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Obama Calls Small-Town Pennsylvanians 'Bitter'

Updated 8:37 p.m.
By Perry Bacon Jr.
Sen. Hillary Clinton criticized Sen. Barack Obama for a comment the Illinois senator made at a fundraiser in San Francisco earlier this week in which he referred to voters in Pennsylvania as "bitter."

"Well, that's not my experience," Clinton told a crowd of several hundred at Drexel University. "As I travel around Pennsylvania, I meet people who are resilient, who are optimistic, who are positive. ... They're working hard every day for a better future for themselves and their children. Pennsylvanians don't need a president who looks down on them. They need a president who stands up for them, who fights for them."

Obama, in remarks first reported on the Huffington Post today (with audio), said "you go into 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 feel 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," he added. "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."

Following Clinton's comments, Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said "Senator Obama has said many times in this campaign that Americans are upset with their leaders in Washington for saying anything to win elections while failing to stand up to the special interests and fight for an economic agenda that will bring jobs and opportunity back to struggling communities."

Republicans, sensing an opportunity to dampen Obama's appeal in a critical swing state, condemned his remarks. "It's a remarkable statement and extremely revealing," said McCain senior adviser Steve Schmidt. "It shows an elitism and condescension towards hardworking Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking. It is hard to imagine someone running for president who is more out of touch with average Americans."

Added Pennsylvania GOP Chairman Robert A. Gleason Jr.: "As a Pennsylvanian, I find Barack Obama's comments incredibly insulting, and believe many others in the Keystone State will as well. ...The vast majority of Pennsylvanians believe wholeheartedly in their constitutional right to bear arms, have a strong devotion to their faith, and believe that our government should be actively looking for a solution to the illegal immigration crisis, and Barack Obama managed to offend every single one of us with this one statement. With a diverse population, many with immigrant backgrounds, it is sad Obama wants to paint the Keystone State with this broad brush of ignorance."

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 11, 2008; 8:37 PM ET
 
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Posted by: fwlszr kmglpz | May 13, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I am a 20 year old Pennsylvanian. I have lived in the Hazleton area my entire life. I have seen a lot of my friends' parents, and my own mother, get laid off permanently because of job disappearance at least once. A lot of the small old coal-mining towns in the area are really run down and there are a lot of people out of work, or working ridiculously dead-end underpaid jobs.
OF COURSE it makes people bitter that the government doesn't do anything about it!!! The government doesn't even seem to think about these people in these towns who are contributing to America's economy and only getting ripped off by the government.
I don't disagree with the fact that there are a good number of bitter smalltown folks.
My problem with Obama's comment is that he seems to believe that all small-town Pennsylvanians do the following ALL BECAUSE THEY'RE FRUSTRATED WITH THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT: support gun ownership, practice any form of religion, are anti immigrant, against people who aren't like them, and are anti trade.
Sorry but WOW, he's assuming small-town Pennsylvanians are motivated in every aspect of their lives by the lack of government aid in job refurbishment. Obama, it's not that simple you silly goose.
*switch on the sarcasm*
So I guess all the people in the big cities of Pennsylvania are SO happy with their lives that they are against guns, against religion, embracing to ALL DIVERSITIES OF PEOPLE, for trade, and all for letting ILLEGAL immigrants have free run of their cities.
Oh wait. that can't be true. Because Philadelphia has one of the highest unemployment/Poverty rates in the United States. They must be bitter.
*switch off the sarcasm*
Demonstrating that if he is stupid enough to base assumptions on a possible cause of people's bitterness that is SO FAR REMOVED from the effects that he's stating the bitterness has on people(hating the government causing you to own a gun or be a Christian or be anti immigration), well then he's an idiot.
If this is the type of thing our future president likes to say behind "closed doors," then what else do you think he says about the rest of the 49 states behind closed doors? What other conclusions does he draw to based on STUPID assumptions?
He almost had my vote! But now I just think he's an idiot.

Posted by: yellowbird | April 16, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

The retarded obama morons in this thread are sicken, especially those claiming to have been in small town american and that these things are true. He said that small town americans hate people who are not like them to explain their own frustrations.

That is the most bigoted garbage I've seen from a politician in years. Then he had to throw in gun rights and religion too?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Who is Obama.? Mr.Rich Basketball Player from downtownChicago,
who is member of snobby writers club.!That is called Black Jappie .
Obama thinks that Small town Americans are bitter bigots.whose highest paying job is to be US Marine.!!

Posted by: TIMOTHY | April 11, 2008 8:01 PM

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No Timothy, it's you who are the bigot as you think that the only job small-town Americans can do is in the military. If McCain were to point it out, you would have been planting your lips on his butt and agreeing with every word.

Obama is correct to point out that small town Americans are bitter. McCain and Clinton would rather ignore us than address the issues that MANY small towns across America face.

Timothy, you're a RepubliCONned idiot. Go back to watching FOX news.

Posted by: Michael | April 15, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

McCain and Clinton bashing Obama for pointing out a fact. Just goes to illustrate how out of touch with regular Americans these two are.

Obama '08.

Posted by: Michael | April 15, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama loves Pennsylvania, and America. Give him an eight-year-chance, and he may prove to Pa., and the rest of us, that the opportunity to work for the "elite rewards" of education and financial security for ourselves and our children, is not un-American in Pennsylvania, while simultaneously being acclaimed in New York, California, and other states of eletism

Posted by: Aprilisthecruelistmonth | April 15, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Are you people serious? That fact that he said "bitter" causes this much controversy? There are a lot of bitter Americans...I know them....and everyone responses above sound pretty damn bitter! I'm so happy I'm an Independent and not one of these close minded right wing bitter people who write in over one "semi-negative" comment that has nothing to do w/ anything! Get a life...follow the real issues not the ones in your heads. I agree w/ Chris!

Posted by: Jshak | April 14, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

In politics, any statement can be interpreted or "spun" any way you want; opponents are always quick to interprete quips in a negative light. Opponents latch on to any mistatement and say "ah ha! gotcha." But these statements are not the end all, be all of a candidate or a campaign. These moments should be taken with a healthy grain of salt. I always try to say to myself, "ok what was he or she really trying to convey, not what his or her opponents say he or she meant."

Obama's point wasn't that Pennsylvanias are bitter but that the political establishment has failed everyday Americans and that we have a right to be angry. "Bitter" was a poor word choice but nothing more. That Obama's opponents label him as "elitist", especially by McCain and Clinton, comes across as rather hypocritical and ingenuous.

Posted by: Chris | April 14, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

When Geraldine Ferraro said that Obama's path to the nomination was helped by his being 'african american' she was telling the truth, and she got fired for it.

Obama is going to end up like John Kerry, he is trying to wear a populist mantle, but he doesn't really like or understand the people he wants to represent. Thats going to be a problem in November.

Also Obama should give a speech that says: 'Ask not what you can do for your country, but what it can do for you. That is honestly his whole campaign in a nutshell.'

Posted by: DCDave | April 14, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I've lived in towns like that my whole life, and what Obama said is far from condescending or elitist -- it's accurate. The working American has been ripped off by the established powers for years, and all too often the politics of division and diversion have been deployed by the REAL elitists in the government and the press in order to obscure that fact. We have, as a nation, been sold a bill of goods, and yes, folks who have been locked out of the American dream are angry -- and bitter. I haven't seen the full context of remarks, but he seems to be suggesting as he has many times before that bitterness itself is not a solution, rather that hope and the restoration of a government in which we can have faith are good first steps.

- You are so missing the point. Yes, people are bitter, but to characterize freedom of speech, the right to own and bear arms, national sovereignty, and national pride as the trappings of bitter small town people is the real travesty. And how can one grasp the conepts of freedom of speech and the right to own and bear arms and their necessity to a free nation, how can one understand the importance of religion to most people in this country, and how can one truly feel national pride and desire national sovereignty while at the same time characterizing these traits as being from the same cloth as racism?

Posted by: Paul | April 14, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama spoke the truth. A lot of people are bitter.

Posted by: detola | April 14, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

whope-dee-doo

Posted by: lalala | April 14, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

PA is not the only place that is bitter!! Everywhere else is too!... Don't allow partisanships to cause you to forfeit your PERSONAL position. Just because I like Hillary or McCain I'm not going to allow my support for them to stand for a "thumbs up" all is well, I'm optimistic I have pride [and my gun] and that will pay my bills and feed my kids position, on these issues. Obama was 100% RIGHT for what he said and was more in touch than elitist [what problem]and more sympathetic than ignorant [alls well]. PEOPLE WAKE UP!!! We CANNOT allow these candidates selfish personal agendas to cause us to IGNORE our REAL issues just because we want our person to win...I don't care who said it...ITS TRUE and needed to be addressed I AM FED UP WITH THE STATE OF OUR ONCE GREAT COUNTRY. IF you feel that McCain and Clinton are correct in their views you are in effect saying that BUSINESS AS USUAL is acceptable in Washington. I, AND A LOT OF OTHER AMERICANS ARE "HOPEFUL"...BUT also BITTER, PISSED, OVER LOOKED AND IGNORED BY ELITISTS WHO THINK THAT IT IS CONDESCENDING TO ADDRESS OUR REAL ISSUES...which makes me want to buy and gun and go to church! GO OBAMA FOR LOOKING OUT FOR Real People!!!

