February 14, 2008

Obama Flip Flop To Gain Votes

Obama was at a GM auto plant yesterday trying to get votes from the demographic that isn't to keen on supporting him: the white, male, blue-collar worker.

"I believe that if our government is there to support you, and give you the assistance you need to retool and make this transition ....

As president, he said he would spend $210 billion to create jobs in construction and environmental industries: $150 billion for 5 million "green-collar" jobs to develop more environmentally friendly energy, and $60 billion to rebuild highways, bridges, airports and other projects. He estimated that could generate nearly 2 million jobs, many of them in construction, hard hit by the housing crisis.

Yet back in May Obama was in Detroit and had this to say ...

While the policy prescriptions were not remarkably different, Obama's words were significantly different than those of nine months ago. In a speech to the Detroit Economic Club, the Illinois senator aimed at the Big Three in a way that many state Democrats considered unfair and damaging.

"The auto industry is on a path that is unacceptable and unsustainable," Obama said in May. "For too long, we've been either too afraid to ask our automakers to meet higher fuel standards or unwilling to help them do it."

The words stung, and Obama has repeated them often in his drive for the Democratic presidential nomination. In television ads, debates and at campaign rallies, the speech has become a centerpiece of Obama's political identity: that of a new kind of politician, willing to tell uncomfortable truths to unfriendly audiences.

He pissed off a lot of people with those words and now he is graveling to get those votes back.

Can't have it both ways Obama, pick a stance and stick to it.

Posted by Quality Weenie at February 14, 2008 08:21 AM | TrackBack