by everyvotecounts, Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 09:13:23 PM EDT
Six-Shooter in a Duck Blind
Well, it's official. Barack Obama really is out of touch with small-town America.
Today he launched into a tirade, scolding Hillary for questioning Obama's choice of words during the now famous Bittergate fundraiser at a United Steelworker's rally in Steelton, PA.
Obama expressed his disappointment with Hillary in this way:
"She's running around talking about how this is an insult to sportsmen, how she values the Second Amendment, she's talking like she's Annie Oakley! Hillary Clinton's out there like she's on the duck blind every Sunday, she's packin' a six shooter! C'mon! She knows better. That's some politics being played by Hillary Clinton. I want to see that picture of her out there in the duck blinds."
Well, as any duck hunter knows, you would never take a six-shooter into a duck blind. The NRA will have a field day with this one!
Apparently he also is unaware that Annie Oakley is true hero to women all over small town America. This is from PBS.org, the American Experience:
Annie Oakley may not have considered herself a feminist, but she showed the world what a strong woman could accomplish in an era when women were struggling to gain greater equality, including the right to vote.
Again, we see that Barack Obama doesn't know us. He wants to preside over this great country? He doesn't realize that some of us see Hillary Clinton as cut from the same cloth as "Little Sure Shot", Annie Oakley.
Hillary Clinton welcomes the comparison...in fact, she will probably send him a personal thank you note.
"In her life, Annie overcame poverty, mistreatment and physical injury with her determination and strength of character. She played a role in breaking barriers for women with her talent and accomplishments in her sport. She showed great compassion and generosity to orphans, widows and other young women."
It is also ironic that Oakley lived out several years of her life fighting a libel suit against 55 newspapers that printed a scandalous false story originated by the original "Big Media" guy, William Randolph Hearst in of all places, Chicago.
By all accounts Oakley was persuasive in the courtroom; she dressed conservatively, spoke courteously, and exuded respectability. Hearst tried to undermine her by having a detective go back to Darke County, Ohio, and try to dig up dirt, but he came up empty and was prevented by locals from staying overnight.
She eventually won her battles, and the newspapers were required to file apologies and pay monetary damages.
Sorry Barack, you got your folk heroes mixed up. But you almost hit your mark.