I’ve been watching the press try to make something of Barak Obama’s comment that:
“And it’s not surprising then they (people in small towns) 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.”
From my point of view, which comes in part from being brought up in a blue collar union household in West Virginia, Obama is absolutely correct. The McCain and Clinton camps are trying to make headlines. This includes surrogates for Clinton in Kentucky.
Jake over at PageOneKentucky.com nails this one:
…..it’s effing ridiculous for Jerry Lundergan and Greg Stumbo to attack Barack Obama over telling the truth about rural America.
The most disappointing thing I’ve seen come from this comment is that Obama is trying to do damage control.
Obama tried to quell the furor Saturday, explaining his remarks while also conceding he had chosen his words poorly.
"If I worded things in a way that made people offended, I deeply regret that," Obama said in an interview with the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal.
A candidate needs to have the courage of their beliefs. The man spoke the truth; he doesn’t need to apologize for saying it.