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July 27, 2012

“Just win, baby,” says Michelle Obama in London

Filed under: Culture,Sports — Mike Kueber @ 11:05 pm
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Actually, “Just win, baby” was spoken many years ago by an NFL renegade, the late great Al Davis.  What Michelle Obama said to the American Olympians in London was, “Try to have fun.  Try to breathe a little bit.  But also win, right?”  Same thing.    

Although her husband is reluctant to endorse American exceptionalism, it is nice to see that Michelle has American competitiveness coursing through her blood.  The Modern Olympic Creed may say, “The most important thing … is not winning but taking part (in the Games).”  But the American Creed, as articulated by Vince Lombardi is, “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.”

Having grown up in the 60s and 70s, I observed America lose its love of competition.  In fact, in my salutatorian address at my 1971 high-school graduation, I spoke of the need for less competition and more cooperation between individuals, institutions, and countries.  Although that sentiment may be true, I think it fails to acknowledge that competition can be a healthy thing that motivates and inspires individuals, institutions, and countries to achieve. 

Thanks for reminding us, Michelle, to celebrate healthy competition.