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Sen. Casey Defends Obama in New Ad

By Shailagh Murray
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) took his case for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to the Pennsylvania airwaves today, countering
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's
(D-N.Y.) claim that Obama is out of touch with small-town America by portraying Obama as the change agent that struggling communities need.

Casey says in the ad, "In towns like yours and mine, families are struggling with bills they can't afford and jobs moving away. It has to change -- but it won't until we change Washington."

Obama is seeking to combat an onslaught of criticism from Clinton in recent days for comments he made in San Francisco last week suggesting that small-town residents have grown "bitter," and "cling" to guns and religion, while becoming hostile to outsiders, because Washington has let them down. The Casey ad seeks to counter Clinton's charges of elitism; the freshman senator hails from the depressed northeast region of Pennsylvania and gained wide working class support to beat Sen. Rick Santorum there in 2006.

"I believe in Barack Obama," Casey continues in the ad. "I've worked with him. I've seen him stand up to the lobbyists and special interests. And like us, he's tired of the political games and division that stops anything from getting done. Barack Obama knows Pennsylvania's hurting. He can unite America and bring real change."

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Obama's track record:
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I have searched and searched the Internet for any accomplishment I could find. I have found nothing. He is a hot air balloon. Is nothing better than something?
He had no ambition, so he did nothing.
He wants to be president based on his speeches. I work for a government agency. The best speech makers do the least work.

Posted by: Jane | April 23, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Ed Rendell says some Whites won't vote for
Obama.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=lSBRLcJxudc

Seems to me the same people that are supposedly upset with Obama would be even more upset with Ed Rendell.

Video: Obama (2004) connects guns, religion, economics, and bitter


Obama made similar comments in 2004
on national television.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a88wMPAWc90


Posted by: Mr. Unite Us | April 16, 2008 3:25 AM | Report abuse

"Michelle Obama and Barack come across as arrogant, and not grateful for the opportunities they have been given"

And hillary and mccain are humble grateful people silently toiling away for the masses??

are you serious??

Posted by: Hank | April 16, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

I love Hillary and Bill. For all you Obama lovers out there, get a life! You are just jealous of her because she made a $109 million in 7 years, far more than any of you are going to make in a life time.
So what if she lies a bit? So what if she actually voted for gun control while trying to give the impression that she is for guns? So what if she was pro NAFTA before and changed her mind now? So what if Mark Penn got money from the Colombians? So what if she made some anti-semitic remarks? So what if she is a bit manipulative? So what if Bill screwed around in the white house?

So what if Barack Obama was raised by a single mom and got a full scolarship to good schools? SO what if he is bright and articulate? So what if he was right about the Iraq war?
So what if he introduced 800 bills as a state legislator? So what if his vision for a new politics was fleshed out in 1995? So what if he is half black and half white and has a good idea about the world? So what if anyone who knows him personally says he is a man of uncommon wisdom?

I dont care about all that. I just know he kinda makes me uncomfortable and I know Hillary wont be great but she will be more of the same. ANd how bad are things anyway? I am not bitter, I am not frustrated with the way things are. I am quite happy with things. This is the greatest country in the world. And no Senator Obama, we can do without any improvements or pointers about how to make it even better, thank you very much.

Posted by: Linda | April 16, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

What offends me most is Hillary Clinton & John Mc Cains attack on these comments. Also that the lady who recorded them had been recording everything Obama had said for months, likely to find just a few words such as these to use against him.
Barack Obama is the first candidate in a lifetime that has a pristine past of dedication to the betterment of society and contribution to those less fortunate. He is a brilliant statesman and the leader we need in these times. If the likes of Hillary Clinton and John Mc Cain can destroy this fine individual, that our country and the world so desperately needs, we are indeed being 'fooled again'.

Posted by: Marilyn Mc Ateer | April 15, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Obama Vs. Clinton & McCain

Posted by: Jose | April 14, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Hillary & the GOP were right! Get the dumb hicks riled up about Guns and Religion and they will forget about all of the issues. No wonder these fools lost their jobs. Look how stupid they get over comments that happen to be true. The do let Guns, religion, and abortion file them up so much they vote for the people who take their jobs away over and over and over. Then they whine for the next 4 years. I had no idea we had people this stupid in America. Geesh

Posted by: Julescator | April 14, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Rlamb:

you wrote
"Okay, so Obama worked as a community organizer when he was younger. So did Hillary Clinton.

