Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton: Separated at birth?

Posted by: ST on April 9, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Photo: Dana Romanoff/Observer staffYesterday, I wrote about Mrs. Obama’s first visit to North Carolina – and in particular, some of the things she said while with a small panel of women at The Dixon Academy childcare center in Harrisburg, NC. I noted in a prior post how Harrisburg would be a perfect place for her to visit, considering the economic woes it has faced over the last several years, and how she could use the visit to not only make herself sound like someone who faces the same “struggles” as they do, but also to make her husband appear like their savior.

It appears since I last wrote about her visit to Harrisburg, the Charlotte Observer has a more updated version of the story, with some new quotes that make Mrs. O sound a whole lot like her husband’s arch rival:

Most Americans, she said, don’t want much.

“They don’t want the whole pie,” she told the women. “There are some who do, but most Americans feel blessed just being able to thrive a little bit. But that is becoming even more out of reach.”

[…]

Should she become first lady, she said she’d focus on family issues.

“If we don’t wake up as a nation with a new kind of leadership…for how we want this country to work, then we won’t get universal health care,” she said.

“The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.”

Sound familiar? It should. Here’s a flashback from June 2004:

The leftiest big city on the Left Coast was Clinton country on Monday, with the former president continuing his blockbuster book tour and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton headlining a Democratic fund-raiser where she vowed to defeat the Republicans’ “extraordinarily ruthless machine.”

Headlining an appearance with other Democratic women senators on behalf of Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is up for re-election this year, Hillary Clinton told several hundred supporters – some of whom had ponied up as much as $10,000 to attend – to expect to lose some of the tax cuts passed by President Bush if Democrats win the White House and control of Congress.

“Many of you are well enough off that … the tax cuts may have helped you,” Sen. Clinton said. “We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”

More recently, La Clinton has said:

(Transcript (via “dollarsandsense” at YouTube)

“[B]ecause an uninsured person who goes to the hospital is more likely to die than an insured person. i mean, that is a fact. so what do we do? we have to build a political consensus. and that requires people giving up a little bit of their own turf in order to create this common ground. the same with energy. you know, we can’t keep talking about our dependence on foreign oil and the need to deal with global warming and the challenge that it poses to our climate and to god’s creation and just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people.”

And let’s not forget that the name of candidate Clintion’s 9-point economic plan is “Shared Prosperity.”

Keep this in mind next time someone tries to convince you that there are big differences between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Yes, I know this was Michelle Obama speaking, but it might as well have been her husband who, BTW, got to hang out with a few m/billionaires this past weekend (h/t: Melanie Morgan).

Socialists are always easy to spot. They’re the ones promising things will be so much better, just as soon as they can get their hands on someone else’s wallet.

Related: Gateway Pundit has a handy dandy partial list of quotes from Michelle Obama in which she expresses her negativity towards the US. That’s a good post to bookmark for future reference.

Photo courtesy: DANA ROMANOFF/Observer staff

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    1. T-Steel says:

      The only Michelle Obama quote that I agree with is that we are a “divided country”. United on the surface but heck, just read through the blogosphere and you can get a taste of the division. Many us can’t see eye-to-eye on many issues. BUT…

      For all that division, that country has only fractured once and that’s why the Civil War occurred. So the “division” isn’t enough to ruin us and isn’t enough to have us shooting at each other large scale. Which is why this country is a great nation.

      Michelle Obama reminds me of a good friend who had some bad experiences in her life, overcame them, but still has this bitterness that doesn’t seem to go away (even though she is very successful professionally and personally now). It’s like she has to feel like that “homeless guy on the street with no positive future” in order to feel something. It’s weird and depressing.