“Now we are feeling what not having hope feels like.”
– Michelle Obama, to Oprah Winfrey.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s recent pronouncement that the nation has lost hope with the election of Donald Trump was so very wrong on so many levels.
First, it’s not borne out by the evidence.
In a recent Quinnipiac University poll, nearly 60 percent of Americans said they were optimistic about the next four years.
That’s roughly the same amount who have been telling pollsters in recent years that the country, under Mr. Obama, is on the wrong track.
Nor is hopelessness driving the stock market to record highs.
“Confidence among U.S. homebuilders surged in December to an 11-year high,” adds Bloomberg News.
Black activists and football greats Jim Brown and Ray Lewis glowed after a recent meeting with President-elect Trump.
“We couldn’t have had a better meeting,” Brown told reporters. “The graciousness, the intelligence, the reception we got was fantastic.”
Writes TheHill.com: “Lewis, who played for the Baltimore Ravens, told reporters that Trump is committed to ‘helping us change what hasn’t been changed’ … and said he supports Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson.”
As syndicated columnist Cal Thomas noted on this page Wednesday, Mrs. Obama’s apparent belief that only her husband or his approach can provide hope is born of hubris.
“Anyone who puts faith in a politician to make his or her life better is worshipping a false god,” Thomas writes most eloquently. “Politicians can make your life worse by overtaxing your income, overregulating your business and conducting foreign policy in ways that put America’s security at risk, but the qualities that improve any life – a good education, strong work ethic, self-control, taking personal responsibility for one’s actions, obeying the law, developing good character – these are virtues over which government has little influence.”
Aside from thinking she and her husband have the market cornered on hope, Mrs. Obama’s careless, unsubstantiated comment only serves to help create the very atmosphere of hopelessness she decries.
The remark was a classless attempt to preemptively censure her husband’s successor in office.
What a terrible shame, especially in this season of hope and good cheer.