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Obama Concedes He Misspoke


Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), speaks during a town hall meeting at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., April 12, 2008. (Associated Press)

By Shailagh Murray
As his political opponents heap on scorn, Sen. Barack Obama acknowledged that he chose his words poorly when describing small-town Pennsylvanians at a fundraiser on Sunday. But he didn't back off the message he had sought to convey.

"I didn't say it as well as I should have," Obama conceded before a crowd in Muncie, Ind., this morning, as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republicans prepared to hammer him for a second day.

The firestorm started when a recording surfaced yesterday of Obama speaking to a group of San Francisco donors about the electoral challenge he faced in Pennsylvania, where polls have shown him behind Clinton, but gaining ground.

Obama dismissed the idea that his struggles were based on his race, and instead offered lengthy observations about working-class disenfranchisement and its political manifestations.

"In a lot of these communities in big industrial states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, people have been beaten down so long," he told the donors. "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 going to 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."

Clinton and Sen. John McCain, along with other GOP leaders and pundits, pounced via a blizzard of statements, declaring that Obama was an elitist talking down to middle America. The remarks were a welcome distraction for Clinton, who has been trying to fend off Obama in Pennsylvania and keep her nomination hopes alive.

But Obama campaign officials worry more about the guns and religion references as ripe GOP fodder that could haunt their candidate if he wins the Democratic nomination. Essentially, Obama was describing Reagan Democrats, the ultimate general election swing voters.

As Obama acknowledged this morning, his mistake was to suggest that many small-town values are formed by cynicism. "You know the truth. It is that these
traditions that are passed on from generation to generation, those are important. That's what sustains us," he told the Muncie audience.

But he added, "what is absolutely true is that people don't feel like they are being listened to. And so they pray and they count on each other and they count
on their families. You know this in your own lives and what we need is a government that is actually paying attention. Government that is fighting for working people day in and day out making sure that we are trying to allow them to live out the American dream."

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You all seem to be missing the point. None of the current group of candidates is the problem. The problem is the current election system itself.The two party system has been corrupted utterly.When someone can win the popular vote(will of the people) and still lose the election,that tells you the system is broken.Also, a system that never gives certain candidates(usually the best ones) a
chance to compete because he is not rich or does not "look right" is extremely "broken". Are we choosing a PR guy or a leader? As long as all you people buy into this broken system,NOTHING will change!!!

Posted by: Coolslayer | April 20, 2008 6:05 AM | Report abuse

I support Senator Hillary Clinton.
She is the strongest candidate. Ten more primaries. Keep moving forward. Senator Barack Obama is a jarring note. No Obama.

Posted by: Maria | April 15, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Hilliary Clinton is an elitist she is always saying OBAMA won the Little States I won the big States anybody who vote for Hilliary is just like her she is a compulsive liar and a DIRTY POLITICIA, voted for Bill Clinton twice because I didn't know how dirty he was ntil His was started running for the Presidency.
Many people can't stand the fact that OBAMA IS A VERY BRIGHT AND INTELLIGENT BLACK MAN AND VERY ELOQUENT IN SPEECH Hilliary and JOHN Mccain is dull and stale Obama dn't need to hire speech writers and they can't stand the fact that he write his own specches.He is right I am bitter because the way this country is going We are in a terrible RECESSION long time ago it was called DEPRESSION and Inflation.
John Mccain can only talk about the war and that is all he have going for him.
Hilliary can't understand the working class they are MILLIONAIRES they don't have to worry about how they are going to pay their BILLS or put food on the table.
GODis the controller of the universe and if it is Obama time Man can't stop the will of GOD.IF GOD BE FOR YOU IT'S LIKE NOBODY IS AGAINST YOUBECAUSE YOU HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH!!!!!!!

Posted by: Joyce | April 15, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

the word bitter is really anger that stay's with us until we start to lose hope that something is going to change--he should have said people are frustrated and it's great that people have faith and traditions to help in tough times and thats a good thing--when i was younger i went through some very hard times and thank god i had my faith and sports and books to help me in that tough time now that things are better i still go to church and read and go watch baseball but i feel gratefull now--this idea of being in the valley is what the bible is about psalm 23---and the hope of our salvation--obama was trying to show the empathy he has for small towns that have lost there industries--you may not like obamas economic policies but he does care-other wise he would have said everything is great--anyone who has gone to allentown and bethlehem in the past 10 years would understand the anger--i remember when allentown was a thriving city and bethlehem had the stell mill--that is all gone now---i guess we should be hopefull that now we can commute to philadelphia to find work---get real!!

Posted by: william | April 15, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

BYE BYE OBAMA

THIS IS YOUR MACCACA MOMENT.

YOUR SUPERDELEGATES ARE NERVOUS NOW BECAUSE THEY MAY NOT GET REELECTED IN NOVEMBER BECAUSE THEY SUPPORT THE FOOL WHO CRITICIZED THEIR VOTERS.

Al Gore, Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, McCaskill, Dick Durbin , Tom Daschle, John Edwards {poor thing} are all losers superdelgates that support you. You repay them by saying something stupid.

You already have the job Obama. It is yours to lose. And lose it you will!

If the DNC crowns you prince in July they are fools.

We have to take this to the convention because Obama says too many idiotic things.

Obama insults the very people he wants to vote for him. Unless maybe he knows he will win the nomination without those bitter gun carrying religious working class folks.

Obama may be crowned prince of the democratic party but he still needs our vote in November.

We will vote straight ticket Republican. For all you young Obamamaniacs that means we will vote McCain and the Republican Senate and Congress.

Posted by: Grace | April 14, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

What ugly ill-conceived comments from Obama haters!! How about some well-thought-out comments without the hatred that comes from raw emotion?

Posted by: irvagoo | April 14, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

WOW. its amazing how I hear all this how dare he say such a thing about americans feeling bitter about thier situations. People will you wake up DAMN! For 8 years we have had nothing but glaring evidence of why Americans should be bitter. We are at WAR, Hurrican Katrina Victims died of thirst and neglect and some dont have homes, people are losing thier homes to realestate fraud, inflation is outragous, and immigration is a joke, and these are just some of the last Eight Years of this Administration. You can spin it anyway you want but anytime someone says ALL Americans dont live the american dream we Gasp and say How dare you, but the reality is that is REALITY. Stay focus and stop picking at every little word someone says and Listen for solutions to the Real problems of whats going on Now.

Posted by: Drew | April 14, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse


The United States of America doesn't deserve a politician of the caliber, intelligence and integrity of Barack Obama.

Posted by: Michele C. | April 14, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Come now, Obama. You did not misspeak. You were simply saying what you actually believe. I pray this LOSER in the making does not get nominated, but we are determined to be the party of losers, apparently.

Posted by: Catherine | April 14, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Ummm...I really don't understand all of these "Millionaire" attacks, because the way I see it, Obama isn't exactly "poor".

Posted by: LK | April 14, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

HA HA HA - guess when you have a wife who hates America and you are a result of a corrupt Chicago system it is alright to call others bitter, racist, gun loving, religious Americans. Pretty much you called them hicks and hillbillies while trying to impress the Democratic elite in San Francisco. Ya, I want you for my president

Posted by: zendrell | April 14, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I can just see him try to talk to Iran. (rolling eyes)
We will really be in trouble then.

Hey, can they put an option on the ballot to vote "Present"?

I do not "cling" to those issues he talks about. I do think about them, but I do not "cling". I am not bitter. I am too busy to be bitter. What I don't like is someone assuming to know how I am or feel.

Jerk.

Posted by: cyberaim | April 14, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

When obama loses, then he can write fairy tales and make millions...

Posted by: lucygirl1@mac.com | April 14, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

The ultimate chamaleon (politician), Obama tailors his rehoric (which is not impressive anymore,) to the ocassion.

He did not "misspoke", he was delivering his far left supporters what they wanted to hear.

This "atypical brown person" doesn't buy him. He has to make good to George Soros, and the hundreds of millions he's invested on him, through his umbrella organizations, moveon.org, mediamatters.org, et al.

We are not as dumb as the elite media wants us to be.

Posted by: latina_in_texas | April 14, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

how do you know obama is lying?
when he opens his mouth.

he is a 'typical partially white preson'.

Posted by: deroy | April 14, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

The "misspeak of Obama is only a fraction of his problems and maybe an offshoot of them. Like Hillary, Obama is another Democrat who has difficulty telling the truth(lies) about his past and who has shady land deals with Rezo and friendly associations with terrorists like Ayers.
The empty suite whose spiritual adviser is a hate mongering racist whose wife actually slipped out her hatred of America. This #1 rated ultra liberal will put more Americans into bondage with big government and will increase the government wasteful and ripe for fraud programs that Democrats and "moderate" Republicans fritter billions.
This no experience empty suite speaks in platitudes to conceal his vacancy and onerous plans. What's there not to like about Obama as president...if you like to stick pins in your eyeballs. His gutter balls portend his potential presidency.

Obama the Snake Oil Salesman

Posted by: Mike | April 13, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

obama is not the only one who mispoke this week on the campaign trail:

http://thevote.abc13.com/2008/04/seen-and-not-he.html

Posted by: tom abrahams | April 13, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Better get used to his misquotes and you better learn Spanish. We are headed for socialism and Osammie is giving this country to the mexicans.

Posted by: Igiveup | April 13, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Small town people in Pennsylvania "have an antipathy for people that are not like them" Obama.

Antipathy- Like what Rev. Wright has for whites, and America? Like Louis Farrakhan has for the Jews (Judaism is a gutter religion, Hitler was a good man)?

It is what elitists like Obama the Harvaaaaaaaaaaard man who affect a MLK accent when need has for all Americans not of his ilk?


Main Entry: antipathy
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: disgust
Synonyms: abhorrence, allergy, animosity, animus, antagonism, aversion, avoidance, bad blood*, contrariety, dislike, dispathy, distaste, enmity, escape, eschewal, evasion, hate, hatred, hostility, ill will, incompatibility, loathing, no use, opposition, rancor, repellency, repugnance, repulsion
Antonyms: admiration, affection, appeal, appreciation, attraction, like, liking, love, regard

Posted by: CALIFORNIAMARTY SAYS I HAVE AN ANTIPATHY FOR ELITISTS WHO SUPPORT RACIST MININISTERS | April 13, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

"Pennsylvania has an above average per capital income, contrary to the stereotype Obama has seemingly borrowed from a Billy Joel song that was a hit before the 25-year period Obama mentions. When the elite media and most Democrats say... "yeah... So? Obama is simply describing world as we know it," they will be revealing that they know as much about those economic interests as they do religion or culture.

Moreover, even assuming for the sake of argument that some voters do vote values over economics, Obama may want to explain to such voters why they should do otherwise, given that he has spent the last 20 years in a church known for disavowing "the pursuit of middleclassness."

Furthermore, if Obama wants to claim that voters in Pennsylvania and elsewhere have an antipathy to people who aren't like them, he should explain why Virginians in the region voted for Douglas Wilder, but do not seem too keen on Barack Obama.

In addition, if Obama thinks these voters are clinging to anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment because of US economic policy, he ought to explain why he is exploiting anti-trade sentiment on the campaign trail, but advocating lax policies on illegal immigration, including (but not limited to) providing government benefits like drivers' licenses to illegal aliens and allowing criminals to become citizens. Once he does that, Obama can explain how he squares his stated position on trade with the advice of his top economic adviser. And when he does that, Obama can explain how his stated position on immigration squares with his labor-induced vote that killed the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill last summer.

While Obama is busy with those explanations, Democrats -- particularly superdelegates -- may want to consider what David Frum wrote about the Thomas Frank thesis:

Suppose you believed that liberal economic policies were not only good for America, but also potentially popular. And suppose you also believed that the only reason that these policies kept losing elections was the Republican success in misrepresenting Democrats as snobbish, effete, weak, and godless. What conclusion would follow from these premises? Seems to me it would be: "We Democrats have to find a way to separate economic populism from cultural liberalism - and we have to start finding candidates with whom the voters can identify." Obvious, right?

Apparently not, given that the Democrats have a tendency to nominate candidates like Mike Dukakis, John F. Kerry and probably Barack Obama."

BONEHEADED AND THEY HAVE AN ANTIPATHY FOR REAL FOLKS THEY LOVE THE ELITIST SWINE

Posted by: CALIFORNIAMARTY SAYS OBAMA HAS AN ANTIPATHY FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT LIKE HIM-REAL PEOPLE | April 13, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

from Myrna Melgar who was actually at the Obama Fundraiser:

As someone who was at that now famous fundraiser where Barack spoke about the bitterness folks in rural America feel, I have grown increasingly bewildered at the Clinton campaign's distortion of his words. The paragraph that has so spun out of control in the mainstream media was not a part of the speech itself, but rather a response to a question from someone in the audience (one of us!) who was planning on traveling to PA as a volunteer and was asking about what to expect. I listened to Barack's response and was stuck by his emotional intelligence, deep empathy and understanding of our fellow Americans. It was in no way condescending or demeaning. So that you don't think I am one of these so called elitist San Francisco rich who are out of touch with everyone else outside our bubble: I am a Latina, single mom, who immigrated to the Mission during the civil war in El Salvador. America has given me great opportunity, but I know struggle and discrimination. I have spent most of my career as a community and union organizer engaged in conflict with the "haves" and building leadership in poor communities of all colors to speak truth to power. Barack's message of hope and inclusion of us all speaks to me and mine: White, black, immigrant, Latino, Asian, male, female, gay, straight. Of course people are bitter and angry! One of the foundational principles of community organizing in America has been to tap into the discontent of people who are oppressed and turn it towards positive change, so that the emotinal energy that fuels the anger will instead be used to motivate people to action for positive progress and change. It is a radically different message that the Obama philosophy espouses: we can change the world ourselves - we need to work hard and turn our bitterness and anger towards the actual work of holding government accountable. It applies to poorpeople in rural appalachia as much as it applies to poor people in the inner city public housing projects in Chicago. I am writing to remind us to stay on message and stay focused. For the past four days, the media has been going nuts over that comment, including folks in the Democratic party who should know better but whose self interests is perhaps to protect the paradigm of division that has kept them at the top of the fragile balance between Republicans and centrist Democrats over the past 20 years. This moment in American history is about WE the people, and millions of us have elected Barack to speak for us now, because he speaks the truth. Enough is enough. Let's stay on message, and I have no doubt we're going to win this one. Here is an excellent piece by someone who lives in Western Pennsylvannia about this brouhaha: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/4/12/184747/973/89/485030 Peace to all.

Posted by: alison | April 13, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama Ruthlessly Attacks Geraldine Ferraro For Saying What He Had Already Said About Himself

Chicago Tribune 2005, "Obama acknowledges, with no small irony, that he benefits from his race. If he were white, he once bluntly noted, he would simply be one of nine freshmen senators, almost certainly without a multimillion-dollar book deal and a shred of celebrity. Or would he have been elected at all?" The answer is a resounding no! This race thing is what all the fuss is about. There are thousands of people more accomplished in business, that have executive business and military experience that he does not have that are qualified to become the President just not Obama. They are not political hacks connected for 20 years with an anti-American, ranting lying Rev. and with a political fixer on trial in Chicago for extortion and corruption. He threw his grandmother under a bus, so why not Geraldine Ferraro? Integrity and character and judgment all lacking in this empty suit left wing bogus hubris filled stealth candidate.

Posted by: CALIFORNIAMARTY SAYS OBAMA MISSPOKE ABOUT GERALDINE FERRARO-IF I WERE WHITE HE SAID I WOULD BE A NOB | April 13, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I WAS "BONEHEADED" TO DEAL WITH THE FIXER REZKO WHO GAVE ME 250,000 DOLLARS NOT ONLY 60, I MISSPOKE NOT 80 I MISSPOKE, NOT 150, I MISSPOKE, I WASN'T IN THE PEW, I MISSPOKE, MY WIFE MISSPOKE ABOUT NOT LOVING AMERICA, I MISSPOKE ABOUT PENN VOTERS HAVING AN ANTIPATHY TO OTHERS NOT LIKE THEM, REV WRIGHT MISSPOKE-I AM A LIAR WOULD BE THE ONLY TRUTHFUL WORDS COMING FROM THIS FLIM-FLAM NO ACCOMPLISHMENT CON MAN-
Obama Knew All About This Church and This Rev. And His Denials are Simply False. His Own Agenda and Main Theme Is a Hollow Sham

"Rev. Wright married Obama and his wife Michelle, baptized their two daughters and is credited by Obama for the title of his book, "The Audacity of Hope." An ABC News review of dozens of Rev. Wright's sermons, offered for sale by the church, found repeated denunciations of the U.S. based on what he described as his reading of the Gospels and the treatment of black Americans. "The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people," he said in a 2003 sermon. "God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme." In addition to damning America, he told his congregation on the Sunday after Sept. 11, 2001 that the United States had brought on al Qaeda's attacks because of its own terrorism." Anderson Cooper looked dubious of Obama's lame statements.

Posted by: CALIFORNIAMARTY SAYS, OBAMA CONCEDES HE MISSPOKE, HE WAS BONEHEADED AND HE WASN'T IN HIS PEW | April 13, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

The politician who are out of touch are the once who get tens of millions of dollars from big time lobbyist and foreign interests. Obama has made it a hard ways just like millions of Americans. The family with no income, borrowing money to go to school, he unlike the Clintons have student loans and mortgages not a 109 millions of income, if any one understand the challenges of middle and lower income Americans it is Barack Obama. That is why millions of people believe in change and that together "yes we can". In fact, about bitterness shows his in touch with the common man problems.

Posted by: bizu | April 13, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

All Clinton supporters are mildly retarded...they must be to write such incoherent drivel

Posted by: Clinton is Evil | April 13, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Pennsylvanians cling to "religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them"

Talk about Chutzpah. Obama and Rev. Wright and his racist church are the ones with an antipathy to people who aren't like them...i.e. black.

Posted by: CALIFORNIAMARTY SAYS THE ANTIPATHY TO PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT LIKE THEM EMANATES FROM OBAMA AND REV. WRIG | April 13, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"Pennsylvanians don't need a president who looks down on them," Hillary Clinton said. NEITHER DOES AMERICA

Obama told (well-heeled) supporters at the Marin fundraiser: "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 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." But Obama also clings to anti-trade sentiment. He has clinged for 22 years to his church's brand of religion which is anti-American, anti-white and proud of it . He pushed to ban self-defense in court for people whose guns have not been registered. That failed after the laughter died down. He looks at immigrants as just more votes. "Pennsylvanians don't need a president who looks down on them," Hillary Clinton said. NEITHER DOES AMERICA. Obama scored a mansion with a slumlord fixers help. He received a millionaires education. He is a panderer. A bogus Chicago Jr. lawyer.

Posted by: CALIFORNIAMARTY SAYS-OBAMA IS AN ELITIST-WHO CLINGS TO GUN CONTROL AND ANTI-TRADE SENTIMENT | April 13, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: vbalfour: This is a faux issue cooked up by an overheated and desperate Clinton and media looking for ratings.

But the voters in PA we talked to didn't mention it.
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Of course they didn't mention it to YOU! They wanted to be polite and get you off their porch.

It was everywhere on talk radio, in the papers, etc. People are outraged here and rightfully so. The limo lib crowd eats up his bs and he goes bowling to pretend he "understands" economic issues and the hardworking, traditional values of the people of PA. We aren't sitting on our stoops awaiting the reopening of steel mills. And yes, we do support the 1st and 2nd amendments and oppose illegal immigration, unlike the limo libs in perverted San Francisco.

Posted by: Typical White Pennsylvanian | April 13, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Pennsylvania's 2005 total gross state product (GSP) of $430.31 billion[44] ranks the state 6th in the nation. If Pennsylvania were an independent country, its economy would rank as the 17th largest in the world, ahead of Belgium, but behind the Netherlands. On a per-capita basis, though, Pennsylvania's per-capita GSP of $34,619 ranks 26th among the 50 states.[44] Bethlehem Steel's closed manufacturing facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This site will become the site of a new multi-million dollar casino in 2007.Philadelphia in the southeast corner and Pittsburgh in the southwest corner are urban manufacturing centers, with the "t-shaped" remainder of the Commonwealth being much more rural; this dichotomy affects state politics as well as the state economy.[45] Philadelphia is home to eight Fortune 500 companies,[46] with more located in suburbs like King of Prussia; it's a leader in the financial[47] and insurance industry.[48] Pittsburgh is home to seven Fortune 500 companies, including U.S. Steel, PPG Industries, H.J. Heinz, and Alcoa.[46] In all, Pennsylvania is home to fifty Fortune 500 companies.

Posted by: CALIFORNIAMARTYSAYS OBAMA IS A LIAR AND A STEALTH CANDIDATE | April 13, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

DON'T BE DUPED !!!

Large numbers of Republicans have been voting for Barack Obama in the DEMOCRATIC primaries, and caucuses from early on. Because they feel he would be a weaker opponent against John McCain. With Hillary Clinton you are almost 100% certain to get quality, affordable universal health care very soon.

But first, all of you have to make certain that Hillary Clinton takes the democratic nomination and then the Whitehouse. NOW! is the time. THIS! is the moment you have all been working, and waiting for. You can do this America. "Carpe diem" (harvest the day).

I think Hillary Clinton see's a beautiful world of plenty for all. She's a woman, and a mother. And it's time America. Do this for your-selves, and your children's future. You will have to work together on this and be aggressive, relentless, and creative. Americans face an even worse catastrophe ahead than the one you are living through now.

You see, the medical and insurance industry mostly support the republicans with the money they ripped off from you. And they don't want you to have quality, affordable universal health care. They want to be able to continue to rip you off, and kill you and your children by continuing to deny you life saving medical care that you have already paid for. So they can continue to make more immoral profits for them-selves.

Hillary Clinton has actually won by much larger margins than the vote totals showed. And lost by much smaller vote margins than the vote totals showed. Her delegate count is actually much higher than it shows. And higher than Obama's. She also leads in the electoral college numbers that you must win to become President in the November national election. HILLARY CLINTON IS ALREADY THE TRUE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE!

As much as 30% of Obama's primary, and caucus votes are Republicans trying to choose the weakest democratic candidate for McCain to run against. These Republicans have been gaming the caucuses where it is easier to vote cheat. This is why Obama has not been able to win the BIG! states primaries. Even with Republican vote cheating help.

Hillary Clinton has been OUT MANNED! OUT GUNNED! and OUT SPENT! 4 and 5 to 1. Yet Obama has only been able to manage a very tenuous, and questionable tie with Hillary Clinton.

If Obama is the democratic nominee for the national election in November he will be slaughtered. Because the Republican vote cheating help will suddenly evaporate. All of this vote fraud and republican manipulation has made Obama falsely look like a much stronger candidate than he really is. YOUNG PEOPLE. DON'T BE DUPED! Think about it. You have the most to lose.

The democratic party needs to fix this outrage. Everyone needs to throw all your support to Hillary Clinton NOW! So you can end this outrage against YOU the voter, and against democracy.
The democratic party, and the super-delegates have a decision to make. Are the democrats, and the democratic party going to choose the DEMOCRATIC party nominee to fight for the American people. Or are the republicans going to choose the DEMOCRATIC party nominee through vote fraud, and gaming the DEMOCRATIC party primaries, and caucuses.

Fortunately the Clinton's have been able to hold on against this fraudulent outrage with those repeated dramatic comebacks of Hillary Clinton's. Only the Clinton's are that resourceful, and strong. Hillary Clinton is your NOMINEE. They are the best I have ever seen.

"This is not a game" (Hillary Clinton)

Sincerely

jacksmith...

Posted by: Anonymous | April 13, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

MY FELLOW BITTER, STUPID, WORKING CLASS PEOPLE.

YOU MIGHT BE AN IDIOT, TOO :-(

If you think like Barack Obama, that WORKING CLASS PEOPLE are just a bunch of BITTER!, STUPID, PEASANTS, Cash COWS!, and CANNON FODDER. :-(

You Might Be An Idiot, Too!

If you think Barack Obama with little or no experience would be better than Hillary Clinton with 35 years experience.

You Might Be An Idiot, Too!

If you think that Obama with no experience can fix an economy on the verge of collapse better than Hillary Clinton. Whose husband (Bill Clinton) led the greatest economic expansion, and prosperity in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot, Too!

If you think that Obama with no experience fighting for universal health care can get it for you better than Hillary Clinton. Who anticipated this current health care crisis back in 1993, and fought a pitched battle against overwhelming odds to get universal health care for all the American people.

You Might Be An Idiot, Too!

If you think that Obama with no experience can manage, and get us out of two wars better than Hillary Clinton. Whose husband (Bill Clinton) went to war only when he was convinced that he absolutely had to. Then completed the mission in record time against a nuclear power. AND DID NOT LOSE THE LIFE OF A SINGLE AMERICAN SOLDIER. NOT ONE!

You Might Be An Idiot, Too!

If you think that Obama with no experience saving the environment is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose husband (Bill Clinton) left office with the greatest amount of environmental cleanup, and protections in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot, Too!

If you think that Obama with little or no education experience is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose husband (Bill Clinton) made higher education affordable for every American. And created higher job demand and starting salary's than they had ever been before or since.

You Might Be An Idiot, Too!

If you think that Obama with no experience will be better than Hillary Clinton who spent 8 years at the right hand of President Bill Clinton. Who is already on record as one of the greatest Presidents in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot, Too!

If you think that you can change the way Washington works with pretty speeches from Obama, rather than with the experience, and political expertise of two master politicians ON YOUR SIDE like Hillary and Bill Clinton..

You Might Be An Idiot, Too!

If you think all those Republicans voting for Obama in the Democratic primaries, and caucuses are doing so because they think he is a stronger Democratic candidate than Hillary Clinton. :-)

Best regards

jacksmith...

p.s.

If you don't know that the huge amounts of money funding the Obama campaign to try and defeat Hillary Clinton is coming in from the insurance, and medical industry, that has been ripping you off, and killing you and your children. And denying you, and your loved ones the life saving medical care you needed. All just so they can make more huge immoral profits for them-selves off of your suffering...

You Might Be An Idiot, Too!

You see, back in 1993 Hillary Clinton had the audacity, and nerve to try and get quality, affordable universal health care for everyone to prevent the suffering and needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of you each year. :-)

Approx. 100,000 of you die each year from medical accidents from a rush to profit by the insurance, and medical industry. Another 120,000 of you die each year from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don't die from. And I could go on, and on...

Posted by: jacksmith | April 13, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton '08

CAFTA. I'm completely 100% against it, but I'm keeping the money.

Solutions for the American Corporation

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 13, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton '08

We feel your pain. Making $0 million from speeches is not easy.

Solutions For The American Corporation

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 13, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

i am a christian and i do not belived in god because i am bitter i belive in him because i love him and i have faith in him and that he is the one whole create this world and he loves us no matter what we did and what we are doing.i am sometime bitter when things does not go my way but i do not go and buy myself a gun***;or blame others if i do not have a work. i just want to ask those who say that obama is telling the truth;are you beliving in god because you are bitter?do you cling to gun because you are bitter?do you hate other because you do not have a job? if so i feel sad for you you should have faith in god and no politics is gonna help you on that issue no matter what obama is telling us we need to stand on our own feet and have faith and belive me there are many people in this world who are going throught the same thing .we need to work hard and belive that oneday live going to be better.be proud of yourself and do not let nobody look down on you

Posted by: shelia | April 13, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

elitism
The belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources.
The sense of entitlement enjoyed by such a group or class.
Control, rule, or domination by such a group or class.

It is a sad truth that Bush has exploited the honest faith in God and fears of national security of people to induce them to vote against their economic interests. The same way, he exploited the inability of Kerry to act like an ordinary person to label him elitist.

Bush is a master of acting like an average American for public consumption. Yet, can you be more elitist than inheriting the presidency from your father?

McCain comes from a long line of the military elite. Does that not make him elitist?

Hillary wants to inherit the presidency from her husband. Does that not make her elitist?

if you examine the facts of the life of each of the candidates (and of presidents of the recent past). You'll recognize that Obama is the least elitist of them.

Posted by: urban4 | April 13, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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The Obama campaign is allowing this story to grow, before it responds BIG TIME.

HILLARY TOOK THE BAIT

...now she's going to get the knock-out punch.
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OBAMA'S RESPONSE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc9PepjyDow
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Posted by: . | April 13, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I DIDN'T KNOW THAT OBAMA HAD A PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE. SO I SPOKW WITH A PSYC MAJOR ON THIS AND HE SUGGESTED THAT OBAMA IS "BITTER" BECAUSE HE IS BLACK AND THAT IS WHY HE CLINGS TO A "BITTER" REV WRIGHT.

Posted by: JOY | April 13, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

So Hillary goes and has a shot and a beer with the guys in Crown Point, Indiana. The first thing I think of is that this was the reason that people elected George W. Bush. They wanted a guy they felt they could go have a beer with. Great, I have always felt there was a great rapport between W and Hillary and Bill, They went to the White House to unveil a picture of Hillary and Bush was fawning all over Hillary and then Bill and Pappy go golfing and world touring together and they hang around together with a lot of the same people. Then Hillary votes for the Iraq War Resolution and to give Bush the green light on Iran. They are way too cozy together.

Posted by: Hillary Bush | April 13, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

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HILLARY VOTED FOR THE WAR

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

Senator Obama has done the right thing by trying to soften his remarks, but sticking to the idea that lower middle income and below workers have suffered the downside of globalization and corrupt and stupid political leadership. I hope that voters in those brackets can get past whatever insult that they feel, and do not choose to vote for the same old, same old.

Posted by: annegreen | April 13, 2008 10:03 AM | 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 13, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Why I am bitter:
1) I am bitter because of the state of our economy
2) I am bitter because our jobs are being shipped overseas
3) I am bitter because we are fighting a war we shouldn't have waged.
4) I am bitter because we are spending $10b every month in Iraq, money that we need seriously here.
5) I am bitter that Iraq has about $50b of its money lodged in foreign account, while we are using tax payer's money to rebuild the country.
6) I am bitter that we are losing the effort to catch Osama Bin Laden.
7) I am bitter that our great country has lost its respect in the international forum.
8) I am bitter that our dollars has become a laughing stock of the world. That right here in the states, some businesses no longer accepts the dollar as a legal tender.
9) I am bitter because hardworking folks are being laid off their jobs and have lost all their savings.
10) I am bitter that honest and hard working folks are facing foreclosures.
11) I am bitter because the solution to the foreclosure problem from our law makers is to reward the mortgage banks and people who created the problem in the first place, while providing nothing for the people at the risk of losing their homes.
12) I am bitter because we keep borrowing from china and other countries, thereby leaving debts upon debts for the future generation.
13) I am bitter because there are so many other reasons why I should be bitter and our government is doing nothing to fix it.
14) Finally, I am bitter because the only person amongst our presidential candidates who recognizes that I'm bitter and that I have a genuine reason to be is being crucified for saying the truth.

I live in Philadelphia, where people have resorted to all these thing, gun and our crime rate shows this. religion, prayer for safty, voting against NAFTA, because of job lost, pointing finger at people who don't conform to the norm, voting for border control. WHY, BECAUSE THEY ARE BITTER!

PEOPLE YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS, FOR IT IN YOUR LIVING ROOMS, BUT AGAINST IT IN PUBLIC.

REMEMBER WHAT HE PROMISED YOU!
"I don't intend to be a President who tells you what you want to hear...but rather, a President who tells you what you need to hear in order to try and move this country forward.

Posted by: pam | April 13, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

HILLARY TOOK THE BAIT


today's papers are all filled with Obama expressing regret for his remarks..tho when you read what he says, it's not that, it that he could have used better words, etc.

I think they're setting up Hillary for the coup-de-grace on this one.

By suggesting that they're on the defensive, my guess is they're allowing this story to grow. Tempting Hillary to say more. Hillary has already, in my opinion, taken the bait, and repeated McCain's magic phrase: that Obama's "out of touch".

now, I suspect, after letting this story grow, the Obama campaign will counter punch big time & deliver Hillary's coup de grace.

I don't know my boxing terminology....but I think there's something (is it a feint?), where you pretend to be on the defensive, let your opponent take a swing and be left opened-up, and then you deliver the knock out punch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc9PepjyDow

Posted by: Kevin | April 13, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

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HILLARY VOTED FOR THE WAR

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Posted by: . | April 13, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

"Show me a black leader anywhere that has performed well for his country and people,you wont find a single one.Africa has had hundreds of black leaders and look at that wonderful place.Sometimes I wish Obama would get elected just so we could shut black people up once and for all after the country is completely in the toilet."

POSTED BY: What are you looking at?

Dear What Are You Looking At,

The country is already in the toilet, thanks to Bush. Move out of society. Your comments are inappropriate.

Posted by: Suzanne | April 13, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Hey folks, here's a reality check.
Yesterday I was in Pennsylvania knocking on doors for the Obama campaign with two other volunteers. All told, we knocked on over 500 doors. NOT ONE SINGLE VOTER mentioned Obama's guns and religion statement. And this was in an area that is working class, not educated and heavily favored for Hillary. We heard many good things from voters about Obama.

Voters we spoke to are indeed bitter about Iraq and the economy in Pennsylvania.
This is a faux issue cooked up by an overheated and desperate Clinton and media looking for ratings.

But the voters in PA we talked to didn't mention it.

Posted by: vbalfour | April 13, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

I hear Carter and Gore coming to rescue Obama. It will be great to get a picture of Carter with Hamas for distribution after Carter endores Barack Husein Obama. The MSM needs to explore whether Obama gets his funds from the middle east funneled through Dearborn, Michigan

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

Hillary is expressing shock and outrage? Shock and outrage is when the president turned the white house into his private brothel.
I think lying runs in the family.

Posted by: Tony | April 13, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Hillary is only campaigning for John Mccaain. Her strategy is, if she cannot win then Obama must not win as well. pure and simple.

Posted by: jay | April 13, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

ieThis is absolutely unbeleiveable, Mr OBAMA reflects and comments on what hurting Americans feel and say and McCain and Clinton twist his appropriate words upon him!

Wake up America the Clinton and Mcain followers are sounding like baaa baaa sheep and guess what those to drovers are leading you to the slaughter but pretend its really water!

Us in the wider world look on and read pro Clinton (especially) comments in absolute SHOCK.

Are there really so many dumbarses amoungst the intelligent. Like as if the two millionaires can even have a glimpse of the pain and hurt they cause you.
Just wat the... and your media goes into a feeding frenzy without challenging their twisted lies, may god help you as the millionaires club will only suck your energy.

They are members of a covert Black Alliance and America its time to switch the lights ON!

Posted by: Jacques | April 13, 2008 6:13 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | April 13, 2008 5:44 AM | Report abuse

Clinton 800000 $ Columbia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGeQ6dxGMFA

Posted by: Anonymous | April 13, 2008 5:42 AM | Report abuse

Obama spoke to the reality in this country , and everything he said was TRUE.
It will be so nice to have a President that actually tells us the TRUTH.

Posted by: Typical old white guy | April 13, 2008 5:41 AM | Report abuse

h t t p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6QbQmOv-d8

Posted by: Carlo | April 13, 2008 5:38 AM | Report abuse


Hillary = EVIL

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

Hillary = EVIL

Posted by: Carlo | April 13, 2008 5:24 AM | Report abuse

Maybe they are bitter because elitist politicians are trivializing their religion and calling them deluded xenophobes.

Posted by: Rawr | April 13, 2008 4:01 AM | Report abuse

Folks, just what part of the English Language Don't you UNDERSTAND?

Quote: "Obama conceded before a crowd in Muncie, Ind., this morning, as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republicans prepared to hammer him for a second day."

Bye Bye Obasama-Wish we never had to know you! ;~)

We accept your CONCESSION, Now PAHLEEZE,

Just go away! :-)

Posted by: RAT-The | April 13, 2008 2:23 AM | Report abuse

The PA GOP is already using this insulting comment for fundraising. If Dems are dumb enough to nominate him - the man is NOT ELECTABLE. He is a hard core socialist. I'm voting for Hillary so Dems don't shoot themselves in the foot again.

See the statement below for an accurate interpretation of Barack Hussein's comments.
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Robert A. Gleason, Jr.
Chairman,
Republican Party of Pennsylvania:
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.