Posted by: C.S. | April 14, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Obama seems to be quite a good sheep herder. If the comments in this blog are any indication of the hatred and scandels to come in his administration then get ready for another 4 years of Americans hating Americans.

Posted by: Mike | April 14, 2008 5:35 AM | Report abuse

Obama has come out of the closet as to the snooty snob he really is and his Church works only for Africa not America, check it out for yourselves, I know that the Pennsylvanians are smart enough to see the real Obama and get out there and vote for Hillary. Her record is great and she really cares about the poor white bitter people we are but she calls us Americans who need her help. Go Hillary 100%

Posted by: PatorSandie1 | April 13, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Bitter ? Did I hear someone challenge the fact that there is bitterness in the populace ? Patially correct , we are beyond bitter, we are close to desiring revolution to right all of the injustices done to this once great nation over the past thirty years or more . And yes , we will need our arms to unseat the greedy selfish idiotic unholy bunch if elections prove to be as strange as in the past eight years. An end needs to come to selling out the populace through unjust trade agreements which no other nation would even give thought to if they were in the position this country was before NAFTA and the start of the down fall . Heck , we give more credence and more money to save a miniature dart fish which is a supposed endangered specie than we do to destroying a class and file of the middle class American .

Posted by: Bob Graham Las Vegas | April 13, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Re Obama's remark about some people feeling "bitter"...

McCain said:
"It's a remarkable statement and extremely revealing,"

Yeah; it reveals Obama is capable of stating tough truths. Just like John "Straight Talk" McCain.

McCain's senior adviser Steve Schmidt said: "It shows an elitism and condescension towards hardworking Americans..."

No, it shows that Obama has been to those places and understands how some of the people who live there feel.

"...that is nothing short of breathtaking"

Yeah, just listen to the gasps. Yawn....

"...it is hard to imagine someone running for president who is more out of touch with average Americans."

Except of course, for George W. Bush, who recently endorsed McCain. OR Hillary Clinton, whose fat-cat donors THREATENED Speaker Pelosi with withdrawal of funding for their OWN party if Pelosi didn't kowtow to Clinton...

Obama was raised Black by a single mother from Kansas. Clinton was raised White, playing pinochle in a SUMMER CABIN with both parents...McCain is the White son and grandson of Navy Admirals.

A Black guy, abandoned by his father, raised party in the third world, by a single mother, and he's "out of touch" with ordinary people...

YEAH! RIGHT! THAT'LL WORK! What a crock of CHIT!

Try THIS for elitest!
http://www.barackobama.com/issues/


Posted by: zenagain | April 13, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Bush Clinton Bush...Clinton?

Everyone who wants to see Bill Clinton on the society pages for the next eight years, please raise your hand...

Everyone who wants to see Jeb Bush in office after Hillary (2008 - 2016!), and then Chelsea Clinton after Jeb Bush (2016 - 2024!), and then after Chelsea (2024 - 2032!), if you want to have President George P. Bush (Jeb's nephew; 2032 - 2040!) please raise your hand. We could do this for the next 35 years, easy!

This noise about Obama saying some people feel "bitter" is just a crock of chit stirred up by the Clinton campaign. Imagine that, some Americans are bitter because things haven't worked out for them, and this guy running for President had the nerve to mention that true fact! Red alert, a candidate told the truth!...he told it a little too strongly, instead of muttering the usual vague bullchit to keep everyone smiling.

Obama would be a decent, intelligent, dependable guy if his name was Smith, he happened to be European-American, and he lived next door to you. He's the same decent, intelligent, dependable guy now, with his African name, olive skin, and home in Cook county, Illinois.

Oh, and he's got interesting positions on ISSUES, too!
http://www.barackobama.com/issues/

Let's move into the future. Not the Nineties (Clinton), not the Sixties (McCain), but the FUTURE. Obama 2008!

Posted by: zenagain | April 13, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Hillary was going to say that people were bitter, but she had to run for cover as those snippers had started firing again!!!

Yes, we are bitter that our government has done nothing for the last 8 years, except pardon a few friends! Bitter, that we had all those promises made by Pelosi fall by the wayside!

We are bitter that the cost of SURVIVAL has skyrocketed and wages have not increased.

We are bitter that our government has been taken away from us by the RICH, for the RICH!!

I could go on but need room for others to post.

O'BAMA 08

Posted by: Perry | April 13, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

With this being of hot topic, I must agree with senator Clinton that a number of us are optimistic and hopeful, however I disagree with her and McCain downplaying the truth. Obama was right, a number of us are "bitter", and this issue has been left in the dark way too long as communities like my own are on the brink of absolute collapse and desperate for answers. Many of us have almost given up on our government in many ways, believing there vote won't count and hanging onto whatever is left. Others have taken an even more desperate approach, from drugs to excessive drinking away there problems, or resorting to anti-social and violent behavior as an answer. Maybe Clinton needs to take a better look around while she is out campaigning, because she's obviously failed to the see the suffering, to see how many families have fallen apart because of NAFTA.

Let's not forget the most important element to this equation, the children. How many kids had and have to suffer before this issue is resolved? How many who feel trapped, who feel they have nobody to turn to as there parents stressed and unavailable because they must work to jobs just to survive? Forget the political games and propaganda, I could care less about 3am phone calls to the White House at this moment, because that call was missed already by our current and previous administrations, and that critical situation is already upon us.

Posted by: KrisKhaos | April 13, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

B. Hussein Obama's comments about Americans clinging to their guns and anti-immigration opinions because they are bitter were nothing less than assurances to the high population of illegal immigrants in California that hard-working white America will be bow down to non-whites but not before the black messiah takes their guns away. B. Hussein Obama is a rabid gun control advocate who favors a ban on legal guns; however he has never addressed the issue (that I know of) of the massive numbers of illegal guns in the possession of illegal immigrants and ghetto thugs and gang bangers. The only guns B. Hussein Obama wants banned are the guns of white America so we will have no chance to defend ourselves, our families, and our private property once the communist Obama decides to redistribute all of whitey's hard-earned wealth.

This recent comment about "clinging to guns" is only one of several he has made pertaining to gun control. PAY ATTENTION!

Posted by: HASutherland | April 13, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Finally, someone has the courage to say what we are thinking and feeling. Thank you Obama.

Americans were sold out by Bush and the republicans who said, we will help the middle class but instead helped themselves. They said that they would help rural America, small businesses, and farmers but each year, they shipped jobs and services overseas and imported more good from overseas instead of supporting American goods and services.

Yes, we are bitter that Bush said we would be taking care of but he took most of us to the cleaners as prices have gone up, the economy is in bad shape and he refused to listen when Gore and others said that the environment was in trouble. He failed New Orleans during Katrina. He failed the car manufacturers in Detroit. He failed the Airline companies. He failed the children and families who need health care. He failed educators with a "leave NO Child Behind" policy that lacked adequate resources and funding to make it work and allowed our schools to become less creative and sub-par environments. He failed our country - urban, suburban and rural as access to more and more guns has led to violence in urban cities, at a Virginia university and at a school in an Amish community.

Barack didn't demean anyone except those republic politicians who have allowed the fabric of this country to slowly deteriate to the point that many now only find solace in churches, don't venture out anymore to travel in their own community and are weary and cautious of people. They are buying more and more guns. They are using more guns in situations like arguments over traffic disputes, in schools and other situations that years ago we never would have seen.

Finally, we are bitter because Bush lied to us about the war - short Afghanistan invasion turned into an invading Iraq. It has been five years and thousands of lives lost and yet still unresolved. (Hillary stood up and cheered during Bush's speech about entering Iraq).

Oil prices are rising but the government failed to initiate any alternative energy resources but want us to continue to pay outrageous oil prices to companies that have millions of surplus dollars.

Let's get honest America! We are bitter. He is right.

Hillary Clinton called it demeaning - that is her not Obama. That is in her head! He is not an elitist. Hillary Clinton is as she continues to wheel and deal her way into the white house by bringing up these statements. Hillary and McCain don't get it at all.

Obama does get it and he is in touch with how I and many others feel about what's been going on for the last eight years. Yes, we are bitter and upset and we want to change our world to being one that is hopeful, positive and will have someone in government who is listening to us - not Hillary who discounted our thoughts and feelings as though it didn't matter just so she could have one more negative thing to day about Obama. Hillary- wake up. Obama is right. There are millions of people who are bitter about what has happened to the U.S. over the last eight years. Farmlands are dwindling. Manufacturing companies are losing money. American companies are outsourcing jobs to save money as they watch Americans at home struggle to get food, health care, and jobs. Yes, we are bitter and Obama is the only person who had the courage to say it out loud. Hillary, don't try to pull the wool over our eyes as if we don't have the right to be bitter. We have every right to be bitter and we want to see change in this country for the better and the only person who seems to get it is Obama.

Posted by: pacitizen1 | April 13, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Finally, someone has the courage to say what we are thinking and feeling. Thank you Obama.

Americans were sold out by Bush and the republicans who said, we will help the middle class but instead helped themselves. They said that they would help rural america, small businesses, and farmers but each year, they shipped jobs and services overseas and imported more good from overseas instead of supporting American goods and services.

