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Author: velveeta jones    Date: 05/04/2008 12:45:01

Reporting from NC: Where Velveeta went to hear our next first lady, Ms Michelle Obama, speak at a rally on Friday evening.

Coincidentally, Hillary Clinton spoke just hours earlier and a few miles down the road. Had I wanted to, I could easily fit both into my day - I chose to see "Iron Man" instead. I point this out as somewhat of a "nudge-nudge" poke. On Friday our local TV "News at Noon" broadcast live at the Hillary event and proudly speculated a crowd of 2000! Not bad for a small town. This was later downplayed on the Saturday morning local newscast, as they were forced to report a crowd of around 3500 at the Michelle Obama rally. Instead, our local news turned Ms Clinton's rally into "thousands showed up...." (Reminder: Ms Obama is not running for any office, Ms Clinton is).

Now, in defense of Ms Clinton, her rally was at Noon on a workday, while Ms Obama's was around dinner time. But still. Mark my words: I will call in sick to work on the day our next President, Barack Obama, comes to town (rumored that he is). Gosh I hope no one at work is reading this.

The rally was held outside on a beautiful, clear, crisp day. A day that started out painfully hot, in the 70’s, the wind was blowing nicely and the temperature was dropping to a much more pleasant low 60’s as the sun slowly set. Perfect for Rallies, Bluegrass music or Baseball!


First up, the obligatory patriot display of the Pledge and Prayer - for we must remind those righties that we are still Americans and we do believe in God. Well, in my case, God is a loving feminine God, rather than the one that causes hurricanes and acts of terrorism due to gay people. Then, our Mayor, the very popular Terry Bellamy, our first African-American Mayor, got up to a standing ovation and a stirring speech. I believe she had to attend the Clinton rally held two weeks ago, but clearly she is either an Obama supporter, or, a very talented actor.

Our Mayor then introduced one of our town “celebrities” Ms Gladys Knight who sang a stirring rendition of - what, imo, should be our National Anthem - “America The Beautiful”. She then read a letter that she wrote a while back, of thoughts that has come to her after her morning meditation.

“Never did I dream in my lifetime I would be able to campaign for a presidential candidate and first lady that look like me,” Knight said. “America is ready for this. It’s time for a change,” which brought thunderous applause and chants of “change” from the crowd.

Michelle Obama was introduced by a non-celebrity, a women from town. I suppose in keeping with the Obama’s theme of being the “regular, working American’s” President, as opposed to the our current pResident who panders to the “have’s and have’s more”.

Finally, Michelle took the stage. She wore a lovely silk floral dress, that she may have later regretted as you’ll see. (Hint, the wind picked up).

Her speech, which is probably a stump speech that’s she’s done everywhere she goes, focused on “the bar” and how it's continually moved for working Americans as well as the Obama campaign.

For example, at the beginning of the season, we had been repeatedly told the next President would be determined by how much money the candidate could raise. And one candidate had all the money and a strong well oiled political machine. But when Obama raised a lot of money, suddenly, that didn’t matter. What mattered was who won Iowa! But when Barack won Iowa, then Iowa didn’t count because it was a Caucus state. So the next bar became New Hampshire. But when he did so well in NH, surprising the pundits and pollsters - NH didn’t really mean anything. The bar was raised again. Oh and, South Carolina didn’t really count because it was a black state, she said, which drew much laughter and cheers.

She compared the bar that is always being raised for her and her husband to the one working class Americans face every day. “Life has gotten harder, not easier, for working people,” Obama said to thunderous applause. “Barack will work every day to make that bar even.”

She went on to speak about single mothers struggling to get their child into that one good school. About how important public schools are and how a decent living is so important. She reminded the crowd of her humble beginnings, but her father was able to save money for her to go to college. She reminded us that she is a product of public schooling and that it can work as long as we focus on teaching things like Math, Writing, the Arts, PE, Science and History and not so much on testing - an obvious criticism of the failed No Child Left Behind.

She spoke about how elitist the Obama’s were, again, drawing howls of laughter. She said that they were so “elitist” that when Barack becomes President he’ll not just be the first black President, he’ll be the first one to have just recently finished paying of his school loans. She reminded the crowd that Barack could have gone on to make a lot of money as a corporate lawyer - but instead was taught to give back to his community, by his Mother and Grandparents.

