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Obama Clings to his Bitter Spin

New York Times:

In a speech at the Building Trades Legislative Conference, a coalition of blue-collar labor unions, Mr. Obama seemed as though he was going to bypass his remarks about Americans who are "bitter" over their economic circumstances and cling to God and guns. It was not included in his prepared speech text, but near the end of the 30-minute address he broached the subject.

"I know that there's been a lot of fuss over the last couple of days because I said that people were bitter. People seemed to misunderstand what that means," he said. "Yes, people are angry. If you've been filling up your gas tank you're angry. If you've watched your entire community decimated because a steel plant is closed, that will make you mad. You've got to feel some frustration."

It's the snobby notion of Obama's that small-town Americans 'cling to guns and religion' that has people pissed off, but Barack has the audacity to try to snow those he's offended by suggesting the offense is over the "bitter" remark.

As Mr. Obama spoke about the controversy, the crowd largely listened in silence. When he concluded, applause broke out, but it was far from the standing ovation Mr. Obama received when he addressed the matter to voters late last week in Indiana.

Yesterday, as he continued to offer his contrition, he told the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News: "The problem was that I just mangled it, which happens sometimes."

No, the problem is that you slipped up and said what was on your mind, comforted by the press ban at the event and secure in your surroundings.

What arrogance....


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Comments (2)

You have to wonder - does he really NOT have a clue how he's coming across? Or did he figure that nobody would find out what he said to a select group of people? Or is he just a hack poltician shoved up way beyond his Peter Principle limit by folks trying to 'help' him because of his relative blank-slate history and his skin color?

And if he's making gaffs like this now - I can't WAIT to see him in sensitive negotiations with someone looking to put a knife in the US's back. When misunderstandings and misstatements actually matter. Supposedly Saddam took a statement by Ambassador Glaspie - "We have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait" as authorization to invade in '90... and we know how THAT came out.

The internet has a million eyes and ears - and it never forgets, much as our politicians might want it to.

Col. Nathan Jessup:

Speaking in Muncie, Indiana, after the story broke, Obama said "Lately, there has been a little, typical sort of political flare-up because I said something that everybody knows is true, which is that there are a whole bunch of folks in small towns in Pennsylvania, in towns right here in Indiana, in my home town in Illinois who are bitter."

The flare-up, you see, happened because Obama is the Great Truth-Teller amidst the masses, many of whom can't handle the truth. Once it dawned on Obama's aides that expediency demanded an apology, the Senator offered a qualified mea culpa: "Obviously, if I worded things in a way that made people offended, I deeply regret that."

So if Senator Obama worded things in a way that made people feel offended (rather than worded things in a way that is offensive), well, he regrets that.

And at last night's "Compassion Forum," hosted by CNN, Obama accused his critics of "misconstruing . . . [his] words" effectively turning the tables on those who take issue with his comments. In Obama's construal, he is the offended party, and any criticism directed at him is a mere "distraction" from the real issues of the campaign. This method of damage control, as that displayed in the Reverend Wright controversy, implies that simply by questioning the candidate, one is out of line, unfashionable, and uncouth.


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