Spread good will abroad and here

Don't begrudge first lady's trip to Africa -- but why not elevate home front too?

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Some conservatives are hammering Michelle Obama -- again -- this time for jetting off to Africa on a good will visit while the economy is lagging.

Listening to some people, you have to wonder if the country's first lady has ever done anything right.

Her infamous vacation to a posh Spanish resort notwithstanding, we feel Mrs. Obama can be a fabulous ambassador -- particularly in Africa, where people can see that America's first family looks a lot like their own. She and her family engender good will just being there.

What in the world is wrong with that?

As for the expense, pshaw! Yes, we need to be frugal, but neither should our first family become shut-ins. We're not that poor yet.

Our only nit for the first lady is that she -- and her husband -- could profitably turn the charm on here at home -- in America's troubled cities. Many of our major urban areas are struggling both financially and spiritually. A focused campaign boosting both morale and morals in U.S. cities might do a world of good -- especially coming from the first African-American presidential administration.

We considered that perhaps the president was biding his time along that front, wanting to establish himself first as everyone's president before appearing to act as a "black president." But that time has long since passed, and the administration's actions in helping America's cities have been most underwhelming.

The problem of decay in the physical and psychic infrastructure of American cities isn't a "black" problem; it's an American problem. But the country's first president of African descent may have more "street cred" than most to tackle these problems head-on without being overly concerned with oppressive notions of political correctness.

So, while we in no way begrudge the first lady's good will trip to Africa, we would simply suggest there is much work to be done at home.

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willie7
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willie7 06/24/11 - 10:27 pm
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Don't believe this editorial
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Don't believe this editorial is coming from the Chronicle's staff.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/24/11 - 11:26 pm
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Using the same criteria, I

Using the same criteria, I suppose the Chronicle will be supporting blacks in the next election for mayor and sheriff?

dougk
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dougk 06/25/11 - 08:04 am
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Yeah, I thought I was
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Yeah, I thought I was delivered the wrong paper this morning.

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 06/25/11 - 09:37 am
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LOL...AC damned if you
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LOL...AC damned if you do..damned if you don't................................

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 06/25/11 - 10:07 am
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Most conservatives I know

Most conservatives I know would agree with this op-ed. As a conservative I don't believe Mr and Mrs. Obama are bad people. I just believe their political philosophy is misguided and dangerous for the future of this country.Contrary to what the state-controlled media would have you believe, we conservatives can like the first couple on a personal basis but abhor their policies.And I'd much rather they use their positions to "boost morale and morals" than to use it to "radically transform" this nation into something it never was and never will be.
Sadly they seem hell-bent on the latter and not the former.

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hounddog 06/25/11 - 10:47 am
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Queen Michele is a typical
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Queen Michele is a typical elitist liberal. They are people who claim to support the rights of the working class but who are themselves members of the upper class, or upper middle class, and are therefore out of touch with the real needs of the people they claim to support and protect.
The elitist liberals feel that they deserve all the good things because they watch over the poor folks who are to dumb to watch over themselves.

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burninater 06/25/11 - 11:22 am
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Hey hounddog, at least

Hey hounddog, at least they're admitting that rights exist for the working class. Lip service, as opposed to direct legal obstruction of labor organization and living wages, gets my vote any day of the week.

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hounddog 06/25/11 - 03:20 pm
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‘Hey hounddog, at least
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‘Hey hounddog, at least they're admitting that rights exist for the working class’
A very juvenile response.

socks99
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socks99 06/25/11 - 05:20 pm
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One reason that black leaders

One reason that black leaders routinely fail to preach virtue to those supporters who look most like them is that such a policy undermines the broader accusation that says powerful forces of another color are the root cause of their own dissatisfaction. Unfortunately, this President and probably his wife cannot see the real problems, and like so many domestic policy makers who could 'preach it,' they are more likely to use the politics of division to keep power. If this strategy sounds familiar, it's because it was the same strategy used by some whites to maintain Jim Crow.

In a truly color-blind society, leaders would absolutely not hesitate to set the younger set straight. But if division can win political power, leaders are handicapped, and society suffers.

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allhans 06/25/11 - 04:42 pm
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Augusta sure could use her (

Augusta sure could use her ( or someone) concerning the local black on black crimes and the numerous robberies taking place.
Charity starts at home, Michelle, which means the USA.

hounddog
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hounddog 06/25/11 - 07:56 pm
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Hey guys get of her back. The
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Hey guys get of her back. The queen knows she better get her freebees in before next year when the election is hot and heavy. After next year the ex-queen will have to pay her on way, oh what a shame.

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