Obama, the Uniter?
by katrinareyes, Sat Feb 09, 2008 at 09:03:30 AM EST
On Thursday, Feb 7, I took a shuttle from Newark Airport to La Guardia. It was early morning, it was off-peak hours at Newark, and so as it turned out, I was the only passenger on the shuttle, just me and the driver. The first 20 minutes was uneventful. I was barely awake and in no mood for conversation. Then the driver turned on the radio. Obama was on the air talking about how he was certain he could get Hillary's supporters if he became the nominee but he wasn't so sure that Hillary could get his supporters if she became the nominee. The driver, who had been quiet during the trip, suddenly blurted out, "I don't understand what he's talking about. That's such a stupid thing to say. Why would he say that?" This woke me up.
I told him that Obama was just making the argument that he's the more electable candidate. I then asked him if he voted and he answered with a long winded tirade against the man he voted for:
"Yeah, I voted and I voted for him but now I'm not so sure it was the right choice. He's being so arrogant. How's that going to unify the country? He's alienating Hillary's supporters. He should be saying that if Hillary wins the nomination he would support her and encourage his supporters to support her too. We need to win back the White House. Democrats should stand together no matter who the nominee is. That should be his message, not this bullsh*t."
I then told the driver of a statement Michelle Obama had made on Good Morning America, that she'd have to think really hard about whether or not to support Hillary if she became the nominee. The driver responded with a more succinct, "that's so silly. I thought they were all democrats."
Silly, indeed. Obama, the uniter? Apparently, only when it's a convenient argument to make.