Posted by: Typical White Pennsylvanian | April 13, 2008 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Someone posted: "And, by the way, the answer to the rich donors question is that irrespective of the outrageous amount of their (rich donors) money Obama has spent in PA (4:1 compared to Clinton) he has been unable to "CONVERT" (he and his donors think of people as members of a cult) to the Obamacult, because they can see through him and the real Obama not the marketing-created, biased-media supported Barack Obama. PA residents, you rock!!!!
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Your analysis was correct. He is running campaign commercials non-stop. He went bowling. Ate chocolate. Fed a calf. What more do us rust belt hicks want, 'cept our guns, religion and to hate feriners? Ha.

I'm calling it Hillary by 25%.

Posted by: Typical White Pennsylvanian | April 13, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Well Mr Obama really did a good job of revealing his true self to all Americans. From his days in Illinois politics (Rev Wright and all of the other Radicals) to the present, his rhetoric has enchanted all who have listened. Unfortunately for all of the people who really had "hope" that he would have their best interest at heart, it turns out they are just stepping stones for him to be the President. You are not worthy Mr Obama!

Mary

Posted by: Mary Fitzpatrick | April 13, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

What Obama said, is unbecoming of a graduate of Harvard, a biracial person and one who sat and listened to Rev. Wright for twenty years. Mr. Obama does not merit the consideration for our next president and hope that the American voter will see to it that he returns to his palacial Chicago house and go on a crusade with his famous wife to enlighten rural America and make them be proud of tgheir country!

Posted by: Steve | April 13, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

There is a higher average of prejudice in small town America. What Obama did not say is these people are far less likely to act aggressively against other races and ethnicity. More hate crimes occur in urban centers than small town Main St. America. Each succeeding generation of Americans has less prejudice than the previous. Americans should be bitter that being the most productive workers in the world, does not make their cost production competitive against the slave wages paid throughout the world. America should produce all the finished goods it needs in America. We have the resources and educated populace to do this, but instead want globalization. We can provide health care and everythng else we need if we get the leadership in Washington to do it. A flat 5% redistribution of income tax should be levied on corporations and individuals. The money will be disbursed via a bank issued credit card with corresponding photo-id. Voting registration, additional security services (like airport pre-clearance with background check), census should all be available. A full share goes to Americans 18-65, a third share for seniors and dependents, a 2% share for wards of the state. The money can only be spent on American made goods, medical (incl cosmetic), education (incl parochial), public transportation, adoption, and funeral costs. To qualify and stay qualified for a full share you must make $20,000 or work 1000 hours or similar combined time doing community service. Housewifes/husbands, taking care of the sick or elderly, clergy, students, the handicapped, people raising children are all exempt. A free full physical, paid from this tax, available every three years, submitted once every ten years, would allow early diagnosis of disease and cheaper treatment. The fine for washing credit card dollars is a years denial for the seller and a $5000 fine for the buyer. The Reagan investment tax credit should be passed to quicken the rebuilding of our manufacturing base. A giant national manufacturing mutual should be created for cash poor filers to pledge their credit. Cash investments in ground up, ecologically safe, fuel efficient plants and industrial parks can bring the ITC to 15%. The hit on the treasury will be enormous and the ITC should end when we have rebuilt our manufacturing base. Even Republicans would agree this is a tax cut for investment in America (5% vs 10-15%). No tax credits allowed against redistribution tax.

Posted by: Jimbo | April 13, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

For those of you interested in Senator Obama's position on gun control, here is an answer he gave recently. The question about gun control was the second one he was asked

http://revver.com/video/812089/obama-on-guns/

Posted by: George | April 13, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

I agree, Obama said what he said! SPIN AWAY SUPPORTERS! We will see the reality in the WHITE HOUSE! Like Bush, we have another great spin team! Like Bush we have another candidate with no World experience! Another 8 years of that and we will call it a Depressions!

Posted by: Mark | April 13, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Why?
Why do we choose a candidate to like and then refuse to hear anything negative about them?
Why do we as citizens not insist on a candidate that represents the average person and not the million and billionaires?
Why do we allow the press to manipulate us and pit us against each other?
Why do we not see the writing on the wall?
We put Bush in the WhiteHouse and the writing was all over the wall yet we got caught up in our little wars with each other. Watch, Listen, Demand..... Change you mind often and never, never take a side , just quietly vote. The victor should not be the bully with the most money. We should not answer polls and never let the press, our neighbors or anyone know our views until we weight everything with our vote. If we could only listen without opinions and vote our conscience, making the candidate sweat it and earn it. Americans choose by popularity.

Posted by: Kath | April 13, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

JPW | April 12, 2008 1:51 PM wrote

"The problem with Obama's statement is not the word "bitter." The offensive aspect is the idea that rural Americans only have guns and religious beliefs because of economic downturn. He implies that voters are incapable of religious belief for genuine reasons or own guns for hunting or self-defense. And then he suggests Pennsylvanians are racist. Naturally, some people might be offended by the intimation that they are racist and stupid."


This is a perfect description of what Senator Obama DID NOT say. He did not say, suggest or imply that bitterness was the only reason people clung to religion or the only reason they owned guns. He has, in fact, spoken of the importance of religion in his own life many times. Everything he said was true. If he mispoke at all, it was in leaving room for both honest (most if not all of the posters here I believe) and dishonest (Senator Clinton's and Senator McCain's campaign) people to read the word ONLY into his comments.

As for his comments about racism, how MANY people in Pennsylvania do you think he was calling racists. You didn't say and I don't want to read anything into your comment. There is a massive amount of evidence that joblessness fuels racism.

Posted by: George | April 13, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Hillary '08

A Disney film about a former corporate lawyer and her lobbyist husband who come to the rescue of America's blue-collar workers starring Kathy Bates as Hillary Clinton and Warren Beatty as Bill Clinton.

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 12, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

"You just look at her and think, 'Ergh'. But if you are poor and she is telling you some story about how Obama is going to take your job away, maybe it will be more effective. The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive."


Samantha Power

http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/latestnews/Inside-US-poll-battle-as.3854371.jp

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 12, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton '08
Solutions For Corporate America
Lying From Day -12775

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 12, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Not this time MCBUSH...not this time.The old,tired,meanspirited Republican party led by MCBUSH is going down to defeat. The 15 trillion dollar man...wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years at a cost of 12 billion dollars wow Talk about a big a big liberal spender....He voted against a bill for 18 million children having extended Healthcare insurance. Shameful,just plain shameful...The American people will not be fooled a third time by the Republican party. If you want hope and change it is OBAMA. If you want more and more and more of the same vote MCBUSH.......

Posted by: Johnny K | April 12, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

So this is what happens when someone like Obama tries to have an intelligent conversation about social and economic issues.

I can say that the Clinton campaign tactics are so similar to New Labour in the uk - spin overtaking substance.

In Wales, a small Celtic country next to England in the UK, we have very similar experiences to Pennsylvania (and many historical ties to Pittsburgh etc) such as closure of coal mines and steelworks, and the resulting depression and social problems.

When politicians based in Wales try to realistically address the very deep seated problems caused by these economic and social changes the UK New Labour government's spin machine roars into action.

I hope that Sen. Barack Obama can continue to honestly raise these issues.

Posted by: View from Wales | April 12, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

It is hard to imagine such a turn of events. Obama has alienated a huge swath of red America with his remarks. Cool. With the redneck bitter typical white base secured, McCain can focus on battleground America, secure in the knowledge that hidebound, racist free religion America will back the Republican nominee.

Backing and filling on the part of the novice politician will not fill the chasm he has created. I knew this extended Democratic nomination process was going to yield dividends.

Posted by: Ed | April 12, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Senator Clinton

Enough already. Your response - so unforgiving, is politics as usual. There is no limit on what you and your handlers will do to win -even if that means the country loses. It is just incredible that you feel such license to demean others to use your words and our intelligence. You can basically exaggerate your involvement in Northern Ireland and Bosnia repeatedly telling untruths and you take Obama to task as a defining moment over comments made poorly (which he admits). You you do not demonstrate the leadership so incredibly needed by America. Your 12 years in Washington has completely eroded your sense of right and wrong.

Posted by: kpkfusion | April 12, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

To OD (6:38 pm):
"Small town America voted for George Bush, therefore John Kerry was a bad candidate." I did not say that. What I said was that in the last general election, George Bush won a majority of small towns, i.e. in these towns, Bush got more votes than Kerry ,who won most of the cities.
Sen. Obama has now begun to realize the importance of small-town America, which has not been his favorite power base.

Posted by: austin | April 12, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

"In a lot of these communities in big industrial states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, people have been beaten down so long," he told the donors. "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 going to 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."

you decide

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama misspoke, (badly, I may add); this is what "mis-speaking" looks like. Hillary's excellent tale in Bosnia is not such; Hillary did not "mis-speak". Hillary (and Chelsea, by not correcting the account, and Bill, who brought up the matter again) LIED. Can you tell the difference? (I don't expect the Clintonistas to know better).

Posted by: Hillary lies | April 12, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

The "tone" of Obama's remarks is MOST offensive to Clinton and McCain donors who heard the words "closing tax loop holes" and "raising taxes on the top marginal rate".

That's the main reason that we're even hearing about this manufactured controversy.

The irony here is that these big donors at the Obama fundraiser at least had some sense of civic responsibility -- and some sense of proportion. They understand quite well what the effect of McBush economic policies have been in recent years.

If McCain or McClinton actually cared about what was going on in small town America they would do more than pay lip service to these towns. The only small town that McCain and McClinton feel an obligation towards after an election is the one along K Street in Washington DC.

Posted by: JP2 | April 12, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

And as Billary claims her win, Barack Hussein is now going to argue he DID NOT CONCEDE!

I can hear his Speech NOW, about how His Concession Speech, was NOT a Concession Speech!

"When I said I Concede, I did NOT mean that I have Conceded! What is the matter with you People? Can't you understand what I am Thinking is not what I am Saying?

I Change Darn it!" ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | April 12, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Somebody help me understand. Up until a few months ago Bill Clinton was the savior of the economy, the first black president (seen almost daily at some AME church), loved by all Dem's, and would have easilly been re-elected in 2000 if it weren't for term limits. Hillary was the automatic Democrat to be the next President. Everyone knew that they both were chronic liers but that was OK. They were coveted by the liberal media (a la Obama) and were blessed with a free ride from criticism. Their fall from grace defies the laws of gravity. I believe all this is going to have one outcome, McCain will be nominated by a solid majority in November. Many are foolish enough to believe otherwise, but this is typical of the Demcratic party to self destruct when there is more than one solid contender. Look back at Humphrey, McCarthy and McGovern.

Posted by: Herbito | April 12, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Sam, uh, you do sound bitter. Really.

Posted by: Craig | April 12, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama's quote was made to a group of wealthy donors in San Francisco in response to a question about why he was behind in the polls in Pennsylvania. The tone his entire response is condescending and offensive--not simply the final two sentences. In his response--which can be heard at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mayhill-fowler/obama-no-surprise-that-ha_b_96188.html--
Mr. Obama again raises the race card and suggests that the people of Pennsylvania don't respond to his message because it's brought to them by a black man. The audience begins laughing and as the laughter continues, he adds more disparaging comments about small town Americans.

Rather than taking a positive approach about his campaign strategies, Mr. Obama grouped together all people who prefer another candidate as bitter, ignorant and cynical. He played to possible biases that his wealthy San Francisco donors might have about the working class. The fact 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. There is no excuse for any politician to tap into stereotypes or to make disparaging statements about poor, rural, white America. Senator Obama's words were extremely divisive and do not reflect the attitude of someone who could unite our country.

Posted by: Wilson | April 12, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

When are people going to realize Obama is over his head. A lightweight who is arrogant and taken with his new wave of self importance. Get out of your Obama-induced coma before your are saluting McCain. This Democrat finds Hillary the most intelligent, visionary and experienced Democratic candidate. Obama will never win the presidency.

However, I am sure the news media and Obama's spin doctors will not let this hurt the teflon man.

Posted by: Political Watchdog | April 12, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little baffled by all these comments along the lines of "Obama is just another Kerry-style liberal elitist, he can't win, the white working class will all flee to the GOP again, etc".

Err.... John Kerry WON Pennsylvania in 2004.

Whoever wins the Democratic nomination will win Pennsylvania in 2008.

Posted by: Bourassa | April 12, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama one question to your response on your comments: How much is it going to cost for you and government to pay more attention to myself and everybody else?

Posted by: Theaz | April 12, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

The irony that Obama trying to explain to an audience of wretched white rich liberals in San Francisco what wrong with patriotic God fearing working class whites in rural Pennsylvania!

Posted by: Theaz | April 12, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

LOL @ moron. It's in WaPo and NYT, so I'd say it's being reported. Knock it off with Hillary's, "Left-wing conspiracy bit", OK?

Posted by: Mason | April 12, 2008 3:27 PM

Just goes to show what a idiot hypocrite you are. There is a big difference in being reported versus it being put through the juggernaut to explode it 1000 times. If you dont know difference you are either dishonest or naive or both.

Posted by: Kevin99999 | April 12, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Most of the people who will be outraged -- the NRA card carriers and the Taco haters -- are toing to vote for McBush anyway -- so what is the fuss?

Posted by: frank burns | April 12, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Most of the people who will be outraged -- the NRA card carriers and the Taco haters -- are toing to vote for McBush anyway -- so what is the fuss?

Posted by: frank burns | April 12, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Most of the people who will be outraged -- the NRA card carriers and the Taco haters -- are toing to vote for McBush anyway -- so what is the fuss?

Posted by: frank burns | April 12, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Most of the people who will be outraged -- the NRA card carriers and the Taco haters -- are toing to vote for McBush anyway -- so what is the fuss?

Posted by: frank burns | April 12, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes,American working class are bitter and let down by this administration. What haven't they screwed up? But, does that make us a hate mongering, gun toting, religious fundamentalist. I think not. I would like to add, most people stop attending church when they become bitter.

Posted by: hillarybill | April 12, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes,American working class are bitter and let down by this administration. What haven't they screwed up? But, does that make us a hate mongering, gun toting, religious fundamentalist. I think not. I would like to add, most people stop attending church when they become bitter.

Posted by: hillarybill | April 12, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Most of the people who will be outraged -- the NRA card carriers and the Taco haters -- are toing to vote for McBush anyway -- so what is the fuss?

Posted by: frank burns | April 12, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Why weren't people all hyped up about anti-immigration or trade agreements before the war in Iraq and the new depression? In terms of those two, Obama hit the nail on the head, but, at all times, people generally have a sharp stick up their behinds in terms of their religion, and owning guns, so I do not where the connection is there. He also did the right thing to say he didn't state it as well as he should have. People do turn to their religion in times of frustratioin and need.

Posted by: frank burns | April 12, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CAPITAL LETTERS!!!!! I'M SO ANGRY!!! OMG OBAMA!!! CLINTON!!!! MCCAIN!!!! I'M PROBABLY GETTING PAID BY A CAMPAIGN TO POST ON ALL THE ARTICLES ON THE WASHINGTON POST AND OTHER MEDIA FORUMS!!! SHOUTING!!! REALLY NASTY COMMENTS ABOUT SOME CANDIDATE THAT MAY NOT BE TRUE BUT GIVE PEOPLE ENOUGH PAUSE TO EITHER CONVERT TO MY VIEW OR JUST GET EVEN MORE TURNED OFF TO A CAMPAIGN THAT HAS GONE ON FOREVER!!!

Sorry for the exasperation.

Posted by: lol | April 12, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

If you're not already bitter, do you think you will be if Alan Greenspan is right and we're headed for a deep recession? How about if we go all the way down to a depression. And all the while, Washington keeps funding porkbarrel projects. We keep losing military in Iraq--and, oh, how about this one--did you know that while we've spent over half-a-trillion in Iraq; the Iraqi government has a budget surplus (that makes me mad AND bitter)! Let's stop yelling at each other and figure out how to bring this country back to where it should be.
Obama!!!!

Posted by: Sueb2 | April 12, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

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It's so funny to hear Republicans talking about elitism as if were a bad thing. Please forgive me. But this is the trickle down crowd that expects the dirty hungry hoards to wait upon the scraps thrown down from on high. It is their right to be elitists. Have you ever been to a country club. Not really filled with members of the Students for a Democratic Society.

And as far as the Clintons, $109 million for speaking, having someone else write your books and being well connected. That's not elitist?

Forgive my bitter cynicism.

Repeat after me:

"President Barack Obama"

'cause it's gonna happen.

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Posted by: McClinton | April 12, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

He didn't just say people are bitter because they lost jobs.

He said people in small towns in PA and the mid-west cling to their guns, and their God, and they don't like anyone who is not like them, and they don't like immigrants, and they are against trade.
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He called small town USA a bunch of gun-toting bigots and xenophobes who are isolationist religious zealots and bitter people.

Posted by: Katherine | April 12, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Wait a second. I just found out that Obama made these statements about small town USA not only in front of elitist rich people in Pacific Heights...

But it was a fundraiser at a multi-millionaire's mansion with many millionaires present and the media was disallowed. So, he was speaking as though no one else would find out.

The mansion is owned by multi-millionaire "Pakistan native and ardently Muslim Sohaib Abbasi (CEO of Informatica)"....

Here. Look at all the pictures of the string of millionaire and billionaire fundraisers Obama went to in San Fran:

http://savagepolitics.com/

http://www.zombietime.com/obama_visits_billionaires_row/

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

People are bitter and sick of our jobs going overseas. They are bitter because the politics of today seem to look for scapegoats to find a reason why things are so bad. The reality is Obama says things people really don't want to acknowledge or hear. The country is in the tank.

Posted by: Shawn | April 12, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Small towns people are more world wise than city folks. Surivial is always harder in small towns. There is nothing bitter, just perpetual struggle. Obama should get a grip and go back to school.

Posted by: hhkeller | April 12, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is using Republican tactics, quite cynically, to whip up false outrage and drive a wedge into the electorate. Barack Obama was talking about how wedge issues have been used to distract people from their economic interests. He was speaking the truth, and all this silliness is truly a distraction.

Posted by: Ruth | April 12, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

A recession, the war, $10 trillion in debt, government sanctioned torture, and the national media instead focuses on this?

I'm sure tomorrow's morning talk shows Obama's comments at the fundraiser will get just as much play as these big issues -- perhaps even more.

The real insult to America is a $1 trillion war funded entirely on debt -- which will be dumped on America's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

We could also talk about the unpaid debts from things like the Savings and Loan $120 billion tax-payer bailout (thanks McCain), which twenty years STILL remain unpaid.

McClinton may be outraged by some politicians comments twisted beyond recognition.

Me, I'm outraged, that career politicians like McCain and McClinton are dumping at least $10 trillion on several generations of Americans. It makes me even more ticked off that the great majority of those Americans have yet to see any benefit from the $10 trillion in debt -- a large share of which is due to tax cuts for the ultra-rich, corporate welfare payments to those who have bought off politicians like McCain and McClinton, and an ill-advised war which has done nothing to advance the U.S.'s long-term strategic interests.

Posted by: JP2 | April 12, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Geez Folks, I am already Tired of hearing this weasel talk his way out of Blunders-And he is not even the Dimocrat Nominee YET!

4 Years of; "Well, Mr. Putin/Chavez/Il/Khameini/Etc., Etc...-SIR, what I really Meant was..., so Pahleeze have Pity on me, I swear, I do it all the Time!" ;~)

I don't think so! :-(

Posted by: RAT-The | April 12, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

It is a sad day when a man like Barack Obama has to say he is sorry for speaking the truth. We are bitter! No jobs, no hope, we can't make ends meet no matter how hard we try. If people would open there closed minds, and take off the blinders that 7 years of Bush has put on them they would see the truth!! Please open your minds and eyes and take a good look around then you would see that Obama is right. He is the one that we need in Washington! Barack Obama 08

Posted by: Jenny & Grandson | April 12, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, and the Republicans are just common guys, like McCain with $300 million and Bill and Hillary shaking down people for $15million a year for the last 7 years.

Posted by: majorteddy | April 12, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA 08
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OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: sickofthisshyte | April 12, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

"obama concedes he misspoke"?? bull! he did NOT misspeak! he told the TRUTH, and those who want to twist it misrepresented the TRUTH!

i couldn't agree more with senator soon-to-be-president obama. americans are so angry and so bitter that the politics-as-usual mindgames won't work this time! the media, repubs, clintons can spin this to holy hell and nothing will change the ugly, bitter, raw TRUTH of his statement.

if americans aren't angry, then we're in deeper doo-doo than we think.

Posted by: phillychick | April 12, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh wise up here all you Toxic Obama Kool Aid Drinkers Obamabots as Barack Obama did
most assuredly put down,insult,and offend
every American,who was born and live in a
small town and all of us like me that had
to move to a big city to complete my college education as well. So sure I am fed
up and mad at you Racist,Cocaine Addict,
Pathological Liar Phony Barack Hussein Obama and you will see me vote again you
and every gutless Democrat who is afraid
to speak up against you Obama and your damn
racist comments. Just Vote No On Obama.

Posted by: sandylong5274 | April 12, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Skinsfan1978 you are quite right, I'm aware his family lives in an expensive home and both he and his wife have Ivy league educations. I do believe he wrote several books and he and his wife just recently paid off student loans.

I can appreciate McCain's and Hilary's wealth. After all, I am a capitalist. However, my point is that they are in it for the power to promote their base, the haves and the have mores. I don't know about you, but seen enough of that over the last 7 years.

Obams is not my Messiah. I just happen to believe that he is what America needs at this time. The people he attracts are just tried of the way the country has been run by people who cannot think outside the box. I think some of us get insulted by the truth. And I respectfully suggest that you do more research.

Posted by: Ms Priss | April 12, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed at the bigotry, racism, and hatred spewed against Senator Obama by the Clintonistas. Wow!! They are just like THEIR sweet, kindly, and caring granny Hillary, oooopsss, got that wrong!! They are just like their vicious, hateful, racist, lying, fraudulant candidate! Does that surprise anyone? She sure harkened to all those bigots, racists, and hateful people who live in the fringes of the swamps and old basements...they heard her call and they came out in droves to support theit candidate, the most corrupt, lying, fraudulant, and corrosive,and the horrible scorched-earth, slash-and-burn dirty political fighter in history!

I know someone much, much larger, stronger, and all knowing is watching over us and will protect us against Hillary's corruption and ILL WILL. My higher power will see that this country gets on an even keel and will lead us out of our oppression. God has a plan for everyone and everything!!

Posted by: NinaK | April 12, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

The Obama Campaign is so smart

They probably want this to "blow up" some more....Hillary took the bait, and now has already (as did McCain, earlier) said the magic words:

"out of touch"

after a day or two...if that long, Obama's "gaffe" can get more coverage, then Obama rebuttal can be aired as Obama TV commericals, etc.....in which he witheringly squashes both Hillary & McCain like bugs.

Clinton took the bait, guess, she's still getting advice from Penn, Ha! She won't know what hit her.

see for yourself, if you haven't already.

The airing of this speech (and this theme) will cinch the nomination for Obama: it's a tour de force

...and Hillary took the bait, Ha!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc9PepjyDow

Posted by: Kevin | April 12, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: http://blogs.knoxnews.com/knx/silence/ | April 12, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

OK, Obama admits that he misspoke about small town people. He may really be an elitist, and you can hold him accountable for that. But, whatcha gonna do about The Clintons?

Hillary tells you she's there "to fight for you". And, to "keep jobs in America". She says she opposes The Columbian Free Trade Act. If that's so how can she explain the fact that her husband got $800,000 from the Columbians for supporting efforts to get it enacted.

The media says Hillary claims this is "a simple disagreement between a married couple". "I want fish, you insist on steak." Now, that's a simple disagreement between a married couple. When, an elected official "opposes" an Act before the body that official is a part of, that's a "conflict of interest". That, is, if a sizable amount of money appears in their joint bank account, collected by that official's spouse, for services rendered.

Sounds like the roles The Clintons played in NAFTA.

Does anyone notice a "pattern of action", and signs of duplicitousness...

Posted by: Hank Wilfong Jr. | April 12, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break on this war stuff. You are all right about how it is hurting the economy, but you are only able to make it an issue, because the Bushies screwed it up so very badly. Anyone who thinks that anybody running, with the exception of Ralph Narcissist, oops, I mean Nader, will pull the troops out in less than a year is eating bad mushrooms.

Go ahead and warn all these bitter people about McCain. They probably aren't going to listen, and if they do, they will likely be more scared of another inexperienced person being President, and running the country through another four-year term of incompetency, than they are about the war hero they will undoubtedly vote for.

I don't know what is more frightening - four years of John McCain, or four year's of a Jimmy Carter-like Obama administration, which will bring the Republicans back from the brink of exile, as happened with another, quite differently disposed, great communicator.

Anyone who doesn't vote for Obama is a racist, and anyone who votes for McCain is a Nazi. Keep on droning that mantra.

Posted by: daweeni | April 12, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

what a pathetic, petty nation we have shown ourselves to be. in an election year that we could actually demonstrate to the rest of the world that we have overcome our mistakes of the past and gotten over our sexism, racism, religious intolerance, homophobia, etc...we are now showing our ignorance to every person worldwide who has access to the internet. i would really love to know how many of you professing to be "small town blue collar workers" actually are. my guess is that most of you are the elitists who are so busy lobbing criticism at senator obama. how many of you high and mighty posers have actually gone out and done work at a food bank or volunteered at a homeless shelter. my bet's not many. hillary's comment that "the people i know are not bitter..." would make excellent fodder (if you can afford to live in the hampton's you probably don't have a lot to be bitter about). elitist - clinton or mccain - nooo. lol whatever :) if any of us honestly believes that any one of the candidates "feels our pain" i think we are all reading a fairy tale. any bets on which of the three has a clue as to the cost of a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread. sorry, but they all live on a different plane than the rest of us so get over it and let's get back to discussing the real issues and problems facing this country. bitter? damn right i am because the democrats bickering over ridiculous semantics and slinging mud on each other is handing the election over to the republicans...congratulations on squandering another chance to give the white house back to the people. wow, what a disappointment and a sad vicious lot we have become :(

Posted by: realitycheck | April 12, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Look at your dismal logic, austin. Small town America voted for George Bush, therefore John Kerry was a bad candidate.

No, the problem is that small town America is full of bad voters.

How do I know that? Because they voted for George Bush.

This complaint is so tedious: Oh how could you Democrats put forward a Massachussetts liberal, when I'm so biased against Massachussetts liberals, gays, people from California etc, that I had to vote for George Bush?

Have you considered trying NOT voting like idiots? Nope.

Posted by: OD | April 12, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Those of you who are so enamored with McCain think about this.... John McCain has never had to walk in your shoes when it comes to Healthcare issues. He has either been in the military or a publiclly elected office since he was 22 years old ! He has no clue about what it means to have NO health insurance or to not be able to afford proper health care coverage. As for those that think that Obama was wrong by using the word "bitter" in his recent speech, get off your collective asses and tell your legislators in Harrisburg to start working harder on attacting new industry to PA. with incentives. Stop building new football and baseball stadiums (Pittsburgh and Philly) and spend some $ on attracting industry that has jobs that pay more than minimum wage ! Obama cares but there are too many people looking for any opportunity to take his words and to twist serious meaning against him. As for you Hillary lovers, get over it - it's over and your choice now is Barack or 4 more years of the same BS.

Posted by: DJL | April 12, 2008 6:29 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 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 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm from Pennsylvania, and lived there during the Clinton years. People did feel like Clinton was paying attention to them, even if Ted Kennedy didn't. These people like to hunt, and, when the Liberal Democrats in Congress ignored their concerns, and made guns a more important issue than protecting jobs, they voted to protect the rights the monied lobbyists told them they would lose. It wasn't a hard sell, considering the spotlight they put Sarah Brady under at the convention. Maybe Obama thinks they're stupid, because they voted for people who they thought heard them. Obviously Rove and company were opportunistic enough to realize that most of the registered Democrats weren't the kind that hang out at the sort of caucuses that got the Golden Tongue of the Year Award fellow to where he is now. Maybe these bitter people realized that the low pay jobs that were left, to replace the family supporting factory jobs they all used to have, were being taken by these newcomers who they couldn't even speak to, and who weren't even here legally. So, Barack, they must be stupid, because they got upset at the bleeding heart Democrats, who felt sorrier for people who shouldn't even be here, than they are for the people who made the Democratic Party what is was, but no longer is.

I'd be bitter, too, if all the party my family had always been voting for decided that the agenda of the elitist, smug, condescending Democratic leadership was more focused on issues that made no difference in my life, and ignored the things that were destroying my community and my life. And, when fools like Teddy Kennedy started swooning for Bush's b***s*** education program, and the Democrats were too scared to filibuster a tax cut for the rich, why should anyone bother to vote for Democrats anyway, if they were just a bunch of do-nothing wimps.

It took years of a totally incompetent administration, and the destruction of the economy, to get people to even vote enough Democrats into office to even etch out a bare majority. And, once again, the Democrats think that making the war the big issue is a better strategy than rebuilding the industrial towns that greedy corporations left to rot. Not a particularly smart move, considering that many of these people's children had to join the Army, because "undocumented workers" (God forbid anyone should use the words "illegal migrants", even if that is exactly what they are), had taken the few jobs that were left. They may not like the war, they might not like the danger their kids are in, but they sure don't want to hear people saying things that make their children feel they are in danger, and serving their country, for nothing.

Thank you Howard Dean. Thank you Elitist Liberal Democrats. Thank you for making sure that caucus going, Toyota Hybrid driving tree-huggers, who won't vote Democratic if they don't get their way, got to put such a well-spoken, inspiring, phony up against a Republican like John McCain. You can then spend the next four years talking about how racist all these bitter people in Pennsylvania are.

Anyone who doesn't vote for Obama is a racist, and anyone who votes for McCain is a Nazi. Sounds like a winning slogan to me, at least up until after the convention.

Posted by: daweeni | April 12, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I guess what this comes down to for me is whether or not we think politicians should tell the truth, or tell us what they believe.

If you think elections should be all about avoiding saying anything which could possibly step on someone's toes, then we can elect someone who does that. We can elect someone who pretends that America and Americans are perfect. And we'll get what we have right now, which is a discussion where the only substance we ever hear about is a series of ten-point plans that ordinary people don't even have any basis for evaluating; and where the bulk of our political dialogue fixates on scandals and gaffes, real or simply perceived.

Or, we can actually have serious discussions about what's wrong and what's right with our country. Not just discussions of plans, but discussions of *the things our plans are designed to address*. Because, while it's satisfying to feel like we're taking some action, it's silly to take action without even understanding what the larger goal of your action is.

Posted by: davestickler | April 12, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Thank God we have Hillary Clinton (net worth $110 million) and John McCain (net worth $250 million, condo in Aspen & 7 other vacation homes, private jet, etc) to stand up for the little guy against Obama the elitist.

Posted by: OD | April 12, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

This is just another example that Sen Obama has poor understanding about small-town America, which George W Bush defeated John Kerry four years ago.
Therefore, if nominated, Sen. Obama will fail in the general election, while Sen. Clinton can win.

Posted by: austin | April 12, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Every poll shows that the vast majority of the country thinks we, America, are on the wrong track. Every poll shows Bush's approval ratings south of 30% -- and Congress even worse.

How are you going to say that people aren't bitter? That people aren't disenchanted with government? That, as he was fundamentally arguing, it's difficult for people to connect with an idealistic campaign when government seems like such an unreliable ally? That communities, faith, and family are the pieces of their lives that ordinary people feel they can rely on?

How can you disagree?

Posted by: davestickler | April 12, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Ms Priss wrote, "McCain and Hilary have not been poor or so called middle class for quite some time."


Obama has not been poor for quite some time either. Ivy League education. $1.6 million mansion. Do some research on your mesiah Obama. Obama promised to help the folks of Chicago if elected and left them behind.

Posted by: skinsfan1978 | April 12, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama never conceded he misspoke. He clarified and said that he could have said it better. He did not misspeak. Misspeaking the the term Clinton uses when she lied. Obama spoke the truth and for you to claim that he said he misspoke is a lie on your part. And give the lies that Clinton told it really bad "journalism" for you to somehow equate the two.

So let me state it clearly. Many of us are bitter and one of the things that has made us bitter is the fact that the "news" media is been co-opted but a few corporations that do not want to see changes in this country.

So those of you who are happy go ahead and vote for the two-headed monster McClinton and those of us who are angry and bitter over the last 7.5 years of ineptitude will vote for Obama. "Misspoke" what a crock.

Posted by: Jim B | April 12, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Are they happy about the loss of job? I'm sure bitter is an accurate adjective.

Posted by: Houston, TX | April 12, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Once again, it seems a lot of Americans will vote against their own interest based on more sound bites (silly season).

Both Hilary and McCain have been in Washington about eight and thirty years respectfully. How have either of them changed your life? Are you better off since they've been in the Senate. Do they inspire you to get involved in politics? Does the fact that they are worth over $100,000,000 make you feel better or changed your life? Since being in the Senate all of these years, what have they done regarding all of the issues being discussed in this primary?

McCain and Hilary have not been poor or so called middle class for quite some time. Poor and so called middle class folks are one in the same. Breaking news, if you need a job to maintain your lifestyle, you are poor. Rich folks work because they want to, not because they have to.

With that being said, why do you feel McCain and Hilary will make a difference in your life? Do you really believe they care about poor whites, blacks, Latinos and others? You only matter when it is an election season. Once either of them get elected along with their lobbyists, it will be back to business as usual. So poor whites, blacks, Latinos and other poor folks go right ahead and vote against your interest. There are counting on you. But remember, as I tell my children, you cannot keeping doing the same thing expecting a different result?

Posted by: Ms Priss | April 12, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I am really surprised by peoples reaction on this speach. Senator Obama is a realist here. The people of Penn. and America as a whole, need the plain Black and White Tuth told them this minute. Peple have been maskinh this situation for a long time now like everything was going well when in fact, things have been going down hill for a very long time. This is why Americans wrer not aware that ENRON was infact inflating its accounts to impress, when really, there was nothing fruitful happening there and Boy, what a shock, when the truth finally came out. That is why Americans have not been aware of the Trillion Dollar deficeits accumulated by this Administration in depths which our grand children will end up paying. This is also the reason why Americans are not aware of the fact that, Billions of Dollars were and are beeing shipped to fund the war in Iraq and is the main cause of our economic delima right now.Feeling bitter and angry losing a job or house is just a perfectly Natural reaction. You donot have to mask your pain and work around claiming resiliant when you rae not sure where you are going to pass the nightor where your next meal with for your children is going to come from. The truth is, the whole country is in economic turmoil and people are frustrated, bitter, angry, and scared because, they don't know what is coming next.If you have a job, you are not sure how long it's going to last before you become statistic.How in the world will you be feeling ashamed right now to be angry and bitter and voice your frustration because A Candidate, who has helped Americans Mask thei Pain for so long is going to come out here and jump all over you again to tell you " O, YOU ARE RESILIANT AND THIS IS NOTHING,YOU HAVE BEEN IN THIS SITUATION BEFORE AND YOU WILL GET THROUGH IT IF YOU ELECT ME." This is just the OLD GRANNY CLINTON- STATUS SQUO getting you to be quiet and don't make a big deal out of your situation. Wake up, America, Wake up, Pennsylvania, Wake up Indiana, Wake up, North Carolina and all the rest of the States left in this Primaries. Voice out your anger and bitterness about your Job losses, Home forclosures and Rising cost of Fuel and Food and Life as a whole. It is a Reality and Obama is bringing it out to Light for you and your families. Heis the one to have an honest discussion with your reality and Not Clinton and Mcain that helped create these problems in the first place by authorizing this infamous WAR and bad Trade Deals which have crippled our economy. Hail to OBAMA AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR HIM AND VOTE HIM AS OUR PRESIDENT. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT 2008.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Apology Accepted wrote, " If you bleeding heart republicans out there think "bitter" is an insult, a 'wacky' or 'elitist' thing to say, you don't know nothin'.

Is this Michelle? This is not about being bitter. It is about being stereotyped by an Ivy league elitist. I can accept his apology but I am also smart enough to know he meant to demean small town America to his elitist donors.

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

Obama did not misspeak -- and shame on his advisers for telling him to back down. He spoke the truth, and Hillary, as always, lies when she thinks it will help her.

What planet is Hillary living on? The elitist Republican planet -- when it suits her purpose.

