Our First Lady Michelle Obama made an unusual foray into politics with her recent graduation speech at Mississippi’s Jackson State University, when she chastised her husband’s seemingly interminable detractors and those who have sought to attack him from every possible angle – from his patriotism to his honesty, his very citizenship and his personal faith, his convictions as a leader and the principles by which he has successfully lead our nation for the past eight years.
“As I’ve walked this journey with Barack, I’ve gotten a pretty good look at what it means to rise above the fray, what it means to set your eyes on the horizon, to devote your life to making things better for those who will come after you. I have seen how, no matter what kind of ugliness is going on at any particular moment, Barack always stays the course” she told the young folks at the historically black college.
“Yet, too often, instead of acknowledging or celebrating this change, we have a tendency to focus on conflict and controversy. We pay endless attention to folks who are blocking action, blocking judges, blocking immigration, blocking a raise in the minimum wage — just blocking. We are consumed with the anger and vitriol that are bubbling up, with folks shouting at each other, using hateful and divisive language! Charges that he doesn’t love our country. The time he was called a liar in front of a Joint Session of Congress. The nonstop questions about his birth certificate and his belief in God” she continued, in a not-so-subtle shot at the conservatives who have spent the last eight years trying to tear down the President and slander every one of his remarkable achievements – which President Obama always rises above.
He is consistently the better man and shows true leadership by refusing to address the nonsense and the racial hate that gets thrown at him every day, and we will miss the Obamas terribly when they must step down.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.