Transformation, bedtime style

Students of ancient history may recall that in February 2008, campaigning for Barack Obama, Michelle Obama proclaimed: “Let me tell you something. For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country, because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.” Before the ascent of Barack Obama, in other words, she happily disclosed, she wasn’t really proud of the United States. It was a staple of her 2008 stump speech, giving vent to her “frushtrations” and “shtruggles.”

Now, however, all has changed, changed utterly. A phony beauty is born. “[D]on’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn’t great,” she announced last night, “that somehow we need to make it great again. Because this, right now, is the greatest country on earth.”

“Right now” — is this a recent development?

Mrs. Obama also condemned “the hateful language that we hear from public figures on TV,” saying that “our motto is, when they go low, we go high.” Really?

Again, students of ancient history may recall a rather different Obama motto, this one pronounced by Barack Obama himself at a Philadelphia fundraiser in 2008. Remember? Obama instructed his ardent followers how to respond to anticipated Republican attacks. “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun. Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”

Judging from the Democratic National Convention last night, I infer that “folks in Philly” like an old-fashioned bedtime story for restive children.