Last week she's talking about appointing a poverty czar. This week, she's on live television saying that average Pennsylvanians are optimistic, positive, resilient, rolling up their sleeves, not frustrated or bitter.

So which is it, Senator Clinton? What's changed from Poverty Czar Hillary, to Everybody's Happy Hillary?

The pathetic, desperate hope that she can find something to turn around her slide in the Pennsylvania polls?

How transparent. And it doesn't seem to bother her that she's spouting the same line as Bush, McCain and the Republicans. Perhaps the millions she and her husband have raked in by capitalizing on their White House years has finally gone to her head. I used to admire her.

But the voters -- worried about losing jobs, health insurance, unemployment benefits and their homes -- know how they feel, and with polls saying 81% think the country is going in the wrong direction, Hillary may have jumped the wrong way with her "he's elitist, I know Americans are really positive" comments. And even if she may get some traction with the message, voters still know a flip-flop when they see one.

If we shouldn't worry, and be happy, why do we need a poverty secretary in the Cabinet?

Posted by: Kathleen Lewton | April 12, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I told you these Clinton people are masters of distortion.

We all know that what Obama meant was that people in these towns are bitter about the economic plight of their towns and have given up on using the vote to send a message to Washington on economic policy. But they have clung to the vote to send a message on guns, gay marriage, religion, etc.

If you have to lie and distort to get your point across, you don't have a good case. The Hillary Clinton campaign knows they dont have a good candidate.

Hillary is running on experience, but has yet to put forward one major, undisputed foreign or domestic policy accomplishment. John McCain will wipe the floor with her on experience, on the war, on integrity. You name it. Just look at the polls. No one trusts Hillary. Thats HUGE.

Approx 1 in 3 people in the Pew survey thinks she is a fraud.

http://people-press.org/reports/display.php3?ReportID=407

That was done before the Bosnia story. As much as Clinton supporters like to say Obama is not electable, they have yet to present any objective evidence and all the evidence is to the contrary: He's ahead in the polls against John McCain and Hillary; He's ahead in the primaries. They are good at pulling assertions out of a hat, but they fear looking at the real numbers because they fear the truth. Its not surprising coming from the Hillary Clinton campaign.
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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.

Drip by drip, like Whitewater torture, the case is being made that she is compelled to mislead, and to ensnare her subordinates and friends in a web of deceit.

By WILLIAM SAFIRE
Published: January 8, 1996
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Posted by: UncleRemus | April 12, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Obama speaks from his heart and not some script that someone else wrote for him. I found NOTHING elitist or wrong with what he said. He spoke the simple truth.

When people are frustrated they do cling to things that help them get through whatever it may be. And yes, people do get bitter. The economy has left a bad taste in everyone's mouth.

If these are the kinds of things your going to get your undies in a bunch over, then maybe you're hearing but not listening.

Barak Obama is listening.

Posted by: Roxanne1963 | April 12, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: the rev mr premansu r das, B. d (dIIVINITY.AGENT:DEMOCRATIC REDEVELOPMENT WORLD_WIDE INCLUDING IN U | April 12, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

It is hard to watch Hillary with a straight face. Now she has her cronies in journalism stationed to spy on Obama. The journalist who broke this story is of a same mind with Hillary. A sixty year old woman with too much time on her hands. She has been trying for weeks to find some story that will help Hillary. This is the best she could do. Now it is an interpretation of his words with a twist that is to derail his campaign? Here come the sharks in the media looking for something to bring ratings. It is not worth our time and energy to fight and defend. However, Regardless of what Obama intended to convey, I agree that things are getting so tough that I have become bitter. Bitter enough to pay attention to what is going on. Bitter enough to see intentional need to mislead the American public by Hillary and Mc Cain. They can't find anything substantial. Berate Obama for anything they can. That is their motto. My motto is eradicate the Myth. "Hillary is good for this country". That is the Myth. Let's get rid of it.

Posted by: Arleen1 | April 12, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

As a dumb, white poor man, I don't think Obama should have apologized for anything.

If you bleeding heart republicans out there think "bitter" is an insult, a 'wacky' or 'elitist' thing to say, you don't know nothin'.

"Bitter" is just the tip of the iceburg. We've been told how our borders are a priority. It's been 8 years of Republican rule and NOTHINGs been done to secure the borders.

WHY? lemme tell you why, rich, bleeding heart fascists.

Because the steady stream of immigrants represent cheap, non-union labor. So what if terrorists are streaming across? We've got profit to make.

And if terrorists do get across and commit another horrible act?

Fine, we'll just continue our "war on terrorism" and spy more on everyone's emails, phone calls, and private connections.

The problems regular Americans face will not be solved until regular Americans' views are taken into account.

Listening to your rich contributors and lobbyist friends will give us more of the same.

I hope they HATE Obama. I hope they never talk to him. Good. All the better for us Americans.

200,000 homeless veterans
40+ million without healthcare
3 trillion in debt and rising for a wasted war
8 years of Republican rule
16 years of Lobbyist driven government
1 million foreclosures as a direct result of deregulated markets
12 million illegals (GW likes to call them guest workers, but guess what: When work is over, they live here, drive here, park here, drink here, get sick here, commit crimes here, send money from here)
0 offered solutions (except to be offended by Obama)

6 months till the general election.

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Posted by: Apology Accepted | April 12, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Ok ok obama is right im gonna quit my religion and hunting and put my pants down to my knees watch some B E T see some hos,smoke some chronic with my crew in da hood then listen to my main man Obama who knows how it is in rural america hes gonna set them white folk straight

Posted by: ty | April 12, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Does Obama's damage control crew realize how angry their obvious effort to spin this is making people?

Its not about "bitter"

Its about telling the opposite thing on the same issue to two different groups of people.

Trying to spin this is only going to get people even more angry.

Posted by: Its about beiing two faced not about being bitter | April 12, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Who's denying there is bitterness and anger among those of us who are bitter and angry? Not me. There is reason in this description of under-served, jaded lower middle-class Pennsylvanians. It's true!

Say it again, Mr Obama. It's true for plenty of us. No need to deny or explain. Only politicians needing self-serving material for their failing campaigns are picking up on these true observations. It damns their denial. Please, Barack, keep saying it straight. It's the truth, even if it hurts.

Posted by: lenbyler | April 12, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

JaneyMP said:

"Are we so desparate for change that we overlook the pastor problem, the Rezko problem, the SF speech problem"

Obamas hope is that Abraham Lincoln's words pan out "To win the election, impress the ignorant".

Posted by: Bill T. | April 12, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I guess speaking the truth is not patriotic. If americans can't handle the f***ing truth, they deserve a Bush 3rd term.

Go Obama! Tell those losers to get a life.

Posted by: poggy | April 12, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

yani unga at at 5:04 you ccreep the hell out of me.You make obama seem like some sort of messiah.His christianity? a follower of the rev wright is going to unite america? and save the world?Obama hurts andcares for us all? Oh man and all this from someone has done absolutely nothing for humanity except to line his pockets from crooks and get his spiritual filled with vile from a racist anti american minister.Obama supporters are scary hopefully america dumps this mesiah before find ourselves under jimmy carter 2.0 again with a messianic complex

Posted by: ty | April 12, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Bitter? Here's BITTER--

that such a small percentage of the posts above are rational. Don't thinkg about thoughtful.

The same writers who mouth off daily in every post, most of the nastiest are Hillary people, do it again here.

The subject at hand doesn't matter.
So few grown ups any more in this country.


Posted by: finte | April 12, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm not American, but I know that three-quarters of Americans supported invading Iraq in 2003. Yet three-quarters of Americans today believe the war was a bad idea.

Likewise, a clear majority of American voters re-elected GW Bush in 2004, yet his support hovers below 30% today.

That's mathematical proof that a large proportion of American voters is making a lot of bad, indeed self-harming, decisions.

Yet nobody in America is ever allowed to criticise the voter, criticise the public. Politicians are trained to spout pablum like: "I think the American people are pretty smart", "I think the American people usually come to the right decision, etc."

It's completely taboo to mention that the American people have been largely complicit in the disasters that have befallen them. Even Obama wouldn't dare say that. Suck up to the Great American Public at all costs.

Clinton and McCain play that game well, as did GW Bush. That's why the American public never looks at itself in the mirror.

Iraq is all Bush's fault, say the people who cheered and bayed for war in 2003. Our health costs are rising, moan people who voted against a decent health plan in 2004 because they were scared a homosexual might get married somewhere.

Like I said, I'm a foreigner and don't have to suck up to anyone. So I can say: Bush is a symptom, the American people is the cause.

Reading the comments of those here trying to enforce the taboo on criticising the choices of the US voter, it's easy to see why America is in such a deep hole.

I predict that Americans will continue to vote for those who tell them how great they are, and America will continue its irreversible decline.

Hopefully, when you're all broke, you will at least quit starting wars all the time.

Posted by: Kevrobb | April 12, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Barak Obama is speaking the truth and it hurts! Obama has absolutely nothing to apologize for what he said was the truth, and it was worded appropriately. OBAMA IS TELLING THE TRUTH, WAKE UP, FACE IT, CLEAN YOUR INNER SELF, AND ADMIT THE TRUTH. MAKE WORLD BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN HARMONY. OBAMA IS TRYING, HELP HIM TO DO SO.

I SURE GET BITTER FEELINGS WHEN I HEAR INTOLERANT PEOPLE SHOUTING AT IMMIGRANTS "GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY WHERE YOU BELONG TO". NOT KNOWING ENOUGH ABOUT THEIR OWN BACKGROUND WHERE THEY CAME FROM!
Why this frustration, and hatred? Because, THEY ARE BITTER! This is not their fault totally, the system and our govt. is not helping. No question that individual needs to work hard to achieve THEIR DREAM but if wind is constantly against you, YOU ARE TORN APART eventually, and loose your strength, SURE YOU ARE BITTER, AREN'T YOU? TURN TO GOD HELPLESSLY AND PRAY IF SOMETHING MAGICAL HAPPENED. OBAMA IS THAT MAGIC TRYING TO WAKE YOU UP GIVING HOPE AND TO TRY FOR A BETTER LIFE.
Look at your self; evaluate your self in depth. Find the truth. Don't pat your back because you can and you are masking the truth. Sure I am bitter because people give me bitter look thinking that I am taking their job way from them. They are bitter that making them hate legal hard working immigrant. Yes, I am bitter when I see all these money spend to kill American solders and countless innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan instead that money could be used to build inner city schools and housing where our young children turn themselves to gun violence to survive everyday life but instead die killing each other. Are you telling me govt. couldn't help these cities with jobs and housing? They can use money to build more jails but not school? You think all people are stupid. People who don't have depth in them they look at the surface politics and media not think enough the real truth behind it. YOU THINK GEORGE BUSH IS GOING WISE TRYING TO HELP BRING DEMOCRACY TO OTHER COUNTRY WHERE HE CAN'T EVEN HELP HIS OWN COUNTY AND PEOPLE.

I hope that Pennsylvanians and all sufferer Americans can recognize the truth behind Sen. Obama's words. I am bitter and I cry and turn in to God more when I am helpless, I feel so small, when I can't do anything about it and bitten up by our govt. politics. When Bush's politics takes place to gain his personal interest he invades other country killing our solders and innocent people around the world. Huh, telling me that he trying to bring DEMOCRACY to those country and people! Wake up don't be a victim again. Any conscious, educated, intelligent citizen who are not media biased, can judge and reason knowledge by them self is able to understand the depth in Obama's speech, his truthfulness, and love of his country and people.

Posted by: BITTERfrustratedCitizen | April 12, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Who's denying there is bitterness and anger among those of us who are bitter and angry? Not me. There is reason in this description of under-served, jaded lower middle-class Pennsylvanians. It's true!

Say it again, Mr Obama. It's true for plenty of us. No need to deny or explain. Only politicians needing self-serving material for their failing campaigns are picking up on these true observations. It damns their denial. Please, Barack, keep saying it straight. It's the truth, even if it hurts.

Posted by: lenbyler | April 12, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I'd really like to think that the DNC will step back now and reconsider its love affair with Obama - the untested, inexperienced candidate. But, I'm reminded of that old maxim "you dance with the one that brung ya".

Expect to see a few more 3rd tier super delegates coming out of the woodwork to support Obama in the coming days (kind of like falling on your sword).

The idea being that even though we KNOW what we heard and know EXACTLY what Obama meant, the spin from the liberal media AND the DNC will be to TELL us that we're WRONG!

That's why I'm sending the DNC a copy of my change in party affiliation from Life long democrat to "independent". I no longer trust the DNC to be true to the ideals of the Democratic party that my grandparents and parents held dear.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse


Hillary knows very well that Obama is better than her. Obama has a great vision for the USA and for the American people. Obama's change is not a story about race and racism. Could you hear his speeches? It's for the good of all Americans. Obama is a sign of a real competence and understanding. He is the living answer to the crisis of the USA today. American people are hated abroad because of the wrong policy of Clinton and Bush administrations.

Obama embodies a new kind of leadership almost still scarce in the USA. We don't want to loose this opportunity to have Obama as President. However, the Clinton's dynasty still in power means "legalization" of falsehood (sniper fire and many other cases), immorality (Lewinsky), assassinations abroad (Kabila, Congo DR and in many others countries).

Hillary is an icon of dirty character. Bill has so suffered from her, in many areas. It's well known by those who frequent them. For proof: her willingness to fire the staff's members of her campaign. Hillary embodies a false gentle woman but a strong hidden dictator. She refuses all you could tell her when her personal interests are at stake. She will never look for the Americans' interests but only all for her own family. She lies and creates disorder in the American opinion on the person of Obama (He's black, that means no patriot at all, he is a Muslim, therefore dangerous for America, he used drug, he has no experience... etc. But Hillary pretends, by her attacks, to ignore the strengths and competences of Obama. She and her husband divide America on race more than they could put people together. We need to change the old mind!

Obama hurts. You know why? Because yesterday unknown, he is now better known throughout the world more than many of us. No one could predict that fact. His secret: his lawyer's background academy, his faith in Christ with a real message of love for the neighbor and his ability to forgive and to understand the suffering of others.
In the same way that he had raised plenty of money for his campaign, he will do the same thing by bringing back prosperity in the USA. By his blood, Obama is in touch with four continents (Europe, America, Africa and Asia): Peace lost in America is soon coming back home from where it failed since a while by Clinton and Bush administrations.

Posted by: yani unga | April 12, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

How about his voting record. Did he misspeak that as well?
Obama has a way of ducking hard votes or explaining away his bad votes by trying to blame poorly-written statutes. Case in point: an amendment he voted on as part of a recent bankruptcy bill before the US Senate would have capped credit card interest rates at 30 percent. Inexplicably, Obama voted against it, although it would have been the beginning of setting these predatory lending rates under federal control. Even Senator Hillary Clinton supported it.

Now Obama explains his vote by saying the amendment was poorly written or set the ceiling too high. His explanation isn't credible as Obama offered no lower number as an alternative, and didn't put forward his own amendment clarifying whatever language he found objectionable.

Why wouldn't Obama have voted to create the first federal ceiling on predatory credit card interest rates, particularly as he calls himself a champion of the poor and middle classes? Perhaps he was signaling to the corporate establishment that they need not fear him. For all of his dynamic rhetoric about lifting up the masses, it seems Obama has little intention of doing anything concrete to reverse the cycle of poverty many struggle to overcome.

Posted by: greenfun | April 12, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Good religion = one whose pastor excoriates America as a racist state.

Bad religion = one who opposes gay marriage.

Thank you, Senator Obama. I'm glad you set me straight.

Posted by: Ed | April 12, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama says people get bitter and turn to religion after disappointment with the government. So what reason did he have for turning to "Wright's religion" for almost 20 years? He was disappointed with reverends that didn't spew hate against the USA and whites, that's why.

Posted by: Bill T. | April 12, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Complain about the price of food rising and the fiscal situation in rural America at the same time please. Then you can become a good member of the party of whiners.

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

Obama's comment on small-town America was uncharacteristically clumsy and careless. Equally clumsy were his attempts to explain it rather than simply say that though he had heard people make bitter remarks, they were not necessarily bitter people. Will his misstatements cost him the Democratic nomination, or, after the nomination, the election? Maybe. For, in spite of the fact that his remark is not in the league of the sort of self-delusion Hilary Clinton revealed with her claims about Bosnia, this is just the sort of ammunition the Clinton and McCain campaigns must have been dreaming of. For, in a nation suffering from collective attention deficit disorder--a nation that appears to be unable to think about anything more complicated than the latest out-of-context soundbite that has been pre-chewed by the TV talking heads--a single "Dean scream" outburst can eclipse a lifetime of thought and achievement.

Posted by: Sibble | April 12, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his supporters can't spin their way out of this one.

Its not about bitterness.

Its about being totally two faced.

To one group he loves religion.

To another he says its stupid.

To one group he's a gun nut.

To another group he says "guns are nuts'

The guy is a total BS artist.

He's as two faced as can be.

Nobody but his pastor knows what he really thinks.

Posted by: Obama can't talk himself out of this one | April 12, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Which meaning of bitter was Obama talking about?

Characterized by intense antagonism or hostility: bitter hatred (Obama supporters).

Hard to admit or accept: a bitter lesson (Obama supporters).

Resentful or cynical: bitter words (Obama supporters).

A bitter cold night (PA winters)

Obama misspoke, I think he was talking about Obama supporters in San Fran.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain was educated at the US Naval Academy. I'm surprised to find that they are now Ivy League.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

"MAN SPEAKS TRUTH. ENTIRE NATION IN UPROAR. NEWS AT 11:00"

Posted by: bl | April 12, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I AM BITTER!

I'M BITTER BECAUSE OF $4 A GALLON FOR GAS THIS SUMMER!

I'M BITTER BECAUSE OF THE HOUSEING CRISIS!

I'M BITTER BECAUSE WE LOST 80K JOB IN THE MONTH OF MARCH ALONE!

I'M BITTER BECAUSE MY BROTHER IS ON HIS SECOND TOUR IN IRAQ, AND BUSH DOESN'T WANT TO BRING HIM HOME!

I HAVE ALOT TO BE BITTER ABOUT BECAUSE THIS CURRENT ADMINISTRATION HASN'T DONE ANYTHING FOR ME!

AND I WILL NOT BE PERSUADED BY THE SWIFT BOAT EXPRESS OF THE MCCAIN AND CLINTON CAMPS.

CLINTON AND MCCAIN SAY BARACK IS OUT OF TOUCH.... WELL I'D LIKE TO KNOW WHAT PLANET THEY ARE LIVING IN WHICH THEY THINK EVERYTHING IS OK!?!?

Posted by: COMMON SENSE | April 12, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama was correct in what he said but it isn't what small town wanted to hear. I'm from a small town and we mistrust the government to the extent that we have a need to protect ourselves from further hurt. We do rely on faith and self protection. I'm more insulted at Hillary's patronizing comments designed to create an even greater rift. Just more pandering to the poor.

Posted by: jean | April 12, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

So what's wrong with what he said? I don't see it. I live in Pennsylvania and cannot for any reason see why people would support Hillary. At any rate, her support is eroding slowly but surely.

Posted by: Daniel | April 12, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

So they were NOT bitter before, but ONLY NOW many here are bitter and angry because of the Obama's comment?

This reminds me of my passive/agrresive ex-boyfriend who got mad and denied his anger every time I said he had looked unhappy or upset.

Posted by: mtt | April 12, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Randy Juras-On point. Why do some continue to deny the facts of what has happened to small town America just because someone finally told the rest of America how they truly feel? I appreciate the truth.

Posted by: Gilly | April 12, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm live in PA and Hillary Clinton is ridiculous!!! She is the out-of-touch and elitist candidate. I cannot believe how desperate she has become to win this nomination. Did you hear her say that the pledged delegates should deny the popular vote in states where she lost and have them cast their vote for her!! I AM BITTER! Speaking the truth is not demeaning. What is demeaning is her attempts to handle the American public with kids' gloves and attempt to overturn the democratic process in her favor. Enough Hillary! Go buy an island someplace and enjoy your millions.

Posted by: FromPAWithLove | April 12, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

NH-Hick-You are the only one who picked up on the headline. I respect Obama's stance in speaking what people are feeling. No, he did not "misspoke". I guess when candidates have nothing left to say, they check out what the other candidates are saying to see if there is anything that can be spun to trip up the opponent. Hey, at least Obama doesn't waver when confronted with an issue where Hillary simply says, so what...I made a mistake...I'm human. That's all, Hillary?!

Posted by: Gilly | April 12, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Hillary supporters. You did it. You blew me away. I think I am going to switch my support from Obama to Hillary. It's obvious who the elitist is. I finally have some folks I can talk to about Roswell. Men are to blame for 9/11. Think about it. Men built the towers. Men in the White House. Bin Laden is a man. Men hijacked the planes. (men are EVIL). RISE HILLARY RISE!!!

HILLARY '08!!!

Posted by: Matt | April 12, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that Obama finally saw the error of his ways and admitted his mistake. Now that Obama has apologized for offended a majority of Americans, it is time for his supporters to follow their leader and apologize for offending Hillary bloggers.

Posted by: skinsfan1978 | April 12, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The sad truth is that Obama speaks the truth. Anyone who has visited small rural areas will tell you he spoke the truth. For well over 25 years those areas have watched as small farming became unprofitable. And off shoring has closed down many a plant. There was a time when plants would close, but everyone knew they would reopen. Now, those same plants have packed up and went to China and India.
And those elected officials in Washington have not done a single thing to help these people out.
What Obama said was long over due.

Posted by: Randy Juras | April 12, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't the Washington Post print Clinton's full remarks about Obama's explanation that PA voters don't vote for him because they are "bitter" and cling to guns, religion and "antipathy" toward people like him?

Clinton called Obama's comments "demeaning" and said:

"The increased attack showed that Clinton is eager to hold on to her working class support and is looking to open new questions about Obama's judgment that would make voters and Democratic officials reconsider their support for the Illinois senator.

"I was raised with Midwestern values and an unshakable faith in America and its policies," she said. "Now, Americans who believe in the Second Amendment believe it's a matter of constitutional right. Americans who believe in God believe it's a matter of personal faith.

"I grew up in a church-going family, a family that believed in the importance of living out and expressing our faith. The people of faith I know don't 'cling' to religion because they're bitter. People embrace faith not because they are materially poor, but because they are spiritually rich.

"Our faith is the faith of our parents and our grandparents. It is a fundamental expression of who we are and what we believe."

Posted by: Annette Keller | April 12, 2008 3:01 PM
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Annette, Hilliary states:

"Our faith is the faith of our parents and our grandparents. It is a fundamental expression of who we are and what we believe."

So, Hillary's faith is a fundamental expression of who she is and what she believes.

1) Fraudulantly claimed she and Chelsea came under sniper fire in Bosnia and they had to put their heads down and run to their cars. Yeah, sure!! As we all know now, this was fraudulant grandstanding!!
Is this part of the fundamental expression of who she is and what see believes? Being a BIG LIAR who tells HUGE WHOPPERS? Yes, that is part of her faith which makes her who she is and what she believes in!!!

2) Is telling a life story in such light that was untrue about the lady who, gave birth to a baby who died and then she died two weeks later because she was turned away from a hospital because she had no insurance. It turns out this lady actually HAD insurance, went to a hospital, and was treated; her baby was stillborn, and the mom died two weeks later. She and her campaign did not bother to get the true facts or it could be she felt her story sounded better than the real one (NO insurance, she's turned away because she doesn't have $100.00 and has no insurance, the baby dies (instead of being stillborn) and the mother dies). Yes, for political reasons her story sounds great, but it wasn't the truth!!

And Hilliary marches on and on and on with her consistent lies, fraud, distortions, and scorched-earth and slash-and-burn tactics. Guess that is what her faith has taught her and made her. Very, very said. I would have left HER church if that is what she learned!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

There's only one answer: 3rd party run for Senator Clinton.

Posted by: Sweetie | April 12, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

The headline is misleading. Obama did not say he "misspoke" -- that is something Hillary does. What he did say was that "I didn't say it as well as I should have."

As a refugee from the rustbelt, still living in a rural community, I don't find his remarks "condescending" or "elitist" -- I think he has hit the nail on the head!

He is the only candidate who seems to be listening to what the voters are saying about their struggles to make ends meet, their frustrations about jobs, their powerlessness over a government that is bankrupting their futures and suspending their rights...

Hillary may think that we are all as carefree as her country club friends, and McCain may believe that as long as we still salute the flag we are happy campers, but it just ain't so. "We're mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore."


Posted by: NH_Hick | April 12, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

In case you haven't noticed, Hillary is a woman and McCain is old. Obama is our only choice!

Posted by: ItsAboutTime! | April 12, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I am so glad our "small town" American citizens are not bitter about losing their jobs. They should definitely vote for McCain and support the GOP's economic package. It will definitely help them like it has over the last 8 years.

Posted by: Truthseeker | April 12, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

the sad truth is that Obama, Clinton and McCain, as well as the majority of Congress are ivy-league educated wealthy people who have never really worked a day in their lives. they've written papers, talked on the telephone, sat at desks and told other people what to do. they have never wondered if they can pay for the mortgage next month or skipped a doctor's appointment so they can put the money on their credit card bill. they have never feared for their safety alone in their own home at night or let a relative who couldn't find a job sleep on the couch for a month. and yet they think they know what the ordinary America fears, needs wants or is feeling. do you wonder why voting turnouts are frequently so low? because that many people don't like ANY of the candidates. and yet, someone gets elected by a minority, or we elect the lesser of the evils, and that elite, unsullied, soft-handed administrator sets the tone of 300+ million citizens for the next 4 years of our lives. we need a new deal.

Posted by: cassandra | April 12, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Lean into it hard, Obama! You are telling it like it is! You show insight and you share it. You shape the electorate with your insight, compassion, and honesty! Something is happening here! Obama answering Hillary and McCain yesterday in Indiana by expanding on the bitterness of Americans over neglect by politicians proves he is right and powerful. Check out Obama's speach in Indiana yesterday!

Posted by: Bill | April 12, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I think the vast majority wants change in America and do NOT want old time good old boy/girl club insiders who serve their own and NOT the people they are supposed to represent. They have been doing that for 20 years or more and the result has been the continuing elimanation of middle income working people who are haveing their jobs, homes, cars, freedom, rights and hope taken away. Price of everything going UP. Income, if any going DOWN while the rich get more and more and more.
Yes they are mad as hell. Yes they pray that God would give us leaders that represent the people. Yes they are bitter.
Yes when desperate some might commit crimes.
Still both republican and democrat party machines, the military industrial blood money complex could not really care less about the people except at election time so that they can CON as many people as possible to vote for people that will continue to allow the same old same old insider politics even to the extent that they would PAY "volenteers" to buy votes for a lier and or a warmonger.
By their standards, If we are working we are "volenteers"
Americans are sick and tired of the old time politics of after elections are over the people be damned and lip service in place of truth and action by polititions. we used to say God Bless America BUT now we say GOD HELP AMERICA
PS... I don't spell well, BUT I think I do think a little even if not as good as most.

Posted by: Dan | April 12, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

You obamies are scapegoating what Obama said by going after hillary and mcain responses.Obama is the first one to counter when hillary and mccain saids something wrong or out of touch thats how you do campaigns if you dont respond to statements like obama or hillary bosnia gaffe or mccain shiite sunny gaffe you are a fool and thats what obama does every single time without missing a beat so stop being a sore obamie please.ask obamie himself he keeps harping about mccains 100 year war

Posted by: Ty | April 12, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter who wins the democratic nomination now. Obama's facade is falling away and by november he will be as hated and despised by the general american public as Hillary is.

Democrats had this one in the bag and they dropped it... again.

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

Obama misspeaks again. Us hillbillies call it a lie.

We're stupid but not so stupid to pull the lever for that lying sack of black doo.

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

Obama's supporters are his worst enemies.

They've ticked off everybody else in the Democratic Party.

Obama's been caught yet again telling one thing to one group and the exact opposit4e to another.

He tells people how religious he is and then tells another group that religion is stupid.

He's not going to get the nomination.

His political career is over.

Posted by: Obama;s supporters are his worst enemies | April 12, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

The number and tone of these blogs prove that there are certainly some bitter people out there.

Me, I've got prozac.

Posted by: purple haze | April 12, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Obama is an ATTORNEY - When was the last time an attorney told you the truth people??????? He can spout change until the cows come home but his actions speak louder than words. This speech he made in SF was NOT just any speech - it was a speech delivered to BILLIONAIRES. Billionaires that were paying $2500 a pop to hear him. I think his remarks re Pennsylvanians were beyond the pale and reflect a breathtaking elitism. Are we so desparate for change that we overlook the pastor problem, the Rezko problem, the SF speech problem, his lack of experience, etc., etc. etc.?

Posted by: JanetMP | April 12, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I've read many comments about Senator Obama's remarks about small town Pennsylvania. The man simply did not choose the best words to describe his thoughts about the reason small town Pennsylvania's aren't as in tuned with him as they 'seemingly' are with Senator Clinton.

Senators Clinton and McCain will latch on to just about anything to criticize Senator Obama; and their supporters as evidenced by some of the remarks placed on this site, will make things up or point to TOTALLY obvious nonissues to make a point against Senator Obama. This NONSENSE is COMPLETELY irrelevant and I'm sure that small town Pennsylvanians understand that Senator Obama didn't use the best words when he spoke. Why would ANY candidate knowingly insult a group of people (ACCORDING TO MCCAIN AND CLINTON, OBAMA INSULTED PEOPLE) when he's already behind in the polls? The Answer: HE WOULDN'T!!

Posted by: tigg | April 12, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Cling to their guns? Anti Trade?

Obama loving media is conveniently ignoring some of the things he said.

First of all the media is trying to make his gun comment into having something to do with "HUNTING?" That is total BS. He was clearly saying that people are "BITTER" and they take their guns and commit crimes such as MURDER and ROBBERY. He is demeaning all these people by saying that since they are "BITTER" they have become a bunch of CRIMINALS! Hunting? Give me a break.


Second he was saying that all these "BITTER" people are anti-TRADE because they are "BITTER." What is he implying here? He is IMPLYING that these trade deals such as NAFTA are GOOD and that the only reason people are against it is because they are "BITTER." Again contradictory statements. Go in front of blue collar PA folks and say he is against trade deals. Then go in front of MULTI-MILLIONAIRES and BILLIONAIRES and say he is for it.

Posted by: Ordinary Johnny | April 12, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Americans have had religion and guns since the founding of this nation.It is oir first and second amendment.Now you Obamies have the gall to say that what he saids is true that whites cling to religion and guns because of their bitterness?You libs have got to be out of your minds or you just never got america.I understand that many democrats like Barrak and michelle Obama and their pastor wright have never been proud of their country but to say what he saids is ridiculous.Americans believe in GOD because they love GOD not because they are bitter.You liberal world view about bitter america wont fly in general elections that type of garbage only flies in democrat party.Funny how most dems here say he spoke the truth.That only shows you how out of touch the dem party is with what america is.That snake oil salesman Obama can say anything and these fools will say its truth.

Posted by: Ty | April 12, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh how funny here we have "The Uniter" and
"New Messiah" Barack Hussein Obama,trying
to dodge making an apology for his nasty,
degrading,and insulting remarks about all
of us from Small Town America,like myself,
once again. So this time Obama it will not
work for you as we all know your an even
bigger liar and "Divider" then even President George W Bush and VP Cheney/

So how can you tell when Obama is making
racist and insulting remarks? Obama makes
them every time he opens his mouth and his
lips start moving. We want an Apology from
you Barack Hussein Obama not more phony lies and weasel word explanations BS now.
We need to keep this Racist Elitist Loser
and Cocaine User out of the White House so
Just Vote No On Barack Hussein Obama!

Posted by: Claudine | April 12, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama is wrong. Goverment is trying to help. Congress just expressed outrage about China human rights. They also voted to strongly condemn steroid use in sports. They meet in special sessions to discuss the life support issues for people in coma. They voted and strongly condemned critique of general. They discuss all the time the issues of 10 commandments placement. What else do you expect them to do? They can't talk openly to us about economy or jobs or executives cashing out 10 to 50 million dollars yearly salary while laying off the workers at the same time. They just make sure those 10 millions are not taxed much. Now let's talk about the real issue, which word did Obama use, guns? I am so pissed off with Obama. He is so out of touch with our politics.

Posted by: Irene | April 12, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I was watching 'Planet of the Apes' the other day and I swear Michelle Obama looks just like the doctor woman.

Posted by: Habib El-Hassan Ali | April 12, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

O is for the opportunity your race gave you
B is for the bull---t that you speak
A is for the Arrogance of an elitist
M is for the mentality of a geek
A is for your Abysmal lack of judgement

Put them all together they spell disaster
But hey, you have rock star charisma
That the young folk seem to always seek.

Posted by: JanetMP | April 12, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is unbelievably arrogant and elitist, not to mention racist.

Hating on working class white people certainly will not get him elected.

Posted by: Tyrone | April 12, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama does not care about the little guy, he is in it for the glory for him self!!

Posted by: Dowgyco | April 12, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

All of you bitter Democrats should be pi##ed at your leadership for cutting off our domestic energy altogether...NO new refineries, NO drilling on the East Coast, West Coast, ANWR, the Gulf, NO clean burning coal and NO nuclear energy which could provide a plethora of jobs but instead has made us vulnerable, and continues todrive up the cost of everything and can be laid at the feet of the Democrats the home of the, not environmentalists but the Wacko environmentalists and anti-capitalists.
_______________________________________

Yes, I'm sure Obama understands the middle class and even though he's in the party that is mostly responsible for our domestic energy shortage, he will "feel" your pain.
That just makes me want to cry...He's so caring.

Posted by: truthsayer | April 12, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

@JN said: "Obama does not have the ABILITY nor does he have the capacity for JUDGEMENT on a scale the office of the President demands. . . he will do whatever he can to further HIS political career without regard for those he was elected to protect."

Are we talking about Obama or George W. Bush.

I am from smalltown Western PA and people there have struggled for a long time. Now, I'm sure it's not a good thing to call people bitter, but I am sure that his point was right on. It's hard to be optimistic about the government or politicians when they continue to overlook the problems your community is facing. I don't know if Obama is an elitist or not. But I do know that regardless of who our next president is, we will be far better off than we have been under the watch of the Reg'lar Joe Half Wit we currently have in office. We need someone who is wicked smart in the oval office to address the complicated issues ahead of us. Clearly dumb hasn't worked for us and in that regard, any of the three candidates will be an enormous improvement.

Posted by: Indyssent | April 12, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

There is note of familiarity to Hillary's response to Obama's "bitter" comment. She is using old school New York politics & not the politics of Daniel Moynihan & Jacob Javits but rather Al D'Amato. In 1992 Al pulled his
sliding campaign out of the fire by jumping
on Robert Abram's off hand reference to D'Amato supporters as fascists. To Alfonse this was an affront to all Italian Americans.
Now Al did not provide any great benefits
for the Italian American community (other than a few "businessmen" facing the scrutiny of the justice department) Likewise Hillary offers little to bolster
working class pride other than a mythical
image of a golden age of the 90's that does not include the trade deals & deregulations that makes working peoples lives so hard today

Posted by: Robert | April 12, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama is talking straight to people rather than talking down to them. It is refreshing to see a politician do that.
Hillary Clinton's transparent outrage in order to garner favor is harder to listen to than Bush speaking.

Posted by: Theresa | April 12, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Once again Obama has fallen to Clinton's dirty trick! There was no need to repeal his statement.It is a fact that people are bitter on either guns or religion when it concerns their livelihood.If Obama keeps falling to such tricks he will lose by default and cut a very sorry figure.

Posted by: Khalid Rahim | April 12, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

That Trinty United Church of Christ is a church which has adopted "black liberation theology" is undisputed.
Obama has been soaked in "black liberation theology" for some 20 years. Here is what that is as defined by two of its principal adherents, Cone and Hopkins:

"Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community ... Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.

That is pretty serious stuff:
"If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him."
And this:
"Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy."

So vote, if you want to, for someone who wants a God who is "against white people" and one who "participates in the destruction of the white enemy".

As someone who is not an Afro-American, I view this with some dismay.

