Archive: April, 2008
Barack Obama came to speak to editorial writers and reporters from the Daily News and Inquirer this evening, and he essentially tried a do-over on his controversial remarks about "bitter" small-town Pennsylvanians, admitting that he'd "mangled" what he was trying to say at a San Francisco fundraiser 10 days ago, but that he agreed with a backer who told him that "you misspoke that you didn't lie."
His remarks were perhaps his most detailed effort, to date, to recast what he said on the West Coast, when he said that the ailing eonomy in the Rust Belt caused people to "get bitter" and that "they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment ot anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." Tonight, he sought to explain that he never meant to imply that either religion or the use of guns for hunting -- a huge pasttime here in Pennsylvania -- was a bad thing.
I'd say more but I'm dealing with Obama's visit -- post on that coming in about a half hour.
"Crosseyed and Painless," by the Talking Heads!
Inspired, of course, by this.
Remember all the fun when Hillary came to the DN editorial board. Well, Barack's coming tonight, so stay tuned for some excitement.
Whatever comes of Barack Obama's ill-timed and ill-thought-out remarks on small-town Pennsylvania, the last 60 hours will surely be remembered as the lowest period of the Democratic primary season, and maybe the whole election. While Obama's comments are dominating the discussion, as they should, I think this picture of Hillary Clinton's pandering and cringe-inducing shot-drinking in Indiana is this best representation of this political train wreck.
Not unlike the booze-fueled classic 1945 movie of the same name, this really was a "Lost Weekend" for the Democratic Party.
My ineptitude in working with the new Clickability caused a long Obama-Clinton post to vanish into thin air. Decide who's the bigger idiot -- me or Obama -- while I try to recreate it.
Two things about the Phillies' ugly loss yesterday:
1) Chase Utley proved why you should never discuss a player's MVP chances so early in the season. A game-costing error in the top of the 10th inning, and not so great hustle in the bottom half. Definitely an April wakeup call.
"Yeah. It says I'm supporting our athletes is what it says. And I don't view the Olympics as a political event. I view it as a sporting event. I have brought up religious freedom and Darfur and Burma and the Dalai Lama before the Olympics, during the Olympics and after the Olympics I bring it up.."
A couple times in the past year, Attytood has featured the story of Philadelphia photojournalist Kent Potter, shot down and killed with three others over Laos in 1971. Now, my friend Dan Rubin over at the Inquirer (and please catch up with his blog, which has migrated over here) brings the saga home:
A book-size stainless-steel canister is buried under the plaque that honors the men. Inside are teeth and bone shards, wrapped individually in plastic and kept together because forensic scientists could not determine what belonged to whom.