By Dave Andrusko
Even as her speech was being delivered last night it was easy to see from the Twitter feeds that the mainstream media had fallen head over heels for First Lady Michelle Obama’s remarks. It’s easy to see why.
Her job was to convince not just the attendees who filled the Time Warner Cable Arena that her husband deserved their all-out support to win a second term but an adoring mainstream media which was itching for a reason to cease being even a little skeptical. In addition, after a night full of scorched-earth speeches, Mrs. Obama’s task also included a less visibly confrontational attack on the pro-life team of Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan.
The accolades could not have been more lavish. Indeed this morning POLITICO was already touting “Michelle Obama’s Ten Most Memorable Lines.”
She made sure that pro-abortionists understood President Obama’s unwavering support for abortion and that they could count on him if he wins a second term. He “believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care,” she said.
Some of her speech was, to put it mildly, less persuasive than others. President Obama will be remembered for many things, but near the top of the list will be his bare-knuckled approach toward his Republican opponents which has grown even worse as his re-election campaign has progressed.
Thus, many swallowed hard when she said, “I love that for Barack, there is no such thing as ‘us’ and ‘them’ – he doesn’t care whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or none of the above…he knows that we all love our country…and he’s always ready to listen to good ideas…he’s always looking for the very best in everyone he meets.“
In extolling ObamaCare, Mrs. Obama praised the President because “he had refused to listen to all those folks who told him to leave health reform for another day, another president. He didn’t care whether it was the easy thing to do politically,” she said, “he cared that it was the right thing to do.”
But, in fact, the battle over healthcare “reform” came to symbolize President Obama approach to governance. As for pro-lifers they vividly remember his willingness to pretend first that ObamaCare did not contain provisions promoting abortion and then offer a phony compromise which changed nothing. That ObamaCare promotes the rationing of medical care is a truth that has been proven even more difficult to get past the media shield.
But perhaps the most revealing comment came about half-way through when Mrs. Obama said, “I have seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are – it reveals who you are.“ This rings true for pro-lifers who tried valiantly but unsuccessfully in 2008 to get the truth out about the record on life of state Senator Barack Obama and United States Senator Barack Obama.
Mrs. Obama spoke of how “at the end of the day, when it comes time to make that decision, as President, all you have to guide you are your values, and your vision, and the life experiences that make you who you are.” Part of Mr. Obama’s values/vision/life experience was as a state Senator when Obama consistently opposed bills to provide legal protections for infants born alive during abortions.
So it was utterly predictable that as President Obama, for example, would nullified the Mexico City policy under which funds in the U.S. “population assistance” program went only to overseas organizations that pledged not to “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.” And that he would not only re-funded the UNFPA, but boost spending for it. And that Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services would mandate that religious institutions and individuals of conscience pay for health insurance plans that cover medical procedures and drugs contrary to their religious beliefs and consciences.
The love fest that the media is rolling out for Democrats will continue well past tonight and tomorrow. When President Clinton places President Obama’s name into nomination tonight, the outpouring of praise will compete with the reception they gave Mrs. Obama.
In both cases—in all cases, this week—the Obama abortion record that would, if known, turn off many Americans, will be ignored. It is our job to make sure the public knows the truth.
BTW: after planning to have Obama’s acceptance speech at a football stadium, convention planners announced this morning that it will be delivered at the Time Warner Cable Arena. According to CBS
“Democrats are significantly downsizing the final night of their national convention, moving the events — including President Obama’s acceptance speech — from Bank of America Stadium to the Time Warner Cable Arena because of threats of thunder and lightning.
“Mr. Obama was slated to accept the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night in the open-air football stadium before a crowd of more than 60,000. The basketball and hockey arena, however, seats just around 20,000.”