Are you looking for a clear, short audio file of the controversial statement about “bitter” small-town Americans which Obama made immediately after the Getty mansion fundraiser in San Francisco on April 6, which I had exclusive coverage of last week? If so, you’re in luck, because I just uploaded the best, cleanest and most audible version available. And it’s only 44 seconds long — much more manageable than the 50-minute-long file that originally cropped up on the Web. It also sounds much better than some of the other clips that have subsequently been made available. This is THE best version you will find!

Click HERE to listen to the audio clip — an mp3 file — on its own Web page.
(Alternately, you can right-click [Windows] or control-click [Mac] the link to download the mp3 to your computer.)

Here is a transcript of Obama’s words (this is an EXACT transcript — versions posted elsewhere had some minor errors):

You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, a lot of them — like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they’ve gone through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, and they cling to guns, or religion, or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment, or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

This speech was made at the mansion of Alex Mehran, just a few blocks from the Getty event I covered, and just a few minutes afterward.

I’m not going to join the chorus of pundits analyzing this speech — everything there is to say has already been said! I’m just providing a service to make the audio available to everyone. Feel free to download it and post it on your own blog or site.

29 Responses to “Obama’s “bitter small-town Americans” speech at after Getty fundraiser: good, clear audio file now available here!”

  1. 1littleoldlady on Apr 13, 2008 at 3:29 am:

    Thanks, zombie! ALWAYS great work – you’re the best!:-)
    – littleoldlady

  2. 2Karridine on Apr 13, 2008 at 3:36 am:

    O Zomboid One, after watching “I Am Legend” just now with my sons, I HAD TO come here and tell YOU: “I’ve posted the MP3 at I Call BS!”

    Hat tip Zombie, and thanks, Light Seeker! :D is the address…

  3. 3Urban Infidel on Apr 13, 2008 at 5:25 am:

    Here’s a video clip of Obama in San Fran. Riffing on the same message..

  4. 4Thorfin on Apr 13, 2008 at 10:13 am:

    Remember to keep low. These people can be very serious and very deadly.

  5. 5Lucius Vorenus on Apr 13, 2008 at 10:31 am:

    Steve Sailer thinks we should call it “Gettygate”:

  6. 6hindmost on Apr 13, 2008 at 4:52 pm:

    I agree with Thorfin, Zombie… I was driving through Berkley yesterday, and although the crazy was trying to seep through my windows, my heart was warmed knowing you are out there to shine the light on these cockroaches. It *must* continue… you are a national treasure.

  7. 7Mr. E. Train on Apr 13, 2008 at 6:32 pm:

    Not quite Dukakis in the tank, but close.

    McCain is going to win this. He’s the only adult in the race. He’s not my favorite, I’d choose someone else if I had my druthers, but it is going to be Sooooooo fun to watch the looneys on the Left freak out when they fail to retake the Whitehouse!

  8. 8VA Patriot on Apr 13, 2008 at 7:49 pm:

    Obama best not come back to PA. He’ll have to deal with some REALLY bitter voters.

  9. 9Publius_Federalist on Apr 13, 2008 at 8:49 pm:

    This is not his first discussion of the topic. He’s really not the elitist many want to believe:

    Judge for yourself.


  10. 10misses minka on Apr 13, 2008 at 10:03 pm:

    Thank you zombie, as always!!!!

  11. 11Ringo the Gringo on Apr 14, 2008 at 8:18 am:

    So zombie, where did you hide the microphone, in your corsage or in your ruby broche?

  12. 12Eric on Apr 14, 2008 at 11:10 am:

    Does “elitist” mean accurate?

    Also – thanks for providing the audio clip. It is so much easier to take things out of context when they are actually taken out of context literally.

    Not that context matters in this case. He is dead on – in challenging times, people cling to what they know. So they are motivated to go to the polls by “defending marriage” or gun regulation or flag burning or immigration. And while these issues are important, they have very little affect on our day to day lives. These issues distract us while the 1/2 of 1% have been stealing our country from us.

    When we get tech support in India, we get angry with the person on the other end. We should be angry with America Online – oh the irony of “Americal Online” tech support being run by a call center in India and not Indiana.

    Somehow class has become a taboo issue. I don’t want to tell you who to vote for. But I encourage you to take some time to see who is hurting you. It’s not the weirdo on the corner of Bancroft and Telegraph, it’s the guy you don’t see who is sucking you dry every time you pay a bill, buy something, fill up your tank, and once every couple years, step in to a voting booth.

  13. 13Lucius Vorenus on Apr 14, 2008 at 12:35 pm:

    For the record, Matier & Ross, at the SF Chronicle, are now claiming that the remarks were taped at the Alex Mehran fundraiser:

    Undercover blogger taped Obama’s blunt remarks
    Matier & Ross
    Monday, April 14, 2008

    …Just how the MP3-wielding Fowler managed to secure an invite to the $1,000 a head fundraiser at the San Francisco home of developer Alex Mehran wasn’t immediately clear – but Obama campaign higher-ups were said to be livid, with fingers pointing at a local fundraising consultant for the slip-up…

    However, it wouldn’t surprise me if that were disinformation in and of itself – this stuff with the Gettys & Billionaires’ Row is toxic, which is why everyone in the MSM refuses to mention it.

    Mayhill Fowler doesn’t mention the “Mehran” name in either of her pieces:

    Mayhill Fowler – Off The Bus on The Huffington Post



  14. 14zombie on Apr 14, 2008 at 4:16 pm:

    Eric, I sincerely hope more people think like you. The higher the percentage of Obama supporters who don’t grasp how insulting this speech by Obama really is, the greater the chance that he will be obliterated in the general election, as he and the people who intend to vote for him will correctly be perceived as “out of touch.”

