Mrs. Obama should know better
Welcome to the last 270 days, and here comes Mrs. Obama.
During a school speech, First Lady Obama decided to attack the people of Mississippi and their elected officials. This is from the Daily Mail of the U.K.:
Michelle Obama has waded into Mississippi's religious freedom law row, slamming the state for marginalizing the LGBT community.
The First Lady told 35,000 people at Jackson State University to 'stand side by side' with people of all sexualities, not only on social media but also at the ballot box.
'We see it right here in Mississippi -- just two weeks ago -- how swiftly progress can hurtle backward,' Mrs Obama said in her commencement speech.
'How easy it is to single out a small group and marginalize them because of who they are or who they love.'
Then she went after people who don't vote:
Continuing her speech in Mississippi, Mrs Obama said if people fail to exercise their fundamental right to vote, rights will be under threat.
'Congress will still be gridlocked. Statehouses will continue to roll back voting rights and write discrimination into the law,' she said.
She said many young black people disenfranchised themselves in the 2014 midterm elections, when only about 20 percent of them voted.
'You can hashtag all over Instagram and Twitter, but those social medial movements will disappear faster than a Snapchat if you're not also registered to vote,' the First Lady said.
Frankly, this is very unfortunate, demagogic, and irresponsible.
It is unfortunate because the first lady should be speaking in a positive tone, especially to young people who are getting a degree and listening to the first African-American woman in that role.
Also, what reason did the Obama administration give young African-Americans to vote?
It is demagogic because she is not offering any solutions other than making noise. Has she actually spoken to African-Americans about men using women's bathrooms? It's easy to make noise about this issue when your own daughters will never use a public restroom without security around or attend a public school.
It is irresponsible because it shows the Democrats' desperation. They are down to gender, racism, or whatever other card to get voters excited about Mrs. Clinton. There is a lot of youthful excitement on their side, but it's about Senator Sanders, not Mrs. Clinton.
The last 270 days will be tough to take. My guess is that President Obama knows that there is not much of a legacy, from a collapsing Obamacare to the mess in the Middle East to the events we just watched in London.
Yes, the Obamas will go out with a bang, but not a very classy one at all.