I don't understand Obama's claim to understand small-town America -- he's never lived in an American small town and his youth was spent outside mainland U.S. His "knowledge" and "understanding" seem to derive from the halls of academia."

actually, incorrect on two points. first of all, Hillary was never a community organizer. See her official White House bio at http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/firstladies/hc42.html if you want to know.
(she has claimed that "get out the vote" work counts as organizing. It doesn't - not the same thing at all).

Second, he spent considerable time with his grandparents in small-town Kansas, so he does have plenty of reason to understand something about small-town America. Unlike Hillary Clinton, I might add, who was a child of wealth & privilege all the way.

If you want to argue about who has more direct understanding & is "in touch," you need to actually educate yourself & get your facts straight.

Posted by: cp | April 14, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Because of this ad, which Obama published before Hillary's ad, is the reason why Hillary has all the right in the world to question Obama. When Obama spewed his condescending remarks to all those millionaires in San Francisco he directly accused the Clinton administration for "small town folks" clinging to religion and guns. If he accuses the Clinton years as the reason for their bitterness then why shouldn't Hillary strike back? WHY? She kept quiet when the Wright controversy erupted. She made only one comment. "Wright would not be my pastor." That was it. But this "bitter/clinging" issue is pure politics, it's about policy, honesty. Its goes straight to the reason why democrats have lost the last two elections. It is fair to argue Obama's condescension to the small town folk because it goes directly to issues like religion, xenophobia, gun ownership and culture.

Posted by: Floridian Lady | April 14, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Here is the link of an article written by a gentleman who was actually at the place in San Francisco where Obama "misspoke". I think it is always important for all of us to look at context and the whole story before we make accusations or false claims against someone.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-coleman/i-was-there-what-obama-re_b_96553.html

Enjoy!

Posted by: Noah | April 14, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Didn´t Obama say that Pennsylvanians were "bidder"?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 14, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

John MacCain and Hillary Clinton have teamed up together to attack Barack Obama. Those two washington insiders see Obama as a threat. Hillary cannot reconcile herself to the fact that she is being beaten by a guy who is half white and half black. just listen to what she told Bill Richardson; "he will not win Bill, he will not win". What do you infer from this? Pure disrespect, utter contempt and sheer disdain for Obama. That is the reason why she will stay in and thus cause the democrats to lose the general elections. Folks, its all about her. She has spent a long time thinking of being a president and here comes a guy (whom by her actions, thinks is beneath her)who is about to take that opportunity from her. Hillary will move heaven and earth to destroy Obama and in the process destroy herself and the democratic party. She just does not care. She made 109 million in 8 years and claims she understands the poor little guy. At least Barack knows how to live on food stamps;he knows how to be raised by a single mom;he knows how to be on the street with folks who have lost their jobs. Heck Obama even once slept on the street in New York when he was unable to obtain his newly acquired apartment's key, when he transferred from Occidental to Colombia in New York. He was broke and could not rent a hotel room. The guy is just like us, and that is why I am going to his website now to donate to him.

Posted by: kweku | April 14, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

You of the thought goard head and "Vote McCain". I can hear that Hoover-sucking sound already.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 14, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

This is about class, and not the kind of class that Clinton and McCain have not. In case anyone noticed, there has been a new underclass being populated in America, those who for various reasons have seen the American dream turned on its head and have their standards of living falling rather than rising in a generation and across generations. The sucking sounding heard now is all the money going in to the coffers of the top 1% in wealth in this country - sound familiar to Clinton and McCain and not most of the rest of us.

Posted by: nclwtk | April 14, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton is a multi-millionaire, and she is trying to convince the public that Obama is elitist. Politics at its best. She will do anything to get this nomination. Now, all she wants to speak about is her days wielding a rifle on a farm. Maybe she will get some campaign contributions from the NRA!

Obama is a true change agent. I firmly believe it will not matter what Hillary says or fabricates. Obama will rise above this latest episode, stay on course, and he will be our Democratic nominee!

