“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them,” Obama said. “And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations
In the Senator’s opinion Small Town America is nothing but a bunch of KKK-joining goobers who sit on their porches all day, with a shotgun slung over one shoulder, screaming obscenities to immigrants (except for Sunday when they go to Church).
Now Obama is trying to Make nice with the People in small town America, he is going NASCAR
As Barack Obama continues his focus on states that usually vote Republican in presidential elections, word comes that he may campaign at a NASCAR event. Why? Well, to paraphrase a supposed Willy Sutton line that he robbed banks because that’s where the money is, if Obama needs white working-class voters in the fall, there are few better places to find them than at a NASCAR event. Roll Call has the news, but it’s behind their subscription wall. Briefly, they quote Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki as saying a campaign appearance was a possibility but no dates or firm confirmations were offered. “We would love to make it to a NASCAR race if the schedule permits,” she said. Roll Call noted that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hits the Chicagoland SpeedwayIndianapolis Motor Speedway. next weekend then later in the month races at the Bill Clinton tried that tack in September 1992, campaigning at the Southern 500 Stock Car race in Darlington, S.C., but drew jeers and catcalls and insults about his lack of Vietnam War service. That was the year Richard Petty was retiring, and the staunch Republican and racing icon told track officials he wouldn’t drive the pace car — part of his retirement-year sendoff — if Clinton was in the parade. Clinton lost South Carolina by 8 points. And more recently George W. Bush actively courted NASCAR fans — getting a much better reception.