Obama Slurs Small-Town PA and the Midwest

Obama has once again revealed his elitist disdain for Reagan/lunch-bucket Democrats, and Midwesterners. While speaking at one of his San Francisco fundraisers he had this to say about small-town PA and the midwest in general:

"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of 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."

In one fell swoop Obama basically characterized small-town PA and the Midwest as racist, xenophobic, gun toting, fanatically religious, Archie Bunkers. And why are they like this all-knowing Obama? Well it's because they don't have jobs.

So, gun owners only own guns because they are bitter over job loss, not because they believe in their Second Amendment rights, are seeking to protect themselves, or perhaps enjoy a good hunting excursion? People turn to religion due to bitterness over job loss, not because they feel a spiritual connection and moral conviction to some higher power? And every body in small-town PA and the Midwest is a racist, xenophobe?  

Obama clearly does not understand nor connect with the individuals who make up the backbone of America: working class, small town people. These are the people who need a president who will be a steward of the economy, who offers policy specifics, who will provide affordable and universal health care. Wealthy elites can afford to buy into empty rhetoric, platitudes and vague promises; working class people can't. Hope isn't going to put food on the table. Hope isn't going to pay the hospital bills. Hope won't fill up the gas tank.

When these people hear his vague message of "change", they think he's talking about nickels and dimes. These individuals Obama chose to slur, like so many of us, are the ones who need a president who will look out for them the most...and he wonders why he will not be getting their vote.

Update [2008-4-11 19:7:1 by Mdm Prz 08]:Hillary gets it:

"It's being reported that my opponent said that the people of Pennsylvania who face hard times are bitter," Clinton said during a campaign event in Philadelphia. "Well that's not my experience. As I travel around Pennsylvania. I meet people who are resilient, optimist positive who are rolling up their sleeves.""Pennsylvanians don't need a president who looks down on them," she said. "They need a president who stands up for them, who fights hard for your future, your jobs, your families."

Tags: 2008 election, Barack Obama, Economy, guns, midwest, Pennsylvania Primary, racist, religion, small town (all tags)

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37 Comments

Drudgereport took this comment down

and the Obama camp said that can't confirm that Obama even said this.

If there is no video or audio, this comment may not be accurate at all.

by puma 2008-04-11 02:24PM | 0 recs
There is audio...

AUDIO OF OBAMA SF COMMENTS AT BOTTOM OF THIS ARTICLE

Subject comment begins at about 2:45.

by MediaFreeze 2008-04-11 02:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Drudgereport took this comment down

Here is the audio , he said it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mayhill-fo wler/obama-no-surprise-that-ha_b_96188.h tml

Scroll down.

Its about the 2.22 minute mark .

I don't really hold it against him anyway , but I don't fault Mccain and Clinton capitalizing on it.

Mccain has already hit him on it , I bet he is thinking payback for the 100 yr in Iraq quote because it didn't take him long to hit Obama.

by lori 2008-04-11 02:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Drudgereport took this comment down

nice try at spreading some disinformation.

by tarheel74 2008-04-11 02:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Slurs Small-Town PA and the Midwest

He just called me bitter , lol.

Hey but seriously we are gun owners , believe in the second amendment , deeply religious ,think our borders should be secured first before any talk of legalization and yeah think Nafta has hurt working families.

Dam !!! There goes my vote lol

by lori 2008-04-11 02:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Slurs Small-Town PA and the Midwest

Then you must really hate Hillary because she helped push NAFTA through in 1993.  

by Toddwell 2008-04-11 03:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Slurs Small-Town PA and the Midwest

Stop with these diaries.  They are insulting and abusive and make Obama supporters run from Clinton.  

Stop it.

by mefck 2008-04-11 02:31PM | 0 recs
Let me see if I understand this...
Any time Obama fucks up, or differences between his public marketing and his true beliefs are exposed, it makes his supporters feel bad?

By all means, that should be enough to keep the GOP in line if by some stroke of luck they get to run against him.

by Pacific John 2008-04-11 03:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Slurs Small-Town PA and the Midwest

what's wrong with what he said? It's mostly true. I see people all the time who are angry about their economic situation and automatically blame minorities.

by mecarr 2008-04-11 02:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Slurs Small-Town PA and the Midwest

Do you not realize that there's already a recommended diary on this same pitiful subject?

