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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Michelle Obama's speech last night was meant to convince Americans that her family is just like the rest of us.
The wife of the presumptive Democratic nominee talked about things like family and hard work – that should resonate with millions of people across the country. The idea is to calm the fears of some that Barack Obama is different and unknown with an exotic background.
Michelle Obama described herself as a daughter, wife and mother coming from a blue-collar background – her dad was a city worker in Chicago. She talked about the anxiety her husband felt when driving their oldest daughter home from the hospital as a newborn, and what she thinks about when she tucks her two girls into bed at night.
Watch: Cafferty: Relate to Obamas?
Mrs. Obama said her husband is an ordinary man, joking about his love of basketball. She talked about his being raised by a single mother and grandparents who "scrimped and saved" so they could give him opportunities they never had. She also tried to put to rest questions about her own patriotism, declaring,"I love this country".
At the end of her speech, viewers were treated to an unscripted moment between her two young daughters and her husband via a live video hookup. The girls evaluated their mom's speech and told their "daddy" that they loved him. A moment that could go far in cementing the image of the Obamas as an American family like any other.
Meanwhile, a new Gallup poll suggests Michelle's speech could make a difference, with more than half of Americans saying a candidate's spouse is an important factor in their vote.
Here’s my question to you: How much do you feel you have in common with Michelle and Barack Obama?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
A lot. My husband and I work hard for the things that we have and try to provide a good life for our family. They are like most people, despite skin color, even though I am African-American.
Anyone who was not moved by Mrs. Obama's speech last night has a heart of steel. They are a regular American family – not perfect, but real. The reason people feel they are "different" or unknown is because they would be the first BLACK first family. The Obamas are not any less known than the Clintons were when they ran. They just look different. If America can manage to elect Barack Obama, the deep-rooted unconscious racism that plagues our country could begin to heal in profound ways.
Pugas from Arizona writes:
Nothing. I don't have the "audacity" to think I could be president.
Colleen from Charlotte, North Carolina writes:
Hmmm, grew up in the Midwest, 40-50 years old, two kids, one house, college educated, want a better life for kids, middle-working class, did not want to go to war in Iraq...Quite a bit I guess.
I have nothing in common with the Obamas. I don't hang around with rabid racists like Jeremiah Wright and Father Phleger. And I don’t socialize with homegrown terrorists like William Ayers.
A lot. It reminded me of when I was a little girl and my father was in Vietnam while my mother took care of the home-front. We went through many of the same things as a family.
We live in the same country.
Chris from Thousand Oaks, California writes:
I have a lot more in common with the Obamas than Old Man River and the Ice Princess.
Darlene from Pennsylvania writes:
I feel like Michelle is my sister and Barack is my brother. And I am white.
We live in the same country
I have one thing for sure with the Obamas and that is that i am an african american, what we dont have in common is the way he is
A lot. I went to college on student loans. Like the Obamas, I am a middle class professional. Barack Obama is like 99% of the people out there. Elitist? OH PLEASE!
Except for book royalties, I have a lot in common with the Obamas. I am part of a loving American family. The fact that they happen to be black only adds to our similarities, Jack
I have almost all things in common with the Obamas. I am from the southside of Chicago like Michelle Obama. I have lived through the hardships and seen my parents work hard to try to give there children what they did not have. I have also attended college and I plan to go to law school. They are truly the american dream, coming from nothing and rising to the top is the dream of most americans.
Scott – Chicago, IL
Nothing that I know of.
About as much as with McCain. Neither one led anything close to a trypical US life.
I have a lot in common with the Obamas, despite different skin color, age, and backgrounds. Like me, they want to see this country make an about-face from the corporation-driven society that the wealthy have created. A society that rewards the few (upper class) at the expense of the many. Our society had better start making changes before it's too late.
Everything except I'm white but that doesn't matter! Female, fought for my kids to get a good education! Worked hard and hope to retire soon! That is the American dream and if Obama/BIden don't get in we won't have an America to dream in!!!
They are us, Jack. They have worked tirelessly, taken advantage of the opportunities granted them and risen above the hurdles – all the while trying to maintain a down-to-earth attitude and just raise their family as best they can like the rest of us. Along their journey they gave me something I never had before when thinking on our country's future – optimism
I was born into a lower income family, and we all worked, sometimes two or three jobs, until we all had college degrees and good jobs.
That's what I have in common with the Obamas.
I have plenty in common with the Obamas! I, too, have an Ivy League education, used my position of power to leverage an incredibly low mortgage rate, and shot to prominence on the national scene largely by preying on white guilt.
wow! what an amazing commentary: Beverly "Hillary-billies" come to Denver
Thank you Jack for your honesty, candidness and most of all neutral way of seeing things as they are. JG
PS i am definetly a new fan! Thanks again
I'm writing from Irvine, California.
Does it matter how much I have in common with Barack Obama? George Bush was arguably elected as president twice because people identified with him. He's the type of guy they'd want to have at their barbeque.
I don't care about Obama's religious beliefs or his personal affairs. I care about his judgement and ability to move the country in the right direction. Everything else is just a distraction suited more for selling publications and T.V. commercials.
Other than grad school, nothing.
Am I suppose to use the "vetted" speeches / biographies and the other propaganda the Obama's have been shoving down our throats?
If yes, nothing. If no, nothing again.
Chris – Atlanta, GA
Jack, although I didn't have two loving parents, my Mom tried hard, we were dirt poor and since she passed on when I was twelve there wasn't any opportunity for college. But as far as middle class, having kids, caring about what's happened to this country, I'd say pretty much everything. I'm a Grandmother now, and truly when she spoke about her Mother it made me feel good, she appreciates her roots, upbringing and Obama's. What's more she loves her children and cares about their future. These two people were by no means wealthy, they worked hard and got ahead, isn't that what the "American dream" is suppose to be about.
I can relate to their story a lot more than I can to the McCains story. The Obamas and I both know how many homes we own (and it ain't 7).
Absolutely nothing. I would never allow a half-brother of mine to live in poverty while I make over 4 million dollars per year, would never associate with domestic terrorists, nor hateful preachers. I have actual experience on my resume and I never use my race as a playing card. My faith teaches me NOT to be like the Obamas.
I have everything in common with the Obamas and I don't own enough homes/houses nor do I have a private jet to travel around in, which means I have zero in common with McCain. Only people making millions have anything in common with McCain.
