Peggy Noonan Uses Ebonics to Describe Michelle Obama

La Noonan, writing in Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal:
“Man, she got it all.”
– Peggy Noonan

Michelle Obama seems keenly aware of her struggles, of what it took to rise so high as a black woman in a white country. Fair enough. But I have wondered if it is hard for young African-Americans of her generation, having been drilled in America’s sad racial history, having been told about it every day of their lives, to fully apprehend the struggles of others. I wonder if she knows that some people look at her and think “Man, she got it all.” Intelligent, strong, tall, beautiful, Princeton, Harvard, black at a time when America was trying to make up for its sins and be helpful, and from a working-class family with two functioning parents who made sure she got to school.

That’s the great divide in modern America, whether or not you had a functioning family, and she apparently came from the privileged part of that divide. A lot of white working-class Americans didn’t come up with those things. Some of them were raised by a TV and a microwave and love our country anyway, every day.

Does Mrs. Obama know this? I don’t know. If she does, love and gratitude for the place that tries to give everyone an equal shot would seem to be in order.

Emphasis added.


  • February 22, 2008 - 11:53 am | Permalink

    Yeah, Michelle Obama is pretty savvy, choosing to be “black at a time when America is trying to make up for its sins and be helpful.” I’d respond more to this but outrage fatigue is already setting in.

  • Stephen
    February 22, 2008 - 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Don’t confuse pride with love for country. I love my country, but I am not proud to be an American at this time in history. I am actually ashamed of my country for allowing a jackass to take power and destroy our reputation. And I am ashamed of Democrats for not standing up to that jackass. America, my country, is not something to be proud of, but something to care for and fight for. Since when did pride become a virtue?

  • Palli
    February 22, 2008 - 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Notice the WSJ writer identified only “A lot of white working-class Americans didn’t come up with those things”. She myopically appears unconcerned with a lot of non-white working-class Americans. Michelle Obama certainly is aware of all Americans and that’s why pride can take old as the votes come in from each state. Votes calling for progress to once again rebuild America, “the land that never was but must be…” to use Langston Hughes’ words.

  • Danny c.
    February 22, 2008 - 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Will Peeggy Noonan please tell us about her own hardships and how she is qualified to judge?

  • FuzzyLogic
    February 24, 2008 - 9:54 am | Permalink

    Oh my, it must be so difficult to be a Republican today when your only choice is an old, corrupt politican who is not even liked by his own party.

    Please read the entire comment by Michelle Obama. She is talking about how she is proud that people are politically involved.

    This is just more of the Republican “Southern Strategy”.

    It takes a racist to imply that Mrs. Obama is complaining about being black and that she is unpatriotic.

    Peggy is just projecting her prejudice!

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  • Randy
    February 24, 2008 - 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Interesting comments by “c” earlier made here. Typing in all caps, a number of misspelled words…hmmm…All the characteristics of a simple “fundie”. I bet he has a BUSH photo taped up in his trailer.

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