Yes, we are bitter that Bush said we would be taking care of but he took most of us to the cleaners as prices have gone up, the economy is in bad shape and he refused to listen when Gore and others said that the environment was in trouble. He failed New Orleans during Katrina. He failed the car manufacturers in Detroit. He failed the Airline companies. He failed the children and families who need health care. He failed educators with a "leave NO Child Behind" policy that lacked adequate resoures and funding to make it work and allowed our schools to become less creative and sub-par environments. He failed our country - both urban, suburban and rural as acess to more and more guns has led to violence in urban cities, at a virginia university and at a school in an Amish community.

Barack didn't demean anyone except those republic politicians who have allowed the fabric of this country to slowly deteriate to the point that many now only find solace in churches, don't venture out anymore to travel in their own community and are weary and cautious of people. They are buying more and more guns. They are using more guns in situations like arguements over traffic disputes, in schools and other situations that years ago we never would have seen.

Finally, we are bitter because Bush lied to us about the war - short Afganistan invasion turned into a invading Iraq.It has been five years and thousands of lives lost and yet still unresolved. (Hillary stood up and cheered during Bush's speech about entering Iraq).Darfur needs our help but Bush turns his eye away from where we could really do some good.

Oil prices are rising but the government failed to initiate any alternative energy resources but want us to continue to pay outrageous oil prices to companies that have millions of surplus dollars.

Let's get honest America! We are bitter. He is right.

Hillary Clinton called it demeaning - that is her not Obama. That is in her head! He is not an elitist. Hillary Clinton is as she continues to wheel and deal her way into the white house by bringing up these statements. Hillary and McCain don't get it at all.

Obama does get it and he is in touch with how I and many others feel about what's been going on for the last eight years. Yes, we are bitter and upset and we want to change our world to being one that is hopeful, positive and will have someone in government who is listening to us - not Hillary who discounted our thoughts and feelings as though it didn't matter just so she could have one more negative thing to day about Obama. Hillary- wake up. Obama is right. There are millions of people who are bitter about what has happened to the U.S. over the last eight years. Farmlands are dwindling. Manufacturing companies are losing money. American companies are outsourcing jobs to save money as they watch Americans at home stuggle to get food,health care, and jobs. Yes, we are bitter and Obama is the only person who had the courage to say it out loud. Hillary, don't try to pull the wool over our eyes as if we don't have the right to be bitter. We have every right to be bitter and we want to see change in this country for the better and the only person who seems to get it is Obama.

Posted by: pacitizen1 | April 13, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

If you look at the demographic of who is voting for obama you'll see that almost 100% of people on welfare and government assistance are voting for obama. And if you think about it why wouldnt they. If I didnt want to work and just collect money from the people that do then sure I'd vote for someone who would just rip off the hardworking taxpayer and give it to me for nothing. So go ahead you obama supporters who actually work. If you feel you're allowed to take home way too much of your paycheck then by all means vote for obama.

Posted by: Taxpayer | April 13, 2008 5:32 AM | Report abuse

Hey radiocboy. Bush told the freeloading welfare recipients in new orleans to get out a week before the hurricane hit. But no. What does a dumb white boy like him know. I'm just gonna stay here in my freebee paid by hardworking taxpayer house. Aint no storm coming!!!

Posted by: Kyle | April 13, 2008 5:25 AM | Report abuse

So you pull one word out of a week of campaigning and that makes the headlines. What does this have to do with anything? This won't affect voters who prefer to choose their candidates based on their positions, judgement, and ability to lead. Report something helpful. Leave this garbage for the E Network!

Posted by: StevenAK | April 12, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

As a small town resident I find Mr. Obama's posture an affront.

Posted by: William Garland | April 12, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Mr Obama's empathetic reference to the numerous, admirable townships of Pennsylvania is not far from the truth.The word bitter is defined as something leading to resentment or foul taste.Pennsylvania and many other states must feel this bitterness about broken promises and flannelling by past administrations.Clinton and McCain should try to swallow the truth,even if it has the reaction of a bitter pill.

Posted by: Ed O'Donnell | April 12, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

HILLARY'S POOR JUDGMENT leaves AMERICANS FOOTING THE BILL


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THE WAR IN IRAQ IS HAVING SERIOUS NEGATIVE EFFECTS ON OUR ECONOMY and those who voted for the war (i.e. hillary) should be to blame, in part, for the state of the US economy.


Look how the WAR IN IRAQ is affecting the US economy...


$3,000,000,000... 3 billion dollars PER WEEK!


That is the amount America is paying for the Iraq War PER WEEK, money that should have been used here, at home.


Add to this:


Interest. We are financing the war with borrowed money (e.g. treasuries) that carries interest; so in actuality, the war is costing the United States MORE THAN 3 billion dollars PER WEEK.

Higher oil and energy prices. Instability in Iraq is adding roughly 30 dollars per barrel as a premium.

High utility bills. High oil prices mean high utility bills. Higher oil prices shifts demand to other sources of energy - gas, coal, etc. - and greater demand will raise the equilibrium price of all sources of energy -- Can you say high energy bills?

Higher oil prices (a raw material used in the production of many goods, fertilizers, gasoline, diesel, plastics, etc.) mean higher prices of goods and services -- Can you say INFLATION?

Higher oil prices mean a higher trade deficit because most of our oil comes from foreign sources. A higher trade deficit means more money is leaving the country than is coming into the country -- Can you say Goodbye to your hard-earned money!

Our dollar is weak and getting weaker. Since we have a trade deficit and is growing in large part to the rising cost of imported oil, the value of goods and services we import exceeds the value of goods we export. You know that foreign car you're thinking of buying or the computer you're using, or that trip abroad you've been thinking of taking....well, guess what? It is going to cost more, Ceteris Peribus, because the dollar is weak and getting weaker.

Lastly, how do you think the world views our country since the argument was made for war? The evidence was weak and circumstantial, yet we rushed into war with Iraq thanks to hillary's authorization.

Hillary Voted FOR THE WAR

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Posted by: Sara Bergstein | April 12, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

So has anyone else noticed this by now,that
WAPO is pulling every critical comment about racist,elitest,arrogant.sleazy,liar
Barack Hussein Obama and leaving only all
the pro-Obama comments stand? I make it a
habit to check back on the comments several
times a day,when a story intrests me and/or
I also have posted a comment and it looks
like mine and some friends got pulled already by WAPO as we dared demand Obama
apologize for his derogatory,insulting,
put downs of small town Americans now then.
So did we just finally see the last vintage
of a Free Press,and Free Speech disappear
from the Washington Post,or what now then?

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | April 12, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Darn you Obama! You bucket o' scum!!
I found what he said was very offensive. I hate his guts!

Posted by: Brianna | April 12, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

FOLKS, I do not think the problem people have with these comments is that he said Pennylvanians are BITTER, but that he says they only cling to religion and other issues BECAUSE they're bitter! He's denying that their opinions have any real merit other than that they're mad at the government! I was really surprised to hear him say that, and dismayed. What the hell, Barack? It IS incredibly elitist. And I thought he was supposed to be religious?

Posted by: Kelly | April 12, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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HILLARY VOTED FOR THE WAR

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Posted by: . | April 12, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I've seen a lot of comments (here and elsewhere) that make it sound like anyone who does not support Obama is a racist. Thats ridiculous and totally disrespects anyone who has ever been a true victim of racism. Can't we not support him simply because we don't like him. Does supporting him over HRC mean you hate women? Regarding his latest telling comments - does he go to church because he's bitter about something? Do people hunt on weekends feel neglected by Washington? Does being anti illegal immigration mean you hate Hispanics? Of course not. He made a stupid rookie political mistake by making that statement. I don't want someone in the WH who either believes that or is so uncontrolled as to make that statement

Posted by: benito308 | April 12, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

those above who call Obama a socialist or communist should really get out their copies of Marx and re read them, Obama is no closer to those ideologies than Mc Cain or Clinton....in fact for all his "speaking truth to power", he is a liberal in the same way that Clinton is, needing to pander to the middle of the road....what are all you folks so afraid of, socialism pays the doctor, gives you family leave, six weeks paid vacation, educates your kids and allows you to worship wherever you choose....communism, well of course that is another story altogether...the Chines are a perfect example of a good idea gone bad...
Instead of trashing things you clearly know nothing about, re examine what is going on in this country and see....are you better off than your parents, grandparents....will your children be better off than you are....are you safer....is your kid like mine serving his country..........
a vote for McCain (not the war hero he pretends to be) will is a guarantee we will be worse off than eve. And, don't bother suggesting I move .... this is my country too and I am committed to it....warts and all.

Posted by: rv | April 12, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

What Senator Obama says it absolutely on target and the press and others have distorted his words completely...to not recognize how frustrating it is to live in a place that has been stripped of its economic and cultural identity is breathtaking....when that identity has been stripped away the vacuum created has to be filled and it is often by clinging to other cultural artifacts....this is perfectly understandble and readily obvious...it does not detract from the resilience and determination that people have....but it often does make people frightened for their futures and willing to take out their anger on those less fortunate rather than those responsible. NAFTA, union busting, corporate greed is responsible for the situation in small town and rural America....Senator Obama is stating the obvious...and this is written by a supporter of Hilary Clinton.

