Well, the media has been reporting a story recently about Obama making the statement, “If women take a moment to realise that on every issue important to women, John McCain is not in their corner, that would help them get over it.”
Congresswoman Yvette Clark told reporters that Obama said this at a meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus last week.
Most news headlines have said, “Obama Tells Clinton Supporters to ‘get over it.'” Well, those headlines aren’t really true. It’s not like he yelled “GET OVER IT!” at them, a paraphrase of what he said was, “Look, I know your ticked off that your candidate lost. I’d feel the same way. But think about how much you disagree with John McCain, and let that motivate you to make sure that I get elected.” Having worked on several campaigns, I know what Clinton supporters are going through. They do need to get over it and help Obama (I hope they don’t), if they want to beat McCain.
I really don’t think Obama was being insulting or dismissive, like some are saying. Congresswoman Diane Watson told him, “Don’t use that terminology,” and she was right – it caused problems. It shouldn’t have, but it did.
What this does show is the fact that there’s still a divide, and this is GREAT for McCain. All of this media coverage on this mis-phrasing gives me some encouragement, just when I was beginning to worry that McCain might not be able to pull off the win.
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