Posted by: Sean | April 14, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

How does Senator Casey explain that he supports Barack Obama, a candidate that voted "present" [or in Illinois legislative speak "NO"] on two bills (HB 382 and SB 230) that would have prohibited a partial birth abortion to his pro life voters? Talk about a politician who will say anything to get elected, Obama is the ultimate two faced politician. We've had enough of his wink-wink statements, he is a fraud! If the DNC insists on shoving Obama done our throats, they will be very surprised in November when democrats like myself puke him back in their faces.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 14, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

This is pure spin.
Obama's remarks are not only evidence he is out of touch with small town America; they are evidence of his arrogance and his disdain for those who are not black and do not have six figure incomes, like him and Michelle.
Casey's remarks are irrelevant; who cares if he "believes" in Obama? Is the word of one "freshman" Senator who defeated an unpopular GOP candidate validation for another freshman candidate who defeated another unpopular GOP candidate (after the divorce papers of his two serious opponents were "unsealed," forcing them out of the race)?
This is not about "believing" in somebody, or about "hope," it is about comments on more than one occasion by Obama that suggest disturbing beliefs on his part. Or is this really a just high school election, where popularity, and image, and name-calling are what really count?
The problem with Obama's remarks is not an adjective ("bitter"), it is what he says before and after that adjective. Obama and his supporters have desperately sought to focus on the adjective, so they do not have to deal with the rest of what he said, just as they sought to focus on Wright's criticism of America so they would not have to deal with his racist remarks about Clinton and whites in general.
Obama was explaining why only rich, well-educated whites, blacks, and young people tend to vote for him, as opposed to whites who work for a living and Hispanics, who tend to vote for Clinton. He argues that working people throughout the "industrial" Midwest -- in both small towns and cities -- are "bitter" and that they therefore "cling" to religion, to guns, to their distrust of others, to their dislike of "immigrants," and to their distaste for "free trade."
According to Obama, workers (whites and Hispanics?) in the "industrial" Midwest do not freely choose or practice their religion; they cling to it out of bitterness. They do not have guns because they hunt, but because they are "bitter." They do not oppose "free trade" (a.k.a., NAFTA, which Obama is supposed to oppose!?!) because it might have cost them their job; they do so because they are "bitter."
What everyone has missed is the stereotyping -- for Obama, everybody who does not vote for him is a bitter, gun-toting, fanatical, intolerant, parochial, ignoramus. In effect, Obama called every white (and Hispanic) in the Midwest who has not or might not vote for him a redneck.
Or perhaps Obama is just referring to "typical white people" when he says their bitterness has led them to distrust those who are "not like them," given that he has said elsewhere that the "typical white person" fears others because that fear is "bred into them."
He also said that none of these embittered workers have had a job in 25 years, which is utter nonsense.
And, if you read (or listen to) the complete text, any illusions you might have about Obama's eloquence should quickly dissipate.
And how did Obama respond to criticism? As he usually has -- first he denied, then he blamed the Clinton camp for attacking him and twisting his words, then he explained what he 'really' meant, and finally he offered an insincere apology that was not specific, regretted his poor choice of words ("bitter"), and attacked Clinton again.
As for his "elitism," just watch him speak? Or perhaps consider that his white grandmother, whom he implied was a closet racist, was VP of the Bank of Hawaii who, with his grandpa's help, sent him to Hawaii's most elite prep school. Or consider that he graduated Columbia and Harvard, where tuition is about $34,000 and room and board another $12,000 (for undergrads). Or that his wife knocks down more than $300,000. Or that he netted hundreds of thousands for two self-serving books? Poor? In touch with the common man? If you need perspective, consider that the median income in this country is about $33,000 -- so half of us make less than than $33,000 a year, and Michelle Obama makes ten times that amount.
Poor?
Do you really feel good about a man who hands a microphone to a former general and then stands next to him nodding while the retired general (McPeak) savages the husband of his opponent as a contemporary version of Joe McCarthy?
Is this really the man you want to be President?
I would have some doubts.

Posted by: jim | April 14, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The more i listen to all your demorcrate problems the more i am glad i am voting for McCain. Obama seams to have head on his shoulders, Clinton is tearing the party apart which i like cause, us republicians are trying to help her with votes so she will beat him out and be the easy one to beat in the finals. So keep up the good work Hillary.

Posted by: Bitter | April 14, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with the posts that say that Hillary Clinton is a manipulator and a LIAR!

Posted by: Queen T | April 14, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, attending elite private prep schools followed by Ivy League undergrad and graduate institutions gives one a great understanding of small town Americaa.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 14, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is pulling the wool over quite a few of you eyes. She has convinced many that she is in your corners. But, guess what!!! She's scheming, conniving and manipulative and you all are falling all over it. Go head!!! Let her win Pennsylvania, etc. & see what happens to us ALL. Open your eyes. This LIAR is desparate to win this presidency at any cause because she THINKS it's suppose to be her's and Bill. HELLOOOO!!! Wake up! Smell the coffee!!!!

