I wouldn't say that if I thought Obama's statement was merely a slip of the tongue. Rather, I believe that in another unscripted moment, he once again revealed who he really is and the essence of his mindset.
When his soul mate and spouse said that her husband's ascendancy was the first time she'd been proud of America in her adult life, she wasn't just throwing out words. She was telling us who she is and what kind of hang-ups she has about pre-Obama America.
At the time she made the statement, she was on the stump representing her husband and speaking for him. They are of one mind on this point.
It is also no coincidence that Obama spent all those years at the feet of the America-hating Rev. Jeremiah Wright and, before that, mentors such as the Marxist Franklin Marshall Davis. Wright's sermons inspired Obama's book title, for heaven's sake, and informed his political attitudes and reinforced his worldview.
Without revisiting all the evidence pointing to Obama's grudge against pre-Obama America, we only need remind ourselves of his pre-election comment that we were "five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America."
That was a chilling statement and unmistakable in its meaning. Obama didn't like the America that currently existed, and he had ambitions not just to tweak it or implement a few salutary reforms but to (SET ITAL) fundamentally (END ITAL) change it. He wasn't just talking about getting the economy growing again after the financial meltdown. He was determined to implement structural changes across the board to exact "economic justice" and "social justice" -- a pair of familiar lyrics from every leftist radical's hymnal.
It would be one thing if Obama had made that statement during slavery or before the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments or even before the vast array of civil rights legislation and regulation in this country. But he made it in 2008, after all those constitutional and legislative changes had long since occurred and a few days before a clear majority of voting Americans elected him to be president of the United States.
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