Wednesday, June 25, 2008

"We Need More White People!"

A funny thing happened when Michelle "Proud Mary" Obama spoke at Carnegie Mellon University recently:

While the crowd was indeed diverse, some students at the event questioned the practices of Mrs. Obama’s event coordinators, who handpicked the crowd sitting behind Mrs. Obama. The Tartan’s correspondents observed one event coordinator say to another, “Get me more white people, we need more white people.” To an Asian girl sitting in the back row, one coordinator said, “We’re moving you, sorry. It’s going to look so pretty, though.”

“I didn’t know they would say, ‘We need a white person here,’ ” said attendee and senior psychology major Shayna Watson, who sat in the crowd behind Mrs. Obama. “I understood they would want a show of diversity, but to pick up people and to reseat them, I didn’t know it would be so outright.”

Then there was talk of the sacrifices Obama made in his life:

Mrs. Obama spoke about her husband’s triumphs over adversity throughout his life, focusing on the decisions he had made that, she said, set him apart from his opponent, Hillary Clinton. As the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review, Mrs. Obama said, Mr. Obama could have been successful in the private
sector, but chose to go into community organization instead.

“When you’re given the gift of advocacy, you don’t sell it to the highest bidder,” Mrs. Obama said. Mrs. Obama stressed how her husband has relied on “regular folks” instead of big donors.

Ignoring the fact that it's just not true-the Obama campaign has raised millions from oil company executives and the entertainment industry, just to name a few (just ask Scarlett Johansen, right, Barry? You old dog, you!)-I'm underwhelmed by the sacrifice of Barry Messiah. Wow, he collected signatures for a few years. That's a real sacrifice when compared to, say, being tortured and beaten in the Hanoi Hilton for almost five years.

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