Barack Battles Back on "Bitter" Barrage (with video)

Here's Obama’s magnificent response to Clinton and McCain attacking him on his "people are bitter" comment:

And here's a report on the back-and-forth that got it all going:

Obama 'Small Town' Comments Draw Fire, Support

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/04/11/clinton-mccain-respond-to_n_96318.html

Comments

Thanks

Hadn't seen that video yet. Thanks for posting it.

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

I love alliteration

Too quiet in the house to listen to the video, but I had to visit the thread for the title alone.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I moved my computer to our dining room. Our house is very open and the sound travels. I couldn't stand being cooped up in my office so far away from everyone else. Of course, I think my hubby would like for me to move everything off the dining room table and back up to my office. :D



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This story is so bizarre to me.

I have family members in the rural NC mountains. They've watched their town lose all industry (except for tourism), gas prices and Katrina screw up the trucking industry where many made their living, and Walmart become the center of their town and the low wage employer of many. Their home interest rates have gone up. I've seen some of them turn against Bush and the war, and for many of the republicans, for the first time in their lives they are considering voting Democrat.

I don't think the Clinton or the McCain campaigns understand voter's mentality. Why would they both think pushing Obama as "elite" would stick? (OK, maybe some of McCain's voters will blindly believe what the right wing crowd tells them).

But I think the Hope message has been working because people truly are angry and fed up. Would people be gravitating to the Hope candidate because he's ignoring the reality of working class problems?! I can't help but think this story helps Obama, and I wonder if we'll see Clinton (and maybe McCain) figure this out in the next few days and start speaking about how they too understand the bitterness in America.

WHAT? He suggested that workers

in the rust belt might be a little frustrated, angry and bitter (no! really???!!!) about the state of the US economy??? Oh, my God. How dare he point to the elephant in the room. /snarks >

Yep. People are fed up. Imagine that. They know in their gut that it is the fiercely anti-union, pro-free-trade, laissez-faire federal policy of the last 25 years that has created the situation where the already wealthy get super wealthy, the middle-classes now need two full time incomes just to keep up a decent standard of living and the working classes get very nearly indigent in exchange for busting their asses in two, three or four part time jobs per household with no insurance and no time off. And God help us poor bastards (with and without insurance) if a family member ever gets really sick.

All I can say is if neither of the other Pres candidates know any angry middle or working class Americans ... he or she needs to widen their circle of friends and associates.

And on another note, here is a 25 minute speech I've waited 15 months to hear from Senator Obama. (Not saying he didn't say it ... just that I didn't hear it.)

Well, praise the Lord and knock me over with a feather.

It will indeed be nice to have a President who understands that we should flatten the economic playing field here at home (infrastructure, education and new technology support) before we go flattening other people's playing fields around the world. It will indeed be nice to have a President who gets the specifics of WHY a wide open free-trade deal is so bad for American workers, and one who can speak intelligently about what might make a trade deal good for workers in both countries. It will indeed be nice to have a President who understands why workers everywhere (yes, even here in the southern United States) need the to right to organize ... and a President who doesn't choke on the word Union.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Also nice to have a candidate who stands his ground when right.

I didn't want to get too into Obamabot mode here, but I really do like that we have a candidate who won't apologize for speaking the hard truth and isn't intimidated by the fake indignation that opponents use to bottle the truth up and wedge voters apart. And it isn't just the economy. I'm saddened by years of "How can you not support the troops" BS keeping democratic leadership in check. I can't wait to see this kind of unashamed response in the fall when McCain's machine really gets rolling.

I said as much to a friend/fellow Obama supporter, and how refreshing and surprising it is that he's been able to keep that up, and continue rising in the poles while being beaten up from two sides. And he pointed out that it was because Obama's positions are well thought out, sincere, and for the most part correct.

heh ... yeah ...

a slight change from 2004, isn't it?

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

The funniest thing is....

You have to have a big set of cohones to call someone elitist when we just learned from your own tax returns that your family income for the last few years was $109 million.

Here's another clip from someone who was there

Here's your CONTEXT:
What Obama Really Said on April 6 in SF

"...Rediscovering the sense that we're all in it together..."

This is a clip of Barak Obama's remarks to supporters in San Francisco on April 6, 2008. It is the section just BEFORE the so-called "bitter" remarks about Pennsylvania and Ohio that have generated controversy. It provides the context in which those remarks were made.

Neither myself, Ashley Allen nor Cellular Records are, in any way, connected to Barak Obama's campaign organization. We are, however, disgusted by the way the Senator's remarks have been twisted out of context to support a charge of "elitism" when, clearly, they were nothing of the sort. The quality of the video is poor (it was shot with a point-and-shoot camera). The quality of the audio, however, is excellent, as are Senator Obama's remarks.

Thanks, Laura.

There are indeed those who need to pretend that there is no frustration amongst the working/lower-middle/middle classes. SSsshhhh!!!! Don't talk about it. Don't give it voice. Maybe we won't even notice we feel this way.

These last 28 years of killing unions, discounting honest work and worshiping wealth no matter how it's got; followed by trade policies that throw everyone but the upper echelon under the bus can be laid at the steps of many politicians and they are not all Republicans. It is very very important that this festering frustration down here in the rank and file be kept in the closet. Very important. So just shuushhup, ok?

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Responding Before It Happened

From 2004:

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy