Obama se embanana na Pn.

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 toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Obama, explicando de forma um tanto generalizadora e simplificada o motivo da caipirice na Penn. Claro, isso repercutiu, e a Hillary reagiu dizendo, basicamente, que o Obama é o tipo de presidente que ninguém quer ver na casa branca:

“my opponent said that the people of Pennsylvania who faced hard times are bitter.” “Well, that’s not my experience,””As I travel around Pennsylvania, I meet people who are resilient, who are optimistic, who are positive, who are rolling up their sleeves. They’re working hard every day for a better future for themseves and their children.” “Pennsylvanians don’t need a president who looks down on them. They need a president who stands up for them, who fights for them, who works hard for your futures, your jobs, and your families,”

Como o Ben Smith coloca, na Politico.com, a Hillary indica que o Obama é nada mais e nada menos que um elitista. E achei o comentário dela, estrategicamente, muito bom. O Ambinder, na theatlantic, coloca em perspectiva:

Many Obama supporters will look at the quote above and say… “And?” Others will look at the quote above and say “Wow.”

Saul Anuzis, the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, passes along his thoughts:

“Oh really??? I wonder what the folks in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and even Illinois think? Talk about pandering to the liberal elite.”

Steve Schmidt, an adjective-happy senior adviser to John McCain, told Politico’s Jonathan Martin: “It shows an elitism and condescension towards hardworking Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking. It is hard to imagine someone running for president who is more out of touch with average Americans.”

Não satisfeito em parecer um pouco arrogante, Obama decidiu parecer extremamente arrogante ao falar o seguinte:

But Mr. Obama has argued that his rivals’ longer official record is no substitute for his real-life grass-roots experience. “Foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton and Senator McCain,” he said in his remarks in San Francisco.

“Experience in Washington is not knowledge of the world,” he continued, provoking laughter among those present. “This I know. When Senator Clinton brags, ‘I’ve met leaders from 80 countries,’ I know what those trips are like. I’ve been on them. You go from the airport to the embassy. There’s a group of children who do a native dance. You meet with the C.I.A. station chief and the embassy and they give you a briefing. You go take a tour of plant that” with “the assistance of Usaid has started something. And then, you go.”

O argumento é mais ou menos assim: ‘tu foi prisioneiro de guerra no VIetnam? E daí, eu passei as férias nao Kênia, lalalalá”.

Ah, e isso também:

“I’ve been very clear about saying that was wrong. And nobody has spoken out more fiercely on the issue of anti- Semitism than I have.”

Alguem puxa este homem de volta pro chão, por favor, que ele tá começando a acreditar na própria lenda.


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