At least get organized with the fake outrage.

by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner 2008-04-11 02:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Slurs Small-Town PA and the Midwest
There's also 4-5 diaries in the queue on this same topic with the same fake outrage.
Slender straws grasped by desperate believers.
by toyomama 2008-04-11 04:30PM | 0 recs
Must be real, if so many diaries--

comment proves opposite point.  

by chieflytrue 2008-04-11 10:51PM | 0 recs
Ed Rendell actually did and it was OK

by RLMcCauley 2008-04-11 02:45PM | 0 recs
It is ok, Ed Rendell is white

he can say things like that. Just like nobody was outraged when Barack told black people in Texas that they feed their kids chips, soda and cold friend chicken.

by LatinoVoter 2008-04-11 04:06PM | 0 recs
Re: It is ok, Ed Rendell is white

Right. And it's OK for Dems to talk about how the GOP manipulates working class voters with religion and the second amendment unless it's a black Dem.

by RLMcCauley 2008-04-11 04:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Slurs

The issue really is not just this statement.  The issue is the GOP will try to paint BO as a typical northern liberal elitist just like Kerry.  And instead of working hard to prevent this narrative BO appear to go out of his way to re-enforce this view.  

There is a real seperation between upscale dems and working class dems (Reagan dems) and we won the WH in 1992 because Clinton reached out to them and they felt comfortable voting dem.  When election time comes BO and McCain will end up splitting indies and if Bo wants to win in Nov he better start working on these voters because they voted GOP in 2004.

david

by giusd 2008-04-11 02:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Slurs

Yeah, and the GOP will paint the Clintons, with all their millions, their New York address, their liberal record and their elite friends as everyday salt of the Earth working class Americans.

by jdusek 2008-04-11 02:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Slurs

Right. Because it's not glaringly obvious that the GOP takes advantage of working class folks by using religion and the 2nd amendment. That's something Dems have been saying for years. I guess it's not OK when Obama says it though.

by RLMcCauley 2008-04-11 04:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Slurs Small-Town PA and the Midwest

I see nothing wrong or mean-spirited about what Obama said, and this is hardly a "slur." Are you really going to deny that there are people in small towns who blame outside influences for their frustrations?

by jdusek 2008-04-11 02:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Slurs Small-Town PA and the Midwest

Hey don't let some false outrage get in the way of a good hit diary, okay?

by mefck 2008-04-11 02:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Slurs Small-Town PA and the Midwest

Oops. I take it back.

He's finished. FINISHED!

(better?)

by jdusek 2008-04-11 02:58PM | 0 recs
If something much milder came at Obama

you'd go crazy.

It's idiotic.  Obama insults voters, behind their back in a swanky Billionaire Boys Club meeting.

Tacky, insulting, classist, wrong, and insult to and about people.

Plus, politically remedial.  

by chieflytrue 2008-04-11 10:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Slurs Small-Town PA and the Midwest

John McCain's campaign is attacking Barack Obama for Obama's rather indisputable comments about the rise of anti-immigrant fervor in small town America. Obama said that the rise of such fervor has a lot to do with bitterness.
But wait - didn't John McCain say something similar in December to the New Yorker?

Anti-immigrant passion also owes much to the disproportionate influence of a few small states in the nominating process. National polls show that, as an issue, immigration is far behind the Iraq war, terrorism, the economy, and health care as a concern to most Americans; a recent Pew poll shows that, nationally, only six per cent of voters offer immigration as the most important issue facing the country. But in Iowa and South Carolina, two of the three most important early states, it is a top concern for the Republicans who are most likely to vote.
"It's the influx of illegals into places where they've never seen a Hispanic influence before," McCain told me. "You probably see more emotion in Iowa than you do in Arizona on this issue. I was in a town in Iowa, and twenty years ago there were no Hispanics in the town. Then a meatpacking facility was opened up. Now twenty per cent of their population is Hispanic. There were senior citizens there who were-'concerned' is not the word. They see this as an assault on their culture, what they view as an impact on what have been their traditions in Iowa, in the small towns in Iowa. So you get questions like 'Why do I have to punch 1 for English?' 'Why can't they speak English?' It's become larger than just the fact that we need to enforce our borders."

Sure, it's not exactly the same, but it's pretty darn similar. In fact, McCain seems to be saying something far more controversial. While Obama is saying economic hardship breeds anti-immigrant feelings, McCain is saying lots of rural people just hate Hispanics. That may or may not be true - but the fact that McCain's campaign is feigning outrage over Obama's truisms when their own candidate has made thematically similar statements strikes me as...what's the word...oh yeah - dishonest.  

by Cristalgirl 2008-04-11 03:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Slurs Small-Town PA and the Midwest

John Mccain didn't call them " bitter ".

by lori 2008-04-11 03:06PM | 0 recs
How embarrassing.

