Obama, the Uniter?

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.

Tags: barack, clinton, Election, Hillary, obama, Primary, unifier, united, Uniter (all tags)

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Hillary, the racist?

I hugged an elderly black woman named Corrine who was crying because of Hillary Clinton's comments about Martin Luther King Jr. She was sobbing and sobbing about how she believed in the Clintons, but they threw the black community into the gutter to beat Barack Obama.

I gave her a wink and said "the Clintons hate black people, tee hee!" then I leapt into the air and disappeared in a cloud of bullshit anecdote dust.

by beanbagz 2008-02-09 09:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary, the racist?

Say what you want...delude yourself, even...fact is, this happened.

by katrinareyes 2008-02-09 09:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama, the Uniter?

I suppose Barack Obama could be a uniter once he wins the nomination.  Right now, he's appealing to his base.  

If he wins, he will need to reach out to Hillary Clinton's supporters.  It won't do to just say "You have no alternative but to vote for me."  

by vj 2008-02-09 03:07PM | 0 recs

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