Michelle Obama: "For the First Time in My Adult Lifetime, I'm Really Proud of My Country"

Speaking in Wisconsin today, would-be First Lady Michelle Obama said, "For the first time in my adult lifetime I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change."

(Watch the video HERE.)

The whole quote in context is: "What we've learned over this year is that hope is making a comeback. It is making a comeback and let me tell you something, for the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment. I've seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues, and it's made me proud. And I feel privileged to be a part of even witnessing this, traveling around states all over this country and being reminded that there is more that unites us than divides us..."

Some conservatives out there (HERE for instance) seem to find Mrs. Obama's quote offensive, wondering why a 44 year old woman never felt proud before today -- but their anger seems based on an erroneous early version of this quote first reported in the Boston Globe, inaccurately stating that she said "for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country, because it feels like hope is making a comeback.”

The Globe has now been corrected, though oddly there's no note that an error had been made or a correction given.

Asked for a response to the remark, Obama campaign spox Bill Burton said, “Of course Michelle is proud of her country, which is why she and Barack talk constantly about how their story wouldn’t be possible in any other nation on Earth.  What she meant is that she’s really proud at this moment because for the first time in a long time, thousands of Americans who’ve never participated in politics before are coming out in record numbers to build a grassroots movement for change."

Boy, that early Globe version is quite different than the later fuller one…But others still might find it controversial....What do you think?

-- jt

(Note: After I found even more video of her comments, I added an extra sentence and a link to a longer video excerpt.)

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