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. smells

    Fried Chicken, anyone?

    May 15, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Ed

    More accusations,for politica gain will come against you, Lady Michelle. Please remain just as calm as your man, Barack. We are behind you both all the way. I love your charisma. You walk like a model.You talk like a queen.Go Michelle. Go. You will make a SUPERB First Lady and mother of the nation and free world.

    By the way I am surprised that Mr President shoul is critisizing his country men from Israel. This is taking politics into a whole new and sad level. Frankly I think this is unpatriotic!

    May 15, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Lwanyaga

    And by the way, how do you explain Senator Obama"s double-digit victories in overwhelmingly white states like Iowa (8 points over Clinton), Alaska (51 points), Colorado (34 points), Delaware (11 points), Idaho (62 points), Kansas (48 points), Minnesota (34 points), North Dakota (25 points) and Utah (18 points)?

    May 15, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    how sad....

    the problem is that many american people will fall for this.

    Republican are dumb and they manage to convince people with dumb propaganda...

    May 15, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. l3sli3 from michigan

    This is so sad that all the republican party can produce on the obama's is a misunderstood phrase, it's a shame that people want to keep stating someone is un patriotic because of a statement. I recently saw pictures on the internet of people hung in trees while onlookers with their children present took pictures, this was in the united states of america south not too many years ago. Stop harping on these trivial issues and let hope and change take place to give our future a better United States of America.

    May 15, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. OBAMA SUPPORTER

    REPUBLICANS

    you are sick, sick sick

    anyone can mispharse any thing, like mcsain on soonie and sheit.
    come on she will be first lady so show some respect. let me tell you after what bush has said and done today, i would be ashamed to be called a republican.
    oh and by the way

    MICHEALL CAN HANDLE HERSELF.
    WE ALL LOVE HER

    cnn

    post this please

    May 15, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Kaire Richards

    I see nothing wrong with Michelle Obama being excited that Americans are happy for change. Change from the old way things were done in Washington and to embrace and support a more inspirational political mandate. GO MICHELLE these people are stuck and stupid with their old ways of doing things. WAR! WAR! WAR! DOWN WIITH THE WAR ! LET"S MAKE LOVE BROTHERS NOT WAR !

    Please NO MORE WAR!

    WAR what is it good for? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

    May 15, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. sheryl

    We are so ready for you people!!!!!! Bring it on!!!!

    Obama 08 & 12

    May 15, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. tigerakabj

    First lady Obama already explained. Did they learn anything from their loss down in Mississippi?

    They want to go after the Obamas, go right ahead. The "patriotism" crap won't work. After Bush's comments today, I think they need to discard the fear and patriotism card if they want a future in this country, albiet 40 years from now.

    May 15, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. John Des Plaines IL

    I hate to break it to you but Obama's wife is not running for anything.

    May 15, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. MLH

    Mrs. Obama, I am with you 100%. The Tennessee Republican Party has made themselves a caricature of all that is ugly about American politics. When even their own national committee has the good taste and good sense to distance themselves, perhaps a lesson should be learned.

    May 15, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. DEM for olition

    This DEM hopes the republicans give Obama a taste of their own bitter medicine.

    They trashed Hillary Clinton and DEMs will teach them a lesson in Nov.

    So hammer away.

    May 15, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. 39 YR OLD WHITE WOMAN IN SEATTLE

    this is typical of republicans trying to turn a simple comment into something else. I too am finally proud to be an american. This country has needed change for a long, long time and it is about time that it is coming.

    When you look back into the history books, there was a lot of things that we as a country should not have been proud of and to see us coming together and showing that color and financial status does not matter when it comes to what is best for OUR country.

    YES, I TOO AM NOW PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!!!
    OBAMA 08-12

    May 15, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Go Barak and Michelle Obama!

    I am just sick and tired of this particular area of slander!.. anyone with democratic sense knows she was referring to the support her husband was and is receiving and was expressing pride in the way the country was THEN not so obsessed with race! If you remember correctly Sen. Obama was winning states that were particularly not seen as obtainable and had momentum that had the country in awe...thus, the reason for her comment. Fox's Hannity has referred to her comment for 32 nights in a row as well as Rev. Wright and Bill Aires! (maybe even more, 32 nights ago is when i started counting)
    IF THIS IS THE BEST YOU'VE GOT THEN KISS YOUR PARTY GOODBYE..oh.. and BRING IT ON!!!!

