz, the Jewish Speechwriter Behind Michelle Obama’s Study

    Sarah Hurwitz first appeared on the Obamas’ radar after writing Hillary Clinton’s famous ‘glass ceiling’ concession speech in 2008.

    – The Forward and Thea Glassman – Haaretz

    In 2008, Sarah Hurwitz wrote Hillary Clinton’s historic concession speech.

    In it, Clinton talked about her run for the presidency and how she didn’t quite break the glass ceiling, but instead left behind “about 18 million cracks in it.” She gracefully complimented her opponent, and empowered listeners to get behind the democratic ticket.

    Two days later, Hurwitz got a phone call from the Obama campaign, inviting her on board.

    For seven years, the 39-year-old Harvard Law School grad has been responsible for writing Michelle Obama’s speeches. The two first joined forces during a 90-minute meeting in Obama’s living room in Chicago, where they mapped out the future first lady’s speech at a 2008 Denver convention — the very same one Melania Trump would later be accused of plagiarizing.

    She talked about her working-class background, the family values she and Barack share and the importance of dignity and respect.

    “[Michelle Obama] clearly said to me: ‘Okay, this is who I am. This is where I come from. This is my family. These are my values, and this is what I want to talk about at the convention,’” Hurwitz recalled in an interview with the Washington Post. “I realized then that Michelle Obama knows who she is, and she always knows what she wants to say.”

    The first lady is known to practice weeks in advance of delivering one of her speeches and is not one to ask for any sort of last-minute fixes.

    “As I write for her now, I’m sort of editing the speech with her voice in my head because she’s given me so much feedback over the years and been so clear about what she wants,” Hurwitz told the Post.

    The hours that go into being the first lady’s speechwriter are long, and Hurwitz unwinds by taking Judaism classes in her spare time and working out on the elliptical (where she often gets bursts of ideas).

    While she is intimately involved with each and every word the first lady delivers, Hurwitz can still find herself moved while listening from the sidelines.

    “I thought to myself, ‘I am watching the great-great-granddaughter of a slave give a speech to a room of Native American kids, [and] the vast majority of them are going to college, and many to Ivy League schools,’” Hurwitz said. “To see that — this is a great country.”

    On Thursday, Hurwitz and Michelle Obama scored another victory. The first lady delivered a powerful, scathing speech on Donald Trump’s leaked lewd comments about women.

    During her talk, Obama called the republican nominee’s comments “shocking” and “demeaning.” She never referred to Trump by name, only as a candidate. Her supporters rejoiced on social media.

    “Let’s be very clear, strong men, men who are truly role models don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful,” Michelle Obama said. “ … We are telling our sons that it is okay to humiliate women, telling our daughters that this is how we deserve to be treated, that bigotry and bullying are perfectly acceptable. Is that what we want for our children?”

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  • Malcolm Heydorn  On October 18, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Michelle Obama IS the Gutter, so she should know how to get out of something she and her man Barak Obama created, and now is handing over to the vermin crooked Hillary, with their collective E-Mail criminal tricks. There will be more to say about this.

    • Thinker  On October 18, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      I find it utterly revolting that someone from Guyana originally could make a statement about Michelle Obama being the gutter. She has been a model and inspiration to all. Trump has tried to bring Obama into the gutter by wondering out loud if someone will bring up any previous sexual dallyings. So when we hear talk of white skin privilege we can stop and reflect on what would have been said about Obama if he had a sexual history anything like Trump or Bill Clinton. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNk3Jdck7nY

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 18, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Thinker: Thanks for your enlightening input – let them babble, let them display their ignorance ….

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  • Clyde Duncan  On October 18, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    An Exceptional President of the United States of America speaking …..

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 19, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Thinker, they are telling you – AND SHOWING YOU – who they are ……
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    B-E-L-I-E-V-E T-H-E-M …..!!!

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