Posted by: HvR | April 12, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

You know your a "Redneck" when, you get bitter, you cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like you or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain your frustrations."

Posted by: Jeff, Vermont | April 12, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Former President Bill Clinton on America's Bitterness.

In an interview on Charlie Rose on Friday, December 14.. ? Bill Clinton stated disillusioned Americans and other disenfranchised (disenfranchised not necessarily from their right to vote but from the social and economic privileges enjoyed by the real elite in this country) people of this country, have opposition to free trade and immigrants based on their frustrations and fears.
In fact, here is what he said:

"So there's a lot of economic anxiety. In the Republican Party, it expresses itself as this sort of very hard line against immigration. In the Democratic Party, it expresses itself in a very hard line against trade."

Now the video clip of the interview had been posted on Real Clear Politics but they took it down some time between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m ET yesterday after it had received several hits. Wonder why they did that???

But I've save it here and the video includes the full transcript.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2007/12/interview_with_bill_clinton_1.html

Posted by: harobamason | April 12, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Obama shows a lack of respect when he says people "cling" to guns and religion. Well, thst is America and the constitution. He is finished and no amount of GE/NBC/MSNBC sponsorship will save him now. I am a Hillary democrat and I called for BOYCOTTING GE products a month ago. Well, it is working. GE's revenue fell last quarter in a long time. KEEP BOYCOTTING GE......

Posted by: vs_sv | April 12, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

He may have been harsh, but he told the truth and when challenged on it he stood up for what he said. It's not elitists to try to explain what is going on in rural America. It's condescending to say people who are without jobs, and poor aren't bitter and discounting their feelings by telling them they are positive, optimistic people. Obama's not looking down on people (his mother was on food stamps when he was a kid, he lived in Indonesia, and just recently got out of debt himself) and Clinton and McCain's family both had money and they have had money for several years themselves so who is being elitists.

Posted by: peg | April 12, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

All I hear Obama saying is about him being black. You know he is black unless you are blind. I am so sick of this race business
but I guess all black people think we can't see that they are black. Don't vote for him unless you want to hear this for 4 years.
Bush is bad enough. Lets get a women in there for a change. Hillary will get my vote.

Posted by: Evelyn | April 12, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Jan - you're a twisted, dried out hag!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

I am from small-town Michigan and deeply resent senator obama's comments-the CNN blogs reflect all of the bitter and hate-filled comments from the obama supporters-always beginning with-"wow" or Barrack". I am happy to read some anti-obama comments. Hilary or mccain-2008! By the way, the clinton years were the most prosperous ever for the US-except for people who had no intention of working!

Posted by: jan | April 12, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I am from one of those small towns in Pennsylvania Senator Obama is referring to. With this being the case I feel I need to tell everyone being critical of these comments that BARACK OBAMA IS 100% RIGHT! By the way, he was EXPLAINING our frustrations to a group of people who don't live in small towns in PA. This wasn't elitist, it was a way to connect voter concerns across the American spectrum. HE WASN'T BLAMING SMALL TOWN AMERICA, but rather DEFENDING SMALL TOWN AMERICA and SPEAKING UP FOR SMALL TOWN AMERICA.

BARACK - 2008 - "Change WE CAN Believe in!"

Posted by: Mike | April 12, 2008 6:50 AM | Report abuse

The only candidate who does not smell of elitist rot and practiced hypocrisy is Obama.
I do feel however that Obama fans should make sure that they don't let that dangerous humbug -- McCain -- escape without a good dressing down. We cannot just heap all anger at Hillary. Ultimately, it is McCain and the GOP whose devious cynical ways we'll have to encounter soon enough. John McCain is an imbecile and like most of his partymen both ignorant and incapable of thinking of the underprivileged. Start the exposure now, turn the light on McCain

Posted by: Ken | April 12, 2008 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Finally, a politician who speaks the truth about what's going on.
Watch Obama to use this incident to open up a truly intelligent dialogue about the economy. You think his speech on race was good ? Just you watch - this one will be even better.

As for those who don't know his biography,
Obama had by far the poorest childhood. From time to time his mother was on food stamps and after school he had to take jobs at Burger King and Baskin Robbins(unlike his wealthy private school classmates, where he was on scholarship.)
Obama did not marry a beer heiress or make $109 million in the last seven years, like some people we know.

Posted by: vbalfour | April 12, 2008 4:48 AM | Report abuse

I don't agree with the usage of "bitter". I feel that it's very acerbic and has negative connotations. People may be worried about the economy but I don't think that we are "bitter."

While I happen to be glum about the state of the economy, I am eagerly anticipating that perhaps a new and different administration may usher in more effective policies.

But I am still not taken in by the hogwash that Obama is selling and I do not believe that he has a true understanding of policies that would set america upon a better path. Furthermore, I really don't think he gets blue collar workers.

Posted by: Nicolas | April 12, 2008 4:36 AM | Report abuse

did you see Obama's response:


http://embeds.blogs.foxnews.com/2008/04/11/obama-on-offense-im-out-of-touch/

He smashes McCain & Clinton.

jeez, this guy is good. the crowd is going wild at the end. I think this will be his next television ad, and hopefully debate question. He takes the ball, and runs with it. The Obama campaign.....just amazing!

Posted by: Kevin | April 12, 2008 3:54 AM | Report abuse

Those of you who are not going to vote for Obama, wasn't going to vote for him anyway!!!!!!!!!! DUH

Posted by: Dawn | April 12, 2008 2:23 AM | Report abuse

Wow. So, we finally have a candidate who actually understands what's going on in America. 89% of Americans say "America is headed in the wrong direction." I guess that means that we are really hopeful and optimistic. NOT.

Instead, 89% of Americans believe that our government is failing us. Our jobs are going somewhere else and not being replaced. The rich get richer, while the rest of us get stepped on. It's about time we have a president who understands that the American people have to come first.

Clinton and McCain think the way to be president is to use Bush-speak. "What hurricane? All of the people in New Orleans are safe... I'll just stay here on vacation for a few more days. There aren't any problems facing us." Wake up. Obama was simply pointing out what is so obvious to those of us who actually live in these small towns.

By acknowledging what we're going through, he gives me HOPE and OPTIMISM that we can finally have a president who understands and hears us... and one who will unite us together to work things out.

www.cafepress.com/wetnoodle

Posted by: radiocboy | April 12, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Obama insults white people every time he's on the verge of losing an election. Every single time! He plays the freaking race card over and over and over again. People in PA aren't just "bitter" they're racist and anti-immigrant, too. Obama and Michelle are spoiled crybabies who will never get to the White House.

Posted by: mclovin | April 12, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

don't you think that you should all just grow up. if your old enough to vote then you're old enough to stop this juvenile behavior.

Posted by: deian | April 12, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

PT 109

If you hate Pensylvania this much, why bother? You're not wanted! Go do some real work for a change. NO MORE WORDS!

Do you think Obama hates PA because he sees the hardship from factories closing and the outsourcing of jobs. Or is it because he understands that losing your home, your savings, your pension, your health care; and, having noone in government care about you is enough to make anyone bitter?

Posted by: Sueb2 | April 12, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Obama is sympathetic and understanding. Unlike nearly every TV pundit, he was not being patronizing. He was responding to the condescending picture that the media is constantly painting of Pennsylvania, a picture initially created and fueled by Clinton goon James Carville's wisecracks. His point is that he understands why a variety of people are frustrated, distrustful and resentful. They should be! They've been ignored and ripped off and haven't been able to count on outside help (past administrations), so they're very protective of what remains of their own resources and their families and communities. Obama understands this. He's defending them! If Clinton and McCain aren't aware that people are bitter and angry about the sorry state of our Union, then they're is totally out of touch with human spirit.
"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

Posted by: KrisB9 | April 12, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA, GO HOME!!!!

If you hate Pensylvania this much, why bother? You're not wanted! Go do some real work for a change. NO MORE WORDS!

Posted by: PT109 | April 12, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA, GO TO KENYA! THERE'S AN OPENING FOR A SPEECHWRITER!

Dick Morris and His Hopeness Obamam went to Kenya last year to campaign on behalf of Obama's Opposition leader cousin Odanga. Cousin Odinga signed agreement that SHARIA LAW would become the law of Kenya if elected. He did not but riots by his followers burned 50 churches and hudnreds were injured and raped. The Islamist-marxist cousin Odinga received great help from Morris and Obama. But hte presidnet did not appreciate it and told Obama to QUIT INTERFERING WITH KENYAN POLITICS!! Condi Rice allowed Obama to prepare a (what else?!) SPEECH FOR KENYA...
Now, why does he not return to the Home Country where he can learn how to use a gun for PEACE and attend the local SHaria Law CourtHouse where he could sit as Head Imam and adjudicate women's full cover dress code? Now, that's Women's Lib Afro-Centrist style!! Go for it, Obambi!

Posted by: parskeve | April 12, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

What if Obama had said everything else he said but had used the words "pissed off" rather than bitter? I think he should keep repeating the words "pissed off" because that is what more and more Americans are feeling about the economy.

