Is Barack Obama a snob?

In the midst of an assault from his rivals, a defensive Barack Obama said Friday that many working-class Americans are angry and bitter over economic inequalities and have lost faith in Washington — and, as a result, vote on the basis of other issues such as gun protections or gay marriage.

The Illinois senator’s analysis of what motivates working-class voters came after chief rival Hillary Rodham Clinton accused him of looking down on such voters. Clinton rebuked Obama on Friday for similar remarks he made privately last Sunday to a group of donors in San Francisco.

“People don’t vote on economic issues because they don’t expect anybody is going to help them,” Obama told a crowd at a Terre Haute, Ind., high school Friday evening. “So people end up voting on issues like guns and are they going to have the right to bear arms. They vote on issues like gay marriage. They take refuge in their faith and their community, and their family, and the things they can count on. But they don’t believe they can count on Washington.”

The Huffington Post Web site reported Friday that Obama, speaking of some Pennsylvanians’ economic anxieties, told supporters at the San Francisco fundraiser: “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.”

In Terre Haute, Obama said he did describe some voters as bitter when a donor asked why working-class voters in Pennsylvania were not getting behind his campaign.

“Well, that’s not my experience,” Clinton told a Drexel University crowd, describing the state’s residents as resilient, optimistic and hardworking.

“Pennsylvanians don’t need a president who looks down on them,” she said. “They need a president who stands up for them.”

Steve Schmidt, a spokesman for Republican candidate John McCain, described Obama’s comments as “condescending” and “out of touch.”

In Terre Haute, Obama chided McCain for not responding promptly to the home mortgage crisis and criticized Clinton for voting for a bankruptcy bill supported by credit card companies.

“No, I’m IN touch,” he said. “I know exactly what’s going on. People are fed up, they are angry, they’re frustrated and they’re bitter. And they want to see a change in Washington.”

Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said Friday night, “Instead of apologizing for offending small-town America, Senator Obama chose to repeat and embrace the comments he made earlier this week.”

Tucker Bounds, a spokesman for McCain, said Friday: “Only an elitist would say that people vote their values only out of frustration. … You can’t be more out of touch than that.”


  1. sherry

    Aww, Sheep, I see you are living up to your name. I am feeling the love for which the Obama camp is so infamous.

  2. Sheep

    To Dr.D and Sherry:

    Thank you for letting us know that you are the small minds in the small towns that Mr. Obama spoke of. Now we know why ignorance is so ramped in those small towns!

    Obama 08′

  3. zagg

    Obama’s “unity” is hateful and ugly. I don’t exactly see him leaving a trail of love behind him.

    I am for Clinton because I would LOVE to have the Clinton years back. Times were good when her husband was in office. I am hoping for more of THAT.

    It’s too bad that Obama is deliberately attacking the President’s legacy. That’s not the sort of “unity” I respect.

    But, yeah, he is deliberately invoking the “snob meme” to attack Clinton and scapegoat her supporters, to appeal to hatred disguised as righteousness, also to split the middle and lower classes against voting their own economic interests.

  4. landers

    Yes, Obama is so courageous for telling us the truth about the bitter feelings of small town America. He’s truly a remarkable man. I just have one question, though. Why did he make the comments at a private fund raiser in San Francisco? You would think a man,with such courage, would speak at a Pennsylvania town hall meeting. And all this wisdom about middle America from the same guy that sat in the Wright church for 20 years.

    Got to love him.

  5. sherry

    33rd, how ya reckon he got that million dollar home? Workin in the ghetto must pay well……

  6. incog99

    I suggest you watch the documentary “Maxed Out”. Some of the poor folks are illiterate and do not know what they are signing, and yes, they are too stupid to be making contracts. One poor family lost their government subsidised loan to an subprime loan and they couldn’t sign their name so the lender printed it and they copied it.

    The “Subprime” issue is a ruse by the way. These large unregulated wall street banks took risky bets in derivatives and exotic instruments and lost big. Now the tax payer is bailing them out (resulting in inflation and a falling dollar). If you buy the line this is about bad mortgages you are naieve. These big deregulated banks were gambling.

    That aside, the problem has spread into good mortgages, folks who didn’t make bad deals, they lost their jobs as a result, perhaps in the Real Estate or banking industy and they cannot fine replacement jobs. Not everyone now losing thier homes are stupid as you imply.

    Yes, I believe in personal responsibility too but there are circumstances coming where that will not matter. I just hope your financial house is in order since the fallout is still happening.


  7. sherry

    Obamaobts are happily in dream land. And Ed, you won’t feel the love it you don’t love Obama, because most of the posters here are solidly in the tank for Obama.
    Pssst. Hal hates Hillary.

  8. sherry

    Sandra, AGREED!
    I too, feel for anyone about to lose their home. That said, don’t people read their contracts?
    When I applied for my first mortgage, I was told I could qualify for so much more. I was single and felt its better to stick with something I am comfortable with. My mortgages have always been relatively small, using equity to move up rather than credit.
    Thankfully, when this house sells, I will be mortgage free!
    A real estate friend sold a house to a young couple who had 4 full time jobs between them in order to qualify for a McMansion. He begged them not to buy such an expensive home.
    They bought the house, and didn’t have the funds to purchase
    window treatments.
    Banks need to do a better job of regulating the way they extend credit. People need to do a better job of learning to manage credit. The government can’t fix that. We have to fix ourselves.

  9. 33rdSt

    allow me to paraphrase:
    mixed race child raised in the 60’s and 70’s by a white mother and white grandparents, who did down and dirty community organizing in the ghettos of Chicago when he could have been gobbling up big bucks in the Big Apple. Now there’s an elitist for you.

