Obama Spin Level of Difficulty: 9.7

By Jennifer Parker

Apr 14, 2008 9:08am

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, is trying to explain his comments about small-town Pennsylvanians to the San Francisco crowd as a clumsily-worded compliment.

Obama told the Winston-Salem Journal  "If I worded things in a way that made people offended, I deeply regret that. … What I meant was something that I don’t think any of us can argue with, which is that people feel abandoned after 20 or 25 years of plants closing, jobs not coming back. People feel like Washington’s not listening to them, and as a consequence, they find that they can only rely on the traditions and the things that have been important to them for generation after generation. Faith. Family. Traditions like hunting. And they get frustrated.”

Ah, yes. Those wonderful traditions.

Faith.

Family.

Bigotry.

Xenophobia.

Because, let us recall, Obama said that, small towners, faced with economic hardship and a dismissive Washington, DC, "get bitter" and "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."

The proud traditions of small town America.

- jpt

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