Saturday, April 12, 2008
Obama seeks to explain 'guns or religion' remark
"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them," Obama said. "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."
Fellow Democrat Clinton, campaigning in Pennsylvania ahead of the state's April 22 primary, seized on the remarks, suggesting that Obama was offering condescension rather than solutions. "Pennsylvania doesn't need a president who looks down on them," the New York senator said at a Philadelphia rally. "They need a president who stands up for them, who fights for them."
...i say they need someone who tells the truth (unlike you, hillary)
Responding today to Obama's concession that his words were ill chosen, the New York senator continued her attack. "Sen. Obama's remarks are elitist and out of touch," she said. "They are not reflective of the values and beliefs of Americans. Certainly not the Americans that I know." She added, "If you want to be the president of all Americans, you need to respect all Americans."
'americans' aren't angels descended from heaven. hard working this, great this, great that, bullshit.
do us all a favour and shut up, you old bag.
they are just normal people with perfectly 'normal' faults. it's called a functioning society, except a normal society needs the police, the courts system, and numerous jails (for the 1% of adult americans that are currently in jail).
to listen to john mccain and hillary, we live in dreamworld usa. we could eliminate the cops because everyone's so fucking busy working hard for their families, doing the very best they can, because, as we all know, america is the greatest fucking nation on earth - except they keep shooting each other, and it seems nobody wants to pay taxes for health care and other trivial stuff like education, public transportation, stuff like that...
because how else do you explain bush getting elected. twice! how clever do all those people feel now? especially the ones who have lost their homes. you know they're out there.
americans have this naivety that tax is a dirty word. when you're paying not $4, but $7 or $8 a gallon, maybe the penny will drop that this country might have invested in public transportation alternatives to the automobile.
look where 7 years of failed republican economic policy of tax cuts and deregulation has gotten this county. they couldn't have done worse if they'd tried.
A strategist for Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.) also joined in the criticism. "Instead of apologizing to small-town Americans for dismissing their values, Barack Obama arrogantly tried to spin his way out of his outrageous San Francisco remarks," said campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds. "You can't be more out of touch than that."
out of touch? that's rich coming from john mccain.
you also have a spokesman called tucker bounds? do you think he had a difficult time at school?
...anyway, i say quite the opposite. obama hit the nail squarely on the head, and everyone knows it, but daren't agree.
anyone that has been to a small town in rural pennsylvania knows that what he said is spot on.
people actually put up road signs outside their houses that read "OBEY GOD'S LAW"...