In his State of the Union speech, Barack Obama paid homage to “proud men and women who feel like the rules have changed in the middle of the game. They’re right.” That turn of phrase reminded me of Michelle Obama’s bitter indictment of her own country on the campaign trail in May 2008 :
We’re still living in a nation and in a time where the bar is set – I talk about this all the time – they set the bar…and then you work and you struggle, you do everything that they say, and you think you’re getting close to the bar, and you’re working hard, and you’re sacrificing. And then you get to the bar. You’re right there. You’re reaching out for the bar. You think you have it. And then what happens? They move the bar. They raise it up…it’s always just quite out of reach…The sad irony is that’s exactly what’s happening to most Americans in this country. (Emphasis added.)
No word on who the Obamas believe “they” are, but chances are, it’s you.
The president went on to say, at length, this means that we must reinvent ourselves for our Sputnik moment. He said this means, in essence, that whining blue collar Americans should gitcha some education, follow Van Jones in developing green jobs, and stop bitterly clinging “to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.” What could you expect from an elitist who lectures about “our tragic history” and believes the U.S. Constitution “reflected the fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day“? (His emphasis.)