Posted by: DW | April 14, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

The economy is in the toilet, we're spending more than 1 Trillion dollars occupying Iraq, Poverty is up, there's no health care policy, gasoline prices are through the roof, global warming is threatening the entire planet and all Clinton and McCain want to do is distract the voters with false accusations of elitism???

Disgusting! Slime-bucket politics at its worst!

Posted by: thebob.bob | April 14, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

"Obama was working on the streets of Chicago making $12,000 a year, driving a worn-down $1000 Datsun and commanding a group of bitter, cynical volunteers, trying to change the world."

Don't forget to add "doing drugs" to statements about Obama such as the above from the first post.

Posted by: E | April 14, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse


Obama said Americans are bitter because they've been ignored by Washington. That was an insult to YOU, Hillary, not voters.
Hillary thinks American voters are SOOOOO stupid, we'll just accept her version of things....that she can tell us the sky is green, and we won't go outside and check.

Posted by: jds | April 14, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

This whole thing is making ME more and more bitter.
Towards Hillary and McCain. Their outrage is soooooo phony.

They're so lame. Hillary might as well be saying, "OMG!! Did you hear what he just called you?! ....Well since you're too stupid to understand, let me dumb it down, and explain in detail exactly what he didn't say. I mean did say..." What spin! She disgusts me.

Can we please talk about some issues that matter???

Posted by: jds | April 14, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Just another insipid attack that will amount to little. Clinton is doing this for a bounce at the end of the campaign for PA. She did the same thing with the NAFTA thing in Ohio. She will probably win PA because of this slimy politicking. It's very sad. In the end, though, she won't win the nomination. She is a hack that is washed up. She is blind to the handwriting on the wall.

Posted by: JB | April 14, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Hillary misleads voters. Hillary Clinton has made statements unequivocally trumpeting NAFTA as the greatest thing since sliced bread. The Buffalo News reports that back in 1998, Clinton attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and praised corporations for mounting "a very effective business effort in the U.S. on behalf of NAFTA." Yes, you read that right: She traveled to Davos to thank corporate interests for their campaign ramming NAFTA through Congress. On November 1, 1996, United Press International reported that on a trip to Brownsville, Texas, Clinton "touted the president's support for the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying it would reap widespread benefits in the region." The Associated Press followed up the next day noting that Hillary Clinton touted the fact that "the president would continue to support economic growth in South Texas through initiatives such as the North American Free Trade Agreement." In her memoir, Clinton wrote, "Senator Dole was genuinely interested in health care reform but wanted to run for president in 1996. He couldn't hand incumbent Bill Clinton any more legislative victories, particularly after Bill's successes on the budget, the Brady bill and NAFTA."

Who is the elitist? Hillary cares more about the health care industry than the health of people. Nobody can argue that the biggest problem with health care in the United States are pharmaceuticals and insurers. Hillary Clinton became the second largest recipient in the Senate of health care industry contributions. "As she runs for re-election to the Senate from New York this year and lays the groundwork for a possible presidential bid in 2008, Mrs. Clinton is receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from doctors, hospitals, drug manufacturers and insurers. Nationwide, she is the No. 2 recipient of donations from the industry, trailing only Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, a member of the Republican leadership." Raymond Hernandez and Robert Pear, "Once an Enemy, Health Industry Warms to Clinton," New York Times, July 12, 2006. Lastly, her vote for the Iraq war was the greatest error in judgement for the health of thousands of U.S. men and women in uniform. Not to mention the health of millions of Iraqis.

Posted by: Matt | April 14, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

He is like an auto mechanic,,that fixed a lot of problems by hiting with a hammer,,
trouble is he don't know exactly where to hit,,,and creates more troblems,,that is what gives him prubble

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

Hillary's Track Record.

1. Repeatedly lied about Kosovo.

2. Still in bed with lobby firm that is pushing George Bush agenda (Columbia Trade Pact).

3. She has gain the support of all major Weapons Industry Manufacturers (Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, etc...)via donations.

4. The new NRA sweetheart.

5. Credit Cards to help families with mortgage debacle... really?

I can go on but unlike Hillary... I have to work.

Who is out of touch???

Posted by: Bill Klinten | April 14, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

did u know the islamic world is fighting a holy war, against all other faith's??