We both believe in the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you want done unto yourself!
Laguna Niguel, CA
Very little. They are smart, I am not. They excelled in college, I did not. They have successful careers, I do not. . They have a lot more money than I have, and I am white. The only thing we have in common is the absolute knowledge that George Bush and all vestiges of his administration, all his clones, wannabes, and those who would continue his administration must go no matter what, if we are to save our country from total ruination.
Obama's family is like mine, ours, yours and rest of the American's.
jack where is john mc"cain's purple heart if he was a war hero and why keep his military records sealed. people say that they know the obama's 'well we don't know that much about jone mc"cain.
I still have no basis upon which to determine how much I have in common with the Obamas because a politically calculated speech is no insight into their lives. It isn't important, however, because what makes a good President is not how much his family has in common with mine, but rather what policies he would implement. On that aspect I know we have little in common.
Well, I come from a poor family and I have grown up seeing my mom cutting rebates for the groceries every week doing her best so that we would have decent food on the table. My dad had to endure a lazy boss who was not paying him much and was more concerned about getting the fame for my dad's work. My dad was caught in that job because he had a family early (my mom had the first baby a 17 years old) so he had to shut up and work everyday to provide for us. Because of the children, he did not get the opportunity to pursue higher education but both my parents made it a point of honor to have their kids well educated. We had loans to pay for school and we went to the university. Today because of their sacrifices, their 3 childrens have a house (and they work hard to pay it) while they never could afford a house for themselves. We have their good values and try to continue in that lane so that our children have more than the previous generation. What do I have in common? So much that I dont have enough space to write it all here...
Ironically, not so much. The Obamas have worked harder, come farther, and deserve all the success they've earned. I've mostly just had everything handed to me. As a white, upper class suburban stay at home mom, I have nothing but utter respect for the Obamas. No other presidential couple in our history has deserved the white house more than Barack and Michelle do.
Faith is what we got in common. I don't think the Obamas would be here if they didn't have faith in themselves and in the American people. I know they struggled to get where they are like I try to everyday. Yesterday, once I finished drying up my tears after I watched Michelle's speech, I understood that there was something stronger than politics in our story with the Obamas. All we've got to do is look at them and see that impossible is nothing when human beings come together for the sake of common success.
My mother is from the south side of Chicago. She's a strong woman who raised me alone and struggled with finances all throughout my childhood. But she made it and in the end made me a better person because of it.
Maybe that's all I have in common with Michelle Obama, but to me it's something pretty great to share.
E V E R Y T H I N G. Only two differences. I grew up in New Orleans and my children are older.
Socially? A lot. I care a lot about my beliefs. I came from parents of different nationalities, got a top education, worked my butt off, did better than 99% of my peers. Had some social baggage to overcome. And, it took a little luck to get where I am.
Politically? Not much. I don't believe in excessive wealth redistribution without strong accountability of the recipients. I'm not a strong beliver in the social victimization premise engendered by his policy planks. I like experience - a lot.
Absolutely nothing. I am not high-headed enough to beleive that just I have what it takes to lead this nation.
Everything, struggling in poor economic times, then along comes Hillary and McCain to steal it all away and make things worse, when you think that things can't get any worse after 8 years of pure hell.
We might not live in the same neighborhood, but at least we live on the same planet. Seven homes and five million are light years away from most of us. I wonder what planet McCain is from. McClueless?
Jack, many Americans have stories like the Obamas. The majority of Americans loves their children and loves their families. There are myriad stories of rising from the lowest of levels to a realization of the American Dream.
What separates the Obamas from average Joes like me is that they took the next step to lift those without hope to make that dream come true for others.
I was lucky enough to go to college as was my 3 siblings and my parents worked hard to get us there. We all work now and give back to the community so I guess we are like the Obamas. I know that it is not meant for everyone to get a college education but as long as you work hard to get through this life things should be ok.
Everyone keeps talking about how bad our economy is and the rising price of gas. Anyone with half a brain would know that the economy runs in cycles. We experienced a period of economic prosperity during the late 1990s. After 9/11/2001, we began to experience a recession. But thanks to the tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 by President Bush and the Congress, the recession was the shallowest on record and we began to experience a period of economic recovery. Now we are back in the beginning of another recession and who is in control of Congress now? The answer is the Democrats. Name me one major legislative accomplishment that this Congress has achieved since the Democrats took over January 2007. The price of gas is up 34% since the Democrats took back control of Congress. Speaker Pelosi will rather go on a book signing tour than try to resolve our energy crisis which includes off shore oil drilling and alternative fuels. Therefore, I believe that I have absolutely nothing in common with the Obamas. If people think that things are bad now just wait until Barack Obama is elected president of the United States of America with a Democratic-controlled Congress. It will be a disaster. Can you see Great Depression?
Jason from Virginia
I can't think of any thing I have in common with Obama. I don't even know who he realty is or what he stands for. He doesn't keep very good company from what I have read. The direction this country is headed for is not pretty if you ask me. Of course we have a do nothing congress to make up for it. (help) some body
Most people will have more in common with the McCain family with 7 houses and 100's of millions of dollars in wealth. In case you don't know that was another surge from a fighter pilot to a senator and all it took was a change in venue or if you like families.
The only difference between us is the color of our skin. Hard working, honest people and courageous. Republicans are counting on voting citizens of this country who live their life in fear, measure people only by the color of their skin, who retaliate with war, expand federal government to the point of dysfunction, auction off government services to profit making companies (Enron, BlackWater, HalBurton) and then attempt to spin these problems on Democrats. Republicans have nothing incommon with me or the Obama's. They are self loathing and self obsorbed party that would have more success in China. The Obama's have recognized the need for change and are willing to put community first. Republicans have crapped their own pants and want us to clean it up, of course. Come to PaPa!
What I have in common with the Obama family is that I also don't think John McCain should have the opportunity to name new aircraft carriers or nuclear submarines after my family members.
As with most politicians, I have nothing in common with them. Most of the people in national politics have substantial amounts of money and influence. That's how they get there in the first place. I don't have much money and even less influence.
I feel that I have more in common with Sen. and Mrs. Obama than I do with Hillary and Bill. Both of them are narcissistic and will do anything to hold onto power (i.e. the lack of support for Sen. Obama since he "WON" the nomination). After all, how can she keep saying she won the popular vote and not one person in the media points out that there was no count of the popular vote in the caucus states and it's not like Hillary doesn't know that. She is certainly no novice to political spin.