This is a theology that hates Jews not despite their disproportionate help in defending black civil rights such as Schwerner and Goodman who died in Mississippi for black civil rights. This is a theology that hates Jews because of that help because they have adopted the isolationism of black liberation thology. See: Black Demagogues and Pseudo Scholars, by an Afro American Professor at Harvard, written in 1992:
http://www.raceandhistory.com/historicalviews/gates22.htm

Posted by: webrand | April 12, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh. I think the wheels just fell off the BOO wagon. Thank goodness for Super Delegates.

Posted by: Lincon411 | April 12, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse


Oh Lord. Are you kidding me? Bush has spent the past eight years spouting things ten times worse (some people call you the elites; I call you my base" anyone?) But no; those things are funny! hahahahaHA!

I guess if people are looking for a reason not to help start turning this country around after eight years of lying, corruption, incompetence and death they'll find it.

And we wonder how Bush was elected (and I use the term loosely)


Posted by: monk | April 12, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse


Oh Lord. Are you kidding me? Bush has spent the past eight years spouting things ten times worse (some people call you the elites; I call you my base" anyone?) But no; those things are funny! hahahahaHA!

I guess if people are looking for a reason not to help start turning this country around after eight years of lying, corruption, incompetence and death they'll find it.

And we wonder how Bush was elected (and I use the term loosely)


Posted by: monk | April 12, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Both democrats will sink our ship. They will crush our oil companies, smash our financial institutions, open the flood gates to more illegals, increase pandering handouts to the nonproducing and undeserving, they'll raise our taxes, stifle those with initiative and embolden our enemies to attack. However, it doesn't matter to the "he lied" media brainwashed libs. For all the reasons that America is the world leader, vote for the man who knows duty, honor, country.

Posted by: V racer | April 12, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

All of you bitter Democrats should be pi##ed at your leadership for cutting off our domestic energy altogether...NO new refineries, NO drilling on the East Coast, West Coast, ANWR, the Gulf, NO clean burning coal and NO nuclear energy which could provide a plethora of jobs but instead has made us vulnerable, and continues todrive up the cost of everything and can be laid at the feet of the Democrats the home of the, not environmentalists but the Wacko environmentalists and anti-capitalists.

Posted by: truthsayer | April 12, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I mean United we stand, divided we fall. Sorry.

Posted by: S K | April 12, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm late to this blog.

I just noted this first sentence from JonT | April 12, 2008 1:10 PM.

Obama spoke truth to power.

How was Obama "speaking truth to power" when crackpot of a pastor was spewing hate and intellectually indefensible lies to congregants for 20 years? Obama is a coward who hid in his church's pews while Jeremiah Wright screamed that the federal government introduced HIV and crack into communities of color in order to wipe them out. I couldn't care less about the source of Wright's anger; they don't explain why Obama didn't grow a backbone and confront that foul-mouthed bully and tell him he was committing evil and doing a disservice to those congregants by filling their heads with such nonsense.

So don't use that "truth to power" line unless you can provide an explanation for Obama's startling cowardice. Obama kept his mouth shut because he didn't dare cross that demagogue--he and his congregants were Obama's ticket to the Illinois Senate. Period.

In the future, Obama better start strip searching people who attend his "closed-door" gatherings. The tapes don't lie.

Posted by: SAM | April 12, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

United we fall, united we stand. Come on Americans, this sort of divisive remarks from HRC and McCain have got to go!! As a middle class mom, I am bitter about the economy we are in. We continue to see the rich keeps getting tax breaks, and we keep getting squeezed. It is time to CHANGE for the better, and OBAMA is our only HOPE.

Go OBAMA 08.

Posted by: S K | April 12, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I love how all these Clinton Inc Types and McCain supporters say -- o Obama is going to lose.

This guy will be the next President because people are tired with the lies of Washington Cronies like the Bushes, Clintons and McCains.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc9PepjyDow

Posted by: lm | April 12, 2008 1:47 PM
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1m, thank you so much for sharing this link! Absolutely awesome!!! What a great and truthful comback from Senator Obama!! Yes, indeed, he will definitely be our next President and Commander-in-Chief!!! And he will be a wonderful and great President!!!

Posted by: NiinaK | April 12, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Everything Obama said was correct. Read the Transcript. He did not say people cling to things like guns or their religion because they are bitter. He said people are bitter because they have not got jobs and they cannot trust the status quo government to work for them. He said they vote for the things they know can still believe in, like religious statements or the right to bear arms- that is because these are part of their tradition and something they can trust. There is nothing wrong with what he said- Hillary is just grasping at straws to try to slow down the vote slide toward Obama. Sad.

Posted by: Katharine | April 12, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

WTF is going on here...

Obama calls it like it is and
the media helps Hillary and
McCain gang up on Barak!!!


Barak Obama is speaking the truth
__________________________________________


Forget the bitter part. Read what follows.
Because they are bitter the take up gun(thugs), become religeous fanatics, become racist toward people unlike them, and hate free trade. I can see putting bitterness and fair trade together, but saying they take up guns, religeon, and racism because of it is very condescending. Really it is bigotry. Wake up folks the great orator mispoke big time. No excuse, like pushing the wrong vote button.

Posted by: Chief | April 12, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Scanning these comments, I am struck by the vitriol and it saddens me. Hate never ceases by hate. Constructive positive dialog on issues helps, the rest of this is just a display the suffering of petty minds. If you can't contribute, then just show up to polls and vote your own truth.

Posted by: seanzvoice | April 12, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

It really boggles my mind what gets people in to a tizzy. We have an administration that just admitted to approving torture techniques!!! (Of course we knew they did). We are bogged down in 5+ years war. We are in a recession. But the talking heads are on and on about bowling, and "bitterness" and whatever stupid ginned up controversy that can be obsessed about. When did personality type become the most important determinant of who should be our president? Are we all in high school voting for the class president??? We are finishing years of the president we all wanted to have a beer with. How is that working out? I hate our political discourse.

Posted by: birdman | April 12, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

It seems like only yesterday that the President was praising an older women who said she was holding down three (3) jobs to make ends meet! Praise my foot, all Americans should be bitter that this is becoming a way of life....Where are good journalist when you need one?

Posted by: David Fr. Nova Scotia | April 12, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Ditto

Posted by: Edward | April 12, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

In knocking Obama, JN writes:

"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."

Does he want to bring back Joe McCarthy?

Does this writer have a clue about HUAC and their conduct during the McCarthy era?

As General Welsh said when he testified (and helped bring down McCarthy):

"Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/001036.html

Posted by: hmpierson | April 12, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I can tell you from vast experience that people in PA are Bitter and that I would expect that others in this Country are too.

In my previous job I was one of two Officials in Aviation Funding in Pa and traveled to all 147, at that time, publicly operated Airports in PA. I held open to the Public meetings and what I heard was rarely about just Aviation. It was about Government - Local, State and Federal. The massive bitterness, shown and highly expressed, was overwhelming. Obama was clearly listening. The McCain/Clinton people first hit Obama and his supporters with the Hope and Just Words high minded complaint, and now they hit him with the Bitterness what Bitterness slap. What a joke. Have they ever really talked to the public. Just what do you think that's being expressed out there, that we want Bush/Clinton/Bush Clinton or McCain and more of the same with no progress on not just the local/home issues but nothing at all on Social Security/Medical Costs/Global Warming/& the Iraq War ?

Posted by: bDaMan4you | April 12, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm a huge Obama supporter but it's painfully obvious he made a huge gaffe. You don't make it to the White House by psychoanalyzing small town America. You certainly don't get there by painting them as bigots.

There is some truth in his words, but they were crafted so inartfully that they make me wince each time I read or hear them.

When he was asked at the fundraiser why small town America isn't supporting him, he should have just said "I'm not sure but I'm the right candidate for them and I'm working hard to earn their vote."

As much as I dislike her, I can't blame Clinton for jumping all over this one. I also believe this has opened the way for Edwards to endorse Clinton. I'm really not sure Obama campaign and supporters realize how bad this is. I hope Obama can overcome it.

Posted by: RC | April 12, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

olissa,
The Presidential Candidates are not responsible for your soup lines and drop out rates. Unless you are talking about the Presidency of Mexico.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

As I've been saying, Obama CANNOT win in the general election to a military hero like McCain. The only shot the Dems have is a Hillary/Obama ticket!

Posted by: RepublicansRfor The Rich | April 12, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

OK Obama said something stupid. He will still make 100% better President than the wicked witch of the east or the tired old man of the west.

Posted by: Carl | April 12, 2008 3:33 PM
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Yes, all we have to do is overlook his inexperience, the fact that he's done nothing in Congress, #1 liberal rating based on his voting record, lied about his past history, strong connections to the con man(Rezo)and the terrorist(Ayers), and his joined to the hip of his hate mongering racists "spiritual adviser".
Other than that he's........

Obana the empty suite, platitude speaking, Snake Oil Salesman.

I approve this message

Posted by: Mike | April 12, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Well. He speaks the truth, but only partially. The truth is that small town, working class whites are in fact narrow-minded, ideologues, who choose not to face their racism, and find it convenient to chastise Obama for speaking the truth. The truth hurts, doesn't it small town America.

Posted by: john | April 12, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

NOPE, that phony lying weasel Barack Obama
is not going to get to BS or "Explain" his
way out of this one,not with all of us,
small town America folks. After all this
elitest,arrogant,pathologial liar,racist
Barack Hussein Obama pulled the same kind of phony crap and total bs after his own
big mouth got him in trouble over "Uncle"
Rev Wright's Racist Remarks and Obama's
own hateful fruitcake racist crazy wife
Michelle Obama hateful and Anti-American
Remarks,and now Obama thinks he can con and
twist and lie his way out of his own latest
out of touch with reality arrogantly and
maliciously insulting and degrading all of
us Small Town Americans. The best thing
Obama can do is drop out of the race now!

Posted by: Sherry Kay | April 12, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Manpower-Don't lose hope. Hang in there and a real choice will emerge...follow your conscience.

Almost everyone blogging has the intelligence to see through the bickering over choice of words to get to the truth about what people are feeling and experiencing in their lives today. Truth is truth and no matter how one tries to distort it, truth always exposes the lies.

Posted by: Gilly | April 12, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

The hundredfold millionairess Hillary and her sleazy husband have a colossal gall to call a person from humble origins elitist. It looks like they are starting to lose their mind in their hopeless quest for power.

I guess this is a preparation of what the Clintons are going to do next: They are going to try and convince us that they can feel our pain more with a hundred million bucks in their pocket.

Posted by: bodo | April 12, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Manpower-Don't lose hope. Hang in there and a real choice will emerge...follow your conscience.

Almost everyone blogging has the intelligence to see through the bickering over choice of words to get to the truth about what people are feeling and experiencing in their lives today. Truth is truth and no matter how one tries to distort it, truth always exposes the lies.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Two words: benevolent dictatorship.

Posted by: Oy | April 12, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Where are the Old Democrats on the economy?

Where is the Democrat who will say I will tear up NAFTA and put a new trade agreement in its place?

Where is the Democrat who says they will look to bust up as many big companies as possible?

One problem is that Obama says they're bitter, but where is the anti-dote?

Look over NAFTA for flaws? Give more money for worker retraining? Shuffle around the tax code? Create Green jobs? What does that mean? At minimum wage, no health care?

How about cheaper education? How about protecting the worker in a free trade environment so I can move up the tax code bracket through hard work? What about instead of green jobs, a "job that protects my dignity as a human being?"

We can't turn protectionist. But we cannot allow the status quo to continue.

Posted by: camasca | April 12, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse


HEY POWER HUNGRY HILLARY?

GO BACK TO BOSNIA.

TAKE YOUR CHANCES WITH THOSE IMAGINARY SNIPERS YOU DREAMED WERE SHOOTING AT YOU.

WE DON'T WANT A PRESIDENT THAT HAS MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES.

WE ALREADY HAVE A MENTALLY INCOMPETENT FOOL IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

WE NEED CHANGE, NOT YOU.


Posted by: BOB | April 12, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama's explanation is two steps side ways, one step back. He is side stepping because he categorically suggested that second amendment rights and religion are merely the products of bitterness about a person's economic situation. Aside from being a misinformed, gross oversimplification, this smacks of Marxism, in which every thing can only explained by one thing--class economics.

This is a new kind of guy? Sorry, but haven't these guys been around since, well Marx?

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Obama's explanation is two steps side ways, one step back. He is side stepping because he categorically suggested that second amendment rights and religion are merely the products of bitterness about a person's economic situation. Aside from being a misinformed, gross oversimplification, this smacks of Marxism, in which every thing can only explained by one thing--class economics.

This is a new kind of guy? Sorry, but haven't these guys been around since, well Marx?

Posted by: lovinliberty | April 12, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes the latte causes private thoughts to bubble out, but all in all this is not surprising from a second generation affirmative american power couple.

Posted by: Harold Icky | April 12, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

The real story here is again about Hillary's character.

To seize on a comment like that and claim Obama is being condescending is beyond the pail, demagoguery, divisiveness and shows she is will to squander the Democrats current huge advantage for November gains for her remote chance at the nomination.

Hillary is a dishonest gutter snipe of very low character. These traits have always been evident and explains her constant high negatives about her character and honesty. It also explains comments of those around her that say she truly is an appalling vicious person and treats people horribly.

We have all seem people like her at the work place or in the neighborhood. They are the sleazy backstabbers that will do anything to get ahead. They have not principals other than to get ahead. There only loyalty is to their own advancement. They are both self righteous and self pitying in the extreme. They are pathological narcissist.

She has no change at the White House. Her only role is to get McCain elected at this point and she is dong a heck of a job.

Posted by: seth | April 12, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

There is some truth in the bitterness that Obama speaks to and there is some truth in that his words may be taken as condescending. However, I believe that the vast majority of people would recognize these truths, whomever they support. Thus, I find it disappointing how the supporters of each candidate amplifies certain aspects of the opponent's words to the point of distortion, and in the process, drowns out meaningful dialog.

Posted by: Derek H | April 12, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

any one with a brain will not be offended

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

You know what? I live in Pennsylvania and I AM bitter. I'm bitter that Bush stole the 2000 election and that so many were afraid and stupid enough to put him back in office in 2004. I'm bitter that long before the Clintons arrived in Washington, government had sucked up to corporate America and sold us out with outsourcing and sweetheart deals that allow people like Bush to grab land in Texas and make his fortune even bigger. I'm bitter that no administration since Johnson has cared very much for the little guy. And I'm bitter that Obama and Clinton, through their idiotic bickering, are going to give this election to McCain. I'm not bitter -- or stupid -- enough to vote for McCain just because Obama and Clinton "offended" me. Why can't Americans take the truth? Maybe because for the last 40 years, no one has dared tell it to them. Bitter? You bet. Just bitter enough to sit out this election because all the candidates stink.

Posted by: Manpower | April 12, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Reality Check: The real elitist are those who have the time to engage in such debates regarding what Sen. Obama said or did not say. Let's face it, name calling and personal attacks does nothing to solve the economic crisis we're currently facing. Earlier this week "financial smart people" conceded that the sub-prime crisis is one of the most serious economic crisis that our nation has faced since the great depression - THE GREAT DEPRESSION. And the media is being told to focus on the whether Sen. Obama use the word "bitter" in a particular context? I bet if most of the people who worked at the Washington Post (and other media outlets) lost their jobs and were unable to find a new one for several years because it was outsourced to Canada or because the influx of other non-American were willing to do their job for less, I suspect some of those people would start to feel a little resentment and bitterness.

We should be hearing a debate about the economy and the COSTLY war not these idiotic arguments on what someone said when describing people who have been left behind.

For instance:

What did John McCain offer regarding the mortgage crisis? Compassion? No. Empathy? No. Solutions? Heck No! How about one long drawn out "it's-not-my-problem-you're-in-the-mess-you're-in-so deal-with-it" solution. What did Sen. Clinton offer? Well she came out with various economic package proposal IF she were elected, however let's not forget she voted to make it harder for people to file bankruptcy BUT hoped it wouldn't pass after she voted yes. She also showed what she REALLY thought about free trade through her diplomacy efforts with Columbia and her top campaign strategist Mark Penn and former President Bill Clinton. WEIRD! I respect Sens. McCain and Clinton and I think they're good Americans, but I think they've been at the political game too long, so I'm not sure either of them can be trusted. I think It's time for a change, so increasingly I'm leaning towards Sen. Obama.


Posted by: ed | April 12, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Well guess what Clinton and McCain?

This is not an elitist remark against working people, it is the truth.

Obama just happened to be discussing people who were struggling, but MOST of the American public are bitter and feeling let down by their politicians. That's why most of us (Americans) haven't been voting or have been voting against someone instead of for someone for quite some time

I am an Ivy League educated physician and I am bitter because our politicians run on a platform and then do whatever they feel will gain them votes after they are elected, even authorizing wars we shouldn't be in.

I am tired of seeing so many suffering good people, decent working Americans who can't make ends meet and come to my clinic with untreatable illnesses because they had basically no health care even though they are working full time and being good citizens.

I am tired of seeing the Mayor of LA scurrying around the country in every state trying to curry favor with the Clintons when we have 100,000 people on food lines every night here in L.A. (many of them working full time but can't afford dinner,) and a 50% high school drop out rate.

I am tired of sending Trillions of dollars to Iraq when our own people are suffering so greatly and our economy is falling to pieces.

Bitter? Elitist? Wake up Clinton and McCain! All of us are smart enough to know when we are being bamboozled by our politicians who say one thing and do another.

And we will be stong and Patriotic in our vote for change, because we know that America deserves better.


Posted by: Olisa | April 12, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

OK Obama said something stupid. He will still make 100% better President than the wicked witch of the east or the tired old man of the west.

Posted by: Carl | April 12, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse


"Dear Mr. Obama, please, please stop apologizing to these opponents who want only one thing. That thing is to maintain the status quo of the very few wealthy owning government"
___________________________________________

Yes Mr and Mrs Obama your the only wealthy ones we want.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Richard: Thanks for your comments. Right on Point. The truth is fearful, but let's not hide from it. Open up the windows, let the sun shine in. Breath the fresh air, raise your heads, rejoice, we are getting closer to the truth than ever. Thank you Mr. Obama, There are lots of us who want to hear the truth. We are not afraid to be uncomfortable with it. We will work with Obama as our President and help turn our country back to its owners: "WE THE PEOPLE" (I am white and I heard of oppression from my parents who were born in the UK in the late 1800 and early 1900s Believe me, it was like Dickens novels) Talk about elite and peasants!!!

Posted by: Obama mama | April 12, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Tuck said:

Obama didn't misspeak, he hates those [who] work for a living, unless they are black AND voting for him

Amen. It's a shame when people tape what you actually say so that you have to defend your statements. Wake up Obama supporters. Your guy is radioactive.

Posted by: SAM | April 12, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama slipped up and showed his true arrogant and shallow self. He then tries to talk his way out, just as he did with Wright. He gets points hoewever for being a master at double-talk. The introspect of those who fail to see this speaks for itself.

Posted by: Bill T. | April 12, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama was RIGHT! As usual main stream media, Clinton fans and McCain supporters are going to grab hold to his comments and lament them as 'an elitist point of view.'

...ARE YOU KIDDING ME??
Hillary and Bill made over $109 million dollars in the last 7 years! Bill Clinton has taken over $800,0000 speaking and promoting the Colombia Trade deal! Her aide Penn was working for the same deal! Yet she is against it?!! I wonder how much of the $800 grand went towards Hillary's campaign and what deals were promised for that money?? John McCain is married to a woman worth over $150-200 million dollars!

Let's be real. People are bitter about what has been happening in their life. Money, housing, wars...of course people are bitter. Of course people are turning to religion, and other things to cover their emotions!

Posted by: Ymaxoneil | April 12, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama has made a bet that with the interest rate resets that are really just in the first stage, the foreclosures, just in the first stage, the airline failures, the trucking industry paying $4.00 and up for diesel fuel and Americans having to pay $4.00 for gas or $4.00 for milk, that there are going to be a lot of " bitter " people, not just in Pa. but all over the country come election time. Clinton and McCain are betting that the country is asleep at the switch and will roll over and sleep right through these catastophic events. The bookmakers are saying Obama will win his bet.

Posted by: Warren (Eye-Pod) | April 12, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama was 100% correct. Do not think he needs to say sorry for all the jobs lost and counties in our country affected by CEOs and politicians that have benefited by war and shipping jobs overseas!!! This has a tremendous effect on our communities, homes, and famlies...
Just look at the Bush and Clinton families
fortunes built on war and oversea exporting of jobs and free trade speaches!!!

Posted by: zakidzaki | April 12, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

This is dumb. What the heck are we arguing about? I can't believe that Obama has to defend himself from something like this. What kind of water does Hillary Clinton drink... the label starts with a 'K'... now Clinton has to defend herself from accusations that she is part of the KKK... dum dum dum dum

Posted by: Hans | April 12, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 12, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The fact that the people who support Hillary do so for stupid shallow reasons and will gleefully destroy anything and everything in their path to get her elected gives a clear picture of what's wrong with the values of generation boomers. They are shallow, egotistical, arrogant, and want what they want, right now, and the heck with everybody else.

They have shown no loyalty to the Democratic Party or to anybody else for that matter. Hillary shows NO loyalty to the party. Her running for President of the USA is based on her belief she is OWED the nomination; it is based on fraud, lies, deception, and distortions. She has changed her "themes" and "persona" about as often as she changes her pantsuits. All of which are ill-fitting.

They are spoiled and selfish brats.

Their parents never taught them to earn anything or to respect anything or anyone else and we are all paying the price for it.

The majority of American citizens are sick and tired of being force fed by Hillary by Hillary's huge lies, fraudulant claims to superior experience, and her obvious belief that we, the people, are ignorant and blind that we will buy into her lies, fraud,and misspeaks, misheards, and her downright corrupt persona.

Posted by: NinaK | April 12, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

For once I would like to think that presidential candidates have backbone. Mr. Obama, Middle America, most of America is bitter. We are paying nearly $4.00 a gallon for gasoline and the price is steadily going up. Food prices are racing new heights. We stomached a buffoon for president the last eight years who refuses to listen to us. We have a vice president so powerful that he shot someone and got away with it.

America has detained people for years without legal representation. America condones torture. We arrogantly tap phones and email illegally. We had an Attorney General who did not work within the law. We have a Condi whose irrepressible smile would make big foot lose his hair.

Obviously McCain and Hillary would like to perpetuate the illusion that most of America is not bitter. Both are rich beyond measure and cannot feel the pain of an average American. Mr. Obama, are you so rich that you fear the lost of money over the true feelings of the average American? Mr. Obama if you are that rich please drop out of the race. If you truly care about the plight of America, please remain in the race, grow some hair on your chest say what you believe and then stand up for what you say. END THE WAR IN IRAQ.

Posted by: Jim | April 12, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The hundredfold millionairess Hillary and her sleazy husband have a colossal gall to call a person from humble origins elitist. It looks like they are starting to lose their mind in their hopeless quest for power.

I guess this is a preparation of what the Clintons are going to do next: They are going to try and convince us that they can feel our pain more with a hundred million bucks in their pocket.

Posted by: bodo | April 12, 2008 3:30 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.

Drip by drip, like Whitewater torture, the case is being made that she is compelled to mislead, and to ensnare her subordinates and friends in a web of deceit."

By WILLIAM SAFIRE
Published: January 8, 1996

Full Article
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/04/12/obama_concedes_he_misspoke.html

You can full some people some time, but you can't fool all the people all the time.

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 12, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse


obviously obama is WRONG, and hillary gump is RIGHT.

there is NO WAY that people can be bitter after being IGNORED for 25 years with empty promises for jobs and economic recover by the bush's and by the clintons.

hillary wears these rose colored glasses, and everything is pretty and pink in whoville... the people are all happy.. they sing songs.. they have parades everyday... everyone spends their mornings baking pies, and their evenings playing with kittens and puppies...

they don't need jobs.. they don't need any kind of economic assistance.. they don't need the president of the united states see their plight... nooooooo... they don't need any of that.

they need HILLARY GUMP!!

"i'm hillary gump! stupid is as stupid does... the people in pennsylvania aren't bitter.. they are HAPPY!!! WEEEEEEEEEEE....."

Posted by: BOB | April 12, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

If it was a Clinton who made these comments, the print and TV media, as well as liberal blogs, would have been all over her/him. But given the utter bias in the media, I doubt whether Obama would get a slap on the wrist.

Posted by: Kevin99999 | April 12, 2008 3:21 PM

LOL @ moron. It's in WaPo and NYT, so I'd say it's being reported. Knock it off with Hillary's, "Left-wing conspiracy bit", OK?

Posted by: Mason | April 12, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

This non-issue is an example of why the majority of Americans are wary of most politicians, the media, and the current political system. The slander by the Clinton camp reflects their desperation and attempt to say anything to win. The slander by the Republicans is typical GOP smear tactics, which they have used in nearly every election since 1948.

Contrary to the Clintons, Republicans and most of the media, the vast majority of Americans want solutions to our problems in this country and the world. They want a reduction in partisan bickering over trival and unimportant issues.

Posted by: Koreen | April 12, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama didn't misspeak , he hates those his work for a living, unless they are black AND voting for him

Posted by: Tuck | April 12, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

For all the spin of the Drive-By Media, now everyone will know that this profoundly disgusting attitudes are not limited to Obama's spiritual mentor (whom he distanced himself from, of course) or his wife, whispering sweet hatings into his ear at beddy-by time (just a little woman, pay her no never mind). Those attitudes are part and parcel of who and what Obama is, and what the Democratic party has been for a generation.
The Clintons hid it well, through misdirection letting everyone concentrate on the obvious lies; John Kerry and Dukakis not so well; and now comes Obama, so green and dorky he didn't even get the fact that he let the cat out of bag, until the roof cave in on him.
His "explanation" was even worse tha the original comment, peppered with condescention toward "ordinary" Americans (as opposed to his extraorinary self, one presumes).
The Democrats do remind of a man jumping out of a 100th-floor window and changing his mind by the time he reached 40th, the problem is the alternative they come up with is to jump out of a 90th-floor window

Posted by: Derek N. | April 12, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing that Shailagh Murray
has secured a front row seat with
Novak, Robinson (for that Condi for VP suggestion), and Chris the Fix in the pod that is plunging to HELL!

So much for left-wing liberal
media conspiracy.

All this stuff is so blatently
Neo-Con... Carl Rove could have
scripted this.

Posted by: Holy Crap!!! | April 12, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I seriously have to wonder about people who want clinton, but if she doesn't win will vote for Mccain.

Do you have ideals or just "bitterness"?

You obviously have no concept of what the Democratic party stands for if you want to vote for someone who stands for those values, but would rather have someone THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE of those values instead of the other Democrat.

I want Obama to win, because I am still of the belief that Republicans have not fully destroyed our country. But if for some reason he doesn't win, I would still rather have Hillary and the Democratic ideals in the White House.

You people need to stop drinking angry juice and figure out what you actusally stand for.

Posted by: Scott - Dallas | April 12, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse


I think instead of Obama saying he
"misspoke," I think he should have said
he "mismeant."
Obviously, Obama has anger toward the
cultural values typical of white and
American Indian small town USA.
Otherwise, he would not make such
statements; he means them.
But why he made no statements about
black ghetto America is not so clear
to me. There is plenty of bitterness
in black ghettos, but, Obama fails to
mention it.
So, this issue looks racial to me.
It makes him look like a "reverse" racist.
But, that issue aside, what he fails
to realize is that small town white and
Native American Americans don't want their
small town culture changed, and, since he
wouldn't have been nearly as far in the
vote count if it weren't for all those
small town, white and American Indian
Midwesterners and Westerners whose states
he captured, then, were his insults even
close to justifiable?
One other fact he is missing is that
small town America clinged to guns and
religion and family and anti-immigrant
sentiment long before the steel industry
and other industries collapsed. When I
was a child, my father was a small town
steelworker and we had loads of prosperity
...right in our own home and neighborhood.
But, the prevailing attitude was still one
of clinging to religion and guns and
family and harboring anti-immigrant
feelings.
You know, there are two kinds of voter
when viewing Obama. Those who are afraid
to criticize him because he's black (is
Ferraro correct, then?), and, those who
are naive enough to believe in him.
My criticisms of Obama could fill a
book, but, it's not me that he has to
worry about. The republicans are going
to make minced meat out of him. He has
months of insults to endure if he becomes
the nominee, and, since he whines
every time an insult is directed at him,
then, I don't think he can withstand it;
which gives me some insight as to why
the Democratic National Committee wanted
to run Al Gore as nominee instead.
And, as for those bitter "ghetto"
blacks, it took one in Indianapolis to
smash Obama's campaign office window.

Posted by: Gary C. | April 12, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Obama, please, please stop apologizing to these opponents who want only one thing. That thing is to maintain the status quo of the very few wealthy owning government and making away with the people's taxes for their subsidized, socialized corporate welfare. DO NOT APOLOGIZE.

You must remember that in America, there are fewer and fewer educated people who actually read books and know what is happening. We know something of history and we remember. And we want to be a part of the emerging world. The Clintons and the McCains will never be able to take us there. Can you? Do you have the guts to speak the truth to us. Contrary to what your opponents say and believe, we can take it.

WE ARE ANGRY AND BITTER AND IT HAS GOT TO STOP!

Posted by: G. D. Wymer | April 12, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Enough of this guy already. There is already enough divisiveness in this country without 4-years of this!!
Hillary '08

Posted by: Jesus Francisco Cardenas | April 12, 2008 3:19 PM


Dude - Look up divisiveness in the dictionary and there's a picture of Bill Clinton. There's good reasons to vote for Hillary, but I'd say this one misses the mark.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

What Obama said was an opinion.

People throw the word "truth" around too much.

The idea is that the "truth" is unassailable.

If you have an opinion, you can attack it. Let the battleground of ideas determine if the opinion is correct.

The "truth" tends to try to shut things down.

Some people won't discuss any bad sentiment against the bible because it's the "truth".

Many Obama supporters seem to be just as bad as many of the more conservative bloggers who just try to shut the debate down.

Hubris, and "truth", tend to get us in big trouble.

Posted by: camasca | April 12, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

letsbepeaceful wrote:

gpm: would you prefer that we continue the course we are on? Why do you say that Obama has a 'feel, don't think' approach? I see him asking us to broaden our thinking, and not just instantly react to our 'feelings'

**************************

Would I prefer that we continue the course we are on? Obviously not.

But I am not comfortable taking a chance on Obama, if for no other reason than I think the lack of morale courage he displayed in failing to address his pastor's hate speech, even in private, for 20 years -- and then defending and rationalizing it -- is fundamentally disqualifying.

And it strikes me that Obama is now doing exactly the same thing -- stereotyping small town American -- that Rev. Wright did in stereotyping people, albeit without perjorative personal references such as "garlic noses" or "blue eyed devils."

Why do I say that Obama has a 'feel, don't think' approach? It's a reference to Michelle Obama's advice -- now frequently characterized as political genious -- prior to the debates that Obama should "feel, don't think."

I suppose one could characterize vague references to "change" as an opportunity to broaden one's thinking, since each of us would inevitably imagine what those "changes" might be in a different way.

But I think most Americans know we need change - that's why this election should have been a walk into the White House for the Democrats - and that makes me think Obama's vague calls for change are more of an opportunistic attempt to avoid having to provide realistic solutions.

Posted by: GPM | April 12, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Damn right we are bitter. Don't let those stuffed shirts get away with this.

Posted by: Bitter middle class worker | April 12, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

What Obama said seems fine to me. These people are bitter and not exactly the brightest sparks on the planet. Have you ever been in a MacDonalds in these depressed areas? Obama is fine and is not nasty, just observing things as they are.

Posted by: Joe | April 12, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr Obama,

Thanks to you, I became interested in politics. It is not Hillary Clinton or John McCain who have been inspiring people beyond their wildest expectations but as you must know, it is you, whom people have been falling over themselves to get a glimpse of.

You have been the driving engine of this electrifying election campaigns so far, and we are truly grateful to get to know a man with such dignity and class.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

ArmedChrisitanTownie-
It's not his fault you and your ilk aren't able to introspect.
You've been sold out by your governement and you've been complicit in it by voting for the salesmen. Realizing you've been conned engenders bitterness, and is hard to do. It's much easier to get angry, isn't it?

Posted by: Mason | April 12, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

If it was a Clinton who made these comments, the print and TV media, as well as liberal blogs, would have been all over her/him. But given the utter bias in the media, I doubt whether Obama would get a slap on the wrist.

Posted by: Kevin99999 | April 12, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Obamba comes from a single family home of modest means and was raised by his grandmother. McCain's family have been the elite of this society for generations. The Clintons earned 109 million dollars in the last 6 years. Exactly who is elitist here?

Posted by: Oscar | April 12, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama was just restating what effete East Coast liberal intellectuals think about rural Americans. I've lived in Boston, New York and San Francisco, and the people I've encountered there think of the Midwest, the Appalachians and the South as one big cesspool of unenducated, gun-toting, Bible thumping racists.

Posted by: John | April 12, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

my comment was not about him havining an opinion. It is just that I keep reading that Obama VOTED against the war when he had no vote to cast. I wonder about folks like muslit who think he was there. He was not there.

Posted by: mitchs | April 12, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Roger:

I appreciate the information from your post. That is interesting.

Posted by: Obama2008 | April 12, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

This is Hillary Clinton: Whitewater, Travelgate, Monica Lewinsky and impeachment, renting out the Lincoln bedroom, the loss of the Rose Law Firm billing records for nearly 2 years until they were miraculously found in the White House living quarters, removing files from Vince Foster's office following his suicide and before investigators could get there. Her stalling to release her earmark requests from her time in the Senate, as well as her Clinton library donors. Her sell out apology to the African American community (for her campaigns racist comments) which came days too late. Her decline to return $170,000 in campaign contributions from individuals at International Profit Associates, or IPA accused of widespread sexual harassment, and whose CEO is a disbarred lawyer with a criminal record. Lets not forget her campaign eventually returned some $850,000 to Hong Kong businessman Norman Hsu who was found to be a fugitive in a 15-year old theft case. He was indicted for fraud related to his campaign contributions in 2007. Her failed inclusion and diplomacy with congress on her once universal health care bid. Her subsequent surrender and alignment to the health care industry. Her disguise on NAFTA and all free trade agreements. Her conscious vote for war in Iraq. Her blatant flip flop on Florida and Michigan. Her repetitive lies about Bosnia. Her exaggerated foreign policy experience. Her dealing the race card better than Republicans. Clinton photo and prayer breakfast with Rev Wright. Clinton photo with Rezko. Her failure to get the endorsement of close friend Bill Richardson. Her miserable failure to manage her own campaign (and husband). Her charlatan flip flop on pledged delegates and superdelegates by encouraging party elite to vote against the will of the people - "I believe strongly that in a democracy, we should respect the will of the people and to me, that means it's time to do away with the Electoral College and move to the popular election of our president." - Hillary Clinton in 2000

Posted by: Matt | April 12, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton '08
Solutions For Corporate America
Lying from Day -12775

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 12, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Enough of this guy already. There is already enough divisiveness in this country without 4-years of this!!
Hillary '08

Posted by: Jesus Francisco Cardenas | April 12, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama acurately brought out another ugly truth of this nation out from our subconscious.
They are bitter, for they feel they are entitled to American dreams without good educations, self-disciplines or fierce competitions.
Facing difficulty, only losers would become bitter and blame others.
They must rise above the animal level existence of hunging onto the same old skills (simple labors,guns,the Bible and bigotry) handed down from generation to generation.

The whole nation should demand them of becoming more productive and constructive.
This nation can no longer support their dependency /entitlement.

Posted by: mtt | April 12, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

BY -the -way,If Barack Obama is an ELITIST I must be a king.

Posted by: patrick geraghty | April 12, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

mitchs wrote: Did Obama vote against invading Iraq? Can we see that roll call? Of course he was against invading from the beginning. Not because he held any particular insite but because it pleased his clique. His retro opinion is a house of cards.

Wow. I guess he can't win either way. If he had voted for the war you would have approved? He only voted against it because 'his clique' wanted him to? Then why is he wanting us out now? His 'clique' again? Let me join it!

Posted by: letsbepeaceful | April 12, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

OPP's I misspoke again. Ah just forget I said what I said. My preacher didn't mean what he said and I didn't sit their for 20 years with my fingers in my ears and not listen for nothing. Ahhh forget or I hope you didn't notice that I contributed large sums of money to his church because I totally disagree with him. I didn't take all that money from Resko because I did't know he was a crook when I got him the grant for 100,000,000.00 to fix up his slumm buildings and then never did. ect. ect. ect...

