The vetting of Obama continues... this from the Wall Street Journal Op Ed page:
This has been a long Presidential campaign, but often usefully so. The Democratic Party fight is helping us learn that there's more to Barack Obama than the eloquent, post-partisan, disciplined purveyor of "hope" that he typically projects.
There's also the Barack Obama who attended Rev. Jeremiah Wright's ("God d--- America") church for 20 years, the one who emerged from the Chicago Democratic machine with friends like Tony Rezko, the one with the most liberal voting record in the U.S. Senate, and now we learn the one with a Harvard-eye view of American angst.
Let's not forget that Barack credits Reverend Wright's teachings as being the formative, guiding influence in his adult life. That may help explain Obama's disdain and aloof air when it comes to working-class Americans.
At an April 6 fund-raiser in San Francisco, this Obama explained to his non-blue-collar donors: "You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive Administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
Ah, those clingy, misguided, bitter Americans... waiting for the Obama Cure.
As political psychoanalysis, this is what they believe in Cambridge and Hyde Park. Guns and God are the opiate of the masses, who are being gulled by Karl Rove and rich Republicans. If only they embraced their true economic self-interest, these pure saps wouldn't need religion and they wouldn't dislike non-white immigrants.
Mr. Obama's unreflective condescension is reminiscent of the famous 1993 Washington Post article that described evangelical Christians as "poor, undereducated and easy to command." And the fact that he said it so naturally in front of a San Francisco crowd suggests that this is what he may truly believe. This is Mr. Obama's inner Mike Dukakis.
Barack Obama's arrogance has been on display on many levels for quite some time now, dating back before he made headlines last Friday, and even before his now famous "you're likable enough" backhanded slap at Hillary Clinton during one of the debates. This arrogance and condescension are equally evident in the pompous pontifications of Michelle Obama -- who just can't find anything in America worth praising besides her man Barack.
Having women faint and swoon over him has probably taken an even toll on Barack. He probably believes that he is indeed the One True
Brand Man who can lead this country out of our desperate, bitter hole of despair, and break our 'clingy' grip on what Obama clearly feels are pathetic crutches.
It's ironic that, as pessimistic and downtrodden some Americans might feel these days, it's the peak of Obama arrogance to suggest that religion is something that is "clung to by desperate Americans".
Raised by an atheist mother in a secular household, Barack "doesn't get it" when it comes to religion for every day Americans -- a look at Reverend Wright's preachings, which Obama fully embraced and endorsed until the truth came out, fully explains that.
Obama must believe that religion is refuge --- and that in the case of working, everyday Americans it's something to cling to in desperation, and it's easy to see why he'd believe that. In the case of Barack's own congregation, it is a refuge from the "oppression of white America."
I'm not sure anyone could be further out of touch with the heart and backbone of our country than Obama.
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