Posted by: Creighdon | April 14, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

What! Obama drop out! The only way he loses is to drop out. Ain't gonna happen dummy.Half white, half black,raised by a single white Mom and white Grandma with the name Obama and he's supposed to be an elites or looking down on small town folks. I don't think so booby! I'm from a small Texas town and live in a small Texas town and I'm angry, un-happy, BITTER with the way my government has been run by the likes of Bush, Cheney, and their advise council for the last 7 years. Talk about elites! You want another four years of the same , vote for McHale, uh McCain. You'd better pay special interest to who the old man chooses for a running mate!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 14, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Remember when Clinton lied and said she landed in some country under gun fire.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaha. The bigest lie EVER. That what Obama means by she'll do anything to get the nomination. Too bad Hillary, you are in the computer and technlogy age. We keep records. And we exposed you.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 14, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Hillary's Track Record.

1. Repeatedly lied about Kosovo.

2. Still in bed with lobby firm that is pushing George Bush agenda (Columbia Trade Pact).

3. She has gain the support of all major Weapons Industry Manufacturers (Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, etc...)via donations.

4. The new NRA sweetheart.

5. Credit Cards to help families with mortgage debacle... really?

I can go on but unlike Hillary... I have to work.

Who is out of touch???

Posted by: Bill Klinten | April 14, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Obviously everyone is going to try pick on Obama because he's leading in the Democratic race. In addition, they have nothing to pin on him so people look for the slightest mistake so they can pounce like a hungry lion. And please be truthful America, most of the people that don't want Barack as president is majorly because he's African American. Although almost everyone will deny it but they know deep inside that there is that turmoil of cold war racism going on - or let's say corporate racism. Just that no one wants to voice it out. Barack may win but I know people will make sure they do everything possible to make sure a "Black " guy does nt get into the "White" House.

Posted by: Myself | April 14, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Check out the Whitewater scandal, you will see what the Clintons are about. Her indiana campaign office was torched, investigators say that her 2007 tax returns were torched by having a flammable liquid poured over them. She always has an excuse for what she says, she tired, she's half asleep..We don't need any half asleep presidents..At least Obama, doesn't give any lying weak excuses, when he opens his mouth doesn't give weak excuses, and he has no lobbyists working his campaign, as Clinton does, or what's left of hers. Who has earned millions and who can be called elitist..can she really understand the middle class? I think not. And will some of you Hillary supporters ask her to trash that happy yellow suit with the black trim.

Posted by: gm | April 14, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse


Hillary's Track Record.

1. Repeatedly lied about Kosovo.

2. Still in bed with lobby firm that is pushing George Bush agenda (Columbia Trade Pact).

3. She has gain the support of all the Weapons Industry (Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, etc...)via major donations.

4. The New NRA sweetheart.

5. Credit Cards to help mortgage debacle... really Hillary?

Who is out of touch???


Posted by: Bill Klinten | April 14, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Okay, so Obama worked as a community organizer when he was younger. So did Hillary Clinton.

I don't understand Obama's claim to understand small-town America -- he's never lived in an American small town and his youth was spent outside mainland U.S. His "knowledge" and "understanding" seem to derive from the halls of academia.

Apparently he's a quick study. He says, "I'm in touch. I know exactly what's going on. I know what's going on in Pennsylvania. I know what's going on in Indiana. I know what's going on in Illinois."

Remember that it took him only a three-week vacation (or was it just two weeks?) in Pakistan to develop more international relations experience and understanding than any other candidate. So he says.

Both Obama and his wife come across as arrogant and seemingly ungrateful for the opportunities they've been given by the system they apparently find so disagreeable.

He's expressed disdain for "typical white people" and religious small-towners and symbolic patriotic displays and he thinks he knows more international relations than anyone else.

What kind of change do you think he has in mind?


Posted by: R.Lamb | April 14, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

The Clinton's are grasping at straws now, willing to sling anything that might stick. Just like a republican would do...

Posted by: vtr08 | April 14, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Obviously everyone is going to try pick on Obama because he's leading in the Democratic race. In addition, they have nothing to pin on him so people look for the slightest mistake so they can pounce like a hungry lion. And please be truthful America, most of the people that don't want Barack as president is majorly because he's African American. Although almost everyone will deny it but they know deep inside that there is that turmoil of cold war racism going on - or let's say corporate racism. Barack may win but I know people will make sure they do everything possible to make sure a "Black " guy does nt get into the "White" House.

Posted by: Me | April 14, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Obama has the courage to say waht he sees and understands. Clinton has not.

Obama cares about the country and people's life more. Clinton cares about her personal and political win more.

Posted by: Ron Tan | April 14, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Obama was 30 years old when he became a lawyer, and he started work on Project Vote within the year.