  10. Dr.D

    My Goodness! Obama could care less about you or anybody else.He is a career POLITICIAN,the same as Hillary or McCain.The only thing that they care about is personal aggrandizement at YOUR expense.Wake the EFF UP!!

  11. rury

    Barack Obama will win the Pennsylvania primary, the Democratic nomination and the 2008 presidential election because he cares about embittered, left-behind people and will do things to positively impact their lives.
    Clinton and McCain are the superrich elitists who prefer the status quo to real change.

  12. Paolo

    Oh, fer cryin’ out loud!

    Talk about twisting words! Obama was not demeaning poor folk. He was just saying what he said: that many have given up on the ability of Washington to do anything to help them economically.

    Speaking as a libertarian, I would have to say those people are right. Washington cannot produce a single widget; all they can do is tax some people in order to give goodies to others. That is known as a zero-sum game.

    Obama, a classic “progressive,” thinks Washington can somehow pull the levers and make the economy go. Can’t be done, folks: the best solution is for Washington to cut the federal budget by about 90 percent, cut taxes accordingly, and watch the economy grow. No, it won’t happen, because of entrenched interests is keeping things the way they are.

  13. Dr.D

    My goodness neondog,An incandescent bulb just went off in my head.What a freakin’ dummy I am! GEEZ!! I’m only trying to help. Ed

  14. Dr.D

    neondog,Thanks for your response.Although I’m not quite sure how to answer such profundity.
    If you are referring to ‘a dollar a day’as the status quo,I would surely say that we are ‘poverty stricken’,because we are surely losing ground in a system designed to benefit the ‘money changers’.Jesus said that ‘It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to attain the Kingdom of Heaven’,I believe that he was referring to those same ‘money changers’,NOT us.
    If I missed your point,please let me know. Ed

  15. Mindfull Balance

    Obama is not a snob, but Hillary and McCain might be.
    It is crazy for Hillary to ask us to believe that she is the blue collar supporter. Obama was instrumental in bringing a higher minimum wage to Illinois while he was state senator there. Bill Clinton brought us NAFTA and a busy prison industry to compete with American workers. He is currently flying around on private jets and buying up uranium mines while Hillary is calling Obama supporters, like me, “hypnotized latte drinking elitists”. Talk about insulting people! Would Hillary have us believe she sipped a beer after being shot at by snipers in Bosnia?
    McCain on the other hand married a beer heiress, owns 8 homes, and calls Obama “out of touch”.
    I sure hope Obama wins the nomination sooner than later, so we don’t have to listen to this nonsense any more.

  16. neondog

    Black child raised by middle class white grandparents in the state of Hawaii!!! Now there is an elitist for you.

  17. neondog

    Some would call people who make less than a dollar a day poverty stricken. I call them slaves.

    Ed, it might help your portfolio for these peoples to maintain status quo, but I don’t think it will help get your camel through the eye of that needle.

  18. Sandra Price

    Incog. Do you really want the government to clamp down on making loans to people? You do not want the new home owners to be responsible for their own debts? Apparently many of you do not think that Students and new homeowners can learn the process of loans and using a credit card to pay their bills.

    Many catalogs sell products and even open their own credit cards. The problem comes when their credit card debts are sold to other loan agencies. Immediately the interest rates go up. I’m sorry you tend to blame everyone except the person requesting a mortage loan.

    I don’t blame anyone but the fool who believes the TV ads for their loans. Obama is playing to these people and will bring in Big Daddy to cover the ignorance of the people. Is it possible that Americans are too stupid to arrange financing for their homes and businesses?

    You blame the Lobbyists when they hand money to a Congressman and he changes or edits a congressional bill.

    It would seem as if you guys want to hand everything over to the government to protect your poor choices. This is nothing but a generational problem and I fear you and the others cannot take the time to locate a loan morgtage on your own. You cannot elect congress reps who have integrity. Is everyone here lacking in logic and rational decision making choices?

    You apparently need big daddy to lead you around by the hand and pick up the pieces of your errors. I’m in the wrong generation here and came from a generation who whipped the enemies in WW2 and made our own way from then on.

  19. Carl Nemo

    President Obama is “spot-on” concerning the frustration of the citizenry. The reason that “Billary” and “McPain” jumped on the situation like hungry hounds on a biscuit [thanks TJF :)] is that they know so too!

    These two smug “running dogs for the NWO” both out of touch with the electorate, were jerked up by the short hairs when they heard never truer words issued from President Obama’s mouth.

    Obama is bright, articulate and “published”…! We need a bright, thoughtful man in the Whitehouse for a change, not faux “downhome” pols; ie., a Ford in every garage and chicken in every pot liars who are out to terminally destroy this once great Republic…!

    Sorry Jim Kuhnhenn, maybe Obama’s is too intellectually rich for your blood, but not mine…!

    Obama is “truly” a friend of “we the people”, regardless of his flaws imagined or in actuality. I think savvy citizens know what these other two mattoids are all about…no?!

    Carl Nemo **==

  20. Dr.D

    For the life of me,I can’t see why everybody thinks that Obama would be any different than the rest of them.To me he’s just an added chapter to the same old story.Folks,do me a favor and read this short article that I’m attaching, and then get back to me with your opinions. Thanks, Ed

  21. Ardie

    Randi Rhodes is right about Hillary, she is a FW.

    Never forget what Bill Clinton did to America with his support of Milton Friedman’s disaster capitalism. He signed NAFTA and added to the already giant sucking sound of American jobs going to low wage countries.

    Wake up people. Hillary isn’t going to change. We need a revolution–not more of the same. It is time to change our economic model from Friedman’s neoliberalism to neo-mercantilism.

    America first, good paying jobs first and if that means tariffs, like wage tariffs, so be it.

    Read about the fraud of free-market and free-trade policy and how the U.S. really became a super power. It wasn’t with free-markets and free trade.