In a prior post, Garry Wise outlined his “Obama Rules” - the playbook for Obama supporters and much of the American media covering the race for the Democratic presidential nomination between Senator Hilary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama:
Every word Barack Obama (or any one of his supporters) shall utter shall be deemed to be historic, monumental and as pronouncing a self-evident, higher truth never before heard.
Every word uttered by Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton (or any other supporter of the Clinton campaign) shall be deemed to be controversial, divisive and solely driven by a shameless desire for political gain, at any cost.
After a particular comment made by Senator Barack last week, however, it appears (mercifully) that some rules are just meant to be broken.
Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday tried to clarify what he meant when he said some small-town Pennsylvanians are "bitter" people who "cling to guns and religion."
Sen. Barack Obama told a newspaper if he offended anyone, he deeply regrets it.
I didn't say it as well as I should have," Obama admitted in Muncie, Indiana, on Saturday, the day after he first defended his comments, "because the truth is that these traditions that are passed on from generation to generation -- those are important." The Illinois senator made the controversial comments at a California event that was closed to the media last Sunday.
Obama defended his point of view amid intensified criticism from Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain that's he's elitist and out of touch.
The following is Mr. Obama's controversial remark:
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.
- Annie Noa Kenet, Toronto
Update - April 13, 2008:
With their usual lightning-speed, Mr. Obama's supporters have now responded to the controversy. See: Bitter Voters for Obama.
I've also added my own 2.5 cents to this discussion. See: Haircuts, Drivers' Licences, Bitterness and Hypocrisy
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto