Letter to the Editor

Michelle’s loss of hope

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

I have been hearing comments about Michelle Obama’s statement “We are feeling what not having hope feels like,” saying that it is “sour grapes” about losing the Trump election.

Let me help people understand this comment by putting it in context. It was in response to Opera Winfrey’s interview question: Has President Obama achieved the “hope and change” he promised while campaigning in 2008. To achieve hope and change, the president needed cooperation of the Congress.

A statement by Mitch McConnell stating his top priority for the Republican party was to make Obama a one-term president and the obvious agreement by the Republican Congress to do what they could to make his presidency a failure was certainly a reason for losing hope. Michelle did not name the Trump election as a reason for losing hope.

Regarding the Trump election, I would suggest an appropriate fable – The Frog and the Scorpion: While the frog is carrying the scorpion across the river the scorpion fatally stings the frog. When the frog asks why, the scorpion replies “It was my nature to do so.” Looking at Trump’s past: boasting of sexual harassment, his views on women, Mexicans, Muslims, association with Russian leaders, disbelief of our U.S. intelligence agencies and more, his nature to continue this behavior is worrisome.

There have also been complaints about President Obama’s Hawaiian vacations being an excessive taxpayer expense. Obama has taken 125 vacation days in eight years (16 a year). George W. Bush took 407 vacation days in eight years (51 a year). Ronald Reagan took 390 vacation days in eight years (49 a year). Maybe the complainers should look to Bush or Reagan (oops, he’s dead) for a refund.

Robert Sneitzer

Spirit Lake