Through The Static

April 12, 2008

Obama’s remarks gives Clinton an opening

Filed under: Culture,Politics — disciplepete @ 5:19 pm

So Barackstar has made some comments which are supposed to be controversial, and Bill Clinton’s wife-on-the-side has been trying to milk it for all it’s worth. I’m missing something here; are these comments REALLY that controversial? Yahoo:

At issue are comments he made privately at a fundraiser in San Francisco last Sunday. He was trying to explain his troubles winning over some working-class voters, saying they have become frustrated with economic conditions:

“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.”

THAT is what’s so controversial??? People who struggle economically, not only in the U.S., but anywhere, often do cling to religion, xenophobia, and in our neoliberal age, anti-trade sentiment. That is a fact that can be verified. I think those people who are offended by Barack’s statement are just ignorant of same basic facts about the world, which I feel is true too often with Americans, given our insular culture and historical amnesia. I think Hillary is intelligent enough to see the truth in Barack’s comments, but has decided to be duplicitious and opportunistic:

But the Clinton campaign fueled the controversy in every place and every way it could, hoping charges that Obama is elitist and arrogant will resonate with the swing voters the candidates are vying for not only in Pennsylvania, but in upcoming primaries in Indiana and North Carolina as well…

…They handed out “I’m not bitter” stickers in North Carolina, and held a conference call of Pennsylvania mayors to denounce the Illinois senator. In Indiana, Clinton did the work herself, telling plant workers in Indianapolis that Obama’s comments were “elitist and out of touch.” (article)

Barack says he regrets if his remarks offended people, that he made a poor choice of words. You know, I can see how Rev. Wright can stir people up; these comments though, I’m surprised they’re supposedly touching nerves.



  1. Barack needs to stop going on the defensive or he’s gonna cage himself into an apologist corner.

    As for controversy, any time the word “gun” comes out of the mouth of a colored person, it is automatically going to be deemed as controversial. White people get scurred and jump on that sh*t like white on rice-a-roni. But in today’s race-phobic climate, they can only express their fears in strange ways.

    “Elitist and out-of-touch” would be the cocaine calling the baking soda white.

    Comment by Aliiiiiiice — April 13, 2008 @ 8:31 am | Reply

  2. Interesting, didn’t think about the gun angle you mentioned. Hmm. On further reflection I see how the religion part of his comment may have touched nerves, you really gotta handle religion with kid gloves as a U.S. politician.

    Hahah @ the cocaine calling the baking soda white. Ya, I mean making $100+ million over the last 7yrs or whatever and calling people elitist…haha. I think it’s ridiculous whenver she acts like she shares and truly understands the pain of working people…even if she did, it’s funny to see her try to sell that at this point in her life.

    Comment by disciplepete — April 13, 2008 @ 11:24 am | Reply

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