ANSWERS: 24
  • Clinging to guns is a form of bitterness and insecurity.
  • Although I no longer live there, I'm originally from that area, and I'm offended by his comments. I went to a school that was probably 90% black and Puerto Rican and came out of that school barely noticing color. I think that comment was majorly shooting himself in the foot.
  • If you are trying to discredit Obama, you might accurately paraphrase what he said. He certainly didn't say what your question implies. You might not agree with the actual comment he made (in the context of extreme unemployment) but don't actually distort what he said.
  • Answer withdrawn due to heavy down rating.
  • No, but if it were me, I would be angry at John Murtha for first calling me a racist, and the recanting and calling me a redneck! If I lived in Western PA, I would be voting that idiot out, regardless on how I voted in the Presidential race. Obama's remarks may have been taken out of context, but there can be no mistake about John Murtha's. Western PA-please vote Murtha out!!!!!
  • i think i would grow some skin for realz
  • He probably did not mean absolutely everybody in the entire state.
  • Not at all. I certainly wouldn't want him to represent me.
  • No I wouldn't. Isn't Obama religious? The same religion of those in Al Qaeda? And doesn't Obama want to gop to war in Afghanistan? I sense a hypocrite.
  • He didn't know it was being recorded. That he tells the people one thing is his speeches and then says something entirely different to his rich elitist friends in San Francisco tells me all I need to know about the man.
  • There are some reactionary ideas that suggest it's a bad idea to insult the electorate. I might find it off-putting.
  • No I wouldn't. But I wouldn't vote for this fool under any circumstances.
  • Heck yeah. I grew up in small-town midwest, which was basically a ghost town due to all the factories that had closed down, and that was exactly what I saw. He was totally right. "You go into some of 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 has replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are going to 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." I don't even understand what the problem is with this statement. Does the truth hurt? I think no other politician has the guts to come out and speak the truth on this matter, and we're not used to hearing it.
  • I do not know how he still has a Senate seat after it was found out he was going to one of the most racist Churchs in America, but I guess it's ok to have black racism against whitee, based on the non-reaction from the People.
  • Hey Grammy. Well said. I'm a person who is not struggling to survive, but I'm also not an ostrich who believes that because I'm doing okay everyone else is as well. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I grew up in an America and a family where we believed in helping those less fortunate. I grew up in an America and a family where we didn't *assume* that *everyone* who wasn't doing well was lazy and shiftless and looking for a handout. I grew up in an America that didn't so blatantly hate the poor as seems the case now. People call Obama an elitist. Now, if you don't like the man's politics, fine. Don't vote for him on those merits. But it is ethically bankrupt to say he is an elitist when McCain owns umpteen houses, wears $500-a-pair Ferragamo shoes, pays over $270,000 a year for domestic help, takes a 9-car-SUV motorcade from his house to Starbuck's for a cappuccino, and has consistently come down on the side of corporate welfare and tax breaks for the rich.
  • Based solely on many of the things I have read on Answerbag he echoed exactly the conclusion I had arrived at about a certain section of his countrymen.
  • He was stating a comment that is perfectly clear and truthful.There are bitter people who cling to guns and religion.People cling to many things and I think he was referring to possible keep an open mind.What is wrong with telling it like one sees it for fear that one group would be offended.I like his straight forward candidness.
  • heres another answer for you to downrate, i could care less. obama wants everyone to have the same, we have the same "opportunities" that's what this country was founded on, not punishing the rich to give to the poor.
  • I wouldn't vote for anybody who didn't
  • No, I wouldn't. Who wants a president who is bitter towards Americans? Besides, I think he is a sissy for letting people hurt his feelings to the extent of declaring something like that on live television. Grow up, Obama. You're in your 40's for God's sake.
  • This country was founded by people who clung to thier guns and religion.
  • by the way did you ever have a conversation without slinging insults the way you do? I believe you may need anger management classes. :}
  • I would have to see the actual quote before I took a side on this.
  • No that's why I voted already by mail. We do not need another 4 years of this garbage.

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