Posted by: iam0nly1 | April 14, 2008

Obama’s Non-Apology, Apology

Well, it’s been solidified: Obama just doesn’t get it. At a fundraising event in San Francisco on Billionaire’s Row, Obama, in an attempt to “explain” why “small-town PA and middle-America” haven’t swallowed the kool-aid, said this:

“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’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 going to regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising, then, that 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.”

Sensing he was in hot political waters he tried to backtrack, but just dug a deeper hole.

On Saturday, Obama backtracked.

“Obviously, if I worded things in a way that made people offended, I deeply regret that,” he told the Winston-Salem Journal of North Carolina.

Campaigning in Muncie, Ind., Obama called the controversy interesting.

“Lately there has been a little typical sort of political flare-up, because I said something that everybody knows is true, which is that there are a whole bunch of folks in small towns in Pennsylvania, in towns right here in Indiana, in my hometown in Illinois, who are bitter,” Obama told the crowd.

“They are angry. They feel like they have been left behind. They feel like nobody is paying attention to what they’re going through. So I said, well you know, when you’re bitter you turn to what you can count on. So people, they vote about guns, or they take comfort from their faith and their family and their community. And they get mad about illegal immigrants who are coming over to this country, or they get frustrated about how things are changing. That’s a natural response.

“And now, I didn’t say it as well as I should have, because you know the truth is that these traditions that are passed on from generation to generation, those are important.”

This is what is called a non-apology, apology, recently made famous by Chris Matthews.

You will notice in both that there is no acknowledgment that what was said was not true. They express “regret” that people were offended – but not that what was said was offensive and untrue. The shorthand for these kinds of “apologies” is, “What I said was true, but next time I will cover it with more rhetorical flare so as not to offend your fragile sensibilities.” In short, more elitism from Snob-ama, and small-town America isn’t buying it:

The people in small-town and middle-America get it, and so does Hillary.

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Responses

  1. Actually, there are people who are bitter and angry all over the USA in large cities and small towns alike. We are bitter and angry because we have been lied to and deceived by the most corrupt and divisive President we have had in decades. We are bitter and angry at the lack of respect the current Government has demonstrated for our privacy, our civil rights, and more importantly, our troops, by sending them into a senseless war. We are bitter and angry because our economy is going down the tank. Yet, our jobs are going overseas. We are bitter and angry because the corporate owned media prefers to perpetuate mudslinging and propaganda as opposed to reporting the news, meanwhile turning our presidential primary into a joke. So yes, we are bitter and we are angry, and with good reason.

    The time has come for thinking America to resolve our inner-party differences, put forth a nominee, and focus on securing a Democratic Whitehouse come November. God knows it’s the best shot we have at repairing the damage done by the current (mis)administration and returning her to her former glory.

    Signed,

    Another Bitter, Angry American.

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