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.
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