Posted by: HC | April 12, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Mitches-
It's not a "retro opinion".

He gave a speach at the time (2002) saying, "This is a bad idea, we should think about it."

Go away, 28%-er. Leave the country to those of us who love our liberty.

Posted by: Mason | April 12, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

We have had a republican president for 28 of the past 40 years and yet somehow its the democrats fault we're bitter?

Either the democrats have enormous influence or the republicans are grossly incompetent.

I choose the latter

Posted by: Dutch Nickles | April 12, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I was born and raised along the Ohio - PA border and I can most assuredly tell you he just gave the state of PA to Billary. Those people don't like that kind of talk, they were snubbed, belittled and ridiculed for the things that have made them the outstanding folk they are, their belief in God, and defending those freedoms with guns. I guess that he p*ssed off almost every small town person in America with his remarks.
He didn't say it as well as he should have but we still heard him loud and clear!

Posted by: SmallTownGunTotingChristian | April 12, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

What's with JN? Communists? What decade is this person in? Get with the 21st Century1

Posted by: hapibeli | April 12, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I am from PA, in law school, and I am bitter everytime:
(1) I go to the gas station,
(2) Turn on the T.V.-another solider killed over 4,000,
(3) Over 609 million dollars being spent in Iraq,
(4) HRC's talking about she has been shot at.
(5) At the end of the month n my food stamps run out.
(6)look at our horrible public schools nobody cares about.

When you lie about being shot at how can you hold someone else accountable for their words?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

DEAR MEDIA:

Please stop BRAINWASHING these poor people with these zero IQ's.

If you tell these people that Obama is a UFO, they'd believe you, they can't think on their own. This country is so RACIST and SAD.

Posted by: BrainwashedByMedia | April 12, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I am a doctor from Pennsylvania. I can see Obama's point when he talks about how the choice people make in defending their rights is indirectly related to something else happening in their life.

It is a proven fact that people do not tell the real reasons behind their anger. Often times it is something else in their lives that they are frustrated about, but it will show up in their actions in a completely different way. For example a parent will get angry at their kids even though the real reason for their anger will be not getting along with their boss at work.

It is really dumb of Hillary to call Obama an elitist. I would call Hillary an opportunist. She is trying to parse every word coming from Obama in the hopes that he makes some mistakes for her to hang her coat on. Bill just proved how dumb he is by stirring up a controversy about his wife which had died down in the press, but thanks to Bill it reminds people about the lies of Hillary.

Posted by: Roger | April 12, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

And Hillary the vulture swoops in. Totally lacking anything of positive value to speak of, she must pick over the perceived faults of others. Did her mother ever tell her, "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything." Of course not, it would render her mute.

Posted by: Kent Duffy | April 12, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Clinton and McCain love to pounce when they know that what Senator Obama says is true. They just don't have the guts to say it themselves. They spin to the populace, take the temperature of the populace and then spin accordingly. If anyone thinks that Clinton and McCain are "pure" politicians they ought to think again. Ms. 109 million and Mr. "Pull Yourselves up by your bootstaps" while "I" have my comfortable pension and wonderful senate health plan. Let's start hearing some hard truths that folks think but don't nescessarily express

Posted by: quad1 | April 12, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

V Racer -
That's exactly what Obama was talking about when he answered this question: Reagan "Democrats". You know the type: they identify as Democrats yet vote Republican or DINO even though those economic policies have gutted their town.


Lynn-
Racist? Huh? Racist? Classist or populist maybe, but racist? Moron. There should be a way to filter out the stupid, infirmed, or ill-informed from participating in our democracy.

Posted by: Mason | April 12, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

What's with JN. Communists? What decade is this person in?

Posted by: hapibeli | April 12, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

You Obama followers are bitter you alrerady established that.You want change we know that.What I want to know is how exactly Obama going to take your bitterness away?He has no past of change making.From what I can see Obama followerrs are no different that pastor wrights church..preaching about his bitterness about america how horrible america is and so on and doing nothing about it.I feel sorry for you people because you are like sheep follwing a snakeoil salesman just on his promises and rhetorics with no plan or past of actions

Posted by: ty | April 12, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama will win in General elections believe it or not.

For some of the same Elitists, to which people mistakenly have ascribed Obama to be, are in the ranks of Republicans. Not all Republicans are Biblicans. I am sure those republicans would have had a hearty laugh and nodded indeed Obama is correct : For many people not just in America, but all across the world fall back on Religion and guns when jobs desert them...


Wasnt it the Republican NeoCon Mantra of getting prosperity and Demoncracy to all in Middle East as a way to wean out Islamofascism there?

Posted by: JSmith | April 12, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

The Truth hurts.Mr.Obama speaks what other politicians are terrified to say...that There IS class warfare in America,and its perpetrated by our Political parties and their corporate cronies.When you've got nothing and your impoverished its natural to cling to something that gives you hope and spirit because that's what everyone LIKE you is doing.Its either God,Guns,alcohol,drugs,whatever.things that people can relate to. Thats what people do.This IS Americas ugly sister.

Posted by: patrick geraghty | April 12, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse


Is this the best you got, McHillary supporters -- hoping voters are dumb?

Wow. Obama really is going to win by a landslide.

Posted by: rippermccord | April 12, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

So, let me see here, The hard working folks in PA are bitter because they drove their employers out of State or Country and then sat on their hands rather than create an environment where business would return? What is the employment rate in PA?
Did Obama vote against invading Iraq? Can we see that roll call? Of course he was against invading from the beginning. Not because he held any particular insite but because it pleased his clique. His retro opinion is a house of cards. He could give a rats rear end about PA.

Posted by: MITCHS | April 12, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse


WHERE IS HILLARY GUMP TODAY?

DODGING SNIPER FIRE AT SOME RALLY TODAY?

RUN HILLARY, RUN!

Posted by: BOB | April 12, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Cheerleader Bush is now joined by........ cheerleaders Clinton and McCain

The economy is strong.......

Don't worry be happy....

Everything is fine.....

Rah rah Rah, no one is bitter rah rah rah

Posted by: Scott | April 12, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

AS AN ASIDE: The Clintons are still defending Hillary's Bosnia story as a minor gaffe that can be attributed largely to sleep deprivation.

WELL GUESS WHAT, it would be a DISASTER to let Hillary's sleep-deprived dumbass to answer that phone at 3AM! I DON'T WANT HER MISREPRESENTING THIS COUNTRY AT 3AM! I DON'T WANT HER MAKING ENEMIES AT 3AM!

Posted by: Futureproof | April 12, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Why does the media always let Obama off the hook? Why does he get away with "I didn't say it as well as I should have"? But, the Clintons are torn apart for every word they say.

Obama is right people are bitter, but he doesn't have to talk down to them with gun, religion, anti-immigrant talk! Adding that to the discussion just shows where he stands, arrogant and above others!

Posted by: demo grandma | April 12, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

stop trying to cover up obama's slip of his true feelings and stop blaming his outrageous arrogence on Hillary. He said it and he means it. There is deep rooted racist teachings in Obama, and it will come sailing out of his big mouth before November. DO NOT LET THIS PERSON MAKE FOOLS OF AMERICANS.

Posted by: LYNN PARKER | April 12, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Wow - some people are really allergic to facts and truth!

I support Obama because I want government to do its job. Not the job of families, not the job of religion, not the job of friends - just Do Its Job.

If Clinton and McCain believe they have to twist words to have a chance at winning, that means they shouldn't win. Period.

Posted by: Tom J | April 12, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama can't win the general election. Large percentage of Clinton supporters will not vote for him. Many blue collar whites will not vote for him. Most jews will not vote for him. Hispanics will not vote for him. Business people with sense will not vote for him. Patriotic Americans will not vote for him. Guess he's left with those who can't make it in an equal opportunity America.

Posted by: V Racer | April 12, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama, you're wearing me out. You didn't "misspeak," you gave a boneheaded and patronizing analysis of why "small town" America doesn't toe the line with urban California sophisticated fat cats on such issues as gun ownership and religous-based expressions in the public sphere.

I'm going to try and encourage my friends and neighbors who are also registered Dems. in "small town" America to make the right choice on June 3 and get Hillary Clinton on the Nov. ballot.

Failing that, I really hope you ignore the syncophants who are telling that your San Francisco stinker was "truth" and educate yourself.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

OK..ok... so how many of the people that are outraged over this "bitter" comment are blue collar workers from PA? Honestly? I predict few to none.

Plus what the hell is with the over the top garbage coming from the anti-obama comments. They all seem to be racist, hateful, and devoid of fact.

Posted by: Av | April 12, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

CNN
WaPo
Fox
NY Times

The EVIL NEWS networks are spinning this!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc9PepjyDow


Good for Obama ~ Champion of a 'No BS form of Govt.' that actually acknowledges the problems, so the problems can be addressed!

Posted by: Holy Crap!!! | April 12, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Tynet- you're a moron.
He said that rural America *votes* on guns, God and gays because they don't trust politicians on the important issues (jobs, healthcare, retirement) because they've been lied to so many times on those issues. The bitterness of being lied to leads to ignoring anyone who attempts to speak to economic concrens. If you ignore economic concerns when voting, you're left with God, Guns, Gays, and Terrorism. People love guns because they hunt, not because they've lost their job.

Posted by: Mason | April 12, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Just read that we know Obama isn't an elitist because he went back into the Chicago slums to work (and earn a bio that would work well when running for Pres - but - oh, he just thought of doing that recently.) :-) You guys are fun. Let's all remember he's human and not the Messiah - I think. And when Hillary went to work for the Children's Defense Fund it was?????????

Posted by: darleneann | April 12, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Somebody please tell Sen Obama to stop apologizing for speaking the truth.

How did everybody get to be such crybabies?

Posted by: Mike Roberts | April 12, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

The Libs are Spineless as always.This is why they dont go to the ghetto and tell it like it is.IF anybody does they are labeled a racist.Cant even tell a kid in democrat dominated inner city america to pull his pants up.so when obama saids people in rural america are bitter and cling to religion and guns because of bitterness I just have to laugh at just how out of touch and totaly backwards you obama libs are.

Posted by: tynet | April 12, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

G: Obama has really not addressed the Pastor proble, so it will keep on coming up; no sense "hoping" it will disappear. If McCain doesn't bring it up in a spirit of taking the "high road", any number of 527-groups will bring it up, and they won't be as nice about it as McCain would be, were he to bring it up. Obama shifted the problem to blacks, whites, and everbody else, except to himself.

Praying with assorted "conservative evangelicals" is one thing, and associating with one hate-mongering pastor for 20+ years is something else. There is nothing wrong with conservative evangelicals per se, just as there is nothing wrong with liberal atheists per se. The problem arises when they shift if one group tries to shift their own problems on another group.

I have no use for guns or churches, but for Obama to say that rural Pennsylvanians flock to their churches and cling to their guns because they are unemployed and/or bitter is disingenuous at best and demeaning/elitist/bigoted/condescending at worst.

Posted by: Krishna | April 12, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I see what's going on here. Obama has made a good move in saying "he may not have worded it correctly". He does not want to be distracted from his game plan.

The Republicans want this primary to go all the way to August. The only way to do that is to keep Hillary in this thing. They are going to help her as much as possible. That means ganging up on and trying to distort Obama's image.

If Hillary, loses PA not only is Hillary toast, but people get to see the old, chest-thumping, war veteran, Iraq War backing McCain next to the young, bright, inspring, eloquent, black candidate who's against the war. The Republicans remember how bad Nixon looked next to JFK and don't want to go there. Obama is made for TV.

So Hillary and the Republicans are the same page, not that we hadn't suspected
that anyway.

Concede them a little ground here to shut them up. The decent people will see this for what it is: Political Grandstanding.

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 12, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Lynn Parker-Will you vote for Hillary even after all of the self indicting she and Bill have done to themselves during the campaign? Bill said yesterday that Hillary is 60 and can't remember things like she used to...He was trying to justify her numerous misstatements. WOW. That's it?! Let's vote for Hillary and hopes she remembers what she has told America she would do for us. Right? At 3:00am , she may not remember a thing according to Bill.

Posted by: Gilly | April 12, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't the Washington Post print Clinton's full remarks about Obama's explanation that PA voters don't vote for him because they are "bitter" and cling to guns, religion and "antipathy" toward people like him?

Clinton called Obama's comments "demeaning" and said:

"The increased attack showed that Clinton is eager to hold on to her working class support and is looking to open new questions about Obama's judgment that would make voters and Democratic officials reconsider their support for the Illinois senator.

"I was raised with Midwestern values and an unshakable faith in America and its policies," she said. "Now, Americans who believe in the Second Amendment believe it's a matter of constitutional right. Americans who believe in God believe it's a matter of personal faith.

"I grew up in a church-going family, a family that believed in the importance of living out and expressing our faith. The people of faith I know don't 'cling' to religion because they're bitter. People embrace faith not because they are materially poor, but because they are spiritually rich.

"Our faith is the faith of our parents and our grandparents. It is a fundamental expression of who we are and what we believe."

Posted by: Annette Keller | April 12, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama tells us the truth, not some pandering for votes. How do you think Bush was elected...same sex marriage issues, gun control, etc.

It's refreshing to have a candidate speak to us as adults....

From the comments it does seem we are too stupid to participate in a democratic society. Can't wait to see what knee jerk issue will be used to further divide us and keep us from having to face the real issues
we need to confront.

Posted by: gifford | April 12, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or do some of the anti-obama comments on here come off as a little "bitter"?

Posted by: Patrick | April 12, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I didn't hear the speech yet. Will soon. However, it's laughable for people to be blaming the press when the press is selling him to us. It is impossible to listen to a news show without hearing everything presented in a way that makes Senator Clinton look bad and Senator Obama look good. I would prefer impartial reporting but those days are long gone. I did listen to the New Hampshire debate LIVE and heard him make the statement about "you look good enough, Hillary," or something close to that. He lost me with that statement. It was made before his campaign trained him - the man has learned a lot and learned it fast - about campaigning - is now a SMOOTH politician. But that statement was him speaking and it was out of his mouth before he realized. To me, the real Obama. It was arrogant, sexist, and exemplified everything I've spent my life railing against. I don't want him. Since then, I've tried to watch very carefully - making my own decisions - and have to say that I find him arrogant - wearing a little smirk at times that's so "George Bush" I want to puke. I know this won't change any minds. My friends who are pro-Obama are totally obsessed with him and any conversation to the contrary is difficult.

Posted by: darleneann | April 12, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

God forbid we have a politician speak the truth. "Bitter" I think describe a general feeling about government over the last 8+ years. Let's not forget New Orleans and the Americans who are STILL trying to piece their lives back together because the government failed them. You think they might be feeling a little bitterness towards government.

It is amazing we have Sen. Clinton AND J. McCain, two of the wealthiest candidates running for office, referring to a man raised by an economically poor single mom on her own as elitist.

Not to take anything away from the Clintons need to earn a living ($109 Million), but if I remember correctly, even Chelsea is working for a well-to-do hedge fund in NY making six figures NOT in the slums of New York. At least we know Sen. Obama graduated from Harvard Law School and went back into the slums of Chicago to make a real difference. How that makes him an elitist is mind boggling.

I will be so glad when this madness is over and the people who masquerade around as if they really care can crawl back into their holes.

Posted by: eds | April 12, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand -- what was wrong with what Obama said? I'm from the middle class and I AM bitter -- bitter from 7 years of being used and ignored -- the first middle class in decades that has been left out of any growth or improvement in American life. $109-million-Hillary says Obama is out of touch? I'd say she's the one completely out of touch. $109-million-Hillary calls Obama an elitist? I guess she's ready to come on over here and help me scrub my floors.

Posted by: Rose | April 12, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm fascinated at how out of touch many of the commentators in this thread are. There are many people who have grown bitter with what's happened over the years. Folks in small towns feel marginalized and like the world is taking away their identity, folks who had industrial jobs have lost them and had to find new skills late in life (this happened to both of my parents) and the government has no response to the fact that folks who came of age in the 60's and 70's with only high school educations and counting on factory jobs are hard put to avoid slipping down a slop of increasing financial harship and insecurity. Anyone who's ever lived in small and industrial towns understand what this is about. When they hear someone use the word bitter to describe what they feel, many are likely to say "yeah, what do you expect?" Frankly, I am heartened to hear a candidate actually address some of the fear and uncertainty that my parents face. No one has addressed their situations honestly in my adult life (the Clinton-Bush years). It's time to look at where we've gone the past 16 years and look for ways to find a new path.

Posted by: scott032 | April 12, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I read WaPo because I was born in D.C., but I've lived in what av would call a "random small town" in the Midwest for over 40 years.

What Obama said is not my truth, nor is it the truth in my town, where 30 percent of schoolchildren recently had one or both parents laid off.

And despite what Mr. Obama and others may think, sitting around frustrated, angry and bitter is simply a luxury we do not have.

People in my "random small town" are spiritual (or not) by choice, not default, and generally rely on guns for food, not trophies.

Many are opposeed to ILLEGAL immigration because, in our community, we respect the rule of law and believe others should as well, since failing to do so would be a step closer toward adopting the culture of corruption that plagues so many other countries, often to the great detriment of the poor. Legal immigrants, however, are generally welcomed with open arms.

If small towners are perceived to be anti-trade, it may be because we recognize that the regulatory playing field between countries is not equal, and we understand that the minimum wage laws, OSHA regulations, workers compensation benefits, unemployment benefits, and environmental and product safety laws from which we benefit are valuable distinctions between the United States and third world countries.

I'm curious to know how many of you who post so vigorously and with so much all-knowing omnipotence in support of the truth of Obama's stereotype of small towners are CURRENTLY living in towns of 30,000 or less.

Posted by: GPM | April 12, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Let me clarify things --

Obama is a NATIONAL SOCIAL DISEASE.

Doe that make the analogy clearer?

We don't need a national socialist movement.

We know how things turn out when a demigod blames a racial group for all the country's problems.

Its ironic that its "typical white people" beling blamed this time, but a cult of personality is a cult of personality and a racist is a racist.

It doesn't matter what color they are.

Bigots come in every color.

Rev Wright is very wrong.

Barry chose a bigot as his "spiritual advitor"

Obama knew exactly what kind of hatred Rev Wright was teaching his kids.

America's not going to choose Obama.

Even "typical white people" aren't that stupid.

They're just as smart as everybody else.

Especially when they realize they've been taken for fools by a slick Chicago Hustler.

That pisses people off no matter what color or religion they are.

Posted by: Obama is a national social disease | April 12, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

sick and tired: No. I am one who is tired of 'shallow, egotistical, arrogant. Describes our present administration nicely. Who would you be willing to vote for in November, and why?

panola - Obama wasn't 'criticizing' rural americans, just saying why it's hard to win them over

ed; wow - you do sound bitter - that was a really negative comment. Bitter people cling to religion because it's all they have left (and that's not bad, because churches, etc. are often the last resort when you are really hungry and homeless).


gpm: would you prefer that we continue the course we are on? Why do you say that Obama has a 'feel, don't think' approach? I see him asking us to broaden our thinking, and not just instantly react to our 'feelings'. I can't see that McCain will get us out of this mess, and am not sure that Clinton will either. Would rather give Obama a chance - at least he acknowledges the mess. From the sound of these posts a lot of small-towners DO feel bitter, and are thinking about this quite a lot.

Posted by: letsbepeaceful | April 12, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

i am one of those angry and bitter people. i am tired of seeing our jobs going overseas..tired of our dollar worth 30% less since bush took office

Posted by: tom | April 12, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

So Obama saids whites in rural America cling to religion and guns due to their bitterness to a bunch of elitist liberals in San Francisco and that is supposed to be mispeak?Do you Obama airheads really think we are that stupid?OFcourse Obama knew exactly what he was saying any other way of saying that to a lib crowd in San Francisco would be a mispeak.Obama said it perfectly. now if he said that in Penn that would be a mistake and thats why he didnt.After all hes the great Orator right?
Every time some of Obamas real thinking from his liberal leanings and rev wrights teaching spills out you libs look like mindless cult members trying to spin it so the general population that dont believe in your anti american views doesnt see it.

Posted by: tynet | April 12, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

This story is so contrived. He told the truth that people are bitter from being lied to for years. Then the liars have the gall to jump down his throat. How sad.

Posted by: Mason | April 12, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

GO SENATOR OBAMA! Screw euphemisms! Keep saying it like it is!

Posted by: Futureproof | April 12, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama said it just the way he feels. "THE TRUTH WILL OUT".

HE IS AN ARROGANT SELF INDULGENT GOOD FOR NOTHING. HOW DARE HE DEMEAN OUR PEOPLE AND COUNTRY WHO HE IS WRINGING DRY BY EMPTY WORDS AND NO KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT AMERICANS FEEL IN THEIR GUTS! We have had enough Selfish, underhanded , and corrupt people ruining this country in the past 8 years.

Obama is not a superior human being, even if he thinks he is fooling the people, before this campaign come to and end, Obama will trip himself up, and keep showing his true colors. He belongs in Islam with his gang of Racists and haters of America. A vote for Obama is a vote to help destroy what GWB has done. Remember Jeb Bush is just waiting in the side lines.

VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON AND WE WILL HAVE A FIGHTING CHANCE TO GET BACK OUR BELOVED COUNTRY. Just keep your eye on the ball. Folks stop LIVING THRUE A REAR VIEW MIRROR. TOMORROW IS THE FUTURE WE NEED WITH HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: LYNN PARKER | April 12, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Would have "pissed" have been a better word? How stupid! This is another issue. An attempt to grab at straws by the two weakest links in the chain, Hillary and McCain. Besides, McCain should be the last one to complain. Everyone knows he is still bitter about his experience in 'Nam and his failed bid for the presidency in 2000.

Posted by: Lu | April 12, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Sandra - Can it. You're not exposing anything except your own ignorance.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

You gotta wonder if even Senator Obama has begun to reflect upon why he blurts out these biased and ignorant statements. They seem to flow from him with such ease and polish. Is it possible that he has never searched his own soul and conscience for the evil that he sees in others?

Oh well, its Saturday. Time to take my weekly bath, put on my best NASCAR jacket, grab my gun, pick up a six-pack and then go screw Jenny Lou in the parking lot behind the church. Cheers!

Posted by: magellan1 | April 12, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

It's nice to see the "Christ" Obama sticking his foot in his mouth.

It doesn't matter to his supporters as I'm sure they would still vote for and love him even if he killed a baby on stage with a chainsaw.
But for those who see behind his mask, it's a nice feeling.

Posted by: Thozmaniac | April 12, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The Pennsylvania People have every
right to be BITTER!

They need to express their
frustration with the people that
caused the mess that is their
lives.

It's not against Obama, it's that
woman that is attempting to
manipulate you!!!

Hillary Clinton shouldn't be
allowed in the state of PA. She
and Bill pandered to the lobbyists
and sold off every last stinking
job they could. Now, they are about to do the same with Columbia.

Bill and Hillary Clinton have a
long standing relationship with
the Columbian govt.

You need to tell your elected
officials to speak out against
the Clintons for the ruin of the
American Dream in your State!!!

These Super Delegates can stop
the EVIL that is the Clinton Family!

Posted by: Holy Crap!!! | April 12, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama spoke. He said something. Hillary and John are shocked. Actually, who really gives a sh-t. No one cares. The campaign goes on and the press keeps looking for a story.

Posted by: Dumb and dumber | April 12, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Bitter is the taste in my mouth when I think of Hillary and McCain who are both so committed to taking money from federal lobbyists that we know nothing will ever change if they are in the White House. Bitter is the taste when Obama is jumped on for stating the truth, that the Republicans have been in power for so long because people have not been voting on the economic issues but on other issues that the Republicans trot out to distract us all from the lost jobs and high precription drug prices. Perhaps it is not politically correct to be bitter. Perhaps I should just be disappointed. Is that what Hillary and McCain are saying? Well, today I will not be politically correct. Today I taste the bitterness.

Posted by: Bitter | April 12, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama certainly has lit a nuclear bomb underneath the right wing media and their supporters. He is exposing each and every one of them.


Its really hilarious how the people who are on the right, seem to comment here. All they come is hate filled comments against Obama for the sake of hatred.

Oh but Obama is a snake oil sales man...
Oh but Obama is a racist...
Oh the whites supporting Obama are dumb...
Oh Obama should stand as the Pastor of America not the presidency...
Oh Obama is a Communist....
Oh Obama is a Muslim terrorist....
Oh Obama will sink America.....

Hate mongers, coming from those who support a warmonger.

Posted by: JSmith | April 12, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Californiamarty- Pay attention. The issues are what is most important not bowling scores and dance moves. What do you bowl? Any Saturday Night Fever moves in your repertoire?

Posted by: Gilly | April 12, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of "bitter"...here's just one more bitter pill for the Obama-bots to swallow. "It can't be true...stop hurting our savior Obama...he died for our sins"

Posted by: Tim | April 12, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

He's just another self-absorbed idiot -- so it's only appropriate that he is mainly admired by post adolescents of all ages.

He has an unfailing knack for getting everything wrong, after which his faithful cult bails him out by screaming "racism!" at any and all critics.

He will surely lose in November, and inevitably, the cult, and his cynical, Cook County backers, will figure out a way to blame the Clintons for that.

Posted by: prettierthanyou | April 12, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering how the pro-Obama Washington Post would spin this Obama sneer at rural American values.

NO, Obama doesn't "concede he misspoke", Obama is denying he was sneering at rural American values of 2nd Amendment and religion and accusing them of being bitter and (not voting for people like them) for why they aren't voting for him.

Obama is trying to SPIN it that he misspoke.

The Washington Post, obviously, is trying to help him frame that spin with its headline and snarkily worded imagery (Sens. Clinton and McCain "pounced via a blizzard of statements" to criticize Obama).

Obama's sneer at Pennsylvania voters is just a more obtusely-worded race card play that his campaign has made over and over: if you don't support Obama and if your state doesn't vote for him, you're an uneducated, ignorant racist.

The "those who don't vote for me are ignorant racists" is the line pushed everywhere from rural Ohio to the article the Washington Post published three weeks ago describing Pennsylvania as full of uneducated, blue collar racists hanging out in VFW bars.

This long-running Democratic Primary is continuing to give Obama time to expose himself more and more to be other than the man that the pro-Obama media has painted him as.

Posted by: Annette Keller | April 12, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on "Mispoke" my butt,here "Mr Clueless in Chicago" Racist Lying Elitist
Phony Barack Hussein Obama,you meant every
damn word of your vile,vicious,degrading,
insults toward those of us in and from
Small Town America! You some "Uniter" here
when you deliberately,attack and insult your fellow Americans this way you lying
braindamage cocaine addict whacko and so
this time your not going to weasel your way
out of this one,and why don't get honest
and change your pitch to "The Great Divider" as after all didn't President and
Liar in Chief George W Bush called himself
"The Uniter" as well you loser Obama? Get
OUT Of The Campaign You Lying Eletist Punk.

Posted by: Sandra | April 12, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

All of you bitter Democrats should be pi##ed at your leadership for cutting off our domestic energy altogether...NO new refineries, NO drilling on the East Coast, West Coast, ANWR, the Gulf, NO clean burning coal and NO nuclear energy which could provide a plethora of jobs but instead has made us vulnerable, and continues todrive up the cost of everything and can be laid at the feet of the Democrats the home of the, not environmentalists but the Wacko environmentalists and anti-capitalists.

Posted by: Mike | April 12, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama's comments remind me of the slogan
"If you're not angry, you're not paying attention."

And believe me PA is a mfg. state, and they're paying attention as populations decline across the Central part of the state.

We were promised better by Clinton/Bush, Republicans/Democrats. The decent jobs left are gov't run, teaching, nursing, cops, and there are few 'middle class' folks left who actually produce things.

Its get rich or get out these days. Whats an 'ownership society' mean when you can't get a mortgage, or your income can't rise enough to cover taxes, gas, and food for the kids? I'll have capital left to start a small business? Not.

Hope is indeed audacious these days.

Posted by: NittanyLionsRule | April 12, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

It still amazes me that when a politician actually speaks the truth and doesn't "sugarcoat" every issue that he/she is made to look unworthy. Obama actually gave me reasons and explanations to be sympathetic towards those who might have different political viewpoints than myself. If people actually listened to what was being said instead of just soundbites and spin they might actually learn something. Hilary and McCain(Millionaires both) actually know more about the working class stuggles. Pulllleeese!

Posted by: MTR | April 12, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama = Jesse Jackson in a Harvard blazer and tie.

Posted by: Quiet Patriot | April 12, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I believe in God because its part of my life. I have weapons because this country protects my right to do so. Neither of these facts are due to bitterness but traditions. What I'm bitter about is the total mediocrity we have in our political leadership and how well we just take it every four years. Not a single one of the presidential candidates represent my interests. So I will be forced to exercise my vote and try to elect the least of three evils.

Posted by: Duncan | April 12, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

ImRichmond-You just became transparent!

Mike-Obama is not afraid to speak his feelings on things and that's not what we get from the other politically safe candidates. Right or wrong, we all seek the truth.

Posted by: Gilly | April 12, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

"Bitter"? Thats become a problem now? You are right Barack. There are many that are bitter because the elitists in Washington with their million dollar expense accounts and free medical care do not deliver. ANd they dont want to talk about the lost jobs and lack of healthcare and rising prices.

Maybe you could have used the word "angry" or "frustrated"...but unlike the others in the race you were speaking from the heart. Again, you are CORRECT...there are many across America who are bitter...and you forgot to mention Iraq. Cheap political manouvering is all they have to offer. Truck on.

Posted by: Itoldyouso | April 12, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm bitter! Hillary told me for a $2300 contribution, I'd get a night in the White House Lincoln Bedroom in 2009. Now I find out that I have to clear it first with Huma Abedin. I guess we see who's wearing the pants these days!

Posted by: Bitter in DC | April 12, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc9PepjyDow&eurl=http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/samgrahamfelsen/gGBWx9

If you want to see Barack respond to all this unfounded criticism, watch the video. Come on folks. This is the media and two old hack politicians spinning this out of control. That isn't going to help us get our country back on track. That's more of the same old politics that has gotten us into this mess.

Posted by: GoHuskies | April 12, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes it's just good to keep your mouth shut and get out while you're ahead. For those who can't make life work without government, Obama is right. For those who make life work with their faith, family and community, he's dead wrong. Typical Democrat dogma. It works though. Look at most of the comments. No guts, No glory.

Posted by: Kephas | April 12, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

ELITIST AND PANDERER-JUST WHAT WE NEED ANOTHER BILL CLINTON IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Obama Panders to the Girls, Lies To Pennsyvanians about Jobs and Disrespects them In Marin County-Just What We Don't Want for President-

Touring a manufacturing plant in Allentown, Pa., on Tuesday, he was flirtatious, winking and grinning at the women working there, calling one "Sweetie," telling another she was "beautiful," and imitating his daughters' dance moves by twirling around. Later, at a Scranton town hall, he went up to Denise Mercuri, a pharmacist from Dunmore wearing a Hillary button. "What do I need to do? Do you want me on my knees?" he charmed, before promising: "I'll give you a kiss." Obama has been less adept at absorbing the lesson of Hillary's metamorphosis from entitled queen of the party to scrappy blue-collar mama. His strenuous and inadvertently hilarious efforts to woo working-class folk in Pennsylvania have only made him seem more effete. Keeping his tie firmly in place, he genteelly sipped his pint of Yuengling beer at Sharky's sports cafe in Latrobe and bowled badly in Altoona.

Posted by: CALIFORNIAMARTY SAYS | April 12, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Mr Obama attempts to tackle the divides in our country. This is a great challenge and leaves one vulnerable to attacks from those that want to keep the divisions alive. Obama, with a racial background of half white and half black, is in a special position to attempt to explain the basis of these divides to both sides. As a man who was raised in humble surroundings, and is now financially successful, and subsequent work with the disadvantaged, he is in the special position to attempt to explain the other to both sides of the economic divide. As a christian who lived oversees in a muslim country, he is in a special position to attempt to reconcile the christian/muslim divide in this country that seems to be strengthening. Senator Clinton would have us hide our heads in the sand and ignore what is ripping this country apart. Senator Clinton would rather attack a man attempting to explain one side to the other in their different languages than attempt to bring real discussion to our major problem of faction in this country. Mr Obama is a brave man, and his position with one foot in each of several divided communities obligates him to meet the divides head on and attempt understanding between them. It is frought with landmines, and people who would rather keep the divides or would profit by pitting one against another.

Posted by: Bitter Nation | April 12, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Mike-Content IS what Obama is giving us. At least he remembers things. The other candidates continue to stumble on issues they remember supporting in the past but now have a change of heart, or where they were when sniper fire was incoming or if Sunnis are Shi'ites or the reverse.

Posted by: Gilly | April 12, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I am bitter! Bitter that Obama thinks I am stupid enoufgh to belive another lame explanation.

Maybe it's time for another speach on race.


Posted by: J Pat | April 12, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama for PASTOR of the United States, maybe, but certainly not President of the United States.

Posted by: Curliquedan | April 12, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

We're sick and tired of the cult of Obama.

They make moonies look like tax accountants.

Posted by: Sick and tired of the cult of Obama | April 12, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

European-This argument is silly but that is what losing candidates have to do to get attention in this country. Wouldn't it be a real fight if they all just debated their differences on issues? After all, that's what the voters want to hear at the end of the day in order to make an intelligent choice for their vote.

Posted by: Gilly | April 12, 2008 2:37 PM

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No, They want to know his character. Politicians can "say" anything to get elected.

Posted by: Mike | April 12, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I've got a feeling that Obama is turning out to be the Teflon politician.
We'll know in a few days, but I don't think this latest problem is going to stick. He'll probably loose a percentage or two in Pennsylvania, but that's about it.
You know where Teflon politicians end up don't you?
Look at Reagan and Bill. That's right, in the White House.

Posted by: NittyGritty08 | April 12, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Guess what?? I'm BITTER. I suggest everyone watch the youtube video of Obama's response last night in Terre Huate. He nailed it, and he's more in touch with the American people that Hillary or McCain could ever hope to be. Hillary says, "People aren't bitter..they're resilient and hard working". Like somehow you can't be both. I'm BITTER about that fact that I have to be so RESILIENT cuz my government SUCKS.

OBAMA '08

Posted by: Miss Bitter | April 12, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Wow wow wow at such venom being spewed by some comments. Elitist? Can someone PLEASE define what that means? Cause if it means being able to fail in business, school and pretty much anything you have set your mind to, and still end up as president, then we have had an elitist president these last 8 years.
Can anyone name the last non elitist president? Ill wait. How much did Dubya take out in student loans? Ill wait.
Instead of simply repeating what you have seen on Fox News, maybe you should look at the history of our country. Lastly, who thinks the government that we fund works for them? And before you say people should work for themselves,then if you ever went to public school, drive on the roads,or needed the police, next time don't use my tax money.

Posted by: saddened | April 12, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Not to worry. I'm sure President Bill will step in and clarify Senator Obama's comments just as he cleared the air on Hillary's Bosnia sniper fire.

Posted by: Monica 2 | April 12, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I have an engineering degree and was just laid off, along by 60 other specialized technology positions, by a company that claims it is "one of America's most admired companies, was until recently listed as part of Dow Jones, and had great economic performance in 2007. The company said it was not because of our performance, but was to reduce costs, as these jobs will now be done outside of the U.S.

So, the jobs in PA are not coming back. The jobs in SC are not coming back. And it is simple false to say, as McCain did in lead up to the SC primary, that these jobs will be replaced by high tech jobs as people become better trained, because the high tech jobs are going overseas too. It's not just small-town Americans that are not being listened to, but all Americans.

Posted by: Bob B. | April 12, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama people still don't get it. I don't know what they are thinking. I know why blacks are voting for. The whites, I have no idea other than they are too stupid or they are far left socialists. This guy Obama and his wife are black radicals and they are putting this facade that they understand the white struggle. Only thing they understand is compassion towards blacks. That you can take it to the bank.

Posted by: Im Richmond | April 12, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Guess what?? I'm BITTER. I suggest everyone watch the youtube video of Obama's response last night in Terre Huate. He nailed it, and he's more in touch with the American people that Hillary or McCain could ever hope to be. Hillary says, "People aren't bitter..they're resilient and hard working". Like somehow you can't be both. I'm BITTER about that fact that I have to be so RESILIENT cuz my government SUCKS.

