Barack Obama pretended to be a moderate when he first ran for president in 2008.
Only later did the Obamas show their true colors as radical leftists.
But Michelle Obama revealed one truth that left Democrats stunned.
Michelle Obama was never as good as Barack Obama at hiding her radicalism.
She wrote a hard-left thesis when she was an undergrad at Princeton, and during the 2008 presidential campaign, she said, “For 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. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction.”
Proclaiming that 2008 was the first time she was proud of her country raised a lot of eyebrows on both the left and the right.
Obama later softened her image into an Oprah Winfrey-esque figure, but the hard-left politics never went away.
But during a recent discussion, the former first lady recounted a story that undercuts the left’s entire grievance narrative.
Obama explained, “When I think about what my dad, as a black man with M.S., could’ve done; he could have never worked a day in his life…[H]e could have collected benefits; he could have succumbed to his disease and be depressed about it, but he didn’t. He never felt sorry for himself, he never expected others to do for him, and just the sheer act of him getting up every day and going to work was a statement that – ugh, now I’m going to cry – that stays with me every day of my life.”
She later lamented the fact that her father did not get to see her success because his work ethic built the seeds of success.
Obama continued, “[H]e is not here to see any of it, and so much because of him…What my dad did was beyond money, title, influence, nothing. I would trade it all for what my father provided us in that little bitty apartment on 74th and Euclid.”
This is an amazing statement that flies in the face of everything the left stands for.
They are obsessed with Marxist dialectic materialism; the haves versus the have-nots.
But they rarely talk about human capital like work ethic, integrity, and knowledge.
Obama herself said that she wouldn’t trade those qualities for money, title, and influence, but that is the ethos of the left.
Everything is transactional; the state must take from one group in order to give to another.
Hard work, personality responsibility, and fiscal literacy have become conservative values that the left mocks.
Obama lauded her father for not taking social benefits when he could have.
Only in rare moments of honesty will leftists concede that those conservative values are superior to their grievance industry complex.
Unfortunately, the Obamas don’t spend enough time spreading the message of resilience and self-determination.