Michelle Obama shocked: Americans are nice!

It’s a nice break from her talk about how Americans are so ignorant, so mean. And she had said before she’d never before been proud of her country in her entire adult life. Well, that’s all apparently changed.

According to Michelle, she actually met some real Americans and was shocked to know that they had values! They cared about their kids! They were nice!

Oprah Winfrey: How are you a different woman today than you were when Barack Obama announced his candidacy in 2007?

Michelle Obama: I’m more optimistic. More hopeful. It comes from traveling all over America and connecting with so many different people. And this was long before anyone thought Barack had a chance. This was the kindness of strangers. I think we should all have to get to know one another around kitchen tables. It changed me. It’s helped me to give other people the benefit of the doubt.

Winfrey: What did you see that changed you?

Obama: I saw our shared values. We fundamentally want the same things for ourselves and for each other. We want our kids to be safe and to grow up with some resources and aspire to a slightly better life than ours. No one’s looking for a handout. People just want fairness and opportunity.

Winfrey: That’s so good to hear. Because you know what? We live in an “American Idol” culture where it seems like everyone just wants to be in the spotlight.

Obama: That’s not the America I saw. People value their communities. They’re rooting for one another. Even in places where I thought people wouldn’t accept or relate to me, I always walked out feeling like, “Wow — that was fun.” That changed me. And it helped prepare me for this. Because I think if you’re going to be first lady, you have to believe in the possibility of what this country stands for. You have to see it in action and know what you’re working toward.

Two thoughts.

One, it’s interesting to hear Michelle Obama talk about real Americans! as if they were some kind of specimen to be studied at the zoo, or some new civilization found on a distant island no one’s ever visited before. Reading the interview, I kept getting this feeling that interaction with us common folk in Flyover Country was something Michelle Obama had never before encountered, and it was just so shocking to find out that we were normal.

Which brings me to point number two. Why is it that so many liberals are always so shocked to find out positive things about Americans? They always seem so surprised to find out that Americans are good, intelligent, generous, caring, compassionate people. Michelle Obama had the same attitude. It was apparently such a shock to her, it changed her entire worldview. She’s more optimistic now! She’s happier, more hopeful! And all because she found out that, hey, maybe Americans aren’t bitter, ignorant, and mean.

Imagine that.

Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit

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