Hope and change.

It was never anything more than a bumper sticker slogan developed by a high-priced advertising firm and tested in focus groups before being perpetrated on the American public by a campaign determined to push the message of electing the first – at least partially black president of the United States.

Like “New and Approved!”  advertising slogans make promises they can’t possibly live up to and the law recognizes that there’s a difference between exaggerating the truth to sell a product and making false claims.

In the business world, companies that cross that line can be sued for millions of dollars for false advertising, but for the American public, still waiting eight years later for the promised “hope and change,” the only remedy was not in a court of law, but at the ballot box.

But to add insult to injury, in a farewell interview with media mogul, Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama rubbed salt into the wounds by revealing that the election of Donald Trump has left her feeling… hopeless.

When asked by Winfrey, if the promised “hope and change,” had occurred, Mrs. Obama responded that she thought it had, but then went on when, perhaps, she should have stopped talking.

“Because we feel the difference now. See, now we’re feelin’ what not havin’ hope feels like.”

Oh dear.

The nearly 50 million Americans on food stamps might disagree, because they probably have been feeling rather hopeless for the past eight years as the Obama economy failed to grow at even an anemia rate of 2 percent a quarter.

The 94 million Americans who are underemployed or completely unemployed may feel hopeless because the job participation rate of 62 percent – the lowest since the 1970s.

Families whose annual income has fallen along with most Americans by $4,000 making homeownership an impossible dream as the rate for buying a home is the lowest in 48 years – since Americans voted Richard Nixon into the White House – may also have been feeling hopeless, too.

Now, less than 5 weeks before she becomes a private citizen and relinquishes life in the White House –complete with servants and aides, the state dinners, the limousines, the flights on Air Force One, the vacations and official trips to foreign countries, the command performances by her favorite entertainers – to the new First Lady, Melania Trump, Michelle Obama tells us, not surprisingly, that she feels “hopeless.”

It isn’t the first time Mrs. Obama has made an honest statement about her feelings without stopping to think of how it may be received by Americans who do not share those feelings and, in fact, feel very differently.

In 2008, as her husband was running for president against Hillary Clinton, Mrs. Obama told an audience, “ For the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country,” which generated comment and controversy.

Mrs. Obama was born in 1964, becoming an adult in 1982, which means she was not proud when Sally Ride became the first American woman in space – a mere year after President Ronald Reagan appointed the first woman to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor.

Apparently, Mrs. Obama was not proud when Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman chosen as a vice-presidential candidate of a major party.

When Martin Luther King Day became an official holiday in the U.S. during the presidency of Ronald Reagan.

The Berlin Wall came down in Mrs. Obama’s adulthood, thanks to the efforts to President Ronald Reagan’s demand, “Mr. Gorbachev – Tear Down This Wall!”

The Soviet Union dissolved during the time Michelle Obama was an adult. The U.S sent the Hubble Telescope into deep space and a few years later, U.S. and Russian space programs work together on the Space Station Mir.

The vast majority of Americans who became adults in 1982 probably felt at least a little pride in their country in those moments.

But Michelle Obama didn’t – she only felt pride when a personal achievement was realized, when her husband was nominated for the presidency.

Source: NY Times

 
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