Children are the most honest beings on earth.
It was easy to tell they were from a very loving family.
That says a great deal how their family lives.
What more do you people need to trust this man.
I wish I could vote for him.
You may want to try to be introspective the next time you say "It's Getting Ugly Out There." Your comments today re the Clinton's were as mean spirited and the kind of comments that are "hurting America." At a time when the Democrats are trying to pull together, you choose to demonize the Clinton's. Regardless of what your opinion may be of the Clinton's, you cannot dispute their continued contributions to public service.
I have more in common with them than I do not have in common with them,. I also came from a single parent household with limited funds. I lacked a lot in guidence from my Mom but got a lot from my grandmother. I believe that you can become whatever you want to be if you work hard enough. I did not apply myself as the Obamas did but I worked and did the best I could most of the time. I believe I am a success story, I am a 63 year old white wife, mother and friend. I own my own home and a profitable business. I have health care, a car and a college education. And like the Obamas I worked my butt off for it. As Ted Kennedy said the dream is still alive, now we have to work for it. What a wonderful concept, only in America.
St. Augustine, Fl
WE ALL HAVE TWO LEGS AND TWO ARMS EACH!
Michelle and I come from a similar background. There are some differences between us though. The Obamas are a whole lot smarter, much better educated because they worked hard to get scholarships, more ambitious in their careers and in great physical shape. They inspire me to do better and would be role models for the nation.
I felt so PROUD, to be an african american woman. She made me feel as if there is nothing we as a people cannot accomplish through hard work and togetherness. She inspired me to be a better mother and friend to everyone around me. This should inspire students from all nationalities to study hard to achieve the same american dream she and her husband did.
Not much, Barack doesnt have to worry about finding enough money to fill his gas tank or go food shopping. Do you think his mortgage payment is late ? Does he cut his pills in half because he cant pay for his prescriptions ? I guess I dont have much in common with the Obamas !
I believe in lower taxes, increased domestic oil production, increased nuclear power, that fiscally responsible Americans should not bail out the fiscally irresponsible, the surge worked, that unborn babies have human rights, that I have the right to own a hand gun, and that the government's purpose is not to solve all of my problems. So to answer your question...not much.
Barack and the Obamas deserve everything they have gotten because they have worked for it, and that is something we can all look up to. We need a human president. We need an everyday citizen who actually knows what the people he is leading are going through.
I have alot in common with the Obamas. It feels good to know they are just like me. Hillary supporters need to understand, she lost, end of story, but not the end of Hilary. Sit back, relax, your time will come. As for as the Hillary voters not supporting Obama, let's call it what it really is, he is black and they are not going to support a black candidate. Go ahead! Vote for McShame, I will give you 6 months to a year, you'll wish you had voted for Obama.
Much more than I will ever have with the McCain's.
Jack, I have quite a bit in common with the Obamas. My family makes a good living and may be impacted by Obama's tax increases for higher-earning families, as they will be. I have two children, a boy and a girl, who are intelligent, well-spoken and thoughtful, as they do. I care about the well-being of everyone, as they do. I have been happily married to my first and only husband (I am his first and only wife) for 23 years, as they are. I'd much rather be compared to the Obamas than to the McCains.
And Sarah from Indiana, get off the Rev. Wright train already. Have you ever heard a Christian Conservative sermon? They spew hate too.
Coming from a similiar background three children being raised by my mother after my father died in a car accident. I can truly relate to her story of struggle. I admire their courage of holding the beacon of hope for America. There is so much that needs to be done health care, gas prices, drill or not to drill, food prices and the Iraq war. But through it all there is hope and it can be turned around when Obama is elected president.
Well, I have a lot more in common with Barack Obama than I have with a rich,old, angry, depends-wearing geezard who has no idea what he's saying or where he is. Someone put him in a home -for rich old, angry, depends-wearing geezards.
My self and everyone else in this nation can relate with the hard work it takes to be successful in this country. Most have families and have to do the thing that it takes to rear our children.
Jack, I watched Michelle and I surprised myself crying. Why? Because her story is not made up, it is a common american story. Her father reminded me of my grandfather who has worked so hard to bring education to my mother in spite of hard times. She is such an inspiration and the fact that she can speak to my heart and mind in a way that makes me want to do higher than what is expected of me, is enough for me to vote for them. I love michelle because she inspires me and shame on the people who call her unpatriotic! what is more patriotic than making people believe in the possibilities of your very dear country! you tell me jack!
It's like they are telling the story of my childhood. While not word for word, I can still relate to a lot!! They want for ALL children, what they want for their children. These people have stories and experiences that were not simply handed to them, but they have stories of overcoming, high expectations, working hard, enduring, struggling, fighting. resilience, love, if those stories are not "experience" then i don't know what is!
I would say I have a lot more in common with the Obama family than I do with the McCain family which owns 8 houses. After all, it was only a couple of years ago when Sen. Obama finished paying off his college loans. The Obama family knows what it is like to struggle with bills, income, mortgage, and child care. I doubt the
multi-millionaire McCain family could say the same thing.
Jack, as far as family values go I have a lot in common. That was never the issue. Idiologically, we are light years apart. He is also the least qualified candidate either party has nominated in 100 years.
Jack: We have a great deal in common. Neither my wife's parents or my parent's had a college education, but they believed in hard work and stressed the need for a good education. Hard work, faith in God, and a goal which could realistically be met are all things we have in common. Service to our fellow man has always been our focus, just as it has for the Obama's. Yes indeed, my family does have something in common, but being white I did not have to hear the racist remarks both the Obama's probably did.
Michelle and I have alot in common. Her speech brought back wonderful memories of my father and mother who worked hard to put their children (7) through school. I understand the strenght of my father who held it all together for our family. A strong family with strong family values is something that I believe in and the Obama family as well. I am changing my vote from McCain to the Obama's.
I am married... I think that is where it ends!
