This is an ad from the Tennessee GOP attacking Michelle Obama. Here is Barack Obama's response.
The GOP, should I be the nominee, can say whatever they want to say about me, my track record,” Obama said. “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 called the strategy “low class.”
The video, posted on YouTube, centered on remarks Michelle Obama made while campaigning in Wisconsin last February, when she said: “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country.”
In general, I agree with Barack Obama's sentiment, however there are a few things to keep in mind. First, Michelle Obama has thrust herself into the campaign. For instance, back in October she criticized Hillary Clinton.
ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: In advance of her trip tomorrow to fundraise overseas in London, Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., mirrored her husband's attacks this week going after frontrunner Hillary Clinton in an interview with the Sunday Times. You can read the article HERE.
Linking Hillary and Bill to old hat, Mrs. Obama compares them to "the same suit and defies the sense that Hillary is the "inevitable" candidate because she doesn't have the most money nor the biggest base of donors. Mrs. Obama also addresses the issue of Clinton being a polarizing figure.
Now, Barack Obama can't have it both ways. He can't allow his wife to be an attack dog, while then maintaining she is off limits. Furthermore, Michelle Obama has on many occasions criticized the political system
We live in isolation, and because of that isolation we fear one another.
Because Barack Obama is the only person in this race who understands that. That before we can work on the problems we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation.
Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual; uninvolved, uninformed
Remember, Barack Obama has made a theme of the so called broken political system that he is going to fix. Now, if she is going to be an attack dog against that system, then he makes her fair game.
Furthermore, her remarks paint the picture of an individual that is cynical and unhappy and that is the polar opposite of the theme that Barack Obama is trying to present. If his wife is totally cynical about America, how will he bring hope to the rest of the country? Furthermore, most of the comments that Michelle Obama has made are laced with pompous elitism and narcissism. The ones I just referenced basically say that the only hope for the fatally flawed America is her husband.
Now, it should be noted that if Abraham Lincoln had a 24 hour news cycle then his wife would have likely cost him the Presidency. Mary Lincoln was a schizophrenic with a history of all sorts of crazy behavior. Had the 24 hour news cycle gotten a hold of this information his entire campaign would have likely been derailed. Thus, we must be careful just how much we go after spouses.
That said, the final problem for Obama is that it continues a pattern where every criticism is met with righteous indignation. Every single time he is attacked it is a distraction. Reverend Wright was a distraction, Bill Ayers, the Bush speech at the Knesset was a veiled attack and now his wife is also a distraction. At some point, people start to notice that the candidate just doesn't like being attacked.