When Hillary was 31 years old, she was just making partner at Rose Law Firm, a well-connected bunch of rich lawyers who just happened to make her partner when her husband was elected Governor. Ignore the fact that the State of Arkansas was one of their clients at the time.

As far as committee meetings, can you tell me how many meetings Hillary has chaired since she started running for President? Oh yeah, none. Just like EVERY OTHER Senator who runs for President doesn't call for meetings during the campaign. While it's fun for Hillary to try and pound on that point again and again, repetition doesn't make it any more legitimate.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 14, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

He is your nanny?Maybe he is.

Posted by: Mike | April 14, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand how people are criticizing this remark by Obama. If you knew anything about him, researched his history, listened to his speeches, or even gave him a chance.. you would see how he was actually trying to stick up for Pennsylvania workers in this comment. The media is just boosting this up, as well as Clinton and Mccain, to look like this race is a lot more closer then it actually is.

People- give Obama a chance. He is real, and he will be our next president.

Posted by: Jake | April 14, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Obama is just another pied piper. Only children and the weak minded believe his shtick. Thankfully most americans see through his bs.

Posted by: reason | April 14, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Obama, Obama, he's my many. Take your vote and give him a hand.

Posted by: Mike | April 14, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Clinton and McCain have given Obama a huge gift by acting co-dependent on this "bitterness" issue. Obama, like Paddy Chayefsky's "Beale" in "Network", can raise the voice to a higher level - vis a vis, "We're mad as hell, and we are not going to take it any more." Clinton can down her shots of whiskey, and hang out at duck blinds all she wants - and lie about her Bosnia trip, while defending Penn and her Husbands interests in Columbia.

In the meantime, Obama gets to break into another forbidden area in America that exposes that the Emperor has no clothes, and neither do McCain or Clinton.

Posted by: Phil Murphy | April 14, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Obama is the # 1 mudthrower out there.Just bla bla bla and nothing real beside that.He is like the cheap rag - lot of talk about nothing.

Posted by: Mike | April 14, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

"the real fake"? awesome.

Posted by: penny | April 14, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Truth of the matter is Hilary's campaign has run out of strategy and the only thing they seem to have a handle on is distorting Obama's record. The important thing that Obama was talking about is helping these folks that have been left out for too long. Essentially the message is that these rural voters need to be assisted when with new jobs and good health care so that they can have a piece of the national pie where others are getting bigger chunks such as $109 million in 7yrs. Obama actually explained the rural voter frustration in this You Tube Video. http://youtube.com/watch?v=6oGF3cyHE7M. Share the link so many can get his message.

Posted by: BuzzEd | April 14, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Obama makes one or two remarks that could be miss interpreted.
Clinton on the other hand is either constantly lying, misleading or miss representing.
All she does is throwing mud at him all the time, they call this politics and the media of course broad cast that crap all the time.

Posted by: Peter Bottcher | April 14, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Obama is done done done.He is fake I mean like the real fake.He must drop out asap.Wake up people!!!!

Posted by: Mike | April 14, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"Obama was working on the streets of Chicago making $12,000 a year, driving a worn-down $1000 Datsun and commanding a group of bitter, cynical volunteers, trying to change the world." How old was he when he did that? Where was Hillary Clinton working at the same age? What was the result of Obamas work on the streets? Can anybody tell me if Barack Obama has made any obvious contributions to American welfare? After all, he is not that young.

I´m not impressed. Obamas deeds seems to have no substance. Somebody say that he has helped some Chicago-based developer to get economical support. Did he "follow that money" to secure that they were used in a proper way? I don´t know. Please tell me!

Barack Obama's stewardship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on European Affairs should be criticized. As subcommittee chair, Obama could have examined a wide variety of urgent matters, from the role of NATO in Afghanistan and Iraq to European energy policy and European responses to climate change etc.... He has not chaired one single meeting!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 14, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Obama is the front-runner, at least as far as the Internet is concerned, if not some of the traditional polls. Thus the challengers will pounce on anything;

Obama vs Clinton vs McCain -
a Web Comparison:

http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=76

Posted by: Dave | April 14, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton, George Bush, and John McCain expect us to be HAPPY about job loss?

Figures. They've been in their Washington ivory towers for decades. When Hillary Clinton was a corporate lawyer on Wal-Mart's board of directors; When McCain was embezzling millions of dollars in Keating 5...

Obama was working on the streets of Chicago making $12,000 a year, driving a worn-down $1000 Datsun and commanding a group of bitter, cynical volunteers, trying to change the world.

Posted by: Steve Charb | April 14, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

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