Here is what he said.
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what . . . he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. . . . I mean that's what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.It's about time we had a leader who told the truth, even if it was not phrased as eloquently as it could have been.
People don't come to America--my wife certainly didn't--for government handouts. Well, maybe they do now. If that's true we can fault Obama.
By the way, why isn't the media pounding Obama over our unpreparedness in the Middle East that has led to four American deaths? The White House insists on blaming this rage on a sub-Ed Wood YouTube video.
UPDATE September 18: Obama addressed those comments and defended them last night. Click here for the video. He said among other things that Obama "favors a government centered economy."
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