Posted by: xango | April 12, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Obama's remarks are in character with the arrogance he displayed all along. The media messia is too latte for the lunch-bucket Penn folk. You see his 'typical white grandma' and grandpa worked hard so he could enjoy the Ivy Tower breeze and write his memoirs of just how "deeply resentful I am for my mother's being white"! Rev. Wright was his "Moral compass". That should give everyone some idea about his free-trade leanings and his religious affiliation with an islamo-marxist theologian like Uncle Jerry!

His children are still attending a church where lewd performances on the pulpit are part of the weekly sermons and "dirty riding" of the Bill/Monica variety are being shown to children!! Now that should make Barry really proud of His Church's far more progressive, liberal thinking, eh? Hell, his children are getting their sex education by a dirty ole "uncle" . How typical, eh?

Posted by: meme | April 12, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Obama's telling the WHOLE truth. As a Pennsylvania native, I've watched the entire state get the shaft from offshore outsourcing, Wall Street, big oil and so on. Having lived in large cities and small towns across the state, I saw Midvale-Heppenstall Company and a lot of other great employers from Philadelphia, Scranton, Harrisburg, Johnstown, Aliquippa and many other areas in-between go right down the tubes.

Some of what you see posted on these online Washington Post boards is from anti-Obama folks who just can't figure out a legitimate way to knock him down, so they distort the truth instead (and they know who they are). I'll bet you if you actually polled every "small-town" Pennsylvanian that Barack was talking about; (regardless of which candidate they're rooting for - Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian, etc.) probably 95% of them would say outright that Obama's telling it like it is.

As far as Clinton and McCain, they're the ones who are desperate to find a way to slow Obama's momentum, so they'll resort to jumping on any little morsel of (cable news talking head and blogosphere media hype and) noise that they can find to try and gain some kind of false advantage and leverage. How pathetic and small they're thinking is. Given Obama's quick response to this story that ISN'T a story at all, Clinton and McCain seem to be trying to divert attention away from they're disastrous and well-documented failures to support the little guy.

Regarding Obama's guns and religion remark, you're darn right that's where folks turn when times are really tough. Also, I've seen relatives, friends and others loose it all because of suppressed wages due to union bashing, strong arm corporate tactics, illegal immigration, and a host of other things. What really gets under my skin is when I see the media take us for dummies. We're not stupid and we do know that the media are virtually the only ones out there who want to blow every little item that any candidate says completely out of proportion.

No wonder why the country is in the condition that it's in. Go figure.

Posted by: Nate | April 11, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse


Financially, I'm lucky. I own my home outright and while I'm not tripping over money, I have enough to meet my bills with a little extra. What I am bitter about is the war that the Bush administration lied to get us into. I'm bitter about over 4,000 of our military dying and 30,000
more wounded. I'm bitter about the grinding away of our rights. The wearing away of the constitution. The lack of transparency in our government. I'm bitter about being lied to and condescended to. I'm bitter about the deceit, the gridlock, the partisanship, the wasting away of America-this land that we ALL love. The lack of transparency and the scandals and lies are from the Bushes and the Clintons. We have to start hearing some truth. We have to start fighting for this country. We have to stand up and say NO MORE!!! And do I cling to my religion in times like this? You bet I do.
OBAMA!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Sueb2 | April 11, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the Clinton years reduced unemployment to record lows, including in PA, so I don't think that's a valid argument.

The problem with Obama's comment is that he trivialized PA values by saying they only 'cling' to those values because they are bitter.

Posted by: Eviee | April 11, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

This is a gross mis-characterization of what Obama said. If one read the entire content of his speech it was no way demeaning or derogatory. But again what this shows is that woman, Mrs. Clinton using the politics of the gutter and along with her penchant for distorting or outright lying to advance her agenda, much like her sniper fire episode. She needs to get out of the race. I hope she loses Pennsylvania

Posted by: tydicea | April 11, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

i interpreted obama's comments as being truthful and understanding.

he said that the clinton and bush years had done NOTHING for the small towns in penn., and why should that comment be criticized?

he was candid, and by merely mentioning it, shows that he recognizes a problem.

hillary gets her big a## all bundled up in her panties and says that when she is in pennsylvania, that everyone there is upbeat, and smiling, and singing, and celebrating every day... bullsh*t.

hillary needs to pull her head out of her a** if anyone needs to...

i want to talk about how hillary could confuse REALITY FROM FANTASY when she thought she was RAMBOLINA on the tarmac in bosnia...

when ANYONE makes up a story like that.. i actually worry about them mentally. hillary is so determined to have the POWER of the presidency.. she is imagining herself in sniper fire.

wow. now THAT is scary.

i have 101% support for barak obama.

Posted by: presGWBfanclub | April 11, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

and ill-informed as the "Obama Youth". There's a strange, humorless, robotic quality to their many comments. Ever notice that they all use the same talking points? Some serious indoctrination going here, eh? Cree-ee-eepy!

I wouldn't trust these kids to pick their own noses, much less a President.

Posted by: Nothing is as pathetic | April 11, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

as a democrat, i'll give up my vote, if it's for obama.

Posted by: ramona | April 11, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

President Obama.

Posted by: a. lincoln | April 11, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

It's not the Obama called Penn people bitter per se. It's because he implied their bitterness led them to 'cling' to their religion. As if they would know better if only they weren't so 'bitter'. Because their faith could not possibly be sincere. Because their unshakeable belief in the rule of law and constitutional rights is only due to 'bitterness'.

THAT's the issue.

Posted by: Evie | April 11, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

The condescension reflected in Mr. Obama's statement reflects an attitude that is extremely divisive. How can he possibly suggest that he would unite the country with the attitude reflected in this statement? When these words are considered alongside Senator Obama's twenty year relationship with Jeremiah Wright whose rhetoric bred division (http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=4443230), and Michelle Obama's statement that she ". . . finally was proud of America", a pattern emerges that makes a statement about Mr. Obama's attitudes and values.

Posted by: Wilson | April 11, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

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HILLARY VOTED FOR THE WAR

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Posted by: . | April 11, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

I find it quite amusing, though also revolting that so many supporters of Barack feel the need to "explain" his comments away. Just like when he said in his CYA race speech that Reagan Dems were angry and resentful at Affirmative Action etc. He doesn't respect that people may have a different opinion and ascribes to them dark motives. It isn't the first time he has said this type of thing and it must be what he believes: "If you don't support Obama for prez, then you are a stupid racist."

Hillary 08

Posted by: Typical White Pennsylvanian | April 11, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Do you consider Obama's remarks as "condescending" and "out of touch"?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=2082

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Posted by: Frank, LA | April 11, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

He insulted every person who lives a life of faith, is opposed to illegal immigration, who believes in the 2nd Amendment and who loves this country. He clearly stated that these are things that bitter people "cling" to because of bad government. And, of course, it is all about him. We DON'T support him and his pandering campaign bus tour baloney.

Hillary has held serious gatherings of business, gov't and ordinary people in order to discuss a change in policies. She treats voters with respect. She doesn't do a "Dr. Phil" on why people are angry at gov't and certainly doesn't equate faith in God or a belief that citizens have a right to bear arms as a redneck psychopathology. DROP OUT NOW BARACK! Your true colors are showing. And they ain't pretty.

I'm sure the remarks went over well in an amoral sewer like San Fran, where religion and gun rights are mocked, and illegal immigration and the social and economic ills that it brings are welcomed. But not here in Pennsylvania.

Posted by: Typical White Pennsylvanian | April 11, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Jon:

No offence intended, but you're mind is not real strong is it...

nothing Obama said is offensive,

unless you CHOOSE to see it that way...

are you afraid of the truth ?

Posted by: g.washington | April 11, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama is being "vetted" by Americans who look beyond his esoteric empty rhetoric.

Should those Americans who will not TRUST their FREEDOMS to a COMMUNIST/MARXIST/SOCIALIST SYMPATHIZER such as Obama and he does secure the Democratic Party nomination remember THIS-

THE 527 SWIFT BOATERS WILL INSURE ALL AMERICANS WILL CLEARLY UNDERSTAND WHAT OBAMA'S POLITICAL AGENDA REALLY IS......

Posted by: JN | April 11, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama will be the best President since FDR.

Clinton is so pathetic she will say and do anything to win.

McCain is afraid of Obama because he knows Obama will beat him badly; whereas, McCain will beat Hillary.

This Obama bashing is unbelievable. The big shot Dems and other political types better stand up for Obama or they will see a strong new third party real soon.

Posted by: Doug M | April 11, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

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HILLARY CLINTON VOTED FOR THE WAR

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Posted by: . | April 11, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein knows what the "Brothers" want him to be doing for them;

"But, What do all you Typical White People want to get Promised Today?" ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | April 11, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Obama is giving his truthful impression of those who are genuinely bitter about the state of their lives. Not everyone is bitter and Sen. Obama did not mean to insult anyone. He meant to let everyone know that he is in touch with those who are suffering hard economic times & those who are resentful of an administration that doesn't care about them.
I believe that Sen. Obama really means one of his campaign's slogans, "Hope We Can Believe In." Please give the man a chance to prove it.

