Well I live in Pennsylvania
So yeah, this Obama quote matters to me a bit.
But the truth is, is that, our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there’s not evidence of that in their daily lives. You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, a lot of them — 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’ve gone 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. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, and 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.
Wow. I wonder if that’s what Obama would call ‘typical’ Pennsylvania people? I also wonder if Obama ‘clings’ to his religion as well… or does he consider himself more ‘enlightened’ than all those bitter, gun-totin’, Pennsylvania yokels?
And where did he give this speech? Billionaires row in San Francisco of course. Zombietime has the details (and plenty of photos of course):
I wonder why he didn’t give this speech in Pennsylvania?
Update: Higher quality audio file of this speech segment available at zomblog.