The Obama campaign is trying hard to put criticism of First Lady wannabe Michelle Obama out of bounds, even as she continues to campaign, and to convince the American people that she's a proud American who would be a great First Lady, despite her own words.
First, husband Barack warned against criticizing his wife.
Then, Barack claimed not only that he would not attack Cindy McCain, but that he would defend her and he's disappointed that John McCain has not been defending Michelle.
As though Michelle is John's wife instead of Barack's.
As though Cindy was the one who had publicly proclaimed that she had not been proud of her country until Barack's presidential campaign was well received, described America as a "mean" country and whined about repaying student loans that permitted her to become a millionaire.
As though Cindy had been a loyal member of Reverend Jeremiah A. "God damn America" Wright,. Jr.'s black liberation theology church for so many years and stayed mute (if not supportive) when he fulminated from the pulpit.
As though Cindy had said that she would put the white community "first and foremost" instead of inclusively (and quietly) adopted an African child.
Michelle's thesis at Princeton (where she followed her brother the basketball star) is titled "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community" and reflects Michellle's Black-community-first-and-foremost attitude.
Michelle: "The purpose of this study is to examine various attitudes of Black Princeton alumni in their present state and as they are perceived by the alumni to have changed over time. This study tries to examine the following attitudes of alumni: the extent to which they are comfortable interacting with Black and with White individuals in various activities; the extent to which they are motivated to benefit the Black community in comparison to other entities such as themselves, their families, God, etc.; the ideologies they hold with respect to race relations between the Black and White communities; and feelings they have toward the Black lower class such as a feeling of obligation that they should help improve the lives of this particular group of Blacks."
Michelle candidly acknowledged in her thesis that "[e]arlier in [her] college career, there was no doubt in [her] mind that as a member of the Black community [she] was somehow obligated to this community and would utilize all of [her] present and future resources to benefit this community first and foremost," but also that her goal continued to be "to actively utilize [her] resources to benefit the Black community."
As a prognosticator, however, Michelle was a failure.
Example: "These experiences have made it apparent to me that the path I have chosen to follow by attending Princeton will likely lead to my further integration and/or assimilation into a White cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant."
But, Michelle presciently acknowledged in her thesis "problems which face...Black officials who must persuade the White community that they are above issues of race and that they are representing all people and not just Black people....to form a common social structure and cultural structure as opposed to creating two separate social structures and cultural structures."
Abraham Lincoln was right: "It is true that you may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all the time."
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.