Posted by: jw | April 11, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

justin,

i went to your linked blog and i still don't understand why you think anyone is being unfair to obama. he said what he said. he should either own it or apologize.

i can't take responsibility for this but another blogger gave this response:

"How do you even take that out of context? He was doing fine. People are bitter, there is truth in that. Then be basically called people in small towns in the midwest bible thumping, gun toting, closeminded rednecks. That is the less refined way of sayin what he said. There is no context involved. Honestly, you can't say that for everything he does. I can see it, Obama stabbing a person or something, his followers would say it was taken out of context.

Here is the exact quote of his so you don't have to rely on my paraphrase:

"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."

All he had to do was say they were bitter and hurting for jobs, much like he started by saying. For him to go off and basically profile the midwest small towner has NOTHING to do with saying people are upset with the government. People need to stop lying to themselves.

Posted by: jon | April 11, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse


President Obama.


get used to it folks, it's happening.


Posted by: J. adams | April 11, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

PATRIOTIC AMERICANS will NOT vote for a candidate whose political ideology is SUSPECT, such as Obama's.

If you think a communist belief system is not in the world then at THE beginning of the 21st century, countries/states controlled by Communist parties under a ingle-party system included-

The People's Republic of China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, and Vietnam.

Possibly you should INFORM the people living in these countries their HUMAN RIGHTS which are being violated by their government is a FANTASY.

Posted by: JN | April 11, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse


JN: Obama is going to be the next President of the United States.

Believe me,

We won't miss you if you , and those like you, choose to be terribly disappointed and leave the country ---- so that REAL patriots like Obama and those who choose to embrace the truth can live in peace.


Posted by: b. franklin | April 11, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

grasping at straws comes to mine here Obama supporters! Obama is a ego maniac and very arrogant.! We in small town America have figured this out more then a month ago! His rock star status and fame just went to his head and let him show us the truth of who he really is! The whole Rev Wright issue only confirmed it. What the O-bots and the media doesn't get or the DNC for that matter doesn't get is it is not about Rev. Wright or his views, as wrong as they are. It is about how Obama handled that issue which was so reveling. It was the same with the Canadian issue. It wasn't the issue as much as the lies and smooth smug answers and never taking responsibility that we find unfit in a Presidential candidate. Well it is the same over and over again. Under the bus, Typical white, didn't know about statements, Ok knew about but not there, Only 5, Ok dozens, Ok general trend, I would have left but retiring, No meeting took place, ok a meeting took place but not about NAFTA, Ok NAFTA was mentioned but no talk of campaign rhetoric, on and on it goes! Farrakhan, Avery, McCulkin, this list is getting rather long isn't it? NOW WE HAVE BITTER SMALL TOWN LAZY WHITE FOLK WHO ARE GUN TOTEN RELIGION LOVING RACIST

Posted by: Roger | April 11, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse


Sniveling whining pathetic losers like JN, excuse me.

that's more accurate.

Posted by: b.franklin | April 11, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

"A Black Africa", can't believe this dude is following in the footsteps of his best buddy Wright. What is America to do if Obama is elected? I tell you what. We will pour so much aid into Africa that it will be unreal. We will withdraw troups from countries that are strong alies with America. We will send troups to Africa to do exactly what Obama really means "A Black Africa". BELIEVE IT !!!

Posted by: rwade | April 11, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

It's aggravating that Senators Clinton and McCain are denying the emotions that people feel. I appreciate the fact that Senator Obama understands the frustration and bitterness of unemployment. It sounds like, from Senator Clinton's comments, that she wants people to deny their "unhappy" feelings. I don't think we can deny the harsh realities of our world. For example, President Bush has been denying the terrible realities of the Iraq war for 5 YEARS. How can he deny the terrible situation we're in? I'm glad that Senator Obama understand these emotions. And no, he is not taking a position of elitism. He is facing the tough facts and being honest about how people feel. I want a president who is honest. I don't want a president who asks people to bottle up their emotions. We've already seen that in the George W. Bush administration. It does not work.

Posted by: Allen | April 11, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

It appears most of the sniveling whining pathetic name calling on this blog is being done by the Obama supporters.

The FACT remains- Obama is a COMMUNIST/MARXIST/SOCIALIST SYMPATHIZER.

Therefore, ignorant name calling as compared to FACTS will not change what PATRIOTIC AMERICANS will say, speak or blog about Obams's UN-AMERICAN beliefs.


Posted by: JN | April 11, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I was there. I was working as a bartender. I heard every word he said. He is right on! People are angry and frustrated from being left behind from not being able to count on the economy and their goverment. Come on - up until the last 6 months, America experienced 6 years of economic recovery with huge job losses, erosion of wages, rising health care, etc. The working class is a footnote. Amen to Obama! Speak truth to power! The elite will call you elitist to hide what they do!

Proud to be an American!

Posted by: Bar Tender | April 11, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic Party chose to place winning as more important than supporting a candidate who was "Vetted" with a careful and critical examination.

Combined with this- Americans can no longer trust the agenda driven media (especially those who are so far to the left such as Keith Olbermann of MSNBC) to present the truth.

Obama was GIVEN a FREE PASS by the left-wing media. Negative reports were and still are kept from the general public during news broadcasts.

Therefore, the American public MUST look beyond Obama's esoteric rhetoric and find the facts and the truth about his belief system.

In his books he speaks volumes about his conversations in a college setting with his friends, BUT carefully HIDES his association in high school with an individual he regards as a mentor who is a COMMUNIST PARTY MEMBER.


Posted by: JN | April 11, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse


It has occurred to me --- many of you sniveling whining Obama-haters are closet-racists, but even more of you are simply terrified of the TRUTH.

That's even more pathetic and sick.

Obama is going to be president in spite of you cowardly, dim-wit weasals spewing all your venom and hatred in this blog, so get used to it.

Posted by: b. franklin | April 11, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

People writing about Obama as a communist are the same people using his "hussein" name and bringing up Rev. Wright. This is very dated material---communism is a word hardly even used anymore. So stop your fear-mongering and take the time to read what Obama REALLY said. (Someone here was kind enough to include it, thank you). It is the narrow-minded people, who jump on out-of-context material and buzz words, who frighten me more than "communism" and "Rev. Wright." And, unfortunately, it includes a lot of people in rural communities...By the way, "Tim," whoever you are, chill out. How many times did you need to throw in your silly comments??? Once was more than enough, believe me.

Posted by: lori | April 11, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Jon,

You're exactly the kind of person I'm referring to in my quote immediately above. Just be aware, you're willfully using misinformation for the sole purpose of spreading hate.

Posted by: Justin | April 11, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

First, some people seem very confused about the fundraising event itself. This wasn't something for rich donors. The vast majority of attendees were middle to upper-middle class Americans. He would be stupid to condescend to them because there were many working class Americans in that audience. He was simply answering a question about how he could win the vote in Pennsylvania.

The truth is that all the negative replies are coming from people either unfamiliar with or unwilling to acknowledge the context of the quote. I mean, it really is quite obvious what he meant when you read the whole thing. I already posted it above, so you can read it pretty easily.

Below is a better link for his response, with the transcript. Take a look if you're still concerned about what he said. If you see that and you still want to spread hate and discontent, well... that's your choice. But be aware of and honest about what you're doing.

http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/samgrahamfelsen/gGBWx9

Posted by: Justin | April 11, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

The fact that HRC might benefit from this does not excuse what BO said. The context of this quote is him explaining to his financial backer why he cannot seem to win the vote in rural PA. He had the chance to explain his strategy to reach out to this population, but instead he grouped together anyone who does not vote for him as bitter, ignorant and cynical. The fact that that informed voters may be making an educated decision to vote for HRC is lost on him and makes him seem arrogant and out of touch. The fact that some of these voters have suffered economically does not justify or explain why he sought to tap into stereotypes about poor, rural, white America.

Some viewers clearly want to read into his statement an attempt to be honest and shed light on the reality of rural PA, but he made these comments in a closed mansion in SF where the audience laughed when he joked about the reaction of these voters to a black politician. His link between guns, religion, and xenophobia to explain why he is losing the vote was disappointing and delegitimizes how people make decisions and live their lives in rural America.I think it's great that voters are enthusiastic about the Obama campaign, but it is sad that he and his supporters are oblivious to how ugly and hurtful his comments were. The folks who don't support him in small-town PA deserve the same respect as those wealthy donors in SF.

Posted by: Jon | April 11, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

In his books, Obama admits attending "socialist conferences" and coming into contact with Marxist literature.

However, Obama had an admitted relationship with Frank Marshall Davis someone who was publicly identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). The record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at some point in time, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis, listening to his "poetry" and getting advice on his career path. But Obama, in his book, Dreams From My Father, refers to him repeatedly as just "Frank."

The reason is apparent: Davis was a known communist who belonged to a party subservient to the Soviet Union. In fact, the 1951 report of the Commission on Subversive Activities to the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii identified Davis as a CPUSA member. What's more, anti-communist congressional committees, including the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), accused Davis of involvement in several communist-front organizations.

Posted by: JN | April 11, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

You know what? All you Obama supporters feel free to defend him. I'll feel free to beieve all of your are white-hating racists, anti-American elitists. After all, this is a free country!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Blizzard of Lies By WILLIAM SAFIRE
Published: January 8, 1996

12 years later. The same Hillary Clinton. Americans dont misremember.