OBAMA '08

Posted by: Miss Bitter | April 12, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm not even an Obama supporter and even I find the hyping of this story to be yet another example of how poor our political coverage has become. I wish everyone would stop playing into these pitiful narratives that our lazy media keep reporting. As long as we play along they will keep doing it. Today they've targeted Obama. Tomorrow it will be Clinton. Yet each camp allows them to get away with it because if the story helps their candidate they don't complain. WAKE UP!

Posted by: pmorlan | April 12, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Have you noticed that when Obama is off his teleprompter he doesn't appear as smooth and intelligent?

America, only listen to Obama when he is talking "off the cuff." That is when you see his personal values. Then you can make an intelligent decison on him in November

He didn't "mis-speak" folks - he doesn't have the facility to hide his feelings as well off his teleprompter.

if you elect him, and "The phone rings in the White House at 3am, " it had better have a teleprompter right behind it which starts, " Good Morning... this is President Obama...What is your emergency?" or he will answer, " Hey, do you know what damn time it is...Brutha ?"

Posted by: TXSFRED | April 12, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

European-This argument is silly but that is what losing candidates have to do to get attention in this country. Wouldn't it be a real fight if they all just debated their differences on issues? After all, that's what the voters want to hear at the end of the day in order to make an intelligent choice for their vote.

Posted by: Gilly | April 12, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

If Clinton has not seen the bitterness out there, then she certainly is not ready on day one or any other day. There is a LOT of justifiable bitterness and it is growing faster, wider and deeper daily. Things are not getting better and no amount of silly cheerleading by that airhead is going to change it.
Can Obama solve the problem?? Maybe - maybe not; but at least he is the only one who can see the reality of the situation. Clinton is in a fantasy world -not much different than Bush and McBootlicker.

Go Fight Win--Obama

Posted by: worknaught | April 12, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

The more content coming from Obama the more we see that he's a chip off his "great spiritual adviser".

Obama the Snake Oil Salesman

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Posted by: Mike | April 12, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't think McCain should have made the statement that Obama is "out of touch." Seriously, with respect to this Senator, I think he is so out of touch with Many, compared to Obama. Middle class is the entire backbone of this entire country. Why do I not feel as though McCain is targeted to this vast group of people??? Why is that??

Posted by: Obama2008 | April 12, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

To some very unsophisticated Clinton supporters - please remove yourselves from the blog. You are spreading your germs. Yuk.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Reading through these posts, I'm appalled to see what shape we are in as a society. Immature. We stand the best chance of healing from the wounds that the US special interest govt has caused for the past 20+ years by trusting Obama. Those of you who fear Socialist tendencies only fear your yourself. A good garden is one with variety. Just because someone learns about the world in all it's glory and disgust doesn't make them a bad person, it makes them brave and Obama is not afraid to address real issues and real problems, and I applaud him for putting his life on the line for the good and good. Furthermore, Obama is respected internationally and believe it or not, that matters! Let's not be afraid to let go of our gas guzz'ln SUV's and live more within our very soon upcoming means. Love, concerned citizen.

Posted by: truthbetold | April 12, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

This whole story line is ridiculous. Since when is it demeaning or elitist to point out that people are bitter because of the poor leadership in Washington? What the hell are Clinton and McCain smoking if they think there isn't any bitterness out there?

Obama should not back down, but rather use this to hammer home just how calculating and out-of-touch his opponents really are.

Posted by: gregguevara | April 12, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I kinda take offense at your headline.....the term misspoke was redefined a couple of weeks ago by the clintons. so misspoke now means "lied" when people read headlines....Obama did not say he misspoke, just that he poorly chose his words.

you should fix that just for the sake of journalistic integrity.

Posted by: Scott | April 12, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

If you thought Pennsylvania voters were bitter and angry, wait till they find out that if they vote for Hillary they will have sweet Huma as first lady. This just gets better and better.

Posted by: the best is yet to come | April 12, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

hey post cover the news. obama is certainly partially correct, and the attempt to get him to recant by referring to it as a political faux pas is ridiculous, a sad and foolish comment on micromanaging politicians by reference to a false gauge of public opinion.

on the topic of micromanaging, the right's justification for bush et al directing torture, 'to make sure they weren't liable', is laughable, they just ensured they were liable, and demonstrated they're sociopaths.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"People don't vote on economic issues because they don't expect anybody is going to help them," Obama told a crowd at a Terre Haute, Ind., high school Friday evening. "So people end up voting on issues like guns and are they going to have the right to bear arms. They vote on issues like gay marriage. They take refuge in their faith and their community, and their family, and the things they can count on. But they don't believe they can count on Washington."

Frankly, I don't see what the fuss is about.

Posted by: lorax2 | April 12, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama people still don't get it. I don't know what they are thinking. I know why blacks are voting for. The whites, I have no idea other than they are too stupid or they are far left socialists. This guy Obama and his wife are black radicals and they are putting this facade that they understand the white struggle. Only thing they understand is compassion towards blacks. That you can take it to the bank.

Posted by: Im Richmond | April 12, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Obama. You are a man of class, intelligence and sex appeal. We love you!!!!!

Posted by: Bo | April 12, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a social disease that his supporters can't wait to give to everyone else.

No thanks.

We've seen the movie.

We know how it ends.

Posted by: Obama is a social disease | April 12, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a Obama supporter but his words sound fine with me. Why apologize for an observation even if it may or may not be true. I wish they would just stick to the issues and tell us how they plan to solve them, that's what we will be paying them for.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

K: Go ahead and bring up the Pastor problem, but then explain to me why Hillary Clinton is praying with conservative evangelicals? Since 1993, she has been doing this with "The Family". Yet she claims she was haunted by the vast-right wing conspiracy which included the people she prayed with. Obama prayed with a pastor he didn't always agree with, but that is not okay? Hillary prays with people she doesn't agree with, gets spiritual guidance from them, but that is just fine? Double standard, coming up.

Posted by: Goldie2 | April 12, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

DEFINITION of BITTER:

Bitter: angry, hurt, or resentful because of one's a bad experience or a sense of unjust treatment.

Seems to me that anyone who is NOT bitter, angry, hurt or resentful of the status quo these days HAS to be an elitist!


Posted by: Michele C. | April 12, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

My comment comes from Terre Haute, Indiana. I'm an unreconstructed John Edwards voter. I will write in his name in the Indiana primary as a message to Clinton and Obama to end the Iraq war NOW and fight poverty NOW.

Obama's speech last night at Vigo County North High School was rousing. His comments about working class people were about as far from "condescending" as one can get. Obama honored and respected the working class of Terre Haute (and Pennsylvania) when he provided a nuanced analysis of the bitterness citizens of flyover America feel, and where that bitterness finds outlets.

Too many Democrats and, of course, Republicans, have turned people against their own interests and their own government by characterizing Washington as distant and then acting imperiously to fulfill this characterization. Is there any wonder in voters found along the banks of the Wabash River or the sawed off mountains of the Allegheny's in Pennsylvania turning inward after decades of this brand of ongoing political condescension?

Obama performed a major service in calling for a true conversation on race in this country. And now, due to matter of fact remarks, he is stimulates a conversation on class. If the major news organs such as the WP would dig into this, we could have a real election with real issues--the ones John Edwards raised before the media ignored him out of the race. The ones that Terre Haute's favorite son Eugene V. Debs raised in five runs for the presidency.

Very sorry to see Obama backtrack on this.

Posted by: gary daily | April 12, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

OK, they both misspoke so it evens now. Still Hillary cannot shake off her lable as a liar. At least Obama didn't lie and unlike the Clintons, he has class.

Posted by: BB | April 12, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

We so called Americans are clowns, someone tells us the truth and we scorn them. The truth always hurts, always will, that's why people avoid it as much as possible. This nation avoids the truth about itself every day,that's why Bush was president, twice. Bush is a reflection of us he represents all of our imperfections, he's our mirror. Americans are scared of truth, the truth exposes our flaws and insecurities.

You don't want an open minded well verse,educated,intelligent,somber,thoughtful,
ambitious,adaptable,intuitive, person who tells us the truth and treats us with respect. He treats us with respect by telling us the truth, by telling us the truth he's saying he and I or you, we are all on the same level.
If he's elite then so I'm I, cause he told me the truth right or wrong. The truth is never the way you want to hear it. It always sounds harsh and insensitive

When you were fired from the job did he tell you that he was over paying you and he could find someone cheaper in another country or on the corner. That they only thing important was his life and later for yours. Or did he say "gee Tom this really hurts' hate too let you go but the work just ain't here, i'm sorry. If it picks back up I'll call ya"

Which would you prefer to hear. If you heard the truth you might go back to school. instead you would rather hear the lie and go looking for the same job that was just give to another country , getting the same results which is you're unemployed.

We Americans prefer a liar , someone to shield us for the changing future, someone to tell us we can bring the 50's the 80's the 90's back again. We want a person who can't admit mistakes, who's so arrogant as to say they have all the answer, who can't change, when they've learn that something is wrong. We want someone who has never talk or debated with someone who's views may differ, who will lie to our face day end and day out because they believe we aren't intelligent enough to deal with the truth and adapt. We want some who's name is european in origin, who is not different on the outside.
We want more of the same, because we are scared.....

Posted by: Richard | April 12, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Dave-agreed.

John P.-When are the other candidates going to be truly transparent or do we have to wait until it's too late and they're in office?

Posted by: Gilly | April 12, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama is telling the truth. Hillary is cynically using the Republican playbook-- hit those wedge issues. I am sick and tired of it and yes I am bitter! But with Obama I also have hope.

Posted by: Ruth | April 12, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey CD, the very thought of Mark Penn running the show in the White House isn't exactly very appealing either.

Posted by: thisworld | April 12, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Seen from Europen this kind of argument seems downright silly.

Obama sounds more internationaly educated than either Hillary of McCain, that's for sure. The language he uses is more pragmatic and to the point than the two other contenders.
Certainly in a country where kids aren't allowed to hug themselves at school (let's not event talk about spontaneous friendly kisses which can get a 5 year old child a "sexual harassment" judgement) , this might seem shocking to quite a few "innocent" americans.. hey, wake up America! The world is running faster than you do!Get yourself a leader that gets it! Obama is our candidate of choice. And please don't forget where most of you come from : Europe. Trust us.

Posted by: European | April 12, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I thought Elton John was going to be first lady. Can't wait to see the cat fight when Hillary wins.

Posted by: Meow | April 12, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

What sort of journalism is this? You write an article about McCain entitled "McCain Brand Boosts Candidate" that practically slobbers all over him, then when Obama clarifies his remarks about bitterness and counterattacks brilliantly in a manner that turned the tables back on Clinton and McCain, you focus ONLY on the point that he "conceded" he misspoke.

I rarely attack the media (except I admit I criticise Fox news) but your coverage of the campaign these past few days seems very biased.

I cheered you on when your paper exposed the torture memo, and the meetings at the Whitehouse about who gets tortured how. But that story seems to have all but died, never receiving headline status, and your focus now seems to be promoting anyone but Obama.

Where's Woodward and Bernstien when you need them?

Posted by: abigsam | April 12, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

JN if you scream commie enough maybe even you will believe it.

Posted by: deja | April 12, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

letsbe wrote:

All of you who are railing against Obama: if you are going to rail, also please give us something better to believe in. We ARE bitter - it is synonymous with resentful, angry, cynical - over health care, the war, the economy, job loss, foreclosures, infrastructure collapse, gas prices.... what's positive at the moment.... what's positive at the moment?

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This confirms something I've suspected:

The reason Obama assumes all small towners are bitter, frustrated and cynical is because his supporters are bitter, frustrated and cynical.

While everybody probably feels those emotions at various times, I think most small town Americans understand that their vote -- which is more valuable to you when you have little else -- should be informed. As a result, we simply do not respond to Obama's "feel, don't think" approach, and our votes will require something more than New Age mindspeak.

Posted by: GPM | April 12, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, stop the mutants before they take over the human race. I dont care if professor X and his X-men mean to do good, they are elitist and must be stop. DOWN WITH THE MUTANTS !!!!

Posted by: Shade | April 12, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton is so desparate and so without dignity that I would NEVER vote for her under any circumstance. She has no character. This is such a meaningless, forced, made-up controversy. Her problem is that she cannot win unless she finds something bad about Obama because there's is absolutely nothing good about her. I think Hillary Clinton is trash, I can't believe I ever spent any time in my life supporting her or her ignorant husband. I can say this, there are a group of African American professionals in Washington, DC organzing a boycott of the Clinton's should they win. I want to see those two scumb bags win the Presidency without the black vote. The Clintons and trash.

Posted by: Donny Williams | April 12, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

You are sooooo out of TOUCH yourself, Hillary !

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse


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Thanks to "uncle" jeremiah, the true nature of hussein has finally been revealed. For nearly twenty years hussein has been the disciple and avid follower and supporter of this racial bigot. hussein has publicly praised wright on numerous occasions. wright's vile, bigoted harangues against America, in general, and white Americans, in particular, illustrate the true foundation of hussein and the "church" of which he is a devout member. The foundation of hussein is racial division and strife - not unity. If it were not for the thin veneer of whitewash slapped on him by his handlers, I would expect him to adopt wright's "God Da'mn America" as his theme song. hussein is clearly an outrageously unacceptable candidate for any elected office or position of responsibility in America.

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Posted by: ALEX H. | April 12, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Hillary, Who are you to criticize Obama for his 'misspoke' incident ? When it comes to misspeaking, nobody does it better than the Clintons.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

The race for the nomination has hit, for the the umpteenth time, an all-time low. How is Obama saying PA voters are "bitter" any different from Hillary Clinton saying that NC voters are "getting slammed?" I can't wait for this friggin' thing to be over - it's depressing.

Posted by: epinchicago | April 12, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Of course, we're bitter; that's why we want change! So let's see should we be happy because our jobs have been outsourced. How should we feel about our house being foreclosed on? What about losing our pension, our savings and our health care? When we have 75% dropout rates at schools in many of our cities, failing infrastructure, a war our government lied to get us into, rising prices, exorbitant credit card rates, the wearing away of our constitution and our rights...how should we feel? Desperate? Like we're drowning? Betrayed by Washington? How about bitter. Yeah, that says it all.

Posted by: Sueb2 | April 12, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Stupid people "cling to religion."

Hey, This is right from my "spiritual adviser" Wright...right?

Posted by: BO | April 12, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm from central Pennsylvania, and Obama is exactly right. He did not miss speak, he just didn't anticipate that his comments would piss anyone off. The only reason people are upset is because his analysis of the situation was dead on.
That is exactly the type of insight a presidential candidate should have.

Posted by: wyatt | April 12, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

CharlieO-You're right! Do the pundits think we are not in touch with our own feelings to the point where they need to define them for us? Let's send them a message to report on issues of more substance not semantics! Obama is "in touch" with the feelings of small town America that are losing the battle to keeping jobs, homes, and the rest.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Hector, yes, i agree the question of the day is is Obama any more elitist than Mc or Hillary. It would be a shame to vote for someone however based on the notion that you perceive him to be more or less elite than the alternative.I would hope there would be other more pressing factors on which to guide one's decision. But the anti-elite voting bloc is a formidable one. After all we elected Bush twice.

Posted by: mypoint | April 12, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

what are you looking at?:

Enroll yourself into SOCIOLOGY and you will get a full understanding backed by HISTORY as well as STATISTICS, with FULL EXPLANATION, broken down by VARIOUS GROUPS of people and you will understand more of how it is VERY POSSIBLE that this country has indeed had many leaders. You will find imbalance on the "spot light."

If you don't know the various leaders of various hues this country has had, then it's technically your fault for not looking for that information if your school didn't provide you with that information. Oh, we also have a problem with our educational system. Well, that's among the issues you would learn too if you take Sociology. Go to a library near you.

Posted by: Obama | April 12, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Since Obama is not smart enough to be president, does that mean Huma Abedin will be first lady in the event Hillary is elected President?

Posted by: dvbreeder | April 12, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm mad that Obama apologized! People in PA are bitter and afraid for their futures! Many played by the rules and got hung to dry by the likes of Hillary Clinton (and her husband) and John McCain. The people have been lied to time and again by both sides of the political spectrum. I am ticked Obama apologized for speaking the truth with the reality of the truth. Obama, man up and tell it like it is. OBAMA '08!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

People have been trying to see through the Obama oratorical facade, but he is now making himself more transparent by comments that expose his own biases and bigotry. This guy has no chance in a general election where he will have to appeal to gun-owning, church-going people who aren't afraid to stand up for what they believe in a society where the media keeps pushing everyone toward the left. Gladly, Americans in the great central part of America see through this charade. They saw through Kerry, who tried to foist himself on Americans as some sort of military hero (his "bravery" earned him three purple hearts in a total of nine months of service, with a couple of them slivers in his behind). They are going to see through Obama, a bright, well-spoken, but immature, inexperienced politician who just doesn't have what it takes to appeal to the cross-section of voters that will be casting ballots. If he runs, there perhaps has never been a more clear-cut choice for president. Obama will be all form, little substance and lots of oratory skills. McCain will be little form, quite a bit of substance, and must overcome the notion that he is an old man, old-time politician that has apparently sold out his conservative beliefs, only to try and come back and claim them as the election draws near.

Posted by: John P. | April 12, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I am a registered democrat, and always have been! Obama is about to be slaughtered in the general election. He's already losing to McCain, and they haven't even started yet! Somebody please help us find Al Gore!

Posted by: John | April 12, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

This thread reminds me of congress - all name calling and getting nothing accomplished. I felt compelled to post because I think Obama's comments are being blown up way out of proportion. I, for one, believe he was speaking the truth and only stepped on the third rail when he tied the issue to religion, guns, etc. But, if you look past that part (which I believe was not elitist and is being taken out of context), I think he was speaking the truth. Government, for a long time, has been making promises to the many and then going off to Washington to serve the few (corporations, lobbyists, and themselves - staying in power is the only thing that matters to most of them). When honest candor is spoken, people (including this thread) resort to name-calling instead of a real discussion of the subject. I would have expected better from people who consider themselves enlightened enough to critize the people who put themselves out there to run for public office.
I am a lifelong republican (yes, I really am) but I feel abandoned by the party and am fundamentally sad and frustrated by Bush. I like McCain but I have to admit that Obama's willingness to take on tough subjects at the risk of being provocative instead of pandering to voters and promising everything that people want to hear is refreshing. There is a very good chance that I will vote for Obama instead of Republican for the first time in 35 years. I like his style and I think he might be the only one who can have a serious impact on the dysfunction also know as Congress. Please remember, everyone, that it is Congress that passes laws and they are the ones that continually disappoint and frustrate us by their inactivity and name-calling. Maybe Obama can shake things up. Certainly he is the only one of the three that has ANY chance to do that.

Posted by: Dave | April 12, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the part in the movie where Jimmy Carter slips and falls into a barrel of black paint.

Posted by: what are you looking at? | April 12, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Ed -" Rural people are just second rate bumpkins who can't think their way out of a paper bag. Otherwise they would move to the big city and prove themselves. Instead, they sit and stew in their little religious stagnant pools and resent great programs like affirmative action and avoid seeing the glory that is Obama because he is a different color.

All those bitter typical white people are like that."

In essence, he was dismissing a whole swath of the country as "white trash".

Posted by: Krishna | April 12, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I grew up in one of those towns (Warren, PA). He's rights.

Posted by: Former Native | April 12, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Did Obama misread what many people along the campaign trail are telling him? No. Generally speaking, many people are losing their jobs to companies overseas, losing their homes, can't afford health insurance, and can't afford higher education for their children...are they bitter?YES! What would you call the feeling of those same people if you were a candidate hearing the same stories from people across the RICHEST NATION IN THE WORLD? Hillary, McCain-"bitter" is a pretty good description of those same people not "hopeful" as Hillary describes because "hope" left with their jobs, home, and unaffordable health care.

Posted by: Gilly | April 12, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

lol so... GPM is this small town a post-industrial PA town or just some random "small town in America".

Anyway, I lived for 5 years in central PA so yeah, people aren't empty husks of humanity torn with hatred and dispair but there is a sense of distant unhappiness when there are less jobs around and less chances for moving up the ladder. Some would call this bitternes.

Posted by: Av | April 12, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama did in fact misspeak, he misspoke in a way that we all understand, he is right
we all know it and no amount Rovian, Limabesque posting is going to change the fact that the only person in the race for the presidency that is in touch with the working middle class, middle of the road American is Barack Obama,unlike Madame Clinton and John McCain his "misspoken" comments are relevent and the voting public has become savvy to the mislabeling for political gain...shame on them.

Posted by: CharlieO | April 12, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Come on people, read the article, not just the 4-word headline. Obama didn't apologize; he stuck to his guns, as he should. Even the first paragraph says: "But he didn't back off the message he had sought to convey."

Posted by: wdmacr | April 12, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

What I find ironic is so many people getting upset over words that they themselves have spoken. "Judge not that ye be not judged". Bitter? That's provocative? I'm sure many of us have used more colorful words to express our feelings about the plight effecting small town America. I'm from central PA. I know what its like to be bitter because the government stood back and let the local manufacturing jobs head overseas then have to be satisified taking jobs selling products from China once made in my home town. I, like many others, had to leave because there were very few decent opportunities to raise a family. I now watch from afar as my proud town has been turned into a place for low income housing, retail jobs, and no future. Let's get over this pettiness and elect leadership that tells it like it is so we can solve the issues that are really important.

Posted by: dwonder | April 12, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Show me a black leader anywhere that has performed well for his country and people,you wont find a single one.Africa has had hundreds of black leaders and look at that wonderful place.Sometimes I wish Obama would get elected just so we could shut black people up once and for all after the country is completely in the toilet.

Posted by: what are you looking at? | April 12, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

What Obama said was true but I dont want a guy who is not smart enough to understand his position and the impacts of his words if he is to be president. Obama is not ready. He does not have what it takes.

Posted by: Floridian | April 12, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

The real elitist are the Senators Clinton/McCain, media pundits and conservatives. It's not just rural Americans who are mad, big city and suburban voters are mad too. Jobs are being cut and outsourced, the dollar is at an all time low, no universal health-care, and where stuck in a rut of a war. I have friends who have graduated two and three yrs ago with degrees and still cannot find employment in their respective fields of expertise. So, yeah, i would say Americans are bitter.

Posted by: Tom L. | April 12, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

To those who say McCain and Clinton can't call anyone elitist because they are so rich...

Being rich doesn't make you elitist.
Example: Warren Buffett, second richest man in America, but 1. He donated like $30B to charity, and 2. Always lauds hardworking Americans and believes the middle class is the backbone of America,
3. Buffett himself came from a very modest background and earned every penny he ever made.

Are Clinton and McCain elitist? I'm not sure, but whether they are is not a question of money, it's a question of attitude towards middle and lower class americans.

Im not trying to take sides, I just thought it would be helpful to actually talk about what an elitist is.

Posted by: Hector Maquieira | April 12, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

D.M. CA wrote: To Hillary supporters,Someone,somewhere has a lock on Hillary,This woman is going to sell out America cause.Hillary owes somebody big time and she can only pay up with the presidency.She is beyond desperate.Take a close look at her,she is afraid to lose..

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People probably said Jackie Robinson should just give up and quit, too.


Posted by: GPM | April 12, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

gotta love Obama!

Posted by: themorgans357 | April 12, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Great CNN clip defending Obama's comments http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G8dRMofHNs
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What a joke! CNN would defend Hitler.

Posted by: Truthseeker | April 12, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Poor america is not going to be any better with Obama in the white house,he is not a fighter he just want to get along it takes a fighter to get anything done. I know Obama,s type he have what we call a Gift of Gab, thats a con man lingo. He is nothing but a con man,smooth talker & nothing else, no experience. He has gotten a free pass from the media. I don,t that will happen in the fall the media love John Mccain & he will be swiftboated.The Republicans will hammer him hard with Rev. Wright & the statements he made yesterday.Goodluck Obama fans, I don,t think he will be able to standup to the pressure thats coming his way.Stop Dissing Hillary she could not get away with statements like that.

Posted by: Larry | April 12, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Americans are a bunch of whiny pitiful cry-babies...sanctimonious comes to mind. This country could use an overhaul, even if it is Socialism. Obviously, democracy isn't working. We are not free. Wake up people!

Posted by: Rick Lindroos | April 12, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

All of you who are railing against Obama: if you are going to rail, also please give us something better to believe in. We ARE bitter - it is synonymous with resentful, angry, cynical - over health care, the war, the economy, job loss, foreclosures, infrastructure collapse, gas prices.... what's positive at the moment?

Oh - by the way, to the poster who was fussing about Obama's communist friend - the ideal communist philosophy was that each person should contribute to the community as to his or her skills - teaching, farming, etc., to work for the good of the commnunity. Not ideally such a bad idea - unfortunately it doesn't work out that way in practice.

Posted by: letsbe peaceful | April 12, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

truth=political suicide

Posted by: martin rheaume | April 12, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

good one ed.

Posted by: mypoint | April 12, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama, God Bless You! Keep telling the truth, "The Truth Will Set Us Free"

Obama is too good to be President, this Country is not ready to live in the real world and change it for the better. Change cannot come to us unless we know ourselves and all of our flaws.

"The Truth Will Set Us Free" (and scare the daylights out of the people who want to live in a fantacy world.

Posted by: Obama Mama | April 12, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama did not misspeak. He told the truth which can be construed as misspeaking by politicians and MSM special interest groups.

People are fed up and bitter. The people in Pennsylvania are especially fed up and bitter having been among the hardest hit by bank, MSM special interest group, and military industrial complex manipulation of our legislature for their own gains.

Here's hoping he will regain his fortitude to keep telling the truth.

Posted by: Web Smith | April 12, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

To Hillary supporters,Someone,somewhere has a lock on Hillary,This woman is going to sell out America cause.Hillary owes somebody big time and she can only pay up with the presidency.She is beyond desperate.Take a close look at her,she is afraid to lose..

Posted by: D.M CA, | April 12, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

For more insight behind Obama "Mr. Self-Righteousness" himself, try reading yesterday's Wall Street Journal article about his efforts to bypass his own Public Campaign-Finance restrictions. link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120787159467506509.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

This guy is not the savior alot of the swooning idiots think he is!

Posted by: Bitter on the West Coast | April 12, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

barack HUSSEIN obama is a COMMUNIST TERRORIST!

Posted by: crazyrepublican | April 12, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Folks, don't be surprised by OBAMA'S GUTTER-BALL POLITICS, unlike legislation in the U.S. Senate, foreign policy or the economy, this is an area where he clearly does NOT LACK EXPERIENCE!

Some examples of Obama's numerous GUTTER-BALLS:

1. YES WE FARRA-KHAN GATE,

2. IMPASTOR WRIGHT IS MY KARL ROVE together we form "A MORE PERFECT UNION"-GATE,

3. AND NOW: I resent that Pennsylvanians have ANTI-OBAMA SENTIMENT. I detest that Pennsylvanians adore HILLARY. She knows they are RESILIENT, she stands up for them, works HARD for them! I don't, I just use "words" and make speeches. So, I am BITTER-GATE!

Posted by: cheersdk | April 12, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

One can be rich, and still connect with the. Bill Clinton and Franklin Roosevelt both did.

One can be middle class, and still be elitist. case in point: Michelle Obama and her accessory husband.

It is fun to watch how the Obamanaics are spinning this incident.

Posted by: Krishna | April 12, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Rural people are just second rate bumpkins who can't think their way out of a paper bag. Otherwise they would move to the big city and prove themselves. Instead, they sit and stew in their little religious stagnant pools and resent great programs like affirmative action and avoid seeing the glory that is Obama because he is a different color.

All those bitter typical white people are like that.

Posted by: Ed | April 12, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

This woman is such a brawler. The fact that the press is making so much out of tells me that they had another slow week.
He is telling the truth and the truth hurts and you know what he has given her a pass on everything, but she will not do the same. She is nothing but a brawler and a mud slinger/wrestler.
I say he continues to do his thing and if they don't vote for him, they were not going to anyway.
It sucks, she is desparate and the supers really need to start showing him their support.
A man whose mother was on food stamps who just finished off paying school loans is an elite and she with her many homes (provided by friends) and their 109 million dollar income......... what is that?? I cannot even comment on Mc Cain the man who said that he did not know enough about Martin Luther King to vote for the holiday........ now that is out of touch...loll
People get real.
This must end now!
She is the worst thing we have for a Democrat.

Posted by: dgw | April 12, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

The word bitter has various definitions, two particulary stand out in defining Senator Obama's use of this word and he used it accurately.

BITTER: Difficult or distasteful to accept, admit, or bear. The bitter truth.

This applies to the massive job losses in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Thank Bill Clinton for passing this legislation and thank Hillary Clinton for supporting NAFTA. Yes, I know Hillary has been backtracking and claiming she was never for it, however her White House records prove she helped lobby for it. The bitter truth is that millions of people here in the USA lost their secure and good-paying jobs because of NAFTA. Most every blue-collar jobs got shipped overseas to China, India, Mexico, etc. What do we get in return: Very poor products that are tainted and a danger to our health and wellbeing. Yes, I would say a lot of us are bitter that our jobs and salaries got take away from us by Bill Clinton and Hillary' NAFTA!!


2) Resulting from or expressive of severe grief, anguish or disappointment.

Again this applies to Bill passing NAFTA legislation and Hillary's support of it. Whic has result in grief, angish and disappointment that our good jobs and salaries were stripped from blue-collar workers.

These definitions also apply to the health care the Clintons promised us when they campaigned for his Presidency in 1992 and again in 1996. NOTHING GOT DONE!!! This fact has caused a huge amount of grief, anguish and disappointment and lives have been lost because people could not and cannot afford medical care.

Senator Obama, in these contexts, spoke the truth. Hillary, Bill, and McCain do NOT like hearing the truth. Hillary and Bill, especially, NEVER TELL OR DEAL WITH THE TRUTH, THEY PREFER TO DISTORT, LIE, AND MAKE FRAUDULANT STATEMENTS. They live in a world of denial and misspeaks, misspoken, and misheard; in other words, they live in a world of fraud, lies, and distortion---say anything do anything to gain power and treat the American public as if we do not have any intelligence at all. They are the ones to SPEAK DOWN TO US. I believe the majority of Americans recognize these facts and will not buy into their world of make believe.

Posted by: NinaK | April 12, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Wake Up America! I grew up in small town U.S. It's being owned by China. The value of your dollar is declining (been to Canada lately? 1$US = 1$CA, used to be 1US=2CA). You work more hours for less vacation than your European counterparts. You send your money to murderous sheiks for their polluting fuel. Your avg. life expectancy (44th) is now lower than Jordan's! We're closing schools in our King County WA district because of a few million budget shortcoming while we spend that in an hour for Iraq. We build schools in Iraq while U.S. children have larger classes with poorer results. Our healthcare system is horribly inefficient and leaves 1/6th of the country uninsured.

The U.S. used to be independent; self-sufficient like its citizens. Now its dependent on other countries for cheap labor, life-giving energy, and budget-crunching credit. What has happened to us? I'll tell you what -- the very rich are selling us out. They're not for America, they're for their own personal wealth. They move OUR factories overseas. They buy tax breaks via their lobbyists, many of whom work for presidential campaigns. They're trying very hard to remove the estate tax so that their descendants will always be over and above your own descendants, no matter how talented or hard working they may be.

In the meantime, the Republicans would have you believe that we're threatened by gays, liberals, immigrants, gun-takers, atheists, you name it. They'd much rather have you worry about anything except the economic opportunity that is diminishing in America. Our next generations will be WORSE OFF than us; a first in our great country's history. We need to take back ownership of our country from those who pass laws in favor of the few at the expense of the many... at the expense of the middle class.

Obama chose poor words. He was obviously wrong to imply that ALL small towners are as he described. His point was that naturally when people feel that their own economic interests are impossibly beyond the power of their vote, they will turn to other vote on other things that are important to them... for some that is obviously guns, God, and many other things.

Posted by: JTS | April 12, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

AV wrote:

This "outrage" is silly. Obama has a habit of speaking the hard truth, which WE NEED. Isn't everyone sick of being lied to and pandered to by politicians?

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NEWS FLASH: My family and I live in a small town, and despite what he says about this being something "everyone knows is true," what he says isn't anywhere near our TRUTH!

It's as outrageous for Obama to stereotype my family as it would be for me to stereotype inner city black youth.

He's so out of touch with small town middle America, he's not even on the same planet!

I'm sure the hedge fund managers who are informing his policies won't tell him this, but a vote against Obama is **precisely** in the self-interest of small town middle Americans. Financially strapped, we're conscientous consumers who simply won't fall for this empty suit's run-of-the-mill blend of snake oil and celebrity.

But someone needs to tell Egobama that the reason small town middle America isn't supporting him has nothing to do with any bitterness, frustration, or cynicism on their part. It has to do with the significant deficiencies in both his proposals and his character, his consistent inclination to stereotype others among them.

Posted by: GPM | April 12, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

It's just like politicos to take a valid statement and turn it into emotional drivel.

At this rate, we will never get to address actual issues, regardless of the candidate.

Never mind that the drums are beating towards a confrontation with Iran--let's ignore all of that!

We should probably prepare ourselves for another Bush clone. That is, unless Bush finds a way to stay in office past January.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't say that Obama's opponents are "heaping on scorn." They're just trying to milk an opportunity. Obama needs to hang tough and talk the way he did on Friday in Indiana, when he made it clear that he--not Clinton or McCain--is "in touch" with the realities, concerns, and attitudes of small-town America.

Posted by: Durant Imboden | April 12, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA-CHAMELION-JANUS AND BASICALLY A PANDERING ELITIST SNOB AND LIAR-HE LIVES IN A 1.925 MILLION DOLLAR FAUX GEORGIAN MANSION AND TALKS TRASH TO MILLIONAIRES ABOUT THE "FOLKS" IN PENNSYLVANIA-

Those who sell shares in Gold Mines would love Obama's email list of donors.


Pennsylvania's 2005 total gross state product (GSP) of $430.31 billion ranks the state 6th in the nation. If Pennsylvania were an independent country, its economy would rank as the 17th largest in the world, ahead of Belgium, but behind the Netherlands. On a per-capita basis, though, Pennsylvania's per-capita GSP of $34,619 ranks 26th among the 50 states.Bethlehem Steel's closed manufacturing facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This site will become the site of a new multi-million dollar casino in 2007.Philadelphia in the southeast corner and Pittsburgh in the southwest corner are urban manufacturing centers, with the "t-shaped" remainder of the Commonwealth being much more rural; this dichotomy affects state politics as well as the state economy.Philadelphia is home to eight Fortune 500 companies,with more located in suburbs like King of Prussia; it's a leader in the financial and insurance industry. Pittsburgh is home to seven Fortune 500 companies, including U.S. Steel, PPG Industries, H.J. Heinz, and Alcoa.[46] In all, Pennsylvania is home to fifty Fortune 500 companies.

Posted by: CALIFORNIAMARTY SAYS | April 12, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Great CNN clip defending Obama's comments http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G8dRMofHNs

Posted by: Keith Hood | April 12, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama's Nefarious Affiliations

There is no way a white man with the same background and credentials as Obama could ever be elected to any office in this country.

Look at Obama's affiliations:

- Senator Meeks who openly hates whites and gays and is listed prominently on Obama's campaign website as a major Obama supporter and backer and is one of Obama;s super-delegate. Mr. Meeks has been integral in helping Mr. Obama succeed in politics.

- Mr. Ayers of the Weather Underground, a group that killed police and tried to bomb the US Capitol, served with Obama on the board of the leftist foundation called the Woods Fund.

- Robert Malley an adviser to Obama who has advocated negotiations with Hamas and providing international assistance to the terrorist group.

- Mr. McPeaks is Obama's military adviser and national campaign co-chairman who claims that American Jews are the "problem." and "Christian Zionists were driving America's policy in Iraq to benefit Israel."

- Larry Sinclair alleges in 1999 Senator Obama's arranged to meet him in a limousine, sold Senator Obama cocaine and then gave Senator Obama oral sex. Larry then claims that he and Obama went to a hotel and preformed oral sex again. Mr. Sinclair is testifying in court under oath that these allegations are true.

