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Mrs. Obama and the Country Bumpkins

By Todd Starnes

First Lady Michelle Obama took a jab at rural Americans during a speech she delivered Friday to Democrats at the posh Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, according to a White House transcript of her remarks.


Her cheeky comments came as she was imploring the high-dollars donors to dig deep and “max out” their checking accounts.

“Leave San Francisco,” she told the laughing audience. “Leave this bastion. Go out in the wilderness. And roll up your sleeves because we know that those person-to-person contacts, those calls and doors knocked on, all of that can also mean the difference between victory and defeat.”

The wilderness?

Perhaps the First Lady is not aware that folks in the wilderness have running water and electricity in their homes. We also have ice boxes, indoor plumbing, and a new-fangled piece of technology called “home computers.”

Some of us even have some book learning.

The wilderness?

Maybe somebody should tell the First Lady that all of us folks out here in the “wilderness” are the ones paying the bills in this country. We’re the ones who forked over the cash to buy the arugula growing in her vegetable garden – the one she weeds in a pair of pricey sneakers.

The wilderness?

Most of us folks out here in the hinterlands live by the Golden Rule. We pay our bills. We raise our kids, instead of having the government do it for us. We go to church on Sunday. We live by the Golden Rule.

We may not be able to take whirlwind trips around the world and we may not be able to hobnob with glamorous Hollywood movies stars – but that’s okay. As the country crooner Rodney Atkins sings, “I’ve got friends with tractors.”

In their warped world of liberal theology, the First Lady and her aristocratic friends are on a crusade to convert all of us of shoeless, backwoods, bumpkins who believe in American Exceptionalism.

Mrs. Obama’s insulting slap at us “country folk” echos similar comments her husband made in 2008 – ironically in San Francisco. Then-Senator Obama was bemoaning the church-going, working class voters of Pennsylvania.

“And it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,” Obama said in remarks reported by The Huffington Post.

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think the Obamas take too kindly to all of us gun-toting, meat-eating, Bible-clinging, bitter Americans. But boy does Mrs. Obama seem smitten with the intellectual elites of the Bay Area.

“Most districts in this country are not like San Francisco,” she said.

Thank the Good Lord for that.

I’m not too sure the country could handle another place that lets folks romp around in public buck naked while shooting up with taxpayer-funded needles.

I’m sure the White House will dismiss her derisive comment as a joke. These days, of course, the only folks you can make fun of are “bitter-clingers.” The White House transcript of her remarks even indicated her “joke” got a pretty good laugh from the audience. Yes sir. It was an all-out chuckle fest presided over by the First Lady of the United States.

As we say down in the “wilderness,” bless her heart.