“Seriously - how can people pick apart words and dissect the subleties of the spoken language when it comes to Obama and soak up all the pandering and political bull when it comes to Clinton and/or McCain? The problem is Obama gets the psychology of the reality that many people are living. And he hit a nerve with what he said. Not because it was demeaning or condescending, but because its the truth. When did illegal immigration become a "big" issue? ...When the economy started sliding. I value my faith always; I cling to it when things get bad. The wording he used in and of itself is not bad, but rather what the listener inferred which comes from their own "issues," not Obama's.
Main Entry: cling
Function: intransitive verb
Inflected Form(s): clung \ˈkləŋ\; cling·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English clingan; akin to Old High German klunga tangled ball of thread
Date: before 12th century
1 a: to hold together b: to adhere as if glued firmly c: to hold or hold on tightly or tenaciously
2 a: to have a strong emotional attachment or dependence”
whichchange on Apr 14, 2008 at 15:35:51
“Even worse, he said all this as an explanation for why he was not doing better in PA.”
whichchange on Apr 14, 2008 at 15:33:58
“Straw-man argument! The problem is not with the word cling.
Sen. Obama's New Spin On 'Cling': It Was A Compliment
After several failed attempts to explain the comments he made in San Francisco, Sen. Obama used tonight's faith forum to claim that he was actually complimenting small town America for its faith in God and respect for longheld traditions like hunting. But tonight's explanation isn't consistent with what he actually said in San Francisco.
In his actual remarks (which he stands by), he grouped faith and guns in with "anti-immigrant sentiment," "anti-trade sentiment" and "antipathy to people who aren't like them." Presumably, Senator Obama doesn't think it appropriate to cling to antipathy for others.
More to the point, the remarks Senator Obama made in San Francisco suggest Americans in small towns don't have strength to deal with economic realities so they fall back on what Senator Obama implied is a culture that is backward and outdated: guns, superficial spiritual propping up, and emotionalism that stigmatizes people of different backgrounds.”
“Amen - I thought the same thing exactly. She talked in so many circles, some of her answers hardly made sense.”
toddster on Apr 14, 2008 at 00:29:41
“I thought her answers made perfect sense and she spoke with the depth and compassion that, to me, always comes through when she discusses the issues. You just choose not to see it that way because you're automatically biased against Hillary.”
“He actually threw in homophobia to make sure he got the "bitter redneck" thing right.
That rant about McCain and Clinton only reinforces the perception of his arrogance. "Who me? I'm never wrong, I know everything." All I can say as a Hillary supporter is; keep talking baby, keep talking.”
“What is with the picture accompanying this headline?? It is scary and made me catch my breath - it looks like the man with the gun is pointing it at Sen. Obama. Am I the only one who thought it looked threatening?”
accountability on Apr 13, 2008 at 01:12:47
“OK, that does it. Y'all are getting hysterical. Put your head in a brown paper bag and breathe.
Don't have a bag?
sit down and put your head between your knees . Then go take a sleeping pill. Sleep till you wake up and do it again. Have a cup of tea and toast, go back to sleep, repeat as needed... minimum three days.
There is seriously a problem with Obamatons if 6000 comments later you are still hysterical and whipping yourselves into a hallucinatory frenzy.
God, I hope someone is paying attention. There are some kids here that seriously need help.
Talk about projection.
Go deal with your mommy issues.”
“Whenever I hear Obama labeled as "elitist" what I hear that person saying is "he's an uppity negro who doesn't know his place." (Which used to be a common sentiment about African-Americans who tried to overcome the limitations of the Jim Crowe laws in the south) This characterization is no longer politically correct; therefore, people choose other words instead: arrogant, cocky, "looking down on," and elitist.”