May 15th, 2008
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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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  1. Mike Guinn

    Typical Trash- wonder if Karl or Hillary's folks came up with this–Oh, that's right-they use the same handbook of hate.

    May 15, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Doom.

    Why would anyone be proud of this country in it's current form? Look around at the people posting here....

    May 15, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. proud army and navy mom

    The tn republicans are proud of being red-neck racists. ask Harold Ford or any black person that resides in the state. they are the originators of the kkk

    May 15, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Carol, California

    I am an Obama supporter but, I gotta say, I don't like this lady. She needs to shut up and stay out of it. You went to Harvard, babe, you have a $300k job, you haven't exactly had it rough. Stop complaining.

    Just because their husband holds an elected office does not give them a forum to voice their opinions. I do not care what Michelle Obama or Elizabeth Edwards or any of the rest of them think about anything.

    You want to speak your opinions? Then run for office and get your own job.

    May 15, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Chelsea

    Fellow republicans, this move is stupid. Let's face facts whoever thought that Michelle Obama's husband would be embraced by the overwhelming majority of voters in Iowa? She has every reason to feel how she felt.

    Why make this an election issue? Instead of helping to move this country forward, some of us are stuck in backward mentality that propelled Bush to the White House. Look at the results today!

    May 15, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Republican for Obama

    And yet again the "with us or against us" mentality that will soon have me changing my political affiliation. If you take 2 minutes to read the entire paragraph from her speech it is easy to see this is taken out of context. I am also ashamed of America when it comes to voting. There are countries in this world where people risk their lives to vote and yet we have the right and can barely muster 20% participation. Most Americans, sadly, just can't be bothered. Get informed and don't let this election be highlighted by distorted sound bites.

    Obama 08

    May 15, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    I guess this campaign is going to be about "who said what".............

    So sad

    May 15, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Tired of W, OH

    Instead of attacking the Obamas on the issues, they pick out words and statements and twist them to play on emotions. The didn't even have the stones to attack Obama. Instead, they attack his wife. Wake up, Tennessee! Don't fall for the RNC's gutter tactics.

    May 15, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. sb

    The Republican Party has stoop to a new low. Now that want to pick a fight with Obama's wife. And it has nothing to do with the economy. Now I know the Democrates will win the White House.

    May 15, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Remi N.(Atlanta)

    Republicans will be toasted in November. They cannot debate about the issues Americans face everyday, but they attack the person....
    This used to work in the past, but not at this moment , not a this time.. not with this election.... The White House will be for the Democrats..
    Michelle proud or not proud does not put food on our table, bring the gas price down, stop us loosing houses , or bring our troops back.. If you have a debate, bring the issues. That 's we are looking for .

    May 15, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Billy from FLA



    May 15, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Perrell, Lincolnton, NC

    Last time I checked the statement didn't say she was not proud, it simply said she is really proud. I think she was proud but now she is extra proud.

    May 15, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Sylvia

    Of course the Republicans are proud of the country that they did so much damage to and as a democrat I feel what Ms. Obama has said. Are we suppose to dance in the streets and celebrate the cause of George W. Bush? NO WAY!!!
    Stick to your guns, Michelle.

    May 15, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. R.I.F.

    No policies, no hope, just a bunch of smear tactics. That's all the GOP has. How about running some ads on the GOP's agenda and what they are going to do to put this country back on the right track rather than tabloid issues.

    You guys convinced enough Americans last time that Bush was the better person to throw back a beer with and look where the country is today.

    Use that money to try to hang on to your seats in the House.

    May 15, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Eliot from Chicago, Illinois

    If Sen. McCain is a true Commander in Chief, he would demand the state Republican parties to fly straight and true – and act professional.

    May 15, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. chris

    Wow,this is laughable.The repbulicans are grasping at straws now.
    And cnn falls right in line to fan their flames.
    Watch for cnn to carry the dirty water for MCcain and the repub's this election season.
    This didn't work with that congressman in Mississippi,and it won't work here.They haven't figured out that this is a new game of politics.These people don't have the cornerstone on what's patriotic or not!

    May 15, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. atypical white person

    Well I gather there are many who feel the same as Mrs. Obama.
    It's been a very, very long time I've been proud of this country.
    Extreme patriotism is scary. Like fear, it can make puppets out of people. Politicians love that.

    Obama 08

    May 15, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Kentucky Man

    Michelle Obama is a very ugly woman. Yes, that is all I have to say.

    May 15, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Get Real

    I can see right through that tactic. Real people with good minds know exactly what you meant Michelle.

    Republicans are trying to be evil and use smear campaigns against you and Obama but they will not succeed.

    Whats really unpatriotic is how Americans use and abuse others for power instead of trying to win votes on their accomplishments and goodness.

    Evil comes from the devil and people need to stop letting the devil use them.

    Why is patriotism only what Republicans think it is. Get over yourselves and get a real message. Maybe you might get a legit vote.

    Dems 08'

    May 15, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. T. Churchill

    . . . One only has to think of the George Bush regime before stepping
    into the voting booth. Then pull the lever against the republican party. Its that simple. Nothing else needs to be said or thought about.

    May 15, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. skh4450IL

    Michelle is from the South Side of Chicago, same as me. Believe me, we can take some punches and dish them out as well. So bring it!!!!!

    Obama 2008

    May 15, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. democrat

    All republicans can do or know how to do is to tear down. They don't know how to build up.

    Easy now for me to see that after these 8 years.

    May 15, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. 1ofDa10th

    Ploys like this make me ashamed to be from the great state of Tennessee. Personally, I agree with Michelle Obama to a certain extent. If you can be disapointed with you friends, your family, or even yourself, why is it so wrong to be disappointed in your country???

    May 15, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. Kristi, Chino Hills, CA

    All I can say is this is just typical of the Republican Party as a whole. Bottom line, this is old news and if these so-called Americans are so proud of their country, why did they elect and re-elect someone who has no idea what is good for this country? Shame on them!!

    May 15, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Pat-WA

    Say what ever they want, many few that way... There has been so much over the last few years to cause doubt. With this process I too must admit at this time with the possiblity of change I too am really proud of my country.

    I'm truly proud of how the majority of the people in this country has gotten past race and not looking at the color of one skin but what the individual can bring to our country. Hope!

    May 15, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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