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Uniqueness – Obama Lose – Voters
Obama Won’t Win – Can’t Appeal to the Average AmericanChozick
, Amy (staff writer) The Wall Street Journal. “Too fit to be president?” August 1st, 20
<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121755336096303089.html?mod=special_page_campaign2008_topbox>Speaking to donors at a San Diego fund-raiser last month, Barack Obama reassured the crowd that hewouldn't give in to Republican tactics to throw his candidacy off track. "Listen, I'm skinny but I'm tough,"Sen. Obama said. But
in a nation in which 66% of the voting-age population is overweight and 32% isobese
could Sen. Obama's skinniness be a liability
? Despite his visits to waffle houses, ice-cream parlorsand greasy-spoon diners around the country,
his slim physique just might have some Americanswondering whether he is truly like them.
he candidate has been criticized by opponents for appearingelitist or out of touch with average Americans.
A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted in Julyshows Sen.
Obama still lags
behind Republican John McCain
among white men and suburban womenwho say they can't relate to his background or perceived values.
"He's too new ... and he needs to putsome meat on his bones," says Diana Koenig, 42, a housewife in Corpus Christi, Texas, who says she votedfor Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary. "I won't vote for any beanpole guy," another Clintonsupporter wrote last week on a Yahoo politics message board. The last overweight president to be elected was335-pound William Howard Taft in 1908. As for tall and lanky presidents, "you might have to go back toAbraham Lincoln" in 1860, says presidential historian Stephen Hess. "Most presidents were sort of in themiddle."
No Obama Win – Out of Touch with Working Class VotersAllen-Mills,
Nina. (Staff writers). The Sunday Times “How Obama Can Win Over WorkingClass Whites” August 3rd, 20
Obama went tenpin-bowling in Altoona and later appeared on a farm to feed milk to a calf from a bottle.These were standard ploys for a Harvard-educated, big-city politician anxious to appear a good ol’ country boy, yet the opinion polls swerved resolutely in favour of Clinton. At one point
ruminated publiclyabout the difficulties of attracting the working-class whites who had abandoned the Democrats for Bush. He
“It’s not surprising that they get bitter. They cling to guns or religion… or anti-immigrantsentiment… as a way to explain their frustrations.”
He sounded like a Harvard sociologist, and
Clintonleapt on the blunder.
Obama was an elitist snob, she suggested, out of touch with working-classAmerican
s who “don’t cling to religion… they value their faith. You don’t cling to guns, you enjoy huntingor collecting or sport”.
Obama duly tumbled to a heavy defeat in Pennsylvania
, although the setback proved only temporary. Yet
the issue is certain to return as he faces John McCain in the autumn
, and it’sclear that Obama aides are still searching for the right tone of voice for a black intellectual candidate to usewhen addressing a dim-witted redneck. They even called Bageant for help.