Jack, I watched Michelle and I surprised myself crying. Why? Because her story is not made up, it is a common american story. Her father reminded me of my grandfather who has worked so hard to bring education to my mother in spite of hard times. She is such an inspiration and the fact that she can speak to my heart and mind in a way that makes me want to do higher than what is expected of me, is enough for me to vote for them. I love michelle because she inspires me and shame on the people who call her unpatriotic! what is more patriotic than making people believe in the possibilities of your very dear country! i
Jack, I watched Michelle and I surprised myself crying. Why? Because her story is not made up, it is a common american story. Her father reminded me of my grandfather who has worked so hard to bring education to my mother in spite of hard times. She is such an inspiration and the fact that she can speak to my heart and mind in a way that makes me want to do higher than what is expected of me, is enough for me to vote for them. I love michelle because she inspires me and shame on the people who call her unpatriotic! what is more patriotic than making people believe in the possibilities of your very dear country!
I have nothing in common with the Obamas whatsoever. I have the good fortune of not being a lawyer or a politician by my choosing. Therefore, I can be trusted.
Absolutely nothing. I feel like they are trying to appease everyone by telling them what they think they want to hear, which isn't possible, it just looks like 'flip-flopping'. The more they try to portray themselves as struggling middle class, while spending record millions of dollars to to buy a presidency, the more it looks like a very condescending performance.
I love my country and have always been proud of it so not much!
Cafferty don't be too hard to Hillary.
These are regular people who have done well for themselves. We wouldn't be asking how much we have in common with them if they weren't black and it makes me sick.
Jack: Americans have more in common with the Obamas than we think. They represent what the average person can achieve with hard work and traditional family values....something that Americans have lost over the years that have past.
Michelle and I have alot in common. Her speech brought back wonderful memories of my father and mother who worked hard to put their children (7) through school. I understand the strenght of my father who held it all together for our family. A strong family with strong family values is something that I believe in and the Obama family as well. I am changing my vote from McCain to the Obama’s.
Simple. As a young person, I have a vision that this country can be better. I have an understanding that whether you're black, white, hispanic, or asian, a republican, democrat, or an independant we work together day in and day out to solve America's toughest problems at a local level. Finally, I share the idea that we need a leader who is above these divisions and doesn't play on the politics of fear.
Paulette from Little Rock
Michelle and Barack's stories are so very American and represent the untold stories of other citizens who have contributed as mothers, fathers and individuals within communities in this nation. Unfortunately untruth is celebrated and perpetuated in this nation also and film like "The Birth of a Nation" helped set this country on a spiritual holocaust. As a college graduated professional African American, it is wonderful to see Michelle tell my story too. I am a product of a blue collar working class family in this nation whose parents sacraficed and modeled for our achievement. We are more alike than different in this nation. We just need to accept this truth and throw out the manufactured "Birth of a Nation" paradigms.
I have a hell of a lot more in common with Obama than I do the Neo-Cons, Republicans, Christian Fundamentalists, Rich Girls from Forest Park (Clinton), 'Nam Vet's who we'd never had heard of without marrying into wealth (McCain) and, of course, an ex-alcoholic who never succeeded in anything he'd ever attempted in his life and never got anywhere without his Establishment Daddy paving the way for him (Yeah-I mean Bush). I guess I'm an elitist like Obama right?
we have a lot in common last night reinforces that fact. i saw how they came from nothing fought hard and never stop believing in their own ability to be better through Michelle eyes i saw me her story is mine.she gave me the inspiration to believe,hope and work for what i could be.for those who are still hung up on her physical features they missed out.
Personally, not so much, but she really seems to come across as a nice, regular wife and mother who wants the same things I do. She seems like a genuinely nice person and it would be cool to meet her someday. Now, Princess Cindy is another story! She seems cold and intimidating to me.
Sooooo much more than i will every have with Cindy and JOhn McCain. The Obamas were not born with a gold spoon, they had to struggle to get here. Now if you don't know what it means to struggle in hard times in order to ensure the security of your family, if you don't know what it means to worry that you can't pay the bills or your rent, your child's tuitions or prescription drugs, how can you solve an economy crisis. You've got to know the hard realities on the ground, not seen from an expensive private jet, but from your own experience. That's how you can truly measure the impact of your legislations on people. For the first time in a long time, we get a chance to elect one of our owns! ...
I think you and a lot of other folks a doing a disservice to the Obama campaign. You should be talking about Michelle Obama and Ted Keneddy, and the Obama campaign, but here you are, still so focused on Hillary.
Give it up Jack. Short of getting her burnt on a stake, I don't think anything is going to make anyone happy. Let's start focusing on Barrack Obama as our next president folks!
This country will go into disrepair and despair if we put McCain in the whitehouse. We just cannot afford it!
Obama for President!
A Hillary Supporter.
I'm a working woman who worked hard to get an education and recently finished paying off my loan. I love my husband and children and we support each others hopes and dreams, even when we have to make sacrifices to do so.
My husband and I have the same hopes for our children that the Obamas do, and we share their desire to bring our country back to the peace and prosperity we enjoyed when Democrats left office in 2000.
In other words, even though I'm WHITE, Jack, I have a LOT more in common with the Obamas than I do with the McCains.
Jack- I have a lot in common with the Obamas. I bleed when I'm cut, say ouch when I'm hurt, love my family, love my country, have hope for change in our government and want our next President to have a pretty wife, two beautiful daughters and be named Obama.
I have a lot in common with you too Jack. I' say whats on my mind and I sometimes seem to be a crotchety old Geezer
In Common with the Obama's ? well .....they are zillionairs...the Clintons, Gates' and Buffets may honestly answer in the positive...the rest of us can dream on.
Jack I think my familiy has a lot in common. I have two daughters the same age. There story is similar to mine. Very humble background. I was the first to go to college in my family. They are a beautiful Christian family. They are very decent loving people. Thats clear. Finally they are more normal and American then many disfunctional families here in the United States!
Sadly, nothing. The Obamas are brave enough to put themselves out there to fight to take our country back. After 3 hours of volunteer work for his campaign, making phone calls, I encountered so much hate I may not be brave enough to go back and do it again.
The classic underdog story. From rags to riches.
Trailblaze like Michelle and Barack did.
Jack it isn't so much how much I have in common with the Obama's it is how much I don't have in common with them. Outside of being black that is where the similarities end.
I find it extremely hard to believe that someone who was nothing more then a community organizer in Illinois now claims to have the skills and attributes that it takes to lead a country in trying times like these.
