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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Logic Man

    Yeah, I'm sure republicans have always been proud of their country. I'm sure they were quite proud of America during the close to 400 years of slavery. I'm sure they were quite proud of segregation laws, repression of Black Americans and jim crow throughout most of the 20th century. I'm sure they were proud of American bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing thousands of innocent people. I'm sure they were quite proud of their country during the Iran Contra affair. I'm sure they were extremely proud of America during the Tuskegee Experiment. Need I continue?

    May 15, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. HereWeGo

    This Country will never vote on important issues for example affect our pocket books,we just look for ignorant ways to bring down a person. But United we stand, divided we keep sinking deeper into that sink hole we find ourselves in. I am seeing that we Americans do not know how to get along, we just find ways to pull each other down. You would have thought she robbed a bank, Model citizen? NOT important, it's that she declared she was proud to be American for the first time. Perhaps the critics should ask other people if they love the red white and blue 24/7. Maybe just maybe people are a little bitter, dissapointed, mad sometimes, we are not communists, we don't have to walk around grinning and dancing all the time like they do in North Korea!!!! It's supposed to be a free country, on the other hand this election season has taught me that we really may not be as free as we thought.

    May 15, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. 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.

    Insert Sarcasm here.

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

    Democrats '08

    May 15, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. SH

    She doen't even have the courage to be American. Her husband is another unpatriotic as she is and thinks that the US has 57 states.

    May 15, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Matthew

    If you're putting your wife on the campaign trail, you're putting here in the line of fire of political campaign tactics. Why is Obama trying to say there are rules? There are no rules. It's Dog eat Dog and he needs to just toughen up, and toughen his wife up. It's called "The First Family". I want a hungry couple who's willing to fight for what they believe in while holding hands.

    May 15, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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