Candidate's wife disappointing

To the Times of Ti: President John F. Kennedy tried to motivate Americans with a calling beyond themselves with these words: Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. I believe he provoked this idea to demonstrate that America owes its citizens only the bare minimum; which is opportunity. But its citizens, at the bare minimum, should have a indebted sense of pride and duty for their country. So it was disappointing to hear Barack Obamas wife, Michelle, utter flatly, For the first time in my adult life I am really proud of my country. Mind you, Mrs. Obama is 45 years old, Harvard and Princeton-educated and a lawyer. Oh, by the way, her husband is on the brink of becoming the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. I wonder, has her life in the USA been so agonizing that it overshadows all she has accomplished? If Mrs. Obama feels she lacks moments of national pride, then at the very least Id say shes been very blessed. If that is indeed her position then every voter should scrutinize Baracks candidacy more closely. From the very beginning America was built on the backbone of freedom, liberty and every individuals determination to carve out a decent and abundant life. So my hope is that Mrs. Obama appreciates the precious opportunity which stands before her family come November. It is, after all, the only thing this country owes either of them. John Sharkey

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