I couldn't agree more with Ole Blue's take on the Obama comment:
Barack Obama claims he did not say it as well as I should have! The statement was basically “..some small-town Pennsylvanians are "bitter" people who "cling to guns and religion."Well damn, I think he hit the nail on the proverbial head and hit it just right. Since I am a white male, I am privy to the thoughts of many white males and they hide behind their guns and religion because they feel marginalized in this country.
The political establishment pounces on anyone who engages in the least bit of authentic analysis of the U.S. situation and starts talking about real causes and effects, whether it be economic class, history, or, in this case, the bitterness of poor whites (a bitterness that has been endlessly manipulated). I feel the same way: When I read this statement, it made me think that Obama might really be different, a cut above the fray.