April 11, 2008

Obama Explains God-Crazy, Gun-Humping Pennsylvania Rubes to San Francisco's Billionaire's Row

Keep in mind that the original source on this is a rather batty Huffington Post contributor, but armed with that bit of information, let's listen to how Obama describes certain parts of fly-over country to his fellow liberal elites in San Francisco, at this event at the Getty home on Billionaire's Row chronicled by zombie.

"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 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."

Don't worry if you're not from Pennsylvania though, folks. I'm sure he feels this way about you, wherever you live.

John McCain and Hillary Clinton aren't missing out of the action, as you may well imagine.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at April 11, 2008 05:22 PM

But we aren't supposed to infer ANYTHING from this....

This guy is a walking disaster.

Posted by: Conservative CBU at April 12, 2008 12:18 AM

from swimming freestyle:

"Barack Obama is a remarkably eloquent man and turning into a remarkably capable politician. But if the Senator believes it's smart to insult voters from a state critical to your success, he's hit one of the worst false notes yet in his campaign.

Yeah, I know what his campaign said, and that may have been what he meant. But a sophisticated candidate doesn't refer to voters in language that can be construed as derogatory or insulting. Obama asserted Pennsylvania voters are bitter and so simple and lacking in maturity and intelligence that they address their frustration by clinging to primitive and reactionary crutches rather than addressing their problems in constructive ways.

It's divisive. And not the way to attract the voters you need most."

Posted by: Jay McDonough at April 12, 2008 12:35 AM

I happen to LIKE people like that. Exactly like that, in fact, except they're NOT as Sen. Obama described. They don't "cling" to their religion, or guns. Those things are just part of who they are, and I can tell you from personal experience that who they are are damn fine people. Chambersburg, PA comes easily to mind.

I'm a concert photographer, but I also know a bit about fire departments, and the volunteer dept. there runs a concert as a fund raiser. I can say honestly I have never seen a better run concert, or a more shaped up volunteer fire department ANYWHERE. Just superb. New, state of the art apparatus, and equipment, and everybody knew their job. Smooth as silk.

Same thing in Meshoppen, PA at the Kiwanis Wyoming County fair. Or the re-opened for tourists coal mine I stopped at, and took a tour of on the way back to CT. The retired miner who led the tour deep inside the mine was fascinating. I learned more history, geology, chemistry, engineering, and sociology in an hour and a half than I had since college.

Those people weren't bitter, or frustrated either. Instead, they turned an old, abandoned mine into a first rate tourist attraction. Not some Disney re-creation, a real, working coal mine.

Those people were not looking for outsiders to string up, or someone to blame. What vile, stupid, ignorant things for Sen. Obama to say. And how dumb of him to think no one would hear. Not too bright.


Posted by: Bill Smith at April 12, 2008 01:39 AM

When I posted about this yesterday, I had found the part ..

anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

.. as just breathe taking in regard to the fact that just the day before Nancy Pelosi had taken the Columbian Free Trade agreement out of contention for an up or down vote.

But why would Nancy Pelosi be bitter ?

But alas, here was the leading contender for the Democratic nomination for POTUS basically saying that this was a cynical act, probably a cynical political act which was not in the interest of the nation, but nonetheless standard Democratic fare of the day.

I've noticed today, that many progressive sites seem to leave off the "anti-trade sentiment" portion of the quote, including Reuters.

Are all Democratic candidates so cynical of the voters that they fell free to distort their own positions publicly while secretly knowing that they would not support it themselves ?

I will watch and wait for an answer.

Posted by: Neo at April 12, 2008 07:53 AM

Don't tell me words don't matter."

From Obama's own mouth.

Let's see how long it takes his campaign to try to assert that these words don't matter.

Posted by: C-C-G at April 12, 2008 08:23 AM

Oh, this is just another DISTRACTION from what really needs to be talked about. It's one of those almost daily distractions that keep popping up about Obama because of his inexperience, lack of transparency and unwillingness to take a stand on issues.


Posted by: daleyrocks at April 12, 2008 11:05 AM

Obamas only major contact with religious people are those at Trinity UCC. From the GD AmeriKKKa, I get the sense that they may be frustrated and bitter, so by obvious extension .. what guns are they clinging to ?

Posted by: Neo at April 13, 2008 10:35 AM

Here's where I'd say something about Obama shore having a purty mouth... but those purple lips are just SUCH a turn-off.

Posted by: DaveP. at April 13, 2008 03:24 PM

The brick house that Zombie describes as one of the poorer ones on the block is the late Melvyn Belli's, if I recall correctly.

Posted by: Used to live in SF at April 13, 2008 03:49 PM

Neo -- another thing to consider on the free trade angle. Didn't Obama's campaign deny that one of the advisors had told the Canadians "don't worry, all that anti-trade stuff is just campaign rhetoric"?

Well, now we have Obama saying the same thing.

Posted by: Rob Crawford at April 14, 2008 07:30 AM

The only reason my husband is bitter is cause HE CAN'T BUY MORE GUNS RIGHT NOW! He's spending all his money are toys for his boat and truck.

Posted by: Maggie Mama at April 14, 2008 07:39 AM

It's turkey hunting season down here in the Bible-thumpin', gun-totin', non-union/free-tradin' South, home of The Fair Tax. I've discarded all my turkey calls for a few seconds of gObama's speech. The birds just flock to the sound of "hope and change", just the set-up for getting plucked.

Posted by: twolaneflash at April 14, 2008 09:11 PM

The best part about hearing "new proposals" from Congress-persons in the majority party every Presidential election cycle is asking the obvious question ..

If these folks are so smart, why the H E double hockey sticks haven't they put their proposals on the docket already ? .. why do we have to wait until they get elected President ?
If their ideas are so great, doesn't America deserve them today ? Why shouldn't we be bitter and frustrated that they won't share, at least not for another 9 months, till their President ?

I can look into Thomas and see that Obama hasn't submitted bills to solve these problems. Shoot .. he and Hiliary are in the majority party of both chambers. So why the wait ?

Do they think that we are that dense ?
Yes, they do .. or perhaps Obama hasn't found the "in" basket yet.

Posted by: Neo at April 15, 2008 11:43 AM

We should all bless saint Snobama for giving us a glimpse into the inner mindsets of the faculty lounge at Havard and the inner sanctum of San Francisco. Apparently the annointed worship at the altars of secularism and little red book only when times are bad. They are driven to rage and blind loathing when their coworkers get a promotion or a pay increase. Worse yet they cling to their armed guards and closed communtiies whenever their beliefs are questioned or when a Wright video tape is played.

Thank you Snobama. You're the gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: Thomas Jackson at April 16, 2008 10:23 AM