I have seen his track record in his voting for the last 2 years and most of those votes were (NV) or No Votes.. That tells me all I need to know about Mr. Obama. He is pandering to the masses instead of leading by example. Sorry Jack Obama is a "NO SALE" in my household.
Jack: Michelle is a reallife person that shares the values of most Americans. They have experienced the struggles of life and overcame obstacles. No silver spoon in their mouths. McCain and Romney from families with all the right advantages. However, do you notice in his appearances that MaMa Cindy is always there so as to help with his dimentia – CRS! OH, the latest prop is her hand in a cast for the past two weeks.
Is this a trick question? All Americans should have much in common with the Obamas! If they don't, they need to work on themselves. In fact, what are the values of the Obamas– family, education, hard work, helping others, peace and equality for all. I think it is sad and very ignorant for anyone to say that they don't have anything in common with the Obamas or share their values. I truly feel sorry for them. The Obamas are true role models for all.
What I have in common with Michelle and Barack Obama is that we all live on the same planet. Other than that, our lives are worlds apart.
I feel like Michelle is my sister and Barack is my brother. And I am white.
I believe in democracy, capitalism, self-reliance, accountability, peace through strength and that America is a great country. Apparently I have nothing in common with the Obamas.
Sooooo much more than i will every have with Cindy and JOhn McCain. The Obamas were not born with a gold spoon, they had to struggle to get here. Now if you don’t know what it means to struggle in hard times in order to ensure the security of your family, if you don’t know what it means to worry that you can’t pay the bills or your rent, your child’s tuitions or prescription drugs, how can you solve an economy crisis. You’ve got to know the hard realities on the ground, not seen from an expensive private jet, but from your own experience. That’s how you can truly measure the impact of your legislations on people. For the first time in a long time, we get a chance to elect one of our owns!...and my friends that it is truly remarkable!
Let's see...I am a single mother (Barack was raised by one), my family has blue-collar roots (like Michelle's), I have a ton of college debt (they just paid their's off a few years ago), and they came from families with little money but lots of love (yep, that's us). I think many of us have more in commom with the Obamas than we'd care to admit. Maybe my sisters and I don't have an Ivy League education, but Penn State has served us well. To me, the Obama family is the American Dream.
My husband and I have a lot in common with the Obamas. We're African-American, first generation college graduates, successful, and parents of two beautiful daughters – who are both attorneys. We are very proud of the Obamas and what they've achieved. But we are even prouder of this great country. You see, being in our late 50's, we never thought that we'd see the day when an African American could be a serious contender for the Presidency. As wonderful as this country is, we couldn't even imagine it. Now, we can honestly tell our grandchildren that they can be anything they want – even President. It's my hope that our grandchildren will not be amazed to see an African American or a woman as a serious contender for the Presidency. Life is wonderful.
I have as much in common with the Obamas as I do with every other career politician. Needless to say, I don't have much anything in common with any career politician.
I don't have much in common with the Obamas. I don't have much in common with Hillary or Mccain. They are all wealthy I'm not. Our worlds are miles apart. What I do have in common with Obama and Hillary is my Democratic affiliation. My beliefs and ideals coincide mainly with Obama and Hillary. I was a staunch Hillary supporter, but alas, she lost in the primaries. Now I will vote for Obama, because his message is most like Hillarys'. For someone to say that because Hillary was not nominated they are now going to vote for Mccain is baffling to me. This is not a vote for class president. It is a vote for the leader of the free world. If people will remember back to the primaries there was hardly a difference between Obamas' and Hillarys' positions. I will deffer the popularity contest and vote who I think is best for my country. That's Obama.
West Palm Beach, FL.
Those two have me seriously out-classed. However, we do have something in common – we both believe that the Bush agendas MUST GO! Come to think of it that’s an awful lot to have in common.
My background has many similarities with the Obamas. I am from a middle class family that believed in hard work, doing the right thing, and community service. I went to college and served my community as a teacher for thirty four years while the Obama's served as community organizers.
However, the statement that resonated with me the most was Michelle's comment last night about respecting and treating with dignity those with whom we have differences and with whom we do not agree. That attitude is what we need in this country of diversity, iny view ,and until we truly accept our differences, we will fail to maintain our leadership in the world.
If coming from a working family without any privilege, working hard and putting myself through college, raising a family, paying my way, I would say yes, I have a lot in common with Mr. Obama. Much more so than with Mr. McCain and his seven or eight McMansions and his out of touch ideas of what constitutes being wealthy in this country. McCain hasn't a clue how the real folks live.
A heck of a lot more than with the "white haired dude" with 7 houses.
Every working mom can identify with Mrs. Obama. She is the true America.
What I would like someone to bring to the attention of the public is this issue of leaving Denver with a 15 point bump for Obama. The media know there's never been a bump that big coming out of a convention. This is another ploy by the media to have something to talk about. Another way of making the public think Obama is not doing well. What happened to reporters who report what is correct. The world misses Tim, he was one fare man when it came to reporting, and I kind of look at you taking that torch, because you call it like it is, and not what the popular opinions are. Thank you Jack –
I have to say I have alot in commom with The Obamas as a little girl my father was a blue collar worker ,mother worked in Foodservice which now I see pays very little and there were seven of us. But they always made a way to make sure that each and every one of us had just what we needed. I think that Michelle Obamas speech last night hit home for almost everyonein attendance and the viewers, I saw a few women with tears in their eys. If you couldn't relate to any part of what she said, well you just keep on living and down the road you will remember her words.
I have more in common with Obama's formative years, having grown up in a single parent household without much support from the other parent. Both Barack and Michele have inspirational stories and wisely took advantage of the opportunities afforded them. They truly understand that what a lot of folks in this country need is not a hand out but a hand up. It's time for the "me" generation to look past its nose and become the "us" generation if our country is going to survive and prosper.
I have a lot in common with the Obamas.My father also had MS and my mother had to raise two sons while trying to manage the family budget. I know of the heartache Michelle must have had when she saw her father failing in health! As far as I'm concerned the Obamas are a typical middle class family more easy to identify with than John McCain who can't tell us how many cars/homes he owns!
