Monday, April 14, 2008

Obama's Explanation

VDHanson deconstructs the wording of the original quote compared to his explanation.
Here is what Sen. Obama said:

"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...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."

Here is what Sen. Obama now says he said:

"So I said, 'Well, you know, when you're bitter you turn to what you can count on,' " he continued. "So people they vote about guns, or they take comfort from their faith and their family and their community. And they get mad about illegal immigrants who are coming over to this country or they get frustrated about, you know, how things are changing. That's a natural response."
Personally the most obvious one to me was what I think was the most political about this.
8. Note how there is sudddenly no "context" for the landscape of version #1: an elite Bay-area audience that is told stories about those Pennsylvanian gun-toting zealots.
Read the rest, though you probably already have the idea of what he really meant, and it has nothing to do with his explanation.

1 comment:

geekwife said...

Thanks for posting this. That's the most concise yet thorough breakdown of his comment and subsequent spin that I've seen. VDH, brilliant as always.