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 11, 2008 8:48 PM

Yes "Uncle Remus" we all want to read an article about Hillary written by a Clinton-hating right-wing nutcase! That is so 90's! We don't suck at your teats anymore so get back under your rock!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

It would appear Obama made these comments while speaking to a group of wealthy California donors in San Francisco.

Therefore, the conclusion is- Obama speaks DIFFERENTLY to his identified ELITE supporters than he does to MAIN STREET AMERICA.

Preface- this meeting with his ELITE DONORS/SUPPORTERS was not to have been reported for PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE.

Posted by: JN | April 11, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse


It's a miracle Obama has gotten has far as he has considering all the pea-brained bigotted, closet-racist imbeciles populating this country like cockroaches in the walls of a greasy kitchen.

Obama speaks the truth and they all come out screaming and crying like stuck pigs, unable to comprehend the facts, too angry to recognize the truth.

Go Obama !!!!

Posted by: w.irving | April 11, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Justin,

Obama always has an explanation, response, or just downright excuse. We are getting sick of hearing it. Tell me, will he give us another "speech" because we are all idiots that need to believe he doesn't have such a giagantic racial chip on his shoulder that we would need a crane to remove it? Sorry, I've had enough!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama was "ridin dirty" on those "typical white people" in PA!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Just in case anyone couldn't figure out the context on their own, here's Obama's explanation and response:

http://embeds.blogs.foxnews.com/2008/04/11/obama-on-offense-im-out-of-touch/

Posted by: Justin | April 11, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama does not have the ABILITY nor does he have the capacity for JUDGEMENT on a scale the office of the President demands.

This is obviously fact by his "Judgement" to identify through the Rev Wright with utterly immoral people (i.e., Farrakhan and Momar Kadafi) who hold anti-Semitic, anti-white prejudges and Marxist/Communist beliefs which are un-American and ungodly.

His financial association with the Syrian nationalist Rezko in Chicago should be condemned as criminal.

Ask the people of Chicago about Rezko and Obama and you will find the truth about Obama- he will do whatever he can to further HIS political career without regard for those he was elected to protect.

Posted by: JN | April 11, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

It's funny how all the Obama supporters are defending him. If it was Hillary who said this, then people would trow a fit. I really do think that Obama believes everything his preacher preached. I can't trust Obama.

Posted by: Jaime | April 11, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

You have to be a dam fool if you do not think voters are not bitter in Pennsylvania after being screwed by bush and this government I live in Michigan and we have been in a recession For the past three years unemployment at 7% for 3 years also lost jobs here that are never coming back I do not see anything wrong with Obamas comment I'm not only bitter I'm very pissed off I'm' also very pissed off at the American people half of them do not know how many soldiers have died in Iraq on how many are wounded go head ask them on the street but maybe I should not be mad at them I should be more made at the dam media for not reporting it more I mean you have 24 hour news whats the problem I mean from Sunday April 6th till today April 11th we lost 21 soldiers the media has to report this locally and on cable do your dam job there is know victory in Iraq or success what ever brain dead bush says If you did a better job of reporting the more the American people would know then maybe we could bring are soldiers home

Posted by: mernatti123 | April 11, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

What could you expect from Obama whose long history of COMMUNIST/MARXIST/SOCIALIST ASSOCIATIONS which have FORMED his basic philosophy.

Obama chose to associate with MARXIST PROFESSORS.

Obama chose to associate with a COMMUNIST TERRORIST William Ayers

Obama chose to associate with a COMMUNIST BASED "Black Liberation Theology" church headed by Rev. Wright.

Obama chose in his high school in Hawaii a mentor who was a member of THE COMMUNIST PARTY.

Obama is a SECURITY RISK to this great nation.

Posted by: JN | April 11, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

This is so silly , the people complaining about what Obama said must have a problem with the truth. There is nothing wrong with what Obama stated IT'S TRUE ,people are bitter , and for good reason.

Posted by: Jim | April 11, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady -- a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation -- is a congenital liar.

Blizzard of Lies By WILLIAM SAFIRE
Published: January 8, 1996

Full article
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9905EFDC1339F93BA35752C0A960958260&sec=&spon=&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

12 years later. The same Hillary Clinton. Americans dont misremember.

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 11, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

This makes a whole lot more sense when you look at the entire quote in context:

"So, it depends on where you are, but I think it's fair to say that the places where we are going to have to do the most work are the places where people are most cynical about government. The people are mis-appre...they're misunderstanding why the demographics in our, in this contest have broken out as they are. Because everybody just ascribes it to 'white working-class don't wanna work -- don't wanna vote for the black guy.' That's...there were intimations of that in an article in the Sunday New York Times today - kind of implies that it's sort of a race thing.

Here's how it is: in a lot of these communities in big industrial states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, people have been beaten down so long. They feel so betrayed by government that when they hear a pitch that is premised on not being cynical about government, then a part of them just doesn't buy it. And when it's delivered by -- it's true that when it's delivered by a 46-year-old black man named Barack Obama, then that adds another layer of skepticism.

But -- so the questions you're most likely to get about me, 'Well, what is this guy going to do for me? What is the concrete thing?' What they wanna hear is -- so, we'll give you talking points about what we're proposing -- to close tax loopholes, you know, roll back the tax cuts for the top 1 percent. Obama's gonna give tax breaks to middle-class folks and we're gonna provide health care for every American.

But the truth is, is that, our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there's not evidence of that in their daily lives. 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.

Um, now these are in some communities, you know. I think what you'll find is, is that people of every background -- there are gonna be a mix of people, you can go in the toughest neighborhoods, you know working-class lunch-pail folks, you'll find Obama enthusiasts. And you can go into places where you think I'd be very strong and people will just be skeptical. The important thing is that you show up and you're doing what you're doing."

Posted by: Justin | April 11, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

"Obama Calls Smalltown Pennsylvanians 'Bitter"

WOW. And this is someone who wants Pennsylvanians to vote for him.

I don't think so.

First he insults us, then he expects us to vote for him.

I think he needs to go back and see his life long friend and spiritual advisor of some 20 years Reverend Wright, and get some recharging and new spiritual advising.

Thank you.

CommonSense12

Posted by: Common Sense12 | April 11, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

The portion of the remark that many will have problems with is the part about clinging to guns and religion. I'm an Obama supporter and I understand what he was saying there. In fact, I agree with him. But he's going to have to address this. I think the people who will not understand what he was saying here are the ones who are still going on about Wright and the false charge about Michelle Obama not being proud to be an American. These people are not going to vote for Obama anyway.

Posted by: Sueb2 | April 11, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

IS SENATOR OBAMA FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE?
As we know Senator Obama was born of a White Mother and a Black Father.

Let's see if we can get some insight into the rational of Senator Obama's thoughts and mental makeup by reviewing some of the quotes from the book he himself wrote called "Dreams of My Father".

"I ceased to advertise my Mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites."

"I found solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my Mother's race."

"The emotion between the races could never be pure.....the other race (speaking of the white race) would always remain just that: Menacing, Alien, and Apart."

"Never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was my Father's image, the Black man, the son of Africa, that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself."

"That hate hadn't gone away", he wrote, blaming the white race, - "some cruel, some ignorant, sometimes a single face, sometimes just a faceless image of a system claiming power over our lives."

Speaking of the Blacks while he attended college in his book he says: "There were enough of us on campus to constitute a tribe."

After reviewing these quotes from Obama's own book, is there any doubt that the reason this man spent close to twenty years in a church that spewed forth hatred for "White America" and until this information became exposed to the public, had his hatred spewing Pastor on his campaign staff, is because his beliefs coincide with that of his Pastor?

There is a reason Senator Obama called his pastor his "spiritual mentor".

The Truth about this "White America" hate monger WILL NOT be hidden, and the "LIberal Socialists" that continue to support him are identifying yourselves to America AND the world of what you REALLY are.

If a "White" candidate was found to be a part of a "white supremacist" church, the "Liberals" would be screaming bloody murder right now!

Posted by: Me | April 11, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

This "scandal" reminds me of the Clintons' take on Obama's Reagan comments. Desperate times call for desperate measures. It's so lame!

Posted by: fashion police | April 11, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama is spreading vicious truths.

Posted by: polsaa | April 11, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

All this hoopla is much a do about nothing! What Obama said was the plain truth. He did not insult the folks in Pennsylvania. This is the typical spin job by the crooked Clintons and their pro-media mouthpieces!!

papercutswcni put it right: What Obama said was right.

"...it's accurate. The working American has been ripped off by the established powers for years, and all too often the politics of division and diversion have been deployed by the REAL elitists in the government and the press in order to obscure that fact. We have, as a nation, been sold a bill of goods, and yes, folks who have been locked out of the American dream are angry -- and bitter."

As opinion polls show Hillary's popularity among the folks in Pennsylvania dwindling, it's time for "Operation Spin" to turn the tide around. They twist what Obama said into a distateful comment. The aim: antoganise the Pennsylvania voters and turn them against Obama.

Shame on you Hillary! Stop playing to the gallery. The Pennsylvania voters are not that naieve as to not know where you are heading. Don't you ever play it straight?

This dirty trick of yours is sure to have a boomerang effect! Fair minded folks are not going to take such low blows lying low. The party leaders, too, have to take a hard look at her despicable campaign tactics and act to stop it before it destroys the Democrats' chance of winning the White House again.

