To Mom, Dad, Craig [her brother], and all of my special friends:
Thank-you for loving me and always making me feel good about myself.
And here`s part of her creatively punctuated Introduction:
"The purpose of this study is examine various attitudes of Black Princeton alumni in their present state and as they are perceived by the alumni to have changed over time. ...
"These experiences have made it apparent to me that the path I have chosen to follow by attending Princeton will likely lead to my further integration and/or assimilation into a White cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant. This realization has presently, made my goals to actively utilize my resources to benefit the Black community more desirable."
Uh, to be nitpicky, I don`t think there`s normally a hyphen in "Thank-you," is there? (I originally figured this 1985 thesis was created on a typewriter, which would have made it harder to fix typos, but the columns are justified, so it was done on some sort of word processor. Still, Princeton grads are supposed to know that there is no hyphen in "thank you" ...)
So, it looks like Barack has had his vengeance on Michelle for calling him "stinky" and "snore-y."
And she sure has some self-esteem issues, doesn`t she? I think that`s part of her appeal to the Oprah audience: her inflated but fragile ego. Oprah`s fans can identify with Mrs. Obama. People were always telling them that they weren`t smart enough either; and, yet, here they are, sitting around watching daytime TV. Who`s laughing now?
For some reason, Mrs. Obama`s psyche always reminds me of Steve Martin`s climactic speech in "Three Amigos:"
"In a way, each of us has an El Guapo to face. For some, shyness might be their El Guapo. For others, a lack of education might be their El Guapo. For us, El Guapo is a big, dangerous man who wants to kill us. But as sure as my name is Lucky Day, the people of Santa Poco can conquer their own personal El Guapo, who also happens to be *the actual* El Guapo!"
Keep in mind that Mrs. Obama not only got into Princeton, but then got into Harvard Law School, graduated, and even passed the Illinois bar exam. So, maybe, prose just isn`t her strong suit. (Or did she pass the Bar? She worked for two years at a corporate law firm in Chicago, and then got a job working as some kind of fixer for one of Mayor Daley`s henchmen. You can`t work for two years for a law firm without passing the bar exam, can you?)