May 15th, 2008
04:20 PM ET
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Michelle Obama takes heat from Tennessee Republicans

Tennessee Republicans took aim at Michelle Obama Thursday.
Tennessee Republicans took aim at Michelle Obama Thursday.

(CNN) – In a preview of the potential political onslaught Michelle Obama may face in the fall, the Tennessee Republican Party unveiled a new Web video Thursday that highlights her controversial comment earlier this year saying she was proud of America "for the first time in my adult life."

The four-minute video coincides with Mrs. Obama's visit to the state for a Democratic Party event later Thursday. It features several Tennesseans saying why they are proud of America while repeatedly cutting to Mrs. Obama's comments.

"The Tennessee Republican Party has always been proud of America. To further honor the occasion of Mrs. Obama’s visit, the Tennessee Republican Party has requested the playing of patriotic music by radio stations across the state," said a statement on the party's Web site that accompanied the video.

"While Mrs. Obama has trouble being proud of the country where she earned degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School and then became a multi-millionaire, her husband makes statements that belittle average Americans’ response to the difficulties of life."

The Obama campaign called the attack "shameful."

"This is a shameful attempt to attack a woman who has repeatedly said she wouldn't be here without the opportunities and blessings of this nation," said Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan. "The Republican Party's pathetic attempts to use the same smear tactics to win elections have failed in Mississippi, failed in Louisiana, and will fail in November because the American people are looking for a positive vision of real change.

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soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. Lana

    Oh give it up already!

    May 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. pa voter

    the only change i am hungy for is one that will nor include either Obama!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. tampa florida

    this is crap. typical Repubs. and old news.

    May 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Deb n Texas

    The Republicans and Hillary can try whatever they want – it will not work, the American people are not going for that kind of s...t this time. The Republicans and Hillary just can't see the forest for the trees. It's over for the both of them.

    May 15, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. sprkl12000

    Is this what we have to look forward to from the Republicans? She isn't the first person that has not been full of pride and love for their country and she won't be the last...they need to go ask the HOMELESS VETS if they are still in love with a country that has turned its back on them...the Republicans are sooo full of it..no wonder they are losing their congressional seats in record numbers...find something more to talk about...like issues that CONCERN AMERICANS...

    May 15, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. vjh

    This again? So we're going to attack the wives? OK DNC, then Cindy is fair game.

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. D'Anne

    I absolutely love Michelle! There have been many times that I have not been proud of this Country's actions...that doesn't mean that I don't love this country at the same time..

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. OH, my

    She should go ask for advice from Hillary on how to handle all of what's going to come her way.......she's going to need it.
    I wonder what people's idea of her will be in a few years?

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. jane in CA

    Every ones make mistake when they first start. She did not mean that if she was to be with a smaller crowd.

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Patty Don't

    This just shows how much dirt there ISN'T on Obama. They have to attack his wife? Really?

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. TREY

    I agree with Mrs, Obama 100%

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Oh! The Irony

    Blown out of proportion.

    Her words were merely an expression that I've used as well. "For the first time....." People really try to nitpick during political season.

    May 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Ed from PA

    Republicans in the South attacking Obama?

    Well I never...!

    May 15, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. James

    Well the republicans will loose again.

    May 15, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. HSNP

    The Obama's will be thanking Hillary for being a little tough on them when the Republican smear machine shifts into overdrive.

    May 15, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. mitchell from arkansaw

    don't listen to them michelle.this will backfire,because americans love you!republicans are dirt!they bash and bash!nobody likes them ,anymore.

    May 15, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. mama4obama

    Michelle did nothing wrong. She simply echoed the feelings of many many Americans. This is the first time in my life that I feel we have hope for change. She was right on as far as I am concerned.

    The RNC is a lost cause. Any current followers need to have their eyes and ears check out as something has gone wrong with their senses.

    May 15, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. D'Anne

    I absolutely love Michelle! She is definitely one of my role models...Grace, Intelligence, Beauty, Elegance, great kids, and a Great Husband...Wow.

    May 15, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. unions are not stupid

    Well if everyone is proud of America no matter what bad and negative things they do and say in the world community then they are sadly mistaken we went from leading the world to being lead by the world. We are almost dead last in education. I understand her comments and agree with them I had lost all hope for this country and democracy until this campaign came around we were going down fast! and now we have a since of hope and pride that I have never felt in my lifetime either so these fat lazy warmongering GOP pigs can go play in the hog pin were the belong!

    May 15, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Rolanda From Memphis

    I am ashamed to live in Memphis

    May 15, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. larry fort wayne. indiana

    The Republican party must be desperate. So if spouse's are fair game then what about Cindy McCain stealing drugs for her addiction?

    May 15, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    I smell desperation.......GOP strategists, are you afraid of a Dem blowout in November????

    May 15, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. HillarySkank on myspace

    As a former life long Republican who moved to the Democrats party 6 years ago, it is clear to me that the Republican party is very much afraid that they are going to lose the upcoming election at all levels. And with the leadership that the Republican President and his party have displayed, the Republicans need to be swept totally out of office.

    May 15, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Calandra

    leave her alone, she is saying that she is finally very proud, not that she hasn't been proud before. Idiots make anything news.

    May 15, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    One word...DESPERATE!!!

    May 15, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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