Saturday, August 30, 2008

Obama and small town America

Mr. Obama is an amazing orator. Listening to him, it's easy to get swept away by the cascade and cadence of words and rhetoric that flow from his lips.

What's more troubling to some is when we examine facts that lie behind the oratory facade.

Here's a couple of points to ponder:

From the Chicago Daily Observer, a daily from Mr. Obama's hometown, there's this quote from Bill Burton, a spokesperson for Obama, on the John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his vice-president.

"Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency."

What does the Obama campaign have against small towns? Does Mr. Obama and the sycophantic media that hangs on his every word recognize that the majority of Americans live in small towns? Probably not. Elitists know very little about life in America, outside of the the urban power centers where they spend most of their time. Oh, they occasionally meet small town folk while out slumming on the campaign trail, but they don't have any real perspective about life outside of the media spotlight.

This isn't the first slight of small town Americans. In Pennsylvania, while going toe-to-toe with Mrs. Clinton in April, Mr. Obama let slip his true thoughts about working-class, small town Americans, when he said, "...voters in Pennsylvania clung to 'guns and religion' out of bitterness." If it were as simple as you think.

As Tom Skype notes, "Sen. Obama just doesn’t understand true American values. We don’t all shop at Whole Foods and we don’t care what the price arugula is."

Beyond not understanding the life of everyday Americans, there's the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.


weasel said...

Concerning the relative value of experience in small town government as a qualification for being a heartbeat away from the most powerful and important job on the planet, I defer to a much more eloquent, convincing, and experienced writer than myself:

Small Towns Run Amok


Jim said...

I don't know if matching qualifications and experience for VP is necessarily a good thing. Joe Biden's resume consists of being a train rider, US Senator for far too long (since 1973, when I was 11), and a friend of banks and credit cards. Those rates of usury every month that CC companies charge might be a tad lower if folks like Biden hadn't rolled over when they had a chance to do something. Joe's mother taught him to beat the crap out of bullies, but the bullies that make life tough for the working-class, the ones he says are his people, and the people he ought to be hammering in DC, he gives a pat on the back to.

I'm afraid writing about the "US Senate run amok" would take a book of McCullough-type proportions.