Posted by: JISantiago | April 11, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Bitter? Hell yes we are, and he hit the nail on the head.

We are bitter about the Bush/Clinton war and the more than 4 thousand dead and 10's of thousands wounded young Americans.
We are bitter about the Bush Economy.
We are bitter about American Jobs going overseas, and bitter about NAFTA.
We are bitter about poor health care.
We are bitter about corrupt politicians.
SAY IT LOUDER OBAMA...HELL YES WE ARE BITTER!

HILLARY, YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!
WE ARE BITTER, ANGRY, MAD, DISAPPOINTED, DISMAYED, AND UPSET. Thankfully OBAMA give us reason to HOPE...Hold On Pray Everyday.

Posted by: Emerald | April 11, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

"Pennsylvanians don't need a president who looks down on them, they need a president who stands up for them, who fights for them."

Hill, I couldn't have said it better myself. Which is why I am so passionate about my decision.

Obama 08!!!

Posted by: jencm | April 11, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Ah! Now it really comes out! Obama really thinks people cling to religion because they are desperate and struggling economically, etc.

So why did he and that unpatriotic wife of his just sit in that church for 20 years? Did Rev. "GD America!" Wright 'bring him to Jesus' as Obama had claimed -- or did Wright just help get him the South-Side black vote?

Now, it's even more clear it was the latter.

Posted by: Spector | April 11, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

For REAL news coverage of Obama you have to go to ABC, the Chicago Sun Times/ other local newspapers & the Rexko Watch website.

Let's take a look at Obama's resume:

Went to elite High School in Hawaii.
Graduated from Harvard in 1993.
Worked for 3 years as a community organizar for a church group:

(Very ight on the details ... got some job training going ... Where are all the "down home" poverty stricken people he helped during those 3 years? SEEN any making campaign appearances on his behalf? NOPE.

NEXT, he worked for a decade or so at a 12 person law firm whose owner was on the board of directors of the Church Group; business partners with the Church Group in some Rezko Low Income housing projects; a law firm that -specialized- in low income housing.

How did the Rezko low income housing projects turn out? Most of them went bankrupt; a lot of the people who lived in them froze thru some Chicago winters when Rezko failed to pay the utility bills;

(Where are the down-home low income residents of those projects telling us about how Obama helped them get the heat back on --- when the Chicago newspapers began reporting on all the poor people freezing in the Rezko properties?) Haven't SEEN any.

Obama said - when he worked for that law firm he DID NOT do ANY Real Estate work ... no work ... none ... on financing any of the Rezko properties. BUT ... the Chicago Sun Times found a document from Obama's past ... a "backgrounder" wherein Obama listed his experience at the law firm as including: HIGHL LEVEL Real Estate Financing.

NEXT, Obama went into POLITICS. Elected to the Illinois State Legislature. His wife Michelle worked as an assistant for one of Daley's top assistants - that's how Obama got "connected" with the corrupt mafia-connected Daley Political machine ... a corrupt political machine which included Obama's friend and campaign fundraiser Rezko.

While in the legislature Obama was out of luck in getting ANY legislation passed during about the first 14 years - because the Republicans had a Majority LOCK on the legislature.

Then, along about 2004 when the VOTERS threw some Republicans out and the Democrats gained a majority ... at last ... the Democrats could get some legislation passed. One old black legislator with a lot of power said to himself ...as he admits now ... - "I'm going to make me a (U.S.)SENATOR." He was talking about Obama.

In order to lay the groundwork for making Obama a U.S. Senator, that old legislator gave OBAMA all the GOOD legislation OTHER DEMOCRATS had been crafting and working their butts off on for decades ... and LET OBAMA take the CREDIT for getting all of it passed.

As a candidate he has: First, made a lot of speeches about how he was going to engage in "a new kind of politics" - not going to make personal attacks on other candidates - not going to do any negative campaigning - then turned right around and started making personal attacks on Clinton; THEN, made false (ridiculous) accusations of racism - so he could win the South Carolina primary.

In short, Obama isn't qualified to be President. The fact that he made false accusations of racism is so despicable, so dirty and dishonest, so dangerous and detrimental to racial harmony in this country no one should even consider voting for him.

Posted by: elme | April 11, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Here's the reason they are bitter. Hillary "Rambo/Rocky" Clinton claims to be the champion of the blue-collar worker, but when she had a position of power on the board of Walmart, she remained silent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuZhwV24PmM

"One of the reasons we want to buy America is that we love America"

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 11, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Who is Obama.? Mr.Rich Basketball Player from downtownChicago,
who is member of snobby writers club.!That is called Black Jappie .
Obama thinks that Small town Americans are bitter bigots.whose highest paying job is to be US Marine.!!

Posted by: TIMOTHY | April 11, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

You go into 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 toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Chop up as you wish

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Bitter? Hell yes we are, and he hit the nail on the head.

We are bitter about the Bush/Clinton war and the more than 4 thousand dead and 10's of thousands wounded young Americans.
We are bitter about the Bush Economy.
We are bitter about American Jobs going overseas, and bitter about NAFTA.
We are bitter about poor health care.
We are bitter about corrupt politicians.
SAY IT LOUDER OBAMA...HELL YES WE ARE BITTER!

HILLARY, YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!
WE ARE BITTER, ANGRY, MAD, DISAPPOINTED, DISMAYED, AND UPSET. Thankfully OBAMA give us reason to HOPE...Hold One Pray Everyday.

Posted by: Emerald | April 11, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Here's what Obama went on to say after the pull-quote above:

"Um, now these are in some communities, you know. I think what you'll find is, is that people of every background -- there are gonna be a mix of people, you can go in the toughest neighborhoods, you know working-class lunch-pail folks, you'll find Obama enthusiasts. And you can go into places where you think I'd be very strong and people will just be skeptical. The important thing is that you show up and you're doing what you're doing."

No condescension here, to my ears. He's just showing that for once, a candidate is actually listening to his fellow citizens, not just the folks who he thinks may vote for him. Isn't that a good place to start?

Posted by: papercutswcni | April 11, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama is right on. I was born and raised in a small town with two manufacturing plants - both gone. There will be no turn around unless until the government becomes a tool of the people and not of Wall Street and the special interests. This is not true in several small European countries that have set their goals to reengineer their economies to be environmentally based.

You don't need to own the cow to milk it but in the US we work for the cow and give the milk to the upper ten percent of the population.

Robert Koontz
Major, USMCR

Posted by: Robert P. Koontz | April 11, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

It seems like mr. Wright thought you well,is that true mr. Obama.??

Posted by: TIMOTHY | April 11, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama's last significant hurdle to the nomination is winning over those exact blue-collar, socially conservative, fiscally moderate centrist democrats who have yet to really come out for him in big numbers.

If nothing else, what he said in California is prime locker room material for McCain's campaign.

Posted by: apnarken | April 11, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA DOESN'T CARE ABOUT TYPICAL AMERICANS..!!!!
you can quote me on that.

Posted by: TIMOTHY | April 11, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Thanks KANYE WEST.:-OBAMA DOESN'T CARE ABOUT TYPICAL AMERICANS.!!!!!!!

Posted by: TIMOTHY | April 11, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I've lived in towns like that my whole life, and what Obama said is far from condescending or elitist -- it's accurate. The working American has been ripped off by the established powers for years, and all too often the politics of division and diversion have been deployed by the REAL elitists in the government and the press in order to obscure that fact. We have, as a nation, been sold a bill of goods, and yes, folks who have been locked out of the American dream are angry -- and bitter. I haven't seen the full context of remarks, but he seems to be suggesting as he has many times before that bitterness itself is not a solution, rather that hope and the restoration of a government in which we can have faith are good first steps.

Posted by: papercutswcni | April 11, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I thought he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Why bash him for telling it like it is?

Posted by: I thought | April 11, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I TOLD YOU SO, THAT OBAMA WILL CRACK DOWN.!
Obama was playing wolf in sheeps skin.He is not like he was portraying himself like goody two shoes.He is snob and likes companion of only rich people and he OBAMA DOESN'T CARE ABOUT TYPICAL AMERICANS.!! you can quote me on that, you people from SMALL TOWN PATRIOTIC AMERICANS,WHO ARE THE BEST SOLDIERS OF USA ARMY.THEY ARE DEFENDING YOUR ASS.

Posted by: tIMOTHY | April 11, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the Sanjiah of political candidates.

He looks pretty good, sounds pretty good & has been HYPED to the Max by MSNBC/ NBC and CBS --- because the owners of those TV networks (GE & Westinghouse) plan to build 29 new nuclear power plants IF Obama is elected. (Obama voted FORt he Cheney Energy Bill & says he is pro-nuclear).

Same networks that slam & smear the Clintons everyday - all day long -because Clinton did not vote for the Cheney Energy Bill; says her Energy Plan does not include nuclear and if nuclear is going to be considered in the future it must be CHEAPER and they must solve the problem of disposing of the NUKE WASTE.

Posted by: elme | April 11, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

This seems to have captured the lead position in the cable news cycle.

Posted by: Grant | April 11, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Does Obama have any idea of how elitist and condescending his comments sound? Wow. I am extremely underwhelmed.

Posted by: Washington Dame | April 11, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

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