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Offline Wildman78

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Obama’s campaign ‘gaffe’ now seems prophetic
« on: May 26, 2022, 08:22:27 PM »
In his historic first run for the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama did something politicians rarely do — he told the truth.

As he recalled in his memoir “A Promised Land,” Obama said someone at a 2008 fundraiser in San Francisco asked him why Pennsylvania’s working class “continued to vote against their interests and elect Republicans.” After talking about voters who felt neglected and unheard, he said, “So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment, or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

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Obama later called his comments “the biggest mistake of my campaign.” But look for a lie in what he said. You won’t find one.

Nothing Obama said was false. Speaking more like the community organizer he once was than like the president he wanted to be, Obama spoke of decades of white grievance (without referencing race) and its devastating impact on a nation in which millions would rather protect guns as “a God-given right” (which they are not) than protect even its most vulnerable citizens.

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Re: Obama’s campaign ‘gaffe’ now seems prophetic
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2022, 08:38:23 PM »
The white folk of America are afraid of the truth. Especially a truth that says they are at fault.

I don't think America could ever have a 'truth and reconciliation commission'.
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'”
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Re: Obama’s campaign ‘gaffe’ now seems prophetic
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2022, 07:38:55 AM »
Really?  Obama wasn't talking about 18 year olds.  Especially the Uvalde shooter. 
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Re: Obama’s campaign ‘gaffe’ now seems prophetic
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2022, 09:02:54 PM »
Obama spoke of decades of white grievance (without referencing race) and its devastating impact on a nation in which millions would rather protect guns as “a God-given right” (which they are not) than protect even its most vulnerable citizens.

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In his own presidential bid, Trump exploited and rebranded white grievance into a campaign slogan and a seething right-wing movement. On the day he launched his candidacy in 2015, he excoriated Mexican immigrants, appealed to Second Amendment gun huggers, and told his base that he would restore to their lives the status they believed had been stolen from them.

That sentiment served as the scaffolding for the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection and feeds the so-called great replacement theory, the mendacious idea that white people are being deliberately replaced by immigrants and people of color. It’s been mainstreamed by Tucker Carlson on Fox News and embraced by Republican politicians. It’s also become a violent call to action for white supremacists like the man accused of killing 10 Black people in a Buffalo supermarket on May 14.

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Obama’s self-described “gaffe” held up a mirror to white America and revealed what it still struggles to admit. In the scrum of that contentious campaign, his comment was considered an unforced error. Instead, it was prophetic.


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Re: Obama’s campaign ‘gaffe’ now seems prophetic
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2022, 02:01:46 PM »
It was only a gaffe because it’s an uncomfortable truth.  He did not lie.  The Trump Presidency was a result of what Obama was taking about. 

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Re: Obama’s campaign ‘gaffe’ now seems prophetic
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2022, 07:52:51 PM »
Really?  Obama wasn't talking about 18 year olds.  Especially the Uvalde shooter.

And how the hell do YOU know #RealPresidentObama wasn't talking about 18 year olds....?

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