First Lady Michelle Obama has perhaps the highest approval rating of any Democrat currently operating in the political arena. She certainly has higher marks than her husband and the current Democratic presidential nominee.
With this in mind, the Democratic Party was all too pleased when Michelle Obama took the podium at Monday evening's Democratic National Convention. Her speech, given from the perspective of a mother raising children at a time when politics is ugly and divisive, was well-delivered and received.
Mrs. Obama's speech was clearly an attempt at softening Hillary Clinton's image, painting the nominee as a lover and protector of "the children" -- as someone who will lead by example of poise, rather than the "coarseness" of Donald Trump. Can't blame the Democrats for trying -- what angle do they have left to play, really?
While the First Lady's speech will likely ring among voters as one of the most effective given at the DNC, there was one line in particular that smacked of a hypocrisy none in the mainstream media will take note of -- namely that, in her attempt to deride Donald Trump's campaign slogan of, "Make America Great Again!" Michelle Obama said:
"Don't let anybody ever tell you this country isn't great."
Clearly she doesn't want you to recall that, until eight years ago, she herself didn't think the country was so great either.
"And let me tell you something -- for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country," Obama said in 2008 following her husband's election as president.
"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 and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment. I've seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues, and it's made me proud."
We guess Michelle Obama has changed her mind after eight years in the White House and shopping abroad on vacation. Now America, despite its stagnant economy, racial division and daily terrorism threats, is the "greatest country on earth."