    Go Barak and Michelle Obama!

    May 15, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. D R

    You can take anything that someone says and make it offensive! I think that this kind of BS going on in our press while people are dying in the middle east, (and everywhere else) is much worse than Michelle's comment! If the press would cover the injustice going on in the world instead of forcing their political agenda on us, we would be better off!

    May 15, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. It won't work

    I'm glad the GOP and John McCain wants to make this election about real issues that matter to Americans are not attempting to use patriotism as a wedge.

    Maybe they finally realize they have no real issues which the American people are fond of anymore.

    Democrats '08

    May 15, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Lisa

    I am so proud to say that I am a patriotic American citizen of TN, Mrs. Obama needs to understand that the majority of Americans are very proud of our country, and all of the good things that we do worldwide. I for one would never never vote for her husband.

    May 15, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Sue, Bloomington, IN

    What is wrong with these people! I'm ashamed that I was ever a republican. They know darned well that Michelle Obama was talking about being proud of the political process going on in this election. She was not talking about the country itself. It was a bad sound bite along the lines of "I can see us being in Iraq for 50 years"

    May 15, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Realistic

    Don't come to Tennessee Michelle! We voted for Hillary the strongest most electable candidate. You're wasting your time because after the election in November you won't be in Washington come January – you'll be in Chicago – hopefully for good!

    May 15, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. RealityKing

    "Potential Political Onslaught"??

    That's quite an understatement when you calculate in the surprise professed by the Obamas at Jeremiah Wright's radical and anti-American rants. Was Michelle also not in church when Wright made such comments? Did Michelle also not read Wright's popular church newsmagazine??

    A single glance at any issue of Wright's Trumpet magazine, and it's plain to see the radical politics he preaches at the black community. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan was on the cover of a December 2007 issue along with Reverend Wright’s description of him as a "21st century giant." In 2006, Wright likened hurricane Katrina to "the flood waters of white supremacy", adding "that is an analogy that we need to drum into the heads of our African-American children." Wright even goes as far as to call African-Americans "songbirds" who are locked in "this cage called America."

    Whose greatly admired pastor for 20 years!!??

    May 15, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Darryl

    The Tennessee Republican Party Cheap Shot,

    This is out of the Senator Hillaryt Clinton Playbook.

    Now, let be very clear that will not sway voters who are demcrats an desire a change. So, if that the best the republican party got bring in on...

    I love the Obama's and my Democratic Party and American United can wheather this campaign...

    May 15, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. chuck r

    Get off of Michelle!! Her comment could have been worded better, but as usual is blown out of all proportion by the Clinton News Network. You guys are shameful sham of a news network!!! You try to create a controversy with Obama calling a female reporter "sweetie" which is an anti-controversy. This has already been hashed over endlessly by fixed news, clinton news network and fascist talk radio. Arent our boys and girls still dying in Iraq/afghanistan? Didnt this administration make about $500 billion dissappear without a trace? Isnt Gas $4 a gallon? These are the questions the corporate media seems to want to avoid like the plague, instead we get rev wright and one comment by Michelle (who by the way will make a great first lady, get over it racists) over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over..................................year after year, decade after decade!! How do you think we got Bushwhacked in the first place? becuase no one is paying attention to real issues and focusing on tabloid rubish. Its time for us to pull our heads out of our collective behinds and get real and roll up our sleeves and start repairing our country, or be resigned to the trash heap of history!!!

    May 15, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Jack - Miami

    Is that the best the have?????????

    After Bush's BS today – some of the Republicans should consider switching parties or becoming independent if they want to be re-elected.

    Bush is killing that party. Demos will unite.

    May 15, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. GOP failure

    I'm glad the GOP and John McCain wants to make this election about real issues that matter to Americans are not attempting to use patriotism as a wedge.

    Maybe they finally realize they have no real issues which the American people are fond of anymore.

    Democrats '08

    May 15, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Mike D

    Republicans of Tennessee, it ain't gonna work this time. The average American can see through your dirty tricks. THIS IS GONNA BACKFIRE ON YOU!

    LTC D.

    May 15, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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