Obama: we need a 'Less mean-spirited and more generous' America
That is correct..the Mean Spirited Conservatives in America…of course and Obama is 100% correct as evidenced by the crowd responses in the GOP debates, the GOP’s disregard for the poor and vulnerable the bible belt with their bibles and guns…the teaparty neo-confederates who careless about America’s economy and credit rating…Obama is correct conservative America is mean sprited, an embarrasment in the eyes of the rest of the World…this is why we must ensure that the conservative AynRand Virtue of Selfishness garbage in America do not rule and are thrown out of power
Last week, quite a few conservative detractors of President Obama thought they'd uncovered a major story: 22 years ago, Obama hugged a Harvard Law professor at a pro-affirmative action rally. Alas, the story was a dud, and the "controversy" quickly faded into obscurity.
But don't worry, some of these same critics of the president have a new outrage, intended to shock and appall decent people everywhere.
Apparently, in 1990, Obama told the Illinois Daily Herald, "Hopefully, more and more people will begin to feel their story is somehow part of this larger story of how we're going to reshape America in a way that is less mean-spirited and more generous."
Is that it? Yep, that's the whole story, such as it is. From this quote, one prominent right-wing site told readers about Obama, "Face it, he hates you."
Apparently, those who want a less mean-spirited and more generous country should be assumed to hate America.
My reaction upon reading the right's take on this was identical to that of No More Mister Nice Blog's Steve M., who also recalled a speech from two years prior, calling for a "greater tolerance" in America, and a "kinder, gentler nation."
The speaker was George H.W. Bush, and the venue was the 1988 Republican National Convention.
Steve M. added, "[N]ow that I think about it, 'a kinder and gentler nation' is pretty much the same thing as a nation that's 'less mean-spirited and more generous,' isn't it? "
Actually, yes, it is.