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Friday, April 11, 2008

Obama "gets" the heartland

Hillary Clinton and John McCain are desperately attacking Barack Obama over the following comments made yesterday regarding our situation here in the heartland:

"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."

Watch this CNN segment where Gloria Borger, Jack Cafferty, and Jeffrey Toobin all defended the comments:

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Blogger Dusty said...

The press grabbed onto this like it was Hitler talking about the rising of the third reich.

I think it would of played better without the reference to guns and religion. Only alienated folks with those items..the apathy all folks can relate to.

title="comment permalink">April 11, 2008 10:39 PM  
Blogger Parson said...

Obama is right, we are bitter, pissed off and NOT GOING TO TAKE IT anymore!

The Hillary and McCain statements were just stupid and shows how out of touch they really are.

title="comment permalink">April 12, 2008 12:40 AM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

While everything he said was true, he should have left out the guns and religion statements for his own preservation. That said, who the hell is Hillary Clinton for talking about "looking down" on people. Do you honestly think she would ever invite any of the people Obama was referencing to her place for dinner? And McCain has nothing to say about this because of his stance on taxing the poor and saving the rich.

title="comment permalink">April 12, 2008 7:07 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Multi-millionaire Clinton and married to a millionaire maverick McCain calling Obama an elitist? You know that once these people have the working people's vote, they will abandon them for their rich corporate donors.

title="comment permalink">April 13, 2008 12:39 AM  
Blogger Human said...

The good thing about the 2 Republicans Camps of Hillary and McCain having the same chant, is that it takes only one counter punch to respond.

Borger can't say anything good about Sen. Obama. Either she slams him or leaves it open ended. She did bring up "It's the Harvard/Yale thing". Yeah. What an elitist. To think the Black Guy can earn a good education.....
I was surprised at Wolf's Hillary's "little sound bite".

title="comment permalink">April 13, 2008 12:10 PM  
Blogger Human said...

This is an email I received regarding his statements.
"My name is John Fetterman, and I'm the Mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania.
A few days ago, Barack Obama spoke about our economy and about the frustration that folks across our state are feeling.
Now -- instead of actually addressing the challenges facing our communities -- Barack's opponents are taking these comments out of context to score political points.
This is exactly the kind of Washington politics that you and I want to stop.
Across Pennsylvania, in towns and small cities like mine, people are signing on to a letter to show their support for Barack and to say they're frustrated with politicians putting Wall Street before Main Street.
n my town, Braddock, we have been hurt by job loss and economic downturn for decades. Barack is right on, and he understands how we feel. We need a leader who will fight for us, not the special interests.
As Mayor, I enthusiastically endorsed Barack Obama because he understands the needs of communities like mine -- and has the strength and vision to offer real solutions.
Please forward this message to your family, friends, and neighbors and tell them you know that Barack is the one candidate who will fight for our working families and bring about the change this country needs.
Thank you,
Mayor John Fetterman
Braddock, Pennsylvania"
The Mayor also provides the vid(found aboce on your subsequent post and link to the letter. Signed and Delivered from this Pissed Off Pennsylvanian.

title="comment permalink">April 13, 2008 12:19 PM  

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