Remember the so called “bitter” comments?
A blogger brought to the public Obama’s contempt for those who didn’t vote for him. In a speech to wealthy donnors in San Francisco Obama unloaded on Democrats who supported Hillary.
They were accused of being racist, ignorant and xenophobes, but the media made sue only the word “bitter” stuck. Here’s the whole thing
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.
Of course, the cure for all these ills was to simply elect Obama – which would usher us into post-racial prosperity.
Fast forward 2 years
It’s a bit harder to blame Clinton now for the economy, but the rest of the rhetoric is the same
Very interesting lecture, Professor – but wheren’t you supposed to end/change all this?
For an entertaining conclusion, here’s the NY Post write-up of the same event
“If the economy does not improve over the next two years, why should we vote you back in?” he asked.
One of the moderators read two tweets in which viewers were asked to state their greatest fears. One was, “My greatest fear is that we’re turning into a communist country.” The other: “My greatest fear is that Obama will be re-elected.”
I also enjoyed his arguing for his “bipartisanship” by using the healthcare law as an example.
Another Democrat – senator from Kentucky exhibits the same contempt
“I’m undecided about, if you are in this country but you’re not a citizen, what does that bring you? I’m kind of a mixed band on that. Excuse my French, but my redneck constituents out here in far out Kentucky, don’t like that.”
By niw, everyone noticed and here’s a clever comment
But let’s not overlook the real progress here- now Obama’s critics are scared rather than racist or stupid. There’s hope for us! And change!
Indeed, we came a long way!.