Monday, April 14

Weasels at DEFCON 1: What Obama said at the fundraiser, what he says he said, and what the New York Times says he said

"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."
-- Barack Obama, April 6

"What I was saying is that when economic hardship hits in these communities, what people have is they've got family, they've got their faith, they've got the traditions that have been passed onto them from generation to generation. Those aren't bad things. That's what they have left."
-- Barack Obama, April 13

For a second day, Mr. Obama sought to explain his remarks at a recent San Francisco fund-raiser that small-town Pennsylvania voters, bitter over their economic circumstances, “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them” as a way to explain their frustrations.
--The New York Times, April 13
I do not know, and I am not sure I want to know, why the Times doesn't like the word "bitter" coming from Mr Obama's mouth. Maybe they're beginning to wonder where the bunny is, too.

Go ahead, laugh at me for hanging garlic around the doors and windows. We'll see who laughs last if you think it's elitism that drove his comments.

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