Pride cometh after the rise

Michelle Obama said today that, as a result of her husband’s electoral success so far and the “hunger for change” it signals, “for the first time in my adult life I am really proud of my country.” The arrogance, ingratitude, and knee-jerk anti-Americanism of that remark are self-evident, but do read John Podhoretz’s explication.
It’s comforting to know that America can vindicate itself in Ms. Obama’s eyes by electing Barack president. But it’s unlikely that even her new-found pride in America, and whatever pride her husband might muster, would be sufficient to cause Mr. Obama seriously to defend its sovereignty.
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