Obama Responds to Recent Clinton/McCain Attacks

Barack Obama has responded to recent attacks from Hillary Clinton and John McCain which are based upon distorting a recent statement by Obama (video above):

Barack Obama launched into a fiery offensive this evening in a speech before the United Steelworkers Union in Steelton, Pa., in responding to criticisms about his “bitter” remarks — going after Sen. Hillary Clinton in a way rarely seen over the course of this campaign.

“Shame on her,” Obama said, echoing one of Clinton’s own atacks on him. “Shame on her, she knows better.”

Obama said he was disappointed with her for her response and then launched into a new criticism of Clinton over her recent admission of being a hunter, and compared her sarcastically to Annie Oakley.

“She’s running around talking about how this is an insult to sportsmen, how she values the Second Amendment, she’s talking like she’s Annie Oakley! Hillary Clinton’s out there like she’s on the duck blind every Sunday, she’s packin’ a six shooter! C’mon! She knows better. That’s some politics being played by Hillary Clinton. I want to see that picture of her out there in the duck blinds.”

Obama said he is amazed and surprised by this “dust-up” but admitted that his words were chosen badly. He said he deeply regretted … that his words were misinterpreted.

He also defended himself, bringing up his own devotion to faith and his stance on the Second Amendment -– and he responded to the idea that he is an elitist.

“Now, I am the first to admit that some of the words I chose, I chose badly,” he said, “So I’m not a perfect man and the words I chose, I chose badly. They were subject to misinterpretation, they were subject to be twisted and I regret that. I regret that deeply. But when people suggest that somehow I was demeaning religion when I know that I’m a man of deep faith, somebody who in my own life has held on to faith, held on to my confidence in God during times of trial and tribulation, then it sounds like there’s some politics being played. When people suggest that I was somehow being elitist and demeaning hunters when I have repeatedly talked about the tradition that people pass on from generation to generation, hunters and sportsmen, and how I have consistently spoken about my respect for the Second Amendment, when people try to suggest that I was demeaning those traditions, then it sounds like there’s some politics that’s being played.”

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    Jeff says:

    Wayne, I agree with your first point, but the “CEO”s referred to are usually the ones in charge of failing companies, who often are overseeing fraudulent accounting practices, yet still manage to walk away with tens of millions for poor work while shareholders, and mutual fund holders are left with nothing. These fatcats hardly compare to Oprah. And also, do you expect Oprah to pay everyone who works for her 6 figure salaries? Come on now.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    It looks like I accidentally deleted Wayne’s comment when I was cleaning out some of the spam comments. His comment (which Jeff is responding to) was:

    The thing about this that cracks me up the most, is listening to Clinton, a candidate whose family income has been over $10 million a year for the past eight years call someone else an “elitist.” However, the thing about Obama that bothers me is that he gives a speech about how wrong it is for CEO’s to make large salaries, but when Oprah and the Hollywood fat cats that are backing him roll in big bucks, while paying the crew average to below average wages, where is the critiscm?

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    Mike Butcher says:

    Jeff,

    I don’t recall Senator Obama ever making the distinction that you are alluding too. I could be wrong and would be willing to admit so if you are able to show where Sen. Obama has limited his criticism of CEO salaries to just those companies that are failing. I believe he is referring to CEO salaries in general, as he has remarked that he would like to find a way to regulate what they can make in relation to the average workers in their companies. Even I, a conservative, wonder about the degree of difference in the relative incomes, and I believe Sen. Obama is trying to capture that discontent. Further, I too fail to see the disconnect between the huge salaries of CEO’s and those of Hollywood moguls, although I believe that regulating either is bad government policy.

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