- Mr. Auchi is an Iraqi billionaire and major financial sponsor and closely connected to Obama's rise to power.
While working with Saddam Hussein, Auchi made his fortune through the selling of arms in Iraq and the funneling off of money from the Oil for Food program.

- Mr. Rezko is Iraqi and Obama's and Auchi's long time friend and a major mob figure. Rezko is NOT known for his civic sense of duty and does not do favors without asking something in return. Coincidently in the Chicago Times today it was reported that Rezko was negotiating to purchase rehab buildings in Obama's district.

- Mr. Wright a racist who hates America and whites with Hitleresque triads. Mr. Wright has been Mr. Obama's spiritual mentor for over 20 years. Before the media exposed Mr. Wright, Mr. Wright was on Obama's campaign staff as Obama's chief religious advisor. Mr. Wright and Mr. Meeks are ideologically closer to Karl Marx and Black Nationalism, than to Christianity.

- Rashid Khalidi a fundraiser for Obama and is one of Obama's close friends. Khalidi Khalidi claim Israel as a "catastrophe", and supports Palestinian terrorist groups.

- Michelle Obama trumpets Obama as "the second coming of the messiah," and also states that she "has never been proud to be an AMERICAN in her adult life".

The list goes on...

How can Obama's bad judgment to choose to affiliate with criminals and fanatics be justified?

Had Hillary Clinton had any of the above ghosts in her closet, she would have been thrown out of the election long ago.

Hey everybody - am I missing something here?

It is also interesting to note that many Obama supporters seem to harbor angry rage in their rhetoric; is this what they have learned from Rev. Wright? Are we resurrecting Mussolini?

Posted by: Marian Williams | April 12, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again....making a mountain out of an ant hill. Is the American media so stupid? We don't need another idiot Republican in the White House and we definitely don't need another lying Clinton in there as well. Let's give Obama a chance.....
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Yea, let's give the lying idiot Obama with the life long hate mongering "spiritual adviser" with unsavory connections to con men(Rezo) and terrorists(Ayers} a chance.
What's wrong with you America.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

MRB:

After reading your post, (and agreeing with many others-you all get the nod too), I imagined myself giving a Standing Ovation! It is time, definitely.

I'm not a generally bitter person and by the shots I have seen of the Pennsylvanians, I don't see that they are either. However, on the issues, I do have a bitter attitude about what's been going on lately. Let anyone ask me, there will be no positive response save for my expectations of the next president. We need Change =) Straight forward Obama. 2008

Posted by: Obama2008 | April 12, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

The Obamaites blogging here are clearly delusional, with few facts to back up their claims - screaming lies whenever Hillary is concerned and lapping it all up when it's Obama. It is because of the Obamaites that keep up their nonsensical blabbering that I will not vote for Obama.

Whenever Obama doesn't have a script or teleprompter to follow he reveals his true self (http://www.audacityofhypocrisy.com/)

-someone who has benefited enormously from the system (yes, affirmative action does work and Obama should acknowledge that)
-makes political expediency his modus operandi
-cultivates a charming and youthful exterior to hide something rather sinister on the inside
-arrogant and condescending to his adoring minions (who else can claim foreign policy experience with a straight face based on a few years spent in Indonesia from ages 6-10 and 3 weeks traveling to Pakistan as college student)

The more I see of Obama, the less I respect and yes, fear, him. He has a knack of turning lies into non-issues abetted by the press who is afraid of being called racist. The press is supposed to keep politicians on the straight and narrow path but they seemed not to be able to do that with Obama.

Posted by: alee21 | April 12, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama misspeak squared - as his conceding the first has given him the opportunity to define his perspective as a generational, family tradition - this man is a mirage that may not melt into the sand we will be drinking.

Posted by: sarantx | April 12, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm sick and tired of Obama's arrogance, hubris, and the arrogance and hubris of his supporters.

They've glefully thrown not only Hillary, but Bill Clinton and even Chelsea "Under the Bus"

They've ganged up on anyone who's dared to question Obama's divine right to have all America bow down to his divine greatness.

They've turned potential supporters into life-long enemies.

They've acted like total jerks.

They deserve to be defeated.

Posted by: Barry Hubris Obama doesn't speak for me | April 12, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I actually think that this whole thing is good for Obama. This is the one topic that goes across all cultural, economic and racial lines. Everyone is fed up and bitter about the economy, high gas and heating prices, the war in Iraq, rising health costs...I could go on and on. Since 81% of American's feel the country is going in the wrong direction, I think that is will be the topic/issue that will gavanize even more people to Obama.

This is something EVERYONE has in common. I think that his campaigns response to this, and his refusal to apologize for telling the truth, only strenghthens him as a candidate. His campaign already has the youtube response up, and it was very persuasive and strong. Hillary and McCain just come off looking like two millionaire sore losers.

Posted by: KellyM | April 12, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Between the Rev. Wright controversy and the typical white person comment, and the bitter middle class-- I humbly cannot perceive Obama as President. A President must uplift their country and the citizens and NOT tear them down. Obama has now lost any chance at getting my vote.

Posted by: Lost Votes | April 12, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama does NOT speak the truth.

Speaking the "truth" is what got us into the war.

I daresay, there may not be any truths in politics.

We have opinions. It all depends on where we stand and what we've been through.

Maybe if we Dems and Republicans start using better nouns, we can actually have figure things out.

By having opinions, we can look at other people's opinions, and understand them.

Truth is a dangerous, rigid word.

Posted by: camasca | April 12, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

this is not the time to yell!!
just let the man fall apary
god`s will be done

Posted by: civil | April 12, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

You know, it's amazing to me how so many of the posters here seem to think that they are posting their own original ideas, but it's really a ridiculous manifestation of what the media has said to slam the candidates. Memo to you: just because the media says it, doesn't make it so. They have their own biases and opinions and are interjecting them as fact.

The truth is that no logical person could say that ANY of the candidates are still in-touch with the reality of the 'average' person because they haven't had to worry about anything other than their own political aspirations for such a long time.

And while I'm not an Obama supporter (though I will vote for him if he's the Demoractic nominee), I have to laugh at those individuals who are slamming him and trying to classify him as a socialist/communist/marxist. These are the same people who believe everything they hear in the media. Now, I haven't read his book, so I don't know about his ties to any of the individuals mentioned, but...Do yourself a favor before making any more ridiculous, unintelligible posts...read The Communist Manifesto...I promise you that socialism isn't what you think it is (and if you think that it's what they had in China and the Soviet Union, etc., then you're way off base and do need to do some actual research).

Best of luck...and may this country not make another ridiculous choice based on false information!

Posted by: Mary | April 12, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"I swear, the McCain/Clinton ticket is reaping huge rewards because of the uneducated masses that pose as the American voting public."

Well, un-named poster,guess you knew better than to put a name on that post! Clinton or her supporters are cetainly not going around saying demeaning crap like that about rural Democrats, I can tell you that much. Maybe that is because, hmmmm, Clinton's campaign actually VALUES rural Democrats, and doesn't want to continue turning them off with this urban elitist nonsense. That's why we LOST in 2004. Because rural voters could identify with George Bush better than smarty pants Kerry. And now, here comes smarty pants Obama. By the way, Bill Clinton won in the 90's precisely because he did not demean rural Dems!!!! And if Obama was any kind of Democrat,he would quit attacking a former President of his Party. You don't go around acting like a Democratic President is your enemy, but Ronald Reagan is so great if you have any real eligiance to the Party. But it has been more than apparant that Obama uses the Dem Party as a PR and marketing tool for himself, more than having a real core commitment to it. "Reaching out" to Republicans and Indies rather than giving credit to his own Party's core! I am so glad that the chickens are finally coming to roost on Obama's urban stoop for his dismissal of our Party's past leaders and current core members.

And Goldie2, that is really interesting that you are criticizing Hillary for "just being upbeat" and "acting like she can fix everything"!!!! I mean, isn't hope and optimism what Obama is supposed to be all about? Yes we can, yes we can, as long as we are in Obama's elitist crew, but no you can't, you're just bitter, if you are a rural Hillary supporter? Change you can believe in.... as long as you are college educated, urban, young and hip, or a minority - smooth-talking African Americans with too-cool radical beliefs preferred.

Rural people "bitter"? Oh no, Barack, I think you are getting us mixed up with your pastor and congregation!!!

Posted by: K | April 12, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Funny how, when these people speak their minds, as they cater from one special interet group to another; it is always I misspoke. I bet they wish they were back to the days of the pony express and circuit rider.

Posted by: Robert | April 12, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse


Stupid people "cling to religion."

Obama, you liberal, you just lost the election.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm bitter. I don't like being bitter, nor am I completely defined by my bitterness. But I am bitter. Obama's made a valid point in my opinion.

Posted by: Felipe M | April 12, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again....making a mountain out of an ant hill. Is the American media so stupid? We don't need another idiot Republican in the White House and we definitely don't need another lying Clinton in there as well. Let's give Obama a chance.....

Posted by: Rich W | April 12, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I find it somewhat ironic that Barack would criticize rural America for having "antipathy to people who aren't like them" by using antipathy to describe people who aren't like him.

I find it somewhat ironic that Barack would criticize rural America for their anti-trade sentiment when he claims to be NAFTA's strongest opponent.

I find it somewhat ironic that Barack would criticize rural America for clinging to their religion during troubled times while he clings to his pastor "What I value most about Pastor Wright is not his day-to-day political advice," Obama said. "He's much more of a sounding board for me to make sure that I am speaking as truthfully about what I believe as possible and that I'm not losing myself in some of the hype and hoopla and stress that's involved in national politics."

I find it somewhat ironic that Barack would criticize rural America for clinging to their legal guns used on the farm or for hunting and family protection while ignoring illegal urban guns used to commit crimes.

I find it disgusting that Barack would claim that rural America is "anti-immigrant" when he knows full well that they're actually anti-Illegal immigrant and want secure borders just like Barack does.

Posted by: Panola | April 12, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

It is crazy what is going on in the spin media. Obama tells the truth: people beaten down, losing jobs, homes, health care become bitter and turn to guns and religion. Well, some do. There is some truth here. But to have Hillary, The Heroine of Bosnia, accuse Obama... well, its nuts. Hillary was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She grew up in a wealthy household and was a corporate lawyer and on the board of Walmart. She was a Goldwater Girl and never wanted for anything. She supported all those NAFTA-like pacts that put ordinary people out of work. Now she spins she is for the working people. Hogwash. Obama was raised in modest circumstances by a single mom and was a community organizer. Who is "of the people" and who is the elitist? And the misspeak of Obama is not in the same league as the massive lying of the Clintons. She didn't dodge bullets in Bosnia, didn't try to enlist in the marines when pregnant with Chelsey, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Posted by: lorax | April 12, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I love it: the Clinton dynasty says Obama only wins South Carolina because he's black, and they make $109,000,000.00 since 2000, are now doing somersaults over a chance to call Obama (an urban community organizer an "elitist". What a hoot!
B.O.'s unfortunate faux pas should let the Clintons do what they revel in for a couple of more days: get down and dirty personal and nasty.

Posted by: sean o | April 12, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Typical white people from small towns are bitter.

Everybody knows that.

Posted by: Ed | April 12, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama is an elitist. Michelle is an elitist. Obama's campaign finance chairman is an elitist (she is also Nancy Pelosi's campaign manager).

Nancy Pelosi is an elitist. John Kerry is an elitist. Bill Richardson is an opportunist. Ted Kennedy is an elitist. Tom Daschle is an opportunist. Lewis and Clyburne are caught between a rock and a hard place. (They have been outmaneuvered by Obama and Axelrod.)

Wolf Blitzer, Carl Bernstein, Dick Morris, Chris Matthews, Tim Russert, Andrea Mitchelle, Suzann Malveaux and others in the media have been swooning, biased supporters of Obama 24/7 since he captivated them with his sixty million dollars in campaign contributions when he was an unknown in Iowa.

Howard Dean and Donna Brazile have tried to fix this election from the beginning. Their first DNC meeting was even held in Chicago, where they spelled out the rules for FL and MI. When Karen thurman tried to tell the DNC that it was the GOP governed legislature that had the power to change the primary date, Karen gave a very lengthy dissertation in support of counting the FL votes, and Donna Brazile spoke up and tartly said, "The rules are the rules." And Howard Dean let Brazile get away with it.

I have read so much about the corruption in politics in Chicago, and Barack and Michelle Obama are right in the middle of it and have been for 20 years or more.

After Obama went to all his many private elite schools, Michelle drew him into the Mayor Daley corruption fold in 1991, a year before they got married.

Axelrod was part of the nuclear plant scandal that Obama covered for, and the nuclear plant gave Obama a lot of money for his campaigns. Axelrod and Obama have been friends since Obama was 30 years old.

Kerry went to Chicago in 2004 and was wined and dined by the likes of Obama, Rezko, and Kerry received campaign contributions from Rezko, et al.

I used to think Obama's past associations were troublesome, now, after reading many tedious pages of the corruption in Chicago as regards to the low income housing projects, where those people cyphoned millions of dollars of tax payer monies out for their political endeavors - a lot of which included Obama's senatorial campaigns and his presidential campaign.

Obama is not a person we need in the White House. Obama has already stated he wants to bring the same low income housing projects into the White House. More corruption, more power grabbing and greed. gw.

Posted by: Iowatreasures@Hotmail.com | April 12, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama is an American hating racist bigot.

For 1976 through 2005, the Justice Department reports that blacks, 12 percent of the U.S. population, committed 52 percent of the nation's murders and were 47 percent of all murder victims.
Until I heard the racist and anti-American tirades of Barack Obama's pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, it hadn't occurred to me that the murderous fires in the black community were being stoked from the pulpits inside black churches.
I wonder if it's ever occurred to Obama and Wright that it probably doesn't help young people in the black community when they're told that their country hates them, that the U.S. government gave them drugs and AIDS, and that jail and genocide are the officially-sanctioned plan for them.
"The government gives them drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America,'" shouted Wright at his congregation. "No, no, no. God damn America. That's in the Bible, for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme."
I wonder if Obama ever considered the negative impact on young blacks from listening to these hateful and anti-white tirades. It's not as if Obama is blind to the influence of hate speech. When Don Imus made one careless remark about black female athletes, Obama was among the first to call for his firing. Fines and a temporary suspension weren't enough. Obama said he wanted Imus silenced so that his young daughters never had to hear such language.
Does Obama think it's good for his daughters and the black community when black leaders increase the black community's level of anger, defeatism, paranoia, cynicism, negativity and pessimism? Does he think it's good to jack up the level of the resentment and racism in a community that's already overdosed on rage and victimhood?
"Recent statistics show that more than three times as many black people live in prison cells as in college dorms," reports the Lincoln Institute for Research and Education. "One in every 10 black men between the ages of 25 and 29 is in prison."
On top of being murdered, blacks are also "more likely than any other group to be victims of serious violent crime," reports the Justice Department, which is defined as "rape, other sexual assaults, robbery or aggravated assault."
And we need more ranting and raving, more boiling with rage?
Does Obama think it improves matters when black leaders tell blacks that they're poor, sick, jailed or hooked on drugs because of a government plot? Does it help to fix things if the choir is singing "The devil made me do it," the white devil?
"The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color," Rev. Wright preaches to his congregation. In America, he asserted, "no black woman can ever be considered for anything outside what she can give with her body."
The United States is "the number-one killer in the world," preached Wright, the "U.S. of K.K.K. A," a nation that only maintains its standard of living "by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty."
For 20 years, Barack Obama drank the aforementioned Kool-Aid, never seeing the problem. That makes him a problem.

Posted by: Gary | April 12, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton needs to remember that, if she happens to get the Democratic nominee, she is going to need all Democrats to vote for her in the general election. If she continues to dump of Obama for telling the truth about the way many, many Americans feel, she is going to lost Democratic votes. When this primary campaign started, I was more than willing to vote for whichever candidate that my fellow Democrats chose. I now am having second thoughts about whether I can support Hillary Clinton for any elective position.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Leave the content messages alone.
Get back on the platitudes...that's
where it's at my son.
And remember G..D...America

Posted by: The Great Spiritual Adviser | April 12, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Great job with the smear job Washington Post. Voters are tired of the gotcha politics. Do some real reporting please.

Posted by: Josh | April 12, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

you right, Tony G. Thanks for your comment.

Posted by: mypoint | April 12, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

This "outrage" is silly. Obama has a habit of speaking the hard truth, which WE NEED. Isn't everyone sick of being lied to and pandered to by politicians?

He's not condescending with PA workers, he's leveling with them, showing that he actually understands what is happening. The last thing we need is another rhetoric spewing professional liar that does not understand the complex problems that America is facing right now. To ignore that many industrial areas in PA have faded, and the people are indeed unhappy would be a far bigger sin than simply speaking the truth.

Look what happened the last time America voted for a president who didn't even understand that there was more than one type of Muslim. Astonishing failure.

Posted by: Av | April 12, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama is parroting what he has been listening to from Rev. Wright for 20 years but he should not assume that all Americans react to their anger in the way that he describes it. Maybe he should get to know us better and we should get to know him better too.

Posted by: nonna1 | April 12, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

The fact that the people who support Obama do so for stupid shallow reasons and will gleefully destroy anything and everything in their path to get him elected gives a clear picture of what's wrong with the values of generation Y.

They are shallow, egotistical, arrogant, and want what they want, right now, and the heck with everybody else.

They have shown no loyalty to the Democratic Party or to anybody else for that matter.

They are spoiled brats.

Their parents never taught them to earn anything or to respect anything or anyone slse and we are all paying the price for it.

Posted by: Sick and tired of being force fed Obama | April 12, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

As I sit here and write this in a small Indiana town, I must say that Obama wasn't far off the mark. Obviously it was a statement that must have made his upper level campaign people cringe because of the awkward message it conveys. But it is also an extremely astute observation, if not a particularly smart one to articulate at such a critical moment. People out here are struggling. Many have lost family farms, decent paying manufacturing jobs, and a comfortable standard of living that has devolved into a paycheck to paycheck existence, even at a very modest standard of living. some of this dates back to the late 70's. some are bitter or at the least wary of the federal government and it's ability to see their pain. They rely on their faith, their family, and their perceived rights to be left alone by that government that has largely failed to protect them from economic hardship. Obama may be guilty of being too honest in his assessment, but he was by and large correct.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Once in 100 years there is somebody with the courage to talk with candor about the realities of this nation and every body gets surprised. No doubt that we live in a sick society where truthfulness is not appreciated at all.

Posted by: W. Moreno | April 12, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Obama's statement is not the word "bitter." The offensive aspect is the idea that rural Americans only have guns and religious beliefs because of economic downturn. He implies that voters are incapable of religious belief for genuine reasons or own guns for hunting or self-defense. And then he suggests Pennsylvanians are racist. Naturally, some people might be offended by the intimation that they are racist and stupid.

This is a huge gaffe and already Obama's trying to put some spin on this.

Posted by: JPW | April 12, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Ok Obama, I will vote for you no matter what, but would you please tone it down.

Posted by: truth1 | April 12, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey is that Pol Pot guy still running?

Posted by: keep it moving | April 12, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tony Gillotte
Any 2 year old can tell us what is wrong with the USA. We already know that. The problem is that Barry offers NO solutions. It's a lot easier to criticize, than to provide solutions. Barry is great with former, but has no clue how to handle the latter.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

A suggestion - look beyond the (stupid) bitter statement, and see what he was trying to say: the plights of working class citizens of the US have been ignored for the the past 4 terms of the presidency in one way or another. His choice of bitter was really stupid, but what (I think) he was saying is that when people are disconnected from the rest of the country's progress, they turn to what they know, and look for reasons why this is happening to them. god, guns and glory are in the minds of all citizens, we don't take a strong stand on those basics unless we need to - i.e we're left out of progress.

Posted by: Michael | April 12, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

They keep saying black people are lazy.I dont think a lazy person would have you sweating so much.

Posted by: keep it moving | April 12, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I love how all these Clinton Inc Types and McCain supporters say -- o Obama is going to lose.

This guy will be the next President because people are tired with the lies of Washington Cronies like the Bushes, Clintons and McCains.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc9PepjyDow

Posted by: lm | April 12, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Obviously Obama can do no wrong in many peoples' eyes. He makes a statement many people agree with, then apologizes for it, than those who agree with his original statement defend him for apologizing for it.

Posted by: infraryder | April 12, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

300 million citizens, and these three are the best we can do? One of the many reasons for this poor field is the derisive hectoring that our candidates are subjected to. We have made the gauntlet that candidates must run so onerous that the most wise and well-adjusted of our citizens recoil from the prospect of running. So the field is left wide open to those whose ego and arrogance has convinced them they know what's best for us all. We are abandoned to mediocrity.

I've tried to be optimistic, and tried to find the good in the candidates, or to find a moral imperative that I think will be truly served by my participation, but I can't in good conscience vote for any of these three. I may sit out an election for the first time since I began voting in 1980.

Posted by: jahnbon | April 12, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Why is that whenever and whoever speaks the truth are being branded out of touch or elitiest. It becomes really disappointing when the press also sings to the quire of Hillary and McCain. What Obama is speaking of is real and true. Americans are being let down for decades now. It is time for real change of the old and tired Washington ways.

Posted by: Abdi Shekarchi | April 12, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Now the real Obama comes out. If you don't fall in line with his bull they your bitter because you wont vote for him. Without his Dr. King speech he's nothing but a front for Kerry and other Senior Law Makers to take over the White House. He talks about Americans being bitter well let's face it we didn't have a great life Obama had. Not many Americans both black and white didn't live in a upper class life style like the Freshman Senator. I love it when he either lies or change the stories he uses the word misspoke. Is that what kids should tell their parents now when they out right lie. Let's hope Americans realize how fake Obama is. Yes I'm African American but I am old enough to know a person selling snake oil. My daughter is in the US Military and my son died in Iraq. Obama has Powell as an adviser as Powell approved all the illegal acts of this invasion long before we invaded Iraq. Then Powell lied to the UN. Powell has lied before during and after yet Obama is likely to put this War criminal in his cabinet. Yes Obama took time to work with Connie Rice on the problems in Kenya, the land of his Father. Looks like Connie Rice will be on the Obama Cabinet too. We're staring to see Obama is just another puppet and without the Dr. King speech he's nothing but a Freshman Senator with no experience but the flavor of the month.

Teflon John McCain might not make it to Jan. 20th as his medical records are kept secret. No wonder Romney didn't mind being VP as of Jan. 21th he could be sworn in as President.

Posted by: Jackie | April 12, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

nomoreclintons wrote:
you want to see bitter? See what happens if Hillary and her cronies steal this nomination!

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Just what I would expect a first time voter who is a Obamafool to say. Don't be bitter, reconsider.

Posted by: Jack | April 12, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post, could you please print the entirety of Obama's comments? There seems to be a crucial line missing. People are focusing on the "bitter" comment. Well, what about his allusion to "slavery?" Who is this man, with a Harvard education and a privileged upbringing, to be talking about "slavery?" I read an article this morning on SavagePolitics that referred to this line. I would like to see SOMEONE print ALL of Obama's comments, in the order they were spoken, rather than taking them out of context. If the allusion to "slavery" is accurate (as reported on SavagePolitics), then I think we're all focusing on the WRONG comment spoken by Obama. Let's also focus on WHO was at that billionare fundraiser, shall we? With connections like those, we ought to have Homeland Security doing its job and checking into Obama's financial contacts. I'd love to know what he's promised the latter in exchange for their millions...

Posted by: Denise | April 12, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse


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The Media has gone RACIST AND CLASSIST
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We the People need to do everything we can to reach out to these states and tell the truth.

We the People need to speak with
our Peers, our Parents, and our Grandparents in states such as PA. We need to set the record straight.


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WARNING: To the Hillary-Hackers

My computer has been violated.
I know several people that work
at the State Dept. (living in MD)
These people are willing to assist
in tracking violations to be prosecuted
after the Bush Admin has left office.

You will pay!

Posted by: Double Holy Crap!! | April 12, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Clinton says Obama is looking down on PA people because he says they are bitter. With 109 million I wonder what Clinton is thinking? I find it hard to think that Clinton thinks she is just plain folk. Just plain folk with 109 million. Does that sound right? Maybe they both look down on plain folks and are putting on an act. If only we had Robert Redford for president!

Posted by: Arthur Gittleman | April 12, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Bitter is the taste of people who have nearly given up hope. The audacity to hope is a lifesaving action. Obama is the voice of the dispossessed, the downhearted, the bitter. He dares to communicate what milktoast, ambitious, run of the mill politicians like McCain and praise starved Clinton can only smile and nod their heads at.

What do we need to lead this country after 8 years of Clinton I and Bush II? The answer is pouring out of the lips of Mr.Obama who for once in the lifetime of this nation is actually speaking truth to power. And even Obama with his mixed race background cant go as far as the conditions in this country deserve for fear he will alienate the broad middle class of this nation of haves and havenots.

The great unlearned lesson of American politics is that people can stand up for the truth, especially when it is presented in a forthright and courageous manner.

The truth is everywhere about us. It is in the barrios of East Los Angeles and the south side of Chicago. People have never been given the opportunity to live their lives with dignity and explore their god given potential.

The truth is in the eyes of those infants who have no nursery and no pre-schools to attend while their mothers are working at flipping hamburgers because they never had the chance to develop a real skill.

Truth is in the basketball playgrounds where young black men wear out their sneakers trying to attract college recruiter attentions in order to avoid winding up in prisons across this country.

Truth is in the farm girls face when she sees her father working 15 hours per day to compete with the industrial agricultural giants.

Truth is in the backs of those Mexican laborers who pick our lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes all across this country so that we can smile and savor that fresh salad tonight on our tables while they live two or three families per clapboard houses in the heat stricken towns of Fresno, Stockton or Lodi.

Truth is everywhere about us, and Mr. Obama seems willing to point that out to us and to those who will not see. Truth, is what we need Mr. Obama to describe and if it comes in the form of the word bitter, so be it. There are plenty of bitter folks out their in the heartlands of this nation who yearn to be set free, or at least have the opportunity to set themselves free of the burdens that weigh them down and seek a better life.

Truth is the one word that politicians run from but can set us all free.

Tony Gillotte

Posted by: Tony Gillotte | April 12, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

They are all full of Bull. We need smaller government. The bigger it gets, the more we all pay in taxes and increases of prices. Even if it is the rich who get taxed, it gets passed on to us with higher prices. And this ridiculous alternative energy crap is making everything cost more. Doesn't anyone see this? We are burning our food for energy, so the price of food is going up!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

The fact of the matter is Obama is too intelligent for many people. These are some of the same people who want to be told that all is FINE, when they have lost jobs and have nothing much apart from their faith and guns to fall back on. People like to be told they are great when in reality, everyone is ordinary like each one of us.

Who knows Obama may end up losing, but Hillary Clinton and McCain both appeal to the lowest and the baset of human emotions. They are the ~REAL~ snake oil sales men, who want to convey to their dutiful flock that all is hunky and dory in the world unlike what Obama says. So voters go to sleep Mamma and Pappa will take care and dont listen to nasty things that Obama says.

Posted by: JSmith | April 12, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

John Kerry, Al Gore and Barack Obama al seem to face the same hurdle.
I haven't seen any IQ test of any of them but I think there's no doubt they are very smart people. Quite bluntly put most of the voters are going to be dumber than they are.
It's almost pathetic how much resentment there is under the voters against a candidate who is actually smarter than themselves.
So there is this candidate that is smarter than they. They can't stand it and so they vote for the guy who isn't doesn't seem to be so smart.
Since it's actually vitally important to have a very smart person as president. Other countries do have smart leaders. If you don't you'll lose out.
The U.S. is paying a very high price for this stupid behaviour.

Posted by: Albert Richie | April 12, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Obama criticizes Clinton-Bush's last 16 years of shipping jobs overseas, and a failed economy for the working class, and HE gets blamed for being an elitist!
Desperate Times for Neo-Cons.
Prediction:
Americans won't be bitter come Jan 09
OBAMA will carry 49 states in 08

Posted by: Ed Kasper LAc | April 12, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Did that black man really just say that?....oh sweet jesus,where is my gun?

Posted by: keep it moving | April 12, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

If Clinton doesn't know we are angry and bitter, then she is a pollyanna. I thought she wanted to be a fighter? She doesn't believe people should be upset? Clinton is really just a manipulator, who makes things up. Obama at least was trying to express what people are feeling out in this country. Clinton will twist it in her exaggerator-in-chief way.


Posted by: Lynn | April 12, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

A President should be uplifting and positive to the citizens. I think of General Washington who in the midst of the Revolutionary War remained steadfast, and encouraged his troops and people, even in the dimmest circumstance. A leader of character must uplift the nation. It is the call and duty of an American President to set example and be the embodiment of positive.

Posted by: Gen. Washington | April 12, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

This kind of coverage on parsing of words with regard to someone who is really trying to change how politics works in USA, is symptomatic of the problems in US at the moment. We need to look at the big picture, and go beyond petty politics and try to engage all sides so that USA will not become another fallen empire. Can you believe that there are not many bitter people-how about investors in Enron, Tyco, Bear Stearns to name but three.

Posted by: PJG | April 12, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I would call Obama's discussion of race, "intelligent." On the other hand, problems that absolutely affect ALL Americans such as inflation...and the lame-duck federal reserve actually are "intelligent" issues.

Too bad there isn't a potential candidate that knows anything about these issues. My take is that McCain will spend us into oblivion through continuation of the war. Obama will do the same, but he'll do it through bottom-less pit government programs furthering the welfare state. And I would count on Clinton to lie while setting up a government-run medical industry that will kill as many as it saves.

Race is a secondary issue in this country. Fiscal policy is by far the most important. After all, Americans worship money. The only color that matters is green.

The Fair Tax plan is a good solution.

Posted by: Jody | April 12, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

The people who are truly out of touch are the Obama supporting pondscum on chat boards like this.

No matter what Obama says or does, they would bat for him, like star stuck groupis, which most Obama supporters are.

Obama is sunk. Grouping religion with xenophobia, bitterness and gun ownership is not a great oratory. Even liberals have to be taken aback by such nonsense, except Obama supporting pondscum of course.

Posted by: intcamd | April 12, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama not only figuratively speaking but also literally is looking down at people. It´s correct to "Paint Obama as an Elitist". This cowardly "sniper" is making one mistake after the other on issues that matters.

However this man can only deal with one think at a time! What a "President"! Obama chairs a NATO subcommittee. That subcommittee has been inactive while Obama has campaigned for president! Being a chairman he has held NOT ONE substantive meating in 14 months, has he.....? This is far MORE SERIOUS AND FAR MORE IMPORTANT.

Posted by: Roy3 | April 12, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

We ARE bitter!

America is on the wrong track, we're spiraling into a depression, the US dollar is a laughingstock, and the only people who are happy or optimistic are the Washington fatcats like Bush, McCain and the Clintons!

Posted by: Stephen Charbonneau | April 12, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama HAS gotten a free pass from the media. It's sickening. So sickening that if/when he is nominated-I mean annointed, he is going to push me to vote for MCCain. What a world.

Posted by: Danny | April 12, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Why not have the headline be that "Obama fires back?" Who has hijacked the editorial board at the Post? When was the last time this newspaper posted a positive story about Obama when there are many to be found. Oh well.

Obama is damn right in his comments. Hillary land McCain are merely trying to plays politics with words. The sentiment is correct: people are bitter at their government, and sometimes it's hard to believe a message of Hope. If we go down this path too much longer, our country will end up in the gutter. Barack keeps telling us to expect more. He's not calling people bitter, he's saying people are bitter at government. I sure as heck am, but down deep, I keep on believing we can turn things around, and I'll vote for the person who asks for me to believe in my better instincts.

Posted by: GoHuskies | April 12, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The fact of the matter is Obama is too intelligent for many people. These are some of the same people who want to be told that all is FINE, when they have lost jobs and have nothing much apart from their faith and guns to fall back on. People like to be told they are great when in reality, everyone is ordinary like each one of us.

Who knows Obama may end up losing, but Hillary Clinton and McCain both appeal to the lowest and the baset of human emotions. They are the ~REAL~ snake oil sales men, who want to convey to their dutiful flock that all is hunky and dory in the world unlike what Obama says. So voters go to sleep Mamma and Pappa will take care and dont listen to nasty things that Obama says.

Posted by: JSmith | April 12, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama is trying to be the Messiah to the poor and down-trodden. But he has never been poor. He has led a privileged life. I don't be-grudge him that, but I wish he would stop acting like he is one of us. He only wants power, and he knows how to get it.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I think Paul in NY put it right--you want bitter--look at your wife Obama!

Posted by: renolovesloan70 | April 12, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

These are the words that Obama used to EXPLAIN his first comments: "So people -- they vote about guns, or they take comfort from their faith and their family and their community," he said. "The truth is that these traditions that are passed on from generation to generation, those are important. That's what sustains us," he said.

SORRY, but I don't think that guns, faith, family, community are quaint "traditions" for simple people that are "passed from generation to generation" to "sustain us."
These are the unchanging self-evident truths of human beings that are endowed by our creator and guaranteed in our Constitution. So, for Obama to continue to dismiss these "traditions" as things that distract us from more important things is unbelievable. For him to view these as "traditions" that might be malleable or over-rideable by a more enlightened government is extremely dangerous.

Posted by: Independent in PA | April 12, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

The fact of the matter is Obama is too intelligent for many people. These are some of the same people who want to be told that all is FINE, when they have lost jobs and have nothing much apart from their faith and guns to fall back on. People like to be told they are great when in reality, everyone is ordinary like each one of us.

Who knows Obama may end up losing, but Hillary Clinton and McCain both appeal to the lowest and the baset of human emotions. They are the ~REAL~ snake oil sales men, who want to convey to their dutiful flock that all is hunky and dory in the world unlike what Obama says. So voters go to sleep Mamma and Pappa will take care and dont listen to nasty things that Obama says.

Posted by: JSmith | April 12, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Yes, lets stop focusing on little words and address the real issue.

Barack Obama is running on his sound judgement, of which he has none!

Posted by: Heather | April 12, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

The very thougt of Rev. Wright and Farrakan relaxing in the White House with Obama and his wife is enough to make me vote republican for the first time in my life. The most important job in this country it should be based on resume I've yet to find anything on Obama's resume that even remotely suggests he is capable of running our country. If ever we needed a womens' touch to heal and fix the damage by the Bush Administration it's now.

Posted by: CD | April 12, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

JN has an obsession with communism, the kind which is only practised in places like North Korea, Cuba, and recently, Venezuela.
But 'Comrade' Bush is doing his best to borrow and spend America into oblivion like
the old USSR did during the arms race, so
I suppose parts of communism never really die. And the big brother 'Patriot Act' looks similarily communistic in approach.
Perhaps he should look a little closer at
the present government, rather than
speculating on a Senator who hasn't even
come close to being President.

Posted by: Philip van Bergen | April 12, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Barack for having the nerve to really say something from the heart that was unscripted and completley factual. It may have come out wrong from a political standpoint, but that's fine. We're all human and we don't all speak from scripts. Sometimes we need to explain our phrasing to really get the meaning conveyed correctly.

I look forward to kicking the fundamental right wing out of office for the first time in 8 years.

Yes we can.

Posted by: Daniel | April 12, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO BOMB NUCLEAR ARMED ALLIES, AS STATED WHEN HE ADVICATED BOMBING HOSTILE TRIBES IN NORTHER PAKISTAN!

WE NEED A REAL LEADER NOT A PAPER TIGER!

HILLARY 08

Posted by: ADAMS | April 12, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

But he's still for big business. Don't forget, "bitter" described the anti-trade people.

Some of these people are angry because they lost their jobs due to trade.

It's nice that maybe he'll scan NAFTA for flaws.

Why not tear it up and start over?

Too risky for big business. I'm sure a great new pact could be passed, so long as their are more workers' rights and environmental protections.

Hardly deal breakers if you want the best products to built in the best places by the best workers.

Better environmental and worker laws may increase the price a bit, eat into profits; but we'll be taking care of where we live, and trying to ensure that 8 hours of their days are more pleasant, rather than just making looking at price tags pleasant.

But nobody is tearing up NAFTA.

Hillary isn't much better policywise.

But she took on big business before with national healthcare in the 90s. That terrified many entrenched capitlistic interests.

She fought them, and I'm sure many don't want to see her in the Oval office.