She also reminded us that Barack has experience, that his 8 years in the Legislature is often over-looked, as is his work as a Constitutional attorney.

One woman in the crowd, sitting under the speakers was very vocal, and the acoustics of the outdoor quad and the building surrounding it, seemed to carry her voice, so that even Michelle heard it and at times smiled. When Michelle talked about the struggles of single moms, a “Tha’s Right” was audible. The “Tha’s Right” and “Hm, Hmmm” and “Oh yeah” continued throughout the speech, amusing both the audience and Michelle.

Ms Obama did have some dress issues, but handled it so well that everyone in the audience felt at ease over it. I could sense everyone thinking the same thing as me, that light fabric dress and the wind picking up was a bad combo! And soon it happened, the wind taking her dress and filling it up, a la Marilyn, so that she had to quickly catch it and spent most of the evening trying to contain it. (Note: old theatre trick, sew small weights into the hem, it may stretch the fabric a tad but not enough to notice). She handled it so well, joking to the crowd behind her, “Oh no, I’m not gonna flash anybody. I caught it. I’m not gonna be on YouTube!” Later when a man behind her shouted during a pause, “Michelle for VP” and drew lots of laughter she said, “Now don’t listen to those people behind me. He may be biased. He’s getting a little more leg than those in front”.

The speech may have been a well rehearsed stump speech, but it was a damn good one! She will be an elegant, smart, and active first lady. One in which I’ll believe her smiles are real and not phony or done just for the camera. It’ll be a GREAT change from the current uptight first lady.

Well, there’s so much more, but I’ll end with this: irony is a funny thing. I present to you, Michelle Obama on YouTube!





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Comment by m-hadley on 05/04/2008 13:05:02
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Velveeta, :coffee:

I feel as if I were standing right beside you at this amazing event! What a wonderful report - I really needed to read this this morning. For reasons to complicated to get into, I had a rough night last night and your post is exactly what I needed to see first thing this morning. You are so correct - Michelle Obama will be an excellent first lady. Muchas gracias for this amazing report about a fabulous event! Vivan Obamas!

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by velveeta jones on 05/04/2008 13:13:52
Morning Faye! Where is everyone? *crickets*



Our next President is on teevee right now: MTP!!



Raine stayed up late watching "Idiocracy" (Welcome to Carls Jr, Would you like to try our Big Ass Fries?) (Thays ho's in the hallway).



:D

Comment by BobR on 05/04/2008 13:21:11
Quote by velveeta jones:

Morning Faye! Where is everyone? *crickets*



Our next President is on teevee right now: MTP!!



Raine stayed up late watching "Idiocracy" (Welcome to Carls Jr, Would you like to try our Big Ass Fries?) (Thays ho's in the hallway).



:D


I'm 'batin'!



Hey, it's early for a Sunday...

Comment by velveeta jones on 05/04/2008 13:32:13
Cheesus Bobber...... take that to Starbucks you perv!



:lol:



Obama is KICKING ASS!!!!!





Comment by velveeta jones on 05/04/2008 13:36:49
BREAKING NEWS:







:rofl:



:rofl:



Okay, back to MTP............. :blink:

Comment by velveeta jones on 05/04/2008 14:17:03
Puke! I've got to go to work in a bit. Velveeta's one joy, speaking loudly and cheerfully to all those hungover hipsters!



:lol:

Comment by BobR on 05/04/2008 15:24:52
Quote by velveeta jones:

BREAKING NEWS:







:rofl:



:rofl:



Okay, back to MTP............. :blink:








WTF was THAT??

Comment by BobR on 05/04/2008 15:29:22
On a related note, Bush on Truth Serum





Comment by livingonli on 05/04/2008 15:37:22
Has Bush ever told the truth in his lifetime.



I missed Press the Meat since I was sleeping in. Then again I usually avoid the Sunday pundit shows since it's usually too much inside the beltway ass-kissing.

Comment by Raine on 05/04/2008 16:16:54
Good afternoon everyone!



WONDERFUL report VJ. Really perfect.







Comment by BobR on 05/04/2008 16:31:23
NEW AUDICONS from Buffy (thanks Pam!)



borednow:

savedparty:

patheticmuch:

mememe:

banter:



Please note that some I put in the "General" section and some in the "Movies/TV" section...



:banana:

Comment by livingonli on 05/04/2008 17:13:20
The guest on Laura Flanders was mentioning the robocalls and attempts to suppress the vote in North Carolina.

