Saturday, April 12, 2008

Obama’s making things worse for himself

Here are the remarks that have gotten lots of people thinking “ Maybe Rev. Wright isn’t the only problem” and others asking, “Does Obama really know about folks like us”:

“You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.”

“And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
Now Reuters is reporting Sen. Obama's clarification:
…Obama said he did not use the right language to describe the anger and frustration small-town residents feel about the struggling economy and the failure of government to help them.

"I said something that everybody knows is true, which is that there are a whole bunch of folks in small towns in Pennsylvania, in towns right here in Indiana, in my hometown in Illinois, who are bitter," Obama said in Muncie, Indiana.

"So I said well you know when you're bitter you turn to what you can count on. So people they vote about guns, or they take comfort from their faith and their family and their community," he said.

"Now, I didn't say it as well as I should have."
I think he's just stepping deeper into it.

What do you think?

Here’s a link to a vdeo at the Huffington Post in which Obama makes his “they get bitter” remarks.

Here's the entire Reuters report.


Anonymous said...

Obama's not a bad candidate. He just messed up and the Clintons are sharp shooting scoundrels with decades of dirty playing under their belts.

Like I said before, Obama's toast.

Too bad the diva will soon be crying the blues with her hero KC.


Anonymous said...


"What do you think?"

I think this is the break the Clintons have been waiting for.

It provides an opening for Slick to demonstrate his ability to speak and capture the crowd. He will use his humor first to denigrate and then destroy. The Man Who Would Be King is about to learn an important lesson.



Anonymous said...

I think Obama only knows a certain "type" of people. Obviously, they're the angry, bitter type. There seem to be a lot of Americans he knows nothing about.

Anonymous said...


Is the diva posing for Playboy now or something?
What's up with that?
Lookin' too good for my Sunday morning.

; ))

JWM said...

JWM has left a new comment on your post "Obama’s making things worse for himself":

Anon @ 8:31,

IMO it's too soon to say Obama's toast either for the D. nomination or the Nov. election.

Only time will tell.

But at the least now we can agree he's hurt himself very badly.

I'm glad you commented but please stay off the diva tease.

To Ken,

If the man who "never had sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky" can come back to the "old Slick," and charm lots of voters with blather, I'll be surprised.

But I've been wrong many times and you have a very good track record.

To Anon @ 2:28,

You nailed it as far as Obama not knowing much about certain groups and also important parts of the American culture.

To Anon @ 9:43,

See above about the diva.

That said, I'm glad you're having a good morning.

Now to all and not just the commenters here:

I initially misspelled Obama's name in the post title. A commenter emailed alerting me but asked that I not post the comment.

That was a nice consideration for my feelings and I appreciate it.

For that consideration and for the alert, the commenter has my thanks.


Anonymous said...

Thanks, John.
You're a stand-up guy.

I like the diva. Just having some fun about Obama.

; ))

Anonymous said...


"I'll be surprised."

I'll give the man his due. He survived when most would have perished. He is a tremendous speaker and knows the crowd. He is also unscrupulous.

Some one just waved a prime rib in front of a hungry bear.


Anonymous said...

hyper-educated-uppity-woman.blogspot claims that the private fundraiser was held in the mansion of a Muslim millionaire friend, Sohaib Abbasi

I haven't read this anywhere else but then I've been out most of the day. Seemed interesting.