Last night, First Lady Michelle Obama gave a speech that received some raving reviews, and Staten Island Republican Rep. Michael Grimm wants everyone to know that he also approved of the speech. Thus, late last night, he released a relatively long statement giving the speech itself high marks but also pivoting to a more critical point in each paragraph.
“No one can deny that the First Lady delivered an excellent heartfelt speech and delivered for the Democratic party. I myself was extremely pleased to hear that Mrs. Obama’s experience as the First Lady has enhanced her pride in and understanding of the greatest most exceptional nation in the world,” he began, for example, before switching to a backhanded compliment. “She has come a long way from her statement after the 2008 election that for the first time in her life she was proud to be American.”
Mr. Grimm was of course referencing Ms. Obama’s famous gaffe during the 2008 campaign where she said, “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country.” Conservatives, including John McCain’s campaign at the time, heavily criticized the statement.
Overall, the congressman was fairly effusive at points, saying the speech “resonated” with him and calling it “very well prepared and delivered perfectly.” However, he stressed again and again that Mr. Obama’s record doesn’t match his wife’s rhetoric.
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“No one can deny that the First Lady delivered an excellent heartfelt speech and delivered for the Democratic party. I myself was extremely pleased to hear that Mrs. Obama’s experience as the First Lady has enhanced her pride in and understanding of the greatest most exceptional nation in the world. She has come a long way from her statement after the 2008 election that for the first time in her life she was proud to be American.
“I was also pleased to hear that both she and the President knew what it was like to struggle and that they worked hard and lived within their means to realize their success. However, the policies over the past four years are completely at odds with those values. The President and the Democratic Party have been demonizing success, dividing Americans by pitting the rich against the poor and certainly not living within the country’s means.
“Her message of sacrifice resonated with me, but I have seen and heard a very different message coming out of the White House, where an ever growing government is the answer to every problem and less and less focus on individual responsibility. The First Lady said that the presidency reveals who you are and I agree: it has revealed that President Obama believes in borrowing and taxing to a point that we are jeopardizing our children’s future. The rusty car the President used to drive showed a responsible frugal person sacrificing to get ahead but that is hardly the method he has prescribed for the current tough times.
“I applaud the First Lady for trusting that her husband will do what he says regardless how difficult the task and I’m sure in their personal lives he has done so but candidate Obama promised to cut the deficit in half which he obviously failed to do. Had the President even reduced the deficit I think one could argue that he did his best to keep his word, but numbers don’t lie and he has only increased the deficits for four years in a row and worst of all won’t even take responsibility for it.
“So even though I thought that the speech was very well prepared and delivered perfectly, I wish that the Barack Obama that was described was actually the President I have come to know. The idea that he will work with anyone who wants to move America in the right direction, even Republicans, is simply not the President I saw when he was lambasting Paul Ryan and his budget or the many times he has blamed a broken Congress for his failed policies.”