The Prophet Barack is a whiner?

May 4, 2008

According to Michelle Obama, the man who would save our souls and make us the change we want to be (or something like that), is having trouble controlling his anger and frustration over the length of the primary campaign, Lady Macbeth’s continuing refusal to give in, and those darned questions about his character and judgment:

Michelle Obama lifted the lid on the irritation felt by the leading Democrat candidate for the White House at the way anti-American outbursts by his pastor, Jeremiah Wright, have dogged his campaign.

He is said to be itching to turn all his fire on John McCain, the Republican candidate, who is benefiting most from Mr Obama’s protracted tussle with Hillary Clinton.

Mrs Obama told a rally in Durham, North Carolina, on Friday that only her husband’s desire to change US politics had helped him to control his feelings: "Barack is always thinking three steps ahead – what do we need to do to make change."

Her husband was thinking "I can’t let my ego, my anger, my frustration get in the way of the ultimate goal," she said.

Oh, poor baby! It really is mean of people to keep asking Senator Obama about his 20-year membership in a neo-segregationist church led by a racist, conspiracy-nut minister, or his friendship with unrepentant communist former terrorists, or his financial dealings with a known political "fixer" who still hasn’t explained where he got the money to help the Obama’s buy their dream house. Those are just "distractions from the real issues," whatever those may be outside of babble about "hope" and "change."

And how rude of Clinton to keep herself in the race, when she should just roll over for the prophet, even though she is less than 500,000 votes behind Obama, out of 28,000,000 cast so far. Look, no one is suggesting that Hillary Clinton is an angel or a victim or any other than another power-hungry, mediocre politician. But she has every right to offer a choice to Democratic voters, and the number of votes she’s earned indicates a lot of people want her to continue. For Michelle Obama to complain that Hillary won’t drop out so her husband can concentrate on Senator McCain is the height of self-absorbed arrogance. Frankly, the whole Obama campaign has become enveloped in a sense of entitlement, that he’s somehow owed the nomination. (Shades of Hillary at the start of this race, long ago.)

Face it, Senator Obama: politics in America is a rough-and-tumble business, and the voters want to see how a candidate acquits himself when things get tough. It goes to the very heart of those qualities of character and judgment you like to offer as selling points for your candidacy. What Americans don’t like or respect is petulance and whining. Keep it up and, while you’ll probably win the nomination, you may well be hurting your chances against someone who has shown real character.

LINKS: Campaign Standard wonders if Michelle Obama hasn’t opened the door to questioning Obama on the "anger issue," which the MSM has tried to tar McCain with. Don Surber notes that "How you campaign is how you govern."