Posted by: David | April 14, 2008

Obama’s “Frustration” Comment

I’m not sure I like this comment from Obama:

“You go into 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 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.”

Is Obama characterizing Pennsylvania religious people, gun owners, and anti-illegal immigration supporters as frustrated and bitter? I doubt he is making a blanket statement, but even characterizing a few people this way seems irresponsible. Rather than attack Hillary and McCain for their negative responses to his comments, perhaps he should just explain himself. “I chose my words badly” doesn’t quite cut it.



  1. He is saying that people are bitter and angry with good reason. America has been screwed for 8 years by the Republicans and thinking people are fed up with it. Our country is in a mess, so yea people are pissed.


    Bitter, Angry American

  2. Obama is just repeating what he has been taught to say by no other than Rev. Wright! Its just his hate showing up!

  3. R F, I agree that Obama is saying people are angry. The questionable part of his statement, though, is that these people are reacting by clinging to guns, religion, or anti-illegal immigration views. It sounds like he is painting an unfavorable picture of some (at least) people who are religous or who support guns.

  4. from what i’ve heard/read, the point he was trying to make was that people are caring more about social issues (which are easier to say “us vs. them”) than economic issues, since they feel like the gov’t isn’t helping them.

    just a thought.

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