After reading this NY Times article and seeing these quotes from presidential candidate Barack Obama, he went from someone interesting on my list to someone I would absolutely never even consider voting for. Specifically, it was this statement:
“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 nothing’s replaced them,” Mr. Obama responded, according to a transcript of the fund-raiser published on Friday on The Huffington Post Web site.
“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,” Mr. Obama went on. “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 antitrade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
As my friend John summarized this comment, "So they are gun bearing hate mongers because the area has no jobs."
I am not going to say anymore but maybe we are seeing who Barack Obama really is now with these sort of comments...
Thanks to Rhys for alerting me to this.
Also, check out this Pittsburgh blog response