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Obama calls elitism attack "political silly season" (Not elitist, ignorant of Small-Town America)
Reuters ^ | Tue Apr 15, 2008 | Ellen Wulfhorst

Posted on 04/15/2008 5:41:26 PM PDT by Earthdweller

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, accused of being elitist for remarks he made about small-town American voters, said on Tuesday the slap at his background is amusing and signals a nation in the midst of "political silly season."

The Democratic senator, campaigning in Pennsylvania, dismissed the charges of being elitist and out of touch by fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton and by Republican John McCain as unfounded, given his background.

"I am amused about this notion of elitist, given that when you're raised by a single mom, when you were on food stamps for a while when you were growing up, you went to school on scholarship," he told a town hall meeting of U.S. military veterans in western Pennsylvania.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; bitter; elitists; obama; rural; smalltown; taqiyya

1 posted on 04/15/2008 5:41:27 PM PDT by Earthdweller
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To: Earthdweller

Why isn’t the Hillary’s dyke who surreptitiously recorded the private conversation in a closed fundraiser getting Linda-Tripp treatment?


2 posted on 04/15/2008 5:47:12 PM PDT by The_Republican (Ovaries of the World Unite! Rush, Laura, Ann, Greta - Time for the Ovulation!)
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To: Earthdweller

That's right, I know something that all you bitter rural, religious, gun-toting folks don't know...

THE TRUTH ABOUT BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY

3 posted on 04/15/2008 5:48:41 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Earthdweller

His dismissive reply is a prime example of his elitist attitude.


4 posted on 04/15/2008 5:53:39 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Earthdweller

This is why we need Obama to win, and get Hildabeast out of the way ASAP. Obama will either be beaten or ineffective.


5 posted on 04/15/2008 5:54:12 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (New York Times Endorsed!!!)
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To: Earthdweller

6 posted on 04/15/2008 5:55:51 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Earthdweller
"I am amused about this notion of elitist, given that when you're raised by a single mom, when you were on food stamps for a while when you were growing up, you went to school on scholarship,"

With this guy, one has to ask, "Is any of this true?" Didn't his grandmother raise him after he left Indonesia? Also, the Food Stamp line seems contrived. Well, his whole persona is contrived...
7 posted on 04/15/2008 6:00:14 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Obama is a real Punk.


8 posted on 04/15/2008 6:02:26 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Uncle Miltie
Wrong. This Marxist is only being outed because the Clinton controlled Dem Media outlets are reported the facts. Once the dem party has one candidate the Dem media will be united to peddle the DNC talking points and the trashing of McCain. The Dem media knows this division had made them lose valuable DNC propaganda time and its driving them crazy !
9 posted on 04/15/2008 6:02:37 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: Earthdweller
Further down in the article...

Obama's comments on Tuesday came in response to a man in the audience who said he felt the label of elitist was not far from the label of "uppity," a racially insulting term used against blacks.

Interesting...

10 posted on 04/15/2008 6:04:57 PM PDT by O Neill (Aye, Katie Scarlett, the ONLY thing that lasts is the land...)
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To: ought-six
His dismissive reply is a prime example of his elitist attitude.

Winner!

11 posted on 04/15/2008 6:07:43 PM PDT by Hazwaste (Vote! Vote for the conservative local, state, and national candidates of your choice, but VOTE!)
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To: Earthdweller
There's nothing silly about how the Clinton machine is going to grind up the Obama campaign into tiny little pieces. They're moving in right now with new ads taking advantage of his stupid remarks about small town Americans.
It's going to be relentless, as the Clinton's always are.

Obama’s a clumsy amateur going up against wily professionals with little or no scruples. He hasn't a chance.

12 posted on 04/15/2008 6:23:30 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: Deo volente

“Obama’s a clumsy amateur going up against wily professionals with little or no scruples. He hasn’t a chance.”

You mean *ruthless* professionals with *no* scruples.


13 posted on 04/15/2008 6:26:32 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Earthdweller

The truly silly part is that someone so vile and loathsome could be considered, by anyone, to be among the elite.


14 posted on 04/15/2008 6:33:08 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: muir_redwoods

Anyone see the video of Michelle Obama responding today over the elitism charges ?
She was in a fury-raging away in her “ Oh no you didn’t , don’t go there girlfriend !! “ voice .
This may surpass her never been proud of being an American moment, just for the unbridled anger.
When it hits You Tube, it should throw more gasoline on the fire.
Nobody in their right mind could possibly think skinny, lil Obama wears the pants in that household.


15 posted on 04/15/2008 6:51:12 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: ought-six
Barry is trying to prove his point using facts that are over thirty years old. We're pretty sure he wasn't an elitist when he was eight years old but he is definitely an elitist now.
16 posted on 04/15/2008 7:21:48 PM PDT by peeps36 (Politician = Corrupt Degenerate Loser = Ted, Nancy, Barry, Jack and Many More)
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To: Earthdweller

Raised by his grandparents, sent to private school, the food stamps must have been when he lived with his mother.

Who knew they had food stamps in the ‘60’s, in Indonesia?


17 posted on 04/15/2008 7:43:44 PM PDT by jch10
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To: Earthdweller
"I am amused about this notion of elitist, given that when you're raised by a single mom, when you were on food stamps for a while when you were growing up, you went to school on scholarship," he told a town hall meeting of U.S. military veterans in western Pennsylvania.

