Obama's Divisiveness Started Early, Remember the 2008 Campaign?
In April 2008, Obama said:
"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," Obama 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. 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." HuffPo Link
In September of 2008, a Florida Democrat Congressman told a Jewish audience:
“If Sarah Palin isn’t enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention,” Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida said at a panel about the shared agenda of Jewish and African-American Democrats Wednesday. Hastings, who is African-American, was explaining what he intended to tell his Jewish constituents about the presidential race. “Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through,” CNN Link
Representative Hasting's comment, even if it were given in jest, was inexcusable and disgusting. Yet it follows perfectly from Obama's "bitter" clingers comment from the preceding April.
To be fair, in context, it looks like then-senator Obama was trying to show the effects of bad policy on Pennsylvania gun-owners. He was wrong to generalize, though, as if he could read their minds.
Compare that to Romney's "47 percent" comment. In context, as much as is available, it looks like Romney is saying that he cannot convince people dependent on government to vote for him. He was wrong to generalize, too, about their thoughts.
Recently Obama told David Letterman that he immediately regretted his bitterclingers comment in 2008, but in fact, his campain surrogates and allies defended them, and even in re-explaining his comments he never addressed the last, worst part, "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."
Romney has since called his 47 percent comments "completely wrong," while Obama seems to have pretended half of what he said did not exist.
Sometimes, "flipflopping" is the right thing, the presidential thing to do.
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