Bitter Obama? Just elitist noise

PHOTO: Obama speaking in Austin, TX

Obama said this:

But the truth is, is that, our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there’s not evidence of that in their daily lives. You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small 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. So it’s not surprising then that 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.

And all hell broke loose in the media. Here was the proof that Obama fits into the conservative stereotype of all Democrats. You know the story, all Democrats are atheists and elitists who looks down on Real Americans.

On the atheist count, you just have to forget that Obama’s opponents have spent the past month berating him for his relationship to his pastor. So much for that one.

As for being an elitist. He’s fairly wealthy, he’s a college graduate and he was elected to the Senate. McCain and Clinton are far more wealthy, so their arguments about being more in tune with the common man seem a bit silly. Don’t let them fool you, they’re all elitists, but of course they wouldn’t say so.

There is no claim here that this somehow changes a potential Obama Presidency. Instead, what we have is just another manufactured controversy. A bunch of rich people in Washington and New York telling down-trodden Americans that they should be insulted. That’s it.

Flickr photo by jmtimages


  1. Ian

    I think it was a boneheaded thing for Obama to say, but if you think about what he’s trying to say, I don’t think its actually that bad. All he saying is people listen to empty promises or focus on one meaningless issue when choosing a candidate. Well, they do! Look at how people get about abortion or gay marriage. Those two issues generally don’t affect your everyday life as much as say the economy. He just put it in a stupid way. He could’ve been more eloquent with it.

  2. lauren

    i’m low middle class and i’m bitter. anyone in this country that says they’re not bitter right now is lying or part of the dubya elite. abortion and gay marriage are just manufactured distractions. wtf did compassionate conservatives do to boost morality on this country? send our youth off to be killed?



  3. Chris

    Lauren and Ian,
    I guess we’ll see soon enough if truth has any place in politics 🙂