Some of the most snobbish elitest people I know have come from poor or working class backgrounds. It's not the background that matters but the attitude of the individual. Sometimes if someone is ashamed of their background, they become even more arrogant in their attitudes to try to cover up that feeling and in how far they've come away from their roots. (My sister got that way after taking God101 in med school.) I'd bet Obama never bragged about being on foodstamps until he got into politics, where he could use it to try to 'relate' to those he has a disdain for.
18 posted on 04/15/2008 7:47:11 PM PDT by CottonBall (A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority. "Civil Disobedience", Henry D.Thoreau)
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To: Deo volente
There's nothing silly about how the Clinton machine is going to grind up the Obama campaign into tiny little pieces. They're moving in right now with new ads taking advantage of his stupid remarks about small town Americans. It's going to be relentless, as the Clinton's always are.

It will certainly be amusing to watch, if nothing else.
19 posted on 04/15/2008 7:48:10 PM PDT by CottonBall (A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority. "Civil Disobedience", Henry D.Thoreau)
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To: Earthdweller

O’Bambino stepped in it like no one since Nixon in 1960. Things that he said, even if they were true, one says only to trusted aids and campaign strategists, not to a buncha strangers with thick wallets. The Klintoons are going to kill him, and then kill McDole in November.


20 posted on 04/15/2008 7:56:25 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("I am like...Dude......do you really....like want the Sex?")
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To: Revolting cat!
Hillary may win the battle, but she won't win the war. Can't be done with out the A-A vote, which will stay home if Obummer isn't at the top of the ticket.
21 posted on 04/15/2008 10:11:35 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( Who is America's George Galloway?)
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To: Earthdweller

It’s not elitism, it’s the snobbery of soft bigotry.


22 posted on 04/15/2008 11:51:07 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Tin eared zeroes and Hollypukes comin...)
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To: DGHoodini
I kept trying to tell everyone to cut out the elitism line because I knew he would get as pass on his "humble beginnings." The bigotry is far more d@mning...why are we not focusing on that? Is bigotry from the left any less evil?

It's totally outrageous that our media is allowing this to slide. The whole Dem party is a farce....they no more care about bigotry than a terrorist....they just want their power.

23 posted on 04/16/2008 12:04:09 AM PDT by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: Earthdweller

if his mother was married to an Indonesian man who was his step father then during his early youth his mother wasn’t a single parent

then his mother drops him off on the grandparents who raised him and put him through school until he was 18

he lived with his single mother in Hawaii for 4 years from age 2 to age 6

anyone know if they were living with her parents after Kunte Hussein Obama took off?

why would he have to live off of food stamps while her parents lived in Hawaii and had plenty of money?

out of the first 18 years of his life he only lived with his single mother 4 years

the other 14 years he wasn’t raised by a single mother

and the guy and all his spokespeople and defenders go around telling everyone he was raised by a single mother

what a load


24 posted on 04/16/2008 12:23:48 AM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: Earthdweller

25 posted on 04/16/2008 12:09:59 PM PDT by weegee (Religion is the opiate of the masses MARX1843 They get bitter, they cling to...religion OBAMA2008)
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

His wife says how rotten America is and that those living on the lower East Side “like me and Barack” have nothing.

She made it from there to Harvard and Princeton and wealth.

So why can’t others do it? And why does she want to punish those who do?


26 posted on 04/16/2008 12:11:36 PM PDT by weegee (Religion is the opiate of the masses MARX1843 They get bitter, they cling to...religion OBAMA2008)
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To: DGHoodini

It was a slam on the United States of You People.

That place the Left called “Jesusland” the day after the 2004 election.


27 posted on 04/16/2008 12:12:37 PM PDT by weegee (Religion is the opiate of the masses MARX1843 They get bitter, they cling to...religion OBAMA2008)
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To: O Neill

The definitions make no reference to race. The entymology makes a reference to the word origin being racist but there were far earlier uses of other forms without racist connotations. No earlier “cited” use of “uppity” predates Uncle Remus, it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t used prior to that book.

From dictionary.com:

up·pi·ty
-adjective Informal.
1. affecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; haughty; snobbish.
2. rebelliously self-assertive; not inclined to be tractable or deferential.

[Origin: 1875–80, Americanism; prob. up + -ity, extended form of -y1; cf. pernickety]

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

up·pi·ty
adj. Informal
Taking liberties or assuming airs beyond one’s station; presumptuous: “was getting a little uppity and needed to be slapped down” (New York Times).

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

uppity

1880, from up; originally used by blacks of other blacks felt to be too self-assertive (first recorded use is in “Uncle Remus”). The parallel British variant uppish (1678) originally meant “lavish;” the sense of “conceited, arrogant” being first recorded 1734.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper

uppity

adjective
presumptuously arrogant; “had a witty but overweening manner”; “no idea how overweening he would be”- S.V.Benet; “getting a little uppity and needed to be slapped down”- NY Times [syn: overweening]

WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.


28 posted on 04/16/2008 12:18:08 PM PDT by weegee (Religion is the opiate of the masses MARX1843 They get bitter, they cling to...religion OBAMA2008)
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To: weegee

They much prefer Their ‘United States of Whatever’:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Xz7_3n7xyDg


29 posted on 04/16/2008 2:15:03 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Tin eared zeroes and Hollypukes comin...)
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To: Earthdweller

“given that when you’re raised by a single mom”

There goes grandma under the bus again.


30 posted on 04/16/2008 2:24:58 PM PDT by maggief
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