Posted by: camasca | April 12, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

candidates make blunders - i was opposed to the invasion of iraq, and so was obama, and he voted against - that is why i'm voting for him, simple as that - for me there is nothing, nothing to redeem the other two -

Posted by: muslit | April 12, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Description is not analysis; such statements may be taken for what they are, not for what they mean. They answer the what and not the why. Needless to say, viewers and readers and listeners say and see and hear things each and every day that they may find ugly or not, precious or not, obscene or not, and maybe even enlightening or not; their task then is to look under the surface, ask a few questions, seek new knowledge and consider the possibilities. Sometimes they are wrong in their analysis, sometimes they may be 'right' in their limited context, and sometimes they may in fact be puzzled, as appears to be the case here, because limited information doesn't answer all the questions, or satisfy every eventuality.
The term "bitter" is a perfectly good, perfectly acceptable word to use when trying to explain how others may in fact be feeling, and their motivations for doing so. There is no sin in this.
If you travel around enough, if you happen to be over the age of reason, if you watched a parent get up daily and go off to work, and suddenly that parent doesn't have a job, that is a stressful and emotional experience, like hitting a wall that you didn't expect to be there.
There are limits to what people can do at a given point in time; some things may appear to be easier than others. Some options lead to a dead end, or to a death spiral.
If there is a constant reference to a "working class" as opposed to what, a non working class, this sets up a false dichotomy; all people want to work, given a chance to do so. Sometimes the chance, and the actual conditions, are simply not there. Bitter is what you will feel at a time like that; as in a bitter taste, a bitter pill to swallow. For it is justified to feel what one feels, and not be subject to what others may say about your feelings.
Simply saying that such feelings do not accurately state the case of a great many in the country, is itself to be dismissive and disrespectful. It is not a question of being "elitist", any more than it is to ask the poorest in the country to send money to one's campaign when the candidate can loan themselves 5 million dollars from their personal checking account.
Signs of desperation, anger, frustration, resentment - these are "true" feelings, and as such should be given the light of day and thorough review, for that is what they are - true feelings on the part of the candidate.
So it is true for Sen. Obama; he has a right to express what others experience - and for that, one may anticipate bitter recrimination.
And that, dear friends, is the truth.

Posted by: John of AZ | April 12, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Doesn'tMatter -

"You people on here. Get off your high horses. Until you actually know what it's like in rural Pennsylvania, just shut up. He's completely right. I live in Hershey, PA, and he's right."

So, you are saying that:

1) Your religious views are not genuine, instead they are just a reaction to a bad economy.

2) Your views on gun control are not informed, instead they are just a reaction to a bad economy.

3) You dislike people who are different than you.

Either the above is true or Obama is not "right". Which is it?

Posted by: rmorrow | April 12, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

A nation of bitter people won't lead others to do anything positive. The leader we're looking for will challenge us to set aside our grievances and work together for positive change. The Longest Campaign will be worth it if it helps us find him or her.

Posted by: Carol | April 12, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Whoops...Obama tried the content thing.
Get back on the platitudes...that's
where it's at man.
G..D...America

Posted by: Osama | April 12, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama the Larry Sinclair radio interview on Rense's radio show demonstrated that either he a disillusioned crazy man or you are for thinking you can seek the Presidency.

http://rense.gsradio.net:8080/rense/special/rense_L_Sinclair040408.mp3

Posted by: Theaz | April 12, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

If we continue to engage in soundbyte politics, if we as Ameericans choose to be swayed by soundbyte arguments, then we will continue to get that which we have, as though we asked for it.

Do you really think there is a qualitative difference in the relative elitism of the candidates? If not, then this is a soundbyte issue.

Posted by: mypoint | April 12, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a supreme fraud, so of course it wouldn't occur to him that the lower middle class people he dismisses as "bitter" have been consistently betrayed by their own political "representative". He again reveals himself to be just another conventional politician--far from a "transformational figure" personifying "change we can believe in". Like those before him, Obama intends to serve the interests of America's wealthy elites, corporations and Wall Street if elected. Still, his hardheartedness toward struggling (white) Americas is notable. While towns in the heartland have been systematically sacrificed to the prerogatives of liberalized international trade over the past 25 years, the tax dollars of those Americans who have been worst effected are now being put to a bailout of Bear Stearns! What could better demonstrate the shamelessness of our nation's governing class? Struggling Americans who are conscious of what is happening to our society and the hypocrisy of our so-called "leaders" as the continuing source of their undo hardship ought to be very bitter and outraged, indeed. Nothing could impugn Obama's self-representation as a man of "the people" more profoundly than his inability to understand and even empathize with that. Let's hope that all those voters Obama contemptuously dismisses as bitter are reasonable enough to reject a politician as cynical, insensitive and duplicitous as he is. They would do well to.

Posted by: MJM | April 12, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

The real story is that Obama was explaining to one of his rich donors behind closed doors and while sipping white wine, why according to him, he is having trouble CONVERTING voters in PA. The Washington Post reports: "When a donor asked him why he was having trouble converting voters in Pennsylvania, Obama said he responded, "Well look, they're frustrated. ..." See first sentence, 7th paragraph in this link: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/04/11/obama_expands_on_bitter_pennsy.html?hpid=topnews This is the more important part of the news. Since Obama needs to report his actions to his heavily rich elite supporters, a reasonable person needs to think. What do these rich donors from CA want Obama to accomplish for them (the rich donors) versus the poor's need to a better life and conditions in PA and all other states? Why does the one that preaches about the "new politics" need to give an account of his actions to these rich donors in CA? Again, what do this elite group of rich donors if Obama is elected wants Obama to accomplish for them in PA? That is the real question. And, by the way, the answer to the rich donors question is that irrespective of the outrageous amount of their (rich donors) money Obama has spent in PA (4:1 compared to Clinton) he has been unable to "CONVERT" (he and his donors think of people as members of a cult) to the Obamacult, because they can see through him and the real Obama not the marketing-created, biased-media supported Barack Obama. PA residents, you rock!!!! And for you Mr. Obama: No matter how much you try to state, reinstate, correct and clarify your words. You are not talking about the many things that Americans are angry about, you are talking about your pandering to donors blaming ignorance of voters in smalltown to justify to those donors why you are not getting your votes there.

Posted by: Definitely Common Sense | April 12, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

What strikes me as really odd, most of these bloggers clamor for truth. After eight years of Bushs' lies and 35 yrs of Hilary's. Yet when they finally hear the truth they condemn it for being 'condescending and 'demeaning. Either you want the truth or you don't. Which shall it be?

Posted by: tydicea | April 12, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul is looking very good right now... Even a 3rd party candidate is looking better each and every day these jokers are running.

Posted by: Bob W. from St. Paul | April 12, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Why not have the headline be that "Obama fires back?" Who has hijacked the editorial board at the Post? When was the last time this newspaper posted a positive story about Obama when there are many to be found. Oh well.

Obama is damn right in his comments. Hillary land McCain are merely trying to plays politics with words. The sentiment is correct: people are bitter at their government, and sometimes it's hard to believe a message of Hope. If we go down this path too much longer, our country will end up in the gutter. Barack keeps telling us to expect more. He's not calling people bitter, he's saying people are bitter at government. I sure as heck am, but down deep, I keep on believing we can turn things around, and I'll vote for the person who asks for me to believe in my better instincts.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Murray wrote: "Obama dismissed the idea that his struggles were based on his race, and instead offered lengthy observations about working-class disenfranchisement and its political manifestations."
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I do believe that premise is accurate. When I first heard of Obama showing his real character, it was said that Obama was answering questions about his race and if that would hinder his electability.

I thought the questions were very brash, and I think it offended Obama and threw him off his mark.

Obama was using his usual style of pandering to whomever he is talking to, not realizing he was being recorded. Obama will say on the West Coast what he thinks they want to hear, and then say to the people in the East Coast what they want to hear.

There was an author on CSPAN2 one day that said exactly that. His book's subtitle was, "Why Obama can't win." That author said he knew Obama at Harvard Law School, and Obama did not get the title of President of the Law Review because of intellect or achievements, Obama got that title because he campaigned for it - telling the conservatives what they wanted to hear, and the liberals what they wanted to hear.

It seems as if Obama doesn't have an original thought of his own - using other's words, and even MLK's tone of voice - in Chicago Obama was called "vanilla" because he didn't talk like an AA.

But on the campaign trail, he picked up the jargon and tone quite well, when it suits him.

Obama is a very self-serving individual. He has a good personality and a lot of luck on his side - he has made some serious blunders and has gotten away with it.

I am not sure he will get away with this rhetoric he speeled out in San Francisco to some elitist folks there - because now he has to face the states who have the small towns and people who like their guns for hunting (not for therapeutic reasons because they are "bitter" as Obama so indelicately put it. They also go to church because they want to, not because Obama says they are "bitter."

Obama has taken the people in the small towns as fools, and I don't think anyone else feels that way, except his elitist friends and his wife.

I have watched Michelle also talk down to people, and Oprah has a definite way of talking down to people in her haughty, elitist tone.

Hillary Clinton may have made a few mistakes during her campaign, but at least we know one hundred percent for sure that Hillary is proud of our country, and will do everything possible for the American people.

Hillary's heart is in the right place. Michelle and Barack are all out for "Me, Me, Me," as you can see in their books, senior thesis and rhetoric. gw.

Posted by: Iowatreasures | April 12, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Hitlary is a HO and a PIG

Posted by: Jack Charisma | April 12, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

If Clinton doesn't know how I feel, that I'm bitter over the state of the middle class in this country, rising prices, hard to get health insurance, jobs going overseas, then why should I think she will help me? Why should I vote for Clinton when she doesn't understand how I feel? Why? I guess I won't. Obama, even if some thought he didn't say it correctly, said what I feel. I don't believe people have been voting on the economic issues. And if they continue that, we will have more of the same Republican mess. Clinton might have the Democratic policies, but she doesn't know how to inspire me. She just says roll up your sleeves and work harder. What a strange thing to say to people who are down and out. She is out of touch with me.

Posted by: Goldie2 | April 12, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA CONTINUES TO BE A
THREAT TO NATIONAL MATURITY

AMATURE POLITICAL ROOKIE OBAMA SEEMS TO SAY REALLY IMATURE STATEMENTS WHEN HE IS'NT LIP SINGING EDWARDS HILLARYS POLICY.

HILLARY IS OUR ONLY HOPE TO TAKE BACK OUR DEAR WHITE HOUSE

Posted by: adams | April 12, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama is channeling his inner Michelle, who channels Omarosa!

Posted by: daveinboca | April 12, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

you want to see bitter? See what happens if Hillary and her cronies steal this nomination!

Posted by: nomoreclintons | April 12, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

CALIFORNIAMARTY SAYS,

"Pennsylvanians don't need a president who looks down on them," Hillary Clinton said. NOR DOES THE REST OF AMERICA!

Obama told (well-heeled) supporters at the Marin fundraiser: "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 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." But Obama also clings to anti-trade sentiment. He has clinged for 22 years to his church's brand of religion which is anti-American, anti-white and proud of it . He pushed to ban self-defense in court for people whose guns have not been registered, the result of which would make a felon out of a homeowner who shoots an armed felon trying to rape his child in her bedroom. That failed after the laughter died down. He looks at immigrants as just more votes. "Pennsylvanians don't need a president who looks down on them," Hillary Clinton said. NEITHER DOES AMERICA. Obama scored a mansion with a slumlord fixers help. He received a millionaires education. He is a panderer. A bogus Chicago Jr. lawyer.

Posted by: CALIFORNIAMARTY SAYS | April 12, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Let's see. Yesterday this "firestorm" - CNN labeled it "Obama Slams Small Town America" or some such nonsense - and the pundits agree he's in serious trouble.

He puts his remarks back into context - this isn't about race, it's about feeling disenfranchised - and now the firestorm is extinguished. [Bill's bringing up Hillary's Bosnia story topped CBS News yesterday and then this is leaked out. Coincidence.]

I don't remember a time where I've seen a person handle difficulty so directly, so professionally without appearing "bitter" - i.e. see Hillary's "I'm only human" response to Bosnia.

If he conducts himself as President the way he has in this campaign, this country is in good shape.

Posted by: Bissron | April 12, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

If you are bitter, then get off your duffs and go back to school and DO something for yourselves. How many of you ARE or were steel workers that lost your jobs? Very few, I would bet.
Enough of wallowing in self pity and expecting the government to support you.
And yes, I am a lifeflong registered Democrat.

Posted by: CR | April 12, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

For all we know, these folks that are speaking against Obama are right wing bots.

Posted by: Gerald Shields | April 12, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

How is what he said elitist? Those people don't cling to guns and religion and anti- issues? I'm sure in PA and a lot of other Rust Belt states, there are people who are very bitter over what's happened to manufacturing jobs leaving, and have resentment and are, in fact, bitter. The fact that he said this in front of a CA audience instead of a PA audience doesn't help his case, because in that way, it does look "elitist", though you can't say that Hillary nor McCain can talk about someone else being elitist.

Posted by: fbutler1 | April 12, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

He misspoke on "bitter". He misspoke on public financing of the general election. A few more missing spokes and the hub will hit the rim.

Posted by: Ed | April 12, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

You people on here. Get off your high horses. Until you actually know what it's like in rural Pennsylvania, just shut up. He's completely right. I live in Hershey, PA, and he's right. I work at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and until you see the people that come in and out of that building on a daily basis (the vast majority from rural locations), just SHUT UP.

ziggy1: By referring to him as "Hussein Obama," you've really shown your intelligence. I can understand why people might not be so proud of this county with ignorance like yours running rampant in the streets.

Please note that I had some considerably more colorful language intended here, but I chose not to use it because I'd like this post to actually stay here.

Posted by: Doesn'tMatter | April 12, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

How on earth is this a gaff? Obama made the "mistake" of telling the truth about disgruntled Middle-America! It reminds me of how Obama joked after one of the debate about his greatest weakness is not being able to help old women across the street when they didn't want to be helped as soon as he realized the question was not meant to be taken at face value. And unfortunately Obama's honesty is tarnished as a liability when stupid stories like this surface.
Further, I am a very bitter Middle-American when I have to hear Hillary the opportunist pounce on the opportunity to make a sycophantic response praising the can do spirit of Pennsylvanians. "This obviously had nothing to do with timing and was a genuine heartfelt indignation of Obama's comments." (follow with sarcastic laughter)
And on top of that, now I have to worry about Elton John (who should stick to doing duets with M&M) calling me a misogynist. Obama is the only presidential candidate in a long time who speaks with integrity and does not pander to the perceived stupidity of the American Electorate and for that, the mainstream political elite, label Obama as an elite so they can maintain the status quo.

Posted by: Julianrpe | April 12, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Just another example that the nation is totally taken by a man about whom we no almost nothing! He is arrogant, out of the mainstream, is no way representative of the much needed racial conversation in the country. Compared to Dr. King and others of the Movement???? Give me a break. He is a man who can give a nice speech, make miles out of it and may be the next Pres. He is as out of touch as Bush in many entirely different ways. He is touched by every political machine junk in IL and the country just glides along thinking this is some grand new voice. How stupid can we get? He is in no way in touch with the problems of this country and is represented by Daley, Axelrod, the IL gang either messy or illegal and simply floats away with glee. We are in for a real awakening on Jan. 20th if he can beat McCain. Name 5 things you know about him!!! and, therefore, why in ANY way he is prepared to serve this country. His comments of the week are nothing to what we are in for......

Posted by: J. Peters | April 12, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama did NOT misspeak. Bitter does describe many people in PA. I grew up in Pittsburgh and most of my family still does. When I go back to visit, I overhear conversations in the grocery store, mall, hospitals... Bitterness, Bitterness, Bitterness - Some rightfully so others need to move on.


He was right and should not have apologized.

Posted by: Used to live in PGH | April 12, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

JN--

Dear Lord! Aren't you in the wrong decade??? Have we not learned our lesson from Senator McCarthy?

Who gives a flying frank whether or not he has associated with communists. Your broken, out-moded view of the world as lying along the good/evil dichotomy is one of the main reasons Obama should be POTUS. People like you have pushed this idiotic, divisive rhetoric for far too long much to the suffering and alienation of the masses and the unfairly fruitful gain of the few. Your follies continue to bind and blind the masses from being able to address REAL issues. And that, Sir or Madam, is criminal. Associating with people of different political predilections is, however, not criminal.

Nevertheless, the time is come for a leader of ALL Americans. The time is come for a system of governance that works for the majority. The time is come for accountability and equity, for justice and widespread prosperity. Because America is only as great as its least, we must ensure that our leader is a leader blind to our differences in identity but firmly rooted in our nation's most virtuous principles.

Posted by: MRB | April 12, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

If he's the nominee we loose the general! Dems don't trust him! He spins and it goes badly. Bad try!

Posted by: kt | April 12, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is too much of a gentleman to call Hillary what she is(A LIAR) and John McCain what he is (An opportunistic user-He dumped his first wife for the rich daughter of a well-positioned beer baron)and his political career took off. His first wife stood by him while he was a POW. I know Barack Obama is not an elitist and sincerely cares for America and our people.

Posted by: LaDonna Wilson | April 12, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama will shut down the Matrix. That scares people.

Posted by: Neo | April 12, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm tired of Hillary's and McCain's "spin tactics!" I didn't make SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS AND I DON'T HAVE A TROPHY WIFE WHO I CAN CALL A C*** AND RUN AROUND ON BY SOME "SUCK UP LOBBYIST!"

Posted by: Gerald Shields | April 12, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

This is funny. They want to jump all over him for speaking up for the people.
PEOPLE ARE BITTER. CANT PAY MY BILLS. YES I'M BITTER. HAVE TO SCRAPE BY ON GAS TO GET TO WORK. I AM BITTER. WHEN I LOOK IN MY REFRIGERATOR AT THE FOOD THAT COSTS SO MUCH MORE LATELY. I AM BITTER. MY DAUGHTER HAS CAVITIES BUT NO DENTAL INS COV. I AM BITTER. I DONT CLING TO GUNS. I HATE THEM. BUT I CLING TO MY FAITH. I CLING TO MY PARENTS. AND I CLING TO MY CHILDREN AND ANY ISSUE RELATING TO US LOCALLY. MY FATHER IS A VETERAN. I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN POLLING LOCALLY AS A PAYING JOB.
Basically, he spoke the truth out of the hearts of struggling people. He was neither condescending, or spiteful, or elitist in his conviction for these people in PA. They represent AMERICANS all over the country who have seen things take a turn for the worse these last few years.
People are bitter. Children are getting guns. We ALL need Jesus!

Posted by: brandy | April 12, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

If you have some money and a nice SUV, drive up to the Russian River area in Northern California and watch the embittered, poor scruffy looking dudes stare at you as you get out of your vehicle. It's the kind of look I used to get driving in the "wrong" part of town in Chicago (something that has largely gone away). There are two Americas. And some people are mad as hell and aren't gonna take it anymore. The pundits are out of touch, too, and they don't understand that this will probably give Obama the election. He understands the rage and frustration. Don't blame him for not describing it exactly how you want to hear it.

Posted by: Bitter In California | April 12, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

CALIFORNIAMARTY SAYS--
WHAT ME AN ELITIST!?

Obama, who identifies himself as African-American, is the son of a Harvard Ph.D. from Kenya who married Obama's white mother from Kansas when both were students at the University of Hawaii. Obama grew up with all the advantages afforded a child of well-educated parents, who provided him with the right cultural, economic and social capital that schools value and reward, enabling him to attend an elite private school in Hawaii. All of this put him on a power path that led to Columbia University and Harvard Law School and enabled him to pursue a life in high-octane national politics. In short, Obama is a full-fledged member of the power elite. He and his wife will pass that privileged status onto their children and they will pass it onto theirs. The American education system will handsomely reward Obama's children with many advantages, using selection, admissions and sorting systems that perpetuate upper-class privilege. His daughters will be placed into the top academic tracks..."

Posted by: CALIFORNIAMARTY SAYS | April 12, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

As a Pennsylvania from a small town, two of the demographics which Sen. Obama has supposedly offended, I would wholeheartedly support his characterization of a section of Pennsylvania voters. Our economy in Erie has been depressed for so long, I doubt many voters can remember when it was actually easy to get and keep a job. The bitterness that comes from economic depression and the outsourcing of labor definitely exists in Erie, and by denying its influence, Pennsylvania voters and political pundits are ignoring the reality of our situation. Out of context, Sen. Obama's comments do appear rather rough, but we know the media and rival campaigns have a tendency to twist political rhetoric. I only hope that Pennsylvanians can recognize the truth behind Sen. Obama's words.

Posted by: CB | April 12, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Lol, now people claim Obama is a Communist!!!

Before he was an Islamoic terrorist with an hidden agenda. Then he was a Black revivalist, seeking to make Blacks rule over whits. Now Obama is Communist!

Truth hurts. And Obama is hurting the people in Power badly.

Posted by: JSmith | April 12, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama cannot unscramble these eggs, no matter how hard he tries. I've read his remarks. I've listened to the audio repeatedly. These are his true feelings. There is no way on earth he'll ever be elected president. And the sooner Dems figure his out the better. And he should not be VP, either. He's turned himself into a profound and an enduring political liability. He's now kryptonite.

Posted by: He's finished | April 12, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Bull! Don't take it back! Hillary and McCain had been lying to the American people for decades, but when someone speaks the truth, they start twisting it around for there own ends! No, no no!

Posted by: Gerald Shields | April 12, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone kept a count on how many times Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have "misspoken"?

I find it amusing that liberals can misspeak, but when a conservative does the same thing, its called "a lie"!

Posted by: Heather | April 12, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Okay, let's make this clear:

To run for the presidency, you have to be a rich person. Period. No matter how down to earth you are, there will be a certain class distinction.

Got that out of the way now? Fabulous.

Now stop sniping at each other over small word choices and just address the d@mn issues, would you?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

He apologised for "guns and religion", not for "bitter". Of course, being allergic to nuance and truth is no problem for the routine "yadda yadda Marxist yadda yadda Farrakhan yadda yadda muslim in disguise" brain-dead" mob.

Posted by: Clear P. | April 12, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama is just John Kerry in black face: another effete, America-hating ultra-liberal. What a snob!

Posted by: Zuma Guy | April 12, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for biasing your article in Obama's favor. The people, along with the Washington Post editorial staff, will soon make him President!

Posted by: Jan Lundt | April 12, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

AH! His True Colors, yet again... Perhaps he'll just write another speech and all will be forgiven.

Posted by: Jonathan | April 12, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

To Tim: I've seen your type of comment in many posts over the past several weeks. Sounds, mmm, bitter. A non-bitter comment would actually give us a good reason for voting for Clinton (and I mean something other than her bravery in Tuzla).

Posted by: Dan | April 12, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

CR said: If Hillary had made the rude, condescending,patronizing comments that Obama made, she would have been tarred and feathered.

First of all, they were not rude and condescending, just clumsy, but they were true. Second, Hillary has said many rude and condescending things like: small states don't count, and having hope in change is just false. Nothing happened to her.

People have not been voting their pocketbooks for a long time. That is why we have had so many Republicans as President and why the country is going down the tubes. Obama says that we need to change that. Instead of voting on issues like guns and gay marriage, we need to vote for change in Washington so the rich and the corporate interests don't have all the say. What is Clinton's response? Just roll up your sleeves and work harder. That is what she said. Pennsylvanians should just roll up their sleeves and work harder if things are hard. How can you work harder, if the jobs have gone away?

Posted by: Lynn | April 12, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Nothing was taken out of contest. He's an out-of-touch elitist and Republicans have known this for a long time. His radical views have been documented before (surveys, votes)and his friends are or hang out with the likes of Farrakhan and terrorist Bill Ayers. He says he won't meet with a terrorist organization (Hamas), but will meet with its sponsor, Iran.

This guy was raised to with extremely liberal ideas, went to Ivy League schools to learn more about those ideas, then married an American-hating maniac. EVERYONE HE KNOWS THINKS THEY'RE MORE EVOLVED THAN THE POPULATION AT LARGE. WHY SHOULD WE BELIEVE HE DOESN'T.

He's got no chance in the general.


Context, not contest.

Republicans have claimed this for a long time; knowing is outside their ability.

You have a problem with liberal ideas? Like democracy? Honest from the President? Personal choice? Freedom from invasion and lying.

Why don't you go somewhere your syncophantization is appreciated?


Posted by: law1946@aol.com | April 12, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Let's see for he makes a bad statement. Then he bashes Clinton and McCain. Then he finally admits it was a mis statement. How very noble of him. He and his followers are idiots. I'll never vote for this joke. If Clinton doesn't win, I'll vote for McCain.

Posted by: Tim | April 12, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, there's nothing wrong with "bitter". It means that you're alone, getting kicked in the face and can't do anything about it. When you CAN do something about it, it becomes a invigorating determination. One other thing: "bitter" is just a word. Sheesh, guys (I mean Clinton and McCain), don't you remember the children's doggerel about sticks and stones (and US gunfire in Iraq) hurting people, but not words (well, except for Clinton's repeated fibs, which may have hurt her chances)? And, to Obama: you're no better than the other two, coming back and acting like "bitter" was an important word. Is it all about how things appear because there isn't much substance?

Posted by: Dan | April 12, 2008 1:18 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 12, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama has absolutely nothing to apologize for what he said was the truth, and it was worded appropriately. Mrs. Clinton has demonstrated that she is shamelessly untrustworthy in word and deed and McCain has sucked up to and pandered to his party's base to secure his nomination, so appallingly, I don't recognize him. I doubt he knows who he is today. Obama continue to speak to the truth, you will get my vote.

Posted by: tydicea | April 12, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

On what planet is Obama given a free-pass by the media? It's John McCain who's got the old-age bus pass of limited scrutiny.

Posted by: Peter C | April 12, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama is out of touch with real people. You see it in many ways. I have a mixed race family and the way that Obama acts has a name for it - uppity ****** - Many of us in this situation know the difference between a sincere person and an condescending one. I saw this from day one. The "you're nice enough" - not only sexist but typical of a black man's upbringing. Beleive i know. Time will see if the nation will know. Unitl then hold on cause that is what you will see in the very near future.

Posted by: GG | April 12, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

WTF is going on here...

Obama calls it like it is and
the media helps Hillary and
McCain gang up on Barak!!!


Barak Obama is speaking the truth
and it hurts. Hillary is only
going to perpetuate the problems
of PA. The problems of job loss
had been excellerated throughout
the Clinton Admin.

Healthcare had diminished - overall care for people mired in poverty had been squashed throughout the 2nd Clinton Admin.

Hence - the Clintons Fiscal Conservative (Neo-Conservative, really) terminology.


-------------------------------

We all need to reach out to our Peers, Parents, and Grandparents
with the TRUTH - That truth is
that politicians like Hillary
are hard set out to destroy
the idea of the American Dream!

We need to directly ask them how
has our voting effected that
American Dream.

How has the media played a part in
the Destruction of the American
Dream?!

Hillary and Bill Clinton are filthy rotten LIARS...

Proof that the Clintons are Liars
__________________________________


* 1992 Run up to the White House
they promised to FIGHT for
Universal Healthcare. They
won the White House, but lost
the drive to motivate an industry
behave in a responsible manner.

RESULT - No Healthcare by the end of the first term.

* 1996 Presidential Run-Up to the White House

The Clintons Promise that they would
FINISH what they had started!!! They
would deliver Universal Healthcare
to the people.

We trusted them with our lives!!!

Hillary met in secret and worked out
a deal to keep quiet. In other words, she
took the lobbyist money. Now we have a
country the has been told over and over
that they don't deserve healthcare.

Fool me once, shame on her - Fool me twice, shame on us... Please don't let those dirty lobbyist pigs fool our country, again!!! Please... convince your mother, father, grandparents that the Clintons are selfish evil and healthcareless.


To make matters worse - after passing the Welfare Reform Bill in 1996, just after being re-elected - Bill signed off on legislation that crippled Medicare, in 1998.


We the suffering need a chance.

Obama is that only chance.


Posted by: Holy-Crap! | April 12, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama seems to change like a chameleon. The media has done little to clue us in on this man and his past, except in rosy terms. We know he delivers a smooth speech, and has a short career in the Senate but little of substance is known. His friendship with Rezko, Ayers and his favorite mentor,Rev. Wright, have been swept under the carpet. Could he be a new version of "The Manchurian Candiate"?

Posted by: LH | April 12, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama was 100% spot on. Cliton lies and she has the nerve to jump all over this? What a scumbag that lying piece of sh!t is. As for McCain, anybody that goes to get down on his knees and suck Jerry Fallwell's Dick Cheney has 0.00% credibility.

Posted by: Shrillary Cliton is a Liar | April 12, 2008 1:11 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 12, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama spoke truth to power. Cynical politicians of both parties have manipulated voters by using wedge issues such as gun control, abortion, and gay marriage into voting against their own economic interests.

Posted by: JonT | April 12, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

People who were going to vote for Obama will respect that he attempts to keep it real against two opponents who live in a millionnaire's dreamland: and who try to censor any sensible debate in a flurry of fake outrage.

Anyone who's actually offended by what he says would probably have decided to vote for one of the other leprechauns instead ages ago.

Posted by: Chris P | April 12, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Are these petty attacks happening because Senator Obama is so far ahead?

Posted by: Elizabeth | April 12, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Clinton is the one who told us to be realistic. Obama didn't say things as clearly as he could have, but it was true. 81% of the country think that the nation is on the wrong track, and Clinton just wants us to be upbeat and trust her to fix everything. Obama knows that the country needs to band together against the special interests. Republicans have led people to vote on guns and abortion when they were busy taking away their jobs. That is what Obama was saying. So what is Clinton saying? Be optimistic and I'll do it all for you. But it never gets done. We have to put pressure on Congress and have a President that is leading us to put pressure on Congress and that is what Obama will do. Clinton won't do that.

Posted by: Goldie2 | April 12, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Speaking the truth means you are elitist? Bitterness is epidemic - does anyone care why that is the case? CEO salaries dont make you bitter? Oil profits dont make you bitter? The false premise for a war and thousands of deaths dont make you bitter?
Wonder who the elitists are?

Posted by: Paul M | April 12, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

If Hillary had made the rude, condescending,patronizing comments that Obama made, she would have been tarred and feathered. Since it was Messiah Obama, it will soon be forgotten about.

Posted by: CR | April 12, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

WAIT...Did an Obama supporter really just blame the media!?! You guys really are running out of spin.

And, as everyone knows, McCain's quote was taken way out of context, unlike Obama's remarks. And saying that Hillary is rich doesn't do jack to assuage voters about Obama. The guy talks about good, honest folks who work hard to try to survive, while he gets sweetheart deals for his million dollar home.

His words also show what a liar and hypocrite he is. Why does Obama "cling" toreligion?-politics Isn't he anti-trade too?-"liberal internationalists are for free trade" said his advisor when reassuring the Canadians.

The Dems constantly resort to picking an unknown because their knowns are viewed so badly by America. This guy is McGovern, Mondale, and Carter all wrapped into one and on steroids. The American people will rejecy him as they have learn to always do when it comes to liberlism.

Posted by: FuManChu | April 12, 2008 1:08 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 12, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Hussien Obama talks about the American Dream. If he is elected president it will become The American nightmare.

Posted by: ziggy1 | April 12, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Dude - you want to see "bitter?" Talk to your wife.

Posted by: Paul in NY | April 12, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

"Obama concedes remarks were ill chosen"

It looks like those of you defending his inappropriate and unjust remarks have been abandoned somewhere out by Pluto freezing. You've made another wise choice, Not!

Posted by: Panola | April 12, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

1. Wetnoodle has a for-profit political online business and should make that clear when he or she posts, with aq connection to the website. --- Webnoodle is using the POst for free advertising.

2. Webnoodle draws a totally unwarranted inference in stating that Obama misspoke unintinentionally, but Clinton did so intentionally. Ridiculous.

Posted by: Lind | April 12, 2008 1:05 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 12, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

"Bitter" won't sink anyone. LOL.

Not knowing what side people are on in Iraq and Iran (help me Joe), and thinking you were shot at when you weren't will sink you.

Having a husband calling you old and out of it will sink you. Flip flopping on tax cuts and War stances will sink you.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I am a registered Democrat from Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

Guess what? I AM BITTER. My sister just left for Iraq. She joined ROTC at her school to help pay her way through college, and now she's off to war. My mom is a public school teacher who shoulders the burden of a failure of a education system. My dad works in a hospital and experiences the tough choices people have to make day in and day out about their own health and the health of the loved ones, based purely on how much money is in the bank. I cling to my home state tenuously because its home, but I'm at school in New York, and the prospects away from home are so much better. Yes, PA has bitter citizens. For all the reasons Barack mentioned. No one is going to fall for these made-up political gaffes.

OBAMA 08

Posted by: Lee P | April 12, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

You have GOT to be kidding. Why is he backing down? C'mon Barack! You were right and you know it. This is getting to be a disturbing trend. Damn right people are bitter. And it's common knowledge that when times are tough people turn more to what comforts them: religion. Family. People who look, act and talk like them. I swear, the McCain/Clinton ticket is reaping huge rewards because of the uneducated masses that pose as the American voting public.

As for the elitist label, that's rich coming from $109 million HRC or McCain who abandoned regular folks by signing on to W's tax cuts for the wealthy. Who is running BHO's campaign? A bunch of grade schoolers? BHO organized on the southside of Chicago while Hillary was down in Arkansas getting rich off Whitewater property deals. Barack was NEVER a Goldwater girl. While HRC was "dogdging bullets" in Bosnia, BHO was serving people in elected office. While HRC was signing off on NAFTA, BHO was teaching law school. I'm sure there are many more comparisons that can be made, but his op research can. So when will BHO's staff get off their butts and fire back?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 1:02 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 Frank Davis who was a member of THE COMMUNIST PARTY.

Obama spoke his remark at a closed door private meeting with wealthy donors in Calif. His own campaign reported Obama's media staff were not present.

This is another example of his continued "criticism " of America- what he did not expect was it would be made public.

Posted by: JN | April 12, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Comments like 'Bitter' will sink you Mr. Obama. So what you are telling me Mr.Obama is that i am bitter because i lost my Job, i am bitter that i can't pay my bills on time, i am bitter that my children are not getting the food and healthcare they need, that i am bitter and am turning to the almighty GOD for help. WOW MR.OBAMA WOW. people like you make me SICK.

Posted by: sam | April 12, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Nothing was taken out of contest. He's an out-of-touch elitist and Republicans have known this for a long time. His radical views have been documented before (surveys, votes)and his friends are or hang out with the likes of Farrakhan and terrorist Bill Ayers. He says he won't meet with a terrorist organization (Hamas), but will meet with its sponsor, Iran.

This guy was raised to with extremely liberal ideas, went to Ivy League schools to learn more about those ideas, then married an American-hating maniac. EVERYONE HE KNOWS THINKS THEY'RE MORE EVOLVED THAN THE POPULATION AT LARGE. WHY SHOULD WE BELIEVE HE DOESN'T.

He's got no chance in the general.

Posted by: Michael G | April 12, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

it is insane for Hillary "109 million" Clinton and John "Millionaire Wife" McCain can call anybody elitist

Obama was describing something that I, as a PA-born fellow, understand: people are bitter towards government and toward politicians they think are lying to them about their tough circumstances.

politicians like Hillary "Sniper Fire" Clinton and John "100 years in Iraq" McCain are the ones out of touch with voters in Pennsylvania. Hillary only cares about getting elected and John McCain just thinks its his turn.

Yes We Can!

Posted by: tony E | April 12, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Clinton and McCain are so completely out of touch with reality, it's ridiculous!

Clinton mis-speaks (intentionally) all of the time... slightly manipulating the facts to make her look better. McCain mis-speaks (forgetfully) all of the time... trying to shape himself as the third term of Bush.

Obama mis-speaks (unintentionally) because he actually tackles important, intelligent issues that matter to voters and--in this day and age of "everything taken out of context... especially by Hillary", that sort of intelligent, thoughtful dialogue doesn't play as well. Hillary would rather we believe that all Americans really are stupid: we don't understand how to digest complex thoughts during a Presidential campaign... we only know how to understand really short sound bites played over and over again by the media.

Who's really out of touch with Americans?

http://www.cafepress.com/wetnoodle

Posted by: wetnoodle | April 12, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

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