You couldn't be more right. People jumped all over Michelle Obama for saying she had only recently become proud of her country...well it seems the rest of the country is finally wising up to whats been a travesty on every level from local to international. The Bush government has failed in every respect, at every test, each and every time and John McCain is a raging loose cannon who promises not only the same failed policies but INCREASING them. I may have to consider renouncing my citizenship if he gets elected because I won't be able stand to look my international friends in face and say I support the direction this country is headed (since by voting for Sen. McCain it means that obviously we'd all be a bunch of morons for digging ourselves deeper into this rut). We've forsaken the separation of church and state in favor of ridiculous amounts of pandering to absurdly powerful evangelicals, our schools which with no help from the government are pioneering new green technologies weekly are being ignored and underfunded due to the stranglehold the oil industries and countries have on energy policy and Congress, our international influence is near flatlining with the governments inability to halt the crisis in Georgia, our finanacial power is on life support (the plug held in place by the Chinese) with the 10 trillion dollar bill for our President's shortsightedness being passed to my grandchildren. I seriously fear for the world and my own personal well being if this country does not get a grip and vote to fix the problems we face right now... and John McCain is not the answer.