    Please, Eric, tell us more how “accurate” Obama’s statement is. Because the hole you’re in isn’t quite deep enough.

    As for the the clip being “taken out of context” — I can only laugh. That is THE cliché excuse for politicians’ gaffes. The entire speech is posted on Huffington Post. The full context is there. And it does nothing to “excuse” or explain away what Obama said. And if you do listen to the full 50-minute audio clip, you’ll see that Obama’s statement wasn’t taken out of context at all. He meant what he said, and it stands on its own.

  15. 15kywrite on Apr 14, 2008 at 6:35 pm:

    you are the bomb, zombie. All hail to the mighty one.

  16. 16zombie on Apr 14, 2008 at 10:38 pm:

    Lucius Vorenus:

    Yes, I’ve seen that Matier & Ross column, but it’s the first place I’ve read the claim that the recording was made at the fundraiser immediately after the Getty fundraiser. I don’t know where they got that info. Didn’t Fowler herself say that the recording was made at “a Pacific Heights fundraiser”? And the Mehran home is not in Pacific Heights, as far as I know.

    I’m giving the Matier & Ross claim the 48-hour rule to see if it’s true before making any updates or corrections to my post.

    Thanks for commenting on it anyway!

  17. 17bill-tb on Apr 15, 2008 at 5:48 am:

    Thanks for your hard work exposing the truth.

  18. 18Tom Brady on Apr 15, 2008 at 11:57 am:

    You guys rock. I love getting to post on message boards where the majority of people are ass kissers and dumb fucks. What Obama said is not anywhere close to making him “elitist”. He’s absolutely right and it’s not insulting or slanderous. I’m guessing that you all love President Bush and everything he stands for, like getting rid of our constitution. So keep posting on message boards. I’ve got other things to do now, like make sure Obama wins the election.

  19. 19Ringo the Gringo on Apr 15, 2008 at 2:34 pm:

    “I’ve got other things to do now, like make sure Obama wins the election.”

    Well, you’ve got your work cut out for you.

    Please stop by again some time and remind us dumb fucks how un-elitist you are.

  20. 20Johnny Ringo on Apr 15, 2008 at 3:57 pm:

    Somebody needs to remind you that’s for damn sure…

    Maybe he could have phrased it differently but I defy you to find a factory worker who’s out of a job or a farmer who can’t afford to grow crops who doesn’t feel exactly the way he described. If this is the best you can do to attack the man and his message then I’d say he’s doing just fine.

  21. 21Concerned America on Apr 15, 2008 at 4:21 pm:

    Thank you so much for this service, it really took me quite some time to gain access to this actual statement. Giving people the ability to hear the quote for themselves (albeit without context) and to decide what they think of Obama’s statement without CNN or Fox News blaring opinions in their ears is absolutely admirable. It does make me a little sad that the original statement is so difficult to find though

  22. 22Ringo the Gringo on Apr 15, 2008 at 5:07 pm:

    “I defy you to find a factory worker who’s out of a job or a farmer who can’t afford to grow crops who doesn’t feel exactly the way he described.”

    So you think that unemployed factory workers and struggling farmers “…cling to guns, or religion, or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment…” etc, as a way to explain their frustrations?

    Is it not possible that many Americans are simply in favor of the Second Amendment, are religious because the actually believe in God, and would simply like to see our immigration laws enforced?

    Sen. Obama’s remarks reveal a view of working-class Americans as stupid, fearful and racist, clinging to the only things they know; their guns, their superstitions and their bigotry.

    Or as Marx put it, ““Die religion ist das opium des volkes.”

    Middle-America is as foreign to Barack Obama as Indonesia is to most middle-Americans.

  23. 23zombie on Apr 15, 2008 at 7:53 pm:

    Tom Brady, Johnny Ringo, and Eric, I’m really glad you’re commenting here, and I encourage you to come and leave more comments, and also invite your friends to come over and leave more comments as well.

    Nothing discredits a condescending asshole so much as his own words. So rather than me point out how ruinous your attitude is for the Obama campaign, I’ll just relax and let you do my work for me.

    C’mon, guys, we all want to hear what you have to say! Keep telling us how right Obama was, or how his words were “taken out of context,” or what ignorant hicks we are, and forth. You’re essentially all a bunch of mini-Obamas who represent what his supporters really think. You’re doing a great job!

    We can just sit back and watch the implosion from afar. Quite a spectacular show!

  24. 24John Schneider on Apr 15, 2008 at 8:08 pm:

    I have a couple of people at work that insist that BO is the Second Coming. I ask them about why BO would hang out with people who bash America and why if BO does not have racist tendencies, he would talk about his grandmother, who is a “Typical White Woman.”

    They have no answer.



  25. 25zombie on Apr 16, 2008 at 7:26 pm:

    Re: 13 Lucius Vorenus on Apr 14, 2008 at 12:35 pm:
    For the record, Matier & Ross, at the SF Chronicle, are now claiming that the remarks were taped at the Alex Mehran fundraiser…


    OK, after extensive research, I just confirmed that the Obama speech was indeed at the Mehran fundraiser, not at the Getty fundraiser as had been reported earlier. (There were a lot of conflicting claims floating around, but the clincher came when I listened to the entire 50-minute original sound clip, and at one point, almost inaudibly, Obama says [or seems to say], “I’d like to thank Alex….”). The Mehran fundraiser was immediately after the Getty one, and just a few short blocks away — so the setting of the speech was basically the same.

    Because of this, I’ve now updated this post, and also my earlier zombietime report.

    Striving for accuracy!

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