Jack, Its obvious that most americans have much more in common with Obama than McCain. No matter how you cut it McCain wa born to priveldge with a granfather and father both Admirals and all the power that goes with that. Does McCain think he would have recieved the acceptance to the naval academy with his grades etc. If he was not connected, and the same for the appointments. Obama like most americans had to make it on his merit and hard work in the face of adversity, and he had the character and judgement to make the right choices which has led him to this point. He made mistakes like most of us but he learned from them, something McCain didn't learn which is why he continued to be unfaithful to his first wife over and over again and why his aids still have to steer him away from Lobbiests. McCain continues to show poor Judgement as in his poor judgement with the Keating Five affair, and his negative compaign for the presidency. Obama and Michelle know what it is to work hard for everything you get, and he and Michelle are a real American Family. There's no way McCain and his wife will ever understand what the average middle class american is going through or needs.
Let me see....I'm poor, white, live in the South, never went to college, served 22 years in the military, went to war, and want to see the Republicans out of the White House.
Hey, I got a lot in common with them.
If you had asked what I have in common with John and Cindy McCain I could give you 100 million reasons why we have nothing in common. As for Barack and Michelle Obama I believe they mirror my common life in so many ways and their passionate belief of a better America.
Easy nothing I didn't write a book that made over $2million dollars, I can't send my kid to private school I can't afford a 2 million dollar home. There is nothing Hillary can say tonight that will make me vote for NOBAMA . McCain will not be another bush term the NOBAMA supporters and try to sell that bill of goods to other NOBAMA supporters, BUT if you want real change change you can beleive in and not just talk McCain is the vote
I also come from a close knit family that believes in service to others, I worked my way through college, earned all of the money that is in my bank account.
I live in one house, make far less than $5 million a year and believe that judgment is priceless while experience is usually very costly.
I learned at an early age that experience is what you get when you were expecting something else.
I have hope for the future and believe that our country can be greater without being afraid of change.
Wow! An actual true story presented in front of millions of people. What has the MSM done? This should not be allowed. Lets get back to the fake stories of the "Cross-in-the-Mud," and how Mother Theresa convinced Cindy McCain to adopt some children. Dumb America, after all these years listening to the Bush Administration, will not be swayed by honesty and integrity. After all, that is why this election is in a dead heat. If what I say is not true, then Obama should be leading by 30+
A love of family! I too watched my dad struggle with pain to go to work every day to support his two daughters...aside from that I would say character and honesty.
Jack when most Americans stop letting color blind them, the majority of us have more in common with the Obama's than we do McCain. Hmmm let me see.......How many houses do I own? Many of us are having problems even owning yet alone loosing count!!!
All parents can relate to the part in Michelle's speach when she talked about bringing home their first daughter and Barak was driving so slowly with the weight of the life of this child, his child on his shoulders. All of us raising a family has had that moment. We are more alike than we are different.
This is the first time I have written to your Blog. We the American people have a lot in common with Michelle and Barack Obama. The problem is the media. Except for you, Brian Williams, Carl Bernstein, and just a couple of other folks, are there really any real journalist on cable newa? All I hear from the pretty people that your network and other networks display on T.V. everyday is speculation! Please gather
the real journalist like Dan Rather, Woodward & Bernstein, Brian Williams and yourself and give us a real analyst of the days events. This constant speculation of the news only from the perspective from these fake pretty people you guys have on your networks is not what the American people needs or wants! I cringe when I hear them say "The American people are saying" They are only expousing their corporate views not ours! None of these folks has ever asked me anything!
I know you won't present my commentary because you may think this is an attack on your colleagues. It is not. It is only a point of view.
I feel like my a life is a lot closer to the Obama family then senator Mccain's family. I also had good parents who had to get up and go to work every day for over 40 years with arthritis bad backs and evened frostbitten toes that might dad suffered working. This is why Michelle's Obama speech hit home with me. I like it when someone family experienced some the things that I experienced running for office. Only then does someone know firsthand how hard it is for the average citizen to live today. When you don't even know how many homes you have, how can you know how hard it is for the average citizen to keep one today?
I have in common with the Obamas my hope for a better country and a future for my children. Like me they went to college, work for a living and did not inherit a beer fortune.
Plenty. We have similar middle class upbringings. Parents who weren't rich who strived to give us more than them. I went through college on student loans. I didn't become a lawyer though so my earnings potential is lower. But that was my choice. The Obama's (and both of their parents) are a hard working example of what we typically call the "American dream".
I felt a "warm and fuzzy" feeling listening to Michelle Obama. At times I even teared up...especially when she talked about bringing home her youngest daughter from the hospital and Barack's constant looking in the rear-view mirror. Maybe I could relate to Michelle's story since I've "been there, done that." But I think those people who don't like Barack or Michelle will be skeptical and find any excuse not to like them.
Like the Obamas, I have a simple life: a middle class background with hard working parents, ONE house, a loving husband and a daughter for whom we both dream bigger dreams. She also learned to work hard and graduated magna cum laud from college....which does not make her an elitist.
Carol from PIttsburgh
I have much more in common with the Obamas than I do with McCain or the Bushes for that matter. I attended Community College and paid for it on my own since my dad did not know the Dean of Admissions at either Yale or the US Naval Academy. I feel that that is a very important detail to me because so much character is built when you start at the very bottom rung. Most spoiled priviledged kids never learn the lessons poor kids do. Then they go on to think that they can rule the world! And unfortunately they sometimes do!
I have a lot of things common with Michelle Obama.
Trying to raise children in this day and age. worrying about decent paying jobs and whether I can afford college tuition for my children.
Trying to teach your kids right from wrong. treat everyone how you would like to be treated.
It is not easy.
Jack what's point of this question? What happened to real jounalism.
I dont have anything in common with a family that earns 4 million a year and feigns to be a working-class family.
Michele is a strong woman, with a deep love of family and good strong
values. Like her I have 2 daughters that I also think about first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I have seen her speak before in person, and really admired how inspirational she was, but the human
side she showed last night touched me deeply. I have alot in common with the Obamas because my family is the center of my life
and I want America to be the best in can be.
First of all I have also confronted racism, bigotry, and discrimination in the good old USA. Most of all I have struggled through life to get where I am today: A Clinical Psychologist. I still owe many school loans.
Most of all I love my country, America, just like the Obamas.
Obama is where he is because of his race! If he were white the system would have crushed him a long time ago. As a minimum, he never would have gotten the minority vote in the primaries, clinton would have.
