Here’s how the White House blog introduces Michele Obama’s words about the 2016 Olympics to Chicago:
First Lady Michelle Obama brought American pride to the Danish capital today …
Really? “American pride?” Does this hit you as a good dose of American pride?
We need all of our children to be exposed to the Olympic ideals that athletes from around the world represent, particularly this time in our nation’s history, where athletics is becoming more of a fleeting opportunity. Funds dry up so it becomes harder for kids to engage in sports, to learn how to swim, to even ride a bike. When we’re seeing rates of childhood obesity increase, it is so important for us to raise up the platform of fitness and competition and fair play; to teach kids to cheer on the victors and empathize with those in defeat, but most importantly, to recognize that all the hard work that is required to do something special.
Funds are drying up so kids can’t engage in sports, learn how to swim or even ride a bike? Funds? Like government funds? My learning to swim certainly had nothing to do with funding and riding a bike? Please. That consisted of a shove from my dad down a small hill.
It is America the poor – we can’t afford to keep our children fit – and America the fat – childhood obesity is increasing. What it isn’t is American pride. I can’t imagine anyone calling it that. And I certainly can’t imagine a representative of this country using that paragraph and believing it really represents “American pride”.