Obama acknowledges comments about working class ill-chosen
Barack Obama is on the defensive after he conceded yesterday the comments he made about bitter working-class voters who "cling to guns or religion" were ill-chosen reported bothe the Boston Globe and The New York Times.
Obama Saturday was forced to fight back accusations from his rivals that he had displayed a profound misunderstanding of small-town values, in a flare-up that left him on the defensive before a series of primaries that could test his ability to win over white voters in economically distressed communities, reported the New York Times.
"I didn't say it as well as I should have," both papers quoted Obama as saying at Ball State University. The Boston Globe went on to explain he said he meant that voters in places that had been losing jobs for years expressed their anxiety at the polls by focusing on cultural and social issues like gun laws and immigration.
Both papers touched on Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rivals reaction to his comments. Clinton hit Obama with her most pinted criticism to date said the Boston Globe.
"Senator Obama's remarks were elitist and out of touch," she said, campaigning about an hour away in Indianapolis, reported the Boston Globe. "They are not reflective of the values and beliefs of Americans." The New York Times also focused on Clintons statement Obama's views did not reflect the value and beliefs of citizens.
Both newspaper's focused on Clinton's reaction. However, The New York Times's article took an angle focusing on Clinton's reaction, while the The Boston Globe put more focus on Obama's campaigns damage control.
There has been a small "political flare-up because I said something that everybody knows is true, which is that there are a whole bunch of folks in small towns in Pennsylvania, in towns right here in Indiana, in my hometown in Illinois, who are bitter," Obama said yesterday morning at a town hall-style meeting at the university reported Th Boston Globe. "They are angry. They feel like they have been left behind. They feel like nobody is paying attention to what they're going through."
The boston Globe when on to report Obama said,"So I said, well you know, when you're bitter you turn to what you can count on. So people, they vote about guns, or they take comfort from their faith and their family and their community. And they get mad about illegal immigrants who are coming over to this country."