I am an African-American man with a family who is tring to pay off his law school debt. Aside from the fact, Barack and Michelle a little older and much smarter than my wife (also a lawyer) and I. We have plenty in common. Oh yeah, and our net worth is very much in the negitive and I'm not running for leader of the free world.
Michelle and Barack are like most upper middle class americans. The world is finally seeing us as we really are. I loved her speech and presentation. I am very proud to be Black in America.
I've read that Obama was primarily raised by his grandparents and that his grandmother was VP of a bank. That is not middle class or struggling in my book. I don't necessarily think he is elitist, but he's never been part of the working class group either.
As a 68-year-old white female university professor, I have much in common wih the Obamas. I share their passion to recitify the failed domestic and foreign policies of the current administration. I share their desire to combat the bigotry, zenophobia, divisiveness and uncivil public discourse that has wormed its way into the collective unconcious of this great nation.
I think the speech that Michelle Obama gave last night was an attempt to not only convince americans that the Obama family is like every other family, but also to try to get us to feel sorry for them because they had a rough childhood.
Michelle Obama should have left the personal stuff out of the speech and should have focused on the issues and how her husband is going to solve them. If she wants to talk about her and Mr. Obama's rocky past, go to a home owners association meeting.
The Obama story is an American family story very similar to my own, albeit dysfunctional family. What I can appreciate most is the power to persevere and advance oneself successfully into society. It creates a stronger individual with better character and a sense of humanity greater than many of those I have seen born into privilege. You never forget where you came from.
My family has a lot in common with the Obama's! Hardwork results in success! Learn from your mistakes and move on! Remember where you came from and help everyone else over!!
They are a 'Normal' middle class family with values, faith and hope in the American People! Imagine that a real functional loving family in the White House!
The Obama's seem pretty typical to me. Hard working, struggling to make a decent life for their children, without a doubt loving each other and their children, close to the other family members. Just a typical American family.. How wonderful that this typical American family has decided to run for President of this United States. How much more "real American" can our president be then this family....
It annoys me a lot when McCain accuses the Obamas as being elites. How can he refute the fact she presented? Does he have something to say now? I for sure relate to them in many ways. My father was not Admiral. It is not to discount his father’s achievement but just to point that he is the elites and the one who does not know how many houses he owns. The Obamas are like many people I know.
I think I have quite a bit in common with Barack and Michelle. They are intelligent, hardworking, compassionate, and born without a silver spoon in their mouths. They have earned everything they have and that is one of the things I respect about them.
Not much. I grew up the son of a railroad engineer and served in the Navy. I became a railroad conductor and am now disabled. I did not go to an ivy-league college,I am not a lawyer and I am not a millionaire. The Obamas are decent people with beautiful daughters. I hope that they remember from where they came from and serve the people,not themselves.
That was an eloquent and moving speech Michele Obama gave last night, she will be one impressive First Lady.
Couldn't help contrasting the respect she showed for all women, with the lack of it shown by Hillary during her husband's campaign, when she spoke disparagingly of those of us who chose a different and perhaps less prestigious path than her own. Respect wins over arrogance every time.
Before I watched Michelle last night, I must admit, the jury was still out on her but I have to say that after hearing her speak last night, I found myself in tears. What an amazing speech and feeling I had after hearing the stories of their families and struggle to get to their point in life. Very inspirational stories about real people with real problems. I know that not everyone will agree, there are always the cynics who won't listen no matter how clear the message, but I was raised to keep an open mind and listen to people. Barack and his family are so amazing to watch, and his little daughters are just beautiful. The "I love you Daddy" after the speech was as sweet as it gets. It was like watching my daughter and my husband together, and again brought a smile and tears to my eyes. What a beautiful family, and shining example for our country. I would be proud to call him President Obama and Michelle our first lady.
Both Michelle and Barack are outstanding examples of the opportunities the American way of life has offered its citizens. Their early home life experiences were based on family love and encouragement. This is the American we should all be aspiring to maintain in a happy healthy manner predicated on one's effort, not entitlement. John McCain seeks the Presidency is predicated on his being a POW over 40 years ago, so i his mind he is entitled (this view is formed based on campaign statements). The choice is simple: Vote Obama November 4th.
We are looking for someone who has the competence to lead this country not a drinking buddy. We can choose John McCain who graduated at the bottom of his class and has admitted that he doesn't understand the economy or the internet or we can choose Barack Obama who was the president of the law revue at Harvard University and has revolutionized the way that campaigns are ran and financed in this country. I dont have a lot in common with Barack but he has the mental faculties lead our country. That's why I'm voting for him.
I think many of us have a lot in common with the Obama family. However, their image is being attacked by the GOP non stop and in the shallow, but effective way that the GOP has perfected. It would be nice to hear some illumination on some of the slander being leveled at Barack Obama in response to the claims regarding his religion and his citizenship.
Julie Bray, Springfield, MO
This United States Air Force fledging (military brat) has more in common with Senator Obama than my fellow military brat, Senator McCain. Both Senator Obama and I have parents from two countries (my father is American and my mother is English), we both lived in a foreign country (myself Taiwan) and attended school there. Both of us are considered Third Culture Kids. The world was our classroom and we both have a world view of things and not a xenophobic one.
Senator Obama and I were both born in the USA, however, McCain was born in Panama. Now was McCain born on a military installation's hospital or was he born in a Panamanian hospital? If he was born in a Panamanian hosptial, he is Panamanian.
I'm glad you ask this question. I am a black male. I am 48 years old. Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1960. I was born on Aug. 5th. He has a wife with young children and I have a wife with young children. Obama was raised by his granparants, I was raised by my grandmother. His family valued education. So does mine. We both rose from very difficult personal circumstances. I see eye to eye with him on many of his positions on the war and why it started. The need to go to Afganistan and finish the war there. I see Obama as a man of integrity, honesty and empathy for those who are least fortunate. He has the character of leadership. He is a faithful husband to one wife. He is a candidate that is a role model for black men who have struggled with the problem within ourselves and in our society and he inspires us to step up and become the fathers, husbands and leaders that we can become.
We have plenty in common because we're both from middle-class, hard-working backgrounds. But what we don't have in common is that Bush made it harder for me to get my next job.
Reading the posts on this subject it is apparent that by their comments, there are those who really didn't comprehend what you were stating.
I have friends on all economic levels. Those who were born into "priviledge." Those who worked their way up the ladder of success to be where they are today and those who are still struggle because of lay-offs.
