Those Darn Men!

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: Mar 10, 2008 1:41 PM
A (male) friend just emailed me the link to this profile of Michelle Obama in the New Republic, where  author Michele Cottle writes:

In a 2004 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Michelle observed: "What I notice about men, all men, is that their order is me, my family, God is in there somewhere, but me is first. ... And, for women, me is fourth, and that's not healthy."

Now I don't know whether Mrs. Obama was engaging in a classic bit of projection based on her own family situation (from my acquaintance with Barack, it seems entirely likely).  What I do know is that she's absolutely off base -- after all, she forgot to include sports in her list of top male priorities!  

All kidding aside, it's remarkable that she would treat half the electorate with such dismissiveness, even four years ago when her husband was running for the Senate; given this and other remarks in the 2008 campaign, it's becoming increasingly less clear to me how Michelle is "an incredible asset" to her husband's campaign.

Finally, it should go without saying that her remarks about "all men" are incredibly unfair.  There are millions of men all over this country who work at jobs they hate with bosses they despise in order to support a family.  That's not selfish.  And let's not even talk about whether male American soldiers are putting "me" first.  Why is it that left-wing women have to be reminded with such tiresome regularity that men aren't so bad?