I hope that people in Penn and rural America don't think that we're all effete elitists, who can't live without asparagus, Dijon mustards and goat cheese in Chicago.

He and his wife have a very grim view of America and I wonder what they're thinking when they say these things.  

by LatinoVoter 2008-04-11 03:21PM | 0 recs
Re: How embarrassing.

You mean when they say what Dems say all the time?

by RLMcCauley 2008-04-11 04:27PM | 0 recs
I'm a Dem

and I've never said I was proud of America because they were voting for my SO. I've never said America was about ignorance. I'm a Dem and I've never said "typical white person" so no not what "Dems say all the time." You sound like a Republican operative.

by LatinoVoter 2008-04-11 06:01PM | 0 recs
Re: I'm a Dem

Luckily neither did anyone else. Since you seem to take everything out of context in one direction I doubt you're a Dem.

by RLMcCauley 2008-04-11 06:30PM | 0 recs
CNN is all over this story...

Wolf Blitzer and Lou Dobbs.

by soyousay 2008-04-11 03:26PM | 0 recs
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They say that politics makes strange bedfellows, but this is getting ridiculous. The amount of right-wing sources and frames that have been co-opted by Senator Clinton's campaign and its supporters is truly astounding. What Senator Obama said is absolutely true and something that Democrats have been arguing for years: that economic insecurity breeds fear, often leads to scapegoating, and is a boon to fundamentalist religion, which in turn convinces people to vote against their economic self-interest -- thus perpetuating the cycle. I understand that Senator Clinton's online supporters would love to assume the identity of working-class stiffs, but nothing could be further from the truth; like the key-board commandos' military fetishism, it's entirely phony. As some who's actually worked union manufacturing jobs, I find your refusal to acknowledge the truth of what Senator Obama said for fear of antagonizing the ignorant masses far more patronizing than the actual remark. Let's fact it, to the majority of you folks, working-class voters are like endangered animals -- ignorant and exotic victims to be pitied from afar.    

by RP McMurphy 2008-04-11 03:36PM | 0 recs
Hillarious comment.

Especially when you consider the fact that Obama copied the RW's attack on UHC to attack Hillary's UHC plan.

And lets not forget how the campaign and you followers got all bent out of shape and were quoting Drudge and using him as a source.

by LatinoVoter 2008-04-11 04:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillarious comment.

Hillarious comment. Especially when you consider the fact that Obama copied the RW's attack on UHC to attack Hillary's UHC plan.

I'll grant you that some of Obama's mailers resembled Harry and Louise, but which candidate started attacking the other on healthcare as part of her "kitchen sink" strategy? And do you think the fact that Hillary, in characteristically opaque and dishonest fashion, refuses to stipulate what the penalty will be for not buying coverage contributes to skepticism of her healthcare plan?

And lets not forget how the campaign and you followers got all bent out of shape and were quoting Drudge and using him as a source.

The only reason that Obama supporters even considered Drudge as possibly reputable in one instance was that the Clinton campaign issued a suspiciously-worded non-denial. But I'll see you one Drudge and raise you Bill Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, the American Spectator, Human Events, Fox News, Richard Melon Scaife, Rupert Murdoch, and Newsmax.

by RP McMurphy 2008-04-11 05:07PM | 0 recs
You've got all your memes

mixed up an muddy.

He was sending out the H&L mailers before Super Tuesday. And he was repeating the "20 year plan" Republican talking point way early in the campaign, again before Super Tuesday. And what RW created the Clinton "20 year plan"?

Thank you.

by LatinoVoter 2008-04-11 05:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Slurs Small-Town PA and the Midwest

Hillary does get it. Great diary. Give em Hill!

by Hunky 2008-04-11 04:03PM | 0 recs
What's bizzare is that all of you

"Dems" are taking the GOP line on this. Dems normally note that the GOP gets working class small town voters to vote against their own economic interests by manipulating them with things like religion and the 2nd amendment and xenophobia.

Now that's TERRIBLE to say!!!!

But perhaps there aren't actually any Dems here.

by RLMcCauley 2008-04-11 04:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Slurs Small-Town PA and the Midwest

Another disgraceful and unfortunate remark. I'm sure the people of rural Pa. will appreciate his comments, so much so as to provide Hillary with a big win in 11 days. I suspect she is going to win big even without his stupid remark.

by steve468 2008-04-11 05:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Slurs Small-Town PA and the Midwest

Just like they will appreciate her comments of saying states like North Carolina, Montana, and South Dakota "don't count".  

by Toddwell 2008-04-11 05:53PM | 0 recs

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