Those born into money (old money) for the most part hold those who had to make it on their own in high regards BECAUSE they did. We all have seen family members struggle through hard times as well as friends and business acquaintances from time to time.
Mr. McCain is someone different. He was given everything in life. He was given a wonderful opportunity to excell at the Academy which for whatever reason he didn't do. He was a son of privilege therefore he didn't suffer the same horrible treatment at the hands of his captors as other POW's did. This does not mean I don't value his service to this Country, it just means that although his sentence was horrible it was not as bad as what others got (death).
I deplore what he did to his first wife and children. I don't care if the first two were adopted by him, the fact remains that he felt it necessary to cheat on the woman who waited for five years for his return. He repaid her with having numerous affairs before deciding to leave her for Cindy while still living with his first wife. He didn't even have the common decency to get a divorce before applying for a new marriage licence.
McCain has also disrespected Cindy in public. I remember when he use the "C" word on her and then to offer her up in a toppless biker beauty contest is apprehensible. I would not want him in my social circles, nor would I want him as a friend.
No, I have more in common with the Obama family then I would ever have with the McCains.
I have a lot in common with both of them. It is refreshing to see a nominee that knows what it is like to grow up in a single parent household, struggle to get through college, and be loaded with student loans that took quite some time to pay off. Because Obama was not born and bred into politics by a cookie-cutter family (like McCain, Bush, etc.), I really relate to him more than them. Mrs. Obama seemed to have the same struggles with her balance of career and children that I have and the love and respect for her mother that I have. What a relief to know that they really do relate to the rest of us! Oh, and I'm a white woman from Idaho.
Aside from the direction they took, once they were working in community service, I'd say they have a lot in common, with everyday Americans.
The fact that they recently paid off their college loans, is a very American Story.
The contrast between their modest upbringing, and the McCain's upbringing is huge – – McCain being from the Military Elite, and Cindy from the Financial Elite.
I never thought I'd see a Black Woman, up on stage, as possibly our next First Lady.
A very cool moment in American History... we still have a distance to go, but it showed America is growing up (aside from all the hatred from the Limbaugh cult).
I have quite a bit in common with the Obama family. I grew up on the south side of Chicago too. However, my family was a broken one. I grew up watching my parents struggle with each other and the finances. I grew up where college wasn't a discussion in the household. I joined the military to make something of myself. I have worked hard over the years earning my master's degree working one full time job and one part time job, did I forget to mention that I was going to school full time while raising three kids? I have been blessed with a strong moral fiber and good home in which to raise my children who are the heart of my heart. I look at the Obama family and recognize that the road to the White House is full of winding roads and turns. I am a veteran who fears McCain and have talked 3 nephews out of joining the military until we know who our next president will be.
I want a president who is strong yet diplomatic. We can't solve our countries issues by being arrogant enough to think that we know more and are more than other countries. McCain is a president of war just like Bush and quick to say we will fight, hunt down our enemies. We who? The person that jerks the strings and send our children off to fight a war that was never meant to be fought. McCain and Bush have 1 thing in common and that is using our troops as attack dogs. Are we so misguided or afraid that we are willing to risk another Bush like president. "Yeah, fight, fight,fight.'" with your son's and daughters. I have much in common with the Obama's simply because I know that leadership is more than one's ability to fight. I fear that there will be nothing left for our children. And for those of you , that are still indecisive because of race, you should really keep in mind that when the plant you worked in with all those brown, yellow and red people closed, you got the boot too. When we put that $4.00 in the tank, everybody is paying for it. Everyone is losing the American Dream, including you. Remember when the american dream was owning a home. Know the american dream is simply to keep your home. I have much in common with the Obama's and I see the poor getting poorer while the rich get richer and our expense. Wake up people and smell your livelihood burning!
I have more in common with the Obamas than the McCains to the tune of about six houses and one multi million dollar wife.
No. I'm like the Clintons.
The love of family and work ethic. Coming from parents who didn't go to college but instilled great values and what could be, are what we have in common.
I also have in common their political beliefs that we should help those with the least of these, make college more affordable, healthcare for all and concentrate on issues at home.
I don't necesarily beleive the end was unscripted. The kids knew ttheir Dad was going to come on after Mom's speech. I don't think her speech was succesful-she was hokie, scripted and seemed uncomfortable. I don't know how much anyone can have in common with a presidential candidate-Michele is now claiming to be a community organizer-but her job at U of Illinois pays 400,000. I'm living on 40,000.
I have a lot in common with the Obamas. Barack and I have very similar families (multi/bi-racial, Black and White), my mother is single-parent working (middle-class) to make sure I have what I need to succeed in life, I work to help pay for school, really the only difference is, is that I am half Peruvian and half White. The Obamas and I have want the samething for our country. I relate to the Obamas more than any other candidate (before and after the Primary season), thats one of the reasons why I support Barack Obama because as a first time voter (I am 19) I wanted to find a candidate whom I can relate to and have similar ideas, etc for our country.
I liked Michelle's speech last night and her and girls looked beautiful! Barack always looks good! :0)
It is very sad that an educated, articulate black candidate and his wife are criticized as "elitist" because they are educated and articulate. It appears that despite our so-called progress in the area of civil rights, there are those who still believe that education and success are the exclusive rights of white Americans. Michelle Obama was terrific last night–but for those who fear educated, articulate black women (and men), I'm sure it must have been traumatic indeed. We can only hope that such people will soon become as extinct as the dinosaurs that roamed the earth millions of years ago–those great huge beasts with tiny, tiny brains.
Jack! I'm a fun of your program.
Michell Obama hit a home run last night.
What a Combination!!!!!
I have a lot of respect for John McCain but I'm sick n tired to hear
about his time in Vietnam as POW.
Somebody needs to call a spade a spade and tell McCain on his face
"That he lacked Judgement from day one in Vietnam to War In Iraq"
His capture was from poor judgement and lack of good Leadership.
I'm soory that does not qualify him to be Commander-in-chief.
My vote is not for you John McCain.
I think Michelle Obama did a wonderful job last night. Don't hate!!!!
Michel Obama is a role model. Educated at a high level she has used her education to be a "bread winner". When I went to college, women were never really expected to use thiei education to help support themselves and their families. Women in the sixties were to get married, have children and let their husbands provide. I believe educated women today have a lot in common with Michel.