MILWAUKEE -- Michelle Obama made two separate remarks in Wisconsin on Monday declaring a new pride she has felt in her country -- comments that today came under oblique attack from another would-be first lady, Cindy McCain.
At a midday event on Monday in Milwaukee, Obama said, "For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback."
A few hours later in Madison, she made a similar point, although with some adjustments to her language:
"For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country -- not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment."
Press reports, including on this blog, initially confused the two events. Fox News has video clips from the two speeches viewable alongside one another here.
At a morning rally in a Milwaukee suburb where she introduced her husband, McCain appeared to respond to Obama, saying “I am proud of my country. I don’t know about you. If you heard those words earlier -- I am very proud of my country.”
When asked if by reporters afterwards if the comment should be interpreted as an answer to Obama, John McCain dodged the issue. Cindy, however, made the point again, with insignificant changes in language. "I just wanted to make the statement that I have and always will be proud of my country," she said.