Comment by livingonli on 05/04/2008 18:47:58
Boston is beating Atlanta 68-34.

Comment by livingonli on 05/04/2008 19:45:44
It's official. Atlanta is toast. Boston put them on summer vacation.



And it looks like the Pens might do the same for the Rangers.

Comment by livingonli on 05/04/2008 20:06:40
Time for the Sammy Cam.

Comment by livingonli on 05/04/2008 21:03:52
Pittsburgh scored in OT. The Rangers are now toast.

Comment by Raine on 05/04/2008 21:34:34
What's with all the Toast today Liv?!?!



Hey, the hawks went further than anyone thought they would good series, congrats Boston.

Comment by Raine on 05/04/2008 21:35:34
Quote by livingonli:

The guest on Laura Flanders was mentioning the robocalls and attempts to suppress the vote in North Carolina.
I have been mentioning this a lot as well.



Nice to see SOMEONE covering this story. :grumble:



Comment by livingonli on 05/04/2008 21:45:56
Quote by Raine:

What's with all the Toast today Liv?!?!



Hey, the hawks went further than anyone thought they would good series, congrats Boston.


I like toaste. :lol:

Comment by livingonli on 05/04/2008 22:39:51
Next Sunday may be the last Live Seder on Sunday. His contract is up for renewal and he's uncertain what will happen.

Comment by Raine on 05/04/2008 22:51:16
Subways cars derail in NYC.



How the hell did that happen?

Comment by livingonli on 05/04/2008 23:01:23
Lauren looks so cute when she laughs.

Comment by Raine on 05/04/2008 23:32:31
From the Houston Chronicle, last october...



Comment by Raine on 05/05/2008 00:04:23
I love that it is 8 oclock and it still is not dark!







Comment by livingonli on 05/05/2008 00:04:52
Family Guy is already having their season finale tonight. They have to speed their production up for next season.

Comment by livingonli on 05/05/2008 00:07:48
It's getting dark here.

Comment by TriSec on 05/05/2008 00:58:01
evening folks. Back from a very succesful trip. I'm going to go catch up.



:martini: <---

Well, hello there, my ould friend! I missed ya!

Comment by livingonli on 05/05/2008 01:15:26
Anyone watching Family Guy right now?

Comment by velveeta jones on 05/05/2008 01:37:13
I am about to watch my pillow. I'll be looking at it up close and in depth.



Work.



Must get up early to walk, walk, walk, for Barack. Then to work, again. :wacko:

Comment by livingonli on 05/05/2008 01:45:16
Sounds like Velveeta is one busy cheese person.

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/05/2008 02:43:41
Quote by velveeta jones:

Morning Faye! Where is everyone? *crickets*



Our next President is on teevee right now: MTP!!



Raine stayed up late watching "Idiocracy" (Welcome to Carls Jr, Would you like to try our Big Ass Fries?) (Thays ho's in the hallway).



:D




Speaking of Brawdo, I had an Uber-Brawdo moment today. I got a gift card from the Wal-Mart store from work. Well ya know we could go on about the awfulness of Wally World on multiple levels, but it would be :deadhorse:.



I got my apples, soup and other sundries and stepped into line. The twenty or fewer items line (remember that it is important). The redneck and his spawn in front of me have unloading their second cart of stuff. I change to the other twenty or fewer items line and the redneck in this one also has more than twenty items. I abandon my place in line since time it tight and seek out a manager. I ask why the cashier don't enforce the number of items policy. She tells me they are not allowed to it only makes people go over to customer service and complain. WHAT??? Why have a policy in the first place if you aren't enforcing it? Apparently Wal-Marts executives are laboring under the notion the customer is always right. No, no,and NOOOOO! They are often wrong and need to be politely told they can't do some dumbassed shit that in inconvient to the other customers



I'm calling this Brawdo moment since it so insanely, jaw droppingly stupid.



Unlike Bob, I will not be batin' when I go to bed soon.

Comment by MMB on 05/06/2008 01:52:00
Perhaps if Wal-Mart is such a pain in the butt one would shop at a different place. There must be a reason that over 2 million people shop there in terrible pain. I think that the pain of paying a little more elsewhwere is worse for some. It is a free country if you hate a store simply stay out of it. They really are not that hard up for customers. This is just mpo.