If his wife wasn’t out aggressively campaigning on his behalf, I’d probably agree. However, she can attack us and say whatever she’d like on his behalf, but we can’t even criticize those statements? And political ads that use her actual words are “low class”?
In a preview of what the couple may face in the fall, the Tennessee Republican Party unveiled a four-minute online video Thursday, coinciding with Michelle Obama’s visit to the state for a Democratic Party event. The ad mocked her “proud” remarks from earlier in the year.
The video featured Tennesseans saying why they were proud of America, while repeatedly cutting to Michelle Obama’s comments that she was proud of America “for the first time in my adult life.”
For Barack Obama, the advertisements went too far.
“If they think that they’re going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful, because that I find unacceptable — the notion that you start attacking my wife or my family,” he said.
“For them to try to distort or to play snippets of her remarks in ways that are unflattering to her I think is just low class and I think they — most of the American people would think that as well,” he said. “I would never think of going after somebody’s spouse in a campaign.”
Yes, how horrible it would be for Republicans to go after a Democratic candidate’s family. I mean, it’s never like Dems went after Bush and Cheney’s children in 2004…oh, nevermind. That’s really beside the point, though.
She made the statement that she hadn’t been proud of America in her adult life at a rally in Madison, Wisconsin. She was out there trying to win over votes for her husband, giving speeches and pressing flesh. But she’s off limits from criticism?
If Barry doesn’t want his wife criticized for her actual words, maybe he shouldn’t have her out there campaigning for him. In the meantime, she’ll be criticized for the speeches she gives at political rallies.